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Offline Rhys

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Here's a basic ship and some pocket money. Now get out there and make a living or die in a fire.

This is probably the most accurate, succinct way of describing it. And I actually really like it that way because so far I'm doing fairly well. Lost my ship a couple times, had to get a small loan to get it back once, but paid it back in an hour by collecting bounties at a resource extraction site in a planet's rings (these are very good places to find pirates, as it turns out).

All that might change once there are more players than NPCs, though. NPCs are generally terrible at combat.

I posted that this morning, and this evening I accidentally crashed into the wall of a space station, losing my ship and 185000 credits worth of cargo. Took out a loan to get a new ship, and made pretty much **** on my first bounty run. I don't think I'll even have enough to repair my ship.  :banghead:

Oh god I know how that feels. I had just bought a viper and made about 50,000 in unclaimed bounties when I accidentally hit the afterburners and rammed into the side of a station.

 

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Splodies galore:


For more entertainment (for in-between your own games, or just some quality streams to garner more information), here are the Twitch streams I frequent the most:
These three have VoiceAttack "Personalities" that they've programmed which make their streams highly entertaining:
LondonGaming4Fun (Full Disclosure: I'm a stream chat moderator here)
Rezri
FireyToad

These two don't bother with Voice Attack, but case a great deal of depth in terms of the game itself:
aFleaByte
Neon Raven

I'm a backer, but didn't get around to playing until Premium Beta. There has been decent progress made leading up to "Release", but I still can't shake that the release was a little premature. Despite that, though, the mechanics (while they need some serious fleshing out in some cases) are operationally present and functional. I also could have wanted for their Support Tickets system to have a bit more transparency, our use of Mantis has spoiled me greatly in that regard.

Now that the Holidays are over, it has been nice seeing FDev getting back into the mix and addressing updates and some road-map information; namely the recent information that previous Beta testers will be front-line for testing the "Wings" update before it goes live, which should help bring up the second M in "MMO" aspects that have been somewhat lacking.
(To note: It is entirely possible to co-ordinate a multiplayer session in the game, including interdiction's and USS. However, given the way instancing works, you can end up either not seeing what your mates are shooting at, or being the only one shot at.)

In so far as to what exactly will be included in the "Wings" update, still to be determined, but hopefully it will bring in Co-Op mission capabilities at the very least. At a basic level, it should allow for Party/Grouping in Open play (without having to resort to "Group" mode exclusively) while fixing for the above mentioned instancing problem.
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Offline Rheyah

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I am really enjoying Elite at the moment.  If you see me out and about (I am not hard to miss - same name) feel free to demand unfettered access!

Er.

Yeah :)
« Last Edit: January 11, 2015, 07:37:08 pm by Rheyah »

 

Offline Rheyah

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so i've been doing some deep space exploration in elite lately. I have an Asp Explorer that has been upgraded to have a 30 ly jump range and a 6d fuel scoop (502 units/sec max). I'm really impressed by the astronomy side of things, if any of you are into astronomy, you will like exploration in this game. theres nothing more satisfying than being able to visit places that I've looked at through telescopes while growing up.

so in 2 days, 8 hours total, I traveled the following route:
1. (human space) -> Betelgeuse. holy crap this star is ridiculously huge. Betelgeuse is a red hypergiant star, one of the largest known stars in the galaxy. in game, it is just as impressive. I melted 15% of my hull in attempt to scan it, my ship remained damaged throughout the rest of the journey.
2. -> Rigel -> Witchhead Nebula -> Orion Nebula/Barnards loop. the nebulae in this game are amazing in that they are modeled in 3d, their appearance changes as your position changes. it was really rewarding to fly into them and be surrounded by beautiful scenery. the Orion nebula contained a super dense star cluster, I went to town on those systems looking for valuable planets. some of the systems there were inaccessible, perhaps they plan on adding an alien race there to those systems. this area was amazing, probably the highest concentration of nebulae in the galaxy.
3. -> T Tauri -> Pleiades cluster/nebula. T Tauri is a star enrircled by a small nebula, it was the most beautiful place of the whole journey, comparable to the vishnan space from BP1.  The pleiades nebula has a very high concentration of blue, type B stars, which are rare everywhere else in the universe. these blue stars are blanketed in a nebula. totally awesome. I probably found the most valuable planets in this area.  this was the last stop in my journey before heading home.

along the way I scanned ~200-300 star systems and found in total:
ONE earth-like planet (breathable atmosphere)                  ~60k credits
ONE ammonia world with ammonia-carbon based life         ~20k credits
three black holes, all in one system                                    ~120k credits for the whole system
~5 planets with liquid water                                               ~40k credits each
~20 terraformable planets                                                 ~20k credits per planet
lots of systems with useless planets                                 ~1-7k per system
lots of lonely stars                                                             ~200 per star
in total, I earned 1.5 million credits once I cashed in my data. I used the detailed surface scanner, and the advanced discovery scanner. I only used the surface scanner on objects I thought would be valuable, and probably missed like 100 planets with terraforming potential. so I guess the best way to earn credits exploring is to look for planets with terraforming potential, rock/metal planets and moons withing the green zone. (0.5-3 AU on a yellow star)

If you can (I don't know how far into the game you can go at this point) but I THINK they have modeled Eta Carinae.  Try and wander over there and see if you survive :)

 

Offline Sushi

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If you can (I don't know how far into the game you can go at this point) but I THINK they have modeled Eta Carinae.  Try and wander over there and see if you survive :)

https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?t=68375

It's from a year ago, though, no idea if it's changed since then or not.

 

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Of course, in 3301 Eta Carinae as we know it might not even exist anymore. There's still some debate about whether or not it would go supernova (as seen from Earth) within the next century or so, and having FSD essentially subtracts 7500 years from its lifetime.

That said, I'm disappointed it looks like they haven't modeled the homunculus nebula, but I'm still gonna have to visit it.
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I've been thinking about picking up this game, though mostly because I read about the ASTRA voice pack. :nervous:
To consider the Earth as the only populated world in infinite space is as absurd as to assert that in an entire field of millet, only one grain will grow. - Metrodorus of Chios
I wept. Mysterious forces beyond my ken had reached into my beautiful mission and energized its pilots with inhuman bomb-firing abilities. I could only imagine the GTVA warriors giving a mighty KIAAIIIIIII shout as they worked their triggers, their biceps bulging with sinew after years of Ivan Drago-esque steroid therapy and weight training. - General Battuta

 
If you can (I don't know how far into the game you can go at this point) but I THINK they have modeled Eta Carinae.  Try and wander over there and see if you survive :)

That's actually my next planned destination, but its probably going to take 2 days travel (up to 350 jumps) just to get there. have you also been following the awesome news NASA is publishing on eta carinae?
I dont think eta carinae is going to have as big of a radius as betelgeuse, as eta carinae is still technically main sequence if i'm not mistaken. also, the current in-game eta carinae nebula seems to be placeholder, the real nebula complex is absolutely gigantic (its the one from BP1's vishnan sectors) and once they add it in it should be at least as fancy as the cluster of nebulae around the orion nebula. there are also some star clusters in the area that are much more interesting than those found in the orion and pleiades nebulae. I havent been able to find those clusters in the galaxy map, so hopefully frontier will add them soon.

so I'll try to get there before the end of the month, I might even livestream it. Either way, I'll post the story here when i'm done.

edit: the real Carina nebula is something like 1000 ly across, ingame the largest nebula is barnard's loop at 400 ly across. heck, im gonna make a thread about this in the ED forums.
« Last Edit: January 14, 2015, 03:16:09 am by Smooticus »

 

Offline Kopachris

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I have a Cobra Mk. III that I use primarily for exploration. I've decided to name her (in my head, since the game doesn't let you name ships) Urania, after the muse of astronomy from Greek mythology. In Elite: Dangerous, you can scan unexplored star systems and sell the sensor data to a cartography company. As astronomy was very important for navigation back then (and in E:D's time), the name seems especially apropos.
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Offline Jeff Vader

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I'm trying to make money so I could get a Cobra as well. Then again, pimping my current Adder (or space Toyota) doesn't seem like a bad alternative.
23:40 < achillion > EveningTea: ass
23:40 < achillion > wait no
23:40 < achillion > evilbagel: ass
23:40 < EveningTea > ?
23:40 < achillion > 2-letter tab complete failure

14:08 < achillion > there's too much talk of butts and dongs in here
14:08 < achillion > the level of discourse has really plummeted
14:08 < achillion > Let's talk about politics instead
14:08 <@The_E > butts and dongs are part of #hard-light's brand now
14:08 <@The_E > well
14:08 <@The_E > EvilBagel's brand, at least

01:06 < T-Rog > welp
01:07 < T-Rog > I've got to take some very strong antibiotics
01:07 < achillion > penis infection?
01:08 < T-Rog > Chlamydia
01:08 < achillion > O.o
01:09 < achillion > well
01:09 < achillion > I guess that happens
01:09 < T-Rog > at least it's curable
01:09 < achillion > yeah
01:10 < T-Rog > I take it you weren't actually expecting it to be a penis infection
01:10 < achillion > I was not

14:04 < achillion > Sometimes the way to simplify is to just have a habit and not think about it too much
14:05 < achillion > until stuff explodes
14:05 < achillion > then you start thinking about it

22:16 < T-Rog > I don't know how my gf would feel about Jewish conspiracy porn

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15:51 < Achillion> yes
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18:53 < Achillion> Dicks are fun

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20:05 < sigtau> i'm mining titcoins from now on

00:31 < oldlaptop> Drunken antisocial educated freezing hicks with good Internet == Finland stereotype

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Offline Sushi

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A little video I threw together from some Shadowplay footage...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrO2RxpxhpY

 

Offline Rhys

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Just a reminder. Don't fuel scoop between two adjacent stars. This kills the spaceship. I went from 90% heat to around 180% in about three seconds. RIP cobra.

 

Offline CKid

WOW! Awesome video Sushi.

Reading the comments here ended up making me get the game. After a rough start, and lots of googling, I learned the basics of the game and am greatly enjoying it. Currently flying a heavily upgraded Eagle. I honestly don't even feel the need to get the viper when I can just about out turn every other ship type.
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Offline Ulala

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All this discussion has me tempted, but the prospect of "content still pending" has me nervous about dropping $60 before it's delivered. Anyone care to allay my fears?
I am a revolutionary.

 

Offline Kopachris

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All this discussion has me tempted, but the prospect of "content still pending" has me nervous about dropping $60 before it's delivered. Anyone care to allay my fears?

I'm going to go ahead and say "Nope." If the game being "unfinished" bothers you in the slightest, I'd recommend against buying the game now. Personally, I love it as it is and I'm really excited for the updates to come, but if what's there now doesn't intrigue you enough to buy it or you have any fears or anxieties about "content still pending," wait.
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Offline Sushi

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All this discussion has me tempted, but the prospect of "content still pending" has me nervous about dropping $60 before it's delivered. Anyone care to allay my fears?

I'm going to go ahead and say "Nope." If the game being "unfinished" bothers you in the slightest, I'd recommend against buying the game now. Personally, I love it as it is and I'm really excited for the updates to come, but if what's there now doesn't intrigue you enough to buy it or you have any fears or anxieties about "content still pending," wait.

+1, absolutely correct. If in doubt, wait it out.

 

Offline Ulala

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Will do. Thanks guys. :)
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Offline Jeff Vader

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Yeah, it's not like the game is going to get more expensive or smaller over time. I went and bought it, but usually wait until the prices drop because paying less for something is fun.
23:40 < achillion > EveningTea: ass
23:40 < achillion > wait no
23:40 < achillion > evilbagel: ass
23:40 < EveningTea > ?
23:40 < achillion > 2-letter tab complete failure

14:08 < achillion > there's too much talk of butts and dongs in here
14:08 < achillion > the level of discourse has really plummeted
14:08 < achillion > Let's talk about politics instead
14:08 <@The_E > butts and dongs are part of #hard-light's brand now
14:08 <@The_E > well
14:08 <@The_E > EvilBagel's brand, at least

01:06 < T-Rog > welp
01:07 < T-Rog > I've got to take some very strong antibiotics
01:07 < achillion > penis infection?
01:08 < T-Rog > Chlamydia
01:08 < achillion > O.o
01:09 < achillion > well
01:09 < achillion > I guess that happens
01:09 < T-Rog > at least it's curable
01:09 < achillion > yeah
01:10 < T-Rog > I take it you weren't actually expecting it to be a penis infection
01:10 < achillion > I was not

14:04 < achillion > Sometimes the way to simplify is to just have a habit and not think about it too much
14:05 < achillion > until stuff explodes
14:05 < achillion > then you start thinking about it

22:16 < T-Rog > I don't know how my gf would feel about Jewish conspiracy porn

15:41 <-INFO > EveningTea [[email protected]] has joined #hard-light
15:47 < EvilBagel> butt
15:51 < Achillion> yes
15:53 <-INFO > EveningTea [[email protected]] has quit [Quit: http://www.mibbit.com ajax IRC Client]

18:53 < Achillion> Dicks are fun

21:41 < MatthTheGeek> you can't spell assassin without two asses

20:05 < sigtau> i'm mining titcoins from now on

00:31 < oldlaptop> Drunken antisocial educated freezing hicks with good Internet == Finland stereotype

11:46 <-INFO > Kobrar [[email protected]] has joined #hard-light
11:50 < achtung> Surely you've heard of DVDA
11:50 < achtung> Double Vaginal Double ANal
11:51 < Kobrar> ...
11:51 <-INFO > Kobrar [[email protected]] has left #hard-light []

 
The only real compulsion I feel towards buying it sooner rather than later is that I don't want to miss out on the most vibrant period of multiplayer, but since proper multiplayer hasn't been added yet I'm happy to wait.
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Offline BirdofPrey

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I haven't seen all that much vibrant multiplayer since I can't say I have seen too many players.
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