FlorbFnarb

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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. I've become kinda curious about streaks and such lately, what with having some disastrous evenings and some evenings where it seemed like every pitch was lobbed across the plate for me to knock out of the park. I loaded up Aslain's Modpack, fired up XVM stats, set my display to show a full series of stats for each player, including WN8, and I started taking screenshots during countdown each match. I have a feature turned on that displays the total WN8 for each team along with a predicted win chance. So I built a spreadsheet that will find the mean WN8 of your teammates - not including yourself, just your 14 teammates - and the mean WN8 of your 15 opponents, and calculates the variance between the two, expressed as a percentage of the opponent team's mean WN8. Then it displays some statistics based on the series of match data you want, as many matches as you like up to some number over a thousand, I forget exactly: the number and percentage of "Undermatches" where your teammates' mean WN8 is lower than your opponents', the number and percentage of "Overmatches" where your teammates' mean WN8 is higher than your opponents', and the mean variance over the series of matches. I've found that even when you think things are streaky, they not only settle down to the mean in the long run, it usually doesn't even take all that long. So far I've checked a series of 14 matches that felt awfully streaky at the time, but the end result is that I had exactly 7 Overmatches and 7 Undermatches, with something like only a 1% mean variance overall. So I figured providing an easy way for people to actually calculate whether they were in the middle of a streak of bad or good luck might be enlightening to people and might cure a few tinfoil types of their delusions, but it didn't get a particularly good reception on reddit; some people thought it would just make people focus on other people's skill. If anybody wants to take a look, here's the link to the spreadsheet on Google Sheets: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NzPIrVJoYSZIDQ73YsB9g18F1Vz07N3T7XN6roAPCvM/edit?usp=sharing
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. FlorbFnarb

    Elite: Dangerous - Anyone Out there?

    1. Yeah, I'm gonna have to figure something out to remap them. Right now I'm just being really careful, and basically making a point of dropping my landing gear before I make the turn for final approach, while I'm not actually pointed at anything. 2. I'll have to try that bit at 7 seconds out. Just overshot again tonight. Not a big deal, but it's annoying as hell if it puts me on the opposite side of a large station. You'd think they could have made those bitches open at both ends as much traffic as they get. 3. I'll have to look into a Cobra. I'm coming up on half a million credits, so I'm starting to think about what I want to do for the next ship. 4. I think my flight stick is one of these deals: https://www.amazon.com/Saitek-Digital-Throttle-Stick-Windows/dp/B00005TOTG Different color blue on the housing, though, and it's old as hell. 5. Yeah, people have been telling me that VR is the way to go. I really have held off considering getting an Oculus Rift, considering the price, but fuck it - I saw a couple videos of a guy looking around and using voice commands, and frankly that's pretty damn awesome. Looks like the Rift is down to around $350 or so, so I'm gonna have to consider picking one up early next year. I need to see if the Best Buy around here is still doing demos. It's gotten to where Docking Control gets pissy with me about every other time I leave any station where you're actually parked inside. I'm going straight out the exit anywhere from 25-45, and they still tell me I'm in an unauthorized area, for like half a second.
  18. FlorbFnarb

    Elite: Dangerous - Anyone Out there?

    I actually managed to get the game for free. I asked around the Elite Dangerous official subreddit and said I was considering getting the game, and a guy who already had the game said he had also won a copy, with the add-on, in some sort of competition, but that none of his friends were interested. He gave me the codes for free and they worked. So far it seems like a lot of fun, although I'm still at the point where I make some rookie mistakes: About 25% of the time I overshoot my approach in FSD and have to loop around to wherever I was going. Twice now I've actually hit the boost button instead of dropping my landing gear - I'm using an Xbox controller, and boost is mapped to B, and landing gear to B + down. Both times I slammed into the station for minor damage. I have a knack for coming into an outdoors landing pad exactly backwards the appropriate direction. Docking control has no patience for getting through the airlock. Two or three times I've flown through without incident at about 20-25, and they've bitched at me. 1. Apparently the official sub will ban you just for calling anybody a carebear or telling them to git gud. Also, there are people who actually play open but bitch about piracy. 2. I'm using an Xbox controller, but I have a HOTAS in storage that's probably fifteen years old. One of the earlier USB flight sticks IIRC, but it seems to have all the modern bells and whistles, with a separate throttle, hat on the joystick, and several buttons. Quite sturdy too. I'll have to give it a try and see whether I like it better than the controller. Keyboard and mouse would just feel weird. 3. As for combat, I'm starting out as a courier/trader/smuggler, but I figured on picking up some bounties too. 4. ED seems like the Star Wars game that will never be made, because all they want to make are (1) SW RPGs, or (2) Battlefront style games. After X-Wing, then Tie Fighter, then X-Wing Vs Tie Fighter, they've diligently ignored the spaceflight genre altogether for some reason.
  19. 4,481 damage, 1,287 assisting in my T-34-3, still can't drag those fuckers across the finish line.  :nmad:

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    2. FlorbFnarb

      FlorbFnarb

      I assume you mean 8,000?  Yeah, that would really set me off if I lost that match.  I'd honestly feel bad about beating somebody when they did 8k damage and their team potatoed hard enough to still cost them the game.  WG ought to set up a "betrayed by scrub teammates" award that anybody can nominate a teammate or opponent for, and have them awarded manually by an award reviewer, complete with a small gold prize.  Just to recognize perseverance in the face of adversity.

      Sad thing is that in my match, my team was much better than the enemy team, at least in so far as a clear WN8 superiority still indicates skill, and yet they threw their tanks away left and right.

      OH WELL.

    3. BlitzReaper

      BlitzReaper

      No, I meant 800 dmg. Being the pro player I am.

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  20. FlorbFnarb

    Elite: Dangerous - Anyone Out there?

    So, what's the state of this game nowadays? Kinda contemplating picking it up.
  21. FlorbFnarb

    Rating the Premium Tanks (Tiers 5 through 8)

    Valentine gets B2 MM? Didn't know that. I admit I've only played it once recently, but I'm pretty sure I didn't bounce a thing off my armor.
  22. Yeah, I've seen some players like that who have made me wonder if they were botting. Like they're retarded but deadeye shots.
  23. I notice that I regularly end up being hit by every single shot fired at me in matches now, barring odd exceptions like extreme range or being 90% covered. I started playing Russian TDs from the Tier 2 tank up, and had a stupid M2 with that horribly inaccurate derp gun spin and snapshot me from some distance away, 75 meters at least. Didn't wait even a half second to aim in, just stopped, turned his turret, instantly fired, and hit anyway, one-shotting me. It just seems very weird to literally get hit by every single shot fired my way bar none, when I almost never have matches where I hit every shot. I dunno, perception bias maybe, but I can have quite a few matches in an evening where not one shot misses me. Was there some accuracy buff I missed while I wasn't playing? People hitting some 80-90% of their shots (apart from low-tier autofire spam) just seems excessively accurate. Christ, just had it happen again Three shots fired, three hits, back to garage. I can't get within 300 meters of an enemy or I'm basically automatically hit. I wish I knew who at WG decided that the game should be designed to force everybody to get within 50 meters of each other so almost every shot fired hits
  24. FlorbFnarb

    Rating the Premium Tanks (Tiers 5 through 8)

    I agree the Valentine II is absolute trash. No pen or alpha, no mobility, no armor.
  25. 4/18/1 for the evening, with 12 losses in a row.  I think that's enough for one night.

    1. NightmareMk9

      NightmareMk9

      I feel ya.  I've had so many nights were I go to bed thinking: "Why the fuck do I even play this game?"

      Then last weekend: 46 games, 28 wins, 61% wins, 135,000 XP :)

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