This in-game Elite Dangerous event will affect the game’s novelization

    
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Cancel your plans for Saturday, folks: You’re gonna want to be in Elite Dangerous. That’s because Frontier has a big event planned that day that ties into the upcoming Premonition novel. In fact, what players do during the event to hunt down (or defend!) accused assassin Salomé will actually affect the book — and the “NPCs” could be killed off permanently.

“I am inviting all of you to take part in an in-game event, the outcome of which will decide how this chapter in the Elite Dangerous storyline concludes,” writes author Drew Wagar. “The book will be written by your combined actions, for good, or for ill…”

In other Elite news, Frontier has recently announced it’ll release Elite as a boxed console-oriented “legendary edition” at brick-and-mortar stores.

In still other Elite news, players have finally discovered one of the original 70,000 Generation sub-light ships that are part of the game’s foundational lore. It’s floating near the Alaunus system, but I’m sad to report that it doesn’t look like any of the colonists escaped the epidemic that ravaged the ship all those years ago — but it’s still pretty cool.

Generation Ship Lycaon – System Alaunus

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Source: Reddit, plot outline, generation ship discovered. Thanks, Cotic and CMDR Crow!
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“I am inviting all of you to take part in an in-game event, the outcome of which will decide how this chapter in the Elite Dangerous storyline concludes,”

I call bullshit. As every ED player knows, ED is split into instances so only max. 32 players can play together at a time and due to the crap P2P networking the number is usually much lower. We can all TRY and decide the outcome of this event, but it ain’t going to happen. This is a con trick to promote sales of Drew Wagar’s the ED tie-in book.

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It should be noted that this is not an event planned by Frontier but is being supported by them. The event was planned / put together by the author Drew Wagner and his team who are bringing the characters involved in this to life within the game.

If anyone is interested in some of the background of this I would recommend giving this a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAEbzCtKs9U Obsidian Ant a well known Elite:Dangerous youtuber interviews Drew. They go into a lot of detail about this event and many things E:D, a lot of detail two and half hours worth of detail.

Another detail worth noting too about the generational ships is that the lore logs associated with them are now voice acted something which has not been done previously, it certainly sounds very spooky and atmospheric.

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No, no… Drew works for Frontier and this is 100% a Frontier event. Drew is the current lore lead for the game.

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Listen to the first three minutes of the interview. He works in IT security and has been commissioned by Frontier to do the books further into the interview he explain that he went to Frontier with this idea.

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Crow

Yep, he’s not a full-time employee, but he does a lot of work for Frontier including a large amount of lore and background. He writes Galnet stuffs and novels and is their lorekeeper.

He’s a contractor who, like many authors, works on specific contracts for FDev instead of being a full-time employee. He has a day-job and other career and all that.

But this isn’t a “fan event”. This is a FDev event fullstop. When Drew goes to Frontier and pitches stuff like this it is covered in his contract for the books. He’s the driver of all this, but his novels are both official and very central to the storylines in Elite. What happened, as far as anyone knows, is that after Drew did Reclamation it was so well liked by Frontier that they’ve basically punted the vast majority of “big” story stuff to Drew for his novels (and why not, right? They guy knows his stuff!)

Though Elite has a VERY community-focused approach to their lore. There’s plenty in a bible somewhere but players have always, since 1984, made their own stories.

Just saying that this is 100% a Frontier event, and the confusion occurs because of how arms-length most of the actual plotlines and stories are that are unfolding in the world. In Elite you can spend thousands of hours never even knowing about the storylines and having tons of fun. The approach to their world and lore has absolutely been similar.

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Drew’s the new ED loremaster?? His escape capsule better be ready.Look what happened to the previous one. Frontier shafted his kickstarter project https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/selezen/elite-encounters-roleplaying-in-the-elite-universe/posts/1596200 .

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Eh, the RPG came across what many authors who work under an existing IP come across: it didn’t meet the standards of the IP-holders.

Frontier didn’t “shaft” him and the RPG will be coming out (Second half of this year!). You can point fingers all day long, but the core is that the RPG had issues (we don’t know what) and the re-writes are… tough. But re-writes are ALWAYS tough. And they’re always looming.

The novel I’m working on myself has seen three re-writes of the first chapter already, and I’m no more than half done with the whole process. The re-writes were 100% necessary, but they really suck to have to do. But you have to do them.

Dave and Drew are both official “Loremasters” for Elite.

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Wagner = Wagar, spelling is hard /sigh

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Salome is worth defending. https://www.drewwagar.com/progress-report/profile-senator-kahina-tijani-loren/

We’re organizing Fed groups, and we’re tolerating Alliance efforts for the same. Imps… well, Imps get killed when we see them though they aren’t always bad. Wish our targeting computers could understand that.

Salome, who has thrown the Empire into immense disarray, holds knowledge of things far more difficult than politics.

Thargoids are coming. Unless Salome survives we’ll all be dead.

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Remember when stuff like this was common and why we played MMORPGs?