Congratulations to the team at Rockfish Games on reaching their Kickstarter goal for Everspace 2. This is only the second Kickstarter project that I’ve backed and I’m pleased to see that it was successfully funded. Everspace is an immensely fun roguelike space shooter and I’m looking forward to seeing what the team puts together in the coming years for the sequel. Check out the official store here if you’re interesting in contributing to this excellent project!
In addition to this news, I am pleased to announce that there is a new Everspace image collection available in the Gallery!
Although it’s been a few weeks since I made a reasonable post on this site, there are a few things that I should mention in regards to updates on the Nightwish’s expedition and other projects I’m working on.
The SPVFANightwish is continuing its journey around the galactic core. As of today, we are entering Expedition Day #85. We’ve made quite a few amazing discoveries including more rocky ice worlds with astonishing mountain ranges similar to David and Goliath which was discovered earlier this year. Imagine my surprise and excitement when that discovery was featured by Down to Earth Astronomy! Because of the way that I share screenshots from Elite Dangerous and the brief nature of daily updates, you can follow the ship’s journey on my official Twitter account @CMDRExorcist.
In other news, I’ve made some small changes to the main gallery page. The images are still hosted in Google Photos, but the main gallery page has been changed to focus solely on the image galleries for the various games I photograph.
While I continue to finish the work on the Lunarcrest album, I’ve decided to release the entire back catalogue for my ambient and instrumental electronic project: Pulse-R. These are raw and original cuts, which have not been remastered or edited in any way from their first releases. As a bit of background, Pulse-R was founded in 2003 in my home studio at Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, New Mexico. Here’s a breakdow of each release, its themes, and considerations if you’d like to listen.
Nuclear Moon (2003): The first album was called Nuclear Moon, which explored through a series of audio samples attached to the tracks, the concepts of space exploration and nuclear war. It was recorded in 2003 in Clovis, New Mexico using a heavily patched and primitive home recording studio. The quality of the recording and the tracks themselves reflect this.
Lights in the Sky (2007): The second album was called Lights in the Sky and took much of its influence from my interest in UFOs and the paranormal. This album was written and recorded in Wichita Falls, Texas in 2007. It’s considered by me and by many who’ve heard it to be the ultimate expression of the Pulse-R sound.
Thought StruXure (2008): The third album was called Thought StruXure and it’s an enigma among Pulse-R releases. It was originally designed to be a new ambient space project which was recorded under the working title Thought StruXure – Drift. However, upon completion I believed that it shared too much in common with the Pulse-R sound, so the new name was dropped and it was added to the catalogue. Thought StruXure was recorded in 2008 in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Subterranean (2010): The fourth and final album was called Subterranean and took its influence from the darker elements of space exploration and some horror themes. It’s also the first and only album I’ve recorded using a Mac. It was recorded in 2010 at my home studio in Dayton, Ohio. Unfortunately, Subterranean would be the last completed album I released until work began on Lunarcrest – Frameshift in 2018-2019.
You can now listen to each of these albums in their full, unedited madness by clicking the corresponding title above. I hope that you enjoy them.
The Nightwish just departed Morgan’s Rock for the second time this week following a catastrophic accident which destroyed much of the ship’s upper structure and cost us 91% of our hull integrity. This occured for reasons far too common among Elite Dangerous pilots: high gravity pilot error. We attempted to land on a 4g world and things were going well until I miscalcuated the height of a crater rim and was unable to compensate for the height differential. The Nightwish slammed into the crater wall at around 45 kps, which is devastating on a world with such high gravity. To make things worse, the vertical thrusters were damaged in the collision, which made it almost impossible to keep the ship from slamming against the crater wall a second time, which is what drove the hull integrity to a terrifying 9%!
Fortunately, we were able to recover the ship and land just south of our intended landing zone to assess damages and ultimately complete our survey mission.
We used the remote drone camera system to capture the dramatic image above, which broke my heart. I’ve never seen my baby in such poor condition before. Knowing that she was less than 9% damage from complete destruction was terrifying. Unfortunately, none of my allied Commanders were in the local area, which required us to jump 30 systems backwards to NGC 6188 for repairs. I was shocked as sparks, flames, and smoke poured out of the ship as it limped back to station for repairs. Two crew members suffered minor injuries in the accident.
Many thanks to the medical staff and repair teams at Morgan’s Rock for helping to get the ship back on its feet. We spent the evening in dry dock with an army of technicians crawling around the ship working to get her back on her feet. Because we were well on our way to David and Goliath, I decided not to remain at the station and departed as quickly as possible following the quality assurance inspection on the repairs.
To make up for the damage and the mission setback, we cruised for an hour after leaving the station before coming upon a really nice F-class star with a closely orbiting ringed lava world (pictured above). The new Elder Scrolls Online chapter releases today, so I doubt that I’ll be traveling anymore today until I’ve had a chance to explore the Khajiit homeland on Elsweyr. Until then, fly safe, CMDRs!
Last week’s discovery prompted me to divert to the nearest station, which was Morgan’s Rock in NGC 6188. The Nightwish spent most of the weekend docked as the crew took time to stretch their legs before heading back to the black. It was decided that we’d head back to David and Goliath for a quick photo and SRV session before moving along to the next expedition waypoint.
It’s curious that it didn’t take long after leaving Morgan’s Rock to find something new and interesting! Another rocky ice world of similar composition to last week’s discovery popped up on a close system map. It lacks the exaggerated surface features, however, but it does have an insanely eccentric orbit around its parent gas giant as you can see in the image below.
My biggest wish for this world in particular would have been for some kind of geologic activity, but there planet itself is as inactive as they come. Fortunately, views like the one above with the tilt of the gas giant make up for that lack of activity. We spent about an hour exploring this planet’s surface, collecting refining materials, and enjoying the sights before pressing on.
As most Elite Dangerous players will tell you, discoveries come and go. There are good days, bad days, and terrible days. Sometimes you’ll discover two amazing systems in a row; other times will take up to 200 system jumps before anything remotely interesting appears. After departing the tilted gas giant, the Nightwish entered a region of space between David and Goliath and NGC 6188 where the systems are populated mostly by rocky ice worlds and common high metal content worlds.
We ended the evening in orbit around the high metal content world pictured above. I chose it for a panorama shot because I think it closely resembles Mars and our sensors detected the presence of silicate particles caught inside of several massive hurricanes traveling around the planet’s surface. We continue to monitor and analyze atmospheric samples and will depart sometime this evening.