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Trade Wars: Dark Millenium Interview and Screenshots
Wednesday, August 28, 2002 12:15 PM | Galen Wiley
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This isn't TRADE WARS!
JonniRage@AOL.com February 18 - 2:49 PM

What is this crap? This holds no similarity to the old Trade Wars what so ever. In these screen shots I see beasts and monsters, a guy holding a crossbow, and a guy casting a spell! There weren't any spells or magic in Trade Wars 2002! It looks like Baldur's Gate or something! Trade Wars was about a single character starting with virtually nothing and building a empire by following either a path of good or evil, and choosing to go it alone or by teaming up with others to build a corporation. It had a universe with sectors, and each sector could have ports, planets, beacons, mines, and such within it. You built bases with planets and customized those planets. What similarities does this game hold? According to the screenshots it looks like a bunch of crap. A real Trade Wars MMORPG would revolve mostly around a player being in their ship, not outside of it. Travelling through space sector through sector while seeing other Trade War players passing by to either communicate with you, attack you, whatever. Perhaps they could extend that to require players to actually do things or missions in 3D first person mode on a planet's surface, or manuevering your player through StarDock or a starport. If they want this game to hit close to home, they can't venture far from that because that is what made Trade Wars so fun. If we wanted to play a 3D shoot em up game, we had DOOM back then! And a million others now! You can't change elements like that around or else it's just not Trade Wars. It would just be another game named Trade Wars. :-\


TW2002
BroBock October 02 - 2:16 PM

I have many fond memories of playing Trade Wars. I hope their new TW will hold up to their old one.


Hmm...
JiveTurkey August 29 - 1:40 AM

Unfortunately, it looks like some of that was parsed out, but you get the idea...


TradeWars 2002
JiveTurkey August 29 - 1:38 AM

As one who enjoyed the original BBS Trade Wars back in high school, I can't wait for this game, and I hope it holds true somewhat to its predecessor. For those of you who missed out on the BBS-era of MMORPG's, here's a sample of the game play found in the original Trade Wars. This was what a precision recon run into an enemy stronghold would have looked like. (View with a monospace font, preferably a terminal font):



Computer command [TL=03:10:40]:[915] (?=Help)? P
You have 2 Photon Missiles left.
Do you wish to launch one ? Yes
This sector (915) has warps to sector(s) : 166 - 584 - 630 - 647 - 831 - 998
Launch a Photon Missile into which sector? (Q to quit) 584

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≥ ˙ ˙˙ ˙ ˙ ≥ The Photon Missile detonation
≥ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ≥ rocks your ship as the waves beat
≥ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ≥ upon your shields. Your sensors
≥ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙˙ ≥ fail momentarily, but then return.
≥ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ≥ The Photon Wave is in effect, make
≥ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ≥ ready to invade!
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≥ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙≥
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Photon Missile launched into sector 584

Photon Wave Duration : 30 seconds in sector 584
Computer command [TL=03:10:18]:[915] (?=Help)? Q


Photon Wave Duration : 28 seconds in sector 584

Command [TL=03:10:16]:[915] (?=Help) : 584

Warping to Sector 584
DANGER! You have marked sector 584 to be avoided!

Do you really want to warp there? (Y/N) Yes
-=- Danger Warning Overridden -=-
The Quasar Cannon on PUNKLAND is Pwave dampened.
The Quasar Cannon on PUNKLAND locks on you.
The Quasar Cannon on Omega Centauri is Pwave dampened.
The Quasar Cannon on Omega Centauri locks on you.
The Quasar Cannon on Saiph is Pwave dampened.
The Quasar Cannon on Saiph locks on you.

Sector : 584 in Prilep.
Beacon :
Ports : Regor, Class 5 (SBS)
Planets : (L) PUNKLAND
(H) Scorpius Antares
(M) Omega Centauri
(L) Saiph
Fighters: 1,000 (belong to Corp#1, Bong Hitters) [Defensive]
Mines : 250 (Type 1 Armid) (NOT yours!)
Warps to Sector(s) : 77 - 384 - 617 - 693 - 915
Photon Wave Duration : 24 seconds in sector 584

Command [TL=03:10:12]:[584] (?=Help) : L




Registry# and Planet Name Citadel RLvl Fighters QCanRLvl Cls
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
PUNKLAND Level 4 0% 3,863 50% L
Owned by: Corp #1, Bong Hitters
Scorpius Antares None 0% 10 None H
Owned by: Corp #1, Bong Hitters
Omega Centauri Level 3 0% 327 50% M
Owned by: Corp #1, Bong Hitters
Saiph Level 4 0% 5,244 100% L
Owned by: Corp #1, Bong Hitters

Land on which planet ? 42

Landing sequence engaged...
Scanning for Defensive forces on planet surface.
******
Active Combat Control system detected:
Quasar Cannon dampened.
You have to destroy the fighters defending the planet to land.

Fighters: 3499 / 327
Option? (A,I,R,?):? R
You turn tail and retreat from this planet.
You were repelled!

Blasting off from Omega Centauri
Photon Wave Duration : 17 seconds in sector 584

Command [TL=03:10:05]:[584] (?=Help) : C




Photon Wave Duration : 16 seconds in sector 584
Computer command [TL=03:10:04]:[584] (?=Help)? P
You have 1 Photon Missiles left.
Do you wish to launch one ? Yes
This sector (584) has warps to sector(s) : 77 - 384 - 617 - 693 - 915
Launch a Photon Missile into which sector? (Q to quit) 77


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≥˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ≥ ャャャャャャャャャャャャャャャャャャ
≥ ˙ ˙˙ ˙ ˙ ≥ The Photon Missile detonation
≥ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ≥ rocks your ship as the waves beat
≥ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ≥ upon your shields. Your sensors
≥ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙˙ ≥ fail momentarily, but then return.
≥ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ≥ The Photon Wave is in effect, make
≥ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ≥ ready to invade!
≥ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ≥ ャャャャャャャャャャャャャャャャャャ
≥ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙≥
ソャャャャャャャャャャャャャャャャΑ

Photon Missile launched into sector 77

Photon Wave Duration : 30 seconds in sector 77
Computer command [TL=03:09:58]:[584] (?=Help)? Q


Photon Wave Duration : 28 seconds in sector 77

Command [TL=03:09:56]:[584] (?=Help) : 77

Warping to Sector 77 The Quasar Cannon on Buddha Minor is Pwave dampened.
The Quasar Cannon on Buddha Minor locks on you.
The Quasar Cannon on MARS is Pwave dampened.
The Quasar Cannon on MARS locks on you.

Sector : 77 in uncharted space.
Beacon :
Ports : Dalasi, Class 2 (BSB)
Planets : (K) Buddha Minor
(O) Organic Hoard
>>> (Shielded)
(M) Rigel
(O) Alphecca
Ships : Edauk Shomecoh [Owned by] Corp [1], w/ 2 ftrs,
(Dzerhinsky Colonial Transport)
Fighters: 1 (belong to Corp#1, Bong Hitters) [Defensive]
Mines : 80 (Type 1 Armid) (NOT yours!)
Warps to Sector(s) : 584

Mined Sector: Do you wish to Avoid this sector in the future? (Y/N) No
Photon Wave Duration : 20 seconds in sector 77

Command [TL=03:09:48]:[77] (?=Help) : L




Registry# and Planet Name Citadel RLvl Fighters QCanRLvl Cls
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Buddha Minor Level 4 0% 384 0% K
Owned by: Corp #1, Bong Hitters
Organic Hoard None 0% 51 None O
Owned by: Corp #1, Bong Hitters
MARS >>>
Rigel None 0% 0 None M
Owned by: Corp #1, Bong Hitters
Alphecca None 0% 11 None O
Owned by: Corp #1, Bong Hitters

Land on which planet ? Q
Photon Wave Duration : 12 seconds in sector 77

Command [TL=03:09:40]:[77] (?=Help) : 134

Warping to Sector 134
That Warp Lane is not adjacent.
Do you want to engage the TransWarp drive? Yes
Sector 134 is 7 hops away from here.
Locating beam pinpointed, TransWarp Locked.
The TransWarp Drive generates a subspace field that envelopes your vessel.

All Systems Ready, shall we engage? Yes


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-=-=-=- TransWarp Drive Engaged! -=-=-=-

Sector : 134 in uncharted space.
Ports : Chia Herb Garden, Class 6 (BSS)
Planets : >>> (Shielded)
(U) Shit-Hole
(L) THC Town
Ships : Sentry I [Owned by] Corp [2], w/ 2,500 ftrs,
(Mainstay Ltd Tholian Sentinel)
Fighters: 1 (belong to your Corp) [Defensive]
Warps to Sector(s) : 650
Photon Wave Duration : 9 seconds in sector 77

Command [TL=03:09:37]:[134] (?=Help) :



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