Youth and early TV-existence
Commander McLane can look back to a long and successfull career in a German TV-series of the sixties, which brought him something like a cult-status among German SF-addicts. Serving in the Space Patrol ('Raumpatrouille') as captain of the fast cruiser 'Orion', he mastered many an adventure, technically sometimes way ahead of the crew of the USS Enterprise, whose escapades were aired at roughly the same time. The series was especially famous for the use of ordinary household items, like plastic beakers, electric irons, etc., as props on the ship's bridge.
Rebirth in the Ooniverse
Commander McLane came into being again at 2084004 under the pseudonym of 'Jameson', but quickly was restored to his original name. His famous ship, the 'Orion', however, had been lost in the maelstrom of time and was replaced with an ordinary Cobra III. So his quest for becoming famous again and regaining a decent ship started. Now, at currently 2085323, about three and a half years later, he is a proud member of the Imperial Courier Owner's Club and can again look back on an impressive career with a killcount that just passed the 18000-mark and a comfortable financial cushion of over fourteen million credits in the bank. Currently located in Galaxy 8, he has two major objectives. He is having fun with a lot of assassinations, while at the same time trying to sell large amounts of precious metals for as high a price as possible. For the future beyond these pastimes—considering his financial and reputational background—he may be reflecting either one of two major options, namely an early retirement, continuing to fly his Imperial Courier only for leisure reasons, or starting another quest for Raxxla.
For the time being, however, his progress in any of his career activities is slowed down, mainly due to other activities that require a lot of his time and will be described in the next section.
Contributions to the commOonity
Commander McLane is also known as one of the major contributers of the Oolite Bulletin Boards and takes even a little pride in having been able to contribute some of his thoughts to the community. Among these are externalviews.oxp, that fixed some issues with the custom views of the ships of the original set and was included in Oolite itself since version 1.70 (making it obsolete as an OXP), and Anarchies.oxp (now in version 2.5).
He is working on some other OXPs, which are still very much work-in-progress, but one day hopefully will see the light of the world under the names of ghosts-from-the-past.oxp and equilibrium.oxp. Another work of his has been released as his first mission OXP under the name of Cataclysm.oxp. Other than that, he has spent some thoughts on variations of the economy in the game which ultimately lead to BlOomberg Markets OXP, and on the lack of an in-flight-communication system in Oolite, which has led to the small interstellar_help.oxp, and is toyed with by other scripters closer to the code as well. Furthermore it is giving him great pleasure to meet other well-known commanders out there in the Ooniverse, and (sometimes) to prematurely end their careers. Tidbits of his scripting can also be found scattered around in the Ooniverse, in other peoples' OXPs. He also may be persuaded to develop small fixes for issues which pop up in other players games, like creating a more even distribution of police ships, making Q-bombs behave like it is written in the book, or enabling players to keep track of their reputation.
Other interests of his include, but are not limited to, bug-squashing activities in recent versions of Oolite, requesting ever more methods, keys and commands for scripting, and more complicated quests like Understanding commodities.plist or the more occult features of quaternions.
A list of available OXPs made by him would have to include:
- Auto Eject.oxp
- Display Reputation.oxp
- Dock Assist System.oxp
- Flying Dutchman.oxp
- Generation Ships.oxp (overhauling Draco_Caeles' ground breaking OXP)
- Interstellar Help.oxp
- Offender traders.oxp
- Sell Equipment.oxp
- Status Quo Q-bomb.oxp
- Thargoid carrier.oxp (overhauling Selezen's OXP)
- Total Patrol.oxp
- Wormhole restoration.oxp
And now for something a little different
- Commander McLane and the infamous Biargeian edible poet to Soylent green conversion scandle