The Great Inti Summer War of 3307

28 Jul 2021

The busy Federation system Inti was this week the scene of a pitched conflict as a powerful Imperial faction invaded without warning. The entire system was swiftly turned into a warzone, with conflicts zones occurring near almost every major planet.

Ships and carriers deployed from across nearby space to meet the invaders in battle and desperately try to repel them. Leading the charge were Commanders from The Fatherhood, a minor democratic faction with loose ties to the Federation.

“We have been very active in the Inti system for over nine months now, assisting with security and logistics for the factions there.” stated one of their field captains. “It’s been a profitable exchange and one we intend to continue uninterrupted. A new faction arriving can only mean months of disruption as they vie for control. Though the attack came as a complete surprise, our forces responded immediately and poured into the system.”

Initially the momentum of the battle was with the invaders, possibly supplemented by combat bonds earned in other conflicts. The first day was declared a victory for the Imperials, though it was not to last. The remote industrial heartland was the scene of the fiercest fighting, where it took the light from the main star longer to arrive than it did for the defenders to gain the upper hand.

With the battle now over, we can reflect on the frantic recent days. While there were numerous sorties between commanders, the fights were considered fair and honorable. Fatherhood forces noted that their foes fought a good fight, and had expended significant efforts to orchestrate this conflict. “We met them on the field of battle, and fought them well. We have proved by right of conquest that it is us who shall determine the future for the people of Inti. We fully expect this to be respected by the defeated. The sun has set on their aspirations for Inti”

(thanks to cmdrs XpressionN + Legion 917th for the pictures, and cmdr Bootstrap for the text reporting)

Featured CMDR l3ehemoth “Florist”

2 Jul 2021

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

I really enjoy the thrill I had when I first started and I was running a load of LTDs, Void Opals, or Painite, only to be interdicted. Mind you this was when I didn’t really know better but it sure got my pulse racing!

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

My most favorite moment playing deeply involves my callsign. I spent the good portion of an entire season just blasting Thargoids in the face with shard cannons. I know! No one is too terribly impressed with that approach. It doesn’t, in itself, require much skill. What does require skill is coordinating routinely 4 others and up to as many as 12. Just getting that many people interested in doing the same thing in Elite is difficult. We started by dropping in on lvl 5 NHSS. I then researched and adapted a technique to use a distress call in LTT 8517 to farm Thargoid kills. This occurred during a community goal in the Coalsack to amass bounties. This was prior to the 4x buff to ‘goid bounties and I nearly broke 1 billion credits for the week long CG. We all love the big numbers in this game but the best numbers were the number of players who helped me, and in doing so, racked up significant achievements of their own. We took first place from a squad of dedicated Thargoid hunters that season and had multiple fresh players take top 25/10 spots. It’s still the most I’ve ever played with others in Elite: Dangerous and I would love to see server melting numbers of players in the same instance blasting Hydras in the face until they die.

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

I really love laser mining in a Cutter. I also very much like delivering large shipments of cargo. For those reasons I must say my favorite ship is the Cutter.

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

I’m an Xbox player and what drew my to The Fatherhood was the number of members it had. I knew it was my best shot to find others to play with.

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

The best way to enjoy Elite: Dangerous is almost as a substitute for a real job. In that sense E:D really helped me through this pandemic. You aren’t likely to catch me on much lately as I’ve been able to get back to piloting my real life. I’m mountain in the US and I’m down to farm ‘goid kills while goofing off in chat.

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

It’s my gamertag.

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

Try to get involved with others. It makes the game much more enjoyable.

Featured CMDR Dave Burn

18 Jun 2021

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

Although I could well have come across Elite in the 80’s, I actually only stumbled across it on the Xbox way back in 2015. There was a free 60 min trial that I used, it was like a massive “WOW” moment for me. The experience of being able to fly a spaceship was amazing. A short time later it was bought. Then Horizons came and again, “WOW”, landing on a planet.

What keeps me playing Elite? Several reasons, there’s so much I haven’t done yet, new features being added always draw me back, but the biggest is the community. They make this game what it is.

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

There’s several I’ve enjoyed, but thinking back, taking off and flying out of that station for the first time was an experience like nothing else.

Before all the tutorials there are now, running through a system check, and lifting off the pad, and trying to head out through the mail slot that first time. No auto dock, nothing, like watching a baby deer stand for the first time.

Now, flying with other Fatherhood Commanders.

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

I can’t say I have a favourite. My Asp (TFS Shadow Explorer) took me to Sag A. My Imperial Clipper (Ultra Icier Temp) did LS2. And my Anaconda (Green Lantern) has been my combat ship of choice. I am trying to build a decent Corvette, it’s a work in progress.

TFS Shadow Explorer

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

I bought the game on PC, discovered Discord and joined a couple of communities. Then saw some Squadron invites in one of the channels and The Fatherhood stood out with “When the kids go to bed, we go to space”, very fitting for me. Requested to join Aplha, then sorted out my Xbox account and joined Bravo too.

Considering you have been with The Fatherhood for a while, how have you got away with not falling foul of the famous callsign award from your fellow Green Squadron members?

Well, keeping my mouth shut about things has seemed to help. If no-ones sees it, did it really happen?

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

I’m an automotive technician for a dealer. Though I love IT and tech generally.

I’ve struggled to game at times in recent years with either work and/or family commitments, but my kids are older now and I generally have time in the evenings to relax and game.

I can usually be found online between 21:00 and 23:00 UK time (GMT/BST) most nights. More if I can get away with it.

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

It’s my Xbox Gamertag that I’ve used since the OG console way back. Nothing special really.

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

There’s no rush, this game takes time achieve things. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Join a squadron, it gets lonely in space.

Featured CMDR “Mc” Drazkul

11 Jun 2021

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

My first memory of Elite is running out of fuel two jumps in and realising I’d made a mistake I reset my Commander save. After that I began to follow some of the Elite Youtubers of the time and began to learn what I needed.

I keep playing for a few reasons. One is, I really enjoy the community, which is for the most part very welcoming and helpful. The other reason is I enjoy going out and exploring the galaxy – which is made even better when I find ELW’s to taunt Cmdr “Thunderseal Rebuy” Soantii.

Meetup with CMDR GrumpyinUT at Beagle Point

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

Ohh this is a tough question. Probably my favourite is when I did my first buckyball to Beagle and got to meet one of our commanders, Commander GrumpyinUT at Beagle Point who at the time was doing a circumnavigation. Turned out I was the first member of The Fatherhood he met as he’d been going for 6 months (it amused him that it had taken me just 13 hours and 45 mins to get to the same place as he did).

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

When I went to ECM (Elite Community Meet) in Manchester in 2019, I arrived the day before, so I had all day to wander around Manchester. Whilst doing so I was chatting with the Wing Command guys and they were suggesting places to eat. I inadvertently let slip that I’m extremely picky with my food and that McDonald’s was pretty much the only place I’d go to. They decided to give me the nickname “Mc” in honour of this.

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

My favourite ship is probably the Anaconda, although the Krait Phantom is a very close 2nd. I know a lot of people dislike the Anaconda because its slow and not very maneuverable, but thats pretty much why I love it. It feels like I’m piloting a massive cargo ship especially as the view has the ship stretching out in front of you.

I have a couple of them but my favourite one will probably be my first Beagle run Anaconda, the TFS Star Skimmer. I haven’t flown it since I arrived back at Schwann Port when I returned from Beagle beacause I wanted to leave it just as it was when I arrived back.

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

When I first started Elite I’d taken a look at a few wings but never got around to applying to any. In 2017 I took a break during the latter part of the year and when I restarted playing again around Christmas/January I started to look again and saw The Fatherhood.

Lost Souls Meetup

As my son was by then 4 and my game time was becoming a bit less (I was gutted when my son stopped having Afternoon naps) I saw The Fatherhood and the whole play when you can/no time commitment needed really appealed to me so I hit apply.

When I first joined there wasn’t any in game squadrons at all so my first one was Alpha when squadrons launched. When Randalph set up Pioneers I immediatly jumped to it as I rarely do anything other than exploring so Pioneers was a more natural fit.

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

I’m quite lucky when it comes to game time because due to my heart condition I only work 2 days and as I work in education I also get all the school holidays off. Late June and Early/Mid July is especially great for game time as my son is still at school but I’ll of finished work because the college finishes for the summer in mid June.

It does mean though that I’m rarely around in the evening though as I tend to watch TV with my wife.

What is your secret to becoming such a master of delegating responsibility?

Practice and a desire to not have to do stuff yourself, oh and making sure you get promoted high enough. 😀

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

I find way more ELW’s then I let on.

How you like them apples Cmdr “Thunderseal Rebuy” Soantii?

How did you come by the superpower to break things?

That was a surprise—even to me—until I was given admin priviledges on the Discord and I started experimenting. 😀

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

It’s a name I’ve been using for a while. I first used it for my character in World of Warcraft around 15-18 years ago. I’d always liked the name Draz after a character on a TV show I used to watch when I was a kid and the Kul bit came from thinking I needed something like Skull on the end for my WoW character so I just shorted it and stuck it on the end.

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

Take you time. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, we were all new to the game once and it does have a lot of stuff to learn about – even now I’m clueless when it comes to a lot of stuff and I’ve played nearly 5 years. Don’t think you need to bee line to the big ships as quite a few E:D players prefer the small and medium ships. Have fun.

Ship stacking at Randalph’s Send Off

Featured CMDR “Mr. Bump” Sporbash

4 Jun 2021

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

I played it during the trial period when it first released on Xbox One… Damn those controls scared the hell out of me. I couldn’t get my head around it all. 🤣 I’ve been returning constantly on and off ever since I bought it on the PS4, but have got really into it since I got into combat and Scout hunting in March(?). It’s become my current gaming obsession that I just can’t put down. 😂

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

Hmmm that’s a tough one. I’ve not actually thought about a particular moment as my favourite. I must admit, being able to hold my own in PvE combat is much better than constantly dying back when I used to just trade and explore.

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

As quoted from Tilling197:

“Cmdr SporBash was joining me at the Crystal Shard site on HIP 36601 C 1 A in his Anaconda, firstly he came in too hot and crashed head first into the planet and took 50% hull damage, then I see him flying around, I ask him if he is ok and he said he is struggling to find a landing spot… on completely flat ground?After 5 mins of this he then realises he hasnt got his landing gear down!!! once he has landed he jumps into his SRV and proceeds to farm mats but then as my back is turned I feel a whack innthe back of my SRV, its only Sporbash literally bashing my back doors in as he wasnt looking where he was going and drove straight into me! lol”

— Tilling197

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

At the moment it’s got to be my Corvette: Fist of Russ. That space boat can take some beatings before it needs to retreat for repairs.

Fist of Russ

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

Originally it was the name The Fatherhood that caught my eye thinking it was a dad’s only squadron. Even after finding out it’s a squad for everyone, it didn’t bother me. There’s so many really helpful commanders in here and it’s great to get the help with everything, especially when it gets all technical.

I’m part of The Fatherhood – Bravo squad.

What’s your day job, and how do you balance your home, work and gaming life (or do you)? (What times and timezone are people likely to find you online so they can wing up with you?)

Day job? Been almost a year since I worked, after being dismissed because of a complaint from someone on Social Media. 🙄

Since then, my mental health has been a major problem so the wife decided after 13 years, it was time to go to work and let me be the househusband. It was great at first, wife giving me her old daily cleaning lists to work through. But then, my mental health decided to ruin my routine and made me completely unmotivated to do a single bit of work. There is always time for gaming, even in between getting some housework done, school runs, cooking for the kids and me and the mrs; and doing the gymnastics run too. You’ll find me online near enough all day every day lmao

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

Hahaha now this is something that I can’t answer as it causes issues and I’m having to not say anything.

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

Sporbash has been my gaming name since I started playing World of Warcraft back during The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King days. Wanted to use the Warhammer 40k Orc name Gorbash but it was taken so settled with using the “Sp” instead.

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

Don’t have kids lmfao

Featured CMDR “Iceman” Azzbo27

28 May 2021

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

I had followed the development of the game on and off ever since the Kickstarter days, but being a console player (and a PlayStation one at that) meant I had to wait a few years after release to finally get my hands on it.

I started playing at the same time as a friend, he quickly lost interest though, and I was about to give up on it for lack of people to play with, when I heard about The Fatherhood on Twitter.

It’s the squadron and the community around it that keeps me playing, even after nearly 1500 hours in game!

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

I was drawn because at the time my wife was pregnant with our son, and the ethos of play when you want, how you want and connect with people in a similar situation really appealed to me. I Joined the PS4 original squadron, but made the switch to Foxtrot when we needed the second squadron because I tend to play closer to US East Coast prime time than the UK times.

TFS Silver Bullet

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

It’s got to be from a mini expedition Gibby and I went on after the Enigma Expedition, We had decided to see how far down we could get near the centre of the galaxy and found an undiscovered black hole system (TRIENUIA TO-Q E5-7) we thought we could reach.

Jumping into that system while winged up, knowing no one else had seen it and that we would both get our names on it was a real buzz!

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

It was from a bet that Drazkul and Soantii had, something about FA off, that ended up spawning the Drazkul Challenge. I’m pretty competitive and fancied a go at it myself, but bigger and better! So I loaded up a Type 9 with biowaste and set course for Achenar 3.

Just as I was approaching the planet in Supercruise I noticed an incoming message from some pirates, but decided to press on, expecting them to give up the chase as I dropped down to the planet. They didn’t give up, and opened fire on my unshielded T9 as I was on final approach. I decided I wasn’t doing the whole thing again and just tried to keep calm while I was taking fire. Stuck the landing F/A Off in one piece and logged out.

I think it was Council who decided I should get ‘Iceman’ for staying calm under fire. It was definitely better than my previous one anyway.

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

Hard to say! Probably either my exploration Mamba TFS Impossible Dream or my Speedbowling Corvette Silver Bullet. The mamba has a great cockpit for exploration, but the compromise is having no shields/less range. The Corvette is just plain crazy, but the feeling of being less than 2km from the ground, traveling at 1000’s of m/s in FA Off is brilliant.

TFS Impossible Dream

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

I’m not currently working, I was made redundant from my job as a planning analyst during the pandemic and am now studying full time as an engineer. My game time has taken quite a hit recently, with my son getting older and having to study a lot, I’m only online once or twice a week now. I’m online usually after 22:00 GMT.

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

Its an old work nickname and my lucky number, PSN kinda forced it on me haha.

Invitation to Wing up

You can find me on PSN as: Azzbo27.

Send a PSN friend request

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

Take your time and enjoy the journey, it’s easy to get sucked into ‘the grind’ in this game and lose the sense of fun.

Featured Cmdr RecessiveHagis “Heimdall”

21 May 2021

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

I first played the original Elite game in the mid-80s on a neighbour’s BBC Model B. I then had it myself on Commodore 64 and later the Amiga. I heard they were doing a modern version a few years ago, was really excited about the idea and then promptly forgot about it. It was only after ED had been out a couple of years that I picked it up.

The Greyhound

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

A couple of months back, we had a new player join the squadron and I offered to jump my fleet carrier over near to the starter worlds to pick him up and bring him to our home system. What should have been a 30 minute task ended up being a 2 hour-plus epic that involved him having to do 9 jumps to meet my carrier, almost running out of fuel, re-routing, actually running out of fuel (needing me to jump my carrier again) and then having his Xbox crash as he was docking on my carrier.

At one point, I was laughing so hard I had tears running down my cheeks. In the end, I think about 4 or 5 members of the Green squadron ended up staying on the Discord past midnight to make sure that this commander actually got to our home system. He did in the end, I’m pleased to report.

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

I was furloughed due to the pandemic and had a fair bit of time on my hands, so I often handled the onboarding of new members in the Discord airlock. Hence Heimdal. I think it’s a character out of Batman, or something.

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

It’s hard to pick just one. I love the Corvette because it’s a Corvette. I’m also quite attached to my exploration Asp, ‘The Greyhound’, because I’ve spent months traveling all over the galaxy in it. My Cobra is something I like to dust off and use now and again for sentimental reasons. I’m still quite chuffed about getting my carrier, TFCS Thunderchild.

Starlight’s Torch flyby of TFCS Thunderchild

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

I was half-interested in joining a squadron as I was getting a bit bored of the game. I saw many squadrons but they all seemed a bit serious, it was only when I saw the description for the FH on Inara that it felt like a squadron that it felt like a good fit. It’s funny how many people who apply to join the squadron say the same thing.

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

I work in IT as software development manager. I tend to balance things by getting on quite late in the day when the kids are in bed, the dogs have been walked and I have the TV to myself.

Fat Knacker

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

I’m not usually as miserable as I look. Not most of the time, anyway.

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

Hagis was a nickname from primary school. It causes confusion as people assume I’m Scottish (I’m English) and Scottish people like to tell me I’ve spent it wrong. The ‘Recessive’ bit was adjective suggesion from XBox Live that I settled on, having lost the will to live going through the previous 85 suggestions.

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

Join a squadron. ED is a complicated game and having a bunch of people to answer any questions and wing up with make it so much more enjoyable. I’ve been playing for over three years and I’m still learning new things about the game. The Fatherhood is a great squadron as there are so many people ready to help out. It puts a smile on my face when I help someone join the squadron and see them go from asking all the newbie questions to answering them for other new members a few weeks later. The dad-jokes and puns are an added bonus.

Destiny’s Blade

Featured CMDR Randalf “Numbers” Roddleton

15 May 2021

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

My first experience of the Elite universe was way back in Elite 2. The whole open-world nature of the game was at the time incredible, and the idea that you could run a trade route between Sol and Barnard’s Star just blew my mind. Frontier: First Encounters may have been as buggy as hell, but the narrative story that was written provided some great focus to the game, and I also enjoyed the different careers you could follow.

TFS John Keel — journey-worn paint

As for Elite: Dangerous, I remember my first experience was eventually learning how to take off and enter supercruise, promptly dropping in to a nearby pleasure cruise. To this day I don’t know why I did, but I thought it would be cool to just open fire on the ship. I mean, how difficult could combat be? Oh how naive I was! Suffice to say I respawned back at the station, and then took the safer option of running a few courier missions on the BGS…

In terms of what kept me playing, exploration for me was a massive part of the game. Within a few months of playing, I had already set off to Beagle Point, and I’d say at least 70% of my total time playing has been spent on some expedition or other. EDSM has been an incredible resource for me, giving me plenty of waypoints for me to visit as I plan my expeditions. I’ve explored to the extremes of the galaxy, and visited some incredible locations along the way.

In between expeditions, helping out with The Fatherhood’s BGS activity has also been something that kept me playing. There has always been an objective, and in those early days some of our BGS achievements made me really proud. We may take it for granted now, but I recall the campaign to expand into LHS 197 was hard fought, and required a degree of coordination that we weren’t yet proficient in. Being able to help out in that was a proud moment for me.

That’s a KeelStack!

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

I think my favourite moment in Elite was when we coordinated a welcome home party for CMDR GrumpyInUT, who had been out circumnavigating the galaxy in a Sidewinder (IIRC). First off, it was great that we were able to get a good number of The Fatherhood CMDRs online together in game to celebrate the achievement of another of our CMDRs – it made me truly appreciate the good community that we have.

However, what made it my favourite moment is that as part of the party, we wanted to organise a parade of honour which consisted of the careful positioning of ships. I was actually out on an expedition when GrumpyInUT arrived home, so had arranged to jump in with Drazkul for the occasion. I was flying around in his fighter, taking various photos to commemorate the event. At one point, I was lining up to take a photo of the then Deputy Squadron Commander. However, somehow I managed to hit my boost button, and ended up boosting straight into him, earning a reckless flying fine not just for me, but also for Drazkul! Suffice to say, after that point many people got very nervous when I was flying around in a fighter…

TFS Interesting Times observing the galaxy from the very Eastern fringe

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

My squadron callsign is “Numbers”. Back in the very early days of The Fatherhood, a few of us got really enthusiastic with coordinating The Fatherhood’s efforts to be placed in-game as a PMF. We very quickly had to get to speed on how the BGS mechanics worked, and use that to coordinate our efforts. My RL job at the time had me heavily involved with extracting and analysing data, so it was a natural fit for me to combine my day job with my hobby. In no time at all I had developed an Elite Dangerous BGS dashboard which we used to monitor the progress of our BGS campaigns at the time. A few veteran members will no doubt recall the early days of doing recon runs so that we could update our data after the daily tick!

In recognition of these efforts, CMDR Olthuis proposed the callsign “Numbers” to Wing Command. I was made up to have such a callsign suggested, as it was in some way a reward for the effort that I’d put into The Fatherhood. It’s also why I’ve always been keen for callsigns to not just celebrate the stupid things that our commanders have done, but on appropraite occasions, recognise the phenomenal effort that some of our CMDRs put in.

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

Ha, at first I thought this would be a difficult question, because there are so many ships that I’m fond of. I have a special place for my AspX TFS Twoflower’s Folly, because she took me all the way to Beagle Point and earned me my first Elite rank. When I arrived home in Hajangai, I bought myself a Python – TFS Sapient Pearwood – which has been such a journeyman ship for me. There is very little you can’t do in it, it’s certainly one of the most versatile ships in the game and when I wasn’t exploring, we were inseparable!

TFS Twoflower’s Folly landed at Kolaga with fresh pain after returning from Beagle Point

When the Krait Phantom was added to the game, it took over from the AspX as my go-to exploring ship. TFS Lu-Tze’s Broom is highly engineered, and the jump range that I can get from her is what has allowed me to reach some of the more difficult-to-reach extremes in the game. We’ve travelled the galaxy together and I’m very fond of her.

However, despite all of the above, there is one ship which is more special to me than the others: the mighty Keelback! Much maligned and misunderstood, but there’s something special about the Keelback. Guardian technology, and surprisingly flexible array of hardpoints and space for a fighter hangar has made TFS John Keel a surprisingly capable exploration ship. If I ever need to make the journey to Colonia, then there is no better choice!

Freshly engineered TFS John Keel departing Deciat on maiden exploration voyage

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

I’d never really been one to play computer games online with others. But for some reason, Elite: Dangerous was different for me, and I quickly decided that my experience would be better if I shared it with others. I was a recent dad and so wouldn’t be able to commit too much to a group, so when I saw TK’s advert on the Frontier Forums, it seemed a really obvious choice. I jumped into the Discord server, received a nice warm welcome from Jeb, and the rest – as they say – is history.

TFS Lu-Tze’s Broom, investigating organic structures

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

I’m a qualified commercial accountant, and in my current role, I manage the company’s finance and accounting systems.

In the past, I didn’t do a very good job of managing work and gaming life. Often my afternoons in work would be taken over analysing the daily BGS tick results, administering the Discord server, and planning my next expedition with little work getting done. I guess in my defence, having young children destroyed me from a sleep perspective, so I’d struggle to focus in the afternoon on work after having 4 hours sleep or so. Doing E:D related stuff was always the easier option! Suffice to say I got to the point where I felt I was too involved with E:D and that my work was suffering. As such, after returning back from Lost Souls 2 I took a significant step back from E:D.

Balancing home / gaming life is a bit easier. As a general rule, if my children are awake then they are my focus. Getting my two children into good bedtime routines has been essential in allowing me to get valuable gaming time. I also make sure that I spend time with my wife too – 9pm each night is our time together, so gaming time tends to be 7-9pm during the week.

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

As part of my early BGS research, I experimented with collecting “Unknown Artifacts” from the surface using just the cargo scoop, instead of using the SRV. What I then did with that T6 full of Unknown Artefacts is a story for another time…

TFS Lu-Tze’s Broom encountering strange space mushrooms in the Colonia system

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

In a past job, I was responsible for developing financial models used for project appraisal. One of the guys I worked with for one project was somewhat optimistic with his assumptions, leading to some very aggressive profit projections. I can’t quite recall how it started, but turning through an updated set of model inputs started to be known as “roddling” instead of “modelling”, which then developed into a nickname of “Roddleton”, as I was the one doing the “roddling”.

A very eccentric surname required a similarly eccentric first name, and thus my alter ego – Randalph Roddleton – was born!

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

My advice would be to take it slow, and avoid the temptation to go straight into the big rank/credit grinds. In the first instance, I think it’s a really dull experience, and makes you miss out on some of that early variety as you are finding your way around the galaxy and try to find out how you want to play. I think it’s a more rewarding way of playing, and if you do it right, then you can rank up without really noticing.

TFS John Keel, photo-bombing a nebula in a glorious pink paint job…

Featured CMDR Kenzenichi

7 May 2021

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

You may find this hard to believe but my story with Elite started some 1,323 years ago. I was a lonely, young boy back then. With dreams of becoming a CMDR. Armed with a Commodore 64 and a tape deck I set out to test my mettle. But alas, both I and the Elite training program were too young to truly begin exploring the galaxy.

“It’s not ready… I’m not ready.”
Vexed I made a decision. A drastic decision that I would not have undone. So, late that night, when everyone else slept, I descended into our dark and dusty basement. As I crept down the steep wooden planks, that served as stairs, the furnace hissed and crackled throwing a warm glow on my cheeks. I didn’t know it then but that would be the last bit of warmth I’d feel for more than a millennia. My eyes strained in the dark searching for our Regal deep freezer. There it was, in the corner, it’s hulking rectangular mass already stained yellow by the passage of time. I pushed a soap box up against the freezer’s side, stepped up, flipped the lid and climbed inside. One last look towards the light spilling from upstairs—then darkness and cold.

I can’t tell you what happened next. I can only tell you that I eventually awoke to the sound of water slapping up against the walls of my… chamber, prison, tomb? I had made a grave error.

“NO, not like this!”
I kicked out at the lid as it splashed down onto the wet sand. Cramped, I clawed my way free of the freezer and out onto the beach. My hands large, weathered, marked by time. But how? Where was I? What happened to me? Later the Federation doctors would tell me my aging processes had been slowed but just slowed. I now had the body of a 47-year old man (a mighty handsome body) but the mind and spirt of that little boy who crawled into a deep freezer so, so, so, long ago.

The year is now 3306 and my first experience with this new Elite was again plagued by my rash and impulsive young mind.

“CMDR kenzenichi! COMMANDER! You are leaving the tutorial zone! You’re not ready!”
I had waited long enough. Governments had risen and fallen, wars had been fought, species discovered, worlds explored, it was my turn. Tutorial be damned. I wanted to fly. My bow pointed towards the unknown. Full pips to engines. Dare I say it? “ENGAGE!” Pinpoints of light stretch out into lines leaving all my mistakes behind me. Unfettered I jump. I jump again. And again! AND AGAIN! AND AGAI… “Frame Shift Cancelled: Insufficient Fuel”. What the fudge? I had climbed into the proverbial deep freezer again—then darkness and cold.

But, like the sudden rush of fresh warm air that comes from kicking open the lid of a long sealed deep freezer, I once again was saved. This time it was not by my own foot, or my will to live but by… “Incoming Fuel Limpet”. It was a Fuel Rat. I matured a little that day. I learned the dangers of striving to be Elite, the importance of a fuel scoop and most importantly of the existence of the benevolence of strangers. It was then, in that moment, that I realized I was not alone out here. That I didn’t have to be that lonely, young boy from 1984. That I was amongst a unique community. That we are Elite together and that’s what keeps me in the game.

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

That story hasn’t been written yet. 😉

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

My Imperial Courier (S.S. Iridium Star) can land on a dime so it’s my go-to for planet side farming. My Phantom (S.S. Aluminum Star) has a max jump of 78LY with all the comforts one needs out in the black. My Conda (S.S. Bronze Star) get’s me around the bubble with it’s 80.08LY jump. And my Vette (S.S. Tin Star) has never let me or it’s shields down. For any one of these reasons each of these ships deserves to be my favourite. But they’re not.

From the age of five my mother had me on the road, hitchhiking and exploring all old Earth had to offer. Over the years I moved more than 40 times. Attended dozens of educational institutions, held numerous jobs, committed an unfair amount of offences, while still holding out a helping hand to any in need. But I’ve never had a place to call my own. For that reason the S.S.C. Morning Star (my fleet carrier) has become my favourite ship. Not only does it hold all those wonderful ships I mention above (and more) but out here in the black, it has become the home I’ve never had. The early morning light to which I point all other ships.

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

To be honest I almost didn’t joined The Fatherhood. At first I thought the name was a little to patriarchal for my taste. I’ve never been one for locker talk, jokes targeting women/wives, cat calls, or even calling my fellow man, “bro”. (I found a little of that in ED but I recon those CMDRs will side step me now.) But upon closer examination it became clear that The Fatherhood was none of these things. I joined The Fatherhood for their stance on ganking, their willingness to help others and their love of all things nerdy, dorky, quirky, and fun. So here I am. Floating on the edge of space, by the seat of my pants, the skin of my teeth, while white knuckling it under the 7726 FOXTROT banner.

What’s your day job, and how do you balance your home, work and gaming life (or do you)? (What times and timezone are people likely to find you online so they can wing up with you?)

I’ve held a lot of jobs. I’ve been a chef, a security guard, an English teacher, a painter, a farm hand, a quality control officer, a human resource manager, a waiter, a writer, a karate instructor, a journalist, even a caretaker for a graveyard but my actual career of 20+ years is that of a professional photographer. These days all my clients are in NYC and San Fransisco but so since moving back to Canada I’ve been on hiatus. My wife is a model and is the one bringing-home-the-bacon, so outside of taking care of her and the pets, my time is my own. What times can you catch me in the black? Any really. I’m a bi-phasic sleeper that only sleeps for 3-5 hours in the morning with a 20-40 minute nap in the evening. So, I’m almost always around.

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

I’ve been in various martial arts since I was 8-years old. I’ve even managed to win a few national title. So it should come as no surprise that I subscribe to quite a few martial art precepts. Ken Zen Ichinyo is a Japanese term loosely translated as: ken = of the fist/of the body, zen = of the mind, ichi = one/as one. Therefore, kenzenichi = mind and body as one. Also my irl name is Kenn, so, there’s that.

Invitation to wing up

I’m kenzenichi across the entire wired world. Some call me kzi for short or Kenn for ease.

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

If you want to get the most out of Elite don’t hesitate to look to your squad while you’re reaching for the stars. o7 CMDRs!

Featured CMDR Charcobo

30 Apr 2021

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

I played Elite way back in the day on my Amiga 500, then completely missed the memo on the Kickstarter. I randomly discovered it while browsing the Xbox Store, if I recall correctly!

Mining for painite in my Corvette, CWS Sovereign

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

My favorite moment was relatively recently, when I got enough Federal Rank (and cash!) to buy my Federal Corvette. Then I promptly went out to a combat zone with a chip on my shoulder, and got destroyed!

My Cutter, CFS Archon, near the shipyard at Chelomey Orbital in the Cubeo system

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

I currently do not have a callsign, but if I did, it would probably be “Pathfinder” or “Lipton”. “Pathfinder” because I like to go scouting for systems that have great mission opportunities, and “Lipton” because I spent five hours hauling 50 tons of Fujin Tea (four tons at a time) 150 light-years each load to appease engineer Broo Tarquin’s ravenous thirst. The other commanders that I was chatting with on Discord at the time kept me company and cheered me on.

My Asp, CES Cosmic Explorer, visiting the GCRB 4981 system inside the Eskimo Nebula

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

I have lived in my Asp Explorer since 2017! But I now own a Corvette, Cutter, Python, Mamba, and Type-9. But I’ll always cherish my Asp for flitting around the galaxy.

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

I joined Bravo Squadron on the Xbox after logging into the game at the end of a lengthy hiatus playing other Xbox titles. Up until that time, I had pretty much played solo, but I discovered that there were now squadrons, and a quick Inara search for large squadrons revealed the existence of the Fatherhood to me! I joined shortly thereafter.

Roving and scavenging around Dav’s Hope

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

I’m a software tester by day, and a singer/voice actor by night. I generally balance my work and gaming life by allowing myself to have game time whenever I can. I got laid off back in September 2020, so I’d been doing a LOT more gaming since then, but I got hired at a new company a week ago, so we will see how that affects my playing! I’m in the Pacific Time Zone, in Seattle, Washington, USA

Foraging for Polonium at HIP 36601
CMDR Charcobo

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

I’m a genuinely likable person, and I built a Dalek that hates everyone.

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

It’s a mix of a couple of franchises that I adore: Pokemon (Charmander), and Final Fantasy (Chocobo). Also, it’s the first four letters of my given name.

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

Well, I can’t speak as a father, but I do encourage the Wil Wheaton rule in-game and in life: Don’t be a d**k. Also, remember to drink your water and wash your hands.

TFS Grabthar’s Hammer in orbit around a K-Type star