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    Alec's best of the forum (and elsewhere) thread

    So quite often I find myself wanting to recommend a bunch of forum threads to other players and rather than having to dig around each time I thought I'd start a thread that attempts to pull all the good (IMHO) stuff together in one place. I'm going to try and keep on top of this and include a "Trending" section as well which showcases some current stuff that I think is noteworthy.

    Oh, and I make no apologies for the fact that some of the recommended threads are my own!

    Since I aim to point new players at this thread from time to time (and if that's you right now - welcome!) I wanted to add that you should feel free to post questions in here about using the forum or about any of the content featured herein.



    Stuff that's currently catching my eye (last updated 22/09/2017)

    Questions and answers from recent live streams with Steve Kirby and Lloyd Morgan-Moore.

    Engineers appeal for Thargoid materials! (these CG's may well decide what anti-Thargoid stuff we get at the start of 2.4)

    More on exploration (and a statement from Dale - more to be revealed at the expo maybe? - no ETA's, no guarantees)

    Cmdr Relient Owl captures some absolutely stunning footage of an escaping Thargoid ship.

    Get yourself or your group featured in Frontier social media!

    Fancy racing SRVs around planetary bases? Buckyball Road Rally Racing starts October 1st 3303!

    Lots of hubub around the 2.4 Retaliation cinematic and teaser trailer videos

    Who's the most hated commander? Who's the most popular? Who has the highest number of PVP kills? Who's the fastest? All these and more!

    And the result of a survey with some more stat's on the galaxy's most favourite.

    Frontier post official summary of the pre-2.4 lore livestream

    You wait years inside a space station for an SRV to come along, and then two come along at once!
    First there was Themadoll and crew ..
    And now we have operation Daedalus ..

    Superb new monthly magazine - "Sagittarius Eye" - issue 01 ("The Return") out now!

    Magnificent new wall poster charting all the major Elite: Dangerous exploration expeditions

    Epic and/or hilarious videos of docking and launching!

    Another nice thread about all the little details that make ED great.

    Final word from Sandro concerning bounties and Powerplay in 2.4

    Older stuff

    Not one but two brand new Elite Racing groups to get involved with, the first a Buckyball spin-off for SRV planetary base rallying and the second a canyon racing group for PS4 commanders

    EDDI under new management

    Yours truly takes his "goofy" "bumble bee" (people can be cruel sometimes) out for a quick photo shoot ... and spends three days in heaven.

    Commander Brentnall's response to the Thargoid invasion ... "I don't have to outrun them, I just have to outrun you!"

    An EXO commanders epic year long galactic circumnavigation to Beagle Point in a Sidewinder is over!

    Explorer? Damaged ship? Need repair? Call Alex Brentnall!

    New Buckyball Race on now (until September 10th)

    Makes the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy look positively square!
    ALLtours Magazin 3303

    2.4 beta is now over, now we wait!

    Patch notes for 2.4 beta 3 (and Sandy clarifies some stuff about Pilot's Federation bounties vs. PowerPlay)
    More from Sandy on rebuy penalty and powerplay
    ... and ...
    Path notes for 2.4 beta 4

    Ma-gic, Mo-ments, mem'ries we've been shaaaaring! (here's to 2018)

    Elite Racers stage series of live race events throughout September

    Themadoll's valient/insane (delete as appropriate) attempt to get an SRV inside a space station (STOP PRESS - he did it!)

    David Braben and Gabe Newell duke it out!

    Lave Radio just wanted a place to leave their socks ... and now people are using words like "tyrany"!

    We all thought it would be Jurassic Park. It's Jurassic Park. Debate over? Not on your nelly, it's barely begun. RAWR!

    grab a coffee, the 2.4 changelog is out!

    Farewell to Bran Tse Mallory

    broondog's terrific pictorial tour of the various different station types currently appearing in the galaxy

    A salient warning from a burnt out player on the dangers of Quince and the lure of the easy win.

    The mega-survey results are in, 12601 players contributed! Fascinating statistics such as:
    49% of the people asked said they predominantly played in Open mode (28% solo, 23% private group)

    Commanders share their experiences playing Elite on a variety of early home computers

    Immovable beacons, healing lasers and a flagrant disregard for Newton's first law!


    Wonderful video by majesky84
    My time with Elite Dangerous

    Player run Alliance Combine Party takes control of permit locked Federation system Ross 128

    Zarek Null in da house fo shizzle!

    Are the Unknown structures growing?

    Buck Rogers in the 34th Century! (awesome video)
    From the maker of "Elite Dangerous does Buck Rogers", DRX's Del Tarrant releases another fantastic new video!
    And another ... all aboard the Love Boat!

    Brett C says "Details: Soon".
    Sandro says "NO ETA, NO GUARANTEE."
    But also ...

    Frontier announces the "special event"!

    Attention VR fence sitters - Oculus + Touch for $399!

    New Buckyball "Prison Brake" race on now (until 13 August)

    Take part in the ED player survey!
    Elite Dangerous Mega Survey

    New racing skins for Eagle, iEagle and iCourier! (now all we need is a Buckyball Racing Club decal **hint** **hint**)

    Buckyball Race "Armed and Dangerous" reaches its mid-point and has attracted a whole host of new racers!

    Braben's "vision" vs. FD's "reality"

    Fuel Rats hits 30,000 rescues!
    Plus a new "Rat Tale" from TartanDragon

    Little bit late with this one but ... Chiggy Von Rictoffen to the rescue ... again!

    RollingStone magazine interviews David Braben!

    SLOW DOWN is NOT a command!

    Patch notes!

    Overshooting your supercruise approach seems to be a popular discussion topic at the moment!

    A grand total of 208 alien "base" sites! Damn, we're in a tight spot!

    Drew Wagar speaks about Premonition and his thoughts on the whole Salome event. I won't attempt to summarise but if you have any interest in how those events unfolded then I'd strongly recommend listening to this.
    Lave Radio Special Episode - An Interview with Author Drew Wagar

    A new tail(sic) from Fuel Rat TartanDragon

    SadSky <3 David

    Dognosh's guide to solving the Ancient Guardian Ruins mission (and earning 201,000,000 credits in the process!)

    OK, I'm really failing to keep up now. Did you know that Unknown Links could shoot out beams of light that direct you to the next alien base? Nope? Me neither.
    Obsidian Ant and The Thargoid Location Device

    Alec's adventures beyond the heart of darkness.

    Thargoid base discovered (avoid if you don't want spoilers)
    Alien-archeology-and-other-mysteries-Thread-10-The-Canonn (first appearance on thread)
    Alien-archeology-and-other-mysteries-Thread-10-The-Canonn (location details)
    Alien-archeology-and-other-mysteries-Thread-10-The-Canonn (MadRaptor's guide to solving the central UA/UP/UL puzzle)

    Bran Tse Mallory - You V The Weekend

    New engine colours now in the store
    And new name plates too

    The fastest man in the galaxy is, once again, the fastest man in the galaxy

    Draw Wagar's "Elite Premonition" eBook is out!

    New Buckyball Race "Double Action Jackson" starts 1st July

    Beneath its short changelog hides some significant networking and surface instancing changes if memory serves (also, didn't someone say the missing avatar in supercruise had been fixed too?)

    More Lavecon stuff (WARNING: some of this has been written by yours truly in a state of post-Lavecon hype and/or Frontier drink spiking/RNA manipulation)

    "We're gonna need a bigger scoreboard!" (the Lavecon Buckyball Race enters day two and the competition is really hotting up ... the big question is will Mr Blobby make a run today?)
    The Lavecon Buckyball Race 2017

    Oooooh Blobby (Lavecon news)

    Zulu Romeo (Haji Ahamat) wins the internet with his collection of Ye Olde Elite: Dangerovs images

    Mischief Managed!

    Michael Brooks bids the Elite team a fond farwell

    Jaw droppingly brilliant song by Gluttony Fang (performed by John Greive) dedicated to the Hutton Truckers

    It's Lavecon time!

    People actually enjoying the game? It's an outrage!

    Bret who?

    Never drink and fly folks!

    Excellent dramatisation of the events surrounding "The Return" courtesy of Phoenix_Dfire

    Don't want to fight the Thargoids? What else might we do?
    Or maybe just write them an open letter?
    Bran's Open-Letter-to-the-Thargoids
    Also ... CAVES and frickin' EGG SACKS!

    GameRevolution article based on E3 interview with Sandro which suggests that atmospheric landings may be a way off but that exploration may be getting lots of attention soon!

    XBOX finally gets a HOTAS joystick!

    At last, we can finally call a spade Thargoid a spade Thargoid!

    Lavecon draft activities overview and timetable are now available!
    Frontier Q&A, Ed's biscuit review, Deal or No Deal, Dockers live and much more besides.
    Lavecon 2017 @ hwsevents

    Ed Lewis clarifies the E3 livestream situation (and makes some of us feel slightly bad about our negativity following the first one)

    Two extremely promising new Youtube video series to subscribe to!
    Elite-Strange-Worlds-A-documented-journey-across-our-galaxy-A-fan-made-Elite-series-WIP (Skoomer)
    Elite-dangerous-Episodes-I-want-your-feedback!! (IiliI PEL IiliI)

    Obsidian Ant's had a glimpse of the future, and it seems pretty rosy

    Best bug report ever!

    New long distance Buckyball race (Nebulocity) now on (runs until 18th June)

    Flower ships and Barnacles!

    Season 3 to focus on core gameplay, existing features, quality of life and other improvements!

    Following the above announcement I think it's worth highlighting a few threads (some of them started by FD) gathering ideas for what some of these new QoL and core gameplay features might actually include:
    Quality-of-Life-Improvement-Suggestions (started by Mike Evans @ FD)
    Exploration-Scans (started by Sandro Sammarco @ FD)
    Crime-Update-Discussion (started by Sandro Sammarco @ FD)

    Time to confess your senior n00b moments, again.

    Controlling the SRV (Skidding Recalcitrant Vehicle)

    An overly "negative" forum poster take a step back for a moment.

    BREAKING NEWS! Hyperdictions INSIDE the bubble!

    Around the galaxy in 38 days!

    New "Candy Crew" 67km SRV Rally (23rd - 28th May 3303)

    CTRL + ALT + SPACE 2017
    And the winners are ...

    Title says it all really

    First timer stories of rookie mistakes and silly events!

    Lead developer Sandro Sammarco discusses "Karma" system with community
    (Basically there's a very long thread on "Deliberate Ramming" which I must confess I'd ignored as I assumed it would just be another salt'n'shake thread. However it turns out that Sandro has chipped in quite a few comments concerning the forthcoming "Karma" system. Requiem Mortis has helpfully summarised these in a separate thread).
    Referal --> Karma / C&P Debate in "Deliberate Ramming" Thread with input from Sandro Sammarco

    New "Italian Lavian Job" inspired Buckyball SRV race now on (final day!)

    Buckyball Racer loses ship but ploughs on regardless! Will he manage to drive half-way around a planet to get a new ship and finish the race before the end of the week? Tune in here to find out.

    Cmdr Isinona is back with some class action (including an encounter with HP and the SDC gang)

    Dumbledore's Dead, Snape did it Salome's dead, "you know who" did it!
    In case you've been under a rock for the past few days, a few threadnoughts for you to skim ...
    Drew Wagar's "aftermath" statement
    Obsidian Ant's fascinating interview with Drew Wagar prior the event
    And lastly (and I haven't listened to this yet) ...
    The Lave Radio Salome aftermath special.

    Support the Miners 3rd party developers (or not).

    Oh what the hell ... "Rock 'n' Roll - let's all have a pear thank the dev's"


    You say Salome I say Salami let's NOT call the whole thing off! (29.04.3303)
    n.b. Ignore the fact that this thread is on the xbox side of the forum, it applies to everyone.

    Help Drew decide what to do on the 29th STOP PRESS - 29th is a GO!

    Make you're ship look like a Reaver ship (SPIKES!)

    Salt has been mined, update 2.3.01 is here!

    2.3.01 discussion - a bit salty but what the hell

    .. alternatively, if you like your popcorn sweet ..

    New Race from Buckyball founder ElectricZ now on over! (or ... "how to earn over 2000CR/second")

    Lots of more love for the game over here ...

    Find out what it costs to transfer various ships to Colonia (WARNING: you might want to sit down first)

    Owners of stupid ship names need not apply!

    Do you remember the first time?

    IT'S HERE!
    While you wait for the download why not watch Obsidian Ant's excellent roundup of the 2.3 features.

    Or just settle down with a LARGE coffee (or beer depending on time zone) and read the changelog.

    Nice interview with THE ARCHITECT!

    Hurrah, someone actually likes the game!

    What's your idea of fun?

    A tale of Modular Terminals brilliantly written by DNA-Decay.

    Early days for this "funny moments" thread but I have high hopes for it!

    Make Bran laugh for comic relief!

    Anaconda fails to follow SLFs high speed manoeuvres with truly disastrous consequences!

    The Hamilton Incident (Vindicator Jones' awesome new machinima movie)

    What's in a name? - well, money apparently. EZ argues the case against.
    ... STOP PRESS ... pitchforks down everyone!

    2.3 Q&A part 2

    Superb video (with zero combat) lures another commander into the world of Elite: Dangerous

    One small vote for Elite: Dangerous one giant vote for Cmdr Ryder (cast your vote now and make someone VERY happy)

    Rejoice - Isinona is back!

    Commander drives SRV so fast that he literally bounces into orbit!

    Truly stunning images - if these don't make it to the newsletter I'll eat my hat! (they didn't ... chomp chomp eurgh)

    Superb combat video using the new camera suite

    List of Sandro's Q&A answers from the 2nd PAX livestream

    Warning: contains horrifically fugly human visages ... and their avatar counterparts (baddum tish)

    Get your 2.3 Q&A questions in early! (now with added answers)

    Discussion of the new ED trailer shown at PAX

    Beta 2.3 patch 2.01 (Leeloo Dallas - MUL-TEE-CREW!)

    Beta 2.3 patch 2 is out (but multi-crew still isn't)

    Bran Tse Mallory posts a new thread ... and people take it quite seriously! (warning: contains dementors!)

    The beta 2.3 changelog is out and it's a MONSTER!

    The beta is out (but multi-crew isn't)

    Buckyball Racing Club presents "Tunnel Vision" - the best race in the galaxy, the best thread on the forum (I may be a tad biased I suppose)

    Zombie Apocalypse! Necro of the biggest baddest thread on the forum. RUN FOR YOUR LIVES! (or hide in solo like the snivelling cowards you are :p)

    And another necro, this time of one of the all-time best threads and most exciting rescue operations this forum has ever seen!

    Hilarious, Dave Gormanesque, "Found Poem" (courtesy of Lave Radio) featuring forum whines from the 2.3 beta delay thread - LOL.

    With ship naming coming in 2.3 this could soon be an essential tool (P.S. "The Poor Colonial Necessity" is now taken :p)

    Surprisingly good-natured and enjoyable read about how people are earning their credits

    The forum in musical form! :D

    Does "blocking" another player prevent you from instancing with them? (from what I've read so far ... nobody knows for sure)

    2.3 beta livestreams! - first look at some brilliant new stuff including the avatar creator ("Holo Me"), the new camera suite and, of course, Multi-crew.

    Season 2 has been great.

    Procedural cities! (bad thread title, terrific content)

    #HairGate - nearly 1000 posts about long hair ... LOL!

    Colonia Olympics!

    Which ships support what multi-crew options?

    Link to brilliant article on Mr Braben

    Thread with some lengthy and quite interesting posts on the subject of "Content" and "Gameplay".

    Excellent post clarifying the issue of "realism" in ED and how "naturalism" is a better word to use

    Frontier licence rights to "enduring movie franchise of global renown" for their 3rd game (alongside Elite and Planet Coaster)

    Emergent use of 2.3 multi-crew - before it's even out! Check out the Galactic Travel Agency.

    An actual bloomin' honest to goodness dev update courtesy of the beige cowboy!

    The official 2.3 dev update mud-slinging contest!

    And, as a counterpoint to that, some positive spin on 2.3 (at least until the mud slingers get wind of this thread)

    Dan and Dean are Elite Dangerous Noobs (don't ask!)

    Conflux data held to ransom in epic player generated roleplay drama!

    A thread of all the "exploration lacks gameplay" threads.

    Decoding the ancient ruins (more ancient ruins)

    Jackie Silver's galactic feature map

    First contact (more alien interdictions)

    Extraordinary forest of weird "brain trees" discovered!

    Cool imgur album of player created gameplay concept images (one for the devs to check out maybe!)

    Forum tips and tricks

    Seeing as this is a guide to what's good on the forum here I thought it might be worth posting a bunch of tips and tricks I've picked up re: the actual use of the forum itself. Apologies if these are bloomin' obvious, it's often hard to tell.


    You can subscribe to individual threads via the "Thread tools" drop-down at the top (and by default will automatiicaly subscribe to any thread you create or submit a post to). Under the "Quick links" drop-down at the top you can then pick "Subscribed threads" to see a summary of all the threads you've subscribed to. Threads which have new posts (since you last looked at that thread) will be highlighted in bold. There's also an option, when you subscribe to a thread, to add that subscription to a different "folder" other than the default "Subscriptions" (via the "Folder" drop-down). This allows you to manage your subscriptions under different categories (for example I also have a "VR" folder and a "Reference" folder). When you use the "Quick links/Subscribed threads" link there's a "My subscriptions" section in the panel on the left where you can pick different folders to look at.

    Posting images

    There are some screenshot links further down this page (including a nice guide by Qohen Leth on how to take good ones) but the main thing to note is that it's no longer possible to upload images directly to this forum, despite what the UI might suggest. Instead what you have to do is upload your images to an image sharing website (most people use which is free) and then post the image into the forum using the "From URL" option on the "Insert Image" button. In fact, you can bypass use of that button completely by copying what's known as the "bbcode" from imgur and pasting that directly into your post (the bbcode is just the image url enclosed inside [img]...[/img] tags).

    Linking to another post

    You can of course just use the "Reply With Quote" link when you want to respond to someone else's post within the same thread but sometimes you want to include a link to another post (perhaps from a different thread) within your own post. I see a lot of people including page URLs (i.e. the URL that's typically in your browser's address bar when you're reading the forum) which ends with "/pageN". Unfortunately these are unreliable since many people view the threads in reverse order (e.g. most recent post first) and/or may have altered the number of posts to display per page. A much better technique is to use the URL of the specific post. You can get at this by clicking the "#" number that's shown in the top-right hand corner of the each post.

    Replies to your posts

    Currently there's no support in the forum for being notified when someone replies to one of your posts. However there is a trick to search a thread for replies to your posts. Basically go to the thread in question, click the "Search thread" link at the top right, pick "Advanced search" and then, in the "Keyword(s)" box type in your forum user name (in double quotes if it contains multiple words like mine does) and click "Search now". This will bring back a list of all the posts mentioning your user name. Unfortunately, if your forum user name is something like "immershun" or "git gud" then this might not work quite so well for you!

    Switch editor to source mode

    When you're editing a forum post there's a really handy little button in the top left of the edit window labelled A/A. With this unchecked you're in WYSIWYG mode which can be useful for seeing what your post is actually going to look like but is problematic for editing since it can be difficult to place the text cursor outside of things like emphasised or hypertext linked blocks. By clicking this button you switch into source mode where you can clearly see where these blocks begin and end and place the cursor accordingly. It also shows images as tagged links rather than as the actual images which can make editing text on mobile a lot easier.


    As the name suggests these are a matter of personal preference but a couple that I would personally recommend are:

    Official Frontier Theme - use the drop-down on the left at the very bottom of the page to pick the "Official Frontier Theme" which I personally think is a lot easier to read than, say, the "Official Elite Theme". One word of warning tho' - since different themes use different background colours be wary of using colour in your forum posts since some people can end up seeing things like white text on a white background.

    Display newest post first - click "Settings" at the top and then "General settings" from the panel on the left. Scroll down to where it says "Thread display mode" and pick "Linear - newest first". If you use the forum a lot, and especially if you use "Subscriptions" a lot, then I find it far more useful to land on pages that show the most recent posts rather than always having to manually select the last page.

    Oh, and if you want to see recent posts by the Frontier dev's (and other key figures).

    Manuals, guides and other stuff for new players

    What is Elite: Dangerous? (cmdr shadragon's excellent writeup for the PS4 community)

    The official Elite Dangerous manual
    Elite Dangerous Players Guide v2.30

    Official Frontier training videos
    Pilot Training Tutorials
    Horizons Training Guides

    Player written ED Manuals and guides.
    --- General ---
    Elite-Dangerous-Pilot-s-Guide-Manual-Tutorial-Help (note: this is REALLY old but has some great technical backstory and early ideas for the game)
    Cmdr David Winter's truly brilliant "Guide for Almost Everything"
    --- Mining ---
    --- Planetary Landing ---
    --- PowerPlay ---
    --- Exploration ---
    --- Ships and Outfitting ---

    Qohen Leth's Foundation (an absolutely epic exploration resource covering Astronomy, Planetography, Cartography & Navigation, Outfitting, Expeditions, Community, Quality of Life, Media and various other Comprehensive Guides)

    Drew Wagar's Lore Primer (aimed at bringing PS4 players up to speed but a good read whatever platform you happen to be on)

    Handy tips and tricks (n.b. some of these are pretty old now but still contain great info - I've ordered them with the newest first).

    Despite the title this thread has some good advice if you're finding it difficult to get started in the game

    Codgers Elite Adventure (a Youtube series in which an old player starts afresh and takes you along for the ride. Each video is about an hour long and introduces new concepts at a nice leisurely pace. Also features a snoring pug called Charles who makes the whole experience very relaxing.)

    First impressions of ED (what others players like yourself think of the game).
    Usually a very nice read and worth turning to when you're tired of hearing people slagging off the game ... usually!

    A very active thread and a constant reminder of the wide variety of goals (in and occasionally out of game) that ED players are setting (and achieving) on a daily basis.

    And another nice positive thread (rather old now but still worth turning to when the general mood on the forum is getting you down).

    Looking for a group to join?

    Out of fuel? Don't despair. Call the Fuel Rats (a player run group who will come and rescue you, anywhere in the galaxy).

    Regular newsletters, magazines, blogs, etc

    "Sagittarius Eye" - brand new monthly Elite: Dangerous magazine featuring some terrific community written articles

    "The Outpost" - excellent fan produced weekly newsletter by "Remlok Industries" (available in both French and English) - 84 issues and counting

    The GameOn Elite Dangerous community magazine (still only one issue of this - I suspect it's a one-off).

    Screenshots and videos (and songs)

    The following screenshot threads should probably all be merged into a single thread but currently there are four really good ones that are all worth subscribing to.


    I've also done a couple of compilation videos featuring images taken from all four of these threads. I'll just include links to these rather than embed the videos because I've found that embedding lots of videos within a single post can cause it to load really slowly.

    Elite: Glorious
    Elite: Beautiful

    There's also a new thread dedicated to PS4 screenshots (and some helpful advice on how to take and share them - see post #79)

    Qohen Leth's excellent guide to taking great screenshots

    Rardain's handy guide to using the new camera suite controls

    Here's a selection of my favourite videos.

    Isinona (for me and many others this guy's videos are what got us into Elite in the first place, a constant source of inspiration).

    Erimus: Distant Worlds (first video series from one of THE great ED explorers and, like Isinona, something that got a lot of us into the game in the first place).

    A new discovery for me, Tikas and some awesome video editing skills.

    Cmdr Alot's Buckyball Sagittarius A* films (four films charting Cmdr Alot's record breaking attempts at the Sagittarius A* run - cool, funny and genuinely thrilling - basically works of insane genius)

    Some absolutely fantastic videos showing off the size of all the different ships (and of the mailslot).

    Nice timelapse using EDSM data to show our slow but inexorable exploration progress throughout the galaxy.

    Flight Assist Off (still probably my all time favourite ED video)

    Official Frontier Ctrl+Alt+Space film competitions
    2015 shortlist (eventual winner was "Rangers of Florin")

    "Strange Worlds" - a superb new fortnightly exploration video series from Cmdr Skoomer
    Elite-Strange-Worlds-A-documented-journey-across-our-galaxy-A-fan-made-Elite-series-WIP (Skoomer)

    "DarkenSpace" - terrific, episodic, story driven video series from Cmdr Draven Darken (n.b. I only picked up on this from episode 7)

    And lastly, a special mention for Cmdr Hugh Mann's epic collection of ED parody songs - pure genius!
    (Thanks to Iron Anode for pointing out this horrific omission from my list).

    Youtube channels, podcasts, etc

    Obsidian Ant (one of the most popular ED Youtubers out there)

    Vindicator Jones (and another)

    Josh Hawkins (and another)

    Lave Radio (absolutely brilliant weekly Elite Dangerous podcast, basically THE Elite Dangerous podcast)

    Escape Velocity (brilliant audio drama set in the ED universe, produced by Lave Radio's Chris Jarvis, now into its 3rd series)

    Radio Sidewinder (essential listening for that long exploration trip)

    Hutton Orbital Radio (official radio/podcast of the Hutton Truckers and essential listening for that long loooong haul out to Hutton Orbital - a station which does NOT sell cheap Anacondas no matter what some people might tell you)

    Pete "we read the news so you don't have to" Wotherspoon's absolutely brilliant Galnet News Digest broadcasts (which are otherwise featured twice weekly on Lave Radio and Hutton Orbital Radio)
    iTunes podcast link
    Plus his fantastic roundup of 3302

    Useful reference lists

    A list of new (as of release 2.2) in-game structures (ships docks, CQC installations, etc)

    Geysers and Fumaroles

    Tourist Beacons

    Earth-like worlds

    List of "strange and wonderous" planets and planetary surface features (somewhat out of date now)

    Permits list

    Discounts on ships & outfitting

    "Grey items" - useless materials and data that you don't need to hang on to

    Complete list of all the Elite Dangerous controls (up to date as of beta 2.3)

    Rare commodities
    CMDR Zoy's Rare Goods Emporium

    USS types (no longer supported)

    Different types of signal source and what you can find in them

    Alternative HUD colours

    Things to try in-game

    Ship and weapon stat's, etc

    Complete stat's on ship speeds (including boost, pitch, roll and yaw performance)

    Weapon damage stat's

    Table of all special effects for weapon engineering and their associated side effects

    Science, Mystery and Lore

    Stuff to do with aliens, barnacles, ancient ruins, the Formidine Rift plus general Elite background lore.

    The big Canonn threadnought (Canonn science is the player group that's heavily involved with all this stuff).
    n.b. posts #1-5 attempt to summarise everything that is known so far.

    Canonn Codex (the official Canonn resource for all things Xeno and beyond)
    Canonn News (and the latest science and mystery news)

    Cmdr masCh KisieL's fantastic interactive list of ancient "Guardian" ruin sites ...

    Vall's wonderful interactive 3D map of all the new Thargoid "base" locations

    Formidine Rift (if you know your Elite lore then you'll know what this is, it's basically heavily influenced by writer Drew Wagar's "Elite: Reclamation" which is now being used to inspire new in-game mysteries including the enigmatic Salome character and a group called the Children of Raxxla)
    n.b. posts #1-5 attempt to summarise everything that is known so far.

    The mystery of the Formidine Rift may be largely solved now but the enigmatic Raxxla remains elusive

    Obsidian Ant's video recap of the alien story so far

    Obsidian Ant's epic history of the Guardians

    Canonn Radio's excellent new video series "The Thargoid Question" which details the timeline of events surrounding the discovery of the Thargoid bases.

    Drew Wagar's background lore document

    Elite lore from Remlok Industries (available in both French and English)

    Misc' other useful and/or interesting links

    The galactic mapping project (everything an explorer could possibly want to know about the Elite Dangerous galaxy is contained in the first 7 posts)

    Nice visual guide to the exploration value of all the different astronomical bodies you can scan

    "Planet identification guide" - handy image showing what the different planet types look like on the HUD (courtesy of Cmdr ColdGlider on reddit)

    Minor faction news and the BGS (Background Simulation)

    And another brilliant guide to the BGS explaining factions, states and how to influence them

    An excellent guide to understanding the sounds made by different planet types in the system map

    HazardousMatt's definitive guide to engineering your ship for exploration

    Colonia connection route map

    Handy flowchart(s) explaining the whys and wherefores of bounties, fines, dormant bounties & legacy fines

    Cool maps of the different planetary city and base layouts

    Cmdr Arithon's beautiful blueprints for all of the Elite Dangerous ships (and more)

    Cmdr Arithon's vector graphics for all of the ED ships

    Fantastic collection of FD licenced Elite Dangerous Windows and Mac desktop icons.

    Elite retro gaming

    Brilliant (if technical) thread by Jackie Silver and Esvandiary describing how galactic co-ordinates relate to individual systems and can even be translated into the system name (and vice versa)

    Old but incredibly detailed and beautifully illustrated thread describing the science of Elite Dangerous

    Really nice thread discussing the many subtle details that have been built into this amazing game.

    NeilF's livestream announcment thread

    Fuel Rats official thread (for tales of rescue and daring do + general Fuel Rat banter)

    Buckyball Racing Club official thread (general race club banter - subscribe to hear about upcoming race news)

    Buckyball Flight Academy (misc' racing tips and tricks)

    Cmdr furrycat's definitive guide to engineering your ship for racing

    The Likedeeler Dangerous guide to the galaxy - Want to learn about Kumbardin soap-carving or the two-for-one liver transplant deals in Raijuhan Yi? Need to know how to feed the seahorses of Bipek and why not to give cigarettes to the Saagerlaken on HIP 277? Then this is the guide for you.
    Warning: the marzipan potatoes of HIP 117883 may contain traces of almond ... and Titanium!

    Other 3rd party sites and tools

    EDDB (brilliant website database for looking up all sort of stuff about systems, commodities, etc)

    ED Shipyard & Coriolis (brilliant websites for experimenting with ship builds and outfitting while out of game)

    Inara (terrific website containing all sorts of information, particularly useful for info to do with engineers)
    Note: Inara's engineer info is pretty out of date at the time of writing so you might find this more accurate

    Elite Dangerous Utilities (find pristine rings, rare commodities, special & interesting star systems, bounty hunting systems and more that are near to you)

    Wavescanner (a nice little website that interactively illustrates the different SRV wavescanner patterns)

    EDbearing (handy tool for calculating a planetary bearing based on your current co-ordinates and those of where you want to get to)

    E.D.I.S.O.N. (tool which uses OCR to read co-ordinates and altitude from screenshots in order to calculate heading and angle of descent required to land at a specific surface co-ordinate, which it then relays to you via text to speach, effectively guiding you in to your landing spot).

    EDRouteManager (cool AutoHotKey utility for multi-stage route plotting)

    Elite Dangerous Neutron Router (excellent tool for plotting routes utilising neutron star FSD boosts where possible)

    ED Pathfinder (cool little utility for locating data points and other materials at planetary settlements - includes detailed maps of each base)

    EDEngineer (very cool utility which provides an in-game overlay to keep track of your engineering requirements)

    Pristine Metalics Distance Calculator (find high yield mining resources near you)

    Exploration Payout Calculator

    An external list of 3rd party tools

    Epic tales of daring do

    Over the years there have been a few really standout tales of epic adventure and/or foolhardy misadventure which I think are worth preserving in one place so that future generations might learn from them and marvel at those who are either unafraid to push the boundaries of galactic endeavour or too damn stubborn to know when to quit. Herein lie their epic tales.

    Cmdr Bomba Luigi gets stranded in his SRV on planet "Wilson" after his ship blows up and he subsequently falls into a very deep dark hole. Numerous commanders spring into action and what ensues over the coming days is still one of THE great Elite Dangerous adventure stories.

    Cmdr Macedonica runs out of Germanium less than 1000ly from Beagle Point. Unable to synthesise any "Jumponium" to get himself out of the galactic cul-de-sac he finds himself in, the future looks bleak. What he didn't excpect was that Cmdr Chiggy Vonrictoffen would travel halfway across the galaxy to mine the necessary materials for him.

    Buckyball racer Cmdr SushiCW loses his ship during what should have been a 30 minute SRV race. Undeterred, he decided to drive to the nearest surface base to get a replacement ship and complete the course. The only problem ... the nearest base was literally on the opposite side of the planet.

    EXO commander Nerth decides to travel to Beagle Point ... the LONG way round ... in a Sidewinder. Seemingly unable to bridge the 200ly gap to his final destination his year long mission appears doomed to failure. Doomed that is until he remembers the story of Cmdr Macedonica (above) and calls for help.

    Commander Neospike ends up with a damaged and unrepairable Fuel Scoop some 3,600ly from civilisation. In the now legendary "Operation Neospike" the Fuel Rats dispatch a team of ships who proceed, over the course of the next 3 days, to relay in excess of 500 fuel limpets back to the commander as he slowly limps back home in his badly damaged ship. All hail the Fuel Rats!

    The Distant Worlds Expedition - around 1000 commanders set out on a 3 month long journey to explore the far side of the galaxy. Quite possibly the single greatest co-operative multiplayer event ever staged in video-gaming history. Lest we forget!
    Distant Worlds Expedition
    Distant Worlds - A journey beyond the Abyss

    Controller accessories, add-ons and other tools to improve the ED experience

    There are now a lot of add-ons (both hardware and software) to enhance the ED experience. Here's a few of my favourites.


    Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas X joystick
    A HOTAS (Hand On Throttle And Stick) joystick is a great way to enhance your ED experience. There are many different joysticks available, the one I (and many others) use is the Thrustmaster T-flight which is absolutely unbeatable value, costing justing £30 on Amazon at the time of writing. It's not the most precise stick in the world (see also "Joystick Curves" below) but is pretty robust and a really good way to start before (maybe) deciding to spend a lot more money on something flashier.

    Additional note on the use of so-called "shift key" buttons to maximise the amount of ED controls you can bind to your stick.

    Originally Posted by Alec Turner View Post (Source)
    Elite allows you to bind button combinations to functions so what you can do is use one or more of the buttons on your joystick as so-called "shift" keys. Generally these don't do anything when pressed by themselves but affect the behaviour of other buttons. For example, on my Thrustmaster T-Flight I have the thumbstick operating my vertical and lateral thrusters when pressed by itself, but if I hold button 5 then they operate my pips, if I hold button 6 they target next/prev ship and next/prev subsystem, if I hold button 7 they operate my various side panels and if I hold button 8 they do miscellenous things (lights, silent running, FA off and galaxy map). As you can see I'm actually using 4 "shift" buttons which gives me an enormous amount of flexibility. To map a button combination you simply go to the control bindings screen, pick the function you want and then hold down the desired button combination.

    TrackIR5 head tracker
    Head tracking devices allow you to use head movements to look around the ED environment (e.g. you can look up to track a ship you're following in combat or look left to enjoy the view of the planet you're flying past). After the joystick it's probably the single best way to enhance your ED experience. The one I use is the NaturalPoint TrackIR5. It's a small device that clips to the top of your monitor and uses IR to track the movement of a small metal frame that you clip on to a baseball cap or similar. I absolutely love it but will admit that it's somewhat expensive. A cheaper alternative is the ED Tracker, created by an ED fan and available either as a kit or ready assembled. (also check out OpenTrack)

    Tobii eye tracking
    Another form of head tracking also worth a mention. Although I haven't had a go it basically works by tracking your eye movements rather than your head movements.


    Voice Attack (brilliant bit of software which allows you to control your ship with macro'd joystick/keyboard bindings and voice commands)

    HCS Voicepacks (add-ons for Voice Attack that adds new voices and characters to your Voice Attack setup)

    Roccat Powergrid (a brilliant utlity that lets you map ED functions to a panel of touch buttons on your tablet or phone)

    Joystick Curves (an excellent utility that allows you to setup response curves to fine-tune the behaviour of your joystick)
    And an excellent video to guide you through setting this up.

    Control bindings reference sheet generator (handy tool for generating a printable reference sheet with all your HOTAS key bindings on it)
    Original forum thread

    Aussiedroid's Enhanced Thrustmaster Warthog script (not being a Warthog user I can't vouch for this personally but it's clearly a thorough and well maintained piece of work which adds a lot of useful features for users of this well loved HOTAS).

    ED Toolbox (a terrific utility for picking up information from the running game such as current system, galnet news, etc) and relaying it into a separate website that you can view on another screen. You can also get data from this website that can be fed into Voice Attack so you can use text to speach to have it read it out to you.

    EDDI (basically the foremost utility for utilising the official player journal in order to add loads of new immersive features to the game)

    Stuff to do with VR

    There's loads of great discussion about using VR to play Elite, these are just a few of my favourite threads.
    (n.b. I'm an Oculus Rift user so I can't really comment on which Vive related threads are best)

    VR newcomer questions, advice and first impressions ...


    Configuration and setup tips ...


    Drkaii's ED Profiler - Drkaii is a prominent ED Youtuber and explorer who's written this great tool for managing multiple Elite profiles (collections of graphics settings, control bindings and HUD colours) that you can switch between at the click of a button (really handy for switching between VR and non-VR play)

    Oculus Tray Tool - a very slick little collection of utilities providing a number of Oculus "tweaks" including supersampling, ASW control and USB power management.

    Rift vs. Vive ...

    Vive-or-rift (1)
    Vive-or-Rift (2)

    So that's settled then, Rift is better .. no wait ... Vive is better ... errr, never mind, they're both awesome!

    Miscellaneous ...

    Note: At the time of writing I haven't tried any of these.

    Using voice attack to dictate text for in-game comms messages, etc.

    Embedding other Windows app's (e.g. web browsers, video players, etc) into your VR display.

    (click banner for guides, hint & tips, reference lists and much much more!)

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    Walt Kerman's "A Guide to Minor Factions and the Background Sim"

    Discussions on Background Sim mechanics
    Turn the Galaxy Green, join the Alliance Elite Diplomatic Corps.

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    Very nice compilation!

    For all your Role Players out there, be sure to check out the RP forum, too. Lots of awesome stories in there.

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    +1 Good stuff, CMDR.

    Some of my own:


    Free and open source software for video recording and live streaming

    Aussiedroid's Enhanced Thrustmaster Warthog Script & Profiles, Including TrackIR

    Today's ED posts
    Main page->Quick Links->Todays Posts

    Fly dangerous, CMDR Macros Black

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    you forgot the solo vs open vs group thread

    I tried to add something useful but i think everything i know is covered...

    scratch that.......

    this may be good for finding stuff on planet surfaces.

    (thanks to RandomLee a chap on another forum for showing me this site)
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    Originally Posted by Mad Mike View Post (Source)
    you forgot the solo vs open vs group thread
    Which iteration?

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    Originally Posted by Jenner View Post (Source)
    Which iteration?
    obviously you start at the start and work through.

    anything else would mean you may miss something important.
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    Nice job, someone's been busy

    Originally Posted by Alec Turner View Post (Source)
    Player written ED Manuals and guides
    That's quite old are we sure it's still up to date?

    Another 3rd party tool thread (quite old but still good)
    That thread has been replaced with the EDCodex tool.

    A couple of threads I find useful:

    Permit list:
    Active Discounts:

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    Originally Posted by MAIN SEQUENCE View Post (Source)
    Nice job, someone's been busy
    Beginnings of a "Trending" section now added.

    That's quite old are we sure it's still up to date?
    It's totally not up to date (I've added a note to that effect) but it's got some great stuff in it nevertheless.

    That thread has been replaced with the EDCodex tool.

    A couple of threads I find useful:

    Permit list:
    Active Discounts:
    Great additions - I'll update the OP.

    Note: I won't add everyone's suggestions to the OP, only stuff I know about personally and can vouch for.

    (click banner for guides, hint & tips, reference lists and much much more!)

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    Added a few more entries to "Trending" (might rename that section), a couple more reference links, a bit of tweaking and removed the note saying I haven't finished yet. I've finished (for now) although I'll continue to maintain and update this.

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    Here's a channel that actually gives good and proven advice:

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    sticky! this is already a great thread.

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    Subskribed. Should be stickied.
    I'll be back with the +1 once I share some around.

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