Lave Radio Episode 317 “a Balanced Podcast” – 17/11/2020

By Beetlejude
PositionCrew MemberCMDR Name
Head of Health and SafetyBen Moss-WoodwardEid LeWeise
Chief ArchivistColin FordPhoenix_Dfire
(in)Human Resources DirectorShanShan
Deputy Trade AttachéSouvSouvarine
Tech MonkeyNorman MacArthurVentura_

Development News – what have the devs said this week?

Download the episode directly from here.

  1. Elite Dangerous Free on the Epic Games Store!
    1. Elite Dangerous is coming to the Epic Games Store next week! It will be available for free from 19 Nov to 26 Nov. We hope you’ll consider sharing this news with potential future commanders you know so you can blaze your trails together!
  2. Dev Diary 3 has been delayed due to the 2nd Lockdown. Arth Says it’s due in December, which is apparently going to make a Busy month of December. 
  3. Thursday’s Stream where Arf and Bruce took on notorious CQC player Obi-wan in several matches. It’s fair to say Obi-wan trounced all comers (Probably because he always has the high ground) and eventually teams were formed leading to Cmdr Eid LeWeise being kicked all around the map. It was like watching a fluffy puppy being used as a football.
  4. Tuesday Stream 16:30 on Tuesday
    1. Arf and Bruce
    2. Balancing FD are looking at Cr / Hour, Risk vs Reward, vs Skill
      1. Stuart GT’s Summary
        1. Aware that balancing isn’t right
        2. Done in stages, continuous
        3. Mining first, start next week
        4. Combat next, start two weeks later
        5. “How much earned per hour, different loops, what risk, what reward, skill required”
        6. Core mining should be higher paying than laser mining, as more skillful
        7. Mining heavily linked to economy via commodities
        8. Galnet narrative driven
        9. Combat needs to be buffed, better rewards
        10. Wing missions not a focus yet
        11. Combat missions, bounties, bonds
        12. Conflict zones last
        13. Won’t be a quick fix, will tweak and check data/feedback
        14. It feeling right to the player is what matters
        15. Been seeing all the existing feedback, videos etc
        16. Balancing is super important, on the agenda and a priority
        17. Incremental changes
        18. Discussions have been ongoing since after Arthur & Bruce joined FDev
        19. Skill and risk more rewarded
        20. Bulk sale to change to be fairer, average not minimum
        21. Rebalancing will be tied with the ongoing storylines
        22. Forum post later this week, roadmapping the rebalancing
        23. Implementation over the next weeks
      2. Ant Video
      3. Burr Video
    3. Arf gets requests about memorials etc it’s very hard and can make ppl who don’t get it maybe feel left out. FD are trying to find “the right way” that’s sensitive and inclusive

In-Game Events – what’s happened this week?

  1. The Alliance CGs were completed three days early. The Alliance is going to get new bases in the coalsack nebula and the thargoids have been beaten back, allowing the Alliance uncontested access to the meta alloys in the nebula.
  2. Emperor Decides Hadrian Duval’s Status
    1. As Wotherspoon says “He’s not a Prince, but he’s not a Naughty Boy either”

Main discussion

  1. Exclusive reward for CG and double engineered modules. What are the potential benefits and downsides?

Community Corner

  1. TDW Make it to Lave! Lave Radio would like to welcome TDW to Lave in the name of Science… Reiterating that TDW are in Lave with permission and have NO desire to take the system over, or indeed take the galaxy over!!!

    In other fronts, TDW now owns Phra Lak and are starting the March to expand to LFT 509 in 3 jumps to test the best of the 3 goals hopefully around Jan.
  1. Speedbowl IV New Grounds is happening this weekend!!!
    1. FAQ
    2. Rules
    3. Tutorial
    4. To get there: The Hull Seals have HSRC Beachmaster leaving the system of Pliny Nov 21 02:00 GMT
  2. The Pilot “Why you should buy Elite Dangerous in 2020”
  3. HCS Voice packs have a new pack coming soon, Delta (Glados anyone) and they will be giving away a HCS voice pack for free to coincide with the Free Epic Store.


  1. Our sister station, Hutton Orbital Radio, Broadcasts on Thursdays from 20:30. You can tune in at  or, for just the audio, at
  2. For the discerning Commander who likes a bit of CQC action, check out the CQC Discord at “”.
  3. For those who want a literary discussion about Sci-fi and fantasy books. Please subscribe to the Dataslate podcast created by station commander Allen Stroud. The next episode (20) should be released tomorrow (18th).
  4. Thanks to those who have chipped in on Twitch chat and in-game commanders

One Comment:

  1. I heard your commentary about memorials. As an explorer, I had a thought.
    Allow the requesting player to pay some amount (in-game) and the type of planet they would want dedicated.
    Then, an explorer would be able to collect that reward by finding an appropriate planet (or other objects) and applying that memorial name to it.
    The location would then be sent to the requester and placed in the Codex.

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