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Offline General Battuta

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The Blue Planet Oracle (full BP2/3 spoilers within!)
With BP's tenth anniversary coming up, and our minds still on our promise to finish this story one way or another, we think it's time to start revealing some of the secrets that await in the BP story.

I'll answer questions, although in an oracular sense. Ask anything. Yes, knowing what's coming could change the experience if we do ever finish Acts 4+5 and BP2 - but knowing is never the same as playing.

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Re: The Blue Planet Oracle (full BP2/3 spoilers within!)
In Steele's mind, assuming he wins, what kind of surrender/peace treaty would he want the UEF to sign?

 

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What's the situation regarding uef infiltration into the alliance command element?

 

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Re: The Blue Planet Oracle (full BP2/3 spoilers within!)
I only want a Yes/No answer, Were the Shivans made by a Boltzmann brain / Type-6 civilization / or are a subsystem of a higher entity?

It's obvious in hindsight.

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Re: The Blue Planet Oracle (full BP2/3 spoilers within!)
Will future installments remain with Laporte as the player's character, switch back to Bei or another previously-encountered character, or will we become a completely new character?
Will the next installment feature a significant increase in cap-ship command missions?
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Re: The Blue Planet Oracle (full BP2/3 spoilers within!)
In Steele's mind, assuming he wins, what kind of surrender/peace treaty would he want the UEF to sign?

Morpheus must proceed. Other than that the details are presumably in the hands of his superiors.

What's the situation regarding uef infiltration into the alliance command element?

Aside from sympathizers and potential defectors, they really need to worry about infiltration by someone else.

I only want a Yes/No answer, Were the Shivans made by a Boltzmann brain / Type-6 civilization / or are a subsystem of a higher entity?

It's obvious in hindsight.

The Shivans were calculated into existence as a necessity of a universe hospitable to any form of cognition.

Will future installments remain with Laporte as the player's character, switch back to Bei or another previously-encountered character, or will we become a completely new character?
Will the next installment feature a significant increase in cap-ship command missions?

You'd play Bei, Laporte, Nabirasul and maybe some walk-ons in BP3. Capship command would ideally become a possible approach to a mission rather than a mission type of its own, but who knows if that's achievable.

 

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Re: The Blue Planet Oracle (full BP2/3 spoilers within!)
What role will the Fedayeen (including its computation asset CASSANDRA) play in the final stages of the war?

 

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Re: The Blue Planet Oracle (full BP2/3 spoilers within!)
Capship command would ideally become a possible approach to a mission rather than a mission type of its own, but who knows if that's achievable.

I think the framework that's there does allow for that. One Future was initially designed to be playable with either a fighter or a cruiser. The script was designed to trigger when the player is in a capital ship, rather than on a per-mission basis. Some of the cruiser-specific sexps in that mission probably still have leftover checks to see if player is a cruiser or a fighter.
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Re: The Blue Planet Oracle (full BP2/3 spoilers within!)
For your release plans, will Acts 4 and 5 of WIH be released individually (as separate releases) or will 4+5 be released together?

 
Re: The Blue Planet Oracle (full BP2/3 spoilers within!)
So... the entire plan against the Wargods is predicated on the fact that the Imperiuse never left the system. The UEF thinks it leaves after its airwing gets smashed in Darkest Hour, but that's well before the Wargods were formed.
Was the Imperiuse just a lucky accident for Steele or did he intentionally keep it in system as part of a plan to get rid of a battlegroup that hasn't even formed yet?


Or is the implication here that the Wargods(maybe under a different name) were active at that time, disbanded when Simms broke, then were recreated afterwards? And they were seen as enough of a threat by Steele even before The Plunder.
« Last Edit: June 19, 2017, 10:48:02 pm by FrikgFeek »
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Re: The Blue Planet Oracle (full BP2/3 spoilers within!)
What role will the Fedayeen (including its computation asset CASSANDRA) play in the final stages of the war?

They'll be Laporte's prime movers to get the events of Acts 5 rolling, and the ones most directly privy to her plans. They won't be highly effective during Act 4 due to Steele's countermeasures.

For your release plans, will Acts 4 and 5 of WIH be released individually (as separate releases) or will 4+5 be released together?

If we ever make it to release on those the hope is to do them together. But episodic releases have worked nicely for us in the past, so who knows.

So... the entire plan against the Wargods is predicated on the fact that the Imperiuse never left the system. The UEF thinks it leaves after its airwing gets smashed in Darkest Hour, but that's well before the Wargods were formed.
Was the Imperiuse just a lucky accident for Steele or did he intentionally keep it in system as part of a plan to get rid of a battlegroup that hasn't even formed yet?

Steele 'palmed' the Imperieuse after the Blitz so he'd have an ace card to play when he needed to save a bad situation or pluck a really ripe target.

 

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Re: The Blue Planet Oracle (full BP2/3 spoilers within!)
Is Ricardo cannon

Capship command would ideally become a possible approach to a mission rather than a mission type of its own, but who knows if that's achievable.

Is that a challenge?   :drevil:
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Re: The Blue Planet Oracle (full BP2/3 spoilers within!)
Is Ricardo cannon


(Not the oracle, but...)

Loosely.
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Re: The Blue Planet Oracle (full BP2/3 spoilers within!)
Why is the Myrmidon still so commonly used for space superiority even in TEI battlegroups? Is there a massive surplus of Myrm hulls as a result of some politicking in the Capella era? Is it supposed to be more noob friendly than the Perseus or Herc 2? With the Myrm's fighter-bomber update perhaphs bomber pilots are using it when pressed into CAP due to other squadrons not being available?

Is it a rite of passage for new pilots, having to survive enough sorties in the Myrmidon before being given real fighters?

Does command just hate pilots? :P


(I know I could be asking about future story bits here but I'm honestly just more interested in little bits of worldbuilding and backstory).
[19:31] <MatthTheGeek> you all high up on your mointain looking down at everyone who doesn't beam everything on insane blindfolded

 
Re: The Blue Planet Oracle (full BP2/3 spoilers within!)
Is Ricardo cannon


(Not the oracle, but...)

Loosely.

I see what you did there.

@Oratuta:
Does the Vasudan Imperium have any special objectives in the Sol Theater, beyond what we have already been told?
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Will we get to fly a support ship?

 

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Re: The Blue Planet Oracle (full BP2/3 spoilers within!)
What's going on with captured GTVA ships by UEF? What is the super secret project that 1st Fleet is working on, with ships defected to UEF like Lambouchere and captured tech from logistic ship? Will we see beam-equipped UEF warships?

Will we see Sanctuary again? What is her role in further events?
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Re: The Blue Planet Oracle (full BP2/3 spoilers within!)
Will we ever meet Brie or Kassim again?

And I assume that the next time Laporte contacts with Ken is going to be rather face-to-face? (Ending of UT2, "We can't speak ever again" or something suggesting that Laporte or Ken is being watched by someone from now on)
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Re: The Blue Planet Oracle (full BP2/3 spoilers within!)
Why is the Myrmidon still so commonly used for space superiority even in TEI battlegroups? Is there a massive surplus of Myrm hulls as a result of some politicking in the Capella era? Is it supposed to be more noob friendly than the Perseus or Herc 2? With the Myrm's fighter-bomber update perhaphs bomber pilots are using it when pressed into CAP due to other squadrons not being available?

Think Super Hornet. It's filling a requirement for a long-lived and affordable space superiority design. Also it has six gun points.

@Oratuta:
Does the Vasudan Imperium have any special objectives in the Sol Theater, beyond what we have already been told?

They're more interested in the looming metaphysical/Shivan-related crisis than in the Sol theater, but they are engaged in that theater to the extent that it bears on said crisis: which, they're realizing, is a lot more than they thought.

Also the Hammer is a factor.
What's going on with captured GTVA ships by UEF? What is the super secret project that 1st Fleet is working on, with ships defected to UEF like Lambouchere and captured tech from logistic ship? Will we see beam-equipped UEF warships?

Will we see Sanctuary again? What is her role in further events?

The captured GTVA ships supplied vital reactor and power system knowhow to Project Shambhala, but perhaps their most important contributions were the records they gathered during their journey into the Sanctuaryverse. I don't think we have firm plans for/against UEF beams in very special cases (like a special bomber weapon, maybe) but they aren't going to be a huge strategic turning point.

The Sanctuary is full of people who've spent years hibernating under Vishnan influence. They'll definitely be important.

Will we ever meet Brie or Kassim again?

And I assume that the next time Laporte contacts with Ken is going to be rather face-to-face? (Ending of UT2, "We can't speak ever again" or something suggesting that Laporte or Ken is being watched by someone from now on)

No firm outline pinning exactly when Brie or Kassim will show up, but I think Brie at least will pop up again as a yardstick for Laporte's growth. And yes, Laporte's role as a deniable asset requires that Ken go pretty hands-off.

 

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Re: The Blue Planet Oracle (full BP2/3 spoilers within!)
Will new ships appear on either side? What would be their role?
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