Just started playing ED again. Or, well, possibly forget about "again", somehow I never really got around to it, I was added to the Mobius private group years and years ago though (or added myself? No idea, really), party because a couple of friends also already played in it, partly because playing with other players suits my style and preference much better than playing against. In EVE online I used to lose sleep over even the notion of being responsible for another player not having a good time... which rarely was more than a hypothetical, honestly: fortunately for everyone but me, I kind of suck at that MMO.
Who knows, I might yet get the hang of ED though. I first started played Elite in 1985, on the C64, and it became a really big part of my life, I still have a big binder with ships logs and a fictional pilots diary somewhere, and after playing for however many hours I would be literally so drenched that in the evening I would not be allowed at the dinner table before taking a shower. Had a t-shirt that I only wore when playing. With, yes, and of course, decals! Never got past the rank of Deadly, though, partly because, well, if there's just 3 missions in the whole game, one will have to restart, occasionally, and I don't think I had the patience to grind those last 4000 kills. Still... it is one minor regret of my youth that somehow, it feels, still needs correcting.
Never really got into Frontier and FFE, the Newtonian physics were... meh. But I did play a fair bit of Oolite, and happily joined the choir that kept harping on about the neeeeeeed for there to be an Elite 4 someday, you know, when all that we had was a teaser picture of one pilot, and nothing else... for years and years and years. Never really expected it to actually happen though, so, high props to Braben!
Currently, my base of operations is Aulin Enterprise, and I am having a lot of fun learing the basics! Should you be in that neighbourhood and find me online and would like a Mostly Harmless middle-aged derp to join you in a wing, do drop me a line!