What was your first experience with the Elite universe and what keeps you playing it today?
My good buddy Ogre got me into Elite about a year ago. We started playing and neither of us really knew we were doing. After about a week of fumbling through space Ogre went back to his Destiny 2 life and I ultimately gave up. About a month or so went by, and the thought that a flight simulator had bested me was eating away at me. I started back to it, started researching videos on YouTube and, eventually, through a rather hilarious interaction with MRRUBBERBULLETS, I was led to The Fatherhood and was shown the way.
Tell a quick story about your favorite moment in Elite: Dangerous.
That’s a tough one. I think my favorite Elite moment would have to be when Reaper hit pranjajoe at the gyser site. I’ve never seen a ship collide in mid-air with an SRV before, and boy let me tell ya…that SRV was launched about 20km away going about 500m/s and than POOF. I havent laughed that hard in a while.
Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.
Ah, the infamous crystal spike incident. I was out in a mat-farming site gathering Yttrium. It was a low-G planet…so naturally, I became impatient waiting for the crystalline fragments to hit the ground and was boosting to catch them in mid air when I suddenly became impaled on one of the crystal spires… I was stuck. Not like regular stuck—but stuck! There was a crystal spike going pretty much through the center of my SRV. So with a little patience and a few… well, a lot of laughs, Shysty came to my aid and assisted me off the spike.
Thus how i gained the callsign “Olaf” The loveable idiot snowman from the Disney movie Frozen who gets impaled by an ice spike. HA HA guys…
Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.
My favorite ship would have to be the Anaconda. Her name is the Rocinante. I have an affinity for the larger ships in Elite. They command a certain presence on the battlefield and are just so much fun with all the firepower they pack.
What drew you to join The Fatherhood?
Well… I was out at Farseer Inc when I noticed CMDR MRRUBBERBULLETS in the Contacts tab. It was just me, him, and the port. So, I messaged him on Xbox chat and asked if he was planning to destroy me as soon as I took off. Which he was because I had a bounty. So, he took pity on my “Mostly Harmless” ass and told me to pay off the bounty and he would stop hunting me. After paying off my fine I responded back to thank him for not annihilating me and to let him know that I had paid off my bounty. That’s when he told me about The Fatherhood, how to join and get setup with Bravo squadron.
What’s your day job, and how do you balance your home, work and gaming life (or do you)?
My day job is being a Father, actually. I balance my gaming life with family time by literally living the Squadron motto…”When the kids go to bed…I go to space.” I’m in Eastern Standard Timezone and I’m normally on every night between 7-9 to about 12am or 1am.
What is one thing most people don’t know about you that you wish they did?
I played Counter-Strike semi professionally at the age of 15 till i was about 17 back in early 2000’s. Made a decent profit from playing in local 5v5 tournaments.
How did you come up with the name of your Commander?
I’ve used this handle for almost 15 years now. Its a marijuana reference being an idealroach is neither too big or too small… just the right size…roach. 😁
Any fatherly advice for new CMDRs trying to make their way in Elite: Dangerous?
If you get stuck or frustrated with the game: don’t quit.
The hardest part about this game is the flight mechanics (in my opinion) but reach out for help. The Elite community is probably one of the best communities in any game I’ve ever played. Yes, of course, there’s always going to be toxicity amongst a gaming community, but the number of good far outweights the bad. I’ve never met such a friendly bunch so willing to spend time to teach someone from the ground up in such an in-depth game. They do it because they love this game and they love to see their community grow. So, if you’re ever in need of help, just ask for it.