The Cabal's Secret Hideout

Our TradeWars 2002 Homepage

Web Master: traitor@tw-cabal.com


CONTENTS
"Of *COURSE* I know what I'm doing!  It's *PERFECT*!  I've tested this hundreds of times." -Traitor
"Hmmm...well...err...I guess there *MIGHT* still be some bugs in the script." -Traitor, 2 seconds after the above quote.
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OLD News:

June 8, 2006 - By Traitor

I changed my mind.  Sometimes waving the TW flag can be a bad thing, especially when it's only for your own self gratification.  It went from being hilarious to being sad and pathetic.  I had thought that the persecution of UTW and Sage in particular by most of the EIS crowd was undeserved.  Now I suspect that much of it was justified, even if the particulars might not have always been accurate.   

May 19, 2006 - By Traitor

Happy 5th Birthday TW-Cabal!!  

Well, ok, so it's late.  What else is new?  Happy B-day anyway.  And thank you to everyone who helped to make this site what it is today.  Also, a BIG thank you to everyone who voted for this site in the 2005 TW Awards!  I knew I would get the Best Info.  What I didn't expect was for EIS to fare so poorly.  I was hoping to take the undisputed 2005 TW Best Overall Website in the TW awards for the third year in a row, but I will probably have to share with the UTW guys.  I find the entire thing hilarious, particularly how some of the entries for '05 didn't even exist or play until '06.  I thought about doing something like "2005 Totally Disputed Best Overall Website and Totally Un-disputed 2005 Best Information Website" but honestly, I think it means a lot to those UTW guys and I don't want to ruin what would otherwise be a happy occasion for them.  Any recognition out here is a blessing, and anyone who helps keep the TW banner flying is ok in my book, even if I don't care for their rules. (although I will be showing up to one of their turns games sooner or later...) Besides, I'm not going to put up anything in my corner picture recognizing the '05 awards till Vulcan says something official.

In other news, the TWX Proxy 2.04 Beta was released by Elder Prophet!  Go and get it at Grimy!  I've also released a few scripts, some to the public, and others to friends.  Once I get some feedback, more will be coming.  I've decided that it's more important for the tools to be out there for everyone to get.  Most of what I have has been available in one form or another for a while now anyway, but only to the few.  There are just a few things I need to finish.

In still other news, John Pritchett has decided to redo TradeWars!  Calling it Trade Wars: Tournament.  If you play TW, you should go check it out!  It might just herald the return of the Old School TW many of us fell in love with.  Sign up in the forums and let your opinion be heard!

March 30, 2006 - By Traitor

This site is creeping up on it's 5th year anniversary.  I should do something special.  I think I will, and it'll be TWXProxy related.

Believe it or not, last weekend, I filled a 20 yard dumpster with the leftover crap from The Ex*.  That was just what was in the garage and the back yard.  And when I say filled, I mean:  JUMPING-UP-AND-DOWN-ON-THE-HEAPED-UP-PILE-O-CRAP-SO-IT'S-BELOW-THE-EDGE-
SO-THE-FREAKING-GARBAGE-COMPANY-WOULD-TAKE-IT
full.  Now all I have to do is clear out the 2 rooms in the basement, and I'll be done.  The weather is getting nicer here finally, so it should get finished soon.  It's already been a boon to get my 25' x 30' garage back.  No more parking in the rain!  And I can finally have that workshop I've always wanted.

Oh, yeah, TW.  Um...I got nothing new.  EP's working on the beta, fixing the last known bug.  I got a few scripts I plan on releasing as soon as his beta comes out, or shortly after.  The big one is a newer version of Movehelper and a personal/corp fig tracker.  They work together to provide up to the second fig updates.  Meaning that Movehelper tracks all figs all the time, even while in passive mode.  And, more importantly, it tracks Equipment MCIC's! (assuming you have EP's script.  I may hack CK's MCIC tracker to work with it too.)  I need a bit of a hand from EP to get the Search Routine working with the new stuff, but it'll be out soon.  I'm also debating releasing a few other scripts I've written specifically for 2.04.  Mostly to get the ball rolling on showing people what's possible now that the DB bugs have been fixed.  I don't really feel like doing too much more with TW once 2.04 comes out.  I know what the smart players will do with it, and I don't have much interest in playing that kind of game.  Heh.  I'm sure in a few months, I'll change my mind again.  Seems to be a pattern with me.   But for now, I've got bigger and better things occupying my time.

 

* For those of you at home keeping score, they tacked on another month.  And once that month is done, they will likely hit her with another.  Heh.  

Feb 15, 2006 - By Traitor

Dang but I've been busy.  Work and Home keeping me away from TW.  I'm doing fine, better than I've ever been.  When life gets good enough that I have to cut the game I love out of my life...Well, um, that's a good thing.

I've been devoting most of my spare time to learning Linux for work.  Ubuntu is a nice distro.  Simple to use for an old Windows user like myself.  The rest of my time is split between hanging out with my new GF, and working on developing the plot for my high-level campaign.  My desire to write has returned.  One of the reasons I got a laptop in the first place was to enable me to write wherever I wanted.  Now, a year later, I'm finally getting around to it. 

I'll keep the site up, of course.  I'm also not dumb enough to try to announce my retirement from TW again.  heh.  I'm just on a break.  ;-)

 

Jan 10, 2006 - By Traitor

Free at last, free at last, free at last!  I am now officially divorced.  That's the good news.  The bad news is that I've got to get my life sorted out again.  I kept the house, but she got 1/2 my stuff.*  So I'm in the long process of getting her stuff out of my house and replacing what was lost.  Things should be sorted out by the end of the month.  But in the meantime, I'm focusing on R/L issues and won't be on ICQ or in games much.  Most of my free time I'm spending with friends or testing TWX Proxy 2.04.

Oh, and it's been 17 days since I had a smoke.  w00t!

* Heh.  Normally, I'd be really bitter, but seeing as she's in jail... 

Nov 22, 2005 - By Traitor

Well, well. Time for an update I guess.

The EISOnline forums are back!  Thanks to Earth for hosting them.

I've been going through some of the new and old TW websites out there, and I've found a few interesting things.  90% of the stuff out there is old and out of date.  I'm not sure that anything can be done about that.  I'm going to try to contact some of the owners, and try to get them to put in more current links.  5% is usable, and the remaining 5% is stuff from my site that people have ripped.  I don't mind people putting my stuff on their sites, but I can't stand it when they somehow manage to leave my name off of it, or in some cases don't even have a link to my site.  The offenders are getting little e-mails reminding them to go review the about section of my site, particularly the last paragraph.  I want credit for the work I put into them.  

I am making some minor changes to my site over the next few weeks.  Nothing major, just some updates and new links.

Nine-Eleven, 2005 - By Traitor

Never forget.  Never forgive!  It's easy to loose sight of the events of four years ago.  With the slow passage of time, old wounds get forgotten.  Then new tragedies come along and tear at them.  I had several chances in my life to go explore the Big Easy.  I wish I had. When things get a little more put back together down there, I think I'll go and do my part to contribute to the economy down there. 

Whenever Nature reminds us of how insignificant and fragile we really are, it is in our nature to try to find blame.  I would ask everyone to take a moment and ask themselves what you have done to help out your fellows down South before trying to peruse the guilty.  If you are satisfied with your contribution, then by all means, run them down and expose them to the light.

Four years gone, and I'm still waiting for that Zealot's head to be delivered to We The People on a platter!  And it appears that we are no closer.  Instead we're being told that it's hard to find him.  Instead we're being told that they didn't anticipate such a strong insurgency in Iraq.  Instead we're being told that they didn't anticipate so much looting in New Orleans.  Instead we're being given excuses.  Poor excuses.  Are they COMPLETE MORONS?!?  I was talking about how bad the insurgency was going to be months before we went in.  And I'm not the most politically keen tool in the shed.  And I KNEW that when you leave only the most economically depressed people in a city to fend for themselves after a disaster like that, that you MIGHT get some looting. 

Hey guys, do you think that maybe appointing someone who examined horses NARDS for a living to FEMA was a FREAKING BAD IDEA!?!  Patronage and cronyism are the hallmarks of corruption, fascism, and communism.  We're a loooong way from that, but the cracks are starting to show.  I mean if we can't even take care of our OWN, how the heck is anyone else going to take us seriously?  Small wonder those Zealots are so bold.

So, why the fuck don't you get your own heads out of the horses asses, clean up the messes you let happen, and then BRING ME THAT ASSTARD ZEALOT'S HEAD!

Then... then maybe we can move on and start working on those cracks in the system. 

Before they become breaches.

Aug 16th, 2005 - By Traitor

When things get more settled in my life, and some of the newness of my situation wears off, I'll try to reconnect.  This site will be up as long as it is still a useful tool to the TW community.  And I'm always open to people who want to contribute to it.  It's actually more likely that I'll update this site before I return to formal play.

In the meantime, Happy Hunting!

May 3rd, 2005 - By Traitor

Added a few things to the Glossary.  Cleaned up a few administrative things too.

April 26th, 2005 - By Traitor

Ok, 3 peeps gave me positive feedback on the visited hyperlink colors.  All of it was positive.  Good enough for me to roll it out to all my pages.  Also took some time to do some cleanup, so my HTML pages shouldn't load with errors anymore.  Let me know if I missed anything.

Added a new script to the scripts page, Stupid ANSI Tricks.  It's just a quick one off that highlights some of the things you can do with ANSI codes.  I was planning on doing more, but Psion pointed out that some of the things I was planning on showing people don't work with TWX 2.02, and only work with 2.03.  Since the majority of people still use 2.02, I want to hold off until I can test under both versions and show people what works in which versions.  So much for my b-day surprise.  hehe.  Well, at least ansi_codes.ts seems to work in both versions.  It's not much of a script, but it does show you some of the nifty things you can do with ANSI to make your script output look more interesting.  

More as I have time, but it may be a bit, since I've become really busy in real life again.  

April 19th, 2005 - By Traitor

Cherokee will probably be taking his Lost Traders Tavern website down soon, and so with Cherokee's permission, I have copied his Advanced Haggling Lessons to my site.  You can find it in the same place as before, on the Strategy page, but I've reformatted it for my site.  Thanks CK for your work on this.  Hope you have fun on your extended break!

Also, I've decided to try brightening up the visited hyperlinks up a bit.  Just testing it out on my main page for now.  The old visited hyperlinks looked like THIS, the new ones should look like THIS.  Let me know what you guys think.  If people like the new look, I'll set all the pages up the new way.  I must be getting old, cause the old visited hyperlinks were getting hard to read.  heh. Anyway, I've tried to use the same colors for my site as the ones found in the game.  This would be a slight departure from that, but in the interests of readability, I thought I would give it a go.  While I could make this site really flashy, and add frames and crap, I won't because I like the austere look of my site.  I think it's more in keeping with the spirit of the game.  (Well, that and it's a lot easier to manage!)  No ads, no cookies, nothing between you and the TW goodness you all crave!

And finally, I've moved back to my original ISP, Geekoids.com!  There are several reasons, but mostly it's because I can afford it again.  And I'd rather support a locally owned and operated Oregon company, than indirectly supporting a faceless European company.  (And yes, I know I could also have Comcast, my home ISP, host it, but that's not the point.)  Also, while Kemper3 and I NEVER had any issues, I feel better knowing my baby is totally in my control again.  I'll be able to look at the website stats again too.  Finally, it'll be easier for me to get a TW server hosted through Geekoids.  Yeah, I'm thinking about putting up a TWGS again.  If I do, it'll put a real crimp on my TW play time, but it may be worth it in the end.  Anyway, that's something for the future.

Thanks again to K3 for hosting this site for the last 9 months till I could get everything straightened out.  

April 13th, 2005 - By Traitor

What a long strange trip its been.  Four years ago today, I decided to make a Perma Corp website.  I never had any experience with html.  But I wanted to learn.  When I started this site, I really didn't expect it to become what it has today.  The website has, after all, outlived the corp it was made for.  I don't often use this space for personal reflection, which I'm sure all of you are thankful for.  I want to thank everyone out there that ever sent me a note, whether it was a compliment, suggestion, correction, or criticism.  I really couldn't have done it without all of your support.  Thank you!  I renewed tw-cabal.com today, so ya got another 2 years of ad-free TW goodness. 

Now, four years later, and I still don't know anything about html.  Heh.

Happy Hunting!

April 12th, 2005 - By Traitor

Added something to the Strategy page.  Psion wrote a nice article on Trader Fleeing, and how it works.  Check it out!  This actually came in handy in my last game!

Also updated the Formula's page again.  
Added Exp and Align gains for blowing up a trader on a port or on a planet.
Added Trader Flee formula.
Added Defensive Rating and fig costs for blowing up ports

April 4th, 2005 - By Traitor

Updated the Formula's page.  Added 2 new things:
Red Experience and Align Gains for SST and SDT, per turn
Red Profit Breakdown for SST, SDT, Team SDT, and Megga Rob.
The Red profit assumes that the ports you are using are -65 MCIC ports, and you are being furbed.  These values are the max profit.  Check them out!

Also, I've been working on a few projects that you will likely see on www.grimytrader.com in the next few weeks.

February 6, 2005 - By Traitor

Thanks again to everyone for voting for this site in the 2004 TW Awards!  I've been really busy in real life, but wanted to jot out a quick note to say THANKS!

December 14, 2004 - By Traitor

Two things:
If you haven't already heard about it, Elder Prophet has been working on a super accurate Port Trading script.  His Trade Script blog is located here: http://jroller.com/page/ElderProphet
Do yourself a favor and ask him nicely if you can get in on the beta :)

2nd thing is that I've decided to re-design my scripts page, and try to bring it into this century.  I have added links to my TWX tutorials there, and added a few scripts.  Most of these scripts are not uber-killah scripts, but are designed to show people how to do some cool things in TWX.  Most of them are fairly well documented.  Feedback appreciated.

November 5, 2004 - By Traitor

Well, it may not be readily apparent, but I've made a few changes to the site.  Mostly cosmetic.  More to come.

As for new content, I'm open to suggestions.  I've always wanted to have a "New Player Guide", but after several attempts to get one started, I've come to the conclusion that it's not a simple task.  The best way to learn is to find someone who knows how to play to show you the ropes.  But if any of you want to take a stab at it, you have my full support.  E-mail me if you are interested. 

Nine-Eleven, 2004 - By Traitor

Never forget.  When I was seven, my parents took me to the top of the Towers.  I will never forget the view.  All told, we lived in Brooklyn for 2 years.  And I don't think a day went by when I didn't see them.  In this year of political polarization, I'd like to ask everyone to remember one thing:  Those zealot idiots killed Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and non-voters alike.  They killed mothers, fathers, sons and daughters.  They killed million-dollar executives, and they killed minimum wage service workers.  They killed Americans, immigrants, and foreign nationals.  I am disgusted with the politicians who try to politicize this tragic strike at our country and use it for their personal gain.  This event goes beyond politics, and hits at the core of what it means to be free.  I don't much care how you vote, only that you hold the images of the ruined Towers, the hole smashed into the Pentagon, and the smoldering crash site in Pennsylvania firmly in your mind, and ask yourself this:  In the last three years, have we really made the terrorists PAY for those lives lost then, and now?  Do you think they fear or respect us enough that they won't hit us again?  If not, why not?  Even some of our allies don't respect us.  (Though some may fear us...)  We are the land of the free and the home of the brave, right?  Shouldn't we be a shining beacon of hope, freedom, and righteousness that shines the truth into the darkest corners of the world?  We should fear nothing, and we should strike terror into our enemies hearts until their bowels quicken and the loose all hope of ever extinguishing our bright flame.  To live in fear is to surrender yourself to them.  Never forget, never forgive! 

Aug 23, 2004 - By Traitor

It's been a long time since I did any updates, so here you go.  I updated the tips section.  Added a few, and reworded or changed others.  Some updates to the Glossary section also.  All changes marked with an "*".  Also cleaned up my links section.  Took out the dead links, and added a few new ones.  Also I will be cleaning up the strategy links a bit.  That area needs more work, but I'm too tired now to finish it.  I have all the articles archived, now I just gotta get them back up on my site.

July 17, 2004 - By Traitor

Thanks K3 for hosting!  I can be such a drama queen sometimes.  hehe.  I'm working on getting the DNS changes, so hopefully this weekend the old addy will work.  I'd also like to thank Roberts, ElderProphet and K3 for getting me to pull my head out of my ass.  Without their support, I would still be sulking.

I'm probably going to still play TW, but I've had it with big games and tourneys.  There is too much pressure to win, and those with weak hearts will always give into the temptation to bend or break either the rules, or spirit in which the rules were created.  In hindsight, I have to ask myself, "What did you expect, moron?  This is the 4th major game you have played in, and each time the game has been marred by someone doing something cheap.  Why are you so surprised this time. eh?" I truly wish I could bring myself to hate those people, but the reality is they can't help themselves, much like heroin addicts.  After I get over the anger, all I really feel for them is pity that their sad little egos are so wrapped up in winning a game.   

On to better things.  I had the most fun playing this game when I knew and trusted the people I was playing with.  I also had more fun when I was a relatively anonymous player.  So it's back to changing my name every game.  And building a new corp.

July 17, 2004 - By Kemper3

Site is back up at this location (http://www.twinfo.org/twcabal/). If all goes well, traitor should update the dns info soon and http://www.tw-cabal.com/ will point to here. I think everything should be working correctly, but if there are problems, please let me know. You can contact me via email: kemper3 at roguesrattery dot com. Enjoy!

Mar 2, 2004 - By Traitor

YEAH BABY!  I'm baaaaaaaaaaack!!! (for the 4th or 5th time!)  Yep. I'm playing again.  Just when I had completely given up hope, I've managed to figure out a way to have the time to play again.

I'd like to thank those of you who voted this website the Best Website - INFO/NEWS for the second time in a row.  THANK YOU!!!  Getting Best Website Overall was just gravy.  I'll put in a better graphic once I get a hold of one.  I guess I had better get cracking on some long overdue updates, huh?  I have heard your voice, and I will answer.  One of the things I want to do is see if I can improve the look and feel of this place.  I still want to keep the traditional TW colors, but I've learned a bit over the years, and there are some areas that I could improve.   I still plan on leaving this place Ad free!  I hate long loading times.  I may try to break things up a bit to increase the speed here too.  I'm still mulling ideas in my head.

I must admit that having JP actively working on TWGS again had a lot to do with my return.  Before you go thinking that I'm one of THOSE people who totally favors the changes, I want to say that there are some changes that bug me.  But I have told the appropriate people what my concerns are, and that's all I need to do.  If I have more concerns, I'll be sure to let them know.  Way too many people had knee-jerk reactions to the changes, when only time and testing will reveal whether these changes are good or bad.

Jan 29, 2004 - By Traitor

Um... Happy New Year? Ok, ok, so I'm late.  

I had thought about posting a list of known bugs in version .55 on my site, but based on responses in the twgs.org forum, I've decided that it's probably better if I don't.  While the thought of lighting a fire under JP's toes to get him to release a patch is appealing, the fact that it's been two years since the last update, and the fact that he's known about these bugs for the same amount of time or longer, makes me think that posting the bugs I know about will only hasten the demise of the game.  J-Man brought up the most interesting point I think.  Frankly, I'd rather JP spent his time on version 4 too!  Sooner or later, someone will open their mouths, and doom version 3.x.  But it won't be me.

Nine-Eleven, 2003 - By Traitor

Never forget.  A lot has happened in the last two years.  Take a moment and try to remember where you were that day when you found out.  Then remember the heroism displayed by the Firefighters, Rescue Workers, and the Police.  Then remember that Americans gave billions of dollars to charity to help the victims.  Remember the victims, remember the valor.  Remember our troops who are stationed far from home, who can't be with their loved ones to comfort them on this day.  And always, show the ones who did this no more mercy than they showed our people.  

Sept 5, 2003 - By Traitor

I've made a few updates to the tips section that Kemper pointed out I had wrong, or was vague.  Tips 7, 9, 30, 33, and 34.  Just a little note: If my site says one thing, and Kemper says another, I'd lean towards believing Kemper.  I've been out of the loop for a while now.  Of course, you should test out anything for yourself.  

July 24, 2003 - By Traitor

I'm no good at this.  On Sunday, July 20th, our friend and corpie Kermit (John Murphy) tragically passed away.  I'm kind of at a loss as to where to start singing his praises.  He was a great friend and a great corpie and he will be missed by everyone who knew him.

June 25, 2003 - By Traitor

My personal life is getting better.  It's been a nice break.  I've made a decision.  I'm going to keep the website up, and I'm going to keep updating it.  If you see me playing now, it's just to test something, or to show someone how something works.  I may just make monthly updates, I donno yet.  

Anyway, I have made updates to The Glossary, and the Links page (mostly cleanup).  And, finally, I have added a few more things to the Strategy Page.  Most of it is unfinished, but it'll give you an idea of what I've been working on.  More soon.

May 16, 2003 - By Traitor

I've decided to self destruct.  Since I got back into this game over 10 years ago, I have been ignoring the things that were most important to me.  As I've done several times in the past, I put this game ahead of my family and my R/L friends.  This time is different tho.  This time things went a bit too far.  Now when I fire up ZOC, I am reminded of what I've lost, and how much more I stand to lose.  I can't do it anymore.  

Will I ever finish the other projects?  I don't know.  I may do the occasional update if I happen to get a weekend away from the family.  Or I may just pass on what I started to someone else to finish.

I may come back if TW4 ever comes out.  I may not.  

Thanks to everyone who contributed to my website.  I have no intention of taking it down.  I'm going to see if any of my corpies or other TW friends want to maintain it.  I will also answer the occasional e-mail.  I won't be following the fourms anymore tho.  If nothing else, I'll keep tw-cabal running till the domain expires.  But right now, I just can't stomach any more TW.  

HAPPY HUNTING!!! -Traitor

ARE YOU SURE CAPTAIN? (Y/N) [N] Yes

You issue the command to your Ship computer to start the Corbomite
self-destruct system. All of your crew jettison in escape pods, but you,
the captain, remain behind with your vessel. You stand proud on the
wretched remains of the bridge of your ship as the count down finishes:

In a nearby sector, a Federation Patrol Ship notices a brilliant star
suddenly flare and then die out in the distance......
Your Havoc GunStar has been destroyed!
Your *** Escape Pod *** has been destroyed!

You will have to start over from scratch!
Maybe you'll have better luck with a different ship!

April 30, 2003 - By Traitor

I've made a few updates to the SDT scripts that I had in my TWX Scripting Tutorial.  I'm still making constant changes and updates to it.  They should all work now, and make even more money than before.  I still need to document them more tho.  I will make a more formal announcement when I get them the way I want them.  See them here: TWX Scripting!

April 26, 2003 - By Traitor

Thanks to everyone for voting my site the Best Informational Website in TW!  To celebrate, I've decided to get off my ass and put up some new content.  Version 2 of TWX is out, and it's high time someone did something about it!  Check out my latest article, TWX Scripting!  Like most things on my site, I assume you already have some basic understanding of the subject, this may help you pick up some of the finer points of scripting.  And yes, I do go into arrays in some details, including WORKING examples and line by line descriptions of what's really going on.  It's still a work in progress, cause I just haven't had the time to finish it up, but it goes into some of the new and powerful features of TWX version 2.  Check it out!

The Economy of TW Part III has hit a snag, if you haven't figured that out yet.  I'm still working on that, but  it's on the back burner for the moment.  I'm trying to redo my site to make it more new player friendly, and while I won't get some new fangled look, I will still be providing all the info you need to play TW.  At least I hope.  Suggestions are always welcome.

Febuary 21, 2003 - By Traitor

Well, TW-Cabal hit a new milestone this week.  Over 1,000,000,000 bytes served since I started this site!  I'm also getting over 6000 hits a month now.  Granted, compared to some sites, this is no big deal, but for a TW site, I'll take it.  

EISOnline.com has redone their forums, which makes me think that there is still life in TW and they got something big planned soon, otherwise, why bother doing all that work, eh?  Anyway, they look great, and have lots of potential.  Check 'em out!

Thanks to everyone who's sent me encouragement and tips and advice over the last two years.  I'd also like to thank Geekoids.com for being a great host.  My little projects are still coming along nicely, and I'm hoping to have some new content soon.  

Febuary 14, 2003 - By Traitor

Happy Valentines Day!  

Welcome back Eleq!  The faces have changed somewhat, but the underlying smackitude that is so pervasive in this game hasn't changed a bit. :-)

I have made a few more updates here and there, mostly clarifications.  I've also added and removed a few links in the Links page.  I'm still plodding along on the other articles too.

Um...that's all for this update.  

Febuary 6, 2003 - By Traitor

Well, the move into the new house has gone well.  We're no longer living out of boxes and the place is starting to feel like home.  I've rebuilt my system and it appears to be stable.  (It took some damage in the move I guess.  And I still have a video problem, but I think I just need some more patches.)  I will be working on finishing the Economics of Tradewars as well as a few more articles that sprung up as a result of some discussions on the TWGS.ORG and EISONLINE.COM forums.  I haven't decided if I'm going to put them in the Strategy or Tips section yet.  I guess it depends on how long the articles get :-)  I think it might be a few weeks before the next update, since R/L is getting very hectic.  

I'm debating whether I want to join in the Lotto this year or not.  I may go in anonymously and just try to have fun with it.  I have a lot of respect for River Rat, and I think he'll run a fair game.  All I know is if I do play, I DON'T want to be the leader.  I take that role too seriously, and I know I won't have time for that.  I'll gladly play a red tho.  I'll know in the next few weeks if I'll be able to get the time.

Well, that's all for now.  Happy Hunting!

Febuary 3, 2003 - By Traitor

In memory of the 7 early pioneers, lost on Feb 1, 2003. They will always be remembered as heroes who gave their lives to help further our understanding of our universe.  Commander Rick D. Husband, Pilot William C. McCool, Payload Commander Michael P. Anderson, Mission Specialist Kalpana Chawla, Mission Specialist David M. Brown, Mission Specialist Laurel B. Clark, Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon.   

January 13, 2003 - By Traitor

Just a quick update.  I have made a slight revision on the Tips page, tip #36.  It doesn't seem to work the way it used too.  I am doing some more research into this.  Thanks to Likwid, Kemper, Shorty and Tycho Cane for bringing this to my attention.  I hate it when my page has something wrong on it.  In case you were wondering, if you go red in an ISS, the feds will find you, even if you only move over your own figs.  It seems to take longer depending on your setup and how you move.  I'll post the results of my testing under tip 36 when I get done.  Thanks all.

I still have no home ISP, but it should be up and running by the end of the week.

January 2, 2003 - By Traitor

Well, I moved.  Everything is still in boxes tho.  Including my computer.  Unfortunately, since VERIZON has no DSL in the CO closest to my new house...(come on guys...$100k will get you a cheap DSLAM on E-bay!!!), I have to resort to the Death Star (AT&T) to get my internet.  It'll be a few weeks till I get everything up and running, so no updates till then.

Happy New Year!!!

December 3rd, 2002 - By Traitor

Well, there will be a slight delay in getting Part 3 of The Economy Of Tradewars posted.  I'm in the process of buying my first house (Yea!!) and I need to focus on that for the moment.  I'm hoping to have some more time in January to work on TW things.  Till then, keep an eye on the forums.

Thanksgiving Day, 2002 - By Traitor

Gobble-Gobble!  Major updates!  Glossary and Formulas pages have new additions, and, more importantly, I have a new strategy guide, The Economy Of Tradewars.  It's in three parts and covers just about everything you need to know about making money in TW.  I'm still working on Part 3, but Parts 1 and 2 are done at long last!  Check them out and let me know what you think.  There is a LOT of information in them, so be ready for a long read.  I'd like to thank Kermit and Roberts for their help in writing and gathering the info.  Most of the things in this article we have known about for years, but this is the first time we've put it all together in one place.  I hope it helps you as much as it's helped us.

I'm also releasing 2 new scripts for finding a hidden StarDock.  They are in TWX, and you can see them here.  They do a partial ZTM and then use void checks to find sectors with 7+ ways in.  Takes around 15 minutes to get a good list.  More details are in the scripts themselves.  Since they require zero turns to test, please try them out and let me know your results.  They don't work 100% of the time, but since you will have to check that list of 7-ways anyway, even if they don't find the dock in the first pass, they eliminate sectors you would have had to visit anyway.

Speaking of scripts, some of you may have noticed that I had 4 scripts in the TWX section that had broken links.  I was planning on releasing those scripts, but got overruled by my corpies.  Since I wanted to avoid a severe beating, I decided to pull them off.  I may put them back in a few months, but only after I see comparable scripts like them in the wild.  Some of my corpies were still using them apparently... :-)

Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you are safe and with family.

 

November 10th, 2002 - By Traitor

I am beginning to see a nasty trend here.  3 updates in less than 7 days...

Kavanagh pointed out that I had forgot to save the changes when I made the change in the furb formula.  I have corrected that, and it should be correct now.  Thanks again Kav!

November 7th, 2002 - By Traitor

Another update.  (Gasp!  Two in one week!) Put up the article on planets by Paladyne.  Everything you ever wanted to know about planets.  It's in the Strategy section.  Check it out!

Also made some minor corrections.  Fixed formulas page to correctly state how offensive figs work now.  Thanks to everyone who pointed it out.  

November 4th, 2002 - By Traitor

It's that time again!  I have added 4 new entries to the Glossary page, and updated one entry.  Added Backdoors, Black Holes, Gold Bubbles, and Tunnels.  Updated the Bubble entry.  Also fixed an error on my Glossary page.  Thanks to Kavanagh for pointing it out!  I had the formula for furbs a bit off.  It's actually cheaper than I indicated.  Not so much to kill anyone, but hey, a credit is a credit :-)

I increased the font size for the main page 'cause I got a new monitor and at 1280 x 1024, it was getting hard to read.  (I'm getting old...lol)

I have redesigned the Strategy page.  I decided to make the Strategy page more universal.  So, I will be adding general strategy guides and articles, or links to them, as I come across them.  Please feel free to submit your own.  I have already included an essay by our own Roberts, and one I wrote about blockades.  I have also put some links to other articles.  More are coming.

October 3, 2002 - By Traitor

I have updated the Formulas page and the Glossary page with minor corrections.  I had the formula for MBBS PVP same alignments wrong.  It is now correct.  And I added a clarification to the Alignment page.  It now states more clearly what alignment you need to enter the Police Station and the Underground.

I am planning on adding a few more things to my tips section based on some of the threads on TWGS.ORG.  Look for them sometime. :)

There still hasn't been a decision on who should take over the corp.  Seems the crew feels that without Traitor there is no Cabal.  <sigh>  Damn them for being loyal. :-)  So, I guess we're inactive until such time as I get a wild hair and decide to play again.  I doubt that will happen until JP/EIS decides to work on some bug fixes for the current version, and figures out a way to make time delays work. (i.e. cold day in hell...lol...)

Nine-Eleven, 2002 - By Traitor

I won't forget.  I won't forgive.  There is no Heaven or Paradise for them, only cold empty darkness.

Sept 9, 2002 - By Traitor

Heh, it's been two months since my last update.  I have recieved many e-mails about errors on my Formulas and Glossary page.  I've got your mails, and I will attempt to correct them soon.  Thanks for sending those in!  I've also gotten a lot of requests from people to join us.  I am honored, but I have no idea if we're recruiting now or not.  You see, my interest in TW is waning.  Between my work, on-call, family (I got 3 teenagers, lol), 2 role-playing groups, BF1942 (check it out if you haven't already!), and SFBOnline, I have to give up something.  I will be keeping this site up, of course, but I won't personally be adding content to it.  I will take the time to fix errors, and I welcome contributions, as long as someone else does the work and testing (I'll do the formatting).  And I'll still answer e-mail questions (about once a week or so, I tend to batch things. :-)  This site was originally designed just for our corp to remember our little tricks and strategies, and it's slowly become much more than that.  I'm glad I was able to help so many people with it.  

I had wanted to do much, much more with this site; there is enough data on my site to make an average player great if they take the time to understand it all.  But given the apparent lack of continuing support from EIS (the promised patch is long overdue, as far as I'm concerned, TW3.X development is dead.), I don't want to invest much more of my time into TW.  IF and WHEN TW4.X comes out, I will pick things up again.  From what I've heard, it will address many of the things I currently dislike about version 3.X.  I look forward to it, and I will even host a server for it if it lives up to my expectations.

Anyway, it's been fun.  There is some discussion in The Cabal as to who is going to take over as CEO.  I'll update the site when we figure it out.  In the meantime, I cannot provide an answer to whether we have an opening or not, that is for the new CEO to decide.  I'll make sure that their e-mail is posted somewhere on this site, so you can contact them directly.  Shouldn't take long.

July 3, 2002 - By Traitor

Well, took some time to redo the Formulas page.  Added a few entries to it too.  (More info on planets, Combat odds for figs, planet figs and planet shields, order of precedence for entering a sector, and landing on a planet)  Check it out and let me know if you like it better this way.  I think it makes more sense anyway... Added one new tip to the Tips page, and corrected spelling/grammar errors all over.

I'm still working on the Strategy page, so no changes there yet.  (Yeah, yeah, I know...I'm working on it Roberts...take a pill :-)

June 13, 2002 - By Traitor

Well it's been a month since my last update.  

First off, I'd like to welcome Mystavia to our corp.  She's new to TradeWars, but not new to gaming.  Thank you Morpheus for finding her.  I've never seen someone pick up TW as quickly as she has.  

Back on May 19th, we decided to bring the corp back to Alienbase, Game B.  It's over now.  River Rat will rebang it once version .56 comes out.  This one was much more fun than the last one.  I think we'll be skipping the next one tho, since summer is here, and we've all got lives.  I expect you'll see some of us playing here and there, but it won't be the full corp.  I came very close to burnout again this game.  I suspect that my breaks between games will get longer and longer till version 4.0 comes out. 

I've been doing some work on our Strategy page, and I'll get the changes up there soon.  Roberts has an essay in the works that will also get posted there.  Not much else new on the site at the moment.  I've been too busy writing scripts and playing TW to do much.  I still have that list of changes and info requests that people have sent me, and now that I'm between games, I will try to get that stuff posted asap.  Most of the site changes have been to the Corp specific pages, and not the stuff that 99% of the visitors here care about. :)

May 9, 2002 - By Traitor

Did I mention that I've been busy?  :-)  Well, now that I'm out of Chess, and I've finished writing some TWX scripts (1184 lines of TWX code...lol...), I've finally put aside some time to update this site.  Just minor adds and changes to the Glossary, Tips, Formulas and Links pages.  New or updated entries are marked with an '*'.

I have some other projects in the works, including a newsletter for this site.  (SPAM free :-).  Also, Roberts and Kermit and I have been working on getting our TWGS server back on-line.  We're unrealistically targeting opening it up sometime in June :)  We got everything we need but we're still working on design.  It's not going to be superfast, and we're still trying to figure out what kind of games we want to have on it.  All we know for sure is that WE'RE not gonna play on the damn thing.  (Except in the test environment, but that won't be open to most people anyway, so no problem there...)  Anyway, we're hoping to have several different types of games on it.  More on this later.  Oh, one more thing...It's gonna have a funny name, cause when we originally purchased it, the only one of us with a URL was Roberts, and that was for his show cat's.  (He has COOL cats, btw...)  We may shell out the $$ and get another registered copy with a more...er... appropriate name, or we may not.  

April 30, 2002 - By Traitor

Heh...I've been very busy the last two weeks, so no updates to the Formula/Tip/Glossary pages this time round.  I've been playing in Chess 4, on Space Ghost's team, and working on TWX scripts.  Having fun in Chess.  I hope this game goes better than the last one...lol...  OK, so your probably going WHAT?!?! He's got himself involved in another @&$#% turney?!?  Well, after the last one, I decided that I should play in another, and hope that THIS time I have fun.  So far, so good.  If this one works out, I may play in more, but not with The Cabal.  Traitor for hire :-)  We'll see...

I'll try to pay attention to the page this weekend.  

April 21, 2002 - By Traitor

Added the logs to the LOTTO-GATE page.  Check them out.  See what got me started on this whole expedition to find the Truth.  Oh, and BTW, I'm officially dropping out of the Lotto too.  Don't want to break any rules by staying in after posting this stuff. :-)

Other updates will happen soon to the Formulas Page.  Haven't tested everything yet...

April 19, 2002 - By Traitor

Well, as promised, I'm going to stir the pot on the whole Lotto issue.  I proudly present to you: LOTTO-GATE!  The following  link will take you through the all the various controversies and rumors I've collected about the Lethal Lottery 2002 Tournament Game.  In it, I will attempt to address and DEBUNK the various allegations against Jackal, Wing and the WolfPack members.  Yes, that's right, I'm going to do my best to DEFEND them.  Why?  Certainly there is no great love between me and Jackal.  We can barely stand each other.  (well, I can barely stand him....don't know or care how he feels...)  BUT, there is alot of rumors and hearsay floating around, and I want to either get hard evidence of cheating, or get the rumormongers to shut up.  I want the truth.  Doubt I'll get it, but what the hell, since nobody else is doing it, I may as well.... So, enough of my rambling....Here is LOTTO-GATE!

April 18, 2002 - By Traitor

Got a few more e-mails requesting that I add stuff to the Formulas page.  I'm planning on testing the new formulas and updating the page this weekend.  Your calls for information will be heeded!

Still working on the newsletter thing.  Checked out something that looked promising, until I tested it, and found that it had SPAM buried in the middle of it.  I hate SPAM. (And I got my SPAM-only e-mail account on yet *ANOTHER* SPAM list to boot...It's up to about 100 msgs a day now...lol...suckers!  Not going to mention names tho, since that would make me just like them, and I don't want to give them any business either)  If I can't find anything cheap and SPAM free, then I'll just use Yahoo Groups, and suffer with their SPAM, cause it's free, easy to admin, and a known evil.

Also wanted to put in a brief update on the Lotto thing.  No matter what happens, I believe River Rat, the sysop of AlienBase, had nothing to do with any of the shenanigans.  We talked.  I hereby retract any statements that I might have previously made that imply that he had any knowledge of what was going on, or that his server is in any way at fault.  RR and The Cabal go back a few years now, and based on recent developments, our relationship will continue.  Sorry for ever doubting you RR!  I will again stop the stirring of the pot, for now... 

April 17, 2002 - By Traitor

PlanetTW is getting back in the swing of things, and I want to support their work.  Wander over to PlanetTW and check it out!  They are trying to help build up the community by providing links, news and information, all in one handy location!

Also updated the Formulas page with a new formula: Experience loss at Extern for Mixed-Corps.  Thanks to Harley for the suggestion and the formula!

In Lotto news, there is some funky stuff going on there.  I've been trying to work with the Lotto Panel, but their response times have been less than satisfactory.  I've turned over everything I had to the TW League Board, and am happy to let them investigate things further.  I will stop stirring the pot for now.

April 12, 2002 - By Traitor

Well, I'm in the Lotto.  What a long strange trip THAT'S been.  More on that THAT'S been.  More on that next week, when I have time.  But I'm there, and I'm hanging on.  It's been a long time since I've been on a corp. where I wasn't either in charge, or so seamlessly integrated into the corp. that there was no true leader. (Which is  how The Cabal works.)  My apologies to Severian for my insubordination and constant demands/orders.  I will continue to work on restraining myself, and trying to put forth my ideas as suggestions, rather than orders, no matter how good they seem to me.  It has been a struggle to keep my yap shut. :-)

In other news, The Cabal talked about disbanding our corp., or at least officially listing it as inactive.  Those proposals were rejected on all fronts.  Despite the fact that we're not actively playing, it's only because of a lack of time on our part, not for any lack of interest or internal divisions.  So, on that note, I am proud to say that The Cabal is still very much alive and strong.  I am hoping we can announce our glorious return to the game by late summer.  If not, then we'll have another round of talks, and string it out for a few more years... ;-)

What got us talking about it was the fact that The Cabal has been invited to The Chicken Coop's Perma Wars Tournament.  I had some long discussions with the others.  After lots of deliberations, the general consensus was to respectfully decline the invitation, citing reasons of lack of time, and a desire for The Cabal as a whole to not participate in any Tournament as a matter of principal.  Individual members of The Cabal might show up in a future Tournament(s), but not as representatives of The Cabal.  Col. Sanders, I hope that you understand that our decision not to play Perma Wars is in no way meant as criticism of either yourself or your board.  

No new updates to the other pages at this time, other than minor spelling/grammar fixes.  I'm still working on a solution for making people aware of updates to the site.  As many of you suggested, I am considering a newsletter.  How that will happen, and what format it will take are still being worked out, but I'm trying to get something put together that doesn't involve spamming my readers.  In the meantime, I'll continue to post in the forums when I make significant changes or additions to the site.  

March 25, 2002 - By Traitor

Heh.  I need to find a better way to get the word out that this site has been updated.  Maybe I should create another damn group...bah!  I'll keep thinking about it.  I want the people who use my site to know when it's been updated.  If YOU have any ideas, send 'em to me.   

I forgot to mention in my tirade yesterday that there is one Tourney that I DO like, and that's the LOTTO.  See Old News for my reasons why I like this one.  I'm thinking about joining it this year, but I don't know if I'll have time.  With my luck, I'll get selected as a captain, and then find I won't have time.  Oh well, what are ya gonna do...

March 24, 2002 - By Traitor

Fixed a few cosmetic things.  Added new entries to the Glossary page.  Added a few new tips.  Added more formulas.  Added a few links.  Also added a bunch of scripts to the Scripts page.  ZOC and TWX.  See the Cabal's 'One Second Photon' TWX script here!  Works 3 out of 4 times with a good connection!  (Kermit and Pretender say it works 90% of the time, but I'm lucky to get it to work 75%) (Does this mean that the Cabal is going to release all of it's scripts?  Hell no!  We have 3 good programmers on our team, including me.  I want to keep the others around.  :-)

I am pleased to see that people are still bitching about the USO.  Tournaments are EVIL.  I've said it before, and I'll keep saying it over and over.  They suck all the fun right out of the game.  I know they have done many good things for the TW community, but at what cost?  The second you put extra rules on a game, you will find people of lower moral standing perfectly willing to bend the spirit of the new rules to their advantage, while those of higher moral character are left with a choice of either doing the same thing, (and becoming no better than the abusers) or losing.  Has it gone from who has the most skill to who has the best programmer on their team?  Do we need to make Tournament rules more complex than a Micro$oft EULA to prevent abuse?  Don't bother answering, I already know.  You're not going to change my opinion on Tournaments anyway.  I'm happy to stand by the sidelines and cheer every time a Tournament self destructs because of rule bending.  And I'll shed a tear every time someone quits TW over a Tournament.  Maybe I should change my handle to 'Heckler'?  All I want to say is 'I TOLD YOU SO!"

March 22, 2002 - By Traitor

Major updates everywhere.  Split up the Strategy section into 4 separate pages at last!  Should improve loading times, and when I make a change, you won't have to look all over to find it.  Added new entries to the Formulas page, and the Glossary page.  Also updated the Tips page to reflect the latest version of TWGS, v.55.  Look around and let me know what you think.  I'm working on getting all the links and bookmarks updated (I have a ton of them, and it's partially why I haven't done this earlier...lol) so if you find a dead/bad link, let me know, and I'll fix it.  Also added an Old News page, where I keep any old news.  It's only accessible from this page.

March 21, 2002 - By Traitor

Today I finally fixed the title on the main page.  The text was getting cut off at the top.  Worked fine in Netscape, but under IE, it didn't.  Since I usually use Netscape, I didn't notice it for a while.  

I have also made a few updates to most pages, mostly cosmetic, and identifying our status as temporarily inactive.  

I added more things to the Formulas section of the Tips Page.  I'm going to try to get the Tips Page broken up a bit, since it's getting huge.  Of course, I've been saying that for over 1/2 a year, so don't hold your breath...

March 20, 2002 - By Traitor

Well...um... It's been...er...6 months since my last update.  

I've received many e-mails asking what happened to us.   We haven't dropped off the face of the earth.  Life has gotten too busy for us lately to play.  Roberts and myself  just don't have the time right now to commit to this game.  I've been aching to get back into it, but... I gotta eat, and I gotta keep my marriage. :-)  

That said, I'd like to do some updates to the page in the next few weeks, to catch up with the current version.  I may be expanding this site to include some NON-TW stuff too.  <gasp>

More later today, as I get time... 

Sept. 27, 2001 - By Traitor

Just a minor update.  Found and added the complete text of "Things I'd Do If I Ever Became An Evil Overlord".  Thanks Roberts!  See it here.  We live by this.  (One of these days, I'll make a list that's specific to TradeWars..."Things I'd do if I ever became a Heinous Overlord")  I'm planning on moving it to the "OTHER" page soon, but some re-orginization needs to happen first.  This site is starting to get out of hand :-)

I'm still working on my "what sysops can do to help newbies live" guide.  About 1/2 done.  What I got done so far is in the "OTHER" page.  

No other updates.  I'll try to get more in this weekend.

Sept. 23, 2001 - By Target ^H^H^H^H^H er..Traitor

Operation Advertise-The-Site-And-Piss-Everyone-Off-In-The-Process is going well.  The e-group was drowning in OT stuff anyway.    

I wasn't really sure what I wanted on this site originally.  It was mostly just for us to keep track of a few scripts, our general strategies, and our "never make this mistake again" type stuff.  Over the last several months, it sorta took on a life of it's own.  

Several people have asked me questions.  I will attempt to answer questions as they arrive.  I don't know if I have the time to become a "ask Traitor" type web-site, but I'll do what I can.  Normally I only update the site once a week, and a lot of the time, I don't mention the changes in the NEWS section.  I guess I should start doing that now.  

Sept. 22, 2001 - By Traitor

I've updated the Other section finally.  I stuck in some ideas for Sysops to use to help limit Script Kiddies and to keep newbies alive.  I personally think that newbies should learn the hard way, but people have been asking for this, and I think the changes will discourage the scripters, but not impact the newbies too much.  Depends on the kind of board you run I guess.  Comments welcome!  

Sept. 20, 2001 - By Traitor

Well, we won again.  No competition showed up, so we won very quickly.  My Aug 31 prediction came true.  River Rat will formally announce it on Monday, when he gets back home.  

We've decided to skip the next game B, to let things settle down a bit.  While the decision goes against what I had previously posted just last week, we're not suffering from "burnout", but rather a general feeling that our time would be better spent OFF-LINE with our friends and family.  We'll be back as soon as the next one is over.  (We promise RR!  Your Board is our house, and Game B is our den :-)  

I'm still working on my Tips section, so be aware that some of the tips are slightly out of date.  I've been trying to clean up what I can, but I'm still testing some things out on .49, and I'm not quite ready to say what still works, and what doesn't.  I know that Tip #4 needs to be changed.  It appears that you need to have it locked in tow, AND personal to preserve it through extern.  Which means that you only get to save as many ships at extern as you have blues to tow them.  However, there is nothing stopping you from towing them someplace safe a few min before extern, and then after extern rolls, moving them back to SD.  We did that last game, and it seemed to work just fine.  Makes it so you have to pay more attention is all.

Sept. 12, 2001 - By Traitor

Hmmm... Lotsa people announcing their retirement.  The common theme seems to be "we don't like the way the game has changed since all the abusive script kiddies showed up!" Or, "Burnout!" Allow me to say one thing:

This is why we don't play in tournaments.

This is why we play in low turn games.  This is why we play on backwater boards.  This is why we only play in ONE game at a time.  This is why we play as a TEAM.  This is why we treat TradeWars like a STRATEGY game, not a TACTICAL game.  As long as they don't outnumber us, we will ALWAYS beat the script kiddies.  We ensure they don't outnumber us by picking our games very carefully.  I would say to ANYONE who has retired, or is thinking of retiring, to come on over to AlienBase, Game B and play the old fashioned way!  Let them have their stupid Tournaments. We offer the same prizes they do: Nothing but Pride!  And if you DO happen to beat us, then you KNOW you won against a group of PEOPLE, not BOTS.   Trust me, your victories will be much sweeter!  Sure, we use scripts for menial tasks, but we don't abuse the kill scripts.  And that's what I'm talking about.  The "SD Blockade types", and the "Touch my fig and DIE" types suck all the fun out of the game.   Any idiot can write/download one of these scripts.  Takes a true warrior not to use them tho.  

I personally think all tournaments (with the exception of the Lotto, cause it puts MOST people on even footing...) should be stopped.  The script kiddies started showing up at about the same time as the tournaments.  Coincidence?  I don't think so.  If you remove the carrot, the mule will stop.  In my opinion, the proliferation of  Tournaments is just a cheap trick that sysops use when they feel they are losing people to other boards, or try to attract players.  Anyone with any sense would NEVER go up against these BOTS.  They would just move on to another board.  There is a lot the sysops could do to discourage this kind of behavior too.  Plenty of settings can be changed to mess with the script abusers, without affecting the game play for the rest of us.  Talk to your Sysop.  If they don't listen, then find another one who will.  Eventually, the word will get out.  

Sept. 11, 2001 - By Traitor

My heart goes out to all who have lost loved ones in this tragedy.  Though the images will last a lifetime, now that I'm over my initial shock, I want those responsible to die a thousand deaths!  There is no Heaven or Paradise for them, only cold empty darkness.  

"Hanging's too good for 'em!  Burning's too good for 'em!  They should be torn into itsy-bitsy pieces and buried alive!!"  -Heavy Metal 

Aug. 31, 2001 - By Traitor

Well, the rebang didn't happen until the 29th...someone forgot to advertise it.  It got advertised.  Guess what?  It didn't make much difference.  After 3 games in a row that were hard fought with good corps,  (Dragon Elite, WolfPack, and a few others) this game is looking like it's dead.  <sigh>  I'm still hoping that someone will show up before Monday.  We're not running any blockades, so it's safe to get to SD/Fed.    AlienBase.net, Game B.

I WAS going to put up the changes in the tactics page for .47, then I find out that it's up to .49.  Oh well, gotta read the changes there, and THEN make the changes on my tips page.  

I'll try to get the Formulas section going again too.

If you haven't noticed by now, I've given up on getting the frames going.  Nobody's got the time.  So, you're stuck with this look for now.

We have some killer TWX scripts written now, but my fellow corpies have threatened to string me up if I post them.  So, I'll put in a few of the NON-killer scripts, just to keep them happy.  It's a long weekend, and I got few plans, so expect updates.

Oh... I suppose it's safe to reveal that bug we found in SWATH now that the latest version is out.  For those of you that still have v1.3, create a planet at SD called "Warps into sector", and one called "powering up weapons systems".  Then log into v1.3, and try to either move into the sector, holoscan it, do a planet list, or land on them.  Or, bring 'em up to LV 4 and pdrop it on someone.  It don't work when it becomes shielded tho.  Makes SWATH crash.

Aug. 22, 2001 - By Traitor

Well, I guess you can say it's been a while since I've done any updates...Lets just say that I took the summer off, and leave it at that.

First things first: We have won again!  AlienBase.net Game B is ours!  That makes us 4 out of 5 on that board.  Our total Win/Loss Record is now 7/2.  The rebang should happen today on Game B, and we're planning on being there. 

I will update the Strategy/Tips page to reflect the changes that happened in the latest version of TWGS.  Some of our old standby tactics no longer work, and some new ones have evolved.

Other changes to the website are in the Members Page.

June 15, 2001 - By Traitor

Added a few formulas to the tips page.  I added a stock planet matrix, which has optimal population stats, how long it takes to get what kind of cit, and max fuel.  I also added the formulas for Player vs Player combat under MBBS mode.  More is coming as I get time.

June 14, 2001 - By Traitor

Been slow going again.  I did some work on the tips section last night, but haven't posted the changes yet.  We're thinking of making this page more accessible to the TW public by requesting links to other web sites, and maybe spamming the e-groups about it.  I have added a few minor things to the tips section, and clarified a few other things.  More is coming.

June 7, 2001 - By Traitor

Updated the Members page a bit.  Now it's closer to reflecting reality :-)

I've decided to add a new section to the Strategy Tips page.  Game settings!  What they do, and what they mean.  Also, gonna add formulas and even some game creation/configuration tips.  Look for it in the next week or so.  Also, the News/Home page is getting a bit big... I'm probably gonna start archiving it.  I'll make a link to the old news tho...

Speaking of old news (well, to us anyway)... Do you know about the bug that makes SWATH 1.2 and above drop connection like a poleaxed ox?  Make your enemy's connection drop, while you stay on-line and kill them.  WE know it.  We found it.  We told them (Stein) what it was, sent them a cap file, and asked them to fix it.  

from an e-mail to Stein dated March 15th...
> I found the bug. <snip>
> This caused SWATH to run that specific scan function and then it made an error
> ... crash.
> I've fixed that now and it will be in the next release.
> Thank you for the bug report and for sending the log. :)
> Regards
> /Stein

(We didn't intentionally use it against any players BTW, mostly used it on ourselves...once word gets out on how to use this, you'll see why it's more deadly to your corpies than it is to your enemy... Still, it CAN and WILL drop any SWATH 1.2 or above user, even if they are using a proxy, like TWX!)  We're not going to use it, but if you discover it, and try to use it on us...well, let's just say that we know the way around it, and all you'll be doing is hurting yourself in the long run.  I expect that It'll turn up in WTC before too long... Just remember you saw it here first.

And speaking of WTC... ROFLMAO.  Been there, done that!  It's why I always try to keep a few extra furbs laying around...(and later, IG's...)  I'll be adding an entry to my Tips page about it tho...

June 6, 2001 - By Traitor

Scripts fixed as far as I can tell. 

June 5, 2001 - By Traitor

Did some updates to the Strategy Tips section.  Stuck in 23 tips for one thing.  Also added more to the Glossary.  I still haven't broken up the strategy section yet.  And I still haven't gotten the frames up and running yet.  There is a bug or two in my scripts, and I need to fix them.  I'll work on that tonight, as well as adding in a few new ones.  Not much else to report, other than we're still alive and kicking in game B on AlienBase.net.  

Kermit and Pretender have started playing around with TWX, and as we create new scripts for it, I'll be adding them as well.  Kerm has a great idea for a find nearest fig that shows A LOT of promise, and if we can get it to work right, we'll all convert away from SWATH.  We plan on re-writing most of the TWX scripts, since they are... um... not as lean and mean as we would like.  I've been toying with an attack/photon script too... It's not ready for prime time yet, but it's fast and smart.  Once I'm sure that it won't send me to hell and gone, and it attacks the right targets, I'll consider posting it.  It's part of my anti-blockade suite (which I'm keeping in OUR warchest, thankyouverymuch!)  Check back in about a month or so.  Kerm has developed a severe case of free time lately. :-)

I'm considering running a TWGS server again.  I've got a line on some cheap hardware, and a buddy willing to help out with the bandwidth.  The bad news is that I'd probably have to retire from active play in order to keep the silly thing running.  Maybe I could just play a red, and still keep my fingers in it.  I'm just thinking about it now anyway...don't panic guys!  I'm not even going to consider anything till we finish with Game B.

June 1, 2001 - By Traitor

I made some changes to the Members section and the Strategy Tips section.  I added some navigation help in the Tips section.  I'm thinking of expanding the Strategy section too.  I want to expand the Glossary and move it to it's own page, as well as splitting up the strategy and the tips section.  I sound like a broken record, but maybe this weekend :-)

Well, game B was re-banged.  More Tourney corps showed up this time, and we're managing to hold our own.  Fortunately for us, about 1/2 of them left for the WTC.  We decided to depart from our usual roles this time, our reds are blue, and our blues are red.  Been a great learning experience.  I think next game we'll go back to our normal roles tho... I like the ISS, but don't have the time to do the mapper role properly.  I didn't realize how much time Pretender had to really put into it till now.  Now, he's the one done in 1/2 hour, and I'm stuck on-line for hours...lol.  My family is on the verge of killing me...

Since River Rat upped the max # of corpies to 6, we were fortunate to get Morph to join us.  We really needed the help, and he's been showing us the power-SDT ropes.  Morph played against us in B before, and it's great that he's on our side!  I'm not sure if we'll be able to keep him, but his personality meshes with ours pretty well, so there is hope.  The fact that we have no stupid rules about what you can and can't do may help.  JOIN THE CABAL, it's not a life sentence!

May 17, 2001 - By Traitor

Well, progress has been slow.  The frames are almost done, I'm gonna look them over this Sunday.  Maybe Monday they will be ready, or maybe next week.  I've been swamped with real-life issues the last two weeks.  

I asked for a rebang of Game B on AlienBase.  It should happen this weekend.  The game was really over after about 25 days, but we kept it going so we could get our schedules freed up enough that we could play full time again.  We're going to try something a bit different this time around.  It will become apparent soon if this was a good idea or not.  I'll just say that some cross training is going on and leave it at that.   No major updates to the other sections at this time, but I expect to do some more work on the Strategy/Tips section and the Links section this weekend.

May 3, 2001 - By Traitor

I fixed the PICS for all of the pages.  I also fixed some of the scripts, and added more documentation to them.  I added two new ones.  They deal with getting the MSL's figured out for setting up an AMTRAK.  I also added a few bits in the glossary (in the strategy/tips page). Minor touchups here and there too.  Mostly spelling...gah...

May 2, 2001 - By Traitor

I had to change out some of the graphics.  Some of the pages won't load the pictures until I get new images.  

April 30, 2001 - By Traitor

Added a few scripts to the scripts section, and also added to the Strategy/Tips section.  I've got a friend working on adding frames.  Guess I do need them after all. <sigh>

April 26, 2001 - By Traitor

Well, I got most of the stuff done.  Should be finished by this weekend sometime.  I'll try to get the Strategy/Tips page finished by then.  It'll be a work-in-progress forever... 

More as I think of it.

April 24, 2001 - By Traitor

Hi.  We finally got the website up and running.  It's a bit primitive now, but as I learn more about HTML, it'll get better.  (FRAMES?!?! We don't need no steenking FRAMES!) Thanks to Geekoids.com for hosting this site!  Also thanks to NASA and SOHO for the pics.  

We're currently playing at AlienBase, game B.  It's pretty locked down at this point tho.  Hmmm...now I've run out of things to say...<sigh>  Hope you look around anyway. 

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