Feran IFN stage 1 – done

That was that, the IFN stage 1 – kill 75 feran. It wasn’t difficult at all, except for figuring out what firearms to use. I had a total of 56 remaining to kill and I split them into short sessions to gather basic info on kill cost. I used Piron PBP-0 (L) and a Piron PBP-2 (L).

Piron PBP-0 (L): Handgun. Required between 15 to 20 shots. Average damaged was between 2 and 3. It burns 84 BLP shells per shot. It has a range of 35.2 meters. It consumed 14532  shells on 10 feran. The total kill cost reached 0.16732 PED.
Piron PBP-2 (L): Handgun. Required between 14 and 19 shots. Average damage was around 4. It burns 116 BLP shells per shot. It has a range of 33 meters. It consumed 16124 shells on 10 feran. The total kill cost reached 0.16724 PED.

WTF?! I’ll admit I just looked at the total overall cost yesterday and it dropped from roughly 0.20 PED to 0.178 PED. I didn’t look at it this closely. So basically the guns are very very similar. I drew one conclusion though and that is some firearms have a low ammo rate and high weapon decay rate, and others are the total opposite. The way I go about things I’d prefer high ammo rate and low weapon decay rate. Why? Cause the gun/rifle will last longer and it’s fairly easy to stock up on shrapnel while killing caraboks, gallard and other small creatures. I do need to look into Piron PBR-0 (L) too. There have been occasions where a feran got out of range and I lost the upper hand for a brief moment. A rifle has better range, and this one has a range of 65 meters.

Well, I figured that I can use my stockpile of firearms on arkadia hornet and feran in between carabok/gallard/halix/ostelok hunting. Loot return on feran is currently quite bad so I will not go on long hunting sessions. Oh, there is this saying in Entropia:

“Just because you can hunt something doesn’t mean you should”.

There is another good saying that goes…

“Every PEC counts”.

So true, so true. So right now I’m swunting gallard. I’ve had two drops of hair gel and stuff. …and I just noticed that I didn’t empty my backpack after the feran run. Please! Someone slap me senseless! I need to sort this before I continue. In the meantime… Scenery photo.

wournos grassland feran

Feran circling in the sky

Chain of events

Feran

Attacked by a Feran

Sometimes I wonder if there’s a reason for things that happen or if everything are just coincidences. Take yesterday for example. Having finished my ostelok mission I was looking through storage with stuff to find things to sell. I picket some hand guns, polished them and started advertising them along with shrapnel. 20 PED worth of shrapnel sold – not the guns. While advertising I was checking the auction for things to sell but couldn’t quite commit to anything. I looked at the list of orders for the first time since forever and something on that list caught my eye. A crafted item that I can actually make. I’m a shitty crafter but I can make Item X. Gathering mats is a different matter. Material Y is not something I find on my regular low mobs. I was pondering buying cheap, craft Item X and sell for maximum order MU.

BUT… I have no records of making this item, so I don’t know what success rate I have. Looking at some other stuff I have made in the past I had a total success rate of 20%. That’s shit! Then again, I’m a newbie with crafting.
Either way, I held off buying anything. I want to be more sure of what I’m doing first. So today, after selling some minor stuff to Arkadia’s Mr Crafter Kikki Jikki, I went on a minor mining run just for kicks. I didn’t expect anything and didn’t find much. Just some melchi water, hydrogen steam and a small rock… ignisium, I think. Here’s the interesting part… while out in the bush, so to speak (it was actually the hillside of a valley in what felt like the middle of nowhere), I noticed flying beasts in the distance. Pink hue, no feathers, sharp claws. I moved closer to them somewhat hunched down and found a spot to observe them. They are called Feran according to the local records. And I can kill them! The youngs have a reasonable low health not much greater than Halix. As I was looking through the data I came across something in the loot list. Material Y used to craft Item X… in that list of orders… So theoretically, I can now hunt for all materials, craft Item X and sell. I did NOT see that coming, at all!

Question was, how do I kill Feran?! I assumed my power fist was out of the question so I pulled out one of my (many) Piron PBR-0 (L) for range and a Piron PBP-0 (L) for closer range. But it didn’t stop me from trying out my power fist twice. It worked once, but that was it. So fire arms it is – just like Arkadia Hornet.

I killed 19 of them and it went pretty well. They hit harder than other mobs so I may have to use healing tools once or twice. Currently, the kill cost of these things are 0.20 PEC per animal. It will adjust itself over time as I keep killing. It was one of those lucky first times with profit of about 101% and around 104-105% +MU.
Their hides look pretty nice too. I wonder if it would go well on my sleipnir.

Feran hide

Feran hide

Ostelok Stage 3 – done

So I set a goal earlier this month, to reach Brawler (Hit) 20. I also set a goal to finish stage 2 and stage 3 before the end of the month. I managed the last two goals, not the first one. I should have known before even starting that it would be impossible. It took me roughly 11 months of sporadic hunting/swunting to reach Brawler (Hit) 16 so naturally it shouldn’t be possible to get 4 profession ranks in one month. But it’s fine. Gives me a goal for next year!

So the mission ended as follows.

ostelok hunting in holiday clothing

Ostelok hunting in holiday clothing

Attributes
Agility 51
Health 105 (+1)
Intelligence 30
Psyche 29
Stamina 1
Strength 42

Total brawler skill points: 79.02*
Total Brawler Hit points: 79.13
Total Brawler Dmg points: 72.05

Profession levels
Ranged Gauss Dmg 5
Range Plasma Dmg 5
One Handed Clubber Dmg 7
Two Handed Clubber Dmg 7
Knifefighter Dmg 11
Ranged Laser Dmg 8
Evader 8
Laser Sniper Hit 5
Grenadier 2**
Pet handler 2**

Total kills: 1605 young, 681 mature = 2286

Total cost
S.I Psy-Blade: 198.00 PED
Piron PBR-0 (L): 0.55 PED
Ammo: 3.25

Total loot (-MU): 180.16 PED (89.27%)

S.I Psy-Blade Tier 2.3 (+0.1)

* Started taking notes after session 7, so not complete.
** Professions gained from finishing IFN Ostelok Stage 3


I also went ahead and bought myself a holiday coat. Cost me 14.92 PED – a whole lot cheaper than one I saw on the auction for over 40 PED! The only issue is it doesn’t go well with my ACA/AS Civilian trousers. I had to switch to my plain old Carapace trousers. One day I would like to own something much cooler. I believe the Lahbiba coat is what I’d like. It can be customized. Not sure what colours and/or textures I’d like. It’s something to ponder when I go back to swunting carabok.

By the way, the picture is quite funny. As I was hitting one ostelok another drowned in the shallow water just south of my position. Hilarious. Long legs yet they drown. I hereby name you John Little!

 

The Holidays!

Yup. The Holidays have come to Arkadia (and the rest of Entropia, for sure). Last year we were given a green holiday hat and trading cards among things. This year everyone got a new (green) holiday hat, a mug for those with apartments and/or shops, and a Christmas Bokol plushie for those who “improve the economy”. Since I only exist without much effort or home I got the hat only. But some kind soul (who I unfortunately forgot the name of) gave her plushie to me. I love plushies. I now have 1 bokol, 2 Santa Swamp Lurkers, 1 ostelok and about 3 black smuggler plushies. I think that’s it. I so need a home to put them in.
I also caught a pair of mittens on the auction. Red ones. Very cute. I also saw a matching holiday coat, but it was way too pricey for my taste, or else I’d bought it (to match the mittens). Instead, I put on the ridiculous green tree-like hat and went ostelok hunting.

dead ostelok

A dead ostelok

Unlike yesterday I had very good returns. Profit even! I found another Piron PBP-2 (L) in an ostelok carcass with a value of 2.10 PED. Add mark-up and it is worth over 3 PED. Overall it is all a loss, but they are acceptable losses. Skillwise I’m improving. Slowly. My S.I Psy-blade increased its tier to 2.3. It’s been a long time since I noticed any difference in tiers. I will upgrade it when the time comes even though I heard enhancers are a waste. Maybe in the future things will change. Who knows. Would be a shame to have all tier slots locked if there was a reason to use them. Personally, I wish for some of the arms dealers and producers to release power fists other than the basic TT version on Arkadia. There are plenty from Calypso, but that’s just that – they come from Calypso. I really do not want to import weapons from that planet. I’m not particularly fond of Calypso and would rather support Arkadian style weapons.
…and I know I’m throwing out double-standards here. The S.I Psy-blade originally comes from Cyrene. It was the most eco, low damage power fist up until mid 2014 or so. Then all TT weapons went through a change by the manufacturers to provide same type of weapons with same stats but from different makers. That meant some weapons were discontinued. They are still available but only between people. I inherited mine from a “relative”. Sometimes I wish I had inherited more.

Anyway. My ostelok stage 3 is almost over. I have roughly 400 more birds to kill. That’s an average of 3 sessions left. So far I’ve killed the equivalent of 1500 kill points, which is roughly 150 birds per session. Today I managed more than 1800 points. For stage 4 I will try higher maturities. But before that I need to do something else after stage 3. I’m going bonkers!

Happy Holidays, peeps!

I had a dream…

The dream I had was to reach Brawler (Hit) 20 before the end of December. That goal will not be met. The progress is so painfully slow it hurts. I did become a Brawler (Hit) 17 though. Always something. I’m still slugging away at my Ostelok mission killing youngs and matures now. The difference is 1 killpoint- 10 vs 11. The old ones are not worth it, in my opinion. According to sources they give the same amount of points (11) as matures but have greater health. Why waste decay for the same amount of points?!
I think next in line are providers, with 14 points … I think!

What I do like about the Ostelok missions are the skill rewards. Most of them anyway. I could do without Aim since I don’t use fire arms. Anatomy, Courage x2, Perception and Bravado are all very welcome. Also, the trophy head and a figurine definitely won’t hurt either. Just wish I had an actual home to put them in. Currently I sleep at various Command Posts. Courageous Firebase Academy is the current one. Snow all around. I could use a parka!

Anyway! The current average kill cost of Ostelok (young & mature) is 8.3 PEC. I believe the young has a kill cost of 7.8 PEC. That was the last number I remember before I threw matures into the mix. I really should keep the data separated, but that would mean hunting one (1) maturity at a time. I really can’t be arsed! I get enough ‘cherry-picking’ as it is.
I am half-way through stage 3 – 10,000 points to go. The remainder should cost me 83.55 PED on average in decay and ammo.

…maybe that can be my side-goal – finish stage 3 before December. A bit more tangible.