A short foreword...
New Years Day keeps coming closer, let's take a short review!
A present from Egosoft
A bit more than a simple postcard...
As every year, we provide you with the latest X-Mas greeting card from Egosoft.
But we promised you another highlight, so here it is:
Next System, Next Station
Excitement in Chin's Clouds
I was on the way to the Teladi system Scale Plate Green, when in the Split sector Chin's Clouds I was surprised by a general excitement. More ships then normally were travelling between the space stations there. Just after leaving the jump gate I was contacted by a Boron Piranha pilot who asked for information about ships equipment possibilities in this area. A Teladi pilot offered a large sum of credits for my mineral scanner, another wanted to buy from me my 2 Hornet missiles. These questions slowly aroused my interest and also I began asking questions myself. I decided to land in the local Trading Port and apart from some provisions of food supplies for my further journey also wanted to investigate the reason of these unusual happenings.
It was already hard enough to get landing permission because the dock area of the Trading Port was apparently overcrowded. Thus I spent the time while in the waiting position with the evaluation of the data of various scanned ships. Ships of all races of the planet community were represented in this area. I even noticed a few rare Paranid combat ships, who traversed a little aimlessly from station to station. As if they looked for something, but would not know, where to begin with the search. Most of the ships, which I had scanned, had one thing in common: Full scanner configuration.
Finally after docking and making a few purchases I went into the visitors information room. From afar already I saw a large crowd in front of the info terminals. I pushed myself in between and looked out for a terminal, which was operated by a Teladi. When I came closer the Lizard hissed something like: "stay away" and "hold your distance", but when I held a just bought bag of Stott spice towards him, he changed his body language from rejecting towards accommodating. I only asked my 'business partner' if I could watch. The Lizard paged wildly through the message section and changed again and again to star and sector maps. I kept thinking how long it would take me to solve this puzzle: What did the Teladi look for? Which information was so important for him and probably all the others at the terminals too? When the Lizard studied the sector map of Chin's Clouds again and again, I had already my suspicions. The speciality of this system is the dense asteroid field in the center. I had to think inevitably of the large demand for transportation of persons to Seizewell, while I flew on the way here through the Teladi systems. Seizewell accommodates a well-known expansive asteroid belt. The questions about scanners and Hornets, which met me here spoke also for the fact that asteroids had something to do with the large unrest.
After a dozen more attempts of looking at pages the Teladi made a resigning movement and looked at me. Still holding firmly the bag of Stott in his claw, he shifted me closer to the terminal and selected the display area. He pointed at one of only recently published announcement of the Boron representatives of the Foundation Guild, in which it said something about the protection of the Markus Spaceflies. Everyone, who could indicate the accurate coordinates of an inhabited Spaceflies nest, could count on a premium reward. That was it - the search for fly nests. It is already taught to the children in the schools that the Spaceflies build their nests in asteroids. It is also well-known that the Markus Spacefly became a long time ago a protected species with an embargo of its universal hunt and trade. It is however not ruled out that the Split still use this poor organisms for the drives of their space ships.
I read the call twice and noted its call-off number. That would be an exciting quest for me, particularly since I had never seen such a nest ever in the universe. Unfortunately I had to hurry to meet my date line with the system Scale Plate Green. I decided there and then to look out for the Spaceflies at a later point in time. I also only would like to mention here that this search was very exciting and I made an unusual discovery, which increased my reputation with the entire Community of Planets enormously. However, more about it next time.
to be continued...
The same procedure as every year...
A warning goes out to all pilots!
As always at the end of the year; since the introduction of "New Year's Eve" (an old celebration from earth) by the Goners, the argon government gives out a warning to all pilots to stay docked during celebrations.
System requirements of X²
Do you need a new computer?
Well, we keep being asked what they will be... A definitive answer won't be staged until the final release of the game. But we'll try to give you a short general overview.
Questions, Comments, Wishes
As usual, we picked up the most posed questions from our mailbox and tried to answer them. We're not always successful in answering them, but sometimes it helps reducing the mass of mails we sometimes get from you.
"X2 was announced for various systems, which ones?"
"Will Gravity exist in the next game ie: when passing suns, planets, asteroids or other spacial bodies."
"Will Black holes/ worm holes exist?"
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