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Post by Dungeoncrawler » Mon, 19. Jan 09, 05:16

Nice to see you back in action captain-sir! Nice shot of the Beluga missile...your a photographer as well :P .

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Post by FourFingers » Mon, 19. Jan 09, 10:06

:)
good going!

surviving through those sectors is a hair raising experience.

shooting up paranid and split transports can net you 25MW shields if your lucky along with some upgrades. It becomes a whole new universe when your packing over 75MW of shielding :) and a few missiles.

Good luck mate.



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Post by Al » Mon, 19. Jan 09, 12:06

Yay another good story. Lets hope he has the same luck as ol' Squiddy so it turns into an epic :)
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Post by TBV » Mon, 19. Jan 09, 20:05

It's nice to see you've started another story. I loved the last one, and as an added bonus, I chose to restart as Unholy Traitor about 10 days ago.

I must say though, I got a lot luckier than you with the starting sector. I didn't have to contend with anything bigger than Police, Customs and Bounty-Hunter fighters.
The gifted writer wrote:With no combat computer my turrets are inactive
Not entirely true, you have "Attack-my-Target", which for me was something of a mixed blessing.

I chose to put the PACs in the turrets and remove 2 of the PBEs from the main guns, to avoid burning energy too fast. I also re-mapped "Target-Nearest-Enemy" to the space-bar so that I could get a lock on the missiles quickly.
This worked brilliantly to get me clear of Tkr's Deprivation. I thought I was sorted. Nothing but a limping M4 bounty hunter that was never going to catch me, and a nice safe Pirate Base in neighbouring Ghinn's Escape for me to dock at.
However, and I'm still kicking myself for this, upon entering Ghinn's I hit the space-bar, to see if there's anything dangerous nearby, target a conveniently waiting Pirate Energy-Transporter and you've guessed it, the turrets open up and I get the dreaded warning about all Pirates will hunt me down or somesuch.

Great! no docking at the Pirate-Base, no PBG's and to cap it off the Pirates have now joined the long queue of people who want me dead.
Oh well, live and learn.

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Post by NUKLEAR-SLUG » Mon, 19. Jan 09, 21:44

Ravenholme wrote:N_S, did you happen to watch the series Burn Notice? I thought you might have from your opening chapter, as it's a lot like some of Michael Westen's speeches about being burned.
Nope, saw some ads tho.
TBV wrote:Great! no docking at the Pirate-Base, no PBG's and to cap it off the Pirates have now joined the long queue of people who want me dead.
Oh well, live and learn.
Such is life. :)



04 - Unexpected Guests

Safely the other side of the gate in Thuruks Beard I park up near the gate nacelle to avoid being run over and see what's what. Thuruks beard is only a border sector so consequently any security forces I may have to contend with should be substantially less of a problem, tho in my current situation even a single M5 poses a threat. Gravidar shows nothing in duplex range but a Teladi food transporter, but Thuruks Beard is a large sector so there could easily be patrols out there just out of sight.

I have to choose now whether to make a run across the sector and out into the pirate sectors where I can hole up and decide what I'm doing next or seek sanctuary in Teladi space. Currently tho this ship isn't equipped to get into a fight and there's no guarantees that the pirates are going to welcome me just because the Paranid and Split want me dead so pirate space is probably not a good choice, at least until I can get some upgrades. Fortunately Company Pride is just thru the west gate and while I dare not risk trading on the open market there is a Pirate base operating in that sector with the tacit approval of the Teladi. Typical Teladi, so long as nothing affects their profits they've little concern who they deal with.

I've just settled on Company Pride as my destination and am about to engage engines when my proximity alert squeals a warning and five or six light fighters go blazing past me out of the jumpgate. Bounty Hunters! It appears I'm less popular than I'ld originally thought. Not content with designating me KOS someone has gone to the trouble of hiring these guys to ensure it happens. They're tagged as Paranid so that would suggest Paranid backing but I wouldn't put it past my own government to have hired them. The source of my troubles is not currently a major concern, dealing with them is. I have a wing of six mixed M4/M5 here and every one of them faster than I am. No chance of outrunning this lot so it appears that I'm going to have to fight my way out of this one. Fortunately I'm hugging the gate superstructure which severely limits their ability to make attack runs.

The good thing about PBE is they're a practically instant-hit weapon like the Khaak Kyons. Nowhere near the range of a Kyon unfortunately and they do tend to consume a worrying amount of power, but a PBE makes for an exceptionally efficient shield-stripping weapon, and I've got six of them up front. Sadly with no combat computer to provide targetting prediction I'm going to have to shoot point blank, although given the sub-1km range of the PBE that's not actually quite the disadvantage it sounds. Looping around the gate ring I wait for the bounty-hunters to get too close and then pop out and hose them with PBE fire. It doesn't all hit home as a moving M5 is a difficult target at the best of times but the amount of damage I'm putting out I don't need to connect for long.

With the last of the M4s dispatched without damage I set about collecting up the e-cells left behind, well you never know. Job done and course set for Company Pride I'm less than 2km from the gate before the proximity warning kicks off again and spinning around there's another wing of bounty-hunters after me. These guys are persistent! Unfortunately they've caught me a little out in the open this time and despite dodging most of their fire even a little IRE fire will wear down a 5Mj shield and I take a couple points of hull damage as I make a break for the safety of the gate. Back under cover and with my shields recharged I repeat my ambushing tactics until there's just the two M4 left. This time tho I hammer them until they're down to the last scraps of hull and then leave them. I don't necessarily have to kill them, if they can't catch me that's good enough for my requirements.

With the two smoking M4's trying their best to catch me with half my speed I turn for the west gate and make for Teladi space with frag bombs exploding all around me.


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Post by Ormac » Mon, 19. Jan 09, 23:31

Oh Your as deadly and devious as a Squid. :twisted:

Look forward to the rest of the story.

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Post by Alec_trev » Tue, 20. Jan 09, 03:25

Creston wrote:
Fragile Ego wrote: (To add injury to insult, Egosoft calls it "pretty hard" or something to that effect. :o )
thats all because of what sector it lands you in, and how inclined you are to run...i personally fly straight up the Y-axis for a good 50k before anyone notices me.

can't wait to see how this story plays out now ur reasonably safe!

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Post by insolent1 » Tue, 20. Jan 09, 03:27

Good thing FBL is useless otherwise you would be a splattered split. Good luck anyhowz

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Post by masterthis » Tue, 20. Jan 09, 04:05

Nuklear, you do know you can man the turret yourself while the ship heads toward the gate, right?

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Post by A_Sebastian » Tue, 20. Jan 09, 04:42

NUKLEAR-SLUG wrote:
With the two smoking M4's trying their best to catch me with half my speed I turn for the west gate and make for Teladi space with frag bombs exploding all around me.
Actually this tactic was a great idea. I don't know how long they will remain chasing you, but as long as they are, another Bounty Hunter pack won't spawn.

Not absolutely certain if this is hardcoded or if I got lucky, but it has been an experience of mine.

Beyond that...

I followed your enitre McSquid thread and throughly enjoyed it. I did several "spit takes" while reading it. If not for the humor you yourself added, but also for the endless commentary regarding your adventures really helped to bring it even more to life. Thanks again, and here's hoping your newest character enjoys a long and fruitful career.
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Post by Creston » Tue, 20. Jan 09, 05:34

Alec_Trev wrote:
Creston wrote: (To add injury to insult, Egosoft calls it "pretty hard" or something to that effect. :o )
thats all because of what sector it lands you in, and how inclined you are to run...i personally fly straight up the Y-axis for a good 50k before anyone notices me.

can't wait to see how this story plays out now ur reasonably safe!

I tried that once, and it keeps you safe from the normal forces in the sector, but at some point you're going to have to get through that gate, and the game simply spawns bounty hunters when you get within 10km of it. (or, apparently in some people's cases, when you're 10km out of it. For me they always show up beforehand. Also, in Squiddy's case the Split Dragon completely ignores him, when I ran into that thing it came right after me with its damned PBGs.... Good luck fighting a Dragon with 5MJ of shields and PBEs :| )


Smart tactic though, Slug, hiding near the gate superstructure. Again something I never thought of!

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Post by RJV » Tue, 20. Jan 09, 11:26

Creston wrote:... Also, in Squiddy's case the Split Dragon completely ignores him, when I ran into that thing it came right after me with its damned PBGs.... Good luck fighting a Dragon with 5MJ of shields and PBEs :| )
...
I hear you. Tried this start again last night. Dodged my way to the south gate, having to take on only a couple of police. Survived but with a bit of hull damage. Then in pops the Dragon through the gate, faster than me, and while twisting and dodging laser fire took a Hornet where it hurts and that was that.

Cheers,

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Post by 3D_Master » Tue, 20. Jan 09, 13:07

masterthis wrote:Nuklear, you do know you can man the turret yourself while the ship heads toward the gate, right?
Last time he tried something like this, he flew his HCP straight into an asteroid :)
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Post by lastebil » Tue, 20. Jan 09, 18:07

Btw mr. Slug, you can now barter at any base.

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Post by Creston » Tue, 20. Jan 09, 18:40

3D_Master wrote:
masterthis wrote:Nuklear, you do know you can man the turret yourself while the ship heads toward the gate, right?
Last time he tried something like this, he flew his HCP straight into an asteroid :)
:lol: Good times!

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