The Lavecon Buckyball Race 2018 was a special live event for those attending Lavecon 2018.
Back on Earth in the decades around the turn of the 21st century a thing called "base jumping" was a popular past-time for the spoiled and reckless (basically an urban underclass who dressed and spoke like they were poor yet could seemingly afford to hire helicopters to drop them at the top of mountains or spend weeks of voluntary unemployment travelling the globe looking for tall buildings to scale). The name "base jump" came from the acronym B(uilding) A(ntenna) S(pan) E(arth), things the base jumper would climb and then, you guessed it, jump off. Typically using parachutes or wing-suits to survive the fall, the objective was to have a "wild ride man!" and survive to make a cool video about it that could be shared on social media. Fast forward nearly 1500 years and we found ourselves parked on top of the 15km high mountain next to Smith Base in the Beta Sculptoris system thinking, well basically ... "let's do this thing!"
Buckyball Racing Club invited pilots to try their hand as designated pilot for the "Glorious Golden Kylie", a pub crawl visiting the bars in the home systems of seven of the galaxy's finest beverages, as well as four more rough-and-ready space bars, before finishing at the famous curry house The Galaxy's End in Ochoeng.
One of ancient Earth's more intriguing customs took place on April 1st of each year when people would play pranks on their friends, typically by trying to trick them into believing outlandish claims. The gullible victim would be labelled an April Fool and the day was often referred to as April Fools' Day. In the country of France it was also popular for children to attempt to affix a paper cutout of a fish on to an adult's back without being noticed. Such a fish was known as the poisson d'avril, which can be literally translated as the April Fish.
Buckyball Racing Club celebrated the whimsical old tradition with a race between Poisson Orbital in the Kappa system and Poisson Enterprise in Trevakat. Racers had to visit four fish-themed stations along the way, and could earn bonus time by carrying out various optional challenges.
In classic ride-testing style, Buckyball Racing Club invited pilots to pit their skills against landings on ever higher gravity worlds - with a few breakable objects on board, of course.
With growing threats facing humanity throughout occupied space, the need for competent ambulance pilots has never been greater. In conjunction with the teaching institution at Harris Hospital, Buckyball Racing Club presented a test of skill for interstellar ambulance pilots and speed enthusiasts of all kinds.
This race came with a challenge; to get as far as you can, and back to the start, without life support and before your oxygen runs out. It was an event that left racers gasping for every last bit of speed!
Land of Hope and Glory was a short scramble around the iconic abandoned settlement of Dav's Hope.
As a special event in conjunction with The Winged Hussars, to mark their second anniversary, we presented a race in celebration of Mirosław Hermaszewski, the first (and so far, only) Polish astronaut.
Buckyball Racing Club brought you a race in honour of the ancient norse religion originating from the northern part of the European continent on Earth. Racers were invited to try two courses: one as a bird seeking to beat Ratatoskr, the squirrel who runs up and down the world tree Yggdrasil to carry messages between the eagle and the hawk Veðrfölnir (both perched atop Yggdrasil) and the dragon Níðhöggr; the other to slither around the nine worlds as a snake.
Long time Buckyball racing fans and
notorious mobsters jovial entrepreneurs Anthony "Fat Tony" Lonnegan and Enoch "Little Nuk" Lonnegan - aka the Lonnegan Brothers - invited racers to join them for a week-long festival of Buckyball racing at Brash Orbital in the beautiful Siren system. Festival events included a traditional short range scramble around nearby stations, a quick lap of the bubble for longer range racers and trips out to the Wasat Cup Rally course in neighbouring Wasat for those who prefer to fly things with eight wheels. The festival also featured The Ironbucky Trophy, for crazy racers who think they can run all three events back to back without repairs, and the return of viewers' favourite The Lonnegan Brothers' Scale of Hotness.
The Lion's Back was a simple run across the major star systems of the constellation known as Leo, with a bit of variety of waypoints along the way.
Penal colony authorities across Federal and Independent space are concerned by analysis of the automated Incoming Traffic Profiler and Threat Assessment Network which has highlighted the possibility for a skilled pilot to bring a ship fast enough inside the security perimeters, sabotage prison structures or pick up escapees and flee before the prison defenses even had a chance to react. Even the most accurate simulations can't compare with live testing on the field though, so the need has arisen to find a way to repeatedly stress the automated systems with live incoming ship traffic. As a result, Buckyball Racing Club brought you Prison Brake, including a landing on the (in)famous moon Mitterand Hollow!
In the interests of increasing awareness of the long arms (colloquially known as "doom hammers") at Viete Colony and Bushkov Dock, Buckyball Racing Club brought you a short race between the two.
The Buckyball Racing Club, sponsored by MetaDrive Inc., presented an event to test the mettle of even the most
reckless courageous racers! Seeking information on the effects and mechanics of Frame Shift Drive Supercharging, pilots were invited to swing around and through Jackson's Lighthouse, the bubble's best-known neutron star. This event also commemorated beloved science fiction hero Doctor Daniel Jackson's original discovery of the first "Stargate," by passing through stations Carter and O'Neill.
The Lavecon Buckyball Race 2017 was a special live event only available to those attending Lavecon 2017.
In recent years racers have seen significant improvements made to their vehicles, and humanity has been pushing the boundaries of the bubble farther and farther, some organisations even establishing stations in the deepest regions of space. In celebration of all that human progress the Buckyball Racing Club hosted Nebulocity, which started at the newly constructed Rebuy Station in the Fullerene C60 system, and took racers on a whirlwind tour of four nearby nebulae, some familiar and others less so.
The Buckyball Racing Club partnered one more time with Clayakarma Electronics, for the promotion of their upcoming motion picture "The Aquarian Job", a modernized reboot of the 30th century original classic "The Lavian Job". Participating members were involved in a promotional race covering the main locations of the events portrayed in the movie; namely, the populous London Relay in the iconic Epsilon Indi system, the solitary Bridger Town planetary outpost in Chi Herculis, and the far-flung Cooper Arena settlement in the 241 G. Aquarii system, around which the main movie plot revolves.
Buckyball Racing Club welcomed pilots to Haisheng Orbital in Noatiaca, for a short and simple circuit of the local systems. Simple, that is, aside from a variety of hilarious options available to improve the recorded time.
Buckyball Racing Club took to the tunnels, with a series of close encounters with military and civilian installations, as well as buzzing both Federal and Imperial dockyards, including a bonus for getting larger ships through the tunnels.
As a quick warm up to a new season of racing, Buckyball Racing Club invited pilots to a quick swoop and scoop in Orrere. This was a planetary surface race which tested supercruise, orbital cruise, landing and SRV driving skills as pilots swooped down to the surface of Orrere 2 B and scooped cargo from the wreckage of a crashed ship. For added excitement racers could play their Win it or bin it joker card to earn a time bonus if they dared to fly without shields or hull reinforcements.
The Buckyball Racing Club is pleased to announce that it has been granted an exclusive contract to fly stunt vehicles for a new remake of H. B. Halicki's classic 20th century motion picture Gone in 60 Seconds, which is being produced by Clayakarma Electronics Partners. The studio will record the action using the same telepresence technology installed in fighter bay hangars equipped on ships such as the legendary Keelback, providing audiences with the most immersive virtual reality experience ever. Pilots with recording hardware installed aboard their ships will fly stunts which can be relived by anyone with a telepresence playback unit as though they were part of the action themselves. Club members were asked to participate in up to three scenes in which the protagonist must steal either a small, medium or large ship from nearby stations.
The Alien shipwrecks have been scanned, mapped, photographed, recorded, refuelled, patrolled, defended, mined, worshipped and shot at. It's time for the Buckyball Racing Club to step in and do their thing.
Buckyball Racing Club paid homage to the dead... stars, that is, with a race around seven white dwarfs.
For many centuries we, humankind, have reaped the benefits of the work of a few, talented people. This race ran to honour a handful of these people.
The Buckyball Racing Club, sponsored by Drinx Inx, presented an event to test route plotting, silent smuggling, and crazy SRV acrobatics skills to the limit with the most turnt racing action you'll find anywhere outside Jaques' mysterious stills! (have you ever been inside one?)
While there are many stations throughout The Bubble with "fast" in their name, Fast Ring in the Manktas system is the only large starport among them. As such, they earned the right to host the fastest race ever organized by the Buckyball Racing Club: a simple jump out and back with the added challenge of burning as much fuel as possible.
Following a spate of reported crash landings on high gravity planets, it was decided to do a bit of testing with pushing ships to their maximum tolerance during high-g landings. Pilots were invited to gather in the Dog and Thargoid bar, Cook Gateway, Medzistha, for a quick plummet.
Once again we teamed up with TrakMark tyre company to organise a stress test of SRV tyres around some rather challenging base locations...
On 30th June 3301 Newton Dock in the BD-02 4304 system was quarantined due to the outbreak of a plague of unknown origin. The Cerberus Plague eventually spread to over 20 systems and claimed 100,000 lives. Thanks to a massive effort by a group of independent pilots, a cure synthesised from Ceremonial Heike Tea was discovered and used to treat plague victims at Hart Station in the Bast System. This cure was then mass produced and shipped to other infected systems. On 10th August 3301 the last infected systems were declared to be free of the Cerberus Plague.
In tribute to the heroic efforts of those glorious BAST-erds and Ceremonial Tea Baggers one year before, the Buckyball Racing Club hosted a racing event at Hart Station involving a scramble around nearby medicine production facilities and a speed run to Brunel City, Heike.
Jaques Station, the famous moving starport, put out a call for supplies to help with repairs following the aborted jump to Beagle Point. This was no simple task, with a supply line stretching nearly 22,000 light years. Speed was of the essence to meet Jaques' demand in time to get the best rewards, so what better opportunity for a race? Buckyball Racing Club called on all traders, haulers, explorers, racers and pilots everywhere to show what they can do, all in the aid of helping this far-flung outpost of humanity.
In celebration of the first birthday of the Buckyball Racing Club came one of the craziest races yet: the BuckyBubble! Starting from Wolf 359, the route passed through 60 systems drawing out the shape of a buckyball.
In celebration of the 1333rd anniversary of the legendary first human landing on the Earth's Moon, the historical re-enactment society "Ex Luna Scientia" partnered with the famous Buckyball Racing Club to organize a commemorative race, in the form of one their trademark "Midweek Madness" events.
Studies revealed that it's more profitable for shipyards, starport operators and insurance companies if pilots own and operate multiple vessels. This induced Wolf 562 Major Inc. and Cookiebot Industries to host a short race over two laps that required pilots to fly two different ships.
Recent events in the Altais system involving the discovery and subsequent disappearance of a large monolith on Altais 2B led Manager Garret Bryant of Altais Industries to request the Buckyball Racing Club to organise an "event" to draw attention to the plight of the system and help boost local businesses – especially drinking establishments.
The annual Galactic Battle of the Bands festival was held as ever at the Piano Ring in the Bang system. For an additional attraction, pilots were invited to give chartered flights around some musically inspirational stations. All the headline acts signed up, so this was a chance to mingle with the stars.
Buckyball Racing Club and Elite Racers presented a crossover event which tested supercruise, speed docking and aerobatic skills in the hottest racing action this side of the Xexedi Cluster! Pilots were invited to hustle over to Lave for a race between, and looping around, the classic stations of the Old Worlds.
In honour of the incarcerated buckyballer Igor Coblimski, currently serving 20 years hard labour at Zalyotin Penal colony in Ao Kang for repeated speeding offences, the Buckyball Racing Club organised an SRV rally race of 90km from Zalyotin Penal Colony to Wells Relay, with 10km and 30km classes available for those with less time.
Pareco has plenty of stations, but where are the planets? The Case of the Missing Comet invited racers to get a fast ship and head over there for a couple of laps of the system to see whether their travels could shed any light on the mystery.
Shieldless Stock Sidewinders
Buckyball Racing Club was pleased to welcome racers new and old to its very first team event! Teams of three were invited to wing up and show their racing prowess in a relay race round a short lap.
The Kessel Run returns! A different end point led to a change of routes, but the challenge remained the same - to call at each and every starport and outpost named Kessel.
Regulation Cobra mkIII
As a special event to mark May the 4th, pilots were invited to join in live canyon racing at Beggar's Canyon on the surface of Okinura 2a.
An easy-to-run, very fast race to keep racers occupied while waiting for the Kessel Run Episode II, the Swift-Walker Econ Sprint added a slightly different challenge - use an economical route, and keep the fuel consumption up!
Total Recall was an opportunity to demonstrate ship and SRV handling skills in one go, taking pilots between and across four planets in four different systems.
Grant Academics, whose slogan is 'We Make Learning Easy', partnered with the Buckyball Racing Club to provide students with chauffeurs during the Spring Break vacation. Commanders showed off their piloting skills while escorting students from the Exigus campus to the biggest tourism hotspots in the region.
Three stations. Three days. This was no ordinary Buckyball Rally. This was Midweek Madness. This was Buckey Ball Raleigh! Instructions were simple: "Dash from Buckey Ring in NLTT 57216 via Ball Dock in CD-37 641 to Raleigh Terminal in Ross 720. Observe the fuel restrictions in force for the race. Do not observe the speed limit."
A simple scramble race - from the start point, visit any 6 stations from a list of 12 choices, and return to the start. Only this was a secret scramble - until it was over, nobody was told what ships or routes were being used...
The first in an occasional series of shorter Mid-Week Madness events brought planetary surface racing in the form of Buggyball! The Wasat Cup was offered as a prize for a 50km surface race from Elwood Camp to Ferguson Prospect.
Turbo Hour was a timed endurance race in the style of the ancient 20th century automobile races such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Racers competed to see who could fly the greatest distance in a limited time, looping between a set number of stations in the order of their choosing. Competitors who were daring enough to fly without shields could play their single-use "Win it or bin it" joker card to earn valuable extra minutes on the course.
Are you easily amused? Do you enjoy crashing into ships, stations and/or planets? Are you gullible enough to take part in a race set by a slightly mad ex-engineer with no relevant qualifications? If so, this was the race for you!
My True Love Sent To Me was a race to get the right collection of rare goods back to Windt Terminal in time for an amazing party early in the new year.
Buckyball Racing Club requested aid in testing the durability of the new planetary approach suites. These might now have been made available to the majority of independent pilots, but will they really stand up to repeated fast planetary approaches and departures? There was only one way to find out...
Can you fly across the most populated part of the galaxy without running out of fuel? Do you know where the Fuel Rat Mischief is based? Where do most Commanders run out of fuel in the galaxy? All these questions were answered with this rat race from one side of civilised space to the other.
In commemoration of the classic audiovisual entertainment series from the 20th and 21st century, the inaugural Kessel Run was a race from George Lucas to Jabbah, calling on the way at every station and outpost named "Kessel".
All the fun of the fair but without the senseless goldfish death or overpriced candy-floss, the Bump'n'Grind Outpost Dash was a race around a circuit of outpost landings.
Set in between Empire and Federation space, the Border Hopping circuit was a quick route across the borders between civilisations, powers, and factions.
The biggest rare-goods hauling event of the year, to prepare for the biggest party of the year (in Alacarakmo, anyway).
From Ohm Horizons in HIP 29312, could you visit all of the Seven Sisters and be back before the bar shuts?
Are you the best smuggler in the galaxy? Prove it, then...
The Black Riband is an ongoing challenge to smuggle eight of the hottest rare goods across the width of the bubble, seeking to beat the current record holder. See this forum thread for full details.