I’m at a *space analog for crossroad*

Between my solo hunting and flying in what I’m calling the Hammer Wing, I brought my total war chest up over 12 million this weekend.

Ultimately I want to save up enough to buy a Fer-de-Lance. Is it the biggest ship in Elite? No. Is it the best? That’s subjective. None of that really matters to me. For me…it’s the look. It’s like a space Corvette. It just looks cool as hell. And I wants it.

I’ve put a good amount of money into my Viper. I have the best version of anything that makes sense. So my current ship is pretty much as good as it’s going to get.

I’m looking at the Asp Explorer. And it’s expensive…the stock ship will burn through half of my reserves at 6 million. Outfitting it will have to come gradually as it’ll cost more than I have to put the comparable top grade components that I’m accustom to having. I’m also reading that repairs and maintenance for the Asp are pretty high.

If I go this route, I’m not trading in my Viper to offset the cost. Mostly because I know I can make good money with that ship and the load-out I have on it. Plus if things go way south and I get myself into a position where I can’t afford the rebuy cost of the Asp, I have a way to make some decent money.

The Asp is also more versatile than the Viper. With a few part swaps, I can turn it from a bounty hunter to an explorer with a 30+ jump range. Or a trader that can haul just as much as a Type-6.

So this is my dilemma. Do I skip all this and continue bounty hunting with my Viper? Or do I basically reset my fundraising thermometer back to 0 and jet around in an Asp?

What would you do?

Data Feed

The more I play Elite, the more things there are that I need to learn. Loud outs for ships was one of the things that I had the most trouble figuring out. How did modules affect other modules? What effect does the extra weight have on my jump range? WTF is power management?

So I’m going to create a page on the blog to document all the different sources I’ve found through friends and searches as a guide for new players and reference to those that have somewhat found our space legs.

This was triggered by finding http://coriolis.io/. I could spend hours on there just building different ships.

I’m really digging this Asp Explorer that I build but I’ve parted it WAY out of my price range. I’ve set it up as a exploration/bounty hunting monster. I might make that my immediate goal on my way to the Fer-de-Lance.

That’s it! Just a quick update to advertise the new page and to ask you if you had any resources out there that you think my help folks figure things out.

Fly safe, CMDRs.

Mission Log 20

Hey, we’re up to 20!

This weekend wasn’t supposed to be an Elite weekend. I was supposed to take the weekend off to prevent some burn out. Now, I’m not terribly worried about burn out. I love this game but I also need to realize that there’s more than just Elite, so I was going to just build stuff in Cities: Sklylines all weekend. That all changed Sunday night when I noticed some folks in the Hammer Gaming Discord channel, showing a status of playing Elite Dangerous…

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So I’m in a wing of 4 (the third one had to drop out for a second). But i really took this screen cap for the ringed planet that you can see through the rings of another ringed planet. 

Let me tell you…hopping online and flying with them not only prevented nay hint of burn out, but basically made me want to quit my job and fly thought space forever.

Bounties are split between the wing so your normal take for any one bounty is lower, but the volume of bounties you’re able to take on because you have wing mates is ridiculous. I pulled in over a million in that hour. AND I got to have fun with actual folks I know. I’m really glad I noticed them when I did and I hope to get many more chances to fly with them in the future. The Hammer Gaming community is a great group of people. I’ve talked about them before and I’ll continue to do so. They’re super nice nerds and pretty amazing pilots!

Here are some screens of the Scarab I forgot I had!

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Fly safe, Cmdrs.

Playlist 02/15/2016

Here’s what I played last week!

  • Elite Dangerous: Horizons (PC)
  • Star Wars Battlefront (PS4)
  • Cities Skylines (PC)
  • The Martian (iOS)
  • Lego Batman 3 (PS4)

I got a good bit of gaming in last week considering how crazy work is going…that might change, but I hope not. Gaming when I get home really helps me unwind and recharge to get back in the office the next day.

Elite’s really the only space game I played over the weekend but I recently finished The Martian on iOS. That’s space related! I’ll get a post up about that some time this week. I also owe you a Mission Log update for Elite regarding my weekend exploits.

Hope you all had a great Valentine’s day and Happy Presidents day!

Fly safe, guys.