The beginning of the End?

There’s yet another sour taste in the air at TLF…

MSS has been betrayed by one of it’s own, and the identity of my self proclaimed nemesis may have been revealed… or at least the substitute identity.

Most of these events occurred whilst I wasn’t around, so may not be entirely accurate. The order may not be correct either :P

  • DPS attacks MPE farms, and gets MSS & COG to assist.
  • Mir announces his retirement, and has left his ships with the ship sitter (KC)
  • Cleanup of inactive NET ships upsets KC, attacks on MPE/B.M assets begin.
  • All hell breaks loose when MSS is allowed to claim planets from a NET farm that is being uncovered.
  • NET attacks MSS, and it is revealed that KC has access to more than just Mir’s ships on MSS… apparently Nimrod, ABCD & DFGH have been under KC’s control for a while (I’m guessing since the retirement of another player)

The future of MSS now looks shaky as the betrayal appears to have broken their morale…
All I want to say is, don’t just give up… don’t hand your ships over to someone else… liquidate everything and hit those who have betrayed you!

There’s probably more to the story than what I’ve posted here. If anyone wants to help fill in the gaps let me know!

Oh yeah, I’ve finally had some feedback on the state of the ELF server.
Apparently the server was due to be upgraded the week before the online graphs went insane.
There’s no explanation of why the strange data was generated, or why I’ve been blocked from accessing the server… but my informant is worried about possible backlash from the admins, so has asked me not to identify who they are.

See my paranoia is contagious! :D

New Game in Town

Looks like the current TLR game will be replaced with a new one. Settings look interesting… hope it will attract some new players or at least bring back some of the old ones. New game will be starting near the end of September according to the message posted by the admin. A test game has also been setup for players to check prior to game start.

Message: 1 Sat Aug 18 16:37:12 2007 (Public)
To: BESTARK
From: SYSADMINB
Subject: New Game Format

Next game will be a 3 month game.
Format will be resort game in a 1.6M sector/room universe and with
the following game settings:
6 days production, 1000 production bonus, 2M fuel allocation
initial base cost 15000, team size 12 and maximum bunker size 15
Those interrested, can check out the 35 day test game which is
configured at the settings of the next game.
SYSADMINB

TLR-20070813-6W Rankings

Has it been 6 weeks already?

At least we had teams formed this round!

______Player_Name_______ ____Title+Level____Gang  Rank Pack __Score__ _Region_
GUMBY                    +Czar+             [RDC]   1  CFp   97995300   Bianca
POKEY                    +Czar+             [RDC]   2  CFp   97751086   Bianca
BESTARK                  +Czar+             [RDC]   3  CGa   66813324   Bianca
MISSILERACK              +Czar+             [UEF]   4  JPr   43539993  Umbriel
BLUEREVENGE              Ruffian+1          [UEF]   5  JFp   38494146  Umbriel
DREAMWEAVER              +Czar+             [RFI]   6  CFp   29655391     Rhea
MILES GLORIOSUS          Hunter+8           [UEF]   7  JFp   24124966  Umbriel
AIR FORCE ONE            Scoundrel+9        [---]   8  CGa   23545720  Siarnaq
ARMY ONE                 Hunter+7           [---]   9  CPl   22622255  Titania
SLOW RIDE                Scoundrel+8        [RFI]  10  JPl   22337436    Ariel

______________Gang_Name________________  Abbrev.  Rank   Score (1000s)
Resort Development Cooperative            [RDC]      1        262559
United Earth Federation                   [UEF]      2        128312
Resort Farmers Inc.                       [RFI]      3         85677
Planet Strippers Inc.                     [PSI]      4         58042

TLF-20070801 Rankings

Okay, I’ll admit it, I’ve been a very lazy person… no score updates for 6 weeks?

What’s been happening lately? Not much actually, it appears to be holiday season in the northern hemisphere, resulting in even fewer players than normal :(

Worth mentioning though are the following two chain of events.

* Mir arranged for a ship sitter to look after his ships while he’s off.
* Mir then reported his ships stolen… all of the passwords had been changed.
* Nimrod publicly accuses KRY of stealing his teammates ships.
* The ship sitter was revealed to be KC (how many ships are you looking after now?), and Mir was able to get to his ships again.
* And the last we heard… the passwords have been changed again :P
* And we’re still waiting for a retraction of Nimrod’s accusation! :D

* RAGEAGAINSTTHEMACHINE was released from the hospital, with the score bug still in full effect.
* RAGEAGAINSTTHEMACHINE was returned to the hospital…
* Repeat the above two events another 20-50 times…
* RAGEAGAINSTTHEMACHINE now has a score of 0! The overflow bug that gave the ship the ridiculously high score had finally been triggered again, resulting in an underflow calculation.
* KC accuses B.M of having admin access to the server, and of tampering with the ship’s score. ROFLMAO, I challenge anyone who believes this is possible to install the SST game and to actually have a look at what options an admin actually has.

And lastly… I’ve jumped teams! I’ve joined forces with Bestark and Spiro, and my ships are now on MPE. I’m still allied with the remaining members on team KRY.

Cheers,
KRY

______Player_Name_______ ____Title+Level____Team  Rank Ship __Score__ _Region_
BIKINI COMMANDO          King of the Breasts[NET]   1* HFr 1490382137  200001s
PRIME MOVER              OPTIMUS            [NET]   2* HFr 1465088671 1560001s
LIQUOR                   Dont even know her![NET]   3* HFr 1456172303  400001s
BLAH                     What - Me Worry?   [TCW]   4* HFr 1445188323  480001s
JUME                     Who May?           [TCW]   5* HFr 1417235355       1s
DRAGELET                 Fake Retired Too   [TCW]   6* HFr 1410229225  880001s
AXE1                     +9/11 Memorial+    [NET]   7* HFr 1393319037  760001s
KRANKY                   +Overlord+         [MPE]   8* HFr 1376795416  720001s
TAR                      Nicotine           [TCW]   9* HFr 1370258303  480001s
DOCTORZ                  Retired +1         [DOC]  10* HFr 1362540645  400001s

______________Team_Name________________  Abbrev.  Rank   Score (1000s)
Mercantile Partners Empire                [MPE]      1      61909774
Blood Money                               [B.M]      2      43446776
Netrek                                    [NET]      3      41211663
The Void's Devourers                      [TVD]      4      35234590
The Commonwealth                          [TCW]      5      29734463

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.

Online graphs problem

Something strange is happening over at ELF… the number of logged in users is jumping all over the place which makes the graphs look very strange.

I’ve done a quick workaround with the graphs, so they look a little saner.

Sane Graph
Sane graph
Crazy Graph
Crazy graph

I’ve sent Dragelet an email about the strange figures, as I think it’s something that should be investigated.

If (and when) the figures come good, I’ll restore the ELF data from a backup, which will remove the bogus data…

Silence of the Trolls

I really have to check my email more often… here’s another message that was blocked by the anti spam plugins.

author: mister e
email: elnimrod AT gmail DOT com
url: http://www.kry-cant-handle-the-truth.au
comment: kry is blocking my proxies IPs. i can't post anymore. what does
blocking proxies do for you anyway KRY? is it that important that you have to
spy on who i am and gather information on me? you just have to have that. not
wanting you to spy on me has nothing to do with balls. or does it drive you mad
that you just cant stop me from voicing the facts that contradict this 
propaganda without resorting to this pathetic anti-proxy excuse. you probably
use that and other means to censor all those who aren't in love with you. are
you afraid the truth will get out? i'm not as brainwashed as everyone else is
here.

i'm just hoping i'm on a proxy he hasnt found to block yet. 

Nims

Hmm… how should I respond to such well constructed accusations?

1) I’m not blocking any proxies… the anti spam measures I’ve implemented apparently has the ability to block known ‘OPEN’ proxies from being able to submit posts. Excellent! Looks like I’ll have to double the monetary contribution to both of those plugins!
2) I’m not stopping anyone’s voice… I’ve posted up any valid comments I’ve found which have been blocked. The thing is, this will probably be the last time I do this for you, as there’s very little validity to anything you’re posting. If you’re not grown up enough to play by other people’s rules, I suggest you refrain from interacting with those people who do.
3) Nothing you do drives me mad… doesn’t that just piss you off? :D
4) You have yet to provide any substantial facts…
5) Thanks for signing this comment… Now everyone will know who my troll has been.

Ok, now to clarify some of the rules for this site…

I hate spam, so there are anti-spam plugins running… if these plugins happen to block the occasional legitimate comment, that’s unfortunate. If these plugins stop comments from people who insist on using known ‘OPEN’ proxies, tough!

If you’re unable to submit a comment directly to this site, and you’re reluctant to email me directly, leave me a message on the TLF message board, I may (or may not) post it here on your behalf.

If there’s any content on here that you object to, let me know and I’ll consider removing or editing the content. (This does depend on who the Author was)

I’m running this site to help promote the game(s) I like to play. If you don’t like the game, don’t visit this site!

Okay, the troll has now been fed and mocked, let’s all go and have some fun! :D

TLF-20070619 Rankings

Update time.

A couple of items to report:
*Confirmed sightings of returning vets (ILLQO, SHADOW & VENOM)
*One of the score bug infected ships refuses to stay dead, and has been seen jumping from team to team.
*Player Rankings have change just a little bit… 3 extra NET ships are now in the top 10.

Cheers,
KRY

______Player_Name_______ ____Title+Level____Team  Rank Ship __Score__ _Region_
RAGEAGAINSTTHEMACHINE     (in hospital)     [NET]   1* Cor 4261589206 1600001s
BIKINI COMMANDO          King of the Breasts[NET]   2* HFr 1487817137  200001s
BLAH                     What - Me Worry?   [TCW]   3* HFr 1445188323  480001s
PRIME MOVER              OPTIMUS            [NET]   4* HFr 1443825885 1560001s
LIQUOR                   Dont even know her![NET]   5* HFr 1440159717  400001s
JUME                     Who May?           [TCW]   6* HFr 1417235355       1s
DRAGELET                 Fake Retired Too   [TCW]   7* HFr 1410229225  880001s
TAR                      Nicotine           [TCW]   8* HFr 1370258303  480001s
DOCTORZ                  Retired +1         [DOC]   9* HFr 1361702801  400001s
AXE1                     +9/11 Memorial+    [NET]  10* HFr 1340801090  760001s

______________Team_Name________________  Abbrev.  Rank   Score (1000s)
Netrek                                    [NET]      1      40921144
Blood Money                               [B.M]      2      40753404
The Void's Devourers                      [TVD]      3      35237446
Mercantile Partners Empire                [MPE]      4      33421115
The Commonwealth                          [TCW]      5      33349931