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Jump Point Now Available!

Attention development subscribers: the June 2016 issue of Jump Point is now available in your subscription area. This month’s Jump Point features the development of the Drake Buccaneer! That, plus a visit to the Oberon system, the history of Casaba Outlets, behind the scenes with the launch of persistence and the next chapter in an exclusive Star Citizen short story! Grab your copy today.

Interested in becoming a development subscriber? You can learn more here.

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“The most important thing is to have a connection to your ride. Your ship needs to be your friend, your family. Why would you ever trust your life to something you didn’t love?”
- Kyle Valentino, founder of the Lonely Hearts Dragonfly Club

The Drake Dragonfly


Where can you go with the Drake Dragonfly? You’re on Terra. Take a look at the horizon and pick out any point. A looming mountain, a faraway alien ocean teaming with life, a distant megapolis. You’ll be there in no time. Now you’re on Port Olisar. Crane your neck up and pick anything in the heavens. A blazing star, a desolate moon, a looming asteroid. The Dragonfly, Drake’s first ultralight ship, will take you there… and beyond!

Drake Interplanetary is fond of claiming that they build starships for the way you live; with the Dragonfly, they’ve gone an extra step and built a new way of life around the ship itself. Highly compact for easy storage anywhere and capable of traversing both space and ground, the 2947 Dragonfly changes the way we think about ships.

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Durable and inexpensive, the Dragonfly can be operated by a lone rider, a team of two or serve as part of an intergalactic ‘motorcycle gang.’ Like other Drake ships, it is designed to operate alongside other ship platforms: imagine loading up a Caterpillar with a trio of Dragonflies, flying close support and retrieval for a Cutlass Red ambulance or strafing a massive cargo ship. It’s all possible with the 2947 Drake lineup.

The new Dragonfly is available now for preorder in an exclusive yellow early adopters’ variant. A selection of other packs are also available below, including a “Ride Together” two-pack that includes both the limited edition yellow Dragonfly and the standard production black model....
Around the Verse: Episode 2.36
EASY RIDER


This week, Part II of our interview with Concept Artist and Illustrator Jim Martin, and we discuss Dragonfly design with Tech Designer Matt Sherman.

00:54 – Intro
05:09 – NFATV
13:15 – ATV Interview with Jim Martin
24:33 – Ship Shape: Dragonfly
31:05 – MVP with Tyler Witkin

GAMEPLAY INTRO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaOGzMPm4rE

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Bugsmashers! Episode 26
Mark’s Back! But the bugs never left. Only one can survive…


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Galactic Guide: Nemo System
Galactic Guide: Nemo System


NEMO SYSTEM

“Ergo, I Got Blubbered”

T-shirts with that phrase have become ubiquitous throughout the Empire. Everyone knows it refers to the Space Whale, a tourist trap located in the Nemo System. Yet, only those who have visited the attraction know the truth: describing it as a Space Whale would be a stretch of the imagination.

True, there is an oblong asteroid with one thick end tapering into a smaller one that orbits Ergo (Nemo III). There are even locals who will argue for hours about its strong resemblance to an Earth whale. Yet the main draw really seems to be the shops and attractions set up to entice the wayward tourist who happens to be lured here. Every Galactic Guide employee that has journeyed to the (in) famous landmark has returned to say basically the same thing, ”Ergo, I got suckered.”

While the Space Whale may not live up to its billing, it is somehow fitting for the Nemo System. From Ergo, an ocean planet with vast oil resources but no (remaining) native life, to a system name that most assume is a reference to aquatics (but is actually an acronym for Norman, Ellis, Mau, and Ochoa; surnames of the founding partners of NemoCo, the company credited with discovering the system), the Nemo System is a place where things are not always what they seem.

Even the system’s discovery date has been called into question. Official records credit Dae-ho Ochoa, who was then a partner in NemoCo, with finding the system in 2364, but some believe he first visited the system in 2362, a discrepancy credited to corporate intrigue during Humanity’s unregulated early terraforming era.

The controversy centered on Ochoa who, in 2362, was a security contractor for the Tadmor Terraforming Concern in the Fora System. One day, co-workers lost contact...
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The Letters of Kellar Lench

Today Discovered presents the personal correspondence of Dr. Kellar Lench, on loan to us from the Gemma Museum of Interspecies Tolerance. Lent was a young scientist when he first discovered the Elysium System and the existence of the Tevarin in 2541.

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2541.11.06_20:34 SET

LOCATION: Yar

I can’t take this anymore. 263 straight days of solitude in this “research” station with only the spectrum to keep me company. Heck, even the spectrum isn’t always there for me. Sometimes the swirling red sands are so thick and vicious that they block out the signal. Or damage my transmitter. I’ve had to fix that thing so many times I consider myself an honorary electrical engineer by now.

It’s funny, Dad. Even though I know you won’t receive this message for days, I can already hear your response to what I’m sure you’ll deem ‘petty complaints.’ Ever since I was a boy, you filled my head with stories of scientists willing to risk everything to make the universe a better place. “Great scientists sacrifice their life for their discoveries,” you’d say. It sounded like a dangerous and exciting proposition as a kid. Now I know it’s anything but that.

I still remember the look on your face when I told you about this research job. You were so proud. Your boy was being whisked away to live alone on a frontier world and do research for the good of Humanity. Confident that your son must have been hired for some extremely important work.

Well, I regret to inform you that I wasn’t. Turns out the New Horizons Research Institute is nothing more than a subsidiary of the Hathor Group. It took some digging to uncover the details, but when I found the proof, it all made sense. It explained why my only job was to deploy small research drones to search Yar’s...
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Star Citizen Alpha 2.4 Available!

Greetings Citizens,

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Star Citizen Alpha 2.4 is now live! This major update to Star Citizen’s persistent universe is now available in your launcher. Alpha 2.4 introduces the first iteration of in-game persistence and shopping, as well as major changes to the controls, updates to the ship roster (including making the massive Starfarer flyable in-game), bug fixes, balance updates and more! In short, this is our biggest and most important update since Star Citizen Alpha 2.0.

You can read all about the new systems below, and find a complete list of changes in the 2.4 Patch Notes here.

Ship Updates
Starfarers Take Flight!

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Star Citizen Alpha 2.4.0 welcomes the Stafarers to the skies! Not only has the base Starfarer become flight-ready, but the Gemini variant is being introduced as well and will be hangar and flight-ready too! These massive tankers have multiple decks and crew support for seven people, making it our largest flyable ship in-game so far.

If you missed out on your chance to pick up either the Base Starfarer or the Gemini variant, both are now on sale! These ships will be available on the pledge store through 6/20.

You can read more about the Starfarer in our original post here!

Hangar Ready Reliant!

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June Subscriber Flair!

This month’s Subscriber Flair is the Aegis Sabre ship model! This realistic ship model from Takuetsu Starships, the most trusted name in ship models, is the thirteenth in a collection of Star Citizen’s ships. Display your Sabre with pride, and then collect other models to complete the display.

If you’re an active subscriber, the flair will be attributed to your account today. If you subscribe over the weekend, the Sabre model will be attributed to your account on Tuesday June 14th! More information about subscriptions can be found here.

Please note that the models will be distributed to your accounts today, but they will not show up in the hangar until Star Citizen Alpha 2.4 is available on the live service. Sabre owners who purchased the ship during the initial concept sale will recieve a limited edition version of the model in a unique livery. This will be distributed in a future patch.

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“The ‘verse keeps getting bigger, but some things never change. Whatever you got, no matter how much or how little, there’s always someone waiting to take it from you. You either let it happen or you fight. Don’t know about you, but I’m damn well gonna fight.”
- Dosh Mallory, famed frontiersman, 2656

The Contest

Several weeks ago, in conjunction with the concept sale for the MISC Prospector, we asked people to write up fictional biographies for their potential mining character, and boy did you guys answer the call. With more than 35,000 entries, it took us quite awhile to go through and read them all, and after conquering that endeavor, we’ve decided to pick not only our five winning entries, but five runners up that caught our attention.

THE WINNERS

Judging entries in a contest like this is completely subjective. When going through the entries, we picked the ones that simply resonated with members of the Community Team for one reason or another. This is not to say that entries that didn’t make it here are worse, only that these five were the ones that caught our attention and stuck in our heads while going through 35,000 entries. The winners here will all be awarded an RSI Orion for their contributions to this fun endeavor. These will be attributed next week.

THE RUNNERS-UP

Picking the Top 5 was a difficult task, and on our way to narrowing that selection down, we had ourselves a Top 10. These were the ones that stayed with for the longest time, if only to just miss the final cut. For that accomplishment, we’ll be awarding these runners-up with a free MISC Prospector. These will be attributed next week.

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