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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

Arbiter Elections 2012

Nominations and voting for this years Arbiter elections are now underway.

Like previous elections we have started by opening up the nominations process for members to vote for up to 2 other members they would like to elect as the new Arbiter of the SSX. Once a member has received 2 nominations their name will be added to the ballot (unless they wish to withdraw) and no further nominations for that person are needed or counted.

Once the nominations process has ended each of the candidates will have the opportunity to make a post on why you should or shouldn't vote for them and a poll will go live for members of the community to finally vote for 1 candidate of their choosing. The person with the most votes will then takeover (or remain) as our Arbiter until September 2013 when we'll begin this process once again.

You can find this years nominations thread here. Thanks for participating!

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