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Dangerous Fetch Recursion

If a day job proves anything, it's that humanity can get over its dislike of monotony if the money is good.  So it is that another Bizarro weekend has unexpectedly fallen to Elite: Dangerous.  I didn't know I still had it in me!

It began where the last entry left off.  My newly-re-purchased and kitted out Krait Mk II was fairly likely to be able to beat anything man-made in a one-on-one basis, even the "big three," provided I was not up against another player.  I could thus tackle the entire bubble in solo play without fear.  Go anywhere, do anything!  What would I do with such profound power?
Missions, of course.  Due to their randomized nature, the mission board is a bit like an artistic drift, one that brings you out of your norms by offering a reward for doing an activity you might not have planned to otherwise.  An adventure, then, and a well-paid one!

In theory, anyway... in practice, my unfortunate min/max mentality systematically destroyed the variety offere…
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Decadence On Display

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The content is nothing to sneeze at, either!  The world is large and you would be hard pressed to find one of this size with a greater density of content.  I have played for 219 hours, but this is over several new games, so I have only really extensively explored the upper left corner of the map where you start.  I rarely ever wandered south of Diamond City or east of The Castle, nor played ANY of the DLC content: Far Harbor, Nuka-World, nor the campaign segments of Automatron.  So there is still a lot for me to see!

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