Anaconda space craft in Elite: Dangerous.

Elite Journal: Anaconda too soon?

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During my time as your average ruff and tumble – ex-space marine – space adventurer – fighter guy, I’ve found myself many times making the tough decision to sell everything I own, so I can move up to the bigger, better, or more deadly. I stayed in many lower-end ships far too long in some cases, but now I feel like I may have moved up to the Anaconda too fast?

I could only afford a B-rated Anaconda fitting, but wanted to see if this ship would work for me at that level. Honestly? It did the job. I felt fairly invincible against single enemies and had an easy time trading with it, too. But if I was set upon by a couple of good targets, I was in serious trouble.

Massively damaged Anaconda…

If you’re not looking for a regular combat ship, a B-rated Anaconda might be what you want, but if you enjoy your pew-pew like I do? You may be better off in a Python or one of the cheaper ships until you have about 0.5 billion credits to your name, or for every million in bounties you collect, you’ll be giving up 100k in repairs and maybe even risking about five million in insurance… Won’t take you long to get that half billion though, right?

45mins of unedited LTT 4961 HazRes combat footage in a B-rated Anaconda.

It’s just too early for me… But rather than going back to the Python, I might try a Fer de Lance!

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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.