Choose My Adventure: I am not good at drug running in Star Citizen

    
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There’s a rather popular quote in military circles that goes “no plan survives contact with the enemy.” This quote springs to my mind as I recount my latest Star Citizen escapade as chosen by you fine folks because my attempt to make money via Jumptown drug running went absolutely haywire. That said, I legitimately ended up having possibly more fun participating in this comedy of errors than I would have if things had gone to plan.

Now when I say “plan,” I absolutely mean plan; my benefactor Ichi had quite literally sent me a tactical breakdown of the mission, replete with information about the location, suggested strategies, and some choices on how to manage the specifics of trading any money we earned. Since I’ve never navigated to Jumptown before, I suggested we do a dry run first to get acclimated to where it is. With that decided, we climbed aboard Ichi’s Freelancer and set a course.

As first attempts go, things went pretty well overall. Ichi talked me through our approach to the area where Jumptown is hiding and seemed pleased with how I was steering his ship. Our arrival to Jumptown was during the moon’s daytime, which makes it visually easier to spot but also means you’re just as easy to be spotted and shot down. However, as we got closer to the assumed location of this little drug lab, we didn’t see any other ships around. Maybe people were occupied with other things?

Not exactly. As we closed in on the general area where the single building of Jumptown is located, two ships appeared on radar: a Hammerhead that appeared to be scanning for Jumptown as well and an F7C Hornet fighter. The moment I locked on to the Hornet and tried to bring it into view, it began to take pretty obvious evasive maneuvers. At this point, we felt it best to attempt to vacate the area and perhaps try again. In doing that, however, I had to bring up my navigation computer to chart a course — an act that effectively means I could no longer fly evasively.

I don’t blame the Hornet pilot for taking the shot. We were flying in a straight line in the Star Citizen version of a minivan. We were pretty much asking to get blown up at that point.

Even though we were blown to smithereens, I felt that the dry run was successful in that it gave me an idea of where to go and what to look for. So with that, Ichi and I decided to hop into a different server and try to make the run for real. This time, I would be piloting the Cutlass fighter as voted on by the readers and he would be flying support. Additionally, we would be joined by some members of his Core Dynamic Systems organization: pilots by the names of MechPilot524, Quigley32, and RockWan.

Once more, our approach to Jumptown was during the moon’s daylight, but since we had the extra support, it didn’t feel like nearly as much of a risk. The trickier bit was flying to Jumptown myself, as I didn’t have anyone riding shotgun with me this time. My approach vector was close but not quite accurate, which wasn’t helped by a weird visual glitch that had identifying white textures slowly sliding their way across the planet’s surface, making navigation challenging.

Still, we managed to find Jumptown anyway, mostly on the strength of the other support pilots. As we all made our way forward, Ichi decided to drop a bit of extra weight on my shoulders. The cargo I was carrying to sell to Jumptown ended up costing him all of his in-game money. It was literally make or break. “Jumptown has been sterilized. Area secure,” read the party chat. Time to land.

The arrival was clear. The landing was clear. The selling of the goods on board was clear. Everything was running smoothly. Then, the console where you’re meant to buy drugs to sell back to GrimHex bugged out, offering Ichi and me no choices whatsoever and no goods to sell. We attempted several times, tried to swap ships, and even tried to wait a bit to see if it would sort itself out. No dice.

At one point when I headed outside to take a look around, I noticed that one of our support pilots was blown out of the sky while another began to give chase. Things were getting hot. After another try at the bugged console, I decided that it was time to cut our collective losses and bail. Ichi agreed and we decided to leg it. Jumptown was now under cover of darkness, so our escape was clean and unnoticed.

I’m pretty sure I ended up making Ichi broke, but we were still enjoying ourselves. Our support pilots seemed to be as well, as they burned by me in their faster fighters and formed up behind my rented Cutlass at one point. I plotted a course for GrimHex and touched down on what I thought was the landing pad, but I ended up balancing the Cutlass on the top of a shipping crate — a cherry on top of the failure sundae that was my first attempt at in-game drug smuggling.

I pretty much ended up precisely where I had started, with only a few hundred uAEC to my name, so I still need to rake in some money. However (at least for this round of CMA anyway), drug running is off the table, which pretty much leaves me with two choices: mission runs or mining. 50/50 choice, I know, but Jumptown is going to go on the back burner for a bit. So, what’s it going to be, gang?

What should be my next Star Citizen money-making venture?

  • Missions. Time to get into contract work, and then buy a hat or something. (54%, 146 Votes)
  • Mining. Crunch the rocks, sell the goods, maybe buy new pants afterwards. (46%, 124 Votes)

Total Voters: 270

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Next, as always, is the hardware option, and once again the choices come courtesy of my benefactor Ichi as well as my own personal stock. This time, though, I’ll be omitting the selections that barely got any nods from the voting public since they appear to be unpopular options. With that said, feel free to select my wings.

What ship should I use this time around?

  • The Freelancer. Let Herbert come out to play. (12%, 33 Votes)
  • The Prospector. Just mine stuff already, sheesh. (32%, 86 Votes)
  • The Hammerhead. Take the big fella out there. (24%, 64 Votes)
  • The Sabre. Let's see how the little guy fares. (16%, 42 Votes)
  • The Cutlass. You're familiar with it at least, so why not? (16%, 43 Votes)

Total Voters: 268

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Once more, polls for this round will close this coming Friday, December 21st, at 1:00 p.m. EST. I’d like to also once more thank everyone for the participation and provide a special thanks to Ichi for his continued rental services and the members of his org in flying support for this adventure. Hope to see you all soon in the ‘verse!

Welcome to Choose My Adventure, the column in which you join Chris each week as he journeys through mystical lands on fantastic adventures – and you get to decide his fate. Which is good because he can often be a pretty indecisive person unless he’s ordering a burger.
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Natalyia

I’ll do another push for the P.I. / Investigation missions. They’re (usually) not shooty, or dependent on deliveries to NPCs who might be feeling anti-social (although that’s been much less so of late.) They do involve going someplace a bit interesting and getting out of the ship, which I found fun.

At the end of 2018, you can see a “real game” from here. It’s taken longer than I’d have liked to get to this point, but I’m now reasonably certain that the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t an oncoming train, or a supernova.

If you’re a solo player looking for a polished, bug-free experience with in-game progression and stuff SC isn’t a game yet. It’s in no way ready to release, and they’re more than aware of that. So ought to be anyone who gives them money. Really. Watch streams, hit the website for lore, look for the annual free-flies, and read things like this CMA. Spectate. :)

You can justly say it’s not for you or you won’t throw a dime at Roberts’ Folly until it’s a “real game” but it’s not a scam, and it’s not just a “tech demo” anymore.

I don’t blame anyone who’s hanging on to their wallet until there’s something that’s fun for them. Let the mad dreamers fund the thing, and then jump in when it’s “real” for you – or never if it turns out not to be your thing or does end up crashing and burning. But hoping that it fails? Hoping that it’s all a scam, a fraud, a house-of-cards? Find a better use for your passion.

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Bruno Brito

Being honest with you, i don’t think a lot of people think it is a scam exactly, but there’s a worrysome constant in this game: The glacial pace they move considering the huge budget and developer power. It seems to me that they want to develop a game with minimal spending so they can get the rest of the money.

I don’t doubt for any second that CR will develop a game. I just think it’s taking far too long, for a game with such budget avaliable. It really, REALLY gives you the idea that he’s just pinning for time for more money to enter.

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Joe Blobers

Quote: “… develop a game with minimal spending so they can get the rest of the money”

Take the time to use a spreadsheet. Then add employees per year since Nov. 2012 + license + actors (SQ42) + operating cost and you realize your assumption is at best inaccurate and flawed.

About time of development, Publishers are not better and even worst if we take into account the resources they have at day one when they decide to give a Go to a project.

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Bruno Brito

Hi, Joe.

I’m not going to even bother breaking your post down, considering everyone in this site knows you and Oleg sniff CR’s crackpipe like it is the last meal on earth.

You need to find another hobby.

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Joe Blobers

Fine your choice Bruno. At the same time, assumptions hardly suffer reality of numbers… :)

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ichi sakari

We had a blast, proving once again that its the journey and the people who are on that journey with you, that’s the important part

in alpha (yeah, its still in alpha, longer than I would have preferred but …) it lacked some basic navigation aids and the terminal was bugged out, but that was two very fun hours

@Chris I actually made 1100 credits for the run to JT!

and thanks to the folks at CDS

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Vaeris

You heavily bastardized it. The full is:

“…no plan of operations extends with any certainty beyond the first contact with the main hostile force.” -Field Marshal Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke the Elder

von Moltke the Younger, while accomplished, did not have the acumen that his uncle had so it is important to note the difference with Elder/Younger. Sorry if TMI but you brought it up to lead your article and being an Army veteran and having studied military history at university I couldn’t let it go, lol!

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Hikari Kenzaki

The good news is, this should all reset when 3.4 drops, hopefully on Thursday.

My Buccaneer is fun but it’s not the best fighter to fly escort vs Hornets :)

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Ironwu

Seriously, this would have been so much more interesting if you had done an ‘honest’ CMA.

Getting your choice of cash-shop ships to fly and loads of perks makes the whole thing rather pointless.

It would have been much more interesting to see how you fared with starter ship and the things you could actually do without dropping whale dollars into the sucker pit.

Just my 2c.

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Bree Royce

The point of CMA is to let the readers direct and guide some of the experience and to have the writer report on that experience over the course of a few play sessions. It’s not necessarily an iron man or newbie or no-pay challenge, and you might recall that when we do do it that way, some folks will complain about that. They’re both valid and honest approaches.

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Ironwu

I can see your point. I just wish a more suitable candidate for a CMA had been chosen. ED would have been more interesting I think. But, I suspect there is some other agenda at play in the selection. Oh well, maybe next CMA the readers will get to select the game.

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Tobasco da Gama

Ichi talked me through our approach to the area where Jumptown is hiding and seemed pleased with how I was steering his ship.

Whatever else you might think about Star Citizen, it’s the only space game where this sentence can be literally true instead of just RP.

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Schlag Sweetleaf
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Bruno Brito

Leave a trail of white powder all the way to the next planet.

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dsmart

It’s all unequivocally and irretrievably broken. So it doesn’t matter what you try to do next.

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nvidia

Oh, Derek, even this broken mess is worlds more fun than anything you’ve ever produced.

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ichi sakari

you should encourage him to finish this CMA up quickly, 90 days, tops, right?

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Armsman

What? You’re promoting the current state of your “game” here again?

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Joe Blobers

Thanks for another of your memorable prophecy. We are now safe because… they all failed :)

By the way, any anon source about 2019 Citizencon cancellation like the one in 2018?

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Carl Weatherford

You still stalking and doxing Chris and his underage kids you pedophile

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Bree Royce

I voted for pants!

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Alberto

No Pants!!! No true MMO player wears pants while gaming!!! Boxers or PJ’s Only!!

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Robert Mann

I will make sure to reference this for my workplace when I have my downtime (where I’m allowed to do such things). Pantsless MMO login is a go! XD

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ichi sakari

this may affect my participation