We don't have contact yet, but we should be prepared for it anyway. How do we want to handle contact with another team? Does it matter who the other team are? Does it matter if they find us, we find them, or our explorers meet in neutral territory? I'm in favor of having a plan in advance, perhaps with an initial message already drafted for the various possible circumstances so that we only need to fill in the blanks. I don't know exactly what it should say, so will leave the details to people who are better at this than me. I do think it's almost a given that we'll start off with peaceful overtures, even if we decide to attack. Maybe start off with a NAP for a term long enough to allow either offensive or defensive preparations if things go sour. As to whether we want to war, or more properly when, that goes in another thread for strategy. This is just to discuss how to approach making contact.