I’ve just downloaded the new build, checked it runs, but not yet investigated it, after upgrading my PC with a new graphics card and ssd…
I hope to play/test the new Beta this weekend, so, hopefully, I’ll be able to report on it then, and later give some reviews of the new hardware I’ve installed (with some more toys to come: including TrackIR and a better joystick/throttle combo).
Note: Apparently, some people are finding it hard to log into the multi-player version of this new Beta, and therefore Frontier are busy adding more servers. It’s hard for me to comment, without having the game re-installed yet!
Also, if you can start the launcher, but the ‘online’ option stays red, check your Windows firewall is permitting the launcher to access the internet. I found I had to add the launcher to the list of permitted applications (in the W7 firewall), before the online option became available, (but this was after re-installing the game on a new system, so may not be the case for those who update from the Premium Beta).
Video: Docking a Lakon Type 9 is ‘easy’
So, I’m just about to buy an Anaconda, but I want to share a little of the journey to this point. It’s probably a very similar journey to many others, since Elite: Dangerous is still at such an early stage and there are not many routes to bigger ships.
The Sidewinder was more fun than a starter ship had any right to be, and as I discovered a few times after upgrading to the Eagle, it isn’t bad in a dogfight either. I didn’t really learn to fly it very well, as the ‘bugginess’ of the early Premium Beta (PB) kinda made PvP or NPC bounty hunting a frustrating pastime. Still, I managed to trade enough to fit a couple of decent guns, and farmed the Fed Distress Signal.
Credits: Every pilot wants and needs them. But, before describing the ways to get credits, the first rule of Elite: Dangerous (ED) must be stated:
Always keep enough credits spare to pay for your ship insurance, preferably with a good amount left over.
OK, so if you’re in a starter Sidewinder, and you’ve only made a few trade runs, this rule is perhaps impossible to follow, and not so important; you will not need much time to regain your wealth, should you lose everything. As soon as you have made a few thousand credits, however, and definitely as soon as you have bought new weapons, or a new ship, you must avoid sinking all your credits into a new ship, cargo or weapons/modules. Why?
Video: “Elite: Dangerous – PvP combat tips #1,” by Nick Ludlam
Nick focuses on the importance of situational awareness and battlefield positioning. He also demonstrates the usefulness of power management, particularly the reduced damage taken with full power to shields.
This is definitely a video for the intermediate to advanced pilot, and is also yet another example of why I should leave making videos to the more engaging and gregarious ED fans! Nice one Nick. Keep ’em coming!
Video: “Docking: The Basics“
This video goes, very slowly and clearly, through the fundamental steps of docking.
I couldn’t find a video that I felt was both thorough and slow enough for new players, so I decided to make one myself.
The left user interface (UI):
In the video, I say it’s useful to know how to navigate the menus in the left Ui, but I don’t say which keys do this. This is because I have mapped my keys differently to the default, and I use the buttons on my joystick for the UI’s.
To discover which keys do what, you can always hit ‘escape’ and select ‘options/controls’ to see a list of all the control settings, including the UI controls.
I hope the video is useful!
Newsletter #30 details some of the new features in the Standard Beta release, (due; 29 July).
These include; police protection of station no-fire zones and response to crimes, text and voice comms, group matching and single player modes, and ship decals.
Ooooh, look at the pretty colours!
Premium Beta (PB), version 2.02, is a very significant step forward. The most important developments, however, are what it does not include!
Yes, the new Orbis starport has been widely acclaimed for its splendiferousness, but PB2 did not add much new content or many new features. However, if you have just jumped into the Premium Beta you will find Elite: Dangerous already feels like a playable game. This is simply because Frontier have fixed most of the ‘game-breaking’ bugs, (which I highlighted in a previous post, giving my first impressions of the Premium Beta). The new incremental upgrading also means we are able to install new versions in a matter of seconds, rather than minutes.