Thanks for the welcome JohnLuke.
I changed my commander's name when I did an early reset to my character after fumbling around for about a month, and have had that name since. I don't think I can change it without resetting my player? It might still be appropriate since there are many aspects of the game I am unfamiliar with. I don't even know how to interdict someone, or use a SCB. And I'm not sure what TeamSpeak is, although it sounds like I could use my headset to talk to folks. Maybe. It's kinda sad really: I've been an engineer in the high-tech world almost my whole life and have designed/built some aspects of that world, but am a complete noob when it comes to PC gaming with others.
And "Hi neighbor" back at ya! We lived for a while in Mesa, but now we're in Sierra Vista and 'becoming retired'. Son and daughter both have their families up there though, and the wife is driving up today to spend the weekend with our daughter. So I'm a bachelor for the weekend and will have to get some 'game time' in.
I will give the hyperlinks you posted a look see, thanks. I am currently hanging out at FoundersWorld (and have seen about a half-dozen open squares already), as the other areas I had allied with all see to have dried up mission and RES wise. For buying/outfitting ships I have not found a better place than FoundersWorld. Maybe someone could point me towards a new home? I'd still like to eventually finish up my Imperial ranking...
Oh...and I'd like to apologize to whomever was attempting to leave the station at FoundersWorld last night in an Asp. I had just finished running a few missions and was blasting sideways towards the mail slot when I noticed a real player attempting to leave as I was flying in. I had too much speed to stop/slow down, but we managed not to hit one another (I was in the purple Python). Not used to playing with other real folks, so I will tone down the flying antics as I get near a station. Again, sorry.
Looking forward to meeting some folks, and maybe joining up for missions or whatever you guys do. I'm 'fair' at PVE combat (Master ranking) although the only ship I currently have set up for PVE RES sites is my Corvette. It's not a engineered 'tank', but I have managed to take out a wing of three (conda, two vultures) with him. They did almost get through my shields though. Guess I need to figure out how to use a SCB. My Python will hold her own in an inderdiction, but I use her mostly as a 'armed trader'. She managed to take out a Dangerous FDL the other day, but took some serious damage doing so. My AspE is my 'lets fly around and see things' ship. Lightly armed. I am going to refrain from taking on any more Dangerous or Elite pirates unless I am flying the Big Guy. That's why I got him of course.
Maybe, one of these days, I will find someone who is interested in showing a new guy how to really play this game.