Stanton - The Alpha's 1st System


The more I delve into Star Citizen lore and the planned game universe, the more I’m attracted to exploration. Considering how much I enjoy writing about MMOs and regaling my personal adventures, the idea of exploring deep space and chronicling my journey, similar to the RSI Discovered Series, really should have come to mind much sooner. Well – better late than never. Independent explorers are precisely how the Stanton system was discovered.



Show Transcript

Welcome to another episode of Casual Citizen. An ongoing series about the upcoming first person MMO, Star Citizen by Cloud Imperium Games. I’m your host Alysianah from the Mystic Worlds Gaming Blog. In preparation for the Star Citizen Alpha 3.0 release, we’re going to take a closer look at the Stanton system.

Sit back, relax and enjoy.

Stanton – The Beginning

The more I delve into Star Citizen lore and the planned game universe, the more I’m attracted to exploration. Considering how much I enjoy writing about MMOs and regaling my personal adventures, the idea of exploring deep space and chronicling my journey, similar to the RSI Discovered Series, really should have come to mind much sooner. Well – better late than never.

Independent explorers are precisely how the Stanton system was discovered. It wasn’t a government funded expedition, conducting research in the best ship science had to offer. Although the details are fuzzy, most agree that the Stanton star system was discovered by a free agent trader. Word of mouth spread the tale of a star system that contained four super earths, immediately habitable by humans. Privateers moved in to capitalize on this extremely rare find. Planets of this size, all within a wide green zone is unusual in its own right. Combined with the large variances in planet ecologies, even more so.

When the existence of Stanton came to the attention of the UEE, they moved in quickly, claiming eminent domain. The official reason was to protect and extend nearby jump lanes. Unfortunately, the original settlers of Stanton hadn’t formalized their colonization by filing the necessary paperwork. Largely made up of homesteaders, prospectors and survivalists, the local populace had no legal rights to Stanton and certainly weren’t in a position to dissuade military forces when they arrived.

Everything Has a Price

The uniqueness of the system and the potential resources that lay in wait, couldn’t overcome the UEE’s economic struggles. In the midst of a down economy from a hundred year colonization drought, the UEE could only afford to do the bare minimum to claim Stanton. Naval engineers performed the small amount of terraforming required and underfunded military outposts were established. Lacking funds to do more, Stanton wasn’t developed further.

Eventually, the decision was made to sell the system piecemeal to the highest bidders. Large corporations were discreetly contacted and asked to bid on whole planets. It’s believed that the winners must have bid trillions to acquire rights to the four super earths, all of which were named after the winning bidders – Hurston Dynamics, Crusader Industries, ArcCorp and Microtech

Stanton Today

Under the management of these corporations, Stanton was industrialized. The four worlds are now dotted with factories, corporate headquarters, testing ranges, mines and other company facilities. Only those working for these corporations or anyone leasing their space, actually live in the Stanton system, most inhabiting company towns.

Stanton is a great place to do business if you need to purchase the products and services offered by Hurston, Crusader, ArcCorp or Microtech. There are also opportunities for cargo hauling the supplies needed to keep these mega-corporations running.

From the ARK Starmap

Stanton I is home to Hurston Dynamics, an aristocratic family-run weapons manufacturing concern which has bled the world dry. They’ve all but destroyed the planet’s ecosystem, killing all indigenous life with their mining and manufacturing process. Hurston supplies several lines of weapons and specialized guns. Hurston also provides munitions to other companies for use and resale. The vast operations are always in need of freelance cargo transportation assistance, mining contract fulfillment and general cheap labor. Traders can also purchase antimatter wholesale and resell to other buyers.

Stanton II, Crusader, is midway between a telluric world and a gas giant. It presents an unusual landscape consisting of a small rocky core shrouded in a deep low density atmosphere. For a time it was home to military constructed lattice of inhabitable floating platforms, which have since been retrofitted for the specific needs to Crusader Industries. This unusual retro fit gives CI the ability to manufacture large scale commercial transport ship at a greatly reduced cost, which is passed on to consumers. The shipyards with huge ships suspended mid atmosphere are eerily beautiful. CI is considered a good employer who provides high quality working conditions and employee amenities. Crusader is one of the nicest visitor ports in the system.

Stanton III, ArcCorp, remains the most visually impressive of the system’s four super-earths. It’s not the most scenic since its entirety is now a constructed world. All of the terrain has been sculpted, zoned and built upon, leaving nothing for nature. ArcCorp builds fusion engines in bulk, using the underground resources on Stanton III to provide engines for hundreds of thousands of civilian spacecraft every year. Here traders can find deals on weapons and a variety of other commodities and they are not discerning sellers. If you have the cash, they will supply the items.

Stanton IV, MicroTech, is large and generally a cold planet due to an error during the UEE terraforming process which caused dense clouds to form in the atmosphere. MicroTech produces MobiGlass which is now a standard piece of digital assistive technology similar to a PDA. MT also specializes in other forms of high tech electronics commonly found in ship systems. Visitors can look for work and cargo updates at Wally’s Bar. Just don’t ask for Wally!

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Noted Player Professions Related Lore

It’s easy to breeze by the bits of lore giving us hints of player career opportunities embedded in the Galactic Guides. If we more meticulously reconsider the planet descriptions I just read from the ARK Starmap and what’s available in the Stanton Galactic Guide, you can glean the following opportunities related to player professions.

These are career opportunities for more specialized ships. And provide content above the commonly available combat, bounty, mercenary and piracy activities we’re likely to find most everywhere. Tying this information together is a major focus of the career and starmap data found on

Star Citizen Alpha 3.0

Stanton is the star system we’ll be inhabiting when Star Citizen alpha 3.0 is deployed. I don’t expect that all of the celestial bodies and/or landing zones will be accessible on day one. As Stanton’s content is made accessible and more game mechanics come online, we’ll begin experiencing CIG’s vision of life among the stars. And as players, we’ll need to become more familiar with the topology of the star systems as their assets come online.

By now you know that I’m a lore buff and am fascinated by the physical universe being built. More importantly, how those two things tie together for player careers and gameplay opportunities. To help you passively become more familiar with Stanton, I’ve published a Stanton Voice Attack Profile that narrates the descriptions from the ARK Starmap.

When time allows, I plan on doing a full series. Please follow the directions linked in the Show Notes to import Alysianah’s Stanton Profile into Voice Attack.

Also check out for a matrix of all known systems in the Star Citizen universe, as well as detailed overviews of each star systems composition and dossier pages tailored to show star systems that are relevant to specific player careers such as mining, refueling, etc.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode. If you have, please considering subscribing to my channel and giving this episode a thumbs up. It would be greatly appreciated and doing so helps the show’s visibility, making it easier for others to find their way here.

Be kind and fly safe. This is Alysianah signing off until next time.



Cathcart - A Den of Thieves


Welcome to another episode of Casual Citizen. An ongoing series about the upcoming first-person MMO Star Citizen by Cloud Imperium Games.  I’m your host Alysianah from the Mystic Worlds Gaming Blog.  This week’s episode takes us back to the outer reaches of the Star Citizen universe, to explore another Star System. It’s Cathcart, one of the systems in my top 10 must-see list.  Please sit back, relax and enjoy.



Show Transcript

Welcome to another episode of Casual Citizen. An ongoing series about the upcoming first-person MMO Star Citizen by Cloud Imperium Games. I’m your host Alysianah from the Mystic Worlds Gaming Blog. This week’s episode takes us back to the outer reaches of the Star Citizen universe, to explore another Star System. It’s Cathcart, one of the systems in my top 10 must-see list. Please sit back, relax and enjoy.


Directly from CIG, as printed in an Observist article on

Greetings, traveler, there are millions of sights to see in the universe. While the team at THE OBSERVIST is here to make sure you get the best traveling experience possible, the true traveler goes beyond the safe and secure, into the wild and unpredictable edges of the universe. This is OBSERVIST DARK, chronicling the systems where safety is not guaranteed.

Today, we’re taking you to the ultimate den of thieves. The capital of crime. The nexus of the nefarious. That’s right, traveler, we’re heading to the Cathcart system.


Astronomically speaking, Cathcart is fundamentally void: a star without true planets. It’s a loose chain of asteroids and mini-worlds orbiting far from a green band. With this structure, there was no compelling reason for the system to be developed, let alone inhibited.

Cathcart, was initially charted about five hundred years ago, listed as a Class C military zone and abandoned. When attention returned to the system it was for security purposes. The Navy initiated a plan to build a snooping post in Cathcart. However, improvements in scanning technology increased rapidly shortly after, negating the need for a large orbital spy post. Work on the Navy’s partially built platform was terminated, leaving Cathcart to the void.

Sometime later Cathcart’s usefulness was revisited. It was identified as a location where military spacecraft and a limited amount of supplies could be stored. With no planets or local populace to manage, it could be used as a staging area. Making it easy to re-crew the ships and deploy them in the event of a crisis. Decision made, pre­fab processing industrial units were towed in the system. For decades, the system amassed all types of military spacecraft – cruisers, destroyers, carriers, and frigates. All floating aimlessly in space.

As the galactic expansion moved beyond the region, the UEE left the vicinity. The idea of using the system as a staging area was all but forgotten. It was reclassified again. This time as private industry and salvage rights were sold to the highest bidders. Cathcart had become a junkyard. And not a well monitored one at that.

Eventually, someone came up with a plan for what the government had discarded. An enterprising pirate named Whando recognized its potential. He set the precedent in motion, that would transform Cathcart into a pirate’s den. He recognized that the abandoned platform and ships could be used to house his cartel. By 2750, other pirates had come to the same conclusion.

Small clans, illegal cartels, and individual pirates retrofitted the various ship hulls into homes and bases of operation. Snaking them together by whatever means necessary. Goodbye Cathcart. Hello Spider, a straggling world-­sized mass of retired starships, half-built platforms, and abandoned colonizers. All held together with a prayer and plexi-metal.

Using Spider as a jumping off point, pirates raided the surrounding systems and occasionally, each other. Buyers looking to obtain illegal merchandise were drawn to the area, which in turn encouraged the establishment of permanent businesses. The UEE became aware of the system’s transformation but was unwilling to dedicate the money and resources to reverse it.

Spider is a living beast, continuously expanding. New wrecks and abandoned ships are joined to the maze daily. It’s a labyrinth on a grand scale. Taking a wrong turn could lead to a new find or your death. When you enter Spider, you are very literally taking your life in your hands. No insurance company will ensure a spacecraft that is knowingly going to Cathcart.

This den of thieves has one saving grace. If you’re accepted as a member of the pack, the wolves won’t strike. However, establishing those credentials can be tricky and unhealthy for your lifespan. If you insist on visiting, your best course of action is to dock at one of the locations that require password access. Entering through one of these “secured” locations will give you the air of being a member.

The current protocol for docking is to signal the tower four times for a vector approach. Any other number will immediately flag you as an outsider. You’ll also need to know the following docking location passwords.

  • Charm’s Weapons landing zone its eggbrain
  • Lance’s Lair, also called Organs is 42equinox
  • Dace Headquarters is dorrit
  • Spinward Toxin Farm is highnoon

It’s interesting to note that even pirates may harbor a fondness for historical references from earth. Dorris is likely a reference to Little Dorrit a novel by author Charles Dickens that is considered a classic look at society’s view of poverty and crime in Victorian England. And the classic American western film, High Noon that examines loyalty, in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

Even with these passwords, you are at great risk entering Spider. I don’t advise going alone. And always be on your guard at all times. A friendly smile can quickly turn into a knife in the back.


Dramatized Lore: Discovery of the Tevarin


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

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Star Citizen Universe Historical Timeline

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Show Transcript

Welcome to another episode of Casual Citizen. An on-going series about the upcoming first person MMO, Star Citizen by Cloud Imperium Games.  I’m your host Alysianah from the Mystic Worlds Gaming Blog.

This week’s episode returns to Star Citizen lore. I know people enjoy shows about ships, which is understandable.  But I don’t always have enough time to compile the content necessary to do a those the way I prefer.  I’m working on doing the Hull Series for next week.  For this week, I hope you enjoy this narrated look at our fictional universe timeline.

Please sit back, relax and enjoy.

2075: Roberts Space Industries introduces Quantum Core Engine Technology. Capable of traveling at 1/100th the speed of light, this new engine allows humanity to travel to the corners of our solar system with relative ease.

2113: Terraforming technology patented.

2120: First attempt to terraform Mars begins.

2125: The Mars Tragedy. An Early attempt at terraforming the planet suffers catastrophic failure. Over 5000 souls killed when the atmo collapses.

2140: First commercially available starship.

2157: Mars successfully terraformed. Memorial built to honor those killed in the Mars Tragedy.

2214: New version of the RSI engine released, allowing travel up to 1/10th the speed of light. More ships exploring our solar system.

2232: Artemis Launched. First attempt to have a manned spacecraft fly (slow-burn) to the nearest star system. Captain, crew and thousands of volunteer colonists are placed in stasis for the flight. Ultimately the ship disappears.

2262: A series of ships inexplicably disappear in the same area of space. Drawing comparisons to the Bermuda Triangle, the government declares the Neso Triangle a no-fly zone. There is much more myth and conjecture about why this happens than there are hard facts.

2271: After almost ten years of study, Nick Croshaw goes to investigate the Bermuda Triangle-esque Space Anomaly and discovers the first jump point, becoming the first human to travel to another system and the godfather of the modern Navjumpers.

2380: Croshaw System has been terraformed. The search for new jump points signifies the beginning of Humanity’s expansion to the stars. The Earth’s social and political differences are set aside. We are united in our desire to strike out into the stars. The United Nations of Earth (UNE) is born.

2438: First Contact. It is considerably less cinematic or romantic than many had dreamed of. An explorer encounters a Banu in Davien. He is just as surprised as we are. The Banu are also just beginning to expand into the universe. General Neal Socolovich and delegates negotiate the first intergalactic peace and trade treaty.

2460: Through expansion and terraforming, there are vast amounts of land and territory for humanity to move to. Earth is overcrowded, so more and more people are leaving to stake their claim out in the universe.

2516: Terra settlement established. Found at a confluence of jump points, it’s a perfect nexus.

2523: 70% of humans live off-world. They feel that they deserve equal representation in UNE proceedings. The government changes form once again, becoming the United Planets of Earth (UPE). The new government will be run by a tribunal; a High-Secretary (responsible for maintaining the infrastructure), High-General (responsible for expansion and protection), and a High-Advocate (responsible for maintaining the law).

2530: Discovery of the Xi’an Empire. We stumble into their territory without knowing and are about to start terraforming. High-General Volder receives criticism for being too aggressive, while there is muscle flexing and threats from both sides. A cold war of sorts begins, with occasional casualties, but not full-on open conflict.

2541: The UPE first establish contact with the Tevarin. While not as technologically advanced as us, they were just beginning to strike out into the universe. A proud, martial society, the Tevarin wanted what we had and struck first. The First Tevarin War begins. Colonel Ivar Messer, a brilliant and ruthless strategist, distinguishes himself in the Battle of Idris IV. He quickly becomes the pride of the military and the face of the War.

2546: Messer, now promoted to commander, brings the captured Tevarin leader to the UPE floor. He rides the popularity of his victory to become High-General. Claiming the Tribunal is an outdated system and cultivating a fear of the Xi’an, Messer proposes the creation of a new single office with the title of Prime Citizen. Upon election as the first (and last) Prime Citizen, it isn’t long before he restructures the government into the new United Empire of Earth (UEE) and anoints himself Imperator, ushering on in an age of unprecedented expansion and colonization.

2603-2610: The Second Tevarin War. Repopulated after hiding on the Fringe, the Tevarin have spent the last fifty years building their forces for the sole purpose of retaking their homeworld Kaleeth (renamed/resettled by the UEE as Elysium IV. While theirs is a cause that some humans could support, the UEE isn’t about to give up territory. Realizing that they can’t win, the Tevarin decide to make a final desperate push to scuttle their ships on Elysium IV. If they can’t live there, they will die there.

2638: Senator Assan Kieren of Terra publicly decries the pro-military agenda of the UEE and its unconditional support of the military-industrial complex. He calls for another vote of sovereignty for Terra and its adjacent systems. Imperator Messer XI wields the UEE’s brutally efficient propaganda machine to discredit and destroy Kieren, who disappears soon after. There are rumors that he is murdered, but nothing can be proven.

2681: The Vanduul, a nomadic leeward race in the west, starts raiding our new settlements in the Tevarin systems and disappearing. They seemingly have no homeworld; each Vanduul clan is a roaming fleet, making them exceedingly hard to catch.

2715-2788: The military regime reaches a plateau. While the human populace has been somewhat beaten into submission, there’s a current of subversion in the culture. People are starting to see the cracks in the system. Activist groups launch attacks against the political/propaganda machine. The military is stretched thin, bracing for war with Xi’an, chasing down Vanduul raiders, and trying to maintain security on the human systems. The Imperator’s power is waning.

2789: In a daring act of defiance, peace is independently brokered with the young Xi’an Emperor Kray by Senator Terrence Akari of Terra, who refuses to fight open war on his doorstep. Terra blasts Earth for being imperialistic and short-sighted. Xi’an looks at the situation as a potential way to create a divide in the Human Empire.

2792: The Massacre of Garron II. A terraforming Corp begins to terraform an inhabited planet. The inhabitants weren’t star-travelers, just a developing race, which gets wiped out from the atmo-processors. The corp vehemently denies that the aliens were capable of conscious thought. Activist vid footage of the aliens’ rational behavior is leaked to the Spectrum. It is also revealed that the terraforming Corp is closely tied to the Benevolent Imperator’s family. That’s the final straw; the people rise up and overthrow the government. Erin Toi of Earth becomes the new Imperator and promises an age of enlightenment and social consciousness.

2795: The Fair Chance Act is ratified, decreeing that is a capital crime to attempt to terraform planets with developing creatures. These planets are to be left alone to give the species a chance to advance/evolve.

2800: UEE builds the Ark, a repository of information and culture located in space for all the races in the universe. It is seen by some as an attempt at reparation.

2872: In response to criticism that humanity is only interested in greed and blood, the UEE embarks on its greatest achievement: a SynthWorld, converting a lifeless rock into a life-sustaining planet. Construction begins in Chronos system. It is viewed as the current era’s legacy. A massive undertaking, it will take decades, maybe centuries to complete.

2920: The SynthWorld project is moving slowly and it’s draining the Empire economically. This is the point where our reach starts exceeding our grasp. The disparity between the rich and the poor is reaching an all-time divide, and the poor are reacting with greater and greater frustration. The Vanduul attacks are growing in frequency and the UEE doesn’t seem to be doing a thing about it.

2942: Today…

Nyx - Home of Anti-UEE Activists and Pirates

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Nyx consists of three unremarkable planets circling an F-Type Main Sequence star.  Located directly on the border of a dark nebula, visibility and scanner use are limited due to the gases being discharged. The system’s few inhabitants are rather fond of being able to fly under the radar.  Lacking invaluable natural resources, the system is not known for possessing much of interest.  However, it has gained utility as a waypoint for haulers flying the Castra-Stanton run. Be forewarned – piracy is common is very common in this system. Travelers are advised not to veer off the standard space lanes. And even then, your safety is not guaranteed.


  • Alignment: Unclaimed
  • Habitable Planets: None
  • Space Stations: None
  • Asteroid Belts: Glaciem Ring and Keeger Belt
  • Gas Giant: None
  • Ice Giant: Nyx III
  • Jump points: Breman (L), Castra (L), Odin (L), Tohil (L), Pyro (M) and Virgil (L)
  • Points of Interest
    • Delamar asteroid settle.  Be sure to bring a weapon and some mace

Dramatized Lore: Ellis to Taranis Jump Tunnel Discovery


This standard year marks the 150th anniversary of Harper Nguyen’s famous journey. At 128 years old, she holds the record for the oldest explorer to ever chart a jump point. To this day, she is renowned for not only her discovery but also the harrowing circumstance in which it occurred.  To honor her accomplishment, below are select excerpts from the incredibly detailed audio journal Harper kept during her voyage.

Star System Dossier pages on Aly’s World:

Dramatized Lore: Discovery of the Vanguard System

It’s the discovery of the Vanguard system, captured in the journal of Christian Meyer.  Here’s a look at the actual star system composition via Aly’s World Star System Dossier pages.


Dramatized Lore: Discovery of the Oya System

From the on-going Discovered series on we have, the Journals of Lieutenant Eli Price of the United Empire of Earth Navy and the discovery of Oya.


  • Oya Aly’s World Star System Dossier page:
  • Official dispatch on RSI:
  • Oya on the Starmap:,-73.15,0.002,0,0″,”Oya”
  • Castra on the Starmap:,0,0.0591,0,0″,”Castra”

Baker - Home of the Able Baker Racing Challenge

Show Transcript

Hello citizens, this is Alysianah from Mystic Worlds with the next installment in the Casual Citizen series.  This week we’ll be discussing the Baker system and racing.  Sit back, relax and enjoy.


Directly from the official Star Citizen Galactic Guide for Baker…

Baker is a binary system consisting of two K-type main sequence stars surrounded by a relatively desolate collection of planets that range from completely uninhabitable to barely habitable. A Covalex shipping hub and a largely automated mining outpost are the sole bastions of civilization in the region. As usual, that’s only half of the story — the Baker system is also home to the “Able Baker Challenge,” arguably underground racing’s most dangerous event.

Baker’s claim to fame is twofold: it is one of the only binary star systems in the United Empire of Earth that is (technically) inhabited, and it lies just a single jump from the breadbasket of Terra. The first point has earned the system the attention of a large number of astrophysicists eager to study such a star setup within the confines of safe and patrolled space. The second is the reason for both the system’s high point of civilization — the shipping hub — and for its use as an underground racing arena.

Baker and the surrounding cluster were first charted in 2508, by the same expedition that first identified Terra. While Terra was reached and explored soon after the region was charted, Baker remained forgotten due to the fact that binary stars traditionally offer little of value to Humans. Even when a planet within a binary star’s green zone can be terraformed, the gravitic stress associated with passing close to (or between) two stars renders attempts at civilization a moot point.

The first successful jump transit to Baker occurred in 2676, well after Terra had become established as a major player in galactic politics. The jump point to Baker was discovered by accident in the outer reaches of the Terra System, and Baker was subsequently explored by a purely scientific expedition. Formal territorial commerce rights were awarded to the Terran government, which has quietly partitioned them out to Terra-based concerns.

That ends the historical details and relevance of the Baker system. Let’s explore it further from the point of view of the ARK Starmap.

System Composition

Baker is controlled by the UEE – United Empire of Earth.  It contains jump points to Hadur, Kiel, Osiris, Pallas and Tayac.  You may recall that Tayac is the home of the ARK space station, curators of the ARK Starmap.  The system consists of 4 planets. Of those one is Iron, one smog and one is Ice. Planetoid types are important for player careers that require processing resources.  For example, players who will be captaining the Starfarer as a refueling platform, will need access to Gas giants as one of the elements required for processing fuel. The only manmade celestial body is the Covalex Shipping hub which seems to be in better shape than its cousin in Station, near Crusader.

The Able Baker Racing Challenge and you

From the Galactic Guide…

While Baker’s three inner planets may be useless in any formal sense, they have taken on new life as one of the galaxy’s most dangerous unofficial racetracks. The Able Baker Challenge, held once every six months on a date announced to the competitors only 24 hours before start time, pits pilots against each other and Baker’s innermost planets.

The challenge consists of three legs, connected by quantum travel phases which can only be initiated at specific locations. First, pilots must navigate the space that surrounds Baker III, which is filled with dangerous ice crystals that can impair instrumentation and severely hamper visibility. The second stage is called ‘breathing the vapors.’ This segment involves ring targets that are placed very close to Baker II’s toxic atmosphere. Pilots must navigate the course carefully to avoid hull damage. Finally, pilots must make their way to Baker I, where the final leg is a weapons-free race. Unlike more “civilized” events, racers are not immediately disqualified for the destruction of an opponent’s ship (although pilot kills are still forbidden).

This makes for one of the most dangerous competitions in the galaxy.

That said, although Baker isn’t the most habitable environment, it has its place within the Star Citizen economy.  Racing or sports of any kind attracts tourism, which means civilian transport. Influxes of tourists opens up avenues for selling speciality items, food supplies and cargo hauling. There might be unsavory activities taking place such as illegal betting and crime typically follows in its wake.  Races may need escorts to transport their expensive toys to and from the system. So let’s not right Baker off based on its seemingly narrow resources or population. I see lots of opportunities to turn some creds for savvy players.

Speaking of racing, the early manifestation of racing in Star Citizen are in the Arena Commander module.  The Spectrum Match variant lets you compete against other players.  In Drone Sim mode you’re doing the course solo.

Even if you have no plans to race, everyone should be adept at running all of the AC speedways.  Your minimum goal should be to complete a single lap with no deaths.  You don’t have to be very fast, as long as you can do it at a consistent rate of speed. I say this because I think these are precursors for navigating jump points.  If things play out as described by Chris Roberts, the first time you use a Jump Point you will have to navigate it manually which can be hazardous. He has mentioned that damaging your ship would be the least that can happen if you aren’t a competent pilot.

We’ve also been told that harvesting the rarest materials will often be in densely packed asteroid fields and your ship isn’t going to bounce off of things unscathed. If you plan on manning a ship that does mining, salvage or other activities that require getting your ship and crew close to the source, auto-landing all the time might not be your best friend.  We need to master maneuvering in tight places with a variety of ship types and sizes.  This is what I use the Arena Commander racing maps for and why I feel alternating between the daylight and twilight lit maps is important.

In summary, don’t right off Baker as being of worth based on face value. It’s racing fosters a tourism which will provide business opportunities for several of the player professions.  And even if you don’t enjoy racing or plan to compete, you should be running the AC racing maps, to master navigating maneuvering your ship if challenging environments and under different lighting conditions.

Show Notes

The show notes will include links to the ARK Starmap in case you haven’t check that out yet and shame on you if you haven’t. Zhatt has created an excellent tube map showing all of the known systems and their jump point connections.  It’s a subway map of sorts.  For an bird’s eye view of the galaxy from a gross level of what each system contains, I created a Google Doc Matrix that aims to help with large scale logistics planning.

This is Alysianah signing off until next time.  See you in the ‘verse


Show Notes

Star Citizen Lore Collaboration: Mining Rocks

A couple of months ago, I was asked to collaborate on producing lore narrations with SCLoreCast. SCLC is a group dedicated to bringing SC lore to life by narrating the official dispatches and fiction from Cloud Imperium Games. I’m looking forward on-going relationship with this very talented group, all of whom are members of the SC community.

You can listen to the episode here and help them out by subscribing to their YouTube channel, where they’re also running a contest.