I would agree with that. Giles created a canvas that allowed Oolite's fans to paint upon it, add the colour, the depth it has to it's gameplay. This was something I'd hoped for with ED too, taking the best ideas it could find from it's long standing community and incorporating them into a new Elite. Isn't that what the DDF was supposed to be about? However due to the present design of the game and other choices made that would be more difficult now.phkb wrote:Oolite is not Elite either, but I think it captures all the feel of the original, and provides authors and players the ability to make the universe their own. Oolite gives us freedom: freedom of expression, freedom of play, freedom of vision, even beyond the free-ness of the download.
Community created content gives a game, any game, a greatly extended life because the fans can keep it fresh and exciting to play. With a game as big as Elite no one dev team could ever hope to fill it with content. A fully supported community could do that. You could see (for example) a mission say based on Drew's book or of the other official authors in the game or even new ships, new roles, new possibilities. But you would mostly need a closed sandbox universe for that otherwise it's "unfair" to force it upon those not interested.
This was highlighted to me recently when I created a thread on the FD forums that sank with barely a trace about fan created ships. Trying in vain to get FD switched on to the idea than the fans could add a vibrancy to the game if given the chance to do so. No interest, no replies and a lesson learned. So I guess it was useful in showing me that at least.
Anyways I would like to add my welcome to Chris too. Thank you very much for your wonderful work in the past. You helped create a legacy, a fan base of wide eyed kids from the 80s that has persisted to this very day. Some of those kids went on in latter years to keep the idea, that dream of Elite alive (because of that seed you helped to plant back then) since Elite 3 and the present. Even though perhaps their eyes are not so wide anymore!