Alliance Technology

Alliances in The Infinite Black provide a framework for many corporations to work together, but we've always felt they could play a larger part in game mechanics.

The Expansion will have new Alliance features with technology and research trees. Not only will players terraform a planet, but they also can pick the planet's class, which grants benefits to the entire Alliance.

Selecting an Ice World, for example, will give everyone in the Alliance a bonus to Stunning attacks. Primordial Worlds give a bonus to XP gains, Fertile Worlds benefit resource gathering, and so on.

Players will still terraform their planets as the do now, but each rank earns a Research Point they may invest into ship construction technology. Alliance members will be able to deploy shipyards to build any ship unlocked at the planet -- With over 70 new ship classes, Alliances will need to decide what technology they specialize in, weighing each option against their needs and the technology unlocked by their enemies.

Very early in the history of the game, players transported colonists from Earth to their planet. Colonists represented the "health" of the Planet, which was destroyed when all colonists were killed. During beta testing we're going to experiment with bringing colonists back! Instead of paying Credits to deploy a planet, Alliances would transport Colonists from a nearby Homeworld. Colonists would be treated like other resources such as Organics and Metals -- They could be traded and sold to Outposts, or deposited on installations like Garrisons and Planets. This would add a new facet of logistics gameplay, where large transport ships and space traders can once again play an important role in the game.


From the kickstarter updates:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/967658980/the-infinite-black-expansion/posts/1947957

07/27/2017 Ozymandias

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“Hello Everybody! Who wants to make some maps!? Odachi has made a cool Map Building Tool for us to use to create the new universe! You can play with that tool here: https://www.spellbook.com/tibx/mapbuilder/ Just a note: This Tool is built to be used on a Desktop/Laptop, and NOT mobile devices! However, it seems to work just fine on mobile, just more tedious. Over the next few weeks we'll be running semi-regular contests to assist us in designing the game world. Each Winner will receive 500 BDs and their map will be featured in the expansion! Runner-ups will receive 100 BDs just for participating (even though your maps might not be used). Spellbook staff will pick the winners and runner-ups! The number of people participating in these events will determine the BD payouts, so the more people participating, the bigger the prizes! For the time being, please let's keep it to 1 map per person, per contest. Instructions: 1) Below is the URL for the map we are currently having a contest for. The URL will take you to a template page where you can create the sector layout and links for the map. Yes, we know the URLs run off the page! 2) You can use the WASD keys to move around the map (or click with the mouse), then press the Number Pad keys (1-9) to place the sector links. Alternatively, you can hold down Shift and use the QWE, AD, and ZXE keys to automatically place sector connections as you move around the map. 3) We've built 45 template maps that have their Jump Gates connected appropriately. We need you to fill in the rest. The only map-building rule requirement is that all existing Jump Gates are somehow connected to each other. New Jump Gates cannot be placed, nor can existing ones be removed or moved. 4) Once you're done and happy with your map, press the "Copy to Clipboard" button, and paste the long URL into a reply to this post. If you'd like to backup/save your map to file, you also have that option at the very bottom (Download Map File). Once we feel like there have been enough submissions and enough time has passed, we will close the existing contest and then start a new one. Our first Map to build on is #19, "Setarii" This region will contain the Human Faction home world, and may (or may not) be the newbie starting area. Keep a Homeworld Location in mind when designing this! THIS IS THE MAP TEMPLATE FOR CONTEST #1! START HERE! https://www.spellbook.com/tibx/mapbuilder/?m=AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKAAAAAAAAAoAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAQAhAAOEAFAAAAAANAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHCAAAAAkAAAKAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANCAAIEAhAANCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIAAJICADAAHCAAAKAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAkQAAAAAAAQAAAOEABAAAAAAAAAAAAGGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASAhAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAoAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAgAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA&g=ODEAAHIO-- https://www.spellbook.com/media/forum/5D543EEE6B612ED65AD84B75D22E4F01.jpg”

10/16/2017