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.

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