Elite Journal: Master in a T9

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While continuing to rank up with the Empire, I’ve been flying a Lakon Type 9 quite a bit. An exciting moment today where I found myself being pirated and chased right into the station… The station announcer said it is the fastest she’s ever seen a T9 get into the docking bay! I didn’t even need her help to find the slot!

I made quite a bit of money through the trading and courier missions, allowing me to afford both a Type 9 and Class A Vulture simultaneously, so I have been using the Vulture to kill Pirates and smuggle their goods to the Black Market.

Chrome Vulture picks up illegal goods to sell...

Chrome Vulture picks up illegal goods to sell…

Eventually, I got promoted!



Then when I get bored of the combat? Back to the Type 9!

Type 9 undocks from a station...

Type 9 undocks from a station…

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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.

These days I use gaming to try to escape from the pressures of real life. I also occasionally upload or stream gameplay to YouTube and Twitch, and rather than doing this to instruct others of the best way to play, I do it because of the social interaction with viewers and other gamers.

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


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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.