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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: California Nebula (April Exploration Day 1)

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After my recovery from Barnard’s Loop, I got a good nights sleep in Jameson Memorial and set off into the black once again the following day, after I’d got my affairs in order (and paid my insurance); I decided to head straight for the California Nebula… Things didn’t start perfectly, I had forgotten to refuel, but quickly managed to fill my tanks during the short journey of just over 1000LY.

California Nebula is certainly a very pretty place to visit, with a mostly-red coloration that looks very nice, once you get far enough away from the star of any jump-in system you visit to view it from. It’s somewhere, along with Barnard’s Loop, that I would really advise any aspiring explorer to try to visit first to test their fittings and airlocks…

As for me? I shut down all essential systems after reaching the nebula and let my ship float silent while I got another decent night of sleep. On day two I’ll be heading into the black and towards the rift!


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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.