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Greetings, Commander,
 
Welcome to Elite: Dangerous Newsletter #59.

This week we’re talking about teamwork on a massive scale in Elite: Dangerous’ February 1.1 update, and about how you’ll soon be able to shape the content on GalNet with community-generated news stories. We think player-driven events like the Buckyball Run and Lugh Uprising deserve their place on the galaxy’s most trusted news network.

We’ve also been crunching the numbers to give newsletter readers a look at how Elite: Dangerous’ community has been exploring our Milky Way.

As always, check out our
Forums, Twitter and Facebook for the latest from the Elite: Dangerous galaxy, and stick with us at the Elite: Dangerous Newsletter for your weekly roundup on what’s going on.
 

Contents This Week

Newsletter Peek Of The Week

City lights on a terraformed Mars in the Sol system.
The Goal Story
Elite: Dangerous players are already combining forces to overthrow governments, influence the shape of the galaxy and alter the balance of power across the cosmos. Community-driven insurgencies mean the galaxy today is already different to the one that existed on launch day, but for 1.1 we wanted to give huge numbers of players a good reason to stand together that will confer real rewards and further dictate the twists and turns of story events.

Community Goals are a type of shared objective that give players everywhere a reason to gather to support or resist a cause, sometimes with trade, sometimes with combat, but always in massive numbers. If a system is in the midst of a famine, a Community Goal might urge players to bring many thousands of tonnes of food to the system; if a system is under siege, a Community Goal could ask players to unite against the invaders, and ultimately provide a meaningful reward for players who participate.

Success or failure will have dramatic impacts on the fate of the galaxy, and we’re excited to see how players collaborate together in these epic-scale events at the beginning of February.


Elite: Dangerous Executive Producer Michael Brookes sat down with PC Gamer to detail Community Goals.

Public Eye

GalNet is already your source for news from the galaxy’s halls of power and the frontline of every major battle, but GalNet is evolving. Alongside the story events penned by Frontier’s writing team, the GalNet newsfeed will run the most important stories from the community, and we’re looking to our forums for the latest scoops.

Click here to submit your own stories to GalNet’s crowdsourced news, and become a reporter inside the Elite: Dangerous galaxy.

Massive Effect

It’s a big galaxy out there. Players have been out exploring Elite: Dangerous’ full-scale recreation of the Milky Way since launch, and together you’ve discovered 615,475 previously uncharted systems of the 400 billion in our galaxy.
On a simple average, that’s 17,585 systems per day, 732 per hour or 12 per minute. Good going, everyone.

But let’s put that in context, because with 400 billion star systems to explore the community have charted just 0.00015 percent of our galaxy. Let’s put it another way: if everyone keeps going at the current rate, it will take 150,895 years to map the entire Milky Way.

But with new players joining every day, we might just get the galaxy mapped before the turn of the hundred and seventieth century.

Comms Chatter

65,000 Light Years from home, on the fronge of intergalatic space... Erimus's journey has taken him thourgh some of the wonderous places of the galaxy. Find out more about Erimus's journey here.
 
Patau86’s Galactic Book of Records is a collection of facts about the Elite: Dangerous galaxy. You can submit your own entries on the forum.

Isinona tracks CMDR Julio Montega in a hunt that spans more than 100 light years.

CMDR Vaiken Alexius tells Reddit a story about the moment he fell in love with Elite: Dangerous.

GalNet

Commanders from all over the Galaxy are making their mark, many different Commander groups are beginning to form to show their faction allegiance, demonstrate against decisions made by the Galactic Super Powers or calling for support of their cause.

Communism Interstellar is an emerging group with the stated aim: 'to give all sentient beings a better life and a chance for immortality'. Once Communism Interstellar gathers enough members its ten step plan involves taking on every communism mission possible, trading between communist systems and inserting spies within every major community group. Supporters of its ideals are encouraged to click here.

The Elite Diplomatic Corps aims to pool its efforts to favour Alliance interests in game. In a statement, the group said: 'We are calling every Alliance pilot from AEDC (or other organisations that sympathise with the cause) in the STF 1774 region to help our fellow comrades.' Click here for more.

Independent pilots' actions were also credited by
Senator Patreus in helping to bring an early end to the hostilities in the Durius system as they came to a close and reducing the number of casualties suffered by both sides. The Senator’s civic management teams are now in the process of taking over control of the system’s government in preparation for its new status as an Imperial world.

The recent slide of Banki and BD+03 2338 into states of lawless anarchy caused some to accuse President Jasmina Halsey of completely mishandling the socioeconomic climate. Some claimed her missteps have left the Federation weaker than it has ever been before.

The Imperial wedding was delayed due to Hengist Duval's sickness. The markets did not notably change in reaction to this news, suggesting that the true state of the Emperor’s health has come as no surprise to those in power.

Traders operating in systems across the galaxy have complained of an increase in illegal racing activity: “These speeding ships are a menace!” a representative declared. “They perform dangerous manoeuvres at ridiculous speeds and that puts honest traders like us in danger.” The Buckyball Run continues despite the outcry.


Check the latest Galnet news in game and online!
That’s it for newsletter #59 - thank you for reading and supporting the development of Elite: Dangerous.

As always if there is anything in particular that you’d like to hear more about, or you'd like to ask a question, then please contact us at
elite-newsletter@frontier.co.uk. Click for the latest Game Manual, Quickstart Guide and Pilot Training Videos. Visit our Support team here and read all our previous newsletters here.

Until next time, fly safe and Right On, Commander.

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