Ferguson Escape, Acawar
I’ve been sticking to “the bubble”, as known space is sometimes called, usually because my navcomp or my hardware was in some way lacking. For example, when the Colonia efforts were underway, I was unable to get the comp to plot a route to the system of interest.
This past week, rescue and defense efforts were underway in the California Nebula region, so I signed up just to find out that my comp was once again unable to get me there.
So I decided to wing it.
A final checkout at Napier Terminal in the Hsuani system, and then I started a series of hops in which I toted trade goods along the way to help pay the bills. This got me to the edge of the bubble, where the missions started getting weird. I had a hold full of data carts and cargo of various types intended for a station that didn’t appear anywhere in the system I was directed to. And the next system out … nothing. No population, no stations, nothing. I was on the edge, staring out into the darkness of the frontier.
At that point I fired up the navcomp and manually navigated my way towards the California sector. The route I arrived at took me right through the Pleiades sector which, you may have heard, is where stations are getting shot up by aliens that are being called “Thargoids.”
The good news is that I didn’t see any Thargoids. That is also the bad news. It was dull, black, and boring out there, with one uninhabited system after another. As I came out of the Pleiades sector, I noted the time, noted my deadline, and realized that I had no chance of making it there in time, so I turned around, plotting a path to Lave, where I planned to recalibrate and recuperate.
There was a bright point in all of this. I brought home around 1.5 mil credits worth of exploration data, which looks nice on the books. The other good news is that I didn’t have to get all the way back to Lave to find civilization, so I’ll be able to lug some luggable cargo around as I head back to Lave, rather than dead-head it the whole way.
What has been gained besides that is a good handle on how to get to these out of the way places when I need to. Can’t beat some very real-world experience.