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Poseidon
13-01-2012, 03:29 AM
I am returning to the X series after a long break, and I have forgotten much about the game. As such, I thought this would be an ideal situation to start a Dead is Dead game. This thread is the log...

Poseidon
13-01-2012, 04:21 AM
That flight trainer was useless. Ok, he wasn't useless... but I have no guns! How am I supposed to target and destroy his silly crate? I ran it over a couple times, but he was not amused.

Autopilot seems intuitive. Guess I'll start there.

It appears our home sector is called Queens Harbor. I am in need of credits if I'm going to survive, but this ship isn't exactly a Super Freighter. I stopped by a shipyard and picked up a couple upgrades to the engines and cargo hold. I also explored some nearby sectors, but without guns, I'm nervous about picking up any job postings. It appears I'm going to be doing Energy Cell runs to the local BoFu labs for a bit.

Too bad I'm about 30 seconds behind a Split Super Freighter who's buying up all the Energy Cells. Why do we even let them trade in our sector? Time to come up with another plan.

Veil of Delusion... pirate sector. Pirates have BIG SHIPS, with BIG GUNS. I've worked on Photon Pulse Cannons before, but never seen one in action. They are infinitely more terrifying when you're dodging balls of plasma that are bigger than your ship. Barely made it out, and I'm not going back there any time soon. I know where to go hunting if I ever come into my own.

A stroke of luck! Maybe. A Split Fleet passed through Faded Dreams, laying waste to anything and everything. The local military base responded, and there was a firefight. Sadly, I think the Split Fleet won. I have salvaged some missiles and sold them back to the base for 20k+ credits. I'm going to shadow this Split Fleet and see if there is more salvage to be had. Queen's Mercy; I'm a scavenger. How far I have fallen.

The Split Fleet was intercepted by another Boron Fleet, and I was pleased to see the warmongers destroyed. A few more salvage runs, and I had earned about 6 months pay! Sadly, some missiles were too big to fit in my cargo hold. Still, I now have 4 Impulse Ray Emitters, and some Fight Software (Mk 1). I don't feel quite so helpless. Time to go get some cargo hold upgrades.

Poseidon
13-01-2012, 07:37 PM
The cockpit computer terminal chirped, and I cringed. It'd taken me a couple days and a few credits, but I'd finally managed to get my planetside messages routed to my ship through an anonymous proxy. I thought it'd be a good idea to maintain some contact with my old life, and reached out to a few people with varying levels of detail regarding my circumstances. The responses have been mixed.

This morning had been the worst. My mom all but disowned me, berating me as a traitor and a failure. The cc to all my immediate and distant family members was a nice touch; she always was a bit zealous. My old coworkers responded with everything from polite dismissal to poorly masked disgust. It appears the bureaucracy told everyone I quit the project to join the private sector. It's probably better to leave them in ignorance. Seri Ca was displeased, but she said she'd wait for me for now. It's hard for her to keep faith in a relationship that spans light-years, not to mention not knowing if or when I'll be coming back.

My dad, on the other hand, was exceptionally understanding. Frighteningly so. He told me he'd do damage control on my mom's outburst, and then he forwarded me a biometrically encrypted data package. Inside was a name and a location: Bennett, Grand Exchange. My dad used to do intelligence for highly public military operations before he retired; I'm guessing he called in one of his contacts for me. I should make my way over sometime in the next few days.

The computer chirped again, and I trudged over to examine it's concern. The job search script had found something that didn't require combat or flying through dangerous sectors. 46 minute deadline, retrieve an abandoned ship, 4k payment.

With my recently upgraded engines, the job was no problem. The target ship was an Octopus Vanguard, in poor condition. A few minutes of repairs, and it's autopilot was taking it back to it's owner. I will admit to some temptation to keep the ship, and sell it... but I'm still nervous about the fallout from the failed job on the pirates. No reason to get more people mad at me. I did find some more salvage, which allowed me to max out my cargo hold, buy another 1MJ shield, and upgrade the engine output and vectoring.

I don't quite know where to go from here. Missile salvage is lucrative, but I'm missing out on the good missiles due to my small cargo hold. I'm going to need to upgrade my ship soon, but do I go with a Mako or a Dolphin? There are an abundance of combat missions, but I'm no mercenary. That said, I've witnessed an excess of combat and warfare since I left planetside. It may be wise to equip myself accordingly, regardless of intention.

For now, I think it's time to make some more credits. This new ship won't pay for itself.

Poseidon
15-01-2012, 04:02 AM
You expect the plasma explosion incinerating all your worldly possessions to come with a sound... a bang, or a boom, or the hissing sizzle of matter fleeing its covalent bonds. You'd be wrong, as there's no sound in space, but it doesn't stop the expectation. My instinctive flinch made the incoming shockwave's impact more tolerable, however.

I had been doing well... I had credits, and weapons, and a fully upgraded ship. I was saving for a Mako. A mixture of salvage and non-combat jobs had been turning me a decent profit... although the salvage jobs had been drying up. One of the espionage missions took me to the sector Bright Profit. I identified the target's conspirator, forwarded the info along, and got paid. On my way back, I was jumped by pirates! I am getting so sick of pirates; this is twice they've ruined me. I took out the M5s, and one of the Elites before the other one got behind me and launched a missile. If he was in front, I could shoot down the missile, but from behind? Nothing to do. I hit eject. 3 seconds later, the missile impacted, destroying my ship almost instantly. The pirate continued to pump plasma rounds into it for a couple more seconds before flying away.

The next few hours was leap-frogging from one station to another, attempting to conserve air. I will admit to some apprehension about going through a Gate in nothing but a Spacesuit. However, nobody was stopping to give me a lift, and I only had so much air. I would rather die torn apart at Faster-Than-Light than by getting run over by a Freighter or from Asphyxiation. Fortunately, the Gate treated the Spacesuit like any other ship. Queen's Retribution wasn't too far away, and I barely had enough money to purchase another Octopus, but nothing else. No weapons, no upgrades. Back to square one.

Frustrated with my attempts to wring credits from the same few sectors, I explored a bit. I stopped by the Teladi Shipyard in Grand Exchange, and met with my father's contact, Bennett. He didn't have much to offer at the moment, but he did show me how to configure Missile Defense Software. Of course, I have to go buy it myself, but once I do, I won't have to worry about missiles from behind anymore. He mentioned I could come back to him in the future if I needed more software training. I'll likely take him up on the offer.

I continued on to Belt of Aguilar, and started my search for work and salvage again. It was about this time that I saw a Xenon N fly by. Weaponless, and still using the stock Octopus, I was in no condition for combat. I fled behind a nearby asteroid, but it was unnecessary. There are THREE Argon Colossus patrolling the sector, all owned by Jonferco. Which is good, becuase that Xenon N was the first of wave after wave of Xenon invadors. It wasn't a full invasion fleet; there were no ships larger than M3. But they were numerous, and I was able to profit from a number of salvage runs. Of course, it wasn't without some risk. A stray shot would likely crush me, and the Xenon did occasionally turned their weapons on me. I can't count the number of times I hid behind an asteroid to do repairs.

http://diffpair.com/misc/pictures/did/did-0001.png

But, I'm back in the game. 100k credits, and my naked Octopus. And I'm not dead yet. Let's see if I can keep it that way. I've still got pirates to kill.

Poseidon
16-01-2012, 02:47 AM
There is nothing quite as frustrating as an undersized cargo hold.

The three hammerhead missiles taunted me with their lazy drift across my video screen. 240k credits, if only I could find some way to lug them back to a trading station. Size: M, 6. Stupid Octopus. I couldn't even strap them to my ship; they were bigger than my ship. I guess it says something about my mental state when I'm considering jury-rigging 3.6 Megatons of death onto this scrap heap.

Salvage in the belt was lucrative, but intermittent and dangerous. Every few hours, another small squad of Xenon ships would make their way from Xenon Sector 598, across Grand Exchange, and into the waiting jaws of Mr. Jonferco Colossus. And then I'd sift their remains, and sell the missiles back at Jonferco HQ. Sometimes I would get lucky, and find a Remote Guided Warhead or two. Most of the time I would be stuck ignoring a Cyclone while picking up the errant Wasp or Dragonfly.

Days? Weeks? I don't know. I do know that the emails from the Galactic Trade Commission seem to indicate an advancement in rank (Entrepreneur). The Argons have started to trust me as well (Argon Confirmed Friend). Eventually, I had 400k credits. Time to go shopping. Or so I thought.

http://www.diffpair.com/misc/pictures/did/did-0002.png

It appears my story leaked, and I'm not trusted to purchase a proper Boron spacecraft. Do I go buy an M4 from my new Argon friends, or do I try to repair my reputation with my own race? I'm going to go back to salvaging the Suicidal Xenon Conga Line for a bit.

Poseidon
21-01-2012, 04:41 AM
Apologies for the delay. Had to put out a couple fires at work (not literally), and I didn't get to play until tonight. Also, thanks for your patience while I sort out the simple stuff, and play...

Poseidon
22-01-2012, 06:12 PM
Why is the Pirate Elite so slow..?

Nobody would sell me 25MJ shields, so I bought a 5MJ, and settled in to earn some rep. I stopped back at Atreus HQ to buy a Jumpdrive, and now I don't know how I lived without it. It saved my life more times than I can count. Jobs are tricky; they don't tell you where some of the jobs are. I had a ship retrieval job in Cardinal's Domain. So I'm supposed to just walk into central Split territory, as a Boron, hop out of my ship, claim another ship, then somehow make it through 4 hostile sectors with a slow, unshielded ship in tow? Funny.

In the end, I resorted to some combat missions. These are terrifying, and never fail to make me second-guess the decisions that led up to the fight. [ooc: I actually get a slight adrenaline rush in real life before every fight. DiD does strange things to a player]. The first couple missions were simple 'kill the pirate' missions. I was fine with that. Jump in, wait until they were near an object in case I needed to dodge behind something, fire off a looted Wasp, and strafe them until they died. I always tried to talk them into Surrendering, but only one Elite accepted. I netted 3 more Pulsed Beam Emitters, and the cash from selling the hull.

The next couple missions involved Terran criminals, which made me a bit cautious. Weren't the Argons in a recent war with the Terrans? I don't know much about Terran technology, and this could have been a misinformation campaign from the Argons... but this was in Boron space, and so it was better to deal with it than leave them alone. The first mission was easy, but the second had 2 Rapiers against my lone Elite. Some creative dodging around the gate solved the problem, but it was pretty tense for a while. My shields got stripped, but I didn't take any hull damage. All those flight combat simulation video games as a kid must have paid off.

Finally, I had the rep to buy 25MJ shields. I stopped by the local Boron equipment docks, but they didn't carry them? I stopped by the Medium Shield Fab in Menelaus' Oasis, and they were out of BoFu. Grumble.

I now had the money to invest in peaceful moneymaking opportunities, so I bought a Dophin, upgraded it, and sent it to the BoFu factories in Queen's Harbor. By the time he made it back to Menalaus' Oasis, the need had been met by some other trader. Whatever. I sold where I could, for a profit, and continued to survey asteroids in various sectors while looking for trading opportunities. Bright Profit finally made amends for it's previous inhospitably, and I made a killing on Sun Flower shipments to Tears of Greed. I stopped back at Menelaus' Oasis; they had 25MJ shields in stock, and I was allowed to buy them! Finally, a fully upgraded ship!

My surveying brought me to Distant Clouds... a nice safe sector with only one entrance, a trading station, a solar power plant, a couple decent ore and silicon asteroids, and Nividium! And a pirate base. Hrm. How do you gather bare minerals? I know I need an Ore Collector, and maybe a Mobile Drilling Platform? But only Argon TS ships could equip that. I hopped back to Omicron Lyrae to start my new mining operations.

Omicron Lyrae is a War Zone(tm). Every hour, on the hour, another Terran fleet collides with the waiting Argon armada. It's a massacre, and highly profitable salvage. However, the corridor from Black Hole Sun through Treasure Chest to Omicron Lyrae is a death trap. Xenon and Pirates from the East, Terrans and Argon Flak Cannons from the West. I lost four (4!!!) Mercury's in that corrider, just trying to get them back to Boron space. Over a million credits lost to friendly fire or bad timing. Oh, and those 25MJ shields paid for themselves. A Split War Party decided to take a couple pot-shots at me with missiles on their way by. I shot down the first, and juked the second into a building, but the 3rd hit my shield. Exactly 25k damage to my shield; not a single point of hull damage. With under 10k points of hull integrity, if I'd had my old 5MJ shields, that would have been a one-hit kill. (shiver)

After some more salvage to recover my losses (including a rather harrowing fight with a Pirate Nova who finally ejected), I bought an Argon Magnetar, transferred the Jumpdrive from my Elite, docked the Elite, and jumped out of there. I considered keeping the Pirate Nova, but it was way too slow for my tastes, and I needed the credits. The Magnetar's 400KJ shielding feels nice, it can use the Mobile Drilling Platform, and carry 1k XL Cargo. I also purchased a Dolphin, equipped it a Jumpdrive and Ore Collecter, and told it to meet us in Distant Clouds. Between the 3 ships, I should be able to make quick work of the Nividium in the sector, and even break down the less useful large asteroids. I'll need to avoid the Pirates for the time being, but I wouldn't mind making this place my safe haven in the future.

Poseidon
23-01-2012, 03:54 PM
Nividium mining sucks.

I started by telling my XL-class ships to harvest rocks, while I used the Elite to break up the Asteroid chunks into smaller pieces. It was tedious business. The up-side was, I learned how to control my ship, and hit targets while moving in strange ways. Flight training that makes you wealthy; that's a good deal.

But it doesn't make you wealthy. Nividium is nearly impossible to sell. The station in PTNI will buy six at a time. What am I supposed to do with 2700 units of the stuff? In the end, I discovered that the shipyards will take it as scrap and give me minimum price for it, if I leave it in the hull of a ship I'm selling. Whatever. I found someone who was willing to sell me a freighter for less than market value, fixed it up, filled it up, and sold it.

Now sitting on 22 million credits, I got confused. That's enough capital to do... well, a lot of things. I started by buying a Nova Raider. It seemed prudent to buy a fast M3 with some extra shields, gun, and a rear turret... so I named it Prudence. Nice ship, but slow. It handled itself well in a couple combat missions, but I wasn't enjoying flying it.

[ooc: Boron Defend Base from Attack missions are currently bugged in the latest version of X3AP. You get the rep, but you don't get paid, and the video of the Boron in the top-right corner loops until something else displays there. Weird]

I refuse to do 'fetch my ship' missions anymore. They are always in strange places, and the ships are often too slow to meet their ridiculous time requirements. I'm not going to bounce a Jumpdrive back and forth between ships just because you can't keep track of your fleet.

Tired of flying slow ships, I did some rep missions for the Teladi, and purchased two Kestrals. Wonderful ships. Fast, big enough for a Jumpdrive and some Energy Cells, and a rear turret for defense. I used them to scout out the Pirate Sectors south of Grand Exchange. It wasn't until my wingman collided into a gate and instantly exploded that I realized my stupidity. I worked my way back to Queen's Retribution, purchased an Advanced Barracuda, and sent the Kestral to dock with my Magnetar. It never arrived.

I named the new ship Genesis. It's not my favorite ship... only M size cargo, and no rear turret... but Mosquito Missile Defense is adequate, and I'm not doing missile salvage runs anymore, so no need to collect L size cargo. Also, 227 m/s is pretty fast for an M3. It's no M3+, but I'm not finding any of those that appeal to me.

Speaking to that subject... there are very few good well-rounded ships for a freelance pilot. I'll admit, I've only seem Argon and Boron technology, but the Eclipse is ugly and slow (although it at least has 200MJ shields). The Skate is slow, under-shielded, and only has M cargo class. Pirate versions are worse. I've dug through some recent tech journals, and it appears the Eclipse is the best M3 available, in terms of survivability. There's rumors of a Terran military M3+ called a Fenrir, that has good speed, shields, and cargo capacity, but they can only use the odd Terran weaponry. There are other rumors of a specialty Argon M3, but nobody can put a name on it, other than it looks like a refined Nova. Do I have to go up to an M6 to feel safe in this increasingly dangerous universe?

Anyway, my capital dwindled down to 14M after all my ship swapping and losses. I'm not even sure how I burned through 8 million credits. This is BAD.

I've decided to start looking for station construction jobs. This will get me familiar with station construction, and may help stimulate the local economies a bit. The Boron sectors are a bit sparse. Also, I need to start making friends with the Paranid and Split (gag). I can't afford to be fighting a war on 3 fronts, and Pirates are my only true enemy right now.

Poseidon
24-01-2012, 02:08 AM
I had just captured a Xenon LX, and simultaneously repaired my reputation with the Split. Things were going great! I docked at the local Ore Mine, hit Save and Quit.

Steam ate my save. My game is gone. The End.


I may have lost my taste for Dead is Dead.

:-(

stemardue
24-01-2012, 10:22 AM
Steam ate my save. My game is gone. The End.

doh... death by 'acts of God' was not initially considered into DiD rules. That sucks... sorry to read that.

Steam is Death ^^

Poseidon
24-01-2012, 11:43 AM
Yeah, if this was a normal DiD, I would have allowed myself to reload. However, Steam enforcement means there's nothing I can do to recover it. It did have the benefit of 'Save Anywhere', but losing everything to a Steam glitch makes me sad. I'll start my next DiD when XTC 2.0 comes out. Thanks for reading.

Muschel
24-01-2012, 08:22 PM
I really enjoyed reading your story while I myself was waiting for XTC 2.0. I am looking forward to your next DiD.

knudaholic
24-01-2012, 11:30 PM
thanks for a well written story.. was fun to read :)

Aragon Speed
25-01-2012, 08:55 AM
I'd like to see an XTC DiD game. I haven't seen one of those yet and think it would be interesting.

Wait a week after 2.0 is out though so that any major bugs we may miss are fixed before playing. I'd hate you to start a DiD and then hit a wall because of a bug.

[Edit]
If anyone knows of an XTC DiD either here or at ES, please let me know.

Poseidon
25-01-2012, 04:05 PM
I've noticed a trend in Dead is Dead... specifically, people seem to want to limit themselves when playing one. XTC seems like a step in the opposite direction, by expanding what the player can do. Fortunately, I rarely find a need to limit myself while playing video games, except perhaps in Skyrim. I'll gladly do an XTC DiD, although I'm sure there are tons. And yeah, I'll wait for a few days after launch before I start the DiD. No sense is buggering up a game due to a typo somewhere. (I'm a developer too; I'm allowed to say that).

Thanks to everyone for the comments and encouragement. I'll try to maintain some sort of plot in my next one. :-)