29-04-3303 Your universe needs you, CMDR!

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Announcements

With a lot of healthy speculation around the 29th event, some press coverage, various stream interviews and with the help of my fellow conspirators, I thought I’d provide a little more background to the structure of the event. Many thanks to CMDR Erimus in particular for his help here.

The original event that we envisioned many months ago was a chase from A to B, across the frontier worlds and into the bubble. We looked to see if this was feasible and interesting enough given the game limitations and instancing mechanics.

We came to the view that it wasn’t, at least not in such a simplistic manner. One of three things would occur with that scenario:

  • All the protagonists would die in the first 5 minutes
  • All of the protagonists would leave everyone in their wake and be gone in a flash
  • The servers would melt with having so many people gathered in one location at one specific time (the Distant Worlds Sag-A* showed that is one scenario FD won’t appreciate!).

So the event is designed to transpire as follows:

The protagonists will leave 46 Eridani and attempt to reach their destinations somewhere central within in the core worlds (bubble), and those aligned to them, or opposed to them, are encouraged to spread out across the frontier and deploy fleets to areas that the protagonists will attempt to run through.

People who want to help and be involved them can fight for superiority in those areas and prevent blockades and camps from forming, while those who are opposed to the protagonists can attempt to chase down and outmanoeuvre the fugitives, or gain control of the hotspot regions that allies will be patrolling.

This allows several things. Firstly if players follow these guidelines, the event will be spread out over a larger area so the whole thing isn’t based on one single focal point and stressing the servers.

It allows players on both sides to use some tactics and strategy to out manoeuvre each other, they can deploy scouts and use intel to spy on each other (which is already happening), they have an opportunity to use tactics, deception, and put some thought into ship loadouts other than simply taking the fastest thing they have.

Rather than a simple chase, we have a series of factions, fleets and ships jockeying for position between 46 Eridani and the core.

Groups and alliances have been forming for the last few weeks, on both sides. Individuals and lonewolf players are taking part and finding roles for themselves, be it scouting for either side, or infiltrating the various discords to gather intel that suits them if they’re an opportunist bounty hunter.

Instancing remains an issue, but we can’t do anything about it on the technical level – hence the guidance here. Anything on this scale will always be at the mercy of that.

In saying all that, there’s a chance that all the protagonists will die in the first 5 minutes, but there’s also a chance one or two of them could make it to their destinations too.

Whatever happens people need to understand that nothing of this type or scale has been tried before (that we’re aware of) so there is no blueprint to work from.

We don’t know how it’ll pan out – Regardless, not everyone will be happy. That’s the only thing we’re 100% sure of! We’re appealing to the community to get stuck in and make it the best it can be. You all get to write on, Commanders.

Those who want to see the protagonists fail, please feel free to open your own servers and get organized, there’s still time. Or seek out players that have already done that for you.

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  1. So the event is not going to take place in one system? If it was in one system, the shitty instancing system made the possibility of meeting these characters the same as winning a lottery. Now, that they will be running through a handful of systems in an unpredictable path, how is anyone supposed to meet them? Pick a system between Eridani and the Bubble and hope for the best? I liked the lottery odds better than no odds at all.

    So much for participating. 🙁

    • I think you underestimate the community, Esso. 🙂 There will be all sorts of info about the protagonists’ location being broadcast by players as they get intel from their sources. Plenty of opportunities to intercept, or attack the scouts, or defend a waypoint.

      If we stuck with a single system a max of 32 CMDRs would see anything at all. Not much fun.

      • It’s meant to be a chase, so chase…

        There will be people streaming so plenty of opportunity to pick up clues from that as well…

      • Fair enough. Wish you guys the best and i sure hope Salome lives.

      • Drew, Selezen, broadcasting info about the location of protagonists and looking for clues on streams is useless if when you there you’re not randomly placed in the same instance. There’s no way to broadcast the “location” of an instance and no way to pilot the ship to a specific instance anyway. What you get is just pock luck with very poor odds that get poorer with each new player that arrives. The way you’re promoting this event is just guaranteed to cause disappointment.

        • I respect your view, but I also respectfully disagree. 🙂

          • My first three sentences aren’t a view. They’re statement of fact about the way the game operates. If you’re saying their are in error, then how about offering corrections?

      • I would help out but I am in Colonia relaxing and exploring at the moment, so have fun.

        Drew, are you going to do a live stream of the event?

        Regards

        And did you vote for me! 😉

      • Hey man this is awesome these kind of challenges should be done daily where more low level people are put under the same type of event as salome

  2. I just finished Reclamation, and I can say that I’ll be standing by Salomé and Friends!

  3. Commander Esso, I respectfully disagree.

    This mechanic will allow a much larger slice of the community to be involved.

    The lone wolves, as you correctly assert, will have the toughest job chasing down the protagonists. The groups of Commanders will have it slightly easier as they will be securing systems en route (until opposing forces arrive that is).

    To hold this in a single system would lock out thousands of Commanders from participating. Much like a CG held in a single system would do the same.

    • I realize that now. More people is always better.

  4. If I wanted to get in to Salomes wing and act as a… news reporter would that be possible? 😀

  5. Congrats on setting this up, it’s a hell of a lot of work and given the constraints of reality, human nature, game structure etc it looks like you’ve all done the best with the tools available.

    The helter skelter rabble responding in coordinated and uncoordinated ways reminds me somewhat of the final battle scenes in Lave Revolution.

  6. Discord is a really clunky way of organising this in my opinion. I quick web form with follow-up via something such as Discord would have been better. Free-form chat in an IRC clone is intimidating and likely not to get the correct answers (or even questions).

    • You really don’t get how good Discord is. Its quite capable and really the best format for PC gaming socializing.

  7. Very excited about this – even if I don’t manage to get into the mix, good luck! Hope Salomé pulls through like she always does…

  8. Tried to join in – I was told that they regard my Vulture as “too weak” to PvP, and because I’m roleplaying my CMDR in such a way that he only has one ship, I’m explicitly excluded from the event. Funny thing is, that “weak” Vulture has killed or routed Harry Potter, Exiton, Omega Fighter, Cillit Bang etc on many occasions.

    Bloody ironic, I’d say, that I’m excluded for roleplaying (and their narrow-mindedness) in an event that’s *all about* roleplaying.

    • Thanks for the heads up. I’ll pop into the discord and remind folks to be as inclusive as possible. You have my personal invitation CMDR! 🙂

      • I appreciate the sentiment, Drew, but it’s sadly too late for me – in a fit of frustration, I said I’d take the wife out for dinner instead (rescinding that would cost me far more than I could gain from helping save Salomé…). However, I definitely think the Discord guys could do with that reminder – there’s a long thread of people *very* unhappy about the same thing in the EDC group on Facebook.

  9. shame i wont be involved today as i am a ps4 player waiting for ED to be released, but i would like to wish all xbox and pc good hunting and personally i would like salome to live

  10. So the same guy that was being a jerk in the defense Discord, the same guy that is responsible for the majority of the community not participating, is the same guy who turned around a killed her. That was his voice in the video I posted saying he was going to kill people on sight if they turned up in the wrong ship.

  11. The chase was fun, I came in a little late and plotted intercepts to Salomé’s location from the opposite direction, and waiting for her pursuers to jump in.
    Ran a little interference and legging it many times.
    A great community event, but the instancing made it quite difficult to actually be any more use than bookmarking and beaconing her location, hoping that a pro-Salomé pilot was able to drop into the right instance.

    On the whole, I was drawn into the comms chants and #SaveSalomé banter. Quite fun.

  12. Aaaaaand the “defenders” of Salome stab her in the back. Fucking called it. The person who decided that allowing SDC and Harry friggin Potter of all people, to defend Salome is a retard of the utmost amplitude. Like, a colossal one.

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