One of ancient Earth's more intriguing customs took place on April 1st of each year when people would play pranks on their friends, typically by trying to trick them into believing outlandish claims. The gullible victim would be labelled an April Fool and the day was often referred to as April Fools' Day. In the country of France it was also popular for children to attempt to affix a paper cutout of a fish on to an adult's back without being noticed. Such a fish was known as the poisson d'avril, which can be literally translated as the April Fish.
This April, Buckyball Racing Club celebrates the whimsical old tradition with a race between Poisson Orbital in the Kappa system and Poisson Enterprise in Trevakat. Racers must visit four fish-themed stations along the way, and can earn bonus time by carrying out various optional challenges. Click here for full details, including how to enter.
The A* Challenge is simple: Fly from Sol (or Wolf 359) to Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy, and record your time for doing so.
Of course, this being the endurance challenge of the racing world, there's a bit more to it than that, including maintaining focus for a trip that will many hours in the cockpit, and the perils of route plotting in the galactic core.
The A* Challenge is open for the long term. Make the run at any time, with no deadline. For full details on rules and how to enter, see the race thread here.
|31 March - 8 April||Poisson d'Avril||Cmdr furrycat|
All race dates may be subject to change. This is necessary to enable races to avoid periods of major galactic instability. It is expected that any changes will be announced at least a week in advance of the start of each race.