Yes! Either we've just had one of those events where separate and unconnected people simultaneously have exactly the same idea, or someone with influence reads Cryonite Cove. Not convinced? Read my recent post More random fun stuff in Gemini please. Since Cryonite Cove once managed to get on PG's Facebook page, a Splitscreen bod must have seen it at least once. Either that or one of our regular readers has posted the idea on the forum in the suggestions thread. Pbhuh seems unable to stop posting on the forum and he's a regular commenter here so maybe he picked up the baton. The suggestions board is very long and I can't be bothered to search through it all.
By the way I owe Pbhuh a big thank you for re-raising the issue of Cryonite Cove's 'banned from the forum' status. The moderators have allowed this distinguished blog back into the fold. Thanks Pbhuh.
Anyway whether I had anything to do with it or not, Rare Mantis will be returning to the forgotten systems of Pirate Galaxy. Result.
There is other, bigger news too. Steel Legions is now in Open Beta testing. Open Beta was when I started to play PG and I haven't stopped since. I haven't played Steel Legions (SL) so I can't say if it's any good. I believe the afore mentioned Pbhuh is though, so if you're reading mate drop in a comment and let us know what you think.
All player accounts have been reset and this won't happen again, so now is the time to get in on the ground floor and make yourself a legend. Maybe you could be the V1-Hyper or Buccaneer Bill of Steel Legions.
It will be interesting to see what effect this will have on PG. Many of the PG players are likely to give SL a try so it will probably get a little quieter, and many may not come back. Perhaps some new SL players will come over to PG. Whatever happens growth and diversity is good so best of luck to Splitscreen.
I'm resisting Steel Legions for now because I know what I'm like. If it's any good I'll be there all the time and Cryonite Cove will either grind to a halt or have to change to include SL. I'm sure I'll crack and dip my toe in one day, but I've enough on my plate for now.