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#150: 06-16-2015 @ 11:24:04 am
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I wasn't super annoyed by Xbone folks getting CQC first since I figured it'd just be a month or two exclusivity. Nope, PC and Mac folk don't get it until Holiday 2015. That's a bunch of bullshit.


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#151: 06-16-2015 @ 11:50:29 am
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I wasn't super annoyed by Xbone folks getting CQC first since I figured it'd just be a month or two exclusivity. Nope, PC and Mac folk don't get it until Holiday 2015. That's a bunch of bullshit.

Not gonna lie, I'm more upset about that than I should be.  I mean tbh CQC is basically what's in Star Citizen right now so if I wanted to do that I should just go play Arena Commander... but irrationally I'm pretty PO'd about that move and that and all the other annoyances from Power Play are making me get closer and closer to wanting to take a break from Elite.  We'll see though.

This post was edited by machvergil on June 16, 2015, 3:06 pm


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#152: 06-19-2015 @ 06:33:45 am
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TIL: The amount you are paid at the end of a Power Play cycle is determined by what rank you were the previous week, not the rank you just unlocked.

what I don't even

Clarification:  So on June 4th you sign in and were rating 1 with a power and earn 1,000cr.  From June 4 to June 10 you earn enough merits to hit rating 2.  When June 11th hits, you will still be paid a rating 1's "salary" but on June 18th, after having spent a week at rating 2, you will be paid a rating 2's salary.  If during June 11th through June 18th you make rating 3, you still won't receive a rating 3's salary until June 25th.

Why do they want this to feel like a job so bad?

In other news, woot woot Aryissa for hitting #1!

 


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#153: 06-20-2015 @ 09:34:42 am
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Insonia is back.  This time flying 'The fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.' 


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#154: 06-30-2015 @ 11:32:15 am
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QFT...and laughs


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#155: 07-02-2015 @ 11:05:59 pm
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Travel Survey: July 3rd, 3301. CMDR Vergil Sanguine, Baron of the Empire, Midshipman of the Federation, Pledged to Arissa Lavigny-Duval, reporting.

**BEGIN LOG***

I began the day on a rough bed at Dugan Dock, He Xingo.  Once I'd paid my night's stay and was cleared for departure I went to the docking area as they brought my imperial courier, White Wings, to the landing pad.  I took my breakfast in the cockpit as I looked over the new week's reports for Arissa's progress.

"Huh," I said.  "That's not good."

It seems the CMDRs in Arissa's service overreached last week.  Her people lacked the command capital to secure all the systems we took, and such our holdings are now in turmoil.   If we don't fortify Nunus and Vaka, they will shake off control and we'll lose them.  I had worked to take Vaka in the first place, so a part of my pride didn't want to see it go, but it was kinda nuts we ended up with it anyway.  It is deep in the territory of other imperial powers. Still, as of writing no effort had yet been made to fortify either system, so if I ever feel like running supplies, might as well deal with the turmoil systems.

He Xingo itself, a system I was just working to take the night before, was now firmly in Arissa's hands.  With that done, I set myself to  a task: to find a good pair of systems for our wings to set up home, and another to help take in order to secure merits with our faction.

I decided to begin my search at the Baal system.  It is firmly in Arissa's control, and if we could setup home base there, it's not far from potential expansions.  From there I would head in the direction of Caria, one of the 7 systems Arissa may expand to before the end of the week.

Baal sadly was a bit disappointing.  It has 4 RES, but they were all Low Intensity, and in addition was currently suffering from war.

As I began heading out to Caria, I kept an eye out for other good hunting grounds. Here's what I found of note:

  • Zvaithhogg: Imperial - Lavingly-Duval - High Tech.  HIGH Conflict, many conflict zones detected.
  • Acamar: Imperial - Uncontrolled - Extraction & Refinery - UNEXPLORED :  System has 3 stars and good hunting potential with 3 Low RES, 2 High RES, and 2 normal RES around Acamar AB2 and AB3, twin ringed planets orbiting each other.  Unfortunately, the system only has outposts, 3 in total, so larger ships like my clipper wouldn't work here.  Further, these outposts are 8,000+LS away from the primary star as they all orbit Acamar C.  In the end, I have to recommend against it.   
  • Bolonii: Imperial - Uncontrolled - Industrial / Extraction - Explored.  This place has a ton of hunting potental.  Bolonii 5 has 6, that's right six, RES in its rings including two HIGH RES.  There are two stations, one full-sized Starport and one Outpost.  They are 5,000 LS away from the big group of RES.  The place also has a sizable Shipyard, selling Anacondas, Pythons, Imperial Clippers, all sorts of great ships. The only thing that would make this system better would be if it was under Arissa's control... maybe we can try to make that happen.  It is sadly outside of Caria's sphere of influence, but if we prepared the nearby Zemetii for taking, then we'd catch quite a lot of CC and pick up Bolonii in our influence as well. Of course, that'll have to wait until after this turmoil is cleared up... 

I will finish my journey to Caria after I rest.  Right now I'm writing this report in "Eagle's Bar & Grille" on Auzout Station in Bolonii.  All the meat is synthetic, and any fresh foods or drinks, including coffee, is going for a premium.  Prices for Beer, Tobacco, and Wine also seemed quite high. I saw a lot of commercials calling on miners to bring in metals.  I guess Bolonii doesn't have an extraction economy, so the refineries here don't have a steady supply.  Most metals are in high demand, except for Palladium, Tantalum, and Titanium which were medium, and demand for sliver is very low.    They also seemed pretty eager to offload their machinery, selling Power Generators for 50% the galactic average and Crop Harvesters for 500cr under galactic average.   I'll sleep on a nicer bed tonight, but Auzout is still not a station of luxury or creature comforts. 

I'll report tomorrow... well later today I guess.. on Caria.  As much as I like Bolonii, I'll also keep looking for better hunting grounds that Arissa already holds.

CMDR Vergil Sanguine signing out.

***  END LOG ***

This post was edited by machvergil on July 3, 2015, 2:08 am


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#156: 07-03-2015 @ 07:48:40 am
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27 jumps, 147+light years, zero refuelling breaks and ~15-20minutes later... I ARRIVE! And holy cow, Bolonii is a great spot. Just 2 jumps away from a high-combat AND low combat zone too :).  Made a cool $100k just blowing shit up in an RES. My first time in such a spot since...well...since I started playing. Great times.

Also made ~$20k in exploration cash. So that was nice too.

-AHMAD


#157: 07-03-2015 @ 10:37:19 pm
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Vergil Sanguine, July 3rd, Supplemental Report.

***  BEGIN LOG ***

Made it to Caria.  Happy to report that despite being in turmoil, Arissa's faction is still expanding to it.  There are still crime sweeps, we can still earn merits there.  Crime Sweeps and Conflict Zones are present in number but sadly both ring systems are icy and thus lack any RES.  There's also not a fortified Arissa system nearby, so turning them in will be a bit of a chore.  I want to resume my hunt tomorrow.  For now though, I'm pleased to hear that BountyHunterSAx is finding suitable bounty and merc work in Bolonii and it's neighbors.

*** END LOG ***


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#158: 07-04-2015 @ 07:10:56 am
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Unrelated Powerplay note: There is a feedback topic on the forums.

Most relevant is that it includes details on how Merit Decay works. It's pretty gross.  The TL;DR is any merits you earn in a given week persist towards your total for four weeks, disappearing on the fifth week, but lose half of their value each week.  So if you earn 100 merits a week, your total would look like this:

  • Week 1: 100 merits (100 merits from week 1)
  • Week 2: 150 merits (100 merits from week 2, 50 merits from week 1)
  • Week 3: 175 merits (100 merits from week 3, 50 merits from week 2, 25 merits from week 1)
  • Week 4: 187 merits (100 merits from week 4, 50 merits from week 3, 25 merits from week 2, 12.5 merits from week 1)
  • Week 5+: 187 merits.  You will never exceed this total @ 100 merits a week due to decay.

Isn't that ass?

I should probably consider bombing this thread with all of my thoughts about Powerplay.

EDIT: Posted.  You can read my thoughts by clicking this link.

This post was edited by machvergil on July 4, 2015, 12:03 pm


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#159: 07-04-2015 @ 09:40:14 am
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BountyHunterSAxBountyHunterSAx

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Totally getting flashbacks to pharmacology here and the # of half-lifes it takes to reach the steady-state concentration of a drug.

More applicably -- unless 187.5 is a useful (financially) quantity of weekly merit level, OR earning 100 merits a day is a trivial investment of time/money/energy -neither of which seem true- then the only correct answer to PP at this point seems to be getting out of it. Even in the unlikely event they fix/change the system soon, your merits can be re-earned in two days of playing easily, and will only take 5 days to decay to nothing; ergo, will never be good for profitable farming purposes either.

Hope you REALLY love that faction of yours ;0).

-AHMAD

 


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