I'm new to this board but not Elite and other spin offs, reproductions and "inspired by" copy cats... I once tried to type the BASIC code for Star Trade into my ZX Spectrum 48k but it didn't work! (unsurprisingly)
in 1984 my best friends brother showed me Elite on his BBC micro B and I was hooked. I longed for it to be released on the Spectrum.
in 1985 my dreams were realised but I had to wait until Christmas that year to get my hands on a copy (thanks Santa) - that weird security device drove me up the wall but earlier that year for my birthday I had got a little box with a red button which stopped the game so I could save it to a Microdrive at the point I stopped it - reduced the load time and circumvented the security (I could also map my joystick)
in 1985/86 I played it every spare second I could.
in 1988 I sold my Speccy
In 1996 I bought Privateer: The Darkening in the hope it would fulfil my nostalgic craving for Elite...
in 2003 I bought Freelancer with the same idea (...hated it)
In 2012 I discovered Galaxy on Fire 2 and it was the closest I had come to Elite without it being Elite.
Around this time I also discovered Oolite... but my life is very busy and very complicated.
Recently I have been playing "Unknown" on iOS, which as far as I can tell is pretty faithful port of the original Elite and it works well on an iPad (there are a few things not quite right, such as the lasers are a bit over powered and it seems to quickly move you up the ranks.)
So hello everyone.