Thursday, January 26, 2012

Changing it up a bit: Still mining

How does one change up pointing lasers at defenseless, non-moving asteroids?

Hell, why does one even mine?

I mine for simple cash when I don't feel like doing more complex things. Its pretty, its relaxing, and I can chat, read, and fit my ships while keeping an eye out on my scan. My barge only costs 5mil isk so if someone does pop me, it paid for itself the first 30 minutes I owned it. I'll buy another one.

One of the things about eve is that ore in lower sectors (aka more dangerous) is better. Now and then, some of that higher grade ore appears in specialized sites that can be found using probes and ship scanners. One of my prior corpies has gotten into scanning a bit and found a site full of Jaspet, an ore that is normally not available in higher sector areas.

Not having anything else to do, and wanting money, I offered to mine it and give him a finders fee. The end decision was 10% of the haul. Since we know each other and play together we have a basic trust system where he does not think I am going to screw him out of money and I do not plan to screw him out of money. However, I could have, easily. That is why, if its not someone you hang out with you might want to just have a flat upfront fee. Eve is not about a free lunch. You may do things with your friends and hang out, but when someone works you give them something. I'm fortunate that my pirate likes my company and enjoys teaching me to boot.

Anyway, this Gravimetric Sites was found. Inside the site were some small Jaspet asteroids. Since it was a high sector the payout on the rocks were not enormous. It was good enough however and something new to do.

The sites themselves are pretty. They are filled with derelict equipment that looks like it was abandoned a long time ago.

The ore is a bit of a pain the mine. There is a good bit of it but it is spread out all over the place.

So, I called my corpmate  and he dragged out a hulk and helped pull in the ore. His hulk has a much longer reach then my Retriever. Armed with two ships and a hauler we wandered around and cleared out the higher price stuff. It was not some miltimillion isk haul. After all, we are in a .08 or so system.

But watch this hulk fly through a rock formation without bumping!


That's why we play sometimes :P. In Eve you can not control your ship directly with the normal keyboard movements. I was endlessly confused at how to move in the first time out. However, with clicking and camera control you can move your ship just fine. They can be very agile and combat is fully three dimensional. I love it but it does take a bit to adjust. However, everything is much more agile then you xpect.











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