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How do you play/ enjoy the game
ProteusDate: Saturday, 04.01.2014, 11:44 | Message # 16
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These days (now with the terrain nicer to look at on ground level), I pick a galaxy and a certain area to "study" in depth, and to study in depth means to become more intimately familiar with each planet and other celestial body. For planets, this means going to a certain system with a variety of interesting planet types, landing on each one of them, and travelling around manually on them, enjoying and appreciating the scenery for a certain amount of time. When I land on each one, I literally "walk" or "run" on them by landing at a certain spot going into "space craft" movement mode, hitting the END key to align me with the horizon, then hitting the F key to set my motion to pin me onto the ground, and then slowly accelerating forward to 5 - 20m/s, while using the NUMPAD keys to look around as I move. I travel over hills, mountains, through canyons, along beaches and other bodies of water, and sometimes ajust the time to witness a sunset or sunrise. I make sure not to travel too fast (going slower and as low to the ground as possible makes you appreciate the scale of things much more) unless I'm on a very large flat area of land with no land features for a large distance.

I have also downloaded and converted into ogg, sounds of different landscapes (wind in desert, wind in arctic, calm wind in fields, etc), which play in the music player according to what kind of planet I'm on. This maximizes immersion in the time I spend on each planet.

Honestly, this can make the game almost a spiritual experience... I don't know who else here does this, but if you haven't I highly recommend it.





 
DoctorOfSpaceDate: Saturday, 04.01.2014, 12:03 | Message # 17
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Quote Proteus ()
I have also downloaded and converted into ogg, sounds of different landscapes (wind in desert, wind in arctic, calm wind in fields, etc), which play in the music player according to what kind of planet I'm on. This maximizes immersion in the time I spend on each planet.


You should check if it is alright to share those files and post that stuff in the mod section.





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ProteusDate: Saturday, 04.01.2014, 13:01 | Message # 18
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They're all from 2+ hour-long youtube videos, but cropped to 20 minutes each. I've contacted most of the uploaders requesting permission to use and share them among this community.




 
PhilDate: Saturday, 04.01.2014, 14:33 | Message # 19
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I haven't worked out how to get the most out of SE yet - I'm just exploring. However:

Everything feels so small and insignificant after being in SE. Every session awes, moves and calms me. On logging off, it often puts my worldly 'problems' into perspective, and it helps me not to worry about the small stuff so much.

Also when I go outside after a couple of hours in SE, I keep looking up and imagining more moons, or a binary sun, a different colour sky, etc. and I think to myself, 'Earth didn't need to be exactly this way - it could have been so different', and by extension I feel that my own life could be very different - that so much more is possible. It gives me motivation to control my direction and change the things I don't like.

Not exactly what you were asking, but that's how I mainly 'use' SE.
 
ProteusDate: Sunday, 09.02.2014, 00:48 | Message # 20
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One idea for playing that might make it more adventurous and surprising:

Travel with the HUD off. Do not use the system browser, or the universal map. Do everything without having any technical information. Click on a star, go to it, turn on orbits if needed, otherwise keep it off, and pick out the planets. Visit a body in order to know what kind it is, what it looks like, etc. Simply observe with your eyes and make your own conclusions based on what you see yourself. smile

I've just felt lately that having the ability to click on any system and get instant information on it without actually going to it and experiencing it, just takes away from my motivation to visit it at all unless I notice a very unusual characteristic about it. I don't want to know what is out there until I've visited a place to see for myself.







Edited by Proteus - Sunday, 09.02.2014, 00:49
 
Joey_PenguinDate: Sunday, 09.02.2014, 01:55 | Message # 21
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How do you turn off the HUD?




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HarbingerDawnDate: Sunday, 09.02.2014, 02:32 | Message # 22
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How do you turn off the HUD?

Ctrl-` (Ctrl-~)

For those of you not in the know, SE has a readme file with all the controls listed.





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rdskns4evaDate: Sunday, 09.02.2014, 05:21 | Message # 23
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I usually do three things

1. Use the Star Ship Enterprise (TNG) to explore planets. I stay on one side of the Galaxy and only explore a certain sector, like in the TV show

2. Take snap shots of nebula/planets and such in which ever way the Hubble is facing at the moment

3. Fly in the atmosphere of planets with the shuttle.





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DeathStarDate: Sunday, 09.02.2014, 12:54 | Message # 24
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Proteus, I've tried it, and it's very fun. What I actually decided to do is to land on a planet with life, turn the HUD off completely and then look at the night sky whilst trying to find new planets, moons and thinking of constellations. Suddenly every star feels unique.

Edited by DeathStar - Sunday, 09.02.2014, 12:54
 
Inerri_SolbiriDate: Sunday, 09.02.2014, 14:41 | Message # 25
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I really enjoy entering atmosphere, exploring the surface on a shuttle, then taking off and intercepting an orbiting ship ...or trying to biggrin


Edited by Inerri_Solbiri - Sunday, 09.02.2014, 14:45
 
snowballpudiDate: Tuesday, 17.06.2014, 08:34 | Message # 26
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I like to tape down my move forward button and my mouse directional button and accelerate into my exploration. This allows me to interchange smoothly between the three modes of flight. I travel distance mostly in spacecraft mode, but switch to free mode to deccelerate. This makes my travel seamless and smooth. It also keeps my ship always moving even in free mode. Plus my fingers don't hurt after hours of holding the buttons
 
AlienartDate: Wednesday, 16.07.2014, 04:24 | Message # 27
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I've settled into a routine of traveling to the next nearest unvisited star using the Control F1 map. I started at Earth, then proceeded to Proxima Centauri, then whatever the next unvisited star is closest when I hit control F1 and slowly zoom out, that's the next star I go to. So it's actually sort of a random journey, sometimes almost folding back on itself, but never quite. I'm out to about 17.5 parsecs (57 light years) from Sol as of this writing having been to some 250 systems.

The trouble with this method is it seems over 90% of the systems are M type red dwarfs or L brown dwarfs, so almost the entire universe is a forbidding orange red color, and mostly very very cold. Still these systems harbor a lot of life, some of the worlds promise to be almost earth-like (except for everything being orange and red). I hope to encounter a warmer sun soon. I got really close to real named star in Bootes once - was it Lambda? Or some other Greek letter. I think that was a G type, but sadly it was not the next closest so I settled for yet another M type that was closer. I've never approached (Squiggly Greek letter) Bootes again since. :-(

I'm mostly doing a survey for life and I only land on and name the worlds that harbor life.
 
azzthom2Date: Wednesday, 27.08.2014, 17:46 | Message # 28
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I'm still new to SE, so I just wander around looking for things to amaze me according to whim, and then I take a screenshot and move on.
 
Zaddy23Date: Thursday, 18.09.2014, 23:57 | Message # 29
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Quote azzthom2 ()
I'm still new to SE, so I just wander around looking for things to amaze me according to whim, and then I take a screenshot and move on.


Pretty much this. But sometimes bookmarking special worlds that I'd like to return to and study in more detail.





Along with fezes and bowties, brown dwarves are cool.
 
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