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Thread: Buckyball Racing Club presents: The Kessel Run (31.10 - 15.11)

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    Buckyball Racing Club presents: The Kessel Run (31.10 - 15.11)

    To commemorate "Star Wars", the classic audiovisual entertainment series from the 20th and 21st century, the Buckyball Racing Club, from an idea by Ceska Zbrojovka, presents the first episode of the galactic race:




    The race is starting from George Lucas station in Leesti and ends in the Jabbah system, a few hundred lightyears outside the bubble. Between start and finish, you have to dock at every station and outpost named "Kessel" in any order you prefer.

    Every waypoint must be documented by taking and submitting screenshots to the race marshalls, along with shots of the outfitting screens and a beauty-shot of your ship.

    Ships and classes:

    There will be three racing classes: Regulation Sidewinder, Regulation Cobra Mk III and the Open Unlimited Spec class.
    The two regulation classes will be run in Solo mode. Unlimited is Open mode only.

    The Regulation Sidewinder has to be kitted out as follows: Sidewinder Loadout
    It can be built for less than 100Kcr, so new Commanders have a chance to participate without losing the farm. Solo is the mode of choice for this one, but not mandatory.

    The Regulation Cobra Mk III: Cobra Loadout
    Can be built for less than 3Mcr, so CMDRs with a bigger bankroll can have a go. This class can be flown in either Solo or Open mode.

    If you want to, you can upgrade the Basic Discovery scanner and weaponry as long as the mass of the ship remains unchanged.
    No other modules may be altered.

    In the Open Unlimited Spec class the sky's the limit. Any ship with any loadout can participate. Make sure that your flashy racer can land at outposts. This class MUST be run in Open.


    But I have 12 ships and can't make up my mind...

    You can enter as many different ship types in Open Unlimited as you like, but only the ship with your fastest time is included in the leaderboard when the race is finished.
    The regulation classes only allow for one entry each.


    Where do I sign up ?

    Reply to this thread with the following information:

    CMDR (in-game) Name.
    Forum Name.
    Class you will be running in (Reg. Sidewinder / Reg. Cobra / Open Unlimited)
    Ship type, if in Open Unlimited.
    Ship Name.


    Where do I fly to ?

    The stations / systems in question are:

    System Coordinates Station Arrival Type
    Leesti ( 73, 49, 68) George Lucas
    254,52Ls
    Starport - Start line
    Hanneng ( -120, 45, 0 ) Kessel Enterprise
    1.141,34Ls
    Outpost
    Latoras ( -92, 86, -13 ) Kessel Colony
    17,98Ls
    Outpost
    Dao Jungu ( 24, 35, 65 ) Kessel Gateway
    1.464,15Ls
    Outpost
    Edenapel ( 6, 7, 39 ) Kessel Hub
    4.498,70Ls
    Outpost
    HIP 18609 ( -16, -86, -174 ) Kessel Legacy
    5.460,54Ls
    Outpost
    Apurarai ( -47, -77, 67 ) Kessel Platform
    33,30Ls
    Outpost
    Chediq ( 112, 33, 9 ) Kessel Platform
    910,41Ls
    Outpost
    Ba Narr ( -84, -100, -26 ) Kessel Port
    734,71Ls
    Outpost
    LHS 2936 ( -32, 56, 0 ) Kessel Port
    21,07Ls
    Outpost
    HR 4749 ( 119, 14, 69 ) Kessel Ring
    950,73Ls
    Outpost
    HIP 82964 ( -137, 97, -32 ) Kessel Station
    91,17Ls
    Starport
    Hurusalki ( -105, 93, -23 ) Kessel Terminal
    9.930,62Ls
    Outpost
    Khodia ( -99, -100, 66 ) Kessel's Inheritance
    5,65Ls
    Outpost
    Jabbah ( 38, 177, 437 ) Finish line Class B Star


    I have to do screenshots ? How ?

    You have to document both your ship and its equipment by taking screenshots of both the weapons and modules tabs in the outfitting screen.
    You also have to document your racing time by taking screenshots on the following locations:
    1. Just before pressing "Launch" in George Lucas - The clock has to be visible.
    2. At every "Kessel" station and outpost you dock at. Again, the clock and station name has to be visible.
    3. When you arrive in Jabbah, go into the Galaxy Map and take a screenshot. The clock and your location has to be visible.

    Normally, the F10-key is bound to taking screenshots. The images are normally located in the folder /Users/YOUR_USER_NAME/Pictures/Frontier Developments/Elite Dangerous


    What's this nonsense about "Beauty shots" ?

    In order to maximize the return on your investment in paint jobs for your ship, you have the opportunity to send in a beauty shot of your ship together with the outfitting shots. The beauty shots are to be taken as follows:

    1. Find a nice class F star in your vicinity and travel to it. Come to a complete stop as soon as you exit hyperspace and drop out of supercruise.
    2. Pitch and yaw your ship, so the center of the upper edge of the scanner is aligned with the lower right quadrant of the star, as shown in the picture.
    3. Enter the Debug Camera-mode and manoeuver your camera drone so it can take a screenshot of your ship from the upper left side.


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    So what do I do with all these pretty pictures ?

    You convert all the bitmaps (.bmp) files into JPEG format to save space.

    WikiHow on BMP to JPEG conversion

    Then you put your images into one zip-file and mail it as an attachment together with your CMDR and ship details and calculated time to:

    stern.winter@buckyballracing.org.uk

    Don't delete the original screenshot files yet. In case of protests from other contestants, you have to be able to produce these .bmp files


    Ok, but what's in it for me ?

    You're quite the mercenary. Wonder if you really care about anything. Or anybody.

    Holding first place in your class is an honor beyond measure, a reward in itself. And an assurance that you indeed are flying the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.


    The race starts at 00:00 GMT 31. October 3301. No runs attempted before that time will count.
    All timed runs have to be submitted no later than 23:59:59 GMT 15. November 3301.


    Racing boards:

    Open Unlimited leaderboard





    Open Unlimited staging area near Sullust





    Regulation Sidewinder leaderboard





    Regulation Cobra Mk III leaderboard







    George Lucas station has graciously agreed to give registered racers preferred launch priority over normal traffic. Reckless flying, however, like boosting out of the entrance, will be punished as usual.


    The Kessel Run is sponsored by:

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    Yeeeeee Haaa!

    Would rep you here but repped your news story instead.

    CMDR (in-game) Name:
    Alec Turner
    Forum Name:
    Alec Turner
    Class you will running in (Reg. Sidewinder / Reg. Cobra / Open Unlimited):
    Open Unlimited
    Ship type, if in Open Unlimited:
    Cobra Mk III
    Ship Name:
    Mnemonic Null Fail

    (click race banner for details)

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    Originally Posted by Stern Winter View Post (Source)

    Don't delete the original screenshot files yet. In case of protests from other contestants, you have to be able to produce these .bmp files
    What if I don't use F10 to take the screenies?

    Quess the original FRAPS .png will suffice?

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    Originally Posted by Zieman View Post (Source)
    What if I don't use F10 to take the screenies?

    Quess the original FRAPS .png will suffice?
    No idea about FRAPS, so I guess they will have to do.

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    Presumably you don't have to play in Solo to be eligible for the regulation race.

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    Originally Posted by furrycat View Post (Source)
    Presumably you don't have to play in Solo to be eligible for the regulation race.
    Well, no, but it will count as Solo.

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    That D-rated powerplant in the regulation Cobra is pure evil... If I could change 1 part it would be that (to 3A).

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    Originally Posted by Zieman View Post (Source)
    That D-rated powerplant in the regulation Cobra is pure evil... If I could change 1 part it would be that (to 3A).
    Noone is stopping you from from kitting the hell out of it - and running it in unlimited

    Anyway, you're using less than 87%, even when deployed. Heat issues are another matter.

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    Originally Posted by Zieman View Post (Source)
    That D-rated powerplant in the regulation Cobra is pure evil... If I could change 1 part it would be that (to 3A).
    Never mind that, what about the 2D Fuel Scoop in the Sidewinder!! That's going to hurt...

    For reference, my back-of-napkin estimates put the regulation Sidey at somewhere between 110 and 120 jumps...
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    Originally Posted by Stern Winter View Post (Source)
    Noone is stopping you from from kitting the hell out of it - and running it in unlimited

    Anyway, you're using less than 87%, even when deployed. Heat issues are another matter.
    Yes, heat issue is the issue.

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    Originally Posted by Esvandiary View Post (Source)
    Never mind that, what about the 2D Fuel Scoop in the Sidewinder!! That's going to hurt...

    For reference, my back-of-napkin estimates put the regulation Sidey at somewhere between 110 and 120 jumps...
    Painful!

    I raise a toast for everyone who completes this in either regulation class.

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    Originally Posted by Esvandiary View Post (Source)
    For reference, my back-of-napkin estimates put the regulation Sidey at somewhere between 110 and 120 jumps...
    Assuming my fuel scoop calculation script works properly, and with the numbers plugged into your route calculator...

    Sidewinder: B2 fuel usage 1.50T; total 171.00T after 114 jumps; D2 scoop rate 43kg/s; 85 scoops needed; min 1988s, max 3976s scooping

    Cobra: A4 fuel usage 3.00T; total 231.00T after 77 jumps; B4 scoop rate 294kg/s; 14 scoops needed; min 49s, max 785s scooping

    Insert your own Star Wars quote here. Something about crying out in terror or being braver than one might have thought.

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    In case you missed my edit, I have decided on a ship. In honor of Han Solo (who may or may not know his parsec hand from his minute hand) and the fact that the Cobra is clearly the Millennium Falcon of Elite ...

    CMDR (in-game) Name:
    Alec Turner
    Forum Name:
    Alec Turner
    Class you will running in (Reg. Sidewinder / Reg. Cobra / Open Unlimited):
    Open Unlimited
    Ship type, if in Open Unlimited:
    Cobra Mk III
    Ship Name:
    Mnemonic Null Fail

    (click race banner for details)

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    And PLEASE make sure you record total distance traveled before and after your trip! Can anyone beat 12 parsec (39.12 ly) somehow ?

    Edit: The Kessel Run was 18 parsecs (58.68 ly), Han did it in 12...

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    Originally Posted by bakwards View Post (Source)
    And PLEASE make sure you record total distance traveled before and after your trip! Can anyone beat 18 parsec (58,68 ly) somehow ?
    Unfortunately I think that's quite impossible barring some wizardry... Jabbah is a good 300Ly+ from inhabited space

    Also, for those of you considering an attempt in medium pad ships... I have to point out that the word "Outpost" appears no fewer than twelve times in that list of Kessels.
    Those of you present for the Bump'n'Grind Outpost Dash may know why I'm pointing this out.
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    Originally Posted by Esvandiary View Post (Source)
    Unfortunately I think that's quite impossible barring some wizardry... Jabbah is a good 300Ly+ from inhabited space
    Are there any black holes on the way?

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