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Update #15 - Viper Mark II Render, Paypal Pledges and Part 3 of the Gary Whitta/Chris Roberts/David Braben Interview

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Hi,

Michael here with an update you all. The first news is we've crossed the £790,000 which is great. Thanks to everyone for pledging and a big thanks to everyone helping to spread the word. We're not there yet, but with your support we will make it. To coin a phrase - "This game has to be made!"

We've received comments for people wanting to be able to pledge to the game via PayPal. We have setup a page so you can do exactly that. Visit the link below for more details:

http://elite.frontier.co.uk/kickstarter.html

I also have a new pretty picture for you in the form of a shiny Viper Mark II render:

The third part of the podcast interview with Gary Whitta (a veteran of the games industry, former editor-in-chief at PC Gamer, and now a well known film writer (eg "The Book of Eli" with Denzel Washington)) interviewing Chris Roberts of Wing Commander and Star Citizen fame and David Braben:

I'd also like to mention on of our author Kickstarters - Out of the Darkness by T James. He has only a few days left and not much to raise. Why not pay  his project a visit and pledge your support. Supporting his book also helps support Elite: Dangerous.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tjameswriter/an-elite-dangerous-book-out-of-the-darkness?ref=live

And once again thanks to everyone who has pledged so far. If you haven't pledged yet, please do so!

Michael

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    1. Theta Sigma on July 3

      Elite Dangerous Newsletter #130 - Friday, 24th June 2016
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      https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php/268791-Newsletter-130
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      Greetings Commander,
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      Welcome to the Elite Dangerous Newsletter #130.
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      This week we take a look at some great content from the community in our Horizons Highlights, bring you important news about upcoming changes and adjustments to The Engineers and give you all the details of our huge Summer sale.
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      As always, you can hear the latest news and updates directly from the development team on our Forums, Twitter, Facebook, Community Homepage, and right here in the newsletter every week, and we're always eager to hear your feedback.
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      Pick up the Elite Dangerous: Horizons Season Pass today for only £13.39, €16.74, $20.09 or RUB 997,63.
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      Fly Safe CMDRs!

    2. Theta Sigma on June 18

      Elite Dangerous Newsletter #129 - Friday, 17th June 2016
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      https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php/266247-Newsletter-129
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      Fly Safe CMDRs!

    3. Theta Sigma on June 17

      Elite Dangerous Newsletter #129 - Friday, 17th June 2016
      http://email-elitedangerous.com/3F35-91K2-2433Y32QA1/cr.aspx
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      This week we're showing off some incredible community creations, including a must-see live action short movie, we're telling you about some of the tweaks and changes we've implemented thanks to community feedback, taking a little trip in an Orca with some Elite Dangerous-style space tourism and much more.
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      • Horizons Highlights
      We’re always impressed by the screenshots and videos our community post on social media and our forums… here’s a collection of a few of our favourites from this week.

      This live action short film made by the Eranin People's Film Board does an amazing job of putting an intriguing story behind a simple in-game mission. It perfectly captures the mood of Elite Dangerous and we applaud everyone involved for their brilliant work. We know we're not alone when we say that we'd love to see more.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch…
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      Recusant1 heard rumours of a battlecruiser arriving at Merope 2A and journeyed to the system to get photographic evidence in order to confirm it's arrival. People on Reddit are busy speculating as to the reason for its arrival.
      https://www.reddit.com/r/EliteDangerous/comments/4obuc0/i_can_confirm_the_fns_capitol_ship_in_merope_2a
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      CMDR Zindae quickly found out that it was a bad idea to shoot upon the Cruiser as backup arrived swiftly to protect it.
      https://gfycat.com/RealHideousArmednylonshrimp
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      CMDR Kronek decided to keep it peaceful, with a tip to Messier 78
      https://www.reddit.com/r/EliteDangerous/comments/4oi1e5/messier_78_4k
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      • The Engineers Update
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      Earlier this week we put out a server update that brought some requested changes to the game.

      Local news articles were added at the Engineers bases to help direct players to locations where they are able to source the materials they need. In addition we increased the amount of materials you can hold from 600 to 1,000 and increased the amount of Data you can hold from 200 to 500 units.

      Alongside these changes we also made some adjustments to the requirements to unlock a couple of the Engineers. Specifically, we reduced the required number of rare goods to unlock them down to 50 tonnes. We also adjusted the availability of rare goods in the galaxy slightly, too. States will still change the allocation of rares but the numbers are more favourable than they were.

      The development team worked incredibly hard over the recent week’s and are always looking at and reviewing the feedback from the community. There will be an additional point update coming soon which will also include a number of fixes and changes based on feedback from the community. We’ll have some more news on that soon.

      See the original post here:
      https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php/265277-Serverside-update-and-upcoming-point-update
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      • Tourism - Location, Location, Location
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      The graceful Orca will finally get the love and attention it deserves, as passenger gameplay is coming as part of the next major content update to Elite Dangerous: Horizons.
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      We'll have much more information on 2.2 in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on our social media channels and our weekly newsletter to find more.
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      One aspect of Passenger Gameplay will be Tourism, so we're building a massive database of the best tourist hotspots in the galaxy. There's nobody who knows the galaxy better than our intrepid explorers, so we're asking for a helping hand from our Commanders to make the location database as thorough and complete as possible!
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      Executive Producer Michael Brookes has arranged a competition on our forums where you can submit a location to be used in the game. If the location you submit gets used, your CMDR name will be added in-game in connection with the chosen location.
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      You can see all of the details, and find out exactly how you can get involved, by visiting the original forum post:
      https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php/266046-2-2-Your-Input-Needed-Passenger-Tourist-Destinations
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      • EDC Commonwealth Codebreaker Event
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      The EDC Commonwealth are arranging a massive code breaking event, where participants will have to answer a series of questions in order to win prizes. See the original post here to find out how you can get involved.
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      • GalNet Focus
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      • The Danger Zone CQC Livestream
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      • HCS Voicepacks - Obsidian
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      The guys at HCS voicepack have launched their latest addition to the collection, with YouTuber Obsidian Ant!
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      You can watch the trailer for the pack below, made by Obsidian Ant himself... how fitting.
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      From the site - "Obsidian - Over a thousand responses including Ai "Jazz" for the Galaxapedia & Constellations."
      https://www.youtube.com/watch…
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      • Reddit AMA Series
      • Community Goals Update
      • Comms Chatter
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      Elite Dangerous Newsletter #129 - Friday, 17th June 2016
      http://email-elitedangerous.com/3F35-91K2-2433Y32QA1/cr.aspx
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      Fly Safe CMDRs!

    4. Theta Sigma on June 13

      Elite Dangerous Newsletter #128 - Friday, 10th June 2016
      http://email-elitedangerous.com/3F35-8T55-7132ZABOD0/cr.aspx
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      • Ship Kits Live On the Frontier Store Now!
      Head over to the Frontier Store to pick up our new ship kits for the Sidewinder, Eagle, and Cobra. These kits will give your ship a completely unique look, with hundreds of combinations available to experiment with.
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      You can mix and match the pieces on the ship, to get the exact look you want and the pieces will change colour to react to the paint job you’re using. There are more examples of the ship kits in use on the store page..
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      • Horizons Highlights: The Engineers
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      We’re always impressed by the screenshots and videos our community post on social media and our forums… here’s a collection of a few of our favourites from this week.
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      - Ace pilot Isinona returns with his Flight Assist Off Series, adding a new rule to celebrate the launch of 2.1 The Engineers – no insurance rebuys allowed. If he dies, a massive part of his fortune dies with him...
      https://www.youtube.com/watch…
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      - Bolt vanderhuuge posted this stunning screenshot… something you could only ever see in Elite Dangerous: Horizons.
      https://imgur.com/a/QRcSY
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      - Obsidian Ant continues his journey to the edge of the galaxy, and visits a few planets in “the Desolation Ridge”.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch…
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      • The Dangerous games Update and Stream
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      The Dangerous Games Wildcard Community Goals have kicked off with a bang. After a long week of Gold mining the groups have battled it out for points in the first of the three challenges they will face.
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      • Powerplay Annual Summary
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      CMDR Corrigendum takes a look back at the first year of Powerplay, digging deep into the political struggles of the last 12 months.
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      Elite Dangerous Newsletter #128 - Friday, 10th June 2016
      http://email-elitedangerous.com/3F35-8T55-7132ZABOD0/cr.aspx
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      Fly Safe CMDRs!

    5. Theta Sigma on June 13

      Elite Dangerous Newsletter #127 - Friday, 3rd June 2016
      https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php/259735-Newsletter-127
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      Horizons Highlights: The Engineers
      The Engineers was launched last week at no additional charge to all those who own the Horizons season pass, and already we’re seeing some beautiful screenshots and videos.
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      Plotting a route to Beagle Point just got that little bit easier, with the new bookmarks system. CMDR Gienkov has his route sorted…
      http://i.imgur.com/creXfMy.png
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      CMDR Klassic found this ‘poor little Condor’ floating alone in space… we can only wonder what happened here.
      http://i.imgur.com/PwoGhPs.jpg
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      According to CMDR Allerose, the New Huge Weapons are super effective… look at the mess they’ve left behind!
      http://i.imgur.com/Y1m8JEc.png
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      CMDR Paul Loachman visited Farseer Inc… he took this lovely panoramic screenshot.
      http://i.imgur.com/Mr9h5vu.jpg
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      Obsidian Ant uploaded this video detailing the FSD upgrades available via the Engineers.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch…
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      Elite Dangerous: Horizons Commanders on PC and Xbox One will receive further expansions at no extra cost as the season continues. Future gameplay updates will debut for PC and Xbox One simultaneously, bringing new activities and new ways to play on both platforms:
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      • Ship-Launched Fighters, allowing larger spacecraft to carry their own short-range fighter craft for attack and defense.
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      • Multicrew, allowing teams of Commanders to assume roles aboard the same ship.
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      • Commander creation, giving a unique appearance to Commanders’ in-game avatars.
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      What’s more, Xbox One Commanders who purchase Horizons before the 30th July will also get access to the Cobra Mk IV in game. This early incentive mirrors our pre order incentive previously offered to PC players. The Cobra Mk IV will be available in selected ship yards if you have access and will require in game credits to purchase.
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      Elite Dangerous Newsletter #127 - Friday, 3rd June 2016
      https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php/259735-Newsletter-127
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      Fly Safe CMDRs!

    6. Theta Sigma on May 28

      Elite Dangerous Newsletter #126 - Friday, 27th May 2016
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      The Engineers 2.1 and 1.6 Available Now!
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      http://email-elitedangerous.com/3F35-8LOE-7132ZABOD0/cr.aspx
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      The Engineers 2.1 Trailer - Elite Dangerous: Horizons
      https://www.youtube.com/watch…
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      Elite Dangerous: Horizons - Season Pass
      https://www.frontierstore.net/games/elite-dangerous-cat/elite-dangerous-horizons-dlc.html
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      "This week, we’re launching Elite Dangerous 2.1 The Engineers and the 1.6 update, we’re celebrating with a new trailer, giving Xbox One Commanders the chance to pick up something new, catching up with the latest GalNet news and much more.

      As always, you can hear the latest news and updates directly from the development team on our Forums, Twitter, Facebook, Community Homepage, and right here in the newsletter every week, and we're always eager to hear your feedback.

      Pick up the Elite Dangerous: Horizons Season Pass today for only £19.99, €24.99, $29.99 or RUB 1489."
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      Fly Safe CMDRs!

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      David H on December 19, 2012

      Yes, I need a 1920x1200 render of that Viper Mark II actually. ;)

    8. Coz on December 19, 2012

      @Thomas £30 isn't exactly a lot for a computer game. Many people spend more than that in a couple of hours on a friday night and subsequently pissing the result against a wall.

    9. Jamie Dexter on December 19, 2012

      @Thomas - agreed. The disparity between the number of backers at £20 and £30 is immense. Opening up a new slot might anger folks, though.

      Please to link to hi-res renders!

    10. boolybooly on December 19, 2012

      I am very interested by both these games and am happily pledging to both and contributing to both forums.

      I am also curious about how PayPal contributes to the Kickstarter. It is important because if it adds to the KS total then people can happily pledge via PayPal and not have to think tactically. So please explain :) and IMHO it would help to see a running total on the PayPal page.

    11. Duncan Worrell on December 19, 2012

      @Thomas... I have cunningly freed up a £20 slot by doubling my own pledge.

    12. Thomas Rufer on December 19, 2012

      Since only one 20-pound-pledge is left and it doesnt seem many guys wanting to go higher than that, fundraising MAY come to a stall. Lets hope not and more people go for the unlimited 30 pounder, but maybe a new lot of 20 should be considered?

      PS: 20 pounder sold out.

    13. ☜☆RSF☆☞ on December 19, 2012

      Gotta say - that looks awesome!

    14. Polaris Penguin on December 18, 2012

      @Joseph Cockpit only, the viper is a smaller fighter, but they're wanting to make an expansion which will include the ability to walk around your own ship and most ships have a cargo hold. So, to start with, its like the Hornet :).

    15. Joseph Doherty on December 18, 2012

      how big is this ship? Will I be able to walk around it or is it more like the hornet on SC where you can only be in the cockpit?

    16. Tristan Phipps on December 18, 2012

      That is one crash hot render. Love it.

    17. Maalak on December 18, 2012

      Will it be possible to have the Imperial Courrier for next concept art ? :)

    18. Roland on December 18, 2012

      Are there any higher resolution render of the Viper? It's way too small here!

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      David Bond [Mac 1.4m, +10 ships 1.5m] on December 18, 2012

      In dungeons and dragons online does exactly the same using "instances" especially for dungeons where a single person or a group can play by themselves. In the communal areas such as town centres instancing is also used to ensure that the central areas do not become overcrowded. This to me sounds exactly like the way David has described the multiplayer experience

    20. Bromley86 on December 18, 2012

      >>>Therefore I think David is mistaken by saying that elite is not an mmo

      I used to think this, but the problem is the FAQ currently states that there will be ~32 max human players in any one fight. It'll be hard to enforce that limit in an MMO, which makes me wonder how it can be.

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      Hope on December 18, 2012

      I wonder why there are no delivery options for the £75 and £100 tier, aren't they intended to include the physical stuff from their previous tier? Or is the shipping cost for outside UK customers already included in those tiers (Which would make the £100 tier actually cheaper than the £90 tier)?

    22. pascal blanche on December 18, 2012

      Finally some real picts :) That Viper looks promising, love those shielding plates and the way the engines detach from the hull while keeping the original triangle silhouette. But it lacks finition ( specially the nose ) and the feel of practicality, id expect something even more scifi grounded. But again I understand those are first steps so please keep them coming!

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      David Bond [Mac 1.4m, +10 ships 1.5m] on December 18, 2012

      Also it may seem that these are negative comments for the new update, I like the new render of the viper, and I really want the game to succeed

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      David Bond [Mac 1.4m, +10 ships 1.5m] on December 18, 2012

      Can someone from fd confirm how the PayPal donations will be applied to kick starter I am all for increasing payment options but it needs to be a way that will add to the kick starter total.

      also it should be noted that I pledged via my visa debit card as I currently do not have a credit card where I am.

    25. Shadowfax on December 18, 2012

      @Andrew Brown

      The PayPal option does not help this Kickstarter.

    26. Andrew Brown on December 18, 2012

      Not everyone can pledge via KickStarter, they only support a limited number of different cards. The paypal option gives those who can't pledge via KickStarter a way to put money into E:D

    27. Steven Carrie on December 18, 2012

      Yeah I don't see how pledging with paypal helps reach the KickStarter goal, it might dilute funding and make it harder to reach. I just increased my pledge through the proper KickStarter channels. :)

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      Victor on December 18, 2012

      The Interviewer cuts off Chris and David way too much.

    29. D Morgan on December 18, 2012

      are these ship design being made future proof in terms of being designed with docking connectors for space stations and interior space for engines cockpits cargo bays etc, in other words theyre form is mainly based on real utility ?

    30. D Morgan on December 18, 2012

      dont restrict yourselves too greatly, to breaking the polygonal outline of the old craft, as allot of the shape was really a reality of polygon limitation at the time.

    31. Tom OConnell [Blue lights on cop vipers] on December 18, 2012

      The viper looks superb, keep them coming !!!

      I do miss my battered old Python ;-)

    32. Keeval on December 18, 2012

      @Michael - don't forget to put a link to the PayPal page on the main KickStarter page, and maybe pop something in the FAQ. :)

    33. Coz on December 18, 2012

      The viper does look great. My favourite ships in the original were the Asp, Fer de lance and Cobra MK III (wink wink, nudge nudge) :P

    34. Shadowfax on December 18, 2012

      @Michael @FD If you can't apply the Paypal funds to E:D (since credit card rules prohibit you backing your own projects), please consider using those funds to back some of the E:D novel projects.

    35. OuterCrow on December 18, 2012

      And also, I feel like he did little research for the interview, especially with his questions to Chris Roberts ie. Thinking he only had a Kickstarter (didn't even know about the 5 million extra funding on his site), asking about how his MMO is going to maintain single player (Star Citizen has had the Squadron 42 single player campaign well publicised even from the initial pitch).

    36. OuterCrow on December 18, 2012

      I wish Gary Whitta wouldn't have cut off the people we actually want to hear talk. Happened too many times across those 3 videos... he blathered right over the top of some really interesting exchanges.

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      David Bond [Mac 1.4m, +10 ships 1.5m] on December 18, 2012

      David mentions that elite differs from mmos by being able to save your game and come back without finding you've been destroyed.

      I don't know if he is thinking of the plethora of Facebook games where you can be attacked at any time, but mmos that I've played (ultimate online, vanguard saga of heroes, world of Warcraft, lord of the rings online, dungeons and dragons online, Star Trek online etc.) all do the same

      One of the biggest selling points of an mmo, is that you live in a persistent world that changes around you whether you are logged in or out, and with the exception of housing (which generally decays when abandoned or sometimes you have to pay ingame money for upkeep) you cannot lose anything.

      Therefore I think David is mistaken by saying that elite is not an mmo, I think that from what David has described, that elite is most definitely an mmo but with the difference that there will be a single player option.

    38. John Purcell on December 18, 2012

      On this Viper and the Anaconda before it you can see what I guess are the cooling vents that give away your position to others in the system during combat. I'm looking forward to this feature, should add an interesting stealth element. Stay out of trouble and unseen, or get into scraps but risk alerting everyone else in the system to your presence.

    39. Shadowfax on December 18, 2012

      It is against Kickstarter rules for Project Creators to back their own projects, unfortunately. From the FAQ:

      Can I pledge to my own project?
      No. Credit card rules forbid project creators from paying themselves.

      http://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/creator%20questions#WhilYourProjIsLive

    40. Alex Korbey on December 18, 2012

      I suspect Fd will put the paypal funds into the KS to help the total. viper is now on my desktop too.

    41. Koshinator on December 18, 2012

      Usually a paypal solution for pledging only gets set up after the initial kickstarter target has been reached, as from then on all pledges will actually go to the developer in question. The risk of setting up Paypal before you hit the target is not reaching your overall kickstarter goal, since Paypal is a direct transfer and isn't dependent on making the goal... What happens then? Refund? Developers keep the money? It's just a risky proposition, for both the pledgers and the developers

    42. John Purcell on December 18, 2012

      Thanks Michael. That Viper looks great on my desktop!

    43. Shadowfax on December 18, 2012

      A bit concerned that so far as I know, PayPal pledges don't contribute to the Kickstarter total.