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.

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

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!

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.

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.

Carabok mission #4 – 1700+

Swunting Carabok is sooo utterly boring. But I made a commitment a long time ago to make the most of these animals. Extracting sweat before killing them generates 10 bottles. The current average rate is around 1.8-2 PED per 1000 bottles. I charge 2 PED for a thousand. Added to whatever loot I get I will profit. The average kill cost of a Carabok is 0.041 PED.

So I swunt. Besides, Evade is one of those invaluable skills a hunter should be proficient in, and to train that a hunter has to take a beating.

But that doesn’t stop me from almost going mental swunting these fu…critters.
swunting carabok

Extraction of sweat from a Carabok

For a brief moment I thought I should test a new weapon on them. The S.I Psy-Sword. But after having a look at their max damage I decided not to. A Carabok has 10HP. A S.I Psy-Sword can do 8 maximum damage. Worse case scenario a hunter does 2×8 hits and deals an overkill of 6 points. That’s money thrown to the wind!
So no, I will not use that weapon on Carabok. It might work on Gallard. Those turkeys have 15 HP. With any luck they die after 2-3 hits.

Anyway. Carabok. Swunting. I’m currently at Dauntless Firebase Academy. There’s 5 available and I’m all alone. I like it that way. No animal hoggers. At this very moment I’m profiting. 120% return so far. 58 killed, 2.41 PED decay, 2.91 PED loot found, 580 bottles of sweat.

Let’s hope the numbers remain positive.

Kill 5000 Monura Female & Male

I started hunting Monura Males, a large baby blue bug, in March 2015. The initial plan was to ‘swunt’ them but after some tests I realized it would take far too much time to finish the 5 mission types for each of the genders if I extracted their sweat too and not just kill them. It is ideal to ‘swunt’ all Monuras, especially the females, because the income from Vibrant Sweat will for the most part cover any loss from weapon decay. But having made the solid decision to ‘swunt’ two other creatures (Carabok and Gallard) throughout all of the 5 missions I just couldn’t make the same commitment to the Monuras. Not without going mental anyway!

The first thing I did was conduct weapon tests to see which of the weapons I had suited best. I tested S.I Psy-Blade, S.I Combat Knife, Herman PF-TT (L) and MANTA K-TT (L) – 2 types of Power Fists and 2 types of Shortblades.

My initial tests were concluded in early May. The Herman PF-TT (L) worked best for males and the S.I Psy-Blade worked best for females. The average outcome of decay was 0,048 PED (males) and 0,050 PED (females) weapon decay per kill. Despite these results I chose to use S.I Psy-Blade for both genders.
The tests also showed that females were less inclined to eat random non-edible items like weapons and resources, things that a hunter would find after a kill. In other words, it would cost more to kill females than males, and I could use the profit from the males to fund the hunt on females.

I was well into the 3d mission in June when the IFN announced that the Trophy Heads a hunter gets after finishing Mission 4 would finally be available for finishing the appropriate missions for both Monuras, as well as Pandi and Dromia. This is where my luck – and 48 hours of fame – kicked in. I finished the 4th male mission and as I was going to the nearest IFN terminal to collect my reward it blared out a fanfare and a message on the screen to announce that I was the first colonist to discover the male trophy head. Utterly baffled I (greedily) wallowed in the praise from other colonists. At this point no one had claimed the female trophy.

I made a conscious decision to try and be the first to claim that title too. After much hard work and little rest I succeeded. On 16th June 2015 I discovered the male trophy, and two days later I discovered the female Trophy head.

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