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Unread post Looking for a Script that may not exist- Ether Probe assist.
The E probe search built into swath works fair... auto avoids sectors...

But how do you deal with the mess left over?

I've been manually visiting each sector, scanning/ killing figs/ removing avoid and this takes too long...

I would love to find a script that can target avoided sectors - kill figs if under ____ amount and remove the avoid...

Or I'd love to find a better all inclusive Etherprobe explore that cleans up the mess of avoids...

Any ideas? I searched the forum here and only found a handful of topics on this; I can't find any scripts with the word Ether in them...

Perhaps there are scripts with this function that have another name?

Thanks!


(I'm in a limited turn game, can't rely on the LS unexplored script for that reason... so I'm using E probes.. up to 91% explored and theres another 9k sectors to go... one more random planet to capture....lol)

Edit-- at 98.6% I found the last alien planet that needed captured... took a few more days... lol


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Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:30 pm
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Unread post Re: Looking for a Script that may not exist- Ether Probe Butt
In helix's package of TWX Scripts there should be Rammar's scripts.

One is mdest_Ram_Prober.ts - that's just a good eprobe script. Not perfect, however you can at least target dead ends, i..e places enemy is likely to be. It'll create a file with the sectors to target.

He also has another script Ram_unfigged_gridder - this is a highly efficent gridding script.. but very dangerous. I.e. it just goes in, doesn't look, and does it well. Works best in a ship with plenty of figs.. but I'm not going to gurantee i won't kill you. If it's a dead game, leave a ship near fed space, run it just before midnight. If you die, you can get in,warp to ship near fed, and get back in easily. Always better with a corp mate in a planet to rescue you.

You could use lone starts grid list maker (also in Helix's package somwhere) to create other lists to probe - tunnels for instance.

As far as then narrowing down how to grid the rest out.. that's a longer topic than I've got time for right now. Mombot does have some options but they tend to be aimed at unlimited games in the public version, so may not be as efficient in a low turn game.

The most efficient is usually using a planet grid script but requires two corp members. One on saveme, and another entering the sector and calling save me.. and preferably all automated. Or Rammar's grid but has the added risk :)

Lonestars passive grid is awesome but as you say, most likely exhausted.


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Unread post Re: Looking for a Script that may not exist- Ether Probe Butt
Yeah most of the scripts in that class are considered hunter/killer scripts... the authors of those scripts generally keep them to them self's. and do not make them public. Just the way of the TW world.


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Unread post Re: Looking for a Script that may not exist- Ether Probe Butt
draconia wrote:
(I'm in a limited turn game, can't rely on the LS unexplored script for that reason... so I'm using E probes.. up to 91% explored and theres another 9k sectors to go... one more random planet to capture....lol)


How can you be 91% explored with 9k left, that's a 100k sector universe? I'm guessing 900 to go.
It sounds like this game is quiet, so Rammar's unfigged gridder is a good bet. That is the fewest turns solution I can think of.
A more manual approach (and safer) would be to use Swath's bubble finder and begin manually exploring all the bubbles that you haven't already probed. These should be the majority of your unexplored sectors anyway and if the planet you are looking for was built by someone then it is likely in one of these bubbles.


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Unread post Re: Looking for a Script that may not exist- Ether Probe Butt
Very helpful things to know; thank you both. I'll keep that term 'hunter killer' in mind and start looking for those other scripts mentioned...

Jax and I were experimenting with the saveme - I think we're both relatively newly returned to the game and are playing vs some aliens together.. I'm up to 96% explored and down to 3k sectors left... theres two more planets we have to capture to end the game... someplace... getting closer... lol

At least these are alien planets that are sitting still and not some human player hiding and moving... lol


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Unread post Re: Looking for a Script that may not exist- Ether Probe But
draconia wrote:
Very helpful things to know; thank you both. I'll keep that term 'hunter killer' in mind and start looking for those other scripts mentioned...

Jax and I were experimenting with the saveme - I think we're both relatively newly returned to the game and are playing vs some aliens together.. I'm up to 96% explored and down to 3k sectors left... theres two more planets we have to capture to end the game... someplace... getting closer... lol

At least these are alien planets that are sitting still and not some human player hiding and moving... lol


Something I never noticed for mombot for some time... When you hit the mombot command prompt key '>' twice, it will bring up the gridding menu. YOu can do this from sector level and ship grid, or from planet and pgrid.

So, park someone on the planet and put them on saveme i.e. 'bot1 saveme on

From citadel prompt press > twice and you will see the pgrid menu.

You can scan/holo and get info on adjacent sectors and then press 1 to 6 to pgrid that sector. It's much quicker than typing ">pgrid SECTOR"


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Unread post Re: Looking for a Script that may not exist- Ether Probe Butt
@hammer ...and he better hope he is not playing against you or he is gonna get photoned, even with a planet gridder :)

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Unread post Re: Looking for a Script that may not exist- Ether Probe Butt
draconia wrote:
The E probe search built into swath works fair... auto avoids sectors...

But how do you deal with the mess left over?

I've been manually visiting each sector, scanning/ killing figs/ removing avoid and this takes too long...


Hi. My suggestion to you is this: make a grid list of the avoided sectors, then fire up Rammers Twarp Gridder to run the list (make sure you clear all avoids first.)

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

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