I've been playing Elite again, on the Xbox now. It's been a lot of fun ... even for a starship flight simulator and screenshot generator
Speaking of which, here's my pride and joy, Phssthpok:
It is an Asp Explorer that I've spent a lot of credits outfitting with the best components I can manage. Last I checked it was worth over 15M credits. Though most of the time lately you can find me in my Dolphin Passenger Liner named "Slower than Infinity":
I've been ferrying passengers around to all the best tourist locations to make enough money to buy a Python. I still have a ways to go
Today though, I'm helping the Empire by ferrying goods to the Maia star system so that an outpost can be built in this strategic place. From GalNet:
For several months, the Maia system has been a focal point in the ongoing hostility between the Empire and the Federation.
Now, the Empire and the Federation have announced plans to expand their presence in Maia by constructing new outposts. But with a shortage of reliable supply lines into the system, the superpowers are relying on the galactic community for help in compiling the necessary materials. Both are keenly aware that the finite nature of resources and support means only one will be able to proceed with its plans.
Both the Empire and the Federation have promised to reward pilots who contribute construction materials to their respective campaigns. The Federal campaign is being coordinated by the Pleiades Resource Enterprise from the Obsidian Orbital starport, while the Merope Expeditionary Fleet has been authorised to oversee the Imperial initiative at Obsidian Orbital, in the Maia system.
The rival campaigns begin on the 20th of April 3303 and will run for one week. If either faction achieves its aims earlier than planned, the campaign will end immediately.
I stripped off a bunch of various equipment from Phssthpok and loaded her up with cargo racks so that I can ferry the necessary materials to Obsidian Station. Maia is over 400 light-years from where I was starting, CD-72 190 if you're curious. It was a journey of over 30 jumps fully-laden, probably the furthest single trip I've undertaken ... but I made it with my first load of 80 tons of Building Fabricators! (And made a profit of a measly 52K credits, but I made over 500K credits with the star system data I gathered for Universal Cartographics on my way through )
Anyway ... off to source my next load of materials!
Fly safe Commanders! o7