I see you wish to continue this discussion. OK, if that's what you want.
You've quoted my posts way too much
I'm sorry I didn't know there was a quote limit. I simply quoted those posts in this thread that discussed the "special ARC" and use of a Dread Lords opponent.
Apparently 2 quotes is "way too much" since I only quoted you twice, GmOOnii twice and KP once. Unless of course you're merely an alternate identity of either GmOOnii or KP in which case it would be more, however I would have no way of knowing that.
Especially when one keeps in mind that you've contacted me previously through PM in order to get some help from me regarding your current game...
Since you brought it up, I'll comment on that.
Yes. I contacted both you *and* KP by PM but not because I wanted help in my current game, but simply because I had questions about the legitimacy of this "special ARC". I specifically contacted you and then KP by PM because I really had no desire to cause you or the Kzinti Empire any possible embarrassment, even though I didn't think the "special ARC" was all *that* big of a deal, or would be sufficient to cause you all that much embarrassment.
Since your response was that it was an "empire secret" and KP chose to essentially ignore my request, I felt free to find out what I could on my own and to publish that here in the thread dedicated to ZYW's since the "special ARC" is pretty much specifically tailored to ZYW.
All info's concerning what you posted above from the wiki was already public since years
That is correct. However that doesn't mean that I or anyone else knew about it. I only found it by doing a site specific search of the wiki site for "dread lords" and the only reason I did such a thing was because of it being mentioned here. It was tucked away under the cheat codes section and I had never encountered it until the day that I posted the information here.
Contrary to what you say this info is even available at your forums at the ToE-site, where you are an administrator with some ~900 posts, and by that couldn't have simply overlooked it.
You apparently know more about the ToE forums than I do. So much for "empire secrets" eh?
However you are mistaken on three counts. One is I've 852 posts (although I suppose 900 is close enough), secondly I'm a moderator *not* an administrator and thirdly I have *never* seen any discussion of any kind of ARC that uses the Dread Lords as an opponent. It was also a surprise to Motti who did not know how it was done either.
However as a member of the Kzinti Empire that seems to know more about the ToE empire private forums than I as a member do then please by all means point out where this information exists on the ToE forums. I do know that Motti greatly helped you out when you were getting started with all kinds of "empire secret" information, a fact that you have acknowledged in this very thread so perhaps you paid more attention to this than I did.
However, if someone revers to an old and outdated version of the game it'll need a good explanation why an *un*-even playing-field had been chosen. Your thoughts.
I assume you mean "revere" as in "to show devoted deferential honor to".
I think I have made my position clear both in PM to you and scattered throughout various threads on these forums. I stayed with DL v1.4x for as long as I was playing DL exclusively simply because I object to having programs on my PC whose sole purpose is the update of another single program that I own. This went for Stardock Central and even more so for Impulse.
Also from what I know DL v1.4x is pretty much identical to DL 1.5 and beyond with the one exception being that in DL v1.4x being bankrupt actually means something and you cannot purchase buildings, ships and upgrade ships after going beyond -500bc (as you can in DL v1.5 and above *and* in DA of *any* version). If you want to argue anything you'll have to admit that the DL v1.4x version I played is harder than any DL version 1.5 or above.
However when it became clear that Stardock Central was going away I did break down and install Stardock Central so that I could get to the latest versions of the game that I could at the time which are DL v1.5, DA v1.80g and TA v1.96.
That upgrade actually cost me the ability to submit a 960K DL game because after I did the upgrade I uninstalled StardockCentral which, unknown to me, deleted the game serial numbers from my registry. Once I discovered this I restored the serial numbers but the damage was done and this made games started prior to the uninstall of SDC invalid (not cheat flagged, actually unsubmittable).
So anyway the revs I mentioned above, DL v1.5, DA v1.80g and TA v1.96, will be the revs of any future games that I choose to submit. As far as I know DA v1.80g was the standard for a very long time, is very stable and is a perfectly legitimate version of DA to be playing.
As I said previously, it's not my choice to continue beating this dead horse, but as I also said before I will respond to anyone's questions or concerns.