Elite Dangerous : Exobiology

When the Odyssey Expansion released for ED in May last year, it brought with it ability to leave your vehicles and move around on foot. SPACE LEGS FOR ALL!

Walking around delivered a mixture of missions that can be undertaken, like those you see on your ship they are randomly generated and the factions within a system issue them, you can accept them from a mission board like on ships, or you can go speak to a contact face to face, which is a nice touch after years of being stuck in a ship.

When a war occurs in a system you can act as a merc, siding with one faction for the on-foot conflict zone, these are populated with AI troopers, players in the area will of course show as fighting along side them.

One of the new activities to occupy your time while on foot didn’t require missions as it was a new form of exploration, Exobiology, and I adore it. Not an activity that everyone will enjoy, seeking out the various organism on remote planets can beĀ  rather frustrating and always time-consuming.

That said there is something truly wonderful being stood next to some fledgling alien organism, on a plant at the edge of a solar system, which it’s self is at the edge of the bubble.

Big Blue Thingys

Despite being my favourite feature the game annoyingly sucks at two core things to help make Exobiology easier, namely these are:

  • Firstly listing out your discoveries so you can so check what you have documented and from where (same problem as system/planet discovery)
  • Secondly once you have collect enough samples of an organism for analysis, I wish it would mark it on the Detailed Surface Scanner somehow.

Once I was aware of them I have been trying to get around these two problems so I can scan a planet fully at a pace that suites me, as I said I like to be organised, so Trello is currently housing the data so I don’t forget between play sessions.
Much easy to see what I have and haven’t completed.

Current Games Aug 2022

Discussing MMO/Multiplayer games that I’m currently enjoying.

After a long period without consistently playing MMO/Multiplayer games I currently find myself currently playing a number of games on regular rotation.

Diablo 3

Since picking up D3 (no thanks to GamersWithJobs podcast blessing me with the benefits of the Crusader) I’ve been quite firmly addicted to the Seasonal events.
Not the fastest at reaching level 70 nor fastest at completing the seasonal chapters, we tend to have a group of people that are happy to come together to chip away at the goals, grind some Gems and get our unlocks done.

I admire those people that can focus on building their paragon levels up into the multiple thousand levels, but that isn’t really something that I have any want, reason or time to do.

I hope that Blizz continue to play with the seasons, new mechanics, with some maybe transitioning into the standard game too like the Echoing Nightmares. At least until D4 arrives, then mothballed no doubt.

I am sad that the increased stash numbers change was never picked up again after the issues that were seen on console versions with the increased number, but I guess they didn’t want to only deploy it to the PC version. I would have made life much easier all around.

Elite Dangerous

I find playing ED exhilarating, there is so many different things to keep you engaged, the newest expansion giving us space legs has introduced a number of new and exciting activities. I have really enjoyed the exobiology feature that was introduced and although it can be frustrating is ultimately rewarding when you get the first discovery on a planet or system.

The on foot conflict zones are found in systems where there is a war, you pick a side to fight for as a mercenary, you then get transported to the battle zone. There are 3 tiers of zone, low, medium and high, these tiers directly influence the number of enemies and their AI/weapon handling.
it’s easy to under estimate them.

Of course there are still lots of non-foot related activities that ED still offers and they can be very enjoyable, taking out pirates, working on community goals (or working against them with Operation Wych Hunt), taking tourists on sightseeing adventures etc

I find that I burn out on Elite much faster than other games, not sure why this is the case but I play for a few weeks then park the game for a month. I at often keen to return but something deters me.

The Elder Scrolls Online

Munki and I played during beta and at launch, this was back before the Unlimited changes, so we were making our way through the level gated content towards Cold Harbour (the final zone).
We were also running some Alts to play with different groups of friends, so were seeing all 3 main storylines at once.

It’s safe to say that we played, non-stop until we had completed nearly all of the game, even focusing on PVP at times.
Sadly this meant that over the years since then I’ve gone into the new content but only superficially, maybe rolling up a new toon, running some of the main quests, but the energy fizzling out within a month.

However over the last 6 months I’ve really enjoyed slowly working back into ESO on a more regular basis, getting a couple of hours a day to devote to the task, I’ve been discovering some of the content that I missed or completed on a throw away toons.

There is so much that I have missed that I will talk about but I think I shall keep that for a separate blog post.