cosmicwar.net

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About cosmicwar.net

In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war. And it's in real-time, unlike our slow-ass board games.
—Games Workshop

Planetary Annihilation
is Insomnia's 2014 Game of the Year: https://culture.vg/reviews/awards/game-of-the-year.html

...it is no exaggeration to say that Planetary Annihilation is more or less the first REAL real-time strategy game...
—Alex "icycalm" Kierkegaard in his review, "Videogame Art: Planetary Annihilation": https://culture.vg/reviews/videogame-art/planetary-annihilation.html


INTRODUCTION
Planetary Annihilation
is far and away the best RTS in the history of the genre, and it deserves an event scene that showcases its unique qualities, namely MASSIVE-SCALE MASSIVELY-MULTIPLAYER WARS ACROSS ENTIRE SOLAR SYSTEMS, not tiny 1v1s in mirrored planets that make no sense, with mirrored oceans and mirrored forests and mirrored mountains and where the all-powerful commanders are somehow restricted to landing in a couple of tiny zones instead of wherever the heck they want like real space commanders would. To that end, Insomnia and cosmicwar.net are resurrecting the scene, starting with two weekly events: Cosmic War and Battle Royale, to be held every Saturday alternating between two time slots, 3 PM UTC and 11 PM UTC, to serve the needs of PA fans worldwide. The inaugural session will be held this coming Saturday the 29th of January 2022 at 11 PM UTC in the Cosmic War Discord. Invites to the Discord can be obtained through the $1 tier, and participation through the $10 tier.


SERVER
The cosmicwar.net server is the fastest server to ever run PA, provisioned by WebNX in Utah for $205/month with the following specs: Intel i9-12900K CPU (8 cores, 16 threads, 3.2 GHz base, 5.2 GHz turbo), 128 GB DDR4 RAM, 2 x 1.92 TB PCIe 4 Enterprise NVMe SSDs, 1 Gbps Port / 50 TB outbound /29 IPv4.

We'll always use the fastest servers available, and will be upgrading throughout the year as needed.

More details on our current CPU can be found here: https://www.cpubenchmark.net/singleThread.html



Marked at the bottom is the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X CPU used by the three official dedicated event servers before they were taken down. Our new server is a full 20% faster than that, and even faster CPUs are expected later in the year. PA performance is going nowhere but up, and we pledge to remain perpetually at the cutting-edge of it.


FORMAT
The format of the events will be as follows:

Cosmic War
Number of players: Up to 30 to start with, expanding to 50 and beyond as hardware improves to allow it.
Team composition: To be determined on the day, depending on participation. For the inaugural day, we already have 12 people signed-up minimum, which would mean a 3v3v3v3 format, with the players assigned teams randomly right before the start via dice rolls. If established teams show up, they can play together with their friends without rolling dice. If any teams have empty slots, they can choose to either take a solo player determined via dice rolls, or bonus eco to compensate. For a full list of team formats based on participation, see here: https://culture.vg/forum/topic?t=7621
Scoring: The winning team's players score 1 point on the leaderboard.
Leaderboard: Hosted at http://cosmicwar.net
System: Massive system designed by icycalm without any symmetry whatsoever.
Spawning: Always spawn anywhere, not a single spawn point in sight. This isn't chess, this is war.

Battle Royale
Number of players: Up to 30 to start with, expanding to 50 and beyond as hardware improves to allow it.
Team composition: No teams. Straight-up FFA; though informal temporary alliances are allowed, and even encouraged.
Scoring: The winning player scores 1 point on the leaderboard.
Leaderboard: Hosted at http://cosmicwar.net
System: Massive system designed by icycalm without any symmetry whatsoever.
Spawning: Always spawn anywhere, not a single spawn point in sight. This isn't chess, this is war.


DIPLOMACY
Tactics is what happens during battles. Strategy is what happens between battles. Google it. This means that in a REAL strategy game, diplomacy is paramount; it's number 1; and mouse-clicking is secondary. The more true this is, the more strategic the game you're playing. That's why PA is the first real real-time strategy game, because diplomacy is actually important here, if you're playing a proper massive war with tons of planets and players (obviously in 1v1s there's no diplomacy because there is no strategy: it's all tactics). So feel free to message other players and teams during the game, both in-game and on Discord, to set up the alliances that will secure your victory. You can even jump on other teams' voice channels, as long as they are cool with that, to coordinate your assaults and betrayals: whole teams might fuse this way, during the game, and then splinter again later. In the Battle Royale there are even more such possibilities, since there are more sides, and it's a truly foolish player who tries to beat 20+ others alone.


LIVECASTS (message us to add your channel to the list, if you plan to stream while playing in our events)
icycalm: https://www.twitch.tv/insomniacult
recoil: https://www.twitch.tv/cultxrecoil
ChevRage: https://www.twitch.tv/cultxchevrage
danjiro: https://www.twitch.tv/cultxdanjiro
Some guy: https://www.twitch.tv/cultxsomeguy
Ciaróg: https://www.twitch.tv/cultxciarog
Robomoo: https://www.twitch.tv/cultxrobomoo
ysignal: https://www.twitch.tv/cultxysignal
ExiledOne: https://www.twitch.tv/cultxexiledone
Archonus: https://www.twitch.tv/cultxarchonus
schadenfreude: https://www.twitch.tv/cultxschadenfreude
Beakman: https://www.twitch.tv/cultxbeakman
Jameson: https://www.twitch.tv/cultxjameson
shubn: https://www.twitch.tv/cultxshubn
Q-veta: https://www.twitch.tv/cultxqveta
Saf: https://www.twitch.tv/cultxsaf


TRAILERS
These are the trailers of our old events circa 2017-2018. New trailers will be created for the new events soon.
Insomnia Clan Wars Teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYyg52r3dLI
Insomnia Clan League Teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Jtc6MK57qw


TWITTER
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https://twitter.com/cosmicwarnet


COMING SOON
New flyers, trailers, essays, etc. Prepare for complete PA domination of the REAL real-time strategy scene (because StarCraft isn't strategy, it's tactics; google the difference, if you don't know).

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