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I owned an Amiga A600 and anticipated owning Frontier: Elite II hugely, watching a rolling demo of the intro sequence movie from the coverdisk of CU Amiga (Nov. 1993) as I went to bed at night! The game was given to me that following Christmas, and I never really looked back, continuing to play the game in some form until 2014!

Elite II really was an amazing game, because although I played through the Wing Commander series, the X series by Egosoft, and even EVE Online, I always went back to Elite.

Despise initial concerns from me during the Kickstarter campaign about timing, I am actively playing Elite: Dangerous, the long-awaited game from David Braben. With ED I actually once again feel like I can escape life.

I also backed Star Citizen on Kickstarter, this game from Chris Roberts (of Wing Commander), and I'm quite excited to see where that goes with both the Squadron 42 single player and multiplayer versions of that.

 

Elite Journal: Introduction

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After months and months of training, learning and fact finding, it is time to play the game for real: Elite Dangerous is released in seven days. With the recent announcement that our stats will not be reset on December 16, 2014 (the official launch), it’s time to start playing now.

As an early backer I had access to the Alpha, Beta and Gamma phases. During that process I have been quite consistently impressed by the development pace and quality. There’s been a few things that have concerned me, but nothing that would stop me playing at this point.

So, where to start? As an early backer I also have access to quite a few start options. I have decided to start my career in Lave, as I most often did in Elite II, but have also got rid of my Cobra Mk III in that game profile (which you can sell for 0 CR), so I start with the standard free Eagle. To me, this feels more like Elite.

Much like Elite II, I expect to stay in the local area for a while doing courier missions and bounty hunting until the local mafia hate me. If there is any need to move after the 16th due to a galactic conflict or something I can fight in, I’ll make that decision then…

 
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Tim is British and lives in the United States with his wife and kids.

He works for software developers Image Space Inc. and Studio 397 on their racing simulations, and is a fan of Gaming, Motorsports, and photography.