Hello, CMDRs!

It was all peaks and valleys this weekend. The snow in Nashville afforded me with much play time and Friday was just the worst for me. I died so many times…dropped below a million..but I rebounded! I also spent a good chunk of money on modules for my Viper. Which has made a pretty big difference.

I ALSO GOT IT PAINTED!!!

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Lookit that pretty!

In my last log I made my way to LHS 3447. There was nothing there for me. There was a Nav Beacon for bounty hunting, but it was a 10 minute supercruise journey to the nearest base. Way too long. So I ditched that system and headed to one a twitter follower suggested: Aura. And it has made all the difference. Didn’t start out that way though…

damn

The shot above shows me just outside a station with 2 seconds of oxygen left. I was so close…

The problem is that I’m hunting in a High Resource Extraction site. They’re usually found in the rings of planets with…rings…and they normally have higher ranked opponents. This particular instance was when I got face to face with a Python. It cut through my shields in one pass and breached my canopy. When that happens you have 5 minutes to get to a station and get into a pressurized area. I would have made it…but the heads up display disappears if there’s no glass to display it…which makes total sense but I’d never been in this situation before. I missed the first approach of the station which caused me to loop around missing time. If it happens again, I think I’ll be ready to make the approach and get it in one pass, but that first time was too new for me to acclimate.

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So my funds got pretty low at one point. I wasn’t making kills like I should have been so I started playing around with the ship.

I started with weapons. That went nowhere. Eventually I came back to multicannons and pulse lasers. But when I upgraded thrusters…that started making a difference. My turns were tighter and I was more responsive to accelerations. I was able to stay behind an enemy easier. I couldn’t turn as tight as an Eagle or Sidewinder, but the time they spent out of my line of sight was much reduced.

In an hour after upgrading the thrusters I made back what they cost and then some (around 500k). So I upgraded more stuff. Shields and armor got a boost. I dropped the Auto Field-Maintenance Unit. I never used it. And in doing the research I should have done before buying it, I found that it will only repair a module up to 5%. ┬áSo that’s gone. And in it’s place is an FSD interdictor.

All in all I think I ended the weekend pretty well off. I’m back over 2 mil which, by my notes…is the highest I’ve been after a major shake up like this. I call it that because I made some pretty fundamental changes to the ship.

Have some screenshots!