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Fringeworthy / The portal in Vilnius
« Last post by BigJackBrass on May 30, 2021, 04:49:06 PM »
FTL: 2448 / Re: How many Aliens?
« Last post by ORtrail on March 22, 2021, 08:44:00 PM »
There could be some uplifting from a visiting advanced alien race to what will often be primitive worlds.  You can hand off a lot of technology in a very short span and change the 'natural' curve of technology. 

In other words, one galactic spanning civilization could devote themselves to helping primitive alien races along.  That might mean doing some genetic engineering, but just giving out tech would change everything.  An Earth example is how just introducing the horse back to the Americas changed many of the native tribes in permanent ways. 

So, within the sphere of influence of an elder alien civilization, you find a minimum standard of technology, often to allow them to travel and trade with others around them.  Some may advance the technology they are given, others just become dependent on it without a true understanding of the physical laws around it. 
FTL: 2448 / How many Aliens?
« Last post by Kedamono on March 08, 2021, 08:10:00 PM »
In terms of FTL:2448, not that many and not that close to humanity's tech level. Based on this article on Centauri Dreams, Lost in Time and Lost in Space, to get the density of "close in tech" that's present in the game, Every Star In The Galaxy would have or have had, a native population. Most would be over a Million Years Old.

For the most part, they would either be Angels or Apes. There's a great description of how hard it would be for aliens to encounter us during from Atomic Rockets:

Consider the history of Planet Earth. Let the height of the Empire State building represent the 5 billion year life of Terra without Humanity. The height of a one-foot ruler perched on top would represent the million years of Humanity's existence. The thickness of a dime will represent the ten thousand years of Humanity's civilization (i.e., "apes"). And the thickness of a postage stamp will represent the 300 years of Humanity's technological civilization. An unknown portion above represents "pre-Singularity Humanity", the period up to the point where mankind hits the Singularity/evolves into a higher form/turns into angels. Say another dime. Then they leave Terra to go to better things. Above that would be another Empire State building, representing the latter 5 billion years of Terra's lifespan without Humanity.

If you picked a millimeter of this tower at random, what would you most likely hit? One of the Empire State buildings, of course. So, assuming only one civilization develops on a planet, chances are the first-in-scout starship Daniel Boone will discover mostly planets that are currently empty of alien civilizations (but they might have an almost 50% chance to discover valuable Forerunner artifacts or other paleotechnology).

If you only use the section with an alien civilization, you have a ruler and two dimes worth of apes and angels, and a postage stamp edge worth of near Human civilization. If you pick a millimeter at random chances are you ain't gonna pict the edge of the postage stamp. Ergo: apes or angels, but not humans.

Something to consider.
Board/Site Issues & Suggestion Box / Re: Error messages in forums
« Last post by ORtrail on December 08, 2020, 04:50:01 PM »
Things are working fine today. 
Board/Site Issues & Suggestion Box / Error messages in forums
« Last post by wasahbe on December 08, 2020, 04:15:49 PM »
I went in and did some cleanup on the site.  Is it any easier moving around and posting in the forums? 

Also, our hosting site has been doing upgrades, and that's caused odd goings on in the past.
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS / Re: Spotlight 1.4
« Last post by wasahbe on November 11, 2020, 07:13:24 AM »
Hard deadline is Dec 7. 
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS / Re: Spotlight 1.4
« Last post by Enkeli on November 08, 2020, 04:04:27 PM »
deadline is when?
Fringeworthy / Re: Flatpack construction for the Fringepaths
« Last post by Enkeli on November 08, 2020, 04:02:06 PM »
they also make great tiny homes on zero plots where the housing in place isn't quite large enough to support the number of people on the plot. Though we also just used them as barns and garages as well.
Fringeworthy / Flatpack construction for the Fringepaths
« Last post by Kedamono on November 08, 2020, 01:47:35 PM »
We all imagine massive constructions on the Fringepaths made the various Fringe cultures. But for the most part, everything has to fit through a 25' or 7.6m portal. That means Cargo Container buildings.

Need power, then use a Power Cube:

Need a place to sleep:

Food Preparation? We got ya covered:

Basically, everything you'd need for a base station on a pokiwol or world can be containerized.
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS / Spotlight 1.4
« Last post by wasahbe on November 07, 2020, 05:22:31 AM »
Just reminding people to get their submissions for the Winter issue of Spotlight in as soon as possible.  We don't want to run a month late again this issue.

The theme is space.  So spotlight on FTL:2448, Incursion and EZ Space.  And crossovers between any of the three and any other Tri Tac property.
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