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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 2:19 am 
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Hello, boys and girls, welcome to Let's Play Space Empires 5. I'm sure before we get started, you've all got a lot of questions, so I'll try to answer those now, before things get under way.

What is a "Let's Play" thread?
A Let's Play is where one person plays through a game, taking screenshots or recording video (I'll be doing the former, in this LP), and posts them up on a forum, with the addition of either in-character or out-of-character commentary, often amusing but sometimes serious. Audience participation is also frequently involved, where I'll ask you guys to make suggestions or to vote on certain choices. These threads are a lot of fun, and this is the first time I've actually run one, so here's hoping all goes smoothly.

What is Space Empires V?
I'm glad you asked! Space Empires V is a 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate) turn-based strategy game, set in an unnamed, randomly generated galaxy. You control a single Empire, and through research, expansion, construction, diplomacy and underhandedness, your ultimate goal is to conquer that Galaxy, and the other alien Empires that inhabit it. This is a really, really deep and complex game, with a massive tech-tree that's almost impossible to get all the way through, incredibly flexible ship-building (though not as much as BSF), and all sorts of fun things. You can bomb your enemies planets from orbit, you can use intelligence operatives to cause their populations to riot, you can drop armies of troops on their planet and conquor them by force, or if you're really feeling like a dick and have the huge amounts of technology and resources required, you can even blow up the suns of their solar systems. Or collapse them into black holes. It's awesome.

That's great, but what do we do?
I'm so glad you asked! Well, each update I post will be about ten game turns, which is a year of in-game time. You guys will be making suggestions and voting on the path our Empire will take! You can make these suggestions either in a normal "Do this, or that!" way, or, if you're really feeling like adding to the atmosphere, you can make your post in-character, as a Senator or Politician of the Empire!

Okay, before we start, however, there are a few things we'll need to vote on, from the start.

First, the name of the Empire: Please try to be serious. Pick a name, if numerous people pick the same name, we'll go with that, unless it's something silly. If not, I'll choose from my favourite one suggested.

Also, the name of our species: Same as the above. Make suggestions. The ones with most votes wins, if no consensus is reached, I'll pick my favourite from those suggested. Alternatively, we could just go with humans.

What type of atmosphere should our species breathe: Oxygen, Hydrogen, Carbon Dioxide, Methane, or None?

What type of planet should we inhabit: Rock, Gas Giant, or Ice? (Note that if you picked "No Atmosphere", you can't pick Gas Giant. A Gas-less Gas Giant doesn't work, boys and girls.)

Also, I'm gonna only going to give five options for the next two votes, because otherwise it'd require me uploading lots of tiny pictures. And because I only like a handful of these anyway.

What should our flag be? ImageImageImageImageImage

And what should our ship-style be? ImageImageImageImageImage

There we go! I'll keep this running until I've got enough answers to start, or for about a day or two, then I'll start the LP. If you can't decide and want to skip this step, then just vote "You decide". If enough people go for that, then that's what I'll do.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 2:29 am 
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Rendarian Collective
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It's about time someone mentioned SEV in here.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 3:03 am 
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And here was me hoping you actually want to play a multiplayer match of SEV. Shame. Still an interesting idea though, but makes me wonder if you have too much free time on your hands...

In any case:

Name of the empire - Injektores Order, of course
Species - ...Diami
Atmosphere - CO2
Planet - Rock

Flag - 3
Ship style - 1 or 2


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 3:05 am 
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edit: The Gyesmyd Swarm (Siber posted it first btw)
You Decide
Hydrogen
Ice
5
2

edit: @Gkug: would that be the same as Nihilith? sorry, just came to mind.


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Kaelis wrote:
Still an interesting idea though, but makes me wonder if you have too much free time on your hands...

Too much free time? Bah, I wish. I still need to sleep and work and socialise. Occasionally. When I'm not doing that, I have a lot of things to do. I'm doing this because it's fun, because it will help my creativity, and because it'll help us all BOND. :lol:

Keep the votes rolling in, guys!

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Species - Nengari
Atmosphere - Earthlike
Planet - Tundra

Flag - 4
Ship style - 4

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Empire Name: Rendarian Collective (bandwagon, yay!)
Race: You Decide
Atmosphere: CO2
Planet: Rock
Flag: 2
Ship Type: 5

Also, SWS, you seem to be remarkably glad we ask questions. ^^

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Name: The Gyesmyd Swarm
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Hydrogen gas giants, because living in Jupiter is just hard to beat on awesome.
Flag 3, go Egyptian motifs, fleet 2, because blue is the best thing ever.

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The Gyesmyd Swarm (because it sounds pointy)
Gyesmyd (Race is rather a single entity, all bodies belonging to extensions of said entity(Blame Peter F Hamilton for this))
none
Rock :(
1
2 (It better be this, or someone is going to get fucked up)

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Excellent.

Azeci Republic
Azecian (Ah-zee-shan)
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Empire - Ryndia Ascendancy
Species - Ryllik
Atmosphere - Hydrogen
Planet - Ice

Flag - 1
Ship Style - 1

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Location: "not here" would probably be accurate
PLEASE note that i'm going to be more or less continually updating this.

hm, just thought this might help: i'll just tally up all the votes so far (for things i can tally obviously, names... not so much)

Yes, i know there are more votes for ships than Flags. currently, as kazuel said either 1 or 2 is good, i'm putting in a vote for both 1 and 2. if SWS handles it differently so my numbers are wrong... deal...

Ships:
1 2 3 4 5
6 5 1 4 1 and irrelevent as ammar wins!

Flag:
1 2 3 4 5
4 1 4 3 3

Notable Names:
Rendarian Collective- 3 votes.
The Gyesmyd Swarm- 3 votes.

Notable Species:
Forumites- 2 votes.

Atmospheres:
Oxygen Hydrogen CO2 Methane None
2______5_______4___1_______3

Planets
Rock Gas Giant Ice
7____3_______4


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Location: Tellus Tertius
Name: Don't care
Race: Don't care
Atmosphere: Oxygen or Carbon Dioxide, no strong preference between the two
Planet type: Rock, preferably with oceans and abundant plantlife, don't now how detailed you can get though
Flag: 1
Ships: 3

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