Discussion with Mark Allen on damage and defenses ... found this one quite interesting as it looks they are working on some "serious" issue which was typical for PvP: Once you lost shield, your ship was quickly disabled with destroyed Power Plant (or FSD) no matter how strong hull or armor upgrade you had.
Edit: Not beeing a big fan of database calculations for trades (--> grinding galore), I'd rather stick with this:
well, ive spend half a day in the game and ive to say that how everything works together is very realistic
espeically the transitions between the pretty large scales as you have normal flight around stations... then multiple levels of cruise and then system jumps
having fights around stations and then traveling large distances on massive scale (solar systems have a 1:1 scale) is pretty good solved
however, the universe... at least the systems i have visited so far are a pretty lonely place
large scales comes with large emptiness
the game is overly realistic (also with heat signatures, running in silent mode which increases the heat inside your ship, hull breaches where you slowly loose air, etc.)... so realistic that lots of the stuff you do their does not feel like playing a game... it feels like work.
If you pick a trade job from a station you have to do a shitload of stuff to get the cargo delivered.
1. accept the job
2. Tell the station that you want to launch
3. pull your ship up from the docking bay
4. pull in your landing gear
5. accellerate and move out of the docking area (without crashing into something)
6. move at least 5km away from the station so you escape its gravity
7. open your ship menu
8. browse through that menu until you hit navigation
9. target the system where you have to deliver the cargo to
10. move your ship into the direction of that system
11. enable jump drive
12. jump after 4 secs
13. try not to crash into now suddenly infront of your appearing sun
14. open the menu again
15. try to locate the station you want to fly to
16. if you dont remember the name of that station anymore (that could happen at this point) browse to the job board
17. now select the station you want to fly to
18. move your ship in the direction of that station and fly their in super cruise
19. dont fly too fast or you might miss the system (reduce speed soon enough so you reach best combination of speed and drop out distance)
20. leave crusie
21. fly into range of the station 7,5km
22. request permission to dock
23. request permission to dock again... because it was denied the first time coz all docks were full
24. repeat to request permission to dock until you finally get permission
25. fly into the station or directly to the docking platform (depending on the station type)
26. reduce speed so you dont crash into something
27. enable your landing gear again
28. try to bring your ship into the perfect landing position
29. smoothly push your ship down to the docking platform without making a scratch into its paint
30. lower the docking platform and enable the stations services
31. find the job board
32. finally deliver your cargo
(thats the short version)
Well, it seems that here can come all this critics coming from players wanting more lively space, more things to do etc. etc. etc. ... or you will find that despite all what is difficult or missing you like this game. I decided speed little my chances to play ED and look forward for get own experience.
i think this game needs more player interaction and a long term goal
In Martinds link was someone referring to a video which shows silent running in perfection... The pilot tries to rob NPCs from their cargo without
shootingkilling them to fulfill some missions for pirate-factions.
Edit: I really don't know why he changed the normal HUD to this blue one....
The test-servers are open for all for a limited time and offer a broad variation of activities to take part:
Note that it's *beta* - for me, the key-bindings for targeting in CQC didn't work... however, some of the events are in the normal ED universe, though.
i see no reason to beta test that when there is still so much else to do in regular gameplay.
For me, it was testing PvP in same ships a few times in CQC without having to pay insurance...
Of course there is still plenty to discover in regular game.
... Providing a complete overview of all available third party tools, interesting threads, community websites/wikis and videos - all four are called entries on EDCodex. You might ask why? Due to the way the FD forum works a lot of good entries gets snowed under and the authors do NOT get the exposure they clearly deserve. For casual forums users, getting an overview of all entries is nearly impossible. Something we think is very important, especially for those new to Elite: Dangerous.
could be useful