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This Week in Star Citizen 38/2023

xē’suelen, nyahyan

e sen Ni’kū no’a. tii nyarai uth nya’p.ūh’uesao. te sā ko nui no’a po xē’sue kao” so sē’a .u so.’e

I’m sorry, it looks like my translator is experiencing some issues… Here… Bonjour, tout le monde! … That’s right, CIG hired a new Community Manager with French and Xi’an capabilities. I’m super happy to finally write my own This Week In Star Citizen and take the opportunity to share a little about who I am, and what the croissant do I want. 

My name’s Lénaïc, I’m a Frenchman from Normandy, and I lived in Ireland for 10 years. That’s it. Thanks for tuning it! Hold on, I’m being told I need to add more crispy details, so let’s dive in.

You will usually see me under the nickname “Nicou” as I jump from Spectrum to Reddit, Discord, Twitter (X), Twitch, and to your hearts and minds like Tarzan 2.0.

Star Citizen is undoubtely a very ambitious project, and the pursuit of transparency, pushing things to the limit, is something I can get behind — I’m here for it, and it resonates with my personal values. I’ve been a backer and active player since 2014, mostly as a solo player doing a bit of everything the game has to offer so far. I’m also very dedicated to trading, hauling goods and people in need (TaxiHawk, it’s me!), but I’m also versed in Xenology with a Xi’an specialty. I love to meddle with alien lore and languages, like the Neo Khûzdul from Tolkien’s Dwarves, the Thargoids and Guardians from Elite: Dangerous, or the Triglavians and Jovians from Eve Online. The Banu language also looks super cool, and I would love to learn more about our Tevarin friends.

Prior to CIG, I worked as the Senior Community Manager for Larian Studios on Baldur’s Gate 3. I have also worked with Paradox Interactive on Crusader Kings III, Bethesda on The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolcen, Tin Can, and Tableau Software.

Over the last 13 years, I’ve also created hundreds of articles, guides, livestreams, and events for the gaming press with,,, and a variety of other projects. I’m excited to leverage these experiences and help create awesome content for all of you.

These days I’m playing a lot of Remnant 2, Baldur’s Gate 3, Starfield, Stellaris, Crusader Kings III, Total War: Warhammer III, Civilization VI, World of Warcraft, Eve Online, and Star Citizen. I’m also super eager to lay my hands on Falling Frontier, The Invincible, and Endless Dungeon soon. In space, you’ll most likely find me in a large transport/trading vessel, kitted out for anti-piracy, or honing my skills in research/diplomacy. I consider myself a hybrid PvE/PvP player – while I enjoy measuring myself against other PVP players, I also like to pursue the highest rankings in PvE.

All of these experiences allow me to decipher and understand much more precisely what players want, and what they expect in terms of communications. Again, I’m really delighted to start chatting with you all, while joining forces with FreyjaJake, and Christian, led by Ulf and Zyloh. Joining this team grants me an incredible opportunity to connect with so many of you out there who share in the same dream. I can’t wait to see you all in the ‘verse!

You can find me on Twitter @NicouLenny, Spectrum @Nicou-CIG, and Discord “NicouLenny”. See you soon!

P.S. I think it’s time that we open a French chat channel on Spectrum… Stay tuned!

What’s the craic?

Shiver me timbers, last week was Pirate Week! While you looted, chanted, and plundered, the Community team loved seeing the booty-ful videos and photos you shared on social media and our Community Hub. Winners of the recent Pirate Day contest will be announced shortly – thank you to everyone who participated!

Last week was, of course, also the release of Star Citizen Alpha 3.20, which saw a huge revamp of Arena Commander, the flyable debut of the legendary cargo hauler MISC Hull C (Q&A), the LX racing variant of the Mirai Fury (Q&A), updates to physicalized cargo, a new outlaw Salvage mission, the brand-new Seraphim station replacing our beloved Port Olisar, HDR support, and lots of quality-of-life improvements and fixes. The team is aware of some server hiccups and we are actively monitoring ongoing issues. You can help our teams by reporting bugs in the Issue Council. Thanks to all of your help, we were able to release Alpha 3.20.0a Live over the weekend to address many of the ongoing issues. The team is also focused on additional fixes to come.

Looking back at last week, we’ve updated our New Player Guide and Welcome Back, Pilot pages! If you’re just returning to the ‘verse, or arriving for the first time, make sure to check these out.

Also last week, if you’re a lore nerd like me, you won’t want to miss the Narrative team answering your questions about the universe in a new Loremakers article. Read on to find out how shields work, why ATMs exist, why Orison has an atmosphere!

Lastly, continuing from our last episode detailing the future of cargo careers, Inside Star Citizen explores the upcoming changes to the inventory system, hangar kiosks, and more!

With this, let’s see what’s going on this week.

Now, let’s see what’s going on this week:

This Tuesday, we will publish the latest Galactapedia update from the Narrative team.

On Thursday, we’re chatting with members of the Mission Feature team in Inside Star Citizen. They will tell you everything about a new mission type and a Global Event coming later this year. Jumptown is also back for another round, so seize that contraband, transport it to the nearest LEO port, and stay in one piece!

There’s no Star Citizen Live on Friday, as key members of our Video team are en route to Los Angeles for CitizenCon preparations. And of course, our weekly RSI Newsletter will be released in the wilds. Have a look at last week’s RSI Newsletter if you missed it.


Lénaïc “Nicou” Riédinger

Community Manager

The Weekly Community Content Schedule


  • This Week in Star Citizen


  • Lore Post – Galactapedia Update



  • Weekly Newsletter

Arena Commander Experimental Mode Schedule

Last week, we saw thousands of players having fun and making their ways to the top rankings of Gun Rush.

This week’s rotation introduces Endless Vanduul SwarmFree Flight, and Duel. It’s time to show your friends who the boss is in a Mak’Gora! Wrong universe, I meant a Duel, a 1v1, a bloody ballet from September 24 to October 1.

September 24 – October 1 ► Master ModesEndless Vanduul SwarmFree Flight, and Duel

October 1 – October 7 ► Tank Royale

October 7 – October 15 ► Single Weapon Elimination & Mirror Match

October 15 – October 21 ► Team Tank Battle

October 19 – November 2 ► Gun Rush

October 29 – November 2 ► Master ModesVanduul Swarm

November 2 – November 5 ► Master ModesEndless Vanduul SwarmFree Flight, and Duel


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