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  1. FlorbFnarb

    Elite: Dangerous - Anyone Out there?

    I have G3 Dirty Drag Drives on my Chieftain at the moment and I really want G5 for some reason, not to mention I have a couple fun builds of cheap ships that kinda need them. It was my mistake just jumping headfirst into Guardian stuff. Found the location in the Codex, figured I'd just go and see what module it gives, turns out I needed something else from somewhere else first. Oh well. I ended up going back to Exigeous's youtube video, copying down the location of the site he went to, went there, found a DBX parked there doing nothing, and just ran through the site doing what I needed. No Sentinels, maybe he had killed them all? Got what I needed but there were very few destructible panels to get. Kinda got frustrated and annoyed, and since I was already 1k LY out I just headed out in the opposite direction from home. I was gonna wait to get the FSD booster before doing Palin's 5k LY deal, but said fuck it last night and just headed out. Might not have been the best decision, since I wasn't and am still not in the mood for an exploration trip, and I'm not really taking my time as such and seeing the sights, I'm just jumping, scanning any metal rich bodies, high metal content planets, water worlds, and ELWs, and then jumping again. Might be a recipe for getting burned out of the whole exploration deal by turning it into a grind for now, but it is what it is. I have to say, as much as I enjoy this game, I really didn't enjoy the Guardian site at all, despite it being easy. There's no actual ramp up to the dais where you access the computer thing, so you kinda have to hop your SRV up there with the thrusters, which seems kinda stupid; it turns the site into some sort of platformer, and that seems a little cheesy. Different strokes for different folks, but it seems like an un-fun time sink grind to me. Unfortunately whenever I decided to turn my sights to Thargoids I'll probably have to do it some more.
  2. FlorbFnarb

    Elite: Dangerous - Anyone Out there?

    Oh, the fucking phosphorus. I had very little and used it all at a Guardian site that I picked at random because it was in my Codex, only to find at the very damned end that it wasn't a site for a module, it was a site I needed some sort of beacon for. RIP me. I checked and confirmed that they did in fact nerf the abrasion blaster dealie. RIP my sweet five blaster AspX loadout. Time for the Python to be my go-to miner. @skyf24 I'm not looking forward to the Guardian grind, but I do want that FSD booster. I need to get 5k LY out for Professor Palin to pay attention to me, and I'm not doing that without the FSD booster.
  3. FlorbFnarb

    Elite: Dangerous - Anyone Out there?

    Supposedly they fixed the abrasion blaster glitch, but I'm a few hundred LY out of the Bubble and can't test it at the moment.
  4. FlorbFnarb

    Elite: Dangerous - Anyone Out there?

    That's interesting; I wasn't sure if spawns were totally random or if what I was flying affected it. But you say *pursuit* pirates spawn according to the ship the player flies, meaning the ones that interdict you? That's interesting; I'll have to carry a ton of something just to draw them in and see what I'm facing.
  5. FlorbFnarb

    Elite: Dangerous - Anyone Out there?

    At this point I'm finding I need to engineer my shields a bit better, plus I think my weapons need an all-around rework. The odd thing is that I almost exclusively see ships no bigger than an FAS or thereabouts as pirates. No Pythons, no Kraits, and certainly no large ships. Ran into an FDL and a Dropship - the Dropship was better engineered than I would have thought an NPC would be. Actually dropped my shields and took me to 68% hull, despite my hull reinforcements and military armor, before I finished him. But regardless, the fact that almost all the ships I end up facing as pirates in RESes seem to be small or smaller mediums is affecting my weapons choices. I can't really even give fixed weapons a try when all I run into are Eagles, DBXes, and FASes and such. I can't remember the time I saw a pirate in even a Python, much less an Anaconda.
  6. FlorbFnarb

    Elite: Dangerous - Anyone Out there?

    Yeah, I have to start looking for Guardian stuff. I haven't unlocked any of that. I've done some engineering, but I only have a few engineers unlocked. What's a battle cattle though? And what's the preferred use of a Beluga now that passenger missions seem to be last year's fad? Exploration in style?
  7. FlorbFnarb

    Elite: Dangerous - Anyone Out there?

    Certainly the only reason the AspX is currently the king of deep core miners is the surface deposit/abrasion blaster feature/bug, where every blaster that hits a surface deposit generates a separate chunk. The Clipper/Python/Krait all have larger cargo capacity and more self-defense ability, but the AspX can generate chunks much faster, and currently makes more %%%/hour. The rest of them have such wide hardpoint placement you can at best get 1 or 2 chunks from each surface deposit, while the AspX regularly gets 4/5 chunks if you put enough abrasion blasters on it. Once Frontier changes that, the AspX's only advantage will be price; it will no longer be the ideal miner. I agree regarding space, but when mining in or near the Bubble, you don't have to have a fuel scoop. AspX has a Class 5 fuel tank and fairly low weight, so it runs quite a long while on a single tank, especially if you're sensible about how long your jumps are. I only run 2 limpets at a time - I reserve the Class 6 spot and a Class 5 for cargo, and so my collectors only run two at a time. I'm not having any problem getting 4/5 hits regularly. I never managed to get more than two, maybe three if I got lucky with the Python. Once Frontier changes things I'll probably mine with the Python just for the cargo capacity and self-defense ability.
  8. FlorbFnarb

    Elite: Dangerous - Anyone Out there?

    Give me a message next time you get on and we can go mining together. There are videos that are better at describing the how of deep core mining than I am, but I figured out proper outfitting pretty well I think. Oh, and also, despite the larger cargo space, I think the current consensus is that the AspX is the better miner in terms of $$$/hour than the Python.
  9. FlorbFnarb

    Elite: Dangerous - Anyone Out there?

    I gotta say, this is a really engrossing game. If you haven't played since the update, log the fuck on and learn how to do deep core mining. You can easily make millions of credits in very short order - crack an asteroid in planetary rings, collect 20-30 tons of Void Opals or Low Temperature Diamonds, sell the VOs for up to 1.6 million a ton...profit? I've got something like 260 million credits right now. I have a thread on reddit about how ridiculously easy it is to get into deep core mining even if all you can afford is an Adder. The ideal is probably to just get an Asp Explorer and kit it out like I suggest in that thread. The other option is to take a Krait Mk II or Python to have even more cargo space, but the AspX's hardpoints are near its centerline, so you can get up to five Abrasion Blasters hitting surface deposits and producing up to five chunks from a single surface deposit; the Krait and Python's hardpoints are more spread out, so it's hard to get more than two chunks released at a time. Given the short trips needed to sell the VOs and LTDs from deep core mining at maximum price, the Python's superior cargo space is less important than the AspX's sheer speed at producing chunks. The AspX build I have in that thread is like 17 million. If you don't have that in the bank, you can kit out a Cobra III for deep core mining, with a shield but without a fuel scoop, for only 8.8 million, ship, modules, and everything. And if you're dirt poor, there's an Adder build for only 4.4 million. The progression is pretty quick; one Adder-load of VOs or two of LTDs (at current prices) is enough to afford the Cobra III miner, one Cobra-load of VOs or two of LTDs is enough to buy an AspX kitted out as I said, and one Asp-load of VOs or two of LTDs is enough to get you the Krait or Python builds I displayed. For the ships with fuel scoops, you can strip that off for more cargo space if you're mining in the bubble. To be clear: if your AspX has 96 tons of cargo space, and you fill that with Void Opals and sell them for 1.6 mil per ton, that's 153,600,000 astro-dollars in a single run.
  10. FlorbFnarb

    Elite: Dangerous - Anyone Out there?

    I’m wondering if there wasn’t some sort of server glitch that time I died. I initiated combat against somebody with a bounty, but I guess he just wasn’t present for you. Very weird. Did you turn off Flight Assist when you were strafing sideways in that fight? I haven’t dabbled in that yet.
  11. FlorbFnarb

    Elite: Dangerous - Anyone Out there?

    I have to say, @skyf24 absolutely crushes Elite Dangerous. He took his big-ass ship - corvette I think? - out to do some bounty hunting with me and carried my ass to a few million credits. Looks like killing pirates is more lucrative than running courier missions. That corvette is a beast. I don’t know how he manages to put fixed guns on a ship that size and still hit targets, but he does. He was popping FDLs without breaking a sweat. Also, so many people ran chaff that I see the downside to gimballed weapons now. I’ll have to try mounting fixed guns and using more lateral thrust to strafe around targets and maintain better separation. My Cobra is a sweet ship now too.
  12. FlorbFnarb

    Elite: Dangerous - Anyone Out there?

    Will do. My name in the game is Hal Quartermain. Sounded like a good pulp SF name. I usually just use FlorbFnarb these days too, but I figured I’d do this one differently.
  13. FlorbFnarb

    Elite: Dangerous - Anyone Out there?

    Yeah. I have the money to buy a Cobra Mk III, but I'm gonna hold off just a bit to try some combat first - I've only had one actual combat in the Sidewinder when some NPC pirate tried to get my cargo, but it was for a mission so I couldn't give in. Gonna try some mining and exploration too, but maybe that'll have to wait for bigger ships. Also yeah, I've heard of the Fuel Rats, but I have no idea how to contact them. Is there a way in-game, or do I have to send a message to them by internet or something?
  14. FlorbFnarb

    Elite: Dangerous - Anyone Out there?

    Almost totally courier missions. I'm still in the starting Sidewinder, although I got very tired of the puny jump range and upgraded the power plant and FSD. Oh, by the way, if you have a mission going to Ehrlich orbital at system LFT 1421, be prepared for a very long in-system flight, probably over 1 million light-seconds. I literally hit over 1,100c on that trip, probably hit 1,200. Insanity.
  15. FlorbFnarb

    Elite: Dangerous - Anyone Out there?

    Will do. Docking Control actually gives me a trespassing warning as I’m exiting the station, though, not as I fly over a different docking spot.