My plan to take over the world - one sweat bottle at a time (take two... no... three ) Disclaimer: This is pretty much a personal log of my struggles in game, so there is nothing really important you will miss if you decide to skip it. I initially started this log in a different thread, but considered that after only four days I came with a rather major revamp of my plan, I thought it would be best to ask for that thread to be closed and start fresh on a new thread. Any feedback, suggestions and even (constructive) criticism is highly appreciated! So please don't be shy and tell me what you think about! Some of the changes I decided to implement are even a direct result of the first round of feedback I got in that first thread. Concept: That post represents just a description of my plan to survive in this harsh world without spending any RL$ (which is something I like to pretend is an option of mine, for an extra challenge, but truth is that I didn't really had the option to spend money in the first place) and, hopefully, a regular progress report log of how it goes. Well, to be totally honest, this is not entirely true – I did spent $5 for the starting package, but that’s it - was most I could afford and I just wanted to be able to say that I did supported the game too. The reason why I'm doing this? Definitely not for showing off (since there is absolutely nothing to show off with). I'm just trying to offer a resource for any future new player that will be in my shoes to know what (s)he can expect if going down the same road, help him/her learn from the things that worked out for me, but also from the mistakes I've mate and not repeat them by themselves. My plan: I started playing Entropia Universe half month ago, on February 9th, 2015, on planet Arkadia, and it don’t took long to realize that I’m totally sold to the game. I have many dreams and goals in game, but probably the biggest one is to manage to come to the point where to be totally self sufficient, as in being able to survive with only what I gather and craft myself, without having to buy other people's wares, without spending any RL$ and without counting on any external help/income sources. For now, my plan sounds like this: - swunt low level mobs (I find it a good compromise - less boring than pure sweating, yet offering a clear net profit when sweat value is taken in account); - save the part of the loot that I'll could later use for my viceroy armour; - save the shrapnel (kinda better ammo option than buying from TT); - sell the sweat and the rest of the loot; - use part of said money to cover my expenses - repair (UL) or rebuy (L) weapons / ammo / armour (when it will be the case) / healing tool (when it will be the case) and allow me to keep swunting; - save the remaining money (no matter how few) for later when I'll try to get my feet wet in the crafting area; * rinse and repeat thousands and thousands of times; depending on how it goes eventually adjust to a different (easier/harder) mob. Also, I realized that daily reports contained a too less sample to have any relevance, so, instead, I will make weekly updates, every Saturday evening (so a game week of mine starts Sunday and ends Saturday). (Unasked) Q & A: Q1: Not depositing is plain dumb; why "work" so hard swunting for a really really small fraction of what you could make IRL working same time? A1: Considering social and financial background, but mostly age, working IRL is not an option, neither is depositing. So it's not really an option of mine, but a forced one; still I aslo enjoy the idea of a challenge to survive in game. I don't totally exclude the possibility that down the road I will become a depositor (when I'll afford it), but for now I try to find my way without it. Q2: So you're one of those many players that plan to never spend any money but get rich / get a living out of EU? A2: No, not at all. I may be naive, but I am not so naive. As I don't plan to ever deposit, I don't plan to either withdraw either; I just wanna do my best to survive and progress in game using only in-game resources. Q3: Why swunting and not sweating circles, fruits or oil rigs (the other familiar "free" solutions to make PEDs)? A3: I ruled out fruits and oil rigs for the simple reason that I don't like to put my faith in luck's hand... they may be great options for some (lucky) people, but they may also end up be a huge time sink with low or no revenue; they are just not reliable; also they don't give any skills; I do keep my eyes open for them, but not actively search them. Sweating circles on the other hand are a nice option and I may do them every now on then (especially if I find circles where healing is provided - like the daily SSI event), but while better from a strictly financial point of view, I feel they give less skills than swunting and are, more important, much more boring. Q4: What about trading? A4: I don't think I have neither the brain, tongue or the heart of a trader / salesperson. While I don't exclude taking advantage of certain offers that I may stumble upon, I definitely won't count on them or won't try to make a live out of the market. It is a great option for many, maybe the best of all, but is just not my thing. Q5: "I know being new/poor/young sucks, so I wanna help you have an easier start/live in game; how can I donate something?" or "You're so freaking hot! I wanna help you! How can I do it?" A5: If you think I'm freaking hot I highly recommend you an eye exam. But excluding that, I do not accept any help, donation, support or anything else which comes for free. If you really wanna help me, then please offer me a job that is somehow fair for both of use or offer me a fair price for my loot, but that's it - I don't need or want's anyone's charity. I may be poor, but if I want to succeed I want to do it through hard work, not through other people's compassion. Note: I added this question/answer, because I actually already met some nice people in game that offered to help me with some freebies to help me get a head start, and I just don't want that - I feel it would be cheating on my challenge. Second note: About the work part, I work for decay only and an eventually occasional !small! tip, but not more than that - added that because of a certain someone who thought that hiring me for 30 minutes and offering a 10 PED tip would be a nice way to get over the no help/donation part - well, it didn't worked out - hahaha. Q6: This no help thing means that you also exclude newbie events/contests/hunts? A6: No, not at all; if it's something that is open for (pretty much) everyone, then I see no reason not to try my chance too and benefit of that event / opportunity. Actually I already took advantage of the SSI circles, as well as the Cosmic Challenge event.