Nomad Weekly - Issue 10

This week we drop all format as we feature both a review of the finished round, as well as a preview of the round to come, with assistance from various contributors.

3.0 Review:

  • The 3.0 round was the first real test for most of the gameplay mechanics. How did they all work? Where was the balance? What were the different strengths and weaknesses? Read the Gameplay Review to find out ... [Read More]
  • One of the areas which seemed to be a disappointment was the lack of activity from major alliances. The INN attempted to do a rundown of all the alliances, and analyse their performance throughout the round ... [Read More]
  • If the alliances disappointed, the conflicts did so even more. It's sad when there are only a handful of battles and conflicts to report on. However, we still did our best to run down what conflicts we could find from this round ... [Read More]
  • Everyone has a different opinion on the events and contributors of 3.0, so we decided to go out and record some of these. Read a selection of the playerbase's own opinions on the 3.0 round ... [Read More]

3.1 Preview:

  • The changelog made interesting reading to all of us. Here, we look at some of the changes for this round and highlight what exactly they mean, as well as giving our own verdict on the changes ... [Read More]
  • While looking forward to next round, we had a play at being a psychic and tried to analyse the different alliances and predict exactly how things will turn out for them. Remember to come back in four months time and see how wrong we were, but this is what we think for now ... [Read More]
  • While forcing all these people to look back over 3.0, we made them look forward to 3.1 as well. What does the playerbase think are the hopes for the next round? Who will be the major alliance powerbrokers? See what your fellow players think ... [Read More]

Nomad Weekly - Issue 9 - Christmas Special

This week all format flies out of the window as we bring you a festive edition of the INN. Christmas lights at major stations, present wishlists, and just how do you design a ship to deliver presents to all the galaxy in one night ...?

  • What did YOU want for Christmas? Harbinger went to ask a few people what they had on their wishlist for this festive season ... [Read More]
  • Even Christmas, with all its singing, has its unsung heroes. Lorelei went into a North Pole workshop and spoke with a rather disgruntled and certainly not cheerful Elf ... [Read More]
  • Trader Talk faces it's biggest challenge - how do you make a survivable trader for a major target, making his delivery on the one night when everyone knows you're coming? Able gave Father Christmas some design and survivability tips ... [Read More]
  • But we didn't stop there with our festive efforts! Cuey took the time out from his busy schedule to design a specially made sleigh to ease these worries and ensure safe deliveries to children across the galaxy ... [Read More]
  • What happens to freighter traffic when the spacelanes are filled with Christmas lights instead of the usual navigation guidance lights? In a festive edition of Galaxy in Focus, An'aliez went to see how this time of year is a busy time for all ... [Read More]
  • For the first time, INN goes musical! Able composes a TDZK-themed version of the Night Before Christmas ... [Read More]
  • Prefer a more light-hearted singalong? Perhaps this TDZK-themed adaptation of the Twelve Days of Christmas by Andrew_tM is what you're looking for instead ... [Read More]

Regardless of your beliefs and faiths, all of us here at the INN wish a festive and happy holiday season to all of you.

Nomad Weekly - Issue 8

News and Events:

  • This week Makaveli returns from wherever it is he's been hiding. Lured back with the prospect of news to report, it didn't take long because he was in full sarcastic flow once more ... [Read More]
  • Pingu's death prompted a lot of attention. Wildfire took the opportunity to ask several players for their opinions on what had transpired ... [Read More]

Interviews and Profiles:

  • The TDZK Icons Interviews returns! Harbinger spoke to Stormcrow about his long involvement in TDZK and about his past, present and future in the game ... [Read More]

Content and Features:

  • In this week's Editorial, Andrew_tM looks at the kill of Imperialist and tries to put the various attempts on Admin ships in some sort of ranking ... [Read More]
  • Trader Talk returns for its second installment. This week, Able writes about the key upgrades for a trader and discusses balance between holds and speed for an efficient trader ... [Read More]
  • After a short break, Cuey returns for another in his Design Corner column. This week, he takes a look back over the round and traces some of the ship design features that have evolved with the round and which ships are becoming more and less popular ... [Read More]
  • Another welcome return to the INN this week for An`aliez and his Galaxy in Focus column. This week, our intrepid investigator reports on just what happened to him, and tries to keep up with what he missed while he was out of action ... [Read More]
  • Have the stars failed you so far? This could be your week! As always Kitty reveals all to see what the week ahead holds in store for you and your horoscope ...? [Read More]
  • Want a less serious look at the week? Look no further, with the fourth weekly less serious look, featuring random statistics and trivia questions to tease you and tantalise you - not to mention last week's answers to put you out of your misery ... [Read More]

Nomad Weekly - Issue 7

News and Events:

  • This week there was some controversy after Mecha Yoshi tried to kill a new player by sending them a message to con them into undocking for him. In a guest article, Statix takes this opportunity to look at the ethics of newbie bashing ... [Read More]

Interviews and Profiles:

  • Is it possibly to be almost universally recognised and still be an unsung hero? Apparantly so, if people aren't aware of what you do out of the public view. Lorelei takes a look at what Andrew_tM tries to do to help behind the scenes when not publically complaining ... [Read More]

Content and Features:

  • In this week's Editorial, Andrew_tM discusses the worth of raiding outposts, and contrasts the economic viability of planets and outposts ... [Read More]
  • This week's INN features the first of a new column, as Able takes up a columnist spot on Trading Talk. His first column discusses the benefits of each race and how suited they are for trading ... [Read More]
  • History is a curious thing, and lots of things could easily happen differently if one thing went differently. This week, Andrew_tM goes back and attempts to recreate what would have happened if Arcani hadn't imploded when they did ... [Read More]
  • Have the TDZK stars been unlucky for you so far? Never fear, this week's could be your week! Kitty has once more consulted the stars to see what's in store - what does your horoscope reveal ...? [Read More]
  • Want a less serious look at the week? Look no further, with the third weekly less serious look, featuring random statistics and trivia questions to tease you and tantalise you - not to mention last week's answers to put you out of your misery ... [Read More]

Nomad Weekly - Issue 6

News and Events:

  • After a debut round of early impact followed by a typical malaise, White Shadows disbanded. Ragnek gave his perspective on how the disbandment went from an insider ... [Read More]

Interviews and Profiles:

  • The fourth Unsung Hero interview from Lorelei was that of a player who is not necessarily active in-game, but helps in providing the entertainment and amusement out of it. Be warned, this interview may curl up on your head ... [Read More]

Content and Features:

  • In this week's Editorial, Andrew_tM looks over TDZK history and discusses briefly the difficulties of players warring alliances, and vice versa ... [Read More]
  • Everyone has heard about some form of TDZK drama. So, does it need an Agony Aunt? Kitty attempted to give it a go ... [Read More]
  • Cuey's Design Corner returns this week once more. This week, read about how to take up the classic Hollywood dramatic role of the sniper ... [Read More]
  • What would happen if one event in the game history had been done slightly differently? What would have been the consequences, the results, what would have been different? In his fourth 'What if? column, Andrew_tM ponders over what would have happened to TDZK if Jerle hadn't been absent for two years ... [Read More]
  • Have the TDZK stars been unlucky for you so far? Never fear, this week's could be your week! Kitty has once more consulted the stars to see what's in store - what does your horoscope reveal ...? [Read More]
  • Want a less serious look at the week? Look no further, with the second weekly quiz on this week's events, featuring random statistics and trivia questions to tease you ... [Read More]

Nomad Weekly - Issue 5

News and Events:

  • After last week's unexpected absence, Makaveli returns to prove he has not lost his sarcastic knack of reporting the weekly news, or what there was of it ... [Read More]

Interviews and Profiles:

  • The third Unsung Hero interview from Lorelei led to her talking to Atma, who has taken on an increasing role behind the scenes at Warriors. We tried to tempt him out of the shadows and into the limelight ... [Read More]

Content and Features:

  • In this week's Editorial, Andrew_tM takes a slightly surreal view at TDZK and wonders how educational this hobby is, and whether the future is selling it as a curriculum component ... [Read More]
  • We've often heard the jokes that TDZK is just an excuse for a dating site for gamers. INN presents the first guide to how to make that first move, as Kitty describes the best way to go about approaching a female TDZKer with slightly more than a chat in mind ... [Read More]
  • What would happen if one event in the game history had been done slightly differently? What would have been the consequences, the results, what would have been different? In his fourth 'What if? column, Andrew_tM, with assistance from Solace, wonders how 2.6 would have developed differently if it hadn't been reset ... [Read More]
  • Have the TDZK stars been unlucky for you so far? Never fear, this week's could be your week! Kitty has once more consulted the stars to see what's in store - what does your horoscope reveal ...? [Read More]
  • Want a less serious look at the week? Look no further, with the first weekly quiz on this week's events ... [Read More]

Nomad Weekly - Issue 4

News and Events:

  • Your usual sarcastic egotistical reporter, Makaveli, was unable to write his column this week. However, never fear! We managed to get the only more sarcastic and egotistical person in the game, INN Editor Andrew_tM to fill in for him in writing his column ... [Read More]

Interviews and Profiles:

  • In his second TDZK Icon interview, Harbinger spoke to Cerulean Ice hunter and tester Alucard, who's quickly become one of the more prominent names within the game ... [Read More]

Content and Features:

  • In this week's Editorial, Andrew_tM takes a look at the rankings and wonders if the Kill Value ranking actually has any value, and wonders if he can come up with something better in five minutes ... [Read More]
  • How much are we a community? INN reporter Ragnek spoke to several different people and asked them what they thought the community meant, and how accurate this oft-championed yet oft-disdained feature of TDZK is ... [Read More]
  • In his fourth 'Design Corner' column, Cuey starts thinking about bubbles and looks at both the armour and shield varients ... [Read More]
  • For this week's Raiding Simplified column, Osiris takes you through the process of planning a raid, before providing his typical summary of the weekly business from the port's perspective ... [Read More]
  • This week's 'Galaxy in Focus' column sees An`aliez investigating a screeching noise at Emissary Station, as well as a giant fish on a killing rampage and a graffiti attack on an alliance's most respected symbol ... [Read More]
  • What's in the TDZK stars for you this week? Kitty as ever has been reading the stars of the galaxy and finding out what's in store for each of TDZK's races as they go through their lives this week. What does your horoscope reveal ...? [Read More]

Nomad Weekly - Issue 3

News and Events:

  • Who knows what's been going on this week? Well, Makaveli didn't either, but once we'd filled him in on what he'd missed, he decided to see what he could be sarcastic about this week ... [Read More]

Interviews and Profiles:

  • In her second 'Unsung Hero' column, Lorelei spoke with White Shadows leader SmokyJ about his extensive behind-the-scenes work with training new players ... [Read More]

Content and Features:

  • In this week's Editorial, Andrew_tM asks what the players as a whole can do to help the current situation, as well as giving us a suggested playlist for a few TDZK individuals ... [Read More]
  • What makes a legend? Who do people regard as legends, and why? Kitty decided to put a few people on the spot to find out who they thought were the game's legendary figures ... [Read More]
  • In his third 'Design Corner' column, Cuey goes over the history of the battlecarrier design, and looks at how it works under the new Nomad mechanics ... [Read More]
  • For this week's Raiding Simplified column, Osiris delivers part two of his two-week look at the dynamics of ports, as well as rounding up what's been happing in the raid notices this week ... [Read More]
  • What would happen if one event in the game history had been done slightly differently? What would have been the consequences, the results, what would have been different? In his third 'What if? column, Andrew_tM ponders what would have happened if GC hadn't sat on the fence during the FURY-SH war all the way back in 2.1 ... [Read More]
  • This week's 'Galaxy in Focus' column sees An`aliez going undercover in Manchari to investigate dark rumours of Federation ships using slaves ... [Read More]
  • What's in the TDZK stars for you this week? Kitty has once more been reading the stars of the galaxy and finding out what's in store for each of TDZK's races as they go through their lives this week. What does your horoscope reveal ...? [Read More]

Nomad Weekly - Issue 2

News and Events:

  • Been busy this week? Not completely up to date with what's going on? Don't want to wade through the webboards to find one titbit of information? Makaveli rounds up what's happened this week in his own inimitable style ... [Read More]
  • Last week we reported on the start of a war between WS and CI. This week we follow it up with another report from the battlefields, as Duck gives us an update on this week's events ... [Read More]

Interviews and Profiles:

Regrettably, we are unable to run the TDZK Icons column as expected today because Harbinger has been excessively busy this week.

  • In the first of his 'Newbie in Nomad' column, VT interviews some of the players newer to TDZK, and sees how they've been finding their game experience so far ... [Read More]

Content and Features:

  • In this week's Editorial, Andrew_tM looks at how the different alliances have been performing so far this round ... [Read More]
  • What do all the changes from Genesis to Nomad mean for trading now? Kitty has a look over the changes and speaks to some prominent traders to get their opinions on how trading looks in Nomad ... [Read More]
  • In his second Design Corner column, Cuey looks at maneuver in Nomad and the already very popular Barrage variants of ships, and how the two make a deadly combination ... [Read More]
  • For this week's Raiding Simplified column, Osiris looks at the dynamics of ports, as well as rounding up what's been happing in the raid notices this week ... [Read More]
  • What would happen if one event in the game history had been done slightly differently? What would have been the consequences, the results, what would have been different? In his second 'What if? column, Andrew_tM ponders what would have happened if Carlos hadn't been caught when he was ... [Read More]
  • In his second 'Galaxy in Focus' column, An`aliez this week investigated the ice shortage at Concentric and still had time to report on a bank riot in the Elysium system ... [Read More]
  • What's in the TDZK stars for you this week? Kitty has once more been reading the stars of the galaxy and finding out what's in store for each of TDZK's races as they go through their lives this week. What does your horoscope reveal ...? [Read More]

Nomad Weekly - Issue 1

News and Events:

  • Been busy this week? Not completely up to date with what's going on? Don't want to wade through the webboards to find one titbit of information? Makaveli rounds up what's happened in Nomad so far ... [Read More]
  • The first war of the round featured KAOS against White Shadows, featuring many former KAOS members. Was there some resentment here, was this serious? Or was this just KAOS being KAOS? Duck and Beburos see how seriously this was being taken ... [Read More]
  • In the first major event of the round, White Shadows declared war on Cerulean Ice and followed this up with the first raids of the round. Will this war cast a shadow over Cerulean's early cohesion as an alliance, or are the aggressors skating over thin ice with this early display of force? Ragnek looks at what happened in more detail ... [Read More]

Interviews and Profiles:

For most issues, we will be running alternating weekly columns with two each week. However, for our opening issue we have for you an additional one of the regular columns in this section.

  • The amazingly popular TDZK Icon interview series has returned to the INN, and it returns in style. For the relaunch, Harbinger set out to conduct an interview with TDZK Administrator Jerle and find out about his thoughts on Nomad, the game and his own experiences in TDZK ... [Read More]
  • While the big names take a lot of the attention and the attention, they are by no means the only contributors to TDZK. How much do you know about the people putting in the work behind the scenes for their alliances and for TDZK as a whole? In an effort to find out a bit more, Lorelei embarked on her mission to find TDZK's unsung heroes by speaking to Tamzin ... [Read More]
  • Do you know much about Out of the Blue and their inside history as an alliance? No, to be honest, neither did the INN team. In the first of a regular series of articles, Viriatha spent some time this week talking to members and former members to build up a picture of the alliance ... [Read More]

Content and Features:

  • In this week's Editorial, Andrew_tM discusses and explains the new INN format for its third incarnation, and how you can participate ... [Read More]
  • Where exactly DID the Lemmy option come from? Andrew_tM wondered this when setting out to write this week's Guest Column. Why did it appear; why did it stay why is it important? And just what exactly does it mean ... [Read More]
  • In the first of his Design Corner column, Cuey takes a look at how round transitions have affected designs in the past, and how the Nomad transition is on a completely different scale in this respects ... [Read More]
  • A lot's changed for Nomad, and raiding is no exception. In the first of his weekly columns, Osiris gives an introduction to raiding in Nomad and rounds up what's been happing in the raid notices this week ... [Read More]
  • What would happen if one event in the game history had been done slightly differently? What would have been the consequences, the results, what would have been different? In the first of his regular 'What if? column, Andrew_tM looks at the haphazard nature of the Nomad Beta, and wonders what would have happened if a 2.9 round had been ran alongside it ... [Read More]
  • Do you know what it takes to keep the docking bay of your nearest major station in working order, or what your crew do when they're docked there? In the first edition of his 'Galaxy in Focus' column, An`aliez had a look at the various watering holes around the galaxy that your crew spend their spare time in and had a look at what they had to offer ... [Read More]
  • What's in the TDZK stars for you this week? Kitty has been reading the stars of the galaxy and finding out what's in store for each of TDZK's races as they go through their lives this week. What does your horoscope reveal ...? [Read More]