SST sites

One of the reasons I wanted to start this site was the slow disappearance of all things SST related.

If you do a web search on the terms SST / TLR / StarshipTraders / IOResort most of the entries returned are links from Web Game directories. After weeding through all these you may (if you’re lucky) find a link to something like The Wog’s old website or similiar.

The only other available sources of content are the two (three?) yahoo groups dedicated to these games… however, due to a lack of moderators, these groups only seem to be an endless source of spam.

So what can we do about this, what are our options?
1) Create new fansites! – Easy to do, however they never seem to last.
2) Get some blogs going – Even easier to do, go to blogger.com, wordpress.com, live.com and start writing. Blogs don’t have to have a single author/owner, and most can be imported into other blogs if something better comes along.
3) Share information and links – If you’ve got some info, get it posted somewhere!

I did some Web trawling earlier, and found an interesting players guide written by EMPNEFSI about two years ago. The original guide can be found here, but I’ve archived a copy here as well.

The trawling also turned up some blogs… World of Starship Traders, and a couple of old Vet’s appear to have started blogs. One of these vets appears to have had a Nimrod problem as well!

If you know of any fansites I don’t have listed, let me know… If you have any (constructive) ideas for this site, feel free to pass them on.

Speaking of ideas… I’m considering writing a Bunker Buster plugin for TLF. The idea is that a random bunker location will be revealed once a week… what happens to the bunker then is anyones guess. To be fair, all bunkers will be included, no Team or player favourism. No details of who the bunker belongs to, or the strength of the defences will be revealed by the plugin. Readers will be able to submit new bunker locations. :D

TLR-20070702-6W Rankings

Nice quiet round… couple of returning players have hinted that they’re going to kick butt next round! :D

Oh, and it’s not a mistake, there were no teams at the end of this round?

______Player_Name_______ ____Title+Level____Gang  Rank Pack __Score__ _Region_
BESTARK                  Gambler's Anonymous[---]   1  CFp   61780626  Umbriel
QUIETLY                  Shhhh!             [---]   2  CFp   54686457  Titania
POKEY                    Try Space Tyrant!  [---]   3  CFp   49811249  Ophelia
FELYZA                   Space Tyrant+3     [---]   4  SCr   34447605  368001s
DRYLAR                   Lieutenant+1       [---]   5  SFr   25822667  272001s
BULL_831                 Commander+4        [---]   6  HFr   25063259       1s
SLOW RIDE                Voyager+9          [---]   7  Fpa   22038719  Miranda
REDWOLF                  Mercenary+1        [---]   8  SLi   19562737  272001s
BLOOD HUNTER             Ensign+8           [---]   9  HFr   12043902  160001s
KORIAND'R                +Tamaranian+       [---]  10  HCr   11618050  112001s

TLR/TLF/SpaceTyrant game client

I’ve been promising this for awhile now. A few players have been running the client on window systems. One on Windows 2000 and another on XP. There’s a link at the bottom of this article, to download the client. Nothing fancy like the installer for Art’s client and not much eye candy either. I’m more interested in what you can do with client than how it looks. Also, it’s not nearly as automated as some of the other players clients/bots, except for score collecting which I occasionally do. I’ve retired my bots more than 2 years ago. You’ll need to unzip the files into whatever directory you wish to play from and do a full install of mono from the Novell website http://www.mono-project.com/Downloads. Just select the appropriate stable release for the OS you’re running. Works on any OS, as long as you’re running Windows 2000 or above, or a Linux distribution on which you can install mono ;)

Once the client and mono are installed, on windows start the mono dos box and switch to the directory where you’ve unzipped the client files. Type “mono GameClient.exe” to run, and that’s it. No instructions are included to run client. Anyone out there care to write a client manual? For Linux, consult your distribution’s help for how to run mono.