Diplomatic messages and broadcasts in turn reports
The COSMOS system supports entering text messages to be sent to specific players or broadcast to all players as part of the turn report. Such messages appear in the NOTES & MESSAGES section of the turn report, the sender of each clearly indicated.
You can write messages at the end of your orders. A message starts with [M on a line by itself and ends with a ] on a line by itself. If the message is to be sent only to certain players rather than to be broadcast to everyone, the [M should be followed on the same line by a comma-separated list of the player numbers of the intended recipients.
[M This message will be broadcast to all. ] [M 1,3,6 This goes only to players 1, 3 and 6. ]
Messages should be kept fairly short (less than 10 lines), especially if to be broadcast to all players. Do not use offensive language (even when this would be "in character" for your position).
A message is formatted as one long paragraph unless you insert some of the special formatting codes.
Formatting codes all start with the character # and should generally be followed immediately by either a space, a new line or another formatting code. The following codes are available:
[M #it The Supreme High Command decrees:#nit#nl In light of recent events in Alpha IV sector and the increased level of subversive activity by the "Black Planet Front", certain security measures have to be taken. Henceforth all traffic entering Alpha IV sector will be required to report to Imperial Customs at either Deneb starbase or Epsilon Eridani starbase. Vessels found not to comply #bf will be destroyed#nbf . #nl#right On behalf of the Emperor#nl Admiral Z. Veen ]will be formatted something like this:
The Supreme High Command decrees:
On behalf of the Emperor