Lave Radio Episode 249: Coalescing the Coalition

Head of Health and SafetyBen Moss-WoodwardCMDR Eid LeWeise
(in)Human Resources DirectorShanCMDR Shan
Deputy Trade AttachéSouvCmdr Souvarine
Tech MonkeyCmdr Ventura
KSP Bureaucrat Third ClassCmdr Walt Kerman

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Development News

  • Will did a new commander stream but that’s about it

In Game Events

  • None but new paint jobs for the keelback.

Main Discussion

  • Questions for the Coalition:
    • Why didn’t Communism Interstellar join?
    • What’s the status of the Border Coalition?
    • What’s the purpose of the Coalition?
    • Is the Coalition a ‘threat’ to the Alliance? I.E. the Alliance is supposedly the Alliance of Independent Systems, so is the Coalition ‘stealing’ those systems from them?
  • Game improvements from Cmdr Nash
    • I’ve got a few suggestions on things frontier could do to improve the game with  minimal work before the next big content drop in 2093 or whatever it is.

      I’m assuming their software design is something reasonable (despite evidence to the contrary) and we want to get most bang for the buck.

      Generally Frontier’s big problems are their lack of (useful) communication and a tendency to do something half-arsed then let it sit without an update for too long (the engineering/mining/exploration updates were all great, but they took way too long).    
    • Idea 1: CQC Materials
      • Add material drops.  Give each player who finishes a game a random material drop.  Give anyone who scored a kill another. Give the winners (top half  players or top team) a drop. Totally random material. Suddenly even seasoned players have a reason to play.

        Also increase the credit payouts by 10 times (or more).  With a single courier mission paying a few thousand, and mining paying up to a billion, a few thousand for CQC ain’t going to break anything. (still only useful for new players, but they probably don’t care about engineering yet) Code wise this should be trivial.
      • Other improvements:
        • Add Guardian fighters to the mix (should also be easy)
        • Add NPCs (maybe easy, maybe hard)
        • Make the arena’s smaller (more contact = faster games) (not sure)
        • Buff all CQC weapons to make TTK (time to kill) smaller (should be easy)
        • In game queueing (probably the hardest)
    • Idea 2: SLF Engineer(s)
      • Add a new engineer or 2 who only does fighters.  Fighter’s are a single module so can only be engineered with a single modification.
      • 4 mods:
        • Increase damage by 20% per level
        • Increase shields by 20% per level
        • Increase speed/maneuverability by 20% per level
        • Increase all three by 10% per level.
        • (multiply those numbers as appropriate).
      • Shouldn’t be too hard to add.  Makes fighters more useful in a post-engineering world.
      • If they are too powerful, it just moves the game meta to have more fighters, and fighters are fun to fly, so it’s all good.  Fighters vs Fer-der-lances FTW.
      • Potential to add experimental effects later if they wish.
    • Idea 3: A Small SLF Carrier Ship
      • So a little more work, but a small ship (size of a sidewinder) that is essentially just a strapped on FSD for a fighter.
      • Need some special module slots and the like, but the only new real asset would be the ship itself.  May have limited re-builds of the fighter. Super cool if combined with Idea 2 as well.
    • Others – Some other things they could do to look after their community:
      • Cross-platform save support (see Fortnite and other games)
      • PSVR support (who am I kidding, they can’t even update the FAQ https://support.frontier.co.uk/kb/faq.php?id=365 )(Yeah, you asked Wil about it for me in Feb 2018 😉  
      • Publish something about what they are working on!  I know, insane right

Community Corner

Shoutouts

  • Paige raising money for Special Effect
    • I’m 25 now, and nearly 16 stone. With my disabilities, this is dangerous, and I’m finally ready to see myself for who I truly am. This time, I lose the weight, and see it, because I’m ready to love myself.

      I need to lose a minimum of 6 stone. For every pound I lose, I will be donating £1 to SpecialEffect to help keep disabled gamers in the game. If you would like to 1) support disabled gamers, 2) help motivate me to get healthy, please do feel free to make a donation of your own.

      https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paige-harvey-weight-loss
  • Fozza has managed to dig up some new iTunes reviews!!! <3 you guys
    • Jaybird
    • Cmdr Macwa de Linn
    • Cmdr Valaryc
    • Cmdr Harass B Dragon
    • Ki
    • Jrohrer1010
    • Cmdr Tomacco
  • Lavecon 2019 is 5th – 7th July at the Sedgebrook Hall Hotel, and is sponsored by Spidermind Games!
    • On Friday Karen is planning to take all the silver/gold camping and Ambassadors reception tickets off the website to allow the hotel to plan food numbers. So, if you want one of these, do get it soon!
    • Bronze tickets will be on sale up to and on the day itself.
    • Cmdr Beetlejude is going to be doing a Blind Auction of her Signed by Frontier Artwork at Lavecon

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