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Let's Play Twilight Imperium 2: The Galaxy Burns

Paul Goodman | 10 Sep 2014 16:00
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The Mindnet's powerful fleets form an imposing defensive line.

Host Protocol Justin Says:Galactic Standardized Unit Of Temporal Measurement 000100 to 000111

Command: Access 000100, 000101, 000111

Status: Retrieving directory

Status: Offsets: Server: 0. Local system: -110111. Galactic Variance: +110111

Response: Connected to Galactic.Mindnet.Advancement

Status: Planetary system pacification exceeding optimal expansion parameters. Additional industrial capacity required to meet calculated future requirements. Deep space scans indicate species Sardakk N'orr's territory contains necessary framework. Additional scans uncover conflict in sector space surrounding home planet Mecatol Rex. Species Xxcha are hemmed in by astrological anomalies and the Federation of Sol. Heavy fighting between races is the only predictably calculated outcome. Yin Brotherhood's rapid expansion interferes with The Universities of Jol-Nar's technological mastery. The Universities of Jol-Nar's affinity for technology determined through venn diplomatic functions to be parallel to Galactic.Mindnet.Advancement. An "accord" was achieved. Review of Jol-Nar's research methods proves fruitful in completing Inheritance Systems, allowing Mindnet technologic advancements without previously necessary intervening research. With the "accord" in place, primary fleet 0001 dispatched with full dreadnought contingent to Sardakk N'orr. Calculations and logistical endeavors allow fleet to close with Sardakk N'orr home world at unprecedented speeds. Logic memory containing calculations became corrupted under strain, unable to recover. Species Sardakk N'orr known for exceedingly aggressive nature. Their home defenses were formidable. But technological superiority and emergency repairs to dreadnought fleet drive them from home planets.

Pending: Continued expansion and pacification of Sardakk N'orr systems. Further conflict expected, begin research and construction of project war_sun_mk1.

Command: Compile 000100, 000101, 000111

Log out: Integrated Turning Host Protocol "Justin" Subserver Galactic Mindnet Advancement Algorithm

The main armadas of the Yin and Jol-Nar, stuck in a duel neither has a clear chance of winning.

Chancellor Greg of Jol-Nar says: The Universities are in a precarious position in the galaxy. The L1z1x Mindnet has made a strong show of force on our borders, and essentially demanded our forces attack the fanatic Yin Brotherhood or be destroyed. For now, we have agreed to their plans. While the strength of our fleet grows, there are not enough Jol-Nar ships in the skies to survive a full assault from the Mindnet's flagship. We agreed to use their presence as a pretext for building ships quickly.

The Yin Brotherhood is also quietly growing in numbers. Darien's sons expanded quickly to take over the most valuable planets near their home world, belching their ships into space surrounded by thousands of suited attackers. In order to combat them, we would need to conduct strong, concentrated attacks on their flank. As Academician, I ordered a space dock be built in orbit around Lesab.

When a fleet was deemed large enoughto insure victory, I ordered an assault on the twin system of Hercalor and Tiamat. The skies above these two celestial bodies were aflame. Our single dreadnought was damaged by laser, and a suicide run by the Brotherhood rammed an enitre cruiser into its flank, destroying it. The J.N.S. Hylarim went into red alert and released a coordinated barrage of fire which ripped into the Yin Brotherhood's remaining dreadnoughts, taking out 4 of them. The space battle was won by the Universities, and we invaded the two planets. There were some losses in ground forces, but there were deemed acceptable.

The war between the Universities and the Brotherhood had begun.

Soon after, our fleet was put on the defensive as a massive counter-attack was launched by the Brotherhood. We attempted to flee through a wormhole, but that retreat was stymied by Yin agents who sabotaged our jump drives. After exchanging some fire, our fleets retreated to Lesab to regroup and rebuild. The Brotherhood retook Tiamat, but Hercalor is still under our control with a PDS to defend against bombardment.

Then came a stalemate. Diplomacy and espionage prevented another battle as both our fleets were prevented from moving against each other. I fear we have invested too much in this war. Jol-Nar is a place of learning, not warmongering. Damn the Mindnet for forcing our hand.

Reports are coming in from L1z1x that the algorithm has all but conquered the Sardak Norr. The Mindnet now has territory spanning a third of the known galaxy. We also have eye-witness reports the L1z1x Mindnet have launched not one, but TWO War Suns. Damn them! The plans for those magnificent ships came from the Universities of Jol-Nar, and now they are using our own breakthroughs to dominate the galaxy.

Clearly, priorities have shifted. We have opened communications with the Yin Brotherhood. A ceasefire is the only logical option.

The Wrap-Up

Despite some furious fighting, the wars between Josh, Paul, Greg and Janelle have reach a stalemate with neither side having a clear advantage, while Justin's massive military build-up and successful assaults have left Jon's fledgling empire in ruins. As we enter round 7, the mid-point of the game, the players will have to consider if they can afford to keep shooting at each other while Justin's empire remains untouched. At the end of Round 6, Janelle found herself tied for 1st place with Justin with 5 victory points each, while the other players all tie for 2nd place. Paul, sadly, still remains in last place with 0.

Come back next week for more Twilight!

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