Lave Radio Episode 110

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More Engineers Chat, and announcement on Xbox Horizons release date!

Aired 24th May 2016
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Crew Members

Station Commander : Allen Stroud : Cmdr Heldaban Kel
Head of Entertainments : Chris Jarvis : Cmdr thane
Chief Bar Steward : Grant Woolcott : Cmdr Psykokow
Head of Health and safety : Ben Moss Woodwood : Cmdr EidLeWeiss


Show Notes:

        • On June 3, Elite Dangerous: Horizons comes to Xbox One featuring both Planetary Landings and The Engineers at launch.
          • £19.99 ($29.99, €24.99, 1,489 RUB) for the expansion
          • £39.99 ($59.99, €49.99, 2,999 RUB). Deluxe edition
        • We’re very pleased to announce that we’re planning to release The Engineers 2.1 update on Thursday May 26th for all those who own the Elite Dangerous: Horizons expansion pass on PC.
          • With the launch of The Engineers on Tuesday, we wanted to celebrate with a launch livestream. We’ll be inviting a number of Elite Dangerous developers to come and chat on the stream during the expected server down time on the day. Join us from 1PM BST on May 26 on our official YouTube channel.
        • Get specific mods by ‘Calling in Favours’ with Engineers – Quote from Sandy

 

  • “Hello Commanders!
    For the clarity!
    When you call in a favour – YOU GUARANTEE THE EXPERIMENTAL EFFECT YOU WANT *and* YOU GUARANTEE THAT THIS EFFECT IS GENERATED FOR THE UPGRADE . Nothing in this procedure is random .

    This is regardless of what the crafting process initially resulted in.

    For example, if you did not get an experimental effect – calling in a favour gives you the one you want.

    On the other hand, if you generated an experimental effect that you did not want – calling in a favour gives you the one you want.

    Also, this option is available AFTER you have generated an upgrade, so you can decide whether you want to call in a favour after you have seen what the primary and side effect results were.”

 

  • Main Discussion
    • Rise To Power: Dangerous Games, WILDCARD CORRECTION
    • From ZAC
      • Basically EG pilots aren’t through to the final. The top 5 from the votes will have a mini CG tournament and the winner will go through to the final.
      • – EG Pilots – 25.5
      • – Wolves of Jonai – 15.5%
      • – Adle’s Armada Coalition – 15.3%
      • – Black Birds Squadron – 10.7%
      • – United German Commanders Coalition – 9%
      • – The Imperial Inquisition – 8.5%
      • – Achenar Immortals Coalition – 7.3%
      • – Planet Express – 3.6%
      • – Black Omega – 2.3%
      • – Pileus Libertas – 1.6%
      • – Battle Vortex – 0.7%
    • Truckers and Pirates beta CG Snafu
    • Elite Dangerous due this week RPS Article
  • Community Corner

McLave Radio McEpisode 109

Engineers Base

Beta 2.1 updates continue and McColin Ford leads a McScottish episode with McPsykokow and McDave McHughes for chat about beta and the RPG Elite Encounters…

Aired 17th May 2016
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Crew Members

Chief Archivist : Colin Ford : Cmdr PheonixDFire
Chief Bar Steward : Grant Woolcott : Cmdr Psykokow
Special Guest: Dave Hughes


Show Notes:

  • Development News
    • Beta 2.1.4 Patch Notes
    • Beta 2.1.5 Patch Notes
      • LOTS OF BUG FIXES
        • Grants picks
        • Comms chat history no longer disappears
        • For piracy flag targets, if the target is not a mission target, check if it has a leader and whether that leader is a mission target
        • Add a faction government test so the pesky democracies don’t make my greedy corporation shout “For Democracy!”
        • Fix the method that determines whether we can see planetary missions
        • Added popup explaining where pinned recipes can be found
        • Recipes should now be referred to as blueprints
        • Stop hitmen being sent after the player for no reason
        • Rebalance the tutorials to be reasonable with the new AI
        • Adjusted the shield-down flee behaviour to be less frustrating
        • Everybody docked at Jaques Station has retreated to a safer distance
        • – Fixed issues with recalled ships boosting when trying to land
        • Everybody docked at Jaques Station has retreated to a safer distance
  • – Feedback tweaks to torpedos:
    • – Torpedos now have a 2.5 second arming time rather than their previous 0.5 second. When hitting a target before arming they will deal no damage and self destruct in a small puff
    • – Torpedos now inherit the speed of their launching ship for the first few seconds of flight, before dropping to a 250m/s cruising speed. These two changes give them an effective minimum range of about 700m+ depending on ship speeds, and also means that you won’t be running into the back of your own torpedos!
    • Halve firing heat from missiles
      • Could this mean stealth missile boats?
    • – Added ship voice notification when a mission specific USS has spawned
      • Nice to get an audio cue for it
  • Newsletter 124
    • “From the desk of lead designer Sandro Sammarco”:  is very interesting
  • Main Discussion
    • Rise To Power: Dangerous Games, WILDCARD vote is over
  • URGENT CORRECTION TO SHOW (from the desk of Zac Antonaci)
    • EG pilots aren’t straight through to the final. The top 5 from the votes will have a mini CG tournament and the winner of that will go through to the final.

For the past week player factions have been campaigning for your votes in the first stage of the Dangerous Games to decide which five groups will battle it out in a mini-series of CGs in their bid to become an official Power in the game.

      • The results have been counted and checked and they are as follows:
      • – EG Pilots – 25.5
      • – Wolves of Jonai – 15.5%
      • – Adle’s Armada Coalition – 15.3%
      • – Black Birds Squadron – 10.7%
      • – United German Commanders Coalition – 9%
      • – The Imperial Inquisition – 8.5%
      • – Achenar Immortals Coalition – 7.3%
      • – Planet Express – 3.6%
      • – Black Omega – 2.3%
      • – Pileus Libertas – 1.6%
      • – Battle Vortex – 0.7%

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for voting, and all of the groups for their amazing effort! We will have more news on the next phase of the games shortly where the qualified groups will be looking for your help to complete the Community Goals and help their campaign.

Lave Radio Episode 108

Engineers Base

Beta 2.1 is Live and Cmdr Fozza Bangs his wrench against the new features. Thankfully our Special Guest Obsidian Ant is able to help him hit the appropriate things!

Aired 10th May 2016
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Crew Members

2nd Technician : Chris Forrester : Cmdr Fozza
Head of Health and safety : Ben Moss Woodwood : Cmdr Eid LeWeise
Chief Archivist : Colin Ford : Cmdr PheonixDFire
Special Guest: Obsidian Ant


Show Notes:

  • Squadron Paint Packs added then pulled and then re-added 🙂

  • 2.1 Patch Notes

    • Loot
    • Engineers
    • Overhaul Feedback Cascade: Now rather than breaking the shields, will inhibit the shield cell to only heal 10% of what it otherwise would do, and will deal direct damage to the shield cell bank equal to half the weapon damage
    • Hyperspace is now much bigger to accommodate large ships —- WTF?!
    • What about moving to an already owned ship in the shipyard?
    • Need to look for this….
    • Makes scooping the stuff that drops ‘interesting’ since of course it’s falling to the ground!
    • New features in 2.1
      • Is loot the ‘materials’ that drop when you kill someone?
      • Data Materials and ‘Physical’ Materials
    • New Mission Board
      • “If there are no missions, give text which tells players what other things they could do to help”
    • New Outfitting Screen
    • Stuff to do in Ice Rings
      • Various Resource Zones
      • Bounty Hunting
    • Updates to the Galaxy Map
      • Bookmarks
      • (Known?) Engineer bases
      • Community Goals
      • Faction States
    • New Weapons
      • Huge Beam Laser
      • Huge Pulse Laser
      • Huge Multi Cannon
      • Large Mult Cannon
      • New art for our guns
    • Improved AI
      • So far Elite ships seem to want to run away when their shields go down, then come back in when they are back up. — Ben
      • Lots of complaints on the Forums that the AI has become too hard. I got a shock when my A rated FDL got owned by a Expert Python. Going to make the grind getting to Combat Elite a lot more difficult because only pilots above your rank and one below count towards your Pilot rating. – C.
    • XBox 1
      • Can now get skins from the store
      • Private Groups
    • Misc
      • “NPC encounters can occur near planet surfaces”
      • “Shipping lanes are created between the primary star, stations, and planets with settlements.”
      • Can scan nav beacons now – (Already done this – Very useful – C)
      • “Allow cargo to be transferred to a newly bought ship, if it has adequate cargo space”
    • Bug Fixes
      • What is “Fix Goliath crime component crash”?
      • “Change the default number of items per page in Exploration selling from 20 to 50 following from server-side optimisations that make this plausible”
      • “Added suspension travel prediction to SRV physics” — No idea what this means but it sounds awesome!
    • New (very valuable) stuff can be mined
  • 2.1.3 Patch Notes

  • 2.1 ‘Known Issues’

  • Beta Phases

  • Newsletter 123

    • “If you don’t already have beta access, Horizons owners can upgrade by visiting the Frontier store for only $9.99, €9.49, £6.99 or 562 Rubles.”
  • Beta Feedback Livestream

    • Mike Brookes has (MORE) info in newsletter
    • What is mayhem?
      • Unlock ‘all upgrades for modules’
      • All we need is fish to get them
      • Needed because lots of experimental effects that do crazy stuff… FD just can’t test EVERY combination. Need us to game the system and try to break things 🙂
    • Questions
      • How Does this benefit exploration
        • Better armor, hull so less damage etc
      • Can we see the Stats of a crafted upgrade
        • It’s in the list
      • Should Pirates be so interested in Limpets
        • NO
      • Pin > 1 recipe / engineer
        • Not for now
      • Reputer (spelling!) Laser (Heat through shields laser)
        • It should be working now!
        • Seem some ships going to 8000% heat which is a ‘bit op’ 🙂 Adding in Diminishing Returns from heat by multiple weapons but they don’t want to instantly boil you up if you avoid heat / use heat syncs etc.
      • AI Running away
        • Been fixed but not in yet
      • Why no enhanced thrusters in space
        • Engineers for Horizons only – 😛
      • Bookmarks
        • Sorting? Better sorting and filtering in the future…
      • Are all mods 1-5
        • Not ALL modules have ALL grades
        • Will be added to
        • Get off the fence and make a decision to buy or not buy!
      • In general higher ranks better modules
      • What works to improve your rep with engineers?
        • FD are looking into it, maybe using combat / bounty vouchers etc….
      • What does major fac rep have?
        • It acts as a modifier to all associated factions
      • Why no class 4 lasers
        • Coming ‘soon’ – hopefully!!!
      • Can we get large / huge missile racks?
        • Not at the moment – FD don’t want to give missiles LOADS more ammo
        • Please test missiles
      • Point Defence vs ECM
        • Point defence is where they want it
        • ECM needs work but they’re working on it no eta etc…
      • Will we give cannons a look?
        • YES Cannons will be getting a buff
          • Increased speed
          • Increased damage at distance
          • Increase ‘hardness’ i.e better vs large ships
          • Increase penetration – i.e. more dps to modules
      • More info on planet scans and stuff
        • Really cool ideas will be revisited later but Sandy can’t say 🙂
      • Why does the System map take so long to open?
        • Because it’s having to work out all the stars and planets
        • It’s a bug bear of Sandy’s too
      • Increase the speeds of mission boards? (I.E. pre load when you land)
        • Sandy will try to find out
      • Please give Single Skin for all types rather than multiple skins / ship
        • Not Sandy’s remit but valid question
      • Bookmarks infinite plotting bug
        • Sandy isn’t sure but will look into
      • Why can we enter any hanger in our SRV and then teleport to OUR hanger?
        • Because finding the right hanger is hard and NOT fun.
      • Sandy is a cat person 🙂
      • Will materials be added to commodity markets?
        • Some are
        • You can also get them from missions
      • Why is it called Recipes?
        • They will be renamed with something more appropriate!
      • Has the heat gen from firing weapons made it into CQC too?
        • Yes – but FD are watching it
      • Less Heat Sync makes it harder to use SCBs
        • Yes that’s deliberate
      • There is some method as to where you can find materials.
        • FD will add the ability to ‘interrogate’ materials to HELP find out where you can find them.
      • FD will ‘munge’ some of the lower resources to there’s not so many of them makes lower recipes easier
      • SRV Mods?
        • Not at the moment
      • NPCs using SRVs
        • Big work but not at the moment
      • AI Changes
        • Hope ppl think it’s better
        • Lower should be about same as b4
        • Higher should be harder
        • Should stop running away so much
        • FD are adding alternative behaviour to make it more fun
      • Drop out distance is based on how far from a grav well you are
      • Can we get smart collector limpets to discard some stuff
        • NO but it’s a good idea
      • Engineers further out
        • No comment
      • More syntheses recipes
        • Yes – chaff, heat sync etc
      • Collapse Mechanic in PP?
        • Sandy doesn’t know but it’s being looked at.
      • Engineer Qualifications are retroactive so we’ll have a bunch to look at when 2.1 hits. But rem some engineers invite you to others.
      • Engineer mod to increase limpets?
        • Not yet
      • Storage for modules?
        • Hopefully in season 2
      • Plasma Accelerator mods?
        • More coming

Community Corner

Lave Radio Episode 107

Engineers Base

Our Head of Station Entertainment takes us through technical difficulties, trumble attacks and all the recent Elite News as we prepare for Engineers!

Aired 3rd May 2016
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Crew Members

Station Commander : Chris Jarvis : Cmdr Thane
Head of Health and safety : Ben Moss Woodwood : Cmdr Eid LeWeise
Chief Archivist : Colin Ford : Cmdr PheonixDFire
Chief Barsteward: Grant Woolcott : Cmdr Psykokow


Show Notes:

Development News

  • On the Horizon – Countdown to The Engineers Beta Livestream: Part 3 with Mark Allen (Sr Programmer) and Sandy Samarco

  •  How an Engineer works

    • Gather stuff
    • Resources
      • Salvage
      • Data from scanning  (planets and beacons in space)
      • Mining
      • Materials have ‘context’, which should be obvious. I.E. Scan wakes may give you FSD ‘stuff’
      • Also from missions
      • We can swap commodities or sell them
    • Take it to engineer
    • Get Cool stuff
  • Looking to reduce the effectiveness of silent running

    • Less effective in prolonged combat
    • When you fire a weapon you will build a lot of heat if you are in silent running
    • Something with heat syncs ammo but missed what?!
  • 1 engineer is interested in long range travel. I.E. once you’ve gone a certain distance out they will contact you (or something!)
    • Then we need to ‘prove our worth’
  • Videos

    • Road to Beta – The Dweller Base Approach and WIP Crafting
      • Meeting an engineer
      • New docking voice
      • New docking bay
      • Engineers Workshop
      • Gambling
      • Design Decision – chance isn’t bad so long as it’s controlled. Not as random as ppl may think, quite constrained and still being tweaked.
      • Long Range Damage! (plus beam that helps you regen shields AFTER combat)
    • Road to Beta – Mass Lock Torpedo
      • A Modified Torpedo that stopped the ship from Escaping (Basically mass lock)
      • Currently only on torpedos
      • Torpedos are getting slower BUT much more dangerous
      • So better against bigger ships
    • Road to Beta – Shift Lock Canister
      • Mines
        • Clipper flies over and escaping T9 drops mine and forces the FSD to reboot
        • Kills flight assist so you’re tumbling in space
        • Ed emphasises that EVERYTHING NEEDS BALANCE
    • Road to Beta – Phasing Sequence Beam Laser
      • Phasing Sequence
        • Shoots through shields and causes hull damage!
        • Doesn’t cause module damage
  • Questions

    • Engineers bases are ‘all’ unique
    • Sandy doesn’t see why ‘Theorycrafting’ is dead since random is in ranges
    • Will Engineers Hate Other Engineers? Not Directly
    • Will some engineers be more difficult to rep with – yes. Harder engineers get more exciting ‘stuff’
    • Will we get specially modified shields?
      • Yes upgrade
      • No ‘special’ effects – at the moment being looked at
    • Will we get Ice Resource Extraction Sites?
      • Absolutely – lovely place to BH
    • Will ship manoeuvrability be enhanced?
      • Absolutely
    • Will Engineer Bases have Outfitting?
      • Yes – but limited stock
    • Ram Scans have been fixed by SJA 🙂
    • Explorer Mods
      • Increase Jump Range
      • Reduce Power
      • Loads more spoke too fast!
    • Will they be available to Power Play Modules?
      • Yes lots and lots of heat
    • Mine Love
      • Relatively small but VERY SCARY Special Effects
    • Is Engineered equipment as reliable as normal equipment?
      • They are JUST as reliable as normal stuff
    • Engineers will temporarily deny you if you piss them off
    • The base is a new icon in the galaxy map that we will see once it’s known
    • Upgrading an upgraded module – removes the existing upgrade
    • Will we see modified stuff on target ships?
      • Currently we can see modified but not what it is
    • Insurance replaces the modified component. So buy back gives you YOUR mod back
    • Engineers will use mods
    • High level AI will hurt and Sandy thinks they’ve succeeded….
      • Low level AI are less so kinda
      • Lots of bugs fixed
    • No module storage in 2.1 but something FD want to do and there are ways we can transfer modules between ships
    • Ship Transportation is coming too (with usual caveats)
    • SCB upgrades?
      • Most modules have recipes
      • More material storage
      • FD will see currently 300 stuff 100 data
    • Illegal Mods?
      • Currently no but good idea
    • Colourblind settings
      • Sandy doesn’t know
    • Ship Storage Hard limit > 29 ships in 1 station
      • It’s server side Mark doesn’t know
    • If we just bump into an engineer’s base (without an invite)  will they let us dock?
      • NO THEY WILL SHOOT YOU
    • We can now touch down gracefully without damaging our hull!
    • Can we influence the random chance? – i.e use ‘better than required stuff’
      • Not at the moment but maybe
    • Can we create blue prints
      • No – currently 54 recipes with 5 tiers
    • Changes to missiles
      • Inc damage to shields
      • Inc guidance
      • 95% hit rate against eagle
      • Hits hull deals damage + external module in blast radius
      • Doesn’t ‘hit’ cargo hatches
      • 1 Torp to an anaconda nuked the engines and the point defence
    • How will beta work?
      • Will be in phases
      • Phase 1 – Have access to ‘some things’ Start getting in touch with engineers, collecting resources etc.
      • Phase 2 – called ‘Mayhem’ – Try to make every have access to everything very cheap and GO WILD
        • FD Want us to do insane stuff and ‘break’ stuff 😀
        • Change log is fucking massive
    • Beta will be starting Thursday 5th May
      • MB says please be patient, Ed suggests taking Friday off 😉

 

  • Newsletter 122

  • XB1

    • Elite Dangerous: Horizons for Xbox One will launch in quarter two of 2016, featuring both 2.0: Planetary Landings and the forthcoming 2.1: The Engineers expansions.
  • Engineers

    • Descriptions of Engineers
    • Where to find Engineers
    • Engineers each have their own surface bases. These are quite different from surface starports. Many began as secret bases, embedded deep in the rock, but as their bases grew they became bigger and bolder, in some cases smelting their own ore – something very hard to hide from space!
    • How to ‘use’ an engineer
      • Make them like you.
      • The ore the like you the more stuff they offer to make. (Called Blueprints)
      • Get the Reagents
      • Make it – Actual attributes are random within a range.
      • Accept or Reject it and try again (assuming you have the resources)
    • What else?
      • As well as crafting upgrades, some have their own stock of specialist equipment, such as Professor Palin and his recent development of the corrosion resistant cargo racks that can safely carry the elusive alien artefact
  • More Engineer Mods

    • Phasing Sequence
      • Modulating Burst Fire System designed to defeat shielding. A small amount of thermal damage is able to bleed through shields and attack the target’s hull directly.
    • Emissive Munitions
    • Modified Warheads capable of enveloping a target with energetic particles. Successful strikes to shield or hull dramatically increase the target vessels signature.
      Example Video

Lave Radio Episode 106

Ice Mining

Station Commander Stroud takes us through a busy weeks worth of updates and even more exciting reveals, we also have answers from Zac Antonaci from last weeks show to go through.. a real bumper episode.

Aired 26th April 2016
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Crew Members

Station Commander : Allen Stroud :
Head of Health and safety : Ben Moss Woodwood : Cmdr Eid LeWeise
Chief Archivist : Colin Ford : Cmdr PheonixDFire


Show Notes:

  • Development News

  • Newsletter 121

    • Missions
      • We can now see what they look like
      • Characters are persistent and interact with you differently depending on your status with them (I.E. Pilots Fed Ranking, Ranking within the local authority etc)
      • Failing a mission can decrease ranking (so be warned Fozza!)
      • As well as credits we can get hidden data caches, commodities, and materials.
      • Improved showing you the impact of your mission
    • Community Goals
      • Can now have lists of items to get
      • Marker visible in the galaxy map
    • Missiles get an overall improvement
      • Now do area effect damage to external modules
    • Ice Mining
      • New commodities like methanol monohydrate crystals and low temperature diamonds can be found and mined within the ice rings.
      • New Materials can also be found
    • Traffic Control
      • They assign a call sign automatically to all ships – this is formed from the ship manufacturer and the first three characters of your commander name.
    • Incendiary Rounds
      • Thermal kinetic rounds 😀
    • Feedback Cascade
      • Shoot whilst a Shield Cell is activated and instantly break the shield
    • Lots of Base Porn 🙂
  • On the Horizon – Countdown to The Engineers Beta Livestream: Part 2 with Ed and Michael Brookes

    •  Michael is looking suitably bearded 🙂

    • Bookmarks

      • Good Quality of life feature
      • MB Teasing about news from Shinrarta Dezhra
    • Map States

      • Available States
        • None
        • Anarchy (isn’t a state??? Could be a bug!)
        • War
        • Lockdown
        • Civil Unrest
        • Civil War
        • Boom
        • Expansion
        • Bust
        • Outbreak
        • Famine
        • Election
        • Also sneaky CG icon
      • Basically trying to make ‘finding things’ more obvious
    • Regeneration Sequence

      • Green beam
      • Transferring Energy from Weapons to wingman’s shields
      • Need to be winged up
      • Need to still have a working shield!
      • MB mentions other modules can be modified too
      • MB We’ll be doing a biiiiig dump on Engineers in about 2 weeks time
      • MB likes that this can add other strategies for people to employ
      • Visual FX of weapons scale depending on power etc
    • Huge Multicannon

      • Looks to me more like a rapid cannon from CQC
      • Doesn’t have the ‘ratt a tatt tatt’ the Multicannons do
    • Huge Beam Laser

      • Can be gimballed too
      • Why does it have recoil?!?!
      • Lovely detail as it heats up!
    • Thermal Shock

      • Delivers heat into your target
      • Compounds heat damage
      • Can fire disabling shots
      • Can be applied to any energy weapon
    • Force Shell

      • Ed’s favourite (and Ben’s!)
      • Dependant on the ship’s mass and makes the ships loose control
    • Outfitting

      • Always wanted to improve the screen!
      • Filters on top left
      • ALL the stats (squeeeee) (under read more)
      • Nice graphs showing the comparison
      • Better navigation, layout just quality of life goodness
    • Questions

      • Q: CMDR Heisenberg B. Damned
        The newsletter said:
        “human-created POIs will also not be encountered as far out from human space as they are at the moment”
        I think that’s pretty welcome but are there going to be no POI’s when far away from the bubble or are we going to be getting different POI’s if out exploring?
        If different do you have any hints on what non human-created POI’s will contain?
      • A: Finding ‘tea’ is maybe excessive whilst out in the black and shouldn’t find human rubbish so far out.
        • Lost diamondback is part of “the missing”
        • Natural POIs
        • ‘Other stuff’ that MB isn’t allowed to talk about!
      • Q: Imeraxes
        Any news about POI in space like Antares wreckship, whith may be, CQC asset ?
        Cheers, CMDR Iméraxes
      • A: Still looking at using CQC structures in the main game but NOT part of 2.1
      • Q: Alec Turner
        “Scanning a nav beacon will give Commanders the exploration data for the system (if you don’t already have it).” – does that mean we no longer need to carry a discovery scanner in order to get data for systems with nav beacons?
      • A: Yes
        • FD Always wanted to do more with Nav Beacons
        • Doesn’t supplant Exploration Data
        • Only within populated space
        • MB Always has a scanner because you never know…
        • Ed too
        • If you’re on a mission the nav beacon can point you in the right direction. You can find the body the mission can be fulfilled at then need to search that planet / moon.
      • Q: Barking_Mad
        As well as the graphical improvements to the ring systems, has any further work been done on planetary surfaces?
      • A: Rings improved distance as well as up close
        • Updated surface terrain system (higher res AND better performance)
        • Lessons learned from the past
      • Q: sensai25
        Are enemy ships limited around bases to attack ?
      • A: No but you’re more likely to encounter them around existing ‘stuff’
        • Got ways to deal with ‘rocket spam’
        • Can encounter ships flying from one base to another
        • Looking to increase security response where appropriate
      • Q: M4rt1n
        In the beta before the release of ED there were cool weapon variants, like overcharged, low-heat, focused, high-impact etc. which somehow disappeared upon release. Will the engineers’ crafting options somehow re-introduce these variants, or will there be totally different?
      • A: These variants are no longer compatible with Engineers and will no longer be in game at all
        BUT you can do much better cool cool stuff with Engineers
      • Q: Bliss
        Will the new Ship AI be able to handle canyon flight on a planet’s surface?
      • A: Yes, I’ve seen them do just that, but sometimes they’re better than we are!
      • Q: Arubeto
        Newsletter 120: “For Commanders who prefer to roam the galaxy looking for wars, the Pilots Federation has upgraded the GalNet system, so Commanders using 2.1 AND 1.6 will have a ‘state’ filter in the galaxy map which will highlight if a system is at war, or suffering a famine, or some other situation Commanders want information about.”

        I think this has lead to some misunderstandings. Can you confirm that the exploration data acquired this way can’t be sold, but only gives you the information about the system (therefore imitating the process of buying exploration data about a system from Universal Cartographics instead of imitating exploring as system manually?
      • A: Yes it does, it can not be sold.
      • Q: ape808
        About the new Galaxy map filters:
        Since we will be able to filter for system states (boom/famine/war etc), will these be having more effect on gameplay? I think it may have been mentioned during the Trading livestream that the devs were considering giving states more of an impact on markets and the missions available. Is this the case for 2.1 and can you give a bit more detail if so?
      • A: Yes, we’re pushing the effects that states will have. Will drive missions, affect traffic, affect commodity prices (this is exaggerated)
      • Q: DarkMatterGenerator
        “Scanning a nav beacon will give Commanders the exploration data for the system (if you don’t already have it).”

        How did this decision arise- what is the gameplay and design thought behind it since it really changes a basic function in game from 1.5 years of play?
      • A: Always been a need to do something with nav beacons, it’s just ‘filling in those blanks’
      • Q: CMDR Dana Jessica Booth
        Which ships exactly will be getting the ‘drives’ upgrade. Does this mean FSD or Thrusters?

        Just the sidewinder? All ships that equip class 1-3 thrusters?
        If its thrusters will any of these changes come over into the cqc flight model?

        Also regarding 2.1 will someone take another pass at the Cobra mk4 and give it the massive speed buff it needs? (it’s currently slower than a T-7…)
      • A: Sizes 2 and 3 (MB thinks!) very much enhanced performance – still needs some tweaking
        • Makes smaller ships a lot of fun to play in
        • Racing with more speed is more fun!
        • Prices will be not tremendously expensive but gotta rem this is the ultimate upgrade for that slot, so…
      • Q: ape808 (again)
        Will the AI ships near the surface apply to the full range of low to high-G bodies?

        If so, were there any special considerations the AI devs had to take to get the ships to behave well in high-G conditions?
      • A: they are very wary and won’t even attempt some of the high g worlds. Some ships can handle High G worlds better than others
      • Q: Dave G
        Within the new mission system, will there also be changes to support “Navy” missions for the players who are focussed on naval progression? Also, will mission successes result in the introduction to other missions or mission givers?
      • A: Will go into more detail in the news letter. MB REALLY wants to see a career in the military but will live with this for now.
        You develop a relationship with mission givers who give you better and better missions. Also your Pilots Fed Ranking counts on how they talk to you.
      • Twitch Questions
        • AI Improvements – Yes they can fly in atmosphere – be careful!
        • SRV types not for 2.1
        • Hopefully better performance on lower end machines
        • NPC WILL use these modified weapons
        • Ctrl options screen gets a good revamp too
        • X-Box players hugely extended options (as covered last week)
      1. Cmdr Spike wants to know if he can have pink lasers come 2.1.
        1. No nothing in pink but mining laser is close. No rainbows!
      2. Will there be improved In game Player Group support? (basically guilds!!!)
        1. No specific functionality in 2.1. Longer term things they’d like to do.
      3. Will there be ‘wing missions’?
        1. Not in 2.1 but nothing to talk about just now
      4. Will player actions lead to procedurally generated missions? I.E. player A discovers something ‘interesting’ and reports that to Station B. Station B and radiating out starts generating missions related to said found thing.
        1. Not in the way that this covers but see the comments from Thursday 21st + see this Thursday’s stream
      5. PLEASE can we have a reason to go to Ice Rings?
        1. Yes
      6. Conflict zones at interesting locations!
        1. Not in 2.1. On going process maybe in the future
      7. Can we fly through asteroids? Also REALLY big Asteroids 🙂
        1. See the wish list!
      8. More life in the universe! I.E. Ships preparing at stations etc?
        1. Would love to have more life in certain ways. Some stuff Zac can’t talk about. Also stuff in 2.1 i.e. traffic lanes etc. On going process
      9. More tools to interact with the environment? I.E. with the Barnacles all we can really do is shoot them!!!
        1. Watch this space for more things to do with Barnacles
      10. Communicate with NPCs (I.E. demand them to stand down)
        1. Definitely somewhere on the list and being considered
      11. Will we ever get a ‘call for help’ implement feature?
        1. The chat view and the auto responses from systems (and this will be updated in 2.1)  A lot of thought a lot of balance
      12. What does retreat mean for the BGS?
        1. MB will be talking about this ‘quite shortly’
      13. More specific examples of changes to crime and punishment. I.E. stations refusing to let you dock.
        1. Something the dev team have looked at and engaged quite deeply with the community for. However this all takes time.
      14. Will the AI ‘cheat’ less? I.E. No more firing 6 beam lasers at you from an Eagle whilst next to a sun!
        1. The AI doesn’t cheat very much even now.Only a very few instances of ‘cheating’ all done for gameplay but for the most part the AI’s equipment functions the same as a player characters.  AI Can overheat and does regulate itself.
      15. Will there be improvements to the the High Level AI? I.E. make Reidquat SCARY
        1. We’ll see some love in 2.1. The mistress has done a lot of work
      16. Will we see more A or B CGs? I.E. Faction A wants to build a ship. Faction B wants to stop that.
        1. Look at the Dangerous Games for good examples tug of war CGs 🙂
    • CMDR  Daddy baddy – I have a discussion point for 106. How long do we think the horizons season will be? If say 2.1 and 1.6 are released after beta in June. And we assume that season 3 starts Xmas 2016 … That means 2.2, 2.3 and perhaps the unconfirmed 2.4 being squashed into 6 months!
    • Glenn Frank –  when season three rolls out… will people get all that is in horizons too with purchase of season three? does not matter to me cause I bought the lifetime but… wondering”
      1. Ben’s Ideas –
        Elite Dangerous: Walkies for 24.99
        Elite Dangerous: Horizons for 9.99
        Elite Dangerous: For 9.99

        or maybe just
        Elite Dangerous: Walkies for 24.99
        Elite Dangerous: Other Stuff for 19.99

        Naturally we will also get
        Elite Dangerous Mongo Pack for 39.99 which has everything in it
  • Shoutouts
    • On the Horizon – Countdown to The Engineers Beta Livestream: Part 2
    • UNCLE ART – THE FILM  Passed its goal of £8000 and ends on Thursday!
      • Stretch Goal!

        OK, so I have to be careful how I word this as I can’t give too much away without spoiling it… We want to do an extra segment in the film that will involve a part of a certain person’s history. (No prizes for guessing who.) The segment is about a part of his career that has been captured on film. And it’s a corker! But we need to buy the rights to the footage. This is going to cost us an extra £2,500 for commercial use, so if we reach £10,500 by Thursday night we can buy this and it will be truly awesome. Also, if we can raise the extra cash, we have secured a location to film in which is almost just as exciting (it involves somewhere Charlie Chaplin used to live). I know this seems a bit cloak and dagger but when you see the segment in the finished film you’ll immediately understand the reason for the secrecy – and know that you made it possible! If we can do this, it’s going to add extra footage to the film, which had previously been thought lost! It will also raise the film’s exposure even more, and push it out to an even wider audience – and that could be a really, really good thing.

        Once again I just want to say a massive thanks to everyone for your support! Still 2 days to go so let’s see where that can take us 🙂
      1. TINYURL.COM/uncleartfilm pleasure
    • Shout out to Cmdr Yan and his mam (Allen for actual wording!)
    • Can we have a shout out to Cmd Sansemin for helping Fozza do a stealing mission for LRN 😀
    • https://vimeo.com/108650530 (Wanderers Short Film)

 

 

Lave Radio Episode 105

Starting Line 2

 

Chris is back with Zac Antonaci to go through the amazing amount of information regarding the upcoming updates and reveals from the last week.

Aired 20th April 2016
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Crew Members

2nd Technician : Chris Forrester : Cmdr Fozza
Head of Health and safety : Ben Moss Woodwood : Cmdr Eid LeWeise
Head of operations Lave Station : John Stabler : Cmd Glyndwrr
Chief Barsteward : Grant Woolcott : Cmdr Psykokow
Station Guest : Zac Antonaci


Show Notes:

  • Development News
    • I am delighted to announce The Engineers (Elite Dangerous 2.1) will be available to players with beta access in the week ending 8th May.”
    • Is this a hint at an engineer’s location? – In the Galnet Press Release on the well renown Unknown Artifact researcher Ishmael Palin??
      (Play clip)
    • “I fully intend to continue researching the Unknown Artefacts and meta-alloys, albeit in a more inconspicuous fashion, at my personal research centre on Maia A 3 a. Those who wish to visit me there are very welcome to do so. There is nothing I enjoy more than spending time with those who share my interests!”
    • THE ENGINEERS BETA RELEASE DATE AND ELITE DANGEROUS 1.6
    • Elite Dangerous Xbox One News
      • Localisation (French, German and Russian)
      • Private Groups using your Gamer Tag.
        • I have to ‘follow’ Ed and once I am following him I can ask to join his group.
        • Both open and closed PGs
      • Extras i.e. skins etc.
        • You purchase Frontier Points and then spend them.
      • XB1 Stream with Gary Richards Summary by ‘The Sisko’
        • XB1 planet textures have been improved for 1.6
          • GR: “A great summary, but to be clear I said that XB1 planet textures have been improved for 1.6, and we have improved the PC quality as well. “
        • XB1 Dev. build shown had new ED logo on game start-up AND Horizons background on menu screen!
        • CQC Arena (standalone) is coming to Xbox
        • Major announcement on the Horizon(s) incoming for XB1 version.
        • Players who purchased ED on XB1 as part of the Game Preview Program will have free access to a free GPP Decal.
        • Paint jobs, Private Groups and Custom Controls coming in XB1 in 1.6
        • Paint jobs are purchased using Frontier points and purchased from the Frontier store (via Microsoft Edge browser in dev. build).
        • For private groups to work on XB1, you have to follow/be-friend someone (like Twitter).
        • FD monitor the custom controls thread on the ED XB1 forum and have already made enhancements based on suggestions in that thread.
        • From 1.6 onwards, the plan is that PC and XB1 code builds will be in-sync -easier for FD to build and deploy, and results in potentially quicker feature deployment for XB1 players.
        • Balancing huge weapons was straightforward.
          • All weapon balances were worked out months ago. ‘All’ that needed to be done was have the larger weapons implemented.
        • One of the reasons for the delay for 1.6 was that the game was restructured, in part due to bringing Horizons on XB1.
        • Changes to the bulletin board in 1.6 will make finding wide variety of missions easier.
        • Cross play – FD want everyone to play together in same galaxy, some of that is in the same now (CG goals, First Discovered).
        • XB1 Elite Controller – paddles will be partially re-mappable. Ditto chatpad buttons – but there are default MS binding restrictions to consider.
        • New achievements on the way for XB1.
        • Bulletin board avatars on the way for XB1/1.6, as per PC.
        • Debug Camera in super-cruise is one of the features on the to-do list.
        • Community factions might be able to become a power (look for Rise to Power threads on the ED Forums). This is open to XB1 players as well as PC.
        • FD wants players to think of ED as one game, not “PC version” and “XB1 version”.
        • Gary says that you guys are a nice bunch of people.
      • The Dangerous Games: The Rise to Power!
        • Player Factions Becoming POWERS
        • The top five factions based on a mix of factors such as their expansion and influence will be competing against each other for the incredible honour of becoming the first ever player-created power in game! We’ve taken the top five player factions as they currently stand and these groups have already qualified for the event.
        • The five factions who have qualified for this event are as follows (In no perticular order)
          • Border Coalition [BC] (qualified faction – Dukes of Mikunn)
          • Social Eleu Progressive Party [SEPP]
          • Interstellar Communist Union [ICU]
          • Alliance Elite Diplomatic Corp [AEDC]
          • GalCop (qualified faction – Diamond Frogs)
        • Also included a Wildcard entry – People’s Choice
          • this faction will have earned their place in The Dangerous Games through their ability to rally Commanders to their cause.
          • Wildcard games to take place before the main Dangerous Games
          • There will be a CG for each competing group and their task is to ensure that the CG is completed or at a high tier than their competitors. Groups will be ranked each week and given points based on where they were placed for each CG. At the end of the four weeks one group will emerge victorious.
          • Everyone can get involved by either supporting or competing against any individual group or CG they wish. This means that every faction should be looking to gain support and favour with other Elite Dangerous Commanders and forge alliances to support their Rise to Power.
          • The Rise to Power four-week-long event is due to start on the 30th June 2016
      • Screenshot Competition
        • To submit your screenshots simply send them to community@frontier.co.uk with the subject title ‘Galaxy In Frame Screenshot Competition’.
        • The competition closes on May 26th, with the initial 10 images being put to a community vote the following w/c May 30th.
    • Newsletter 120
      • Enhanced Starport Outfitting
        • New Weapons and Drives
          • Huge Beam Laser
          • Huge Pulse Laser
          • Huge Multi-Cannon
          • Large Multi-Cannon
          • Faulcon de Lacey have introduced performance enhanced size 2 and 3 drives
        • Enhanced System States Feed on Galaxy Map
        • More Surface Encounters
        • Enhanced NPCs
        • Engineer Archive – Experimental Modifications 2
          • Overheating ships? Good anti stealth measure?
          • Could this by a nudge a ship out of a supercruise set up? Is it just a little nudge or does the pilot loose complete control?
          • This one could be the start of implementing the Holy trinity of Tank, DPS and Healer to Elite
    • Community Corner
      • Update on the Barnacles giving noises
      • Retraction – Cmdr Salome actually made it to Beagle Point under her own steam with no ‘rifts’ or ‘wormholes’ assisting her. (though Drew’s kids might have done some of the flying :D)
      • Final RPG/Miniatures playtest being Broadcast on Wednesday 20th April. This will be the last one until the RPG is published in July.
      • Sneak Peak Surface Navigation
        • Surface Racing overlay with checkpoints and navigation
    • Questions
      • Peter Wotherspoon asks I’d be interested to hear whether Sarah Jane Avory’s tweets about unleashing upgraded minions mean we’re going to need to treat solid squares on the radar with a bit more respect.
        • @SarahJaneAvory
          @LaveRadio My advice: if you see an Elite AI… I’d run… and run fast…
        • @SarahJaneAvory
          @ericlundgren5 @LaveRadio The new combat AI is better at everything… at the high ranks. Low ranks are much easier.
    • Shoutouts
      • On the Horizon – Countdown to The Engineers Beta Livestream: Part 1
      • UNCLE ART – THE FILM  currently needing £1,742  with 9 days to go
      • Shout out to Colin and Selezen Lake (aka Dave Hughes) who are play testing the ship to ship Combat Rules. https://www.twitch.tv/selezen for his live stream and they will be available on https://www.youtube.com/user/Hughesd73 after the show.

 

 

Lave Radio Episode 104

Starting Line 2

 

Ben takes Grant and Jarvis through the past few weeks for news letters as well as the recent community events

Aired 12th April 2016
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Crew Members

Head of Health and safety : Ben Moss Woodwood : Cmdr Eid LeWeise
Head of entertainment/strong> : Chris Jarvis : Cmdr Thane
Chief Barsteward : Grant Woolcott : Cmdr Psykokow


Show Notes:

  • Development News
    • Frontier keeping mum’s the word…. Still in their 6 week ‘nothing to see here’ mode… (2.1 ETA ‘May’)
    • Oculus
  • Newsletter 117 + 118 + 119
    • 117
      • Engineers Concept Art – looks like outposts for planets – be nice too see more concrete info though
      • Lost Winds Bobbleheads £5 each, Toku, Deo and Notea
      • Orion HCS voice pack (featuring william shatner)
      • Winners in the Gladiator Challenge
        • The 2 x Premium Elite Dangerous goodie bags, including a cap, a beanie, three faction mugs, and signed artwork went to CMDR Mad Anthony Wayne and Gabriel Case.
        • The 2 x Elite Dangerous: Horizons Season passes were snapped up by Wayne Youngblood and Bozakir
        • And the 1 x Every paint job in the Elite Dangerous store went to the extremely lucky CMDR Nollywood.
    • 118
    • 119
      • Next week, the newsletter will be hosted on the Elite Dangerous Community Site rather than sent directly into your email inboxes
      • Join the Elite on the Background Sim Thursday 14th April 19:00 BST
  • In game news
  • Main Discussion – Elite Meet Discussion ?
  • Community Corner
    • New Streams involving Dave Hughes Elite Encounters RPG, demonstrating the Vehicle Combat System (ie. the ship to ship combat). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IW8xm-MoEBo
    • The Rock Rats helping CMDR Frawd-Digger getting to Beagle Point in a non shielded Sidewinder!
    • Hutton Orbital Endurance Challenge
      • From Readdy’s Progress to Gooch’s Progress on the planet Cardinal in the Aparctias system a distance of 596km
      • 18 teams some individuals some teams of up to 6
      • ~ 50 ppl (54?)
      • Winner of both the Team and Solo challenges: in 5 hours!
        1 Team name: Team Mummy
        subhouse07 Team member 1: CMDR Brabston, Timmy
      • Amazing video of the “quick way” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3yuOkzc3b0
      • 2 Team Name: Redliners
        Player Group: Elite: Racers (ERF)
        Team member 1: [CMDR Deftin]
        Team member 2: [CMDR BlackMaze]
        Team member 3: [CMDR FierceFalcon]
        Team member 4: [CMDR Terrorsidic]
        Team member 5: [CMDR AlexRusich]
        Team member 6: [CMDR Rafi Long]
      • 3 Team Name: Cross Court
        Team member 1: Arsen Cross
        Team member 2: Jay See
      • 4 Team name: The Buckyball Racing Club
        Team member 1: Alec Turner
        Team member 2: Seneh
        Team member 3: Kliggish
        Team member 4: Ozric
        Team member 5: Furrycat
    • LAVECON 2016: please come to it.
    • Paladin Consortium Operation SRV A B C

Elite Meet 2016 Lave Report

New LR iTunes Cover

 

Episode 104 which we tried to record last night experienced technical melt down, however Chris Jarvis and Allen Stroud manage talk about their experiences with Elite Meet

Aired 5th April 2016
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