Lave Radio Episode 221: Danksgiving the Rats


Danksgiving the Rats

Aired 20 November 2018
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Crew Members
Head of health and safety : Ben Moss-Woodward – Cmdr Eid LeWeise
Chief Archivist : Colin Ford – Cmdr phoenix_dfire
Chief Bar Steward : Grant Woolcott – Cmdr Psykokow
(In)Human Resources Director : Shan – Cmdr Shanaeri
Lavian Space Program Director : Andy Barnes – Cmdr Kurgol
Deputy Trade Attaché : Souv – Cmdr Souvarine
Eastern Indian : Mack Winston

Show Notes

Lave Radio Episode 219: Boom


Boom

Aired 6 November 2018
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Crew Members
Head of health and safety : Ben Moss-Woodward – Cmdr Eid LeWeise
Chief Archivist : Colin Ford – Cmdr phoenix_dfire
Chief Bar Steward : Grant Woolcott – Cmdr Psykokow
(In)Human Resources Director : Shan – Cmdr Shanaeri
Deputy Trade Attaché : Cmdr Souverine
Troll : Jon Lunn – Shocken-Orr

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Lave Radio Episode 218: Betta the Beta you know


Betta the Beta you know

Aired 30 October 2018
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Crew Members
Head of health and safety : Ben Moss-Woodward – Cmdr Eid LeWeise
Chief Archivist : Colin Ford – Cmdr phoenix_dfire
Chief Bar Steward : Grant Woolcott – Cmdr Psykokow
(In)Human Resources Director : Shan – Cmdr Shanaeri
Lavian Space Program Director : Andy Barnes – Cmdr Kurgol
Intrepid Journalist : Cmdr Souvarine

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Lave Radio Episode 217: Exploring up Teide


Exploring up Teide

Aired 23 October 2018
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Crew Members
Head of health and safety : Ben Moss-Woodward – Cmdr Eid LeWeise
Chief Archivist : Colin Ford – Cmdr phoenix_dfire
Chief Bar Steward : Grant Woolcott – Cmdr Psykokow
(In)Human Resources Director : Shan – Cmdr Shanaeri

Show Notes

  • In Game Events
    • Eagle Eye Intelligence –
      • Three targets this week : Gertrud, HIP 9141 and Nogambe
      • Li Tzicnii attacked this week and the station is on Fire
      • Hydra in Celaeno, also Merope.
      • High level NHSS only spotted in HIP 9141, others have been NHSS 3-6.
      • Locations of the Aegis megaships Acropolis and Vanguard.
      • However, the Anti-Xeno-Initiative have reported that in order to save a system’s station from attack, more Thargoid casualties have to be inflicted than before (over 5000 per system at present count)
    • Operation IDA – Progress continues with Kipling Orbital;-
      • HAUL:
      • Beryllium 29% 279,762 (-7,338)
      • Synthetic Fabrics 53% 110,975 (-19,126)
    • Paladin Consortium need help defending their home system from Yury Grom!
      • Big Pappa has asked me to let everyone know that they’re offering a Free Bag of Popcorn with every fue up at  Big Pappa’s Base in Andhrimi
      • To help go to http://discord.io/palcon and let them know you want to help
      • What can people do to help?
        • 1) Pledge to Hudson.
        • 2) Buy Merits in LFT 37 at Onnes or Roetgen Hub. You need to buy them, because waiting 30 minutes won’t allow us to win. We need to buy a lot of them.
        • 3) Look at the station for wing missions asking for high tech commodities (ie: microcontrollers, performance enhancer, Progenitor cells).
        • 4) Fly to LHS 1197 at the high tech station of Chretien Terminal. Give the merits and buy the commodities for the missions.
        • 4 bis) If the commodities are not there, you can find them in Andhrimi next to LFT 37.
        • 5) Finish the missions in LFT 37 and buy more merits.
        • 6) Cycle.
      • Hopefully this is only a thing this PP tick (i.e. till Thursday morning)
  • Newsletter 249
  • Main Discussion
  • Community Corner
    • Truckers up Teide – the In Game Challenge! 11th November
      • We’re hosting one of our Hutton Races again, and it’s on a planet named…. Teide! In the Magec System (It’s actually Teide A). Up a mountain on a volcanic planet as a race for single players and teams,
      • Magec System, planet – Teide A
      • Supported by Alec Turner. From the Buckyball Racing club
    • EDC (Facebook) Competition
      • Ends 25th October
      • Post your finest screenies or artworks and win awesome prizes courtesy of Frontier Developments and EDC.
      • Prizes
        FIRST PRIZE
        Courtesy of Frontier Developments
        *RARE ‘Frontier Krait MKII Paint Job’
        *Entrepreneur Community Prize Pack+Courtesy Of Jude Walker:
        *A unique, bespoke & hand-drawn artwork. Your CMDR, your ship, your kids a cat, whatever you like 🙂
        +With thanks from EDC:
        *Seeing your image grace the EDC Facebook page, every time you hit refresh!5 * RUNNER UP PRIZES
        Courtesy of Frontier Developments:
        *Entrepreneur Community Prize Pack

        +
        Courtesy of EDC:
        *Lino-print of an Elite Dangerous Ship

    • The East India Company presents: The Danksgiving Expedition, November 3304
      • The citizens of Colonia have been working hard to build their new home, and now it’s time they got a reward, regardless of what Customs might like to think. So with the aid of The East India Company and publicity via Lave Radio, an expedition was put together with the following goals:* Explore the “high route” to Colonia. Away from the well-trodden route via the Colonia Connection, the high route is replete with unexplored neutron stars and far away from Customs patrols, making it just ideal for the long-distance smuggler and highly profitable for the explorers.* Bring the first load of booty – anything intoxicating, but in particular Onionhead and Lavian Brandy for Colonia citizens to enjoy, to resupply Jaques Bar – sneaking it into Jaques Station, past Colonia’s most watchful customs presence…* Be in Colonia just in time for the Q4 Exploration updates! Get a head start on the new exploration mechanics! Get on one of the very last expeditions where “jonking” is still a thing!
      • The expedition begins on Tuesday November 20th, with a loading party at Harvestport, Kappa Fornacis and at Lave Station, Lave. The lead ship will be the Alan Mathison Turing, an Imperial Cutter fit out for long distance smugg…err, trading.
  • Questions
    • Fascinating show, especially the bit about detecting bots by the way they do it. Amazing.One thought. FD say the BGS is a background simulation. It’s not the same a ‘the rules to play by’ (as in chess).The BGS as I see it is an alternative to having a fixed ‘gamey’ set of rules that break the simulation aspect…  It should FEEL random and it should present challenges to live around without FD having to manually alter things weekly.
      People that game the BGS are not living the simulation, they are manipulating it. That’s not ‘simulation’.FD are likely to loosen the predictable links of the BGS in due course, but if as your speaker said, many BGS gamers are being driven away by the BOTS then it occurs to me that such might be it’s purpose……

      If so, expect bots to affect the systems most actively managed. It doesn’t matter if they help or hinder, all it matters is to create the feeling in ‘gamers’ that (this) life cannot be gamed……

      Enjoyed the pod.
      O7
      Clwydian (PS4 since you asked…)

  • Shoutouts

Lave Radio Episode 216: Miner Update


Miner Update

Aired 16 October 2018
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Crew Members
Head of health and safety : Ben Moss-Woodward – Cmdr Eid LeWeise
Chief Archivist : Colin Ford – Cmdr phoenix_dfire
(In)Human Resources Director : Shan – Cmdr Shanaeri
Alliance Office of Statistics : Cmdr J Trinity

Show Notes

Lave Radio Episode 215 : Bug Hunting in the Hive


Bug Hunting in the Hive

Aired 9 October 2018
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Crew Members
Director of Pest Control : Ashley Devine – Cmdr DrToxic
Head of health and safety : Ben Moss-Woodward – Cmdr Eid LeWeise
Chief Archivist : Colin Ford – Cmdr phoenix_dfire
(In)Human Resources Director : Shan – Cmdr Shanaeri
Lavian Space Program Director : Andy Barnes – Cmdr Kurgol

Show Notes

Lave Radio Episode 214 : Ants invade Frontier Towers!


Ants invade Frontier Towers!

Aired 2 October 2018
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Crew Members
Head of health and safety : Ben Moss-Woodward – Cmdr Eid LeWeise
Chief Archivist : Colin Ford – Cmdr phoenix_dfire
Chief Bar Steward : Grant Woolcott – Cmdr Psykokow
(In)Human Resources Director : Shan – Cmdr Shanaeri
It’s a Streaming Ant : Obsidian Ant

Show Notes

Lave Radio EGX 2018 Sunday


Lave Radio EGX 2018 Sunday

Aired 23 Sep 2018
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In theory I had all day at EGX again, however I might have lost a couple of hours to Sunless Skies in the morning before I set off! I interviewed them last year and it’s come on leaps and bounds since then, and is a very easy game to get lost in!

However I did make it to two panels. The audio for these are not available yet, but hopefully will be out “soon”

The 1st was on the power of gaming and creation vs bullying where 2 You Tubers chaired a discussion with the audience about how gaming and online communities have improved lives whilst acknowledging that cyber bullying is a thing. It was a nice and mostly positive discussion that touched on many aspects, from being bullied at school or online, having a teacher recognise your you tube channel through to how gaming and streaming can help with mental health issues for example depression.

The second panel I went to was on the Future of VR I enjoyed it but I didn’t find it particularly enlightening. For example anyone who’s tried VR knows that the goggles need to improve, made more comfortable and breathable, lighter, not being tethered etc. We also need better ways to move around in VR, but equally does anyone really want to run on an omni-directional treadmill for 10 miles to get to their next way point! Of course costs need to get more consumer friendly and haptics need to be improved. There are some truly amazing VR experiences that have been set up but these are obviously things you go and see as opposed to something you have at home. They also felt that VR needs to move away from “a gaming thing” to a tool that we all can use in our day to day lives. Teaching for example would be a great use of VR if done right.

Following on from this panel I went to play Skyfront VR which (as far as I know) is one of the 1st VR multiplayer shooters and I was able to get an interview with one of their community management team after the game.

I really enjoyed Skyfront, I wish I’d been able to play it “un-tethered” Although I know that technology is in its infancy. The game is a zero g shooter, where you use your gun to get around. This is a nice way to solve the movement issue that some VR games have, whilst not “planting” you in one spot, and jumping… The controls felt very natural, although I wasn’t a fan of where the grappling hook button was, though this is more a fault of the vive controller rather than the game! I am probably bias, but I found the environment being a castle but a zero g environment is a bit of a missed opportunity, since obviously one of the key benefits of being in zero G is that there’s no limitation of “up or down” and you could be incredibly creative with your maps. However their next map will be set in space, it will be very interesting to see how the game develops. It certainly has a lot of potential.

Finally I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Euro Gamer for allowing me to come to their event. As ever their support has been amazing. So that wraps up our coverage of EGX 2018 I hope you enjoyed it and until next time, fly safe and if you can’t do that, fly dangerous.

Lave Radio EGX 2018 Saturday


Lave Radio EGX 2018 Saturday

Aired 20 Sep 2018
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Today I had a chance to get to EGX all day!

I tried to wheedle out some information out of Bethesda about Vault 76, but sadly all they had was the Vault Door, with an opportunity to hug Vault Boy, who enjoyed knocking my hat off and a Fallout themed van service Blanco Mac and Cheese!

The 1st Developer Session I went to was about the next Generation of NVIDIA Cards, the RTX series hosted by the guys from Digital Foundry. It was a good interview although they seemed to feel that without Ray-tracing making it into the next generation of consoles, that technology might fall by the wayside or at least be little used by “prosumer” PC Master Race gamers.

The 2nd Developer Session was with Paul Arendt who is Failbetter Games’ CEO and Art Director who gave a nice bit of history and update on the Game Sunless Skies as well as announcing their (Spoiler) Free Pen And Paper RPG set in that Universe! I love how their going more for a Victorian, Steam Punk take on what the universe is like, with living suns and rich moons with plenty of life on them as opposed to the more Scientifically Accurate version of what is actually there!

https://www.failbettergames.com/category/sunless-skies/

Finally I had a chance to watch a demo of Just Cause 4 where the walked through some of the crazy stuff you can do in that game – For example they made a FLOATING TANK!, but also how the game maintains a realistic(ish) physics engine.

I also interviewed the developer behind a new Flight Simulator called Deadstick, and I bumped into our friends from Snapshot Games who were there showing off a very busy Pheonix Point Booth.

Deadstick actually reminds me a little of Elite Dangerous if it were set on Earth, and you were a small independent pilot! In that it’s an open world and wont force you to do anything BUT you can run missions, upgrade you ship. It’s modelling much simpler planes than DCS, so instead of taking 30 minutes to take off you only need to flick a couple of switches. HOWEVER the depth to tinker is there if you want to and you can adjust your fuel mixture, and flick all the dials and switches in your cockpit to your hearts content. Also it matters where you place your cargo since its mass can effect how your plane handles.
http://deadsticksimulator.com/

Most of us know about Phoenix Point, but it was great to hear that they have a provisional release date as well as why the game no longer shows you hit percentages.

https://phoenixpoint.info/