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About phkb

phkb stands for "play hard, kick butt", to which there is a long and funny story - but not funny enough for this forum. phkb's real name is Nick Rogers, which is what he tends to call himself, rather than an unpronounceable acronym. If you absolutely have to have a pronunciation, then he would suggest adding an "i" and "o" to make it "pihkob", PIH-kob.

Nick first played Elite on the Commodore 64 in the late 80's, rising to the level of Deadly before his C64 was "borrowed" and then never returned. He discovered Oolite at around version 1.70, and has been playing quite a bit since.

Sometime after the release of 1.80 he decided to try his hand at writing his own components and customisations for the game. He now requires a constant supply of dark side cookies to feed his habit.

Nick is currently CEO of Xenon Industries, whose operating mantra is to "make it look good". He's moved on from his Cobra III-XT, and is now strutting his stuff in a shiny new Python ET Special, but still seems to spend a lot of time writing expansion packs.

phkb's OXPs

You can download all my OXP's via the download manager within Oolite itself. Or you can download them from here. It's up to you!

AutoDock (v1.1.0 downloaded 2280 times) gives players without a docking computer the ability to use computer-controlled docking systems at main stations for a small fee. For Oolite 1.82 and above.

Bounty System (downloaded 1761 times) changes the way bounties are stored and processed, making the bounty system a bit deeper and richer.

BroadcastComms MFD (downloaded 4776 times) provides a way of communicating with other ships during flight.

Bulk Cargo Processor (downloaded 165 times) provides a way to quickly dump or destroy cargo in your hold during flight.

Bulletin Board Contracts (downloaded 566 times) moves all the cargo, passengers and parcel contracts onto the Bulletin Board, instead of having three different F4 interface screens. Smuggling contracts from the Smugglers OXP are also moved onto the Bulletin Board. Can optionally include Escort Contracts, Rescue Station contracts, Random Hits contracts and In-System Taxi contracts.

Bulletin Board System (downloaded 2520 times) is a utility designed to help OXP authors add custom missions to the Oolite universe.

Comms Log MFD (downloaded 10017 times) displays all communications received by the player in a scrollable multi-function display, as well as an interface screen that provides access to the communications log while docked.

Damage Report MFD (downloaded 2997 times) lists all damaged equipment in a MFD, as well as providing an interface screen that can help locate the closest system where repairs can be carried out.

Death Comms (downloaded 3236 times) attempts to add a bit of flavour to battles by sometimes having ships give a final comms message when they die.

Display Current Course (downloaded 1837 times) displays your current course on contract detail screens (and most other mission screens that display a long range chart), enabling the player to see if their current course is similar to the proposed course.

Email System (downloaded 11731 times) gives pilots an email interface, and they will start receiving emails from GalCop and other entities, confirming actions that have taken place.

Fast Target Selector (downloaded 2238 times) helps pilots target ships on their scanner quickly and easily, and also highlights the current target on the scanner.

GalCop Missions adds a number of replayable missions, accessible through the Bulletin Board System, to give players more things to do in and around each system.

GalCop Galactic Registry (downloaded 3233 times) give pilots access to galactic chart data to aid in course plotting.

Illicit Unlock (downloaded 1547 times) unlocks player versions of all the core ships, including the Constrictor, Gecko, Krait and Sidewinder.

Laser Mount Switching System (LMSS) (downloaded 3921 times) enables multiple lasers to be installed at each mount point, and easily switch between them during flight.

MFD Fast Configuration (downloaded 1433 times) helps pilots manage MFD configurations by providing up to 6 different sets that can be loaded quickly and easily.

Modern Start (downloaded 731 times) adds new starting options to the game, providing a small selection of equipment that is considered standard in many other space combat/trading games.

Ship Comparison (downloaded 2058 times) helps players in the market for a new ship, by providing a means by which the specifications of up to 3 different ships can be viewed at once.

Ship Configuration (downloaded 708 times) aims to make the process of adding equipment to your ship more deliberate by adding space and weight factors to all equipment in all ships. This OXP is in Beta at the moment.

Ship Respray (downloaded 9106 times) gives players the opportunity to purchase a new paint job for their ship.

Smugglers - The Galactic Underworld (downloaded 1782 times) broadens the appeal of illegal goods by making it far more variable, adds smuggling compartments and a Black Market interface, and generally tries to shake up the cargo business.

Station Dock Control (downloaded 3617 times) simulates the arrivals and departures of a space station, and gives the player full view of most ships docked at a station.

Xenon HUD (downloaded 2701 times) groups important gauges around the crosshairs, and uses custom crosshair images.

Xenon UI (downloaded 3584 times) adds computer console-like backgrounds to all the various displays, plus new title screen theme music.

phkb has authored a couple of font OXP's, which you can find on the Oolite Fonts page.


phkb is also the maintainer of the following OXP's

Alternate Download Location

An alternative download location for most of these OXP's can be found on


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