a reply to: moebius
Every delivery that someone makes to faction owned stations has an effect on the game.
The BGS - Background Simulation, decides the leading faction. If your aligned with that faction, then that puts you in a place of power. There are
many ways to play elite.
I belong to EXO.
The largest console clan in Elite.
We have guys dedicated to Exploration - like myself, which I am a Flight Leader for 8 other explorers.
We have Fuel RATs - dudes that will go to which ever corner of the galaxy you didnt scoop enough fuel for and deliver you some.
We have bounty hunters that will seek out other clan members that are wanted.
We have our own Navy - A very well trained group of PVPers that protect our station and allies from other factions.
The economy is very fragile in game. When griefers decide to ruin something, it usually happens.
There was a mission to deliver metals to a space station.
As long as the community hit a certain amount of tons delivered, than a new deep space outpost would be built.
Griefers started delivering UA's - Unknown Artifcats (Alien tech) to the station.
You need to have a special type of hull in your ship in order to hold the UA's or else they deteriorate your ship at an accelerated speed.
The community goal was up and the new station was already destroyed.
Then clans across the bubble began protecting these in-construction stations as the repairs were done.
We also have Thargoid attacks on station.
Thargoids are a type of alien species in ED.
That will swarm you and destroy your ship if your not careful.
They can even intradict you in faster than light speed travel.
So ya, ED is much, much more that a delivery boy sim.
It all depends on how you want to play.