*** DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND THE RACE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL APRIL 17TH ***
No secrets, no safety ratings ... this, ladies and gentlemen, is a race. One that I hope will test your skill in both the piloting of your chosen ship, and in the handling of your SRV.
This race starts from Schneider Relay in the Epsilon Indi system. From there you'll be required to visit the following planetary landing bases, in whatever order seems best to you, and to drive at least 5km across the surface of each of their planets, before finally returning back to the start.
- Monge Keep : Toolfa / A 1
- Cauchy Gateway : Zeessze / Gonzalez's Grave
- Darboux Legacy : LHS 450 / Darke's Claim
- Slade Base : Flousop / A 1
For now just register your intent to race by posting in this thread.
Oh, and maybe head on over to the start line and try landing on Mitterand Hollow while you wait. I won't spoil the surprise in case you haven't heard about this galactic wonder but suffice to say it's well worth a visit!
Once the race has started get your ship to Schneider Relay. Open the right-hand Status panel and take a screenshot that shows your current SRV distance travelled (you'll need to scroll to the bottom of the Statistics section to find this). When you're ready to go take another screenshot that clearly shows your start-time on the station clock, launch and fly to the first planetary base on your chosen route. Take a screenshot when you land (again showing the time), jump into your SRV, drive at least 5km away from the base and then recall your ship.
Take a screenshot showing your ship either descending or landed on the surface next to you.
- your commander name
- your forum name (if different)
- the type of your ship
- the name of your ship
- the total elapsed time from start-time to finish-time (this can be calculated by feeding the times shown on those two screenshots into the following website: http://www.timeanddate.com/date/timeduration.html#)
You can make as many attempts as you like during this time.
How long will it take?
It should take you around 45 minutes to complete this race.
So what's the back story? Why are we doing this and what does it have to do with Total Recall.
Well basically it's just an excuse for a bit of surf'n'turf Buckyball Racing. That said ... the Buckyball Racing Club has running costs (advertising, scoreboard maintenance, Bucky's pension fund, back-handers for local authorities to turn a blind eye, that kind of thing) and I've managed to secure a generous financial contribution from one of the largest manufacturers of SRV tyres in exchange for research data. You see it's come to their attention that SRVs don't leave any tracks! I know ... weird huh? Anyway, the wheels are in motion (wheels, in motion, ha ha! no? just me then) to correct this problem, but before they do that they want to gather loads of data about the way the existing tyres behave on a variety of different surfaces.
Tada! (and you guys thought I was just making this stuff up).
But you still haven't explained what that's go to do with Total Recall.
Don't tell us it's all just a lame pun on the fact that you have to recall your ship?
Errr, ummm, well I did originally consider making it an Asp only race that started from Mars High ... so I could say "get your Asp to Mars" but err, ummm ... oh look, it's ArnoCorps ...