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Let's Play Twilight Imperium 2: The Galaxy Burns

Paul Goodman | 10 Sep 2014 20:00
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For an introduction to our players and details on the early parts of the game, check out Part 1 of our Let's Play.

When we last left off, tensions were slowly rising as our players jockeyed for a good position in the galaxy, and struggled to colonize danger-filled worlds next to potentially friendly - or hostile - neighbors.

The shaky peace was not to last, however, as players essentially paired off and started attacking each other: Paul, with limited avenues for expansion into the rest of the universe launched a surprise invasion of Josh, with both sides suffering heavy casualties in the ensuing skirmishes. Meanwhile Janelle came under an unexpected attack from Greg, losing a few of her worlds before bounding back and forcing him to a draw. And on the other side of the galaxy, Justin moved in and conquered Louis' home system (Louis did drop out partially through this column due to time constraints, but Jon Bolding has volunteered to step in and save the ailing race from extinction), leaving him with a handful of worlds and scrambling frantically to rebuild his defenses.

With a galaxy-wide war in full swing, here's what our players though of the whole situation.

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King Paul of the Xxcha Says: The foolish N'orr have forced our hand. Their careless explorations have unleashed yet another supernova on our borders, and now we have but one avenue of escape from our territory - through the militant Federation of Sol. They already threatened us if we do not support their supposed claim to the throne on Mecatol, and the Xxcha have grown tired of being treated like a footnote in the annals of galactic history by the likes of the Federation. We do not trust the Federation to take advantage of our limited mobility and slaughter us in our own homes in the hopes of taking our resources to fuel their imperialistic economy.

Therefore, in a surprise attack, we have declared war on the Federation of Sol, and have secured the planet Everra, encased in a protective nebula that we will use as a defensive barrier. While the Federation of Sol's counterattacks have been severe, they have over committed their forces on several fronts, and an expeditionary force carrying a contingent of Xxcha infantry has managed to penetrate their lines to annihilate their only space dock on their homeworld of Jord.

The Xxcha Empire, cut off from most of the galaxy by celestial terrain.

In response to our pre-emptive strike, The Yin Brotherhood's High Priestess has repeatedly attempted to broker a peace agreement between our two parties citing their new war against the Jol-Nar as the one true threat we should unite against, but offered no incentives for us to relinquish control of Everra back to Sol. Even direct negotiations with the Federation of Sol have broken down; offers of armistice to give the Federation a reprieve have broken down as the Federation Commodore has claimed that our soldiers' lives are forfeit and will retake Everra at all costs.

However, his attempts with significant ground force was repelled with ease with our entrenched infantry divisions, and despite limited avenues to reinforce them, our troops aim to hold on to Everra for the duration. While a stalemate has been reached for now, my advisors are re-evaluating if further negotiations with the stubborn Federation may be necessary. The Mindnet's aggressive military expansion has all but overwhelmed the Sardokk N'orr and they now have several fleets of considerable strength now poised to attack Mectaol Rex.

High Priestess Janelle Says:Beads of sweat drip down my face. The moisture clings to me like slime covering a L1Z1X ship. War was not to be sitting at our doorstep, and yet, war is the welcoming gift served to us by the Universities of Jol-Nar. A gift served cold.

We have spread out among the stars, as we were charged, spreading Darien's legacy with us. Now in possession of the 12 planets kin to our own homeworld, we are finally ready to populate them with cities and temples to rival any in our galaxy. Diseases that once plagued the innocent and weak shall be no more, as our knowledge scatter before us with the light. Soon, all will possess the power cloning has granted us. Or so we hoped.

When we first encountered our neighbors, we extended hands of friendship. With our own resource supply, we helped these fledgling nations build up to the powers they are today. We had hoped together we would be resilient, and the strength of our allies would only serve to bolster our own. With each new loan, the Brotherhood cast out a bit of loneliness from the dark expanse of space. We only have ourselves to blame when the Jol-Nar cast their gaze of greed our way. Launching a surprise attack to the right of our defenses, they wiped out our small fleet and claimed Hercalor away from us. The Brotherhood immediately launched a counter attack with auxiliary fleets, but alas, we were unable to liberate Hercalor away from the Jol-Nar's treacherous grasp. Not only that, but war has also broken out between the Federation of Sol and the Xxcha Kingdom, rendering the Federation unable to pay back our trade loan and leaving us unable to build back our fleet with enough strength. Had we known an enemy would be lurking within our neighbors, our fleets would have been stronger and more prepared to repel this threat from the start.

We will not make this same mistake again.

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