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Watcher News... Mon, 22 September 2003 08:56 Go to next message
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Watcher News... <(o)>... The Big Eye is out there!

2410 came and went... time seems to be flying by and the Watcher need to suddenly adjust their clocks.

2410 survey taken - that includes a nice territory bitmap for the postgame report.

Rumors of impending war are already echoing about the galaxy (rather rapidly given the small room.)

Hard to decide who the Speed Weasel is, since there have already been a few quick lead changes. The Watcher have already been relegated to the pack after being close to the top for a few turns. [I'm still ahead <for now> in resources though. Razz ]

Quickest coup e'tat award to the Dark Eldar. Nothing like an instant revolution to get the game started. (Thanks to Alric for subbing.)

And to those who asked about tech trading. I appreciate the offered business, but the Big Eye think you're all not worth out time and effort to make scrappers for. Wink No hard feelings, it's just business.

- the BIG EYE

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Re: Watcher News... Sat, 27 September 2003 23:35 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Watcher News 2420... Brought to you by Big Eye Broadcasting...

<(@)>

Reports about a race trying to attain a "bronzed rodent" elude us at the moment. Weasels eat small rodentia, so we expect that this might be some sort of delicacy rare to this galaxy.

Races seem to be expanding apace, and crowding might set in soon. And property values might be increasing soon; who wants squatters on that nice green just over the border? Whether or not any feeding frenzies will start remains to be seen.


Watcher field reporters are about if any race has news to pass on. 2420 survey completed (including another bitmap.)

- The Big Eye (in the Sky)

<(o)>

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Re: Watcher News... Fri, 10 October 2003 06:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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2430 came ...

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Re: Watcher News... Fri, 10 October 2003 08:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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<(o)> Watcher News <(o)> 2430 Edition

We came, We scanned, We chuckled...

Watcher reporters are now well spread in the galaxy, we expect Eye-Net to be fully functional to scan all planets simutaneously in the next few galactic periods. Eye-Net service will only add a small 59.99 GC fee to your normal cable or satellite bill.

Multiple reports of galactic littering have been received. Most claims are that these Pandar and Dog droppings are interfering with warp engine emissions and galactic commerce. Given the current galactic tax laws and the Watcher belief in "small government" (the Watcher speak softly and carry a pointed stick) there is currently not much wiggle room in the budget for extra sanitation sweeper ships. Residents are thereby expected to handle local garbage problems themselves for the time being.

And there has been a copyright violation charge filed with the Watcher Bureau of Investigation. The Pandar claim that another race is illegally copying and using their registered trademark ships. My, what will you people come up with next.

Investigation has come to the conclusion that the recent "Northern Lights" displays seen from Watcher Central are in fact *not* a natural phenomena, but instead the reflection off of galactic dust clouds of exuberant use of torpedoes and energy weapons in a concentrated manner. The Watchers appreciate, and expect, rambunctious celebrations amongst the weaselly population of IIc. However, the little eyeballs shouldn't be kept up past their bedtime by such displays.

And, in response to another query, there are no leash laws in the IIc galaxy. Dogs (and other pets and varmits) are allowed to wander where they want. However, they travel under no guarantee of safety - except for the limited refueling rights at Watcher Central.

And the 2430 census has been completed, including another nice territory map. [Going to experiment a bit now with the more recent 'animation' feature in XB since I only need Watcher pxx files instead of a mix in order to cover the galaxy. If this goes well I'll put that out at the game end.]

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Re: Watcher News... Sat, 11 October 2003 21:03 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Leash Laws....

We can't be believe there are races out there that still condone slavery.

The Big Dog.

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Re: Watcher News... Sun, 19 October 2003 10:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Warning:

Some great danes at our deep space scanning stations have observed some highly advanced ships heading toward our space. This appears to be a 10th race! We expect them to be detectable on normal scanners in 2440, or shortly there after.

I wonder why the watchers have not told us, perhaps their eyesight is not so good.

The Big Dog

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Re: Watcher News... Wed, 22 October 2003 20:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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<(o)> <(o)> <(o)> <(o)> <(@)>

Watcher News, sponsored by Eye-Net, the latest in commercial galaxy scanning applications!

Welcome to the 2440 Edition of Watcher News

(1) The Hounds have apparently smelt out the expected visit from our external auditing firm. Please show them the utmost courtesy that any extra-galactic beancounter should receive. Any rumors that they accept bribes in order to inflate research numbers didn't come from here. Shocked

(2) The Watcher are in the market for anyone making well-constructed and reasonably priced armored eyewear. Kevlar or tranparent aluminum/titanium alloy preferred. UV protection a must as well. Watcher Corp. might be interested in an order for 1 million plus units. Cool

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Welcome back to the 2440 Edition of Watcher News.

(3) The Watcher detect what seem to be steadily increasing hostility levels in the IIc galaxy. It appears population pressures are now leading to heightened levels of aggression in various areas. Further news as things develop. Furious

(4) We also extend our condolenses to the leader of the Dark Eldar. It appears that said race might not be long for this galaxy under increasing Pandarian pressure. We also wish to express our respect to Leader Alric for taking up the mantle of command so rudely forced upon him by the unexpected abdication of his predecessor. {And we'd appreciate a forum review of the race design's shortcomings if you are willing to spare the time. Unless you want to keep it short enough for a special edition of the Watcher News?} my 2 cents

Thus ends this edition of Watcher News. Remember, the Big Eye is out there!

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Re: Watcher News... Thu, 23 October 2003 20:06 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Fortunately, we dogs have more than just good eyes.

We smell a new presence in the south. Their appears to have been much discord among the marsupials, but order is returning.

The Big Dog

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Good evening, and welcome to Watcher News. It's 2450, do you know where your freighters are? We do! Very Happy <(o)>

Our top story. Reports of a monster in the RWIAB IIc galaxy have been confirmed. It's large, it quadruped, and some races in the galaxy are properly very, very, afraid. We'll keep you up to date as the planetbusters drop...

In other news, despite the increasing wars the Watcher News Service has noticed what it can only describe as advanced diplomatic negotiations between the Wombats and Silver Mines in the South-East area of the universe. The Mines Information Minister, one Ferric Pyrite, descibed the recent territorial exchange agreement in detail in a recent broadcast.

The Watcher Mailbox has recently been filled with more spam e-mail complaining about the widening marking activities of the Happy Hounds. A Hound barksdog (spokesperson) replied that they were starting a new "Welcome Wagon" service in order to aid the development of their neighbors and improve galactic cooperation. Thus spreading the example of their peaceful existance in the galaxy while others foolishly squabble. [2542, apparently this "welcome" and following cooperation in intended in a different manner to the new leader of the Micante CRU!]

Watcher scans detected and then met the first Mystery Trader to visit the IIc realm. We report that they are distributing a somewhat interesting technical device. Fairly high construction requirements, and technical advisor R Williams was heard to describe it:
It's a scanner, it's a shield, it's armor, it's a jammer... we don't know what the #$^#^%#^ it is!

The Dark Eldar are reported to have sold the last of their real estate and invested all proceeds into tax shelters. Possibly a wise longterm investment strategy. However, economists have expressed doubts in the continued strength of the catnip and fuzzy mouse commodity markets.

Finally, a picture of the IIc galaxy in 2450 has been added to the album. <(-)>



[Updated on: Wed, 12 November 2003 08:50]

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Re: Watcher News... Wed, 26 November 2003 05:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Sorry for missing last nights gen.
When I got home I had neither email nor internet access.
Losing both really reduced my options.

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Re: Watcher News... Wed, 26 November 2003 09:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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The Eye blinked and no news for 2460.

The Hound Press Secretary gives the following update:

a) The CRU collective is on the run. Their HW has been taken and Dogs of War now pursue their remaining colonies. The universe is a safer place.

b) The Weapons of Mass Demolition of the Imps have been over 90% neutralized. We now are in the process of removing their capability to create additional WMD. The universe is a safer place.

c) The Hound engineers have been hard at work during the 50's. We expect to launch two new warship classes during the 60's - the Anubis and Cerberus classes. Details are classified, although we can confirm they incorporate alien technology. The universe will be a safer place.

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Re: Watcher News... Thu, 04 December 2003 06:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Zathras wrote on Wed, 26 November 2003 09:16

The Eye blinked and no news for 2460.




<(-)>

Yes, the Big Eye's attention has been elsewhere for a little while. The 2460 survey was completed on time however.

And we are keeping tabs on the Happy Hound Pacification Program.


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Re: Watcher News... Tue, 16 December 2003 18:30 Go to previous message
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2470 survey completed in 2471 (Eye out of town to deal with some business in Mordo^H^H^H^H^H San Antonio.)

Major question to ask players about - but I'll split that to another thread.

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