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[Posting] "Unnatural Selection" game?
Thread opener
Posted Sat, 2022-03-26 17:04 GMT, edited Sat, 2022-03-26 18:09 GMT

Hi Stefan!

Back in the days of Circus Maximus a game was set up called "Unnatural Selection". I don't remember the exact details but we could select a race and then modify it from a menu of two race "exploits" (say, pillage and super refit) - two attributes (maybe 150% mining and planet attack immunity) and I think you could build your shiplist too, with certain restrictions. We also had a limit of "credits" which we could spend on additional race/ship features. We got a link to a series of pages where we were guided through the parameters and made our choices. Some selections were mutually exclusive (I think 150% mining and 200% taxes, for example).

It was all a long time ago - I've looked through the CM pages on the Wayback archive and can't find the game.

Obviously, it was all done in Phost by Bitmask, if you remember him. I've mostly played Thost since I started so I'm just getting my feet wet here in Phost, therefore I'm not asking for this "right now" but if it's possible and not too big a request, would this be something you'd be interesting in setting up, and would anyone be interested?

UPDATE - some links on BM's site. Thanks ][avok for the help!

https://vgap.innernet.co.za/customracecreator.htm

http://vgap.innernet.co.za/customracecreator3.php?fbclid=IwAR2KcCFYERo4pxVKsUTALzxBSFdus2UlVueh2ghqdC9q5rXPX_mbRl4meWg

All versions of Unnatural - https://vgap.innernet.co.za/category/unnatural/

Ozzy (Gilgamesh)

[Posting] Re: "Unnatural Selection" game?
Posted Tue, 2022-03-29 18:30 GMT

Sounds interesting.

The problem to solve on the server side is that right now, you can just subscribe for a slot in a game, and that's it. Once the server can deal with additional dialogs, it doesn't matter too much whether this is a simple dialog ("pick your race") or a complex one ("build your race"). So I'll keep it in mind.

--Stefan

[Posting] Re: "Unnatural Selection" game?
Thread opener
Posted Tue, 2022-03-29 19:09 GMT

I didn't know what tech issues might be involved, but I thought there might be a few. No worries - thanks for considering it.

Ozzy

Sounds interesting.

The problem to solve on the server side is that right now, you can just subscribe for a slot in a game, and that's it. Once the server can deal with additional dialogs, it doesn't matter too much whether this is a simple dialog ("pick your race") or a complex one ("build your race"). So I'll keep it in mind.

--Stefan

[Posting] Re: "Unnatural Selection" game?
Posted Wed, 2023-01-18 13:52 GMT

this note is almost a year old but it is never too late to agree that natural selection was a fun game. I loved using meteors combined with the robot 4x mines ability. I remember a game where both the leader and I had that same ship setup and it was an awesome duel which I lost :smile: I still believe I would have won game if one ship had been gotten to a certain planet one turn earlier. you know the game is good when you can remember details of a loss years later :smile:

I didn't know what tech tissues might be involvedth, but I thought there might be a few. No worries - thanks for considering it.

Ozzy

Sounds interesting.

The problem to solve on the server side is that right now, you can just subscribe for a slot in a game, and that's it. Once the server can deal with additional dialogs, it doesn't matter too much whether this is a simple dialog ("pick your race") or a complex one ("build your race"). So I'll keep it in mind.

--Stefan

[Posting] Re: "Unnatural Selection" game?
vlk
Posted Fri, 2023-01-20 17:03 GMT

Did not play it, but it sounds like fun!