In partnership with the British Science Fiction Association, Dataslate returns! We’re your book review podcast with an all new line up of participants. This week, BSFA Chair, Allen Stroud, author and Games Designer, Kodeir Ralford talk about crowdfunding, games and books. Topics in this episode are: Crowdfunding and the…
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!
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.
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.
Tuesday Stream 16:30 on Tuesday
Arf and Bruce
Balancing FD are looking at Cr / Hour, Risk vs Reward, vs Skill
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?
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.
Exclusive reward for CG and double engineered modules. What are the potential benefits and downsides?
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.
Speedbowl IV New Grounds is happening this weekend!!!
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Thanks to those who have chipped in on Twitch chat and in-game commanders
Bruce and Stephen doing the CG. So lovely “noob” moments with Stephen wondering why he’s heating up, and the stream shouting at him that Silent Running was on…. Equally for Bruce, the stream telling him to reboot / repair instead of waiting for his shields to come back… But some nice flying from the guys using fixed plasma and flak cannons on a Mamba
(Huge) Performance Boost – “Now, on Series X it’s finally possible to play the game at a near locked 60 fps in 4K/Quality mode, and basically a full, locked 60 fps in all circumstances in 4K/Performance mode.”
“In short, Elite Dangerous works like a charm on Series X and even in 4K it runs incomparably better than on the previous generation of consoles. All this without the developers having to do anything. I can imagine further optimization could be done, but as it is, it’s still utterly fantastic. I’ve never seen Elite being so smooth on console and it’s a joy to play like this.”
Dataslate Episode 20 will be delayed a week or so because Allen had a perfect storm of a great, but long recording session and well as majorly busy with ‘Real Life’
Turning the Wheel
All is well in all the places, we are climbing in PHRA LAK and will soon take control. We are pending expansion right now from Turdo Tani and this expansion will put us into Lave.
We have successfully concluded operation Shindez having accomplished our task of getting absolute confirmation that it is not possible to expand out of there just as we already knew that it was not Possible to expand into there.
We will be in lave for Thanksgiving So have some whiskey ready for the party and hide your women! :sunglasses:
We are sad to announce that we lost a dear friend and fellow ED Commander, 37-year-old Commander Operator83 (known as Zoka).
Zoka was one of the original members of B.I.G. (Balkan Intergalactic Guerilla). He was a proud Imperial warrior who answered the first call to mobilisation and volunteered to defend our home system, Rudjer Boskovic, against aggression by Federal groups in the year 3300.
Having proved himself as a very capable combat pilot he was selected to represent team B.I.G. in seasons 1 and 2 of the prestigious ED PVP League in 3301. His finest hour came in a famous tie-breaker victory, when he helped our team to secure a third place in the galaxy.
Following this victory he was promoted to the rank of Voivoda (Duke), the highest honour bestowed by B.I.G. He went on to share his enormous experience with new members as a flight instructor and mentor. Zoka also proved to be an excellent SRV driver and climber.
In 3302 he answered humanity’s call to defend against the growing Thargoid threat in the frontline systems around Asterope.
Finally, this seasoned veteran decided to seek solitude and fulfil his lifelong longing for exploration by setting out with the Distant Worlds 2 expedition in 3304.
He answered the call of the black – and the black finally took him – on October 24th this year.
His roaring laughter in the face of danger and most difficult of times kept our group together and our spirits up. It will sadly be missed by all of us.
After much searching we managed to locate Zoka’s Krait Phantom ISS Millennium Falcon in a far corner of the galaxy. Through great effort we have managed to return it to the Rudjer Boskovic system where it will be displayed in his memory.
We invite all commanders who would like to come and pay their respects to join us on November 14th on the Fleet Carrier “Operator83 Memorial” in the “Rudjer Boskovic” system, starting 20:00 UTC (in game time), open game mode. Fly past his ship and the guard of honour and fire chaff as a final salute to a beloved member of our community during this time.
And even more Sad News, Cmdr Penfold aka Mark Sanders sadly sailed beyond the veil on the 8th of November. He’d been fighting Cancer and kicking its ass but sadly caught Covid – 19 taking him from us. Many of us in the Lave Radio Crew knew Penfold from the kickstarter days He was also a regular Lavecon and ECM Attendee. He was an absolute gentleman, quiet and a little shy but when you were allowed to meet him properly, his charm and warmth as a amazing and kind human being shone brightly. It is devastating to lose Penfold especially during his amazingly brave fight of his cancer, his family supporting him through out and we send our heartfelt commiserations and love to them. We will miss your friendly face and kindness at our future events, we have lost an amazing human being and sadly a very dear friend.
Halloween and Frontier with Cmdr Kaltern (as well as other canon stuff)
Ticks are running late at the moment, so TDW will see. They will either be pending expansion again out of Turdetani today or tomorrow. They landed on a new system from their previous expansion and are doing well there. Everything is continuing to grow and hopefully with this expansion out of Turdetani we will land in Lave. The expansion that just happened is our first step on the way to LFT509
SagI Podcast issue 30 comes out tomorrow!
In this edition, we take a look at a bitter conflict in the Colonia nebula, far away and unknown by most commanders. What drives this conflict, and why is it even occurring? We talk to some of those behind it to find out why, and what scores are being settled. We then move on to the second part of our investigation of the Dark Wheel and its motivations. It’s not all conflict, though, as our intrepid reporter heads out on the Banana Nebula Expedition, categorising the notable stellar phenomena, which are common in the region. We finish off with the Eight WHeel Drive Endurance Championship, a race that requires rare skill to even complete, let alone win.
There is a lot of life in the Universe, from tiny micro-organisms to complex fusion and symbiosis of viable organisms. It is a wonder how all this exists in the universe around us.
To experience these phenomena first hand, the expedition “Space Adaptation – the Search for Life” will visit all manner of life forms out there in the dangerous void relatively close to the Bubble. Join a group of like-minded explorers and admire 11 different alien life forms, including objects created by them, and append these exciting new discoveries to your Codex. The expedition route has been optimized to enable more than 20 codex entries to be collected by visiting only 7 different systems within 15k ly from Sol.
For the enthusiast, there is also a modified route that includes some 20 further systems, containing an extra 20 variations of these life forms.
As a souvenir of your expedition, we aim to take group photographs at each of the phenomena, and collate these into a visual library of the trip.
This expedition presents a unique opportunity for you and your fellow explorers to study, with relative ease and speed, a significant section of life in our universe.
If you wish to join us on our adventure please follow these steps:
Sign up with the expedition on EDSM.
Congratulations to cmdr Thauma, who has managed to circumnavigate the galaxy with his fleet carrier, the FC Nanachi! Full details can be found here on Reddit.
Talking of Reddit. Chief head honcho Stuart GT over there is running a competition for Ship Skins here
Any Other Business?
According to steam charts, Star Wars Squadrons has now dropped under the Elite Dangerous player level. Now that people are getting used to the multiplayer modes, it seems that turretting (craft can turn quite fast at zero speed) has begun to ruin the multiplayer game.
Friend of the show, the twitch streamer HelloitsKolo has been nominated for a golden joystick award. So if you wish to support an Elite:Dangerous streamer (amongst other things), Vote Here, #voteginger!
In partnership with the British Science Fiction Association, Dataslate returns! We’re your book review podcast with an all new line up of participants. This week, BSFA Chair, Allen Stroud, author and BFS Horizons Editor, Shona Kinsella and author, Kevin Elliott talk awards ceremonies and books. Topics in this episode…
And we’re back. In partnership with the British Science Fiction Association, Dataslate returns! We’re your book review podcast with an all new line up of participants. This week, BSFA Chair Allen Stroud, and author, Kevin Elliott talk conventions, TV and books. Topics in this episode are: Coronavirus and Conventions. New…
Development News – what have the devs said this week?
Arf and Bruce go thargoid hunting and are quite successful (Unlike Stephen and Will).
Bruce and Stephen on the Tuesday Stream where they weren’t.
In-Game Events – what’s happened this week?
Imperials Declare Victory in the CG. They have declared martial law in Marlist systems, leading to several systems worth of Imperial Citizens fleeing to the Federation.
Systems in the Witch-head Nebula have come under thargoid attack. There is a CG in progress to defend the Systems against Thargoid Attack.
Colin discovered a new Thargoid encounter. Waves of thargoid scouts were defending a probe. Not just the standard scouts, the special variants were involved as well.
Support for President Hudson has had a crash in popularity rating due to his association with Admiral Lucas Vincent.
How does mission availability vary through the game?
The missions available from contacts and boards in the social hubs and settlements will depend on the BGS status, this means you will find different missions in different locations in the same way as you do in Elite Dangerous today.
Some missions given by vendors will ask Commanders to visit a certain location, retrieve a specific item, or even kill an NPC. However, you don’t need a mission to go to a settlement; you can go wherever you want, when you want – creating your own story. This includes the ability to, if you decide, perform nefarious acts like looting or killing NPCs. Just remember your actions could have a negative effect on the controlling faction, which will in turn affect your reputation with them and the BGS.
How will NPCs react to players and each other?
Odyssey’s NPCs will react to players and other NPCs based on a number of factors, from obvious status elements like having a weapon drawn right through to their current BGS affiliations. NPCs have a variety of professionally voice acted dialogue which really adds to the immersion of the galaxy. If you are on good terms with a faction they will be kind to you, if you are not in good terms… start ducking, as they might start firing on sight!
Can you give some examples of the suits that will be available?
Commanders will be able to purchase and switch between multiple suits to help them with different mission types. Outside of the Flight Suit (currently in-game) you will also be able to equip the Exploration Suit, the Combat Suit and the Scavenger Suit. You will also be able to purchase multiples of each suit and give them different loadouts, dependent on your particular playstyle/mission.
The suits we mention above will be geared towards different mission activities. You do not need to own that suit type to take on a specific activity, however doing so will certainly make life easier. Suits can be upgraded in a variety of ways to help improve their capabilities. We will be announcing more on the different suit types and upgrades in the future – stay tuned!
Will suits have shields? If so, how is this managed?
All suits will have shields installed, and they will use up your battery supply. You’ll have to make sure you manage your power outlet and distribution between your shields and oxygen (similar to managing the pips in your ship).
Will I have an on foot inventory?
Yes, players will have an on foot inventory and Odyssey will introduce some new materials, which you will be able to gather on foot. This includes organic samples you’ve collected using the Field Sampler tool for the new Exo-Biologist rank.
Does the Apex Interstellar service now mean that it is viable to travel between systems by way of taxi flights, whilst theoretically never flying your own ship?
Yes exactly, you can now choose to play Elite Dangerous without a ship! Commanders will be able to use their ships, or the Apex Interstellar service, or even both, to move about the galaxy. That being said, there will be areas Interstellar will not take you.
I’d rather not go into a lot of details. I tried to record something but just didn’t have it in me. I decided to post something here so people would know what’s happening.
I’m going to be taking a break from Elite to handle some personal issues. A longer break. Because I’m not going to be in Elite I don’t think it’s responsible that I podcast about Elite until I’m playing again. I’m not sure how long it will be but once I get my head on straight I will be back.
I want to thank jnTracks, Chig, nlHate, Dubbs, Nergal, and everyone else that’s been doing the podcast and supporting things while I’ve been out.
Top Shift Short – Brian Blessed Motivational Speaker.
Any Other Business
SW:Squadrons updated to v1.2. Myself and Ben suffered our first encounter of Squadron Rage where a pick up player will not play as part of the team. I.E. IF YOU ARE IN AN A-WING DO NOT FUCKING ATTACK THE STAR DESTROYER, YOUR JOB IS TO PROTECT YOUR Y-WINGS WHICH ARE!! Not that it’s got to me!
Total revenue in FY20 was £76.1 million (FY19: £89.7 million)
The decrease is at least in part because Planet Zoo launched ½ way through the year
Cash balances increased by £10.4 million during the year to £45.8 million (FY19: £35.3 million)
Elite Dangerous continues to grow, with the success of the recent Fleet Carriers update helping to achieve its highest ever player numbers. Elite Dangerous: Odyssey, our major new paid-for update to launch in calendar Q1 2021 (in FY21), was revealed in June 2020 to positive reception
Your original ship with Goods A in it is still where you left it… therefor cargo storage for all
Ben’s (possible) objection
This makes unproven assumptions that we can get a taxi whilst we have goods in our ship it might just be that getting in a taxi is like getting into a ship with Zero Tons of cargo space and we’re not allowed to until we’ve sold our stuff (just like going from a 100T ship to a 10T ship, you need to lose 90T of goods)
Due to unfortunate circumstances (his PC melted) one of our Tech Monkeys is out of the game for a while, on the bright side this has opened up a space or two in our monkey enclosure and maybe you can fill it Key Responsibilities Streaming the live show in a…