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.

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