Your Character Is Not A Grizzled, Hard-Up Miner: They Are Filthy Rich (SHOCKING)

Maybe back in my days where the most expensive ship I had was my Courier, but right now I imagine that logging into the game in the pilot seat is him waking up after passing out in the cockpit after a day on Lavian brandy and eating too much braised Ceti rabbit (I'm assuming he's got a cleaning robot for the empty bottles).

As befits a commander of wealth he's also got involved in politics. At the moment this mainly involves murdering any politicians that are a problem for the local anarchy faction. Violence is never the answer, but he got it wrong on purpose.
Now that you mention it... Lavian Brandy may be involved in my CMDR's life. Or is it Onionhead? Hhhmm... He never can remember...

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To be fair im pretty poor.

Well compared to 90% of the playerbase anyways. Maybe I have more money than some very early gamers.

Hell I dont have/cannot afford a large ship even if I wanted one. (I dont)

Tight wallet is a good motivator to kill your opponent before they kill you.

Grizzled no.. A tight fisted {REDACTED}, probably..


Also my cmdr cares not for the riches and glamour. He spent so long in the black working for scum across the galaxy that he eventually snapped and spend his time looking to squash said rich boys under his guns.
 
Your character can buy military-grade warships with pocket change. Pretending they are somehow financially unstable or not stinking rich is disingenuous.
I make this thread only because I've noticed a distinct trend in fleshed-out CMDRs - they're always some kind of grizzled person and emphasis is often placed on their mediocre, gritty living conditions. This doesn't make any sense, considering they could probably paper their ship's cargo hold with thousand-credit bills.

Why is everyone so obsessed with being grizzled and poor? Is it a projection thing? What does my character being a spoiled, irreverent rich brat mean for my real life personality?
My character started out as an Imperial Slave, having sold herself into slavery for the money needed for entry to the Pilots' Federation. (This was during the Alpha, Betas, and Gamma, as a way of explaining the frequent Commander resets.)

Once she'd finished her term of service, she was a struggling Commander... until she'd fully kitted out her Cobra III, and started BGS work. She was financially secure enough to occasionally make donations to brave freedom fighters resisting the cruel Galactic Federation... among other things.

About the time she started Buckyball Racing, she was wealthy enough to own several small and medium ships dedicated to racing, had established an "adrenaline tours" business out of MacKenzie Relay, she had reclaimed her family's small estate on Emerald, and had several Imperial Slaves who were willing to serve her for ten years in exchange for her paying for their education.

These days, I consider her to be a Patron in the Empire. "Team Stevenson" has grown from one brilliant technician with several assistants to a dozen specialists including a doctor, the estate has since grown by two orders of magnitude, Stevenson Whirlwind Adventures still does "adrenaline tours," but primarily pays its bills and maintenance via normal passenger runs and non-urgent deliveries, and she herself is among the idle rich, out exploring the far edge of the Galaxy because she can, not because she actually needs the money.

This is all thanks to Frontier going all Monty Haul Campaign on mission rewards as a response to credit exploits, rather than fixing them and balancing risks, rewards, and costs in the game. I can only conclude that the Pilots' Federation is engaged in some extremely shady practices, in order to justify "You could buy your own ship for that!" mission rewards.

Now, personally I would prefer to play a poor commander who has to decide over whether taking a risky mission is worth the money to upgrade the Power Distributor in her only ship... but that hasn't described gameplay in Elite Dangerous since at least 1.3. :rolleyes:
 
My character's not wrong, he's just different but his pride won't let him do things to make you think he's right. However he's not haggard, he's Strait, and his eyes are cold and restless.
 
Violence is never the answer, but he got it wrong on purpose.
Or as my father once told me, "If violence isn't the answer, son, it might just be that you've asked yourself the wrong question."

As to the idea behind they thread...I do remember the early days...mid 3303...and I would see a (one) CMDR in an Anaconda and I would sigh and think, "One day, that will be me...one day." Now Opalaconda's, Newberial Cutters, Voideral Corvettes are ubiquitous.

But yeah, across PC and XBox, I am worth roughly only five billion....which to me is hysterical because I can clearly remember thinking a few years ago, sitting in my CMKIII, how on Earth anyone could ever even earn a few million, let alone billion.
 
I'm not seeing the point of this thread. People playing the game wrong in your eyes or something? Who cares?

I don't have a cargo hold and have never gone mining in the game. So... okay. :unsure:
 
It's even worse when you consider that 1cr = £50.
I remember working this out and coming up with a similar answer. Did you work this out from the price of a pint of beer as well?

Or as my father once told me, "If violence isn't the answer, son, it might just be that you've asked yourself the wrong question."

As to the idea behind they thread...I do remember the early days...mid 3303...and I would see a (one) CMDR in an Anaconda and I would sigh and think, "One day, that will be me...one day." Now Opalaconda's, Newberial Cutters, Voideral Corvettes are ubiquitous.

But yeah, across PC and XBox, I am worth roughly only five billion....which to me is hysterical because I can clearly remember thinking a few years ago, sitting in my CMKIII, how on Earth anyone could ever even earn a few million, let alone billion.
I remember once sitting in my Viper, very proud of having bought it and then scrolling through to see the cost of a Python and thinking how am I going to earn that? I do look back on those early days of near total ignorance and I'm glad I had that introduction to the game, rather than having the money for an Anaconda in a week.

That early difficulty and sense of overcoming something probably keeps me playing now.
 
The largest ship I've bothered owning in the game is a Python, and I've been playing since 2015. Credits don't mean much to me in the game and I'm generally out exploring in a Vulture these past few years.

Regardless of all that, the OP seems to be forgetting about the eccentric and passionate. There have been a number of well-off people that for whatever reasons still lived rather grizzled and even deranged hermit like lives.
 
There's a book about this topic: The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley. I read it a few decades ago after my mum gave it to me as a gift. Its a good book and reveals a lot about different careers and how successful ppl use (or misuse) their money. ... just thought I'd leave that here

GL HF
 
There's a book about this topic: The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley. I read it a few decades ago after my mum gave it to me as a gift. Its a good book and reveals a lot about different careers and how successful ppl use (or misuse) their money. ... just thought I'd leave that here

GL HF
I really wish the neighbours would stop writing about me.
Honestly, ya chuck out one solid gold toilet during renovations and it's all 'OOOH look at him all la-de-da! Solid gold toilets!'.
It's embarrassing and I wish they'd stop. Gold is so last decade.
It's solid platinum these days. Jef Bezos has accepted the job of 'keeper of the stool' and everything.
Does anyone mention that? No.
Just the gold toilets.
 
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