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Title: Mining
Description: I read the FAQ.


electroblood - October 19, 2007 10:50 PM (GMT)

I read the FAQ. Seriously.

Since, for some unknown reason, I cannot manage to get approved for the official forums...

How the heck does mining work? The FAQ on this site says there is no mining. The official forums have a lot of posts saying "Yea mining!". Sooooo....

I have :
A. Transcendence v0.98d
B. One Sapphire class yatch.
C. One mining laser.
D. One cargo expansion.

I am trying :
A. Shooting every rock I see, multiple times, from multiple angles.
B. I am repeating this process for over an hour.

I am getting :
A. Nothing.
B. An empty gas tank.
C. Shot by bad guys while I wander aimlessly.

Please tell me the posts on the official forms are a sick joke. I'm OK being a Rube, but I really don't want to be so unlucky that I just 'happen' to find nothing to mine.


Bokasha - October 19, 2007 11:01 PM (GMT)
Mining does work, if you're trying to mine ice asteroids (the white ones) you'll not get much luck, the grey ones are pretty good, in late game there are mineral rich volcanic asteroids.....

Anyway, yes.. mining does work, if you're trying to mine the white ones that might be the problem.... Otherwise you probably just have bad luck :P

Try moving on to the next system and look for some more asteroids.

If you don't get anything out of an asteroid after the first couple hits move on to another one.

If you do get some ores off an asteroid try hitting it a bit more, often you'll get more than one batch of ore.




(When an ore bearing asteroid is hit with a mining weapon a chunk of rock will break away from it, dock with it to bring it aboard and don't forget to check for more ore on the main asteroid.)

OddBob - October 20, 2007 01:59 AM (GMT)
The FAQ is outdated. I'll fix up those parts on the forum one at least.

Also, the white asteroids do have ores, better ones than the grey rocks to boot. It just takes a while to find them. Shoot a rock once or twice and move on.

One trick is to get a shield which is immune to lasers or armor that reflects lasers and destroy a whole bunch of enemy mining colonies, leaving their Borers (the ships which fire mining lasers) intact to follow you around. Hide behind rock's you'd like to mine and they'll do it for you. ;) It's not really more effective that doing it yourself but it's fun.

omniaddict - October 21, 2007 02:01 PM (GMT)
the real fun comes from getting armor that is laser reflective, so that everyhting that hits you bounces off and hits a rock.

Dr. Fosstus - October 21, 2007 05:39 PM (GMT)
I had no luck with the mining laser, but with some of the more powerful plasma and random fire, I ended up with ore, i think any powerful weapon will trigger it

Yugi - October 21, 2007 05:53 PM (GMT)
Nope, only weapons that do mining damage create ore from asteroids.

electroblood - October 22, 2007 01:47 PM (GMT)

Mining WORKS.

Here is what was broken... I had a mod running that added weapons and whatnot. I removed it and 15 minutes later my Sapphire was wallowing around trying to get my ore somewhere useful while mean people shot at me.

But hey, like I tell the Zot-Fot-Pik every time those ugly punters ask me for help...

"Hey, space is a tough place where wimps eat flaming plasma death."


Thanks for the help all.




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