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Thread: End of the Road

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    End of the Road

    I've messed up.

    I am less than a thousand light years out from Beagle Point beginning a slow-boat journey home. Using the new feature in the galaxy map which highlights previous systems you have visited, I was retracing my jumps back and made a 50% boost into a system. It has one landable planet with a rich source of materials.

    Without thinking, I did a normal jump to the next 'blue' system (which has no planetary bodies) knowing that the NEXT system on is a mere 48 light years from my current one. No problem, I thought. I have 29 ly range on this old Lakon Type 6E.

    So you can imagine my horror when I jump into the first system (with no planets) only to see that the NEXT one is 30.3 light years away. I can't make it without boosting and in my stupidity I didn't realise that on the 50% boost I used up all my Germanium.

    No problem, I thought, calming myself with a cup of earl grey tea. I will jump BACK to the system behind me with that one landable planet. So I do. Only it has plenty of Vanadium listed but no Germanium at all.

    So now I am in a dead end bouncing between two systems, unable to boost, and with one planet I can land on that lacks Germanium - the one material I am missing.

    There are no other systems in jump range at all. I have reached the end of the road.

    It's my own fault - I was so excited to see my route in to Beagle Point marked out as blue systems that I failed to check the distances correctly.

    Not sure what to do now . . .


  2. #2
    Damn!

    If we just could eject materials for scooping like we can cargo, getting you out of there would be an epic fuel-/rock -rat episode!

  3. #3
    I know - it's frustrating that we can share fuel but not materials. It makes no sense.

  4. #4
    Wow, that is a shame. Sorry to hear about it, OP.

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    Does the system with a landable planet have any ringed planets or asteroid belts?

  6. #6
    Would reducing your fuel load do anything to help get you out?

  7. #7
    Now he wish he could dump hull % to gain light weight jump range.

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    Yes, the system with the landable planet has a few ringed ones (in fact, the landable one is a moon of a ringed world) but I have no mining capabilities alas.

    Also, fuel-wise I am running on a tank which is practically empty - hence the 29 LY jump range. That is my absolute maximum - and that system is 1 LY outside it. I feel the galaxy is mocking me now!

  9. #9
    Originally Posted by Macedonica View Post (Source)
    Yes, the system with the landable planet has a few ringed ones (in fact, the landable one is a moon of a ringed world) but I have no mining capabilities alas.

    Also, fuel-wise I am running on a tank which is practically empty - hence the 29 LY jump range. That is my absolute maximum - and that system is 1 LY outside it. I feel the galaxy is mocking me now!
    Sometimes rings spawn materials when mined. Materials that does not have to be refined.

    So... hypothetically... A FUEL RAT ELITE with mining laser could go with you into the ring and mine until Germanium material pops, and you collect it.

    This would be an epic rescue mission. Worthy of a FD unique reward.

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    Originally Posted by ArchEmperor View Post (Source)
    Sometimes rings spawn materials when mined. Materials that does not have to be refined.

    So... hypothetically... A FUEL RAT ELITE with mining laser could go with you into the ring and mine until Germanium material pops, and you collect it.

    This would be an epic rescue mission. Worthy of a FD unique reward.
    Exactly!

  11. #11
    Originally Posted by Macedonica View Post (Source)
    Yes, the system with the landable planet has a few ringed ones (in fact, the landable one is a moon of a ringed world) but I have no mining capabilities alas.

    Also, fuel-wise I am running on a tank which is practically empty - hence the 29 LY jump range. That is my absolute maximum - and that system is 1 LY outside it. I feel the galaxy is mocking me now!
    Private message sent.

  12. #12
    Man...that is harsh. I know each mistake we make in Elite is a lesson learned but this is a painful one.
    Cmdr o7

  13. #13
    Originally Posted by PigKiller View Post (Source)
    Man...that is harsh. I know each mistake we make in Elite is a lesson learned but this is a painful one.
    Cmdr o7
    It ain't over 'till it's over!

    I see an epic fuelrat-mining rescue incoming...

  14. #14
    An epic rat rescue would be cool. I do wish him all the luck.

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    You cant mine the the rings but someone can mine them and you can get chunks of Germanium that come off the asteroids. (I think)

    Edit: lol, too late.

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