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!