Peaks and valleys.

In both game and life.

In life, it’s getting a HOTAS from Amazon, paying extra for a next day delivery only for the next day to pass and never see FedEx update past label creation. That’s the valley. The peak is the bitchin new monitor, you didn’t pay extra shipping for and expected in 10 days, shows up the day after.

Amazon refunded the shipping charge and it should be here today so it’s not terrible. I was just looking forward to having it over the weekend. 100% first world problems. And now I feel a little ashamed.

In the game the valley is losing a bunch of unclaimed bounties and an extra half a million to replace my ship for a death that shouldn’t have happened. Hammer Wing was out Sunday and we were filling space with the debris of our enemies. CMDRs Thorby and Gamercow were with me and we were bringing the thump. Thorby took off for dinner but Gamercow and I hung around. We mowed down all the small fish but cam up against an Imperial Clipper that was way strong than it should have been. It managed to kill my power distributor and/or power plant because I was suddenly over drawn on power consumption and adrift as I watch my bull tick down to zero before I could even hit the sys panel to reset.

Gamercow managed to finish him off as I was respawning. But as I was jumping back into the RES, he was taken out by another CMDR that appeared to be griefing. I turned and bolted just as I started taking shots to the back. He was running silent cause there was nothing on my scopes except spent heat sinks.

So we switched to the normal RES. There we have our peak. String after string of kills. A couple in wings of 2 or 3 that were no match for us. Until…and this is where we really peak…we run into a wing of 5. 4 Imperial Clippers the same ship that killed me earlier and nearly took out GamerCow. But they were escorting a Fer-de-Lance. Which has a notoriously high pay out. We stalked the Fer-de-Lance, knowing if we just up and attacked, we wouldn’t be able to survive against a sustained attack from 4 clippers even if they went 2 on 1. Local security forces were in the area but they basically stayed away from the group. But not for long. We kept following the Fer-de-Lance and finally, it started attracting the wrong attention and began taking fire. Gamercow and I parked ourselves around a half a click away and watched it’s hull read out. Anyone snooping on comms traffic that day would have heard this, “When it hits 27, open fire, kill it, then drive it like you stole it.”

And that’s what we did. The second the Fer-de-Lance reported 0% we threw all power to the engines and screamed out the belt. I lose around a 3rd of my shields before clearing mass lock. The avenging Clippers did not pursue.

Back to home base to cash in. Ended the night well above targets. Good flying, Gamercow!

UPDATE: HOTAS IS HERE AND MAN ALIVE IT’S NICE! Spent the past couple of nights working on key mappings. Need to get Voice Attack reconfigured as well. Oh right…I use voice attack now! You can see what that’s like here!