What was your first experience with the Elite universe and what keeps you playing it today?
I got into this on a lark. Somewhere, at some point, I had heard about Elite: Dangerous…probably ran across a YouTube Video on it. Whatever it was, I was taking a vacation week, and was looking for a new game to play. I saw Elite: Dangerous, and having heard about it — without knowing anything about it other than it was some sort of space sim — I decided to try it out. I got hooked immediately, and played it for about 8-hours a day while on vacation, and pretty much every night after that.
To be honest, I don’t know what’s compelling about it. Maybe it’s the freedom of just doing whatever I want to do at any given time. I’m not sure why anyone plays it, really. A few weeks ago, several of us were out in Witch Head, killing Thargoids while trying to make wing beacons work by recycling them, and dropping into the wrong instances every third time. Everybody was complaining about how FDev should fix this or that, and how inconvenient and kludgy everything was. Everybody complained about the game for 2 hours, but the last thing everybody said before signing off for the night was, “I’ll be back on tomorrow.”
The game did get stale for me after a while, but after joining the squadron and starting to play with other squadron mates, I am back into it hard core. Honestly, I enjoy hanging out with everyone more than the game itself. It’s become a social thing, which has opened a new dimension to the game.
And I’ll be back on tomorrow.
How did you come up with the name of your Commander?
I ran a moderately popular motorcycle blog a few years back, and used Motoblogger as my XBox ID because my real name was taken. It doesn’t have any special significance or anything. The blog is gone, but I’m too lazy to exert the minimal effort that would be required to change the name. No doubt there’s some character-building lesson I could learn there.
Tell a quick story about your favorite moment in Elite: Dangerous.
I was streaming on Twitch one night on some little planet with lots of geysers, and a couple of my buddies were watching the stream. I was just driving my SRV around, gathering materials, when one of them said, “what happens if you drive over those geysers?” I said “I dunno”, and did it. I got jetted into the sky at supersonic speed. My exact words were, “Wheeee…umm…that might have been a mistake.” I just kept going straight up, while everyone but me laughed and laughed.
I didn’t die when I came down, so no harm done. I did learn to be more careful round the geysers, though.
What made you decide to join The Fatherhood?
I ran into a fellow playing in open, and he was a total noob. So we winged up and I showed him a few things, helped him get some bounties in a low-rez site, did a planetary landing, etc. I had a lot of fun playing with someone for the first time, so I decided to look up squadrons and see if there was one that interested me. The Fatherhood seemed like a place where I wouldn’t have to deal with a lot of 14 year-olds getting salty and describing their intimate relationship with my mother. Turns out that I’ve met some neat people.
Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.
I was doing 1v1s with Behmski and Redneck Fletch, but I was using the XBox controller instead of my HOTAS. I kept trying to boost, and hitting D-Pad up instead of D-Pad left and opening my fuel scoop instead. So, I’m wondering why my Challenger is tooling along at 100m/s instead of boosting, while Behmski is pounding me with his FDL, or Fletch is wrecking me with his Chieftain. I look, and sure enough, my fuel scoop is open. I guess I did that about 5 times. I did win one of those matches, though. So, there’s that.
Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.
Don’t have one. Got lotsa ships I love…for specific things. I guess if I could only have one ship, it’d be the Python. It’s not the best at anything, but it’s the second best ship for everything. The one ship I want to love is the Imperial Clipper. I really want to use it, because it’s fast and beautiful. I simply can’t figure how to use it for anything because some psychopath designed it with insane optional module sizes. Then they stuck two of the hardpoints on the bottom, in the back of the ship, where you can basically shoot only stuff below the cockpit that you can’t see. I guess you could stick some turrets down there and let them run wild.
Any advice for new CMDRs trying to make their way in Elite: Dangerous?
Learn about Inara, EDSM, Coriolis/EDSY, EDTools, and EDDB, because nothing you want to know is conveniently available in game. It’s the only game I’ve ever played where I need to have an auxiliary computer running with 4 browser tabs open while I play it. The amount of information produced by the game–and required to understand it–is mind-numbing without the proper tools to organize it.
I was playing once and my wife asked, “Are you playing the game or are you on your computer?”
“Playing the game. Why?”
“All you’ve done is look at web sites for the last half-hour.”
Well….yes. I’m playing the game.