UAs, Barnacles & More Thread 5 - The Canonn

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Just found a UA in HIP 21285, is this normal? I accidentally ran into it and destroyed it, while trying to look at it, I was so juiced when it say ship scan detected that I didnt even check my speed and ran straight into it, so cant confirm the direction it was pointing. gonna try and get another to spawn

EDIT: got another to spawn. this system is 136ly away from Merope, and the UA points directly at it. As soon as I lined them up, I was disconnected from the matchmaking server, go figure.
 
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Just found a UA in HIP 21285, is this normal? I accidentally ran into it and destroyed it, while trying to look at it, I was so juiced when it say ship scan detected that I didnt even check my speed and ran straight into it, so cant confirm the direction it was pointing. gonna try and get another to spawn

EDIT: got another to spawn. this system is 136ly away from Merope, and the UA points directly at it. As soon as I lined them up, I was disconnected from the matchmaking server, go figure.
Yup. Completely normal.

Shell spawn range is 135-150LY
 
Greetings Commanders.

Subject: Top down view of Barnacle site.
Location: Merope 5C @ -26.35 -156.41.
Note: 17 Spikes visible apart from central subject Barnacle.

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Nope. Still bugged.
Pleiades Sector JC-U b3-2 125.336325.5291

I really love spending 1 of my 2 hrs a night logging in and out and switching from SRV to ship just to get Barni to spawn. Now that's what I call fun!
Mmm, after my first BSOD I also had no subsequent barnacle spawns-frustrating!!
 
So I just got 2 Meta Alloy from one of the spikes at the Barnacle on Merope 5C and another 2 from the other spike

Background: I've been camped out at this barnacle (Mobius) for a few days ... just staring at the damn thing ... not shooting the spikes ... logged in a bit ago ... I'm the only one there ... another CMDR shows up in an Asp and shoots one of the large (Meta Alloy) spikes from his ship ... Meta Alloy pops out ... so I shoot the other large spike with my SRV ... Meta Alloy pops out .. I shoot the spike again and a second Meta Alloy pops out ... I scoop them both ... drop them in my ship ... head back over and scoop the one up that the other CMDR (who has since left) shot from his Asp ... I shoot that spike and another Meta Alloy drops ... so 4 from 2 spikes

Is this a new behavior? Does the age of the spikes have something do to with how many Meta Alloys it has? Can other spikes grow Meta Alloys if they are allowed to live long enough?

Thoughts?
Oh yes. Sometimes they spawn two or three times each on top of the other. I've already reported here a case where I was able to shot 3 times each tree, collecting 6 Meta-Alloys pods.

On a second note:

last night (GMT) it was AMAZING to see so many wings of CMDRs protecting and patrolling the explorers around the Pleiades.
Outside Obsidian Orbital it was a fest of combat ships.
I was able to go around from a Barnacle site to another in my Tanked Clipper, without any issue of sort: no gankers around.
And I tried a couple of instancing experiments with them, switching from Open to Solo to Mobius in front of Barnacles: they always spawned for me.

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Has anyone figured out what the patch notes mean by:


I'd go look around in Maia myself, but, I'm 8000+LY away.
Darnielle's Progress is a new AWESOME Planet outpost in Maia: it has OUTFITTING and it is well furnished! It has Class 3 Cannons and Beams, all the Bi-Weave shields, all the Planetary stuff, Hull enhancers, and a lot of other juicy modules.
I suspect it could spawn the Meta-Alloys mission as well.

https://eddb.io/station/outfitting/47951

EDIT: I've added it to the OP.
 
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Darnielle's Progress is a new AWESOME Planet outpost in Maia: it has OUTFITTING and it is well furnished! It has Class 3 Cannons and Beams, all the Bi-Weave shields, all the Planetary stuff, Hull enhancers, and a lot of other juicy modules.
While that is the correct answer, it was not the tin foil hat answer I was hoping for. Thank you.
 
Salvagable wreckage sites generally aren't that exciting. Is there anything special apart from the persistence?
Are the other persistent crash sites from the CG still there ? If so, is nobody interested in what ships they were ?
Unless you find an Occupied Escape Capsule, I doubt there is much plot there (until the next CG)
 
I messed about with an UA and a meta-alloy seed yesterday. Nothing happened, even when I got them to touch each other.

The most interesting observation is how the objects reflect light. This was in daylight (not quit noon) conditions.
The UA is very bright. Almost white. The meta-alloy is quite dark, even in the sunlight.

The grey bits on the Meta-Alloy and the darkest bits on the UA head (the bits between the ox-head markings) seem like the same material. They still reflect light very differently.

Probably just settings on the 3D models. They are most likely optimized for different light environments.


Edit: I thought I was able to spot a barnacle from 9km yesterday, but it turned out to be Commander Darwins shiny white Cutter. It was beautiful in the sunlight.:)

The barnacle became visible for me at about 3km.
 
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Are the other persistent crash sites from the CG still there ? If so, is nobody interested in what ships they were ?
Unless you find an Occupied Escape Capsule, I doubt there is much plot there (until the next CG)
From looking at the wreckage during the CG they were mostly Clippers and Federal Assault/Drop/Gunships. There is more discussion of in the SS1/Antares thread.
 
Darnielle's Progress is a new AWESOME Planet outpost in Maia: it has OUTFITTING and it is well furnished! It has Class 3 Cannons and Beams, all the Bi-Weave shields, all the Planetary stuff, Hull enhancers, and a lot of other juicy modules.
I suspect it could spawn the Meta-Alloys mission as well.

https://eddb.io/station/outfitting/47951

EDIT: I've added it to the OP.
That region is shaping up to be quite important to the game. All that is needed in the Pleiades now is a shipyard, and players will never have to leave the area if they don't want to.
 
OK, sorry if this has been asked before, I've been away a few days and don't have the time to look back over many pages, I did check the front page...

Anyway, why 'Darnielle's Progress' ? WHo is Darnielle, and what is he/she progressing? I did a quick look back over some of the older Palin galnet posts to see if Darnielle was mentioned as perhaps one of his research assistants, given this is a Palin sponsored research outpost, but nada. It seems a wierd name to pull out of the hat.
 
OK, sorry if this has been asked before, I've been away a few days and don't have the time to look back over many pages, I did check the front page...

Anyway, why 'Darnielle's Progress' ? WHo is Darnielle, and what is he/she progressing? I did a quick look back over some of the older Palin galnet posts to see if Darnielle was mentioned as perhaps one of his research assistants, given this is a Palin sponsored research outpost, but nada. It seems a wierd name to pull out of the hat.
A quick google search for "Elite Dangerous Darnielle" reveals quite a few places in-game already using that name, like Darnielle Hub in 28 Beta Serpentis, Darnielle Station in Kotilekui, and Darnielle Plant in Avane. So I doubt the name has any relevance as it seems procedurally assembled, much like the names of most NPCs.
 
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Edit: I thought I was able to spot a barnacle from 9km yesterday, but it turned out to be Commander Darwins shiny white Cutter. It was beautiful in the sunlight.:)

The barnacle became visible for me at about 3km.
It was strange how we de-instanced mid conversation, and I could then see 4 meta pods, 2 on each spike.

Similar when another CMDR joined. This time we saw different things. He harvested right in front of me (I saw him shoot and scoop) but my 2 pods and spines remained intact.

As for the ship, I'm still in the taking selfies phase of newness.

When I paid a visit to Merope 5C,
"I'm watching Darwin try and land that whale" was seen on the local comms as I was trying to find a flat spot to land...
 
It was strange how we de-instanced mid conversation, and I could then see 4 meta pods, 2 on each spike.

Similar when another CMDR joined. This time we saw different things. He harvested right in front of me (I saw him shoot and scoop) but my 2 pods and spines remained intact.

As for the ship, I'm still in the taking selfies phase of newness.

When I paid a visit to Merope 5C,
"I'm watching Darwin try and land that whale" was seen on the local comms as I was trying to find a flat spot to land...

We were actually de-instanced by one of my kids, who woke up with a bad dream.:p

When I logged back in, I was in my own instance. At least the barnacle was still there and I managed to do some tests.
 
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