Totally new UK based (SE) PC player looking for friendly and helpful UK/EU Faction to join

o7 Commanders,

After having spent since 2011 on and off dwelling in the depths of EVE space, I have decided to unsub and leave. No particular reason, just fancy a change and have always wanted to give ED a go.

Because of that I feel it's time for me to plunge into ED after having it installed for 2 years and barely touching it....

As my thread title suggests I am a total noob to the game - I did play the original XB1 Preview version for a short time but that was about it.

Ideally I am looking to apply to join a mature RL friendly and helpful UK based faction who do not mind guiding and helping new players out...a lot! I am primarily Industrial/Mining/Hauling/PVE focused in terms of what I enjoy gameplay wise but will jump into PVP (very badly based off my EVE career) if required to do so.

I'm happy to use Discord etc. and fine for voice chat when playing.

I currently have the base version of ED Horizons installed, no add ons, mods etc.

Cheers o7
Greetings Cmdr,

Octavian Vanguard are a English-speaking Imperial squadron and growing minor faction who play on PC / Mac platform, our average age is quite high, most of us are in our 30/40s and from the UK or other EU countries, we ourselves came here from EVE, which we were active in for many years (OV was one of the founding corps of RAZOR Alliance) so should have plenty in common.

We are a relaxed casual group with a friendly atmosphere, engaged heavily in background sim play to help our faction with regularly updated objectives for that and we have varied other interests PVE / PVP / Powerplay / Thargoid hunting ,a bit of everything really when the mood suits and we are always happy to help guide new players.

Take a look at our inara page for more information on what we are about and for the link to our Discord server
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First, let me welcome you to the Elite: Dangerous Galaxy. My rule 2 is; Have Fun (it is just a game, but WHAT a GAME!). Rule 2a is; In VR have LOTS more fun!!!

The learning curve is so steep (it has an overhang!) that the mountain goats go around in teams, roped together (and even then they may fall off, but that means the Vultures get to eat!). However, when you master something, and do it well, the buzz is worth the effort. To my mind the most important skill to master is landing your ship. Until you can do this nothing else matters (how can you complete a mission, for example, if you killed yourself on landing?). It would be a good idea to go through some of the Training missions to start learning the necessary skills to survive.

Now, Golden Rule 1, which is; Never Fly if you cannot cover the REBUY. REBUY is the insurance excess on your ship, and is 5% of the value of your ship (including all upgrades, but not the cargo). Any changes you make to a ship will affect the REBUY. You can see what your REBUY is on the Status screen (normally accessed by pressing key 4 when in cockpit view, although I do not know how to access the Status screen on a console), bottom left, below Balance. If you get killed, and you can cover the REBUY, you will get a replacement ship identical to the one you lost (although the cargo bay will be empty). However, if you cannot cover the REBUY you may well end up back in a basic Sidewinder. Please do not let this happen to you, as the forum is littered with tales of woe when other Players have ignored Rule 1, and then got killed. This links to a classic one I have seen;

You will, at various stages, upgrade your ship (buying is covered in the next paragraph). Be aware that all internal equipment has numbers and letters associated with them. The number is the Class, while the letter is the Rating. Until you have a good understanding of the Class make sure (when upgrading) to fit the same Class as the unit coming out. There are stories of Players who fitted a 1A FSD to their Sidewinder, thinking it would help increase the jump range, only to find that (as the FSD that came out was a Class 2) they had REDUCED the jump range. The letter is for Rating, with E being the weakest and A being the strongest. However, there are two that confuse this somewhat. All D Rated equipment are very light (and are preferred by Explorers for this reason), while B Rated has heavy armour (which is great for combat specialists). I do not (at this time) intend to explain weaponry, as this is definitely a matter of personal preference.

When you decide to buy a new ship, try to have 200% of the purchase price first. That way you have enough for the ship, some basic outfitting, a couple of loads of cargo, and a couple of REBUYs (just in case). If you are trading in a ship, take it back to factory spec first. When you sell any ship you will always take a 10% hit on the value of the ship at the time of selling. However, if you take it back to factory spec first you get back the full amount that you paid for the upgrades (at this time, at least). Then, when you sell the ship, your losses will be reduced. For example, I have an A Rated Cobra MkIII worth 10Mcr. If I were to sell her now I would take a loss of 1Mcr. However, if I take her back to factory spec and then sell her my loss will be about 35Kcr.

One final piece of advise I have is that, when something within the Game gets boring, switch to something else for a while. There are so many different things you can do it should not be difficult to stay interested. I, for example, will alternate between Trading, RES Combat, Exploring and helping new Players in Starter Space (and there are a whole lot MORE in the way of things to do!).

Have fun, fly safely, and see you out amongst the stars. Feel free to ask any questions, we all had to learn somewhere, and those that care will answer all they can.
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Hi there Commander RobM92
I'd like to introduce you to the Alliance Rapid-reaction Corps. (ARRC for short)

We are a possibly one of the biggest, small Player Minjor Factions. We are a well established group with a presence in over 20 of the "Old Worlds"
Our base of operations is in our home system of Zaonce, Ridley Scott station.
The home of the Zaonce Fleet and the Bank of Zaonce.
Our systems include Arque, the new home of Professor Palin and Tionisla, where the famous Ships Graveyard is reputed to bear permanent monument to many a brave pilot.

From the content of your post you sound like a perfect fit for us and we love helping out Noobs.
Although we are mostly based around Europe we do have a few US players..
Now that we have Professor Palin in our jurisdiction we are having what the ancient Chinese called interesting times.

A lot of us were here in '84 and as far as game play goes we moslty bimble about engaging in pretty much whatever come to mind.

Our activities include PVE exploration
PvP in a training group called "Fighter Club" (See my signature. No membership required)
Thagoid hunting in the Pleiades
Racing SLFs, SRVs and other vehicles in odd and remote locations
Driving SRVs into space stations...

Well you get the idea. Pretty much anything that's fun.
Join our forum thread and lend us your ideas.

Background Simulation or Powerplay?
Yes we also involve ourselves in the Background Simulation and Powerplay aspects of the game. Flipping systems for the Alliance, fighting to keep or control systems etc.

You pretty much couldn't find a more friendly bunch of commanders with an eye for fun and a taste for adventure always on the lookout for new and exciting things to try.

Come along and give us a go. Links to our Discord channel and the Fighter Club thread are in my signature, or you could apply on INARA where you will find our Faction page.

Time zone is GMT UK but we are to be found online pretty much any time.

Spiral Spirits Division - Do you want to be part of a fun, energetic and helpful squad? Protector of our home system in Coriat, bringing peace throughout the galaxy. Why not join Spiral Spirits Division today? It is a newly created faction, working on their goals to bringing peace throughout the galaxy by expanding and maintaining each system. Come join us on our mission. We have taken over our home system.

We accept all type of players, ideally Imperial Aligned but not essential.
We accept all players from all platforms.
We welcome all players from new to experienced.
We have got quite a few ranks that need filling with dedicated members :)

Join our Discord server to find out more information:

See you on board CMDR! :)
Hey there, I'm from South Wales. I joined AOD, They're great with users from all over the EU. Welsh, Irish, French, Scottish and more. As well as US players who are on during reasonable UK times.

These guys are very helpful and happy to assist.


The Alliance Wolfpack Division is looking for pilots, Both new and old that wish to join a Player Faction that will happily help you remember or learn new things about the game.

What we do: Alliance Wolfpack Division does pretty much anything in the game, We have members devoted to mining and teaching members the ropes, Just as much as we have members devoted to combat and trading.

Who we are: The Alliance Wolfpack Division started from the the goal and ambition of working with the Alliance of Independents while looking for a new home to call our own. the Alliance Wolfpack Division is to think of it a Mercenary Company/ Private Security Company.

How we play: The Alliance Wolfpack Division is a mixture of casual gaming for the most part mixed in with more hardcore pushes if its needed. We don't enforce a mandatory amount of time a week to play the game, All we do is ask that our members help when they can where they can. Even two missions can assist us in the long run.

Our Ranks: In the Alliance Wolfpack Division we have ranks spanning from "Recruit" which simply means you have joined the Alliance Wolfpack Division on Inara, The in game Squadron and Discord. To Vice Admiral and Admiral given to the most deserving members. And of course Fleet Admiral given to the leader.

How to rank up: The easiest way to rank up in the Alliance Wolfpack Division is to work for the faction or help recruit new members, The more work or recruiting you do the higher your rank in the Alliance Wolfpack Division will be.

How to join: If this sounds like something you wish to be apart of you can head over to our Inara and Discord server via the links below. Request to join the Inara and join the discord and our command staff will welcome you. To join the in game squadron search for "Alliance Wolfpack Division" or "AWSV" and send in your application.

Greetings RobM92! The Wrecking Crew is looking for a few great Commanders to join our Independent Cooperative, PvE player group focused mainly on combat and missions. We are looking for very active players who love to have fun, don't take themselves to seriously, and who would love the support of a wing through their travels! Drop us a line on discord to see what we are all about! Noob or seasoned, WE WANT YOU! P.S. We have several new players from the EU as well! CMDR Winged Gecko o7
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