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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“Welcome to the 21st 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. 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 nineteenth Map to build is #36 on the Universe Map, "Sied." This map is a Wyrd map. 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) Low-effort maps will be excluded from prizes. Please put some thought into your maps. 5) This map requires a centralized location for an NPC planet, at sector 8/8 Submissions that do not fit the above criteria will win nothing! THIS IS THE MAP TEMPLATE FOR THE CONTEST! 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=AAAAAAAAAAAEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIAARARAVARARARAJAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGIAAAAAAAANGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGIAAAAAAAAAAMIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGIAAAAAAAAAAAAAQARARARARARARARGJAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGEAAAAAAAAAAAA&g=IAAFDOOI-- Prizes will be awarded next Monday, along with the other contests for this week/b] Universe Map: https://www.spellbook.com/media/forum/5D543EEE6B612ED65AD84B75D22E4F01.jpg”

12/12/2017

“Welcome to the 20th 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. 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 nineteenth Map to build is #26 on the Universe Map, "Jurax." This map is a Heteroclite map. 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) Low-effort maps will be excluded from prizes. Please put some thought into your maps. 5) This map requires a centralized location for an NPC planet, at sector 8/8 Submissions that do not fit the above criteria will win nothing! THIS IS THE MAP TEMPLATE FOR THE CONTEST! 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=AAAIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAEAAAAAANGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGAAAAAAAANCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAiAAAAAAAAAAHCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAiAAAAAAAAAAAAAANGAAAAAAAAAAAiAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANGAAAAAAAiAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAOGARApAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAiAAAAAANGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAiAAAAAAAAAANCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAiAAAAAAAAAAAAHCAAAAAAAAAAAAAiAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANCAAAAAAAQAhAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGEAAAAAA&g=ANABLAOL-- Prizes will be awarded next Monday, along with the other contests for this week/b] Universe Map: https://www.spellbook.com/media/forum/5D543EEE6B612ED65AD84B75D22E4F01.jpg”

12/12/2017

“Welcome to the 19th 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. 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 nineteenth Map to build is #44 on the Universe Map, "Obrion." This map is a Precursor map. 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) Low-effort maps will be excluded from prizes. Please put some thought into your maps. Submissions that do not fit the above criteria will win nothing! THIS IS THE MAP TEMPLATE FOR THE CONTEST! 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/?https://www.spellbook.com/tibx/mapbuilder/?m=AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASABAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAkAAAAAAAAAAAKAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGAAAAAAAAAkAANCAAAAAAAAAAASApAAAAAAAAAAGGAAIAAJAAAAASAhAAAANCAAAAAQAhAAAAAAAAOEApAAAAAAAAGGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAOEAJAAAkAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAOEHDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMI&g=HACOOO---- Prizes will be awarded next Monday, along with the other contests for this week/b] Universe Map: https://www.spellbook.com/media/forum/5D543EEE6B612ED65AD84B75D22E4F01.jpg”

12/12/2017

“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