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Thread: Buckyball Racing Club presents: The Art of Pandemonium! (15-23 January)

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    Buckyball Racing Club presents: The Art of Pandemonium! (15-23 January)


    Friedrich Peters Ring is the home of Arthur Friedrich Peters, a retired engineer who spent his formative years mining and trading metals; thanks to a few well-hidden asteroid belts and the various rushes for precious metals over the decades, he made enough to afford his own starport. Of course if you ask him, he'll also claim that he designed the station himself; most patrons are wise enough not to point out its striking similarity to all the other Orbis starports across the bubble.

    One thing that Art does enjoy is a good race, and he's decided it's long past due that he took the time to host one. So pull up a seat, sit back and watch the fastest and craziest pilots around give it their best shot. But don't sit on the sidelines for too long - everyone's expected to cause at least a bit of pandemonium...

















    Race Classes and Rules

    • The Short Circuit (Open Unlimited / Open Sidewinder)
    • The Black Sheep (Open Unlimited)
    • The Token Ring (Open Unlimited)

    All classes are to be run in Open Play for this race (apologies to the Solo folk, but I didn't fancy an explosion of leaderboards!)
    Horizons is not required for this race, which means no use of FSD Boost.
    In-flight repairs are allowed, although Delia Grind may be very disappointed in you if you choose to do so.
    The race runs until 2359 GMT on Saturday 23 January 3302; entries must have a start time before midnight on the 24th to count.


    The Short Circuit

    A few of the more eccentric station administrators not far from Pandemonium have started some malicious rumours that Friedrich Peters Ring is in disrepair; blades missing off fans, exterior lights blinking, that sort of thing. Art thinks they're insecure about how silly the names of their starports are. Either way, he's having none of it - pay them a visit, and remind the locals that Art's no pushover. Rude gestures while passing docking towers are optional but encouraged.

    Route (visit in the specified order, in either direction):
    • Pandemonium - Friedrich Peters Ring
    • Kutjalangai - Chretien Oudemans City
    • Jotunheim - Big Harry's Monkey Hangout
    • Futhorc - Acquired Taste Orbital
    • Epsilon Hydri - Radian V
    • Cardea - Tygerlily-Merlyn Pleasuredome
    • Flesk - Glen's house of Lambada
    • Pandemonium - Friedrich Peters Ring

    The Sidewinder Challenge
    There's extra kudos for the fastest pilot to run the route in a Sidewinder of Art's outfitting. We explained to him about how using D-rated components made the ship lighter for better jumping and an A-rated FSD would help it go faster; we think he might have got a few wires crossed given the result, but hey - it's his race!

    The Regulation Sidewinder looks like this - take a stock Sidewinder, remove the guns and empty out the internal compartments (no shields, cargo or scanners). Then upgrade the thrusters and power distributor to A rating, and the FSD to D rating.

    Note: The hop between Epsilon Hydri and Cardea appears to confuse the in-game route planner terribly. It is possible to do this hop in two jumps via Vistaenis with a full fuel tank, not the 5 jumps (requiring a fuel stop) the in-game planner tries to send you round the houses with. Curse you ship computer! Normally I'd let racers figure this out, but this is a pretty massive difference caused by (basically) a game bug, so just this once you get a free pass. Don't get used to it!

    Q: Haven't we had a few of these circuit races recently? Running around just to end up where you started?
    A: Alright, no need to rub it in! Fortunately, Art has you covered. In case you hadn't noticed yet, it turns out he's not the most mature of folks...


    The Black Sheep

    Art's got some good-for-nothing distant relative of his who hangs out over in the VESPER-M4 system; in his own words, "Rose Angler, or something like that." Anyway, he wants you to head over there (via some other sensibly-named starports, of course) and leave her a taunting message about her trading prowess. Fastest one there gets free drinks for life back at Friedrich Peters Ring. Everyone else at least gets a round...

    Route (visit in the order specified):
    • Pandemonium - Friedrich Peters Ring
    • Gliese 105.2 - Fokker Dock
    • Eurybia - Awyra Flirble
    • Eurybia - Chris & Silvia's Paradise Hideout
    • Decima - Gustypants Outback Emporium
    • Ursitoare - Lucy Young's Orbital Happy Home
    • Forculus - Irrational Exuberance
    • VESPER-M4 - Slough Orbital


    The Token Ring

    Now the more crazy among you might be thinking this all sounds far too easy; you remember Mrs Lonnegan's Ultimate Spa Weekend Trophy, that was a real challenge! Well, Art hears you. He's hand-picked a few of the most far-flung rings he can find to keep you busy; visit them in any order you like, and return to Pandemonium to complete the race. Best of luck!

    Start/Finish:
    • Pandemonium - Friedrich Peters Ring

    Starports (visit in any order):
    • Chac Cimih - Busch Ring
    • Evejitaka - Love Ring
    • HIP 296 - the only "Ring" in this system (apparently the name is too risque for the forums!)
    • Isitani - Creamer Ring
    • Katosus - Shatner Ring
    • Na Zha - Rose Ring
    • Pictavul - Airy Ring

    There is no bonus of any sort for running this in a Sidewinder. Nothing. Na da. Why are three of you already running off towards the shipyard... Dammit, not again.


    How to Enter

    1. First up: state your intent to race in this thread! It should include your CMDR name, the ship's name and type, which race class you're planning to enter, and your favourite system name in the game.
      If you aren't signed up on the forums, you can also email this information to the address further down.
    2. Next, haul yourself over to Friedrich Peters Ring in Pandemonium and head into the hangar.
    3. Get your outfitting how you want it, and take a screenshot showing your internal compartments and jump range. Then, use the Return To Surface button to get ready to race!
    4. Once you're ready to go, take a screenshot (by pressing F10, or F12 to use Steam screenshots) showing the current date/time, and the station.
    5. Go buzz some towers! Take screenshots at every checkpoint along the way (showing the date/time and station, just like the start line) and at the finish line.
    6. Upload your screenshots to a free hosting service such as imgur (feel free to convert them to JPEG first for faster uploading).
    7. Send the following information to me, either by email to alot <at> buckyballracing <dot> org <dot> uk or alternatively by forum PM to Esvandiary:
      • Commander name and forum username
      • Ship name and type
      • Race class you've entered
      • Links to your screenshots/video: must show outfitting, start, every checkpoint and finish


    Please don't post your times in the thread before the last day; when dealing with racers it's not a good idea to give them a target!
    If you're unsure of what screenshots to take, have a look at this guide on the BRC website.
    Note that a full run video is fine for evidence, but grabbing screenshots from the video would be appreciated to help me keep track of everything.


    FAQ

    Q: What's the prize for winning?
    A: A warm, fuzzy feeling of pride. Otherwise known as nothing whatsoever.

    Q: What's all this about no FSD boosting? Do you hate speed or something?!
    A: Since materials are currently only attainable on planets, this would effectively be handing a free advantage to Horizons owners - and this ain't that kind of race.

    Q: Pandemonium? Don't you mean 'Pandamonium'?
    A: The system was renamed after the great Winged Panda invasion of March 3301. Never forget.

    Now, get out there and get racing!
    CMDR Alot: Alot of Space!
    Deadly | Entrepreneur | Elite
    Buckyballer | Fuel Rat | 65k Club Member
    Videos: The Good, The Bad and The Bucky, Do Not Deviate, From B to A, A Job Well-Done, The Fateful Eight
    The A* Challenge: Anaconda, "Rhonda" - 07:56:41; Asp, "Big Bird" - 11:46:05; Type-7, "The Transporter" - 13:53:10

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    No alphabetical run ?
    THE FUEL RATS : We have Fuel. You don't. Any Questions ?
    Kerenn "Two Jumps" * Vatueil "Old School 65K"
    Saved - 77 "Nudged" - 6 Lost - 7
    Real Life Fuel Rescue - 1


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    I'll definitely be entering:

    Cmdr Samwell Drakhyr
    Back of Beyond, Cobra mkIII, for The Short Circuit.

    I haven't yet worked out what I'll run in the other classes; may or may not be the same ship...

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    Cool, more Buckyballing can only be a good thing.
    the reg sidewinder specs looks like they have been designed just for boosting.. which kind of puts out the name of my faithful sidey Boost fail ... but im going to go for it anyway.

    CMDR name : KliggJr
    Ship type : Sidewinder
    Ship name : Boost Fail
    Race class : Sidewinder challenge
    Fav sys name: erm.. er... HAGHOLE!

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    Originally Posted by Kerenn View Post (Source)
    No alphabetical run ?
    No! Bad Kerenn!

    Originally Posted by drakhyr View Post (Source)
    I haven't yet worked out what I'll run in the other classes; may or may not be the same ship...
    I do like a man who appreciates the classics. Cobras are always welcome here!

    Originally Posted by robinjb View Post (Source)
    Cool, more Buckyballing can only be a good thing.
    the reg sidewinder specs looks like they have been designed just for boosting.. which kind of puts out the name of my faithful sidey Boost fail ... but im going to go for it anyway.
    Best of luck... Make sure to check the note I just added to the Sidewinder Challenge section; it appears the in-game route planner thinks that 11.31 is a larger number than 11.34.

    Originally Posted by robinjb View Post (Source)
    Fav sys name: erm.. er... HAGHOLE!
    Strong choice... Very strong choice.
    CMDR Alot: Alot of Space!
    Deadly | Entrepreneur | Elite
    Buckyballer | Fuel Rat | 65k Club Member
    Videos: The Good, The Bad and The Bucky, Do Not Deviate, From B to A, A Job Well-Done, The Fateful Eight
    The A* Challenge: Anaconda, "Rhonda" - 07:56:41; Asp, "Big Bird" - 11:46:05; Type-7, "The Transporter" - 13:53:10

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    Originally Posted by Esvandiary View Post (Source)
    No! Bad Kerenn!
    Surely you mean "Bad Kerning"
    This is an Intent to post an Intent to Race. haven't decided which ship and which circuits but I might do the whole thing in a regulation sidewinder for the hell of it.
    THE FUEL RATS : We have Fuel. You don't. Any Questions ?
    Kerenn "Two Jumps" * Vatueil "Old School 65K"
    Saved - 77 "Nudged" - 6 Lost - 7
    Real Life Fuel Rescue - 1


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    Originally Posted by Esvandiary View Post (Source)
    Best of luck... Make sure to check the note I just added to the Sidewinder Challenge section; it appears the in-game route planner thinks that 11.31 is a larger number than 11.34.
    yeah that's cool, what about Cardea to Flesk.. looks like 2 pitstops for fuel needed.. im going to slap arts silly face when I get back to pandemonium.

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    Originally Posted by robinjb View Post (Source)
    yeah that's cool, what about Cardea to Flesk.. looks like 2 pitstops for fuel needed.. im going to slap arts silly face when I get back to pandemonium.
    Careful... He might put a special reservation on pad 45 just for you!
    CMDR Alot: Alot of Space!
    Deadly | Entrepreneur | Elite
    Buckyballer | Fuel Rat | 65k Club Member
    Videos: The Good, The Bad and The Bucky, Do Not Deviate, From B to A, A Job Well-Done, The Fateful Eight
    The A* Challenge: Anaconda, "Rhonda" - 07:56:41; Asp, "Big Bird" - 11:46:05; Type-7, "The Transporter" - 13:53:10

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    I did depart on distant worlds this evening but seeing as I have lost 2% hull and 1 SRV already I need to pop back to civilisation so I may as well have a quick race while I'm at it.

    CMDR Markzx59
    Short circuit: Sidewinder
    Name: Sid
    Class: Sidey challenge
    Fav sys: I think I did see a "K**tsomething" once... I'll have to look it up

    I'll probably have a go of the others too and will post intent when ready.
    CMDRs Markzx59/Heat Shield/Jonny Case
    Buckyball Racing Club
    Distant Worlds Expedition

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    Originally Posted by racer1 View Post (Source)
    I did depart on distant worlds this evening but seeing as I have lost 2% hull and 1 SRV already I need to pop back to civilisation so I may as well have a quick race while I'm at it.
    That's the spirit! Plenty of time to catch up later... Especially with the speedy racing skills you'll gain in the meantime

    I'll put you down for the lovely system of Kunti over in Arissa's space.

    Fly fast, CMDR!
    CMDR Alot: Alot of Space!
    Deadly | Entrepreneur | Elite
    Buckyballer | Fuel Rat | 65k Club Member
    Videos: The Good, The Bad and The Bucky, Do Not Deviate, From B to A, A Job Well-Done, The Fateful Eight
    The A* Challenge: Anaconda, "Rhonda" - 07:56:41; Asp, "Big Bird" - 11:46:05; Type-7, "The Transporter" - 13:53:10

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    Cmdr Alec Turner, in an amusingly named ship of some description, and definitely in one of those three classes.

    Favourite system name? 69 Virginis ... sorry but it just is.


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    Intent to race.

    CMDR name : Raiko
    Ship type : Sidewinder
    Ship name : Mostly Reckless
    Race class : Sidewinder challenge

    Ship Type: Asp Explorer and/or iCourier
    Ship Name: The Nomad / Spirit of Icarus
    Race Class: All of them

    I'll probably enter my Courier into Short Circuit and The Nomad into the other two.

    Fav sys name: I honestly can't remember, I'll glance through my flight logs before running.

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    First attempt submitted

    And I remembered my favourite system name: Fimbulwinter.

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    Did this really land the night that the barnacles are discovered?!

    OK I'm in just as soon as I get back
    Veteran of Lugh, Bast and Hutton Orbital

    We fought for freedom, life and mugs

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    Originally Posted by Esvandiary View Post (Source)
    That's the spirit! Plenty of time to catch up later... Especially with the speedy racing skills you'll gain in the meantime

    I'll put you down for the lovely system of Kunti over in Arissa's space.

    Fly fast, CMDR!
    That must be it
    CMDRs Markzx59/Heat Shield/Jonny Case
    Buckyball Racing Club
    Distant Worlds Expedition

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