Monday, December 24, 2012

A Billion ISK Day

I remember why I loved salvaging so much.  Sitting in Rens, flipping through the market and pricing out my items vs selling them directly to buy orders and watching my wallet flip over to the tune of hundreds of millions tickles me like few other things do.

I had one of those really good mornings in game.  The type where you drop your probes and have nothing in the first system you check.  One jump over you get a half dozen hits.  One of them is a Radar site and that is always good.  The next is a 5/10 DED complex and it takes all your self control not to pull in the probes then and there and start the complex.

The next and final signature is a 4/10 DED complex.  Someone likes you today.  Now its time to make ISK.  Considering that I have been spending and not making, I get excited.

While many of my comrades are not into grinding for ISK, I do enjoy flying in Eve. I enjoy my time popping my red crosses (NPCs) and feeling my Sleipnir burn through things while Chella peacefully tosses down the reps.  Considering what a long journey it was for me, this type of moment is one of my favorites in game. It feel relaxed and successful.

Missions were such a struggle for me.  Then moving to low sec early and pulling my living from space left me feeling pretty terrible when it came to my ability to destroy things.  The difference in strength between NPCs in high sec and low sec are incredible   I had someone asking me about doing low sec exploration for Radar and Mag sites and I had to remind them that they will need to have a combat capable ship because the NPCs are not the paper thin frigates they normally meet up with in high sec.  I suggest an assault frigate.  It is easy to skill into properly when you are very new and they are amazing ships that will have use in all sorts of tasks and endeavors in the future.

Its been a while since someone tried to chase me out of my plex.  I don't know if its just the people hanging around or the fact that my Sleipnir/Scimitar combo doesn't look all that friendly.  Plus my scout alt is sitting in the system as well although she is not in the same corporation.

I have two monitors and use them to run 3-4 accounts on average   When I am in a complex, I place my scout all the way to my far right.  I over lap her window with Chella's leaving the Overview visible   I then cloak her 60-100k off the gate and let her be my eyes.  When someone warps to a complex they will hit the gate.  This will always decloak them and you have a  good chunk of time to see that someone is coming in to visit with you.  And never sit on the warpin.  That must be the worst habit that people have in sites and in missions.  Movement can give you a lot of head start to decide where to go if invaded.

But today was peaceful.  A few people moved through the systems but no one came sniffing around.  5/10's are harder then level 4 missions.  The NPC changes have made my previous lazy habit of setting Chella to orbit Sugar while she repairs her something I can no longer do.  Some would consider me a cheater since I use my alts.  The use of alts to assist one is complete choice. I tribox a successful combo of characters and I'm quite happy with it.

These days it takes a bit more effort and a little more energy.  I have to balance the aggression and spend a bit more time kiting then I did before.  Its not terrible.  Its just not mindless.  It doesn't improve my game play or engage me in new and exciting ways.  I figure if I am surviving in low sec with the NPC changes then level 4 mission runners should be okay as well.  Maybe people should look at other options besides battleships.

Sleipnirs are nice....

Once I gnawed my way through everything I ran over to the box and destroyed it before I finished clearing out NPCs.  I enjoy the bounties in these rooms.  Waves of battleships with million ISK bounties are not something I'll say no to.  However, its the magical structure that is hiding goodies that I really care about.  So I destroy it first and what did I find?

Hello there Gistum B-Type Invul.  This is what I call a shiny.  After I wiped the flecks of foam off of my lip I also plucked out the Cynabal Blue Print Copy (250mil or so atm on contracts).  I guess today, the DED sites liked me.

I was about as happy as I was going to get off of those two.  But, I still had the 4/10 to complete.  These two items I tucked into a station and then off I went to clear out the 4/10.

Taking Chella with me is just over kill but shes in space so I might as well use her.  Stomping my way through the 4/10 took a few minutes.  The domination spawn decided it would chase down Chella.  Okay.  Sure.  Just ignore the Selipnir in the face.  But, as I looted the wreck I could only smile.

And upon linking my loot Vov said, "well aren't you just raking in the dedspace loot today?"

Yes.  Yes, I am.

Not every day, but most certainly, today.

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