Topic: desperate for help

So, I heard that this is a very deep game, so I got into open beta a few days ago. It took me some time, but I completed all the tutorials and tutorial assignments without too much trouble. While I now know how to do a lot of the basics, I am unclear on what is a productive use of my time. I figure doing various assignments looked like a good idea, so I tried that.

First, I took a transport mission. The package was heavy, and I had to remove almost everything from my robot in order to carry it, but the mission was easy to complete. I tried another transport mission, but the package was far heavier than my robot could carry, so I gave up on that and just went back to my starting terminal.

Next, I took a mining mission. I was told to gather 15000 of an ore at a specific location. Sounds simple enough. I bought some geoscanner and miner charges for this type of ore off the market, loaded up my robot, and I was off. When I got to the location, I saw about 5 other robots that all appeared to be mining there. I tried an area charge, and it only showed 1% of the ore. A tile-based charge showed none of this ore in the ground at all. Two more tile-based charges nearby also showed none of this ore at all.

Returning to the terminal, frustrated, I thought I would try some other kind of assignment. I took an assignment to scan 5 npc robots. Expecting combat, I loaded up the robot I was given for completing all the tutorial assignments. I equipped my chassis scanner, 3 missle launchers, a machine gun, and armor repairer. When I got to the site, I found that these were the toughest bots I have yet faced. I was able to scan a few and retreat, but I couldn't distinguish between the ones I have already scanned, and the ones I hadn't. I figured it would be easier to scan the respawns if I started taking these bots out. These bots were tough, but I was able to destroy them doing some hit and run tactics. After taking out 2 of the 5, I ran away to heal. After my armor was back up, I ran back to loot my kills.

When I ran back in to loot, I double-clicked the dead bots, but nothing happened. A few seconds later, I am dropped out of the game with a message that I was disconnected. I was able to reconnect a minute later, but I wasn't where I last disconnected. I was back at the terminal and missing the robot I was using just minutes before! More frustrated than ever, I ragequit.

Now, it's the next day, and I have calmed down a bit. I took a look at the market, and I can repurchase that lost robot for 408k, it appears. I have less than half of that amount. So, here I stand with the Arke, and the Arke II, not knowing what to do. I have the basics down, but I still don't know what I should be doing in order to thrive in this game.

At this point in time, I can't see myself spending time and money on this game after it comes out. The missions after the tutorial missions seem too hard. I don't understand how they can let people completely mine areas dry that newbies need in order to complete assignments. Why can't there be some instanced mining spots that only appear for people on the assignment? This is not even the worst of it. The deal-breaker for me is the fact that a server disconnect can cause you to lose a very valuable robot.

The fact that the economy is completely player-run doesn't make sense to me. My worry, is that I go out and grind on a bunch of npcs, and I use up all my ammo, but the loot isn't something that anyone wants to buy. Based on what I have seen in the market, it looks like a lot of items are not in demand at all. Once again, what can I do to thrive in this game?

Re: desperate for help

first of all : it's a beta !
so the market is not what it will be.

then you can do a alt character and do the tuto again to gain another set of bots.
the only real market drop is kernel, you can sells them for money at any time to npc (market npc).

the missions are not too hard if you equip your bot and upgrade your extensions wisely and of course fight using your abilities (kiting, retreat and fight back,...) and choose your target well.


for the rest enter in a corpo is more than recommended.

welcome in a sandbox game, welcome to Perpetuum !

Re: desperate for help

There are some starting guides in the guides and resources section.
http://forums.perpetuum-online.com/topi … perpetuum/
http://forums.perpetuum-online.com/topi … perpetuum/

The first week is rather boring in beta. You need to stick to named drones for farming kernels. Without friends your just not strong enough to do the missions without taking serious risk until the second or third week.
If you do the pre-release, you get a month worth of EP. That is enough to make you a decent pilot.

Re: desperate for help

Hi,
I can feel your pain...
Here is what helped me:
First keep in mind that this is the product of a very small independent company, and not a 100+ Million Dollar producton. And the exciting thing about this is, that you can be part of the evolution of the game. Your opinion can matter, you can help to shape the world.
Second: Get into a corporation. Working together toward a certain goal is much more fulfilling than beeing a lonesome wolve.
Third: Be curious, try out as many features as you can find. If you run out of money and ammunition, you can do i.e. transport assignments.

A sandbox type game may not appeal to everyone.
And nobody can guarantee you, that the game will lift off like a rocket after release. But there are a bunch of people that believe in the future of this game.

Re: desperate for help

Equip your arkhe Mk II with whatever guns you specialise in + armour repairer + plates

Find the basic drones for your faction area which drop the ammo of the guns you use (Nuimquol drones, Thelodica drones whatever). For this reason take one autocannon along, purely because they drop bullets. This just means you don't need to buy or make any ammo.

You can basically just sit there and kill them as they respawn.

Once your hold is full of kernals, go back and sell them to the market. Some weapons sell fairly well too (like EM guns).

=100k or more per farming trip

It's a lot quicker than missions if you don't have a big enough cargo capacity for the transport assignments.

And just look at this fail beta.  What the *** is a beta that doesn't crash?  The Npc's don't warp, characters don't get stuck in terrain, graphics don't glitch. I mean sersiously!  What are the Dev's smoking?  Another fail from the fail devs. Original post by Hadouken

Re: desperate for help

The mining missions have a serious flaw and there is a thread about it in the Balancing section:

http://forums.perpetuum-online.com/topi … ing-empty/

It is always possible to find your own spot to mine and then keep going back to it.

Re: desperate for help

Mining Missions on New Virginia will be bugged as long as the rank2 refinery is only there, which will definitely change in the near future wink

“The truth is balance. However the opposite of truth, which is unbalance, may not be a lie.”
(Susan Sontag)
Forum Moderator

Re: desperate for help

Good to hear about the mining missions. Thanks for all the replies.

I was able to find a spawn of pelistal drones, which aren't too hard for me with the Arke, and they drop a good amount of those kernels. I guess I will keep hitting those until I have enough money to buy that better robot.

I only wish the game made it a bit more clear what a newbie can do when he has little left in resources to play the game. A few disconnects at the wrong moments can really mess someone up. Also, I only saw 1 or 2 spawns of those pelistal drones. Since they are so critical to newbies, I think there should be a few more out there. Those regular drones only seem to drop bullets. Maybe give them a chance to drop a few kernels.

Any tips on where I can find level 1 decoders? The market usually has few to none for sale. I really hope the market comes alive after release. It is pretty poor right now.

Re: desperate for help

Liverbest wrote:

I was able to find a spawn of pelistal drones, which aren't too hard for me with the Arke, and they drop a good amount of those kernels. I guess I will keep hitting those until I have enough money to buy that better robot.

I don't know aobut pelistal drones because I haven't explored that area a lot, but try a little bit further afield. You do risk running into high level stuff, but there are some low level spawns hidden in further away places. I made waypoints for all my favourite spawns, and if I go to one and find someone already busy farming it I just go on to the next one.

And just look at this fail beta.  What the *** is a beta that doesn't crash?  The Npc's don't warp, characters don't get stuck in terrain, graphics don't glitch. I mean sersiously!  What are the Dev's smoking?  Another fail from the fail devs. Original post by Hadouken