Featured CMDR Neutron “Tubs”

15 Jan 2021

What was your first experience with the Elite universe and what keeps you playing it today?

My first (what I’d call) notable experience was the sinking of my first Anaconda. It was also where I received my first callsign and later to be my player name. At a star I don’t even remember the name of anymore. Running cargo for a community goal. It was late, I was tired but I kept pushing. Jump after jump, I had gotten careless and inattentive while exhausted, jumping the same four White Dwarf stars over and over and over again. I finally slipped and one caught me. It had me. There was no escaping, but I didn’t stop trying. For well over an hour I was repairing my ship replenishing my oxygen trying to scratch for the hopeful moment I could stomp my FSD box into lighting up just one time. Members of the squadron were trying to help pull me out, all dying in the process of trying to rescue me. The TFS Jorgmudr finally gave up and she sank there. Slowly crushed into oblivion.

Tell a quick story about your favorite moment in Elite: Dangerous.

Sometimes our favorite moments in this game are more based in the realism of an event than the actual enjoyment of the situation. The time that is invested to make it to Sag-A or Beagle Point. It’s not just some thing you tackle in a weekend. It takes time and patience; careful planning along the entire way. It’s not just the trip to the destination either. The return trip can be just as difficult if not more so. The true dangers of a mistake can ruin months of hard work.

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

At this point I’ve had a few now. “Tubs” is from my wife who thought it would be funny to throw me under the bus.

After ferrying my thoroughly sloshed self home from beach pub hopping. That included the incriminating evidence of me drinking margaritas from buckets. I had 2, which was 2 too much.

TFS Hohenheim of Light

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

For me it’s almost always been the Anaconda. For what I do the most of, exploration, it’s always been the most sensible choice for long term expedition’s. Sometimes I’ve spent 6 months to well over a year in Deep Space. When you are out for that far, for that long, your vessel has to be absolutely self-sustainable. Sometimes I’ve forgotten how long it had been since I may have seen another commander or a station. Sometimes if only for a a scrub down and refit, barely long enough to turn around and break for the sky again.

Near the Dove Enigma

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

Actually, I’m one of the longest serving members of our fleet. Long before we even called it Alpha Squadron. Originally I started in Green Alpha until my console tragically caught fire one day. Even worse we were in the early Stages of what was the Distant Worlds 2 Expedition. We had a PlayStation that was relatively new at the time. So I scrambled to try to get it in working condition. And it took the collaboration of many of our finest in Blue Squadron to pull off absolute madness. To get downloaded, started, quickly mass the finances to purchase a new Annie, fit her for exploration, material grinding, and engineering just to make her space worthy. Then I had to run her as hot as possible for two weeks just to catch up with the fleet that was steadily and daily on the move.

TFS Hohenheim of Light

What’s your day job, and how do you balance your home, work and gaming life?

For the most part I’ve always been a mechanic. Now I’m a parts and service advisor for the company I’ve been with for 7 years now.

CMDR Neutron “Tubs”

How did you come up with the name of your Commander?

The name of my commander is actually the first callsign I received with The Fatherhood. When I had to make my transition to Blue Squadron. It’s just what to me seemed to fit best.

Any fatherly advice for new CMDRs trying to make their way in Elite: Dangerous?

There is no true ending to this game, so don’t be in a hurry to find one. Take your time weigh your options. The only thing that happens quickly in this game is a rebuy.

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TFS Hohenheim of Light

Featured CMDR “Q” Ryanmarc

8 Jan 2021

What was your first experience with the Elite universe and what keeps you playing it today?

My first experience was trying to dock a Sidewinder manually at an outpost, taking large chunks out of my hull in the process. I quit in frustration for 2 weeks before giving it another go, and the rest is history. My initial months were spent mostly in a Dolphin and an Orca because they look vaguely like Starfleet ships. I didn’t even start combat until I had explored and traded my way to Elite. I continue to play because there’s something just fundamentally cool about flying through space.

TFS Madeleine Millie

Tell a quick story about your favorite moment in Elite: Dangerous.

Using SRVs to body slam an NPC Viper IV with CMDR Legion_r917th on the surface of Achenar 3 (a high gravity planet) until the Viper drunkenly did a loop and then frameshifted into the planetary crust. Equal parts absurd and ever so much fun.

Short-Range Blaster

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

I spend a great deal of time tinkering with engineering in the game to find unusual but effective ship builds. I also spend most of my Discord time in the Ship Crafting channel answering questions and posting about my latest ships and ideas. I was named for James Bond’s quartermaster. “Please return the equipment in one piece.”

 

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

TFS Defiant

One look at my fleet would tell you have I have lots of favorites, but pound for pound it has to be the Chieftain. My combat style is up close and personal, orbiting larger ships and shooting out modules, and the Chieftain is well suited for that style. My best one is TFS Defiant, named for the Deep Space 9 ship. Like its namesake it’s far more powerful than it seems to be. “She may have flaws…but she has teeth!”

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

They moved into my backyard! I spent my first few years in the game based in the LHS 28 system and was allied with every faction in a large radius around there. When a new faction called The Fatherhood showed up I first said “Hey, get out of my house!”. Eventually I had a look at the website and found that they fit me very well as a father of two kids.

Flade Enterprise, LHS 28

Any fatherly advice for new CMDRs trying to make their way in Elite: Dangerous?

As Howard Jones sang in New Song, “Don’t crack up, Bend your brain, See both sides, Throw off your mental chains.” Try new ways of doing things because you never know what you might find.

Featured CMDR “Miley” ObjectofEnmity

1 Jan 2021

What was your first experience with the Elite universe and what keeps you playing it today?

I was actually made aware of Elite: Dangerous when we hired a gaggle of young guys from the local trade school. One of them played for some time on Xbox and got me interested in trying it out; I watched the trailer and was sold.

I continue to play for the beauty of the game and the wonderful interactions with the people in the ‘Hood. This squadron has truly become my online family.

Tell a quick story about your favorite moment in Elite: Dangerous.

My favorite moment in Elite: Dangerous is hard to pin down. It seems I gain a new moment of that description almost weekly, if not daily.

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

I believe it is told best by [Redacted] on the website:

Barry’s Wonderland ABC 1 A

“We’re all in voice comms for the Skardee Mountain Expedition and a certain CMDR ObjectofEnmity developed a fun – read annoying – habit of causing ruckus everywhere he goes. From bumping into people, to flying over hills and landing on people, to “accidentally” shooting people, to just being an absolute disaster. It was so bad that we likened it to the destructive force of a wrecking ball. And, due to his history with Blue Squadron and their musically inclined callsigns, dubbed him “Miley” as he did, infact, multiple times, come in like a Wrecking Ball.”

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

I really don’t know what to say about a “favorite” ship in the game. I love my combat. If pressed hard, though, I would probably have to settle on my little exploration-fitted Cobra III as my favorite. The TFS Cobra that Could took me to the galactic core for the first time, and did so in considerable comfort. I guess the reason would be the time and intimacy forced on a CMDR and their first exploration ship. It was truly me and my little Cobra against the big ol’ galaxy.

TFS Cobra that Could

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

I had an interesting time in the beginning of my Elite: Dangerous career. The Fatherhood was actually the second squadron I joined, but the best decision I ever made. I began my time in the Elite galaxy on the PS4. I joined a squadron based in Imperial space even before leaving the Pilot Federation District. I made many friends in that squadron, but had a problem with the squadron leader, which led to me leaving the wing and ultimately devolving into violence. I joined The Fatherhood briefly while on PS4 and then left over the issues with my prior squadron.

CMDR “Miley” ObjectofEnmity

A few months later, I decided to move to PC to play this wonderful game without the problems caused by my bad relations with my former squad leader. I was so impressed with the atmosphere fostered by the ‘Hood during my previous brief experience, I immediately looked the wing up and re-applied. I have never looked back and always endeavor to assist in fostering the wonderful atmosphere that I came up in here. 

What’s your day job, and how do you balance your home, work and gaming life?

I am a welder by trade, and I balance my time between my work, home, and gaming life by trying to ensure that my home and work life don’t interfere with my gaming life. Haha

What is one thing most people don’t know about you that you wish they did?

I just want everyone in the Fatherhood to know that I truly feel this is my home in the cybersphere, and they all contribute to that.

How did you come up with the name of your Commander?

My CMDR name is actually a reference to an ability from one of my favorite D&D 4E characters. He could mark an opponent as an “Object of Enmity” and modify his other abilities when used on that opponent. I really liked the ability, the character, and the name; thus I became ObjectofEnmity.

Any fatherly advice for new CMDRs trying to make their way in Elite: Dangerous?

The only advice I think I could offer to new CMDRs would be this:

“Take your time, enjoy the ride, and enjoy the people you’ve associated yourself with in the ‘Hood. It is not a race, unless you’ve paid the entrance fee, then assume demolition derby rules apply! LOL”

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I primarily play on the PC nowadays, but I still have a Fatherhood CMDR on the PS4 under the name EnmityRemastered. I welcome any and all friend requests there, as long as it is understood that

I don’t use that CMDR incredibly often.

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Featured CMDR “Wiki” M-O-T-O-R

25 Dec 2020

What was your first experience with the Elite universe and what keeps you playing it today?

I was completely flabbergasted as Commander “Morpheus” Solyce allowed me to try and dock and launch a ship from an Orbis starport. I couldn’t believe that not only did you not have a singular base but that you could explore the entire Milky Way Galaxy at your leisure.

Python Silhouette

I keep playing because there is always something new and incredibly beautiful to explore. I have honed my skills particularly in the area of taking screenshots to share with other commanders of the beauty of this game.

Farewell at Sagittarius A*

Tell a quick story about your favorite moment in Elite: Dangerous.

I outfitted and prepared a Krait Phantom TFS Ventus (which means wind in Latin) on PC though I mostly play PS4 to deliver a Hutton Mug and Centauri Mega Gin to Sagittarius A* in honor of my uncle who passed. It took nearly 6 months and it was incredibly fulfilling to say goodbye to my uncle in a way that I could honor him.

I released the Gin and Mug from my hold at Sagittarius A* and watched them head toward the event horizon.

How did you come up with the name of your Commander?

Well, My whole life I have been called Master Of The Obvious and MOTO was already taken. So, M-O-T-O-R fit well on the PS4 console and it stuck. I like it honestly. It’s pretty great when people call me “Motor” over comms.

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

There was a lively discussion in the PS4 channel on Discord about the brightness of black holes. I profusely and scientifically described why they are actually not bright but rather their event horizon is what is bright. CMDR Revyn laughed and said thanks “Wiki”.

I had a callsign within 24 hours.

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game. (What type of ship is it? What’s it’s name? Why is it your favorite?)

The Alliance Chieftain. Not long after I started the game I ended up getting interdicted in Sothis by a Chieftain. I did not even know they existed at the time as I hadn’t even heard of Coriolis or EDDB yet. I knew I was going to have to get one because it was amazing. The TFS Xenomorph is my Shieldless AX Interceptor fighter. It can turn and roll like no other and it is so much fun. It was the first ship I ever fought a Thargoid scout in and I did that with Gauss cannons because I didn’t know better. Now I use it to fight interceptors. My second favorite which must be shared is the Type 10. The TFS Hagrid is my scout annihilator in Celaeno and the reason I won my most recent screenshot award in Blue Squadron.

TFS Xenomorph — Alliance Chieftain in Celaeno

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

Type-10 in Celaeno

Commander Solyce invited me. The community and camaraderie won me over. I don’t have enough time to play regularly but play when I can. I love the casual gaming and great attitude across the group. It is a lot of fun to help others learn their path as well in the game.

What’s your day job, and how do you balance your home, work and gaming life (or do you)?

I am a Math teacher. I play when I can and have no set day or time but usually evenings after 9:30 PM west coast USA when I can (-8 or -7 UTC depending on the time of year)

What is one thing most people don’t know about you that you wish they did?

I love to hunt and fish. I really like the outdoors and would prefer to be in the mountains or lake any day than at home.

SRV Far, Far Away
Krait Phantom

Any fatherly advice for new CMDRs trying to make their way in Elite: Dangerous?

Don’t be afraid to ask. I couldn’t have survived without the guidance and help of others and tutorials. If you are getting bored or frustrated, search out an answer in The Fatherhood Discord as we are all here to help. If you are afraid to try something, ask for a wing and we will do all we can to help.

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Featured CMDR ShadowedDruid

18 Dec 2020

What was your first experience with the Elite universe and what keeps you playing it today?

Lost Souls 1 — Nebula Star

My first experience was on Xbox actually, it popped up on the marketplace and it looked really interesting. I was immediately blown away by the scale of everything. I spent about a year playing on it, just getting around selling goods, seeing stars, seeing planets. I knew then I found a long-term game. I made the crossover to PC and really started getting into being a space tour guide — nothing too crazy because I didn’t have a lot of engineering unlocked. Elite keeps me coming back because there’s always something else to do, whether it be to search out more systems that no one else has seen, or assist in the community goals. And as a member of the BGS team being involved with The Fatherhoods expansion is a major factor.

Tell a quick story about your favorite moment in Elite: Dangerous.

Lost Souls 1 Asp-X with one of the lowest jump ranges in the tour

That’s a tough one… but the one that always sticks out in my mind was during the original Lost Souls expedition. We had come to the point of crossing the Formadine Rift and I was in a very under equipped Asp X. I ended up having to do some FSD boosting and planning jump for jump almost running the fuel dry more than a few times, but just as true space madness was starting to set in a ‘conda dropped in and lo and behold it was Cmdr “Mc” Drazkul who spent a few hours short jumping along side of me and making small talk until I had made it to a point that I could plot more than a jump or 2.

Lost Souls 1 flight logging with the shake down run shown next to it

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

I have kept my accidents and mistakes to myself and try to keep out of trouble so no call sign for me….yet.

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

Ahh, that’s a easy one… hands down my Corvette Golden Pernicious. It took me quite awhile to unlock it & get it to it’s current state but it is the ship that I’m the most comfortable in, if it had a little better jump range I’d never leave it.

Golden Pernicious – TF1NZE

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

Like so many others, the motto, I joined up and got to know some of my fellow CMDR’s and since then I’ve moved to PC Delta and never looked back, The squad has become more than just a group of people I game with, we are a digital family, I have CMDR’s that I talk to on a daily basis, know about kids and wives and vice versa, elite is so much more than a ‘ game ‘ and The Fatherhood truly shows that. I have never regretted my choice to join up and advance through the ranks

Lost Souls 1

What’s your day job, and how do you balance your home, work and gaming life (or do you)?

I work for a automotive lighting company on a weekend swing shift, I try to give my wife cover on Saturday nights and through the week, but she’s always very understanding if something comes up and I have to jump on, once in awhile I’ll take some time off to balance everything back out but for the most part we’ve found how to make everything work out. My flight times are kind of crazy but I’m always willing to make plans to try and help out CMDR’s from helping build up some credits or lend a hand with wing missions or provide over watch to miners I always try to make myself available to the wing.

How did you come up with the name of your Commander?

CMDR ShadowedDruid with Green HUD and Halloween bobbleheads

It actually was a random pick from Xbox and fit very well and now it’s become my alter ego.

Any fatherly advice for new CMDRs trying to make their way in Elite: Dangerous?

Don’t get discouraged, there’s so much to learn about Elite Dangerous no one expects you to be a master right away it is very much like chess you can learn it quickly but it takes much longer to master, ask questions, so many of us do really enjoy answering questions and helping out, and don’t be afraid to take advantage of that, ask the ship guru’s, wing up with the combat CMDR’s, multicrew with the long jumping group, there’s a lot to this and it can be overwhelming trying to take it all in, This is one of the best groups for not making anyone feel out of place no matter what the question.

Golden Pernicious docked on a fleet carrier

Sloth Rides Again (again)

11 Dec 2020

Greetings commanders of The Fatherhood,

With the result of the previous vote ending in a draw I will need you to once again cast your vote. This time it is only between the top 2 finishers, the AspS and the FDS. May the best ship win.

o7,
Sloth “Bot” Peralta

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  • Federal Dropship (60%, 21 Votes)
  • Asp Scout (40%, 14 Votes)

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Featured CMDR Legion_r917th

The World of Death

What was your first experience with the Elite universe and what keeps you playing it today?

This question got me thinking for a bit. I came to Elite 2 years ago and spent a few weeks flying in open before I met first player. Sadly, I can’t remember their name. We had a friendly chat, traded a few jokes. I received a some advice, an unexpected credit boost… and that person just went off. To me, they were forever lost in the galaxy full of stars. In that moment, I realised that I absolutely loved this game and this community. Now, I’ve achieved almost everything I wanted. So, I busy myself with BGS work, designing new ships, and helping new commanders, when needed.

Tell a quick story about your favorite moment in Elite: Dangerous.

TFCS Dragon’s Lair on its way to save Sloth

It’s not a moment, more like an event: the expedition to save our very own Sloth. To be honest, when I saw his message in Discord and decided “Yeah, I can do that”, I didn’t count on it to be so big of a deal. Like, you’re supposed to help others, especially your squadmates, right? So, it was very unexpected when somewhere in the first half of that journey I was contacted first by CMDR Ryanmarc and then by CMDR Iri “Herder” Reinhardt with words “Ok, that sounds fun. We’re going with you.” CMDR Madproforg just showed up silently at some point, surprising all of us. So, this journey and meeting of a few dozen TF commanders that came to see us return was a very heartwarming experience for me. We had a lot of fun during the trip. We had even more fun when we returned and I am glad I was part of it.

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

I dont have “favourite ship”, I love all of them, from my little Sidey “Karliah” I got at the start to the killing machine that is my Corvette “Clockwork Dragon”. Though, I do have most used ships; those are already mentioned Corvette, shiny and beautiful Cutter “Aurora Borealis” and luxurious Beluga Liner “Here Be Dragons”. Of cource I dont exlusively fly only those 3 ships since I have a bad habit of taking “rearming” dirung fights to a whole new level.

TFS Clockwork Dragon at the head of formation that captured our first station in Remines

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

I hadn’t heard of The Fatherhood until I was quite far into the game. I was running out of things to do and just before I embarked on my journey to Sagittarius A*, CMDR Andip mentioned this squadron to me. It took me a few days of deliberating and, well, here I am, in Alpha Squadron. Don’t regret a thing.

What’s your day job, and how do you balance your home, work and gaming life (or do you)?

I’m an engineer in the science division of a refractory ceramics factory and that’s about everything I can say on the matter.

How did you come up with the name of your Commander?

“My name is Legion for we are many.”

It’s a reference to the character from Mass Effect trilogy — a Geth, named Legion. He has a very interesting and somewhat sad storyline that really drew me in. Also, my friends tell me that sometimes I can be as oblivious as Geth are. The “r917th” stands for runtime 917th. Legion’s platform is controlled by 1183 individual Geth programs, and I am but one of them.

“Does this unit have a soul?”

Any fatherly advice for new CMDRs trying to make their way in Elite: Dangerous?

In the past year, The Fatherhood grew to become the largest squadron of Elite: Dangerous. In a group this large conflicts are bound to occur. We’re different people from different countries all around the world. So, here is my (a bit rude) advice that never let me down: Don’t behave like a d*ck and you won’t be treated like a d*ck. Use it wisely. 🙃

Scardee A 1

The Sloth Rides Again

4 Dec 2020

Greetings Commanders of The Fatherhood,

I hope everyone is staying safe and striving to make the holiday season the best it can be under the conditions 2020 has given us. With that in mind I hope to offer a small reprieve from the stresses of reality. I come to you today, and also in the coming weeks, with an opportunity to participate in something that I hope will be enjoyable and fun for all involved.

As some of you may know, during my interview with The Fatherhood News I hinted at having another idea for a crazy exploration trip. It is still several months away but, planning is underway. And I would like to include as many people as possible. So, I come to the community and ask that you vote for the ship you would like to see me take out into the black.

o5,
Sloth “Bot” Peralta

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Featured CMDR “Jailbird” Jack_Harper

What was your first experience with the Elite universe and what keeps you playing it today?

My first experience? I thought it looked cool, so I got into the game, back just around the launch, but just a month after the Cobra MkIV. I used to do a lot of bounty hunting, flying around in a Cobra MkIII. That was quite the time. Credits weren’t as easy back then.

Tell a quick story about your favorite moment in Elite: Dangerous.

I’ve had a lot of moments in Elite. I’ve had Thargoids swing me around in an SRV. That was a fun time. Another moment was when I was on a voice chat with a friend, and they just had their first Thargoid hyperdiction (they were relatively new back then), and they screamed. Though I think my favourite moment is just being a part of The Fatherhood. I’ve never had a better gaming experience than with being a part of this community.

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

So, this occurred over about a month, September 2019, I think. I was just coming back from a long time in the black, while carrying a dozen different bounties on my ship. I cleared them at an Interstellar Factor, no problem. Then I earned more bounties while working some Classified BGS work. I had forgotten when that happened and made the assumption that when I had went to the IF, it didn’t clear my bounties. So, for a few weeks, I was under the impression IF weren’t clearing my bounties. I ended up going to every minor faction, and turning myself in, to clear my bounties. Spent a lot of time in prison ships by doing this. After I was all cleared, I checked my logs on a third party software, and it showed that my bounties were earned after I had visited the IF. It wasn’t a bug after all!

I have coupons for Detention Centre Delta -7, if anyone is interested.

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

Type of Ship? This isn’t a real question, is it? But, not everyone knows me, I suppose. Federal Corvette, and of my fleet, it’s the FNS Cassandra, named after my wife. It’s sleek, beautiful, and dangerous (She’s got two huge… guns).

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

Squadrons had just got released into the game, and I was a recent new father at the time, so as I was browsing what was available, I came across The Fatherhood. Seemed like a natural fit. So for a long while, I was part of PC Alpha, since they had space then. Now a Member of Delta Squad.

What’s your day job, and how do you balance your home, work and gaming life (or do you)?

I work as an accountant and system administrator for a property management company. Home, work, and gaming life is not always in equilibrium. I had to drop out of the PvP tournament to take a step back and focus on family. It’s a constant work in progress to find a balance.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you that you wish they did?

This is a tough one to answer. Sometimes I may act like a jerk, or say something stupid, but usually its just meant to be a sense of irony, for humour’s sake. I never mean ill towards anyone. Not everyone may know that.

How did you come up with the name of your Commander?

My original CMDR name (you are allowed one name change by Fdev) was Necromonic Angel. Just username I used, a holdback from an old MMO. However, my character had a story, lore, background, and a sense of roleplay. My CMDR name is a reference to Mass Effect, with some similarities in persona.

Any fatherly advice for new CMDRs trying to make their way in Elite: Dangerous?

Fatherly? Do your homework first before playing games. School is still important.

Featured CMDR “Thunderseal Rebuy 🦄” Soantii

27 Nov 2020

What was your first experience with the Elite universe and what keeps you playing it today?

I’ve lost so many hours in Frontier: Elite 2 on the Amiga, and I did so much trading that I was able to buy the Panther Clipper. I had to wait for days (in-game) at the star port to hire that last crew member (out of 12) so I could actually take off — it was a bit ridiculous! When I first heard about Elite: Dangerous, I was so excited to get back into the Elite universe, and downloaded it on the 1st day of release for the PS4 in 2017. It was like coming back home.

Tell a quick story about your favorite moment in Elite: Dangerous.

There’s so many moments, but in the old days it was pretty hard to make good money, but when the wing trade missions were first enabled, I was co-ordinating trade missions that gave us 50 million credits each run, using EDDB and Discord to help us get the needed cargo from nearby missions. We had a lot of fun for a week or two before Frontier decided we were having too much fun and nerfed the reward bonus. During an approach to a station, I watched Azzbo’s Imperial Cutter smack into the station wall above the mail slot. That was some drift he pulled off there, and to my immense regret, I forgot to record that moment — it was beautiful.

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

Which one? Haha. My first — Rebuy — was awarded when I foolishly told my sad tale about accidentally boosting, crashing and blowing up my Imperial Cutter (with full cargo) while trying to dock. Which isn’t that interesting, except I did exactly the same thing ten minutes later. 70 million plus credits gone in that time. In those days that it was really hard to earn credits…

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

It has to be the mighty Keelback, the galaxy’s best kept secret. I own several — Problem Child, Wee Sexy Beast, Keely Glint, Someone’s Else Problem, Honest Mistake.

I love the underdog, and everybody were really dissing the poor old Keelback. I had to do something about it, and I set up Keelback Awareness Week – I think it came off pretty well, and I’m thinking about the follow up.

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

I was near Sagittarius A, when I first heard about the Fatherhood via the Elite Dangerous newsletter. As a group for space daddies with busy lives, it really appealed to me, and applied within that night. It was the best decision I ever made in the Elite Dangerous community. Back then the Fatherhood was only about 100 members strong, and it’s incredible to see it become the largest wing on Inara.

I’m on PS4 Original, and I’m the squadron commander of the newest PC squadron, Echo, which is primarily for the EU time zones.

how do you balance your home, work and gaming life (or do you)?

I’m a health care assistant working at a special needs school in Glasgow, Scotland. The hours are pretty good, as it guarantees that I’ll have free evening and weekends, and not to mention the holidays, which makes it easy for myself to look after my family.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

I think a lot of people here on the Discord and in the Elite: Dangerous Twitter community don’t know that I am profoundly deaf. Which means I was born deaf, and I know two languages – English and British Sign Language. I was pretty anxious about telling people that I couldn’t do voice chat in game, but this was totally unfounded as people were so understanding and cool about it, that it was never an issue, even when I was promoted to Wing Command, and eventually Wing Council.

We have a phenomenal community here on The Fatherhood Discord, and it’s why I’ve been playing Elite: Dangerous for so long and so often.

How did you come up with the name of your Commander?

Well… back in the old days of Frontier: Elite 2, I was flying around the Imperial systems, doing “Imperial volunteers” runs between Facece, Soanti and Achenar. I picked Soantii (probably a misspelling or faulty memory thing) for my PlayStation account years before Elite: Dangerous was a thing.

Any fatherly advice for new CMDRs trying to make their way in Elite: Dangerous?

Remap the boost button if you’re a PS4 commander. Trust me on this. Circle and R1. Best thing you’ll ever do.

Supercruise Assist is essential if you’re doing exploration via PS Remote Play over a mobile network. You don’t want to get cut off by a bad mobile signal and then discover that you’ve lost the best part of 500 million credits worth of exploration data from Colonia to Beagle Point and back… cries

Setting up a Twitter account for Elite: Dangerous to share photos and experiences is also highly recommended. The Elite: Dangerous Twitter community is phenomenal and I regularly interact with commanders from other squadrons and all over the world – I’m @Cmdr_Soantii and we’d love to see you there!

Invitation to wing up

It’s dead easy to find me – my name is exactly the same as on the PS4 and PC account. Soantii. (Yes, I have two accounts)

Send a friend request on PSN to wing up with CMDR Soantii.

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