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.

What if they aren’t Thargoids?

The Thargoids are here! Or are they?

By now most commanders know about the strange, flower-like, glowing, rattling, alien vessels that pull us out of hyperspace around the Pleiades Sector, scan our ships (or whatever it is they’re doing with that weird yellow flash of light) then just jump out and leave an Unknown Wake which we’re unable to follow (yet?).

Alien Ship

Obviously, most commanders will automatically assume they’re the famous Thargoids. We’ve been waiting for this to happen for a long time now, and they’re finally here. But the question is… are they really Thargoids? I mean, yes, they do pull you out of hyperspace, which is something they used to do in previous games, but that’s about it. Everything else just doesn’t fit the description… what we used to know about them. Let’s check the wiki.

  • [Thargoids] are very hostile and aggressive and have not been interested in diplomatic relations to date.

Well I’m sorry, but scanning and hyperspacing out just doesn’t seem so aggressive to me… On the contrary, if you ask me, I think these alien vessels are simply looking for something. What exactly, I don’t know.

  • Thargoid relations with other races is frighteningly simple: war. The three largest organisations in the Galaxy are all at war with the Thargoid race, and they are constantly under threat of planetary invasion.

Again, reading this and remembering the old games, I can’t imagine a Thargoid ship just “getting close for a scan” then hyperspacing. I mean… come on… Even IF they’re actually Thargoids, something must have happened since last we saw them. It seems to me like a rather radical change in behaviour. Even if that’s the case…

  • David Braben hinted that should peace have ever been found with Thargoids, it would be a temporary measure.

… which actually means it’s going to happen sooner or later. They’ll start hunting us. Maybe these are just scouts sent to check on our current technology. But they’ll come. I’m almost sure of it.

Also, remember how they used to look in ALL previous Elite games? Let me remind you.

Thargoids
Thargoids

There are similarities, yes. They used to look like an Octagon, meaning they had 8 faces, now they have 8… tentacles or whatever they are. But they look very organic, unlike the old ones. I know, technology didn’t allow for better graphics back then, but still…

Well, that’s all I have. I think they’ll prove to be Thargoids in the end, but I still say something’s not right. I know there are 2 sides right now. There are those who just want blood and will attack alien ships on sight. And there are those like me, who would first like to know more about who they are and what they want from us. What does everyone else think about this?

First Contact

First Contact: the first meeting of two cultures previously unaware of one another.

Greetings, Commanders!

I know it’s been a while (again). I just started a comeback post today, but it’s not ready yet and this is really important.

First Contact
First Contact

Well, apparently we’ve made first contact with the Thargoids. There’s still little info, but you can check the videos showing the event just as it happened below.

http://xboxdvr.com/gamer/DP%20Sayre/video/25337753

http://xboxdvr.com/gamer/DP%20Sayre/video/25337808

http://xboxdvr.com/gamer/DP%20Sayre/video/25338081

What do you guys think? I think it’s awesome! Best way to introduce them to the game. Can’t wait to see what happens next…

Edit: it has happened again (to a different CMDR). I think it’s happening all over the place while jumping from system to system. Video below.

Edit: and I think I was right. It’s happening all over the galaxy… Third encounter.

Fly dangerous!

Horizons Highlights and the Gold ASP Paint Job

So, apparently, Frontier have just released a newsletter with a lot of cool info on the future of Horizons. According to this update, there will be 4 “expansions” coming in the Horizons season:

  • 2.1 – The Engineers (spring 2016) – more loot, “expanded mission system” (let’s just hope they also fix them and make them worth our time), exotic weapons (uhm…) and modules;
  • 2.2 – Guardians (summer 2016) – ship-launched Fighters. Awesome;
  • 2.3 – The Commanders (fall 2016) – finally, the long awaited Commander Creator and Multi-Crew ships;
  • 2.4 – “A secret to be revealed in Elite Dangerous: Horizons’ final expansion!” – I’m thinking maybe aliens? Thargoids or something? I sure hope so…

ED-Logo

I don’t know about you, but I’m quite excited. I can’t wait for the missions revamp, multi-crew ships, the Commander Creator and all the other stuff that’s coming. Elite: Dangerous is getting better and better. I just wish they’d take their time to fix some of the stuff that’s already in the game.

Oh, they’ve also changed things on the Frontier Store. They made it more intuitive. Also, Horizons is now 20% off so if you haven’t bought it yet, get it now.

Gold ASP Explorer

If you already own Horizons, you’ll be rewarded with the beautiful Gold Paintjob for the ASP Explorer. A lot of good stuff today from Frontier, I’m happy with my shiny ASP and I can’t wait for the new content to come.

Fly dangerous, CMDRs! See you in space 😉

Merope 5C – Barnacle Research

January 14, 3302 – Pleiades NebulaMerope System. Wandering pilots discover a strange alien formation on Merope 5C. You will find it by landing on Merope 5C at the following coordinates: -026.3496°, -156.4044°.

Merope5C_001

I began writing this post half a month ago, but got sidetracked and… oh, well… In the meantime, more barnacles were discovered at various locations – you can find a lot of info on reddit.

The question everyone’s asking that has no real answer yet is: what are these “structures”? What we do know is that they are organic. They emit luminous particles and the same gas cloud as the Unknown Artifacts. They also emit those strange noises. What I’ve found is that these sounds are different than those emitted by the Unknown Artifacts.

Merope5C_002

There’s also the strange symbol that appears on 3 of the 6 tentacle-like “things”. Many Commanders have speculated that it looks like the Barnard’s Loop nebula, and some went on to research that location.

Merope5C_003   Merope5C_004

I decided to analyze the sounds. So I recorded them for about an hour and started messing around. I increased and decreased the speed, separated the channels… stuff like that. I found some patterns and a few different “translations” depending on the “decoding” method I used. Some of them appeared to be system names inside the “bubble”. I’m going to do some further research and will post again about the barnacles as soon as I have more info…

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.

GALNET News: Interplanetary Travel

I don’t know how many of you actually take your time to read the news we get on the GALNET, but one of the latest updates – the one from January 13 – got me really hyped up.

Galnet001

What’s so interesting about this, you may ask? Well, that last paragraph is what got me intrigued… “With luck, we will be able to reintroduce the innovative drive technology used aboard the Antares. This discovery could serve as the catalyst for a whole new era of interplanetary travel.Continue reading

Ranking in Horizons / 1.5

I’ve been playing Elite: Dangerous since day one. I tried a bit of everything. I was a bounty hunter, an assassin, a trader, a miner, an explorer… Elite is a fun game and (despite all the criticism) it has enough content to keep you hooked. Well, unless you end up grinding for something, then it gets boring. And I just can’t play like that. I hate grinding. I can’t play games who make you grind like a mindless zombie…

EmpireInsignia   FederationInsignia

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Starter Guide for Elite: Dangerous

So, you just bought Elite: Dangerous and have no idea what to do… Or maybe you haven’t bought it yet but are considering it (well, you should go buy it… NOW). I saw a lot of posts on various E:D communities asking for help starting out in this wonderful game, so I decided to write this post. I’ll try to keep it short and useful, let’s see how that goes…

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