(GBS Station) Proprietor/Bartender Torn Danton announced today that the SpaceBar Pub — a long-time destination for tired, thirsty pilots in GBS Station — is closing down there.
“There’s just no way to keep things going,” said Danton. “There’s no traders, no smugglers, no spies. I’m going f#*!ing crazy sitting here alone day after day — just watching my accounts drain down. Can’t keep the beer fresh. Can’t keep the food fresh(ish). It’s time.”
For many years, GBS Station was a place where pirates, smugglers, non-factionalists and many others found a place to avoid prying eyes, and avoid the strict PR requirements and taxation on equipment purchases at Factional stations. Information was traded even more frequently than silicon or Flashfires – and probably at even greater profit. The Space Bar was at the center of it all.
“I have been here running this dump for 18 years,” said Danton, the long-time owner. “This isn’t an easy decision. But I’m not shutting down. I’m moving everything — the bar, the booths, the walls. It’s all moving to Klatsches Hold where, hopefully, we’ll get a little more traffic. If that doesn’t work . . . I just don’t know.”
(Quantar Core)Festival 118! came to a close with some mixed reviews. About 40 pilots were online over the four days of the holiday, but according to TRI Corporation, which sponsors the annual holiday events, pilots participation in contests and events was fairly disappointing across the board.
Conversely, there was some disappointment with TRI Corp’s event management as well. Pilot Sinver slammed the running of Friday’s Treasure Hunt event, saying:
“I was looking forward to this all,day while at work. I’ve wasted an entire evening because quite frankly, you couldn’t organize a piss up in a brewery. The clues were useless. Don’t even bother tomorrow. Just park the ship and forget about it. A great idea, really great idea terribly executed. My entire evening wasted. Thanks guys.”
Voting has opened today for the 118 Pilots’ Choice Awards. Medals for Combat, Mining, Conflux Hunting, Economy Support and Leadership will be awarded to pilots receiving the most votes — though there is a seven-vote minimum to qualify for an award. A Pilots’ Choice Award can be given to ANYregistered pilot and any pilot can vote — but just once.
ALL PILOTS are encouraged to participate by voting HERE
Any awards will be presented to pilots during this year’s Festival! celebration which will run from 118.11.22 through 118.11.25.
(UUNN HQ) It’s finally done. Thanks primarily to Clanlord, Gen.Tra and Morris, the targeted hives in sectors First Sight, C-3309, C-1101, C-1102,and C-2199 were destroyed and most of them have not re-spawned. And as predicted, asteroids that were staying in a high-entropy (heated) state after mining have finally begun to cool.
“Unfortunately, we still don’t know exactly what was causing the problem with mined asteroids not-cooling,” said Carlo Adiar, TRI Corp’s Assistant Director for Conflux Studies. “Nor do we know which hive(s) and sector(s) were the source. But we just didn’t have the luxury of taking the time to narrow it down one-by-one.” Continue reading →
(UUNN HQ) It appears that the “Hive Buster” mission that was initiated on 118.9.25 (and then roundly ignored) has been changed and simplified. The original mission called for the completed destruction of all hives in five targeted sectors withing a one-hour period.
The “new” mission is calling for destruction of “most” of the hives, and does not appear to have a time limit.
Each of the targeted sectors had five hives. Pilot Morris has reported that some of these are not respawning after destruction — and that those that do respawn are greatly weakened.
Some pilots have questioned whether the new mission will, in fact, shut down the energy waves coming from Conflux Space that have now disrupted mining operation for months . . . or whether this is simply a tactic to get to pilots base to “try something.”
(UUNN HQ) Xenobiologist and Conflux “expert” Professor Athena ShaiDen believes she has uncovered a potential strategy for destroying the targeted Flux hives. “I have been monitoring the telemetry from the test-runs against the hives,” said ShaiDen. “Mr. Adiar is absolutely correct in his assessment that timing is everything. But I think one thing that no one has publicly discussed is that longer-established hives are much more difficult to destroy than newly-spawned ones — which only take about 5 nukes to take out.”
(Quantar Core) Questions started coming in on 118.7.20 according to Quantar Core Station Governor Delphia Neamru. “We started getting question whether there was a surge of new recruits,” said Governor Neamru. “All of the roids close to our docking rings were bright blue — usually a sure sign of new pilots. But as time wore on they stayed blue — and the logs showed that we have not seen any kind or new-recruit influx.”
Asteroids are heated during the mining-laser extraction process. As they heat, the extraction becomes less and less efficient until at 930 degrees, the extraction process stops altogether, and cannot be resumed until the asteroid has cooled.
“It just doesn’t make sense,” said Third Tahir, Dr. Silar Tashawar, who has degrees in Geology and Economic Petrology, as well as a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the Jenos School of Mines. “Space is not any warmer than it was a week ago. The heating is a very short-term effect of laser extraction. But obviously there’s some reason … so we have launched a major mission to re-calibrate some beacons to try to determine what’s happening. We’ve also been scanning and monitoring a number of different rocks … but just not finding anything,” he said, shaking his head.
Although, the non-cooling asteroids first became apparent in Quantar, it appears that most, if not all, other areas of space have been impacted. Venurian Prospecting, which manufactures most mining lasers in use today, has confirmed that there has been no changes or issues in its mining laser manufacturing process.