(From the shareholder article below) We had originally planned for the Elite Dangerous major update to release in December 2020, but, in the context of the current Covid-19 environment, we have now set a Q1 2021 release date.
no new activity on the thargoid front, just the Pleiades and the witch-head nebula.
Cmdr MGRAM did show off how to kill a thargoid in a Keelback. Although there are reports of a civil war between two of the Anti Thargoid organizations.
Tensions between the HIVE and Hank’s Alliance of Anti-Xeno are apparent at the moment.
BBC radio documentary #ThisGameChangedMyLife which revisits Commander Michael Holyland’s story. Heartbreaking of course but sensitively put together by Nathan Jones and hosted by Aoife Lockhart & Julia Hardy really worth a listen. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08bq9sz
CMDR Cynnrain (a.k.a. Baz Floyd from SpecialEffect) is launching his daily Banter Bus at 9pm each and every day from the 26th April until the 21st May.
The Banter Bus will be visiting 26 known “interesting places” in the Bubble (or near it) each evening, and inviting every commander in the galaxy to pop in and join him for a little banter and company.
Whether you want to make a rendez-vous with the bus, and join in that evening’s shenanigans, or pop in to multicrew and take in the sights, or maybe just pop into Teamspeak and have a chat, Baz is available each evening from 9pm and we’ll be publishing the stops on the bus route soon….
Want to see an asteroid base, or a black hole, or the racing station at Cortes? Want to visit a megaship, or see a barnacle forest? A station in low orbit around a planet, or one circling a ringed earthlike? Want to see if we can get one of each ship type in a single selfie? Want to go to Mitterand Hollow? The bus is stopping at all these and more.
Teamspeak 3 server address is ts.forthemug.com – just look for the “Baz Big Bubble Banter Bus” room and hop in there to say hi and tag along. It will be chaos, but if you’re coming, bring an SRV, bring a fighter.
Psykokow and the replacement Eurovision on the 16th May
Millstonebarn comes with a request from Ed’s 38 to help them get their home out in Colonia back!
Diplomats. Earlier this year a player minor faction ruthlessly stole Dunker’s Rest from the owners, Ed’s 38, in their home system, Dubbuennel, whilst we were supporting other (much needed) player-driven activities in the bubble (the Hutton Truckers’ HOT-MESS), thereby breaching the terms of the Jaques Accord. Biscuit production has been halted. We appealed to their conscience… seemingly without success, so a small number of Dunkers, together with the Lyttle Massive and other allies have been working to rectify this situation and we have made great progress. However the rogues, Nu Simbad, have today responded and we face a challenge righting their wrongdoings. This is a call for your support. Please, come to Colonia. Ask your friends to rally behind our cause. Spread the word. Bring your ships. Put Dunker’s Rest back in the hands of the responsible owners so that we can restart biscuit production it would be for the good of everyone in Colonia, including you Nu Simbad. Including you.
Congrats to ChrisMasterSki who posted in Reddit that after 3,500 hours in game he just hit 1,000,000 light years traveled Reddit Link
Development News – what have the devs said this week?
Beta 2 is coming. Stephen has said they’re taking a snapshot of the database on April the 30th. This snapshot will be the basis for Beta 2, so you’ll if you want to own a fleet carrier, you have until then to get your 5 to 7 billion. 😉
People suspect that the beta will start in the second week in May.
In-Game Events – what’s happened this week?
Operation IDA – The station repair guys are working on Guidoni Enterprise in HIP 9599.
Orion Expedition has just finished, and the Eastern Promise expedition (which was originally the Orion Expedition’s route home) has just begun – with a joint mass jump from Sagittarius A* Some video here: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/603463230
After a period of inactivity (excluding the standing challenges and the Cortes Base stuff our last official race was Halpy Hand back in January) – I’m pleased to announce that the Buckyball Racing Club have just updated their race diary with … not one … not two … not three … but four news races, coming next month, June, July and August! The Buckyball race calendar is here: http://buckyballracing.org.uk/#upcomingevents And the details for “Signs of Life” should be appearing around the end of the week.
Hey Lave Radio. Long term commander Kinetis here from the UK. Although not ED related it would be great if I could share my daughter’s fundraising page on the Lave Radio Facebook group for the NHS and other social media feeds. I’ve tried to get Remlok sponsorship but waiting for the subspace communication to come back . The page iswww.justgiving.com/hairthatcares o7 Commanders!
Cargo space and swapping limpets (basically auto dump cargo)
Bookmark Folders in the Galactic Map
Kai Zen from Loose Screws talks to Bruce Garrido (Frontier Community Manager) and talks everything from Raxxla to Fleet Carriers with an eye on development practices and the process of helping bring great new things from the dev team to the community!
We’re after your favourite ‘You’ve been framed’ or ‘Cmdrs do the funniest things’ stories! Boosting instead of docking, face-planting on High G worlds, funny pirate encounters. Let us know and we’ll tell the rest of the community your shame!
The DSSA is a project to deploy a network of support Carriers all over the galaxy to help explorers in their deep space travels; roughly one Carrier per galactic region (plus a few more on the Z axis around the galactic centre). Those Carriers, offered by individuals, groups, factions or squadrons, would remain in a fixed and public location for at the very least a full year, open to all, with at least refuel and repair services, at the lowest price (other services are at the owner’s liberty). Beacons in the profound night, they would form a mesh of safe harbours for anyone who would need a rest stop.
And Frontier Confirms “Hi Yamiks. Thanks for sharing the news. We’ve lots of new features to share in our upcoming stream, including how the decommission system works (spoiler: you need to incur on HUGE debt for that to happen). And our devs know that you’d want to go on vacation from time to time!”
And Stephen quells fears on the forums “While Fleet Carriers require a weekly upkeep for crew and enabled Fleet Carrier services, there are a number of options which will allow owners to earn credits and cover the ongoing running costs of a Fleet Carrier. There’s more to the debt and decommissioning of a Fleet Carrier, and it’s not something that should happen if the player hasn’t incurred a HUGE amount of debt. We understand there’s a fair bit of concern about this but rest assured, we’ll be going over this in quite a lot of detail in the upcoming Content Reveal livestream next week. There are also going to be two public beta periods where you’ll be able to test this for yourselves and share with us your feedback.”
The Latest updates from the Anti-Xeno Inititatives can be found at CMDR Avasa Siuu’s You tunbe Channel. He’s covering Cold Orbiting, Thargoid Damage and a new AX Ace. (As well as this thing called fleet carriers).
Repairs Continue on Revin Hub – Phrygiang
Hello to the Cmdr Ascorbius who has (with his Machinima and Brocast crew) come up with a new Elite Animation Go Home You’re Drunk! Very funny! 😉 “Ascorbius is in #Colonia, He’s in trouble with Jayne for selling a ship which didn’t belong to him and Jayne is in a race against time to get it back from a very dangerous foe, The used ship merchant – Shiny Bob. In the meantime, Ascorbius has to make ends meet, Will Jayne get the Python back in time? Will Scorb ever learn? Features Turjan, Mach1ne, ToCoSo and Down to Earth Astronomy.”
Position Crew Member CMDR Name Vice President of Health and Safety Ben Moss-Woodward Eid LeWeise Director of all beings Shan Shan Professional Trade Attaché Souv Souvarine Trade Magnate Mack Winston Mack Winston Chief Scientist Atrus 5060 Download the episode directly from here. Tonight’s activity in-game Meet us in game outside…
Just wanted to jump in this here locked thread and clarify Stephen’s earlier post. Essentially, the plan has not changed for how we’re treating future GalNet articles, which (as we stated here) will be tied to in-game activity, significant narrative developments, new ships and modules and so forth. It is the ‘off-camera’ narratives, that we have previously published via GalNet, which we currently have no plans to return.
The framework for Community Goals exist and while the regular cadence of Community Goals is not planned to see a return, we will still see some Community Goals in the future.
Apologies for any confusion that was caused!
Introduction to CMDR Bruce (Gambit)We got a ‘Brucie Bonus’ when introduced to New CM Bruce who said about Fleet Carriers that the new systems that came with them would change how they play the game. That’s got people really excited that it will be more than just a mobile space station.
Hoax announcement of Fleet Carriers being delayed until q4 has been debunked by Will on the Forums. Quite a nice mocked up but caused a little salt on the forums.
Frontier is pleased to confirm the signing of another two Frontier Publishing deals, taking the number of signed deals to five for the Company’s third party publishing initiative.Other deals are “in discussion”
In-Game Events – what’s happened this week?
Operation IDA – They have successfully repaired Titan’s Daughter and are now focusing on Exodus Point in the Hyades Sector AB-W b2-2 System.
Anti-Xeno – Again the Eagle eye network is quiet and there have been no sneaky incursions by the Thargoids. Scouts and interceptors continue to plague the Pleiades and the Witch-head Nebula if people want to take.
If anyone can spare some time, Hutton Orbital Truckers are having an Infrastructure failure in Alpha Centauri which disables the Buy area of the Commodities Market and therefore mugs can’t be bought! They urgently need Food and Machinery products delivered to Al-din to try and end this state. Power Generators and Water Purifiers are in demand, and numerous source and return missions are available for various food products. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Development News – what have the devs said this week?
Stephen Benedetti confirms that David has not been taken over by Thagoids or a Rogue AI and is well (on Monday Lunch Stream 2/3/2020). Later on, he further confirmed that David has not been replaced by a Lizard in a Human suit.
Operation IDA – They have returned to the prettiest station in the bubble. Titan’s Daughter in Taygeta is their current target (for the third time).
AXI – Although there are no new incursions or infestations, there are still plenty of thargoids available in the Pleiades and the Witch-Head Nebula. CMDR Avasa Siuu has some excellent AXI Debrief Videos which have shown the Anti – Xeno Initiatives effort is curbing the Alien Menace, so look him up on You Tube.
Development News – what have the devs said this week?
Gameblast 24 hour stream. Elite Content :- SRV Racing, Buckballing, RPG Session (with a level up), Auctioning of various 3D printed Elite Ships £900 for Conda, £1200 for Corvette and £900 for Imp Cutter and Lil Willie (by Cmdt Nocti from the Hutton Truckers)
Message from royalderg on Discord I’m a Commander in the player group Post Disaster Evacuation Service or PDES for short, I’m relatively new to the whole scene but basically the group works with IDA and AXI to “fight” the thargoids however we focus on rescuing refugees from burning stations using the passenger board. I see us as the paramedics as the trifecta of the thargoid war while AXI would be the SWAT team and IDA would be the hospital.
Anyways, the veterans in the group have done this way more then me and unlike AXI (who have a number of incursions to clear and have a clear impact on how the war is fought) or IDA (who have a set amount of commodities to deliver to a station to get it online).
We can all agree the atmosphere of burning stations is very well done the floating debris, the heat issue that most pilots have to worry about, the random explosions that knock you off course occasionally, and the always urgent passengers or flight controller that is begging you to save people if you can and be careful.
Currently we don’t know the impact that saving people from the station has. Below is a forums post made by Phill P. One of the coordinators for the group and a strong veteran in Elite and rescuing passengers.
We are about 300 members strong however we just want to see what our rescues do. I personally find it frustrating to rescue tonight 2,000 people from the station and not being able to see it do anything. As stated in the forums post (which you don’t have to read unless you would like too) We would just like a simple goal to work with for example if we save a million passengers from the station maybe it cuts down on the repair cost therefore helping IDA or something like that.
Why do we do this…..? Why do we put ourselves into this most dangerous of places every day…? We choose to fly off into the deep Dark where the slightest thing can be our end…. again and again…. but why?
As I find myself drifting off into oblivion my thoughts push towards the question of….. Why?
Is it for adventure…. money…. the vistas…. or is it ….. to escape? If so to escape what? Do we choose this for our health? Do we find this hazardous life therapeutic…. do we do this to replace the void of life with the void of space?
What does it give us that an average planetary life does not? Is it our way to cope with our past… our present ….or our unknown future.
Many many Cmdrs make the decision to venture off away from the galaxy’s pockets of life instead of living in relative safety with a planetary job, a family and society but why?
Could it be to escape the scars we have suffered, the experiences that we have endured….. Is it a better life? It seems many of us believe it is.
Many of us use the deep Dark as a way to escape the pain of life, even though it is such a dangerous profession. But why?
Only the individual Cmdr can really answer these questions for themselves. But I have my answer……
Because it’s beautiful…. it’s humbling and awe inspiring. When out in the deep Dark we are free…. Free to do what we want how we want…. We fly free…. we blaze our own trail…. we find freedom and peace from our demons and…. We find friends… (clunk as Repair limpet engages) With them we are stronger and we share our experiences of this vast galaxy. They help us to engage with the great Community of Cmdrs out there, they help us heal, and they help us to feel stronger, together.
This is why…. we can escape the shackles of the humdrum and replace it with friendship, with action and adventure…. Together…