Relayhttps://relay.sc/feed/atom2017-01-16T12:52:18+00:00https://relay.sc/transcript/bar-citizen-dan-trufin-interviewDutch Bar Citizen: Dan Trufin Interview2017-01-14T23:43:00+00:002017-01-16T03:28:45+00:00CanadianSyruphttps://relay.sc/contributor/CanadianSyruphttps://relay.sc/transcript/happy-hour-friday-january-13th-2017-highlightsHappy Hour: Friday, January 13th, 2017 - Highlights2017-01-13T21:26:00+00:002017-01-13T21:28:27+00:00CanadianSyruphttps://relay.sc/contributor/CanadianSyruphttps://relay.sc/transcript/around-the-verse-special-edition-alien-languagesAround the Verse: Special Edition - Alien Languages2017-01-12T20:13:00+00:002017-01-12T21:32:53+00:00CanadianSyruphttps://relay.sc/contributor/CanadianSyruphttps://relay.sc/podcast/the-relay-replay/relay-star-citizen-news-relays-2016-star-citizen-awardsRelay - Star Citizen News: 2016 Star Citizen Awards2017-01-12T19:45:00+00:002017-01-12T20:05:05+00:00Dolvakhttps://relay.sc/contributor/Dolvak Hey Relayers!
We wanted to do a end of the year round up for 2016 so here it is! We came up with some categories and recorded is narrowing the list down.So lets get right into it here are our categories for 2016!.
300 Series rework
BEST LOOKING THANG
Asteroids that are procedural and rotating and shit
Starmarine (lack of)
Citizencon drama (/communication)
MOST VALUABLE STUDIO
BEST COMMUNITY THING
Mr. Hasgaha’s Screenshots
BEST NEW SHIP - 2016
Treating new money better than Old Money
Ship Sales without Patches
Giving Release Dates
Community Hub exclusion
FUCKING REFERRAL CODES
New AtV / RtV
Evocati / Limited Testing
Free Fly Weeks
That's it for us this year but we'll be back again next time. This is Relays first push into prerecorded audio casts. If you enjoy this style of content please let us know! https://relay.sc/transcript/loremakers-guide-to-the-galaxy-banshee-systemLoremaker's Guide to the Galaxy: Banshee System 2017-01-11T20:00:00+00:002017-01-14T06:44:30+00:00StormyWintershttps://relay.sc/contributor/StormyWintershttps://relay.sc/fiction/dear-diaryDear Diary2017-01-11T16:32:00+00:002017-01-11T18:53:55+00:00Errishttps://relay.sc/contributor/Erris We’re heading to the protest today, Sandra and I. We’re human, but…
It’s still wrong, what the UEE are doing, and we have to stand up for them, just like someone stood up for people like us all those years ago.
No. I should…
This is going to be a record, to explain why, to my family, friends, and to history, what happened, and why I had to do it.
So let me explain.
The Tevarin. It all comes down to the Tevarin.
The UEE beat them. Twice. Two different wars, decades apart, and then they just… we just… we enslaved them.
They’re getting some rights now, slowly, but it’s too slow. Even here on Jalan. The Tevarin are beings too. They have thoughts, hopes, dreams… and the UEE just… they just crush them. Grind them under jackbooted heel like some common bug.
Have you ever seen the Tevarin camps? I don’t expect you have. And if you’re reading this in the future, then… then hopefully you never will. Hopefully they’ll be long gone.
Because they are horrible. The Tevarin, living in squalor, stripped of dignity, respect, honour; stripped of the very things that make them Tevarin. Stripped of their belongings, thrown together like cattle, treated like criminals.
It’s like if we stripped humans of our freedom. Of the most important thing we have.
And Moscovitz sits on his throne, sits on his pedestal of power, and he abuses them. He laughs at them, posts videos of them, uses them for sport. He attacks any that try to stand up for themselves, attacks any of us that try to stand up for them.
Well, no more. We can’t let it continue.
We are organized. We are powerful. We are free. We can change the world, for the Tevarin, and for us. We just have to make our voices heard. We have to make our voices heard against the tyranny, the lies, the antagonistic assault, against the hate and fear spread by Moscovitz, spread by him, and those in power under him.
There’s an event today. Moscovitz is holding a rally; a ‘confirmation’ of his power. It’ll be a military affair, but…
We are organized. We are powerful. We are free.
And we are many.
There are more of us than there are like him. And even if they gun us all down, someone will know. Someone will hear. Someone else will rise up and take up the cause.
All he wants is power. All the Tevarin want is their honour. All we want is their freedom.
Mamma, Pa, if you read this… I hope you understand. You always taught me to treat everyone with love and respect and… I hope you can see that I’m just trying to live up to that. I hope you can be proud.
To everyone else, to anyone else, Sandra and I… we know we probably won’t make it back from this. We know how the UEE, how Moscovitz, deals with protestors. Just… don’t forget about us. Don’t forget about the Tevarin.
Don’t forget about Freedom.
Excerpt from the diary of Reese Allanah, 2719 – 2747
This entry, and thousands like it, are kept in the Tevarin Freedom Memorial, in memory of all who fought for Freedom from tyranny, oppression, and the UEE. https://relay.sc/article/saitek-x56-rhino-review-by-errisSaitek X56 Rhino Review By Erris2017-01-10T17:16:42+00:002017-01-10T17:16:42+00:00Errishttps://relay.sc/contributor/Erris
The Saitek X56 Rhino is
the most recent HOTAS offering from Saitek, one of the larger
Joystick manufacturers around. A larger controller setup, the Rhino
retails for around 330$ Canadian. It has switches, toggles, buttons,
triggers, LED lights, the works.
The fate of Saitek is
currently up in the air though. Formerly a subsidiary of MadCatz, Saitek
were recently bought out by Logitech. The Rhino was designed and
manufactured while Saitek were still with MadCatz. This review was performed before Logitech bought Saitek, and the joystick was provided for review by Saitek.
How does it feel:
Let’s start with how
the Rhino feels. The stick portion feels solid enough, and while
constructed of plastic, it feels sturdy, it doesn’t have much give,
and even during my most frantic, flailing attempts at flight, it
stays upright. The stick is large as well; even with a riser on the
wrist-rest, my hand didn’t rest on it. Not that its size is too
much of an issue; all the triggers, buttons, and hats are easily
Unfortunately, one of
the triggers on the stick, the pinky trigger, feels… weak. And it
is weak, as I’ll detail later in this piece. It just doesn’t feel
On the other hand, the
Rhino’s throttle feels even better than the stick. It feels somehow
more solid, while still sporting the same plastic
construction. It feels weighty in a way, and all the switches, hats,
and toggles on the throttle just feel… right. The only issue with
the throttle is a very minor one; the throttle is a ‘split’
throttle, and when it’s in its split configuration, the two halves
rub against each other slightly. It’s so minor a complaint I’m
almost hesitant to mention it, but it does appear to be a strange,
and intentional, design decision. I just don’t get it.
Inputs on a joystick
are important, we all know this. Your hands are more or less glued to
the controller, and having to move to press shortcuts on a keyboard
is pretty much out of the question, so a lot of inputs on the HOTAS
itself are pretty key.
Thankfully, the Rhino
has plenty of switches, toggles, triggers, hats, and buttons.
Seriously, they’re everywhere. The throttle itself is the best
example of this, with two hats, two swivelly things, an analog
thumbstick, 7 switches, two dials, and more. It’s got a lot.
Seriously. And most of those switches are pretty easily reachable.
Remembering what you’ve bound each one to is a different matter,
but that’s more an issue with me being a horrible pilot; nothing
the stick can do to remedy that, sadly. Needless to say, I’m a huge
fan of the throttle.
The joystick on the
other hand, has the aforementioned flimsy pinky trigger as its main
standout problem, and then it has three hats at the top of the stick
that just… they don’t feel right, personally. Neither does the
thumbstick. I feel like in including so many hats, the joystick
misses out on things like triggers, or a missile toggle, that I feel would feel better.
Sure, the hats provide a lot
of customization options, but I don’t feel like the stick needs
three at the top. One hat, and some other buttons, would likely serve
That said, aside from
the pinky trigger, all the hats, triggers, and buttons on both the
stick and the throttle feel good. I don’t like the
thumbsticks yet, but I might get more used to them with time. All in
all, the stick does fairly well, input-wise.
First off, what is the
plural of axis? Weird word.
Aside from that, not
really much to say on the axis question. The Rhino is standard. The
throttle provides forward and back (or just forward, if you’re
simple like me), pitch, yaw, and roll. Anything else you’d have to
bind to hats, thumbsticks, or dials. No fancy six degrees of flight
Axes: 5/10? 7/10?
How do you rate ‘standard’?
Profile software is an
important part of any advanced joystick solution. Unfortunately, I
have almost no experience using profile software, and I sometimes get
confused when using internet browsers, much less complicated HOTAS
That said, the software
appears to be very detailed, with both basic options for plebs like
me (I’ll pick a standard acceleration curve, thank you), and with
more advanced options for people who can actually fly.
Confusing, but clearly
regular games (War Thunder)
So, lets talk about how
the Rhino performs in actual games. Here it gets a bit more difficult
to figure out what to talk about. Things are less concrete, and even
more of a personal opinion.
Still. The ‘regular
game’ (read – not space game) that I played most often was War
Thunder, because I like the game, I put a lot of time into it with
keyboard and mouse, and it has a fairly detailed ‘realistic’
In War Thunder,
atmospheric flight seemed to work really well, and the joystick
didn’t reduce my skill too much. It was definitely more difficult
to fly and be accurate with, but flying just felt better. I did have
some issues with keybindings; anytime I used the pinky trigger the
game would open the ‘pause’ menu, and I still have no idea why
that was happening, but overall the stick just… worked like you’d
expect a stick to, really.
Regular games: 8/10
Performance in VR
(War Thunder, Elite: Dangerous)
In VR, I tried out two
games, War Thunder and Elite: Dangerous. Both games, in VR, looked
amazing, and flying with a throttle and stick while looking around
just felt… it felt amazing. Dizzying, exciting, thrilling, and
really just a whole lot of fun.
But that’s down to
VR, and to the games. The Rhino felt good in VR, its sturdiness
lending a bit of credence to the VR illusion, but it was also plain
hard to work.
The stick and the main
portion of the throttle are easily accessed; you know where your
hands are on them, and you can find all the input options they offer.
The base of the throttle though is virtually impossible to use. All
the switches feel the same, and trying to put down landing gear
rather than abandoning ship proved…
Lets just say I ended
up suiciding more times than I would normally prefer to.
Now, this isn’t
necessarily a problem with the Rhino exclusively. Any current HOTAS
will have the problem. But it’s a space that joysticks could use a
lot of improvement.
VR is great for flying
games. Where VR suffers in FPS games, due to inducing dizziness when
moving. In driving and flying games, you’re stuck in your seat, and
can fully enjoy some truly jawdropping visuals. I will want to play
any and all flying games in VR from now on. And honestly, I’ll want
to play them with a HOTAS. The extra immersion added is perfect for
VR, since that’s what it’s all about.
For serious VR
implementation, though, next generation HOTAS’ might need to start
considering ‘trackers’, so with a system like the Vive, a vague,
shadowy overlay of the HOTAS could be displayed to you. So that you
can move your hands from the joysticks and still have awareness of
where they are.
It’s a complicated
suggestion, and might not make sense if you’ve never played a game
in VR, but… if Star Citizen ever becomes a VR game, this is
something that joysticks will need.
VR performance: 5/10
Performance in Star
Again, the Rhino feels
pretty solid in Star Citizen. While the thumbsticks on the throttle
and stick don’t control gimbals too well, they’re better than
nothing. In Star Citizen, the stick really suffers from the same
drawbacks it did in other games. The stick itself has too many hats,
making it impossible to bind all weapon groups and missiles to
That said, Star Citizen
has a lot of control options, and all of the toggles and
switches on the throttle give a lot of options for things like
ejecting, self destructing, turning on lights, power management, etc…
Overall the stick
performs well for Star Citizen, but as the probable predecessor to
the Star Citizen HOTAS, there’s a lot about its design that should
probably be improved.
Star Citizen: 7/10
Here’s where we get
to the fun part. A while ago, when the Star Citizen HOTAS was first
announced, I wrote an article theorizing that Saitek’s QA might
have improved, based on recent improvements by Madcatz, and based on
the knowledge that Star Citizen would probably be a huge market.
The first stick broke
within the first two days. The pinky trigger, the one I’ve said a
few times before is very wonky, simply stopped working. That pinky
trigger, to me, is the worst feeling and most worrisome part of the
whole stick. I don’t know why it’s there, and I don’t really
think it should be.
On the other hand,
aside from that pinky trigger, the joystick, while plastic, feels
solid, and the throttle honestly feels amazing.
acquired Saitek from MadCatz. Now, Logitech hasn’t made joysticks
in a while, not since they tried to create a force-feedback joystick
that failed miserably, but before that ill-fated attempt, Logitech’s
sticks were a standard for superior quality. That’s all to say
that, with some luck, Logitech’s QA process (fun fact; my most
recent mouse, a Logitech G700, has lasted me longer than any other
mouse I’ve ever owned. I normally go through two a year. It’s a
problem) will bleed over to Saitek’s, improving the quality of
Logitech’s acquisition of Saitek, it’s unclear who will be making
the Star Citizen HOTAS. We don’t know if the contract for it was
with Saitek or with Madcatz, or even if the contract will carry over.
What does this all
It all means that,
overall, the Rhino is an okay stick. Its QA is worrisome, and some of
its design decisions don’t make too much sense, and don’t bode
too well for the Star Citizen HOTAS, but the recent acquisition of
Saitek by Logitech throws a shadow of doubt on, well, everything.
I haven’t tried other high-end sticks yet. The Thrustmaster Warthog
is supposed to be the pinnacle of HOTAS excellence, but it’s also a
fair bit more expensive. If you’re looking for an all-around decent
HOTAS, and can come to terms with possibly having to RMA it a few
times, then the Rhino will serve you well.
Overall Score: 6/10
https://relay.sc/podcast/the-relay-replay/relay-star-citizen-news-relay-station-episode-4-were-backRelay - Star Citizen News: Relay Station | Episode 4 - We're Back2017-01-09T19:51:00+00:002017-01-10T01:57:06+00:00Errishttps://relay.sc/contributor/Erris This being our first show of the year, it was also our best show of the year. It set the bar high, but we're only going to try to make them better. It's a new year, and we Relay can't wait to show you what we've got coming.The Relay Station airs every Saturday at 2:30 - 4pm Eastern time, so tune in and join us over on twitch.tv/relay_sc!Want to know the latest in Star Citizen news and community? Check out our News feed!Have a suggestion for the cast, or a guest you think we should get on to join us, let us know!Do you like what we're doing, and have disposable income you would like to throw our way so we can try to do things better? You can do that too! https://relay.sc/transcript/bugsmashers-episode-40Bugsmashers: Episode 402017-01-04T20:00:00+00:002017-01-07T06:31:02+00:00CanadianSyruphttps://relay.sc/contributor/CanadianSyruphttps://relay.sc/fiction/iris-and-anemones-on-new-corvoIrises and Anemones on New Corvo2017-01-04T18:00:00+00:002017-01-04T19:29:59+00:00StormyWintershttps://relay.sc/contributor/StormyWinters Life is made of moments taken for granted. Moments of joy, moments of sorrow, moments of regret, the list goes on. The touch of his fingers as they glided down the skin of my back, the way he would caress my hair and then my face but most of all the light kisses he pressed into my neck each morning we were able to steal moments together in our busy lives.
Everett was a Navy medic and trained Cutlass Red pilot, he was stationed at the New Corvo Naval base and did regular rotations off world every few months. I was a civilian nurse at the New Corvo Medical Institute, New Corvo’s largest hospital. Between his deployments and my shift work, it took a lot of effort and work to try and make something in our schedules work.
This morning was a rare occurrence. The sun streamed through the window of my bedroom, warming me as I slowly woke. I could feel the weight of Everett’s arm across my hip, his body heat permeating my back from his closeness, his breath slowly tickling the back of my neck every time he exhaled. I reached back and slid my fingers into the hair at the back of his head, slowly working my fingers in circles as I heard him sigh.
“If you keep that up I may not leave this morning.” His gravelly morning voice vibrated my shoulder, his lips pressed up against it.
“Would that be such a horrible thing?” I asked with a small smile.
“Mmm, no. Would just make us both AWOL and then I’d have to contend with the Navy knocking at your door to drag me back.”
I didn’t have a chance to answer before his mobiGlas pinged abruptly in the quiet apartment. I felt him roll away from me to grab it from the bedside table, fully expecting him to check it and rejoin me. When a long moment went by I turned and glanced at him, his face a mixture of focus and shock.
He jumped out of bed quickly gathering his clothes and pulling them on, “I’m being
recalled immediately. There’s been a Vanduul attack in orbit, our fleet is fighting them as we speak.”
As if to emphasize the truth of his words my mobiGlas pinged beside me, I quickly read the message that had been sent. NCMI was prepping for a mass casualty situation, calling in all able bodied medical staff to assist and stand by. I threw the covers aside and grabbed my clothes off the chair and quickly dressed. Everett was almost ready and walking out the door.
I chased him out my front and stopped dead in my tracks as I looked up to the sky, “Everett…”
My voice trailed off as I spotted the battle that was taking place in orbit right above us. Splashes of colour so intense they lit up the early morning sky, one disappearing just to be replaced by another. A cold feeling took hold in the pit of my stomach, I grabbed his hand so tight in mine my fingers ached. I turned to him taking hold his other hand, “Don’t go.”
“Sweetheart, you know I have to.” His voice was gently restrained as he pulled me tight
into his arms, his hand rubbing my back trying to calm me. “No more than you couldn’t stay if I asked you to. We have our duties.”
He pulled back caressing my face with both his hands, “We both have to be strong and think of the people we need to help. Focus on that, ok?”
I nodded as I bit my lip to keep my eyes from filling up. I was scared and he knew it, his voice was rock solid, not one tremble in any of his words to convey his fear. He kissed me softly on the lips before pulling me in for one more tight embrace, “Know that I love you very much, ok? I always will, stay safe.”
A military transport pulled up, I hadn’t even seen or heard it coming up my street. “Lieutenant Cole, we were sent to retrieve you.”
“I’ll see you later.” His words whispered into my ear before he pulled away, dropping a quick kiss on my forehead before hopping into the waiting transport.
I watched the transport take off and disappear down the street at an urgent speed. I waited til I could no longer see it before turning and starting the walk to work. NCMI was only a 10 minute walk from where I lived but Everett’s sense of urgency had also taken me over and I felt the need to make it quickly. Just as I walked through the doors of the hospital I heard the aerial siren go off, warning the city of an incoming attack.
Mere minutes passed before we felt the shudder of the first bomb shake the ground, the lights blinking off and on once, everything glass rattling momentarily. “Amy, I need the staff list, I need to know who’s here.”
I was the charge nurse for the NCMI Emergency Department and used to the chaos and busyness of said department but I knew our worst day to date wouldn’t compare with today. I was handed a digital manifest that I quickly scrolled through, assigning tasks and duties as fast I could. Trying to get the basics out of the way before we were inundated with the wounded.
The next hours pushed us to the brink, the bombing accelerated and it became the norm to hear both Navy and Vanduul aircraft whistle over the city as the Navy fought to protect the city from the enemy. The outside courtyard turned into triage as every free space filled up inside the hospital, forcing us to only admit the most critical and treat the minorly wounded outside under the risk of aerial attack.
The floors inside my department became slick and dangerous to traverse as we worked feverishly, hopping from patient to patient in hopes of saving as many as was possible as they bled all over my floors. A few Navy personnel who obviously hadn’t made it to the base filtered through the doors. Every time a uniform ended up on one of my beds, my heart stopped. Just to start again when I realized it wasn’t Everett.
The evening wore on and supplies were low as we scrambled to field dress and treat everyone with whatever we had. This was the one time I was glad I had sat through one of Everett’s little lessons when he had shown me the basics of how to patch someone up with no advanced medical techniques. His words at the time echoed through my head, “You may not always have all the fancy machines and advanced technology that you’re used to. One day you might be forced to resort to other means.”
The main power had been knocked out hours ago and we’d been running on backup power ever since, it made things twice as hard as day turned to night. I threw another pair of gloves into the closest overflowing garbage and snapped a clean pair up as I moved to the next bed. I could hear the wheezing of his laboured breathing before I even got close to the bed, never a good sign. As the the closest nurse stepped back to allow me closer inspection my heart dropped and I felt bile rise in my throat.
Tears filled my eyes and pooled there, his eyes locked with mine and held them. “Hello sweetheart.”
Those words took the greatest effort for him to say and I felt the pooled tears silently track their way down my cheeks. I stepped forward and lifted the dressing from his chest as small trickles of blood slowly seeped down his sides. I closed my eyes and replaced the dressing, my hand lightly holding it in place.
I felt him lay his hand over mine, my eyes opening to meet his. His raspy breaths came irregular and he fought to speak, “I know.”
I felt defeat settle over me, there was nothing I could do for him. His condition was too far gone to treat with what I had on hand, he’d lost too much blood. He’d come in too late in the day for me to do a damn thing for him and because of a wretched twist of fate, I was going to lose him.
I grabbed his other hand with my free one and held tight, my eyes staying locked on his. Feeling his chest rise and fall irregularly, a small hitch once in awhile that forebode what was ahead. I felt his warmth slowly seeping through my fingers as his life drained away. Any words that I might have said wouldn’t have been enough, my eyes told. Hot tears smearing the dirt on my cheeks as they left clean trails behind.
In the end Everett managed to rally enough to speak once more and it was enough, “Know that I love you and that I always will.”
His chest fell once more and didn’t move again, his hand slowly sliding away from mine as the weight of his arm pulled it down. Life is made of moments taken for granted... the way his eyes lit up when he smiled, the way his lips felt anytime he kissed me, the softness of his hair as I ran my fingers through it, and so much more.
When it was all over, the fighting and the dying, it rained. The day after everything went silent, large drops soaked into the earth, attempting to wash away the evidence of destruction and death. I walked out to the crest of a small hill overlooking the largest park and river in all of New Corvo - the spot Everett and I had always called our own.
Scorched earth with patches of enduring life dotted the park, I turned my face up to the rain and let it wash down, mingling with the tears that escaped the corners of my eyes. I looked up to the sky, the unseen space where Everett had spent most of his career, doing what he loved. My voice cracked mildly but I managed to get the words out before new grief hit me, “Know that I love you and always will.”
Author’s Note: The title to most wouldn’t make sense when you finally read the story but when I wrote that final paragraph where she’s looking up into the rain in the park, the thing that came to mind was flowers and that each flower symbolizes something. An iris for instance is symbolic for hope and valor while an anemone is symbolic for the end to cold, dark days and the return of the sun. Both appropriate especially for that final closing paragraph, I hope you enjoyed it.