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Tales of a newbie loot pinata.

To preface, I know what I did was utterly stupid. I knew it was stupid before, during, and after the fact. I think I'm going to regret posting this, and I entirely expect any and all replies to exacerbate that fact. Most of all though, this is a story about why I'm falling in love with this game and it's community.

Sorry if this turns out long.

I started playing mid-last year, on and off, never really got hooked. Started again last December and it really sunk it. Got hooked into pvp with one account and quickly decided to start another for highsec/industry shenanagins. I'm learning more and more about the game every day, but I still have so much to learn. I am a newbie in every regard.

Then I learned I loved to haul. LOVE it. People kept telling me it's a waste of time, bad for making money, too risky, etc. But I love the fact that I'm directly providing a service for someone, I love it when I get jobs done quick, and most of all it's entirely relaxing. I love hopping from station to station enjoying the scenery and bullshitting in chat. Better than mining!

I'm 5 days away from being able to fly a freighter but have been having great fun still just in my t1 industrial. After expressing an interest in it, a friend seeded me about 1billion to start out. Told me that as long as I was doing public contracts, I would need a large amount of collateral.

Unorthodox Strategies for Winning

On SEBASTIAN MARSHALL

From Sebastian: I was really honored and thrilled when Jason Shen offered to write a guest post here at SebastianMarshall.com - he's an incredibly bright guy with broad knowledge and skillset, writes well and clearly, and is an all-around good guy. So I'm really excited to be able to bring you a guest post by him - I imagine you'll want to read more by him afterwards, and you can reach him at his website - www.jasonshen.com.

Here's Jason -

I read Sebastian's blog because I'm interested in winning and he writes honest, insightful and sometimes provocative stuff about victory. Recently, I've been thinking about ways to win that are less commonly employed - one, because it's interesting and two, because I think there is a lot we can learn from unorthodox methods that work.

That's what this blog post is about: strategies that are nontraditional, that are beyond "do your best and learn from your mistakes" type advice, yet are undeniably ways that help you win.You might find them strange, but that's ok because winning isn't normal.

Some people find the pursuit of winning distasteful or even silly. Others get juiced by the idea of winning, of kicking ass and taking names, of being the best. I have a feeling that many of you SebatianMarshall.com readers fall into the second category. This post is for you.

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