Fleet Carriers will now have Universal Cartographics available as an optional service.
Decommissioning a Fleet Carrier will now refund the full cost of a Carrier, with the only reductions either being unpaid debt when automated or a static fee for voluntary decommissioning.
Module and ship storage will now always be available for the Fleet Carrier owner. Shipyard and outfitting services will still need to be purchased to enable visitors to use them and to buy stock for the owner.
Tritium consumption per lightyear has been reduced by approximately half.
Upkeep cost for all additional services has been reduced by 80-90%.
The core running costs have been reduced by 50%.
The Debt Threshold has been updated in line with the upkeep changes (This means with all services installed, a carrier can go 10 weeks (up from 4) without paying upkeep before being issued a final warning).
The total upfront activation costs of some of the more expensive services have been reduced by 35-45%.
The time between jumps has been decreased to 15 minutes for jump preparation and 5 minutes to cool-down.
Added Universal Cartographics as an optional service on Fleet Carriers.
Fleet Carrier owners can now store their ships and modules aboard their Fleet Carrier by default.
When decommissioning a carrier you will now receive a full refund.
Voluntary decommissioning will incur a fee equivalent to 50% of the Debt Threshold.
When cancelling the decommissioning of your Fleet Carrier, you will now receive an inbox message to confirm the cancellation.
Reduced the amount of Tritium consumed with each jump by around half.
Added a better indication of arriving and decommissioned states for Fleet Carriers on the Cockpit Navigation Panel.
Fleet Carrier Services menu now displays the name of the owner.
The trade screen in Fleet Carrier Management, now reports the number of imported and exported commodity types separately rather than in a total for both.
CQC Menu fix – CQC matchmaking from in-game will now require the usual delay before exiting the game if you are in danger.
Space Legs around player base building
MSG From Kai Zen – PLEASE BE ADVISED: After talking extensively with Ty @ Loose Screws Podcasts we have different goals for future projects and different abilities to commit time and resources to achieving those goals as well as a difference of opinion on a few key factors of the partnership going forward. Therefore from this point forward I am stepping down as a cohost of Loose Screws Podcast and will be transitioning Elite Week into a solo project that will have its own podcast feed in addition to the existing YouTube channel. I am still an on-air guest at Loose Screws and will remain active in that discord community but all of my content generations will take place from the official Elite Week discord. I truly wish @Ty and @jnTracks [PC] all the best and am sure that they will make great content for you to enjoy in the coming days!
(From the shareholder article below) We had originally planned for the Elite Dangerous major update to release in December 2020, but, in the context of the current Covid-19 environment, we have now set a Q1 2021 release date.
no new activity on the thargoid front, just the Pleiades and the witch-head nebula.
Cmdr MGRAM did show off how to kill a thargoid in a Keelback. Although there are reports of a civil war between two of the Anti Thargoid organizations.
Tensions between the HIVE and Hank’s Alliance of Anti-Xeno are apparent at the moment.
BBC radio documentary #ThisGameChangedMyLife which revisits Commander Michael Holyland’s story. Heartbreaking of course but sensitively put together by Nathan Jones and hosted by Aoife Lockhart & Julia Hardy really worth a listen. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08bq9sz
CMDR Cynnrain (a.k.a. Baz Floyd from SpecialEffect) is launching his daily Banter Bus at 9pm each and every day from the 26th April until the 21st May.
The Banter Bus will be visiting 26 known “interesting places” in the Bubble (or near it) each evening, and inviting every commander in the galaxy to pop in and join him for a little banter and company.
Whether you want to make a rendez-vous with the bus, and join in that evening’s shenanigans, or pop in to multicrew and take in the sights, or maybe just pop into Teamspeak and have a chat, Baz is available each evening from 9pm and we’ll be publishing the stops on the bus route soon….
Want to see an asteroid base, or a black hole, or the racing station at Cortes? Want to visit a megaship, or see a barnacle forest? A station in low orbit around a planet, or one circling a ringed earthlike? Want to see if we can get one of each ship type in a single selfie? Want to go to Mitterand Hollow? The bus is stopping at all these and more.
Teamspeak 3 server address is ts.forthemug.com – just look for the “Baz Big Bubble Banter Bus” room and hop in there to say hi and tag along. It will be chaos, but if you’re coming, bring an SRV, bring a fighter.
Psykokow and the replacement Eurovision on the 16th May
Millstonebarn comes with a request from Ed’s 38 to help them get their home out in Colonia back!
Diplomats. Earlier this year a player minor faction ruthlessly stole Dunker’s Rest from the owners, Ed’s 38, in their home system, Dubbuennel, whilst we were supporting other (much needed) player-driven activities in the bubble (the Hutton Truckers’ HOT-MESS), thereby breaching the terms of the Jaques Accord. Biscuit production has been halted. We appealed to their conscience… seemingly without success, so a small number of Dunkers, together with the Lyttle Massive and other allies have been working to rectify this situation and we have made great progress. However the rogues, Nu Simbad, have today responded and we face a challenge righting their wrongdoings. This is a call for your support. Please, come to Colonia. Ask your friends to rally behind our cause. Spread the word. Bring your ships. Put Dunker’s Rest back in the hands of the responsible owners so that we can restart biscuit production it would be for the good of everyone in Colonia, including you Nu Simbad. Including you.
Congrats to ChrisMasterSki who posted in Reddit that after 3,500 hours in game he just hit 1,000,000 light years traveled Reddit Link
Development News – what have the devs said this week?
Beta 2 is coming. Stephen has said they’re taking a snapshot of the database on April the 30th. This snapshot will be the basis for Beta 2, so you’ll if you want to own a fleet carrier, you have until then to get your 5 to 7 billion. 😉
People suspect that the beta will start in the second week in May.
In-Game Events – what’s happened this week?
Operation IDA – The station repair guys are working on Guidoni Enterprise in HIP 9599.
Orion Expedition has just finished, and the Eastern Promise expedition (which was originally the Orion Expedition’s route home) has just begun – with a joint mass jump from Sagittarius A* Some video here: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/603463230
After a period of inactivity (excluding the standing challenges and the Cortes Base stuff our last official race was Halpy Hand back in January) – I’m pleased to announce that the Buckyball Racing Club have just updated their race diary with … not one … not two … not three … but four news races, coming next month, June, July and August! The Buckyball race calendar is here: http://buckyballracing.org.uk/#upcomingevents And the details for “Signs of Life” should be appearing around the end of the week.
Hey Lave Radio. Long term commander Kinetis here from the UK. Although not ED related it would be great if I could share my daughter’s fundraising page on the Lave Radio Facebook group for the NHS and other social media feeds. I’ve tried to get Remlok sponsorship but waiting for the subspace communication to come back . The page iswww.justgiving.com/hairthatcares o7 Commanders!
Cargo space and swapping limpets (basically auto dump cargo)
Bookmark Folders in the Galactic Map
Kai Zen from Loose Screws talks to Bruce Garrido (Frontier Community Manager) and talks everything from Raxxla to Fleet Carriers with an eye on development practices and the process of helping bring great new things from the dev team to the community!
We’re after your favourite ‘You’ve been framed’ or ‘Cmdrs do the funniest things’ stories! Boosting instead of docking, face-planting on High G worlds, funny pirate encounters. Let us know and we’ll tell the rest of the community your shame!
The DSSA is a project to deploy a network of support Carriers all over the galaxy to help explorers in their deep space travels; roughly one Carrier per galactic region (plus a few more on the Z axis around the galactic centre). Those Carriers, offered by individuals, groups, factions or squadrons, would remain in a fixed and public location for at the very least a full year, open to all, with at least refuel and repair services, at the lowest price (other services are at the owner’s liberty). Beacons in the profound night, they would form a mesh of safe harbours for anyone who would need a rest stop.
And Frontier Confirms “Hi Yamiks. Thanks for sharing the news. We’ve lots of new features to share in our upcoming stream, including how the decommission system works (spoiler: you need to incur on HUGE debt for that to happen). And our devs know that you’d want to go on vacation from time to time!”
And Stephen quells fears on the forums “While Fleet Carriers require a weekly upkeep for crew and enabled Fleet Carrier services, there are a number of options which will allow owners to earn credits and cover the ongoing running costs of a Fleet Carrier. There’s more to the debt and decommissioning of a Fleet Carrier, and it’s not something that should happen if the player hasn’t incurred a HUGE amount of debt. We understand there’s a fair bit of concern about this but rest assured, we’ll be going over this in quite a lot of detail in the upcoming Content Reveal livestream next week. There are also going to be two public beta periods where you’ll be able to test this for yourselves and share with us your feedback.”
The Latest updates from the Anti-Xeno Inititatives can be found at CMDR Avasa Siuu’s You tunbe Channel. He’s covering Cold Orbiting, Thargoid Damage and a new AX Ace. (As well as this thing called fleet carriers).
Repairs Continue on Revin Hub – Phrygiang
Hello to the Cmdr Ascorbius who has (with his Machinima and Brocast crew) come up with a new Elite Animation Go Home You’re Drunk! Very funny! 😉 “Ascorbius is in #Colonia, He’s in trouble with Jayne for selling a ship which didn’t belong to him and Jayne is in a race against time to get it back from a very dangerous foe, The used ship merchant – Shiny Bob. In the meantime, Ascorbius has to make ends meet, Will Jayne get the Python back in time? Will Scorb ever learn? Features Turjan, Mach1ne, ToCoSo and Down to Earth Astronomy.”
We will be having a LIVE artemis bridge crew. All the rig we built will be on screen, with smoke machines and lights and are inviting a crew to keep Engineer Moof busy by flying the ship whilst havoc goes on around him on screen.
TLDR People playing Artemis will be doing their best to set fire to Moof remotely 🙂
Then we’re having some of the streamers join in during the day for their own bits. Already Psyche, Mr Benedetti, Kolo, Paige have volunteered to pop in
We will hold the raffle during the afternoon.
We WON’T be fundraising and chugging throughout like a charity stream. No totaliser, no constant message about giving. It’s about community and fun
We will also be inviting people in via Skype/zoom to say hi and take part in shenanigans
Message from the EIC
Hello lovely customers and beautiful members of the EIC community. In light of all that is going on in the world and, in a very small way, to counter the selfishness of some people out there buying all the toilet rolls and leaving some of us to set up a hosepipe in the house.
The EIC Trading Post is pleased to announce Operation: Helping Hand From 00:00 on 21st March 3306 (in about 15 or so hours) and running for at least 4 weeks ALL trades for engineer unlock commodities and rare goods will be ABSOLUTELY FREE to Cmdrs on PC!
Just place your order as normal and you don’t have to pay a single Imperial Slave for your goods.
We’re all in this together Cmdrs. All the best to you and your loved ones at this time and the EIC Trading Post team look forward to helping you unlock some more engineers..but this time for free.
They’d love this to be on consoles too, but they don’t have the logistics in place over there to support it
Message from Spidermind
So you are staying at home?
Why not self-isolate in the city of Saltdad, fighting the tyranny of the Iron King, or on the Independent Asellus Primus System, fighting crime as Police Detectives.
You can now do both, with this little ‘at home’ gift bundle from Spidermind Games.
Follow the links below to download a free pdf sample from The Valley of Bones, Book One in the Legendary Kingdoms Series. This is a choose your own adventure gamebook you play on your own. All you need is a pencil and some d6 dice.
If you are at home with the family then why not take them through the Elite Dangerous Role Playing Game, standalone adventure ‘The Worst Intentions’. With 4 pre-made characters and simple to follow Games Master instructions, this fast paced adventure will have you out amongst the stars in the Elite Dangerous Galaxy.
Stay safe and enjoy a little adventure whilst at home.
Kai from over at Loose Screws has spun off his “Elite Week” Segment from their main podcast into its own unique feed. Elite Week is a segment where they highlight, pretty much all and anything that’s happening in the Expanded Elite Dangerous Galaxy.
Question of the… when we get round to it… If you could write one story for Galnet what would the Headline be? Either reply here or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (p.s. deliberately Salty ones will be ignored)
TJ Twitter – NOT MY FAULT!!!!!
Patrik Maass – Twitter – Galnetstrike in it’s third month! Pilots Federation denies progress in labor negotiations
Frank EightSeven – Twitter – Hudson contracts Solarvirus.. Tj held responsible
The Evil Snowball – Twitter – Ancient Earth Snack Recipe Found! Jaffa Cakes Making A Return?
Kevin Hewitt – Facebook – Probably a small report on expansion fights that occur when trying to take over a system. Or a travel guide trying to get people to visit systems that are out of the way
Neil Hatcher – Facebook – Commanders psychological conditions linked to excessive use of FSS.
Ian Norton – Facebook – Oooh I’d write a short series, one tracking a distinctive thargoid ship nick-named “Red Baron”
Stephen Usher – Facebook – Thargoids found to be terrible at fighting wars.
Paul Sweet – Facebook – Pirates are found to be really bad judges of their own abilities, as feared Pirate Lord in his Sidewinder demands all the cargo from a Commander piloting an Anaconda and then is surprised when the Commander destroys their Sidewinder.
Dr Kaii – Twitter – Mysterious 26,000 year old radio wave burst detected from earth by The Event Horizon Science Relay – Scientists baffled
John – Twitter – Raxxla discovered just 10000ls further out from Hutton Orbital
Ben – addendum – Simoof says “no it isn’t I’ve been there”
Badmiker – Twitter – Dredger reappears from 1984. Aged crew say “We promised to return.”
Sentinel Prime – Twitter – Mysterious seemingly uncrewed ships observed scanning and interfering with outposts in Witch head Nebula following Thargoid attacks.
Morgan Persson – Facebook – Thargoids – friend or foe?
Anthony Hunt – Facebook – “Formadine Rift: A real place, or a mis-translation of ‘mind the gap’ from the Guardian language?” This week our panel of linguists and philosophers discuss..
Liam Greene – Facebook – Is your waste purifier giving you THARGOID CANCER?
Cwolfxuk – Twitter – CMDR unites the galaxy’s news outlets and other sources to create a new Galnet, one so involving as contains true stories taken from other CMDRs…
InverseGalaxy83 – Twitter – Antique, yet seemingly intact “Cobra MkII” found just a few ls from Lave Station.
David Gillum – Facebook – Humanity flees as the Thargoids “burn the bubble”
Simon Knowles Winnard – Facebook – Pleasure slaves found in Dongkum sausage factory. Authorities say survivors look drained.
Anthony Hunt – Facebook – It has become apparent that the Thargoid offensive was entirely to get social media coverage and now that Galnet is offline, they’ve quit.
Kai Zen – Email – Unease about the Thargoids current random actions and tension mounting in the population that they think Tharg is amassing forces for a major offensive and demanding that Core Dynamics, Lakon, Gutamaya et al. Get their asses in gear and put into production the prototype Capital Ships they have been working on so that as in the days of old when Galcop called upon private citizens to defend against the alien threat we may be fully equipped to aid in all manor of combat and civil engineering activities as well as being prepared to explore deeper in our need to secure a location of the threat and deal with it.
Followed by a week or 2 of responses from them then some “leaks” of production ramp ups all coordinated to hype the rollout of personal fleet carriers…
You can even do commentary from luminaries… Mahon calling for traders, Halsey calling for exploration to aid her own search for the caretakers of the galaxy, Fed president looking for say combat ships…. maybe some engineers like wierdo mc pervyface ettiene dorne asking for a SAR ship, etc. You could throw in a half dozen updates easily without rocking any Lore Boats or treading on the over arching story lines in any way that do nothing but build hype for a product that Fdev want us to be excited for…
Dan Grubb – Facebook – Troops sent to front line against Thargoid threat complain forming any line in three dimensional space is meaningless.
Cmdr Buur – Twitter – Colossal Thargoid hive ship orbiting Earth. Cradle of humanity “reduced to smouldering ashes”.
Buur adds ‘I’m also quite fond of “Alien Fabergé eggs hatched. “Their babies ate my face” claims faceless Veronica, mum of 3.’
The Lounge Wizard – Twitter – Aisling Duval found to be an automaton & front, real ruler is an 85 year old mechanic from Hartlepool, Earth.
Cmdr Spatula007 – Twitter – There’s a Barnacle in my soup! Testing reveals organic alien contaminants found in fast food franchise – Brabenburger.
Cmdr ToCoSo – Twitter – Huge ships spotted! Not polkadots but gigantic ships seen at spacedocks around the galaxy.
Cmdr TheEnglishGuyAsh – Twitter – The Thargoids have finally made contact, they say their dad can beat up your dad
Ollie Clark – Facebook – Thargoid SWARMS coming to take YOUR jobs and houses!
Just wanted to jump in this here locked thread and clarify Stephen’s earlier post. Essentially, the plan has not changed for how we’re treating future GalNet articles, which (as we stated here) will be tied to in-game activity, significant narrative developments, new ships and modules and so forth. It is the ‘off-camera’ narratives, that we have previously published via GalNet, which we currently have no plans to return.
The framework for Community Goals exist and while the regular cadence of Community Goals is not planned to see a return, we will still see some Community Goals in the future.
Apologies for any confusion that was caused!
Introduction to CMDR Bruce (Gambit)We got a ‘Brucie Bonus’ when introduced to New CM Bruce who said about Fleet Carriers that the new systems that came with them would change how they play the game. That’s got people really excited that it will be more than just a mobile space station.
Hoax announcement of Fleet Carriers being delayed until q4 has been debunked by Will on the Forums. Quite a nice mocked up but caused a little salt on the forums.
Frontier is pleased to confirm the signing of another two Frontier Publishing deals, taking the number of signed deals to five for the Company’s third party publishing initiative.Other deals are “in discussion”
In-Game Events – what’s happened this week?
Operation IDA – They have successfully repaired Titan’s Daughter and are now focusing on Exodus Point in the Hyades Sector AB-W b2-2 System.
Anti-Xeno – Again the Eagle eye network is quiet and there have been no sneaky incursions by the Thargoids. Scouts and interceptors continue to plague the Pleiades and the Witch-head Nebula if people want to take.
If anyone can spare some time, Hutton Orbital Truckers are having an Infrastructure failure in Alpha Centauri which disables the Buy area of the Commodities Market and therefore mugs can’t be bought! They urgently need Food and Machinery products delivered to Al-din to try and end this state. Power Generators and Water Purifiers are in demand, and numerous source and return missions are available for various food products. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Development News – what have the devs said this week?
Stephen Benedetti confirms that David has not been taken over by Thagoids or a Rogue AI and is well (on Monday Lunch Stream 2/3/2020). Later on, he further confirmed that David has not been replaced by a Lizard in a Human suit.
Operation IDA – They have returned to the prettiest station in the bubble. Titan’s Daughter in Taygeta is their current target (for the third time).
AXI – Although there are no new incursions or infestations, there are still plenty of thargoids available in the Pleiades and the Witch-Head Nebula. CMDR Avasa Siuu has some excellent AXI Debrief Videos which have shown the Anti – Xeno Initiatives effort is curbing the Alien Menace, so look him up on You Tube.