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ELITED » Cmd Roguey, Chapter 4

Posted by Roguey on Friday 3rd April, 2015 | Comment 0 comments

Boy... its been a long time since my last blog on Elite - almost 4 months! Since then a lot has changed for me - ive switch from an Asp (which was a great ship), to an Anaconda, got 100 million in the bank and have explored the universe a little.

A little after my last post I found mention of a luxury run called - Tenche. On face-value it didn't look like it would offer much, but after trying a test run with my Asp seem to be a fast way to make money. The run invoiced picking up performance-enhancers (from the nearby station), then selling them at a nearby point. Whilst the profit wasn't ground breaking, it meant you could sell them very quickly. So it was time to sell the Asp, for a Type 7. I knew this run would be removed by Frontier (because it was the fastest way to make money), so made the most I could from it. It even allowed me to switch from a Python to a Type 9 in the same day. I was a bit stupid with the Type 9, as for a little bit of time I had no insurance on it, and since havnt repeat. However as quickly as the run was found, Frontier put a stop to it. I can't moan because I did very well from it – gaining an Anaconda with 10 million!

So, with the run over it was time to think what to do next. The Anaconda I had brought was only barely operation (after picking up wares for sale), or I could sell it and buy a pretty much upgraded Python (I only got to fly one for a day or so). I was hearing there would be a Python nerf. So after much thinking I decided to stick with the Anaconda (I wouldn't need to worry about the rebalance, and I may not be in the same situation again). However one thing was clear, I need to find a way to make money. The Anaconda was quick to eat money, but equally should be able to make a lot of money too. The 10 million meant it only take one smash up for me to be put in serious financial trouble. So I thought if I lose the ship once, then I would switch to a Python – I wasn't going to let my efforts disappear (I was silly enough before with the Type 9, not again).

So the only way I could make money was by trading, nothing else really scaled. I originally wanted to make money with combat but it only took a little bit of hull damage to dash any profit made. So this is when I started working my trade-helper more - I needed help with trading too. I found trade route around Brani (I can't remember the exact route now) that I used to build up my money. Once I had enough money, I started to feel some-what safer. One of the stations there has giant arms on it. Somehow I knew I was going fly into it sooner or later, and I did (although when I had enough money).

After more money, it was time to upgrade the ship. The first thing being the jump-range – for me the most important thing whilst trading.. well, part from cargo space of course. Later on I installed a better Power Coupler, which set me back 27 million! Geez, this Anaconda was costing me a lot of money.

After a lot more trading, it was time to get the ship armed – this was one of the main things for me, a ship with similar cargo-space as a type 9 but with weapons. During field-tests I decided to look around Lave to see how bad things were. I know there were a lot of pirates up there, so I figured it would be a good test place. This is when I ran to a griefer, who decided to send me personal attack through my site. This was reported to Frontier, which later said they couldn't do anything, and urge me not to combat-log again (this guy threaten me saying Frontier were going to act on me). I wasn't proud of combat-logging as I never did it before. Its an issue that Frontier need to fix, and something I havnt done for long time. After all this cleared, I was wiser and decided to go back to trading. I still feel this should have never escalate outside of the game, but equally I shouldnt of replied.

I decided to give the game a break for a bit – I knew wings was due soon, so thought things could be worse with these pirates but actually seemed to encourage coop play – something I felt was missing from the initial release. Suddenly now I was joining random people helping them bounty hunt and trade.

However every time I opened up my status screen, I kept seeing Aimless under the explorer rank. So I decided (after upgrading the Anaconda) to try my hand at it. The Anaconda wasn't the best ship for the job but it allowed me to test exploring. My first thoughts its nice get your name in the map but it doesn't pay well. So I decided to keep grinding the money, to get Asp for the job. On my second exploration run (my largest so far), I made only a couple of million. This took me around 5-6 hours!

Just today ive re-reached the 100 million mark, with a 230+ million Anaconda and a 25 million worth Asp. The next goal is trying to reach Dangerous – it's crazy to think people have already hit triple Elite! To this day ive only lost the Anaconda once because of that giant arm.

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Hopefully it won't be so long before the next blog..

ELITED » A new beginning..

Posted by DHLF on Thursday 29th January, 2015 | Comment 5 comments

Reasons to delete your commander and start fresh over..

First try
The first start of E:D made me think I bought the wrong game!
There were too many commands for Elite:Dangerous.
So I tried this and that, got confused with the keyboard and finally connected an old TM Hotas-X.
Tried the training mission and were unhappy with the game.
Controls were so confusing!
Spend more hours to find other peoples joystick configuration.
Tested them and well played finally E:D.
Got again unhappy with multi-used buttons and bought a TM Hotas Warthog.

Got even MORE unhappy with those beatiful hardware because of configuration and strange device problems.
Finally I was happy with the configuration and played some days.

Learned one thing or two..
-collecting cargo is illegal
-being fugitive make most people hunt you
-wrecking your ship means loosing much money(depending on equipment)
-insurance.. are somehow importent, but expensive
-dont hit the wrong button if your ship was destroyed (NO free Sidewinder!!)
-keep some spare money in case of ship destruction
-obey the system forces
-never forget to ask for landing clearance..
-never get away from the computer even if you have to pee..
-never leave your ship flying long distances without being in front of your controls
-never collect drifting cargo if it is not worth enough
-drifting cargo is marked *stolen* and can only be sold at blackmarkets at HALF the price
-a printed list of cargo prices let you quick take the best and left the worst behind
-never spend your time writing blogs. Get off and play E:D!

Second try
One day I could not play E:D anymore because.. there were an update -.-
So I decided to delete my Commander and start again with CLEAN police report.
Found Rogueys fantastic E:D-Universe and got even less time to play.
Because now I was going to explore and add unknown systems to this site Big grin
Those blog made me forget how dangerous E:D can be and so I crashed inside a station(during START!!)
I decided my police report was to bad too, so I deleted Commander once again

Third try (JAN,29th 2015)
Eek.. Every *new* start means stupid start sequence..
Little money and LHS 3447 crowded with other pilots, laaag time -.-
Fixed lasers..I must keep the targets where those lasers can hit them,..

Explored unknown signal sources:
-2 "trade plans"
-fight against an ASP: hello? I got only a sidewinder!
-6 house thing devices, err.. only 2 spare cargo??
-1 *bad* cobra.. yields 7894CR +2428CR "cargo" ^^
-4 rebel transmissions. 12265CR for deliver 2 of them for a contract +2708CR for 2 more
-a funeral transport, worthless..
-a technology trader..
-7 really old artifacts.. and i got only space for 4 of them Cry
-5 chemical waste -.-
-wedding barqe
-a bad ASP Smile For me and my sidewinder it was an EPIC battle.
.Okay, I cheated because I pulled her in front of a federal dropship Hammer

Do the possibility to find precious cargo decrease with increasing cargo bay space / largers hull size?
Ever found 12t of Geawen Dance Dust(12t) drifting lonely in space and your sidewinder got only space for four of them?!

Forth try (Feb,2nd 2015)
Got completely dependent from this E:D/universe section of Rogueys site..
And when this site were not accessible I had to go and find alternatives.
Because I need a place to put all the data in Eek
Searching the net yields some alternatives, but no one of them pleased me.

The sad downtime of Rogues E:D-Universe led me to a very crappy piece of software:
EDDiscovery2 (is thought to be used for calculating distances between stars):
-grabs your wherabouts from the E:D Logfiles(if verbose logging is enabled) and put it into a database
- contacts an EDDS server to download known star systems and their positions.
- calculate the positions of any system using known distances.. (no more GUESSING a position?)


- contains an *ugly* map where visited stars are shown in red
- add short data to a system. Really SHORT data.
I dont need those much stuff, my intention is using this program as.. travel diary LOL

Shot down by a federal drop ship while I was hunting another *bad* ASP -.-
First those stupid officers ran between my target and my weapons and were angry.
Must be some friend of those who take me "accidently" down in one blow..

Fifth try (Feb,3rd 2015)
Plenty of explored system data LOST. Being unhappy I got angry right from the next start:


Believe me it WAS an ASP Big grin and YES I did it using the "loaned" default lasers.
I took 3 screenshots, one prior to "proof" its an ASP(or did i hit F12 the first time? -.-) but there were only two SS showing the explosion. Maybe if someone hit F10 to fast it overwrites the first?
Hint: Set one button to 50% speed.. helps turning around those ASPs ^^

I am finished -.- (February, 5th 2015)
The game hates me! Sad
Finished a mission(hunted 5 pirates in FED space).
Those system was FULL of pirates Wink so I decided to cross the system over and over again for additional pirates. Got over 100.000CR for them.
Got back to a station to get paid.
Though it would be great to keep this system-crossing for more pirates..
And a damn system force viper vessel got between my weapons and my target (again -.-)
Retreated to station, requested clearance to land, got it.. was in the doorway heading into that station. Was scanned.. was hit, was dead!
For what? A penalty of 400CR for hitting a stupid officer??
Paid 17.000CR for keeping the outfittings.
Thank god the next update should fix this..

Okay, no more restarts. I have to hurry as the latest patch includes the information that some guys out there already reached ELITE in combat.. Eek

Decided those rare "warez" may be fun but I dont like them.
Stranded suddenly in space with little fuel supply and.. any stars around me were nondescripted.
Few stars in reach - I MUST find some which can be fuel-scooped.

Asked wikipedia about the nearest star "Pollux". Hurray, it is a g-class star Nod

Got a Cobra, cargo hold full of rares.. crashed during start into the station -.-
No cargo insurance???
Update 1.1?

Okay, then..

Sixth try (Feb,10th 2015) (really!)
Seventh try (Feb,11th 2015)

Did i accidently put game-difficulty to insane?
Why do Imperial Clippers haunt me(and Anaconda with ELITE ranking)?
Is it malfunction of a copy protection?
Or did this happened because it was FRIDAY, 13th..? Bash the wall

Eighth try (Feb,13th 2015) ..
Still alive,I cant believe it! (Feb,26th 2015)

Apr, 6th 2015
Have not had enough time I stopped playing E:D for two months.. the hunt for triple ELITE status ended as well and now I am back for business..

Two month may be a short time for the most of you but for me.. I hardly remembered how to get to the nav panel LOL

Again there were lots of updates so the display looked slightly strange to me.
Bounty hunting yields lots of credits.. before I was happy to get ~25.000 CR and now it is around 125.000CR. Sweet Smile

New equipment has been added(hull reinforcement packs), sad to see how the jump-range decrease..

[colour=#ff0000]Dont try to ram vessels or even.. nav points[/color]
Really today my ship was destroyed.. by a damn nav satellite thing Go nuts


ELITED » I have never written a blog before..

Posted by DHLF on Wednesday 28th January, 2015 | Comment 5 comments

Normally I do not like the idea of posting my personal view in the public.
But elite:dangerous is eating my spare time like no other game before.
Therefore I will give it a try for this..

So what am I expected to do with a blog?

Maybe I should "talk" about my first contact with ELITE in the last CENTURY ^^
Games for home-computers were sold on tapes. Yuck!
The game box contempts:
-a PRINTED manual
-a pretty A3 sized poster with the ship types(filled, not wireframed Smile )
-the tape itself
and a strange plastic lense.

Because of the possibility to copy tapes easily from one to the other :p they decided to sell the tape with a special "lense" which you had to put on your TV-screen.
There was a strange marking shown which was only readable through those lense.
Different sized tv sets needed an "alignment" so you finally could type in the code.
Without the proper code the game did not run(surprise:lol)

The copy-protection was called "lens-lock" or so.

Bad people build strange devices to interrupt the running game and.. to save the memory to tape. You get it? Yes..

If someone is out there and load a so "cracked" Elite game on a Sinclair ZX Spectrum..
you could get plenty missiles(255!), money and DANGEROUS state if you save the new game at once instead of starting a new one LOL

Elite was BETTER than Elite:Dangerous because:
-no internet connection needed
-no lags in systems crowded with other players
-collecting .. "free" cargo was not forbidden
-the mining laser was amazing against other ships(slow.. but powerful)
-there was a military laser Smile
-you were able to get an ecm system and an ecm JAMMER..
-you could save an entire coriolis station from a supernova
-there were 7 (or 8?) galaxies (instead of only ONE in E:D)
-lower hardware requirement (48k RAM was enough!)
-you got a Cobra MK-III at the beginning of the game
-it was sold for only 15BP
-it was ready to play from the time it was sold(no gamma needed)
-loading time(from tape) seems to be equal like in E:D
-you started at LAVE not LHS 3447
-the jump drive was.. easier to use
-you could visit THARGOID invasion ships whenever you liked Wink
-all missiles were NOT dumb(except if enemy got ECM)
-bounties were paid at once
-landing computer.. were MUCH faster (while a station in range=instant docking)
-needed NO F*** upgrade, you could have played whenever you wanted
-we got a BACK "window" in our Cobra!!

But back to my first contact with Elite:Dangerous
At first I nearly got crazy about the plenty configuration and keyboard commands.
Spend some hours to "learn" the most important keys while I was lurking for finally PLAYING the game.
Spend more time to get my joystick working (TM HOTAS-X).
A very helpful configuration is explained here https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?t=16140.
The Thrustmaster Hotas-X is cheap (around 30 EUR) and will do.
But.. even if someone assign up to 4 "commands" to a button (4 shift-buttons) I needed MORE buttons..
Switching accidently to silent mode in combat is a very BAD idea..

So I gave those "TM Hotas Warthog" a try.. a very expensive device.
Really it took me some DAYS to get a clue how to "program" those thing and set it to work as I want with E:D.

The postives about this Hotas Warthog:
+ powerful.
+ looks nice.
+ it is amazing.
+ it is very solid.(iron?!) total weight above 6kg!!
+ add keyboard commands to any trigger! (put "fire4" to chaff key command Big grin )
+ you can add macros(sequence keyboard commands) like equal system power and max the weapons..
+ FIRE1 button got two states: simple press=Fire1, max press= full power to weapons ^^
+ add other commands which are send if you RELEASE the buttons.. (like power equal or to thrusters..)

but: try it if you can.. before you spend soo much money.
- you are left alone.. YOU have to figure out for yourself how things work -.-
- You have to run a TARGET progam any time you want to play
- The device "forget" its programs every shutdown -.-
- lacks one axis so you are left with:
..rolling your ship with one thruster Bash the wall
..Believe me THAT is confusing. Or you get additional pedals.. but.. well.
- Windows cant see all 52 Buttons -.- You must link some buttons to keayboard controls
- configurate this devices takes HOURS

I spend one week to get things running until I decided to reset my account due the high illegal err.. activity I had done (accidently, believe me!).

Now I am exploring the galaxy with my Cobra until I get more money for those ASP.

Big mistakes I made so far:
Cargo scans may not hurt you, if you collected NON-illegal material.
Well.. that is not true. A dozen security ships scanned my cargo and I felt safe.
But.. then someone took a closer view and.. I was suddenly "guilty" -.-

Exploring unexplored star systems.. with cargo in your hold.
BAD idea.. as NPCs will gather to take it from you..

Having not needed those insurance for a week I thought I was able to fly,
put proudly a screenshot(see comments) up here and crashed 5 minutes later into
HAIPENG PORT@ETA Serpentis Bash the wall

While exploring an unidentified signal source I found an Anaconda..
Just seconds later..:
Hell, one hit and my shilds were gone.. AND 75% of the hull.
Again I could barely escape..
Ever got a thruster malfunction AFTER a fight due to damage to the power plant? Eek

When I got enough credits to buy a Cobra I handed my brilliant Adder in..
and got NO money left for upgrading the FSD or weapons or power plant or..
This is because larger ships needs.. higher classes and more expensive devices.
The best FSD (type A class 2) costs 160.224CR
The best FSD (type A class 3) costs 507.901CR
You will get bad mood if you see the costs for the best FSD of an ASP..

With this Cobra I got a better view outside but.. not enough power for my weapons Cry

Playing alone might be dangerous..
Until yesterday(January,27th) I have been attacked only once by a human player.
So I never expected the following situation:
-> thanks to those 6 guys @Eta Serpentis who decided to ram my ship and suddenly attacked me.
Hence.. I switched reverse thruster to avoid collision and forgot to release that switch Undecided
I managed it to get away with my pants dropped(less than 25% left) for repairs.
After that I decided to wipe them out of existence but alas! They left those place.
Because: I have finally enough power for all weapons Evil

In comparison to other online games the players in E:D seems much more friendly.
But to avoid such situations in the future I will move to the unexplored areas.

ELITED » Cmd Roguey, Chapter 3

Posted by Roguey on Saturday 24th January, 2015 | Comment 7 comments

In my last blog I had switched back to an Asp, making me feel some-what safer. However things have changed - the universe is more hostile than ever.

It seems more human players have taken up the role of pirating - stealing and killing from other players, especially on main trade routes / rares (Lave / Altair areas). Myself, I have lost over 350k in hull damage to them and only narrowing escaping a couple of times. Elite & Dangerous is quickly turning into a PvP game which is not what I wanted. I guess I could head off the beaten track, or play solo but that defeats the point of online play, eh?

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Many months ago, the online mode sounded great - being able to meet other players and maybe party with them (like in large events) - a thing that many other MMO's do (such as Guild Wars 2). I know Frontier are working on a feature called wings, but if this allows pirates to group together then things will get much worse.

You may think, well get a better ship... well, I was using a heavily upgraded Asp (around the 20 million mark) when I got hull damage from pirate Viper. All pirates do is fit more shield banks than me (as I was trying to carry cargo) and weapons to drop my shields fast, since my Asp cant turn as fast as a Viper. I dont fit PvP weapons because they require a lot of costly ammo - which isnt good for long term battles (the ones I prefer).

Once my shields are down (which can be done very quickly), im an easy target. I thought it might of been just me, but when I saw the video below I was dismayed - the commander was taken completely off-guard;

So, for now I dont know what to do with the game; moving rares between 4 or 5 places isnt much fun at the best of times, yet with the added possibility of human pirates - its ruining the game for me. Sure I can switch back to solo (or Alt+F4), but why should a human pirate force me to that? At one point a pirate was able to spam his interdictor on me continuously, the only action was to quit game. Its not like a 70+ million ship survives any better (if not worse, cos its an bigger target).

I understand that pirating should be a way of life but it shouldnt mean clean commanders lose millions of credits. The current bounty system is floored and something needs to be done about PvP pirates! Maybe even an option to disable human interdictions, or at the very least a cool-down. There also a need of some game-play rebalance (shields shouldnt go down that quick, nor should multi-able cell banks be allowed).

I have no interest in pirating other players, so I shouldnt be able to be interdicted all the time. Maybe only allow wanted human ships to be interdicted in race owned systems?

ELITED » Cmd Roguey, Chapter 2

Posted by Roguey on Saturday 17th January, 2015 | Comment 2 comments

Its been awhile since my last blog, and a lot has changed since. In my last blog I had only just got a Cobra, which had only basic equipment. Ideally I wanted to reach an Asp but it was a long way off.

Building up money took a long time. I originally wanted to make my money through bounty hunting than trading (I just wanted to do it a different way). I havnt really looked at trading too much (to be honest) as I find it a bit of a mixed bag - sometimes you take goods to a place (which the in-game map says it wants) and yet they dont.

A little time later Gomorragh told me of rare-trading, so I started to look into it. At first it seemed a little confusing;

  • Where are they sold? can I work-out some kind-of route?
  • If I buy them, can you only sell it at certain places?
  • Is it really worthwhile? would fuel cost more?

So the first thing, where can you buy them? So it was time to do a search in google. This is where I came across Elite Rare Trader;

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This useful map tells you where you can find these rares, and how far the station with them is from the nav-point (some are very far away). The first thing I noticed is that around Lave there are quite a few places that sell them; Orrere, Uszaa, Leesti, Diso, Zaonce, So maybe my first stop. So now I needed a second location (ideally you want sell rares around 140ly or more, although I think the ideal is 200ly). So looking at the map, maybe Altair, Zeessze, George Pantazis and finally Fujin, like so;

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Im sure others have better routes and that.. however for now this works fairly well for me. So with some places worked-out, I wanted to know where can you sell rares? The short answer is any-where.

So the next question; was it going to be worthwhile? The short answer, very much yes. Per run (40-50 units) I can make around 800k. Fuel isnt much of a problem, as a Fuel-scoop can refuel the ship for free. The gathering stage can take 30mins, then the long jump 10-15mins.

So I started the runs, building up the money. The first upgrade was the jump-drive, the less I see that wrap effect, the quicker I can do it. After many runs, I was finally able to get a Asp;

At first the Asp seemed like a back-step, as it seemed slow (forever turning to keep up with ships like the Viper).

It took me awhile to work out what guns for the Asp. It has two class 2 weapons (main weapons) and four class 1 weapons. I did try beam weapons once again (as I thought the Asp would supply enough power) but like the Cobra they ran-out too quickly. So this is when I thought about using two groups, with the main being either pulse or burst (doesnt really seem much difference) and the secondary for hull-damage (so four multi-cannons). You can see this combo at the start of this video;

The Asp did a great job, loads of jump-range and well armed - it made travelling long distances easy. After many runs I was able to upgrade the Asp fairly well. This is when I started looking at bigger ship; the Imperial Clipper.

However before I could get it, I needed to get some reputation with the Empire military. So after searching around for awhile, I found a little spot to do this (Canta athis / Macuayan). After doing a few general missions, I was given a few jobs by the military. In the end I got a high enough rank, and brought the Imperial Clipper;

This ship definitely looks the part, with its splendour white looks. It had an extra type 7 slot, which I was going to use for a shield. However this ship cost a lot of money, and so wasnt easy to upgrade. After using for a little I noticed it had some major draw-backs;

  • Its was so large, it could only land on large docking pads (so no more landing on outposts - useful for clearing wanted tags),
  • A very poor jump-range - from the Asp's 27ly, 15ly was terrible!
  • A maximum 16 unit fuel-tank.. what the hell? sooner or later I was going to stranded by running out of fuel, with a star which I couldnt refuel from,
  • Everything was more expensive (repairs, upgrades etc.), but money hadnt increased - If anything it lowered because trading rares was harder with the lower jump-range and small fuel tank.

Combat wise, the Clipper was miles ahead of the Asp, but money was the problem. So I decided to get a Type 6 so I could get some upgrades for the Imperial Clipper, restarting the rare-trading. This worked fine until someone attacked me Altair and stole some of my cargo. Seeing my Imperial Clipper was parked there, I landed with the Type 6 and chased after them in the Clipper. I was interdicted a few ships, and ended up losing a fair amount of hull, costing me 200k (I never caught the thief, as they ran when they saw my Imp chasing them).

So after landing back in Solo Orbiter (in Altair), I think about ditching the Clipper. So it was either have two ships (one with a poor jump-range and ate money, the other was defenceless - so pirates could attack steal/kill) or go back to my Asp, where I felt safe and able to make money. So after some thinking I sold both ships and re-brought my Asp (it was nice seeing the 27ly in an armed ship once again). This also meant I could clear my bounties at outposts too. I upgraded my Asp so much, that its rebuy price was just has high as the Clipper (something I kind-of wanted to lower - oh well).

It seems more commanders are now pirating from others - making the runs much harder (especially in Altair last night). So be careful out there.

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