Ta muchlyAs for that AspX... Good for wake scanning... at least that is what I use my AspX for these days.
As for the FC... Hint : trading. It will pay for itself in about a week.
Edit. Oh and welcome back. Man, you missed the mining gold rush...
Yeah the AspX is still a work in progress, at least concerning how I will use it. To be honest if I find I am not using it but sticking with my explorer Phantom I will get rid of the AspX (again). Yes I am very narrow minded on what ships I retain, if I can't think up a use or purpose I strip it and sell it. Definitely not a hoarder
Regarding the FC, yeah I know all the benefits, read all the posts and know that there are times it would be handy. BUT (yes a big but), the thing that puts me off is the upkeep. Not the costs, credits are easy in this game. It is just the fact there is an upkeep is enough to put me off. Like a lot here I guess, I am prone to take breaks from the game, either due to real life reasons or because some new shiny game caught my eye. What I don't want to happen is to take break only to find out that I didn't transfer enough credits to the carrier for the upkeep and I come back and find I have to start again. All you have to do is see how many carriers are in the decommission stage when flying around, there is way more than I thought would be. Add to that the image at least that it seems a hell of a lot of these carriers are just parked in a well known system and never move, which to my feeble mind seems a damn waste. Look, I may change my mind and buy one, but at this stage there are other activities I want to do first.
Oh I didn't miss the mining gold rush, I wouldn't have participated anyway, never been on to follow the crowd in the latest meta. The last time I did mining was just after the mining upgrade, made some credits and filed the experience away as something I could do if I really really really needed credits and as far as I can see that situation hasn't really changed, I can see make a bucket load of credits mining, just not as many as some did during the rush but enough for me.
One thing I did that will probably upset some is is I stripped my FdL because I can't stand flying it. Yes I know it is the META for all things combat, that some here think unless you fly one then you aren't really doing combat. I know all that but give my my Mamba any day, it might not be quite as agile, but I love the hardpoint placements on that wonderful ship and it is solely the reason why I managed to get Elite in Combat. To be honest I even enjoy flying my new Chieftain than when I had a serviceable FdL lol
Thanks again, it is good to be back and remembered !