Posted at 07:02 GMT on Tuesday 30th November 2010
A quick update on the plans for the next couple of months:
Round 39 - "Ghosts from the Past" ends on 10th December at 20:00 GMT.
As usual, we are removing all planets from vacation mode, removing the option to enter vacation mode and removing top 100-200 planets from c200 during the last week of the round, starting at 20:00 GMT on Friday 3rd December.
This is to stop planets from hiding during the last week of the round. If you require an exception to this, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your user id and reason why you need vacation mode
The End of Round Ceremony (EoRC) will be held at 21:00 GMT for an hour in #planetarion on irc.netgamers.org (accessible via the com unit). It will consist of interviews with the top players, the top galaxy and representatives of the alliance, and then finish with an alliance competition (allcomp), where users will [tag] in their nickname for their alliance, and the winning alliance will win a few credits.
After the EoRC has been completed, the game will be setup for the "havoc" period, of fast-ticked madness. This will run for approximately 1 week and be setup as follows:
-All researches completed
-500 million resources total (split over metal/crystal/eonium according to race)
-3000 asteroids total (split over metal/crystal/eonium according to race)
-30 of each factory, 30 wave amplifiers, 50 security centres and 30 of each refinery ADDED to each planet
-XP will be kept
-Asteroid mining limits increased to 8 million asteroids total
-Maximum construction limit set at 800 constructions
-Ticks set at every 15 minutes
Winter Festival Mini-Round
Firstly, a message from Jagex:
We would like to firstly apologise for the technical problems we have recently been suffering from. This was an issue with our current Firewall provider and we are currently working with them to ensure such problems do not return.
To compensate for this we will be running a free mini round over the festive period following the end of Round 39. This will be open to all and will hopefully offer some welcome rest bite from the excessive portions of Christmas Pudding!
Once again, we apologise for the technical problems and we thank you for your patience.
We will look to run this round over December and early January.
The provisional setup is as follows:
-Signups will open 10th December with ticks starting 17th December and continuing until 7th January.
-Every account is upgraded
-30 minute ticks
-Private galaxies of 8
-Late joiners up to 8 planets
-No self exile
-Planets exiled from the galaxy to c200 are effectively out of the game
-Ship stats will be Christmas themed and single targetting
-No limits on defence
-Capture the Flag element for every galaxy but this won't be the only ranking system!
-Additional Special Asteroids with 5% mining bonuses in 1:1
-Galaxy ETA now ETA 3 to defend (usually ETA 5)
-Base Universe ETA now ETA 14 (usually ETA 12)
-Cluster def ETA bonus of -2
-News scans will have a delay of 1 tick on the news they can see, not 3 ticks.
Round name entries will be open soon for 2-3 weeks
Signups Open: 7th January
Ticks Start: 14th January
Ticks End: 4th March
The alliance limit will be static, but buddy packs will increase to 4. Any other setup is yet to be confirmed
More news on the mini round and Round 40 to follow over the next couple of weeks!