600i – New Explorer or Just Another Ship?

600i – New Explorer or Just Another Ship?

With apologies for no video or sound...

Sorry, but I’m still on vacation with the family after a reunion/eclipse party (hope all of you and your family had a chance as well). So, since Gamecon 2017 is on in Germany and Cloud Imperium has just released the latest info on their newest ship, the Origin Jumpworks 600i in two models of Touring and Exploration, I thought I’d better say something despite being on the road.

At first, like so many, I was just plain in awe of the look. As usual they made the newest ship in the Origin line look like an absolute dream. Selling a package that also included the coveted 890Jump luxury liner was a great piece of marketing as well. But that was where my awe ended. Then I looked at the specs. Being an explorer and not interested in shuttling around tourists more than cargo, I looked only at the Explorer Module version. Here’s what I found.

The Explorer more than doubles the cargo capacity up to 36, a far cry from the 1000+ of the Carrack or even the Constellation Aquila, while also boosting the crew need to 5, equal to the Carrack. It has no scout or snub, though it does have a rover of some kind, the cockpit of which can be seen in the picture. It looks to be a heavy hitter in the weapons department along with having decent defense in the two unmanned turrets. But for something that requires the same crew as a Carrack, I would have at least expected a scout ship (converted 85x?) or drones. It does not even have a medical bay or repair bay. Being “expandable” just isn’t enough for the first-time buy into exploration.

So it is much more just a converted Luxury ship and not much more. While CIG is content to list it with the explorers, I will give it little mention when I update the Exploration career video. It looks good. It will even likely get you from place to place faster than any other Explorer, but that is all. Give me the ugly but functional lines of the Carrack to “looks good” any day.

Y’all take care and we’ll see if I can find the time to do a podcast in the next month. Would still help greatly to have just $1 a month on Patreon from anyone to help with daycare expenses, so please prayerfully consider it. Also considering both other things I can do to build up Freya’s college fund and how to find funds to replace the church vans, so drop me a line if you have an idea.

God bless you and your family.

Thanks, y’all!

Thanks, y’all!

Big Thanks to all who have supported us in prayer...

I just wanted to thank everyone again for supporting me and my family in prayer through 2017. We have had so many setbacks as to cut my podcasting time to the point of nothing and y’all have been noncritical of me for it. I can’t wait to see 3.0 of Star Citizen finally come out, as I am sure all of you SC fans are, yet know I will likely not have time to try it until well after it is finally released. That is the nature of putting family first.

So just to let everyone know, I have a BOOK (notebooks are books, right?) of podcasting ideas, just no time to do them at the moment. If you’d like to help out, things I’m looking for are voices (preferably in the northern Denver area) for voiceover dramas, artists for same, and, of course, Patreon patronage would help with the daycare costs so I’d have more time. Even a dollar a month would be of help.

Thanks again, all. We’re off to see my side of the family and watch the eclipse together. God be with you til we meet again.

Quick Post on Shroud of the Avatar

Quick Post on Shroud of the Avatar

Portalarium and the Shroud of the Avatar

Again, I cannot apologize enough for not doing podcasts right now. Please keep praying for Grandma Char as she goes through tremendous teeth (plural) problems. Without her, we’re kind of up a creek with regards to daycare three days a week, and I spend my weekends trying to keep up with school work.

But this came across my pad and I had to share. As much as I love Chris Roberts of Wing Commander etc. fame, my undergrad years were spent in the late Ultima games of Richard “Lord British” Garriott. The gang at Cloud Imperium brought him and his new group, Portalarium, out of Austin, Texas to our attention this week as they are looking for investors as they open up a new fantasy world similar in style to the Star Citizen universe, with a dynamic economy, land and home ownership, and as instance-less experience as possible in a perpetual universe that only the Lord British could dream up.

I don’t know about you, but this has my heart pounding a bit and I have to take a look… just as soon as I find some income. Lowest investment for INVESTORS (that is people who are actually going to have stock in the company from what I gather) is $500 and comes with in-game perks as well. Take a look. I’ll see if I can scrape some pennies together so I can give a decent review somewhere down the line.

Thanks again, everyone, for your patience, please prayerfully consider $1 a month through Patreon to help with this daycare disaster, and God bless.