What was your first experience with the Elite universe and what keeps you playing it today?
My first experience honestly wasn’t any good as I imagine it wasn’t for other newborn commanders. I only started playing about 4 months ago. I was just looking for a cool game where I get to fly some ships and nobody is telling me what to do. Something I can relax to, listen to some music, smoke some dope (it’s legal here) and zone out. Found this thing on PS Store called Elite. I think it was on special for like 12CAD so why not right?
I hadn’t looked up anything about it and just straight downloaded it. And thus the journey began. After the first two or so hours of playing I slowly realized it wasn’t gonna be just relaxed flying around. There was actually so much to the game that I certainly wasn’t expecting or prepared for. Then came the first “googling” and I was actually gonna put it down because it wasn’t really the kind of relaxing I was initially looking for. It was a lot to take in as I imagine all new commanders feel that way.
I actually stopped playing and went back to whatever I used to play before, Far Cry 5 mostly, I think. Then I found YouTube channels of two guys whose content actually helped me so much in the beginning and because of them I actually still play. It was none other than Vindicator Jones and Obsidian Ant. These two are the reason I didn’t delete the game after a week. Thanks guys.
Tell a quick story about your favorite moment in Elite: Dangerous.
Oh, pretty much anytime I get to chill in my sofa with some nice music flying around doing whatever. But, if I had to pick one, it was when I met one of my friends by total accident in the middle of conflux in system with a black hole.
I knew he was on an exploration trip somewhere there. I was on my way to the black hole system. I remember checking my friends list a few times just to see if he was online. I was a few jumps away when I noticed he was on, but he was another almost thousand lightyears away. I stayed at the system I was in to scan some Earth-like worlds so I didn’t pay much attention.
When I jumped into the black hole system, I saw a few hollow squares by the arrival star, a wing invite, and party chat invite. Ended up being such a nice surprise winging up with him and his friends out in the middle of nowhere by a black hole. Thanks mate!
Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.
One day I was out testing FDL PvP build. I was trying out different experimentals on PAs. I put a plasma slug on without really thinking it through and synth-ed premium ammo. Then I went to a pirate activity POI and had a really exciting jousting encounter with another Fer de Lance.
I noticed my main fueltank was empty and had about (– ) this much left in the thin bar. I raced myself back to the station where my fuel ran out and life support kicked in literally meters in front of the mail slot. Luckily HoJo didn’t have anything better to do than go rescue my stinking but. Thanks bud! Later I got messaged on Discord with a videoclip from Star Wars V where Leia says “Would it help if I got outside and pushed?” I laughed a lot that day.
Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.
I love my exploration Krait Phantom. It’s self-contained with all the things you could possibly need when out there exploring. It’s not just maxed out on jumprange, I wanted something that’d be fun to fly around asteroids too. It is a true exploration ship in my eyes. I went for nicer thrusters, I put double braced on powerplant, shielded AFMUs and fuelscoop, mining laser, repair limpets… I even managed to setup the power so I don’t have to power anything off (I usually use AFMU when landed, so thrusters are off).
That ship is kinda my baby, I call it: I have seen RAXXLA. Combat-wise, I love my Fer-De-Lance or my Corvette. Recently, I made a PvP Phantom so I fly that a lot too. Unlike other combat ships I have, it can also travel more than 17 Ly. And then I have a Krait Mk2 that I fitted sort of multi-role for BGS and missions. I even ripped a new ganker 1-to-1 with it. If you don’t have an Mk2 yet, get it. It might look absolutely ugly and yucky and gross but it’s a great ship.
What drew you to join The Fatherhood?
My first squadron started getting targeted by PvP players because of me, so I joined other more PvP oriented, but they all play different games now. I found out about The Fatherhood on Inara and decided to join because they looked like a fair bunch of likable individuals.
I’m happy to step aside from the PvP community little bit because there is no real PvP community — just gankers. When you call them out on system chat for fair 1v1 with rules they are all quiet, but 5 minutes later you get jumped on by full wing. I don’t particularly enjoy that style of gameplay. I still play mostly in open and I’m not afraid of the occasional gank. I think it’s a part of the game and I like the excitement when I see the red hollow triangle behind me.
What’s your day job, and how do you balance your home, work and gaming life (or do you)?
Since I recently changed time zones from west coast to the UK, I gotta find new commanders to wing up with. Send me a friend request like right now if you haven’t done yet 😁.
I fix mountain bikes for living and also ride bikes a lot myself so as long as it’s raining or snowing outside, I’m online on the weekends and usually evenings for at least few hours.
What is one thing most people don’t know about you that you wish they did?
I already told you too much about my real life. I’m a pretty private guy. If you want to know more, too bad 😁.
The only thing I want everybody to know is the origin of my Commander name: It’s a kid’s book I used to read to my brother when he as little, there is nothing kinky about it as it was framed many times before on chats and Discords servers.
How did you come up with the name of your Commander?
When you look at your feet on the foot rest and one sock is black with doughnuts just below the knee and the other is pink with flowers much shorter the answer is right there.
Any fatherly advice for new CMDRs trying to make their way in Elite: Dangerous?
Read Reclamation and Premonition by Drew Wagar, then watch Drew’s Lore videos. Then, plug in the charger into your controller.
It’s not just about mindless blowing up stuff. There is so much more to the game. So many beautiful places to explore and sights to see. With GalNet back and Odyssey around the corner, I can guarantee there is a lot of good stuff cooking over at Frontier’s and Drew Wagar’s kitchens. There is definitely heaps to look forward to.
Oh, and read Odd Sock Eaters to your kids, my brother turned out much better than me. Last but not least, RAXXLA is real, all three superpowers are being manipulated by much bigger conspiracy, long live Salomé and good night or whatever you want to have good. Seriously anything.
Invitation to wing up
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