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Re: Introduce Yourself.

Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:27 am
by Redspear
Welcome Mr Puds, MrAnalogy and (your grace? :wink: ) duke_meister.

Hope Oolite provides you with many hours of amusement.

Re: Introduce Yourself.

Posted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:21 pm
by Elite1984
First off I would like to say HOWDY to all the Commanders out there.

I am new to these Boards and to Oolite, (which I am enjoying very much).

I have played Elite, off and on, in various forms, since December 1984.

I have reached Elite three times now, working on four. :D

I would like to ask for some help in getting the Vortex.oxp The link on will not download. Any help would greatly be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Re: Introduce Yourself.

Posted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:27 pm
by Cody
Welcome aboard, Commander! Use the Manage Expansion Packs option on Oolite's opening menu - the Vortex is available there (as are many others).

Re: Introduce Yourself.

Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 10:57 am
by Commander Bumble
Salutations folks, slimy frogs, insectoids, humanoids, harmless slimy lobsters, rodents, three headed anomalies and other assorted life forms.

Firstly, much gratitude and appreciation for the immense work of the Oolite Elite - you bastards have created - and work hard to maintain and improve - something amazing, I'm worryingly addicted and spend far more time in the Ooniverse than I should.

I've been playing Oolite a few years on and off, in a handful of incarnations. Currently Deadly, Galaxy 2, flying a super iron-ass Stormbrewer Vigilante, saving up for a Dark Rainbow. I was playing a few years back in a world of OXPs, but I suffered a laptop death with corrupted backup files, including my Oolite saves, and I took some time out for mourning and grief. I was thoroughly dangerous then, with several personas experimenting with a variety of career choices. Life moved on and I found myself variably getting more done with my life or finding new forms of procrastination and avoidance tools. And then I renewed my love affair with Oolite, in all it's modern OXZ glory, to the detriment of my productivity and life ambitions.

I'm not much of a gamer at all; haven't really played anything much since I was a teenager, spending too much time and money in the arcades (anyone remember Pacland??), and playing Elite and Chucky Egg and the like on the old BBC b, and possibly on my brother's Amiga or similar. In my mid 40s now, and Oolite is my one guilty time-zapper that I allow myself - sheesh, this isn't a game for a quick few minutes here and there is it? On the other hand I don't do TV so I guess we all have something eh.

I'm currently flying as Commander Bumble The Magnificent, flying The Torch Of Righteousness. Mainly eschew the likes of parcel delivery, passenger contracts and so on. Previously I'd had some fun as an escort (hush down at the back, times were hard, I needed the money), but these days I'm really only interested in one thing, the thing I think that attracts most of us and always has, except a few pacifists, risk averse feline big ship traders and Hognose flying evagelists - smashing up baddies.

Clearing the space lanes of n'eer-do-wells, organised crime cartels, Thargoid hoards, Trumps (a word, I believe, originating in early 21st Century humanoid folklore, meaning a vacuous and narcissistic fraud), and chancers who've lucked out on some bad choices they'll tragically not live long enough to regret. My lasers slice through them all like the sharp fire of my moral superiority, and while I have some sympathy for the resistance fighters fighting opression, they've chosen badly when targetting me for some loot for their insurgency. A life on the open seas or fighting for a just cause holds an attraction I can appreciate, but if there's no ethical code then what worth is a life? Not that I'm averse to shipping a holdful of contraband here and there, if I reckon it won't harm my legal status too much.

So I'll jump to the rescue of anyone in distress, help out the cops and Navy, take out Pirate Coves for fun, take on hijacked Leviathons and Renegade stations, swarms of alien invaders, large posses of pirates and fugitives (Ten of you? I'm afraid you're hopelessly outnumbered. You may run now and I'll spare some of you) and take on the most deadly of assasination contracts, where I have the proud reputation of a respected and feared Sherriff among my fellow seedy space bar judges and executioners, and rather a hefy price on my head from the mafioso, clans and bereaved associates of the wealthy yet fatally punished desperado's of the Ooniverse. I laugh at their feeble attempts at vengeance, as they scream their last breaths in a blaze of rectitude, succumbed to their own futile hubris.

I'll trade as much as I can, and salvage the lucrative carcasses and debris of those poor fools who chose the wrong side and the wrong path, and take on allcomers among the aristocracy, extracting large sums from wagers at the Royal Hunting Lodges while humiliating their pride and redistributing their ill-used wealth to the poor, like a Robin Hood with a very expensive bow and arrows. Except the poor is me. Them extra shields and cannons and gadgets and this iron-ass don't come cheap you know.

An Equaliser if you will, restoring balance, and bringing peace and harmony through gratuitous violence upon those I'm allowed to legally massacre.

It wasn't always this way. Like you I started out from humble beginnings, reduced to blowing up asteroids for a few credits, just so I could buy some more fuel, a mere pea-shooter for a battle weapon. I share this with you in the humble desire to inspire and to give encouragement to those feeling hopeless and vulnerable in a harsh Galaxy that is hostile, volatile and full of projectiles. With disciplined dedication to a righteous cause, you too can hone those skills, joust with the fancy-lasered gamblers, trade up to the sort of armoured stallion beffitting a wo/man of the noble calling, cashing in bounties and bringing justice to a world of lawlessness - for a brighter tomorrow.

In hope and in fearless probity.

Re: Introduce Yourself.

Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 11:03 am
by Cody
Welcome aboard, Commander!

Re: Introduce Yourself.

Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 11:14 am
by Smivs
Hi Bumble, and welcome :)

Re: Introduce Yourself.

Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 12:00 pm
by PaisleySleeves
I'm hooked!

I played Elite many, many moons ago originally on the ZX Spectrum (later Atari ST) and was instantly addicted to that game. I spent many evenings after school playing that game, and remember being called for my dinner, interrupting a tricky docking maneuver or battle avoiding incoming missiles. And the long days at school spent dreaming about getting home to continue my space travels and trading to buy the better laser or docking computer I so longed for then realising that I no longer needed when I could afford it.

About a year ago I dabbled in playing Oolite and enjoyed it very much, I felt the nostalgia for the original Elite, unfortunately real world commitments and a computer crash prevented me from playing further. Now I have a rebuilt computer and a little spare time I have tried Oolite again and I'm even more impressed than the year ago when I tried it.

So I've taken the plunge to join the community and wanted to introduce myself and say a big thank you to all involved in developing the game and those that help expand it with the OXP/OXZs.

Re: Introduce Yourself.

Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 12:10 pm
by Disembodied
Hi, PaisleySleeves, welcome to the boards - if you can find a friendlier place this side of Riedquat, your pizza is free!

Re: Introduce Yourself.

Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 12:28 pm
by Cody
Welcome aboard, Commander!

Re: Introduce Yourself.

Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 1:18 pm
by Redspear
Welcome Elite1984 (a fine vintage), Commander Bumble (do you have your own theme tune in game yet?) and PaisleySleeves (fellow Spec-chum here).

Have fun and don't be shy if you need any help.

Re: Introduce Yourself.

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:40 pm
by jackiebean
Hi. New here. Long time modder (projects include working on models in Freeworlds: TOW a Star Wars total conversion for Freelancer, new masks for KOTOR and armor for Morrowind) i really love heavily modded games and look forward to seeing new content for this game. Once i get a hang of the tools and formats i might try and put together some mods myself.

Re: Introduce Yourself.

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:30 pm
by Disembodied
Hi jackiebean, and welcome! If you have any queries, ask away: we're as friendly a bunch here as you're likely to find this side of Riedquat, or so they say, and if someone can't help you with something there will likely be someone along shortly who can.

Re: Introduce Yourself.

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:05 pm
by Smivs
Hi jackiebean. Good to have you aboard.

Re: Introduce Yourself.

Posted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:38 am
by Imaginos
I look forward to seeing what mods you come up with jackiebean. I wish that I had the time and patience for such tinkering.


Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:07 am
by Moonrunner
Hey guys.. I'm so new, I haven't even started playing other than to make sure the game starts (important consideration in Linux gaming) and that I can dock without crashing. Dabbled a little in Elite Plus (because I didn't know how to fix the DOSBOX save glitch with the original) and accidentally came across this little gem. Snorted up all the fictional work and I'll probably start getting used to the controls today and post up some suggestion requests for milk runs to get used to the game. Some of my goals..
-Abuse the easy editing to blast through the official narrative in a hardass. Once I get that out of my system...
-Start from scratch, cry a little, build up a hardass from scratch and start exploring (other career paths, sightseeing, oxp's)
-I'd like to put together a short fictional work at some point and gauge the reception from the community. I have some talent, got some ideas kicking around in my noggin' and when one falls in place...

Anyway, it's time to decide whether I wanna start playing or do some constructive lurking.