Posted at 00:21 GMT on Tuesday 1st March 2011
we are now nearing the end of Round 40 - Whispers of War. The final tick, as mentioned on the Overview page, is 1177, and occurs at 20:00 GMT on Friday, 4th March.
As usual, we have removed the vacation mode option for this last week of the round and are monitoring c200 to ensure larger planets don't hide in there.
The End of Round Ceremony (EoRC) is provisionally scheduled for Friday, 4th March 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 2 weeks 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 centers 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
Round 41 signups will open by Friday, 25th March.
Voting for Round 41's name is NOW OPEN - please e-mail suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject "Round Name Suggestion". Submissions will be open for approximately one week, with the winner (selected on a public poll) getting a free credit.
Currently confirmed round setup:
-Round will consist of normal (free) and premium (paid/upgraded) accounts
-Ticks (turns) will occur every hour.
-Ticks will start at 20:00 GMT on Friday, 1st April and continue for 7 weeks.
-A "shuffle" will occur at tick 12, at 07:00 GMT on Saturday, 2nd April. Previous to this, planets will be in one of 20 random "starter" galaxies. At the beginning of tick 12, when the shuffle occurs, members of "buddy packs" will be placed together to form new galaxies, with those planets not in a buddy pack added randomly to each galaxy afterwards.
-After the shuffle at tick 12, there is no guaranteed way to join a specific galaxy until tick 336.
-Galaxies post tick 12 will consist of up to 4 buddy-packed members (1 pack of 4 members, 1 pack of 3 members, or 2 packs of 2 members) and a mixture of random premium and random normal accounts.
-Protection will end at tick 24. After this, players can attack each other through fleets of ships or through covert operation attacks.
-At tick 336, "late signups" open. This allows galaxies effectively bring their "buddy packed" members up to 5. If a single buddy pack of 4 (or 2 x 2) was present at shuffle time, then 1 additional member can be added. If it was a buddy pack of 3, then 2 additional members can join. This is based on the number of buddy packed members at shuffle time, not at tick 336 or later.
-A planet can reset and "late signup" whilst in protection, or new planet can sign up and join directly from the sign up page. Setting your account to delete and signing up a new account is classed as cheating and not accepted.
-If a late joiner self exiles, is exiled, closed or deleted, then he or she cannot be replaced.
-Alliance limits will remain at 80 members.
-Ship statistics are new and currently undergoing revision at http://beta.planetarion.com/manual.pl?page=stats.
Beta signups will open during this weekend for testing.