Greetings, Commanders! I am pleased to announce that the SPVFA Nightwish departed the Colonia region on January 10 and has been traveling in the desolate region between Eol Prou and Sagittarius A, the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy. The official name for this expedition is Expedition Unknown 3306 and it will end sometime later this year inside the bubble.
For its first destination, the Nightwish is en route to Explorer’s Anchorage in Stuemeae FG-Y d7561 where we will take on additional provisions and conduct last minute systems checks before heading out into deep space.
In space, things are not always as they seem.
Regular updates will be posted on my social media accounts on Twitter and Instagram. These updates will document the ship’s journey and various discoveries. Unfortunately, some of the more notable discovery locations will be withheld until the expedition is over to ensure the location integrity. Additionally, these journeys will include video documentary in the form of Out There episodes published on my YouTube Channel.
Join me as my crew and I take to the stars and explore uncharted regions in Elite Dangerous throughout the year!
As is the case with any gamer, my interests in certain titles ebb and flow with the passage of time. That is not to say that my passion for these titles has changed, but the amount of time that I feel compelled to invest in them has. This is the case with several high profile titles over the past few months, most notably my departure from The Elder Scrolls Online (ESO). That was due largely to what I view as deceptive practices by Zenimax Online with the Elsweyr chapter, as I detailed in a post last year. They recently announced that the 2020 chapter update to ESO is going back to Skyrim, which I believe is a sign of desperation, but I digress.
Additionally, I decided to take a sabbatical from Elite Dangerous over the holidays to recharge my batteries from an extended period of exploration, photography, and video production. During that time, I found myself indulged in a different franchise; one that has only recently released its major expansion on PC: Monster Hunter.
The Ancient Forest from Monster Hunter World
I have been playing Monster Hunter World since shorlty after it was released. Since it was the first game in the series that I had ever played, it truly changed the way that I approach tough fights and challenges in games. My love for World led me to take on the rest of the series including: 3 Ultimate, 4 Ultimate, and Generations Ultimate. It is on the field of battle that I spent my holiday: carving up dangerous creatures and fighting ancient dragons in hellish environments.
Yet, just like my love of creating game photographs in Elite Dangerous and Elder Scrolls Online, I was pleased to see that Capcom included a view mode in the game to hide the user interface and allow me to take photos. Since hten, I have used that function to capture most of the locations for battling these incredible beasts in Monster Hunter World. These images are now available in their own gallery located here on my site along with the other games that I have captured.
SPVFA Nightwish departing Jaques Station in Colonia
In other news, I am close to launching the the second season of Elite Dangerous: Out There. The trailer premiered earlier this month and I am excited to see what wonders the Nightwish discovers on this journey. See you all Out There.
It has been quite a year for the Elite Dangerous community! This year (3305) was the first full year with new exploration tools and visual upgrades brought on by the Beyond: Chapter 4 update from December of last year. This year also marked the first season of my exploration video log: Elite Dangerous: Out There. Originally planned as a series of videos with voice narration, I decided to make them short (2-3 minutes each) montages of locations I had discovered in my travels. 99.99% of the places showcased in the Out There series are first finds.
After 24 original episodes, the first season of Out There has come to a close. I am pleased to announce that Episode 25 is a “season” finale” featuring the best shots from throughout the first season set to the stunning synthpop ballad Out of Time by Scheuber.
Out There will return in 3306 with brand new episodes, new locations, and a brand new expedition into the unknown. In the meantime, you can take advantage of the season finale capstone video using the link above or check out the public playlist and binge watch the entire first season.
The 3305 (2019) holiday season is quickly approaching and I believe there are many exciting things on the horizon for 3306. As I write this entry, my flagship, the SPVFA Nightwish is docked at Signalis in the Colonia nebula region undergoing repairs and restock in preparation for a brand new expedition launching in January 3306! My last expedition lasted six months and traveled 3/4 of the way across the galaxy. This new expedition will push the ship and crew further as we travel beyond the Greeroi Veil Nebula to Beagle Point and then to selected waypoints along the galactic edge. It is my hope that I can add another group of amazing discoveries to my list just as I did on this previous expedition.
With that said, it is almost time for the first season of Elite Dangerous: Out There to come to an end. The season finale will air on my YouTube channel on December 14 of this year and include select footage showcasing the most amazing discoveries made over the past year. Last year’s recap video featured the song Woken Furies by synthwave powerhouse Gunship. I have been working on this year’s recap video for weeks and I cannot wait for you to see (and hear) it! In the meantime, please check out my YouTube channel for weekly episodes of Out There or follow my social media accounts listed on the About Me page.
I am pleased to announce that Lunarcrest debut album is now available for purchase on Bandcamp! Check out Frameshift, which is $7 for a full album download or $1 each for individual tracks. $7 is the best deal as purchasing each track individually is $10! You can also preview the tracks on the Lunarcrest Soundcloud page.
It was supposed to be easy. A few tracks, some mixing, singing, and release in Spring of 2019. In fact, the first track from the debut Lunarcrest album was released on January 29 to build up hype for a Spring release. Alas, the time came and no album. Well, that’s because life happens and I went through some extremely tough times over the Summer, which kept pushing production back further and further. Despite the troubles, I did my best to keep working on the album and released a few additional tracks including The Undiscovered and Caretaker, which was featured in one of my Elite Dangerous videos.
Frameshift is dedicated to the men and women of Elite Dangerous.
Now, the time has come to release, and I’m nervous. Why? Because it’s the first music project I’ve completed in the past decade. I’m also excited, because it’s opening a new chapter for me in terms of what I can do with music production. Succeed or fail, Lunarcrest is here to stay for the foreseeable future. I’m excited to put Frameshift to rest and let everyone enjoy it while I rest over the holidays before beginning work on the follow-up album (hopefully out in 2020).
Of course, none of this would be possible without the love and support of my family, friends, and community. This album is about and dedicated to the men and women of Elite Dangerous. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for restoring my faith in the world. Together we will reach new heights and explore worlds unseen. For now, let us bask in the glow of distant starlight.
Note: My work is not endorsed or supported by Frontier Developments, the creators of Elite Dangerous in any way. Images used are just for tribute purposes. All images used in videos and the promotional item above are property of Frontier Developments.
I’ve played Elder Scrolls Online for quite a while and enjoyed traveling across Tamriel completing quests, collecting loot, and taking down legendary monsters from one of my favorite video game series. The Summerset expansion was one of my favorite additions to the game as it brought players to the home of the high elves and added a unique, high fantasy element to the game. The best part of Summerset and Morrowind was that each addition added a complete region, quest line, and other components to the game without the need for a significant amount of micro-transactions and downloaded content (DLC). Elsweyr changed all of that.
I purchased the Elsweyr upgrade to the game from the Xbox store with the understanding that I was getting the Elsweyr region and full quest line. After all, the game is called Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr! Well, suffice to say that was not the case. Purchasing the game from a brick and mortar retailer or online store only unlocks access to Northern Elsweyr. To gain access to the larger dungeons advertised in ESO’s Season of the Dragon, you’ll need to purchase crowns from the ESO crown store and purchase the dungeons as DLC additions. Furthermore, the recent addition, known as Dragonhold, opens up Southern Elsweyr for players, but it also requires a DLC crown store purchase to access.
I pre-ordered Fallout 76 when it appeared on Xbox, but quickly cancelled my pre-order once I had a chance to actually start playing the game. Now I’ve watched as Bethesda Game Studios has destroyed the once beloved Fallout franchise and I’m concerned that Elder Scrolls is not far behind. The much maligned Blades is a disaster and I don’t have high hopes for Elder Scrolls VI, whenever it is released. It’s these missteps and the growing DLC/purchase requirement to continue playing ESO that have led me to depart from the game. I’m not sure if it’ll be forever, but for now, I have no intention of returning. It’s unfortunate for me because I was unable to finish my Tamriel dungeon art project. I might return to the game in 2020 to finish that collection, but unless something drastic changes in the coming year with the way Zenimax markets the game, I’m afraid the days of Ravyn Nightwish traveling the Tamriel countryside are coming to an end.