Now one of the Elite

After nearly 5 weeks of playing Elite Dangerous, over the course of over 3 years, CMDR BadKitty has finally made it to Elite status ๐Ÿ™‚
During this time I had an epiphany that the game was such a time sink that I picked up playing guitar, and we had Player 3 join our family; that has curbed my play time quite a bit, no loss to the joy he brings into my life ๐Ÿ™‚

After receiving the Explorer rank, finished off by running VIP passenger missions from Robigo to Sothis, I visited Shinrarta_Dezhra, Founders World, and picked up my first of the Big 3 ships, an Anaconda… solely for the reason of seeing how far a jump range I could get out of it fully engineered; currently I’m sitting at ~65ly, it makes the galaxy seem a smaller place ๐Ÿ™‚

My next plan is to build up my materials and max engineer each of my ships before joining the narrative, time allowing.

Fly safe Commanders o7

March Elite lifestyle

For pretty much the entire month of March Elite Dangerous is the only game I’ve been playing, and I’ve had heaps of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

Also picked up a new Logitech G610, my first mechanical keyboard!
I’ve always refused to pay out for a decent keyboard in the past; but thought now as I can touch type (ish) & I’ve resisted upgrading my existing box, why not treat myself ๐Ÿ™‚
Loving it so for, no issues, and find the scroll volume dial a great useful option.

& we have fibre, no longer part of the internet third World, 200 Mbps down, but only 20 up.
I’ve requested an upgrade to 1Ghz but still waiting, but it’s changed my digital life… although not had the chance to try out Street Fighter and Overwatch on the PS4 as yet to see if it improves my game play.

So Elite, I was out running Sothis Ceos passenger missions in my Clipper after the Beyond Chapter One update, pretty much the groove I’ve been in for a while. Not doing too bad for credits per hour, and inching up my Federation ranking with the aim one day of picking up a Corvette.

Then I heard of the Oxley Skimmer mission Gold rush, and thought I’d take a look. The server was grinding for me, but I managed to head over to the system, increase my local rank, and run enough missions to increase my bank account by a couple of million credits. Stink that I was away camping in the days that followed, when I returned a patch had been placed, temporarily removing all skimmer missions.

So I didn’t make the multi billions of some players, but I couldn’t complain, I’d earned in a couple of laggy hours that would have taken me 10 hours on my current route… so what was I to do with all of this cash?

First I tried pimping out my Clipper, but the shields just weren’t strong enough to keep me for long enough in a Combat Zone. To try and remedy this I worked with a couple of engineers, but this still wasn’t enough… and why did I leave engineering so long?

Then a bright idea crossed my mind; I could buy other ships, rather than saving for the elusive Corvette. Having tried a Python once before, but it wasn’t A rated so it was quite sluggish, thought why not give it another try. So now kitted out in a A class Python, with some cool Farseer engineering. As a test flight I went out to the Pratchett Disk, and then cruised around the edge of the bubble, with pleasant 20 light year jumps. I ran in to no problems, and enjoyed the experience, but then I fitted 5 First Class passenger pods, and went back to running Sothis Ceos, contented making more money than I could with the Clipper, but still a little restless.

Wanting to see what the Python was like in battle I kitted it out with engineered Beams and Multi Cannons. This was enough to fend off attackers on my luxury cruise route, but I had the idea that I could do better, and I still had a pot of cash to spend ๐Ÿ™‚

So a Fer-de-Lance was added to my star port garage, just in time for the last Ross 310 CG. Kitted out with engineered A rated modules I had heaps of fun in the combat zones, although questioning my logic of buying an FDL rather than the new battle orientated Chieftain… next purchase maybe ๐Ÿ™‚

Once I’d reached the top 50% I’d grown tired of continuous battle and fancied another change. Before picking up the Clipper I’d been flying an Asp, iirc before the Explorer version was available. As I was working on unlocking Engineers, and my Python sojourn had kindled my desire for exploring again, I decided to rise up to Engineer Palin’s invite of travelling beyond 5,000 light years from the starting system.

First I was humbled to see that I hadn’t gone this far in the 2 years I’ve been playing the game, I’d not even gone over a thousand! But this time I had an engineered Asp Explorer that could jump 50 light years at a time, and I’d found the awesome option within the Galaxy map to limit the path to only stars that I could refuel from!

Now I didn’t need to lug about excessive fuel tanks, and now the fear of running out of fuel was abated; let the journey commence ๐Ÿ™‚

There is a asteroid station just over 5k light years out, in system Omega Sector VE-Q b5-15 which made a perfect target. After modding my usual bubble touring setup to include a couple of auto repairs and chaff launchers… learning later that the reloads of both can be engineered, as can oxygen refill. It’s like this game doesn’t want you to die, and is encouraging you to explore ๐Ÿ˜‰

So off I set, scanning each system, nearly every star, and heaps of planets. Only crashed into one star on the was out close to my destination. No issues on the way back, except I burned 2 of my chaffs in error when I should have been scanning.

The idea was then to head back, swap ships for my Python, and then acquire 25 fragmented sensors to fully unlock Palin, before turning in my cartography finds. I was really in 2 minds if this would be of great benefit, as I didn’t want to lose my finds; not due to ~5 million credits, but there were so many first discoveries, and I want the name of CMDR BADKITTY to be read long after I stop playing the game.

However the 22 light year jump range of my Python made the decision for me, and I removed the auto repair and chaff modules, lightening up my ship and giving me a little luggage space and auto dock… did I mention I had cartography data I didn’t want to lose ๐Ÿ™‚

So off I set to find sensor fragments, and I’d been tipped off on a location HIP 17403, planet A4, coordinates -34.98 / -141.41.

This is where things got really cool, heading into the system I was pulled out of inter-system hyperdrive journey by 2 Thargoids. My ship shut down and they scanned me, only for it to power back up after they had found nothing of interest. I didn’t have a wake scanner on board to inspect all that they had left… but I’m interested in why they wouldn’t have attacked and destroyed me… guess they’re not so aggressive?

Arrive at the targeted planet I found a signal to not that the planet had a Thargoid crash site, and I headed down to the surface. I could find approximately where I needed to be from the coordinates, but couldn’t find an actual site. I figured out that if I stuck to the cardinal compass points only one of the long / lat cordinates would change, but I was buggered if I could find the place. I resorted to landing and making an epic trip into and across a crater to a location that I swear I’d checked out from the air.

I blasted the Thargoid scanners to retrieve the required fragments, taking one full scanner; until I started taking hanger damage, so I dropped it. Now I know I can buy a protected hanger from Palin to pick these up. I called back my ship and blasted back into space, one jump to meet Palin, hand over the 25 sensor fragments, sell him my cartography, and see what upgrades are available.

This is where I left off last night, searching for more class 5 materials to finish off my G5 FSD, now wondering what to do next; unlock another engineer, run passenger missions to acquire more materials, pick up a Chieftain or max out and iCourier?

Think this wall of text shows how much I’m still loving the game, certainly now I’ve found I can watch Youtube / Netflix while flying around, and there’s so much more to uncover… I really should unpack my PS4 ๐Ÿ™‚

Fly safe CMDRS 07

Aug 17 games and fuck up

Yesterday I fucked up… a little

I’ve been playing with a Python script to re-arrange the films in my movie directory; it moves everything of a selected file type from directory and sub-directory to a selected directory.

Useful eh?

Thought I might use it to group all of my photos too.

Last night I ran it on a drives root directory for all *.txt files.

Let me rephrase that, I moved every text file from all directories to my root directory.

This was only a backup drive, but I expect there might be a few programs that fail, as config files may have moved… on the upside, I know a good place to look for them is the folder in the root directory named ‘txt files’ ๐Ÿ™‚


retro need

Tired of current gen titles, plus mates have borrowed the games I fancied playing, I setup my XBOX 360 and PS3 again.

Such an awesome collection of titles, I can’t wait to introduce to the boy.

Found it mad that there are a few of them that I’ve bought the PS4 remakes of ๐Ÿ™‚

This then took me down a retro root and I installed a Linux MAME emulator to go back to my favourite platform title Wardner.

Wardner

Not everyone sees the beauty of the game, but I have fond memories of playing a Japanese version of it at lunch, and after school, being able to get through the full game on 10p.


The rest of my game time as been committed to Elite Dangerous.
A colleague is new to the game, so I logged on with the intention of passing on some credits to help him on his way.

Within the first hour I made 3 insurance claims on expensive ships, simply because I’d forgotten the controls.

Mitigation kicked in and I bought a Sidewinder to bring back the muscle memory and remember what the fuck I was doing.

2.4 is in alpha testing, to be released soon, named ‘The Return’ – Thargoids are coming!
So naturally I’ve been hooked again in preparation.

I’ve been grinding out at Sothis / Ceos, increasing Federation and Explorer rank, currently sitting at Lieutenant / Baron / Expert / Entrepreneur / Ranger… Elite not too far away.

I’m running a Clipper with 2 class 6 First Class cabins, with a single jump I’m making as much as 2.5MM credits, inching up the rank with each departure of passengers.

I’m tempted to follow the Road to Riches, for something different to do, I always enjoyed flying the Asp… also fancy climbing back in a Diamondback and getting my combat skillz back up to speed; think that could be useful with the Thargoids return.

Great that these are not mutually exclusive as my bank balance is looking healthy enough to kit out a few ships to a high grade.

I’ve been tempted to go down the Python route, although not sure why I’m reluctant… maybe it’s the idea that I’ll then have to grind engineers to better equip the ship?

I’ve also joined the Mobius group, which means I can play on-line without the distraction and stife of players who would want to blow away, or steal, my hard earned credits.

To paraphrase Braben, see you all in the black o7

The Thargoids have arrived

Thargoids
No posts lately as I heard that the Thargoids have arrived in Elite:Dangerous last Friday ๐Ÿ™‚

How has this caused my hiatus?

I rushed out and picked up a new graphics card (Radeon RX 480) and a 256 Gig Samsung SSD so I could play the game with ease.

That’s when the trouble began! I found I couldn’t migrate Win7 easily off a partition on a 2TB HD to the SSD; or rather I could, but Windows wouldn’t open.

I also had issues installing the Radeon drivers on Debian. I tried and failed to rebuild a kernel (first attempt), and I didn’t know there were new Linux kernels available, still not sure if they would work.

So I re-installed Ubuntu, as I knew there were Radeon driversย available. So after installing Ubuntu on my original SSD I found after many attempts that I couldn’t install Win 7 on my new SSD… but I could install Ubuntu on it, and Win7 was happy to install on my original SSD.

Best part of 3 days it took me to remove my old graphics card, slot in the new one, plug the new SSD into a SATA port on the motherboard, install 2 new operating systems, and setup Steam and Elite:Dangerous, including the Horizons DLC!

Thank the Linux gods that I have a weekly backup of my Home directory that’s easy to bring back with Deja Dup.

For the rest of the 2 weeks I’ve been flying around space ๐Ÿ™‚

Elite:Dangerous Vulture

I didn’t jump straight back into my Clipper; after accidents when coming back to E:D after a break in the past. So I mapped my keys to a wired xbox controller (I still find the ergonomics suit my large hands better than the PS4 pads) and took my Vulture out for a ride.

I didn’t take many risks, practiced takeoff’s and docking, all was going well, so thought I’d try comabat.

Now I remember this ship could hold its own so I was quite confident approaching a Conflict Zone, even after time away.

I was destroyed within 5 mins, WTF! It felt like the ship had been nerfed, or it could have been my new lack of skills.

So I cashed in the insurance and bought one of my favourite ships in the game, an Asp. I moved over what hardware I could, and sold the rest.

For the next few days I flew my Asp around Imperial space, running data, fetch, and delivery missions, not wasting weight on weapons. I didn’t realise immediately that I had purchased an Asp Scout, and not the model I’d had fun exploring and trading with in the past, the Asp Explorer… or am I just confused and was there only the Asp available on launch? Shit it was over 2 years ago!

Elite:Dangerous Clipper

Anyway I was then confident enough to have my Clipper delivered to me and things have been going well, except for one failed planetary landing that cost me another insurance claim.

The game seems to have improved in many little ways, and now it’s easier on the eyes with my new graphics card, and stutter free.

I’ve even done something that I once though pedestrian, and have installed a docking computer on the Clipper, loving the sylish landings and how Frontier have kept the classical music that kicks in with the computer as on the original.

So I’m cruising around Harm with some nice one jump return 3.2k/tonne loops, working on saving credits to afford maybe a Python next so I’m not limited to large landing pads.

Loving picking Elite up again, and I haven’t set out yet to find the Engineers, Alien Ruins, or the Thargoids ๐Ÿ™‚

first techy projects of 2017

Status

Things I’m playing with over the Xmas NY break ๐Ÿ™‚

  • installed KDE desktop, not sure why I haven’t tried it before, although I did try Mate a few weeks ago that I can’t get to work correctly
  • excited about season 2 of Street Fighter V I’ve reinstalled it on the PS4, and I’m more frustrated and annoyed by Capcom’s servers than ever
    • repetatively the server connection keeps dropping, the only solution I can find is to close the game and re-load
    • the novelty of getting to practice with Akuma wore off quite quickly, I couldn’t even find a single gameย ๐Ÿ™
  • I’m excited about Elite: Dangerous coming the the PS4 this year, although not sure I can be motivated to put the hours in again, and I don’t think Commanders will be able to migrate over saved profiles
  • currently downloadingย the one game I’ve purchased on Steam Kerbal Space Program yet again.
    • I’ve justย searched and found that it’s already available for the PS4… not sure how I missed this!

I needed to use this guide to get Steam to load on Ubuntu 16.04

rm ~/.steam/steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/i386/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libstdc++.so.6
rm ~/.steam/steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/amd64/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libstdc++.so.6