Mission Log 54


Enough time has passed:

More than enough! So, I go through cycles. Long stretches of doing a thing and then long stretches of not doing a thing. So I’m coming out of both an Elite Dangerous lull AND a not blogging lull. I started playing again a couple of weeks before the latest Beyond update and, with the update, I’m feeling like writing stuff down again. I don’t know. It’s weird. And I don’t know how long it’ll last (the writing thing) so let’s take advantage of it, right?!

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Playlist 4/30/2018

Here’s what I played last week!

  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PC)
  • PC Building Simulator (PC)

PC Building Simulator is more fun than it has any right to be. I’m a month into my career as a PC repair guy and I’m sitting at work thinking whether or not I bought the HDD for Dr. Doctorman’s PC yesterday… What the hell?

If you want to know a little more about it, I’ve streamed most of my career playing. Here’s a link to the last one (it’s after the PUBG shenanigans). And if you go a little further back in my Twitch videos, you can catch the beginning.

What are you playing?!


Playlist 04/23/2018

Here’s what I played last week!

  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PC)
  • Fortnite: Battle Royal (PC)
  • Elite Dangerous (PC)

Saturday I picked up what, on the surface, looks like a stupid waste of money but I have a feeling that it’s going to be a big time sink for me. Only time will tell! I may stream it…

What are you playing? Got any plans? What’s happening?

I want to know.

Mission Log 53

Money generation has become a slower process since the last update I feel. It’s like they swapped rank and money.

Oh well. I’m still flying a space ship. And it’s still fun as hell. I’ve been doing a mixture of passenger sightseeing tours and wing missions to gain funds for the Corvette fitting and it’s been going pretty good! Since Mission Log 52, I’ve been able to mark off the Power Plant and Thrusters from the list on my Short/Long term goals page. I can probably knock out the smaller upgrades pretty quick and then focus on the last huge one. Armor upgrades are some serious coin.

Part of the added benefit of the sightseeing tours is gaining a Pilot Federation rank of Ranger!

I’ve gotten pretty good at remembering to honk whenever I’m jumping around. I usually only take passenger missions with 2 or less stops and payouts no lower than 2 million.

Wing missions (specifically for deliveries) seem to have been changed quite a but since launch. When they started…I could get 7 million for moving 2-3 thousand tons of cargo. Now I’m seeing 7 thousand tons for 3-4 million. Which sucks because it’s absolutely not worth the time. Over the weekend, though, I happened across a 5600 ton mission with a 10+ million payout. Even better, some Hammer Wing members jumped in and helped out. They picked up around 100 tons between the two of them but it was more about getting the the chance to cash in on 10 million without a lot of work. Here they are delivering the final loads just before I completed the mission

And here’s a random GamerCow that I ran into!

Playlist 04/03/2018

Ho boy am I lazy!

Here’s what I played last week:

  • Elite Dangerous (PC)
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo Switch)
  • Sea of Thieves (PC)
  • Fortnite (PC and iOS)
  • Golf Clash (iOS)
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PC)

Lazy in the sense that I kept putting off writing this up yesterday…not in playing games. That I did a good bit of.

Here’s some hot takes on the stuff above:

  • Elite
    • For the love of god, settle on mission payouts.
  • Zelda:
    • I wish I had more time to give you. You’re amazing. I’m glad I bought Amiibos.
  • Sea of Thieves
    • I don’t care what they say. You’re fun. And I want to try you with other people…kinky? Absolutely. I wish more of my friends would give you a try. Maybe when you’re cheaper.
  • Fortnite
    • Consistently a good time. Great for just picking up and messing around for a while
  • Golf Clash
  • PUBG
    • I like it. I like it better with a pal. I’m grateful to have someone to play it with.

What are you guys playing?! I want to know.

Playlist 3/26/2018

Hey, guys!

I was out of town on business last week (big reason why there wasn’t a playlist last week) but I still managed to play a little bit while away and over the weekend! Here’s what I did:

  • Fortnight (iOS and PC)
  • Sea of Thieves (PC)
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)

I wasn’t able to get into any Elite while away. The Surface Pro 4 just can’t handle it. Bu it can do a little Fortnite. It’s kind of laggy…but playable enough to entertain me sitting in the hotel. I was skeptical when I heard Epic Games was releasing it on iOS. When I got the invite and loaded it up I was surprised at how well it ran. The controls took a little getting used to but it’s playable. It probably wouldn’t be as fun/forgiving on a screen smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus.

What you been playing? Lay it on me!

Mission Log 52

I’ve hauled a lot of cargo over the last week. Which is funny because I wasn’t planning on continuing to solo wing delivery missions but it just kept working out that way. With the Progenitor‘s ample cargo, it helps to make short work of a bunch of them. 2-3k ton missions can be done in 4-6 trips and have been paying out around 4-6 million each. It’s a little monotonous, but it’s easy work and has little risk. Saturday night, Valthonis joined me on the tail end of one and we found out that the payout isn’t actually split between the commanders. Each gets a full share of whatever reward they select.

Tried to do the same with Gamercow last night but we ran afoul a disconnect glitch and then I had to bail. Stuck him with a 900k fine that I didn’t think he’d get. Feel a little bad about that.

Here he is coming back home after a long journey out.

Progress on upgrading Progenitor is slow going. It’s just going to take a LOT of money. I retooled my Short Term Goals page to reflect a little better about what all it’s going to take. I also have a coriolis build saved that details how I want it to look when done. 700+ million total. Next purchase is the Power Plant. I was going to go ahead and do thrusters first, but the power plant is the most expensive upgrade next to the hull armor. And since I was ready to do thrusters, I’m already half way there.

I picked up a planetary scan job just for a break in the monotony of delivering goods. Landing a corvette is a little butt clenching. But the SRV never gets stuck….so that’s awesome.

I also learned about Elite’s high res screenshot feature. It takes a 90+ MB bmp file of whatever is on the screen at the time. It’s nuts. I’ve started an imgur gallery to host those cause my space on the free wordpress account would fill up fast if I kept them here.

https://imgur.com/a/3FqAc <- Gallery

Playlist 03/06/2018

Missed it yesterday so here it is now!

Here’s what I played last week!

  • Elite Dangerous (PC)
  • Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (PC)

Not a lot of variety, I know. But fun none-the-less. Managed a couple of Duo PUBG games with a good friend. So much fun when you can share the butt clenching experience of PUBG with a pal.

What are you playing?!

Mission Log 51

Can I just say that loading up the game and seeing the featured image for this post gets me giddy?

Hello, Commanders! I hope you’re having an amazing weekend full of the things you love. If you’re not, I’m sorry. I hope it gets better quick!

Since mission log 50, every moment I’ve been in game has been geared toward making Progenitor as fearsome as possible. I’ve been so focused I keep forgetting to take screenshots! But I do have a new page up on the blog that lists, at a high level, what I’m working to accomplish. I’ve already upgraded the FSD an A rating. I want to make sure I don’t drop my overall credit savings below 100 million. So whenever I have enough to cover the cost of a module, I’ll upgrade it then. Not before. I am strong. I can do it that way…

Since the update I’ve had a chance to give wing missions a try. I like them a lot! I’ve only done delivery missions and 2 out of 3 of them have been my myself. The payouts are great but they’re a bit of a slog. When you’re alone, you have to make a bunch of trips. Once mission had me haul 3000+ tons from Olivas to a neighboring system 13 LY away. Now that’s a lot of stuff but it’s not far. It’s one jump in nearly every ship I own. Unless you’re max cargo is 200+. That’s a bunch of trips….but wait…you just bought a huge damn ship. Let’s fit it for cargo…3 7E cargo racks?!?!? that’s 128 tons EACH. All told, the Corvette (as I have it now) can haul 524 tones. Well that’s a bunch fewer trips. Unless your jump range is 6 LY… HA I’ll upgrade the FSD! I got the money (this was the driving reason why the FSD was upgraded first). That made my laden range 10. The destination was now reachable but it was 3 jumps there. I went ahead and finished it out but I’m not sure I’ll do that a lot unless I have a bunch of time to kill. I feel like I could do the same amount of money with passenger sightseeing tours in a shorter time frame. But it’s still cool. The Wing Mission I did with someone else happened last night after taking CMDR FatRabbit out for some Hammer Gaming level bounty hunting money.

We made him a bunch of money out in the Haz RES sites around home base. I switched into Untold Fortune because the Corvette isn’t battle ready in my opinion and if I lost it, I didn’t want to lose whatever bounties I hadn’t collected AND 10+ million for the ship.

He’s a little hard to see in that first one, but he’s there. he was flying a Viper with a missile rack. That thing can bring the thump. We had a couple of close calls with some way overpowered NPCs but we managed to not lose our ships. We also got to experience the new Crime and Punishment system when we accidentally caught some bounties with stray shots. Because we didn’t gain any Notoriety from killing, we were able to hop over to a neighboring system with low security and pay off the bounties. I have to say I like that a lot better than the old system. You’re back in the fight faster and don’t have to wait out 8-10 minutes while you’re friends continue having fun.

After bounty hunting we tried out the Wing Missions with an actual wing. There was one for 1300 tons, one jump away with a payout of 3 million for me (Higher Trade rating and rep means my payouts will be higher). Which is great because he’ll get the same reward at my level. I swapped ships and we were done in around 3 trips. It took a little bit of figuring out how to get him assigned to the mission, but once that was done, it was a breeze. He even had to drop to the main menu a couple of times and it was simple enough to get him back in and it saved any contribution he made. When we were done, I selected the reward with the most credits and it split it between us 50/50. So there was 1.7 million with not a lot of work and relatively low risk in less than 20 minutes. Not too bad.

I’m excited to try the rest of the wing mission types. Some of them look pretty daunting.

Let’s close it out with some awesome pics of my Corvette.

Thanks for stopping by!

Fly safe, Commanders.