OBEC Activity Blog  

 State Of The Game, 04-08-2019

Yes, we are in the middle of the summer holidays. And yes, SC patches 3.5 and 3.6 are not the game boosters we hoped for. So yes, it is normal -unfortunately- that activity is low. And yes, it is normal people are not happy. To be honest, I’m not happy either.
For the people that have not touched the game for a while (and there are many around) an update.
- Live servers: 3.6
- PTU servers: 3.6.1
- CIG introduced ‘hover-mode’ and hopefully regrets it ever since
- 890 Jump not finished yet, only 151/199 tasks completed so far
- CIG introduced a 150 euro priced self-propelled ground air defense system in 3.6.1
- CIG created a variety of different looking space stations
- Large asteroid fields now contain minable rocks
- Interdiction by military forces and pirates. Crime stats is becoming a real thing

OBEC’s summer verdict (based upon 5 weeks of testing):
- If you have not tried 3.5 and 3.6 you are in for a nasty surprise. The flight model and handling of ships changed a lot.
- 3.5 changed the flight model, 3.6 introduced hover mode
- Why hover-mode? Well, thrusters work in space and low-gravity situations to control and maneuver your ship. VTOL or Hover mode is intended to handle the ship in gravity situations. Hover mode changed everything! It requires a different way of maneuvering your ship and the learning curve is very, very steep. When hover mode kicks in (automatically) your ships act like a VTOL (helicopter). The active crew is still learning to control it while CIG tries to solve (transition) bugs
- There is no explanation why the 890 Jump is late. The question pops up why they wanted to release it in the first place because there is not much use for it. 890 Jump becomes interesting the moment NPC’s and players require a inter-system transit by liners.
- On that bombshell the Ballista is pushed to the players. 150 euro. It is available in the open PTU 3.6.1 but far from finished. We also question the use of it. Running some tests show it might do damage to lighter ships, but it cannot take out a Vanguard. It is big, sluggish and the design is questionable.
- Since 3.5 there are many, many, many bugs. Some bugs seem to be inherited from 3.3 and 3.4. Especially in 3.6.1. Like more people spawning in the same Hab, wheels not rotating in ground vehicles and so on.
- But the winner is the poorly implemented hover mode turning landings on moons and mining on moons into a dreadful experience instead of having fun 

Every Friday around 20:30 CET OBEC members are in TeamSpeak and in game to help you out. For now, … let’s see how 3.6.1 turns out after the debugging. The first real upgrade will be 3.8 with Microtech and 3.9 with Crusader. Yeah … 2019 is not the best year for SC and OBEC activity. We will need to live with that.

 Founders Corner, 02-07-2019

With 3.6 on the PTU it is time to write a summer update. July 2019 will be the month in which the next patch will be released. Gameplay wise the introduction of a black-market economy might be interesting. For others the 890 Jump might by a highlight. The Core Tech improvements hopefully improve desyncs in combat and a better hit-ratio. 3.6 is not the sexiest patch. 3.7 will bring bounty hunter pvp gameplay and end of 2019 patch 3.8 will bring us microTech planet and moons.
As a result, gameplay is again low and only the core-players join Game Night. We still manage to do something worthwhile and playing helps to understand the changes in the game and gameplay. Being inactive for a long time means you face a steep learning curve the moment you pick up your controls again. See you in OBEC’s TeamSpeak. Video by Star Citizen.

 Game Night, 07-06-2019, part 2

Here we are on top of a world. We landed on the highest building in Area18 on ArcCorp. Any fear of heights? Don’t go there with your VR-goggles on. Video by PaddyVanCH.

 Game Night, 07-06-2019, part 1

Friday Night Fever in Cerby's Blue Oyster Bar. Version 3.5.1. Dance emote’s still hard to trigger. Video by PaddyVanCH.

 Game Night, 10-05-2019

Stunt driving on Olisar D00 pad. We loaded a Star Farer with all kinds of vehicles, shipped them to Port Olisar and the rest is history. 
Video by PaddyVanCh. 

 Game Night, 01-03-2019

Havoc and mayhem inside Port Olisar. What happens if you slip two Greycats into the building. Video by PaddyVanCH.

 Game Night, 15-02-2019

How many Greycat buggies fit in a Blue Platinum building? 3 or 4? Video by PaddyVanCH. 

 Happy Holidays 2018

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a very happy 2019. Video by Murgen Templar. 

 Game Night, 31-08-2018

Does it fit? Flying a Tug into a cargo hold. Video by PaddyVanCH.

 Javelin Wreck Daymar

Flying over the Javelin Wreck on Daymar in SC version 3.1.4. Video by MurgenTemplar. 

 OBEC Leader

Introduction into OBEC. Once an OBEC, always an OBEC? For the younger generation, this is heavily inspired by The Thunderbirds.  Video by MurgenTemplar. 

 Dukes of OBEC

Made in one of the GameNights on my old PC. Frame rate alert. Video by MurgenTemplar.