Lave Radio Episode 331 “Do developers dream of Rubiks Cubs?” – 02/03/2021

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_

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Development News – what have the devs said this week?

  1. (1) EliteDangerous – Twitch. Arf tried to stream (personal account) from xbox on Thursday but I don’t know how that went.
  2. In Game Memorials
    Greetings Commanders,

    We’d like to revisit our approach to player memorials in-game.

    In the past, we’ve accepted requests to add locations or change location names to give players a place to remember and celebrate their loved ones. Unfortunately, this gesture could not be scaled to meet the large number of requests we received as time went on.

    We’re now ready with a solution that offers an equal and respectful way to honour all Commanders’ requests to memorialise friends and family that have passed. Our plan is to create memorial beacons in the following systems, each of which will feature an epitaph and a list of names:
    1. Sol
    2. Achenar
    3. Alioth
    4. Shinrarta Dezhra
    5. Colonia
    6. Asellus Primus
    7. Dromi

      The names will be updated periodically every few months at all locations. This will allow any visitor to see the full list at any beacon at any given time. The locations are expected to be added by the end of this month.
  3. Friday’s Q&A – Weapons​
  4. Tuesday Stream
      1. Arf’s in chat “telling” Bruce that he NEEDS to blur his background.
      2. 4pm on Thursday – Dev’s on, Twitch Drops, Big stuff

Main discussion

  1. We asked the community what they would like fdev to focus on after Odyssey, and the appropriate bug fixes; –
    1. We had 130 responses on the forum
    2. Twitter: Omni_Sensei: I hope there is some great fps content.
    3. Twitter: John Jameson: 
      1. Oceans that one can submerse in on Water Planets. 
      2. City’s on inhabited worlds along with carriers and stations that orbit closer to planets so that you can watch features moving by quickly on the planet. 🙂
    4. Twitter: Mistake Not: Making worlds with a full atmosphere, with weather, vegetation and ecosystems.
    5. Twitter: Camel Number 1: Five aside football matches in the fleet carrier docking bays.
    6. Twitter: Carrumba: 
      1. Functioning coffee maker. 
      2. A throwable rubiks cub. 
      3. Hang in there comedy kitten poster.
Subject1st Choice2nd Choice3rd ChoiceTotal Points
Walking around ships1112158
VR Walking around92334
More planet types landable101133
Colonisation Mechanics/base buildng33520
Galaxy Map improvements51118
New SRVs33217
Visible NPC Crew41014
Crime and Punishment22313
Stealing Ships30110
Interactive Space Phonomna2039
Cockpit Cats (Pets?)1218
Foliage and Fauna0328
Panther Clipper1116
Increase group instanceing1036
Missions overhaul1105
Explore Gas Giants and water worlds0215
Asteroid Clusters0204
Multiple commanders0204
Mech Suit1003
Offline Mode1003
Small seimic Chargets1003
Light Sources1003
More Combat Zones1003
Fleet Carriers Interroirs0102
Eject Passengers0102
Ship designer0102
Better AI0102
Moon Landings0011
Better Squadrons0011
Faction Fleet carriers0011

Community Corner

  1. LAVECON – Karen to talk about the possibility of a ‘Proper’ Con this year.
  2. Dark Wheel Initiative – We swept the war 4-0 in Ross154 and are climbing in influence in the system. This expansion to test Sol


  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. 
  1. 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. Loose Screws
    2. Elite Week
    3. Flight Assist
    4. For Spanish Speakers there is the Elite Cast 
    5. Cannon Podcast
    6. Fatherhood Podcast.
    7. Squeaking Fuel
    8. The Guard Frequency (who do other space sims)
    9. Algorab AM: An Elite Dangerous Podcast
  2. Following this we have the latest Galnet News Digest as provided by Cmdr Wotherspoon and Cmdr BeatleJude.
  3. Thanks to those who have chipped in on Twitch chat and in-game commanders