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Update #16 - Teaser video and a call to arms!

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Hi everyone,

Michael here with a big update!

Thank you to Chris Roberts for giving us a shout out in his latest Star Citizen update. The Elite: Dangerous Kickstarter is now sitting at over £810,000 and we have over 16,500 backers.

This is good, but we still have ~£450,000 to go, and just 16 days to do it in – we need your help now and over the Holidays!

We need to spread the word far and wide. We’ll of course be doing that as well, and thank you to those who have already been doing it, but we now need a big push from as many people as possible to try and make sure we hit the Kickstarter total and get to make this game.

Tell everyone you can as you see them over the Holidays; tell your colleagues, tell your friends, tell your family. Everybody, try to recruit 5 fresh pledgers.

If you are on Twitter, tweet about the Kickstarter (include the #EliteDangerous hashtag) and ask your followers to re-tweet.

If you’re on Facebook, update your wall and those of all your friends who’ll be interested.

If you’re on Google +1, publically recommend the project.

If you’re on Linked In, share the news about the project.

If you blog, or are part of any online communities, post about the game.

You get the picture... any way you can spread the word, please do so.

People can learn more about the project, gets links to and pledge via either the Kickstarter campaign or directly via PayPal from our website here:

http://elite.frontier.co.uk

To help with the push we have a new teaser movie about the great game we want to make:

You can also help by supporting the novels looking to make the writer’s pledge. Each of these is another £4,500 towards the Elite: Dangerous Kickstarter. T James is intending to write a novel called ‘Out of the Darkness’. You can pledge to his book here:

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

Thanks again to you all for your continued support.

Enjoy the video and then, let’s spread the word!

Michael

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    1. NuSkool Parkourunner 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. NuSkool Parkourunner 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. NuSkool Parkourunner 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. NuSkool Parkourunner 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. NuSkool Parkourunner 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. NuSkool Parkourunner 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!

    7. Mike Large on December 21, 2012

      Can I buy that music?

    8. Peter Mattsson on December 20, 2012

      There was a nebula visible in the second scene of the teaser.... I really hope it is really there so you can fly to it. I hate backdrops in this kind of games. All visible objects should be reachable. Every star in the background should be based to reachable stars in the game... and so on....

    9. Bromley86 on December 20, 2012

      Of course, that was a finished product with reviews.

    10. Humbo [Founding Member] on December 20, 2012

      @nathan the original BBC Elite was 14.95 in 1984 - equivalent to 37.82 GBP in 2012, so 30 is still a bargain :-)

    11. Brodie on December 20, 2012

      I cant stop watching that trailer, the addition of those 5 tones from the Blue Danube right at the very very end gives me goosebumps!

    12. Nathan Moro on December 20, 2012

      30 pounds is now minimum entry price for the game? You have bucklies chance of making it.

    13. Andre Czausov on December 20, 2012

      Great video - and as others have pointed out - should have been the starting one back in December.
      NB, CHECK THE HYPERLINK @ THE END OF VIDEO : there should be a 'G' in DanGerous ;-)

    14. Kevin Gilmartin on December 20, 2012

      I've pledged as much as I can afford at £150 (most expensive video game I've ever bought, if you don't count a 2-year Eve Online habit [reformed]), but I'll do my bit to spread the word.

      Given all the work that's gone into the game already, if the Kickstarter doesn't hit target (God forbid) will it just be abandoned?

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      James Franklin (deleted) on December 20, 2012

      Posted on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ - plus I have updated my pledge to £150. This games *has* to happen :)

    16. Heiko on December 20, 2012

      Great teaser! That's the way this whole campaign should have started. Never would it have been necessary to literally beg for pledges now with something like this to kick of this kickstarter. But sadly the damage is done.

    17. Bromley86 on December 20, 2012

      >>>What about the Paypal ones ? Will the payment be delayed or will you have to refund hundreds or thousands people ?

      Frontier have confirmed it'll be refunded. They've not updated the PP page to reflect it; if/when they do, you're right about the need to emphasise KS>PP. Wouldn't hurt to trim back the existing sales pitch and just link back to the ED webpage, which has shaped up nicely.

    18. Commander Halley on December 19, 2012

      I'd have considered jumping from 20 to 90 if I also gained alpha and beta access, but to withhold access to testers until we pay more was sheer lunacy. David should backpedal, the goal would have been achieved already.

    19. Maalak on December 19, 2012

      "The PayPal option is for the people that cannot contribute through Kickstarter for whatever reason."

      The KS payment will be only done if the 1,25M£ goal is reaached.
      What about the Paypal ones ? Will the payment be delayed or will you have to refund hundreds or thousands people ?

      You should also be more strict about the fact that pledging in KS instead of Paypal is far more important so the pledge will be counted in the total in order to reach the objective.

      And I still want an artwork of the imperial courrier, but that's another story. :p

    20. Walt Newhouse on December 19, 2012

      Great video guys. Nice Dabube horns. Upping pledge. Spreading the word.

    21. Dung Beetle (Tim Gayda) on December 19, 2012

      Excellent video! Thanks for that, this is exactly what we've been asking for, and you've delivered. Keep these updates coming... :-D

    22. Pēteris Krišjānis on December 19, 2012

      @Dan Eltis @Brodie that's already done :)

    23. Dan Eltis on December 19, 2012

      This is the video that should be at the top of the kickstarter page. Awesome :)

    24. Richard Harrison on December 19, 2012

      A TEASER in every sense of the word - a lapdance at Spearmint Rhino's doesn't even come close! NERDGASM! :-D

      ... Can you tell I'm happy with the latest update? Hope I got that across, Michael.

    25. Frontier Developments Creator on December 19, 2012

      @ Tom OConnell [£150+ Tier ]

      There's some in: http://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php…

      Michael

    26. Brodie on December 19, 2012

      Now THAT'S the movie you should have kicked off this Kickstarter with.
      you need this as the first vid on the main page.

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      Wojciech Golowkow on December 19, 2012

      I agree with many that say there should be something worth the money between 20 and 50. 50 is way too much for me, but i might consider raising to 30 if there was some incentive.

      One thing that i don't like about this update is that Michael says it's a "big update".... and then only talks about how the project needs more backers.
      The video is nice, but pretty far from being something big.
      All in all I'm a bit dissappointed :(

    28. Laszlo Horvath [ £85 @ E:D ] on December 19, 2012

      i doubled my pledge from 20£ to 50£
      the game must to be a gorgeous part of the history!

    29. Donovan on December 19, 2012

      Great update. Splice that video in front of the homepage video and it'll be even more powerful.

    30. Laszlo Horvath [ £85 @ E:D ] on December 19, 2012

      yes, but we dont let fail this project peoples isn't it???
      there is somebody like me, he waited since 30 years ago for this masterpeace.

      @ DAVID, ALL: IT MUST BE DONE.

      please gain the pledge with
      "1. Digital Download of Music Add-on - £5
      2. Download digital copy of "The Dark Wheel" sequel Add-on - £5"

      average we need about ~ 20 £/backer, to reach the goal.
      we can not fail!

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      Hugh Cowan
      Superbacker
      on December 19, 2012

      Like a lot of people, I would be happy to add a few more pounds to my pledge. However going up from the £20 pledge to anything else currently available is really expensive when there isn't much to be gained.

      If they added say:

      1. Digital Download of Music Add-on - £5
      2. Download digital copy of "The Dark Wheel" sequel Add-on - £5

      Then I would be more than happy to up my pledge. Those types of add-ons don't add any cost to them as they are digital, and you are basically encouraging people to pledge a little more, but still receiving something extra.

      It's not a lot of an increase, but if the bulk of the £20 pledgers upped their pledges we would be a whole lot closer!!

      Just a though...............

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      Charlie on December 19, 2012

      This is exactly the video this kickstarter has always needed. Fantastic. Need to spread it around as far as possible.

    33. Dave Woods [Owner of the Daffy Duck] on December 19, 2012

      I think a little bit of wee escaped!

    34. Pēteris Krišjānis on December 19, 2012

      @Shadowfax haven't Godus done the same even before getting any insurance that their KS will be financed?

      I think everyone's making too big buzz out of it. All it needs clearer wording on sites and that's it :)

    35. William Macdonald on December 19, 2012

      The twitter button on frontier.co.uk is broken! I wanted to retweet this, but the tweet is full of gibberish and doesn't have #EliteDangerous

    36. Shadowfax on December 19, 2012

      The Paypal option is pointless and counterproductive. There, I said it. Why didn't you just tell those people "sorry, no", Frontier? This makes all of our jobs more difficult.

    37. Tom OConnell [Blue lights on cop vipers] on December 19, 2012

      Michael, do you have an Elite:Dangerous thumbnail we could use as our profile pic on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin etc. ?

    38. Ty Corcoran on December 19, 2012

      The Blue Danube... Oh the memories...

    39. Coz on December 19, 2012

      Great teaser, music and sounds.. I'll do my bit to spread the word.

    40. alxnot on December 19, 2012

      Fantastic teaser. Great tone and visuals, even though they're very temporary. I'm even more excited about the game now.

      I wish the teaser had been ready when you started the KS campaign though. We would have more backers by now, for sure.

      Anyway, this will do it! Good luck, to all of us really!
      Spread the good news!

    41. Liqua on December 19, 2012

      Brings a tear to my eye this trailer ...
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      Nice one FD ... short, but to the point.

    42. Nats on December 19, 2012

      Just wanted to echo Michael's comments that all of this video, except the first shot, is in-game 3d footage.

    43. Stuart Kerrigan on December 19, 2012

      @Pascal I'd raise my £20 pledge by £10-20 if there was anything worth doing it for, like the SPL expansion! This is a game, not a charity. :)

    44. Frontier Developments Creator on December 19, 2012

      The PayPal option is for the people that cannot contribute through Kickstarter for whatever reason.

      Michael

    45. pascal blanche on December 19, 2012

      If all existing backers add £20 at least right now, Elite will sure become a reality. just raised!

    46. isotone on December 19, 2012

      fire damage on the ship in bounty hunter bit looks particularly good btw! not seen anything like that look that nice.

    47. isotone on December 19, 2012

      looking good! any plans for a digital version of the £90 tier so that you can get all the future add-ons etc?

    48. Maalak on December 19, 2012

      Isn't introducing paypal a dangerous game for this kickstarter project ?
      As long as the 1,25M£ objective isn't reached, each pound given throught paypal can be considered as a pound lost to reach the objective.
      It would be a shame to finish the crowdfunding campaign with 500k thanks to Paypal, but a KS campaign lost with "only" 1M£ obtained, so meaning "0" overall.

    49. Phil Hellary on December 19, 2012

      Any chance you could add some extra reward for +£10? Early birds who got in on the £20 digital game copy might like to pledge a little extra but there's not much incentive to do so right now.