Hi everyone, nice to meet you all.
I'm ashamed to say this is my first post to the Oolite boards, despite being an Elite fan for decades.
I first played Elite on the PC at the end of the 80s, maybe 1990. At this stage I honestly didn't really understand what the game was or what to do with it (I was still at primary school) but the name and logo stuck in my mind. I also remember seeing it on the Spectrum at about this time, but I didn't play it.
Fast forward a few years and I found Elite Plus for the PC, it was great! I know that many people don't consider it as true to the original as some versions, but it had a nice manual, nice graphics and I enjoyed it.
A couple of years later I then encountered Frontier Elite 2, which kept me occupied until I played Frontier First Encounters. I honestly can't remember if this was late 90s or early 00s, but I played those games more than the originals.
In the early 00s I became very enthusiastic about all the Elite universe, following alt.fan.elite avidly. My brother and I made a few false starts on our own remake of Elite, I had the vision of making a tribute that included everything from the previous games, but my ambition far outstripped my capabilities. Somehow, although I'd heard of Oolite at this stage I never played it and I think with hindsight this is a mistake because Oolite seemed to become what I personally wanted to achieve. So, congrats to Oolite!
The rest of my life took over, and for almost 10 years I was away from the Elite universe almost entirely.
Then in mid-2015 I discovered Elite: Dangerous! I know, you're thinking "2015! The kickstarter began in 2012, how did you miss it?!", because I'm thinking exactly the same, how
did I miss it! Well, I had many things going on in my life so I probably just missed it amongst everything else. Even when I did hear about it I thought it was a cheap rip-off, not the real thing from Frontier Developments!
So, as I am repeat offender at turning up late to the Elite party, please don't be offended that I've only just got to your part of it, the part that was for many years the metaphorical kitchen of the Elite party, where all the best times are had at any party.
Now, I'm working on an ED fan-project and I'm looking for info on the ships in ArcElite, like speed, hit points, etc. I wondered if the people who made Oolite, and the OXPs with ArcElite ships in them, have this kind of information? Or are the stats in Oolite not based on the original ArcElite ship specs?
Anyway, here I am. I'll try and find time to enjoy Oolite in between my ED sessions, and probably on my Linux laptop more than my PC.
EDIT: Whoops! I meant this to be a reply to the Introduce Yourself topic, hence my Elite bio - please excuse the mess up, I'll pay more attention in future.