So many people showed up for Elite Dangerous’ Distant Worlds 2 event that the servers went boom

    
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Elite Dangerous’ massive Distant Worlds 2 expedition is officially underway.

Nearly 11,000 players – and developers! – ultimately signed up for the voyage, which set out yesterday. As we’ve previously reported, the expedition will spend over 20 weeks on an outward bound trip to Beagle Point in an effort to create “the definitive massively multiplayer exploration experience.” In fact, so many people showed up that the first mass jump apparently caused some server instability.

Outages aside, not every ship that set out is going to make it. After all, without precise calculations we could fly right through a star or bounce too close to a supernova and that’d end our trip real quick, wouldn’t it?

An Unfortunate Soul ending DWE2 early at The View. RIP CMDR o7 from EliteDangerous

Given that this is Elite Dangerous, with its history of griefers ruining events but also its history of players fighting back to restore order to the game, we expect we’ll be covering this one over and over during the course of the expedition. Bring your space popcorn.

1st Day down of my journey with the DW2 Expedition. Here is one of the pics I took on the way. from EliteDangerous

Source: Official site. Thanks, Cotic!
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PhoenixDfire

Is it wrong of me to laugh out loud at that Anaconda forgetting about gravity? Reminds me of the Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy with the Sperm Whale falling through space.

‘And wow! Hey! What’s this thing suddenly coming towards me very fast? Very very fast. So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding name like … ow … ound … round … ground! That’s it! That’s a good name – ground!

I wonder if it will be friends with me?’

BOOM!

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vgees

This is so COOL! Events like this are what make MMORPGs exciting to me! I look forward to seeing more of this epic journey!

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Richard Amiss

I’m surprised this is happening at all. Last time the fans wanted to explore something new, Frontier pulled the rug out. Or is there still opportunity for Frontier to disappoint?

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Oh, they still have Frontier’s opportunity to shit on is, but I think at this point most players are half expecting it and just currious as to how and when.

Elite is an odd duck where most players love the game inspite of Frontier’s best efforts of to make them miserable.

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Xijit

It was epic!

… Also, it wasn’t 11k: there were three waves (EU, US, And AU), so it wasn’t the full 11k.

But we still blew the Servers!

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Xijit

Also: griefing should be a minimum.

The event is fan run, so it is mostly being done in private groups instead of the open play mode.

The majority of players are in the official “Fleetcomm” PG (which is unfortunately closed ATM because they have 684 PAGES of join requests to go through) but it isn’t the only one. Report anyone who open fires on another player and they will be banned for the PG & Frontier said they will restore your ship if you get ganked in a participating PVE PG while in the middle of nowhere.

Seems like Frontier is dedicated to this one not getting screwed up after how many times Elite has had an event crashed by griefers in the past.

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Frontier has already announced a community mission at the first base camp system, to help construct a colony on one of the wolds, and that is supposed to start on Thursday (so everyone has a chance to get out there in time).

Expect one official event each week, and if we are going to be building colonies as we go, then it shouldn’t be too much of a catastrophic loss if you lose your ship along the way.

On top of all that, the player group who has been setting all this also has an inbedded RP organiser that is going to be running an ongoing RP scenario that she has been writing for a year.

I also find it questionable that there has been dead silence about the trip back … So I am guessing there is gonna be a nasty surprise for us when it comes time to turn around.

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UpayaBlossom

So I am guessing there is gonna be a nasty surprise for us when it comes time to turn around.

Self-destruct!

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Xijit

An option, but I want the achievement of surviving the entire trip.

Plus I dont know how well Blood porting will work if frontier is going to be lining the route with base camp colonies: wont players just end up Respawning at the nearest station instead of back in the bubble?

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Schmidt.Capela

Report anyone who open fires on another player and they will be banned for the PG & Frontier said they will restore your ship if you get ganked in a participating PVE PG while in the middle of nowhere.

Makes me wonder why the heck Frontier doesn’t allow private groups to disable PvP if they are willing to bend their rules to undo the effects of PvP in a private group. This has been requested since literally the first day of the game’s Kickstart.

Also, this — making sure the griefed player loses nothing — is the best way to disincentive griefing. Which, mind, is why I only play MMOs where players I’m ignoring can’t do anything to hinder my gameplay.

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Frontier Development is like the most tallented bunch of morons around.

I actually swore off the game after I mainly bought my Rift for it & then learned that they had all but sabotaged the VR controls because “Everyone must use a HOTS.”

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Schmidt.Capela

… Something else just occurred to me.

Since ED doesn’t have fast travel, this trip is a full commitment; the 11k players taking part in it won’t be available for regular gameplay back in the bubble. Instead they will be “stuck” far from home, in PvE-only groups.

I wonder what will this mean for PvP activity during these 20 weeks (nearly five months), plus the time it will take to come back.

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Probably not much: I have never once gotten ganked by anyone even though I typically play in Open, but I also stay clear of combat zones. Seems like most of the ganks happen around the community goal drop off points since otherwise it is really hard to predict where people will be.

My concerns are that they also just injected an alien incursion system to the game, where the incuson spreads and gets bigger if players do not kill off enough alien ships in “X” amount of time.

That sounds like a prime mechanic for everyone coming back to find the bubble on fire.

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UpayaBlossom

everyone coming back to find the bubble on fire.

To my knowledge most of the AX crews are still doing Thargoid stuffs.

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UpayaBlossom

PvPers aren’t in this mostly. Different crowds.

This is actually why I got myself a second account, so I could have one cmdr out there in the deep black exploring while my main does politics-stuff in the bubble.