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Thread: Hi chaps. Checking in, Day 0

  1. #16
    Originally Posted by Welsh Wizard View Post (Source)
    Hi fellow pilots.

    I am just waiting for the game to download and install.

    Thought I should introduce myself, just in case we meet in game. Currently located in SE Asia, UTC+7. Got a few latenight hours each day to grind, internet connection and a happy memory of playing Frontier as a teenager back in the Nineties!

    Hope to see you around. Any protips gratefully received.

    Kind Regards,

    Welsh
    Croeso!

    Don't get sucked into a grind, take your time and enjoy your progress - it's pretty hard not to make money and pick up useful stuff along the way!

    Ignore people who tell you not to go into Open - try all the modes and choose one that suits your playstyle.

    There are some great 3rd party tools to help your Elite career - one of my favourites is Inara, which lets you make a full profile for your commander, gives you an API that tracks your stats, materials and blueprints (PC only) and an excellent community to support you and banter about with!

    Pob lwc! 7

  2. #17
    Hi and welcome! All good advice above, the only thing I would add is take your time in the tutorials to set up the key bindings to your liking. Although you don't mention it I'm assuming you have PC version.

    And just in case you haven't purchased it already then make sure you get the Horizons expansion which is worth every penny, discounted or not. You miss out on so many extra features of the game without it so it would be a crime not to.

    If you go into the options/contols menu you'll notice there are a huge amount of controller, mouse and keyboard mapping possibilities.

    Don't worry about setting them all up in 1 go. You'll find it far easier to learn what suits as you progress. Using the tutorials to experiment and tweak means you can do it with no pressure and hassle if you mess up.

    Although it's perfectly possible to play just using kb and mouse, in fact many do, most people find a joystick and possibly a HOTAS set up works very well in ED and makes flying around (and driving the SRV vehicle) far more intuitive. After a while you'll find becomes almost second nature.

    A decent but not too pricey joystick that comes well recommended is the Thrustmaster T16000M (new version) which has plenty of buttons to map and can be complemented with a HOTAS throttle if that floats your boat. Considering a large chunk of the game is about flying and operating your ships and vehicle(s) it's definitely a worthwhile investment if you haven't done so already.

    As has been said, asking here is your best bet of getting a straight answer. Fly safe! o7

  3. #18
    Originally Posted by Welsh Wizard View Post (Source)
    Hi fellow pilots.

    I am just waiting for the game to download and install.

    Thought I should introduce myself, just in case we meet in game. Currently located in SE Asia, UTC+7. Got a few latenight hours each day to grind, internet connection and a happy memory of playing Frontier as a teenager back in the Nineties!

    Hope to see you around. Any protips gratefully received.

    Kind Regards,

    Welsh
    Elite will delight and frustrait you in equal measure, welcome to this.

  4. #19
    Welcome Cmdr. Stay frosty out there,.,,

    Flimley

  5. #20
    Originally Posted by Maenden View Post (Source)
    And welcome from me too.

    My pro tip - as soon as you can afford it get a docking computer.

    Tip two - ignore the purists who tell you the only way to enjoy Elite is to grind your way through everything, dance on the embers of an exploding generator and flail yourself daily with the wiring loom from a SRV.

    Tip three - also ignore the people who tell you as soon as you climb into that side-winder you should wing-up, visit every engineer in the universe and attack the Thargoids with horrendously expensive weapons you can't afford.

    Just learn to fly carefully - and get a docking computer.

    Oooops! Nearly forgot:- Never play in Open mode. That's NEVER, ever ever.
    Stick to Solo or join a PvE group like Mobius.
    Whoa there, bud. All that is good advice EXCEPT the last part.

    The galaxy is enormous. There is plenty of room for everyone in open mode. There is very very little to fear especially if you aren't going to heavily populated systems or community goals. And even then trouble is easy to avoid.

    OP, welcome to the galaxy. Don't fly without a rebuy is really the most important tip. Other than that, figure out what you want to do and go from there. Trade, travel, explore, bounty hunt, smuggle, pirate etc its all about what you want to be.

  6. #21
    Originally Posted by Dr Zug View Post (Source)
    Whoa there, bud. All that is good advice EXCEPT the last part.

    The galaxy is enormous. There is plenty of room for everyone in open mode. There is very very little to fear especially if you aren't going to heavily populated systems or community goals. And even then trouble is easy to avoid.........
    Yeah Maenden must have had a bad experience as they are way ott about the risks of open.

    Open is just as empty as private groups (more so in some places) and only slightly more populated than solo. I often fly in Open but never at "hub" places (rare goods, engineers, etc) and I hardly ever see another player. If I fly in Mobius though there are often one or two others in the system. I like to fly with no inn-sewer-ants claims and I am useless at combat so that is why I avoid open at the "hubs".

  7. #22
    As a resident of Cardiff, a relatively new player and somebody who played a lot of Frontier as a teenager in the 90s, welcome!

    I really disagree that you need a docking computer. Watching my friend play Elite on his Amstrad CPC464, it seemed necessary. Playing FE2 on my Amiga, it was a huge benefit.

    But now we have enough fancy graphics to be able to see exactly how far away we are from everything. I don't think you need a docking computer.

    I'm using an Xbox controller btw, with <MENU> bound to 75% throttle, a modifier (click left stick) to change my right stick between yaw and lateral thrust, and Q/E bound to lateral thrust and A/D bound to yaw, just in case I need to use both at once for strafe docking.

    The only other key I have bound is ?/, which reselects the next jump in my sequence, if I've stopped to look at a POI between a series of jumps.

  8. #23
    Welcome to the big black CMDR.

    I am also in the Asian region and from the UK so if you need any in-game help feel free to drop me a line/message/request whatever. Same name as on the forums.

    Good Hunting

    o7

    Hacker

  9. #24
    Originally Posted by Gamsir View Post (Source)
    Do the tutorials but not the advanced combat one! That’s extremely hard for new players - read horrifyingly dentist ptsd moment agonizing...
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    Hehe, yea. I remember that one. I did that one before starting out. I thought that I'd be a lost case in combat in this game and would have to stick to trading and smuggling. All too soon, my activities in game also got me into combat and I fared well enough.
    .
    A few months later, with several combat rank increases under my belt and routinely taking down ships of any size in a small ship, I tried that scenario again. Yet again that scenario beat me up. So yea, don't worry if that one is over your head.
    .
    And welcome back Commander!

  10. #25
    Originally Posted by Welsh Wizard View Post (Source)
    Hi fellow pilots.

    I am just waiting for the game to download and install.

    Thought I should introduce myself, just in case we meet in game. Currently located in SE Asia, UTC+7. Got a few latenight hours each day to grind, internet connection and a happy memory of playing Frontier as a teenager back in the Nineties!

    Hope to see you around. Any protips gratefully received.

    Kind Regards,

    Welsh
    Originally Posted by Eukanuba23 View Post (Source)
    As a resident of Cardiff, a relatively new player and somebody who played a lot of Frontier as a teenager in the 90s, welcome!

    I really disagree that you need a docking computer. Watching my friend play Elite on his Amstrad CPC464, it seemed necessary. Playing FE2 on my Amiga, it was a huge benefit.

    But now we have enough fancy graphics to be able to see exactly how far away we are from everything. I don't think you need a docking computer.

    I'm using an Xbox controller btw, with <MENU> bound to 75% throttle, a modifier (click left stick) to change my right stick between yaw and lateral thrust, and Q/E bound to lateral thrust and A/D bound to yaw, just in case I need to use both at once for strafe docking.

    The only other key I have bound is ?/, which reselects the next jump in my sequence, if I've stopped to look at a POI between a series of jumps.
    Yes absolutely agree. I played in the 1980's on a Commodore 64, used a docking computer then, but in hindsight probably principally because of the music. In this incarnation of Elite I haven't even considered taking up an internal slot with a docking computer. Partly as I have never got stuck in the slot (although that might change when I get a T9), and partly as the kids often watch when I'm playing and putting the fiddly bits on auto pilot would get me jeers of derision (I'm 44, have four kids, and the eldest three are boys of 9, 12 and 13, so mocking me taking what they see as the the easy way out is definitely on their menu), but mostly as I have simply never struggled with docking at all (and I don't think I'm anything special as a pilot). So personally I'd just practise a few times then use the slot for something more fun. Like, erm, everything else.

    But my biggest tip to OP would be simply to fly when and where you want to, for reasons which makes sense to you, and don't get trapped into chasing something you feel you ought to be doing. It's a game. And it's also life. And the advice rings true for both.

    (I'm Xbox, too. I work from home, on a PC, and figured if I had Elite on there then earnings might dip and wifely popularity along with it!)

    o7

  11. #26
    I don't think a newb needs a docking computer. A lot of people don't know that if you take all pips off the engines, it's dead easy to control your ship down onto the pad. So I would change the advice from "get a docking computer" to "figure out how to change your pips and don't forget to use them.

  12. #27
    All il add is

    if your playing on OPEN never tell the forum where your flying

  13. #28
    Welcome,

    More importantly, for how long and what previous games have you been WW?

  14. #29
    Welcome CMDR! This game feels like it really is a lot to take in at first, but don't let it get to you. There really are not any pro tips, other than to play as much as you possibly can, and to always find something that pays cr. I highly suggest equipping your ship with a fuel scoop and advanced scanners and start exploration. look online for the Road To Riches and follow it. you can make millions of cr to finally be able to afford the ship of your dreams. Don't go out and purchase a ship and use all of your cr to do so at the same time, if so, then you will have no more cr to be able to equip anything of any use to your ship. when you purchase a new ship, they only come equipped with the bare min to be able to leave the docking station that you are currently landed in. happy trails CMDR!

    CMDR Damienn

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