What was your first experience with the Elite universe and what keeps you playing it today?
I really enjoy the thrill I had when I first started and I was running a load of LTDs, Void Opals, or Painite, only to be interdicted. Mind you this was when I didn’t really know better but it sure got my pulse racing!
Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.
My most favorite moment playing deeply involves my callsign. I spent the good portion of an entire season just blasting Thargoids in the face with shard cannons. I know! No one is too terribly impressed with that approach. It doesn’t, in itself, require much skill. What does require skill is coordinating routinely 4 others and up to as many as 12. Just getting that many people interested in doing the same thing in Elite is difficult. We started by dropping in on lvl 5 NHSS. I then researched and adapted a technique to use a distress call in LTT 8517 to farm Thargoid kills. This occurred during a community goal in the Coalsack to amass bounties. This was prior to the 4x buff to ‘goid bounties and I nearly broke 1 billion credits for the week long CG. We all love the big numbers in this game but the best numbers were the number of players who helped me, and in doing so, racked up significant achievements of their own. We took first place from a squad of dedicated Thargoid hunters that season and had multiple fresh players take top 25/10 spots. It’s still the most I’ve ever played with others in Elite: Dangerous and I would love to see server melting numbers of players in the same instance blasting Hydras in the face until they die.
Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.
I really love laser mining in a Cutter. I also very much like delivering large shipments of cargo. For those reasons I must say my favorite ship is the Cutter.
What drew you to join The Fatherhood?
I’m an Xbox player and what drew my to The Fatherhood was the number of members it had. I knew it was my best shot to find others to play with.
What’s your day job, and how do you balance your home, work and gaming life (or do you)?
The best way to enjoy Elite: Dangerous is almost as a substitute for a real job. In that sense E:D really helped me through this pandemic. You aren’t likely to catch me on much lately as I’ve been able to get back to piloting my real life. I’m mountain in the US and I’m down to farm ‘goid kills while goofing off in chat.
How did you come up with the name of your Commander?
It’s my gamertag.
Any fatherly advice for new CMDRs trying to make their way in Elite: Dangerous?
Try to get involved with others. It makes the game much more enjoyable.