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  • Morbad's Avatar
    Today, 10:41 PM · 391 replies and 9419 views.
    Jumpgate is still running and is free. However, also has an active player base of about fifty people, so it's not really an alternative for much of anything at this point. Jumpgate is my gold standard for space-sim MMOs (not that there were ever many) and it was an amazing game. There were a lot of things it did right (including PvP that was even less restricted than ED's, and virtually no NPCs at all except a Thargoid equivalent), and several areas where it greatly out does ED. Most notably the actual, player driven, economy it had puts ED's placeholder to shame. It's mining, trade, and piracy systems were also better, though much of this was a side effect of lack of instancing. As it was client-server based rather than P2P there was only one mode and no separate instances. It also had more roleplaying in it that any other MMO I've ever seen, even those that were advertised as RPGs and attracted RP prone crowds, which was pretty amazing since Jumpgate was essentially a first person from-your-ship combat...
  • the100thmonkey's Avatar
    Today, 9:29 PM · 44 replies and 598 views.
    You keep telling yourself that.
  • the100thmonkey's Avatar
    Today, 9:27 PM · 53 replies and 971 views.
    There's irony in the air all right, but not from the source you think...
  • the100thmonkey's Avatar
    Today, 9:21 PM · 44 replies and 598 views.
    The Fer de Lance actually requires skill and spacial awareness.
  • the100thmonkey's Avatar
    Today, 9:16 PM · 12 replies and 114 views.
    You can get a G5 dirtymodded Cobra to over 1500 hull armour with > 500m/s boost easily. You don't need shields. Such a build also has the added bonus of being able to use the station to stop in silent running, a feature not available to the Courier, whose hull is composed of papier maché and typically Imperial wishful thinking.
  • JeffRyan's Avatar
    Today, 9:12 PM · 11 replies and 155 views.
    JeffRyan replied to a thread Never Flown A Cobra Mk3 in Xbox One
    INSANITY!!! I can see why you might not keep one after you move on. But why would you not move in on the move up?
  • Ziljan's Avatar
    Today, 6:15 PM · 6 replies and 321 views.
    Ziljan replied to a thread No 5th Aegis CG in Aliens
    Yeah I was thinking guardian tech may be next too. I'm not sure we have everything we need though. We don't have an adequate defense against swarm missiles or the yellow lightning. Though the flak seems to take out missiles, and the lighting can sort of be dodged and may be subject to thermal resists (needs testing). Also we don't have any corrosion resistance or way to remove the ongoing effect in combat. Nor do we have a way to follow their wakes, which could require an updated xenoscanner and possibly a new jump drive.
  • Ziljan's Avatar
    Today, 5:52 PM
    Ziljan started a thread No 5th Aegis CG in Aliens
    Looks like our human tech innovation has stalled. If the Thargoids continue to adapt while we stagnate, will humanity be doomed? What are we gonna do about this CMDRs?
    6 replies and 321 views.
  • Ziljan's Avatar
    Today, 5:50 PM · 229 replies and 16918 views.
    Ziljan replied to a thread COMPLETED CG Fourth Aegis Initiative (Trade) in Community Goals
    Because most sane people like getting new toys?
  • Ziljan's Avatar
    Today, 5:45 PM · 229 replies and 16918 views.
    Ziljan replied to a thread COMPLETED CG Fourth Aegis Initiative (Trade) in Community Goals
    Uh oh, are we gonna get a 5th Aegis CG, or did all of the complaints about boring CG mechanics have the unintended consequence of stopping the flow of goodies?
  • wstephenson's Avatar
    Today, 2:43 PM · 56 replies and 1994 views.
    Thanks for testing, that matches my experience. That FSD kick is so strong that I can't boost the BK channel, or it clips and rattles. I'll continue investigating.
  • jasonbarron's Avatar
    Today, 2:34 PM · 13 replies and 323 views.
    OP, I have two words for you: Gold Bond
  • Stachel's Avatar
    Today, 1:39 PM · 99 replies and 3959 views.
    Amazon? It offers PC basegame and not Horizons season pass. Amazon is probably averse to promiseware. Especially from game developers with less than great records on refunds.
  • Stachel's Avatar
    Today, 1:02 PM · 99 replies and 3959 views.
    Except many players aren't getting hundreds of hours of entertainment out of ED in its current state. This is objectively apparent from game's poor rating and review averages on the stores.
  • Stachel's Avatar
    Today, 11:56 AM · 99 replies and 3959 views.
    If $/time is what counts for you, watch a NASA screensaver. What makes a successful game is ($+time)/enjoyment .
  • Morbad's Avatar
    Today, 11:55 AM · 345 replies and 5844 views.
    Morbad replied to a thread Aliens are ruining PvP in PvP
    The two more 'anarchic' games I've played were some of the best gaming experiences I've ever had. Not that I think some more plausible reactions from the powers that be in Elite aren't in order.
  • Morbad's Avatar
    Today, 11:53 AM · 175 replies and 3650 views.
    Solo/Group/Open modes and the shared BGS is a ship that's sailed. It is what it is and it's probably not going to change in any substantial way.
  • Morbad's Avatar
    Today, 11:33 AM · 42 replies and 779 views.
    Once you realize that the big three are big, slow, prone to be focused any time multiple hostiles are encountered, and that there are various effects and tactics used against the big three frequently enough that they cannot be ignored, then you can begin to manage PvP in one. Having significant experience fighting in and against the smaller, more popular PvP ships is also critical for knowing what they are capable of, and thus understanding where the strengths and weaknesses of larger vessels lay in comparison. You also have to realize, that piloting ability being similar, one of the big three is, at best, worth two FDLs or FASes in a fight. Given that they also cost ten times as much to replace, you have to be able to recognize when you are outmatched, and be willing to leave, assuming you don't want to face much more attrition than your foes. Larger engagements are also progressively more difficult for larger vessels to handle, even if they have allies. A well conceived and flow big three can last...
  • Morbad's Avatar
    Today, 11:17 AM · 128 replies and 2418 views.
    Frankly, my barely modded shieldless hauler taxi can survive most encounters with most PvP fit Corvettes. The argument that Ed's encounters were survivable is a blatant fallacy. Not fair? Sure. Not sporting? Sure. Not survivable? Hardly. Indeed, he survived the first interdiction and had he dropped out of SC and/or made a second jump, there likely would not have been a second one. There were also plenty of things that could have been done to minimize the duration of the engagements and the damage taken, even if there needed to be multiple interdictions.
  • wstephenson's Avatar
    Today, 11:04 AM · 56 replies and 1994 views.
    Yes, this is why I'm trying to collect empirical data from others using the VM channel visualiser between the game and their output device. This is what I'm trying to achieve either by downmixing the 7.0 channels to stereo in Voicemeeter or by disabling centre, side and rear speakers in Windows settings and hoping that Elite splats them onto Front left and right and it comes out much like its headphone stereo mix, and then in both cases isolating the .1 to the BK.
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