Community Spotlight: Star Citizen's ShackFleet

The Shack hype behind Star Citizen is strong, so much so that ejectorpod has created a dedicated site for pilots, known as ShackFleet.

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Chris Roberts' upcoming space sim Star Citizen has created a lot of excitement, from both eager backers and from our own Shacknews community. Among the most excited community members is ejectorpod, who's actively rallying to organize a task force of capable pilots. His efforts have led to ShackFleet, an organized site for Star Citizen enthusiasts from the Shacknews community. Star Citizen has been a hot topic in Chatty, so I asked ejectorpod what it is about this game has such a far-reaching appeal? "There's a lot about Star Citizen that appeals to me, but the idea of having a 21st century space sim is the first big draw," ejectorpod answered. "I grew up playing Wing Commander, X-Wing, and combat flight sims and the fact that those games are so few and far-between now is a major disappointment to me, particularly because of the strides developers have made in animation, physics, graphics engines, and gameplay. We have so many different FPS games that people play, but finding a space sim developed by a AAA game developer? Forget about it." On top of the novelty of a modern space sim, ejectorpod is drawn in by Star Citizen's grand ambition. "Star Citizen is striving to do more than most games even consider," he added. "There's a part of me, and I think most of us who are committed to seeing this game through to 2015, that thinks we could end up with a lot less than we are hoping for and wonder if we'll end up disappointed. But I'm not letting it hold back my excitement or enthusiasm. I have invested a lot less than other people out there, but I know my time commitment is going to rival every other player out there, because the idea of having a game that is literally what every space sim we ever wanted to be is just too great an opportunity to miss out on." This level of enthusiasm led ejectorpod to lead the effort on creating ShackFleet. The site continued to grow as more information about Star Citizen was released, leading to an increase in community interest. Shacker x4nth3 scooped up the domain name, while a group of volunteers helped develop the site and build it into what it is today--a fleet of 272 Shackers, 409 ships, and multiple open crew member slots. There's no strict barrier of entry if you're a part of the Shack community. "A lot of the organizational structure is still developing, but right now we don't have any limitations on who can join," ejectorpod explained. "If you're a registered member of Shacknews.com's community, you're welcome. If you're a friend of a Shacker, come aboard. That may change, we'll have to see as things develop."

The three wings of ShackFleet

ShackFleet members can choose to fill one of three available wings, based on the old Shack adage of Lamp, Sand, Lime. The Lamp wing is for logistical pilots, handling internal transport for crew members without combat ships, refueling, and acquiring goods. "Think of Lamp Squad as supply lines in modern military terms," ejectorpod said. "Without Lamp, we could find ourselves out of fuel, out of ammo, and up to our necks in enemy without any way of defending ourselves." The Sand wing is the fleet's primary source of revenue outside of combat operations, made up of miners, refiners, and explorers. "Sand Squad will be a mix of folks, because it will be a lot of people who just want to search out the best asteroid to carve up as well folks who simply have a fast ship with a low signature and want to explore the galaxy," ejectorpod explained. "Sand members will be our discoverers, providing intel on new systems and routes through space, as well as sources of revenue for us to exploit." For those more interested in fighting, the Lime wing will fit their needs. Should ShackFleet decide to act aggressively, the Lime Squad will act as the front line. They'll also act as protection against hostile fleets and as support for Lamp Squad, whenever they need assistance for getting supplies to the front lines. Star Citizen is a long way from its final release and even ejectorpod acknowledges that interest could occasionally wane, but ShackFleet should help maintain a strong foundation of dedicated pilots. "One of the main reasons we launched ShackFleet.com when we did was to emphasize the strength of our organization so early on, at the same time Roberts was showing off the Hangar Module," he said. "We added more members due to that strategic launch, increasing our share of the pie, so to speak. But, there is going to be a lull between the Hangar Module release this week and the Dogfighting Module late this year -- and that's okay. Our primary goal is simply to build our organization and prepare for the game's release. But a secondary goal is to support the game's development, so whatever we can do to build up interest, answer questions, provide feedback, we're going to do. Because in the end, the more members we have who are early and veteran backers, the more we're doing to help the game." As Star Citizen's development moves forward, ShackFleet will likewise progress. Upcoming features will include secure forums for members, a History of ShackFleet page that follows the Star Citizen timeline, and a dedicated newsletter.
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From The Chatty
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    August 29, 2013 7:00 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Community Spotlight: Star Citizen's ShackFleet.

    The Shack hype behind Star Citizen is strong, so much so that ejectorpod has created a dedicated site for pilots, known as ShackFleet.

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      August 29, 2013 7:31 AM

      Thanks for the opportunity to share, Ozzie!

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      August 29, 2013 7:37 AM

      Go ejectorpod :D

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      August 29, 2013 7:51 AM

      Good read. Thanks Ozzie!

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      August 29, 2013 7:53 AM

      Good stuff! Thanks for this Ozzie and ejectorpod.

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        August 29, 2013 12:45 PM

        A good read and positive vibes. GG Obama!

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      August 29, 2013 7:53 AM

      I didn't realize so many shackers were a part of it.

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        August 29, 2013 8:13 AM

        yeah lots!

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          August 29, 2013 8:36 AM

          I feel so uncool for only having one ship but they're so expensive. Hopefully the Freelancer doesn't suck in combat.

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            August 29, 2013 9:13 AM

            No need to feel uncool, they'll be plenty of space for you on other bigger ships. It'll probably be more fun to jump in with another Shacker's crew then fly around by yourself.

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            August 29, 2013 9:27 AM

            You have a Freelancer and you feel uncool?! That things a beast. I feel uncool with my little Aurora. I have my eye on a 315p though...

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      August 29, 2013 8:23 AM

      I intend to waste the rest of my morning waiting for my hangar to open up.

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        August 29, 2013 8:30 AM

        Wait... is it going live today?

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          August 29, 2013 8:31 AM

          Yes but most likely not until late late late Thursday.

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            August 29, 2013 8:36 AM

            *flips table*

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            August 29, 2013 8:46 AM

            There's a reddit post that quotes Ben, basically, the team has been working all night for 2 days to get this ready, and they missed code freeze yesterday. They're doing what they can, but there's no idea when it'll be up.

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              August 29, 2013 8:51 AM

              Yeah. I saw something like "Technically 11:59pm in Hawaii is still Thursday..."

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                August 29, 2013 9:14 AM

                He replied to another thread saying that was a joke and they have an earlier time in mind they are trying to hit.

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            August 29, 2013 9:48 AM

            But tr0mblyj promised!

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              August 29, 2013 10:00 AM

              We've heard more rumors that it actually will be available this afternoon, but again, only rumors. I'm at work so only half paying attention to things as they come out.

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                August 29, 2013 10:32 AM

                ejectorpod dont make me pull this lever

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                  August 29, 2013 10:39 AM

                  If you want to wait and hear community reaction to the hangar module you might as well.

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                    August 29, 2013 11:44 AM

                    I'm already in for $250. I was one of the original backers.

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                      August 29, 2013 11:48 AM

                      oh yeah didn't we compare citizen numbers?

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                      August 29, 2013 11:54 AM

                      I'm still grumbling about that too EricZBA. You could have given me a heads up about the game!

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                  August 29, 2013 10:41 AM

                  is that code for Lil' Eric?

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      August 29, 2013 8:30 AM

      I'll always be a member of 3305 Local first and foremost... but if that fails to materialize for some reason (ie: not enough players) you can count me in.

      Also, HANGAR DAY, BITCHES!

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      August 29, 2013 8:44 AM

      That sounds awesome. I haven't payed too close attention to Star Citizen since backing it, but I would love to join up with the shackers

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      August 29, 2013 8:55 AM

      Great, another Star Citizen thread. Isn't that like 2 in a week? Thanks Shacknews.

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        August 29, 2013 8:58 AM

        How can there be threads about this game when it isn't even out yet????

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          August 29, 2013 9:07 AM

          Why are they releasing new screenshots? They released screenshots last month or something.

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          August 29, 2013 9:10 AM

          The greatest atrocity is that people even call this a "game". It's not even real yet!!!!!!

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        August 29, 2013 9:05 AM

        I swear to god if I have to mousewheel past another Star Citizen thread I am going to LOSE MY SHIT

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        August 29, 2013 9:57 AM

        God dammit, why are people talking about video games on this site?

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        August 29, 2013 11:07 AM

        its probably going to fail before it gets released too

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        August 29, 2013 11:36 AM

        I see what you did there.

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        August 29, 2013 12:43 PM

        What kind of nerd spends money on virtual spaceships anyway??

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        August 29, 2013 12:44 PM

        What kind of loser spends money on virtual spaceships anyway??

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        August 29, 2013 4:42 PM

        I heard that Chris Roberts is trying to meet up with John McAfee and go no an epic bender...

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      August 29, 2013 10:37 AM

      http://hangarmodulechecker.azurewebsites.net/ - f5 this instead of the main site.

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      August 29, 2013 11:16 AM

      F5

      Nope...

      F5

      Nope...

      F5

      Nope...

      F5

      Nope...

      F5

      Nope...

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        August 29, 2013 11:25 AM

        i have like 6 windows open haha

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        August 29, 2013 11:25 AM

        Damn it, how'd you know I was doing that?

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        August 29, 2013 12:21 PM

        If you're using chrome, make an auto-refresh bookmark. It's easy!

        Just make a bookmark, and post all of the following inside:

        javascript: timeout=prompt("How often? (seconds)"); current=location.href; if(timeout>0) setTimeout('reload()',1000*timeout); else location.replace(current); function reload(){ setTimeout('reload()',1000*timeout); fr4me='<frameset cols=\'*\'>\n<frame src=\''+current+'\'/>'; fr4me+='</frameset>'; with(document){write(fr4me);void(close())}; }

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      August 29, 2013 11:33 AM

      RSI has appeared to have gone down...

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        August 29, 2013 11:35 AM

        looks like they just published more storyline...

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        August 29, 2013 11:35 AM

        aaaaand it's back

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        August 29, 2013 11:35 AM

        They added a new comm-link story. It's not the hanger module yet :(

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          August 29, 2013 11:56 AM

          RSI LIED! PEOPLE DIED!

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            August 29, 2013 12:09 PM

            They will release it at 11:59:59 pm in the last timezone on earth! (Yay for Hawaii)

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        August 29, 2013 11:47 AM

        It's been kind of spotty all day. I've been on the site reading up on some stuff I hadn't read yet (about ships and how the upgrades will work etc) and it's been unavailable a few times.

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      August 29, 2013 12:08 PM

      Wingman livestream:
      http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wingmancig

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      August 29, 2013 1:00 PM

      Almost there...

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        August 29, 2013 2:51 PM

        ...or not...

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          August 29, 2013 3:10 PM

          Oh damn. What did people have to do to become a "Concierge Member"?

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            August 29, 2013 3:17 PM

            "If your purchases on the account equal to $1,000 or more you will have your own personal Concierge. Keep in mind that this is for total purchases on the account. Ships or packages gifted to the account will not count towards the Concierge total. You will be part of a select group where your questions, requests and needs will be answered by a personal Concierge staff member. You will receive a heads up and exclusive access to events as well as inside info from the development team. A 1-on-1 service to fulfill your pledges and to take all of your requests."

            https://robertsspaceindustries.com/comm-link/transmission/13135-Customer-Service-FAQ

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              August 29, 2013 3:41 PM

              Also, did buroja really purchase multiple copies of ships? I think the spreadsheet might need editing.

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                August 29, 2013 3:53 PM

                Possibly yes

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                August 29, 2013 5:34 PM

                Yep, I did. Why have one when you can have three for triple the price?

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              August 29, 2013 3:45 PM

              Wow. Ok. That's a pretty impressive investment. I think they deserve some special treatment.

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      August 29, 2013 2:57 PM

      I don't know how much longer I can maintain this slow fap rate. I'm trying to time it for release announcement, and staying on the edge is just KILLING ME.

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      August 29, 2013 3:01 PM

      http://hangarmodulechecker.azurewebsites.net/

      Wouldn't it be better to just check for changes to the Hangar Module Link Menu, rather than scanning for four URL guesses?

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      August 29, 2013 3:59 PM

      Wingman's Streaming: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wingmancig

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      August 29, 2013 4:00 PM

      Yo this is broadcasting now! http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wingmancig

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        August 29, 2013 4:00 PM

        It just woke me up!

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        August 29, 2013 4:02 PM

        Hah, that tool just scared me. "hanger module online". I'm getting an error when I try to download though. :(

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          August 29, 2013 4:08 PM

          I got the downloader. Downloading stuff right now! Whoohoo!

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        August 29, 2013 4:02 PM

        16MB downloader, 3GB patch.

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          August 29, 2013 4:06 PM

          I'm dling, but it says the filesize is 32.4

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          August 29, 2013 4:06 PM

          32.4MB downloader.

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            August 29, 2013 4:08 PM

            Yeah, I was going off the text :( 32.41MB downloader.

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              August 29, 2013 4:09 PM

              The system reqs went through the roof.

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        August 29, 2013 4:12 PM

        The downloader music is epic.

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      August 29, 2013 4:06 PM

      I'm downloading my spaceship!!!

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      August 29, 2013 4:35 PM

      I only have a dual-core CPU. The system requirements list quad-core as the minimum. Am I fucked? Seems weird, when every game I've played runs at max settings still.

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        August 29, 2013 4:40 PM

        The build is NOT optimized - so the requirements will be higher than normal.

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        August 29, 2013 4:42 PM

        so YOU are that last data point on the steam hardware survey!!! GET 'IM !

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        August 29, 2013 4:42 PM

        It's possible for early version of the Hangar. You should still be fine later on. It's just they have not done any real optimization passes on this yet or implemented LoD.

        I can't even check it out at all yet myself because until I start building my new rig this fall, all I have is a radeon 4780 which can't do dx11.

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        August 29, 2013 4:57 PM

        There isn't much to render right now, so my system can handle it.
        i7 860
        8GB of RAM
        6950 2GB

        It runs at 30 fps at 1080 and 55fps or so at 768.

        Once there are multiple ships and explosions and lasers its going to be a different story.

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          August 29, 2013 5:01 PM

          Hmm, that's pretty much my system, but I have an i3-2120.

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            August 29, 2013 5:08 PM

            worst case it'll be slow, but its a hangar with no one else in it.

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              August 29, 2013 5:13 PM

              Well, I may upgrade when the full game comes out, but I believe that's still a couple years away, so I'm not in any rush to build a new PC yet.

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                August 29, 2013 5:21 PM

                Same here. I may even wait for the retail version of the oculus.

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      August 29, 2013 4:43 PM

      WEBGET REQUEST FAILED nooooooo!

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      August 29, 2013 4:50 PM

      it says I need a game package :( I bought the 300i package, it says my ship is in the hangar...wtf

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        August 29, 2013 4:54 PM

        You only have the 300i as an add-on. If you look in My Hangar on the website and expand everything there, you need to have "Alpha Access" in one of your packages or you don't actually own the game itself (which is required for the early Hangar and Dogfight accesses). I realized I had the same problem earlier today.

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        August 29, 2013 4:59 PM

        "If I only have an add-on ship would I be able to access the Hangar?

        Access to the Hangar requires a package that includes game access. If you only have an add-on ship and not a package with game access, you would not be eligible to access the Hangar."

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      August 29, 2013 4:52 PM

      I was just playing it. For me, it's a room with an Aurora parked in the center of it. I sat in the cockpit. The game does exist!

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      August 29, 2013 4:58 PM

      Good twitch.tv stream of some guy with a freelancer and 300i:

      http://www.twitch.tv/radonthetyrant

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      August 29, 2013 5:20 PM

      I dont understand. I pledged and got a ship (300i) and I still have to get a game package? WTF does that even mean? Is a game package the...game? WTF did I spend $65 on?! >:(

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      August 29, 2013 5:47 PM

      After install, is it hanging at "Loading" for anyone else?

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        August 29, 2013 5:50 PM

        Yep. "Account login timed out." To be expected, of course.

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          August 29, 2013 5:51 PM

          Ah! Third time's the charm, I'm in!

          My god. I can't see the far end of my hangar...

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            August 29, 2013 5:54 PM

            Hahaha. And not all the ships are in yet either. Man I can't wait till I can finally load the hangar on my new rig this fall. I will probably have at least one more ship by then

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            August 29, 2013 5:55 PM

            Haha, I bet. Can't imagine how big it'll be after all the models are in.

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            August 29, 2013 5:57 PM

            Please take pictures of your ships! :D

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              August 29, 2013 6:05 PM

              Anyone have any recommendations for how I should screenshot this stuff?

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                August 29, 2013 6:17 PM

                I used fraps and then paint to convert them to jpg.

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                  August 29, 2013 6:36 PM

                  Ok, just bought Fraps. Installed, now just need to get logged back in to the hangar. Will update with pictures once that happens.

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            August 29, 2013 6:04 PM

            Yeah, I'm definitely going to be opening a ticket with hangar support. I'm missing 1 of my 5 Auroras, no model-topiary thing for my Cutlass, only one of my 3 350Rs, my Hornet is missing entirely. So even without all the other ships that aren't ready yet, this hangar should be bigger!

            Seriously, this is ridiculous(ly awesome!)

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            August 29, 2013 6:08 PM

            My hangar is super small! :(

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            August 29, 2013 6:13 PM

            still can't connect unfortunately :(

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              August 29, 2013 7:07 PM

              Keep trying. It took me about 8 tries or something.

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      August 29, 2013 5:59 PM

      Would you believe for all my enthusiasm, I'm out at a bar drinking instead of playing in my spaceships. :(

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      August 29, 2013 6:13 PM

      Boo! Doesn't work on my GTX 260. Will the full game require DX11 also?

      I'd be more excited about a new card but I can pretty much run everything near-full detail at 1080p

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      August 29, 2013 6:15 PM

      LOADiNG

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      August 29, 2013 6:18 PM

      Is anyone else getting account timeout errors launching it?

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        August 29, 2013 6:20 PM

        Initially I logged in twice, successfully.

        Now I can't get in due to account timeout errors.

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        August 29, 2013 6:23 PM

        Yep. Balls :(

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        August 29, 2013 6:24 PM

        WE ALL ARE. :(

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        August 29, 2013 6:25 PM

        is this diablo 3 launch all over again?

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        August 29, 2013 6:50 PM

        I made it in for 10 seconds, then "Connection Failed" and it closed.

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        August 29, 2013 7:08 PM

        YES

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        August 29, 2013 7:25 PM

        I NEED TO LOGIN AND SEE MY SPACE SHIP BUT I CANNOT STAR CITIZEN THANKS CHRIS ROBERTS!

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        August 29, 2013 7:47 PM

        try adding it to windows firewall inbound and outbound rules

        if that doesnt work turn off the entire firewall. the whole thing.

        that worked for me!

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        August 29, 2013 7:52 PM

        I am now, anyone else still having probs?

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        August 29, 2013 8:15 PM

        I had problems for a while. Their server is (or was) overloaded. Just keep trying.

        I finally got in and saw my Freelancer. It's a space ship.

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      August 29, 2013 6:37 PM

      how will i ever fly a ship in space when I can't get off a ladder :(

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      August 29, 2013 6:44 PM

      Any of you press f1 while in the pilot chair? It gives you some nice views of your ship.

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        August 29, 2013 7:07 PM

        How do I get in the damn thing? I am not good at space :(

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        August 29, 2013 7:50 PM

        at least with hornet, you can hit b from the front view and zoom with mouse wheel into your crotch. yeah baby

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      August 29, 2013 7:43 PM

      I just sat my ass in the brand new leather seat of a 315P. My god that was AWESOME! This game is going to be incredible.

      BTW it filled up almost all of my 2GB of VRAM. :)

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        August 29, 2013 7:57 PM

        If you walk around and look at the floor and nook & crannys you'll see dirt and scuffs. Theres grime!

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      August 29, 2013 7:52 PM

      Where can I get the MP3 to this install music?

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      August 29, 2013 8:14 PM

      SLI FYI

      To get SLI working I had to create a profile in NVidia Inspector (I'm assuming you could do the same in NVidia Control Panel) and add the ..\StarCitizen\CitizenClient\Bin64\StarCitizen.exe executable, then set the following SLI Compatibility Bits:

      http://i.imgur.com/Hyvf7Jb.jpg

      Runs a lot smoother now.

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      August 29, 2013 8:33 PM

      Ah well, I'll try tomorrow. Connection failed.

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        August 29, 2013 9:09 PM

        Download is working fine for me.

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          August 29, 2013 10:12 PM

          Yeah, I have it downloaded and installed, login fails. I'm not the only one, since their forum has tons of players with the same issue.

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      August 29, 2013 9:26 PM

      Is it me or does the Freelancer have far less room for cargo than imagined? From pictures it seemed like the rear was wider than the front and that's where the cargo would go. In reality the ship is really just a tube and it's pretty cramped back there. Definitely more space than a 330 but I don't feel like this ship is made for hauling stuff.

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        August 29, 2013 10:28 PM

        Same amount of cargo space as a Constellation, yet with half the crew.

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      August 29, 2013 11:26 PM

      Wow, from digital scout for 30,00 $ to space marshall LTI for 5.000,00 $ xD