Ahoy explorers of Elite. The adventure you’ve been searching for will be leaving from Betelgeuse this Sunday (12th Jan 3306), in the form of the Orion Expedition! All are welcome to join our merry voyage to the heart of the Orion-Perseus arm of the galaxy!
They expect to be out in the black for three months, finishing in April.
Dr.Nagi is organising the next Buckyball Race that starts this Saturday (11th Jan) and runs until the following Sunday (19th Jan). It’s being organised by the Hull Seals and is called “A Halpy Hand”. The race starts at Arfstrom Station in the Oppidavasti system. Racers have to go and buy some fish, drop 1t in the rings of Arjung 4 (as tribute to “Halpy”), then fly through a tunnel of the Blazin’ Dynamo unauthorised installation in Kemurukamar while repairing your own ship (which you will have needed to damage somewhere along the way), then sell your remaining fish at Fisher Enterprise in Maya, before returning to Arfstrom Station. There are bonuses for the degree to which your hull is damaged (reflecting the Green, Amber and Red Hull Seal code states), for having a smashed canopy (Black state), and for flying through waypoints at high speed while your ship is in this condition. Full details can be found in the events section of the forum by searching for “Halpy Hand”.
Cmdr Arithon has done it again with a lovely (and very orange) ship chart
Just a reminder that Loose Screws are having an end of the year Discord party/show. On December 27th at 7:30CST (this is 01:30 on the 28th GMT) They’re doing a live stream and show and inviting all listeners and friends of the show. Feel free to drop in and say howdy to everyone.
If you were to Re-write Elite, what would you change? Part 2
Michael Hughes – Facebook – Would have kept on top of and taken advantage of the early bugs that allowed people to rank up quickly.
Matt ‘wally’ Walford – Facebook – Do away with engineers, game killer for me as I don’t have the time to grind the upgrades as my work schedule doesn’t allow much game time. its become a game now where despite reaching elite ranking in combat, my ships near useless. – Game is far to unbalanced for casual players
Nopil3os – Twitter – direct economy like in X-BtF and its successors.
Karl – Twitter – I would not rely on the huge amount of 2D interfaces that removes you from first-person view. Since they’re more easy to create, their numbers only grow with each update. Elite is getting very point-and-click heavy.
CMDR Tictak – Twitter – Reduce the repetition and add content instead
Stephen Usher – Facebook – As I talked about during the early Alpha, making the scanner properly linear. Even in the current “linear” mode it’s still actually logarithmic scaling.
This makes true spacial awareness using the scanner impossible and I only use it as a direction finder, unlike in the previous games.
Drew Wagar – Facebook – I would not have allowed the entire galaxy to have been visited, rather I’d have required players to unlock it bit by bit by working out navigable hyperspace routes to new star systems via some kind of gameplay. Biggest mistake they made IMHO.
Swidhelm – Twitter – The ability to set way points on planets, and hud elements for optimal approach and landing. Kind of like the Nostromo landing scene in alien.
EvilSnowball82 – Twitter – Give the DBX a class 5 slot for a fuel scoop. I love my DBX.
David Gillum – Facebook – I would have made the Thargoids more active than passive. As it stands you can choose if you want to encounter a Thargoid, even in infested systems
Michael Hughes – Facebook – Make it possible to map asteroids so you are not always trying to mine the same ones.
Liam Greene – Facebook – The core gameplay “loop”
Make Crime and Punishment much more harsh.
Notoriety is only gained by Killing other players.
High Security Systems should be safe, any player with Notoriety should be harassed by npcs as soon as they enter the system.
Any Player in a civilised system with Notoriety should be visible on the Galaxy Map.
More NPC pirate interdictions in Low Security / Populated Anarchy systems
Loose Screws :- , I wanted to invite you and anyone else over at Lave Radio to the Loose Screws end of the year Discord party/show. On December 27th at 730CST we are doing a live stream and show. I’m inviting all of the listeners and friends of my show. Feel free to drop in and say howdy to everyone. I know it will be late in the UK. Thanks for supporting us and getting us started. We will keep moving the Biowaste for you guys. 😀
HCS Voice packs just teased a Babylon 5 picture for future voice packs. No Boom today, Boom tomorrow!
Elite Streamer Cmdr Plater (That’s Joe Plater for all those that), has been made a patron of the Thyriod Cancer Charity who has managed to raise so much money for using a 24 hour Elite Stream.
Operation Ida is holding it’s 2nd Annual HAULiday Haul which commemorates the 2 year of the initial attacks by Thargoids in 3303 & the 2nd Thargoid/Human War as well as our origin as a group. We’ll be fundraising for the cancer Research Institute and holding events during the 4 weeks of the Hauliday Haul including a one day station repair, convoys, races etc. last years Haul was a lot of fun and we were able to get the word out regarding what we do to the community, engage people in various activities and even raised over $1100 as well.
The Christmas Carriers Convoy is having it’s 4th Christmas Convoy with the goal to create comfort for the colonists of Colonia by bringing gifts from the bubble, and some drugs. Actually, mainly drugs. Well, my ship anyway. Actually, my ship is full of nothing other than drugs, the finest onionhead (of both varieties) that money can buy.
We launch on the 1st of December, which has become the tradition, and arrive on the 24th in Centralis. Right now we’ve got about 100 signups on EDSM. Waypoints have been chosen to kind of describe a 4 on the galaxy map, and take in some attractive sights along the way. There’s racing events and SRV-ball (I’m not entirely sure what SRV-ball is, but no doubt some SRVs will be harmed in the process) planned on the way.
It’s organised by the SOTP (Shadow of the Phoenix) in association with the CCN (Colonia Citizens Network). Launch system is Karbon (with a K)
It is when a Red Super Giant essentially swallows a Neutron Star, so that the Neutron Star resides within the Red Super Giant
This is possible because the Red Super Giant is REALLLLY BIG i.e. if we had one in Sol, it would expand out past Jupiter!!! Neutron Stars are tiny (The size of a city) and really rather dense. So the Neutron just ‘plops’ into the Star and doesn’t really give a damn 🙂
HIP 108876 may be one in the game, but so much is speculative!
What is the one thing you would have designed differently in Elite Dangerous? – Send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
“A new release for the group’s Elite Dangerous sci-fi simulation game is also planned for 2021.”
“Hey Commanders, we just wanted to take a moment to reassure you all that the 2020 update isn’t delayed and still on track for release. The article referred to in the OP is discussing the 2021 financial year. We hope this helps clear the situation up for you!”
Would you have preferred it to exclusively sign up for Either the Federation or the Empire? By the time our next episode is released, the event will be over, so what did you think and what did you think they could do to improve on?
Were were asked if there is going to be a fourth season of Escape Velocity. Chris has confirmed that it is in development but there’s nothing to say just yet.
Next month Operation Ida is holding it’s 2nd Annual HAULiday Haul which commemorates the 2 year of the initial attacks by Thargoids in 3303 & the 2nd Thargoid/Human War as well as our origin as a group. We’ll be fundraising for the cancer Research Institute and holding events during the 4 weeks of the Hauliday Haul including a one day station repair, convoys, races etc. last years Haul was a lot of fun and we were able to get the word out regarding what we do to the community, engage people in various activities and even raised over $1100 as well.
In addition, The Anti-Xeno-Initiative is also 2 Years old and on Thursday the 21st of November 10:00 and 23:00 UTC, they’re flying around Asterope, Calaeno and Sterope II in a Hyperdiction Hunt. Contact them on the Anti – Xeno Initiative Discord.
Frontier Close EEE “I wanted to take this opportunity to give you an update on what is happening with EEE; as you all know, we’ve not been able to provide much support to the EEE system since the start of the year. Originally, our vision for EEE was to have a server set up to bring groups together with Frontier to support your events and activities. After I took over, its original focus shifted slightly. And toward the start of this year, when I announced that we will not be able to carry on the monthly meetings, I spoke of revamping and redesigning EEE. As a team, we’re taking a wider look at all of projects, and as we manage multiple projects, I want to ensure that anything we run is given the care and attention it deserves. As this is not something I’m able to promise with EEE at the current time, rather than continue to keep it open, I will be closing EEE. It’s worth mentioning that supporting our player groups (and Squadrons) is something we obviously still care very strongly about and the community team are available. You can still contact us if you need our support, have an awesome ideas to share or need assistance. I’d like to also take the opportunity to thank each and every one of you who contributed here, be that in the form of our monthly meetings, discussions with the devs, feedback sharing sessions or when we just had randomly chatted about something. While EEE will be closed, we’re still contactable, and I implore you to reach out to myself, Paige (PaigeHarveyFDEV#9598) and Stephen (TheBenedetti#0835) whenever you wish!”
Shoutout for the new Buckyball Race. “Lava Loop” starts this Saturday (Nov 16th) and runs until the following Sunday (Nov 24th). Race starts and finishes at Conway City in LTT 4961 and requires competitors to visit five outposts, all in close orbit around lava worlds.
Paige is Back on Monday. It was implied that there are more than one Interstellar Initiative planned for the future
Do we need something to Aspire to?
What things in game can we (do we) aspire to?
What other things should we aspire to?
Some people aspire to have 100% “Achievements”. Should these be a thing (for the PC version) What would we like to see? Why do we think they’ve not been added, since they’re already there for PS4 and XB1
Multivex [AEDC]: I’d be fine with generic stuff. Kill 10 players, reach beagle point. I’d like some bgs ones but i don’t really see how they would do that since there aren’t any direct links between a player and faction…maybe do X amount of missions or hand in 100 million in bounties
Looks like we finally have a new store web front at https://dlc.elitedangerous.com. Nothing official has been announced by Frontier yet, so I’m guessing it’s in a Beta stage. But your ARXs are available there. If you what to know how much things cost, remember £1 gets you between 1672 and 2222 ARX and $1 gets you between 1250 and 1667 dependant on the package you buy. (Thanks to Ben)
A coherent Buildup and Plot, including a story from 3 years ago.
Four CGs over three and a half weeks.
No Unique Event Gameplay.
Overall I would have given this a C+ / B-. The initial slow build up using Galnet News and the BGS was good. However, there were people who would have supported the Onion Headers, due the Federation’s tactics in the previous storyline, so a competitive community goal might have spiced things up a bit and there was a lack of a dynamic event (like the evacuation of Palin’s Base and defence of his mega ship) which would probably deflected a lot of the criticism.
In-Game Events – what’s happened this week?
Truckers Rescued from the Devilish Don, despite the loss of Will Flanigan. 😉
CMDR Ventura_: Hi everyone , had a thought while catching up with the CQC episode of lave Radio… If Fdev put the high ranked players on a scoreboard, would that not entice more ppl to play CQC to beat the top player? Your thoughts?
CMDR Cortex-Vertex answered the community question on CQC. He suggests that CQC should be like a holographic video game (According to Premonition, it already is), which is available from the Station Dock Menu (or it might be a cabinet in the bar when space legs come in). Thanks Andy Spen
Kirk Marshal wants to know why we don’t have Gankers on as Guests. CMDR Spawnsworth. He wasn’t to know why they do it, How they do it, Do they target certain people, if so , why?
CMDR Bolloxim on Discord says: Interesting podcast this week. The announcement that frontier is spending time on bug fixes is likely a smoke filled cloud of misdirection. Usually when running a policy of bug fixes the cadence should be push them live as soon as possible or, if the beta servers are up, continually pushing weekly bug fixes. That they announced a 3-4 month release of bug fixes feels really wrong on this score, especially with an active beta community, if it’s in full swing. Something else that @Shan touched on. There is a new massive release coming in a year. Usual development practices would mean that branch of code should sit off of master. Bug fixes usually on fix branches integrated into master. Releases would be tagged/branched from master. I wonder though if all this activity on master will impact current 2020 development. Or if as some of you guys mentioned that its a new refactored codebase then this would be more pr stunts, that these fixes are bandaids for a year. There is one other alternative. The underlying code has been refactored and updated and it integrated the arx. That September release was more than just arx but foundational changes preparing the way for 2020. However I doubt this is the case, but, considering how much was touched some even not involving arx it’s a possibility.
Loose Screws Podcast claimed to have trucked out all of our Biowaste from Lave. Can we just say, never underestimate the amount of poo we can create. We are the third highest producer of quality waste products in the Galaxy behind whatever is in Cubical 3 at Hutton Orbital and Slough! (Taking cover from the Hammers of Slough now!!)
Thanks to Shan, Kurgle and Zorba Dundee for joining me for my segment on Saturday Morning, as well as to Brenner Soriah, MadCat, Icarus Smith and again Zorba for joining us at the end of the Stream! Finally thanks to FD for supporting the event as well as donating two copies of ED:Horizons.
Dave’s who is Traceport26 on Discord and is the RFBAQ Coordinator who chatted on the Elite Aid stream. Told us “It all adds up, trust me. $2625 will buy a dozen UHF Radios to improve a brigade’s communication, maybe a couple of chainsaws, water tank and pump… List goes on. It’ll be well spent.
The Hutton Truckers will be doing a Player-with-Player base assault on FDev’s Thursday stream. Will will be in command. We have been advertising for participants in the Hutton Facebook group.
CMDR Bolloxim: Interesting, after last weeks cqc focus podcast, I thought I would try again. Now i’m not saying this was coded but might be an arx bug side effect (coz why not) bit i played on ps4 got two wins. Which, gave me two death match trophies. Of which one was 25 wins. Good incentive for those ps4 trophy hunters to join cqc. Haven’t tried team deathmatch or cap flag. Mainly coz no one ever joined
Cmdr Thane Hey guys can I ask a favour? Harry (FragLANd) is doing a special Elite Dangerous LAN on the 15th-17th November at his place near Peterborough. The idea is to get a LAN together and do group/wing co-op stuff for the whole weekend. Limited places as he’s max 16 people, but should be a great weekend if you can give it a shout out on the podcast and direct people to the Fragland Facebook page? https://www.facebook.com/groups/fraglandUK
Cmdr_starion Can I get a shoutout at show’s end for Cmdr Saber84, sqdn buddy of mine, who’ll be getting married on 27 October?
From BooTheHampster1: Hey guys, wanted to send you a huuuuge thank you for the shout out in last week’s episode about the upcoming Elite Aid 24 hour livestream to support the QLD Rural Fire Brigade. I live in Brisvegas (aka Brisbane), but have friends that have been impacted by the fires. You guys rock!