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…

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.

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!

 

I had a dream…

The dream I had was to reach Brawler (Hit) 20 before the end of December. That goal will not be met. The progress is so painfully slow it hurts. I did become a Brawler (Hit) 17 though. Always something. I’m still slugging away at my Ostelok mission killing youngs and matures now. The difference is 1 killpoint- 10 vs 11. The old ones are not worth it, in my opinion. According to sources they give the same amount of points (11) as matures but have greater health. Why waste decay for the same amount of points?!
I think next in line are providers, with 14 points … I think!

What I do like about the Ostelok missions are the skill rewards. Most of them anyway. I could do without Aim since I don’t use fire arms. Anatomy, Courage x2, Perception and Bravado are all very welcome. Also, the trophy head and a figurine definitely won’t hurt either. Just wish I had an actual home to put them in. Currently I sleep at various Command Posts. Courageous Firebase Academy is the current one. Snow all around. I could use a parka!

Anyway! The current average kill cost of Ostelok (young & mature) is 8.3 PEC. I believe the young has a kill cost of 7.8 PEC. That was the last number I remember before I threw matures into the mix. I really should keep the data separated, but that would mean hunting one (1) maturity at a time. I really can’t be arsed! I get enough ‘cherry-picking’ as it is.
I am half-way through stage 3 – 10,000 points to go. The remainder should cost me 83.55 PED on average in decay and ammo.

…maybe that can be my side-goal – finish stage 3 before December. A bit more tangible.

Not as passive as it may seem

Didn’t realize I haven’t posted in almost a month. Well, not much to post. When I have been active I’ve only hunted Oratan Prospector Thieves and done some resource gathering. One of the thieves held a global of 10 PED, but it was still an over all loss. I’m not going to hunt any thieves this month.

What I have done though is get a sneak peek at someone’s statistics and how they keep track of their hunting on all planets. So… I applied some of it to my own statistics and have begun to keep track of each and every mob more closely. The data is automatically calculated into two different tables for better overview. One table displays over all data for each Arkadian mob (haven’t hunted on any other planet since I started the new tracking system) and the other table displays the total data for each planet (again, only Arkadia).
So far I’ve added data from Oratan Prospector Thieves, Arkadian Hornet, Gallard and Carabok. I have Jori and Monura Male/Female left. These are the mobs I can hunt with ease.

I hunted Arkadian Hornet yesterday and today. They have been horrible in terms of loot in the past. They were yesterday too – up until the very last hornet that dropped enough stuff to make me profit by 2.59 PED (without MU; 4.77 with MU). Today that profit was lost. Well, not all of it but I did lose. I finished Mission Stage 2 and decided to never hunt hornets again. Then again, I said that a few months ago and look where I’m at…

Sales have been okay I guess. I caved and put some stuff on auction for reasonable MU and the majority sold. Not sure what to do with the Socket I Components. They just won’t sell. I have more than 50 PED in TT value.
Speaking of trades. I bought a Terratech PH-3 a while back. I haven’t used it because I’m not skilled enough yet. I also just found 4(!!) Terratech PH-2 on auction. I bought 1 of them, so now when I’m out looking for trees to harvest I can theoretically get all three types of moonleaf boards. I will only use the PH-2 and PH-3 on medium and large trees. Anything else would be uneco!

Time to try out this new tool!

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.

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.

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!