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Happy Anniversary! / 2014 Arbiter Elections

This years nominations for the role of arbiter have already taken place but the vote itself will be commencing very shortly. On the ballot this year are just two members; SL33PY & Isileth. Please find a few short moments to read their nominee posts here and keep your eye on our members forum in the coming days for the poll. As always, once the poll goes live you will be able to vote for the person you would like to see take on the role of arbiter for the next year.

Good luck to both!

It should be mentioned that this month also marks a very special anniversary for the Shattered Star Exiles as it was 10 years ago in September of 2004 when we first opened our doors and started gaming together under the SSX tag. (As one of our original founding members it makes me very proud to be posting that and I look forward to many more years ahead!)

Unfortunately though we won't be launching our interactive timeline page this month like we had originally planned. The timeline idea hasn't been completely scrapped however and all progress we had made has been kept, but will continue to be developed over a longer period of time. Community contributions to the timeline had slowed for a while so it was decided to put the project on the back burner for the time being rather than rush it out for our anniversary as planned. We want the timeline to be as thorough as possible and cover each and every group founding and milestone we can think of, dating all the way back to the founding of the Confederation in '97. As such, when we're happy we have achieved that (with the help of each and every one of you in your free time) and made it the best it can possibly be, we will then shift our focus to implementing it onto the site. Huge thanks to everyone who has helped so far!

Last but not least we have two extremely full months ahead in terms of gaming releases featuring titles such as; Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Driveclub, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, The Evil Within, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Assassin's Creed Unity, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Far Cry 4 just to name but a few. An exciting time to be a gamer indeed! What is everyone looking forward to playing? What do you anticipate your GOTY to be? - Hit up the forums and let us know!

It is also worth pointing out that some of these games (and several other titles releasing in the coming weeks which I haven't mentioned) feature some kind of online multiplayer or co-op mode, like the new Call of Duty and Assassin's Creed for example. Lets make use of those as a community and get some smaller multi/co-op games going!

New SSX Wallpaper

In need of a new wallpaper for your desktop?

As well as the work being done on the Shattered Star timeline I posted about last week (thanks to all who have helped with that so far!), I've also been busy designing a new SSX wallpaper on the side.

SSX Wallpaper

You can find the fullsized image over in the lifestyles forum should any of you want to make use of it at any point!

Documenting the history of the Shattered Star

In preparation for our 10th anniversary next year and finally continuing with our original plans to restore, preserve and show off our history, a group wide project has been initiated to gather as much information, dates and events as possible in order to create a complete and detailed timeline of our history for the main site.

This timeline will date back all the way to 1997 with the founding of the Shattered Star Confederation all the way to 2014 with the SSX's 10th Anniversary, on which day the history timeline page itself will go live.

Shattered Star timeline mockup

We have all been around for different lengths of time, played in different groups and some of us will have better memories than others too but due to this fact this is something everybody here can help with and I thought it would be a fun activity to do as a group too!

To help us we also have archived forums & posts at the bottom of the forum index, preserved group websites for those inactive, and an archived section of old news posts on the main site here too. There will be a lot of info to gather from these even if you weren't around or played with those groups yourself.

Unfortunately a lot of our history under the Confederation (forums and sites) went bye bye with the group in 2006 so we do not have those available for gathering dates and info like we do for our Exiled years. For this part of our timeline we'll be relying on peoples memories for the most part but you may be able to find stuff via google and 3rd party sites/forums where members may have posted back then, or viewing snapshots of the SSC forums/sites via the Wayback machine.

For more details on how the timeline will look and operate or to offer some info you think should be included on it please see the members forum.

SL33PY becomes our new Arbiter!

The time has come around once again as we reach the end of our yearly SSX Arbiter Elections.

Thanks once more to Messiah for serving us this last year, to the other nominees and of course to everyone else here who took the time to drop by and nominate and/or cast their vote.

Congratulations and best of luck to SL33PY, who won this years vote. It is his first time in the position of Arbiter and will serve from now until this time next year when we will not only start the election process all over again (unless things change) but we will also be marking the 10th Anniversary of the Shattered Star eXiles too.

2013 Arbiter Elections

As with every September we are currently going through the process of electing our Arbiter for the next year. Nominations have already been underway for the last couple of weeks but you still have time to nominate if you have someone in mind who isn't already on the list, please note though that nominations are due to end later today so please be quick about it. Nominee posts and the final Arbiter selection vote will follow shortly so be sure to keep an eye on our members forum for those too.

Thanks go to Messiah for serving this past year (and possibly again) and good luck to everyone else on the ballot too!

The SSX Backyard ~ SimCity

SSX SimCity

Interested in city-building? Simulation strategy games? Co-operative gaming? or just fancy playing a new game with the group? - Why not give SimCity a try and come join us in the SSX Backyard?

After a very rocky launch week (some may say disastrous), several of us here are now managing to play SimCity together on a daily basis. There's still many improvements that need to be made both with the servers and issues with the game itself, but there's no denying that it's an incredibly fun and addictive gaming experience when everything is working as intended. One not to be missed.

Never played a SimCity title before? Don't worry as this one is easily accessible to newcomers and offers a very intuitive tutorial to help get you started too.

Been a fan of the series for years like myself? There's a lot under the hood of this one and whilst it is easily accessible for newcomers as I say, it is actually very challenging when you're dealing with multi-city regions and players.

Also please try not to be put off by the overly negative reviews who are basing their comments and scores solely on this past weeks performance. They are completely justified with their complaints of course and EA/Maxis should have been better prepared but they're already on top of this and working to get things running as smoothly as possible for us. We've already seen the signs of that but hang in there as I'm sure it won't be long before server connections, endless loading cities and other issues like that are a thing of the past. As said before, it's a really, really great game when all is running as intended. A lot of fun.

If you're interested in joining us too you can find us in The SSX Backyard, a 16 city region (Viridian Woods) based on the NA West 2 server. This is a private region however so just give one of us a shout on IRC or the forums and we'll get you invited asap providing there are still free city plots to claim, and if there aren't we can always start a new one on the side!

See ya'll ingame.

SSX New Year Giveaway!

So, we're now into 2013 with a fantastic looking year ahead for us gamers. 2012 proved to be surprisingly good for gaming too though with releases like the awesome Assassin's Creed III, Dishonored, Telltale's The Walking Dead & the spectacular indie title; Mark of the Ninja just to name a few of my personal favourites.

Here's your chance to grab a free copy of one of 2012s other gaming highlights - Sleeping Dogs on PC.

Please see this thread for further details on how to enter.

Good luck, have fun & Happy New Year!

Messiah becomes the SSX arbiter

This years Arbiter nominations & election process has now fully concluded.

Congratulations to Messiah who who came first in our 2012 election poll and will now serve as the SSX arbiter until September next year, when we'll begin this whole process once again.

Thanks go to Mech for serving this past year and cheers to everyone else for taking part as well.

Good luck Messiah!

Arbiter vote is up

Just a quick update from my previous news post. - Nominations and candidate posts have now ended and we have now moved on to the poll for selecting our new Arbiter for the next year.

The candidates people have nominated and who are in the running for the position are;

Anubis, Isileth, Messiah, SL33PY, Stracius and also myself.

Good luck to everyone involved and thanks to everyone else for taking part.

You can find the poll here. This will run until Mon Oct 8th.


Today, do you consider yourself to be Exiled from anything?

What did Exiles mean for you when you joined and what does it mean for you now?

Can a name mean whatever you want it to mean? Regardless of how we came to choose it?

Do you believe the Exiles name is still representative of who we are as a group?

What is our identity? Who are we today?

These are just some of the questions the group has been discussing in regards to whether the Shattered Star should continue to be known as "Exiles" anymore.

As to be expected many of us have strong opinions on what we believe, others don't hold as much meaning to the name and some aren't too fussed whether we remove it or not.

Just to be clear as well. These talks have nothing to do with the "Shattered Star" part of our name. This will always remain. This discussion is simply regarding the "Exiles" tag.

What do you think? Come and share your thoughts in our "Exiles" discussion and poll thread.

-Poll will run until Oct 6th

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