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After leaving Veil West Nebula behind me (spectacular, by the way), I set off towards NGC 6820… Unfortunately, fate had different ideas on how this trip was going to go and while trying to land on a planet for a simple picture of what looked to be a nice view – I crashed. After transportation all the way back to Sol, a large insurance payout and treatment for a few cuts and bruises, I set out again on a speed-run directly to Waypoint 2 and the NGC 6820 Nebula.

The speed-run to the Nebula was uneventful, and I got some nice gallery images along the way…

My arrival at the Waypoint was clean, and I met up with a few other commanders on-site at the European time slot. Unfortunately the lighting really wasn’t that great at the waypoint, so I decided to stick around and wait until the next day to leave, hoping for better light.

The next day certainly delivered! With the waypoint now in the shadow of the planet, the beautiful ambient light of the NGC 6820 Nebula changed the grey planetoid I had been on into a stunning red and pink wonderland…

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

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.

I use space games to try to escape from the pressures of real life. I occasionally upload or stream gameplay to YouTube and Twitch.


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.

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