On the home world

Monday, I spent a lot of time placing various items looted from other planets onto auction and TTing a few that did not come up to spec.  I would prefer to auction things locally but often this is not practical due to the low population of other planets.  Afterwards I paid a visit to the Drones at Jason Centre, they are definitely not as friendly as they have been in the past but the skill gains were quite good.

Tuesday, I was short on welding wire and rather than buy some decided to make it, I already had some BPs with about 350 clicks but bought another giving me nearly 450.  I had in store only Lysterium so had to purchase the Alternative Ingots and the Ospra Ingots at auction and then find a sweat seller. Once I had more than enough ingredients I soon rattled through the clicks and now have enough Welding Wire to last a few weeks, I hope.
I bumped into Feyn An Talitha, we had been waiting to exchange some pixie parts and did this. She has found a niche creating face tattoos and the one I have seen on her website is pretty cool.  She is interested in acquiring my old apartment at Sakura and we are negotiating a deal.

Wednesday, Only 2 of the items placed on Auction on Monday are still for sale, quite surprised, maybe I should be looking at auctioning some of the stuff in the shopkeeper. I made some more welding wire with BPs acquired at auction, Also managed to add a piece of Hoplite chest armour to my set, only a couple of bits left to get now. That was it, just too tired to hunt!

Thursday, I was still tired, I just wandered about from TP to TP forgetting why I was going there and then going somewhere else. I think I did this for a couple of hours before realising the futility of it.

Friday, off to Boreas to visit the Drones, these where much kinder to me, they even dropped some Aurora armour parts. I could not remember which suit of armour I had used against them before, the Musca +6a or the Viceroy +5b, I tried both, the Musca was better but not by much.

Saturday, The Drones at Boreas were so kind yesterday that I decided to visit them again, this time I made a loss but including yesterday’s result I was still ahead of the game but only slightly. During this hunt the Karma Killer clawed it’s way up to tier 5.1, this looks like the hardest level to tier so it will take a long time before I reach 6.

I decided to create a new armour set for Drones, I took the 6a plates from the Musca and added them to the Harrier set I acquired in the pack I purchased the other week, the Musca went into storage. I had been wondering what I should do with the Harrier, I think with the metabolic increase it provides it may help in backing away a little. Time will tell. I would prefer just swap the plates onto armour as when I see fit but in truth it’s a bit of a ball ache, I would like to see a way to add them that is similar to the method now available to equip a whole suit of armour in one go.

Come about 90 minutes before Space Skilling Saturday and the servers were experiencing all kinds of woe, I logged out as I could  not access a vehicle inventory but could then not log in again. I managed to get back on line with about 15 minutes to spare but could not then spawn my quad or use a TP. I logged again and contacted Wolta by e-mail, we decided it was best to cancel skilling this week as the servers where again down. I spent the time creating a Sleepyheads section on the site, this is for the core crew to use. I hope in time it will contain some useful content, at the moment it just gives those with access the chance to vote where we should go after Space Skilling Saturday.

Sunday, I returned to Boreas twice coming away in the black both times. The Harrier + 6a combination was effective and slightly more economical I think, During the second session which was in the evening the servers were once again suffering, there was a notice on the Loader stating that:-

“Support message

We are recovering data from yesterdays database backlog, this infers extra load on the servers and that is the reason for the exceptional lag. We are sorry for the inconvenience and are working as quick ad possible to get back to normal operation as soon as possible.”

Nice to know they can keep the service running while doing this kind of thing.

I reached almost 20k of the 30k killpoints to finish the Drone Stage IV mission, I should be able to complete it if I make an effort this week. Also getting very close to level 54 Laser Pistoleer (Hit), I expect to get that before I finish the Drones mission.

Hunting returns for this week were almost 102%, nice to see a profit no matter how small.



Welcome Home

Log Entry for April the 20th 2014

Slightly different format this week, I have had more time available to me and have been able to write most of this at the time as opposed to a week in retrospect.

Monday: Last day on Arkadia.
That’s not to say that I won’t be back. Wolta and I went hunting some Oratan slashers, lancers and miners as well as some Riptor. Wolta did not have time to complete the hunt, sadly she missed out on the two globals that happened towards the end. For me it was a good start to the week.

Tuesday: Calypso welcomes me back.
I arrived fairly early in the morning and decided to go and great the drones at Jason Centre, I had on me 100 PED of ammo that I had carried in space and was content to use that for a quick hunt. For drones I use musca armour, it provides no protection and takes no decay but it does let me wear some 6a plates, the weapon was my unamplified and unenhanced Karma Killer.
The first loot was in the 20 PED area which is a nice start, most loots were good and a little later I scored one around the 30 PED mark. The hunt was topped off toward the end with a 300 PED global from a gen. 1, clearly the drones were pleased to see me and we’re not just packing heat!

Tuesday: The move (day 1).
I began the process of moving the contents of my apartment to the new base of operation at Treasure Island Castle, doing this in several trips so as to remain organised in some way. After getting about a third of the way through I got bored.

Wednesday: The Drones want to have my babies!
The second day on Calypso and I again went hunting drones at Jason Centre, they were slightly less generous today but a 279 PED global is still very welcome, a couple of other decent loots and I reached the conclusion they are seeking some DNA, the horrors that stem from that are just not to be contemplated.

Wednesday: The move (day 2).
I spent a few hours stocking the shopkeeper I have positioned on the porch. Having never done this before it was quite a learning curve, I’m guessing the interface has not been modified since before there where Limited items as it only allows entry of MU in PED not as a percentage. The shopkeeper is now fully stocked and I look forward to selling something, I’m aware the location is not ideal and that there will probably not be much by way of passing trade but I’m going to try anyway. I was surprised by just how many items I have accumulated, I have more than can fit in the shopkeeper.

Thursday: The Drones are losing interest.
Another drone hunt, another global, this time for the minimum of 50 PED, no complaints here, I knew their generosity would not last but it was nice while it did and it has not exactly vanished. A second hunt later in the day yielded no global but I still profited so I was happy. A third hunt was pushing my luck though. Hell, it would have been one ugly baby anyway.

Thursday: The move (day 3).
I moved my knife collection and the second half of my mentor items collection, it was quite fiddly to put together and I’m not exactly happy with it. I shall have to revisit it after I complete moving. The lighting inside seems inconsistent, today it was much darker than previously, either that or I’m losing the plot, I decided to add some lighting to the hall using metal torches, this has made it much easier for me to find my way out. I have also used Halloween torches to cast shadows upon the walls in the office area, this has added some movement to the room and looks a little spooky. I repositioned the shopkeeper based on the idea that sex sells, the only disadvantage is that is now necessary to jump in order to gain access to the building, a small inconvenience.
I decided I should have an off-line record of what is in the shopkeeper so I spent some time creating this, I am planning on using it on the pathfinderxxxi site in a trade page, I would need to update it regularly of course. I’m sure it will have other uses.

Thursday: A little crafting.
I had noticed how expensive Warp Drives had become, I already had enough materials to have an attempt at making just 1, I also had a BP with 2 goes left on it. Needless to say my first attempt failed, undaunted I purchased an additional 2 Generic Fuses and tried again. I have a new Warp Drive 1, full TT, good job I remembered to use residue.

Friday: I think the drones are faking it but I don’t mind.
A couple of hunts, a couple of globals. Nothing spectacular but I turned a profit both times so I’m happy. Definitely seem to be having a much overdue run of luck, I’m tempted to try some bigger mobs just to see if this is limited to drones. On the other hand because they stay as ranged targets I get the best advantage from my sights. Guess there is only one way to find out. I completed the Iron Challenge Drone Stage III and took the 7.75 PED handgun implant as a reward. Before taking the implant my Laser Pistoleer (Hit) Skill was at 52.3640% after it reached 52.4560%, a nice increase.

Friday : The move (day 4).
Basically this is done, my old apartment is empty, all the items have been moved and positioned in the new house. It was sad seeing the apartment empty, not sure what I’m going to do with it yet, it’s not like I’ve left it for the last time.
I bought a few extra items to improve the look of things at Lakeside, I’m particularly pleased with the use of shadows thrown by Halloween torches, some of them are quite spooky. I added some torches outside but unlike Arkadia, Calypso never gets very dark so the effect is limited, I will have a think about using them elsewhere.

Saturday: The drones are no longer trying.
A couple of hunts again, both of which provided returns in the 50-60% region, not a good start to my weekend, I wonder if it is because it’s the weekend or because I completed the Iron Challenge. Probably neither but I will persist with them for a while, I don’t want to give up on a good thing.

Saturday: Additional.
Weekends are normally busy, more people on-line, more interaction:-
Wolta scored herself a Rare Item HoF, an  Omegaton A102 from and Atrax, this while completing her 5k Atrax Iron Challenge.
I added a pair of low TT Rutuba footguards to the Shopkeeper, makes her feet look a little smaller.
Space Skilling Saturday occurred in Calypso Space for the first time in a while.

Sunday: The drones are just stringing me along.
3 hunts today with returns between 64-73% so an improvement, maybe things will improve during the week. I will persevere.

Sunday: Additional.
Wolta has a strange tale to tell of her sub-warp journey to Arkadia in the Pathfinder. Thank you for writing of your experiences Wolta.
Vinge has almost reached 34% of her discipleship, nicely done Vinge.


And that was my week, only one skill gain, I guess low level drones do not provide a lot and no tier increase for the Karma Killer. A busy week though and one I came out of with a profit from hunting so I’m over the Monria.


Every which way!

Log Entry for March the 23rd 2014

I have spent most of the week in Space, skilling where possible, some was with Wolta on the Monday evening. My feet did not touch the surface of a planet (Calypso) until Thursday night. Maybe it would have been sooner but the Gold Card lock out issue took me off line for a day. Support was very speedy when it came to re-synchronising the login sequence with my Gold Card.

The New chat system was something of a shock! I struggled for about an hour before I had to go out and that hour was very frustrating. However on my return I began to get to grips with it, it’s very flexible with many new and good features, some fundamental changes are causing me a few issues still, I’m used to main chat staying in focus until I press ESC and am struggling to break the habit, the consequences are that I start typing while the main screen has focus and various windows pop into existence, which can be inconvenient. That’s not a criticism the update is a definite improvement and I am particularly glad to see off-line messaging available. There are a few bugs known and these will no doubt be resolved soon. Nice work MA.

Hunting this week has gone well for the most part, I have had some positives and some negatives and there has been an approximate correlation between decay and loss which is what I expect to see. That’s based on a statement made by an MA representative (Marco I think) a long time ago which basically said that MA makes their money on decay. I have hunted some Drones on Calypso, Riptor, Oratan Miners and Slashers on Arkadia. I even got globals from 2 consecutive Oratan Miners on Sunday plus a smattering of others during the week.

Six assorted skill gains this week plus a Hit Point increase, I’m now at 164. Looking at the skills I’m getting quite close to new levels in many hunting skills so I expect a spate of level increases over the next few weeks.

I took possession of my new base of operations on Calypso, Lake view #1 and have managed to procure a shopkeeper to install there. I need a week or so on Calypso to move my possessions and set up the new base, a dreadfully dull task, I moved just 3 items and got bored. Maybe this week will see me moving.

Vinge has been making good progress in her discipleship which is nice to see, she is crafting away when possible and joined us for Space Skilling Saturday 10 so more of an increase there. Hopefully we will do more together soon, some kind of hunt would be good.

Been a busy week, I’m bound to have forgotten something!