Elite Dangerous’ mission server change puts an end to board-flipping (but not table-flipping)

    
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Board-flippers, am I right? Yeah, unless you play Elite Dangerous, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. Basically, if you don’t like the missions that are being offered to you by the mission boards in Elite, you can log out and back in for a full set of new missions, thereby ensuring you’re taking the best ones by payout or task and not wasting time on junk.

That practice is more or less coming to an end (or possibly just a middle) thanks to changes Frontier says it’s putting in for 3.3. The game is moving mission data to a new server, it says, instead of keeping them on a shared server with other game elements. The upside is that when the mission server goes down, it won’t take other chunks of the game with it. The downside, at least for board-flippers, is that they won’t be able to pick and choose quite so easily. Frontier is compensating players for that, though, noting that flipping “was never the intended use of the mission system.”

“Even though there is a small number of players doing this, we will increase the credit payout of missions (by 10%) across the board so all players using the mission boards as intended will see a net profit. As a result of this, some mission reward choices will see boosted influence, reputation and rank gains. As always when it comes to missions, we will continually review and balance them where needed.”

While forumgoers seem relatively pleased with the change, Reddit is grumpy and flipping virtual tables instead, noting that the only reason people board-flipped in the first place was their belief that the game was handing out crappy missions of unwanted types to further the grind.

Source: Official site. Cheers, Stuart!
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oldandgrumpy

Fixing the symptom and not the problem always works out well in the end, doesn’t it :)

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cmdr_cotic

You have to laugh at the redditors claiming Frontier doesn’t understand why they board-flipped, they just want to have 20 missions all at the same place so that Frontier are “respecting their time” and all that usual crap.

It’s a good change and I like that they’re giving it a bonus to discourage cheesing of the system.

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John Kiser

To be fair a lot of the missions end up useless at a place as you can’t do them. Making sure to only display things people can do based on what they currently have ship wise would be a good change too and they could end up displaying missions that maybe people were flipping for more often as a result (as a lot were using it to make sure they’d get applicable missions too)

It seems to me that with a better designed system in the first place people wouldn’t need to board flip in the first place to try and find things that are fun or applicable for them to do.