Took a break from my Space Engineers debacle to get some flight time in Elite last night. The first hour was pretty low key. I flew my Type-6 around some star systems earning 10-20k for delivering some stuff. The biggest payoff of the night was 120k for smuggling some illegal stuff to a station. I learned in that hour that my income isn’t near what it should be for the amount of cargo I can haul in that ship.
I’ve seen the how to videos. I know a lot of money can be made in trade. But I’ve been kind of burned on it. In the last Mission Log I talked about going to Robigo to follow a trading guide I found online. I bought and outfitted the Type-6, started on the journey. But what I haven’t updated anyone on till now, is that when I got to the end of that 300+ light year journey, I didn’t have a sufficient rank to actually do any missions. It was a bummer to have to turn around to start the journey back to the power play area where stuff is actually happening.
And of course I’d spend half that time flying too close to stars trying to refuel.
When I got back I started doing whatever transport missions were available. Most stations and start ports only had 1 or 2 and they never paid all that much because the distance was fairly short. The scales of economy here tip out of my favor. I have a bulk freighter. Yet no bulk to freight. In my eyes…and I could be wrong…my leaving port with a half full hold is a waste of money. So imagine how I felt leaving with 1/50th of my capacity in use…
So NUTS to trading! Well…NUTS for now. I’m sure I’ll come back to it at some point. Because I want to rank up in everything I can. But I’m at a point where the payoff for this kind of work doesn’t outweigh the patience (boringess) needed to do it.
So I’m back in a fighter!
I picked up a Viper manufactured by Faulcon DeLacy. Here’s what the cockpit looks like.
And here’s it in action!
I didn’t really have time to take it out and do some bounty hunting. But I did have time to go ahead and outfit it. I wasn’t as conservative with money as I was with the Eagle. It’s sporting a couple of gimballed pulse lasers in the small hardpoints and a couple of multicannons in the mediums. I also went ahead and hit the top of the line power plant, distributor, shield generator and what not. I forgot to check my final money count to update the thermometer, but after a few missions and selling off the stuff on the Type-6, I was up around 2 million. I don’t think I’m below what my amount is set at now, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to make back what I spent by the end of the week.