Featured CMDR Randalf “Numbers” Roddleton

15 May 2021

What was your first experience with the Elite universe and what keeps you playing it today?

My first experience of the Elite universe was way back in Elite 2. The whole open-world nature of the game was at the time incredible, and the idea that you could run a trade route between Sol and Barnard’s Star just blew my mind. Frontier: First Encounters may have been as buggy as hell, but the narrative story that was written provided some great focus to the game, and I also enjoyed the different careers you could follow.

TFS John Keel — journey-worn paint

As for Elite: Dangerous, I remember my first experience was eventually learning how to take off and enter supercruise, promptly dropping in to a nearby pleasure cruise. To this day I don’t know why I did, but I thought it would be cool to just open fire on the ship. I mean, how difficult could combat be? Oh how naive I was! Suffice to say I respawned back at the station, and then took the safer option of running a few courier missions on the BGS…

In terms of what kept me playing, exploration for me was a massive part of the game. Within a few months of playing, I had already set off to Beagle Point, and I’d say at least 70% of my total time playing has been spent on some expedition or other. EDSM has been an incredible resource for me, giving me plenty of waypoints for me to visit as I plan my expeditions. I’ve explored to the extremes of the galaxy, and visited some incredible locations along the way.

In between expeditions, helping out with The Fatherhood’s BGS activity has also been something that kept me playing. There has always been an objective, and in those early days some of our BGS achievements made me really proud. We may take it for granted now, but I recall the campaign to expand into LHS 197 was hard fought, and required a degree of coordination that we weren’t yet proficient in. Being able to help out in that was a proud moment for me.

That’s a KeelStack!

Tell a quick story about your favorite moment in Elite: Dangerous.

I think my favourite moment in Elite was when we coordinated a welcome home party for CMDR GrumpyInUT, who had been out circumnavigating the galaxy in a Sidewinder (IIRC). First off, it was great that we were able to get a good number of The Fatherhood CMDRs online together in game to celebrate the achievement of another of our CMDRs – it made me truly appreciate the good community that we have.

However, what made it my favourite moment is that as part of the party, we wanted to organise a parade of honour which consisted of the careful positioning of ships. I was actually out on an expedition when GrumpyInUT arrived home, so had arranged to jump in with Drazkul for the occasion. I was flying around in his fighter, taking various photos to commemorate the event. At one point, I was lining up to take a photo of the then Deputy Squadron Commander. However, somehow I managed to hit my boost button, and ended up boosting straight into him, earning a reckless flying fine not just for me, but also for Drazkul! Suffice to say, after that point many people got very nervous when I was flying around in a fighter…

TFS Interesting Times observing the galaxy from the very Eastern fringe

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

My squadron callsign is “Numbers”. Back in the very early days of The Fatherhood, a few of us got really enthusiastic with coordinating The Fatherhood’s efforts to be placed in-game as a PMF. We very quickly had to get to speed on how the BGS mechanics worked, and use that to coordinate our efforts. My RL job at the time had me heavily involved with extracting and analysing data, so it was a natural fit for me to combine my day job with my hobby. In no time at all I had developed an Elite Dangerous BGS dashboard which we used to monitor the progress of our BGS campaigns at the time. A few veteran members will no doubt recall the early days of doing recon runs so that we could update our data after the daily tick!

In recognition of these efforts, CMDR Olthuis proposed the callsign “Numbers” to Wing Command. I was made up to have such a callsign suggested, as it was in some way a reward for the effort that I’d put into The Fatherhood. It’s also why I’ve always been keen for callsigns to not just celebrate the stupid things that our commanders have done, but on appropraite occasions, recognise the phenomenal effort that some of our CMDRs put in.

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

Ha, at first I thought this would be a difficult question, because there are so many ships that I’m fond of. I have a special place for my AspX TFS Twoflower’s Folly, because she took me all the way to Beagle Point and earned me my first Elite rank. When I arrived home in Hajangai, I bought myself a Python – TFS Sapient Pearwood – which has been such a journeyman ship for me. There is very little you can’t do in it, it’s certainly one of the most versatile ships in the game and when I wasn’t exploring, we were inseparable!

TFS Twoflower’s Folly landed at Kolaga with fresh pain after returning from Beagle Point

When the Krait Phantom was added to the game, it took over from the AspX as my go-to exploring ship. TFS Lu-Tze’s Broom is highly engineered, and the jump range that I can get from her is what has allowed me to reach some of the more difficult-to-reach extremes in the game. We’ve travelled the galaxy together and I’m very fond of her.

However, despite all of the above, there is one ship which is more special to me than the others: the mighty Keelback! Much maligned and misunderstood, but there’s something special about the Keelback. Guardian technology, and surprisingly flexible array of hardpoints and space for a fighter hangar has made TFS John Keel a surprisingly capable exploration ship. If I ever need to make the journey to Colonia, then there is no better choice!

Freshly engineered TFS John Keel departing Deciat on maiden exploration voyage

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

I’d never really been one to play computer games online with others. But for some reason, Elite: Dangerous was different for me, and I quickly decided that my experience would be better if I shared it with others. I was a recent dad and so wouldn’t be able to commit too much to a group, so when I saw TK’s advert on the Frontier Forums, it seemed a really obvious choice. I jumped into the Discord server, received a nice warm welcome from Jeb, and the rest – as they say – is history.

TFS Lu-Tze’s Broom, investigating organic structures

What’s your day job, and how do you balance your home, work and gaming life?

I’m a qualified commercial accountant, and in my current role, I manage the company’s finance and accounting systems.

In the past, I didn’t do a very good job of managing work and gaming life. Often my afternoons in work would be taken over analysing the daily BGS tick results, administering the Discord server, and planning my next expedition with little work getting done. I guess in my defence, having young children destroyed me from a sleep perspective, so I’d struggle to focus in the afternoon on work after having 4 hours sleep or so. Doing E:D related stuff was always the easier option! Suffice to say I got to the point where I felt I was too involved with E:D and that my work was suffering. As such, after returning back from Lost Souls 2 I took a significant step back from E:D.

Balancing home / gaming life is a bit easier. As a general rule, if my children are awake then they are my focus. Getting my two children into good bedtime routines has been essential in allowing me to get valuable gaming time. I also make sure that I spend time with my wife too – 9pm each night is our time together, so gaming time tends to be 7-9pm during the week.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you that you wish they did?

As part of my early BGS research, I experimented with collecting “Unknown Artifacts” from the surface using just the cargo scoop, instead of using the SRV. What I then did with that T6 full of Unknown Artefacts is a story for another time…

TFS Lu-Tze’s Broom encountering strange space mushrooms in the Colonia system

How did you come up with the name of your Commander?

In a past job, I was responsible for developing financial models used for project appraisal. One of the guys I worked with for one project was somewhat optimistic with his assumptions, leading to some very aggressive profit projections. I can’t quite recall how it started, but turning through an updated set of model inputs started to be known as “roddling” instead of “modelling”, which then developed into a nickname of “Roddleton”, as I was the one doing the “roddling”.

A very eccentric surname required a similarly eccentric first name, and thus my alter ego – Randalph Roddleton – was born!

Any fatherly advice for new CMDRs trying to make their way in Elite: Dangerous?

My advice would be to take it slow, and avoid the temptation to go straight into the big rank/credit grinds. In the first instance, I think it’s a really dull experience, and makes you miss out on some of that early variety as you are finding your way around the galaxy and try to find out how you want to play. I think it’s a more rewarding way of playing, and if you do it right, then you can rank up without really noticing.

TFS John Keel, photo-bombing a nebula in a glorious pink paint job…

Featured CMDR Kenzenichi

7 May 2021

What was your first experience with the Elite universe and what keeps you playing it today?

You may find this hard to believe but my story with Elite started some 1,323 years ago. I was a lonely, young boy back then. With dreams of becoming a CMDR. Armed with a Commodore 64 and a tape deck I set out to test my mettle. But alas, both I and the Elite training program were too young to truly begin exploring the galaxy.

“It’s not ready… I’m not ready.”
Vexed I made a decision. A drastic decision that I would not have undone. So, late that night, when everyone else slept, I descended into our dark and dusty basement. As I crept down the steep wooden planks, that served as stairs, the furnace hissed and crackled throwing a warm glow on my cheeks. I didn’t know it then but that would be the last bit of warmth I’d feel for more than a millennia. My eyes strained in the dark searching for our Regal deep freezer. There it was, in the corner, it’s hulking rectangular mass already stained yellow by the passage of time. I pushed a soap box up against the freezer’s side, stepped up, flipped the lid and climbed inside. One last look towards the light spilling from upstairs—then darkness and cold.

I can’t tell you what happened next. I can only tell you that I eventually awoke to the sound of water slapping up against the walls of my… chamber, prison, tomb? I had made a grave error.

“NO, not like this!”
I kicked out at the lid as it splashed down onto the wet sand. Cramped, I clawed my way free of the freezer and out onto the beach. My hands large, weathered, marked by time. But how? Where was I? What happened to me? Later the Federation doctors would tell me my aging processes had been slowed but just slowed. I now had the body of a 47-year old man (a mighty handsome body) but the mind and spirt of that little boy who crawled into a deep freezer so, so, so, long ago.

The year is now 3306 and my first experience with this new Elite was again plagued by my rash and impulsive young mind.

“CMDR kenzenichi! COMMANDER! You are leaving the tutorial zone! You’re not ready!”
I had waited long enough. Governments had risen and fallen, wars had been fought, species discovered, worlds explored, it was my turn. Tutorial be damned. I wanted to fly. My bow pointed towards the unknown. Full pips to engines. Dare I say it? “ENGAGE!” Pinpoints of light stretch out into lines leaving all my mistakes behind me. Unfettered I jump. I jump again. And again! AND AGAIN! AND AGAI… “Frame Shift Cancelled: Insufficient Fuel”. What the fudge? I had climbed into the proverbial deep freezer again—then darkness and cold.

But, like the sudden rush of fresh warm air that comes from kicking open the lid of a long sealed deep freezer, I once again was saved. This time it was not by my own foot, or my will to live but by… “Incoming Fuel Limpet”. It was a Fuel Rat. I matured a little that day. I learned the dangers of striving to be Elite, the importance of a fuel scoop and most importantly of the existence of the benevolence of strangers. It was then, in that moment, that I realized I was not alone out here. That I didn’t have to be that lonely, young boy from 1984. That I was amongst a unique community. That we are Elite together and that’s what keeps me in the game.

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

That story hasn’t been written yet. 😉

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

My Imperial Courier (S.S. Iridium Star) can land on a dime so it’s my go-to for planet side farming. My Phantom (S.S. Aluminum Star) has a max jump of 78LY with all the comforts one needs out in the black. My Conda (S.S. Bronze Star) get’s me around the bubble with it’s 80.08LY jump. And my Vette (S.S. Tin Star) has never let me or it’s shields down. For any one of these reasons each of these ships deserves to be my favourite. But they’re not.

From the age of five my mother had me on the road, hitchhiking and exploring all old Earth had to offer. Over the years I moved more than 40 times. Attended dozens of educational institutions, held numerous jobs, committed an unfair amount of offences, while still holding out a helping hand to any in need. But I’ve never had a place to call my own. For that reason the S.S.C. Morning Star (my fleet carrier) has become my favourite ship. Not only does it hold all those wonderful ships I mention above (and more) but out here in the black, it has become the home I’ve never had. The early morning light to which I point all other ships.

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

To be honest I almost didn’t joined The Fatherhood. At first I thought the name was a little to patriarchal for my taste. I’ve never been one for locker talk, jokes targeting women/wives, cat calls, or even calling my fellow man, “bro”. (I found a little of that in ED but I recon those CMDRs will side step me now.) But upon closer examination it became clear that The Fatherhood was none of these things. I joined The Fatherhood for their stance on ganking, their willingness to help others and their love of all things nerdy, dorky, quirky, and fun. So here I am. Floating on the edge of space, by the seat of my pants, the skin of my teeth, while white knuckling it under the 7726 FOXTROT banner.

What’s your day job, and how do you balance your home, work and gaming life (or do you)? (What times and timezone are people likely to find you online so they can wing up with you?)

I’ve held a lot of jobs. I’ve been a chef, a security guard, an English teacher, a painter, a farm hand, a quality control officer, a human resource manager, a waiter, a writer, a karate instructor, a journalist, even a caretaker for a graveyard but my actual career of 20+ years is that of a professional photographer. These days all my clients are in NYC and San Fransisco but so since moving back to Canada I’ve been on hiatus. My wife is a model and is the one bringing-home-the-bacon, so outside of taking care of her and the pets, my time is my own. What times can you catch me in the black? Any really. I’m a bi-phasic sleeper that only sleeps for 3-5 hours in the morning with a 20-40 minute nap in the evening. So, I’m almost always around.

How did you come up with the name of your Commander?

I’ve been in various martial arts since I was 8-years old. I’ve even managed to win a few national title. So it should come as no surprise that I subscribe to quite a few martial art precepts. Ken Zen Ichinyo is a Japanese term loosely translated as: ken = of the fist/of the body, zen = of the mind, ichi = one/as one. Therefore, kenzenichi = mind and body as one. Also my irl name is Kenn, so, there’s that.

Invitation to wing up

I’m kenzenichi across the entire wired world. Some call me kzi for short or Kenn for ease.

Send a PSN friend request

Any fatherly advice for new CMDRs trying to make their way in Elite: Dangerous?

If you want to get the most out of Elite don’t hesitate to look to your squad while you’re reaching for the stars. o7 CMDRs!

Featured CMDR Charcobo

30 Apr 2021

What was your first experience with the Elite universe and what keeps you playing it today?

I played Elite way back in the day on my Amiga 500, then completely missed the memo on the Kickstarter. I randomly discovered it while browsing the Xbox Store, if I recall correctly!

Mining for painite in my Corvette, CWS Sovereign

Tell a quick story about your favorite moment in Elite: Dangerous.

My favorite moment was relatively recently, when I got enough Federal Rank (and cash!) to buy my Federal Corvette. Then I promptly went out to a combat zone with a chip on my shoulder, and got destroyed!

My Cutter, CFS Archon, near the shipyard at Chelomey Orbital in the Cubeo system

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

I currently do not have a callsign, but if I did, it would probably be “Pathfinder” or “Lipton”. “Pathfinder” because I like to go scouting for systems that have great mission opportunities, and “Lipton” because I spent five hours hauling 50 tons of Fujin Tea (four tons at a time) 150 light-years each load to appease engineer Broo Tarquin’s ravenous thirst. The other commanders that I was chatting with on Discord at the time kept me company and cheered me on.

My Asp, CES Cosmic Explorer, visiting the GCRB 4981 system inside the Eskimo Nebula

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

I have lived in my Asp Explorer since 2017! But I now own a Corvette, Cutter, Python, Mamba, and Type-9. But I’ll always cherish my Asp for flitting around the galaxy.

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

I joined Bravo Squadron on the Xbox after logging into the game at the end of a lengthy hiatus playing other Xbox titles. Up until that time, I had pretty much played solo, but I discovered that there were now squadrons, and a quick Inara search for large squadrons revealed the existence of the Fatherhood to me! I joined shortly thereafter.

Roving and scavenging around Dav’s Hope

What’s your day job, and how do you balance your home, work and gaming life (or do you)?

I’m a software tester by day, and a singer/voice actor by night. I generally balance my work and gaming life by allowing myself to have game time whenever I can. I got laid off back in September 2020, so I’d been doing a LOT more gaming since then, but I got hired at a new company a week ago, so we will see how that affects my playing! I’m in the Pacific Time Zone, in Seattle, Washington, USA

Foraging for Polonium at HIP 36601
CMDR Charcobo

What is one thing most people don’t know about you that you wish they did?

I’m a genuinely likable person, and I built a Dalek that hates everyone.

How did you come up with the name of your Commander?

It’s a mix of a couple of franchises that I adore: Pokemon (Charmander), and Final Fantasy (Chocobo). Also, it’s the first four letters of my given name.

Any fatherly advice for new CMDRs trying to make their way in Elite: Dangerous?

Well, I can’t speak as a father, but I do encourage the Wil Wheaton rule in-game and in life: Don’t be a d**k. Also, remember to drink your water and wash your hands.

TFS Grabthar’s Hammer in orbit around a K-Type star

Featured CMDR “Napster” SojournerN7

23 Apr 2021

What was your first experience with the Elite universe and what keeps you playing it today?

I vaguely remember seeing promotional material featuring the sidewinder a few years back and was very interested in Elite, but I neither had a suitable PC or console to play it. A few years later in 2020, I saw the base game on sale in the PSN store and decided to give it a go. Within a week I bought the Horizons expansion and was hooked.

Tell a quick story about your favorite moment in Elite: Dangerous.

Cmdr. Phantom had organized the ‘Scavengers Bliss’ SRV Race around the Thargoid structure on Planet A 4 E A in the HIP 18909 system. We must have had something like 12 or so members in the instance including the news van. It was the first large wing-up I participated in, and it was a total blast.

We had a few races, explored the alien structure, and activated the Thargoid Machine to witness an incredible lightshow. I also recall one commander’s SRV had run out of oxygen and then exploded in spectacular fashion, the charred chassis performing at least a double backflip.

Scavenger’s Bliss Thargoid Cavern

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

I was in a wing with Commanders Aequfire, Kenzenichi and Solyce massacring pirates. We had decided to finish thoroughly demoralizing the Jet Gang and turn in our stacks fairly close to midnight local time. After turning in missions at Godwin, Murray and Baturin, I was ready to turn in for the night but still had to turn in just one more mission at Reiter.

Well I guess I got a little too comfortable on the flight over; not long after I docked I must have dozed off for what sounds like a fair amount of time, snoring comfortably before snapping awake to a chorus of laughter and ribbing. I sheepishly turned in the remaining missions and feigned being awake and alert for the remainder of the wing session.

In my defense, putting down pirates is tiring work, and this pilot’s chair is just too comfortable.

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

Valkyrie Docked at Schwann Port

It’s tough to narrow it down, but I would say that my Asp Explorer ‘Valkyrie’ is my favorite, or at least the one I’ve spent the most flight hours in. I took it on a solo tour of the various Nebula within a 8kly radius of the bubble early on to see the sights.

I prefer the Asp over the Diamondback as a starting long-distance explorer vessel due to its Class 6 Optional for a Fuel Scoop, and just enough room for all the essentials. All that said however, I’ve become really partial to flying both the MKII and Phantom as my primary ships lately, and just finished engineering an Anti-Xeno Chieftain…

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

A couple months into playing Elite, I was browsing the PSN Communities for commanders to wing up with. The Fatherhood logo popped up, and the logo motto made it a no brainer. I applied to Foxtrot and have been winging up with great people ever since.

Imperial Eagle Racer at HD 148937 3

What’s your day job, and how do you balance your home, work and gaming life (or do you)?

I work in the life-safety and building automation sector verifying that Fire Alarm Systems are installed to local and provincial codes and standards for newly constructed buildings. Thankfully I don’t travel too far from home most the time and can focus on my main job of being a dad and husband.

Game-time usually takes a back seat to everything else, and is typically reserved for the end of the evening. I’m in British Columbia (UTC -0700), so typically you can find me online from 0400 UTC (In Game Time) or 2100 Pacific Standard.

If you are on PS4, what is your PS4 account name?

SojournerN7 on PSN, CMDR SojournerN7 in the Fatherhood Discord. Let’s wing up! I do a bit of everything from Exploration, Combat, Mining, Powerplay and Anti-Xeno.

Send a friend request to SojournerN7 on PSN to wing up.

Send a PSN friend request

What is one thing most people don’t know about you that you wish they did?

I prefer the outdoors: Hiking, camping, fishing, biking, paddling, skateboarding, snowboarding, that sort of thing.

Endurance at “Rusty Net”

I like to take on small projects to learn new or improve existing skills: Woodworking, Web Design, App Development, electronic repair/modification.

Any fatherly advice for new CMDRs trying to make their way in Elite: Dangerous?

Play in Open and find a good group to wing up with. The best experiences you can have in Elite are with other players at random or in a squadron. It’s disappointing that the typical response to instancing with another player is for one commander is to log out immediately out of fear of being attacked. Stay logged in, fly cautiously, and take a chance on a great experience by engaging with other players in roleplay or chat and help build this great community.

SRV Exploration at Guardian Site

Featured CMDR Vv Shysty vV “Cheech”

16 Apr 2021

What was your first experience with the Elite universe and what keeps you playing it today?

I was actually waiting for No Mans Sky to come out as I’ve always been interested in space and the idea of exploration. A friend told me that there was a better and more realistic game out already so I decided to check it out… I still never played No Man Sky. lol

Tell a quick story about your favorite moment in Elite: Dangerous.

It would most likely be winning our first combat gold in Bravo Squadron. We were so worried someone was going to come in and steal the gold out from under us that a large group of Cmdr’s stayed up all night until the server tick fighting just to make sure that we had the win. We lost a lot of sleep but it was all worth it in the end.

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

Honestly, I don’t really remember as mine wasn’t voted on like callsigns are now. I did something stupid/funny while on herbal medicines and Squadron Leader Arc dubbed me Cheech on the spot. lol

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

My favorite ship has to be my Anaconda, The Guardian of Oa. Shes taken me everywhere from the the Formadine Rift down south, to Colonia two times, and now Beagle Point as well. Her jump range mixed with the extra space to keep all the toys necessary to fight off the space madness are exactly what I need for trips into the black.

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

I originally joined The Fatherhood just before The Lost Souls 1 expedition. I wanted to explore a little and Cmdr Arc Stanton actually told me about The Fatherhood and their upcoming expedition. I joined that day and have been a proud member since.

What’s your day job, and how do you balance your home, work and gaming life (or do you)?

I’m a general maintenance technician working on rental houses fixing anything under a roof. I troubleshoot work all day, so it’s nice to be able to come home, escape into space, and relax with other members of Bravo Squadron. I’m a single dad so when my son’s with me its daddy-son time, but like our squadron mottos say “When the kids go to sleep, we go to space”, so as soon as he’s sleeping I’m jumping in a wing with whatever Cmdrs I can find online. Lol I’m in Ohio so I’m Eastern standard time and I’m on almost every night after 8 PM my time.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you that you wish they did?

How proud of our Wing and Squadron I am. Every time I think we’ve had our best night, fought our best war, or had our hardest laughs there’s always so many more to be had around the corner. There’s members of this wing that are like family at this point, so meeting up and killing some pirates, or just BS-ing while running engineering or something like that makes this game a little less grindy and a lot more entertaining. Lol

How did you come up with the name of your Commander?

Ugh, lol. When I turned 18 I decided to take up a bit of a career in hip hop and stage performance. Shysty was my stage name for close to 10 years. Picked the name when I was like 25 and it’s just stuck for over a decade now. Lol

Any fatherly advice for new CMDRs trying to make their way in Elite: Dangerous?

The key is making friends, and listening and learning from the Veteran Cmdrs when they’re offering their advice. I feel the best part about Bravo Squadron is our community and how much we communicate almost daily. Dont be afraid to ask questions and above all dont be nervous about joining us in a wing or party chat. Were only here to help and have fun, no matter how new you are theres always room in our party for ya. Dont be a stranger.

Featured CMDR “Logistics” Phantom_rw

9 Apr 2021

What was your first experience with the Elite universe and what keeps you playing it today?

My first experience with E:D was watching CMDR’s on YouTube bounty hunting in a Haz Res. I tend to do various things in E:D and I find that keeps me from getting burned out on the game.

Tell a quick story about your favorite moment in Elite: Dangerous.

I would have to say my participation in the Dove Enigma Expedition was a highlight for me. Here were CMDR’s from 3 different platforms all working together to do something to honor a CMDR none of us personally knew.

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

Early on, the best way to make money was by doing wing source and return missions… we could get 50 mil a mission! I would use 3rd-party apps to help us find what we needed at the lowest price and in enough quantities to do the job. I tended to fly with the same CMDR’s when doing this and they joked about me using a white board to keep track of where everyone was/what cargo tonnage we all had, etc. Over time they decided that my efforts deserved a C/S and “Logistics” was given.

TFS Keeled Over

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

I love the T10. I own 3 of them, TFS Badger is setup for mining, TFS Collaevo is my AX support ship, and TFS Fragmentum is my CZ/Bounty Hunting wonder toy!

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

I was following E:D on YouTube since 2015. I purchased E:D in 2017 when it came out for PS and was working through learning the game when I saw TK’s Facebook post about starting The Fatherhood. I joined 14 Aug 2017 into the original PS squadron and I haven’t looked back since!

What’s your day job, and how do you balance your home, work and gaming life (or do you)?

I am a wire harness assembler as my main day job. I have weekends and holidays off so I am able to put in a few hours a week into the game. I play EST either 7pm on weeknights or 9am on the weekends.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you that you wish they did?

I will have served in the Canadian Military for 30 years this Sept. (Full- and part-time combined)

How did you come up with the name of your Commander?

I have used this gamer tag since the mid 90’s when I played Mechwarrior by direct dialing my buddy who also had the game. I tended to power down and ambush him on a regular basis so the “Phantom” part of it worked… The “rw” was to keep it unique to me.

Invitation to Wing Up Together

Send a PSN friend request

Any fatherly advice for new CMDRs trying to make their way in Elite: Dangerous?

Play how you want to play and don’t be afraid to ask questions. The only stupid question is the one that isn’t asked.

Featured CMDR Arch “Hubble” Stanton73

2 Apr 2021
Black hole lensing a Magellanic Cloud

What was your first experience with the Elite universe and what keeps you playing it today?

My first experience would have been when I was around fourteen and played it on a ZX Spectrum. It got me hooked on space sims.

The sheer scale of Elite and freedom of exploration, for me, it has all the elements of a perfect space sim.

Gu-97 inspecting Umbrella molluscs.

Tell a quick story about your favorite moment in Elite: Dangerous.

Probably the most memorable was crossing the Xibalba sector to see the Gyer trees. After numerous attempts and epic fails it was quite an achievement for me. I had to make many planetary landings to gather materials for jumponium. There were many occasions I didn’t think I would be able to complete the journey, or worse, become stranded. The journey home was not so fun!

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

I’m not 100% sure, but it’s maybe because I like to take the odd screenshot.

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

That’s a tough one as all my ships are special to me, but as I’m primarily an explorer it would have to be my beluga TFS Scylla. It’s stylish, it’s big, and I can bring everything I need for long distance expeditions.

I like to bring an SLF with me. Not only are they fun to fly, but they also make for some great screen shots. The Guardian Trident takes especially good screenshots. The cockpit and view are amazing defiantly one of the best. It also runs so hot I can cook my breakfast on the dash.

Twin neutrons orbiting an O-class star

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

I first joined up after hearing about The Lost Souls expedition in 2018 and it has to be one of the best decisions I’ve made in Elite. I’m quite the loner so it was great to finally meet people, shout out to Cmdrs VvshystyVv and A furry teddy.

And I joined the Bravo Squadron (Xbox).

Up close and personal with a Stolon tree pod. ( Flyoo Groa SO-Z e0 )

What is one thing most people don’t know about you that you wish they did?

Viridis Gyre Tree. Xibalba sector Hypao Aed ZJ-A d0

I’m a musician. I play the bass guitar and have played in original and cover bands: funk, punk, metal, rock for over 25 years. No fame and fortune, but good solid kick ass fun.

How did you come up with the name of your Commander?

My name is taken from a character in the classic Sergio Leone spaghetti western, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.

Any fatherly advice for new CMDRs trying to make their way in Elite: Dangerous?

Join The Fatherhood, Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Take your time and don’t rush it. Don’t grind credits, materials, or the biggest ships. Enjoy the experience. Elite is beautiful.

“It’s like a finger pointing a way to the moon. Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.”

Bruce Lee


O7

Roseum Lagrange cloud from the deck of the TFS Scylla

Featured CMDR Kik “Clipped” Ravendish

26 Mar 2021

What was your first experience with the Elite universe and what keeps you playing it today?

I was introduced to ED by an acquaintance who mentioned off handedly that he was building a computer for “a game”. I asked, “A GAME?” He then told me about ED, being a 1:1 model of the Milky Way Galaxy. From there, he needed to say no more. While the game was downloading, I began absorbing tutorials and watching the myriad of content that was available. I remember being daunted, overwhelmed and more than exited. I was elated. This WAS the game that I’ve been waiting for my whole life

Tell a quick story about your favorite moment in Elite: Dangerous. Tough question.

I had been playing the game maybe a month and was out exploring in the SRV at a geyser site. There was a monster geyser in front of me and my Anaconda behind me about 500 meters. I sat there looking at the geyser, blasting into the sky and the roar of the material as it was escaping the vent while others burbled and belched around me, this one in front of me was epic. I thought to myself….. “Huh…, I wonder what would happen if I…” then I drove over it. I was blasted into the sky, tumbling higher and higher. Rocketing and tumbling higher and higher, I managed to fumble out my phone and take a video, then I saw my ship Take off uncommanded.

Now, looking back on the occasion, gyser jumping is rather commonplace, but being a new Commander, not knowing what would happen and then seeing my ship leave as I crossed the distance threshold that releases the ship to orbit as I careened into the sky, well, it was a thrill.

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

I wouldn’t say I earned it. Somewhere, there’s a video, documenting it in all its glory. But the short story is, I got “Clipped” by a “Clipper” 100 meters from the summit during a six hour team mountain climbing expedition.

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

It’s tough to answer this, each has her own application. I think the one I have the most enjoyment out of flying is probably my Fer De Lance, “Greenis Envy” She’s fully engineered with Super Penetrator Rail Guns and a huge Plasma Accelerator and a couple of efficient Thermal Vent Beams. Landing a trick shot on an enemy combatant at a fair distance is very satisfying.

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

I heard about The Fatherhood, listening to a Sagittarius Eye podcast. Prior to joining The Fatherhood, I played mostly Solo or Private Group between my friends and I. I joined The Fatherhood Delta and brought with me all my friends, and my own Father, who goes by the name of Pops Ravendish.

What’s your day job, and how do you balance your home, work and gaming life (or do you)?

I am a traveling helicopter mechanic. I work for a company that builds and maintains power lines. The job keeps me on the road for the better part of a month at a time. When things are slow at work, i.e. helicpters aren’t broken, or if I no scheduled maintenance to perform I can be found in space. So, if I’m on the road, Elite: Dangerous-ing is what I do to pass the time. When I go home, my family gets all of my focus. I stay mostly in US eastern and central time zones.

Any fatherly advice for new CMDRs trying to make their way in Elite: Dangerous?

  1. Play in open, and enjoy the social aspect of the game. Solo and PG’s certainly have their place. For example: going to Deciat in open, as a beginner assumes the risk of getting squashed by lonely scumbags who love nothing more than blowing up your ship.
  2. Use the tools that were developed for this game, ED market Connecter, EDDB.io, Inara, EDSM EDtools.cc etc. I always run EDmarket connecter when I’m dangerousing, it helps keep the tools we enjoy up to date.

Featured CMDR “Breathless” Bootstrap

19 Mar 2021

What was your first experience with the Elite universe and what keeps you playing it today?

Preferring to commit to career games that can be played for a long time, I had been looking for something like Freelancer. It was clear Star Citizen was no where near ready (4 years later that’s still the same), and Elite was already out and receiving content updates. I keep playing Elite for the opportunity — some would say requirement — to invent your own gameplay and personal challenges. Engineer a crazy build and see if it works, make a special cargo run to a certain port, back an in-game faction, they’ve all got my own silent narratives in them.

Tell a quick story about your favorite moment in Elite: Dangerous.

Bumped into a trio of quite new players while in a starport. Chatting in game we agreed to do some bounty hunting together in a nearby RES. None of them had much experience, and were keen for someone to show them the combat ropes. They had poorly built and unengineered Cobras and Vultures, so once we got them outfitted properly we headed out. I had an engineered FDL and just flew it like a madman. Their reaction in the game’s voicechat to seeing that ship zipping through the asteroids and pulverising pirates was hysterical.

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

The Fatherhood had been featured in the Elite newsletter, so when they announced their Lost Souls expedition I joined up. After a stint of neutron-boosting I stopped to repair the ship. With that complete I returned to supercruise and began scanning the system. About 7 minutes later my ship exploded and in my disbelief I turned to my new squadmates for the explanation. They informed me I had failed to turn my life support module back on.

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

That would be Vulture Guts, my Mamba. It gets the name because it literally has the same modules fitted as a Vulture: powerplant, thrusters, distributor, FSD, shield – all so that it maintains it’s peak performance while delivering maximum firepower. Sure the defences are somewhat compromised, but you can’t have everything.

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

I laughed out loud the first time I read “When the kids go to bed we go to space”, and less than a week after signing up to Lost Souls I applied to join the squadron as well. Joined Alpha as soon as in-game squads were a thing, and took over admin of Charlie squad so our leaders could start Delta and Echo. As Charlie filled up I founded Golf squadron for our fellow CMDRS in the Asia/Oceania region.

What’s your day job, and how do you balance your home, work and gaming life (or do you)?

My day job has me travel all over work with the aviation industry, so you may find me on at weird times or not available at all. When I’m at home I usually have a couple hours in the evenings. Sometimes play Saturday mornings so I can meet up with our members in the USA on their Friday night.

Any fatherly advice for new CMDRs trying to make their way in Elite: Dangerous?

Engineering makes you very powerful, don’t put it off. Hit up The Fatherhood’s discord channel #ship-crafting and our helpful team will eagerly offer tips for gathering materials, as well as helping you fine-tune your machine.

Featured CMDR “Morpheus” Solyce

12 Mar 2021

What was your first experience with the Elite universe and what keeps you playing it today?

I have long been a sci-fi nerd. I grew up watching Star Trek (The Original Series) mostly because of my mom’s love for it. I read a lot of the novels too. Although I’m also a fan of Star Wars, the Ron Moore BGS, and The Expanse. But it was Star Trek that most captivated me. TNG and DS9 are my favorites (#youcantchangemymind).

I wanted to play a space game and heard the buzz around No Man’s Sky from the interwebs. It scratched a little of the space-itch, but I wanted more realism and had gotten tired of the limited mechanics.

I was browsing the PlayStation store and came across Elite: Dangerous entirely by chance. I decided to take the plunge and bought it without Horizon. That was my biggest mistake. I should have done both from the beginning. I was immediately captivated! There was so much to learn. It had technical realism I appreciated. The flight mechanics were at once frustrating and incredible. The rendering is so beautiful and gave me a visceral sense of awe and wonder. It consumes, and likely will continue to consume, about 90% of my gaming time.

CMDR “Wiki” M-O-T-O-R & CMDR “Iceman” Azzbo27

Tell a quick story about your favorite moment in Elite: Dangerous.

There are so many great moments. I think the moment that really sinks in is my first wing up with folks from The Fatherhood just after I joined. I learned so much so quickly, most of it from Phantom_rw. He’s still one of my favorites to wing up with because of the easy-going, humble way he shares his knowledge and experience. He’s a truly great guy to know among the many that I’ve met in The Fatherhood.

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

For almost a record amount of time I avoided earning one. Then I got two just about back-to-back.

The first one I earned for bringing a personal army of collector limpets while mining for fleet carrier credits. I was winged up with CMDR “Iceman” Azzbo and CMDR “Wiki” M-O-T-O-R. Each time they scouted ahead and began mining a rock I’d swoop in and my swarm would vacuum up the fragments in a few seconds. For that I was awarded the callsign “Hoover”, which I despised, which is exactly how any good callsign should be.

The second I earned on merit for designing and developing the website. It was awarded for something about controlling the matrix or some such. It’s an honor to carry the “Morpheus” callsign, but even more so to be trusted to steward such a public face of the squadron. It was entirely a labor of love, both for the game, and for The Fatherhood.

TFS Pursuit

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

My first love was the Python for its versatility. It can become pretty good—but not quite great—at most anything you spec it for. But my all time favorite is the Krait Mk II. The speed, the maneuvering feel, the all important boost sound, and viewport design is hands down my favorite flying experience.

I also have an Anaconda that I use for exploration. I spent a large amount of time in that boat.

TFS Venture

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

I had been playing Elite: Dangerous for a few months and was engrossed in it, I just wanted folks to talk to that had the same appreciation for it, and perhaps to learn from.

Scavengers Bliss SRV Race — 18 Dec, 2020

I went through a lot of squadrons on Inara reading all of their descriptions. Something about the vibe of The Fatherhood’s description kept me coming back to it. As a graphic designer I appreciated the thoughtful humor of the logo. As a busy working professional and father of two great kids there was something that I resonated with in the squadron’s founding principles. But I think in the end it was the part of me looking for an active, thriving community and a cultural ethos I align with that is ultimately what did it.

I joined in July 2018. It was hands down the best choice for my Elite: Dangerous journey. I fly alongside an solid community of chill folks that give tirelessly to others.

The Fatherhood, I salute you all. o7

TFS Icarus

What’s your day job, and how do you balance your home, work and gaming life (or do you)? 

I work in web technologies for a rather well known fruit company. My role in part is community building, so it suits my efforts in helping The Fatherhood stay on course and keep its guide star in view as part of Wing Council. That is another role in which I’m honored to have been asked to serve.

Family/work/gaming balance is tricky. There are ebbs and flows as one demands more time than others. The trick for me is to simply go with the flow and not get frustrated when work steals more time or family demands I step away from gaming for awhile. I try to think of it in terms of focusing on “first things first”. Gaming is the dessert at the end of tackling the rest of those things. When I get to a burnout point, gaming elevates to a “first things first” for my mental health. Being successful in those areas is all about balance – not too much and not too little in any of those areas.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you that you wish they did?

I’m an aspiring writer. I wrote an Elite: Dangerous novel called Elite: Resistance. I’m working on getting published and hoping FDev will work with me on it. I’ve retained an editor of some prominence to help me shape it into a better story than I could write on my own. I’d love more Elite: Dangerous readers to tell me how I can improve. If you have access, feel free to DM me on The Fatherhood Discord.


Elite: Resistance

A personal vendetta intersects powerful political forces as a solitary pilot goes up against a galaxy to find his mentor’s killer. In a remote region of space known as the Hyades Cluster, Lee Sollinger ekes out his existence smuggling to dodge tariffs. His only goal: to prepare his ancient Asp Explorer for an inevitable confrontation with fate.

A pitstop in the right place at the wrong time forces him to run for his life from the authorities with a passenger and wingman he never asked for. Together they must uncover the secrets of a mysterious experimental prototype and its part in an interstellar power grab.

How did you come up with the name of your Commander?

Well my PlayStation Network account handle is based on the word “solace” (a comfort), because that’s what gaming is to me. But, of course, you can’t use dictionary words and expect to get it. I found ”solyce” had at least a similar sound. 

Invitation to wing up together

Send a PSN friend request

Any fatherly advice for new CMDRs trying to make their way in Elite: Dangerous?

Here’s what I know that’s as true in life as it is in the game: If you want to fly fast, go alone. If you want to fly far, go together. Community is important. Find a good squadron like I found in The Fatherhood and go farther than you ever could have imagined.

But—and here is the important part—it doesn’t stop at joining. To experience community, to belong, you need to push yourself to get involved. Find wings, chat with folks, experience the game alongside others. You get out of your squadron—your community—what you put in.

Fly together CMDRs. o7