Elite: Dangerous

Pringle

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I still keep an eye on this despite being intimidated. Where are things at now for brand new noobs that wanted to jump into this thing? How overwhelming is this?
It's been awhile since I jumped in, but I remember the series of tutorials weren't entirely too helpful. They may have improved/updated them since, but the game isn't entirely too complicated. Once you get a comfortable set of controls, it's all downhill from there.
 

Aireoth

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I still keep an eye on this despite being intimidated. Where are things at now for brand new noobs that wanted to jump into this thing? How overwhelming is this?
Just started after owning it for years, its not bad at all, controls as the biggest hurdle.

Some activities are a little more complicated (mining for example really requires a lot of gear) so use the wikis for those.

basic tasks like couriering or transporting are simple and almost completely hands off. I've never once encountered a hostile ship on those runs, and only once was i told ships where sent to intercept me, but never saw them at all.
 

FighterAce124

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Just started after owning it for years, its not bad at all, controls as the biggest hurdle.

Some activities are a little more complicated (mining for example really requires a lot of gear) so use the wikis for those.

basic tasks like couriering or transporting are simple and almost completely hands off. I've never once encountered a hostile ship on those runs, and only once was i told ships where sent to intercept me, but never saw them at all.
Basic mining is pretty easy... just need a mining laser, and a refinery. You can use the cargo scoop to pick up fragments - although I would STRONGLY recommend also fitting one of the drone things that will go out and pick the stuff up, becasue otherwise its incredibly slow to scoop each fragment one by one...

While there IS a lot of other stuff you can get to maximise mining, to get started and see if its something you might want to do, is pretty cheap and easy.
 

Aireoth

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Basic mining is pretty easy... just need a mining laser, and a refinery. You can use the cargo scoop to pick up fragments - although I would STRONGLY recommend also fitting one of the drone things that will go out and pick the stuff up, becasue otherwise its incredibly slow to scoop each fragment one by one...

While there IS a lot of other stuff you can get to maximise mining, to get started and see if its something you might want to do, is pretty cheap and easy.
I couldn't figure out what asteriods to shoot, apparently I needed a detailed surface scanner. I'll get around to it eventually.
 

FighterAce124

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You can mine almost any asteroid you come across... to find out if you can mine it, fire the laser at it for 3-4 seconds and see if a chunk flies off. I used asteroid belts around planets to mine, doesnt have to be marked as a mining area, any asteroid in the belts can be mined. The chunks are very small so easy to miss. And a pain to cargo scoop, have to move at like 2m/s to not miss them...

You literally dont need anything other than a laser and a refinery. Thats all I had when I started it to see waht it was about. Everything else is to make it easier or more profitable. I have never run across an asteroid I couldnt mine in a belt.

I think there ARE some limits on what asteroids can be mined using the charges and other methods, but not the lasers.
 

Aireoth

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You can mine almost any asteroid you come across... to find out if you can mine it, fire the laser at it for 3-4 seconds and see if a chunk flies off. I used asteroid belts around planets to mine, doesnt have to be marked as a mining area, any asteroid in the belts can be mined. The chunks are very small so easy to miss. And a pain to cargo scoop, have to move at like 2m/s to not miss them...

You literally dont need anything other than a laser and a refinery. Thats all I had when I started it to see waht it was about. Everything else is to make it easier or more profitable. I have never run across an asteroid I couldnt mine in a belt.

I think there ARE some limits on what asteroids can be mined using the charges and other methods, but not the lasers.
I bought mining lasers and starting pewing some ice asteroids in a belt, didn't get anything after 10 mins so i moved on and went wiki hunting.
 

rgMekanic

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where are you mining!
hehehe. Mining the fabled EGG (4x SSD LTD asteroid) in the triple LTD hotspot in the COL sector. http://edtools.ddns.net/miner

I fill up the 512 space in my Cutter in about an hour, hour and a half. Call it 2 with the travelling to sell and the like. Hope to have a carrier by the weekend :)

EDIT: technically I'm mining the son of EGG. Its also a 4x LTD SSD asteroid, a bit further away, but hardly spins, which is better for me.

 
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