Carabok IFN Stage 4 – Complete

Good morning, Arkadians.

Some good news. I have officially finished the IFN Stage 4 Carabok mission. All caraboks were swunted. All of them! All 5000 of them. I do not want to see a carabok for a while, I tell you! I don’t have the data to tell you cost, profit/loss or anything, only the overall statistics of the last 2487 kills.

Decay: 103.0100 PED
Loot -MU: 88.0117 PED
Loot +MU: 108.4028 PED
Return -MU %: 85.44 PED

Had it not been for Migration on Calypso and Lootius favouring those hunters my return would have been better. The worst return I’ve had so far was 39.85%. Usually its over 80%. If I were to make up for the loss in loot with sweat I’d have to collect nearly 6500 bottles. I might join a sweat circle for that.

carabok trophy head

Carabok trophy head from IFN Stage 4.

I sold off some stored goods like ores, animal muscle oil and oil residue to some local traders to fund my next mission. Halix (young) IFN Stage 4. I’m required to kill 4800 halix. They are far fiercer than carabok and will require a different approach. First of all, I will not swunt them. Secondly, I will use a Piron PBP-0 (L) to tag them – if needed. I will also make use of a healing tool now and again to avoid resurrection at a nearby firebase. I will still use my trusted S.I Psy-Blade. I do love that powerfist.

Yesterday I headed to Courageous Firebase Academy with my gear and killed 129 halix young. It was a nice run in the snow – until I got wet. I decided to move south into the grass to dry up some.

It was a good hunt. Resurrected once and use the turrets once after being chased by older halix. Lootius must have smiled upon me because loot return was 137.03%, without MU. That’s really good. No globals though. They will come, I’m sure of it. My friend Lizzy can’t get them all.

Oh… I heard there is a bounty on Halix Skull. 1000 PED to whoever finds one. It would certainly help with future hunts, but alas, my luck sucks. I’ll just plod along for now.

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

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!

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…

June conclusion

June has ended and July has started. Time to take note of the monthly events.

Animals/Mobs killed:  Monura M/F, Oratan P. Thief, Gallard, Arkadia Hornet, Carabok, Halix
Weapons used:  S.I Psy-Blade, S.I Psy-Sword, S.I Combat Knife, Piron PBP-0 (L), Piron PBR-0 (L)
Total kills:  9947
Ammo used:  168,957
Ammo cost:  16.90
Repairs:  505.76
Decay:  518.69
Loot:  503.94
Global (PED):  12.00
Sweat collected:  5105
Sweat sold: 0
Income:  225.39
Expenses:  82.70
Funds at end:  295.54
Loot return %:  94.091

Seeing how loot return is key it was a pretty good month. It was the third best month according to my (un-published) records.

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

Arkadia Hornets suck.

As the report states: Arkadia Hornets suck. Badly. I went on a weapon test session(s) yesterday south of Victorious Firebase to see how well I would do with a Piron PBR-0 (L). The overall outcome that day was around 55% loot return!! Added to my existing data it crawled up to 71,55%. That is by far the worst creature I have ever killed!

Average per kill
Decay (gun+ammo): 0.0425 PED
Loot: 0.0292 PED
Kills: 289

I need to test the Piron PBP-0 (L) too but I doubt it will be any better. The weapons have similar stats despite one being handgun and the other a rifle.

Aside from all this, what sucks even more is that I have to use a firearm to kill the hornets. They are airborne and can’t be swatted with a powerfist or a blade. And my neck hurts every damn time going after these. …and I’m only on Stage 2! I guess I could skip it (I have been thinking along those lines before) but I seem to becoming a “mission whore”. I want to have them all finished one day.