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  1. bobcook

    how long of you been playing ksp?

    Someone was talking about "that space game that allowed you to build rockets and get into orbit" but he couldn't get into orbit. I immediately bought the game, was version 0.19.1, somewhere around April 2013. Amazing and really fun. I don't play as much anymore but keep up with the forum and every once in a while fire up the game to toy with new ideas. Definitely the best $22 ever spent.
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    What did you do in KSP today? has to be the most spammy looking link I've seen in a while. You should try harder. Imgur is quite easy to use and way more legit. Error 403 means you didn't provide proper authentication. Create a valid account and you can post images for free.
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    Most magical moments in your KSP

    First time I managed a orbital rendezvous and docking in Kerbin orbit. It took me a long time to figure out how to do it, but when it happened it was definitely magical. First of many delightful accomplishments in this game.
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    Time to LKO? Real time.

    4:22 for a 30 part stock rocket to 85km orbit with my MacBook Pro from 2013, 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7. Hardly breaks a sweat with stock. Mods probably affect this quite a bit. I've never tried any of the visual mods e.g. Scatterer but would appreciate hearing the experience of others with this same h/w.
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    What did you do in KSP today?

    I have no idea what sorcery this is, but I am completely and thoroughly impressed. And a little frightened for the Kerbals in that world.
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    What did you do in KSP today?

    Continued the design and testing for my Apollo style craft, this time refining the command module and transfer stage. The fuel tank is large enough to resemble the service bay from the NASA Apollo spacecraft.
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    There have been (discussions of) KerbalCon events in the past. From the searchable archives: The idea is really cool but I don't know if there is enough momentum to get people together IRL.
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    What did you do in KSP today?

    Can't really disagree with your logic, the Twitch is a better performance choice in every way, but I liked the look of the lower profile of the Spider engine when mounted to the side of the lander. Also loved the visual effect from the plume of eight Spiders firing up at the same time. Sometimes its just about how it looks.
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    What did you do in KSP today?

    I designed and tested an Apollo style lander for the Mun, suitable for two Kerbals. Has a descent stage and an ascent stage. Works great as a lander as well as a science platform!
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    Operating Systems Used for KSP

    macOS 10.11 for me. I was really surprised at the poll results, macOS & Linux have a much higher share than I'd have expected. No complaints at all, just surprised given the stats published by Steam (June 2017: Windows 96.24% macOS 2.95% 0.72%).
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    What did you do in KSP today?

    Finally got my latest design for a "deep space explorer" transit ship plus lander to be workable. The lander is Duna or Laythe capable with parachutes as well as many (but not all) of the airless moons around the Kerbol system. After achieving LKO the transit ship has 6.9k dV.
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    Your PROUDEST moment in KSP

    Probably when I completed my Jool-5 mission. It took a lot of planning and many hours of play to complete, and it was amazing fun.
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    What did you do in KSP today?

    Finished a workable original (original to me, at least) spaceplane design. It took eight iterations of design and testing to get something reasonably aerodynamic with the right crew capacity and feature set, and could get to orbit without completely flipping or exploding. I can even land it. It flies slightly better than a brick with wings, but then so did the NASA Space Shuttle vehicle. I call it a win! Not the prettiest thing, but it works!
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    Do you recycle orbital debris?

    Ha ha, one has to ask, on a collision course with what? Of course, I'm kidding. I assume you put the debris on a suborbital trajectory with the closest planetary object. Me too. Feels messy to leave debris in any orbit.
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    The MechJeb question.

    The general response is that "its impossible to cheat in KSP because its single player" - seems sort of obvious. Unless you are claiming things you've done without MechJeb, but you really were using MechJeb. Which would be weird. Anyways, the only person you are cheating is yourself when you are cheating. Lots of people in the forum like docking via MJ. Its not very efficient fuel-wise, but it does the job. On the other hand, its possible to learn rendezvous and docking well enough that you no longer need MJ. In fact you can learn orbital rendezvous and docking without MJ (I did it that way and I'm sure plenty of people did). MJ offers automation for things some people find tedious e.g. launch or insertion burns. Also for planning maneuver nodes. Obviously all of that can be done manually as well, and its only a matter of choice rather than one technique being better than another. MJ also offers really nice delta-v readouts. On the other hand, Kerbal Engineer does as well most of the time. I had to switch to MJ from KER for my Jool 5 mission as (at least at that time) KER couldn't cope. These days I'm back to using KER as I really like the heads-up display that KER offers. My recommendation is that you install it and find out for yourself whether you like it or not.