A POETIC STARGATE
Inside a turquoise sea, an artificial sea, a small, metal box floats at ridiculously high speeds through this sea which connects the stars together.
This small, insignificant little container travels towards a small point of light. This small point of light is the only escape from this sea. It’s a small point of light which gives purpose to this sea. It crates a tunnel through this sea, so somewhat intelligent — albeit many times immoral — creatures can use this sea upon a sea to access wildly remote places, without being limited by the speed restrictions normal space enforces on matter.
Now that I’ve run out of poetic creativity, I’ll just tell you that I went through a shiny round blue thing, and came out of another shiny round blue thing.
I CAN HAS STATION
My Supply Mammoth is taking his time getting here. SETA time.
After a little while, the Mammoth comes through the gate. I tell him to deploy the station. Please don’t dance any more.
He doesn’t dance, and just puts the station down. Fweew. My station is deployed on the far side of the asteroid, which may be a problem for ships trying too dock while I’m in sector.
I have my own shop auto dock with my mine. I want to see if the AI freaks out or not.
The problem here, is that there’s another large asteroid right next to the one my mine is on. From the gate to Ore Belt, the autopilot will decide to travel straight past the Trade Station and between the two asteroids, which are conveniently just close enough to each other to scare the crabcakes out of the autopilot. This means that it takes a long time to get around to my station. I guess at least it eventually does.
I tell Trader Jo to get his snugglebobbins over here this stuffle-second. He does. I tell him to buy energy at the least stupid price, that way I have a four prevent chance of actually making money with my sucky silicon yield of nine.
I also buy some energy to help out. We’re going to needed a good amount of it, and out will take much longer if I don’t help. Back to Ore Belt.
Later, after I’ve established the resources and buy/sell prices, I go trade some more. And then some more. Once the mine starts getting traffic, I have Trader Jo go Universe Trade.
A real life day later…
Okay, this silicon mine isn’t the best investment I’ve ever made, but it does make profits sometimes, although slowly. I want to start baking Cahoonas.
I buy a Large Cahoona Bakery, load it onto a TL, and ship it to Herron’s Nebula. I remember those Argnu Beef Farms from when I first started trading. Really not that long ago.
It’s deployed. I should mention that I have more Mercury Haulers. Although this article may have been more interesting if I didn’t have a means of transporting goods.
I CAN TRADE LIKE A BIG KID NOW!
I set my Murcurys to go buy things. They go buy things. I buy things. I sell the stuff I make. They sell the stuff I make. Other ships buy the stuff I make. I figure out WTF the stock trading mechanics are. I figure out how to use them. I write a guide on how to use them. You maybe use them. I make a buttertub of credits. I buy a Crystal Fab.
I also deploy this factory in Herron’s Nebula. More ships are bought and assigned to the Crystal Fab, and it makes me money.
I install the Official Bonus Pack, because it sounds cool, and useful. Learning how to use CAGs, Trader Jo starts managing the Crystal Fab, which has become the most profitable station I own. The bakery does help with that, though, as I don’t have to pay for food.
More stock trading. I start using the EgoSoft forums and their (mostly) useful guides, and discover that satellites allow you to trade stocks from anywhere. There’s an Advanced Satellite Factory in Argon Prime, which is where I stock trade anyways. Convenient.
I pigglywiggly those yummy sats. And then I gigglepig all shares of spacefuel on the Stock Exchange. I also buy some corporate stocks, which make me small amounts of profit.
I then set out in my Discoverer to map out the far corners of the universe. I want to start expanding my stock trading opportunities to include other race’s Exchanges.
I hope you enjoyed my journal. I know it came a little late in the day, because my wifi is out and I had to Swype this out on my phone, while being distracted by Zenonia 5. Yes, I will be reviewing that, although that may be a while, as X3 is still my primary game. I am level 40, so I will finish it soon. I’m probably telling this to the wrong demographic, but this is the main series I’m running, so I’m telling it here. Please “like” this article if it was awesome, and deeply consider following my blog or subscribing via email. Thank you very much for reading!
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