Revenge on the Pigeons

The next time you spend any time in a large city take note of the number of pigeons which flood the skyline. You can see them at just about anywhere where a bird can possibly fly or roost. During our last trip to the Philadelphia area I was afforded the opportunity to witness these birds in action. As I watched the large number walking around trying to beg for food I thought to myself what if the food situation was to get really bad how would the pigeon population hold up? I justified the thought with the idea that they are often considered somewhat of a delicacy usually known as squab.

Yes folks it’s those same birds that you sit next to at the park of any large metropolitan city and toss old pieces of bread or an occasional handful of popcorn to. It’s those same creatures that make a mess on the rooftops of the buildings or place droppings on your car as it sits below them.

These pigeons are completely edible and have a taste which is somewhat akin to dove. You have to remember that in Ornithology, both doves and pigeons are similar so in the end just think of the bird as a dove and it will make it easier to swallow. When you plan a meal using pigeon as the main course you will likely want to utilize only the breast meat. Take your fillet of pigeon and bake it with a bit of butter added for addition flavoring. Spices can be incorporated for a tastier bird if you so desire.

To harvest your brood of pigeons you could use a pellet rifle. A shotgun would likely net you vast numbers with but one shot however as a survivalist it would be to your advantage to employ pigeon traps. A quick check of your favorite internet search engine is apt to bring up several that you could make yourself very inexpensively.

If you plan to use your traps during the heat of the summer months you could use cool water as successful bait. In the event that you have any grain silos located nearby, you could setup your traps in that vicinity or if in the city place them 7.62×39 surplus ammo on the roof tops of buildings. Other popular locations for these birds are under overpasses, within barns or as an occasional attic visitor. It’s far more prudent to trap the birds than to waste your ammo or to make unnecessary noises to catch your food? You could even raise them if you care to by cooping them up in a cage and as they breed eat only the tender young ones.

A common misconception among new Entropia players is that if they want to become a tailor, for example, then they just need to go out and collect the required materials themselves. Unfortunately this does not work very well and soon the player with this strategy can get discouraged. The problem with collecting materials and components is that most are random mob drops and to hunt requires ammo, equipment and skill. The time and money spent on hunting could have been spent on gaining the items and skill on the actual profession that the player wanted in the first place.

Many aspects of Entropia mirror aspects of our own world. Not many tailors would start their profession by working on a sheep ranch. They would instead invest in some schooling, equipment and dedicate their time to learning the trade. The same actions should be taken by a player in Entropia.

Having said that, keep in mind that it is a game and being able to learn new skills and trades, changing professions and being able to let loose and gun down some critters are all integral parts. Don’t take the whole profession thing too seriously.

Just don’t try to do EVERYTHING. At least not at first. Pick the things that interest you the most and have fun. Most players will have to deposit money for some time before they are able to support their avatars in game. A large key to being self-sufficient is picking a ‘profession’ and sticking with it through the hard money sucking stages. Keep in mind that some of these professions can be much harder on the PED card than others. Just decide how much your willing to put into the game and what kind of activities you want to do.

Also, keep in mind, that not every profession is available to you. Not only will it be a strenuous drain on your PED Card to multi-class (so to speak), but some believe that characters have ‘selective professions’ meaning that they are naturally better at one profession over others. It isn’t quite known how this is determined, but just keep in mind, once you invest in a profession you should seek to continue to advance in it via accomplishing missions, reading about it, and continuing to skill.

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