Marvel (Mr McDillard's Pad)

Andrew Reinhard, 2019

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Introduction

Marvel (Mr McDillard's Pad)

Mr McDillard's Pad, the player base on what used to be called Marvel in the Pathfinder era (called Salatzeno-Ozy Arvire in Atlas Rises), occupies a commanding overlook onto the desert floor far below. It is the last base standing after the v1.3 update, completely abandoned and also completely intact. Two generic base units are elsewhere on the planet, marked with communications stations. It remains unclear (at least to me) where the other two bases went, and why Mr McDillard's Pad was the one to remain. Were the other two bases wiped out by v1.3, or were they disassembled or even migrated to a nearby system? Based on the physical evidence, it is impossible to tell what happened, although we know for sure that these bases were present once upon a time.

This settlement is notable because it is one of the few where its architect chose to comment on the original site report published on archaeogaming.com. Mr McDillard wrote about his Pathfinder-era base:

"As a quick info drop: This planet was once a lush, temperate, water-rich paradise. The vast ocean was dotted with large continental land masses, forming many island chains. High mountains climbed dramatically out of the deep oceans, creating a breathtaking landscape.

"After the update, the planet was transformed into a harsh wasteland, but with equally beautiful geological formations. As you know, our bases were all wiped after the update, but we had the option to reload our bases if we were able to find a base computer. I was committed to keeping my original base on the original planet it had been established, even if the landscape had changed. I spent weeks trekking across the planet, until I happened upon a Base Computer atop the overlook where it stands today. I couldn't be happier with the new location, although I do still miss the oceans."

The other thing to note about this base is that it was the one Andrew Reinhard chose to experiment with for photogrammetry and 3D printing, which was successful.

This was the 23rd site visited as part of Reinhard's No Man's Sky Archaeological Project, and this record includes videos, images of the base past and present, a site report, plus an image of the 3D-printed base.