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Jump Point Now Available!

Attention development subscribers: the May 2018 issue of Jump Point is now available in your subscription area. You’ll learn about the development of the Crusader Industries Hercules, meet Star Citizen’s optimization team, learn about Radegast whiskey and more!

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

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Every week, designers, engineers and other developers from our five offices around the world answer backer questions submitted on SPECTRUM and voted on by YOU. This week, we address questions on why ships come dirty, the status of player-facing ship modularity and UI visibility updates.

You can submit your questions for consideration in future episodes of Calling All Devs here

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Hello Citizens,

Last Friday, MISC reflects on its 50 year legacy and looks to the future of speed, both on and off the track, with the release of limited-edition Razor chassis. You can still pick up Warbond versions for a limited time here.

Help us make the How to Play section of the Star Citizen website even better, starting with Star Marine and Arena Commander. Take part in the contest for a chance to win prizes and leave your mark on the official Star Citizen website.

Lastly, CitizenCon 2948 tickets will be available again in the near future if you haven’t picked one up already. Make sure to follow us on Twitter, or subscribe to our newsletter to find out when the next phase of ticket sales will be available.

With that, let’s see what’s going on this week:

Monday is a holiday for US and UK offices, but we’re still releasing a brand new episode of Calling All Devs. Each and every week, developers across our 5 offices answer community-voted questions from our Spectrum Thread.

Tuesday is lore day! The Lore Team will publish another in-fiction story to help cure your craving for more Star Citizen lore. Check out previously published lore posts here.

Thursday, sees a Ship Shape with a focus...
Jeremiah Lee, Corey Johnson and Gaige Hallman from the Character Art team discuss clothing the characters of Star Citizen.

To watch Reverse the Verse LIVE each and every week, tune into http://twitch.tv/starcitizen.

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Wave one ticket sales have ended. Stay tuned for details about the event and further opportunities to purchase tickets.

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On Wednesday, October 10th, we invite you to join us at the Long Center, in Austin, Texas, for a full day of presentations and interactions, exploring the current and future developments in Star Citizen and Squadron 42.

Building off your favorite elements from last year’s event, and taking advantage of everything the venue has to offer, we are excited to bring the event back to where CitizenCon began!

Event Details

CitizenCon 2948 will be held on Wednesday October 10th, 2018 at the Long Center in Austin:
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, TX 78704

See a live presentation from Chris Roberts, and meet the team behind the game. We’ll also have plenty of activities and demonstrations around the venue, throughout the day to keep you entertained.


- Frequently Asked Questions


What Should I Bring?

Please remember to bring your printed ticket or a digital copy stored on your phone, and your photo ID. If you have a Citizen Card or any Star Citizen and Squadron 42 clothing or accessories, we encourage you to wear them. Cosplay is appreciated; however, local laws and venue restrictions prohibit prop weapons (the Long Center is effectively an Armistice Zone) so please leave those at home.

Will There Be Food Available?

We will have a selection of food trucks on the terrace, along with bars throughout the venue for your convenience. There are also a range of dining options within walking distance. Outside food and beverages are not allowed inside the venue.

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50 years is a major milestone, traditionally commemorated by making adventurous, brave, and occasionally reckless decisions. Choosing to try new experiences, opening life’s throttle and seeing where it takes us.

Some may refer to this as a mid-life crisis, but here at MISC we embrace it as an expression of individuality and vitality.

In 2898 the New Horizon Speedway opened on Green, ushering in what many consider the modern era of the Murray Cup. That same year, a MISC ship set a time on the new course that is yet to be bested. That ship, a Daedalus mkVIII, didn’t end up bringing the cup home for MISC but it forever associated the company with star racing, and paved the way for Trevor Yuman’s eventual victory in the now-iconic Razor.

Five decades later, MISC is still pushing the boundaries of innovation. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of that record run on the New Horizon, MISC reflects on its legacy and looks to the future of speed, both on and off the track, with the release of these limited-edition Razor chassis.

The New Horizon run? That was way before To-Ko shook things up with the integration of Xi’an tech, but those late model Daedalus could almost be considered proto-Razors. They introduced a lot of the features and innovations that we’d go on to perfect in the modern models, including an early version of the Proteus system. It was, frankly, way ahead of its time. Nowadays even Origin ships have adaptive intakes, but fifty years ago that was seriously radical stuff. So, with the anniversary of New Horizon and MISCs historic run looming, we figured we should see how far we could really push the Razor frame.

- GORDON VALLE, MISC Senior Engineer


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Sean Tracy and Steve Bender, together again for the first time, serve up a feature on legacy armor and a new installment of Loremaker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

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Q&A: Crusader Hercules Starlifter

Following the launch of the Hercules from Crusader Industries, we took your community-voted questions to our designers to give you more information on the recently unveiled tactical starlifter.

If you haven’t watched our recent Ship Shape on the Hercules, you can do so here. Then, on Reverse the Verse, Matt Sherman and Corentin Billemont answered questions about the Hercules live on Twitch.

Special thanks to Corentin Billemont and Todd Papy for answering your top-voted questions.

How can an outpost defend itself against a bombing from a Hercules A2?

Players can protect themselves from air attacks by setting up anti-air defenses. As far as destroying an outpost goes, that’s something we’re looking into, along with the ramifications it would have on the law system.

What is Medium and Heavy Armor when talking about ships?

Light, medium, and heavy indicate the general degree of additional protection the armor gives to the ship. Each armor type offers different resistances, but it also has an impact on the weight of the ship.

Does it have beds, a bathroom, and a kitchen?

All variants have three beds for the main crew, as well as a small kitchen area and a single toilet/shower combo. The Hercules is not made for long comfortable journeys through space, so it doesn’t need anything more luxurious.

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Writer’s Note: Part one of The Knowledge of Good and Evil was published originally in Jump Point 2.9.

Street make you rat, no choice i’ give. Know tha’ truth, an’ live.

Tha’ first rhyme ‘m learn on Bazaar Street. Truth is, street don’ owe null thing ta no one. Jus’ livin’ is debt ta the street. Street come ta collect wheneve’ i’ will. Null stop it. Rat like me got start tha street young. Real young. Innocent? Maybe. Ain’ null long till know ’m poor. So learnin’ suits and comp. Gear ’m fixin is stole most-like, sold on tha Black. My work done clean? Maybe. Know what a know neve’ gone get me none place. Know ‘nough ta stay live. Null know ta much cause that kill rat. ’m rat, an street owns me.

Got bitter in hole like Bazaar Street slum. Got come out tunnels and face sky. Got “practical” after ticks. Me? Got two skills that gear rats has: one skill ta learn tech as ’m take i’ apart, two skill an ‘magination an guess how supposed ta work as a put thing back right. Tha’ suit come from ‘facturer ain’t never heard of? ‘Sure Boss, can fix.’ Tha’ be the way, ta live on Bazaar Street. Or ya die.

Only best like ’m get be “gear rats.” Bazaar bosses won’ get rats in if you ain’ good at business. Rats no’ good at business if ‘em null learn gear. An ‘em can’ none learn tha gear if ‘em weren’ into tha Bazaar. So how ta got good, make an ‘mpression an get be gear rat? Break rules, none get caught, an make good on i’.

Wasn’ gonna be “nothing” workin’ scrap or debt slave. Rats got risk some. Hav’ ta. Get caugh’ breakin’ rules an be off ta slavers null time. Find way pass guards an through holes ta watch from corner an learn business. Them bosses knew we’s there, sure. Them know how Bazaar work. Got caught once time. Guards a‘most gave me ta pack creepers ta watch. “Pay due and the street might none eat you.”

Doin’ a’right as gear rat. Got clients who know me. Some who want more out o’ me ain’ gon’ give em. An’ ‘m only 10 ticks. Sick like creepers them,...
Every week, designers, engineers and other developers from our five offices around the world answer backer questions submitted on SPECTRUM and voted on by YOU. This week, we address questions on navigator careers, the Death of a Spaceman mechanic, ship VTOL and more.

More about Death of a Spaceman here: https://robertsspaceindustries.com/comm-link/engineering/12879-Death-Of-A-Spaceman

You can submit your questions for consideration in future episodes of Calling All Devs here


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