Playlist 1/30/2018

Here’s what I played last week!

  • Elite Dangerous (PC)
  • Overwatch (PC)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4)

It was a light week of gaming for me (but I still owe you guys a new mission log) because I started putting together my 3D Printer! You can see way more pics of it that are necessary on twitter. It’s incredibly fun getting into this world.

I’m considering spinning up a printing blog to document trials and tribulations…but I dunno.

Mission Log 48

The weekend and the last couple of days have been quiet in Elite. Over the weekend, I got Mistakes Were Made‘s FSD engines engineered by Farseer.

I got greedy and rolled more than I should have. Lost a roll with a higher range before I ran out of components. After the next Navy rank, I might go do some farming. Though it might be fun to use farming as an excuse to to shake down the new ship. So I might hold off on that. After that I hit the missions. I haven’t upped my rank all that much; 20% through Post Commander. But I did raise my credit balance over 400 million. That’s the most I’ve ever had in the game. I think the only other Hammer to have me beat on cash is Gamercow and all that money he’s made from exploring…but he bought a Type 10 a couple of days ago and BLEW IT ALL. I hope I get a chance to so some bounty hunting with him in that thing. It looks like a beast.

I’m not sure how much time I’ll get in the pilot seat this week. Sunday is my local tabletop group’s first session of Starfinder and I’m really jazzed about it. Evenings this week will be spent prepping for that. I’m playing a Shirren pilot. I’m a bug!

Beyond Update:

The beta starts this Thursday but I’m not sure I’m going to bother with it. I am very much looking forward to the update though. The screenshots of the planet upgrades are really nice looking. It’s going to be really hard to not take a 30+ million credit hit and not get a Chieftain. Video of it in flight looks great. *sigh*

Fly safe, CMDRs.

Playlist 01/22/2018

Here’s what I played last week!

  • Elite Dangerous (PC)
  • Overwatch (PC)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4)

I’ll be taking a couple of nights off from Elite this week to get ready to play our first session of Starfinder. I’ll post more about my character later.

Hope you all have an amazing week!


What are you playing? I for real want to know.

Mission Log 47.5

It’s always nice when you get this message!


This was an unexpected surprise to all the money farming I’ve been doing. I always forget that cargo missions also count toward the Pilot’s Federation Trade rank. Now that I’m a tycoon, I’ll be starting up a railroad or some kind of oil business.

The only rank after this one is Elite. That’s going to be quite a gap to cross though. You make Tycoon when you post a 390 million credit profit from Trade. Elite rank requires a profit of just over 1 billion. BILLION.

Weekend goals:

  • Travel down to Thargoid town to collect Community Goal rewards
  • Engineer Mistakes were Made‘s FSD while I’m down there
  • Get most, if not all, the way through Post Commander Rank
  • Try not to spend a ton of money

What you guys doing this weekend? I hope it’s fun!

Mission Log 47

Past Matt didn’t do his damn post so here I am, Present Matt, fixing that jerk’s mistakes.

A lot has happened since 46! Gamercow is home!!

The Avenging Hammers flew an honor guard for the last few jumps of his final leg. Here we are hanging out waiting for him at the rendezvous.

While he was docking at the rendezvous station, two Belugas started doing it in the mail slot and both met a fiery, climactic finish.

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After the mail slot was cleaned up, we all jumped back home and Gamercow was presented with The Silver Arrow.

After that it was missions and money for me. I’d say a large bulk of the money I’ve made for the past few months have been from Sentry Skimmer missions. For these, you go out to a planet, land, and just blow up Sentry Skimmers in the SRV. You take down 8-12 and can make 3-5 million. I think in the last patch, they got a little harder though. I’ve also found the higher security a base has, the more fire power the skimmers have. Some of them even have shields and missile launchers.

The risk/reward for me in this has turned me away a bit. Also, since I’m seeing high volume delivery missions pay out close to 4 million I’m more partial to them because they take a lot less time. Often, in Sentry missions, I have to log out and log back in to get them to respawn. Which means it’s more dangerous because the CAP respawns too. The past week has been a mix of money and rank grinding. I separate them because generally a mission with an large reputation reward (Rep+++) doesn’t pay out a ton. It’s not that the money paid out is trivial, but it’s nowhere near what a good money making mission can pay out. Either way, the fruits of my labor where realized early on last week when Ranked up to Lt. Commander!

That leaves 3 ranks till Rear Admiral.

I just thought this tourist site was pretty cool…I need to visit there.

Over the weekend, Valthonis and I took our S&R birds out to Thargoid space to participate in a Community Goal! I was feeling some major solo mission burnout and realized I needed a change. Luckily there was a pretty nice distraction available to us.

I’ve pretty much steered clear of Thargoid space, but I’d been out to Blackmount Orbital before back when I fist hit up Felicity Farseer. The asteroid star ports are really cool looking. This was Valthonis’s first time to see one. The goal, as you can read above, was to deliver escape pods and other stuff to Blackmount Orbital. Which means we had to visit Thargoid attack sites. We hit up one in the system first. It was a prison ship. It was scary.

The external camera is doing some kind of weird lens thing on the ship. The Diamondback Explorer isn’t that long.

I forgot to get a wide shot of the ship to show just how massive it is. Spoiler: It’s huge.

We did a run each (Gamercow was there too). But the site really only gave us a couple of escape pods each. We were thinking about going to a station in a system over that was attacked and trying our luck there. Gamercow reported that a Thargoid showed up after Valthonis and I left to turn in. That pretty much locked it for us.

So we jumped next door and headed to Obsidian Orbital.

It is properly messed up, guys. And it’s even scarier inside. I’ve done this before, rescue missions from an attacked station. But this time I brought a long limpets and a Resource Collection Controller. Limpets are little drones that fly out and grab things, and drop them into your cargo hold.

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With those guys doing all the hard work, all you have to do is sit back, watch the cargo hold fill up, and manage the heat from the damaged port.

Here they are following behind me after a run. They’re good little limpets.

We continued doing runs like that for a good chunk of the weekend before burning out and heading back. Both Valthonis and I hit top 10% for contributions. As of last night, I was still there. We started to pick up another Community Goal that wasn’t far away but that was scrubbed because it was for Thargoid kills. Which none of us are equipped for. I discovered this after I had called for Nothing Gained and Untold Fortune to be shipped down to us. Around 4 million to get both down there and another 4 to get back. If I say in the top 10%, when I go to collect I’ll make it back. Making the whole thing a wash. But I’m okay with that. It gave me a reason to do something different and learn how collection limpets work. And we saved a bunch of lives. So that’s good.

When I got back home to continue money and rank grinding, I pulled a mission from the board with a great payout but I needed a whole bunch of cargo space. It’d be an hour before Untold Fortune was delivered so look who came out of the storage hanger!

I haven’t flown Nothing Ventured in FOREVER. I forgot just how fun it is to fly and Asp. She was pretty well stripped down so it was easy to kit her out for full cargo (notice the lack of shields). I also took that opportunity to clean out a lot of extra or unused modules from my storage. I managed to get enough space to take the mission and set off.

After that I took a couple of planetary scan job missions where I set a Hammer record on sick jump height in an SRV. Totally landed it.

Afterwards, back in the Python, I took another planetary mission that brought me to this place.

Bookmarked it and took note of the position on the planet because we’re putting together an SRV Olympics and I think this little box canyon would be perfect for it.

All of the weekend shenanigans paid off in spades as I scored another rank up to Post Commander!

Now just the rest of this rank and Captain stand between me and the Corvette. It’s happening soon, guys.

Ranking bonus, Post Commander gives you a permit to visit Hors….

heh heh heh

Fly safe, CMDRs.

I have an idea for what I’m going to call it already….but…suggestions for Corvette names….GO!

Playlist 01/15/2018

I had a huge weekend of Elite!

The next mission log should post at some point today if past Matt did his job on Sunday (writing this on Saturday to post on Monday).

Here’s everything I played last week:

  • Elite Dangerous (PC)
  • Overwatch (PC)
  • Star Trek: Bridge Commander (PC)
  • Oxygen Not Included (PC)
  • Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo Switch)
  • Star Trek Adventures (tabletop)

What are you playing? I’d really love to know!!!

Mission Log 46

Yesterday saw the completion of Mistakes Were Made, a Diamondback Explorer kitted out to be a search and rescue ship.

Now The Avenging Hammers have two S&R ships at their disposal. Here’s her bio:

Space is hard. Sometimes you need help. Maybe your forgot to equip a fuel scoop. Or maybe you were pulled out of supercruise and had your drives taken out. Whatever happened, you’re not alone in the black. There’s help just around the corner.

Mistakes Were Made is the second vessel (alongside Hammer Mercy) commissioned for The Avenging Hammers – 113th Spaceflight Wing whose sole purpose is search and rescue. Any pilot, regardless of affiliation or allegiance, can call on her to lend a hand.

Mistakes Were Made was built as a multi-purpose S&R vehicle equipped with both Fuel and Repair Limpet Controllers. With a large fuel scoop and room for 16 limpets, she has the range to go anywhere and the capacity to services multiple ships before needing to return and replenish.

Fitting her out cost a good bit but it’s nice knowing I can pick her up and head out to help quickly.

After that I was pretty much just set on working some missions to make back the loss when  Jinawee, popped into the Hammer Discord. She’s a streamer too! I say “too” like it hasn’t been 3-4 months since I’ve streamed….I need to get on that…it’s a long story…

ANYWHO, she recently picked up an Oculus Rift as was testing out streaming while wearing it. I switched into Untold Fortune and we went a hunting. Joined by our glorious, handsome, and virile Wing Commander Valthonis, we racked up a bunch of kills and went to turn in. I netted close to 700K in what probably was less than half an hour of flying. After that, the Commander bowed out and I flew escort for Jinawee while she switched into her Type-6 and went mining. I’ve never mined and I’ve never really even seen mining done. It was quiet at the belt cluster she dropped into, which is good, cause I was able to check out the process and learn a good bit. I’m going to have to give it a try at some point!

If I started mining as a career in Elite, what should I name the company?

Mission Log 46

45.5 said I was going to work on getting to the next rank over the weekend. I did that. Kind of. I went from 80% to 90%. I could have gotten to the next level but I took more of a break from gaming this weekend that I thought I would. Spent most of Saturday with dogs. And that’s nice. Sunday, though…well…Sunday was all Elite.


All of that 10% increase in Federal Rank came from Sunday morning. The Avenging Hammer’s discord was active and the veterans were sharing tips with a bunch of our newer members when in walks d20monkey (here he is on twitter). To say d20monkey is a good friend of mine is an understatement. Be sure to check out his webcomic and links to his stuff on his site. I can’t recommend Karthun: Lands of Conflict enough. It’s an amazing setting.

He’s had his eye on Elite Dangerous for some time now and finally all the planets aligned for him to give it a go.

Now, anyone that’s stepped foot in this world knows that starting out is a pain. I love helping new players get acclimated cause there’s just so much you have to know and maintain in order to not die horribly every 5 minutes. When I started, I had to walk up hill to flight school every morning in 10 feet of snow and it was 100 degrees in the shade, IF I WAS LUCKY!

I googled so much.

But still….when you get passed that initial frustration of figuring out how to do stuff in the game and you settle down and fly a wobbly line towards the edge of a crater or you flip over and get all turned around…you realize “I’m in a spaceship.” And it all starts to feel worth it. For all it’s frustrations, Elite lets me fly around space in cool spaceships. And I will always love it for that.

So how did d20monkey, newly minted recruit of The Avenging Hammers do?


In a word, amazing.

He chose the Horizons starter location which was a lot further out from the normal one (relative to Hammer Orbital).


After we got him qualified for basic flight (re-mapping joystick commands, launching, docking, etc.) I tool him to the closest station to give the mail slot a go. Here he is lining it up.


He made it through no problem on the first go. Landing was a little try the first time. His first landing practice was at a planet side port where it’s easier to get your bearings. Stations like this can get confusing inside real quick if you’re not used to it. But he made it. And subsequent landings in stations seem to be getting better.

Now that had practiced docking (and was in a better position to respawn if something bad happened…) we set off for a local RES to make some money. When we were trying to leave the station we couldn’t figure out why he was going so slow…until I got a look underneath him.


The RES in the system was a bust. No one was wanted. We set out for the system’s Nav Beacon and found it to be a bust too. I have a theory that since this is a starting system, maybe there’s not a lot of hostile ships? I don’t know. We may have just instanced weird. Not able to find anything, I showed him how to navigate to another system in the star map and high jump. We had a lot better luck there. We pulled in some cash and then headed to the closest station to turn in bounties.


Around that point I had to log off for dinner. When I got back, I bought a sidewinder and checked to make sure he could afford to refit it and make to to Hammer Orbital. I left instructions in the discord on what I did as far as upgrades go so he could do it on his own. Valthonis flew his newly minted Hammer Mercy out to the station to be on hand in case he ran into any trouble. Around the time I was wrapping up my Star Trek game, I got this text.image

d20monkey has arrived.

I know I said no more spending last week…but today I’m going to build a version of Hammer Mercy so we have two rescue vehicles in the fleet. Then I’ll take it out to Felicity Farseer to mod the FSD. The week ahead will be focused on ranks and money as per usual with breaks for bounty hunting with recruits to help build funds.

Here’s a ship I built just for Valthonis. He knows why.


Here’s a station I just thought looked really amazing.


Here’s how far Gamercow was from home at some point last night. #ComeHomeCow


Hey, how was your weekend?




Mission Log 45.5

I didn’t get any flying time yesterday but I was at least able to go pull the text files that EDMC creates for ship configurations and get Inara updated with how all my ships are configured.

Nothing Ventured

Nothing Gained

Untold Fortune

The Star Blaster

When I’m able to get back in the chair, I’m going to make my way back home and start grinding Federal Ranks again. I’m 70% of the way from Lieutenant to Lieutenant Commander and I’m going to push to have that done by the end of the weekend. After that, only 2 more ranks to go. I want to redouble efforts to get to the Corvette. So any solo time (not flying with The Avenging Hammers) will be spent doing missions. Probably a bunch of passenger transport missions since you can usually find several that have large rep increases. I’m feeling pretty good about money, still being north of 300 million, but unnecessary spending stops now too.

Most of this weekend’s work will be in The Star Blaster. I’ve thought about refitting Untold Fortune for passengers just so I could stack as many missions as possible, but the longer jump range in the Dolphin will probably be of more benefit? I’m not really sold on that. I may just use the Python to see how it does. The length of the jump range means I can do things faster, but a lot of that is negated every time I have to spend the 3-5 minutes it takes to get back to Olivas.

Thanks for hanging out with me this week! We’ll see you back here Monday for this week’s playlist!

What you doing for the weekend?