July 2016 conclusion

July is over. These are the results.

Animals/Mobs killed:  Arkadia Hornet, Carabok, Gallard, Monura Male
Weapons used: Piron PBP-0 (L), S.I Psy-Blade
Total kills:  1960
Ammo used: 161112
Ammo cost:  16.11
Repairs:  73.82
Decay:  81.70
Loot:  62.59
Global (PED):  0
Sweat collected: 16765
Sweat sold: 10000
Income:  362.40
Expenses:  334.06
Funds at end: 364.03
Loot return %:  63.99

An absolutely crappy month. Loot has never been as bad as this month. It seems Lootius has favoured the Migration participants on Calypso. Migration should be over within 1-2 months though.

Notes
Expenses refers to anything but repairs.
Income refers to anything but selling sweat.
Loot includes globals.

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…

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.

First Ostelok hunting session

Today I hunted Ostelok for the first time. I’ve grown tired of carabok and gallard because I set the (oh-so-boring) goal of swunting ALL of the 5 mission stages. That’s 16,000 animals… each! Monura Fe/Male is not on my to-do list any time soon due to the fact I no-lifed my hunting last time. Halix … I finished Stage 3 the other day and needed a break. Ostelok (young) are almost as weak as caraboks so they seemed like a good target. The difference between the ostelok missions and the other animals listed is that the IFN doesn’t count actual kills. They are after killpoints, and each maturity give different amount of points; the greater maturity the better. Since I hadn’t killed ostelok before I went for the young ones to get a kill cost estimate, as well as loot estimate. But I need more data before I can make a decent conclusion. I used a Piron PBR-0 (L) as a tagger and my trusted S.I Psy-Blade as main weapon.

The session went well though. I collected 1020 points, which equals 102 kills. The return was just below breaking even. I can live with that.

The other reason I chose to change targets was because I stumbled upon a buyer of shrapnel. I sold material worth 202 PED when converted. That was cause for “celebration”. Not only did I manage a sale (which seems rare for me) but my pack-rat skills paid off! There’s been so many times I’ve felt this need to sell everything to the trade terminal even though I wasn’t in need of the actual money. I felt I was in need of a sale. Not a good enough reason to miss out on MU.
but then a few hours later I messed up the numbers during another sale and lost money. Not smart! I was beating myself up about it even though we’re talking PECs. So now I have fine tuned my spread sheet to remind me that my minimum MU will be 101%. It equals the value of the converted material and selling for less is idiotic! I really need to keep a better eye on my numbers in the future.

My goal for tomorrow is to continue, and hopefully finish, the Stage 1 ostelok mission. …and keep fighting the urge to go on a carabok kill spree without extracting sweat.

Home Sweet Home

Finally back on Arkadia! I came back Friday night after another short trip with the EFA. I’ve made use of their services twice now, round trip included. Next time, however, I will make use of my Sleipnir to t least travel from Space Station to the planet in question. That will save me 7 PED. But I have no idea how to. All I know is that I need thruster(s) and they are not very cheap. Or at least I don’t want to pay for any just yet.

The plan was to make at least 30 PED while on Calypso to get back the expense of travel, but it didn’t happen. I managed 8 PED – sweat only. I also didn’t get my usual ask of 2 PED/1k bottles. But 1.9 PED /1k bottles is acceptable. Especially after hearing it was as low as 1.5 PED/1k bottles at one time.
The boards sold well though so I’m contemplating doing more resource gathering and bring sales to Caly as long as there’s no use for the boards on Arkadia. From my understanding it’s used in property building on Caly. It’s new, not sure how it is going to be frank.

Anyway!
I got my haircut. I didn’t pay for a colour service as the asking price was way out of order. I’ll ask around on Arkadia to get price offers. My hair is all black. Way too emo!

Wournos black hairdo

My black hairdo.

Oh! There’s currently an Oratan attack going on, mainly at Repulse Firebase. I was there briefly to fend off some of them. They sent the usual miners that I personally don’t target. I prefer to join the collective in killing the lancers and such. They ride Kamaldons, I believe, and just wreak as much havoc as they possibly can. I lost count of how many times I died and was revived! But I walked away with about 180% loot return. Most of the loot was shrapnel – or Crapnel as some call it. There’s no use except converting it onto universal ammo. Don’t you just love getting ammo when you use knives, powerfists and swords… I have over 200 PED worth of shrapnel. I’ll see if I can sell some.

Speaking of sales. I put up my Simple I Conductors on auction and they sold within a few hours. They were worth 31.80 PED (no MU) and sold them for 37 PED. Without fee that’s a 4.45 PED profit. I love profit!
I also put up Fuel Cells. Still waiting for those to sell. 7 days left. I wish I could bring all my Piron weapons to Calypso to sell, but anyone with any economic self respect would not buy the level 0 weapons. At least not the laser ones. All level 0 Pirons are almost as eco as the TT weapons, but not if you add MU, and they have roughly 160% MU. The trade terminal sell laser, not BLP, so there is a small chance that BLP weapons can be sold in private. It’s worth a shot (no pun intended!) to bring them next time I go to sell boards. But at the same time I want to be part of the Arkadian economy and stimulate that, not leech off of Calypso’s.

Decisions, decisions…

July conclusion

July has ended and these are the results.

Animals/Mobs killed:  Oratan P. Thief, Carabok, Halix
Weapons used: Piron PBR-0 (L), Bukin’s Blade, Scott & Barlow SB-4 (L), S.I Psy-Blade, Herman PF-TT (L)
Total kills:  607
Ammo used: 33091
Ammo cost:  3.31
Repairs:  56.97
Decay:  119.32
Loot:  131.91
Global (PED):  24
Sweat collected: 1325
Sweat sold: 0
Income:  18.68
Expenses:  39.24
Funds at end: 221,97
Loot return %:  107.568

Not terrible (because I profited) but it could always be better! I should note that I wasn’t as active this month as I usually am.

Notes
Expenses refers to anything but repairs.
Income refers to anything but selling sweat.
Loot includes globals.

Halix young vs S.I Psy-Sword

Today I tested the S.I Psy-Sword further but I can already tell it is not ideal to kill Halix with. It is a slow to use longblade compared to, let’s say, the S.I Psy-Blade. The current data says it costs 0.1207 PED to kill a Halix (young) and I get an average of 0.0889 PED in loot. Really, it is not ideal at all. I should mention I use a Piron PBP-0 (L) as tagger. For every 100 Halix killed I spend 1.5 PED more on decay (with S.I Psy-blade decay lands at 0.1055 PED per kill). Current loot return arrives at a measly 74.78%. Question is, do I continue the test with the “required” 3 additional sessions or do I quit after only 2 sessions and 122 Halix killed?!

I should probably do the last 3 sessions just for consistency. Not looking forward to it.

Remember, people. Every PEC counts!

Economics & Depositing

Since this blog is written strictly from a game point of view it is less than easy to talk about certain aspects of the game and still maintain a fictional view. One of these aspects is Economics, and especially Depositing.

Entropia Universe is a free-to-play game. There are no monthly fee(s) like other games have. It is also a Real Cash Economy (RCE), meaning that everything in the game has an actual value in (American) Dollars. Since money don’t grow on trees (for obvious reasons) in the game this adds an extra challenge for those who do not want to fund their gaming by depositing money. I am such a person, though it can be argued if I have deposited or not. I used a third-party website to earn game money and transfer it to my game account. It is not an illegal action but it is questionable.

The initial funding eased the start of the game and help me shorten the otherwise long-term Boredom-Jobs (collect fruit/stones, extract vibrant sweat) to get “free money” in the game. That said, I still engage in these jobs on and off to make sure I keep an Eco balance.