A question: Are you a lone flyer or do you move with friends?

I've been doing a lot of soul-searching in ED lately, as to what kind of pilot I am.

For the longest time I thought I would be a social CMDR. You might think that would be the case with the amount I've posted in this community.

But no. I just can't play this delightful game unless I'm on my own. It's reached a peak. I deleted my entire friends list just now in the game, and as such, nobody can see where I am unless they share an instance with me.

And I'm much happier for it.

I've even gone so far as to clear all my wing/MC related bindings: I've never used them, and at this point it's clear I never will.

But I would ask of you, CMDRs, are you, like me, a person who prefers to control his own destiny, or would you seek out allies and forge an empire?
 
I am a very goal-oriented person, in that I set myself a whole slew of longer term goals in games that give me the ability to do so.

Sadly, that means I am mostly content to fly alone, Other people tend to just slow down goal progress from what I've experienced in most online games. Even when a game is set up such that doing things in groups SHOULD make progress faster....people just screw around alot; the more people you're doing things with, the harder it seems it is to maintain forward momentum. Like herding cats.

I do like getting together and doing stuff with other folks once in a while though, you know...to be sociable. Just can't do it too regularly or I get fixated on lack of goal progression and start to get bitter toward the people hampering it.

My goals in this game at the moment (I'm still very new) is a HUGE list. A few of the things on it include some ridiculously long explorations (set bookmarks for a Colonia expediation, as well as another one out to a nebula that's 5,000 Kly away in the other direction)....I imagine exploration is generally a solo experience in ED.

I can see wanting to experience more group play in the game, eventually....but still alot of things to knock off the todo list that aren't really suited for groups. Aforementioned exploration and unlocking the rest of the engineers being the two big ones.
 
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I'm on Moebius, so I'm pretty much all alone most of the time. Maybe that will change with the new initiatives.
I second this.
I’d love to see more people, maybe I’ll look up a squad just for folks to talk to and fly with if our goals happen to align; but I’m going to remain focused on whatever I am on at the time so that’s never lead me to have lots of people around me.
 
99% of the time I fly alone. I'd like to fly with others more often but social anxiety is a real PITA sometimes. But that's only a part of it. I have 30+ contacts on my friends list and nearly 200 followers (xbox player) most all of them a result of Elite Dangerous. However very rarely do I see anyone playing Elite, even more rare that any of them contact me. I joined a squadron that quickly became a PMF and even that didn't change things much.
 
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Lone wolf.

Main reason being I have zero interest in integrating Discord or some other such thing into my game play, and these days in online gaming it seems the first step to doing anything with others is Discord.

There have been some occasions in ED where I've met someone and joined up to accomplish something in game, and that was nice, but I don't need it or look for it.
 
Both. Decidedly. There is strength in numbers and sharing a common cause does wonders for motivation and sense of purpose. I'm a Fleet Commander in a player group so naturally I spend a lot of time sharing and teaching and learning in my free time on discord, and then we occasionally coordinate in-game operations or events with anywhere from 3-15 of us together messing around with something, or band together when there's an important BGS war to win. But more often than not I'm just hopping around our sector doing my own thing off my list of to-dos, and running into people when it rarely happens organically, or taking weekend trips to do engineer loops for a new ship, or taking a month long "vacation" on some solo expedition. I value my alone time as much as I value all of the great moments I've had with my various wing-mates over the years.
 
Well I just started about 2 weeks ago, had one offer to show me a couple of things so I sent an invite(Accepted) but haven't seen them online. I am however trying to get my brother to join- we both played OGame together and had a good time and it helps us keep in touch seeing that we live in different States.
 
A question: Are you a lone flyer or do you move with friends?
I'm a lone flyer because I have no friends. That is, friends who play Elite. I'm not a big fan of Discord, INARA, and other social media tools used to build these connections out-of-game, so I probably never will. I'm lucky to randomly encounter strangers in this game, let alone friends, so I'm a lone pilot desperately wanting an NPC crew, because NPCs make the best friends!
 
Lone wolf.

Main reason being I have zero interest in integrating Discord or some other such thing into my game play, and these days in online gaming it seems the first step to doing anything with others is Discord.

There have been some occasions in ED where I've met someone and joined up to accomplish something in game, and that was nice, but I don't need it or look for it.
I'm a lone flyer because I have no friends. That is, friends who play Elite. I'm not a big fan of Discord, INARA, and other social media tools used to build these connections out-of-game, so I probably never will. I'm lucky to randomly encounter strangers in this game, let alone friends, so I'm a lone pilot desperately wanting an NPC crew, because NPCs make the best friends!
I feel the same way as Vedmo and Duck about Discord. In the past I used IRC, Raidcall, TeamSpeak, and Skype. I'm tired of playing follow the leader to a different site/app all the time because it's the "HOT" new thing. If it can't be communicated to me in game or on the forums then I don't need it.
 
Always solo from day one. From experience I know I have a strong tendency to easily burn out on human communication. Whenever I did that in a game I lost interest in the game in no time. Maybe the main reason why I'm avoiding player interaction in ED like the devil and why I sometimes really enjoy a CQC session in all its anonymousness.

I don't care much about this community, but I definitely care about the game!
 
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Solo act that often craves social exposure, but its typically very difficult because of my terrible personal hygiene.
My current Squad mates make excuses to avoid me, apparently i have a kind of peaty, earthy aroma.
 
I am a very goal-oriented person, in that I set myself a whole slew of longer term goals in games that give me the ability to do so.

Sadly, that means I am mostly content to fly alone, Other people tend to just slow down goal progress from what I've experienced in most online games. Even when a game is set up such that doing things in groups SHOULD make progress faster....people just screw around alot; the more people you're doing things with, the harder it seems it is to maintain forward momentum. Like herding cats.
What he said, basically all of it
 
Solo act that often craves social exposure, but its typically very difficult because of my terrible personal hygiene.
My current Squad mates make excuses to avoid me, apparently i have a kind of peaty, earthy aroma.
You know considering there isn't a single Cmdr that's been allowed out of their pilot seat in 4-5 years to take a bio-break let alone a shower a "peaty, earthy aroma" is the least offensive thing I can imagine right now.
 
Main reason being I have zero interest in integrating Discord or some other such thing into my game play, and these days in online gaming it seems the first step to doing anything with others is Discord.
Exactly. I don't want to mess with outside communication programs. In other MMOs I met players and made friends through in game communication channels. Despite the addition of squadrons, E: D seems designed to keep us isolated. I've gotten to know some players through an Elite Facebook group but that hasn't carried over into the game. The one thing I truly miss from my wasted years of playing Eve Online is the multitude of in game communication channels.
 
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