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Hi all

Been playing intermittently and have my Cobra III where I want it, kit wise. Spending some time building a pot of credits and zapping fugitives.

I've seen several "I'm going to xxxxxxx sector, anyone need a lift?" messages. Is this atmosphere or can you actually take the offer up? How? I wasn't aware you could even converse with other fliers?
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Yep, you can follow them - and dive through any wormholes you see.

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It's as easy as that? Thank you!
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A [wiki]Wormhole Scanner[/wiki] can be useful at a busy station to make sure you get the right one, as there can be a few around.
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Going shopping tonight then!
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Hullblazer wrote:It's as easy as that?
Hitchhiking is a great way to get about - and tactically, it can be very useful.

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Another useful OXP for hitching a lift on another ship's wormhole is Broadcast Comms-- you can actively ask if anyone's heading your way and ships have a chance (based on their role, the way phkb has it set up) to reply and offer to let you tag along.
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Even better. Fuel's not expensive but it'll make a tankful go farther!
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Hullblazer wrote:Fuel's not expensive...
Fuel is priceless!

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Hullblazer wrote:Even better. Fuel's not expensive but it'll make a tankful go farther!
It's also a great help to find a wormhole heading in the right direction when you are on a parcel run.
Just bear in mind that the hole only stays open for a limited time.

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Venator Dha wrote:A [wiki]Wormhole Scanner[/wiki] can be useful at a busy station to make sure you get the right one, as there can be a few around.
Mandatory for anyone taking cargo/parcel/passenger contracts or journeys in general. The advanced nav array is mentioned generally, but this one isn't, albeit it's much more important.
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It's always worth looking for a wormhole going the right way, especially if you're headed somewhere that'll leave you low on fuel; that way, if there's a misjump you'll still have enough fuel to jump on to your destination. Say you're making a 6 LY jump, you're stuffed if you misjump and the nearest system is 2LY away. But if you're following someone else and they misjump you've still got a full tank and can jump out again while they're stuck there and probably being shot up by Thargoids.

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ffutures wrote:But if you're following someone else and they misjump you've still got a full tank and can jump out again while they're stuck there...
In that case, the 'mule' would almost certainly follow you through your wormhole to safety!

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That too, but I can't remember seeing it happen.

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