(UUNN HQ) The following events have been announced for the upcoming Festival! holiday which runs from 118.11.22 through 118.11.25 this year.
THURSDAY – 118.11.22
BEER FEST FMs
Every party needs beer, so pilots will have a number of “beer-sharing” missions to take on. Watch the Faction Mission board on Thursday for details.
Submit your favorite JG screen-shot or photo. Our judges will pick their three favorites and the submitters will receive a Keval’s Thanks medal and 500k credits. ALL other submissions will be published and submitters will receive a Captain’s Commendation. (Submit YOUR photo to email@example.com by Sunday 118.11.25 at 12:00 UTC)
EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY
We’ll publish three pictures on UUNN on Monday 118.11.19. You pick one and write a story about it. What is the place in the picture. What happened there … or what will happen. What’s it’s purpose? What’s its secret? Is it past … present … or future? Let your imagination run wild! Make it long or make it short (minimum 3,000 words). Make it funny or make it tragic. It’s up to you.
Submit YOUR story to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday 118.11.25 at 24:00 UTC. If our editors select your story for publishing in the Sarath V Memorial Library, you will receive a Newtron Literary Award (aka “The Newt”) and 5 million credits.
The other Library sponsored Festival! contest is the already-announced Holiday Haiku. This is an easy-win. The only requirement is that it conforms to the Haiku structure — and is about one of stories published in the Library. (Click here for details.) Continue reading
Vol II, No. 10 – by Ares Kiden
Hives Busted. Roids Cooling
It all started on 7.20 when pilots reported that asteroids were not cooling after being mined. It ended on 10.26 when the final hives were destroyed and ‘roids began cooling again. In the interim there were five Faction Missions, that started on 7.20, 8.10, 8.22 and 9.23. These included missions to re-program Quantar beacons, Hyperial data collection, a series of Octavius anomaly scans, Solrain commodity stockpiling and Amananth beacon monitoring.
And while all of this was going on, there was a brief period of rapid infestations activity, with some of the infestations seeming absolutely impregnable.
On 9.9 — after the fourth Faction Missions — TRI Corporation’s Research Division called on pilots to tune ALL beacons to one color (ended up being green).
And once all that was done, there was a call to destroy all Conflux Hives in five targeted sectors. I’m not going to repeat what has already been reported on this, but kudos to the pilots who didn’t just walk away frustrated and complaining — who brought this drama to an end on 10.26. Your rewards were well-deserved.
***** BUT ***** Continue reading
Vol. II, No. 7 – by Ares Kiden
This issue, it’s all about the ‘roids. On 7.20 reports started coming in that ‘roids were not cooling after being mined. It’s kind of a big deal since that will push miners into deeper and more dangerous territory REAL fast. Quantar Kicked off an FM almost immediately, having pilots re-program beacons in a number of sectors in an attempt to gather data. Hyperial then (of course) scoffed at the Quantar mission and launched a data gathering mission of its own.
The real puzzle here is why asteroids would suddenly stop cooling after they are heated during mining. The extraction wave, which was invented by Venurian Prospecting in 89 AT, causes asteroids to heat up as they are mined. The frigid temperature in space should cool the asteroids back down — as it has for the last 29 years. But something has changed. The temperature in space has not. Mining equipment apparently has not.
The enigma remains.
The Quant mission was finished on 8/11, but no word yet on whether there are any tangible results. The Hyperial mission is still in progress.
And that’s it. No more news. GO MAKE SOME!
(UUNN HQ) Shortly after the completion of the recent Amananth mission (simply described as “Supplies are needed …”) UUNN received this brief dataset from DPDQ, the AI controller of Amananth Station:
57652061 7474656d 70742074 6f20636f 64652066 69782070 726f6475 6374696f 6e20666f 72207468 6520696e 68696269 746f722e 20205375 63636573 7320756e 63657274 61696e2e 20205465 73747320 77696c6c 20626567 696e206f 6e636520 72657061 69727320 616c6c20 746f2074 68652066 6163696c 69747920 61726520 636f6d70 6c657465 2e
It translates as …
we attempt to code fix production for the inhibitor. success uncertain. can tests begin once repairs all pilots to facility are complete.
It seems apparent that this, and the recent mission, relate to an attempt to re-start Antiflux production.
Vol. II, No. 3 – by Ares Kiden
Missions and More Missions
Well we saw a burst of mission activity in the last few weeks. First Octavius and Quantar coordinated efforts (whaaaat???) to try to do something about Magnesium supplies. Quants were, of course, mining and Octs were gathering. The missions went pretty quickly but ultimately did fairly little to increase supplies. At the same time, TRI Corporation sponsored a mission to collect Biomass — which is a pretty tricky task requiring pilot coordination to collect any serious amounts. I guess there was not a lot of coordination as there isn’t any biomass around and that mission is still standing at 29% after 23 days. Lastly there was a mission to bring Medical Supplies to Great Pillars station. That one initially seemed kind of like busy-work as there seemed to be no apparent need for Med Supplies, but whatever was delivered disappeared, so … Continue reading
by Yaz Shanndar
(Quantar Depot) After pilots called for Faction Missions, Quantar and Octavius responded yesterday with missions revolving around Magnesium — which has been in very short supply for a long time.
The Quantar mission is to mine ice. Unfortunately it kicked off with a bug in the mission program (which has supposedly been fixed now). The Oct mission is to haul Magnesium to it’s Depot station for storage. The challenge is that Ice ore yields only 3% magnesium, so it’ll require lots of coordinated work to get these things done. Continue reading
(Petrios, Quanus) Quantar leaders decided this year to return the ancient Miners’ Days holiday to its roots, which traditionally focused on local, dirtside parades and traditions.
“We just thought it was a time to do something different,” said First Tahir Penjia Neamru.
“For a number of years, we’ve had large, well-publicized events and contests. And it was a good thing. But Miners’ Days has very humble roots. Spontaneous local parades are the true Quani tradition — with miners putting away their tools for the day, and marching through streets singing traditional miners’ reels, and carrying ceremonial shovels, chisels or picks (which are often heirlooms handed down for generations). It’s just a day of good-natured revelry with family, friends and neighbors,” she added.
The First Tahir did point out that a Faction Mission for the holiday was launched, and that Temples in all cities, town and stations will be performing the traditional Blessing of the Shovels and having readings of the Parable of Karadron.