03/07/17 at 09:56 #291506
I’m at the point now where I’ve got a bigger ship and can deliver more than just data. Find something that needs delivery half a dozen jumps away, and pick up 1 or 2 extra lots of cargo to be delivered along the way. Get lucky at one of those places and you’ll deliver it and pick up something else to deliver to your final destination, or somewhere a couple of jumps past it. For 100k+ per delivery, the money starts to add up a lot quicker than those early data deliveries.
But you’re more likely to be attacked. Which at least gives you bounties to turn in somewhere. I did realise this was likely to happen, and upgraded my weapons a bit. But forgot the power requirements. So that didn’t end well. Whoops.
Are we all heading to Sol then? Might take a while to get there, but once we’re there, I think we need to all meet up in a private galaxy.03/07/17 at 15:09 #291550
Sol meet up sounds like a plan! A little TSA trundle on The Moon would be lovely!
I’m not far off being able to afford a Keelback, but I’m gonna learn from you and make sure I’m ready with insurance money, weapons and funds for extras before I splash out.03/07/17 at 15:44 #291555
A TSA trundle on The Moon? No, I want to visit Uranus.
Unless it’s been renamed to avoid all those terrible jokes, as they did in Futurama. Because there’s nothing funny about a planet called Urectum.04/07/17 at 15:16 #291642
Hah, visit whatever planet you like but stay away from mine.
I made it to Earth! It was quite a fun trip, I learnt lots about space trucking along the way and got a weird bit of perspective on our home, it really is tiny. Right, now I’m after that Keelback, back we go to Tun (unless you’re going to join the Fed rebellion and be a freedom fighting space pirate Sol looks really boring).06/07/17 at 18:50 #291847
I’m still harmless. But a merchant now. And Mostly Aimless.
And it’s getting more fun. Jump distance is up to 20LY or so, which means lots of money in 1 little hop, not several. And that upgraded scanner means lots of data to sell once I’m 20LY away. Which works out nice.
Plenty of cargo room and a bit more firepower, and the fools soon realise their mistake when they demand my cargo, so I’m starting to get bigger rewards for delivering cargo and pick up a few bounties on the way.
However, I did discover the perils of landing on a planet with 3.90G gravity. (Technically that should be 3.90g. Lower case. G is something else when it comes to gravity)
That was a bouncy experience never to be repeated. Struggling to get high enough off the ground to make it to the landing pad. Let go of the vertical thrusters, and it’s bouncing off the ground or buildings or whatever again. Nearly trashed my ship doing it. Well, about 1/3 of the hull damaged.
So watch out for planets with too much gravity. It’s going to be fun getting off that planet too.08/07/17 at 08:56 #291942
I think I’m similarly rated to you. My time ranking up with the Feds in order to get to Sol didn’t do much for my progress or bank balance, but I did get the Sol trophy 4th according to psnprofiles, in easily pleased :)
I got my Keelback and immediately parked it and went back to my Cobra. I’d not though about the stock parts and in particular having to do 10 jumps for a trip that takes 2 in my Cobra was such a pain, so it’ll stay in the garage until I’ve earned enough to buy some good parts. My Cobra is now full of highly rated parts, but it’s reaching its limit, the huge cost for tiny increase in stats is now offputting and it’s pretty fast and versatile now so I’m gonna stop spending.
Without meaning to I’ve adopted a home base at Tun, repping up with the local factions is allowing me to earn nearly half a million on some of the missions I see now, plus it’s a fast place to return to at 190Ls from its sun and it’s not far from a great shipyard station. I quite like that I’ve got a home, it’s become comfortable and gives far off places a foreign feel, and also means that the current community mission (of defending that new base for Thargoid spotting) has a distant frontier feel to it. I’m starting to read the Galnet and google old community missions from the last couple of years to pick up the story, which I didn’t even know existed! I made the mistake of assuming Elite was a space sim with trading, now I realise that it’s extremely deep. You’re right to pick me up on comparing it to NMS MrYd, they both happen in space and that’s where the similarities end!08/07/17 at 10:32 #291943
I’m just trying to wander around the galaxy, but I’m not getting far. The missions all seem to be set up to stop you wandering off quickly. You want the money, but it seems the best missions for money just keep dragging you back in the opposite direction to random wandering.
And while it’s a completely different beast to NMS, I’m sure that without the original Elite 33 years ago, NMS wouldn’t exist. And NMS has better music.11/07/17 at 15:41 #292154
Just noticed in today’s patch notes that there’s a fix that stops new players seeing the welcome mission. Handy, I didn’t see any welcome mission, did you MrYd? Can I blame all my moaning about directionlessness on this lack of welcome mission?11/07/17 at 18:49 #292170
Welcome mission?? There’s the tutorial things, but those are on the main menu, not in the game, so I guess it’s not those?
Wonder if this welcome mission will appear this many hours into the game?
Also from the patch notes…
“Overworked Air Traffic Controllers will no longer greet pilots as they are leaving”
Which is good. That’s just weird when that happens, which is about 50% of the time.11/07/17 at 22:03 #292171
Hah yeah that ATC thing made me laugh, it was happening to me every takeoff, very silly! I’ve noticed that and some other improvements to the sound and UI, a few things seem a bit more spangly.
I just arrive at the Blackmount Orbital station that’s in the community mission, it’s really gorgeous as it’s being built inside an asteroid right next to a ringed planet. Time for some big space truckin’ to earn some fat dollaaah.11/07/17 at 22:18 #292172
No welcome mission for me then.
I did just get invited to visit an engineer though. Only 400LY away. And she wants 1 unit of Meta-alloys. Which may be available at 1 single place in the galaxy. Possibly 2.
I also found a whole bunch of brown dwarf stars, which was nice. They’re distinctly not brown though. More magenta/red. Which is actually what they should be, so that was interestingly accurate. And you can’t fuel scoop them, being type T. Or “shit, failed stars that are just like a bigger Jupiter and not really a star at all”.
And I found a space station in orbit around a very large planet. Some struggles with gravity to get to that one.
I’m very impressed by the physics. Gravity does just what it should, sometimes at a surprising distance. And the stars all look lovely and just like they should do. And I believe the simulated parts of the galaxy have had interesting events like Nasa saying “look what we’ve found!” and someone finding something very similar in the simulation in the same general area.
So now it’s a several hundred light year journey ahead for me. When I’m supposed to be going to see Uranus. Which might just be in the opposite direction.11/07/17 at 22:21 #292173
Ooh! If you’re at Blackmount Orbital, have a look to see if those Meta-alloys are on sale. If they are, I’m definitely heading that way. Or pop over to Darnielle’s Progress in the Maia system. Those 2 places are allegedly where you can buy them.12/07/17 at 10:50 #292190
The community goal at Blackmount involves taking them meta-alloy so I doubt they’ve got any, I’ll check though and I’m gonna make a run to Danielle for some especially since you mention the engineer’s demand, is it the old lady? I got a message from one yesterday I think it was her.12/07/17 at 11:10 #292193
Yes, the old lady engineer that sends you a message once you reach Scout explorer ranking. Felicity Farseer. Needs 1 Meta-alloy taken to Deciat. Looks like she’ll be handy for improving the FSD. Which will be annoying because then those hundreds of lightyears to get to her will seem a lot smaller.12/07/17 at 14:06 #292209
I gave up on buying meta-alloy, no luck on either of those locations, but not far from Blackmount is a system with two barnacles on a planet that you could get meta-alloy from. Here’s a picture of the site…
Pleiades Sector R0-Q B5-0 4 -23.59,+70.95
The meta alloys are in the large green pods on the spikes around the two barnacles (trophy for scanning a barnacle!), the tiny green pods can’t be mined, the big ones are obvious and that’s what you’re after. You need to shoot them off in the SRV turret, target them, then cargo scoop them up, then they appear as meta-alloy in your inventory. I got four, sold one for the community goal, need one for the engineer, so two spare in case I can help you out with an early Christmas present!
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