Dylan Smith first encountered Elite on the BBC Microcomputer, and was lucky enough to start on the disk version. Since the only access to the BBC Micro was at school, and games were banned, most of his early Elite experience was performed in an illicit and underhand manner while trying to dodge staff - with the right hand never far away from the Break key. His first experiences of Elite without causing rule infractions were some time later, with the Sinclair Spectrum 48K version.
He first made a genuine Elite rating in 1990 on the PC version, which was considered to be "too easy"; it certainly seems that the original PC Elite required less than 6,000 kills for the coveted rating. The only other genuine Elite rating that he holds is from Frontier: First Encounters - this rating received after keeping a commander going for many years, kills often being accumulated in the name of research for the Alioth.net website. This commander was tragically killed by an exploding PC power supply, along with the computer's motherboard, CD-RW drive and graphics card (and needless to say, the hard disk on which the commander file resided).
He is actively involved in maintaining the Oolite-Linux port, and is currently working to unify the Mac OS X and 'everything else' source tree into the Grand Unified Source Tree for Oolite (GUSTO) - which despite first looks, is not a backronym.
Dylan Smith is currently owned by three cats, something he may have in common with Ian Bell.
Non Elite interests
- Holds a private pilots license for gliders as well as single engine and multi engine airplanes, and is instrument rated.
- Plays the piano
- Plays the balalaika (very badly)
- Enjoys a good game of Enemy Territory or TCE.
A very extensive fan-fiction site mainly about the Aliance and the people inhabiting it. This wiki is hosted from the Alioth.net server. Involved in porting Oolite to Linux. Dylan has written several stories about his alterego James K. Winston (and Mack).