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.

So you want to try Exploration…

You want to try exploration, but can’t afford an ASP Explorer? Or maybe you can afford it, but you don’t know if exploration is for you? Well, there is one thing you can do (without having to go thousands of light years). There is one particular region of space close to the “player bubble” that is getting a lot of attention. I am talking about the Pleiades Nebula. Roughly 400 LYs away, this is where you’ll find a Black Hole (probably the closest one to the bubble), some awesome landing spots (great for taking those perfect screenshots), the famous Merope system and the Unknown Artefacts.

Merope   Landing

Now, if you’re low on credits, you may want to try one of the most underrated ships in this game: the Hauler. This is a great ship for trying out exploration as a newbie. It’s very cheap, and with this fit: Exploration Hauler you can get an excellent 30+ LY jump range. You can also fit a Planetary Vehicle Hangar if you want to have some fun. This will get you to Maia in less than 30 minutes.

Hauler   Maia

Once there, go visit the Black Hole. It’s a small one, but still a Black Hole. Then head to Merope, the “target” of all the Unknown Artefacts situated around that system at about ~140 LY and pointing towards it. Land on some planets / moons, go through some canyons, take some screenshots.

Finally, if you want to see one of the Unknown Artefacts, the easiest way to find one is to go to Aries Dark Region GW-W D1-52 System, fly away from the single star and wait for a Strong Signal Source to appear. That’s where you’ll find it.

Hope this was useful for you. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me anything. I’ll be happy to help you in any way I can. Fly dangerously, CMDR!

Thargoids already in Elite: Dangerous game files

Well, apparently every Elite player’s favourite aliens – the infamous Thargoids – are already mentioned in the game files. And they appear as a faction. All you have to do to see for yourself is go to your Elite: Dangerous folder, then through these folders: Products \ elite-dangerous-64 \ Win64 \ Global \ StaticGameData \ Factions.

Thargoid proof 1
Thargoid proof 1

Then just open the Factions.ovl file with any text editor (Notepad, Wordpad, etc)… and there you have it:

Thargoid proof 2
Thargoid proof 2

Not exactly rocket science. But what to think about it? Thargoids… a faction? What does it mean?

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…

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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