Hi everybody, I hope you’re all doing well.
#andromeda-55 is coming to a close, and I want to let you all know what’s going to happen next.
The new join process and queue system is complete, tested, and ready to go. However, there are a few things that need to be prepared on the production server, so in order to ensure a smooth transition this feature won’t be released until after Andro 55 finishes.
That means there’s going to be a bit of downtime before the next round, hopefully no more than a day or so.
Triangulum is returning, and will be the new primary galaxy. Once we “flip the switch”, its round setups will be completely automated. Here’s how it will work.
The queue will open. During this time you can join to play but you will not be placed into a family yet. This period will last for 48 hours.
The queue will close and votes will open. Votes will happen directly in the game. During this time all queued players will be allowed to vote on the galaxy settings. This will also last for 48 hours.
Voting will close and the round will be created. This is what you’re familiar with now. The galaxy, systems, families, and empires will all be generated and you can start planning with your family before BoR. This will last for 48 hours.
Exact dates are TBD given the preparation mentioned earlier, but we should be moving forward within the next week. Also note, these 48 hour windows are specifically for this initial transition round and may be different in subsequent rounds.
Drafting in its current form is not compatible with this new join process. The good news is, a new clan system is in the works to support playing with friends in way that will be more modern and intuitive than drafting ever was.
In the interim, the rounds will effectively be full-random rounds. I understand that this is not ideal for some players, but unfortunately given my lack of availability, timing the features this way is necessary to keep IC running at all.
This new join process will likely have many things to improve upon, and feedback is always welcome.
Thanks for your patience everybody. As stated in the 2021 Recap and 2022 Goals, completely removing dependency on staff is our #1 priority, and this feature is a huge step towards that goal.
I’ll post again when Tri is open, but in the meantime feel free to ask any questions if you have them.