Lave Radio Breaks Elite Dangerous.. A new error code cursed players on Wednesday and it’s all Lave Radio’s fault
“Public reaction” to patch:
Alec Turner 1) giving a uniform model for cosmetic purchasing across all three platforms 2) allowing the store to be more easily integrated into the heart of the game by taking technical/legal coding complexities around actual financial transactions out of the equation 3) alleviating the not insignificant overhead of individual fees for numerous small financial transactions which make paying small amounts for things with credit cards not cost effective for Frontier (which thereby enables the purchase of individual paintjobs rather than whole packs a viable option)
Response to the Grind Question from Ryan P Bodfist :-
Hi Lave Radio Crew,
You asked for some feedback grind in ED – here’s my take…
ED is a great game and the ED Developers are incredibly good at what they do in so many respects so don’t want it become too much of a rant…. But there have been some odd decisions made in the game at times I feel….
In terms of grind – I’d break it down into 2 categories;-
Wild goose chases that make no sense.
Repetitious game loops that have no variation in Challenge
Wild goose chases that make no sense
Now there are wild goose chases that make sense – for example searching for Alien ruins etc – that’s fine. But here are some examples of the case in point – though there are others ;-
Searching for material traders. Firstly, it isn’t enjoyable to spend hours searching through probable systems where they might be – it’s simply not fun game play. Secondly, how does it make sense that material traders would not be advertising their location – they are selling a service and they want to make money. Why, why, mcwhy? (the last one was for the Scottish folk amongst the crew… ) It just feels like artificial difficulty for the sake of it. It becomes a grind. Furthermore – all people end up doing is using online resources to find them all – so it takes people out of the game as well and fails to achieve what it was trying to do anyway! Solutions:
Simply make them all visible in the galaxy map – I’ve still got to travel there after all
If you really insist on make some game play out of finding these then make information a commodity that can be gained from factions etc – give me a way of finding the information out that makes some kind of sense.
Randomly searching for ships and equipment
Why do I have to fly around and dock at each station to find out if they are selling the thing I want – It not believable and it isn’t fun game play. Again I have to go out of the game to get this information and I don’t want to do that.
Make this information visible to me within a radius in the game from stations.
Searching for materials.
Put some challenges in the game that make getting materials deterministic rather than just on a dice roll. I know missions do this to an extent, but I think there needs to be more ways. Make information a commodity – maybe a tip off on a base that has a stockpile of a particular materials that I can infiltrate. A tip off on a large ship giving me exactly what it’s carrying – so I don’t waste my time getting a criminal record and get none of the materials I wanted because of a dice roll.
That not to say get rid of the lucky dice roll way of getting this stuff as well – but make it more involving. For example, a random find in a salvage wreck gives me a document that details a site on a planet with loads of material x, or a base that I can infiltrate or a reward for rescuing a ship under attack, or perhaps when I hand in a rescued escape pod etc.
Only being able to pin one engineer blueprint…
I understand the limitation of not being able to get the engineer bonuses without visiting them – fine. But why can I only pin one blue print? Again – is it believable and does it improve gameplay? No and No. Just feels like an artificial restriction for no obvious gameplay benefit.
Repetitive game loops that have no variation in challenge
The other aspect of the game that I find “grindy” is the repetitious loops that offer no variation in challenge or game play. In short these become a grind not just because of the amount of times I have to do it but because there’s no variation in challenge – it gets dull pretty quick.
Missions get a bit “grindy” for me because they are just a bit of a forgone conclusion. Mostly they are go somewhere, evade the NPC interdictions (which I never fail – when was the last time you failed an NPC interdiction?). I never get anything I don’t expect, no variation in challenge – it all just feels like I just have to turn up. Because of this it becomes a grind just to get credits/materials rather than something that could be exiting and have some tension/emotional content at the same time.
More variety in challenge – keep me on my toes. Make NPC interdictions an actual threat. Get rid of no fire zones around anarchy stations so I can get attacked whilst I’m docking / un-docking in some cases – opt in risk isn’t risk…. I need to feel some emotion – some tension then its exiting – I need to feel I’m not totally safe at all times (Other than getting “Ganked” of course – but that’s not the kind of risk I’m looking for….)
Firstly, how am I supposed to know where these are in game? Secondly, why so far away? Why can’t I buy them for large amounts of money, or get them in other ways.
Hard missions perhaps when I become an ally with a faction etc. I hate having to do the same one or two things thing over and over and having to fly so far. Give me the option of harder less repetitive tasks to get this stuff – so I can choose the easy “grindy” way or several different hard challenging exciting ways – where there’s a real element of tension and risk (i.e. I accept I may fail but if I win it’s worth it…)
Anyway – that’s my 10p worth.
By the way – thanks for all the work in doing the Lave Radio show over the years its been running – much appreciated. Makes my drive into and out of Cambridge much less of a grind 🙂
Best Regards, Commander Ryan P Bodfirst
No response to the Question about Fleet Carriers? – CMDR Ade Mason in the Lave server:
“Do you guys think that the Fleet Carriers should be given free to Lifetime Expansion holders, like me, and I assume the both of you?”
Cmdr Ade Mason : “For my point and in addition, my understanding is that fleet carriers are almost a cosmetic, I know this was discussed in episode 257, so I don’t want to linger on it, I don’t think they’ll give any more than a transport/support option for your fleet of ships rather than having them stored at stations, also many players don’t play for credits, so they’d be priced out of potentially ever owning one if the hypothetical value of one is let’s say 5 billion for argument sake, it’ll then only be for the elite only players who already have billions, as the latest updates have been about getting new players into the game, I cannot see FDev releasing something that only a small percentage of players will afford to have access to! It’s not in keeping with the structure of the game, just some additional thoughts, so giving one free to a LEP holder wouldn’t be a game breaker, but would give them a nod and thanks for the support.”
New Question – Cmdr Thane didn’t realise that the ship compass could be used to locate his landing pad. What piece of functionality did you miss, until someone pointed it out to you? (And maybe needs to be included in the new Tutorials)?
I’m CMDR Wet Stapler and I run the Elite: Musicians group. We’re a bunch of space bards and we’re starting a big project to make a large album of music all about Elite: Dangerous. We would certainly appreciate a shoutout if you could spare us the time in an upcoming episode! If you do, please give them a link to our discord in the show notes: https://discord.gg/uaxqBKz Thanks for your time! Fly safe! And if you can’t do that, fly dangerous. CMDR Wet Stapler
Cmdr Plater will be doing his 24 hour Charity Stream in aid of the Britsh Thyroid Foundation (Plater has terminal Thyroid Cancer) on the 28th September from 12 midday. Lave Radio, Hutton Orbital Radio, The Buurs and many others will be there to support him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGBuea5fdJo