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  • Just got Elite Dangerous
  • Premier Icon molgrips
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    Anyone else playing?

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    I have it on the Xbox.

    I fired it up, tried to work out the controls, managed to find “fire” before finding the engines and the space station defences shot me to ribbons. My inaugural flight was about two feet.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Actually, that’s a point. I turned it off in disgust after that because the “tutorial” was a bunch of YouTube videos and I couldn’t be bothered. Have they written an actual tutorial yet? I might give it another go if so.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    I did but got distracted by something else and not been back on it since, there’s a thread buried somewhere on here.

    Premier Icon crewlie
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    Thought I was the only person on there. I must be in the wrong bit of space as I never seem to come across another human player. I’ve learnt most of what I know (not that much I suspect) from YouTube and various websites, I don’t think the tutorials have got that much better.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    There are in-game tutorials yes.

    I found it hard to figure out what all the systems were, but then I didn’t sit down with the manual and read it which I probably should have done. I had a couple of confusing sessions then it fell into place and now I’m a bit hooked, in a way that I very rarely am with games.

    The progression is pretty good – I’m still Harmless with 30-40 hours and 10-15 kills, so when people try to kill me they are only low ranked also. But I’ve done loads of missions and traded a fair bit so I’ve a decent trader rank, I’ve made money and got decent hardware so I”m not at much risk of being shot to bits.

    I just got involved in Power Play, I pledged allegiance to the socialist in the Federation faction who’s trying to make the galaxy a better place.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    PS my name is molgrips on everything, look me up 🙂

    there’s a thread buried somewhere on here.

    Yeah it’s died of old age tho.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    PS my name is molgrips on everything, look me up 🙂

    Platform might be useful. I’m assuming there’s no crossplay between formats?

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    I was just googling that. I’m on PS4.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    You had to google that you were on a PS4?

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    No I was googling cross play.

    Premier Icon crewlie
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    Ah, xbox here.

    Dunno if it’s considered cheating, but there’s a very useful website where you can find the most lucrative trading routes: http://www.eddb.io
    I’ve been slogging away to get ranked up to Duke in the Imperial Navy, had an Imperial Clipper for a while, great ship but a little light on the firepower. Now in a Type-9 Heavy with maximum cargo space to build some cash for an Imperial Cutter. Depending on where I am in the galaxy I can pull in around 1.7 million per round trip using the above website.

    I find it’s a great game to just drop into for a few hours and then leave it for days/weeks at a time. Similar to No Man’s Sky, which is also very good since the latest updates.

    edit: PS4, TheFlyingOx

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    I played for a while, did all the training missions and thought I was to one..then I started playing the actual game but couldn’t find an good route to make money on, so couldn’t upgrade anything, couldn’t find anyone to pick a fight with…and lost interest

    If you want to make money, use the eddb.io website.
    If you want to fight, head for conflict zones; there are usually a number of options in most systems. Drop out of supercruise, pick a side and start blasting. Bonus is you can cash in combat bond vouchers for all the kills, similar to collecting bounty from pirate scalps except you’re fighting as part of a team rather than on your own.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    I feel like eddb is cheating a bit. I’ve been plying local trade and making 1kCr per unit of cargo if I’m lucky.

    My first purchase was a Cobra MkIII and I upgraded it, now I’m in a Keelback which is nearly maxed out and includes a fighter. And since I’m still Harmless it’s rather effective, people keep running away and I can’t catch them easily.

    I was thinking of visiting a combat zone to level up. If you pick a side does that side recognise it and help you out?

    couldn’t find an good route to make money on

    From what I can tell, actual trading at least at first hardly makes any money. I will sometimes fill my hold on the way back from a mission but I don’t trade a lot. Missions seem to be more lucrative, plus as you gain reputation you seem to get more money for them. The best way I’ve found to make money so far is find a system that’s booming and they’ll give you boomtime deliveries where you take so many units of something to a nearby system and you can get silly money for it. I’m seeing missions that pay the usual 60-90kCr but some are 500kCr and they aren’t any more difficult.

    I’ve got some planetary scan missions to do, but they say they ‘may’ be illegal. Not sure I want to piss anyone off but it seems that in this game it’s largely unavoidable unless you become an explorer.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    I just gleefully accepted a courier mission for 2.2mCr, got interdicted and I went to fight but pressed the wrong button and put myself in the fighter. My pilot then just sat there doing nothing whilst taking hits before I could tell her to bloody well fight back and got us destroyed. Why the hell can’t I issue a standing order to shoot at anything that is shooting at you?

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    Missions seem to be more lucrative, plus as you gain reputation you seem to get more money for them.

    That’s a good point…I did do some missions..I’d completely forgotten that aspect. It’s been a while since I played!

    Maybe in the impending lockdown I’ll have another go 😁

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Missions seem to snowball in payment once you start gaining reputation. My tip would be to pick a station with a faction you like, then visit a load of nearby systems and dock. Once you’ve docked in a system you’ll get data on what they have to sell. So when a mission says ‘source X units of Y’ you can go to the galaxy map and easily bring up where that thing is – assuming it’s produced by one of the systems, which seems common.

    I just did a load of missions just for the reputation to gain ‘friendly’ status quickly in a location, and they are offering me silly money.

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    Cheers…Will have a go (and bookmark this thread!)

    I feel like eddb is cheating a bit.

    I kinda get this, but I balance that out with the idea that 1300 years into the future where we are technologically capable enough to have spaceships that can cover multiple light years in a matter of seconds there is probably a method of instantly determining what stuff sells for what price in each system.

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    It needs a dingbat mode for people with no thumbs or patience.

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    You had to google that you were on a PS4?

    This response has has not received the recognition it deserved.

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    I’ve been playing on X Box for a couple of years. I started playing because I used to have the original Elite on my Acorn Electron, back in the 80’s.

    I hit Elite in trading mid last year and have almost hit Elite in exploring (94%). My combat rating is an embarrassing level of Novice though.

    I have also progressed through federation naval ranks too. I started on this because I wanted to unlock Sol and fly round the earth and our solar system.

    It’s a very time consuming game but ultimately you play it how you want to, which i like. Don’t take any missions to Hutton Orbital unless you have 90 minutes to spare though.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    I kinda get this, but I balance that out with the idea that 1300 years into the future where we are technologically capable enough to have spaceships that can cover multiple light years in a matter of seconds there is probably a method of instantly determining what stuff sells for what price in each system.

    I get this also. In reality every one of those space stations would have a website and you could google for prices, so the existence of eddb makes up for that deficit. And presumably Frontier have made this data available via an API exactly for this sort of thing, which makes it not cheating really.

    Actually, in reality all the data would be made available and you could calculate the optimal trade route stopping in at all the right places to grab outstanding missions to maximise profit. Your ship should be telling you stuff like ‘hey there’s a mission available here, if you go via there and there you can pick up these goods and make a killing’.

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    I’m seeing missions that pay the usual 60-90kCr but some are 500kCr and they aren’t any more difficult

    If you get allied with certain factions some of the missions can pay up to around 6 million credits. So allying yourself is the key really.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Although I thought ‘yay, two million for a courier mission how easy’ then I got rinsed by a pirate. That’ll teach me to get cocky.

    jolmes
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    Haven’t played this in years but used to use that site a ton to help plan my trade routes, took a lot of planning to find an optimal route that was pirate free and a good income but in the end I was earning millions of credits per run. Although one of the earlier routes was hideous and took around 50 mins of travel, not efficient money making.

    Used to watch some youtube vids for this and their idea was earn your money trading, fastest and easiest method, once you get there store your cargo ship, max out your combat ship and go hunting xD

    Whats it like on the PS4? I used to play this on the PC and it was truly beautiful.

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    Whats it like on the PS4? I used to play this on the PC and it was truly beautiful.

    Have you seen Picard? It looks like the flying scenes on that, I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.

    jolmes
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    Have you seen Picard?

    Its on the list to watch, just haven’t got round to it yet. Think i’ll wait for my next PC build to take it up again.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Whats it like on the PS4?

    I haven’t seen it on other platforms, but it still looks stunning on PS4. Of course most of it is just black with twinkly bits, but that’s not the game’s fault. I much prefer that to the wishy washy pastel pink unrealistic universe of No Man’s Sky. The graphics that there are – the space stations and other settlements – are incredibly detailed and huge. They really are amazing. And if the Earth-like worlds don’t inspire a bit of awe then you really are a jaded cynic :). On the ring space stations you can fly up close to the orbital bit and look inside through the glass roof – they’re full of parkland, trees, houses and stuff. For me that’s proper scifi stuff.

    Supposedly towards the end of this year we’re getting the ability to get out of your ship and walk around the space stations which will be full of people and things to do; also the ability to fly on the atmospheric planets which will be populated with cities that you can visit. If this happens, I think I might get a bit excited, to say the least. The full realisation of a childhood fantasy.

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    Well I’m reinstalling it to take take a look.

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    It got a big upgrade on the PS4 about a year ago. Lots of new content and as far as I’m aware, an ongoing war with the Thargoids.
    I say ‘as far as I’m aware’, because about this time last year I joined a mass expedition to Beagle Point at the other side of the galaxy. I fell behind the rest of the 1000 strong PS4 players (around 12,000 players in total across all platforms), in the expedition quite rapidly, because of a few rather spectacular red wine induced mishaps, then I left the PS4 over the summer, and only came back to it this winter.
    Everyone else has finished the expedition (Distant Worlds 2), but I persevered, only to smack into a few more planets while attempting to land under the influence.
    I’m still going, about 2/3rds of the way to Beagle point, with a promise to myself that I’m not lowering my landing gear again till I get back to civilisation.
    I enjoy the game simply because it’s a way of relaxing for me. I just fly, have a drink of wine and explore, fly, drink wine and explore. Nothing shoots at me, nothing challenges me, but the graphics are pretty.
    I’ll get back to ‘the bubble’ one day, and boy, I’ll be rich with all the exploration data I’ve gathered, but till then, I’ll just fly…

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    I like this idea – my wife plays games like this.. she loves that kind of repetitive calm job – Minecraft is her most played game. I don’t mind grind but only when there’s an aim – e.g. saving up for the next ship etc. I’ll do exploration one day but not yet. Plus I cannot figure out how to work the discovery scanner properly.

    I fell behind the rest of the 1000 strong PS4 players (around 12,000 players in total across all platforms)

    How does that work? I didn’t think you could cross-play?

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    Funnily enough I just picked it back up.

    I’m on Xbox CMDR RichMTB77.

    I’ve mainly been exploring, I’ve reached Elite for exploration. My daily driver is an Asp Explorer with a load of engineering. It can jump about 60ly.

    If you’ve got patience exploring is a great way to pull in credits and quite a chilled out way of playing in general. I’ve been to Colonia, Sag A* and just out to random nebulae and back. My last exploration trip netted me about 100 million credits

    I’ve also got a Python for trading and general purpose missions, I might fit it out for mining at some point and give that a go. I’ve got an Alliance Cheiftain for bounty hunting and elimination missions but I’ve still got a pretty low combat rank.

    Overall its a pretty fun game but definitely not something you can just pick up and play. I think it took me about a week to master docking at a space station and I still sometimes make a total arse of it.

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    I must have been living under an Apex Legends Season 4 rock. What is it and should i be playing it?

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    My daily driver is an Asp Explorer with a load of engineering. It can jump about 60ly.

    It can jump 60Ly in one hop? If so I might have to try exploring like this whilst I am still low combat ranked. What’s the best cheap ship for exploration? Presumably you have to configure it for such with FSD upgrades etc?

    What is it and should i be playing it?

    What is Elite Dangerous? It’s the original space sim, where the galaxy is a bit Wild West.. Involved, quite complex and very open ended. If you want realism, it’s here. I think that once you’ve worked it out, and there is a learning curve, you can just pick up and play as long as you don’t leave any missions outstanding when you stop, because the galaxy operates in real time. When you’re given a day to complete a mission it means 24 actual real life hours.

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    ahh its that one that has been around for ages, like 30 years or something? Ok, i may….. continue to give it a miss….

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Yes that one, but the game has obviously moved on quite a lot since the days of 48K Spectrums.

    I’m currently helping to bring socialism and liberal values to parts of the galaxy by working for the Federation shadow president delivering aid, whilst also trying to gain money by currying favour with a local faction in a particular system, even if that does mean some dirty work because it’s all for the cause….. it’s more than buy low sell high these days.

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    ahh its that one that has been around for ages, like 30 years or something?

    No, that’s Elite you’re thinking of.

    Elite came out on the BBC in the mid-80s, hotly followed by a bunch of ports and sequels of varying quality. Elite Dangerous is a modern sequel that was Kickstartered five years or so back for PC and modern consoles.

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