Elite: Dangerous’ community mounts its most daring rescue yet

    
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Now here is the kind of emergent gameplay that could only be found in an MMO.

Elite: Dangerous pilot Persera went on an expedition beyond the bounds of galactic space to set the record as the furthest a player has ever traveled from the solar system. After careful preparations and several attempts, Persera eventually passed this milestone around December 19th. He was still crawling forward at 65,659 light years from Sol when he ran out of fuel and had nothing to make the jump home.

That’s when Persera put out a call to the “Fuel Rats” — a search-and-rescue community organization that makes it their mission to deliver fuel to stranded pilots. The Rats didn’t hesitate at the challenge, but sent a dedicated player to reach Persera. The stranded pilot is mostly staying in stasis, coming out only to turn on his beacon if the rescue ships show up.

What’s truly amazing is that the final leg of this rescue will require a 48-hour supercruise by the Fuel Rats. If all goes well, the rescuer will catch up with Persera this weekend, transfer fuel, and then all jump out to safety. You can watch the ongoing Twitch stream of the rescue attempt after the break.

Update: There are actually three Fuel Rat pilots (ABish, TheUnknown1 and Highwaywarrior) participating in the refueling efforts. Apologies for the mistake.

Source: Reddit, official forums. Thanks Kinya!
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Mark Lewis

Your article is great and all, but I don’t think CMDR Persera would like being referred to as “he” and “him”, as she is a “she” and a “her”. Thank you for presenting what this game and it’s community does for each other, we really do appreciate it!
Fly Safe, CMDR. If you can’t fly Safe, fly DANGEROUS! O7

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Mr_Planthead

My friend has close to 3000 hours in the game and is possibly about as far out as this guy. I can’t even play for 20 minutes without being bored :/

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shear

Different strokes for different folks.

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Scrungle

Chances are they used mission exploits to get tons of money so they have the cool ships, thats why they keep playing. the grind is horrible in this game.

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edangerous

Nonsense. You could do this in an Asp Explorer which doesn’t cost much at all and besides, the money you would make from a journey like this would make you very wealthy by itself.

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Scrungle

BS, I’ve played ED for a long time and to afford any large ship (Conda, Python, Cutter, etc) you’d need to grind FOREVER. Missions are paltry, Res sites suck, exploration pays peanuts. You’re talking to someone who has over 200 hours in ED and played legit and didn’t do any of the spammy/exploit smuggler runs.

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edangerous

Rubbish. The only ships it applies to are the faction based ships, so the Cutter and the Corvette. All the others can be earned easily, money is very easy to come by now, planetary scans net between 2-3 million credits and can be done in a Sidewinder right from the start. Road To Riches can be done very early on and nets 200 million.
No one needs to take part in any sort of exploits or grind faction ships to go exploring.

A few months ago I did my first exploration mission/journey, 23,000 ly and I hardly did any planetary scans, my Asp E had 43 ly jump, the mission and scans earned me well over 100 million.

Who cares about your 200 hours in Elite, it’s clear you’re out of the loop or simply don’t know what you’re talking about.

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Scrungle

That’s a load of malarkey my friend. At that rate you put forward need to scan 48 planets to afford an Anaconda. That is a FREAKING grind…And boring, massively boring. Not only that, but you need to buy a detailed surface scanner. Don’t tell me it isn’t a grind when I have facts to back up my assertion.

Exploration is mind numbing: This is how it works, jump into system, scan, fly to a planet, scan, jump to a system, scan, for ever and ever amen.

Terrible game play.

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Loopy

How would you change the exploration system?

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Scrungle

As Edangerous said, who cares about my opinion, I’m out of the loop. But if I did have a hand in it, I’d make it like the Eve System where you have to send out probes and actually scan down a system. Not just point your ship at a planet and let it “load” the scan data.

Or maybe land on the planet and drop drones/probes to fly around, I dunno. But as I stated before just jumping into a system, pointing your ship at a planet and waiting for the results is lame.

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Loopy

I like the EVE probe system for exploration, although i don’t see it working in Elite. With the interdiction system in place, you’ll never find a “safe” spot to actually go and do the scanning.

I also like the idea of launching drones closer to the planet, like maybe achieving initial orbit allows you to deploy the drones into the atmosphere, or something.

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GoJammit

So essentially he’s that jackass who pretends he can sail across the ocean and now other people have to go out of their way to find his silly butt.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Or people like him allow others the chance to become heroes by saving them from trouble…

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GoJammit

That’s all well and good when we are just talking about video games (though I will say 48 hours of travel sounds brutally boring just to fill someone’s tank). But when there are real lives at stake in the case of these dopes who go on these excursions they are not equipped for, my personal opinion is just to leave them there. What’s that, stuck on the side of the mountain? Didn’t have any business there to begin with. Oh really, stuck in a hurricane because you wanted to test your mettle but not read a weather report? Bitches drown!

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Castagere Shaikura

I kind of agree with this. The guy had no planning in this. And he could have stopped somewhere for fuel right?

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shazanti

She had possibly been desperately looking for a sun to fuel up on. On those long journeys out in the black, there are no stations to refuel at. You have a fuel scoop on your ship, and you scoop appropriate suns for fuel….but they have to exist, and you have to find them. If you wind up stuck in a ‘dead zone’ where there are no appropriate stars to refuel on… you’re boned. And if you’re going into unexplored territory, you have no way of knowing what’s ahead, so you have no way of knowing if you’re sailing into a dead zone. The only preparations you can make are a fuel scoop for refueling on the run, and a good size fuel tank, and she had to have had both. I’ve no idea what her exact situation was, but I know it’s entirely possible to run out of fuel despite your best efforts otherwise.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Now this is ’emergent gameplay’!

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Castagere Shaikura

AH reminds me of the good old Earth & Beyond days. Players would get lost or blown up and either ask for a jumpstart or be wormhole to the nearest station.

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Crowe

So a guy deliberately went as far as possible just to set a record… and now has to ask someone to come and get him? I guess they will tie for that record.

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Jeremiah Ratican

I hope the “fuel rat” goes 1 meter further

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Tobasco da Gama

The explorer ran out of fuel on their return trip. Granted, I bet the Fuel Rats could execute a mission to hit a new record if they wanted to, but that’s not really their thing.

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PhoenixDfire

Got to love the fuel rats. Dedicated bunch of nutters who just do it for the giggles.

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Melissa McDonald

I think what impresses me the most about this is that space is genuinely HUGE in E:D.

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Sushi Maru

But Elite Dangerous isn’t an MMO (32 people max in a zone), and this is all just RP pretty much, right? Just clarifying things, someone who has no idea about the game might think it is a lot different based on the article.

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CovertOpsCloaking

You can get more than 32 per instance thought that’s besides the point. It’s or isn’t an MMO depending on your definition.
Also, no, it’s not RP. Explorers often miscalculate and get stranded with no fuel, they need help to get going and Fuel Rats provide that help.

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Melissa McDonald

How can you not RP in a game that immersive? I’d be listening to space music, drinking Tang, eating freeze-dried ice cream the whole time :)

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edangerous

Ugh, I wish people would stop repeating this. It is not 32 players max in an instance. There is no actual hard cap, performance will certainly degrade past a certain point but it is not a hardcoded limit.

Here’s 100+ in an instance

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BalsBigBrother

Elite Dangerous has more players in a “zone instance” than Secret World Legends at this point are you going to tell me that SWL isn’t an mmo either. You cannot judge the eligibility of a game being an mmo just by a single zone instance population when the entire game is made up of many such instances. Saying so is intentionally misleading and stupid to boot

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BalsBigBrother

Your monopoly thing yeah not even worth the effort when you are essentially comparing apples to a cat. You also have an obvious chip on your shoulder so I am not wasting any more of my time with you.

Hope you have a good holiday season o7

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Alberto

For me I consider it an MMO even if it uses smaller instances of 32, 48, 50, 100+ if its all ! universe?shard Even WoW/EVE Online uses tech to instance/divide up players so that the game doesn’t slow down. if you can move between those instances its all good IMO.

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GoJammit

People worry too much about how many people there are in their immediate vicinity. Apparently it needs to balls to butts in order for people to call it an mmo.

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CapnLan

That’s a loooong way out. To put that into perspective, it took me about 5 days real time to travel 26,000 light years to Colonia. Good luck, Rats!