November 16th 2022
Howdy, folks! Craig Burton here with another installment of Clean Shot, the show that delivers the latest news and reviews that today’s hauler’s need to know. Alongside me, as always, is Skinny, who’s literally packing his bags for the Intergalactic Aerospace Expo as I speak.
The show started and here you are rooting around our luggage.
I’ll leave that in your capable hands. Just threw me to see you doing it during the show.
Anything else you need to knock out before we get started?
For the IAE or this show?
Fantastic. Before me is the man who needs no introduction but insists that I still do one. His resume includes being Clean Shot’s producer, a certified gearhead, and the self-proclaimed “King of Components.” How you doing, Skinny? Excited for the IAE?
Well, aren’t you full of piss and vinegar today?
If you can’t already tell, we’re keeping this one a little looser than normal because Skinny and I are supposed to catch a transport right after this.
Whole crew got hit with a bad case of TRV last week which thankfully we seem to be past the worst of now. Ate my first good meal in a long time last night and actually managed to keep it down.
Yeah, I would’ve been pretty devastated if we had to miss this year. As you can imagine, we’re both very excited for the show, and you should be too, as we have a Hull E full of content planned, with Skinny going above and beyond to line up some outstanding guests. He even got us a sneak peek at—
—some of the big surprises manufacturers have in-store. Did you really think I was gonna let something slip there?
Well, as thrilling as this conversation is, how about we get to the issue at hand?
That’s right, it’s time for our annual IAE predictions segment where Skinny and I hone our powers of prognostication around this year’s event. Skinny, care to get us started?
Interesting. Did not see a prediction like this coming from you. Figured most of yours would be something like a component manufacturer announcing a new generation of heat distribution coils to improve cooler performance.
Had that same issue myself. I understand wanting to know what’s coming, but half the fun of the show for me is being there for the announcements. It’s like opening your Luminalia presents early. Ruins the whole thing. But anyway, you really think people are going to skip Kiel this year in favor of the other shows?
You remember how long we waited to make the jump into Kiel last year?
And don’t forget the security issues.
Solid prediction. Moving onto my first one, I’m gonna predict that Silas Koerner makes an appearance on the show floor on a day when Consolidated Outland isn’t featured.
Oh, I think he’ll be there then too. That man can’t help himself.
That’s tough, but my guess would be one of the first few days. That’ll create more buzz around Consolidated’s day-six appearance, and shift the narrative away from all the negative press the company got recently following the departure of several top execs.
Yeah, not a good look for Silas, which is why I believe he has some kinda antics planned for the IAE. What’s next on your prediction, Skinny?
And why’s that?
Or other manufacturers.
I get your point but I’ll take the other side of this bet all day. I’m not surprised that Drake’s been butting heads with the IAE, but if they’re good at one thing, it’s knowing how to artfully bend the rules to their favor.
I think sponsoring the event is part of a long game for them. If anything, this is the year they sit back, learn how it all works, and then figure out how to subvert future events.
Come on, let’s be honest here. Drake aren’t some scrappy start-up anymore. They’re a major manufacturer that has smartly defined themselves by being what other brands aren’t. Some of their fans might not like it, but doing this might convince more people to give their ships a shot.
We need to go to a break here in a moment, but let me get one more prediction in before that. This one might ruffle some feathers but I don’t think Jax will be back this year.
I mean, I hope that’s true, because I love Jax and all the crazy things he does for the sake of testing ships, but umm… you know, a lotta the folks on spectrum who have ship shows know each other and I’ve heard zilch from anyone about him.
Anyways, we need to take a quick break. After that, we’ll do a special IAE related TroubleZone that you won’t want to miss if you’re traveling to the main event or any of the expos. Trust me. That and more when Clean Shot returns.
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