November 2003

Sunday, November 30, 2003

Darkspace Flash Contest!
Posted by TheVirtu @ 5:05PM EST

The Darkspace Flash Contest has just begun! Make a flash file about Darkspace, a player in Darkspace, etc! Be creative! Make something simple that happened into something that can win you a prize!

The prizes will include, One week of free play time for third place, two weeks for second, and one free month for first place! The contest will end on Saturday, December 15th, at 1am EST.

For rules and more information, goto this thread.

Contest Results
Posted by TheVirtu @ 3:51PM EST

Here's the results for the two Darkspace contests that ended early yesterday.

For the Darkspace Poem Contest, Monty gets third place and recieves a free one week coupon, Varz gets second place and a two week free coupon. The first place winner is Sardaukar, who wins a free month coupon.

And for the Darkspace Signature Contest, Sarge places third and gets 500,000 credits. Chubba places second and earns 1,000,000 credits. For first place, Rekiller, who wins a free week coupon.

Congratulations to all the winners of these contests.

More and More Delays
Posted by TheVirtu @ 2:02PM EST

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving, and welcome to the holiday season!

The 1.481 Stress Test has been delayed until December 11th, 2003 at 1pm EST. Thats all for the moment, expect another news post later tonight.

Thursday, November 27, 2003

Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted by TheVirtu @ 1:43AM EST

The staff of the Darkspace Connection wishes all you Americans out there to have a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Thats all for now! Let the Holiday Season begin!

Monday, November 24, 2003

DSC Holiday Event Planning!
Posted by TheVirtu @ 5:39PM EST

Now as you may or may not know (look outside!) the holiday seasons are on approach to us and some of the funnest times of the year are coming. In several days will be Thanksgiving, and in almost exactly a month from now Christmas! What does this mean?

The Darkspace Connection is now looking to plan a few events that will be hosted this holiday season, most likely near or on Christmas Eve, and around New Years.

And now is your chance to suggest some ideas for events that will occur during these DSC events for your holiday season. I am also hoping to have at least one prize awards event with these.

You can make suggestions for events by emailing me at or posting in this thread on

Sunday, November 23, 2003

DS Screenshot Contest Results
Posted by TheVirtu @ 3:01PM EST

The Darkspace Staff have just posted the names of the winners of the Darkspace Screenshot Contest, the winners are as follows: Third Place goes to NightDragon, Second Place is a tie between GTW and Ragglock, First Place goes to Rekiller!

To see their entry screenshots and everyone else who submitted a screenshot, goto this thread!

Darkspace Signature Contest
Posted by TheVirtu @ 2:54PM EST

The Staff at Darkspace have now opened a new contest of forum signatures! Have a good signature? Want to win something using your graphic making skills? Put your signature in this contest! First prize is one week of free playtime, second prize will be 1,000,000 credits, and third place is 500,000 credits.

You can enter the contest and read more information about the contest in this thread.

On a side note, the judging for the Screenshots contest is taking longer than expected for the number of good screenshots sent in!

Friday, November 21, 2003

We Were Good Togo!, but...
Posted by TheVirtu @ 9:16PM EST

then...The 1.481 Stress Test has been cancelled and it has been replaced with a free trial weekend. The Stress Test is now scheduled on December 1st, 2003. Thats about ten days from now. The Public Developer Meeting scheduled for December 2nd has also been cancelled.

So if you've ever wanted to try the game out as a full subscribed player for a weekend, go download the Darkspace 1.476 client from our Downloads section! This game can also be tried as unsubscribed, but with limitations, just to remind you.

We are good togo Captain!
Posted by TheVirtu @ 8:04PM EST

Ah, we are now down to seventeen hours to the Darkspace 1.481 Stress Test! So far it looks like it is good togo at 1pm EST tomorrow as planned. Hopefully there won't be any more delaying, but as it looks now, it appears it is going to finally happen! We hope to see everyone at the 1.481 Stress Test, and remember, goto our Downloads section to download the Darkspace Beta Client (35.4MB) which is needed to play the 1.481 Stress Test.

Posted by TheVirtu @ 8:04PM EST

Well a few days ago I posted news that the Darkspace Poem contest was suspended, which was partly true. It was suspended for about a day and then reopened, and I didnt find out that it was reopened until I checked today. Sorry for the mistake folks.

Now get poem writing! Post your DS poems in the Darkspace Events forum on!

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

New Rant and More!
Posted by TheVirtu @ 9:59PM EST

I have just added a new rant to the Ranting Room section! This rant, written my myself, is about the recent uproar of whining about game balance. Want to know more about the rant? Go read!

I have updated the Links section with a couple new site additions. I have also updated the FAQ with an addition and some tweaks, I hope to add some more to the FAQ when 1.481 and 1.482 releases. I also have a pile of screenshots to put up in the screenshots section of the site and in the PoTD, but I havent gotten around to thumbnailing the images as of yet, this is something I hope todo either this weekend or sometime after the 1.481 Stress Test.

Speaking of the Stress Test, a reminder to you all that the test is currently scheduled for this Saturday, unless it is delayed again (we hope not). And remember, if you play two hours or more during the Stress Test you can earn a free week of Darkspace and a Beta Tester badge in your profile! You will need the Darkspace Beta client togo to the 1.481 Stress Test, you can download it from our downloads section.

And finally, some last additions. The Darkspace Poem contest has been temporaily suspended and will occur at a later date, more to come on this later. The Darkspace Screenshot contest is still on and the deadline is 2pm EST, Saturday. Again the Darkspace Screenshot Contest thread can be found here.

Extra Addition: Some of the links in the Interviews section recently stopped working due to some site changes. This has been corrected, sorry for any inconviences.

Monday, November 17, 2003

Delays: The Third Coming
Posted by TheVirtu @ 9:40PM EST

The 1.481 Stress Test has been further delayed until this Saturday where the test will begin at 1pm EST and last until Monday at 1pm EST.

Thursday, November 13, 2003

1.481 Stress Test Delay: Sequel
Posted by TheVirtu @ 11:00PM EST

The 1.481 Stress Test planned to begin tomorrow afternoon has been delayed until this upcoming Tuesday where it will start at 1pm EST and end Thursday at 1pm EST. That's all.

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Darkspace Contests
Posted by TheVirtu @ 5:24PM EST

The Darkspace Staff have announced two new contests open to everyone into the community. Lets get right to them.

Be creative! Write a poem about Darkspace or someone from around the community and submit it to be judged! Deadline for the Poem Contest is November 29th, 2003 at 1pm EST. There will be three prizes, first place gets one free month of playtime, second place gets two weeks of free playtime, third place gets one free week of playtime. You can submit your poems in this thread.

Got what you think the THE perfect screenshot? Think you can take the perfect screenshot if you havent got one yet? All it takes is the press of the Alt and T keys and you could win! Deadline for this contest is November 22nd, 2003 at 1pm EST. Prizes will be: First place earns 1 free week of playtime, second place earns 250,000 credits, third place earns 100,000 credits. Only one screenshot per player, you can submit the link to the screenshot in this thread.

Monday, November 10, 2003

Delays Galore
Posted by TheVirtu @ 3:38PM EST

The Public Developer Meeting has been cancelled today due to Faustus's son getting ill. There has not been a rescheduled time as of yet.

The Stress Test has been pushed back from tomorrow to this weekend.

When it rains, it pours...

Sunday, November 9, 2003

Darkspace Updates
Posted by TheVirtu @ 8:55PM EST

Well after a couple days, I have some confirmation on some things. Two new ranks have been added to Darkspace, Commodore and Grand Admiral. Commodore will be inbetween the Captain and the Second Rear Admiral Ranks while Grand Admiral will be the new top rank. All ranks above Captain have been doubled prestige wise (ex. Fleet Admiral now requires 81920 prestige, Admiral requires 40960 prestige, etc.) This will be in the v1.481 patch. You can make suggestions and comments on these new additions in the official thread on the subject of the ranking and command/influence system, here

Also new to v1.481 will be the newly announced Command and Influence statistic system, which will add a new layer of depth to the Darkspace universe, political ranking! More information on this system soon.

Tomorrow afternoon is the Public Developer Meeting at 3:30pm EST, which is on the eve of the big v1.481 Stress Test which begins at 1pm EST.

Friday, November 7, 2003

Another 1.481 Addition
Posted by TheVirtu @ 7:09PM EST

Just another small addition that are related to the last topic, two new statistics have been added to the profiles in the next patch. "Missions Completed" and "Missions Failed". Which basically explain themselves.

1.481 New Announced Additions
Posted by TheVirtu @ 7:06PM EST

In a topic today on the Forums, Faustus announced the addition of some ranks to Darkspace in the next patch. It hasnt been confirmed what new ranks will make it to the release of the patch as it still is being discussed, but you can expect to see ranks like Grand Admiral, Vice Chancellor, High Chancellor, and more. These are some new ranks to give all those Fleet Admirals in Darkspace something to work for in the future.

There is no news on what kind of ships might be avaiable to these ranks, expect more information on ships avaiable for new ranks in the future.

1.481 Stress Test Further Delayed
Posted by TheVirtu @ 6:57PM EST

The 1.481 Stress Test that was moved from last weekend will now be delayed until Tuesday, there was word that it was possible that it would be moved up to tomorrow, but at this point it doesnt look promising.

The Public Developer meeting currently is still scheduled for Monday.

Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Banner Contest Winner!
Posted by TheVirtu @ 5:26PM EST

GTW has won the Darkspace Banner Contest! He has recieved three months of free gametime as his prize. You will see the banner on when Darkspace starts its advertising campaign there. You can also see the banner at

Monday, November 3, 2003

Public Dev Meeting Cancelled
Posted by TheVirtu @ 3:45PM EST

The Public Developer meeting has been cancelled and will be held after the 1.481 Stress Test this weekend on Monday, November 10th at 3:30pm EST.

Sunday, November 2, 2003

Posted by TheVirtu @ 2:34PM EST

The Public Developer Meeting date has been changed to tomorrow instead of today at 3:30pm EST. Hope to see you there.

Saturday, November 1, 2003

Weekend Update!
Posted by TheVirtu @ 3:10PM EST

Its time for the weekend update here at the Darkspace Connection.

Tonight the results for Top 10 Fleets for last month will be posted in the Darkspace Diplomacy forum. Tomorrow afternoon at 1pm EST will be the European Staff Meeting. And tomorrow afternoon at 3:30pm EST will be the Public Developer Meeting where we will learn the updates about 1.481 and have a Q&A session.

And remember, all this weekend until Monday at 1pm is the Darkspace Free Trial!