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Thread: Buckyball Racing Club Presents: Prison Brake (07.08.3303 - 13.08.3303)

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    Buckyball Racing Club Presents: Prison Brake (07.08.3303 - 13.08.3303)




    FINAL LEADERBOARDS








    Following a recent surge in jailbreak attempts reported by several penal colonies both in Federation and Indipendent space, with many of those attempts actually succeeding in freeing high-profile criminals, Prison authorities of the involved systems agreed to collaborate on a joint effort to test, revise and improve their penal colonies' security and containment systems. Several in-depth analysis and simulations underlined a potential weakness in the response time of the automated Incoming Traffic Profiler and Threat Assessment Network, highlighting the possibility for a skilled pilot to bring a ship fast enough inside the security perimeters, sabotage prison structures or pick up escapees and flee before the prison defenses even had a chance to react. Even the most accurate simulations can't compare with live testing on the field though, so the need has arisen to find a way to repeatedly stress the automated systems with live incoming ships traffic. Of course finding someone crazy enough to be willing to risk a bounty, and potentially lose ships on expensive rebuys just for the sake of science is no easy task, therefore Prison authorities had the difficult mission of finding the craziest pilots for the craziest job.


    After some harsh negotiations with Prison authorities involving the written permission to host a public race, a disclaimer on any potential damage inflicted to Prison authority structures and an open bar tab at "The Tipsy Damsel" in Kelleam Ring, the Buckyball Racing Club is proud to present...Prison Brake!


    • New to racing? Want to know what the Club is all about? Go take a look at the Buckyball Racing Club official site (courtesy of cmdr Drakhyr), you'll find a recap of all previous races, general instructions on how to participate to the races and some very useful instructional videos explaining the basics (and even a bit more) of racing flight. And if after seeing those you think you aren't fit for racing, scroll down a bit and take a look at the several blooper reels and funny videos provided. Whatever your skills are, trust me, you are fit!
    • This race requires the Horizons expansion.


    THE RULES



    The race will require participants to start from Kelleam Ring in the Slink's Eye system and visit the Bailey Penal Colony in the Ekhi sytem, the Hume Penal Colony in the Atagat system and the Barcelo Penal Colony in Epsilon Indi, before returning to the start/finish line at Kelleam Ring. The three colonies can be visited in any order of choice, at each settlement participants will have to make a full landing on the colony's landing pad and depart as quickly as possible. Beware of the settlements security perimeters, once you get past them and the trespassing alert shows up, you'll have around 25 seconds before getting fined, once this happens you'll have an additional 15 seconds to leave the area before the fine turns into a bounty, and you'd better leave in a hurry because you'll either have to run away very fast or face a rebuy screen!

    Important note: even though the three installations have a landing pad, being secured penal colonies they have no docking facility, therefore it's not possible to open communication and ask docking permission. Landings have to be eyeballed and will behave as a standard planetary surface landing.

    Runs can be made in any game mode (open, solo or private group).

    The race runs from Monday August 7th 3303 at 00:00:00 to Sunday August 13th at 23:59:59. All times are server time, entries ending after the deadline are still valid as long as they started before it.
    Commanders willing to participate may declare their intent at any moment during the entire duration of the event.

    To get a better grasp of what the race requires you to do, how to do it and what places you'll have to visit, please take a look at this very well put together and commented introductory video about the Prison Brake race, courtesy of artigan99/Cmdr Codger:



    SHIP CLASSES

    The race can be run in two different classes of ships:

    - Eagle Regular: fly the good ol' Eagle Mk II in stock racing attire, a classic for every respectable Buckyballer! To be eligible for the regulation class, the ship must be outfitted exactly as follows: https://coriolis.edcd.io/outfit/eagl...Prison%20Brake
    Solo Orbiter in the nearby Altair system (34.32 ly from Slink's Eye) has a shipyard selling it, and is usually good on stock with all the required modules for outfitting as requested.


    - Open Unlimited: bring your speed monsters into the fray! From the puny Sidewinder to the imposing Corvette, anything goes. Engineering and synthesis are allowed.


    STEP BY STEP COURSE INSTRUCTIONS


    • Starting at Kelleam Ring, take a screenshot before launching with the clock visible, this will count as the start time of your entry. If you are running for the Eagle Regular class, a screenshot of your module panel showing the ship outfitting is also mandatory.
    • Fly to your first penal colony of choice.
    • Once there, touch down on the colony landing pad bringing the ship to a full stop.
    • Take a screenshot of the landed ship with the hud clock visible. You may take the screenshot even while already spooling up the engines, it's just needed as confirmation of a complete landing.
    • Take off as fast as you can (remember, better not be there 40 seconds after trespassing!) and head to your next waypoint.
    • Repeat the same for the second and third colony of your selected route.
    • Once you have landed at all three penal colonies and taken a landed screenshot each, return to Kelleam Ring.
    • Take a final screenshot as soon as you touch down with the station clock visible, this will count as the finish time of your entry.
    • Enjoy a strong one and some moments of relax at The Tipsy Damsel. And remember, don't drink and fly.



    ADDITIONAL NOTES

    - The Slink's Eye system orbits a white dwarf, this means that it is possible to fly inside its jet cones to obtain a one-time boost to FSD range. Use this at your discretion.

    - Whatch out for your fuel management, once you launch from Kelleam Ring you won't meet a refueling facility until you get back there at the end of your run, unless you opt to take a lenghty detour to some nearby station (this is allowed, by the way). The Eagle Regular comes equipped with a fuel scoop, don't forget to use it!

    - Even though it never happened in my many (many, many, many) tries, should you happen to find the landing pad blocked by a security ship I'll also accept a full landing in the general vicinity of the penal colony, the important things being inside the trespassing perimeter, and having the settlement or at least identifiable parts of it in view. Mind you, those pads are rather large so if you are in a small ship you may as well land beside the blocking ship without much problems.

    - On the subject of fines and bounties: from my testing, being wanted in a system doesn't affect the type of response or the response time of the penal colony there, so should you happen to have a bounty on your head because of previous attempts, you can continue with your subsequent runs with no problem whatsoever. If you are taken to the rebuy screen (for one reason or another) all your bounties will become "dormant"; if you gain a fine in the system you have a dormant bounty for, the bounty will be reactivated and you'll be wanted again. The only way to get rid of a dormant bounty is to wait for its expiring time, after which it will be transformed in a simple fine that can be paid at any station of the involved system, or anywhere in the galaxy where Interstellar Factors are present, usually systems with low security. The nearest Interstellar Factors contact I could find in the vicinity of the race course and suited for large ships docking is located at Hernon Dock in the Tjurinas system, 30.83 ly from Slink's Eye.

    - Barcelo Penal Colony is the only settlement on the surface of the (in)famous Mitterand Hollow moon orbiting New Africa, in the Epsilon Indi system. If you are an experienced commander of the Pilots Federation, I'm pretty sure you are aware of what this implies. If you are new to the Elite universe, or never happened to cross this peculiar corner of the galaxy...good luck and have fun!


    OK, I WANT TO RACE! HOW DO I ENTER?

    Declare your intent to race in this thread by providing the following informations:
    - Cmdr name
    - Forum username (if different from cmdr name)
    - Race class
    - Ship name
    - Ship type

    When you have completed your run, click on the SUBMIT TIME button right below here or under the banner at the top and enter all the required information, together with a link to your screenshots or video evidence. Any upload service like Imgur or the likes will do. If you recorded a video of your run but have problems with or can't wait for the uploading times, I strongly suggest you grab the required screenshots from the video and send those instead.

    Here's a small recap of the needed footage:
    1 - screenshot of the ship's module panel (optional if running in Unlimited Class)

    2 - starting screenshot docked at Kelleam Ring, with station clock visible

    3 - screenshot showing the ship landed at penal colony #1, with hud clock visibile

    4 - screenshot showing the ship landed at penal colony #2

    5 - screenshot showing the ship landed at penal colony #3

    6 - final screenshot docked again at Kelleam Ring, with station clock visible



    FLY FAST CMDRS! o7







  2. #2
    Intent to race:

    CMDR Raiko
    Open Unlimited
    Stormrider (Viper Mk III)

    Eagle Regular
    Buckyball XL5 (Regulation Eagle)

  3. #3
    Intent to liberate as many prisoners of conscience as possible while "testing" the security:

    CMDR Stern Winter
    Regulation Eagle "Burning Penguin"

    Open Unlimited: TBD

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    Count me in (escpecially seeing as the race starts on my birthday).

    Edit: absolutely brilliant race concept by the way - this one's gonna be "interesting".

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    After reading the description, the "B-word" comes to mind. You're absolutely bat- crazy.

    Intent to race - just not sure which ship to take, but it'll be Open Unlimited. My Keelback is (almost, ok) faster than that regulation Eagle.

    Slink's Eye Ehki Atagat Epsilon Indi
    Slink's Eye X 27.7 27.8 30.1
    Ehki 27.7 X 26.6 53.5
    Atagat 27.8 26.6 X 36.8
    Epsilon Indi 30.1 53.5 36.8 X

    Looks like this will be one for the DBX, AspX or 'conda...
    If I'm bigger than you, then I'm in charge.
    If you are bigger than me, then you're in charge.
    If anything goes wrong, then he's in charge.
    -- credo of the orc marines

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    Originally Posted by Ashnak View Post (Source)
    After reading the description, the "B-word" comes to mind. You're absolutely bat- crazy.

    Intent to race - just not sure which ship to take, but it'll be Open Unlimited. My Keelback is (almost, ok) faster than that regulation Eagle.

    Slink's Eye Ehki Atagat Epsilon Indi
    Slink's Eye X 27.7 27.8 30.1
    Ehki 27.7 X 26.6 53.5
    Atagat 27.8 26.6 X 36.8
    Epsilon Indi 30.1 53.5 36.8 X

    Looks like this will be one for the DBX, AspX or 'conda...
    I'm sure you meant to say, Dolphin.

    edit: but who am I kidding, we know it'll be an Imp. Courier with some "surprising" entries from an Adder.

  7. #7
    Originally Posted by Jhyrryl View Post (Source)
    I'm sure you meant to say, Dolphin.
    ...
    Yes... that would actually be a definite possibility. Especially since I could in theory just swap over the core components (Thrusters and FSD) from my Vulture

    Playing with the numbers on Coriolis, I'd rather say Hauler than Adder - that one jump from Atagat to E.Indi will be a bit more difficult in the Adder. But yes, an iCourier would be ideal. But I'm not going to start grinding for this on this weekend. I may buy a Dolphin, though - range on the Keelback would mean I'd have to go shieldless.
    If I'm bigger than you, then I'm in charge.
    If you are bigger than me, then you're in charge.
    If anything goes wrong, then he's in charge.
    -- credo of the orc marines

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    Docking Pad 6 Observation Bay
    Davy Dock
    Procyon B 4
    Procyon system
    23:00 - 07 August 3303


    Gyeong Castro smiled as she watched the battered Far Venture plummet to the deck, its shields flickering briefly as they absorbed the momentum. Listening to the complaints from the traffic controller who didn't realize he was by an open mic, she moved swiftly to the elevator, selecting Commander Inga Stevenson's assigned hanger just as the platform began to descend into the bowels of the station. There was work to do.

    The Diamondback Explorer was a mess. Most of the black paint had been scraped off, and what was left was scorched, sure signs that she had "Buckyballed" the last 5000 light years to the Bubble, rather than the sedate and careful pace of normal exploration. To her trained eye, she could see signs of field repairs to the FSD and fuel scoop, and the cargo bay doors were barely attached. It would probably take weeks to get the ship and its systems to be repaired and tuned properly, but fortunately for her, she knew of a way to distract her patron.

    "Welcome back to civilization, Commander," Gyeong called out, as the older woman descended the Far Venture's ramp. "Or at least what passes for it in Sirius Corp space. Doctor Arya is waiting for you at the compound you had us rent in the main habitat ring, so lets make sure you're in working order so that we can get the Far Venture looked at. Elegance of Virtue is standing by to protect all that juicy data as you deliver it, and the Buckyball Racing Club just announced their latest race for on the seventh of August. Here are the details. I assume you'll want to bring Haulier than Thou, and we'll refit FErrum Aquilae for the regulation Eagle?"

    "No... let's bring Accipitradae Caesar instead." Inga said, absently reading the data pad she had just been handed as her Chief of Staff gently guided her towards the elevator.

    Just as the door closed, the weary Commander exclaimed, "They want us to do what?"
    ________________________

    Intent to Race:
    Commander Inga Stevenson

    Open Unlimited
    Ship name: Accipitridae Caesar
    Ship Type: Imperial Eagle

    Eagle Regular
    Ship name: FErrum Aquilae (that is NOT a typo )
    Ship Type: Eagle

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    Originally Posted by Ashnak View Post (Source)
    Yes... that would actually be a definite possibility. Especially since I could in theory just swap over the core components (Thrusters and FSD) from my Vulture

    Playing with the numbers on Coriolis, I'd rather say Hauler than Adder - that one jump from Atagat to E.Indi will be a bit more difficult in the Adder. But yes, an iCourier would be ideal. But I'm not going to start grinding for this on this weekend. I may buy a Dolphin, though - range on the Keelback would mean I'd have to go shieldless.
    So while I think very fast ships that can make the jumps will be important...so will being able to survive a shot or two from defense turrets. Not sure the Hauler qualifies there once you put enough shields on it.

  10. #10
    Originally Posted by Ashnak View Post (Source)
    After reading the description, the "B-word" comes to mind. You're absolutely bat- crazy.
    Not sure if "you're" refers to me personally or the BRC as a whole. I'm flattered either way.

    Originally Posted by Darkfyre99 View Post (Source)
    ...Just as the door closed, the weary Commander exclaimed, "They want us to do what?"
    For some reason I envisioned this line as the typical end of a "closing doors" elevator sequence of an NCIS episode (if you ever watched one you'll probably know what I talk about)...Absolutely love your snippets of fiction!

    Originally Posted by Jhyrryl View Post (Source)
    So while I think very fast ships that can make the jumps will be important...so will being able to survive a shot or two from defense turrets. Not sure the Hauler qualifies there once you put enough shields on it.
    Being able to survive some shots may be useful but actually not too much important or even mandatory. Consider that in most cases (more so after a bit of practice), there's enough time for even a slow ship like a stock Hauler to arrive, land and depart before even getting a fine. I like to put you in front of dangers, it's not my intention to send you toward certain death.*


    *actual intentions may vary, conditions may apply.

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    I've wanted to visit Mitterand Hollow for some time and never got around to doing so. So I will attempt this race.

    I'm not sure what ship, yet. I need to give that some thought, after checking out the course.

    Very interesting race!

  12. #12
    Mitterand Hollow: You cannot land, the moon lands on you!
    I'm in. Intent to race:

    - ZX Spectrum
    - ZX Spectrum
    - Open unlimited
    - CELERITAS LUCIS
    - Courier

    I will keep a track of rebuy expenses...

  13. #13
    Oh yes, I will be doing this for sure. Despite Mitterrand. I'll probably take a crack at both classes:

    - Cmdr Tannik Seldon

    - Eagle
    - "Wee Mad Arthur"
    - ...

    - Open Unlimited
    - The "Million-to-One Chance"
    - Keelback
    CMDR Tannik Seldon - The "Million-to-One Chance"
    [Youtube]

  14. #14
    Phew, took all night; but CMDR Ikaru Sulu and I finally sorted out racing colours:

    http://imgur.com/gallery/k0RcO

  15. #15
    This course is phenomenal!

    And I've decided I'll be racing my Imperial Courier, "Jackalope I".

    I just did a run-through of the course to check it all out, and made a little "course overview" video in the process. Maybe it will help get some new folks interested in joining in!


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