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Galactic Destinations: Asimov Freehold

Dear reader, we hope you’re in the mood for ‘droids and bots! This latest issue comes to you from Asimov Freehold, where our writer Aung Yeoh recently interviewed one of the Consortium’s best brains on the subject; Kelly O’Denshire. Below you’ll find her intriguing dispatch from this Iron Quad oddity…

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Building a Universe with Open Source Code

Tau Station relies heavily on open source code. Our database is PostgreSQL, with database deployment management handled by sqitch. Our main programming language is Perl 5, we use Redis heavily as a fast cache for non-critical data, and so on. Lots and lots of open source code.

For our developers who want to share some of our code with the open source community, we simply ask that the code not have “Tau Station-specific” code in it. In other words, part of the fun of Tau Station is discovering its secrets by exploring the universe, not reading them in source code.

So we’ve released two more modules which, we hope, others might find useful.

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Side Jobs Revamp!

Last week, we shared a preview of the CORETECHS archive update, including a brand new UI and lots of content changes. This week, we’ll take a look at another area currently getting a significant makeover: side jobs. The Tau Station team has plenty of plans for this feature, which you’ll soon be able to experience.

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Archive 2.0: A new look & updated content

The word “archive” sometimes evokes images of dusty old books of little interest. But in a post-apocalyptic world, when nearly all knowledge got lost, an archive is a treasure-trove of precious wisdom! The Tau Station archive is a key part of your CORETECHS, expanding with new data as you progress in the game. Best of all, this vital feature is now getting a digital makeover with a new interface, and a big content rework…

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Corps Run(down): Guns & Gastronomy

A number of corporations have risen to a degree of notoriety and acclaim since the Catastrophe, growing and stepping in to fill the void in needs and services created by the Catastrophe. Some are, perhaps inevitably, less reputable than others while others purport to having only humanity’s best interests at heart. In either case or anywhere in between, the current climate that puts survival of the species at the forefront of our list of priorities makes the perfect breeding ground for a handful of powerful organizations to end up with corporate control of various aspects of what is shaping into day to day life. 

Read on below and in future segments for our rundown of the major players out there!

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Galactic Destinations: Cape Verde Stronghold

Wherever humanity goes in this strange and wondrous galaxy, dear reader, Galactic Destinations goes too. But not always: not to Cape Verde Stronghold, in the so-called ‘Iron Quad’ system. On this occasion, our writer refused the trip and advises you do the same. But, for the fearless travelers who visit regardless, here are some essential survival tips:

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Artwork update: Items of Opportunity

The latest game update featured new artwork. Previously, we added many new 3D images for stims, weapons, armor, and special epic items that can be found in Syndicate campaigns. But there are also various more everyday objects that are part of life in Tau Station: items you can find while scavenging in the Ruins or crucial items needed to complete discreet work.

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