As you can see from the update below, I found my notes!
So without further ado:
Approaching the West Gate in Herrons Nebula, "Betty" beeps an incoming message.
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19 mizura remaiing and I can't go any faster!
Entering CBNW, I decide to keep autopillock off and fly manually, in order to save as much time as possible. So I target Cattle Ranch M Beta and floor it! There's quite a few asteroids in CBSW, so I'm glad I kept flying myself. I scraped past a few of the bigger ones, so I could keep the station in my sites. Once "Lazy Geordie" was close enough, I switched on autopillock and waited. At this point I made a mental note to invest in a Docking Computer as soon as I could! Especially as the docking procedure felt like it took an eternity to finish!
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YAY! 180 odd thousand in the bank! Get in there!
Well, after that excitement, I decided now was a good time to invest a bit further in my small empire. So I took on 3 more pilots. An Argon fighter pilot by the name of "Fendalis" caught my eye. Mainly because he has the same name as a certain notorious Pirate I once knew. However, he assures me he is not the same man, nor a relation.
Next new recruit was an ex-Pirate by the name of "Apollo". He says he is now on the straight and narrow. More so after he was betrayed by the scum bags. Although, I think I'll have to keep an eye on him just now!
Last but not least, an Argon Military Scout pilot by the name of "Speedy". I hope his parents did'nt give him that name! *ahem*
I then headed over to the Specialist Sales Shipyard in the vault again. For another 3 L class Harrier Sentinals. I waited for the new pilots to arrive, before handing over their access cards and instructing them all to head for the Trading Station in Teladi Gain. There they would meet up with the rest of Sabre Squadron.
"Let the fun begin!"
After changing back to "Inferno". I was begining to think GoD had turned against me. As when we started our 1st full patrol, We came across this in Ceo's Buckzoid
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Typical! I go increase the size of my combat squad and the Pirates decide not to play nice! Well, 2 can play at that game! I remember'd seeing an Image Recognition Complex in Ceo's Sprite. So I send "Lazy Geordie" off to pick up as many Silkworm missiles as he can buy, while me and the boys keep an eye on the Pirate group from distance. Before anyone with enough firepower arrives, the Pirates leave the patrol zone. Making them someone else's problem!
A short time later, "Lazy Geordie" returns with a hold of 60 Silkworms and 60 Mozzies. I split the 60 Silkworms between all six Sabre Squadron ships, "Inferno" and "Lazy Geordie get the Mozzies and I also send "Universe Explorer" back to the Complex to keep an eye on stock. For when I need more.
Whilst sorting that lot out, I found a BBS ad to map 27 Pirate sectors 238k! Expensive, but saves me a job!
Once that was taken care off we all took off for our next sortie of the day. We did'nt get very far before my intel sats screamed a warning at me
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Holy Argnu! A Xenon invasion! I gunned the throttle and got the others to follow. I was hoping to pick up some loot from the aftermath. However, by the time we got there, the Xenon had been decimated by 4 (count em!) Teladi Pheonix! I guess my luck is starting to run out, as the Xenon cap ships were the only hostile targets to appear on my intel network. Not one single solitary target of opportunity appeared after that! Even after completeing one full patrol circuit. Needless to say, everyone's trigger finger is now extra itchy. Especially the new guys, as they have'nt even fired a shot off in anger yet!
On the plus side, after docking at the Trading Station in Teladi Gain again. I did find a BBS ad for mapping 10 Yaki sectors for 64k. So it was'nt a total loss!
Since the Pirates had decided not to play, I switched back to "Lazy Geordie", told the boys to look after themselves for a while (in the Bar!
) and headed for Argon Prime. It was time to expand my business opportunities!
Jumping into Argon Prime, I see no sign of a wondering TL, so I drop one of the spare Advanced Satellites in the hold.
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HUMPH! Still no bloody TL! Guess they're all busy. Typical! So I head off on a hunt for one. After what seems like ages, one turns up in Elanors Fortune. So I hire him straight away and send him to Argon Prime Shipyard. He only charges me 1000 credits for each gate, so that's a bonus. While the big bucket 'o' bolts lumbers off, I jump to Ore Belt for a quick survey. Thanks to "Universe Explorer" all the roids are already scanned. The juciest ones being:
2 x 64 yeild Silicon
1 x 56 yeild Silicon
1 x 51 yeild Ore
Decisions, Decisions! However, my choice is made a bit easier due to the fact 1 of 64's and the 56 yeild roids are situated behind the North Gate. Too close to the local Pirate base. Plus another Ore Mine is not really needed in this area. So I wait for the hired TL to dock, before spending about 1.1 million credits on a Silicon Mine L. I watch as the automated loading droids stuff it in the Mammoths hold.
After many more countless Mizura the TL eventually arrives in Ore Belt. I get him to unload his cargo and voila! One brand new Silicon Mine L and it's all mine! If you excuse the pun! *ahem*
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The 1st of many stations belonging to the mighty Tiger Incorporated (TigerInc for short). I hope! As you can see, I've dropped my last Advanced Satellite in there and hooked it into my intel network. Just incase any angry purple triangles, flying killer hard drives or poncey Pirates etc etc come calling.
Since I did'nt yet have a delivery vessel, my next step was to get the station running myself. This meant buying a load of E-Cells. Thankfully one of the SPP's in Ore Belt was selling them quite cheaply, so I loaded "Lazy Geordie" with as many as she could carry and dropped them off. Now, I did'nt want to constantly be ferrying cargo, so I decided to jump back to Teladi Gain, swap back to "Inferno", hire a Commercial Representative (one Argon called Toki Sillarn) and send "Lazy Geordie back to work on the mine. *Phew!* lol
And that's what I did.
Game time = 3D 17h 29mins
Ranks = Harmless/Broker
Cr = 1,289,072
Non combat orientated assets:
1 x Silicon Mine L "TigerInc Silicon Mine 1"
9 x Advanced Satellites
1 x Mercury "Happy Hauler"
1 x Discoverer "inferno"
1 x Terracorp Vulcan "Lazy Geordie"
1 x Octopus Vanguard "Universe Explorer"
Combat capable assets:
6 x Harrier Sentinal "Sabre Squadron"
"Shoot that Guy"