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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: GNE 3302 WP 0-1 – Dumbbell & Veil West Nebulas

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I’ll be brutally honest; Elite Dangerous has felt like a chore every time I have tried it recently. I can’t place exactly what is to blame, so I assume it to be a combination of small factors, including that I have been playing it constantly since it was an early-Alpha.

The good thing about this game is that the various play styles vary so much that you can take a break from Elite Dangerous by playing Elite Dangerous; What does that mean? Well, I can take a break from bounty hunting, combat, missions, etc, by just heading off into the blackness and exploring the galaxy.

I saw a screenshot someone posted of a group of explorers setting off on a great journey and honestly the timing couldn’t have been better… I asked for information, signed up, and found that I was actually a week late in doing so… But still had plenty of time to get out there and catch them up if a speed-ran the first couple of waypoints.

I set off from Abraham Lincoln, a station orbiting Earth in the Sol system and headed straight for Galactic Nebula Expedition Waypoint 0.

Dumbbell Nebula (BD+22 3878 System)

After taking a few screenshots of the location, I set target on waypoint 1, the Veil West Nebula (Veil West Sector DL-Y D68 System)

Veil West is a real sight to behold, and something that (along with Barnard’s Loop) should be added to every pilots ‘must visit’ list… Thankfully I have caught up with the tail-end of the main group, and should now be able to interact with other pilots at waypoint 2 in three days time…

 
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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.