New Feature: Strike Groups!

The Infinite Black: Expansion will include a Strike Group feature in Fleet vs Fleet combat that gives new players and smaller corporations additional tools for defensive participation.

Strike Groups are a team of ships assigned to defend Alliance Planets, Corporate Garrisons, and the new Corporate Outpost installation. Each strike group is composed of 4 ships (Small, Medium, Large, Huge) giving new players with smaller ships more value in the corporation.

Improved enemy AI code controls the Strike Group with advanced fleet strategies, using mechanics like Grapple, Technician repairs, and focus-fire. You do not need to be online when attacked -- Your strike group will automatically defend and earn valuable PvP rewards!

There can be several Strike Groups assigned to defense, and they will only deploy as needed based on the number of attackers. Garrisons, Planets, and Outposts cannot be attacked until their Strike Group reserves are depleted. This allows smaller corporations and alliances to survive without always keeping members online for defense, and creates a new event for everyone to enjoy!


(Information from Kickstarter Updates)
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/967658980/the-infinite-black-expansion/

07/14/2017 Ozymandias

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“Welcome to the 13th map contest! Please make sure you read the new Stipulations for each map! Maps that don't meet our required stipulations won't win anything! Winners will receive at least 500 BDs and their maps will be featured in the expansion! ALL participants will get 100 BDs for their efforts, just as long as the maps follow the STIPULATIONS of each contest (and don't involve drawing wyrd "organs"). Spellbook staff will pick the winners and runner-ups sometime after the contest has ended. The number of people participating in these events will determine the BD payouts and the number of Runner-ups. So, the more people participating, the bigger the prizes! For INSTRUCTIONS on how to use the map tool, please reference the Instructions section in the previous contest's post: https://www.spellbook.com/forum/?cat=2&scat=3&tid=5101&p=1 Our thirteenth Map to build is #24 on the Universe Map, "Velba." This map has a Northwestern entrance to the Heteroclite home system. RULES AND STIPULATIONS: 1) One entry per person 2) Do whatever you want, just make it look cool 3) The map needs to be ~175 total sectors. 4) The pathway to northwestern gate needs to be 5-7 unconnected sectors. Submissions that do not fit the above criteria will win nothing! THIS IS THE MAP TEMPLATE FOR CONTEST 13! START HERE! You can edit anything on this map except the Jump Gates! The existing paths can be changed! https://www.spellbook.com/tibx/mapbuilder/?m=AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASAJAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAgAAAANCAAAAAAASAJAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHCAAASAhAAAANCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAQAAAAAAAAAHCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYADAANAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAkOIAhAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGHCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAkAAAANCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGAAAAIAAJAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAiAAAAAAAAAANAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAkAAAAAAAAAAAoAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGAAAAAAAAAAAAOEAJAAAAAAAAAAAoAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANAAAAAAAAAAAMIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAgAAAA&g=OEOMCA---- Universe Map: https://www.spellbook.com/media/forum/5D543EEE6B612ED65AD84B75D22E4F01.jpg”

5h 8m

“Welcome to the 12th map contest! Please make sure you read the new Stipulations for each map! Maps that don't meet our required stipulations won't win anything! Winners will receive at least 500 BDs and their maps will be featured in the expansion! ALL participants will get 100 BDs for their efforts, just as long as the maps follow the STIPULATIONS of each contest (and don't involve drawing wyrd "organs"). Spellbook staff will pick the winners and runner-ups sometime after the contest has ended. The number of people participating in these events will determine the BD payouts and the number of Runner-ups. So, the more people participating, the bigger the prizes! For INSTRUCTIONS on how to use the map tool, please reference the Instructions section in the previous contest's post: https://www.spellbook.com/forum/?cat=2&scat=3&tid=5101&p=1 Our twelfth Map to build is #23 on the Universe Map, "Cygnus." This map is an important PVE crossroads map, and many factions will be represented here. RULES AND STIPULATIONS: 1) One entry per person 2) Do whatever you want, just make it look cool 3) The map needs to be ~175 total sectors. Submissions that do not fit the above criteria will win nothing! THIS IS THE MAP TEMPLATE FOR CONTEST 12! START HERE! You can edit anything on this map except the Jump Gates! The existing paths can be changed! http://www.spellbook.com/tibx/mapbuilder/?m=AAAAAAAAAAAAAIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAkAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAQAJAAAAASARAJGIAAAAASAJAAAAAAAAAAOEAhAAAAAAVAARAhAAAAOEAJAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAiAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMIAAAAAAAAAAAiAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAkAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAOEAFAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAgAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA&g=GAIOAGOF-- Universe Map: https://www.spellbook.com/media/forum/5D543EEE6B612ED65AD84B75D22E4F01.jpg”

5h 13m

“Welcome to the 11th map contest! Please make sure you read the new Stipulations for each map! Maps that don't meet our required stipulations won't win anything! Winners will receive at least 500 BDs and their maps will be featured in the expansion! ALL participants will get 100 BDs for their efforts, just as long as the maps follow the STIPULATIONS of each contest (and don't involve drawing wyrd "organs"). Spellbook staff will pick the winners and runner-ups sometime after the contest has ended. The number of people participating in these events will determine the BD payouts and the number of Runner-ups. So, the more people participating, the bigger the prizes! For INSTRUCTIONS on how to use the map tool, please reference the Instructions section in the previous contest's post: https://www.spellbook.com/forum/?cat=2&scat=3&tid=5101&p=1 Our eleventh Map to build is #22 on the Universe Map, "Hercail." This map is an important PVE crossroads map, and many factions will be represented here. RULES AND STIPULATIONS: 1) One entry per person 2) Do whatever you want, just make it look cool 3) The map needs to be ~175 total sectors. Submissions that do not fit the above criteria will win nothing! THIS IS THE MAP TEMPLATE FOR CONTEST 11! START HERE! You can edit anything on this map except the Jump Gates! The existing paths can be changed! http://www.spellbook.com/tibx/mapbuilder/?m=AAAAAAAAAEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIAARARAFAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUARARARARIBARAJAAAAAAAAAAAQARGFAAAAAAAAAAAAAAOEAJAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMI&g=OOAEJA---- Universe Map: https://www.spellbook.com/media/forum/5D543EEE6B612ED65AD84B75D22E4F01.jpg”

5h 21m

“We haven't chosen any winners yet, but we have narrowed-down the best submissions for each map contest. Some people's maps are consistently good and follow what we're asking for, so nice job! Below is a list of names of people who have been chosen as finalists for Map Contests 1-8: glimmung x3 nyqx x3 Grizellus x2 Guss x2 heerend x2 Skade x2 Tulkus x2 Xariol x2 DarthOdin x2 KungLeon AAAC antm1 ChangMao x3 CydKnight dirtybags lhooman MarqLong x3 sigmasgirl sixty7pearls If you don't see your name on this list, you might want to check out some of the maps these people have done to help you get an idea of what we're looking for. Please be aware that we are now actively disqualifying maps that don't fit the criteria we have outlined for each contest. We had to disqualify 5 submissions in the last contest, and it was painful for us to do. Please make sure you abide by the x/175 sector cap!”

11/10/2017