Guard Frequency Episode 317 | Middlebrow

Cits and Civs, Captains and Commanders, you’re tuned to episode 317 of Guard Frequency — the best damn space sim podcast ever! This episode was recorded on July 31, 2020 and released for streaming and download on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at

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This Week’s Schedule

  • Flight Deck
  • We continue our audio adventure, Guard Frequency Origins, with our egos writing checks, our bodies can’t cash.
  • Feedback Loop

Links & the Like

  • Last Monday, Frontier announced a patch to fix the tritium mining fiasco – that patch WOULD have been deployed last Wednesday. This would have made Tony WRONG about his prediction that Frontier would only ANNOUNCE a patch this week, and DEPLOY it next week. Tony would have been so, so wrong. And it would have been so, so sweet to tell Tony how wrong he was. So… guess what happened next. Go on… Guess. The answer may surprise you.
  • It’s Week 9 of the Brian Chambers “He Told Us He Was Just Going Out For Lottery Tickets” Vigil. We know that Cloud Imperium just basically announced that you’re not coming back out into the open, but we believe that you’ll find your way back to the light. Find the light Brian Chambers. We’re out here waiting… Also, Early Access Three-dot-Ten is available to all backers on the PTU before switching to the Live server. But what’s really caught our attention is a little letter posted on the official Star Citizen forums… Because it’s caught everyone else’s attention too. [Kotaku] [Spectrum] [Arstechnica]
  • Tony has gone through the Little Orbit vs. Descendant Studios case and has the scoop and he’s gonna tell ya all the things ya need to know and I suggest ya let that one marinate.
  • And this isn’t a game update, but we’d like to remind everyone the the Folding at Home project is still looking for your spare GPU clock cycles to help with discovering a treatment, vaccine or cure for COVID-19. They’ve just announced a major project to identify QUOTE potent compounds that inhibit the main viral PRO-TEE-AZE of SARS-CoV-2 END QUOTE

Community Questions

  • What did you think about the Roadmap to the Roadmap for Star Citizen?
  • Are you ready to test the new patch from Frontier and look for the new gold rush?

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3 responses to “Guard Frequency Episode 317 | Middlebrow”

  1. Sarah Avatar

    As with all things Star Citizen, once the pipeline for the roadmap is developed, I’m sure roadmaps will be developed much more quickly. It seems the remaining hurdle, is developing a new roadmap for the “roadmap pipeline” to show to backers.

    But in all seriousness, Zyloh’s outline may have been reasonable if those steps were taken when the SQ42 roadmap was first removed (or even a year ago when it was clear that the there were complications with SQ42 development and/or its roadmap). But the fundamental issue I keep seeing is an unwillingness to “fail fast” and iterate quickly (especially in regards to community feedback).

    Everything gets delayed to “make it better”. And by claiming you’re going to make improvements puts more pressure to get it “right”. But nothing is ever perfect. So it gets delayed more to improve more, and you end up in a cycle of forever over promising – underdelivering.

    Most projects don’t have the luxury of continuous funding and the shear volume of capital and employees as CI. It is absurd to me that they can find the time and energy to cook up a several page response to the community that says basically nothing, but can’t/won’t organize a checklist of what’s left to do with an estimate of how long it will take. At this point, if they don’t know how, they need to hire someone. If they can, but they’re worried about showing how far behind they are… well nothing will really put them back on track, but new management might at least make sure the final product is a decent product made in a timely fashion (see Satoru Iwata on Earthbound).

  2. seannewboy Avatar

    A road-map to a road-map, not impressed. I have to agree with Sarah’s final paragraph in her feedback most of all.

    Wonderful show to all of my nonbot friends.

  3. seannewboy Avatar

    I really wish i could watch you guys live, you lose all semblance of propriety quite often, good radio.

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