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 Post subject: ELITE ship pack
 Post Posted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 5:59 am 
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What is ELITE? Good question and while i could explain it, this site does a better job of it.

http://elite.frontier.co.uk/

Saying that for those that can't be bothered to look, ELITE was the grandfather of all the space trading games you see today. Released in 1984 and written by David Braben & Ian Bell, the game introduced many concepts that we all take for granted in modern 3D space games and was a huge influence for the creators of EVE Online amongst others.

I played it when it came out and nobody had ever seen a 3D space game where there was actual combat, trading and travelling the universe all in one tidy little package. ELITE used wiremesh representations of the ships in the game, although later versions started to use shaded graphics on the models.

There hasn't really been a similar game like it to be honest, many have tried and been found sadly lacking. I'd like to say Freelancer came close, but in all honesty it didn't, although the basic principles were there. Freelancer offers the same ideas but in a much smaller universe, but the advantage Freelancer has is it looks a million times better.

With the 25th anniversary of ELITE, i've taken it upon myself to create an ELITE ship pack featuring all the models from the original game that have been rebuilt and retextured by a fine gentleman called Griff, who very kindly gave me permission to convert them to FL.

First thing, the Coriolis Station, a little flyby



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Ships are now all converted, icons done, in the middle of testing. All models have custom surs, icons and lightmaps and will be free to use by anyone who wants them.

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 Post subject: Re: ELITE ship pack
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Really nice Gibbon

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Would you believe that out of the hundreds of old games I have played I never saw that one heh. Must be pre-freelancer but similar?

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 Post subject: Re: ELITE ship pack
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A tiny bit pre FL Dwn, 1984 pre to be exact. It was the grandaddy of them all that set the trend others follow. Hence the 25th anniversary idea :)

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 Post subject: Re: ELITE ship pack
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That's great on how you do all that Gibbon. Totally. Image

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 Post subject: Re: ELITE ship pack
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Thx HK but there's not a lot to it if you've been modding as long as i have lol. This has been a pet project of mine for years, just been waiting for the right models to appear and finally they are here. I know some people will find the shapes simplistic, already had a few moans in that dept but i don't care what others opinions are about these ships tbh. A lot of these models are older than some of the people who might end up flying them, they were created over 25 years ago. This is really an homage to the first space trading 3d shooter that started it all and to us older players (me), these ships are the stuff of legend. The Cobra Mk.3 was the first spaceship i ever flew, so a bit special for me at least.

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Heh now that I see the ships I remember this game, but I can not remember the system I played it on Killer work on it Gibbon!!


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 Post subject: Re: ELITE ship pack
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Got them all hardpointed and scripted now, next thing is to test them in game and apply the lightmaps and hopefully, job done

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A little pictorial update on my progress with this,

BOA MK.II

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COBRA MK.I

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COBRA MK.III

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CONSTRICTOR

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Nice ;)

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 Post subject: Re: ELITE ship pack
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sweet :)

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Really nice and they almost look as if they were in real space but, I've never been in space so, what would I know. I've lost my mind.

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 Post subject: Re: ELITE ship pack
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Think i've lost my mind making these tbh, keep thinking my car is a freighter everytime i go shopping with my gf lol

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 Post subject: Re: ELITE ship pack
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Gibbon wrote:
Think i've lost my mind making these tbh, keep thinking my car is a freighter everytime i go shopping with my gf lol



No worries Gibbon ,,, all is well


Unless of course you start hearing incoming at the market ,,, then seek help bud lol

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Yet more ships,

FER DE LANCE MK.II

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GECKO

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KRAIT

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MAMBA

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ORBITAL SHUTTLE

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THARGOID MOTHERSHIP

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