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


    (banner image courtesy of Qohen Leth)

    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.

    o7



    Trending

    Stuff that's currently catching my eye (last updated 12/12/2017)


    Frontier raise a staggering £53,000+ for charity!
    Frontier's-24-Hour-Charity-Livestream-2017

    Follow Cmdr Aken B. as he attempts to circumnavigate Enceladus/Sol in an SRV and thereby join the ranks of the Planetary Circumnavigation Club.
    X-Marks-The-Spot-quot-A-leisurely-circumnavigation-of-Enceladus

    Watch Hutton Orbital live, anywhere, anytime.
    Stream-Hutton-Orbital-Live-Cam!

    Oculus Dash mean you can now pin your favourite desktop windows right there in your cockpit!
    Oculus-Dash-Home-2-0-Experiences-amp-Tips-Thread

    New Buckyball Race "Land of Hope and Glory" now on! (an SRV race around Dav's hope)
    Buckyball-Racing-Club-presents-Land-of-Hope-and-Glory-(Dec-5-11)

    Always nice to be able to showcase some love on these 'ere forums!
    What-a-wonderful-exciting-and-visually-stunning-game-this-really-is!
    A-worthless-thread-I-admit-but-important-nonetheless

    Hutton mug bobble head anyone? (how about one for Canonn or the Fuel Rats?)
    Petition-to-make-the-hutton-orbital-mug-a-dashboard-decoration-(also-include-a-cannon-mug-with-additional-biscuit)

    Cmdr Iconoclypse has a bad day!
    So-close-So-damn-far

    Type 10 spoiler spoiler!
    type 10 video

    Canonn Science launch Canonnball Run 3 - a 10 day long puzzle solving race ... event ... thing (I don't really know)
    https://canonn.science/news/canonnball-run-3/

    Fancy dinner with the dev's? Feel the need for a chrome Braben bobblehead? Want to give your space cow a big old cow-hide paintjob?
    Frontier-s-Blind-Charity-Auction-for-SpecialEffect

    Beyond focused feedback Engineering threads are up!
    Beyond-Series-Focused-Feedback

    Reactions to Sandro's future plans for engineering (while we wait for the official focused feedback threads to appear)
    Livestream-Beyond-Focused-Feedback-Engineers
    n.b. summary of changes in post #96

    Frontier's 2017 xmas charity livestream!
    Frontier-s-24-Hour-Charity-Livestream-2017

    The physics of Elite: Dangerous (part 2) - Gravity And The Roche Limit
    https://youtu.be/3j4gWZjDV-U

    Ozric's Funny and/or Famous NPC thread
    Funny-or-Famous-NPCs

    The official Elite Dangerous writing contest
    Elite-Dangerous-Writing-Contest-November-2017

    The Distant Worlds II expedition - explore brave new content, seek out anomalies, revamped planetary lighting, textures, and new geological surface features - basically, go where Erimus, Drkaii and 100's of other commanders have been before, but even better ... coming Q4 2018!
    Distant-Worlds-II-Early-Announcement

    Older stuff

    Patch 2.4.08 - AX fighter no longer OP against humans
    Update-2-4-08

    Thanking the good guys!
    Thank-You-Frontier-For-Being-One-Of-The-Good-Guys

    Daft ED mistakes thread #297 (but you can never have enough "learning from others mistakes" threads right?)
    That-moment-when-you-realized

    How do you play and why do you play? (some nice posts here)
    How-do-you-play-ED-and-what-do-you-want-from-it

    Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Hutton, Conda!
    elite-dangerous-pilot-falls-for-free-ship-prank

    The Cult of Cowbell!
    Return-of-the-Cowbell!

    INRA base #10 found (and it leads to a further discovery)
    INRA-Base-Discoveries

    A neat guide to profitable bubble exploration
    The-Bubble-Explorer

    Any colour you like ... as long as it's black ... Midnight Black!
    Black-Friday-Midnight-skins

    INRA base #9 found?
    INRA-Base-Discoveries

    A deep dive into the Thargoid Swarm
    Discovery-Scanner-2-Bringing-a-Thargon-Swarm-to-Life-with-Mark-Allen

    STOP PRESS! SDC have done something that appears to be gaining fairly widespread approval! :-O
    SDC-Presents-Crime-and-Punishment

    Commander achieves triple Elite ... IN A SIDEWINDER!
    Triple-Elite-in-a-Sidewinder

    OK - more than unconfirmed rumour now ... Basilisk variant red Thargoids are HERE!
    NHSS-6-in-Electra

    New AX Taipain Fighter
    AX-Taipan

    New Buckyball Race to celebrate the 2nd birthday of Polish player group The Winged Hussars!
    BRC-TWH-present-Hermaszewski-Celebration-Race

    Please excuse the shameless self promotion but I'm doing this! (for charity too) - UPDATE - it is done! (but the fundraising page is still open)
    Circumnavigating-a-planet

    New YouTube series from the ever wonderful Ghost Giraffe
    1980-s-Themed-Cop-Show-set-in-Elite-Dangerous

    New deep dive "Discovery Scanner" livestream series from Frontier Developments proves incredibly popular
    Discovery-Scanner-1-Creating-a-Galaxy-with-Dr-Anthony-Ross

    Sandy is looking for focused feedback for the "Beyond" series, specifically (at the moment) in the area of Crime & Punishment
    Beyond-Series-Focused-Feedback

    Un-official ED poetry
    Elite-Poetry

    Landing your ship like a boss! (or maybe not)
    I-can-land-my-ship-better-then-anyone

    Xbox One X ... it's official!
    Xbox-One-X-Support

    More INRA base(s) found!
    INRA-Base-Discoveries #7
    INRA-Base-Discoveries #8

    MadRaptor's terrific collection of panoramic and 360° ED screenshots
    Panoramics & 360's

    Clear save, make money, win the 1hr challenge! (note: players clear save at their own risk - you will lose EVERYTHING!)
    The-One-Hour-Challenge

    My name is Alec Turner and I'm an Elite addict (but at least I'm not un-happy). Thanks Bran, admitting I have a problem is the first step to recovery.
    Question-of-the-week-Are-you-an-Elite-addict-or-just-un-happy

    It's a bit early but ... ship build tips for DWE2
    Ship-build-for-DWE2

    Unexplained mysteries of the galaxy (and some explanations)
    Things-in-the-game-you-ve-always-wondered-about

    Just wanted to showcase this terrific video from Cmdr Phoebia - "Crematoria" (landing on Skardee 1)




    Better late than never - a thread with all the expo talks linked into it - highly recommended
    Talks-from-the-Expo-now-on-youtube

    Halloween decals and bobbleheads now available in the Frontier store!
    Spooky!!!!

    New Guardians "bubble" has been discovered 21kly from Sol
    Guardians-Discussions (1st set of 3 new ruins discovered)
    Guardians-Discussions (2nd set of 3 new ruins discovered)

    Issue 02 of Sagittarius Eye magazine ("Aegis") is out now!
    http://www.sagittariuseyes.com/galactic-magazine.html

    New INRA bases discovered! (well worth a tour - visit them in order!)
    INRA-Base-Discoveries (thread now sticky, OP contains full list)
    INRA-is-ingame (thread re-named, link now points to 2nd discovery, more follow fairly quickly thereafter)
    Old-INRA-base-discovery

    "Frontier Developments has launched a Kickstarter UK project Elite: Dangerous"
    It-s-Been-Five-Years-Since-The-Elite-Dangerous-Kickstarter-Was-Launched

    The scale of the galaxy that FD have created is bigggg! (but smallll minded people fixate on the meaning of "sandbox")
    It-s-a-BIGGGG-sandbox!

    Ignore the provocative title - this is an interesting discussion on the conflict between individual players actions on the BGS and "hand of god" interventions from FD for the purposes of a CG
    It-s-official-now-The-Devs-don-t-care-at-all-for-BGS-player-groups

    Commanders get squashed in a massive planet sandwich!
    Exploration-When-worlds-colide

    Rejoice! - there's a new Isinona video.
    Isinona-has-a-new-video-out!

    [bump! this discussion is going from strength to strength]
    Discussion on planet surface tech and whether Frontier will be able to get close to their FX17 concept art
    Frontier-is-really-capable-to-truly-change-the-face-of-the-planets-in-2018

    As my bobbleheads currently say ... "Now What". Here are some suggestions.
    What-are-you-doing-in-Elite

    More FX17 stuff - first an epic episode of Lave Radio jam packed full of interviews and discussion
    LAVE-RADIO-A-podcast-about-Elite-Dangerous
    And also a livestream from Frontier with Ed and Adam refelecting on the expo
    Livestream-Reflecting-on-Frontier-Expo-and-Let-s-Play-tonight-(12-10)-at-7PM-BST

    There's going to be purchasable "premium content" in the "Beyond" roadmap as well as the free stuff!
    PSA-Not-sure-if-anyone-spotted-this-but-a-dev-has-confirmed-there-will-be-paid-content-as-well-as-the-free-stuff

    Controversy over discovery of abandoned INRA base
    96-hours-to-locate-a-base-SHENANIGANS!!!!

    Obsidian Ant's YouTube channel hits 100k subscribers!
    Congrats-Obsidian-Ant-100k-subs-on-youtube

    New Buckyball Race on now (until Sunday 29th)
    Buckyball-Racing-Club-presents-Yggdrasil-(21-29-October-3303)

    The forum ... on the subject of ... the forum.
    Would-the-game-be-better-without-this-forum

    Post FX17 summaries, feedback, etc
    FX-17-Feedback
    Frontier-Expo-2017-Recap
    Interesting-stuff-of-FX17-livestream-in-pictures
    Elite-Dangerous-Roadmap-Summary
    Useful-Info-from-Frontier-Expo-about-Thargoid-and-Upcoming-Content-Video-Screenshot
    Exploration-changes-for-2018-per-the-Frontier-Expo
    FX17-Founders-Pass-Loot-Review
    FX17-content
    A-Feedback-Letter-to-FDev-After-the-Expo
    Official-Frontier-Expo-Streaming-Schedule (a good source of links for catching up on the livestreams)
    A-huge-thank-you-from-Hutton-Orbital-to-everyone-who-came-by-our-stand-at-Frontier-Expo

    New Buckyball Race has one more week to go!
    Buckyball-Racing-Club-presents-Fat-Tony-s-Festival-of-Racing-(30-September-15-October-3303)

    Pre Expo chat.
    Frontier-Expo-October-7-2017!
    Frontier-Expo-2017-Is-there-enough-space
    ED-commanders-at-FX
    Frontier-Expo-ED-Speculation
    #FX 2017 Buckyball Run - first one back gets to name their own star system!

    Mixed 2.4 feedback
    I-like-2-4-The-hate-is-sad
    2-4-overwhelmingly-a-good-job-overall-imo

    Megaships on the move and the lair of pirate lord Luca has been discovered!
    Ship-docks-CQC-structures-and-other-new-in-game-assets
    (relevant links all in the last few posts)

    Gang of "youths" surround Thargoid, beat it to death (repeatedly) and video it for lolz.
    How-to-Insta-Kill-a-Thargoid

    Don't forget, if you're an explorer out in the black, it's probably not too late to sign up for Alex and furrycat's galactic repair service!
    RAT-Repair-And-Tour-Do-you-need-repairs-after-2-4

    Thargoid ship from 1984 discovered!
    DISCOVERY-new-Unknown-Ship-(crashed)-Hip-17125-A-3-A-65-8193-48-8662

    A genuine, heart felt, thumbs up review of 2.4 and FD's handling of the Thargoids! (which I'm show-casing here because it's such a breath of fresh air)
    Ok-Frontier-It-s-time-to-talk

    Nailbiting stuff ... right down to the final gasp!
    my-best-7-minutes-and-30-seconds-in-4-years-of-Elite-should-you-take-thargoid-cargo

    "Hi guys and girls and welcome to Obsidian Orbital"
    ObsidianAnt-s-Cameo

    Well at least Alec's Best of the forum thread hasn't moved!
    Forum-Downtime-Evening-of-Sept-25-into-morning-of-the-26th
    Forum-Upgrade

    Fancy racing SRVs around planetary bases? Buckyball Road Rally Racing starts October 1st 3303!
    BRC-Road-Rally-Racing-Season-1-Oct-Dec-3303

    Magnificent new wall poster charting all the major Elite: Dangerous exploration expeditions
    Expeditions-In-Elite-Dangerous-A-Visual-History-Printable-Tribute-Poster

    Borked Gnosis jump
    Seems-the-Gnosis-latest-jump-has-gone-so-well

    Patch notes for 2.4.02
    2-4-The-Return-Update-2-4-02-Downtime-scheduled

    Galnet closes its doors on the community for the time-being
    GalNet-postponing-Community-Submissions

    Awesome 3rd person wing vs. Thargoid video




    Old timers roll call!
    How-many-people-are-still-around-from-the-very-beginning

    Love 'em or loath 'em - The SDC have shown it can be done.
    THARGOID-DOWN

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

    216,340,414,463 CR to kill 24 pirates? Even Jabba the Hut wouldn't pay that much!
    Issue-with-extremely-inflated-mission-rewards!
    Mission-payout-a-bit-high

    #EDMEME competition
    You-like-memes-You-like-the-chance-to-win-ingame-goodies-Participate-in-the-EDMeme-contest!

    Patch day humour
    Unofficial-Release-Schedule
    Humour-Guess-The-Instant-Death-Bug-For-2-4

    Finally! Clothing for those of us who don't look good in lycra (me? I look sexy as heck in Lycra ... but some of you, well you know who you are).
    No-more-flying-around-in-underwear-and-socks-new-outfits-for-CMDRs-in-the-store

    It's 2.4 patch day!
    Elite-Dangerous-2-4-The-Return-Server-Downtime-(26-09-17)
    Patch-Notes-WHOOP!-(not-really)
    2-4-The-Return-Patch-Notes

    Bran calls on humanity to stand together!
    Humans-First

    Colin "Phoenix D'Lave Radio" Ford's filthy short stories always leave me satisfied!
    Dirty-Work-Based-on-the-Palin-Missions

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

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

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

    Cmdr Relient Owl captures some absolutely stunning footage of an escaping Thargoid ship.
    Alien-archeology-and-other-mysteries-Thread-10-The-Canonn

    Get yourself or your group featured in Frontier social media!
    Featured-Commanders-Application

    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!
    Claim-to-Fame-Infamy-Compilation

    And the result of a survey with some more stat's on the galaxy's most favourite.
    The-Galaxy-s-Best-Favourite-Most-Famous

    Frontier post official summary of the pre-2.4 lore livestream
    Livestreams-Pre-2-4-Lore-Stream-Summary

    Final word from Sandro concerning bounties and Powerplay in 2.4
    PFB-Ship-Rebuy-Penalty-and-Powerplay

    Lots of hubub around the 2.4 Retaliation cinematic and teaser trailer videos
    Elite-Dangerous-2-4-The-Return-Release-Date
    OMG-Thargoid-Cinematic-was-ACE!
    New-Teaser-Trailer-for-2-4
    2-4-teaser-trailer
    2-4-Teaser
    Your-reaction-to-the-2-4-Commander-Chronicles-Video

    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 ..
    I-need-to-find-Stations-insanely-close-to-landable-bodies
    And now we have operation Daedalus ..
    srv_to_station_operation_daedalus

    Epic and/or hilarious videos of docking and launching!
    Docking-Fails-and-Successes

    Another nice thread about all the little details that make ED great.
    I-really-like-Elite-Dangerous-and-here-s-some-of-why-(please-feel-free-to-add-your-own)

    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
    Road-Rally-Racing
    ATTENTION-PS4-CMDRS!!-new-racing-league-attempt

    EDDI under new management
    EDDI-Windows-app-for-immersion-and-more

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

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

    An EXO commanders epic year long galactic circumnavigation to Beagle Point in a Sidewinder is over!
    After-a-year-s-trekking-and-an-epic-rescue-I-finally-made-it-to-Beagle-Point-in-my-Sidewinder!

    Explorer? Damaged ship? Need repair? Call Alex Brentnall!
    RAT-Repair-And-Tour-Do-you-need-repairs-after-2-4

    New Buckyball Race on now (until September 10th)
    Buckyball-Racing-Club-presents-The-Lion-s-Back-(2-10-September-3303)

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

    2.4 beta is now over, now we wait!
    Elite-Dangerous-2-4-Open-Beta-now-over

    Patch notes for 2.4 beta 3 (and Sandy clarifies some stuff about Pilot's Federation bounties vs. PowerPlay)
    2-4-The-Return-Open-Beta-Update-3
    More from Sandy on rebuy penalty and powerplay
    PFB-Ship-Rebuy-Penalty-and-Powerplay
    ... and ...
    Path notes for 2.4 beta 4
    2-4-The-Return-Open-Beta-Update-4

    Ma-gic, Mo-ments, mem'ries we've been shaaaaring! (here's to 2018)
    The-official-Lavecon-2017-photos-are-up!

    Elite Racers stage series of live race events throughout September
    Elite-Racers-present-the-Redux-Series!-(26-08-3303-30-09-3303)

    Themadoll's valient/insane (delete as appropriate) attempt to get an SRV inside a space station (STOP PRESS - he did it!)
    I-need-to-find-Stations-insanely-close-to-landable-bodies

    David Braben and Gabe Newell duke it out!
    Gabe-Newell-VS-David-Brabem

    Lave Radio just wanted a place to leave their socks ... and now people are using words like "tyrany"!
    LAVE-RADIO-A-podcast-about-Elite-Dangerous
    YOU-can-decide-the-fate-of-Lave
    Tyrany-Has-a-New-Face-in-Lave
    Sap-Core-Legion-Official-stance-on-Lave

    We all thought it would be Jurassic Park. It's Jurassic Park. Debate over? Not on your nelly, it's barely begun. RAWR!
    New-movie-based-FD-game-in-development-guess-the-franchise!
    FRONTIER-ANNOUNCES-JURASSIC-WORLD-EVOLUTION
    Jurassic-World-Evolution-Announcement-Trailer
    Annnd-it-s-official-Let-s-discuss-the-(probable)-good-and-bad
    Jurassic-Park-in-ED
    Jurassic-Park-is-the-new-game-by-Frontier-Developments!!!!!!!

    grab a coffee, the 2.4 changelog is out!
    Elite-Dangerous-2-4-Closed-Beta-available-to-download-now-(changelog)

    Farewell to Bran Tse Mallory
    Farewell-CMDR-s-Until-we-meet-again-somewhere-in-the-black!

    broondog's terrific pictorial tour of the various different station types currently appearing in the galaxy
    Unique-Station-Tour-of-the-Galaxy-(Pic-Heavy)

    A salient warning from a burnt out player on the dangers of Quince and the lure of the easy win.
    A-tale-and-a-Warning-to-ALL!

    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)
    Elite-Dangerous-Mega-Survey-Results

    Commanders share their experiences playing Elite on a variety of early home computers
    My-Experience-With-The-Elite-Franchise

    Immovable beacons, healing lasers and a flagrant disregard for Newton's first law!
    Monday-Madness!-The-science-of-Elite-or-things-that-make-you-go-Hmm

    Bobbleplanets!
    How-longs-have-Planets-of-Sol-Bobbleheads-been-in-the-store-and-why-did-no-one-tell-me-!

    Wonderful video by majesky84
    My time with Elite Dangerous

    Player run Alliance Combine Party takes control of permit locked Federation system Ross 128
    Since-a-lot-of-people-complain-about-the-game-not-telling-you-of-stuff-happening-I-thought-I-d-let-you-know-the-Federation-lost-a-permit-system
    Federation-under-threat-We-need-Federal-aligned-Commanders-to-liberate-Ross-128-from-the-clutches-of-the-Alliance

    Zarek Null in da house fo shizzle!
    Best-Elite-Dangerous-rap-video-ever-(original-song)

    Are the Unknown structures growing?
    Alien-bases-grow-With-an-important-update-at-Page-4

    Buck Rogers in the 34th Century! (awesome video)
    Finally-found-a-use-for-my-Adder-Sort-of!
    From the maker of "Elite Dangerous does Buck Rogers", DRX's Del Tarrant releases another fantastic new video!
    My-Latest-Video-quot-Elite-Dangerous-DRX-The-Thargoid-Menace
    And another ... all aboard the Love Boat!
    DRX-has-the-solution-to-the-Galactic-Power-Struggle-(Video)

    Brett C says "Details: Soon".
    So-about-2-4
    Sandro says "NO ETA, NO GUARANTEE."
    Explorers-would-you-consider-giving-up-on-the-infinite-honk-for
    But also ...
    Explorers-would-you-consider-giving-up-on-the-infinite-honk-for

    Frontier announces the "special event"!
    Frontier-Expo-October-7-2017!

    Attention VR fence sitters - Oculus + Touch for $399!
    For-those-on-the-VR-fence-Oculus-Rift-Touch-now-399!!!-(Similar-to-Warthog-HOTAS)
    The-Rift-is-on-sale-for-399

    New Buckyball "Prison Brake" race on now (until 13 August)
    Buckyball-Racing-Club-Presents-Prison-Brake-(07-08-3303-13-08-3303)

    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**)
    Hot-damn!-Slipstream-for-Eagle-iEagle-amp-Courier-may-be-the-best-skins-ever!

    Buckyball Race "Armed and Dangerous" reaches its mid-point and has attracted a whole host of new racers!
    Buckyball-Racing-Club-presents-Armed-and-Dangerous-(22-30-July-3303)

    Braben's "vision" vs. FD's "reality"
    Braben's-Vision-and-It's-Implications

    Fuel Rats hits 30,000 rescues!
    Out-of-Fuel-Explorer-Rescue-Service-The-Fuel-Rats
    Plus a new "Rat Tale" from TartanDragon
    A-Rats-Tales

    Little bit late with this one but ... Chiggy Von Rictoffen to the rescue ... again!
    Well-it-finally-happened-to-me-I-m-stuck

    RollingStone magazine interviews David Braben!
    Elite-in-Rollingstone-magazine

    SLOW DOWN is NOT a command!
    SLOW-DOWN
    Change-Slow-down-message-to-some-other-gravity-indication
    In-all-my-time-playing-Elite-I-never-knew-about-this?

    Patch notes!
    Update-2-3-11

    Overshooting your supercruise approach seems to be a popular discussion topic at the moment!
    In-all-my-time-playing-Elite-I-never-knew-about-this
    THE-LOOP-OF-SHAME

    A grand total of 208 alien "base" sites! Damn, we're in a tight spot!
    https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showth...=1#post5693609

    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
    A-Rats-Tales

    SadSky <3 David
    My-love-letter-to-David-Braben-and-to-FD

    Dognosh's guide to solving the Ancient Guardian Ruins mission (and earning 201,000,000 credits in the process!)
    ANCIENT-GUARDIANS-MISSION-GUIDE(Step-by-Step)-201-M-Cr

    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.
    It-s-alright-I-can-laugh-about-it-now-(an-alien-base-adventure)

    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)
    Thargoid-Base!
    Well-this-is-happening
    So-how-many-of-you-CMDRs-have-gone-on-a-Thargoid-egg-shooting-spree-at-the-new-site
    Thargoid-base-found-!

    Bran Tse Mallory - You V The Weekend
    You-V-The-Weekend-Tell-us-Everything-NOW!

    New engine colours now in the store
    Store-Update-Ooooo-Engine-Colours!
    And new name plates too
    New-nameplates-and-engine-colors-in-store

    The fastest man in the galaxy is, once again, the fastest man in the galaxy
    Buckyball-Racing-Club-presents-The-A*-Challenge

    Draw Wagar's "Elite Premonition" eBook is out!
    https://www.drewwagar.com/elite-dang...s-premonition/

    New Buckyball Race "Double Action Jackson" starts 1st July
    Buckyball-Racing-Club-presents-Double-Action-Jackson-(01-07-3303-09-07-3303)

    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?)
    Update-2-3-10

    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)
    Lavecon-2017-what-will-we-get
    Lavecon-2017
    Frontier-are-awesome!
    Alec-s-collected-thoughts-from-the-forum-(and-elsewhere)

    "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)
    Lavecon-2017-what-will-we-get

    Zulu Romeo (Haji Ahamat) wins the internet with his collection of Ye Olde Elite: Dangerovs images
    YE-OLDE-ELITE-DANGEROVS

    Mischief Managed!
    Community-Update-Engineer-Exploit-Action-Taken

    Michael Brooks bids the Elite team a fond farwell
    A-big-thanks-to-you-all!

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

    It's Lavecon time!
    Lavecon-2017

    People actually enjoying the game? It's an outrage!
    Go-stuff-yourselves-I-m-enjoying-the-game

    Bret who?
    Bret-C

    Never drink and fly folks!
    Why-flying-drunk-while-attempting-a-multicrew-selfie-in-an-ice-field-is-a-bad-idea

    Excellent dramatisation of the events surrounding "The Return" courtesy of Phoenix_Dfire
    The-Return-(A-Dramatic-account-of-the-Live-Stream-13-06-2017)

    Don't want to fight the Thargoids? What else might we do?
    Ways-in-which-a-Thargoid-War-could-provide-content-for-ALL-players-not-just-combat-pilots
    Or maybe just write them an open letter?
    Bran's Open-Letter-to-the-Thargoids
    Also ... CAVES and frickin' EGG SACKS!
    2-new-articles-about-ED-on-E3-2017

    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!
    Important-Things-I-Learned-about-Elite-Dangerous-at-E3-2017-Including-Atmospheric-Planet-Landings

    XBOX finally gets a HOTAS joystick!
    New-Thrustmaster-T-Flight-HOTAS-One!

    At last, we can finally call a spade Thargoid a spade Thargoid!
    https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showth...2-4-The-Return

    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)
    E3-Community-Event-Livestream-Schedule

    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
    My-visit-to-Frontier-Developments-and-the-Future-of-the-Game

    Best bug report ever!
    You-absolute-*-I-m-REALLY-ENJOYING-this-game!

    New long distance Buckyball race (Nebulocity) now on (runs until 18th June)
    The-BRC-presents-a-Race-for-Long-Range-Ships-Nebulocity-(3-18-June-3303)

    Flower ships and Barnacles!
    Alien-ship-on-ground-at-barnacle-spotted!!!

    Season 3 to focus on core gameplay, existing features, quality of life and other improvements!
    Elite-Dangerous-2-4-and-beyond

    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:
    Suggestion-Exploration-Development-a-Galaxy-of-Possibilities
    Post-2-4-Core-Gameplay-Improvements-Exploration
    Just-a-list-of-what-should-be-done-since-FD-wants-to-focus-on-improving-existing-content-Add-your-own-points!
    What-small-QoL-changes-would-be-handly-in-2-4
    The-QoL-List
    What-improvements-to-the-core-gameplay-would-you-like-after-2-4
    Explorers-wishlist-for-2-4-and-beyond
    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.
    many-many-hours-played-Noob-moment

    Controlling the SRV (Skidding Recalcitrant Vehicle)
    Question-Best-way-to-control-your-SRV

    An overly "negative" forum poster take a step back for a moment.
    I-m-too-negative

    BREAKING NEWS! Hyperdictions INSIDE the bubble!
    Alien-archeology-and-other-mysteries-Thread-9-The-Canonn

    Around the galaxy in 38 days!
    Everyday-is-like-"Someday"-a-Galactic-Circumnavigation

    New "Candy Crew" 67km SRV Rally (23rd - 28th May 3303)
    Candy-Crew-Guild-presents-the-Candyball-Rally-of-Plutarch!

    CTRL + ALT + SPACE 2017
    CTRL-ALT-SPACE-Elite-Dangerous-Film-Competition-2017
    And the winners are ...
    CTRL-ALT-SPACE-2017-Film-Competition-the-winners

    Title says it all really
    Open-mode-is-a-lot-of-fun-Wish-I-had-done-it-earlier

    First timer stories of rookie mistakes and silly events!
    New-Comer

    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-Racing-Club-presents-The-Aquarian-Job-(06-05-3303-14-05-3303)

    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.
    The-Aquarian-Job-quot-goes-badly-wrong-How-I-lost-a-ship-mid-race-but-am-still-in-the-running

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

    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
    Salome-has-been-killed
    One-thing-is-clear-after-Drew-Wagar-s-event
    Re-The-Salome-Incident-Coroner-s-Enquiry
    Ars-Technica's-"Salome-Event"-Article-what-do-you-think
    Kudos-cmdr-Harry-Potter-and-the-SDC-Salome's-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).
    support3rdparty-Why-we-temporarily-shut-down-our-sites

    Oh what the hell ... "Rock 'n' Roll - let's all have a pear thank the dev's"
    Cmdr-s-please-join-me-in-thanking-the-Devs

    24
    What-have-you-achieved-in-the-last-24-hours

    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.
    In-game-event-coming-up
    STOP PRESS - OFFICIAL EVENT DETAILS!
    The-Premonition-End-Game-Event-29th-April-3303

    Help Drew decide what to do on the 29th STOP PRESS - 29th is a GO!
    Event-on-the-29th-of-April-Feedback-sought

    Make you're ship look like a Reaver ship (SPIKES!)
    Spiky-additions-to-Ships

    Salt has been mined, update 2.3.01 is here!
    Update-2-3-01

    2.3.01 discussion - a bit salty but what the hell
    Elite-Dangerous-2-3-01-bug-fixes-update-coming-early-May

    .. alternatively, if you like your popcorn sweet ..
    I-love-Elite

    New Race from Buckyball founder ElectricZ now on over! (or ... "how to earn over 2000CR/second")
    Buckyball-Racing-Club-Presents-Heavy-Metal

    Lots of more love for the game over here ...
    Positive-Elite-Thread

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

    Owners of stupid ship names need not apply!
    Clever-ship-names-you-re-proud-of

    Do you remember the first time?
    your-first-death-in-ED

    IT'S HERE!
    Elite-Dangerous-2-3-The-Commanders-Incoming
    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.
    2-3-The-Commanders-Changelog

    Nice interview with THE ARCHITECT!
    david-braben-elite-dangerous-ps4-interview

    Hurrah, someone actually likes the game!
    I-like-the-game

    What's your idea of fun?
    What-is-fun-to-*you*-in-ED

    A tale of Modular Terminals brilliantly written by DNA-Decay.
    My-Terrifying-Experience-In-Open-(or-how-I-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-Modular-Terminals)

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

    Make Bran laugh for comic relief!
    You-V-The-Weekend-Comic-Relief-%E2%80%93-Elite-style!

    Anaconda fails to follow SLFs high speed manoeuvres with truly disastrous consequences!
    Well-I-think-this-is-officially-the-worst-night-I-ve-ever-had

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

    What's in a name? - well, money apparently. EZ argues the case against.
    The-financial-argument-for-free-universal-ship-names
    ... STOP PRESS ... pitchforks down everyone!
    Ship-naming-and-Name-Plates-how-it-will-work

    2.3 Q&A part 2
    Elite-Dangerous-2-3-Beta-Q-amp-A-Part-2-Tuesday-21st-March-7PM-Your-Questions-Needed

    Superb video (with zero combat) lures another commander into the world of Elite: Dangerous
    New-to-Elite-and-wanted-to-share-the-video-that-got-me-to-buy-the-game!

    One small vote for Elite: Dangerous one giant vote for Cmdr Ryder (cast your vote now and make someone VERY happy)
    Commanders-I-really-need-your-help!

    Rejoice - Isinona is back!
    FYI-Isinona

    Commander drives SRV so fast that he literally bounces into orbit!
    How-fast-can-you-get-an-SRV-to-go

    Truly stunning images - if these don't make it to the newsletter I'll eat my hat! (they didn't ... chomp chomp eurgh)
    A-vision-of-how-planets-could-look-in-Elite-Warning-Contains-graphic-content!

    Superb combat video using the new camera suite
    Wow-just-Wow-this-new-camera-capability!!

    List of Sandro's Q&A answers from the 2nd PAX livestream
    Sandro-2-3-Q-amp-A-Summary

    Warning: contains horrifically fugly human visages ... and their avatar counterparts (baddum tish)
    Elitemeet-and-Hutton-present-the-quot-Holo-me-Holo-you-AHA!-quot-competition

    Get your 2.3 Q&A questions in early! (now with added answers)
    QUESTIONS-WANTED-Elite-Dangerous-2-3-Q-amp-A-Livestreams

    Discussion of the new ED trailer shown at PAX
    Just-saw-the-new-trailer-WOW!

    Beta 2.3 patch 2.01 (Leeloo Dallas - MUL-TEE-CREW!)
    2-3-Beta-Update-2-01

    Beta 2.3 patch 2 is out (but multi-crew still isn't)
    2-3-Beta-Update-2

    Bran Tse Mallory posts a new thread ... and people take it quite seriously! (warning: contains dementors!)
    What-would-it-take-to-stop-you-playing-Elite

    The beta 2.3 changelog is out and it's a MONSTER!
    2-3-The-Commanders-Beta-Changelog

    The beta is out (but multi-crew isn't)
    The-Commanders-2-3-Beta-Incoming-(w-Important-News)

    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)
    Buckyball-Racing-Club-presents-Tunnel-Vision-(25-02-3303-06-03-3303)

    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)
    The-Open-v-Solo-v-Groups-thread-IV-Hotel-California

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

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

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

    Surprisingly good-natured and enjoyable read about how people are earning their credits
    CMDR-Your-earnings-today-and-how-you-made-it

    The forum in musical form! :D
    Frontier-Forums-The-Musical

    Does "blocking" another player prevent you from instancing with them? (from what I've read so far ... nobody knows for sure)
    Myth-Busting-Does-quot-Blocking-quot-Another-Player-Stop-Them-Instancing-With-You

    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.
    On-the-Horizon-2-3-The-Commanders-Beta-Livestreams
    2-3-Livestream-Summary-with-timestamps
    2-3-Multicrew-Stream-Rough-Summary

    Season 2 has been great.
    It-s-impressive-when-you-think

    Procedural cities! (bad thread title, terrific content)
    How-stupid-can-one-be

    #HairGate - nearly 1000 posts about long hair ... LOL!
    A-Final-Plea-to-Frontier-for-Longer-Hairstyles

    Colonia Olympics!
    The-Colonia-Citizens-Network-is-proud-to-announce-the-Colonia-Olympics-3303

    Which ships support what multi-crew options?
    Basic-Multi-Crew-Summary

    Link to brilliant article on Mr Braben
    Elite-Dangerous-in-the-Media-thread

    Thread with some lengthy and quite interesting posts on the subject of "Content" and "Gameplay".
    Please-define-"content"-and-"gameplay"

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

    Frontier licence rights to "enduring movie franchise of global renown" for their 3rd game (alongside Elite and Planet Coaster)
    New-movie-based-FD-game-in-development-guess-the-franchise!

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

    An actual bloomin' honest to goodness dev update courtesy of the beige cowboy!
    2-3-Dev-Update

    The official 2.3 dev update mud-slinging contest!
    2-3-dev-update-feedback-mega-thread

    And, as a counterpoint to that, some positive spin on 2.3 (at least until the mud slingers get wind of this thread)
    In-light-of-the-2-3-negativity-I-just-want-reflect-my-thoughts-on-ED

    Dan and Dean are Elite Dangerous Noobs (don't ask!)
    paid_5_quid_for_these_two_guys_to_call_my_mates

    Conflux data held to ransom in epic player generated roleplay drama!
    https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showth...=1#post5114955

    A thread of all the "exploration lacks gameplay" threads.
    Hey-Frontier-is-it-just-me-or-do-you-get-the-sense-that-exploration-needs-some-love

    Decoding the ancient ruins (more ancient ruins)
    NEW-Mission-Decoding-the-Anciant-Ruins
    Frontier-Serious-Question-on-the-Alien-Puzzle-Is-it-broken

    Jackie Silver's galactic feature map
    Jackie-s-Map

    First contact (more alien interdictions)
    First-contact-today!

    Extraordinary forest of weird "brain trees" discovered!
    A-Trip-Through-the-Space-Trees!

    Cool imgur album of player created gameplay concept images (one for the devs to check out maybe!)
    A-year-worth-of-Elite-photoshop-concepts!





    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 some of these are bloomin' obvious, it's often hard to tell.


    Subscriptions

    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 http://imgur.com/ 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 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.

    Preferences

    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.

    Following Frontier developer posts

    When someone from Frontier posts in the forum you'll see the folowing icon in the top-right corner of their post.



    You can click on this to step through each subsequent Frontier post within the same forum thread.

    Oh, and if you want to see all recent posts by the Frontier dev's (and other key figures) then you can use the following link.
    https://elitedevtracker.com/




    Manuals, guides and other stuff for new players

    What is Elite: Dangerous? (cmdr shadragon's excellent writeup for the PS4 community)
    What-You-Need-To-Know-About-Elite-Dangerous-Before-You-Buy-It-On-PS4

    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 ---
    The cake-is-a-lie comprehensive beginner’s guide to Elite: Dangerous
    Superb-new-Pilots-Manual-from-the-Exodus-Coalition
    Cmdr David Winter's truly brilliant "Guide for Almost Everything"
    Elite-Dangerous-Pilot-s-Guide-Manual-Tutorial-Help (note: this is REALLY old but has some great technical backstory and early concepts for the game)
    --- Mining ---
    The-popular-guide-to-mining
    --- Planetary Landing ---
    The-popular-guide-to-planetary-landings
    --- PowerPlay ---
    A-Lazy-Commander-s-Guide-to-Powerplay
    --- Exploration ---
    Nutter's-explorers-guide-to-the-Galaxy
    The-Popular-Guide-to-Exploration
    Travelling-to-Sagittarius-A*-for-New-CMDR's
    Travelling-to-the-Pleiades
    --- Ships and Outfitting ---
    Beginners-Guide-to-Ship-building-and-Outfitting
    --- Bounty Hunting ---
    BEGINNERS-GUIDE-TO-BOUNTY-HUNTING

    Jon Potts' collected series of infographics including many of the things featured elsewhere in this thread but all gathered together in a single IMGUR album (an incredibly rich source of information)
    New Cmdrs Welcome Pack

    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)
    Foundation-The-Exploration-Portal

    Drew Wagar's Lore Primer (aimed at bringing PS4 players up to speed but a good read whatever platform you happen to be on)
    https://www.drewwagar.com/lore/elite...w-lore-primer/

    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).
    ED-TIPS-and-TRICKS-FOR-NEW-PLAYERS
    Helping-a-friend-get-started-tips
    Your-Best-Elite-Dangerous-Tips-Wanted-Welcome-the-PS4-Players
    Useful-tips-for-new-players
    New-player-here-any-advice-tips-would-be-welcome
    The-"Small-Questions-that-don-t-Deserve-their-own-Thread"-Thread
    Tips-for-a-new-player
    New-Player-Tips-from-an-Old-Pro
    Little-helpful-facts-Did-you-know-that
    Day-0-A-guide-for-brand-new-commanders
    Words-of-Wisdom-(1-per-account)
    The-1001newbie-tips-thread

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

    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.)
    New-Video-Series-Starting-from-Scratch

    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!
    Welcome-to-the-Frontier-Forums-Pop-in-and-introduce-yourself

    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.
    What-have-you-achieved-in-the-last-24-hours

    And another nice positive thread (rather old now but still worth turning to when the general mood on the forum is getting you down).
    A-Positive-Thread-WHAT-DO-YOU-LOVE-ABOUT-ELITE-DANGEROUS

    Looking for a group to join?
    I-m-looking-for-a-group!

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



    Regular newsletters, magazines, blogs, etc

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

    "The Outpost" - excellent fan produced weekly newsletter by "Remlok Industries" (available in both French and English) - 84 issues and counting
    http://remlok-industries.fr/category...st-en/?lang=en

    The GameOn Elite Dangerous community magazine (still only one issue of this - I suspect it's a one-off).
    https://gameonmag.com/portfolio/elit...azine-issue-1/

    Cmdr Arithon's excellent (and sadly overlooked) Elite Dangerous blog (one of the longest running Elite Dangerous fan sites out there and well worth a look).
    http://www.elite-dangerous-blog.co.uk/



    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.

    Screenie(s)
    The-Official-Explorers-Photography-Thread
    Gratuitous-Selfie-Thread
    Planet-showcase-post-your-most-beautiful-shots-that-you-are-really-proud-of

    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)
    The-Playstation-4-Screenshots-thread

    And here's a thread for sharing gameplay videos.

    Gameplay-Videos-Share-your-Adventure

    Cmdr Divergents truly stunning images of the galaxy
    On Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/CmdrDivergents/
    On Twitter
    https://twitter.com/Cmdr_Divergents

    MadRaptor's wonderful collection of panoramic 360° ED screenshots
    Panoramics & 360's

    Qohen Leth's excellent guide to taking great screenshots
    Screenshots-101

    Rardain's handy guide to using the new camera suite controls
    The-Commanders-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).
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjg...gbVuHfZPe0AeIg

    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).
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...rQk9XI0Rar1R0U

    A new discovery for me, Tikas and some awesome video editing skills.
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...i3_R15Z6-QlCR-

    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)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcHa...CNshAuwE-_lTb0

    Mat Recardo's absolutely fantastic videos showing off the size of all the different ships (and of the mailslot).
    https://youtu.be/1iS9ouBxuRU (newer colour version of "banana" video including three Thargoid vessels!)
    https://youtu.be/t2uaRHFmBT4 (Ship Scale "banana" video including Orbis station)
    https://youtu.be/LRYWlezRLE4 (ships leaving a station)
    https://youtu.be/AYOOXueUv5c (SRV POV)

    Nice timelapse using EDSM data to show our slow but inexorable exploration progress throughout the galaxy.
    https://youtu.be/TBD7txMVbxs

    Flight Assist Off (still probably my all time favourite ED video)
    https://youtu.be/Djy83O0nfds

    Official Frontier Ctrl+Alt+Space film competitions
    2015 shortlist (eventual winner was "Rangers of Florin")
    CTRL-ALT-SPACE-2017-Film-Competition-the-winners

    "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)

    "Laser Cops" - Ghost Giraffe's '80s themed Elite Dangerous cop show
    1980-s-Themed-Cop-Show-set-in-Elite-Dangerous

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

    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).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl1g...7WDvYQREs8MCP6



    Youtube channels, podcasts, etc

    Obsidian Ant (one of the most popular ED Youtubers out there)
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCti...FKQm-wqMuRijgA

    Vindicator Jones (and another)
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5Q...ZcVBmRvpScs8kA

    Josh Hawkins (and another)
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgv...bMbO2BGiD4QeEw

    Lave Radio (absolutely brilliant weekly Elite Dangerous podcast, basically THE Elite Dangerous podcast)
    http://laveradio.com/

    Escape Velocity (brilliant audio drama set in the ED universe, produced by Lave Radio's Chris Jarvis, now into its 3rd series)
    http://laveradio.com/EscapeVelocity/

    Radio Sidewinder (essential listening for that long exploration trip)
    https://www.radiosidewinder.com/listen-now/

    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)
    http://huttonorbital.com/radio.aspx

    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)
    http://feeds.feedburner.com/galnetnews
    iTunes podcast link
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/...t/id1206342194
    Plus his fantastic roundup of 3302
    Galnet-News-review-of-the-year-3302



    Useful reference lists

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

    Geysers, Fumaroles and Organics - oh my!
    Geyser-and-Fumarole-Location-Catalog-and-Data-Collection

    Tourist Beacons
    Requesting-Tourist-Beacon-Data!-Need-Your-Help-Commanders!

    Earth-like worlds
    List-of-Earth-like-worlds-v2

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

    Permits list
    Updated-Permit-List

    Discounts on ships & outfitting
    Active-Discounts-thread

    Materials and data storage (what to keep and what to ditch)
    guide_how_to_optimize_your_materialsdata_capacity
    "Grey items" - useless materials and data that you don't need to hang on to
    So-you-ve-run-out-of-inventory-space

    Complete list of all the Elite Dangerous controls (up to date as of beta 2.3)
    Keybinds-in-full-as-of-Beta-2-3

    Rare commodities
    CMDR Zoy's Rare Goods Emporium
    Rare-Commodities-List!
    Rares-Trading-Metro-Map

    USS types (no longer supported)
    Unidentified-Signal-Sources-(USS)-A-Complete-Guide

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

    Alternative HUD colours
    NO2O!-The-Definitive-List-of-1-7-2-2-Compatible-HUD-Colour-Color-Configs-(please-add-yours!)

    Things to try in-game
    How-many-of-these-have-you-tried
    How-many-of-these-have-you-tried-Part-2



    Ship, weapon stat's, combat tips, etc

    Complete stat's on ship speeds (including boost, pitch, roll and yaw performance)
    Max-Speed-Boost-Pitch-Roll-amp-Yaw-for-Every-Ship-in-Game-Official-FDev-Stats

    And another table of pitch/roll/acceleration statistics.
    Pitch-Roll-and-Acceleration-for-(nearly)-Everyship

    Weapon damage stat's
    Official-FDev-Damage-Stats-for-Every-Weapon

    Table of all special effects for weapon engineering and their associated side effects
    Side-effects-of-weapon-special-effects-complete-table

    Some nice tips on combat flight techniques (circle-strafing, etc)
    Circle-Strafing-Truesilver-s-Top-Tips-Beginner-s-Guide-VR-PvP-Vid
    Using-Fixed-Weapons-Truesilver’s-Top-Tips,-No.2-[Beginner’s-Guide,-Courier-v-FdL-PvP-vid]
    Truesilver-s-Top-Tips-No-3-Gimballed-Duelling

    Thargoid combat tips
    How-to-Solo-a-Thargoid-Interceptor-Video

    Cmdr Hobs truly brilliant "Flight Assist Off Training" videos - if you've ever been tempted to learn to fly like Isinona, look no further!
    Guides-I-Finished-my-Flight-Assist-Off-Beginner-Series!



    Science, Mystery and Lore

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

    The new primary root of all discussion concerning Alien archaeology and other mysteries
    Alien-archaeology-and-other-mysteries-Breaking-News-Theories-and-Tinfoil-Hattery
    The last big Canonn threadnought (Canonn science is the player group that researches all things mysterious and alien).
    n.b. posts #1-5 attempt to summarise everything that is known so far.
    Alien-archeology-and-other-mysteries-Thread-10-The-Canonn

    Canonn Codex (the official Canonn resource for all things Xeno and beyond)
    https://canonn.science/codex/
    Canonn News (and the latest science and mystery news)
    https://canonn.science/news/

    The Factabulous Thargoid FAQ
    2-4-Thargoid-FAQ

    Vall's wonderful interactive 3D map of all the new Thargoid "base" locations
    http://designingreen.net/ulmap/

    Cmdr masCh KisieL's fantastic interactive list of ancient "Guardian" ruin sites ...
    https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showth...=1#post5031858

    Formidine Rift, Hawking's Gap and The Conflux (in-game places of mystery and intrigue taken from writer Drew Wagar's "Elite: Reclamation" book featuring 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-FORMIDINE-RIFT-MYSTERY-(Part-4)
    See also: Project Dynasty

    Although the mystery of the Formidine Rift has now been solved the enigmatic Raxxla remains elusive
    The-Quest-To-Find-Raxxla

    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.
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...an4UI7AhD_ASS4

    Drew Wagar's background lore documents (now hosted by Canonn)
    https://canonn.science/game-lore/

    Elite lore from Remlok Industries (available in both French and English)
    http://remlok-industries.fr/2833/the...-lore/?lang=en

    Official Frontier Thargoid lore recap from pre-2.4 livestream
    Livestreams-Pre-2-4-Lore-Stream-Summary



    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)
    Information-The-Galactic-Mapping-Project-amp-Expedition-Hub

    Nice visual guide to the exploration value of all the different astronomical bodies you can scan
    2-3-exploration-payouts-visual-guide

    "Planet identification guide" and "Dashboard hologram reference" - handy images showing what the different planet types look like on the HUD (courtesy of Cmdr ColdGlider on reddit and also Cmdr Jantah here on the forum - latter also available in Russian)






    Minor faction news and the BGS (Background Simulation)
    A-Guide-to-Minor-Factions-and-the-Background-Sim

    And another brilliant guide to the BGS explaining factions, states and how to influence them
    background-simulator-tldr

    The player faction wiki.
    Oh-my-god-I-ve-created-an-Elite-Dangerous-Wiki-(for-player-faction)
    http://elite-factions.wikia.com/wiki..._Factions_Wiki

    An excellent guide to understanding the sounds made by different planet types in the system map (see also "Planet Explorer" in the "Other 3rd party sites and tools" section below - n.b. "Planet identification guide" and "Dashboard hologram reference" above may be an easier way to spot things like potential earthlikes)
    Planet-sounds-and-how-to-know-everything-from-System-Map

    HazardousMatt's definitive guide to engineering your ship for exploration
    https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showth...to-Exploration

    Colonia connection route map
    The-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
    Mapping-the-planetary-cities-and-outposts-SRV-races-tool

    Cmdr Arithon's beautiful blueprints for all of the Elite Dangerous ships (and more)
    http://www.elite-dangerous-blog.co.u...ints-23-Update

    Cmdr Arithon's vector graphics for all of the ED ships
    http://www.elite-dangerous-blog.co.u...-Vector-Victor

    Cmdr Arithon's beautiful vector graphic icons for all of the ED vehicles
    Vehicle-icons

    Fantastic collection of FD licenced Elite Dangerous Windows and Mac desktop icons.
    ED-Ships-and-Logos-icon-sets

    Elite retro gaming
    The-Oolite-Thread
    Alite-Like-Elite-But-On-Android
    The-FFED3DAJ-Thread
    The-Pioneer-Thread

    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)
    RV-Sonnenkreis-Decoding-Universal-Cartographics

    Old but incredibly detailed and beautifully illustrated thread describing the science of Elite Dangerous
    DCello-s-Science-Guide-to-the-Galaxy

    Really nice thread discussing the many subtle details that have been built into this amazing game.
    Details-in-Elite-Dangerous

    NeilF's livestream announcment thread
    Livestream-announcement-thread-Subscribe-to-be-notified-of-livestreams

    Fuel Rats official thread (for tales of rescue and derring-do + general Fuel Rat banter)
    Out-of-Fuel-Explorer-Rescue-Service-The-Fuel-Rats

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

    Buckyball Flight Academy (misc' racing tips and tricks)
    The-Buckyball-Fllight-Academy

    Cmdr furrycat's definitive guide to engineering your ship for racing
    The-Buckyballer-s-guide-to-Engineering

    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!
    The-Dangerous-Guide-to-the-Galaxy

    The livestreams Q&A thread (the 2nd post contains links to each of the Q&A livestreams along with a detailed list of additional answers to questions raised during each stream)
    Livestreams-Questions-and-Answers-Thread



    Other 3rd party sites and tools

    EDDB (brilliant website database for looking up all sort of stuff about systems, commodities, etc)
    https://eddb.io/

    ED Shipyard & Coriolis (brilliant websites for experimenting with ship builds and outfitting while out of game)
    http://www.edshipyard.com/
    https://coriolis.edcd.io/

    Inara (terrific website containing all sorts of information, particularly useful for info to do with engineers)
    http://inara.cz/galaxy-engineers
    Note: Inara's engineer info is pretty out of date at the time of writing so you might find this more accurate
    http://en.ed-board.net/?m=engineer.modification

    Eduardo (a nice, simple to use, crafting assistant website with information on components, engineers and blueprints)
    https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showth...assistant-tool

    Elite Dangerous Utilities (find pristine rings, rare commodities, special & interesting star systems, bounty hunting systems and more that are near to you)
    http://elitedangerous.hozbase.co.uk/

    Wavescanner (a nice little website that interactively illustrates the different SRV wavescanner patterns)
    Tool-SRV-Wave-Scanner-Object-Identifier
    http://www.wavescanner.net/

    Planet Explorer (a nice little website that interactively illustrates the sounds made by the different planet types in the system map)
    http://www.objectscanner.net/

    EDbearing (handy tool for calculating a planetary bearing based on your current co-ordinates and those of where you want to get to)
    Planetary-Navigation-Bearing-Calculator
    http://hotdoy.ca/ed/bearing/

    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).
    E-D-I-S-O-N-orbital-and-surface-navigation

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

    Elite Dangerous Neutron Router (excellent tool for plotting routes utilising neutron star FSD boosts where possible)
    Neutron-Highway-long-range-route-planner

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

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

    Pristine Metalics Distance Calculator (find high yield mining resources near you)
    http://edtools.ddns.net

    Exploration Payout Calculator
    http://www.rzxarchive.co.uk/edcalcs.html

    An external list of 3rd party tools
    http://edcodex.info/



    Epic tales of derring-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.
    Help-I-need-Ship-Rats!

    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.
    End-of-the-Road

    Buckyball racer Cmdr Tannik Seldon (aka 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.
    The-Aquarian-Job-goes-badly-wrong-How-I-lost-a-ship-mid-race-but-am-still-in-the-running

    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.
    After-a-year's-trekking-and-an-epic-rescue-I-finally-made-it-to-Beagle-Point-in-my-Sidewinder!

    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!
    press_release_on_deep_space_rescue_operation

    Jonathan Burnage's nailbiting double neutron jump into the galactic record books (and a damn fine bit of story writing to boot)
    Elite-Dangerous-Writing-Contest-November-2017

    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

    The Planetary Circumnavigation Club - an exclusive club who's membership is limited to those bold and/or crazy enough to drive (flive?) an SRV all the way around a planetary body.
    The-Planetary-Circumnavigation-Club



    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.

    Hardware

    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.
    http://www.thrustmaster.com/products/tflight-hotas-x

    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.
    https://www.naturalpoint.com/trackir/trackir5/
    http://www.edtracker.org.uk/ (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.
    https://tobiigaming.com/games/elite-dangerous/

    Software

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

    HCS Voicepacks (add-ons for Voice Attack that adds new voices and characters to your Voice Attack setup)
    http://www.hcsvoicepacks.com/

    Game Music Packs (an innovative new dynamic voice controlled music system for use with Elite: Dangerous and Voice Attack)
    https://gamemusicpacks.com/

    Roccat Powergrid (a brilliant utlity that lets you map ED functions to a panel of touch buttons on your tablet or phone)
    https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showth...at-Power-Grid/

    Joystick Curves (an excellent utility that allows you to setup response curves to fine-tune the behaviour of your joystick)
    http://xedocproject.com/joystickcurves.html
    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)
    https://edrefcard.info
    Original forum thread
    Keyboard-and-HOTAS-Reference-Sheet-Generator

    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).
    Aussiedroid-s-Enhanced-Thrustmaster-Warthog-Script

    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.
    ED-ToolBox-A-companion-app

    EDDI (basically the foremost utility for utilising the official player journal in order to add loads of new immersive features to the game)
    EDDI-Windows-app-for-immersion-and-more
    EDDI-2-4-Bring-your-cockpit-to-life



    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 ...

    New-Oculus-Owner-First-impressions
    VR-or-not-to-VR-that-is-my-question
    Do-I-or-do-I-not
    Oculus-Rift-Virgin-user-2-day-report
    Oculus-Elite-The-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly

    Configuration and setup tips ...

    The-Oculus-Rift-CV1-General-Discussion-Thread
    How-to-get-Elite-in-VR-looking-CRYSTAL-CLEAR-D
    Getting-the-Best-DK2-CV1-Vive-VR-Experience-Guide-Compendium
    Rift-hdmi-port-users

    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)
    EDProfiler-A-New-Display-Switcher-Robust-Settings-Profiler-Switcher-Detector!

    Oculus Tray Tool - a very slick little collection of utilities providing a number of Oculus "tweaks" including supersampling, ASW control and USB power management.
    https://www.reddit.com/r/oculus/comm...lus_tray_tool/

    Rift vs. Vive ...

    It-s-VR-crunch-time-commanders-and-I-need-your-help-!
    Vive-or-rift (1)
    Vive-or-Rift (2)
    Initial-Impressions-Oculus-Rift-vs-HTC-Vive
    Vive-vs-Rift-Help-me-decide-what-to-buy!

    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.
    Speaking-&-Sending-in-game-messages-no-keyboard-needed

    Embedding other Windows app's (e.g. web browsers, video players, etc) into your VR display.
    The-VR-Dashboard-quot-V-quot-is-now-in-Open-Beta!

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

    https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showth...Background-Sim

    Discussions on Background Sim mechanics

  3. #3
    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.

    https://forums.frontier.co.uk/forumd...e-and-Roleplay

  4. #4
    +1 Good stuff, CMDR.

    Some of my own:

    Trading:
    http://elitetradingtool.co.uk/

    Tools:
    Free and open source software for video recording and live streaming
    https://obsproject.com/

    Aussiedroid's Enhanced Thrustmaster Warthog Script & Profiles, Including TrackIR
    https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showth...tmaster+script

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

    Exploration:
    netflix.com

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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.

    https://edbearingcalc.neocities.org/

    (thanks to RandomLee a chap on another forum for showing me this site)

  6. #6
    Originally Posted by Mad Mike View Post (Source)
    you forgot the solo vs open vs group thread
    Which iteration?

  7. #7
    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.

  8. #8
    Nice job, someone's been busy

    Originally Posted by Alec Turner View Post (Source)
    Player written ED Manuals and guides
    Elite-Dangerous-Pilot-s-Guide-Manual-Tutorial-Help
    That's quite old are we sure it's still up to date?

    Another 3rd party tool thread (quite old but still good)
    https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showth...r-data-sources
    That thread has been replaced with the EDCodex tool.

    A couple of threads I find useful:

    Permit list: https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showth...ed-Permit-List
    Active Discounts: https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showth...scounts-thread

  9. #9
    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: https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showth...ed-Permit-List
    Active Discounts: https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showth...scounts-thread
    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.

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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.

  12. #12
    Here's a channel that actually gives good and proven advice:

    https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC4vir24Bk_RPUu5AKVYsEOA

  13. #13
    sticky! this is already a great thread.

  14. #14
    Subskribed. Should be stickied.
    I'll be back with the +1 once I share some around.

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