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Elite’s Distant Worlds 2 travelogue: a week filled with wonder and wreckage

In order to approach the facility safely I had to steer around the black hole that lingers in orbit just three light seconds away. From there I sailed my ship, the Evelynne Christine, to within 350,000 kilometers of another massive black hole called Thor’s Eye. In Elite, getting that close to a black hole isn’t terribly dangerous, but the closer you get the harder it is to keep your bearings. The colossal forces at work inside the black hole actually distorted the bright light from millions of d

By | 2019-01-17T16:00:00+00:00 January 17th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Over 10K Elite Dangerous pilots embarked on Distant Worlds 2, though a few faceplanted into a 3.3G planet

Distant Worlds 2 is Elite: Dangerous' second organized journey across the Milky Way to the remote Beagle Point, and it's the space sim's largest group expedition yet. Last weekend, over 10,000 players launched from Pallaeni as the expedition kicked off, a number confirmed by Frontier CEO David Braben. One consequence of gathering so many players in each instance was an invasion of NPC ships. In memory of The View's multiple casualties, Commander Flimsie offered a poem on Reddit:There once was a

By | 2019-01-15T20:06:07+00:00 January 15th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Elite’s Distant Worlds 2 expedition: Inside the elaborate role-play with a cast of hundreds

As of today, the Distant Worlds 2 expedition in Elite: Dangerous has over 9,400 participants, making it the single largest player-led fleet in the spacefaring game’s history. The system that she’ll be using for the Distant Worlds 2 RPG is the officially licensed Elite: Dangerous Role Playing Game (EDRPG), published by Spidermind Games. When Wishblend arrives in the Distant Worlds 2 Discord channel some time next week, she’ll be greeted by at least a dozen new personas, all player-characters gene

By | 2019-01-10T16:00:00+00:00 January 10th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Over 8,000 Elite Dangerous pilots are embarking on an incredible 18-week journey

Thousands of Elite Dangerous players—over 8,000, according to the sign-up sheet—are preparing to embark on another incredible voyage across the Milky Way. The destination is Beagle Point, some 65,279 light years from Earth, past the galactic core, at the very edge of the galaxy. The first Distant Worlds expedition also targeted Beagle Point, retreading the journey taken by Commander Erimus and the DSS Beagle—hence the name of the destination. Though the target remains Beagle, the hope is that Di

By | 2019-01-09T19:27:17+00:00 January 9th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Elite’s Distant Worlds 2 expedition: How do you keep 8,000 players safe in a PvP MMO?

Distant Worlds 2 will be the game’s single largest fan-made event, but the risk for an individual player is high. So how to you keep thousands of unarmed players safe in a game that allows, even encourages, other players to blow them out of the sky? Polygon sat down with Distant Worlds 2 organizers Commanders Erimus Kamzel and Dr. Kaii to find out their plans for keeping the largest spacefleet in MMO history safe. So, Distant Worlds 2 will be taking place in a private group called FleetCom. Ther

By | 2019-01-08T16:00:00+00:00 January 8th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Elite’s Distant Worlds 2 expedition: Packing for a trip to the edge of the Milky Way

After it kicks off Jan. 13, Distant Worlds 2 will take players roughly eight full months to complete. Since Elite models all 400 billion star systems in the Milky Way galaxy, that means traveling to and through many uncharted systems. Packing lightThe best way to keep your ship in good working condition is to use it as infrequently as possible. It’s not the official, three-volume set of outfitting guides produced by the leaders of the Distant Worlds 2 expedition either. Along the way to the far

By | 2019-01-06T16:00:00+00:00 January 6th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

More than 4,600 Elite: Dangerous players will embark on an epic, eight-month journey

Early next year, they’ll embark on one of the largest and most dangerous journeys ever undertaken in the game. I decided to upgrade my frame shift drive, which will allow me to navigate some of the most challenging sections of the Distant Worlds 2 expedition. For Distant Worlds 2, the fleet will be even larger, second only to the 3,000 player space battle that I documented in 2017. The amount of planning that’s gone into Distant Worlds 2 is extraordinary. To add color to the experience, the team

By | 2018-12-27T16:00:00+00:00 December 27th, 2018|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

NASA’s new apps let you explore distant Earth-like worlds – and take selfies

TRAPPIST-1 is the only known system with seven Earth-sized planets that could contain water. Space shuttersThe NASA Selfies app (available to download free for Android and iOS) is much simpler, and aimed at younger users. Snap a selfie, and the app will paste you into a 'virtual spacesuit' in front of a stunning full-color image from Spitzer. The resulting collage is accompanied by a panel of facts, and kids can share the results on social media. It might not carry the same social caché as Arian

By | 2018-08-23T10:17:25+00:00 August 23rd, 2018|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stellaris: Distant Stars story DLC is coming next week

Stellaris: Distant Stars, the next story DLC for the grand strategy space game, will release next Tuesday, May 22, Paradox Interactive has announced. A new video, above, breaks down all the things you can expect from the DLC, which will cost $9.99. The biggest addition is a new cluster of stars called the L-Cluster, which is separated from the rest of the galaxy. Paradox will also release the game's free 2.1 Niven update alongside Distant Stars. Niven, which I wrote about here, overhauls anomali

By | 2018-05-19T14:40:59+00:00 May 19th, 2018|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stellaris unveils Distant Stars story DLC with gentle giants and angry space neighbours

Hot on the heels of its anomaly-overhauling, multi-star system-flaunting 2.1 update reveal, Stellaris has unveiled its latest story pack. Named Distant Stars, the as yet undated narrative expansion targets exploration and discovery. They might unearth "hidden traces of an ancient gateway network" or unique solar systems ripe for research. Like Phil, I enjoyed the 4x-meets-grand strategy venture's early game promise at launch, but struggled with its mid-late game lulls. It's in a much better stat

By | 2018-04-24T11:23:37+00:00 April 24th, 2018|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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