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How to make your own faction in Endless Space 2

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Endless Space 2?s races are a fascinating bunch who wouldn?t seem out of place in a Mos Eisley cantina, but maybe you?ve had enough of them. Or perhaps you want your next galaxy to be full of new aliens to pal around with. Good news, then, because buried in the game setup menu is an option to create new factions. In an effort to get to grips with the editor and put together this guide, I?ve been working on my own: the Oak Blokes. Faction details Here you?ll be able to name your faction and select their appearance, mechanics and add a bit of flavour with a faction description. This is where I?m going to start making my Oak Blokes, a bunch of rad, leafy dudes who only love one thing more than making lots and lots of dust ? making new alien buds. Gameplay affinity A faction?s gameplay affinity is the mechanical hook that defines them, all drawn from the pre-existing factions. They also give you a pool of points, which can then be spent on the options below. Some affinities give you extremely handy bonuses, while others create peculiar gameplay wrinkles that provide benefits but also interesting challenges. Each has a big impact and will inform a lot of the traits you pick later on, though some, like the Horatio?s Gene Splicing, are more dramatic than others. Since the Oak Blokes are going to be loaded, the Lumeris? Planet Brokers affinity is tempting. I?ll be able to buy and trade colonies, and not only does that mean lots of lovely dust, I won?t have to waste time constructing colony ships. Visual affinity This defines what a faction looks like, from their diplomacy screen portrait to the style of their ships. It also has a practical effect. Whatever affinity you pick will decide the storyline that you?ll play through and a lot of the quests you?ll embark upon, and it determines the exclusive technologies that you?ll be able to unlock. Since the Unfallen are a lovely bunch of tree-people who think other races are wonderful, they?re a good fit for my xeno-loving Oak Blokes. I?ll be making friends everywhere, hanging out and selling them new worlds for a very reasonable price. Starting setup This is where you?ll pick the world where your faction sprang from, or at least the type of world, as well as establishing what kind of government runs your new empire. Want to start your faction off on an unpleasant desert world, living under the yoke of a tyrannical dictatorship? This is where you do that. Home planet It?s here that you can choose the planet your faction will start with, but it has absolutely nothing to do with what types of worlds you can colonise. That?s determined by the gameplay affinity, confusingly. So you can choose a lava homeworld, but without the Riftborn?s Continuum Sculptors gameplay affinity, you won?t be able to colonise more lava worlds until you?ve researched the Maximized Exploitation tech. The Lumeris gameplay affinity means that my Oak Blokes can colonise terran, forest, atoll, ocean, jungle, monsoon and boreal worlds. The first four tend to be rich in food and increase approval, while the others are less pleasant, but can still generate a decent amount of food and, in the case...

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London Fashion Week Mens Street Style: Spring/Summer 2018

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by Isaac Perry Another season of fashion week has gone by, and this time it was the 5th anniversary of London Men?s Fashion Week, we went hunting for new, cutting edge individuals showcasing street style at its best during the event. Seen throughout are some of the most recent trainer releases, as well as the extremely hyped Supreme and Raf Simons pieces. Both summer colours and patterns being seen in many of the outfits shown in the bi-annual fashion event. Follow our Instagram for the latest news and updates regarding mens fashion: @clothesmaketheman anthonymcgrath405 Instructions Part 1 part...

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F1?s unwanted race? Six Azerbaijan Grand Prix talking points | 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

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Bakue?s race has been re-dubbed the Azerbaijan Grand Prix but do F1?s new owners think the sport would be better off without it? Here are six talking points for this weekend?s race. Are Mercedes back to their best? After the disappointment of Monaco, where neither car finished on the podium, Mercedes hit back in the best way possible at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Following an intensive investigation the team appeared to get to the bottom of their recent set-up problems and they romped to a one-two victory. They were somewhat flattered by circumstances, however. If Sebastian Vettel hadn?t been compromised from the start the team would have had a tougher fight on their hands. In Baku they won?t have to worry about the ultra-soft ?bogey? tyre. Hamilton seemed to click with this circuit 12 months ago until he came a cropped in qualifying, but he should go into the weekend as the favourite. Another tough weekend for Red Bull? An energy store failure ended Verstappen?s race in CanadaBaku?s long straights and short corners were tailor-made to expose the shortcomings of the Red Bull RB12 last year and the team struggled to one of their weakest results. They?ve sought to minimise drag with their 2017 design which could make them more competitive this time around. But reliability could be a bigger question mark. Seven races in and the team have already had four retirements due to technical problems. Max Verstappen was dejected after his latest breakdown in Canada having forced his way through to second at the start. Red Bull have neither the speed nor the reliability to compete at the front right now. Is this an unwanted race? This is the race Liberty Media president Greg Maffei used as an example of what was wrong with F1?s old business model after taking over the business earlier this year. ?Bernie?s attitude was, ?How much can I extract from them??,? said Maffei in March. ?I heard him call them the victims ? ?How much can I extract, how much up front?’? ?So we end up with races in places like Baku in Azerbaijan, where they paid us a big race fee, but it does nothing to build the long-term brand and health of the business.? Liberty?s F1 chief Chase Carey later smoothed over the quotes with Baku race promoter Arif Rahimov. But many would agree with Maffei?s diagnosis of where F1 went wrong before. F1?s new owners have talked about taking the sport into new markets which enhance its brand and create excitement around the race. Baku, which put just 26,000 tickets up for sale last year, is unlikely to fit that bill. Trouble at the castle? Watch the walls: Baku will feel narrowerThe narrow climb past the castle and Qosha gate was expected to be a trouble-spot last year. It wasn?t for the F1 drivers, but there?s one obvious difference this year: the cars are now wider. That will be a problem at this section of the track and also the high-speed approach to the pit lane, where the circuit narrows from 18 metres wide to just 10m. Can Stroll build on his breakthrough? Williams? much-criticised rookie driver Lance Stroll achieved a breakthrough with his first points finish at home in Canada. Can he build on that this weekend? He?s...

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Spain Family Travel: Top things to do in Aragon

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Picture: Jenography.net Family holidays in Spain are always going to be a good idea ? there?s great food, fantastic wine and amazing history. In the Aragon region in northern Spain, which nestles up against the Pyrenees and stretches to the charming town of Teruel (pronounced Ter-well), you?ve got a recipe for fun for kids from babies to teens. What to do with kids in Aragon, Spain BritMums and the Spanish Tourist Board explored the region with a group of top family travel bloggers. Here, they each share one of the things they loved best. (The trip was organised by the Spanish Tourist Board, who covered the costs of flights, accommodation and meals.) Whitewater rafting on the Rio de Gallego ?I?ve rafted down the rapids before, but I wasn?t prepared for the natural beauty of the Rio Gallego with the spectacular tercotta-coloured Mallos de Riglos as a backdrop. Local adventure companies will take children as young as 8 whitewater river rafting on the River Gallego. We?re definitely coming back and trying it as a family!? ? Susanna Scott, A Modern Mother [embedded content]   The Piedra Monastery and its historic gardens  ?This magnificent 12th century Cistercian monastery is located near the Piedra river canyon in the Nuevalos province. Elegant long corridors, immense ceilings and antique chapels are just a few of its many features. The historic gardens surrounding the monastery are astonishing and have to be seen to be believed. With beautiful paths, intriguing caves and majestic waterfalls, this idyllic wonderland provides a perfect playground for kids aged five and above. Monasterio de Piedra really has the wow factor, so much so we?re already planning a return trip!? ? Charly Dove, Pod Travels   Castle Loarre, Huesca Province ?Who doesn?t love a castle? Aragon?s Castle Loarre is not only one of the best preserved in Europe but its position perched 500m at the foot of the Pyrenees means it has breathtaking views! My daughter would love exploring the Romanesque structure, creating her own stories as she climbed up its stone stones, discovered secret tunnels and its old chapels. It never saw active battle so no ghosts here. Phew! I could easily have bought up the whole of the gift shop too which is packed with princess and knight paraphernalia. Make sure you have plenty of storage on your camera as there?s Instagram-worthy photos to take at every turn.? ? Elizabeth, Wander Mum, http://www.wandermum.co.uk   Romance and dinosaurs in Teruel ?It?s a tragic love story of star-crossed sweethearts caught between warring families in a Medieval small town. No, not Romeo and Juliet in Verona but the Spanish version in the pretty little town of Teruel in Aragon, northern Spain. In addition to a monument to the doomed lovers, Teruel is loaded with historic architecture.  You have pretty Modernist buildings, the earlier Mudejar architecture (Islamic influenced works in Christian Spain) and even a Roman aqueduct. The compact town centre is perfect for strolling with children and the town square is buzzing in the evening with families hanging out enjoying the balmy night air.  Nearby Dinopolis will be a big hit with children of all ages because it makes learning about dinosaurs fun.? ?  Shobha, Just Go Places Picture: Jenography.net Mallos de Riglos ?These dramatic rock formations, rising 300 meters straight up, are perfect for...

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Honda ?not thinking? about replacing Hasegawa | F1 Fanatic Round-up

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In the round-up: Honda motorsport chief Yusuke Hasegawa says the Japanese manufacturer has no intentions of replacing him. Links Your daily digest of F1 news, views, features and more from hundreds of sites across the web: Honda has no plans to remove F1 head Hasegawa despite performance (Autosport) “From Honda’s point of view, nobody is thinking about changing my position. The focus is on the job and making progress. As long as I am here, I am going to do my best.” F1 will address costs before cutting team income – Brawn (Motorsport.com) “I think it’s fair to say that there’s not a team in F1 that wouldn’t welcome a reduction in costs. We’re preparing our case and our proposals with the FIA to achieve that.” Williams deny reports of 2018 Honda engine talks (Sky) “We had a fantastic relationship with them back in the 1980s, but I can categorically say that we have not talked to Honda. We are not a cause of the break-up and we are not here ready with a press release saying we are joining forces with them in 2018.” Carey ‘proud’ to bring F1 back to France and Germany (F1i) “We are proud to be able to confirm that the German and French Grands Prix will be held in 2018.” Porsche to attend F1 engine meeting, Austria GP (GrandPrix.com) “That is the claim of Germany’s Auto Bild, saying Porsche has accepted an invitation to attend the next meeting to discuss F1’s post-2020 engine rules.” Investing in F1’s future the priority for Liberty (Racer) Chase Carey: “So we’ve got a sponsorship group, we’ve got television group, we’ve got a digital group, we’ve got a marketing group, we’ve got a PR group, we’ve got a research group ? we’ve got people that are able to support and move the business forward in the way it needs to be moved forward.” Vettel explains why he isn’t on social media (F1i) “I have to admit I get a lot more out of shaking someone’s hand and then sharing the experience of meeting someone.” Got a tip for a link to feature in the next F1 Fanatic round-up? Send it in here: From the forum On this day in F1 Lotus scored its final victory in its original guise today in 1987 at Detroit, with Ayrton Senna driving. View articles read the...

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The Legendary Father’s Day Gift Guide in Association with M&S

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Jeez its come round again,  the one day of year set to celebrate those hard working, long suffering, patient, ever ready Fathers, what, is that just describing me ? Yep Father?s Day is this Sunday, yes THIS SUNDAY. So if your struggling for gift ideas for the main man, whether he be a Sporty Dad, Posh Dad, Scary Dad or even Ginger Dad, we at Clothes-Make-the-Man have worked tirelessly with those genius people over at M&S to bring you the, now, legendary Father?s Day gift guide 2017. Enjoy and look after one and other. For dads on the go the Corkcicle Canteen is a must! Keeping your beverages cold for over 25 hours and hot for over 12. Offering both functionality and a sleek and stylish design. You have the option to choose from: metallic, a pop of pastel, or an edgy matte finish. The Canteen also helps to avoid those spillages and save those white shirts with a shatter proof design and leak proof screw top, It?s the latest in flask tech What Dad wouldn?t want the Multi Tool Pen? Durable and handy! This multi-tool pen features a comfortable rubber grip and has many features including a can opener, mini-knife, white LED light, and a convenient, chrome ring that allows you to hook just about anywhere. Batteries Included !!!! From the sports-obsessed to the DIY fanatics to the ultimate cool guy we?ve got the perfect grooming essentials kit that is sure to become indispensable to every dad this Father?s Day. The Grooming Essentials Kit contains four of Clarins bestselling men?s products housed in a sleek navy wash bag. Super Moisture Balm 50ml Exfoliating Cleanser 125ml Smooth Shave 50ml Shampoo & Shower 30ml Don?t just spend some time with dear old Dad this Father?s Day give him the gift of time with a beautiful classic timepiece from Rotary Watches. Is this perfect gift for a dad and child to share this Father?s Day ? The London Sock Company?s ?For Me & My Dad? gift is available in a 2 pair of 4 pair set, which includes matching father and child socks. Finely knitted using luxury Scottish Lisle Cotton, these limited edition socks are as comfortable and stylish for little feet as they are for big. Available for ages 2-12 years Would you like to relive a special moment you shared with your father? Chances are you are one of the 81% of Brits who have expressed this very wish, so this year, The Glenlivet Founder?s Reserve is committed to making Father?s Day matter by giving you the chance to relive a memory. With Father?s Day just around the corner (Sunday, 18th June), we are honouring fathers up and down the country by launching The Glenlivet Founder?s Reserve, Father?s Day Fund. The fund will offer the chance to win £1,000 worth of funding toward recreating a treasured experience shared with your father. It couldn?t be easier to get involved, to enter simply share a picture with accompanying message or a video explaining what your fondest, most precious memory with your father. Relive your favourite team?s highs and lows as reported at the time, with Personalised Football Books from Historic Newspapers. The huge handbound luxury leather covers feature the recipient?s name embossed in gold, a message on the title page with a variety of...

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10 Most Important Episodes Of Star Trek: The Original Series

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It’s been over fifty years since the original Star Trek television show first went on the air in 1966. Not only has the program been lauded for its impeccable forward thinking, through either intelligent progressive commentary, or its sci-fi fascination with future tech, but it was also the catalyst for what was to become a pop culture phenomenon. Since TOS concluded in 1969, Star Trek has spawned five more successful television shows (including an animated one), with a sixth quickly approaching its debut. On top of that, there have also been thirteen feature films carrying the Star Trek name, with a fourteenth currently in the works. That’s pretty much the perfect testament to the importance of the show. The ground-breaking show was fairly exceptional in its own right, but some episodes stand as important monuments beyond their entertainment factor. That comes down to a number of factors. The episode could have presented damning social or political commentary that can still be seen as relevant today. It could have established elements that would become integral to this giant of entertainment. It could have represented a landmark achievement for the show or it could have simply been so good that it is required viewing for fans. Or it could have been a combination of any number of those things. more news More on this...

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2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix TV Times | 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

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Join us on F1 Fanatic Live throughout every session of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix weekend. We?ll also be following this weekend IndyCar race plus the two rounds of the Formula V8 3.5 championship as they happen. Look out for the live page on the site during every session and follow all the action with your fellow F1 Fanatics. Here are the details of Sky and Channel 4?s coverage of the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix in the UK: Friday 23rd ? Sunday 25th June 2017 Day Session Channel Coverage starts Session starts Session ends Friday Azerbaijan Grand Prix first practice live Channel 4 09:45 10:00 11:30 Friday Azerbaijan Grand Prix first practice live Sky Sports F1 09:55 10:00 11:30 Friday Azerbaijan Grand Prix second practice live Channel 4 13:55 14:00 15:30 Friday Azerbaijan Grand Prix second practice live Sky Sports F1 13:45 14:00 15:30 Saturday Azerbaijan Grand Prix third practice live Channel 4 10:55 11:00 12:00 Saturday Azerbaijan Grand Prix third practice live Sky Sports F1 10:45 11:00 12:00 Saturday Formula V8 3.5 Aragon race one live BT Sport 1 12:30 12:40 Saturday Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifying live Channel 4 13:00 14:00 Saturday Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifying live Sky Sports F1 13:00 14:00 Sunday Formula Two Azerbaijan feature race live Sky Sports F1 15:40 15:45 Sunday Formula Two Azerbaijan sprint race live Sky Sports F1 09:00 09:10 Sunday Formula V8 3.5 Aragon race two live BT Sport ESPN 12:30 12:40 Sunday Azerbaijan Grand Prix live Channel 4 13:00 14:00 Sunday Azerbaijan Grand Prix live Sky Sports F1 12:30 14:00 Sunday IndyCar Grand Prix of Road America live BT Sport ESPN 17:30 18:00 Watch F1 live on Sky Sports with Now TV for as little as £6.99 Want to watch all of this weekend?s Formula One coverage on Sky Sports? F1 Fanatic readers in the UK can buy a 24-hour subscription to all Sky Sports channels for £6.99 or a one-week pass for £10.99 to watch this weekend?s grand prix. And when you buy using the link below you also make a contribution to F1 Fanatic! Find out more and sign up here: For details of coverage in your area see these links or share information in the comments: Find times for every F1 session this year and all the 2017 race dates with the F1 Fanatic Google Calendar. 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Browse all 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix articles council click...

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10 Awesome Female Directors Who Need A Superhero Movie

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Warner Bros. What a relief it is that Wonder Woman has been such an overwhelming critical and commercial success, because if it wasn’t, it’d only further stifle the already slow-going advancement of women in the blockbuster filmmaking arena. The majority of films, especially superhero movies, are evidently made by men, though considering the sheer number of talented female directors out there, and Patty Jenkins proving with Wonder Woman what a bang-up job they can do, this gender balance sorely needs to be addressed. With Jenkins hopefully opening the floodgates for Marvel Studios, Warner Bros. and Fox to bring more women filmmakers on-board their giant cinematic universes, there are arguably no ten directors more talented, unique and fiercely committed as these. If these women can’t get hired to make superhero movies (assuming they even want to), then what hope do the rest have? 10. Sofia Coppola Thibault Camus/AP Sofia Coppola is, of course, the daughter of Hollywood filmmaking legend Francis Ford Coppola, but nepotism accusations aside, she has carved out a solid career for herself as a writer-director. Though never quite matching the heights of 2003’s Lost In Translation (for which she won a Best Screenplay Oscar), Coppola’s very much a safe pair of hands as far as directorial chops are concerned. How Likely Is It?: Hot off a Best Director win for The Beguiled at Cannes and recently suggesting she was open to the idea of helming a tentpole blockbuster, she’ll certainly be an attractive candidate for studios. However, Coppola has nevertheless stated her love for the creative control that comes with smaller budgets, and considering that she bailed from the big-budget live-action The Little Mermaid adaptation a few years ago for that very reason, it could prevent her from ever working with Marvel or DC. As she said herself, though, never say never. 4/10 Click...

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Family Days Out Round-up: Half term fun

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Photo credit: asife, Shutterstock Hello and welcome to the family days out round-up. I am not sure what happened to May, it arrived and disappeared again in the blink of an eye, probably because my kids had a two week half term as the head teacher bolted all five inset days around it, plus we had two bank holidays to contend with too. I have been inundated with posts from everyone, as the lovely warm sunny weather has encouraged everyone to ditch their raincoats and get out in the fresh air. Tinbox Traveller headed to Hythe in Hampshire to take the Hythe Ferry and explore Southampton on foot whilst My Boys Club headed to Lanarkshire to the Lanark World Heritage site and the Falls of Clyde and to the new Angry Birds attraction (which looks awesome) at Lightwater Valley. I have wanted to visit Stonehenge for ages and with Isaac studying the stone age at school, I really need to get there soon as it looks like Otis and Us had a great time exploring the stones, but we did squeeze in a spot of history by playing Knights at Corfe Castle. Also on a castle theme, Bumbles of Rice headed to the Tower of London and Side Street Style enjoyed a visit to Tenby and Pembroke Castle. I have been meaning to take Sebby to a Day Out with Thomas for some time, as we used to take Kian when it was held at Swanage Railway but I still haven?t got there. Plutonium Sox and Autism Mumma both found him at Mid Hants Railway and enjoyed a magical day out with the family, I found some miniature train fun at Pecorama whilst Mini Travellers and Me and B Make Tea found lots of fun with another form of transport at Diggerland. Days out with kids gets more challenging when they get to the tween / teenage years but Actually Mummy and family had a blast climbing the O2 and Go Ape is another of our family favourite activities and Emmy?s Mummy took her crew to the Ally Pally course. May / June is the perfect time for beach fun with the kids as it is warm enough for a paddle but they are not packed to the rafters with tourists. Yorkshire Wonders headed to Filey Brigg for some rockpooling fun and Bubbablue and Me headed to North Norfolk for some seaside fun. Zoo visits also proved popular this month with Podcast Dove heading to Paradise Wildlife Park, Clare?s Little Tots visited Tropical World in Leeds, Emily and Indiana discovered Marvellous Monsters at Longleat and Counting to Ten got up close and personal with some of the animals at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Thank you for all your submissions and please add any other days out posts to the linky below. About Kara Guppy Kara is a busy mother of 6 children aged between 2 and 22 and lives in Dorset. The family love to be outside and live by the motto “Collect Moments, Not Things”. We can often be found leaping in muddy puddles, climbing trees, collecting seashells or hurling ourselves off cliffs down ziplines, and all for fun of course. Kara loves to blog about her and the family’s adventures and can be found at Chelseamamma.co.uk, arewenearlythereyet.eu and sharing videos of her days...

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