Elite Journal: Heading ‘South’ (April Exploration Day 2)

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Leaving behind the California Nebula, I made my way out to 4000LY ‘south’ of Sol on day two.

I did find myself in a little bit of a rift at about 2000LY, where the stars seemed quite spaced apart, so I did move closer to the galactic plane to find more stars around that distance.

Along the way I found some fabulous views of the side of Barnard’s Loop, and discovered two Earth-like worlds!

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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.