This...sounds like a typical play session for me, as well. It's actually quite easy to accumulate mats/data just though normal gameplay.What's not fun, and what's repetitive/nonsensical?
Look... tonight, just before dinner, I went onto my usual hangout and grabbed six assassinations off the boards (no flipping/waiting for new baords). I came on after dinner and stuff around the house was done, and grabbed another three (again, no flipping/waiting, they were just on the board).
It took 30 minutes for me to flush them out, and grab two HGE's along the way and included:
- One fight with a single corvette
- One fight with a single FAS
- One fight with a single Anaconda
- One fight with two corvettes and a FAS
- One fight with with three anacondas and a python (one of the anacondas was just a rando non-target along for the ride)
Those last two fights were really fun.
3 x Military Grade Alloys (salvage)
21 x Imperial Shielding (HGEs + Salvage)
3 x Pharma Isolators (Salvage)
10 x Biotech conductors (Mission Rewards)
5 x Exquisite Focus Crystals (Mission Rewards)
That's a total of 42 x G5 mats across five categories, just from 30 minutes of gameplay! And that's ignoring the =~ 80 G4 mats (each conda/corvette drops about 4-6 (x3) G4 mats) , which could've been another 10 G5s (within category) if I was desperate... but I really don't need to gather G4s.
Again, not putting up an argument for things like Military Supercaps... FD do need to revisit the distribution of some materials. But you can't say 42 x G5 materials in 30 minutes of gameplay is unreasonable. Granted, I've been doing this for a while so I'm pretty efficient at this, but even if that was blown out to an hour... G5 mats really aren't hard to come by.
EDIT: Oh, I got =~ 8m for my troubles, but if I wasn't pumping influence rewards instead of credits, it would've been more like 22m... I'm probably the only one who cares about that though since I didn't prostrate myself before the altar of the core mining grind.
At Robigo: Couple days ago I managed to nearly get 30 biotech conductors (new to combat). But just now, through a perservering 2HOURS I got 4 of them. That's not 4x3, but 4. Total bologny