Community Event / Creation The Premonition End Game Event - 29th April 3303




The Premonition End Game Event - 29th April 3303.


"To all Elite Dangerous CMDRs.
I am nearing the end of putting together the next official Elite Dangerous novel, Premonition.
My original book, Reclamation, was written long before the game was available, and the story was set by the limits of my own imagination.
This time it’s different.
This book isn’t aiming just to be a compelling story, nor is it just a chronicle of what happened after events in-game. It has been and is still being written ‘live’ as the story develops and continues to be steered by player actions.
Many of you will have been present in notable events, influencing them one way or another, sometimes drastically, sometimes subtly.
Whilst the story of Elite Dangerous itself will continue, a book must have a beginning and an end. That end is approaching and it’s only fitting that the finalé is determined by the players themselves.
To mark this, I am inviting all of you to take part in an in-game event, the outcome of which will decide how this chapter in the Elite Dangerous storyline concludes. The book will be written by your combined actions, for good, or for ill…"


Write on, Commanders.
Drew.


Mission Directive


  • CMDR Salomé, formerly the disgraced Senator Kahina Tijani Loren, is wanted by the Empire.
  • She is accused of terrorism and is a convicted criminal, found guilty of the attempted assassination of Fleet Admiral Denton Patreus.
  • Her co-conspirators; CMDRs Raan Corsen, Tsu Singh and Yuri Nakamura are also wanted for aiding and abetting her in her plans to destabilise the galaxy.
  • So far they have evaded justice and remain at large. Intelligence reports indicate that they will be attempting to reach an unconfirmed destination in the heart of the core worlds (the bubble) for reasons unknown aided by disaffected factions and other malcontents.
  • A bounty of 5 Million credits is offered for Salomé’s death. 2 Million credits is offered, apiece, on receipt of similar proof of her conspirators’ demise.
  • Consider all of them armed and extremely dangerous.
  • They, and those helping them, have been sighted in and around the Col 70 Sector, in the vicinity of the 46 Eridani system.
  • Do not engage in communications. Show no mercy. Kill them all on sight.

Details

29 / 04 / 3303
Game-time / UTC : 18:00
UK BST: 19:00
Western Continental Europe : 20:00
US East Coast 14:00
US West Coast 11:00
Australia East Coast 04:00 (30/04)
Australia West Coast 02:00 (30/04)


FAQs

Do you need the Elite Dangerous Horizons expansion to take part?

While it is not essential, we recommend the use of Horizons. Players with access to Horizons will have the advantages of engineered ships. This is likely to be crucial in terms of survival. The event is not scripted, so whilst we intend to keep all the action in space, we cannot guarantee that planetary landings will not be utilised as events unfold.


Is this PC only?

No. Whilst we are aware of the limitations on Mac users, we will do our best to ensure that they can access the event. PC/Mac users share the same universe and characters should be persistent within them. Xbox players cannot share the same galaxy instance due to technical limitations but we want to include this player-base as well. As a result, Salomé, Raan and Tsu will be present on the PC/Mac, with Yuri appearing on the Xbox.


Will this be played in ‘Open’ mode?

Yes. We understand that some players prefer solo and private modes for all sorts of reasons. However this is the only way to allow a live community event with access to all.


What about bugs?

Whilst there are some known issues, we believe we can work around them. We may update this with some specific guidance to players, please review before the 29th for specifics.


Will the characters re-spawn if they die or disconnect from the game if they are attacked?

No. There will be no combat logging from these characters. If they die, they die. We are playing the primary characters in ‘iron-man’ mode. We have created multiple characters to cater for as much flexibility in peer-to-peer instances as we can. We cannot guarantee instancing availability, but hope this offers the best possibility of meaningful interactions. (We are currently reviewing how the impacts of known bugs with certain weapons can be mitigated and may update this statement to reflect that outcome.)


They can die? Really? What if players kill all the characters?

So be it. That is a valid end to the story. The player-base decides the outcome. Our view is that in open mode everyone is ‘role-playing’ even if they’re not consciously doing so. From a story perspective there are some contingency plans for continuity if this occurs.


What type of event is it?

It is not a CG or a long range exploration quest. We advise participants to be prepared for combat.


How do I support Salomé?

You can be assigned a role here;
Discord (PC Event)
Discord (XBOX Event)


And if I want to kill her?

We’re sure you’ll find a way to get organised.


Can we ‘friend’ these characters in game?

You can ask. Unfortunately the friend mechanism gives an unfair advantage to players by providing the precise location of the individual CMDR on the galaxy map, so we will be selective in whom we accept.

However, the individuals can be identified in open as:


  • CMDR Salomé
  • CMDR Raan Corsen
  • CMDR Tsu Annabelle Singh
  • CMDR Nakamura Yuri D (XBOX)
Where is this happening?

As revealed by the video clue, the event begins in the 46 Eridani System.


Will this be streamed live?

Yes, the following streamers will be covering the event:
CMDR DJTruthSayer
CMDR Hughmann
CMDR Malic
CMDR Selezen
CMDR Nicou (Eng Français)
CMDR Rithwald
CMDR Natsu Dragneelx (Germany)


What do we need to do?

You don’t need to do anything. If you feel you wish to do something, do what you must and what you think is best.


- Above Q&A information from Drew Wagar's blog : Here.




Who is Senator Kahina Tijani Loren, aka Salomé ?

Salomé is a very divisive and controversial figure in the world of Elite: Dangerous. She is viewed by many as a terrorist, cult leader, and power-hungry schemer by those sympathetic to the major powers, and an exploration-loving rebel and eccentric outcast to those who are sympathetic to her cause of unraveling the galaxies deepest mysteries.

You can find the perfect synopsis of "Salomé" from Drew Wagar himself, here; Kahina Tijani Loren.

For those new to this story line, it is highly recommended that you read the official Elite Dangerous novel; Elite: Reclamation.

Although not essential to solving the in-game mysteries surrounding Salomé, the book does contain clues, and it will give you the ultimate background into her life, personality, and goals.


A reading from Elite: Reclamation by Drew himself :

[video=youtube;_7njJv-hEB4]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7njJv-hEB4[/video]

Galnet Collection Senator Kahina



Who is Salomé in game ?

CMDR Salomé is the officially sanctioned 'advanced' NPC in game that physically represents the character from the book and brings her to life within the actual gameworld we all share. This allows for a great opportunity for players to interact with her, converse with her, get clues, and attend official events that she presides over.

The identity or identities of those who 'control' Salomé are only known to the author and or FD, and she will only act in accordance to their direction.

The character is 100% roleplayed so will not take part in idle chit chat, nor (we're told) is she obliged to answer questions directly when asked. If she wants to divulge a clue, she will most likely do it during any story related conversation.

Players have been asked not to contact CMDR Salomé if she is online and in a private group or solo mode (these modes are presumably used to move her around in preparation for the next part of the story). She is only classed as 'active' and approachable if she is in Open Play.

If she is in Open Play and you message her, don't feel offended if she does not reply, we presume that she is in convo with others, doesn't always see the message, or could be otherwise distracted by in-game situations. Please don't pester her if a hail is not answered, all sorts of reasons could be occurring that don't allow her time to respond.




More about the event on April 29th 3303

The original event that Drew wanted was a chase from A to B, across the frontier worlds and into the bubble. The organizers were asked to see if this was feasible and interesting enough given the game limitations and instancing mechanics. In our opinion it wasn't, at least not in such a simplistic manner. One of three things would occur with that scenario, 1.. all the protagonist would die in the first 5 minutes - not much of event there then, or 2.. all of the protagonists would leave everyone in their wake and be gone in a flash - again not much of a climax for the book, or 3.. the server would melt with having so many people gathered in one location at one specific time (the Distant Worlds Sag-A* gathering taught me thats one scenario FD won't appreciate!).

So the event has effectively evolved into the following :-

The protagonists will attempt to reach their destinations in the bubble, and those aligned to them, or opposed to them, have been encouraged to spread out across the frontier and deploy fleets to areas that the protagonist will attempt to run through. People who want to help them can fight for superiority in those areas and prevent blockades and camps from forming, while those who are opposed to the protagonists can attempt to chase down and outmaneuver the fugitives, or gain control of the hotspot regions that allies will be patrolling.

This allows several things. Firstly if players follow those guidelines, the event will be spread out over a larger area so the whole thing isn't based on one single focal point and stressing the servers. It allows players on both sides to use some tactics and strategy to out maneuver each other, they can deploy scouts and use intel to spy on each other (which is already happening), they have an opportunity to use tactics, deception, and put some thought into ship loadouts other than simply taking the fastest thing they have.. It basically turns what could have been one simplistic chase (that could have left 90% of the players in their wake out at 46 Eridani) into something much more spread out and inclusive.

Independent of those overseeing the flight escorts, other groups and alliances have been forming for the last few weeks, on both sides. Individuals and lonewolf players are taking part and finding roles for themselves, be it scouting for either side, or infiltrating the various discords to gather intel that suits them if they're an opportunist bounty hunter. But like everyone involved, whether they get to directly interact with the flights or the players who are helping and opposing each other, it boils down to instancing. Anything on this scale will always be at the mercy of that.

In saying all that, there's a chance that all the protagonists will die in the first 5 minutes, but there's also a chance one or two of them could make it to their destinations too. Whatever happens people need to understand that nothing of this type or scale has been tried before (that we're aware of) so there is no blueprint to work from. We have no idea how it'll pan out - it could be a lag infested nightmare with people filling the forums with gripes that they never got to see the characters, and others will gripe that the protagonists died far too early and what a waste of time that was! Either way, not everyone will be happy. That's the only thing we're 100% sure of! But lets at least give it a go and see what happens.

If you want to get involved there are discord servers set up on both sides where you can find more information.

PC Allied Server : https://discord.gg/7fnxgex
XBOX Allied Server : https://discord.gg/VhcwSTa

Those who want to see the protagonists fail, please feel free to open your own servers and get organized, there's still time. Or seek out players that have already done that for you. [up]




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I won't be taking part, but I will be watching all the content that makes it onto youtube etc. I'm hoping that the player base will do us proud and give us some real action and worthwhile footage. (And that the servers hold up to the strain).
In some ways this is everyones chance to play in the DeathStar sequence in the Original StarWars. Are you a Loyal soldier? A devoted Rebel? A Desperate Bounty Hunter? Whichever you are, do it with style. This may be a once in a lifetime event, make it count. Gl all.

We'll be in the cheap seats muching the popcorn cheering both sides.
 
Can't +rep again Erimus, but this is a great post. - in hindsight this was almost needed a few weeks ago.

Thanks for taking the time, cheers!
 
Can't wait, but this is going to be an instancing nightmare!!

I wonder if multicrew might play a role, if any of the "fugitives" ships are severely damaged, could they choose to continue their journey on board another cmdrs ship?? Would be pretty cool to suddenly find yourself hauling the galaxy's #1 fugitives about :)
 
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This isn't a criticism and isn't meant to be; so this event is basically looking like a PvP-fest without a CG? Is that the basic long and short of it?
 
while game events are fun, i don't really think external literature should be mixed in too much
i hope its a one-off thing and that nothing in the game will require one to acquire a specific book.
 
while game events are fun, i don't really think external literature should be mixed in too much
i hope its a one-off thing and that nothing in the game will require one to acquire a specific book.
Maybe we should wait and see how the event and book turn out before we make judgement. I for one have loved seeing snippets of this story appearing in the game and can't wait to see how it will all come together in the book, if nothing else it's helped the game feel more alive for me. Hopefully it will be a success, but if not, I give huge credit to FD and Drew for having the guts to give it a go.
 
while game events are fun, i don't really think external literature should be mixed in too much
i hope its a one-off thing and that nothing in the game will require one to acquire a specific book.
Somebody has to create and write the background stories and text that form part of what's going on with the Elite: Dangerous game universe. I'd much rather it be someone skilled in the art of writing (like Drew) than an FD employee who's got 100 other things to do at the same time as knocking up a few words for Galnet. I agree that you shouldn't HAVE to buy the book in order to be able to enjoy the game but it's nice that you have the option to do so should you wish to fill in some of the additional background story. So personally I'm hoping there IS more of this in the future.
 
Ever since day one I've been at pains to say that you do not need to buy the book(s). They will not help you gain an advantage in game, they only serve to flesh out the characters and background in a way that will never occur in-game due to the different type of media they represent. Buy the books if you're interested and like reading. Everything you need to actually play is in the game. The story has been told in GalNet and in various points in the galaxy.

Cheers,

Drew.
 
Ever since day one I've been at pains to say that you do not need to buy the book(s). They will not help you gain an advantage in game, they only serve to flesh out the characters and background in a way that will never occur in-game due to the different type of media they represent. Buy the books if you're interested and like reading. Everything you need to actually play is in the game. The story has been told in GalNet and in various points in the galaxy.

Cheers,

Drew.
Since you're here: was it planned all along that a background story will unfold with books to illustrate it, or it "just happened"? To me this is a new way of developing a multiplayer universe and I like it a lot.

I'm also recommending to anyone playing Elite to read/listen to Reclamation - not only because of the great story, but the way the worlds/ships/stations are described, it somehow fills the parts of game that is not quite fleshed out yet and are very atmospheric (even though the gore and brutality is sometimes unsettling, but I guess that was done on purpose). :)
 
It's a real shame --looks like the 29th is the only evening around that time where I cannot make it. Murphy's Law coincidence.
But I hope there will be a follow-up event soon, even if not that big?

Oh and while I read the books, and enjoyed them, I don't think either reading gives you a bonus, just more "fluff". And yes, best way is to give such things to a writer, and not an employee. With exceptions, of course.
 
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Since you're here: was it planned all along that a background story will unfold with books to illustrate it, or it "just happened"? To me this is a new way of developing a multiplayer universe and I like it a lot.

I'm also recommending to anyone playing Elite to read/listen to Reclamation - not only because of the great story, but the way the worlds/ships/stations are described, it somehow fills the parts of game that is not quite fleshed out yet and are very atmospheric (even though the gore and brutality is sometimes unsettling, but I guess that was done on purpose). :)
"Writers packs" were offered as pledge awards in the original Elite Dangerous Kickstarter back in 2012. I was one of those who managed to grab one. Accompanying books have always been part of Elite (the original game back in 1984 came with a book in the packaging).

Those books were written before ED was launched, so didn't have the advantage of having the actual game as a reference (though we had guide material and some videos). Thus their stories were merely that. My first book "Reclamation" was one of these, but did feature a storyline that continued into the game.

With my second book, we choose a different route. With the game now available and with players already making their mark with factions and their own events, my second book would embrace this, shape it into a narrative and allow players to influence how the story unfolded.

Hope that answers the question!

Cheers,

Drew.
 
Kudos to all involved for at least attempting to create an event in ED.

Just look at the amount of excitement and debate it's causing. It's one of the most interesting things to happen in the Galaxy so far.

"Either way, not everyone will be happy. That's the only thing we're 100% sure of!"

That line is the telling one, and I'm quite sure we'll be hearing a lot of "discussion" after and during the event.

Nonetheless, it's a grand effort!

Cheers!
 
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