(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.”
(Quantar Core Station) Quantar celebrated the 100th birthday of Yasar El-Baz, the last remaining Quantar member of the Thrice Seven.
A small group gathered for a welcome speech by Third Tahir Dr. Silar Tashawar, which highlighted the amazing number of seminal evebnts that have happened during Yasar’s 100-year lifetime. The Tahir also took the opportunity to recognize Yasar’s years of service with two awards: Quantar’s Flame and The Spade of Karadron.
(Quantar Core) The Office of the Tahirs has announced that Thrice Seven hero Yasar El-Baz will be making an appearance on Quantar Core on 118.10.27 for his 100th-birthday commemoration.
“Yasar will be making his first public appearance in a very, very long time,” said A’lena Sular, First Acolyte to the Tahirs. “He should be arriving on Rashfajan (Saturday) around 14:00 UTC. We’re not sure how long he will be able to stay, but he has insisted on being there,” she added.
Sular also said that there will be complimentary Quanus Ice, Organic Food and Water for those joining the celebration.
(Wake Station) Here’s a “Fact of the Day” for you …
Although it’s not considered a holiday anymore, some older Sols will remember today as “Hellion Day.” It is a commemoration of the day that has traditionally marked the end of the Dark Age that followed The Great Collapse — the day when Sorian explorers first landed on the planet Hellion.
Many non-Solrains don’t know it, but Hellion was a product of The Great Collapse, which altered its orbit so much that it’s frozen oceans melted. The newly-thawed planet was discovered in 1,959 BT and terraforming began in 4,908 BT — but the first explorers did not arrive until 1707.10.15 BT on the ship New Dawn. Continue reading →
(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) Although the asteroid cooling problem seemed to overshadow this year’s holiday, there were a couple of activities.
The first one was an opportunity for pilots to vote for a new Quantar award — the Shahir Assad or “Shining Lion.” The award is for lifetime achievements in service of Quantar. As with the Solrain Hall of Fame, the voting ended in a tie between Tezrend and Ambrosius, so a randomized choice was made — and the winner was Tezrend (aka Tesrend)! Votes were also received for tom-t and the late FS-Falcon.
The other holiday contest was QuanTrivia where there were four entrants getting all five answers correct and winning a Cesium Medal, a CM4 and 1 million credits! Congratulations to the winners: Hammer-BS, Gander, ML-Death and Clanlord!
The awarding of medals and prizes should be completed over the next few days. Continue reading →