Posted at 20:25 GMT on Sunday 26th August 2007
Signups for Round 23 - Echoes of the Past, a paid round, are currently open on our game server.
The game starts ticking at 20:00 GMT on Friday, 31st August, for 7 weeks.
The XP and buddy pack setup has not changed from Round 22. Alliance limits are set to 70.
Major changes from last round include:
-New forum system
-Cluster traveltimes have been increased by 1 on both attack and defense traveltimes, but to compensate for this the -4 hypergate traveltime has been introduced.
-Analysis of ship targeting for individual planets, for all planets in the galaxies (for the MoW) and for alliances (for alliance HCs).
-MoWs can scan whole galaxies at once
-Time waiting between alliances has been changed to 48 ticks
-Structure killers now kill a maximum of 10% of a planet's structures (increased from 5% last round)
-Signup and upgrade resource bonuses are increased:
5000 of each resource and an additional 5000 of each resource when you upgrade.
After tick 72:
5000+2000*tick of each resource and an additional 5000+1000*tick of each resource when you upgrade.
Also, to reiterate a change made last round, astropods that are EMPed, stolen or killed can no longer capture asteroids (as has been the case at points in the past).
A complete list of changes is listed in our manual changelog.
We also have updated and clarified the Multihunting rules, with a thread on the topic located on this forum thread.
We hope you join us, either as a free or upgraded account, in Round 23.