Hello and Ahoi,
recently docked and thought I introduce myself to "the friendliest board this side of Riedquat" at last. My name's Mike. I originate from the northern coastal area of Germany with swedish ancestry, so the concept of trading by ships, freeloading and smuggling is not too unfamiliar.
As a little lad I watched anything SCI-FI'ish I could find and played Elite with a friend acting as copilot and vice versa on a c64 for months and months. Later Frontier on an Amiga got me hooked. I alway looked for something that was just like elite when I switched to Linux many tides ago. Tried vegastrike but to my delight I found Oolite (1.64???) not much later.
So far I played Elite/Oolite in a more traditional way with my main Jameson going the trader (anything from clothes, purple wigs to arcturian brandy), smuggler and then bountyhunter route, but thanks to the great OXPs by the community I am now tempted to take over RRS group missions to salvage blackboxes and rescue shipwrecked pilots from the wrong hands (very cool oxp, btw.). I enjoyed taking over the role of a hired gun for the ITHA and escorting traders to the next main station, too (Still wishing one could escort one of the real big fishes like an Emerald Liner, Bulkhauler or Lynx Bulkcarrier one day)
I recently started over and was thinking about a different side careers for young Jameson in my Ooniverse as miner, pirate and cab-driver.
I hacked and fixed some OXPs for my personal use for this, e.g. there's the Griff-NPCs ships oxp to have a flashy Gecko with sharkteeth design as a player ship. So I currently follow traders through wormholes, convincing them to share on or two containers with me, now
. I fixed some shader problems with Z_Groovies Viper Raider, because later my free loading alter ego should upgrade to one of these ones.
To make a living in the passenger business I thought it might be appropriate for the other Jameson to fly a real cab. Unfortunately the YellOo Cab only worked with the stand alone Griff Moray package installed, to avoid redundance, I hacked it to work with Griff ship replace oxp and gave it the possibility to have a passenger berth.
I am not sure about the mining setup, yet. I'd like my hard working Jameson to have the choice to have a special vessel for that, too. I'm currently flying in a Bug, bought mining laser, a rock hermit locator and Ore processor, but to fly staer9 Bushmaster with these addition already built-in would be nice. Oh, well. so many ideas, so little time...
Ok, for those who might be interested I put these hacks online the box account below in the sig. My deepest praise for all Oolite developers and oxp writers. All your hard work is more than appreciated here on this side of the com-link.
Time to undock, there's an Annie going through its wormhole, I got to follow.