Frameshift Drive Charging

Man, I missed that voice. Followed by the sound of my FSD charging, the loud *boom* sound as you enter hyperspace, the stars racing by… Elite: Dangerous at its best…

FDL Frameshift

This was supposed to be my first post after a long break from blogging and from the game itself. However, the event happened. An event that will change Elite: Dangerous forever. First contact. We’ve all been waiting for this moment to come. Now, we don’t know how to react. Some are preparing for war. Others are trying to study the aliens. One single event changed our world forever in more ways than one.

Alien Ship

But this post isn’t about that. I have some info on the Thargoids here, here and here. This post is about my long absence from the game. What happened? Well, the most important event in my life so far…

Yup, I’m a father. As you can imagine, time has not been my closest friend lately. I even forgot to pay for the domain renewal and almost lost it forever. But now it’s all good. I’m back! And I have to admit it took a while to get back into the game. A lot has changed since last time I played. The interface, engineers, AI improvements, passenger missions, etc.

White Dwarf

So, I tried a bit of everything and I have to say I’m impressed. I love it. I agree the engineers are a bit overpowered and tend to create a rift between commanders who decided to invest a lot of time to get those grade 5 upgrades and those who either don’t have the time to do it or just don’t feel like doing it. As it is, a grade 5 engineered ship will destroy an identical A-class equipped ship without the upgrades. No player skill involved. It’s just that much of a gap.

Then there’s the new AI. It responds better to player actions, it actually offers a real challenge. I almost got my ass handed to me the first time I went back to a HazRES. They turn better, they use Flight Assist OFF, they use heat sinks and more of what you’d expect from a good pilot.

Passenger missions are a great addition and they pay really well. Of course, there are new modules involved, the passenger cabins, which will allow you to carry them. Economy class, business class, first class, etc… it’s all there.

Guardian Ruins

Then there are the ancient ruins which everyone is investigating these days thanks to the reward of 100.000.000 Credits. Not exactly the most fun I’ve had in this game, but a nice change of pace from the daily bounty hunting. All in all, I feel Elite: Dangerous is doing great and it’s heading in the right direction right now. I see an aflux of new players thanks to the recent media attention the game got since the aliens made their appearance early this January. That’s definitely a good thing for the game.

Well, that’s about it for my comeback post. Although I won’t have the same amount of time I used to, I know I won’t be leaving again for a long time. Let me just conclude this post by saying: “don’t turn your game into a grind. It’s what you make it to be. Just have fun! There’s a lot to be had…”

CMDR Ghost Raven, signing off.

Free Cobra Skin from PC Gamer

Do you like the Cobra Mk III? Of course you do, it’s the most iconic ship in Elite: Dangerous. Also, the fastest… and good at *cough* smuggling *cough*… What about a Cobra Skin?

Cobra-Skin-001

Well, the guys at PC Gamer are offering this skin for free to the first 10.000 Commanders who claim it. So, click HERE and claim your shiny new skin for the awesome ship that is the Cobra Mk III.

Fer-de-Lance – first impressions

Ever since it got added to the game back in patch 1.2, I thought of buying one. The Fer-de-Lance. Elite’s heavy fighter. Back then, I ended up getting the Python for its’ extraordinary multi-purpose capabilities. And I don’t regret that decision one bit. The Python was exactly what I needed. I was able to trade, bounty hunt, do all sorts of missions… It was the perfect ship for me. Meanwhile I even got an A-rated Anaconda which I use for HazRES and Combat Zones. The problem is both the Python and the Anaconda are multi-purpose ships. They fit many roles, from trading to combat… even exploration. I wanted a ship that was built for combat. So, after a few days of “studying” (hardpoints, placement, power plant, etc.) I ended up buying a Fer-de-Lance (the Federal Assault Ship was an option, too).

Fer-de-Lance   Fer-de-Lance-2

Having bought the ship at Diaguandri (for the 15% discount you get in Li Yong-Rui controlled systems), it was time to think of a proper way to fit it for Assassination missions. I used Coriolis.io and ended up with THIS build. I then found some high-pay assassionation missions and went out to test my new ship. Let me tell you… it’s AWESOME! Even the new Federal Corvette doesn’t stand a chance against the highly maneuverable FdL. Then I thought: “I have to see how this ship does in a HazRES. I switched all my weapons to Pulse Lasers (just because I hate having to go back to stations for ammo) and jumped in. Best fun I’ve had in this game for a long time. Anything from an Eagle up to an Anaconda is a victim for this ship.

I just bought the ship yesterday so this isn’t a review. Just thought I’d share my first impressions with everyone. To sum it all up…

PRO:

  • very fast and agile, turns very well;
  • weapon placement is perfect for gimballed (PVE) OR fixed (PVP) weapons;
  • the class 4 hardpoint can fit some really heavy weapons (like the Plasma Accelerator);
  • you can fit one for ~ 100 million credits;
  • can destroy any ship if flown by a good pilot.

CON:

  • the jump range is awful (but that is to be expected of a combat-oriented ship)

Here’s a video showing the outcome of 2 of my encounters with Federal Corvettes in assassination missions.

I hope you enjoyed this post and the video. Fly dangerously, CMDR! See you in space!

Landing on a high gravity planet

Since Horizons launched we’ve been landing on planets here and there. It’s fun, there are many beautiful “landscapes” to see, it’s something new and you also get some interesting missions on planets. To be honest, I never once thought to check a planet’s gravity before landing on it. Until I read about some commanders trying to land on high gravity planets and literally plummeting to the ground. Wow! – I thought. I have to see this for myself. But I won’t be going in an Anaconda.

Imperial Courier and SRV

So I jumped in my trusty Imperial Courier – awesome little ship – and headed to the Achenar System. There is a planet there with a gravity of 6.73G – that is almost seven times Earth’s gravity. This should be interesting. Watch the video below to see exactly what happened.

Well, what do you think? I want to try landing bigger ships on high gravity worlds, but I’m not exactly keen on making scrap out of my Anaconda.

Why I eventually linked E:D to Steam

Well, one week ago I thought I’d never link my Elite: Dangerous account to Steam. Why? Because it seemed unfair at the time. Why should my money go to Valve and not FDev?

Well, it all changed today when Horizons got released. If you can call that a “release”. First announced for 16:00 GMT, postponed for 18:00 GMT. Three different launchers, nobody knew exactly which was which. “Get the blue one!” – yeah, cool. I got the blue one. Install Horizons! Wow, I’m finnaly gonna get to land on planets and all that fun stuff. Awesome! No, not really… I have a 100 Mbps connection and all I got was…

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Seriously, FDev? On Facebook groups dedicated to the game some show screenshots with 10+ Mbps and some are at ~0.05 Mbps. Didn’t we all pay the same for your game, FDev? Is this what you call fair game? Well, I don’t. So, if Steam can help me play YOUR game sooner than you can (apparently in about 12 hours now since the download speed went even lower) then yeah, I think they should have some of my money. Too bad 🙁

Recent developments

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I decided to describe some of my recent activities by posting screenshots rather than just writing a lengthy post.

  • been using the ASP for some… long-distance “hauling” missions… Very lucrative missions…

asp     deliveries Continue reading

7 months later…

I’m back!

Had to take this looong break from Elite, but I’m back and this game is even more awesome than before. First thing on my to-do list is to check out CQC, sounds like fun. Then, probably should see how money-making has changed. Bounty hunting, trading, mining (heard it’s a thing now), smuggling, etc…

ASP Explorer

Actually right now I’m using my ASP Explorer to get some credits, then I’ll probably fit an Anaconda for trading… I’ll keep updating this log as often as possible.

Ghost Raven, signing off!

Vulture’s Wings

I just realized I haven’t been active for a few days. But… can you blame me? I mean, Frontier just released Patch 1.2 – Wings and it is awesome! I mean it. If you’ve played Elite: Dangerous for a while but got bored of bounty hunting for no real profit, trading between two stations or exploring just for the fun of it, I have one thing to say to you: GET BACK HERE! The game is just so much better that before, it’s not even funny. Continue reading

CMDR Ghost Raven reporting for active duty!

So this is how it all begins. The “awesome” adventures of CMDR Ghost Raven in the world of Elite: Dangerous. I know you guys are busy bounty hunting, trading or exploring the vastness of the Milky Way, so I’ll try to keep my posts short and useful.

Binary Star

I started exploring the galaxy on December 16, 3300. I’ve done my bit of bounty hunting and trading to get some Credits. There’s a lot to be seen in the galaxy so I decided to write down my adventures. I’ll try to post as often as I can, I’ll include photos and videos of things I see and consider worth sharing. I hope you all have a fun time reading my CMDR’s (b)log. Fly safe!