Firsts & Last

Log entry for the 28th of December 2014.

Monday, I stated the week on Crystal Palace team hunting Aurli in Dome 1 with Wolta, the loot was very poor and we abandoned the hunt. Later I was rewarded when I took on the Kreltin in Dome 2, my first kill resulted in a global of nearly 400 PED and later on the hunt I got a second though much smaller global. I also reached level 56 Laser Pistoleer (Hit), I was aiming to reach level 60 by year end, clearly this is not going to happen, if I remember correctly I began the year at level 50 so I got over half way and am still making progress but there is little chance of reaching level 57 in the next few days.

Thursday, I went to Calypso to pick-up some auction items and while there had a go at the Kerbs and the Yule bot in Merry Mayhem, this is the first year I have had access to level 3 and I struggled against the Yule bot. As is usual for me in this event the result was not good but I did get my solo certificate. The Proteron hunt I tried afterwards was much worse.

Friday, I tried the Araneatrox in Merry Mayhem, a better result for me but still not good I avoided the Yule bot this time and got a small global. I returned to Crystal Palace and revisited the Kreltin in Dome 2, 2 globals the first on my first mob and the second on my last, not too bad a result either.

Saturday, I should probably have mentioned it earlier, I’m trying to complete the Kreltin stage iii challenge of 1000 kills, to this end I completed 2 hunts each of 1 hour and using the skill pills, the first one was quite bad but the second one made up for it, with a total of 4 globals, 2 of which were one after the other. In addition the Karma Killer reached tier 5.4, a distinct bonus. I have calculated I’m doing about 55 kph (Kreltins per hour). Later it was Space Skilling Saturday, which also gave a decent return.

Sunday, an Aurli team hunt in dome 1 with Wolta, the returns of which were not good but as always it was fun. Later more Kreltin in dome 2 which was also a bit of a loss. I then went out in my Quad to try the Cosmic Horrors, I was a bit drunk and took more damage and less loot than I would have liked.

I made quite a lot of progress during the week both with Handgun skills (56.2%) and Kreltin (540/1000), this did incur a loss of nearly 700 PED but the return was at just under 90% which is a pretty good return.

Lost in Space

Log entry for the 21st of December 2014.

Let’s face it, it was only a matter of time until I used that title.

Monday, I roam the surface of Cyrene, the place seems smaller and I am lost (again), It seems that almost every time I come here the surface has changed dramatically, there was a time I could find things but no more. I failed to find any decent mobs and of course decent loot has very high evade skills. I am plagued by an error message almost every time I do anything, I am not sure I can stay here for very long. Wolta logs out on Pathfinder XXXI and Nocturaline is already on Arkadia so I need feel no guilt about leaving a friend behind should I go.

Tuesday, today’s update changed the error, it now told me it was related to a particular mission, I think it was called “Improve your Skills”, or something like that, I failed to take a note however after abandoning the mission all the errors went away. Loot has forgotten to wear its armour and I take advantage of the situation.

Thursday, Loot decided to wear its very best set of armour today, I realised I had no chance and walked away from the Dire Weed, they were not counting toward the mission for which I was supposed to kill them anyway. I headed to Arkadia.

Friday, I headed to Crystal Palace, yeah, I had no idea what I was doing or why! Once there I began to feel more with it and set to on the Aurli in Dome 1, I was relatively close to completing the iron challenge Aurli Stage III (kill 1000 of the critters), so I set to against them with mediocre results but i did get a level in Evader.

Saturday, more Aurli, again the mediocre results but an increase in Ranged laser (Dmg) and I reached 960/1000. Space Skilling Saturday was a quieter than normal session but the Cosmic Horrors were unusually generous though no global was scored. Surprisingly, afterwards I was still awake so I revisited the Aurli in Dome 1 and completed the stage III mission as well as getting an increase on my combat average, now to level 33. I began the stage IV (kill 5000) as I was using a skill pill and did not wish to waste it.This session was also profitable, it seems Saturday night is all right for fighting!

Sunday, I moved on to Kreltin in dome 2, I had started the 1000 mission sometime ago but had not achieved much, after a couple of hunts I had cleared the 20% mark and gained a hit point bringing me to 173, always good to get another hit point, a nice positive end to the week.

I managed a little over 90% return this week and am rather pleased with it, certainly value for money entertainment wise.

Rocktropia (mostly)

Log entry for the 14th of December 2014.

Monday, most of today’s efforts centred around getting the Philosopher’s Sword to tier II, I did this by “Serving the Nation” Completely Using the Sword 5 times and on the last hunt it got to tier 1.9 and was ready to be upgraded, hopefully with 2 Skill Enhancers on it it will be of better use to Wolta when we next visit Ancient Greece. I also took part in a couple of Zombie Kongs, some of which was using the Philosopher’s Sword but it was nearly all Karma Killer and it managed to crawl it’s way to tier 5.3 in the process. It was a good day with 6 of 8 hunts resulting in a positive return.

Tuesday, I used the new auction system to bid on items on Calypso while I was on Rocktropia, I say new but this is how it originally was when there was only Calypso, Crystal Palace and what was then called Club Neverdie. Now as then the auction transport fees were on the high side especially as I was after more than 1 stack so I elected to collect these myself and set off in Pathfinder XXXI for Calypso.

On arrival I placed a collection of items onto auction, retrieved my Skill Enhancers and then set about purchasing what was required to bring the Philosopher’s Sword to tier II and the EMT Kit EK-2900 to tier V, this was all relatively painless as I had most of what was required in store and it was not long until both items were tiered. I added some Weapon Skill Enhancers to both of the available slots on the Philosopher’s Sword, and put it away for Wolta to try on her return.

I decided to try the Araneatrox and the Atrox but both were being very uncooperative so I cut the hunt short.

I also stuffed a looted DOA Slugstorm into Pamela.

Wednesday, After placing a few more auctions of items that had already sold I headed spacewards and paid a visit to my old friends the Aurli on Crystal Palace, they were not pleased to see me. I left thinking them quite rude and headed back to Rocktropia.

Thursday, I descended to the surface of Rocktropia where I once again visited the werewolves to test out the Philosopher’s sword, they were slightly more welcoming than the Aurli of yesterday, I still wonder why they carry so much makeup?

Friday, the Werewolves were becoming quite rude so I paid several visits to the Scavenger Wolves with my old EnBlade A. I started the 500 mission intending to finish it before leaving and after 2 visits had reached 116/500, they were far more eager to entertain me. Wolta did try the sword and it is an improvement but more practice is required.

Saturday, 3 more visits to the Scavenger Wolves was all I could manage today, this brought me to 301/500, not bad progress but a miss of my target by quite a long way. Later it was Space Skilling Saturday, the Cosmic Horrors were decent hosts and this week I stayed awake.

Errors by the dozen.

Errors by the dozen.

Sunday, I was on Cyrene where I blundered into some Paneleon and entertained myself with error message after error message while slaying these and doing pretty much anything else too, it was very irritating. I did consider raising a support case but put it off. Cyrene had changed a lot since my last visit, a completely new map and I had lots of Teleporters to find (again) so I was kept quite busy.

All things considered this was a good week, there was very little by way of loss and a return of approximately 90%, there were considerably more hunts than is usual but due to them using a sword that’s no real surprise.

Ancient Greece

Log entry for the 7th of December 2014.

Monday finds me back in one of my favourite places, Ancient Greece. I’m running around in somewhat revealing armour trying my luck with various Cyclops, the main reason for me being here is to make some progress with the Steropes Cyclops 333 mission, For this I use my Archon’s Sword but this is no easy task and when solo several resurrections are normally required for me to finish just one of these although I did manage to kill one with just one resurrection.

I lent my Philosopher’s Sword to Wolta, her skill is not quite good enough to be in the learning period. I tried putting some skill enhancers into its only open slot but this did not resolve the issue. Wolta and I went and killed some Arges Cyclops by way of a hunt that we could both do.

Tuesday, two or three more Steropes, it is quite frustrating to do too many of these solo, the number of resurrections required combined with how difficult it can be to get to one of the weaker ones with several others nearby or in the way makes for very slow going. As each session progresses it becomes more difficult as at the beginning their maybe 2 or 3 weaker Steropes near to to TP but after these are killed it becomes necessary for me to work my way through some of the tougher ones to find one I can kill and I need to do this several times to achieve a single kill.

Thursday, just 2 Steropes today.

Friday, continued from yesterday and in a second session Nocturaline healed which made a big difference, I even managed a small global when I killed my 20th.

Saturday, a continuation of yesterday with both Wolta and Nocturaline healing, Nocturaline and I swapping roles after each kill. Clearly this is the way forward for me, most of the time I can survive against the lower levels with 2 Herb Box healers (Incidentally, it seems the Herb Box is no longer available from the Trade Terminal in Ancient Greece, this will make it very difficult for any Ancient Greece virgins)

Later it was Space Skilling Saturday which had it’s own difficulties, at least for me and was the parting shot as I left Next Island behind. I intend to return again soon.

Sunday, I awoke in Rocktropian Space and after sorting through last night’s lack of loot I headed to the surface in my quad. Once there I tried the Motorhead Royalty, I really should have learnt my lesson by now, the loot was dreadful, I also tried a couple of preliminary waves (8&9 I think) for a Zombie Kong but with only one other person there it seemed pointless, I know I can’t take Kong solo, I would need a lot more than 2 Herb Box healers to do that. The EMT kit EK-2900 reached tier 4.9 so it is ready to be upgraded once I can gather all the required components. I missed a Kong ATH by about 2 or 3 hours, it occurred sometime after I logged.