Elite: Dangerous’ galaxy-spanning, six-month player voyage concludes with 4000 explorers

    
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What lies at the very edge of the known galaxy? As of this past week, a select group of very dedicated Elite: Dangerous players know the answer.

Back in January, thousands of pilots kitted out their ships and banded together to go on the Distant Worlds 2 expedition. This community convoy aimed to traverse 65,000 light years from earth to Beagle Point, the furthest spot from known civilization. After accidentally crashing the servers, the 14,000-strong expedition blasted off on an anticipated 20-week voyage across the Milky Way.

That was January. Now in June 2019, the expedition has successfully reached its goal. Frontier trumpeted the accomplishment: “The Distant Worlds 2 expedition has officially come to a close, with roughly 4,000 Commanders reaching Beagle Point! Congratulations to all the organisers, volunteers and Commanders who helped bring about this monumental event!”

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I guess the 10,000 commanders who didn’t finish must have died of boredom. That’s what happens when you have to watch the same loading screen, sorry hyperspace jump, for hundreds of hours of ‘play’ in this game.

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Why did I immediately think of the BSG opening (the original series…)

Just a ragtag fleet looking for a place called Earth…

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Just to answer the questions below.

This was a player organised event and its more of a journey with a group of like minded folks rather than there being something specific at the destination. While there isn’t anything spectacular beyond a tourist beacon actually at Beagle Point there are a lot of really nice things to find along the way.

Beagle point is one of the most remote systems discovered and is kind of considered a right of passage for explorers in Elite: Dangerous which is why many make the journey. Beyond that you will get a ton of exploration data and will most likely make Elite status in exploration on turning all that in, along with a ton of credits.

Really though as I said above it really is just about folks enjoying the journey together within the game.

As for the falloff there will probably be people getting to Beagle point over the next few weeks if not months as they had to stop for whatever reason along the way. A lot of folks will have given up as it a lot of time to invest. And yes all the folks who do make it face an equally long journey back home to the bubble (home) if that is what they want. Though a number I imagine will continue to travel out in the deep black to see if they can find interesting things.

People doing things because they enjoy the thing not because of any reward, what is this madness /s

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Wilhelm Arcturus

Thank you for filling that out. Maybe you should be the one getting paid here.

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As one of the leaders of the hull seals, we got a lot more out of it than any of us expected. We started as just a group to provide hull repairs for the expedition, but became a fully formed group like the Fuel Rats, and they helped give advice and guidance so we didn’t make to many mistakes.

Plus we got to see many amazing sites in the game, which is hard to imagine saying about any game… but it also introduced us to the science of the universe. How things work out there, and why. (There obviously was the occasional glitch, that’s expected)

And besides those things, we built a space station, made lots of new friends, and created connections that IRL enable us to network with people from around the world on projects that we wouldn’t have been able to do as easily, or at all.

So while there wasn’t any “thing” that we gained from doing it other than a badge on a third party website, and a decal to put on our ship in game, we gained so much more from this than we could possibly imagine. Oh and we might get in the Guinness book of world records for this event.

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This post feels incomplete, like somebody put up an article titled “Dave answered the Phone!” and gave us the time and duration of the call, but neglected to mention who called and what they wanted. You know, actual the interesting bits.

So what happens to the people who made it? What did they find? Did they get anything? Did this unlock something in the game? Do they plan to live there or do they now have to spend six months flying home? What happened to the 10K players that didn’t make it? Were they eaten by grues or did they die of dysentery or something?

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The ones who made it to the end found this…

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That might be it. There is nothing different there. That is the problem with the game, a lot of the same. Grinding for the sake of grind. Just look at how factions are implemented. It sais everything about the rest of the game. Mindless repetition. Tacked on story bits.

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So what did they find? Seems like pertinent information that should be in the tweet or article. If there was nothing there then what was the point? It’s a video game not Mt. Kiliminjaro.

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thirtymil

“It’s a video game not Mt. Kiliminjaro.”

True, but in the same way people climb a mountain “because it’s there”, a lot of what people do in Elite is also simply “because it’s there”, just because it’s a sandboxy sort of game.