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Offline Gyrfalcon

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Re: Cold War Comments Thread
« Reply #675 on: April 22, 2023, 04:02:52 PM »
Sure, but that’s all meta. None of the races are likely to jump the Alliance together like that, and their free budget almost equals the next race’s total budget. All that money goes towards continued expansion and ever-accelerating research.
 

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Cold War
« Reply #676 on: May 13, 2023, 10:22:39 AM »
Okay, so here is where we're at.  The Cold War Campaign is getting more and more time consuming to move forward, as the races have grown and the turns take longer to process.  While still not as large as the Phoenix Campaign was, it has gotten to the point where I have to force myself to sit down and work through each turn.  I could continue, if I wanted, but I feel like I'm at the point of diminishing returns. 

As Gyrfalcon noted, the Alliance is now the dominant power in known space.  Even if all of the other powers in known space joined together against them it's not clear they could defeat them, as the Alliance also has the highest technology, and the other powers would have to attack independently, without being able to coordinate, for the most part.  The Mintek, the primary aggressor race in the campaign at this point, was not shown in the recent comparison post, but if they had been it would be clear they are outmatched.  Their income is approximately equal to that of the CSR, which means it is half that of the Alliance, and their fleet is at a similar disadvantage.  Worse, they have no friends, and if/when they launched their final assault on the Alliance, they would rapidly find themselves under attack from at least the CSR, if not the Colonial Union as well. 

All of this means that I am considering calling a halt to the Campaign at this point.  The Campaign is over three years old at this point, and that's longer than I thought I would be running it.  I'll let you all know what I decide shortly. 
 
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Re: Cold War Comments Thread
« Reply #677 on: May 16, 2023, 08:45:40 AM »
Maybe the time has come for a brand new campaign?
 

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Re: Cold War Comments Thread
« Reply #678 on: May 16, 2023, 06:52:10 PM »
Maybe the time has come for a brand new campaign?

I thought I'd post some cleanup for this campaign, wrapping some things up, then start on an Aurora campaign.  It has been a long time since I did anything more than dabble with Aurora, though, so it'll take me some time to re-learn how it works. 
 
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Re: Cold War Comments Thread
« Reply #679 on: May 16, 2023, 10:13:14 PM »
Maybe the time has come for a brand new campaign?

I thought I'd post some cleanup for this campaign, wrapping some things up, then start on an Aurora campaign.  It has been a long time since I did anything more than dabble with Aurora, though, so it'll take me some time to re-learn how it works.

I too am sorry to hear this is coming to a close. I lost track of the thread a while back and just started re-reading from the beginning, so perhaps by the time I get to the end it will be concluded.

However I would be very excited to see a new Kurt Aurora AAR, it's been a long time since the VB6 ones and Steve is not holding up his end of the fiction forum so someone has to.  :P  I also look forward to seeing you put to test the supposition that a long-running campaign with 100s of systems is not doable in Aurora, mind you I am not expecting you to disprove the notion, just to test it very thoroughly.  ;D
 

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Re: Cold War Comments Thread
« Reply #680 on: May 17, 2023, 06:51:08 AM »
Maybe the time has come for a brand new campaign?

I thought I'd post some cleanup for this campaign, wrapping some things up, then start on an Aurora campaign.  It has been a long time since I did anything more than dabble with Aurora, though, so it'll take me some time to re-learn how it works.
A lot has happened in this campaign and there have been a few good places to end things, I think just post D'Bringi schism is a pretty good place to end things. We'll just have to imagine the how the CU and Alliance fight the Mintek and whoever their masters are and hopefully live mostly happily ever after. I'm sure they could work something out. Although I guess the Alliance can stomp the Mintek by themselves with that kind of economy lol.

If you plan on having several playable races, I would recommend you familiarise yourself with the DB. I've found I need to do a lot of DB editing, especially to simulate trading and stuff. If you just have 2 rival races it probably won't be an issue.
 

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Re: Cold War Comments Thread
« Reply #681 on: May 17, 2023, 07:18:59 AM »
My plan, at least initially, is to watch some of the Aurora videos on Youtube, and experiment with some simple starter campaigns, to get a feel for the various aspects of the game that have changed since I last played.  I may post write-ups for those campaigns, but they are likely going to be short and targeted on one or two aspects of the game that I want to familiarize myself with before starting a larger campaign.  I will be posting some stuff to wrap up the Cold War Campaign over the next week or so. 
 
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Re: Cold War Comments Thread
« Reply #682 on: May 17, 2023, 07:52:25 AM »
Thanks for your fiction. It was a most enjoyable read.
 

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Re: Cold War Comments Thread
« Reply #683 on: May 17, 2023, 02:49:44 PM »
Was anyone going to meet the D’Bringi Benefactors in game?
 

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Re: Cold War Comments Thread
« Reply #684 on: May 20, 2023, 11:12:50 AM »
Thanks for your fiction. It was a most enjoyable read.

Thanks, I appreciate it.  I plan to continue campaign write-ups in the future, although it may be some time before I start a new campaign as I have to relearn Aurora. 
 
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Re: Cold War Comments Thread
« Reply #685 on: May 20, 2023, 11:14:02 AM »
Was anyone going to meet the D’Bringi Benefactors in game?

I was going back and forth on that.  I will explain in the next several wrap-up posts how I thought things would progress, and that includes the benefactors. 
 
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Re: Cold War Comments Thread
« Reply #686 on: May 27, 2023, 10:42:57 AM »
Hey Kurt,

Long time reader, first time commentor here.   Just wanted to say thank you for all the hard work that has gone into this campaign.   It has been a joy to read over the years!

I was wondering if, now that the Campaign is winding down, would it be possible to add some updated maps of the universe to the maps thread? It would be fascinating to see the scale of everything!

Cant wait to read whatever your next play through ends up being.   
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Re: Cold War Comments Thread
« Reply #687 on: May 28, 2023, 04:00:57 AM »
Sounds like a very nice way to wrap everything up. Nothing like a massive schism and then a huge war to get everybody to be friends, or at least put everybody into a cooperative mood.
 

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Re: Cold War Comments Thread
« Reply #688 on: May 29, 2023, 12:28:15 PM »
Thanks to all who have expressed an interest in the Campaign!  It warms my heart to know that there are people out there that enjoy my campaigns.

Gyrfalcon: Yes, they would have made an appearance at some point in the late game.  I forgot to put that into the "future" post that I recently uploaded, so I'll do one more that will cover that. 

Doublerobz23: Thanks, I really appreciate it.  I like your idea of the maps and I'll upload them over the next couple of days. 

StarshipCactus: Nothing like the threat of destruction to convince you to get along with your neighbors!
 
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Re: Cold War Comments Thread
« Reply #689 on: May 31, 2023, 02:16:02 PM »
Thanks for the campaign write-up Kurt.  Your work is always a great read  :)