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

I play mostly alone, some interactions with my friends list (which is less than 5) occasionally, but mostly alone.
No problem, I'm sociable enough and enjoy those 'join-ups' as the fun they are, but as primarily playing as a tourist there are few contacts way out in the black.
I found it good fun doing the Explorer's Anchorage CG as, even though I was still playing alone - despite being in Mobias - there was almost continual system chat keeping me amused.
 
I socialize within my squadron on Inara and Discord, but ingame I'm lonewolfing most of the time. Exceptions only occur if an ad hoc wing forms that has the same goal at the same time.
 
I'm always solo, for a number of reasons.
In terms of Elite Dangerous specifically, the Elite games have always been a solo experience and for me that's always been part of the attraction. The solo pilot against the galaxy idea.

In more general terms I just don't like playing video games with real people. I play other games with real people, board games, card games, etc. Video games for me are usually more about immersing myself in a particular world and I invariably find that other human players break that.

In addition, I'm on console so I'd have to pay to play multiplayer games anyway which makes them even less attractive.
 
Another mostly alone type here, I have a small/short friends list (also mostly independent types) for rare meetups - which only happen when doing the same thing, at the same time, in the same place e.g. DW2 [however this is not a regular example] Same as everybody else really.
It's been said that 'Space is Big/huge/enormous...' pick one. The bubble is tiny but huge, Cmdr's spread thin across it.
RL is complicated and REAL, It doesn't like 'gametime' and constantly tries to shut it down/reduce it to a bare minimum. Makes it hard for 'strangers' to come together to make/form and keep remote friendships, so mostly alone. (Still fighting for the right to party)
 
In addition, I'm on console so I'd have to pay to play multiplayer games anyway which makes them even less attractive.
I'd love to know how many are in this boat. I was there all winter, and Labrunning is there now. I do enjoy competitive multiplayer games (which ED isn't IMO), so I finally paid to renew my PSN+ (on sale), but I was very reluctant. I love consoles for many reasons, but the multiplayer tax is not one...
 
I've been playing multiplayer games since they were invented and more and more I find I prefer to play solo in an open world - you folks are the "content" to me. I don't want to be forced into "grouping" with anyone, but don't want to be in a solely pve world. Lucklily for me that's the way games have been going for some time - mainly because you guys are cheaper than good AI :p
 
Always played alone...

I’d maybe try playing with others if I could find something constructive to do.

I get my social fix right here on the forums though to be honest.

When I first started playing I used to really enjoy scouting the bubble for systems that provided unusually high profits or navy ranking, then I’d post a report over in the newcomers forum and sit back watching the system traffic increase as CMDRs from all over flowed in for a party. For me, that was really rewarding gameplay, knowing that I’d helped a bunch of players out...

That was back in the days when we all had to actually work for our credits though and getting a Python was a big deal...
 
Like the mode I play, "Solo". I never know when I'm going to play. Sometimes I go weeks without playing. I would be a very undependable group player.
 
Interesting thread. I didn't expect so many solo/lone wolf responses, but I guess I should have, it's a game about going far, far off the beaten path, after all.

I guess that's what drew me to ED also; I wish I could go somewhere far, far from society but that's harder to do than you would think.

Funny how one's perspective changes. I used to be a very sociable, outgoing teenager, but a decade of life, work, betrayal, and expectation has made me realize that humanity is the crappiest species on this planet. Aside from the dung beetle.
The Dung beetle, is productive, hard working and dedicated to its task. To be blunt: Their whole lives are and their existence, is for the good of the planet's ecosystems. Do you know any humans, that can claim that?
 
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Interesting thread!

Like JonesTheFilm, normally I enjoy board and card games for social activity, and like Old Duck mentioned, 'social interaction' in Elite often boils down to jumping rovers over other ships, and talking about RL inside the game. Other activities like BGS manipulation, Powerplay etc, can often be done in a solo setting alongside a number of other folks working on the same goal also in solo.

Because FDEV were conflicted between Elite's single player roots (which were awesome), and today's propensity towards multiplayer games (which help to sell microtransactions), they tried to straddle both, resulting in a fairly shambolic and rickety bridge between two content types. Which is why group gameplay (IMHO) is fairly lacklustre, and we're all (with a few exceptions) trending towards solo style play. That said, I try and maintain a social presense (Inara, Discord etc) so I can pick and choose what content to interact with, but most of my time is spent flying solo in a private group.
 
The Dung beetle, is productive, hard working and dedicated to its task. To be blunt: Their whole lives are and their existence, is for the good of the planet's ecosystems. Do you knew any humans, that can claim that?
Hahaha, yes, I was unfair to the noble dung beetle... ;)
 
I work alone. Sometimes by choice ;)
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This.

My play schedule is erratic at best, frequently short, and the type of game play I enjoy isn't suited for co-op play. I will cooperate with other Commanders, but it's more in a general sense, such as BGS play or Powerplay. Thanks to mobile devices, I've got plenty of time to chat and coordinate outside the game. In the game, though? I'm usually trying to pack as much activities as possible in the limited time my life gives me.
 
Open only and always try to 07.

I play pretty casually so can't commit to regular sessions, and usually I'm just mooching about.

I also use voice attack which would get in the way of voice comms (I can make it push to talk but I can't be bothered to set it up)
 
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've mentioned this elsewhere recently but I'm really thankful for the small "tribe" of Commanders we've got going on over at Loren's Legion/Reapers. It's been a lot of fun getting to know the Colonia community as well (inside the game and on the Discords).

Anyway, it's taken a long while to get to where we are but the effort has been worth it. :)
 
I've mentioned this elsewhere recently but I'm really thankful for the small "tribe" of Commanders we've got going on over at Loren's Legion/Reapers. It's been a lot of fun getting to know the Colonia community as well (inside the game and on the Discords).

Anyway, it's taken a long while to get to where we are but the effort has been worth it. :)
That was this thread:

A small, devoted tribe is one of the best parts of my life.
 
I've mentioned this elsewhere recently but I'm really thankful for the small "tribe" of Commanders we've got going on over at Loren's Legion/Reapers. It's been a lot of fun getting to know the Colonia community as well (inside the game and on the Discords).

Anyway, it's taken a long while to get to where we are but the effort has been worth it. :)
There have been times where I've aligned with other players that shared a common goal and it's nice to share the workload, or to know that if you aren't actively helping towards the goal it is still being done. But those relationships are transient over the years and while I appreciate the help I don't rely on it. Other players add to my game (both co-op and adversarial) but I am not reliant on them to achieve my goals. Whether they are shared by others or opposed ultimately I only rely on myself.


A common theme coming out of this thread is methods of communication, I find this an obstacle too. I only use the in-game chat, and communication often has to take a back seat to aviation and navigation. The coordination some teams of players demonstrate is really impressive but audio comms is not something I work well with. When it's just me the whole team (of one) knows exactly what the plan is ;)
 
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