Elite: Dangerous Kickstarter Launched

Join us in the Rebel Galaxy thread dude. I think you’ll be way happier there.

whoo boy! whoop whoop! (I think rebel galaxy is awesome, not just in itself, but also for elite)

I read there’s going to be a new newbie friendly zone and possibly better introduction. Is that our yet and is it any better?

We just got a Rift and i heard ED would be impressive in VR…

Day after tomorrow for the spring patch. Yeah its awesome in VR. Almost the best experience imo. Only thing better is terrestrial flight.

Cool, I’ll be sure to download it for the weekend. Btw, how does the cockpit UI work in VR? Is it possible to click virtual buttons or do you need to aim a cursor?

Its complicated… you can use a mouse, or buttons ona HOTAS or a gamepad. All a matter of setup and preference. The UI is very much optimized for VR.

Neither! There is no touch input, nor is there cursor aiming. You’ll be flying using a HOTAS/controller so most immediate stuff is mapped to that.

The myriad of other ship functions work like menus in most other console games - the controller moves the selection around and fire button chooses. Your gaze direction in VR determines which part of the UI you are actively controlling (it’s split up into a bunch of sections for navigation, ship, chat, etc).

I found Elite to be one of if not the best VR experiences. It works really well.

I played it with zero hassles using an xbox controller & oculus with the rare peek down my nose if I needed to hit a key, which was very rare.

For the simmer I think if you own a VR headset its a no brainer to buy Elite & IL-2.

Well after a break I’m back on my journey towards the Heart and Soul Nebulas. Or am I? In fact, I am not. For my ship was destroyed. It is a tale of woe and dodgy internet, buckle up.

I just arrived in Cyprus this morning, to help my mum pack up her house. Jet lag woke me at 2 am, and after an hour in bed I decided early morning Elite is what I needed. Within 30 minutes I had a warning sign: the internet dropped and I lost connection with the server, while skimming quite close to some planetary rings. Ahh! When I got it back again 20 minutes later, the game had put me back about 5 minutes, back into deep space. Ok, no problem, I kept going. Three jumps later, and more system scanning, and I arrived close to a red dwarf. Time to scoop. But, not paying attention, I managed to get too close and drop out of Supercruise. Crap. I opened the external camera to find my orientation, to point away from the sun and get the hell out of there. I even managed to take a quick photo. But then I couldn’t get back to the canopy view. Uh oh. Nope, the zero button was not having any effect. Internet dropped again, I am fairly sure, after 30 seconds of trying I got control back, and saw my shields disappear in a puff of blue electricity. AARGH!

Back in the canopy, alarms blaring, temps at… 500 degrees celsius! WHAT THE HELL! Holy shit. By this time it was too late, firing the engines to move just drove the temps up further, and everything was dying. My hands started shaking. Not like this! NO!

And then it was over. Kaboom. You know that feeling when you get emotionally punched in the gut? Yep, that right there. 7,000 light years. Over 250 jumps. Every system scanned, every terraformable visited and scanned.

Well, I sent Frontier support a ticket in the vain hope that they might be merciful and undo those terrible two minutes, considering the circumstances. Apparently someone else on the forums did something similar a while back and they helped out.

This is the second time the Internet has screwed me over in the last 24 hours. My Switch is threatening to delete weeks worth of my Diablo III playtime due to some mismatched versions, possibly because the internet died during an update. I have not dared launch it since.

Will this be my last ever Elite Dangerous screenshot?

If only they had built this as a single player game :/

No, it will not be my last Elite Dangerous screenshot! I have rarely felt so relieved. Thank you Frontier Support. :)

I logged back on quickly to check where I was, and I’d been placed moments from my potential demise. Fortunately with wits and controls working, I was able to get out of there with the added bonus of it melting the butter I was going to put on my toast.

That’s great! Glad to read that they helped you out, and the journey can continue.

Sweet! So glad they gave you that chance. I’m looking forward to more tales of your journeys!

sweet!

That is awesome! Screenshot too.
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As I would presume most people playing it as, with a glorified discord channel to keep things interesting.

I finally made it to the Heart & Soul nebulas. Whew. Of course I haven’t been playing continuously, but taking it slow and enjoying the journey. I had a bad dream about getting too close to a sun and being destroyed, but fortunately I woke up in merely a sweat.

189 jumps, you say? (actually, it was quite a bit more than that, because I took a very scenic route and kept getting distracted!)

Purple suns suggest that we’re not in Kansas anymore. “Not much hotter than a gas giant” says the description. Uh no, I’m not going to test that out.

This looks a lot more inviting! Well, maybe not considering those storms. This is Planet Earth in 150 years time, perhaps? No, it still has ice sheets.

You tend to get screenshots like this when you get too close to a star while scooping and crash out of supercruise. Then you get the heck out fast. Later in the journey this would not go so well for me.

Every so often you find a ridiculously photogenic scenario and have to screenshot the shit out of it. This was one of them - a low temperature T-tauri star with a planet in relatively close orbit.

Time to get the arty!

They say sunset is the golden hour. This is more of a radiation nightmare hour, but it’s pretty.

So hot.

Just one more photo.

Ok, one more.

Yes, ok, I’m leaving.

I am, honest!

No, that’s a different sun! It is. Stop bugging me.

See? I’m leaving. Look at how far I still have to go.

Planet Salmon. Home of the salmoniest salmon you’ve ever seen.

Father Ted perspective joke here.

They were pretty close though!

See?

As a scientist I feel compelled to check out signs of life. Mapping this planet revealed life signs, and I hadn’t seen any for a while. Turns out there were bacteria on gas vents. No giant space monsters, then.

What could be riskier than jumping uncomfortably close to the planet…?

…Arriving at a neutron star, that’s what!

This is as close as I dare get. These things are legitimately lethal.

We’re getting close to the lower edge of the galactic disc here, note the lack of stars.

Do I dare risk overloading the FSD and trying to boost through the star’s plume? Tempting?

Fuck no.

Aargh! Another one. They’re everywhere! This must be the neutron field someone was talking about earlier. I started hitting zero thrust as soon as I activated the FSD to reduce the chances of crashing into one.

Oh boy, here’s a white dwarf! Not quite as dangerous, but barely. Time to get out of here.

Ok, heading back towards my destination! Getting slowly larger.

Quite a few jumps later, definitely getting closer. The sense of progress with the changing sky is very compelling.

This was a tiny icy planetoid with massive rings, so pretty. No other reason for putting it here.

Ah yes, the final screenshot before I lagged out and plunged into that star.

Which turned out to just be a bad dream, so we’re on the last leg now.

Wheeee!

Holy shit, this place looks freakin’ awesome! This is the Heart Nebula.

I feel so far from home, but really in galactic terms we haven’t come that far.

Finally, we have arrived!

Plenty to explore, but ohhhh nooooo, that’s going to have to wait. I have a piece of paper here with a note, there should be an asteroid base around here somewhere. This looks like a suitable place for an asteroid base.

Yep, there is it!

Don’t crash into the damn wall or something stupid.

Phew! My exploration data. About 100,000,000 credit’s worth, and a bookload of first discovery systems, feel’s good. I can finally go and have a beer.

Wait? What do you mean you don’t sell beer here? NOOO!

That’s awesome dude, keep it coming!

Amazing! Thanks for sharing the journey.

That was all kinds of awesome. Glad that blowing up thing was just a dream!