I thought i would write just a short report of how things went, but ended up writing a bit more.
The rest of sector 2 wasn't noteworthy. Sector 3 brought more madness. A store selling no less than Pre-Igniter, Auto-Reloader and Scrap Recovery arm, and with all the junk i was haulin, i could have easily bought all three. Anyway i sold the Titanium Casing and grabbed the Pre-Igniter. I have NEVER bought it before, and maybe only saw it twice in all my games.
There was one rough battle but total damage only cost me 20 scrap to repair so it was reasonably easy. I avoided 3 lurking pirates after getting banged up by that other one. Fuel kinda Became an issue at this point. One sector to go... after that, i'm gonna upgrade my weapons and use pre-igniter + cloak + second strike to pummel my way to ze bozz and minibeam my name on him. (yeah, that kinda isn't how this one ended)
Problem is both sectors 3 and 4 are nebuals and i worry something will disable my engines soon... foreshadowing?
Eek! Slug home nebula. :O 56 scrap, 7 fuel. Wish me lux.
Agh! Dud beacon, dud beacon, store... selling a Slug and fuel... I haven't unlocked the Slug cruisers yet. But i want to get out of here alive. Decisions, decisions... i bought all fuel, and sold the DefDroneMkII. Now with 8 fuel, a Slug and within reach of the exit.
mmkay, i eavesdropped on two pirates planning a raid on a wealthy Slug captain. Quest in next sector. Whatever.
And a beacon without a marked ship deals me a cruel hand. A 'generous' Slug offers me a choicee between having my Weapons, Shields or Oxygen disabled. Or pay them 35 scrap to be left alone. I have 36. What will i decide? What would you do i wonder? Remember, i'm on a quest to exit this damned sector... but i also don't have a shield so the joke is on the Slug
I DO have a Pre-Igniter and Cloak.
I'm gonna fight him.
MOTHER OF SPACE DRAGONS!! They only have an Ion Blast MkI, Basic Laser and an expletive Glaive Beam. owie
Well First shot takes down their 2 shields and Mini Beam hits their o2 and damages weapons. It's one of those larger Slug cruisers where you need a Pike Beam to hit both weapons and shields.
Ohnoes! Second laser missed, their Glaive has not been interrupted. Think happy thoughts, think happy thoughts.
Wait a bit more. Cloak! Second volley takes the shields down, Mini Beam scores again, but the lucky $%^&* repaired enough to keep the Glaive online....... this is going to hurt. a lot.
FTL drive at ~60% Hull at full strength though.
Incoming... OWCH! Hits two empty rooms and our Weapons Bay. 9 HP damage total but nevermind that, everyone haul ass over there and repair. 2 hunams, and Slug and an Engi ought to fix it up before the next blast.
Veery quick repair, congrats crew, you're all my heroes now. FTL Drive ready for jump. But we're staying and winning this.
Their silly Ion Blast managed to miss every shot. Very nice.
Aaand cloak again! Just in time to dodge their laser and ion fire.
Third volley... succes! Shields down, their weapons and helm take damage. Fourth volley coming right up and it
THE PAIN!! nnngh they mangle our door control and cloak, but our weapons manage to strip their shields and do further damage to their weapons and life support as well.
Oh man, that Glaive is hungry for more. But their hull has 1 HP left. Time to swap weapons, Burst Laser MkII online and charging. Cloak under repair.
Cloak repaired and ready. Their ship is also fully repaired. It's all come down to this! One final volley of BL2 that must not miss.... aand
Relief! As the gambleing pirate's ship crumbles into dust. The reward is meagre: 1 fuel, 2 missiles and 26 scrap, but the greater reward is life i think. That wasn't a marked ship beacon! No less than half the hull has been damaged. Well, time to move on.
Next up is a store, where 69 scrap will be spent on repairs. Then a hopefully safe beacon, and then the exit. Interesting choice of augs in the store. LR Scanner, Stealth Weapons and a Repair Arm. I really want the Repair Arm. It costs some scrap but everytime i earn some, it will repair 1 HP. That's practically every beacon and sometimes there are no convenient stores nearby. I'd rather have a Repair Drone, but this would also be nice. But there's no way i'm dropping Pre-Igniter, Auto-Reloader or LR Scanner for the Repair arm. Nice of them to offer though.
Ok so the ship is mostly repaired and refueled. 20 scrap left. Let's move on. And jump to a dud, then jump to exit, nothing happens and jump to another durn nebula sector...aaand Achievement Unlocked !
DD I prove that i don't need no stinken upgrades. And now to upgrade.
Well i'm not gonna complain. That was a fun ride. I sacrificed a lot to get here, but sector 5 is brutal and my equipment was nice, but the ship was still the same unupgraded Nesasio we all know and love. The very first enemy was an Auto-Scout with 3 shields that i could not strip, and two Attack Drones that ripped us appart before the engines could recharge. Something to celebrate? Well yeah, i guess. I got what i asked for. Quite literally.