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Re: Ropidians - The Development of a Space Civilisation (In Progress)
« Reply #30 on: January 01, 2008, 05:36:31 pm »
BCD/AEDD
D/AEDD
D/AEDD
D/AADD
E/AADB

BDE (why not? All possible!) AEDD wins. Date: 120/Sear/6048...Happy New Year!

"Can we check what's going on down there somehow?" asked Mire.

"Yes, there's a monitor just over there," replied the guard, pointing.

Mire turned to gaze at the screen before flipping through the different cameras.  The Cultists had a well-organised defence, guards crouching behind alcoves along the corridors and well-placed in the control room.  The only cover afforded was in and around said room as well.  Suddenly, the power on the monitor cut.

"Ah, there's the blackout," said the guard. "I'd go in now, if I was you, ma'am."

"Right, we're going to take a less then friendly approach to these Cultists.  Can you somehow clear the lift shaft for our grenades to go down?"

"No...the power's out and that means that this lift can only go one way; down."

"Hmm...uncontrollably down?"

"No, if you were willing to risk it, I could have some lizards lower it down manually."

(5 minutes and some radio calls later)

"Right, you're ready to go, ma'am," said the guard.

"OK, lower us down," said Mire from on top of the lift.

The lift was lowered jerkily, shaking its occupants about for around 10 minutes.  They couldn't be certain that the Cultists hadn't heard them as the lift finally reach the bottom.  Specialist A readied an SG-1* and pulled the lift door slightly open to peek into the corridor.  A cultist immediately opened fire, missing him.  The specialist pulled the pin and through the spherical explosive which bounced down the corridor.  B followed suit, a tremendous explosion resulting ahead of them, obviously affecting our enemies, from the screams heard.

What now, eh?

A) Charge!
B) Spill out of the lift, get ready
C) Stay in the lift, have Mire and Specialist C drop down
D) Request to be drawn up again
E) Other

I am blind!

Hronne decided to blind himself rather than risk having the other Cultists catch him watching the Morposians at work.  It was a shame that he had to turn on his former colleagues, and in some cases, dare he say it, friends.  C'est le guerre.

Anything else for him to do?

All in the past?

Vus stared at the ambassador.  He stared long and hard, giving him an eyeballing for the ages.  The ambassador stared back, all of his many eyes focused on Vus.

Eventually, Vus spoke "That's a weighty concept to swallow, our DNA being harvested like that for the purposes of fueling a war machine.  Couldn't there have been some other way?"

"No," replied the ambassador after a pause, "we were too hard pressed.  There was no way that we could have stopped them without your aid.  We can only hope that we never are forced to do so again."

"We understand," said Vus. "And the crimes of the past are forgiven...at least by me."

"How can you say this?" hissed Kius down the radio. "They abducted our people, they conducted terrible experiments upon them, they violated our entire SPECIES!"

"Commander, they did what they had to...I don't approve or agree with that, but I see their justification.  In fact, I'm curious.  How did you do it?"

"What, clone your people?" asked the ambassador nervously.

"Yes, we would be interested in such technology."

"WHAT?!" cried Kius. "You just forgive them, then demand the ability to do to our species as they did to us?!"

"Commander, please...be reasonable," replied Vus.

"Yes, we do have s-such technology still...but we would never dream of using it again or of so freely handing it out."

Anything else?

A) Yes (what?)
B) No (to the lab!)

Titles

Our creative department has now come up with a few prospective titles for the movie.

And we choose?

A) Hearts of Iron
B) Battlefield: Ropos
C) Ropidians In Space
D) Stellar Combat
E) Ropos: The Reckoning
F) Era's End
G) Other

And away!

"Navigator!" cried Boraxis.

"Sir!"

"Full speed perpendicular to the pull!  Slingshot us around!"

"Aye, sir!"

In the tensest moment of his life so far, Boraxis experienced the immense forces involved in the situation, dragged along to the front and to the side by the two forces, one natural and one un-natural.  The un-natural triumphed, though, as the ship was flung around the gravitational pull and sent zooming away from it.

"Sir," the scanning officer said. "Pull is now negligible."

"Navigator, warp speed, back to the original system," he ordered, more calmly this time.

"Aye, aye," he replied, much relieved.  And with that, the ship disappeared into deep space.

+Experience (Trained -> Regular)

Oo-ar

Jum is going for the next step up in what the villagers are most practiced in, farming.  By introducing new bronze tools to the tribe, farming can be turned from a struggle for survival into...a less difficult struggle for survival.

Heart-warming

The proceeds from our oil investments will be used to begin construction of central heating in the centre of Ropodulus Alpha.  Here, citizens will be able to not freeze to death in the cold winter sure to come.

Distribution

It has been decided to review the disposition of our troops around our territory.  The map is currently like so:



Blue numbers indicate our divisions, purple are those of our allies.

Discuss (reaching some form of decision relatively soon) possible troop distributions

Hover theory (11 weeks, 7 days) (11)
Improved mirror structure (2 weeks) (6)
Basic environmental gear (4 weeks, 9 days) (6)
Giant insect analysis (2 weeks, 5 days) (6)

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Re: Ropidians - The Development of a Space Civilisation (In Progress)
« Reply #31 on: January 10, 2008, 02:40:43 pm »
EAF
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BAF
BAA
BAA
BAF

BAF wins. Date: 120/Sear/6048

The agents spilled out of the lift; nothing more, nothing less.  Mire could hear groans coming from around the corner and the sound of weapons being adjusted.  She decided throw another SG-1 around for good measure, this one making for a satisfying explosion that rumbled through the tunnel.  The team were now ready to move out.

Move where?

A) Take cover behind the lift again
B) Stand our ground
C) Charge to the corner of the corridor and seek cover (two cover, two move)
D) Other

A blast from the present

Hronne had heard the explosions coming from in the main control room along with the cries of injured Cultists, among them some of his team.  It hadn't affected his work, though...if you could call it that.  The cracker, now 17% done, was left alone once more, this time to look busy as he considered his situation.  From what he could tell, the Morposian agents had decided to bring in heavy weaponry this time, and it was having an impact.  Screams and smoke drifted over him in equal measure and he dared to turn his head back towards the bunker.  It was chaos, the bodies of cultists lying side-by-side with Morposian officers, the survivors camped out in the ruins, the Supreme Grand Master among them.

How should he react when the agents come in?

A) Immediately turn on the Cultists
B) Surrender
C) Try to identify himself as not being a Cultist
D) Hide
E) Other

Old scars, new wounds

"I'm afraid I must press upon you further, ambassador," said Vus cooly. "I must make it clear that we hold no wish to reopen old wounds..."

Kius made as if to interrupt but Vus hushed him.

"...for if we were to look at our own past, I am sure that we will find worse actions perpetrated by our own forefathers.  However, I wish to know more about the Ropidians involved in this; how long ago was this, and where are they now?"

"This was at least a dozen generations* ago...the soldiers are a-all dead now. They died in Brea...but then the Incha suddenly turned around, leaving us..."

"Thank you for telling me that.  I hate to do this, this being such a sensitive matter and all," muttered Vus. "But we need some form of cloning technology.  We made a promise, some time ago, to help an race of giant insects abstain from eating sentient villagers.  Your cloning devices could aid us incredibly."

"W-we...we will help, in some way, towards repaying our debt, then.  If you can bring us a suitable foodstuff for these beings, then we can clone it for you."

Deal?

A) Yes!
B) Yes, and as a matter of fact, we may have just the foodstuff (suggest)
C) No! (explain)

Titles II: The Choice

We have settled on deciding between one of the following two titles.

And we choose?

A) Hearts of Iron
B) Era's End

Hover theory (11 weeks, 7 days) (11)
Improved mirror structure (2 weeks) (6)
Basic environmental gear (4 weeks, 9 days) (6)
Giant insect analysis (2 weeks, 5 days) (6)

(2 DP)

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Re: Ropidians - The Development of a Space Civilisation (In Progress)
« Reply #32 on: January 11, 2008, 07:03:53 pm »
Oh my god, IT LIVES!!!

How yah doing Fmer.

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Re: Ropidians - The Development of a Space Civilisation (In Progress)
« Reply #33 on: January 15, 2008, 03:55:05 pm »
CBDBB
CBDBB
C--BA
A-EAA
C--BA
A-DA-

C B/D BA wins.  Date: 121/Sear/6048

Mire motioned one of her comrades forward towards the wall.  They plodded towards it, scraping the sides with their tales.  A cultist burst out from behind the corner and was promptly shot down by Specialist C; his more hesistant comrade followed and suffered a similar fate.  Mire, sorely tempted by a desire to finish the job once and for all, charged around the corner; luckily, not a single cultist was in any condition to fire on her, being crushed or wounded as they were.

"Hey!  Over here!" came a voice from far inside the bunker. "It's Flaming Sword!"

The tense agents relaxed for a second before carefully picking their way through the rubble of the bunker.  A shadowy figure emerged from the...shadows; Flaming Sword.

"Is it over?" Mire asked him.

"Yes," replied Hronne, "nuclear war has been averted...at least at this point in time."

Escape route?

A) Go out the way we came
B) Take the truck that the Cultists brough
C) Other

HONK!

"As a matter of fact, we do," said Vus. "A very annoying foodstuff.  I shall have them sent down immediately."

"V-very good," replied the ambassador nervously, "Thank you for your forgiveness.  It is only the start, though."

The party left, with everyone but Vus in some variety of foul mood.

* * *

"So...uh, what is it?" asked the Commodore.

"We call it a 'boat', sir," replied the chief technician, "because it rhymes with 'float'."

"It's the stupidest thing I've ever seen," muttered Kius.

"The basic idea is," continued the technician, flashing a dirty look at the Commander, "that we can 'row' out to sea on these and collect marine life samples."

"Looks a bit flimsy to me," said Vus. "And tiring."

"Well, we're working on that; we think that we can attach some kind of engine to the thing, copying the Kalimbo designs for a 'propeller'.  And we'll make bigger ones soon."

"Right," said Vus, "but right now, I must ask something of you."

What do we want researched here?

A) Focus on microscopic organisms
B) Look at the fish in these waters
C) Investigate this island further (like a stereotypical desert island, except quite small and stormy)
D) We need a bigger boat

Shall we extend this lab?

A) Yes, we should expand it
B) Yes, we should upgrade what we have
C) No, we must let it develop on its own for now

Hearts of Iron

That's the title of our new movie.  And, hopefully, it will be excellent.

War and peace

Time's up; our ultimatum to Morpos has expired and yet the Morposians continue to prepare to fly over to Selis and are already bombing the suburbs to smithereens.  Now is the time to act...or is it?

Should we honour the ultimatum?*

A) YES, and prepare an expeditionary force!
B) YES, but let's not prepare an expeditionary force!
C) NO!

Hover theory (11 weeks, 6 days) (11)
Improved mirror structure (1 week, 9 days) (6)
Basic environmental gear (4 weeks, 8 days) (6)
Giant insect analysis (2 weeks, 4 days) (6)

(2 DP)

*Such a short section for such an important decision...
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Re: Ropidians - The Development of a Space Civilisation (In Progress)
« Reply #34 on: January 18, 2008, 01:31:37 am »
Escape route?

C) Other

Its basically the B vote with only one thing added, we will be taking along the body of the 'grand supreme one' as i do NOT want Morpos to find a high up Selis officer in their nuke bunker(specially not one who is supposed to be dead), also if its still whole, we will be taking with us the camera that was filming the ultimatum as well(if its not then the tape even if its in bits)

The reason I'm going with the truck rather then returning is that its gonna look suspicious if we were to return with only 1 corpse as well as leading one live cultist

And i almost forgot, since we are taking the cultist truck, we are also bringing Prince Olko's corpse with us(that should cause some confusion for a while with him missing)

What do we want researched here?

C) Investigate this island further (like a stereotypical desert island, except quite small and stormy)

I'm going to go away from the micro organisms for a while, instead focusing on the island we are on as that should teach us more about the planets ecosystem and minerals and similar things related to that(the ecosystem i consider to be quite important)


Shall we extend this lab?

B) Yes, we should upgrade what we have

A temporary vote while i ponder the effects of the three

Should we honour the ultimatum?*

A) YES, and prepare an expeditionary force!

We made an ultimatum and as such we should stand behind our words

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Re: Ropidians - The Development of a Space Civilisation (In Progress)
« Reply #35 on: January 18, 2008, 03:05:37 pm »
"So...uh, what is it?" asked the Commodore.

"We call it a 'boat', sir," replied the chief technician, "because it rhymes with 'float'."

"It's the stupidest thing I've ever seen," muttered Kius.
That is, quite definitely, my favorite part of this round. Hahahaha...


Escape route?
C) Other

I have to agree with Bodhi on this one.



What do we want researched here?
C) Investigate this island further (like a stereotypical desert island, except quite small and stormy)

We don't want some sort of strange voodoo priests to come and kidnap us in the night, do we? We should make sure we know the layout of the island first.



Shall we extend this lab?
B) Yes, we should upgrade what we have



Should we honour the ultimatum?
A) YES, and prepare an expeditionary force!

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Re: Ropidians - The Development of a Space Civilisation (In Progress)
« Reply #36 on: January 19, 2008, 02:32:41 pm »
Chapter 6: WAR!

AABA
AABD
CCBD
CCBA
CCBA
AABA
CCCA
CCBA

C (Bodhi) CBA wins.  Date: 121/Sear/6048.

We escape without incident*.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Mire: Guile + (Good -> Very good)
Hronne: Hacking + (Competent -> Skilled), Bravery +

War!  War!  War!  We want war, not desert islands!

We've taken a whirlwind tour of the island that our scientists call home.  It's pretty sparse on interesting or distinguishing features bar the lab itself.  For what it lacks in interest it more than makes up for in sand.  Actually, one of our party could have sworn that something came up suddenly from the sand at some point and hit him in the face, but it wasn't there when he looked again.  Odd.  Anyway, we've outfitted the scientists with the latest gear and given them the resources to attend to their future needs.  The Celesta has now gone off to find the Transcendent and then will head back to Ropos for filming.

Selis or war?  WAR!

"At 0901 hours today, Tegasian Standard Time, a request was made to the North Hemisphere Axis to withdraw their troops from the vicinity of Selis by 1175.  No such action has been undertaken and, as a result, the Southern Hemisphere Organisation of Cities is now at war with Morpos and her allies.  In this matter, Kolo has chosen to remain neutral; the result of this war shall now be decided on the battlefield.  Even now, we prepare for the first clash of forces.  Much has changed in 107 years; we have new tactics, new troops and new ideas.  It pains me that after 107 years of relative peace, we are forced into action by the aggressive foreign policy of Morpos; they have started an avalanche which shall, in turn, engulf them.  But now, and I say this to all our friends and allies, the time has come to make our stand.  A stand against the unwarranted aggression displayed by Morpos, a stand for our beliefs and a stand for the future.  This war will not be an easy one; we face a cunning and determined foe.  However, I believe that we have what it takes to achieve Total Victory.  Good day to you all; make the most of it, for this day shall be remembered for the rest of our existence," said Io Lekole on the radio, to his listeners across Ropos.

Who should command our expeditionary force?**

Skill = self-explanatory
Administration = Good thing, higher administration means better organisation, supply and less attrition
Unorthodoxy = <4, cannot modify options offered, <6, cannot suggest new options, >8, must invent own options (therefore, 6-8 'best')
Personality = How well the general gets on with his troops, leading to higher morale and lower partisan activity

A) Field Marshal Uho

Skill: *****
Administration: ********
Unorthodoxy: ******
Personality: *******

B) General Rokus

Skill: ***
Administration: ****
Unorthodoxy: *****
Personality: ********

C) General Lehe

Skill: ****
Administration: ******
Unorthodoxy: **
Personality: ***

D) General Sulis

Skill: ******
Administration: ****
Unorthodoxy: ****
Personality ****

E) General Tyronis

Skill: *
Administration: ***
Unorthodoxy: ********
Personality: *******

How big should the expeditionary force be?

A) Small; more of a support group
B) Medium; enough to act independently
C) Large; let's make a proper job of this!

And what quality?

A) The best of the best of the best...sir!
B) Regular troops, no more, no less
C) Call up the reserves!

And what type?

A) Balanced
B) Mostly infantry
C) Mostly armour

Doctrine - what should we follow most during this war?

A) The 'Big Push' theory (confront your enemy at every turn and push him back, prevent him from digging in etc.: favours heavy infantry, light suffer)
B) The 'Spearhead' theory (focus your forces, pin the enemy with infantry and thrust through with armour: favours tanks, infantry suffer)
C) The 'Grand Assault' theory (Always focus your forces before acting, then sweep your enemy from the field whilst trying to maintain cohesion: balanced)
D) The 'Indirect Approach' theory (Success does not lie on the battlefield, but in disrupting and destroying your opponent's plans and coordination: light tanks and infantry favoured, heavies suffer)
E) The 'Superior Firepower' theory (Destroy your opponents forces from afar with overwhelming firepower: infantry and tanks suffer, artillery and bombers favoured)
F) Invent our own new one! (one or two branches of the service must gain, one or two must be weakened)

Hurrah!

The news has spread to the general population that war is now at hand.  They were last seen running back and forth, screaming and hiding in buildings.  However, once they realised that this was NOT a nuclear war, they seemed to lighten up a bit.

Should we institute conscription?

A) Yes
B) No

And what about propaganda?

Our side:

A)No, nothing of that sort; the truth must be known about everything!
B) Yes, we should cover up our worse defeats and mistakes
C) The public should be kept in the dark as to our current status
D) We should turn everything into a glorious victory

Their side:

A) They're lizards like us, no more, no less
B) They're the aggressors and need to be defeated for the good of the world
C) They're brutish terrorists who deserve a good kicking
D) They have 41 different recipes for cooking live hatchlings

The Home Front

Now that war is upon us, it is time to plan our long-term military production.  Our economists have divided our industry into 500 'units' of production and have assigned a certain value to each an every item that we can produce.  Aside from construction, they recommend that we keep 50 units free to supply our troops and about 100 free to keep our citizens happy with basic and everyday goods.

What shall we build (make a shopping list)?

A) Light infantry divisions (5 IU, lightly armed, good for scouting and in difficult terrain)
B) Medium infantry divisions (6 IU, decently armed, all-around use, best used in pitched battles)
C) Heavy infantry divisions (7 IU, heavily armed, best in defensive situations and in combatting armour)
D) Light armour (12 IU, very fast and excellent at flanking enemies as well as being reasonable in difficult terrain)
E) Heavy armour (16 IU, quite fast and excellent on the offensive; just don't send them into mountains or cities!)
F) Light artillery attachment (2 IU, works well with infantry in softening up strongpoints and destroying other infantry)
G) Heavy artillery attachment (4 IU, excellent against everything...if it gets the first shot)
H) Rocket artillery attachment (3 IU, best against lightly armoured enemies but can ruin terrain too)
I) AT attachment (3 IU, excellent for infantry who need that little bit extra when it comes to enemy tanks)
J) AA attachment (3 IU, self-explanatory but can also work against lightly armoured enemy ground units)
K) Fighter squadrons (18 IU, best against other aircraft)
L) Ground-attack squadrons (19 IU, best against tanks)
M) Gunship squadrons (19 IU, best against infantry, can work against tanks but more vulnerable to AA)
N) Bomber squadron (24 IU, works against enemy defences, static enemies and buildings; make sure they have an escort!)

It's here!

Yes, the new research system is HERE!  No longer will it take ages to just research one tech, nor will it be done abnormally fast.  Using this intuitive and logical system, we can research anything!

The new features:

We have 3 'pools' of scientists for the moment; physicists, chemists and biologists.  They can either be generic or specialised (e.g. nuclear physicists, geneticists etc.).  Now, how does research work?

Made-up Tech (3/2+OC/1, D4, TX)

What does that mean?  Simple; x/x/x represents each component of the tech, physics, chemistry and biology.  This indicates that the tech is 3 parts physics, 2 parts chemistry and 1 part biology.  The little +OC means that chemistry would be quicker with organic chemists.  D4 means that the tech has a 'difficulty' of 4; this indicates how difficult, relatively speaking, it would be for us to research.  TX is what we're left with, the time it takes to do the research.  In a simple formula:

TX for Physics= 500D/(Physicists/Physics) and the same for the other two; a specialist counts for two scientists, if they are of the relevant field.

Here are our current research projects:

Hover theory (4/1/0, D6) (120 physicists, 75 chemists) (11 weeks, 6 days)
Improved mirror structure (2 + weappns specialist/0/0, D2) (50 physicists) (1 week, 9 days)
Basic environmental gear (2 + organic chemist/3/1, D3) (200 physicists, 120 chemists, 100 biologists) (4 weeks, 8 days)
Giant insect analysis (0/1/4, D1) (50 chemists, 100 biologists) (2 weeks, 4 days)

Our labs currently have space for ONE more and we have 30 physicists and 55 chemists without work.

What should we do next?

A) Look into a new weapons project
B) Research a new space-related tech
C) Get started on some biology
D) Research a chemistry tech
E) We should start a new robotics study
F) Reassign our spare scientists/rearrange current ones (how?)

(2 DP)

*Yes, I know it would have been exciting to write in detail, but suffice to say that we got the corpse, the camera and Olko.  Plus, it's WAR time!
**Our generals can also gain special skills and focus on different areas of warfare; ours are blank slates at the moment in this respect, though.
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« Reply #37 on: January 19, 2008, 08:22:40 pm »
Ahhh, Choices. To many Choices!!!

EBACBD

Nothing on the shopping list

 
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« Reply #38 on: January 20, 2008, 02:42:07 am »
Who should command our expeditionary force?**
E) General Tyronis

This might sound strange but i think he is actually the best suited for this mission based on the tactics we will be using. He also seems to be the newest and as such the least set in the old tactics used in previous wars(the grand assault one).

Tyronis is also the most unorthodox which helps the most with the indirect approach tactic

While uho might seem like the best he is also securely set in the old style of warfare and might be better suited for tactics on the mainland

How big should the expeditionary force be?
B) Medium; enough to act independently

Since Tyronis is a general he can't handle the largest troops without some loss in leadership, as such I'm putting him in charge of a Medium one

And what quality?
A) The best of the best of the best...sir!

Due to the fact Tyronis isn't the best of the generals out there I'm opting for the troops to be the best of the best as in that way he will be surrounded by very capable advisors(and who can teach him a lot)

Tyronis' unorthodox style combined with the skill and abilities of the elite troops should make for the best combination

And what type?
A) Balanced

The best armies have a balanced amount of different troops

Doctrine - what should we follow most during this war?
D) The 'Indirect Approach' theory (Success does not lie on the battlefield, but in disrupting and destroying your opponent's plans and coordination: light tanks and infantry favoured, heavies suffer)

This is the best for our defense situation i think as hopefully Morpos shouldn't be used to it as they seem more Russia in their military tactics Razz


Should we institute conscription?
B) No

To early in the war i think to start conscription

And what about propaganda?

Our side:
A)No, nothing of that sort; the truth must be known about everything!

On this i actually agree with Link, Truth is the best answer here, as we all know what happened when we lied earlier(also our people will learn the truth soon enough)

Their side:
B) They're the aggressors and need to be defeated for the good of the world

This one actually is the truth so gonna let this one slide and accept its use Razz (atleast as far as we are aware)

What shall we build (make a shopping list)?

Working on this one

What should we do next?
F) Reassign our spare scientists/rearrange current ones (how?)

30 physicists to Hover, along with 7 chemists. The rest of the chemists go to Giant insect analysis, where they'll be most useful, and clear the way for a new research project in that field

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« Reply #39 on: January 25, 2008, 05:50:16 pm »
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EBAADBABF
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EBAADBABF wins.  Produciton vote is postponed (continue discussion).  Date: 125/Sear/6048

General Tyronis has been chosen to lead our expeditionary force and, thanks to his experienced staff, is slightly better than the public perceive him as.

Skill: *+*
Administration: ***+*
Unorthodoxy: ********
Personality: *******

The expeditionary force consists of the following:

36th Trench Raiders - Heavy infantry (Hardened) (110/80/95*)
9th Fortress Busters - Heavy infantry (Veteran) (110/85/100)
8th Javelin Division - Medium infantry (Hardened) (115/85/100)
14th Tegasian Rangers - Light infantry (Hardened) (120/90/105)
16th Zofro's Beserkers - Heavy armour (Hardened) (105/75/120)
11th Knights - Heavy armour (Regular) (100/70/110)
1st Rollers - Light armour (Veteran) (110/75/130)
9th Victory Division - Light armour (Hardened) (105/70/120)
17th Ghosts - Light armour (Hardened) (105/70/120)

Everything is in place and we landed by zeppelin and air transport without incident just south of the Selisian oil wells.  Morpos seems to have been caught a little off guard by our sudden arrival as no enemy air support has engaged us yet.  This leaves us free to decide what to do.  Tyronis thinks that we should head due north and take the fight to the enemy and to try and catch the Benese attack in the flank.  His advisors are trying to persuade him that this is too risky, that we should either fortify the oil wells or move up to Selis through Selesian territory, thus reinforcing the existing defences.



(Black = railway, grey = road, big red things = defences)

Who's right?

A) Tyronis
B) The first adviser
C) The second adviser
D) Suggest an alternative

Strategy

Io has decided to follow the doctrine of Indirect Approach.  Long favoured by unorthodox junior officers, this may cause a bit of an upset in the senior ranks once they realise the declining importance of heavy armour and infantry.

Not quite total war

We've decided to try and fight a mostly clean war, avoiding positive propaganda whilst trying to minimise the level of anti-enemy feeling in the city.  Conscription has not yet been instituted but our people have already rallied to the flag, starting the formation of 12 or so militia quality divisions and giving us a fresh pool of Ropidianpower** to recruit from.

First raid

Morposian long-range bombers today attacked Xenu, killing only 23 people and wounding a further 102.  They obviously underestimated our air defences and our forces managed to shoot down 5 of the 32 who attacked us.

Hover theory (4/1/0, D6) (150 physicists, 82 chemists) (9 weeks, 4 days)
Improved mirror structure (2 + weappns specialist/0/0, D2) (50 physicists) (1 week, 5 days)
Basic environmental gear (2 + organic chemist/3/1, D3) (200 physicists, 120 chemists, 100 biologists) (4 weeks, 4 days)
Giant insect analysis (0/1/4, D1) (95 chemists, 100 biologists) (1 week, 2 days)

(2 DP) (War Weariness: Medium (Morposian aggression must be fought off, but hopefully this will end soon)

*(Supply/Organisation/Morale) We get bonuses to lights and penalties to heavies now.  Supply = % of supply need fulfilled; > 100 = supply dump building up, < 100 = supplies drained/lacking supplies.  Organisation = unit cohesiveness, how effectively it fights.  The more mobile or light a division is, the lower the max will be.  Morale = how much a unit can endure, how much 'fight' is left in them.  Light/mobile units gain a bonus here.  Let this drop too low and it could lead to a fallback, retreat or even a rout.
**Like manpower.  We have 500 or so; treat one unit as 1,000 recruits.  We could have 3,000 if we started conscripting, although that would hurt the economy, and theoretically 20,000 if we were to arm the entire population!
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Re: Ropidians - The Development of a Space Civilisation (In Progress)
« Reply #40 on: February 02, 2008, 03:51:49 pm »
B
A
D
D
D

D wins.  Date: 126/Sear/6048

Tyronis is personally leading the following divisions forward in a lightning strike towards the Benese flank:

1st Rollers - Light armour (Veteran) (110/75/130)
9th Victory Division - Light armour (Hardened) (105/70/120)
17th Ghosts - Light armour (Hardened) (105/70/120)
8th Javelin Division - Medium infantry (Hardened) (115/85/100)
14th Tegasian Rangers - Light infantry (Hardened) (120/90/105)

The heavies have been ordered to fortify the oil wells.

"Sir, enemy forces have been sighted advancing towards the Selisian lines; about 5 divisions of heavy infantry, slightly disorganised.  They've stopped for now," said one of the staff.

"Ah, excellent; a chance to sock it to 'em!" cried Tyronis, "I think that we really give them a shock, pin them with the infantry, roll up the railway and cut 'em off!"

The staff exchanged nervous looks at each other across the table.

"Sir, I must advise against that," said one eventually.

"Why?  Speak up!"

"It's the terrain; it's a flat plain.  We'd be completely exposed to the enemy if we attempted that.  Far better would to use the armour to support an infantry attack."

"Or to pound them into dust first, using the railway as cover for an assault!" piped up a second.



What's the strategy for this battle?

A) We should do what Tyronis suggests, pin the enemy with our infantry and capture the railway with armour
B) No, we should exercise caution; probing attacks with our light division, then armour on the weak points
C) No, we should use our artillery to bombard the enemy, then follow that up with a full assault on the left flank
D) Other
E) Take command! (fight this battle out in several stages but won't go on for weeks :p)

Lines of assembly

It's cruch time in terms of production quotas; our factories NEED targets or they'll never work.  Due to a lack of activity at the top, they've come up with the following potential production lists.

Which is best?

A) The 'Blitzkrieg' Queue

12 x Lights, 3 times over (30 days each)
3 x Mediums, 3 times over (35 days each)
6 x Light armour, twice over (50 days each)
3 x Heavy armour, 3 times over (60 days each)
40 x Light artillery (20 days each)
4 x GA squadron, twice over (80 days each)

96 IU for consumers, 50 for supplies

B) The 'Long War' Queue

3 x Lights, twice over
9 x Mediums, 4 times over
3 x Heavies, 3 times over
3 x Light armour
6 x Heavy armour
5 x Heavy artillery, twice over (30 days each)
4 x AA, 3 times over (15 days each)
4 x Bomber squadron, 3 times over (100 days each)

100 IU for consumers, 50 for supplies

C) Suggest your own!

Research:

Hover theory (4/1/0, D6) (150 physicists, 82 chemists) (9 weeks, 3 days)
Improved mirror structure (2 + weappns specialist/0/0, D2) (50 physicists) (1 week, 4 days)
Basic environmental gear (2 + organic chemist/3/1, D3) (200 physicists, 120 chemists, 100 biologists) (4 weeks, 3 days)
Giant insect analysis (0/1/4, D1) (95 chemists, 100 biologists) (1 week, 1 day)

(2 DP) (War Weariness: Medium (Morposian aggression must be fought off, but hopefully this will end soon)
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Re: Ropidians - The Development of a Space Civilisation (In Progress)
« Reply #41 on: February 09, 2008, 05:26:09 pm »
BC
EA
BC
BC
BC

BC wins.  Date: 127/Sear/6048

Our attack is a success.  The light division found several yawning gaps in the enemy line and we were able to easily punch through with our superior armour; this is a major setback for the Benese in this sector, but has done little elsewhere.  It also seems that Morpos's forces have arrived on the northern front...

Anyhow, we face two choices now.  Tyronis can either attempt to storm the Benese defences to the south, try to encircle a couple of infantry divisions to the north, or retreat back to the oil wells.  In addition, he has performed well enough to earn his first perk as a general.



Which way?

A) To the defences!
B) North!
C) Run away!
D) Other

Which perk?

A) Basic Tactics (+1 skill)
B) Basic Inspiration (+1 personality, slight increase in morale)
C) Basic Logistics (slight increase in organisation and supply efficiency)
D) Tank Commander (Tyronis specialises in armour, opens up the tank perk tree)
E) Infantry Commander (Tyronis specialises in infantry, opens up the infantry perk tree)

1st Rollers - Light armour (Veteran) (100/68/126)
9th Victory Division - Light armour (Hardened) (100/61/114)
17th Ghosts - Light armour (Hardened) (100/67/112)
8th Javelin Division - Medium infantry (Hardened) (100/82/98)
14th Tegasian Rangers - Light infantry (Hardened) (100/81/92)

Research:

Hover theory (4/1/0, D6) (150 physicists, 82 chemists) (9 weeks, 2 days)
Improved mirror structure (2 + weappns specialist/0/0, D2) (50 physicists) (1 week, 3 days)
Basic environmental gear (2 + organic chemist/3/1, D3) (200 physicists, 120 chemists, 100 biologists) (4 weeks, 2 days)
Giant insect analysis (0/1/4, D1) (95 chemists, 100 biologists) (1 week)

(2 DP) (War Weariness: Medium (Morposian aggression must be fought off, but hopefully this will end soon)
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Re: Ropidians - The Development of a Space Civilisation (In Progress)
« Reply #42 on: February 10, 2008, 09:38:10 am »
BD
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Re: Ropidians - The Development of a Space Civilisation (In Progress)
« Reply #43 on: February 11, 2008, 03:16:18 pm »
AE
AA
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BE
BE
BD

BE wins.  Date: 129/Sear/6048

Tyronis has taken the decision to drive north against the Benese.  This effort met with unanticipated success, forcing the surrender of two Benese infantry divisions and capturing much land.  However, we have come face to face with the Morposians for the first time; our scouts report their tanks further north, probing the Selisian defences with un-nerving skill, avoiding casualties yet still getting quite close to the trenches.  Further north still, the Morposian infantry are making quick work of the Selisians although the Selisians have yet to commit there reserves.

On a lighter note, Tyronis has decided to specialise in infantry command, thus giving him a small command bonus when in charge of the relevant divisions.  Oh, and our 2 reinforcing divisions are being attacked by the Benese from the West.

1st Rollers - Light armour (Veteran) (In supply/Fair/Impetuous)
9th Victory Division - Light armour (Hardened) (In supply/Fair/Impetuous)
17th Ghosts - Light armour (Hardened) (In supply/Fair/Impetuous)
8th Javelin Division - Medium infantry (Hardened) (In supply/Great/Superb)
14th Tegasian Rangers - Light infantry (Hardened) (In supply/Great/Superb)



Battle!

36th Trench Raiders - Heavy infantry (Hardened) (In supply/Great/Superb)
9th Fortress Busters - Heavy infantry (Veteran) (In supply/Great/Excellent)

vs.

1 infantry (thought to be heavy, of regular quality), 1 armour (thought to be of harderned quality and heavy)

Factors affecting the battle:

--Open terrain favours attackers
+Rocky terrain favours defenders
+Darkness favours defenders
-Enemy general appears to be slightly more skilled

A) We should let our troops do what they will (Tyronis has no direct control; will probably attempt a static defence)
B) Take command!
C) A, but send reinforcements (what?)

Output

We are currently producing the following:

4x Light Infantry - 20 IU - 27 days remaining
8x Medium Infantry - 48 IU - 32 days remaining
4x Heavy Infantry - 28 IU - 37 days remaining
5x Light Armour - 60 IU - 47 days remaining
5x Heavy Armour - 80 IU - 57 days remaining
4x Light Artillery - 8 IU - 17 days remaining
2x Heavy Artillery - 8 IU - 27 days remaining
2x Rocket artillery - 6 IU - 22 days remaining
2x Anti-Tank attach. - 6 IU - 12 days remaining
2x Anti-Air attach. - 6 IU - 12 days remaining
1x Fighter - 18 IU - 77 days remaining
1x Ground Attack - 19 IU - 77 days remaining
1x Gunship - 19 IU - 67 days remaining
1x Bomber - 24 IU - 97 days remaining

It would be a wise move to repeatedly manufacture the same things over and over in some cases as doing so allows our factories to optimise production more easily.  This 'gearing' bonus can reduce build times by up to 30%, given time.

Research:

Hover theory (4/1/0, D6) (150 physicists, 82 chemists) (9 weeks)
Improved mirror structure (2 + weappns specialist/0/0, D2) (50 physicists) (1 week, 1 day)
Basic environmental gear (2 + organic chemist/3/1, D3) (200 physicists, 120 chemists, 100 biologists) (4 weeks)
Giant insect analysis (0/1/4, D1) (95 chemists, 100 biologists) (8 days)

(2 DP) (War Weariness: Medium (Morposian aggression must be fought off, but hopefully this will end soon)
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Re: Ropidians - The Development of a Space Civilisation (In Progress)
« Reply #44 on: February 12, 2008, 02:29:43 pm »
Unanimous vote for B.  Date: 129/Sear/6048

It's time to test our might in deadly battle.  We have the following forces at our disposal:

8 x large heavy brigade
4 x small heavy brigade
2 x AT specialists
1 x HQ detachment (boosts morale and organisation in local area and orders to nearby units are more quickly conveyed)
1 x engineer brigade (increases the defensibility of the surrounding area (mines + trenches))

(Heavy artillery brigades are behind the lines; you can indicate on the map where you want a constant bombardment, though)



Position our forces and make your plans!

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