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Post by Tesseract on Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:01 pm

So this guy Lluren (from the W-A-R league) drops a colony in the system next to me. Naturally, Padavanas and I start raiding him. He sends a probe at me (that gets blown up... thank you Xav for the sound tactical advice)... and the dialog begins:

I send this (again, thank you Xav for the syntactical inspiration)...

Subject: Probe me again...
Message: ... and The HIVE will obliterate you. I do hope that's clear enough for you.


He responds with...

Curiousity was raised by hitting my new planet twice, if you must know the reason.

Never a big fan of one-line messages, I responded with the following...

Well yes, I rather assumed that three raids upon your colony would raise some sort of response. I certainly had no issue with the probe... I merely wished to establish clear boundaries as we proceed past this potentially awkward "introductory" stage.

For example, your colony is wonderfully close to my home world and very poorly defended. So I am now considering it my farm. I realize this may be horribly inconvenient for you, especially given the astonishing cost of colonization, but I'm afraid that's not a consideration for two reasons.

First, it's entirely too crowded in this sector as it is. Any new comers must either bring a substantial fleet to defend their claim or become fodder for the rest of us. By all appearances, you fall under the later heading.

Second, we are the HIVE. If you're not with us, you're food. And quite frankly there are very few people with is. And, if memory serves, your league has had "relations" with us in the past. This "dialog" ended poorly for your fellows.

So... I hope the boundaries are clear. Mantua (charming name, by the way) is to become a farm for the HIVE. Feel free to develop it as you see fit, but make no mistake... you'll be seeing a great deal of us.

With best wishes,
Tesseract



We'll see if he caves right away or puts up a struggle. Twisted Evil

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Re: Another possible gem...

Post by Supax Tull on Thu Aug 20, 2009 3:26 pm

I hope he struggles.
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Post by Tesseract on Thu Aug 20, 2009 3:39 pm

Alas, he has fallen to grim silence. I may need to send a jab at him to rouse him from his despondency and provoke him to hurl his frail fleet against the mighty walls of the HIVE.

I only pause to discover how the negotiations with CM are resolved. Diplomacy continues to be the bane of my existence.

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Re: Another possible gem...

Post by Ignis on Thu Aug 20, 2009 3:46 pm

Aw, don't say that. Diplomacy is necessary in the universe. That's the first reason why I play with Xen.

PS: This is my kind of diplomacy. Razz


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Post by Supax Tull on Thu Aug 20, 2009 3:54 pm

Diplomacy; The art of using the better stick.
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Re: Another possible gem...

Post by Tesseract on Thu Aug 20, 2009 3:55 pm

Ah! THAT Diplomacy! Now THAT I understand. Wink

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Re: Another possible gem...

Post by Ignis on Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:41 pm

Of course it's THAT diplomacy. Is there any other kind??????

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Post by Tesseract on Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:09 pm

Well, my dear Ignis, there are many things that wear the FACE of diplomacy, and it is prudent to recognize those faces of civility if, for no other reason, than to know how best to offend someone.

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