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Ben Lesnick(BL): Hey everybody, Ben Lesnick here. Welcome to another edition of Citizens of the Stars, the Star Citizen community show. I'll be your guide for the mysterious deeps of the Star Citizen community and we’ll start by checking in with Jared Huckaby and see what’s on tap for Citizen Spotlight.
Jared Huckaby(JH): Hello everybody and welcome to another edition of Citizen Spotlight where we take a look at all the amazing content creations made by you, the Star Citizen community. Joining us this week is one of the founding members of the Star Citizen competitive league, Tirent. Tirent, how are you doing man?
Tirent(T): Doing good, how about yourself?
JH: You know it’s another day in paradise. Now as I said, you’re one of the founding members of the Star Citizen competitive league which hosts player driven E-sports competitions, right? Why don’t you tell the folks what it’s about?
T: Well, the Star Citizen Competitive League or the SCCL as we like to call it, is a league of all different types of Star Citizen involved competitiveness. In a sense we do racing, we do Star Marine, we do Arena Commander and hopefully in the future we’re going to be doing a gumball race against the entire galaxy, pretty much, around the ‘Verse.
JH: Now it’s not just you that runs these things, right? Who else is involved?
T: CINDER is the main organization that we organize through but we do have some outside sources, INN helps with a little bit of getting the news out there. They’re very helpful and they also do a lot of sponsorship for us, a lot of our prizes come from INN but we do love anybody else that would like to join us. We have new tournament coming up pretty soon actually.
JH: Now this weekend isn’t your first event, right? I’ve watched some of your broadcasts before.
T: Yes, I did the very first Star Marine tournament I think.
JH: I remember watching the broadcast on Twitch before.
T: I streamed for 9 hours and it was rough but we got through it. I had three different cohosts that joined me throughout the 9 hours and it was fun but we got through it.
JH: Who won that first event?
T: Angels of the Warp actually. They actually… the last two teams was both Angels of the Warp and they ended up fragging out and Angels of the Warp side team kinda blew away with the competitive. Actually went to sudden death at the last one too, pretty cool.
JH: Now your next event is this weekend, right?
T: That’s right, April 29th we have a Star Marine tournament and we’re still looking for people to sign up.
JH: Where can people go to sign up for that?
T: We will have a forum post that should be up already and you can click that forum post, it has all the rules and regulations that we have for the tournament and for the site.
JH: What are Star Citizens playing for in this tournament?
T: Now that is a mystery, it is a secret prize. It’s going to be a big one, we’re going to do something special. Last time we did cash prize, we’re going to do something a little more big.
JH: Well Tirent, thanks so much for being here on Citizen Spotlight and folks at home if you want to sign up for the Star Citizen Competitive League you can do so at the link in the description below this video. Now coming up next let’s go ahead and find out what’s happening this week in Star Citizen.
Tyler Nolin(TN): Hey y’all, Community Manager Tyler Nolin here to welcome you to another round of Quantum Questions. Where we put a CIG developer in the hot seat and ask him questions submitted by you, our subscribers. Joining us this week in the hotseat is Mark Abent. Mark, how’s it going?
Mark Abent(MA): Pretty good. Got to get these questions quick.
TN: All right, how do you think you’re going to do?
MA: We’ll find out… no.
TN: All right, let’s put two mins on the clock and go. What is your name and what do you do?
MA: My name’s Mark Abent, I’m a Senior Gameplay programmer here.
TN: What sprint are you currently working?
MA: I’m currently working on a turret sprint to get awesome turret shooting in and about the whole universe.
TN: What is the current status of Item 2.0?
MA: It works but there’s… Item 2.0 is this big gigantic thing so little bits here and there are still work in progress but the whole infrastructure is there and ready to use.
TN: Will base building be possible?
MA: Don’t know, I have no idea. That’s a question for the German folks in the PU office. I know they’re working on some interesting things.
TN: What does XML mean?
MA: XML, I have no idea what it stand for but I could tell you descripting language that we use to parse and information such as load outs and all sorts of things.
TN: What is Dataforge?
MA: Dataforge is a replacement for XML. So XML is this big gigantic, bloated mass and it’s very heavy on reading, writing and all that sort of shenanigans. Dataforge is a chunk of information that we have that we can stream in and out information very rapidly, very quickly. It’s our replacement for XML and it’s our internal blob of information.
TN: Would you rather play Squadron 42 or Star Citizen?
TN: Name every alien ship currently revealed.
MA: I have no idea. I don’t know any of the ships other than the Hornet, cause that’s my baby.
TN: Will retractable wings ever be unlinked from landing gear?
MA: Yes, it’s been a required thing for awhile, we’re finally going to get to it with Item 2.0.
TN: Describe your job in one word.
TN: How did you get started in programming? Oh that’s all the time we have.
MA: Modding, ha! cheat!
TN: Thank you so much for joining us this week. Well, Mark Abent goes on the board with 7 questions answered correctly, I don’t know how he didn’t say Bugsmashers. With that let’s throw it over to Alexis for this week’s Sub-Conscious.
Alexis Lesnick: Hello everyone, it’s time again for Sub-Conscious. A weekly mini show for Star Citizen subscribers, I’m Alexis and this week’s magic word is Banu. Check back tomorrow for our monthly subscriber’s town hall where we’ll be answering your questions about the Defender and the Banu race. Star Citizen’s Lore team and the designer helping putting the ship through its paces will be on hands to talk traders. If you have a burning question but you can’t make the live show be sure to stop by the thread on Spectrum to suggest it.
Jump Point came out on Friday and it’s all about, you guessed it, the Banu. This month’s work in progress article covers the new Defender and everything you need to know about its development. You’ll also visit the Hadrian system, go behind the scenes with the Sound Design team and read the finale of Drifters, the exclusive Star Citizen serial. Then be sure to stop by the Vault this week to see more of the early work that helped create the finished Defender concept. That’s it for this week, until next time, I’ll see you in the Den.
Tyler Witkin: Hey everyone, Tyler Witkin here to bring you this week’s top five and MVP.
Number five goes to BSA Frustmaster for creating the video of Covalex Fights highlighting epic combat taking place in abandoned Covalex shipping hub. I really enjoyed this video so keep them coming.
Number four goes to Zero-Sense for creating a Star Citizen short movie titled, The New Merlin, which follows a pilot purchasing his brand new Merlin, taking it out for a spin and… well, I won’t ruin the end so go check it out.
Number three goes to Reaper, looking for a new wallpaper? Well Reaper has shared an album containing over 700 in game screenshots all in 4K. Fantastic work.
Number two goes to Luckystarstrike for creating the second edition of their in fiction lore based magazine titled Astora Wide News. This magazine is packed with information on ships, dangerous engagements, interviews with well known historians and epic art.
Number one and this week’s MVP goes to Terallian for his extraordinary efforts in directing Part II of his action packed Star Citizen series, Combined Arms: Wrath from Orbit. Now I could go on and on about how awesome this is but instead I’m going to encourage you to head over to the Community Hub and check it out for yourself. I know I’m not alone when I say I cannot wait for Part III.
BL: That’s it for another episode of Citizens of the Stars. Thank you guys so much for tuning in, very special thanks to Tirent and Mark Abent for coming on the show and for making the Star Citizen community so incredible in the first place. I would also like to encourage everybody to please check out the new Star Citizen referral contest, it has all sorts of rewards for you hangar and it’s a great way to spread the love about the game. Finally, on a personal note, check out the Banu Defender. This is a ship that a whole bunch of people have put a lot of effort into both creating this new Banu Defender ship and creating the Banu lore that we’ve put out. You know, check out that and learn about another aspect of our Star Citizen universe, so thank you guys so much, see you next week.