Vassallage: The Alternative To Dying In A Painful Nasty Messy Bloody And Above All Thorough Fashion

There are eleven players and one winner (maybe two).  Mathematically speaking, this means that sometimes you’re just plain gonna lose, no matter how good or skilled or lucky you happen to be.  Sometimes you die; sometimes you survive; sometimes… you change sides.  This is technically called “Becoming a Vassal”, though your former teammates may refer to it in other less salubrious terms.

So here’s what happens:  Someone has managed to get an overwhelming force next to your homeworld.  Your navy is shattered; your escape is cut off.  And your planets are Continue reading

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Necromancy: The Gentle Art Of Farming The Dead

WARNING: Due to ongoing updates to the Planets Nu game format, this information may soon be outdated in most non-Classic games. FightOrFail is likely to become active soon, which will likely eliminate most of these practices — and of course the new queue is going to change most everything. As we learn more, the article will be modified and more information will be added; please feel free to keep me posted in the comments.

There have been several rather obscure and technical debates in the Nu forums with regard to the practice of “Farming the Dead” (or Necromancy, as I prefer to call it). Some applaud Emork’s use of the Merlin-based PBP factory; others cry Continue reading

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Diplomacy; or, Make Dale Carnegie Proud Of You

“The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus. And I put them in a book. If you don’t like their rules, whose would you use?” — Dale Carnegie, on his book “How To Win Friends and Influence People

In Planets as in life, true and enduring success cannot belong to a person who fails at diplomacy.  In the Echo Cluster, Continue reading

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Honor in Warfare? A Dissent

My good friend Gnerphk has eloquently and logically put forth a definition of honorable warfare in VGA Planets, published proudly here on Planets Mag. His justifications are sound, logical, and rhetorically impressive. While it is easy to agree with many of the basic premises of his idea of honorable warfare, his thesis consists of the bold yet troubling Continue reading

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On Honor In Warfare

This short treatise was inspired by a public thread in the Aries War newsfeed. Two Emperors, at least one likely prospective Emperor, and several current and former championship contestants participated in a lively discussion on the subject, but in the end I felt that as many questions were raised as were answered. Here, then, I have attempted to organize many of the thoughts expressed on the subject and to Continue reading

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