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It has been a long time since my last journal entry. During that time, I have continued to transport rare goods across the galaxy and even fought for a short while on behalf of the Empire. Unfortunately, I then injured myself!

Combat in Conflict Zones…
It really isn’t that hard to find somewhere to fight. I checked the GalNet News feeds and found reports of tension and conflict in Durius, but that system seems a bit annoying in terms of travel, so I instead fought in nearby Buricasses, where the same factions are in a state of war.

Quick guide on how to find conflict zones in Elite: Dangerous.

It went well, but my time was limited… I did finally settle on a fitting for my Cobra Mk III though: While a four Beam Laser fitting does seem to have benefits of frightening opponents, affecting their ability to focus later on in the battle after their shields go down, Cannons do indeed seem to be a much better secondary weapon for the Hull of an enemy ship. I still will have to research whether a two Beam Laser and two Cannon fitting could be bettered by a two Pulse Laser and two Cannon fitting though…

Some footage from some Conflict Zone combat in Buricasses.

Unfortunately with only a few kills under my belt I quite badly injured myself when I tripped on a bottle of Lavian Whiskey, while carrying a Leathery Egg, at the top of the internal Cargo hatch in my Cobra Mk III. After tumbling down the stairs and falling into a stack of Tree Grubs, I felt quite a lot of pain! A week later, I consulted a Doctor and found out I had managed to bruise my spleen and crack a rib! So I have been sat in a station for most of the time recently, making the occasional cargo run when time, patience, breathing and painkillers permitted me to do so.

(I really did injure myself, but no Whiskey was involved in real life).

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Left: Hires redraw I did of a 'Frontier - Elite II' Eagle ship with Merlin and Aster planets visible.

My first space game addiction was with David Braben's 'Frontier - Elite II' released in 1993 on the Commodore Amiga. This game actually gave me so much of what I wanted in a game that I continued to play it until the 'Elite - Dangerous' release in 2014.

I also played through the 'Wing Commander' series from Chris Roberts, enjoying them immensely. This led directly to my support of his 2012 crowdfunding campaign for the Star Citizen and Squadron 42 games that are still in development.

I use space games to try to escape from the pressures of real life. I occasionally upload or stream gameplay to YouTube and Twitch.


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.

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