Kerbal Space Program: Let's Light This Candle

Orphu wrote:

The 1.12 release has gotten me back into KSP a bit. I never played through the Making History missions, so I'm having fun with that, though they are jerks about springing last minute requirement on you!

Nope. I play games to escape real life.

Private Division is doing a survey, in case you care to let them know what you think about KSP.

https://twitter.com/KerbalSpaceP/sta...

Well, it's been almost five years since I briefly picked up KSP again (version 1.3). Before that I hadn't played since 0.23. I don't think I got very far with 1.3, but don't remember whether that was because I didn't care for the addition of Science or because something new came along at the time (but the latter is highly likely).

This time I had finally gotten around to "upgrading" my Squad account to a Private Division account, and noticed that my downloads link included the two DLCs that I had never checked out before. Ten minutes later I had downloaded the final version of KSP and was refreshing my memory using the tutorials (which mostly work). Now I've started a new Career mode game...

Hrdina wrote:

Now I've started a new Career mode game...

cya when KSP 2.0 releases.... you have many hours left of pure joy

Sonrics wrote:
Hrdina wrote:

Now I've started a new Career mode game...

cya when KSP 2.0 releases.... you have many hours left of pure joy

Given my level of confidence in the KSP2 release date, I have many, many hours left.

I learned tonight how much I do not like flying aircraft in KSP (or at least trying to land aircraft).

I've never had good luck with aircraft in KSP. I stick to Rockets & Rovers.

It's funny how much time I've spent building in-atmosphere aircraft in what is primarily a space game. I did eventually put an air-breathing spaceplane on Laythe. Later I tried building VTOLs and gave up.

For a fun challenge, try building a boat, and see how fast you can get it.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

I've never had good luck with aircraft in KSP. I stick to Rockets & Rovers.

Agathos wrote:

It's funny how much time I've spent building in-atmosphere aircraft in what is primarily a space game. I did eventually put an air-breathing spaceplane on Laythe. Later I tried building VTOLs and gave up.

I'm not sure that I had ever built an aircraft before. I'm not sure I'll build another. I only did it this time for the novelty and for some of that sweet science. I'm ready to send Jeb & Valentina back to orbit.

WizKid wrote:

For a fun challenge, try building a boat, and see how fast you can get it.

Without exploding?

Hrdina wrote:
WizKid wrote:

For a fun challenge, try building a boat, and see how fast you can get it.

Without exploding?

It's Kerbal, exploding is always optional.

So far I've worked my way up to two missions to Mun - one flyby and one orbital.

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That brought a bunch of Science that I can use to put together a landing mission soon. That's where things frequently went sideways for me before (literally in some cases).

Despite the increased distance, it's easier to land & take off from Minmus than Mun. And you get a little bit more science on Minmus. I'd recommend landing there before you tackle Mun.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Despite the increased distance, it's easier to land & take off from Minmus than Mun. And you get a little bit more science on Minmus. I'd recommend landing there before you tackle Mun.

Yeah, I remember having no trouble at all landing on Minmus back in the pre-release days. Mun, on the other hand, required a lot of Quicksave abuse.

Yup, the lower gravity is a blessing. Much harder to crash and you lose less fuel decelerating and then again on your takeoff.

It's less kind to rovers (they tend to bounce), but on your first landing missions you're not going to be bringing a rover anyway.

Funny thing is that I have a contract for a Mun landing, and another one to build a base on Minmus. I guess a Minmus landing is too easy to rate a contract.

First rescue mission was a success.

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Yeesh, that should probably be NSFW-tagged.

I've finally grabbed enough Science to move up to the "Apollo" capsule from the Mercury/Gemini capsules. These just look objectively nicer.

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I looked up after one of my orbital launches and saw a partial solar (Kerbolar?) eclipse.

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I've got a whole bunch of rescue mission contracts lined up, along with tourist contracts. I usually launch with one tourist and one open seat for the rescue. The tourists are getting more than they pay for.

Sorry, no NSFW tag here, either.

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The first station is pretty low-rent, but it does have a cupola that gives a good view of approaching ships, even though this one is hard to see on the smaller image.

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