I always wanted you to go into Space, Man.

A few days ago I set off on a new adventure. I was going to space – on my own accord. It literally freaked me out. The only other time I was in space I used the services of EFA. They offer safe trips on their mothership. But since I was going to temporarily join Kronan, another mothership, as an engineer I had to get up there on my own. I spent a few days preparing and asking questions about basically everything. Eventually I found the courage to go. I spawned my Sleipnir near Machinery Plant and ascended.

Rising.

Rising.

THUMP!

The whole ship wobbled. WTF?! With my mad piloting skills, and obviously great selection of take-off spot, I’d managed to fly straight up into the belly of the planetside mothership. I believe my Sleipnir took some damage. Minimal though. After aligning my ship once more I continued the ascent. Space was looming.

As I broke the atmosphere a warning of pirating was announced. This is why I do not like space. Other colonists engage in pirating for fun. They shoot you down and if you carry certain items they loot you. Me and my mad skills cannot handle pirates. Besides, I got extreme motion sickness so everything was 10 times as hard to do. I had major issues steering. It all works differently up there too. Turning sideways planetside makes you rotate on the horizontal axis in space.
After much trial and error I managed to reach the opening of the Arkadia Space Station (Ark SS). There’s a distinct blue glow eminating from the entrance/exit. Then I had issues with the gate. It just wouldn’t open. Suddenly, I was sucked in while backing out.

Once on Kronan I purchased 8 repair tools and 200,000 welding wire. The other half of welding wire I already had. Thus began my repairing. My motion sickness never really left and it peaked whenever I went to or from the hangar. But it all went well. It took time to learn the layout of the ship but once I got a hang of it it went really well. One day I would like to travel from planet to planet on my own but I need this motion sickness to end first. For now I’ll just use my Sleipnir between SS and planet. But I have no plans of going anywhere for now. I skilled up to Vehicle Structural Engineer 10 and unlocked the Blueprint Comprehension skill, so now I’ll keep on swunting, crafting leather and work on Brawler Hit 20.

…and of course all the pictures I took was shit because I couldn’t focus properly. Damn this sickness!

Back on track with baby steps

Greetings, fellow colonists.

Today has been a productive day. I brushed off dirt and minor flora residue and polished the knee-pads on my IFN combat trousers, tidied up my ACA/AS Civilian shirt and cleared mud from my white Omegaton shoes. My glasses got a good rinse too. Blood, fur and feathers were removed from my powerfist for better performance. I also wiped off the VSE sweat tool for the first time since I got it. It was rather filthy! Once ready I braced myself and headed out into the wild.

Beasts, large as small huts, with fangs that could easily tear a person to pieces with a simple bite.
Claws like razors. Intimidating large fur all over the place.
Tail long and slender, yet powerful like a whip.
Chance of survival? Limited.

Yup, I headed to one of the enclosed carabok areas within the secure environment of one of the D-name Firebase Academies. Dauntless? Dependable?! Can’t even remember. And no, it was not terrifying at all. They’re like large… ferocious… kittens.
It was a good session though. Very long. I extracted sweat and killed 157 carabok. Well over 6 hours work and it paid off! I walked away with items worth more than I spent on decay. Daily MU brought the theoretical profit up some more. …and this is without counting the value of sweat bottles. (Is Lootius back on Arkadia?!)

While working away on my carabok mission I realized two things.
1. I have only 1179 caraboks left to finish Stage 4.
2. Not sweating the remaining 10,000 carabok for Stage 5 would be a huge financial mistake!

10,0000 caraboks equals a total of 100,000 bottles of sweat. Each 1000 bottles are worth between 1.8o-2 PED. I usually sell for 2 PED. That’s a massive 200 PED! Sure, it will take ages to swunt 10,000 carabok. I could do a rough calculation but with my off-season closing in it will be pointless. I will stick to my small goals for now to avoid losing my mind (again).

Another thing that I will do in about 5 days time is join Kronan, the mothership, and do repairs. It’s the best and most cost efficient way to learn blueprint comprehension (a measly 150 PED). Right now I’m all over the place, and hopefully with better understanding of blueprints I can improve my crafting. Granny Rowan owns the ship so I will ask for passenger rights and then buy most if not all materials from her and her crew. I was impatient enough and bid on welding wire on the auction. Now I have to wait until I either win or get outbid.

I see a carabok trophy on the horizon…

Gotta love intuition when it works

Intuition has never really worked for me. I pick a mob to swunt or hunt and more often than not I make a loss. Not a big one, but still a loss. Sometimes I make a loss on TT value but make a small profit when adding Mark-up on items, so I’m usually not complaining. Swunting gallards have for the most part proven to be one of the better mobs to go after – until recently. The last 4 hunts resulted in a massive loss even though I didn’t change my approach at all. I sweat them and then kill them with my S.I Psy-blade. Yet my return was 60% TT on average and roughly 70% with MU. So I got irritated and went on a monura male killing spree. That mob has almost always meant a profit one way or another. I killed 227 of them bugs. What did I get for it? 66% TT value returned. 71% with MU. That is so not cool.

So what to do?

Swunting and hunting was out of the question. What else is there for me to do? Crafting, mining and selling items. Mining is a major gamble to me. I know too little to actually make something of it. Selling my items is something I’d like to do but I have so little patience for standing still shouting out my offers in hopes that someone want what I have. So for some odd reason I chose to craft – without any Blueprint Comprehension whatsoever.

40 PED worth of nano cubes and I started crafting explosive projectiles. 2000 clicks minimum…
Lots of people got E.P globals. Some as high as 4 digit return.

Did I get any global? No…
I did improve my skills and my blueprint though. But no globals.

Yesterday I took my gear and headed to Courageous Firebase Academy. It’s cold as crap up north in the snow but I managed. The rage I felt when constantly being hit by caraboks kept me warm. I still killed 117 of them using my trusted S.I Psy-Blade. What did I get for the trouble? 59 bloody percent TT value. Nearly 63% adding MU.

FUCK ME!

So I have stopped hunting – for now.

That leaves me with one more thing to work on. Selling my items. I may not have the patience to stand around and shout out my offers but I almost always pay attention to the official trade communications channel while mob killing.
Yesterday I decided to be more pro-active. I had a look at auction offers to get an idea of what sells and what doesn’t, and came across the blueprint section. I have plenty of blueprints, some of them with limited use, and the majority have some MU to consider. So I started shouting. …and shouting…and shouting. No interest whatsoever. I even contacted a person that I noticed was bidding on a blueprint in hopes s/he would be interested in mine too. No response. So I gave up after hours of trying. I sorted out my stuff, had a last look through my storage inventory and called it night.

But then I got that feeling… The one that tells you you should try one more time. It rarely happens but it did. So I connected to the trade channel again to try sell my blueprints. Instead I found a buyer of animal oil residue at 101% MU. Small profit but still a profit. So I contacted the buyer and said I had 15000 units, thinking s/he would buy a small amount. The buyer wanted them all. I was shocked. Then I had a look at the actual value of my stock and was baffled. 150,5 PED. I had no idea. The stuff has been in my storage for so long I forgot about its value. Sure, the profit was only 50 PEC, but it was a massive sale to me. Now I just need to keep up my sales activity and not go on a spending spree.

Long time no see

Well… this is… unusual. I knew I’ve been away from writing for a while, but I had no idea it’s been this long. 7 months. Definitely a record! Sorry to say nothing interesting has happened during that time. Nothing! I’ve killed a few hundred gallards on and off, and I participated in the Gold event and killed a handful of Magurg Breeder 1’s. But that’s been it. I haven’t felt like doing anything. Life is quite boring having to keep an eye on every single pec. But I cannot stop. I just have to keep up with my regime. Can’t abandon it now. But having made the vow to swunt ALL remaining Gallards and Caraboks – and we’re talking roughly 12000-13000 of each – I’d almost want to kill myself. And what’s worse – the final mission rewards are improved evade. I need to be better at evading attacks. But I honestly don’t think I can take swunting so many more creatures.

These past few days I’ve been looking into resource gathering some more. I’m not good at it but I have learned how to handle the first 3 Terratech-PH tools. Now I’m thinking of making it my secondary profession. Harvesting wood and possibly even crafting composite planks. There’s a decent return on harvesting, though just below breaking even. So far it has proven to be more stable than swunting. Gallards have cost more to kill these past 2 days that I’m wondering if I should just leave them alone for now. 50-70% return is shit, in my opinion!

As for my financial status… still so much crap in my inventory to sell. I seriously need to amend that. I did make two sales today. Stones and shrapnel. Pocket money, but still. Christmas is coming up and I have something holiday related to get rid of. A coat and mittens. Maybe someone else would like those. I think I have one of those stupid holiday hats too. Unless I sold it. Can’t remember.

Either way, I’ll try my best to not go MIA again. I do want to evolve. Things have been stagnant for far too long.