Lave Radio Episode #485 “The one with Derin innit” – 30/04/2024

PositionCrew MemberCMDR Name
SRV Banksy Alec Turner Alec Turner 
Head of Health and SafetyBen Moss-WoodwardEid LeWeise
Staff Liaison OfficerClare GoodPsykit
Chief ArchivistColin FordPhoenix_Dfire
Tech Primate in TrainingChris Mk VLittleBigYin
Ex-Fdev GodDerin

Download the episode directly from here.

Development News – what have the devs said this week?

  1. Frontier clarified some of the changes coming to Engineering, which will be appearing over the “coming months!”
    1. Reducing the number of materials required for Engineering.
    2. Increasing payout of engineering materials from missions.
    3. Increasing backpack capacity.
  2. They also showed off two of the ship packs which will be coming in May.
    1. Type 6 Mining Laser Jumpstart
    2. Alliance Chieftain AX Combat Jumpstart
    3. Both ships don’t have a rebuy, unless you start adding new modules, and even then it’s only the cost of the new modules.
    4. Any attempt to sell the ship or strip a pack for the module credits won’t work as the ship and its modules will sell for 0 Cr.
  3. The press reaction has been pretty extensive ;-
    1. Massively OP did a few articles ;-
      1. Stick and Rudder: So let’s talk about those Elite Dangerous pre-built ships
      2. Elite Dangerous plans to sell ship bundles – including its upcoming new ship – in the cash shop | Massively Overpowered
      3. Elite Dangerous shares additional details on engineering updates and pre-built ship bundles | Massively Overpowered
    2.  Arcs Technica – Elite: Dangerous’s real-money ship sales spark “pay-to-win” outrage
    3. Games Radar reports Elite is being review bombed (apparently 54 bad reviews in the last week is considered a review bomb) – Elite Dangerous Is Being Review-Bombed
    4. IGN – Elite Dangerous Dev Frontier Announces Plans to Sell Ships for Real Money, Sparking Backlash
  4. Frontier unlocked stream dived into PP 2.0 (see the main topic)
  5. Type 8 is the next variant ship

Community news – what is the community up to??

  1. The Elite Racers CCCXLVI Winter Olympics has finished!
  2. Buckyball has started!
    The Triple Eight Championship

    Race #1 – The Sidewinder Trophy
    1. (Colin’s not doing that well at it).
  3. The High Wake has two videos this week. Both commenting on the current Store Changes and where might it end ;-
  4. Darplata94 has been maintaining a spreadsheet of ALL the ED cosmetic items.
    If you wanted absolutely everything it would cost you about three and a half thousand pounds!
  5. The Buur Pit’s excellent summation of the Frontier Unlocked PP2.0 info dump.
    NEWS: Powerplay 2.0 Deep Dive, Pre-Build Ship Modules & Engineering Details
  6. Hutton run race is still on with Stargoid beating HappyMoonMonkey by a whopping 6 seconds (strats include having folks stationed at strategic points to refuel along the way – it’s the most social of races!)
  7. If you have a community event taking place soon and would like for us to shout about it across the airwaves tweet the crew @laveradio or email

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

  1. 24th April 3310 – OYA Successfully Attacked

Main discussion

  1. PP- the questions people have for Derin
    1. What you been up to since you left Frontier?
    2. The community was under the impression that adding new features in the old legacy build was incredibly difficult and time consuming. Was the Odyssey build a lot easier to work with and what could you do in Odyssey that you couldn’t do in legacy?
    3. Apart from PP was there any existing mechanics you wished you could have had a crack at?
    4. What is it, in your opinion, that makes Powerplay 2.0 more engaging and accessible than Powerplay 1.0?
    5. Is there a plan for current power specific modules in PP2.0 ie prismos/packhounds. (DJ Wylie, CMDR KronenBrg, CMDR Homburger. CMDR KAITIFF) Also completely understand if this isn’t something Derin is able to answer.
    6. Is there one (possibly crazy) idea that you wanted to put in Powerplay 2.0, but couldn’t? E.g. extra colonia powers (Niceygy)
    7. There’s a BGS question from chebswill and also LittleBigYin, but they both ask if Powerplay 2.0 will have a direct influence to the factions in the system ie would having a faction that is aligned with the superpower make gaining influence easier? Does the government type of the system still make a difference to the faction now? Is there a benefit to not being aligned to a powerplay faction?
    8. Do the stronghold carriers have some of the old Fleet Carrier assets? If so ElvisKremmen asks – When PP 2.0 was 1st discussed were the old FC assets a “we can get a use out of these now” thing or was something else new going to be used?
    9. What do you feel is your magnum opus in Elite? – LittleBigYin
    10. What was the most difficult bug the team faced over the years? – EliteDangereuse
    11. Can you answer perhaps the biggest question raised by the first PP2 livestream – where are the vending machines?

Any other business

  1. Members of the Elite Partner Program (Clare included) will be streaming/releasing videos an exclusive first look at the Python Mk II from tomorrow: Clare will be looking at it from 18:00.


  1. QOTW will be fully back on Sunday – I’ve used the questions in the main discussion.


  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. We’re also giving a shout outs to the following Elite Dangerous podcasts which have appeared over the last year or are standard regular contributors;-
    1. The Guard Frequency (who do other space games )
    2. Loose Screws
  4. Following this we have the latest Galnet News Digest as provided by Cmdr Wotherspoon and Cmdr BeetleJude.
  5. Thanks to those who have chipped in on Twitch chat and in-game commanders
  6. Special Thanks to Cmdr ToCoSo, Jn Tracks and Allen Stroud who created the music used on the Show.

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