Wednesday, February 29, 2012

2 billion isk

Actually its a bit over that.

I got my cut for the plex run and the ridiculously expensive, blingtastic mod that was sold. It sky rockted me over my 2bil point and settled me neatly on path for 3.

I'm sure I'll get tired of counting up at some point. Screen shot or it didn't happen. Just sitting 2mil under 2.5bil.

Why don't I keep stuff? Why should I? I don't have the skills to use it or keep it. I use cheap things because I am ultra squishy. I will find more later or but them at another time. I don't need to hoard it for a possible future. After my third move, I realized that hoarding is irritating.

My myrm may be locked in low sec however. I can get it back out one morning but one side of me is kinda asking why. If I can do some plexes in it, as I did the other day, it would be more useful to me in low then in high. Plus, it is PvP/PvE fit.

How my desires are changing. The taste that I have for the game now is oh so different and yet more addicting.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Goal kinda technically met

This morning, instead of logging off I got convinced to drag my Myrm through low sec just after downtime by my newest corp mate to do a DED site with him. It was a 4/10. Frankly, I'm still fuzzy about what that means but its something about how hard it is and what may drop inside of it. I'll look it up later when I have more time.

Anyway, I got invited along and with my shield fit battle myrm of non-rawr power helped him work on the site. The site beat us up a bit. Finally, I got some armor repair drones and did the baby logi thing on my corp mate. Of course, he is a -10 so I got GCCed for repping him. Thanks CCP. I can't even rep a flashy red corp mate without getting GCC but I corp members in high sec can kill each other and not get flagged. So sensible.

We wound up with:

Gistum C-Type 10mn afterburner - Sells for 100 mil
Gistum C-Type Kinetic Deflection Amplifier - 10 mil
Gistum A-Type Invulnerability Field - Sells for about 950 mil
8th Tier Overseer's Personal Effects - 2mil

Once the items are sold, I'll have about 500 mil in my pocket.

I also whipped out my low sec Noctis, much to his amusement, and cleaned the field.

As we were playing local spiked up +1 with a cheetah landing and dropping core scanner probes. Because we were in a scannable site, we bailed and switched ships. Then he said hello in German in local so i whipped out google translate and started chatting with him.

He belongs to a high sec corp that does some low sec stuff and he was looking for places to mine. He also sucked at probes. However, he is only two months older then I am. Still, I chatted and he chatted and eventually I got him to offer me the bookmarks for the site that he found. It happened to be the site we were already doing but the goal was to see how stupid he would be.

Chatting with people is fine. However, when two low sec toons, with -sec status (-3 and -10) are encouraging you to go and do a site in the space they are currently active in, it may be a trap. He wound up docking and contracting me the bookmark. My flirt may be at level 5 but my siren call is still around a 3 it seems. With his location in place my corpie bounced over to that station and cloaked to try to snipe him.

However he undocked + cloaked too fast. Damn. It was an interesting little event however. I felt weird about it, but at the same time, I'd never trust people if I was in the situation he was and I'd have been friendly but done everything in my power to avoid them. He did a good job.

I've also been making a deal for an Oneiros. Since my friend builds stuff, lately, once he found out how many loyalty points I have hes been nabbing some stuff off me. He wanted a stabber fleet issue and he also offered to build and sell me an Oneiros. I asked for a price and in the end he decided on a second stabber fleet issue blueprint. That has me spending 40mil isk and 200k in loyalty points for an Oneiros. I'm cool with that. I guess if I was pinching loyalty points it could be better. I don't know, I'm cool with it.

Not quite making that goal

It looks like I am going to stall out and not quite make my 2b isk mark for my 3 month birthday. Technically, if I can do it on Wednesday it will still count but I'm not crossing my fingers. I spent most of the evening out in null having my battleships precarved for me to work on my sector status. The good news is that after about 6 hours of work, my sec status is up to a -2.98 from a -3.48.

The gains blow.

It is good money, the null ratting. However, I am currently about 90 mil short. I'm tempted to burn LP for cash thou so who knows what I will do when I get up tomorrow. I just spent about 30mil implanting my pewpew alt with some damage implants to help her poor, poor showing of abilities.

I do remember that I actually have some salvage to sell from doing the null sec ratting. I don't have as much as I'd like to have due to the fact that my cargo hold is only about 300m3 and 1/3 of that is normally filled with ammo. Its a few mill worth but not enough to bridge the gap I currently have.

Speaking of salvage and isk making, I caught myself getting my ass handed to me during a level 5 mission. My ass handed to me is defined as one npc targeting my poor Noctis. Thankfully, carrier reps kept me alive until I could warp out and come back in.

Risk vs reward. The reward is well worth it since I can often buy another noctis or two every haul.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Sec Status

The weekends roaming dropped my security status down to a -3.47. This was just high enough to allow me into .06 space but that was about it.

'Ratting aka killing NPC Pirates is the bane of a low sec pvper's life. In null you don't take sector hits for PVP. Sector hits define two things. 1: If you can go into High Sec (people say why go but really, its useful). 2: If people get GCC for shooting you. After you hit -5 you are an 'outlaw' and no one takes a sector hit for shooting you. However, logis take a sector hit for repping you.

The gain vs lose is ridiculous and a huge moaning point. High sec people are like 'you deserve it!' but they seem to forget that null does not lead to sec hits so its not keeping anyone out. Plus, the best sector status gain is in null sec. So nullsec, where there is no Concord control and no 'empire' space has the best way to improve sector gain because it has the biggest bounties and biggest sector improvements. I find myself aboard the 'sec gains should be in low sec and not null' bandwagon.

So my sec status looks like this. These are the last 4 of 7 ships taken out over the weekend. There are two hits for each ship. The first for attacking it and the second for destroying it.

Combat - Agression: -0.5217%
Combat - Ship Kill: -2.0875%

Combat - Agression: -0.4950%
Combat - Ship Kill: -1.9807%

Combat - Agression: -0.5108%
Combat - Ship Kill: -2.0439%

Combat - Agression: -0.2635%
Combat - Ship Kill: -1.0540%

These are 4 different battleship rats in different levels of null sec for status gain.

Law Enforcement - Security Status Gain: 0.2200%
Law Enforcement - Security Status Gain: 0.1980%
Law Enforcement - Security Status Gain: 0.2090%
Law Enforcement - Security Status Gain: 0.2090%

The only reason I can kill battleships is because my corpies shoot them down for me and I finish them off. Otherwise each would be a 15 minute battle and a full cargo hold of ammo. I feel like someone is cutting up my dinner so that I can eat it first. I guess if the boys are wolves, I'm a cub and they have to keep me sustained.

Recently, with one of the last patches that came up security status has broken. It used to be that everyone got the status when they were on grid and shooting the same NPC. Now, only the person that deals the final blow gets the status. CCP has confirmed this as broken. When it will be fixed, we don't know.

Some of course say "good!" but really, its a game breaking mechanism. Yes, I know pirates are not universally loved. However, a change like that affects pirates like *me* the most. New players who are taking up a lifestyle that everyone encourages us to take up as early as possible if we are interested.

Now I have to 'rat in all of my free time to keep my status up, not pewpew which is a stupid option for a pirate, or go flashy red.

To be flashy red would cause me to be a primary target every where I went. As a three month old toon I am *so* not ready for that. Some say suck it up and deal with it. The drown you in it advocacy is also there. Yes, I have an alt that can handle my high sec needs. Still, being flashy red is just freaking inconvenient and not where I am ready to be so soon.

Clearing out Pirates

So, my area I hang out in is Molden Heath. Today, while browsing the forums looking for a particular post I read about a week ago I came across this:

Call for Mercenary Swarm for Molden Heath.

Of course I read it. Then I started to giggle. Then I was even more amused when I realized that technically, I'm one of the people he wants cleaned out.

In the end, his idea of a lot of isk and a merc corps idea of a lot of isk were two different things. There was another rofl post called Anti-Pirate Patrols Suppressing Pirate Activities. It seems no one checks the kill boards of the pirate corps they call out.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Blog Name Change

I originally started writing at The Walrus Bucket. I decided to change for a few reasons. One was that this would be easier to search. Two was that the name now fit me a bit more for Eve vs just being something random.

The original blog idea was back when I had first joined AVKP and was going to help recruit. It was going to function as a corp webpage. However, I wasn't getting much material to write about from a mining corp that sometimes missioned. I was mostly writing about our missions and such.

However, since I made it two weeks in AVKP I decided to write for myself. I'm not as obsessed with the walrus bucket saga as I seem to be. I do think its adorable and it fit my early, harmless incarnation of Eve playing when I was going to be the best high sec carebear ever.

However, those plans shattered and fell away. I'm amused as I look at the pictures I used to take and the pictures I take now.

Early image of Vexor mining, because that is what I did with my time.

To waiting for a titan bridge, now.

I just felt that the blog would fit a bit more. Its a bit more serious yet flexible. Maybe one day I'll just off and run into Null forever, but I doubt it.

Lootin' all the wrecks errry day

Tonight's 100 jump roam took just under 4 hours. It was a good time and I got in on 7 kills (I'm amused at how little damage I do) and got a cargo hold full of loot. Because I have to get close to people I am normally close enough to scoop the lot and often I get to keep it. :D

Ahh loot. So, very very sweet.

Anyway, the goal was an armor fleet. So we shipped up and decided to head to a new area. That area was 50 jumps away. I learned a lot today. Armor fleets are not supposed to chase nano fleets and nano fleets run away very, very fast and do not expect to be chased by said armor fleet. Also, lag sucks.

Very early in, we jumped into another fleet. There was a cool moment when they jumped to us and then went through a gate and we followed and started to lay into everyone. I had a moment of confusion. As we were ordered to jump the fleet commander (FC) says to spread the points (meaning lock down as many targets as we can). So I wind up attached to a hurricane like a leech. However, he is calling out primary targets. Should I leave the hurricane or not? I'm not damaging it much and its not shooting me...

I decided to hold onto it. A moment later the primary targets melted and one got away and I call out on coms that I have this hurricane locked down as the FC says to lock down the hurricanes next. Attention was turned and my target was called out as a primary. Yay! He swiftly melted under the hail of destruction the rest of the group laid down. I grabbed another hurricane after that and their fleet was dismembered.

That called for some sitting time to get rid of the GCC. The gate guns will eat you alive.

Huzzah. I checked in my corp chat that what I had done was correct. I was worried about not following the primary targets but I was also more of a tackle ship then a damage ship (as in I am a tackle ship because my damage is pathetic). I was told that I did the right thing. Learning what is meant for you and what is meant for others just starts to come with time. This is one of the first times that I felt that I really started to understood the flow of the commands, options, and fleet needs. In other words, I really started to have fun.

The next fleet that we meet was the nano fleet. We chased and chase and chased them but they slipped away because they were about 6x as fast as we were.

We also found another fleet playing games on a complexes jump gate. They attempted to bait some of us out, but that game is well known on our side. The lead pilots stayed within the logi ships range. In the end, that entire group warped off. Instead of another unsuccessful chase we just started to make our way back the 50 jumps home.

The other ships are ships that tended to jump into us. If it was slow, if it was shiny, it was vaporized if we could grab it.

There are so many little details to understand about fleets and working together. These are the reasons that I wanted to be taught vs running around and exploding until I learned. I am being taught and gods I try to learn what they are teaching. My CEO did spend about fifteen minutes harassing me about my skill points. Not in a nasty way but the teasing is amusing in many ways. If he actually minded me having such low skill points he'd never have let me in. As is, its just a harsh reminder for them about how new I am. We went over some of my near future goals when it comes to skill training and touched up on areas that I am very weak in. These are support skills. There are so many of them. It is easy to look at your skill list and think, "Oh guns, ship, armor, I'm golden." Sadly, no. You have to think about stuff like your weapon tracking speed, the number of targets you can lock, how fast your shields regen, how much you resist damage, how fast your ship turns to align, hell even how much cap you use to warp. It is a lot and its a massive uphill battle. But, I'm already starting to see the positives peeking out like spring flowers. I'm energized.

I think I will be okay as a logistics pilot. The logis get tired of not getting on the kill mails. I can understand that. They want to shoot guns and burn shit from the sky. I'm interested in the entire dynamic. In about two months I'll be able to releave some of the pressure by filling in as a logi toon. That makes me very happy.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

isk Isk ISk ISK

Everyone goes on and on about ISK running Eve. Well it does. It does to the point that I watched a heated conversation go on comparing mining and missioning and isk making on Eve to minimum wage USA employment and why buying a PLEX is better then earning ISK from the game.

I giggle.

I don't think that I am talented at making ISK. I am just determined and it is one of my primary focuses on the game. I do things with the exact purpose of making ISK. I had a conversation with a nice guy about how he wanted a Caldari Navy Hookbill and how I didn't think he needed to get one yet since he had been playing for about two weeks and a half weeks. He got himself a PLEX about two days ago and he is now itching to spend that ISK. It is shiny and he wants to feel cool in a nice ship. I told him that it pretty much painted a target on his head. Gankers in Eve often kill shiny ships just because they are expensive and shiny.

The funny thing is that although you earn a PLEX with IRL money it does not create a respect for the ISK in game the same way it tends to if you earn the ISK in game.

I don't buy many ships. My PvP ships are cheap and duplicates of each other. My mission ship I've had for a while. I haven't been trying and dropping ships. I have a handful I use and they are all I need right now. I don't buy expensive mods because they are a waste. I accumulate ISK because I like being able to A: have a big number in my wallet and B: Buy what I need easily. Such as the 34 mil isk skillbooks I need to pick up. I just don't want to buy them because its 34 million and I'm an isk hoarder.

Anyway, I'm wandering off topic. Selling loot/salvage became a hot topic. Lots and lots and lots and lots of people do not loot. I'm amazed by it really. Then some that do loot just sell it at whatever station they dock at. This is how people who play the market and buy and sell make so much isk. The people selling the loot are not paying attention and don't care they just sell it.

So, someone was asking about selling vs reprocessing. My opinion is that you look at the reprocess amount you will earn, and run the numbers to see if it is more or less then you would earn if you sold the item. That gives you your better price. You then take a minute to do a region search or take a few jumps towards your nearest hub and see what you will get there if you sell straight to buy orders.

Forming sell orders takes a bit more time and a few more skills. It can and does generate a profit but when just starting out few who are mission oriented are going to want to drop skills into trade so early.

However, one person says that he just reprocesses anything under 100k. I was like "Why?" and he said, "It's less clicking."

I guess these are the reasons why some make isk and some do not.

Popped but Revenged

I got popped on a gate. I jumped into the system and fucked my warp up like nothing else. I watched as a broadsword consumed my super fragile nano fit thrasher. Remembering gate camp 101 with my corp I tried to make it back to the gate but I exploded first. I was able to warp off in my pod however and get that safe.

I felt bad. My ship wasn't really fit very well but at least it was fit. It only had t1 mods on it and there where no rigs so the total value was not even a million isk. It was very similar to the way I managed to die the last time. Only, I got my pod out this time.

So I announced it to the corp and apologized. It was cool. I'm the one that felt awful. However, I had a level 5 mission to salvage before we went out on a roam.

As I often rant/lament about listening to people discuss mission running is like listening to religions collide. Level 5 missions came up and one person was discussion how you need about a dozen ships and multiple logies. Another said that a half dozen battleships was okay with a carrier.

Yet here we are, a Noctis, a battleship, and a carrier and one of us is not kicking a single bit of ass.

After the mission was finished, we went out on the roam. To be honest, we went to chase down the E-UNI fleet that was doing a low/null sec roam. Most of the fleet had already tangled with them and ripped apart their larger ships. They still had a few with them however. So, we met up with the rest of the fleet and we chased them down.

I managed to nail a thrasher. I figured, a thrasher for a thrasher is good. I felt a bit redeemed for my earlier loss.

Eve Uni kinda scattered and melted. They slipped into a high sec island to wait out their aggression timers while we waited for them. They have a Only Shoot if its Red policy. This saves you from getting a GCC (Global Criminal Countdown). We have a shoot and kill it all policy so we have reps going to keep us healthy while the gate guns try to kill us and we wait.

However, we got tired of waiting. They knew we where there and we had stuff to do. So we headed out and they slipped back into high sec. On the way through the +1 lookout called out a broadsword in the same system I had died in. I asked if it was the dude that took me out and he said yes. "Oh please, he killed me can we kill him?"

Bait time. He got baited out into the belt. He got locked and then the entire fleet jumped in. It was the most ridiculous kill mail whoring situation I have yet seen. Once everyone had him targeted with something aggressive he was rendered down into nothing in a few moments flat. He was told in local "Why." I have to admit, revenge was amazing at that moment.

A little more roaming and not much else found. The downtime notice came up and everyone headed in to station.

I'm liking this stuff.

Friday, February 24, 2012

I got called a troll and blocked

I wish I had started saving the conversation earlier, but I did not expect it to morph into such a dramatic reaction.

The conversation started when this person entered the chat and asked someone to give them a charity donation of 10mil isk and they would pay back 12mil isk next week.

So, being me (and the rules of the channel being no begging) I said, "That sounds more like a contract then a donation". He responded, "Either or."

So I ignored him for a bit. I was pulling loot out of low sec so I was busy. I looked back and say this:

Monarch Rotineque > I went though the past 12 years of mmo's(and I believe the last 7 with EVE on top mmo list) without even thinking about EVE, and now im absolutely hooked :D

And being me I had to ask more.

Sugar Kyle > do you beg for isk/gold/coins/whatever the first time you log onto any MMO Monarch?

Monarch Rotineque > Sugar Kyle you mad bro? how much do you honestly think you know about me? and what ive done the past 12 years within mmo's?

Sugar Kyle > Mad? I'm curious, as that I'm always interested in ways that people sucessfully make isk

Sugar Kyle > Since I asked a question, I think it states that I know *nothing* about you

Monarch Rotineque > lol, absolutely love this, bunch of overly aggressive people, who cant chill out

Monarch Rotineque > how about this super, you quit trolling and leave, as I remember E-UNI requirements specifically stating that -sec status is not tolerated, and im pretty sure -2.4 isnt positive

Sugar Kyle > /emote scratches her head

Sugar Kyle > But I'm not applying to join the uni, Monarch (in all reality I was ROFL over this. The rules are for joining and not sitting in chat. Plus, I had someone ask me why I didn't apply to join because they seem to like me. I'm amazing :P)

Aldeb Haraz > did you kill monarch or somethiing sugar?

Sugar Kyle > /emote is a troll now? :(

Akirei Scytale > monarch, quite a few of us in this channel ahve absolutely no intention of joining EUNI

Sugar Kyle > No :(

Monarch Rotineque > than I take it your coming here to pick on random people?

Sugar Kyle > I'm a troll thou Aldeb, and no one told me

Sugar Kyle > Now I'm picking on you?

Sugar Kyle > /emote sits down to debate this

Aldeb Haraz > I'm scrolling up

Jaedyn Toralen > Don't feed the trolls please

Aldeb Haraz > and reading this dudes comments

Project232 > /emote thinks about popcorn

Aldeb Haraz > seems pretty mad

Sugar Kyle > omg, you have cheese for it Project?

Sugar Kyle > /emote would like some if so, pls?

Monarch Rotineque > There we go, all better, wonderful "block" button

And poof. I started to laugh at that point.

Scams and Eve

Eve Online allows in game scaming. This is something that a lot of MMOs do not allow. Because the developers are very hands off about the game, they have allowed the player base a larger free reign that you would normally see. The side effect is that these scams have reached such levels that they bring people onto the game out of sheer curiosity. I was one of those people.

The thing about Eve is that most of the in game world is player created. You may be playing the game that CCP made, but when you deal with wars, gate camps, suicide gankers, and scams, your content is from other players.

Scams on eve can be complex or artificial. Most rely on the scams victim to be greedy, stupid, or not paying attention. A lot of them rely on trust. Eve is not a 'safe' game. You will make friends and you will make good friends but sometimes those friends have no other goal then to destroy you.

Perhaps, the biggest and best known is the fall of the Band of Brother's. A huge corp that dominated the game for years until another corp infiltrated them, worked their way up, and shredded it from the inside out. Yet another situation was the Eve Bank. A player made a corp that was a bank and the goal was to make loans to players that wanted ships and such and then to collect interest and use that to pay depositors and investors. It was a beautiful thing and when he finally rolled out it was with all of the money while he laughed at the people that had given it to him to invest.

There have been other banks that do this same thing but try to be honest. Its hard thou and people give in to temptation. At the same time others never start trusting.

One of the biggest scams on Eve is the double your money scam. This is either advertised in a local channel in a trade hub or busy system or in a busy chat room. Sometimes they say things like, "I'm quitting Eve and giving away all of my isk. Send me isk and I will double the amount."

The first time I saw that it made no sense to me. Why not just send people isk if you want to give it away? The scam is that they will double your isk once or twice. Once you get comfortable they will then keep it, normally once the amount is high. Someone may send them 1mil isk. They send back 2 mil. Then the person sends them 5 and they send back 10. Once the 'mark' is lured in they can be encouraged to give bigger and bigger amounts, often to the tune of 100mil+. The scammer then stops doubling it and walks off with a few hundred mill from the outraged 'mark'.

There are market scams where buyers can put up orders that sellers can not fill. This is not super common but it happens. Another, very popular one is for a buyer to put up a high sell order. They pick something small that costs only a little bit of isk normally, like a 1mm afterburner and put a buy order in for 10k each instead of the 3k they sell for. Then, in the systems around they put up sell orders for 5k for the same item. Then they wait. People will notice the profit and run around buying the 5k after burners to sell to the 10k buy order. However, the buy order has a minimum that is lets say 1027. If you have less then 1027 you can not sell to them. This way you buy all of their stuff and you are stuck with what is left.

The minimum on the buy order is right there but people get attracted by the bright, flashing number that is higher then average and they get sucked right in.

Another popular one that gets the unwary are contract scams. These scams can be simple or complex and often have to do with naming items something else. The person who is buying the item can take a moment to click on the pretty blue icon with an i inside of it that stands for info. It will show them that the Raven Navy Issue is really only a Raven. However, if they don't take the moment to do that they wind up paying for something that is something else.

The market stuff can be a bit tricky, but its allowed. The things like 'double your isk' I never understood why anyone would fall for it. The contracts I was suspicious of since people were spamming them in a local channel. There is a perfectly good market and contract network set up. Any time people try to step out of the channels that way I'm instantly wondering what they are trying to hide.

However, I have learned that scams are not allowed on other games. People get reimbursed when scamed and scamers get punished. These same people come onto Eve and think they are in the same safe place they have always been in.

But they are not.

This is why Eve is amazing.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Market Trading and "The Way" and instigation

I am not sure how much of a market trader I will become. I'm willing to do things like log in and do a 20 jump run to adjust a buy order that it not selling without thinking about it. Now, I could have done missions during that time. However, my profit was 10 mil for adjusting the buy orders. My mission profit would not have been nearly that if I had done level 3's during the same amount of time.

The thing is that the market is self rewarding. My wallet flashes and I click on it and I have more isk. This is what drives me to continue to figure out ways to do sell orders. The reward is to much of a lure right now. Plus, it gives me a somewhat steady isk flow. I hate the long days when I barely earn anything.

Image of me the other day going to sell salvage.

While I was in my market run, a dude popped into the public channel I am in. I've seen him before but today he was all abuzz with how amazing he was. He has been playing for 5 months and he lives in null. He spent an inordinatnt amount of time going on about how amazing null was, how he was such a cloaky cloaky player in his dramiel sitting on gates and shooting people.

He then started to tell someone that there was not any reason for them to get to 5's on skills after complaining about not being able to fit things on his own ships due to poor ship skills. Yet, hes in a newbie channel preaching on about how these things are unimportant, just fit a ship and come to null. Then he started offering PvP advice (to someone who was not asking for it) and my head started to explode. I was sleepy and that makes me pissy.

So, I pulled his killboard. His killboard says he has 23 kills to 73 losses. Two of his kills are 1v1. One was to a catalyst in high sec to his dram and the other was a pod, sometime last year, also in high sec. That info I brought up in a side chat and the person grabbed it and ran with it. Suddenly, the leet null pvpr shut up.

It's not like I have an amazing killboard. However, I don't set myself up to be amazing, to mentor anyone, to advise people how to set their skills up to become amazing, or anything else along those lines.

If there is any argument in Eve that I am tired of reading, and one that is rehashed daily on open channels, it is the 'best way' to do any particular thing. The best way to trade, the best way to mission, the best way to make isk. I understand its a social game and for many a competitive thing, but lordy I get tired of it.

There isn't a best way because everyone plays a different game. Someone can emulate someone else and succeed or fail. Someone can forge their own path and succeed or fail. Someone may really enjoy their game but not be filthy space rich. Someone else may be filthy space rich and unable to do basic game play. None of this is wrong as long as everyone is enjoying their games.

Yet the negativity is enough to knock a person over. It also drags people down paths that they are not ready for, seeking to be this 'thing' that is so defined. I've found myself there a few times and hung on the edge of the learning curve cliff while the wind and rain ripped at my grip and the spikes below waited for my blood.

I just told someone not to talk to me for a bit because they where telling me that I lost dones because I mismanaged them. "You have to tank the aggro and recall your drones" I am told. "No fucking shit," was my reply. "However, they get nailed heading back to me." "Well learn drone navigation and durability." "So you assume that because I loose drones that I don't have the skills or management? How about the fact that you lose drones?"

This perfect player scolding is why I've had so many complexes in Eve and spend half the time wondering why I suck so badly. Someone is always ready to stand over you and tell you that you are not doing it well and THEY don't have any problems.

"Remember, please, that I am 7 days away from being 3 months on the game." I finally say when I calm down a bit. "Why are you in a myrm then?" "What the fuck?"

Anyway, pretty picture. Lava planet I believe, somewhere in null sec.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Making ISK

My goal was to reach 1.5 billion isk before I logged off.

That was hindered a bit by my Myrm refit and the money that I had to drop on the rigs for it. I broke down, ate my pride and crawled to my pirate to ask him to give me a fit for my Myrm. What I had was not working out. As in, it was useless. So he sat down and took the time to build one and explain it out. I rebuilt it and I was surprised that I did not have any problems making anything fit. The only adjustments was that I added my drone augment link and my drone navigation link.

These two links, I learned randomly one night are very useful. They make my drones better and faster. My drones are my DPS. Think pets in another game. So, when I gave my pirate the fit that I had created off of what he suggested he was pleased with my drone links and quizzed me on why. My reasons were approved of and I was happy.

One of my friends asked me if I wanted to mission. Seems he doesn't like to mission solo either. So, we did a few missions together and then I did some alone. I can do them, but some are still taking quite a while. My damage, in the end, is still very weak. But, its much, much better then it was. Plus, I can now tank the damn things where as I could not before and often ran within sixty seconds of entering a room.

So, I have a new found confidence that embarrassed me. I am so stuck on this need to prove that I to can run missions that I'm a bit disgusted with myself. However, I did salvage after myself and make a nice chunk of extra isk. That is what led to the burning desire to reach the 1.5 bil point. ISK has been coming in fits and spurts. I've been doing courier contracts for instance. Nothing major or very long but its a few mil here and there. Now that I can run missions that may increase. However, during one bad part where I had to run I wound up in half armor. Repairing myself cost 2mil plus I lost about 4 drones all told and thats about another 1.5mil right there. So my mission gain was a bit of a wash at the end of the day.

However, I can now pull level 4 missions. Hopefully, by the end of the month I will be able to pull level 5 missions as well. Once that happens, my corpies can join in and we just have more missions to farm.

I got in one level 5 mission today.

I do get attacked in the missions. My pirate keeps me repped but I often have to bounce and come back in. Normally, you'd wait and start salvaging after the mission was done. But this is low sec and time is important. Someone may decide to try to probe us out at any time and I'll probably loose all of the salvage because of it. So once aggro is established, I start working and if I get attacked I roll out and come back. It is a risk vs reward situation and the reward is always very good. I probably average about 50mil a mission in salvage. Sometimes its up to 70 mil or so depending on what is dropping.

I have to stop telling people I do these missions. No one freaking believes me. It seems that it is an insane thing to do. I watch people argue about level 4's up one side and down the other. I am not supposed to be an almost three month old toon in low sec flying a Noctis to salvage level 5 missions with pirates. Whoops.

With my level 3 salvage I had a nice selling time after the level 5 but it was still not enough.

Plus, I was about 30 mil short of my goal. This problem had to be resolved and some of that is through the use of my LP. We had discussed LP (loyalty points) earlier and how they converted into ISK. It is not a direct convert. I'd used some to buy implants before to resell for instance when I was heading to my billion goal. Today, I was going to try skill books.

I went to Eve Central to look at where the skill books were selling for the most. Just go to Jita may be a good mantra but following a buying path is even better. Rens and Hek are my nearest trade hubs. For most salvage they are good. However, they are both right next to Minmatar space which means Minnie stuff is going to be more common there. Where are the skill books the rarest? It turned out, that was Amarr, the second largest trade hub in the game.

Leaving Amarr after putting my skill books on the market. This type of station is called a 'spitter' I have learned. It spits you out and decreases the ability to quickly redock. Bad in PvP situations. Cool as all hell for pictures in high sec.

My first one sold on the way home. My friend also wanted some skill books and faction ammo. The numbers were adding up. I was excited because I was now only a few million off. But downtime hit and I wondered what I would do.

I then remembered the hoard of minerals I've been sitting on for the last month along with a stack of ice.

I sold all of it. Orgionally I was going to build a Noctis out of my salvaged reprocessed minerals but after a month I was not even close to having enough.

Now I am content for the day.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Roaming and game drama

People are great sometimes.

I was out on a roam, my first one in quite a while. It seems that our group of seven was to large and blobish for people. At one point, we had two member's hang out in a belt as bait and the bait was taken. They were jumped by 5 ships. The rest of our group arrived and the five ships screamed blob at us. Now, they landed with a full load of battle cruisers. We were a mix of battle cruisers, logi, and me in my cruiser noobing it all up.


We did land two oracle kills of which I got to loot one of. Looting other players feels weird but I've grown used to it. For one I grabbed all of his faction crystals and guns that dropped. I got to keep the stuff as well and it went into my hoard to sell for isk


One thing I have learned is that faction crystals are horrible. I was so excited to get them and then found out I could not sell them because they were used. You can't sell broken items on the market and amarr high grade crystals are damaged over time and not repairable. This put a serious cramp on my gleeful isk making.
I wound up contracting them to a friend. It turns out they are pretty much new with only 4% damage.

However, when that person died and the gateguns shot at me some, someone on voice coms said that "Now I know why you don't engage non flashies on a gate in a rupture" and I'm thinking... am I not supposed to pewpew? Am I just hanging out? If I only waited for people who are flashy (-5 sec status) I'd never shoot at anyone and then what am I doing? There is risk involved and we have logi ships on grid with us.

Anyway, the roam was not as productive as we'd like. Most of the ships that we attacked fled. That blob accusation with the blob and counter blob or whatever you want to call it, they all slipped away. They had serious, serious speed on their side. It was crazy as everyone ran everywhere tossing tackles left and right.
While unproductive for everyone else, my two kills made me happy. I had to chase after both and put some effort into it. I still feel weird about enjoying someone elses destruction like that. But I do and I would expect them to enjoy mine.

Anyway, twenty jumps later we are home and I manage to convince the boyd that they want to do level 5 missions with the rest of their time.

Only two missions in the end but two is much, much better then none. Its a great time to chat and discuss the roam and ask questions as they kill shit and I salvage it.

Anyway, as I'm doing this, in a chat room I hang out in one young man is having a fit about women. I look into chat as female gamers are being discussed. According to him, he has never met a hard core female gamer. They all just hang around to socialize and be useless talking about movies and cookies. Also, they tend to be ugly. I commented that I'd not defend my gender and instead play in low sec. He said, "I hope you get blown up and podded. That's why I can't stand girls. They have such thin skin. The moment someone discusses something politically incorrect they get all touchy."

My goodness. The amusing part was that I was floating in .03 space salvaging a mission and managing not to die as the mission went on around me. That is because my corpies are amazing.
However, I still have to get it out of low sec.

Thrasher for the win. Its a bit faster then my catalyst.


So. Many. Guns.















Saturday, February 18, 2012

Reclaim my game

After another epic fail attempt at missing, I raged about how much I suck and how frustrating it is. On calming down, I decided that my problem is that I am still trying to play like I was told I should be able to play by someone with a play style that does not work for me.

This is my Myrm in all sorts of serious structure damage. My shields and armor regened while I was warping away. Everything was nicely red when I left.



Therefore, I will try to complete the mission I mistakenly accepted. After that, I am done running security missions unless I am part of a fleet. Maybe next year when I have time to focus on some combat abilities.
Once I have my Viator in hand, I will accept some contracts and see how that goes. I always liked the idea of transporting goods. Hopefully I don't lose a ton of money at it. I've read up on the scams and such and I plan to stick to moving peoples crap through high sec and maybe low but I don't see myself venturing into null for that type of thing. There is way to much to learn about null still, and frankly I just don't find it appealing right now.

So, reinvigorated and avoiding working at work, I spent some time looking at how long it will take me to turn into a decent logistics character. The end total is about, the start of May.

Cruisers V alone is going to take 20 days. I have up to cruisers 4. Then Logistics 5 will take 31 days to train from 1-5. There are two other skills I have to take to 5. One will take 4 days and the other 9. So, those two skills will land me right at the start of may. Plus, I'll need to finish targeting to five, multitasking to five, and finish some of my basic skills up to 5 as well.

So, by may, I'll be a functional logistics pilot. I'm hoping that achieving one of my goals that way will help me shed the negative words that are hanging from me and dragging down my playing. Then, in six months or maybe we'll be reasonable and say 12 months, I'll be posting about how amazing I am. I doubt it, but after a bunch of down days I really do hope so. I'm totally addicted to the freaking game. I also don't want to keep seeing the learning curve image. I know that people find it fascinating but, I'm tired of it.
Plus, the logi path is right on par with the carrier path.

Then I looked up the price of the logistics skill book. It is 34 mil. Right on par with transport ships which is also 34 mil. It isn't that I can't afford them its that I'm an isk whore and hate spending it. Of course, I stupidly wrote the previous part of this paragraph and then looked up the carrier skill book.



Since I hate myself I looked up the ship cost as well.



So, we have some more isk to make.











Friday, February 17, 2012

Mission are still not working out

Sleep did not suddenly make me kick ass it seems.

My goal was to try some level 2 missions. They are easy enough and if I just keep doing them mindlessly they do build up after a while. My goal was more mission standings then isk. I thought I would be productive.

So, when I immediately went and selected a level 3 mission instead of the level 2 at the same agent. Some stupid part of my said that I should give it a try. After all, it was not a blockade or angel extravaganza. I should be able to do it. Everyone says that a player of my age should be able to do it. Hell, I've been ridiculed for not being able to do level 3 security missions yet. I've been told that its easy. I've been told that it's rather pathetic that I can't do level 4 missions yet. I've had the easiness of them rubbed in my face over and over again. Everything involving PvE in Eve is easy according to just about everything I hear. The problem is not that the missions are hard but that I suck.

So, in an effort to be independent and not suck and do what it seems like everyone else in the game does I decided that I should just try to tackle the mission.

Of course, I epically fail. I manage to kill 2 things before I'm run out of the room well into structure. I also lost a full flight of hammerheads.

I guess more NPCs spawned because now I can't even put any damage onto anything before I am in half armor and running away. My little repairers can't keep up. I release me drones and immediately call them back because I am dying and need to leave. I tried running in and moving away to draw them out but the just webbed me in place so that I could be shot easier.

I even tried to change out my fit some. Blasters I guess in mediums in an attempt to do more damage to things when they are close up. I need a different set of armor things. I know that there is something about armor damage types vs mission or something but I've never really gotten a grasp of it and what it means and what to buy to work with it. So, I have what I have and its not working at all.

Really, I don't have any fucking idea what I am doing and I'm not figuring it out. I read a lot but its just not sinking in fast enough for me to understand how to do these things. I hate mission running. I truly hate it as an in game activity. However, I feel like absolute, useless, leeching shit for not being able to do them and make my own isk off of my own missions. I've already been told that I am. I don't want to be someones in game ornament that they keep around because they like me. I've managed to spend about 6 times what the reward for the mission would have been if I had finished it just repairing my hull and buying new drones. The mission isn't even vaguely accomplished. I've killed a grand total of 3 things.

This will be the 4th time I've fucked my standings with a group because I have to give up security missions I attempted and failed at. Two and a half months in and I still can't do the basics. Reality is pretty harsh but not everyone can be good at a game that they like to play.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The market and me

ISK.

I've mostly played fantasy based games and the in game currency was always gold or coins or something. There is Fallout, where currency is bottle caps, but I'll ignore that for now.

Part of my game of Eve is my quest for ISK. I've said before that I just desire to be a ridiculously wealthy player for no other reason then the fact that I want to be. I don't want to PLEX my accounts. I don't want to buy a Titan. I just want to have a hoard of ISK because I can.

I also want to earn that ISK in game. I could drop some IRL cash, buy some PLEX, and poof I'd be a billionaire in a few clicks. That isn't my thing. I don't feel that it would feel the same to do it that way. It's one of my in game accomplishments.

Anyway, I picked up the skill book accounting a few weeks ago. It is a 4.5 million isk skill book. I was buying skill books then that I wanted to use as place holders to remind me what to train. I got accounting when I first started selling stuff on the market in an effort to reduce my fees. However, I needed to get trade to level 4 and at the time I was distracted by working on my drone skills. Anyway, I never got trade to 4 until today. I said 'fuck it' and plugged in the eight hours. I've been doing so many 4+ day skills that eight hours is a blink of an eye now. So, I woke up with it learned. I then proceeded to forget to plug in accounting for the next two hours. When I finally remembered, I plugged it in and went and made dinner.

The end effort is that with accounting to level 2, I now save 20% in taxes for each transaction. Not a bad investment and I wish I had remembered to do it sooner. Taxes start at 10% of the transaction cost. So, today I sold 75 mil in tags in one sale. That means 750k is lost in taxes. That sucks. No one is getting that, its one of the isk sinks of the game. Maybe they get the taxes out in 0.0 in player owned stations. I don't know, I don't sell out there and frankly I don't put a lot of my current learning energy into 0.0 rules. Because, I can easily sell a hundred million in salvage (today I am up to 1.75mil with more to go) the 4.5 mil for the book is paying itself back quickly.

Today has been a good salvage day. We chewed away at the missions for a few hours and I had a pretty successful time and was able to salvage and loot all the wrecks for every mission. I had to go back to a few in between down times with the missions themselves, but it worked out nicely. Sometimes, I have to leave them on the field but early morning low sec was full of Russian players doing level 5s while American pirates slept or were at work. I have one module that I may have to drag to another trade hub to find a buyer for. According to the market they are selling for around 6 mil but there are no buy orders for it. I'll move it to another trade hub and try again.

I'm not deep into trade with buy low and resell high. Sometimes, I'll put things up for a market order. However, the bulk of my salvage I just sell straight to buy orders. When I'm moving things like ships and implants, I do sell orders. I consider myself a dabbler. If the buy orders are too low, I just reprocess and sell the minerals. Even without perfect reprocessing skills the value for the minerals is still greater then what I would have gotten for the item.

I wound up taking the second half of the salvage to Hek. I've been selling in Rens but the market there is a bit weird sometimes. Hek proved to be nice and scoped up some of my low offers from Rens up with a double or triple offer. I think next salvage run will go there.

However, as I wandered out I was targeted by a Tornado. Tornado's a great suicide gank ships. A T1 hauler rolling in or out of a trade hub is a fantastic target. It would only take a second to see that I was a newer pilot which increases the chance of my having expensive stuff on board with no tank because I'm an idiot noob on autopilot.

Happily, I didn't fall into any of those categories today. However, it just upped my determination to plug in my blockade running skills as soon as cloak IV finishes. Blockade runner + special ops cloak = win.








Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Finding Answers

Since I have no idea what is being said about half of the time, I have spent a good bit of time looking up the lexicon of Eve. Eve is old enough that it has developed its own internal language for its bits and pieces. Some are easy enough to figure out and some you just figure out eventually, someone tells you, or you have god like powers to understand mutilated language.

I was advised to start reading Failheap Challenge. It is a good forum full of bitter eve veterans that rain down nuggets of intensely dense information. I then have to interpret those nuggets and sometimes I just fail.

Reading up about fleet fights got me to look up a lexicon for Eve. I found Eve University's Lexicon. it was a good starter for acronyms. Eve is full of them. Due to the proliferation of verbal communications, the chatting has become a condensed thick bog of technical jargon that you have to navigate.

It helps a conversation make sense sometimes. Very few seem to remember that these things don't mean anything to someone just starting. I have a terrible habit of not asking someone to clarify their language when I know that they are saying something that makes sense somehow. Due to Eve's enormous out of game resource offerings, I spend my time looking things up to know what people around me are saying.

Its helped me learn why things are better. I function so poorly on the 'because it is' system. I am slowly figuring out that it has been half of the reason why I've not understood PvE ship fits. I was told to get 'this' and 'that' mod for the ship to fit and really, I had no clue what they were or how they worked. Half the time, I was not even turning things on because I didn't realize that they needed it.

Eve isn't obvious.

Phew. The life of a newbie.




Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Focus

"If Chella is going to be your 'carebear' toon, you need to get into a thanny. Nothing says carebear like a carrier," my CEO announced the other day.

"Sounds good to me," was my response. And hence, my future was born.

I've been training my core skills. Its what I've been whining about for weeks and will continue to whine about because they are very useful, its the right thing to do, but it sucks. I can't do anything that's tangibly new and cool. I have my same old same old skill set and that means I suck. But, I expect that when I do get to ramp up in another few weeks the difference will be very, very noticeable.

However, this carrier thing is a long range plan to the tune of about 18 months to be fully functional and super nifty. The nice part is that it perfectly compliments my goals of becoming a logistics focused pilot. So it will consume my logistics training which is a mandatory prerequisite for me to be a kick ass support carrier.

I find it fun that not everyone has to shoot things to be useful. I consider it depth and texture. There is a certain 'teeheehee' aspect to everyone blowing up everyone else in a massive wave of fire power and explosions that ripple. Yet, working on being able to keep others in battle and to a certain point, being mostly unable to defend yourself, is a very intoxicating experience for me. I just love being a support character and I love games where you are not useless for being one.

To get into the Thanny, meaning I can move it from point A to point B is going to take me 108 days of focused training for things that are almost completely focused on just that ship.

Oh my.

Anyway, that's okay. I'll chew away at the learning. In the mean time I'll also get into a logistics ship first. That alone is about 3 months since I'm about to drop the 16 days of training I have left to get into my blockade runner the Viator. My path does not lead towards guns. I'm a bit sad about that but it still stems from my feelings of inadequacy over my inability to do the missions that other people in my 'age group' can do because they focused on guns. I'm expecting some of that to start clearing up as I age a bit more.

Hopefully, my focused game plan of character building and core skill training will let me break out in a few months. I feel a bit slow to start, which is frustrating in itself, but I'm technically not slowly starting. I'm also learning a lot.

Perhaps, tomorrow, I'll ponder Eve politics since I have a day off.







Monday, February 13, 2012

My ships go boom

My CEO laughed at me today because I managed to get one of my retriever's blown up by NPCs.


Gods. I got distracted and the retriever I pulled out to handle the mining part of an NPC storyline mission I was on. Well, distracted by IRL, I look back at my screen as I am in half structure. Shit. I start warping off and as I hit warp my mail icon flashes and an insurance notification appears and then my ship blows up.
Shit.

The day before, I was trying to run to a station to buy the skill book Fast Talk. Well, my sector status at the time was a 2.7 and I hopped into space and got scrammed, webbed, and popped by the NPC Police.
Brilliant


Whoops. Gods. The total loss was around 10 million. The scary part is that isn't very much to me anymore. I remember when I was trying to build that up.

Today, I did make some nice isk. I got to run around and do some complexes with my corpies. I've never done them before so it was a new experience. I made plenty of tasty, tasty isk. Not a lot for them but the 70 mill made me happy. Plus, I crammed whatever salvage I could into my hold as we moved through.



I topped it off with another 10 million in salvage. In Rens, as always, a battle outside of the main station.



Later, I got invited to a roam. I join these things whenever I can. The fleet was large again but not as crazy large as the other day.


Null still makes me worry because I don't fully understand the rules. High sec I am used to. Low sec I am getting familiar with. Null has new elements. There are the bubbles of course. They are made to drag you away from your destination or not make it to your destination. Null sec people set them up to trap people. In high sec and low sec you can normally jump from gate to gate to gate and if you are fast you get through. In null, if the gate is bubbled you are pretty well screwed and need to fight it out.

So we jumped into one system and destroyed the bubble. There was a guy there who I have read his posts on the eve online forums. He is one of the game elected player representatives for CCP. He was not happy with us destroying his bubbles. Local was filled with smack talk. Smack talk is something I don't understand. Its insults and growling and posturing. It really seems ridiculous. The only reason I have local up is to see if more people are appearing in the system. The fleet the other night they kept a steady flow of obscene, lewd, and WTF images linked into local. I really, really don't understand it but I was told that sometimes people get really worked up over it.

Okay?

There were some kills. There were a lot of gate games played. As always, the various strategies and such I need to think about it.














Sunday, February 12, 2012

Null, Fleets, Blobs

I almost feel silly, my anticipation to log in and see if their is something that I can get into that is not missioning and isk making. I feel silly for the simple fact that I feel inadequate. However, as long as I can go I am trying to go. I'm learning a lot by just following the fleet commander's orders and keeping up with what is going on.
My first experience with any type of 'large' fleets were back when I was with AVKP and we put 6 or so people out on the field. That felt like a lot of people. Fast forward today and there were fifty people. Holy shit.

Whenever I look at images of Eve, or show someone images of Eve, I remind myself/them that each of those ships represents a player. It is not a game where you make a fleet and order it around (outside of the fleet commander) and the ships are your legions. Each is piloted by someone. Sure, sometimes people are running multiple accounts but when you get into big things like that, its a lot of people working on one goal.



That's some of the draw of an MMO. I rant often about my hobby and its lack of acceptance. It reminds me of when I was a teenager and my mother told me the people on the internet were not real.

Anyway, this was a combined ops with several cops. I think the goal was to shoot a POS (Player Owned Structure) and then hop in and battle it out once they came to protect it. After a lot of waiting around, that didn't come to pass. however, I took a pictures of everyone waiting because that's what I do.

I asked to join in when I logged in. I heard that they needed some fast tackle and that is something I can handle as a newbie. I'm not super fast but in a fast ship with a MWD (micro warp drive) I can hop across space at a good clip and chase people down. My next job is to hold them in place with disruptors and webs to hold and slow them and not pop before someone comes to make them go pop.

It's a good job for me.

So I join this fleet of freaking battleships. They are all enormous, all powered up all to hell, and I'm chilling about, all super noob.



Anyway, the primary goal didn't happen so we just started a roam with many, many, many ships.



It was a ridiculousness amount of people. People scattered and ran away as we moved through. The funny part is that the entire fleet was composed of low sec pirates. The chances of some very confused people wandering around wondering WTF the pirates were doing banded together and roaming null in an enormous blob/fleet/gang.

A few things died. They tended to just vaporize in a moment so perhaps, I understand why people ran.
I learned more about NULL and warp bubbles. I think someone shot at me at some point but really I don't know because they blew him up so quickly.

I have a lot of thoughts and questions from the last two roams I have done. I'm just to tired to list them out.













Friday, February 10, 2012

The more I learn the less I know

I don't think I'm some awesome prodigy. Yet, as I seek to learn more about Eve I figure out how little I know about Eve. It creates a strange image of the deep, foggy trench that is my ignorance mixed with my desire to learn. I don't expect to learn the entire game but I'd like to get comfortable with it.

During one of our random, early morning chats, my CEO told me I need more bittervet. I was pleased by the compliment, but reminded him that I'm two months in and everything is covered in a sparkly layer of new glitter for me. I was told that I needed more Bittervet again. *chuckle*

Ever since my drop in sector status a few days ago, I've been treated a little bit differently by some. I was asked:

"Who did you pod?"

"I didn't pod anyone."

"You are down to a -2"

"I didn't pod anyone."

"Uh Huh"

"My corp boards are public."

So the corp board was looked up and the fact that I did not attack a pod was confirmed.

Being a pirate has some unexpected hard parts to it. Not unbearable parts, but unexpected hostility. I shrug it off. My killboard is public after all and anyone can see that my fights are all in low sec. Right now they are all in fleets as well. I'm learning and I'm happy to learn.

Which caused me to get into a mild, verbal altercation last evening with someone in a social channel. I was tired of him going on and on and on about faction warfare and what a PvPer he was. His killboard was pretty even for wins and losses. According to him, that's how you play. Another character has been playing for years and is starting to dabble his toes into PvP. He is reading and researching what it is, tactics, strategies, ships, fits, and all that good stuff. According to Mr. Man the only way to learn how to PvP effectively is to get into a frigate and die over and over again until you figure out what you are doing. You only learn through failure.

I snapped a little bit. I'm not going to say that I know shit about how to be some kinda PvP god. I do know that people, especially adult people (and Eve's player base is mostly adults) learn in many different ways. One way is to use the experience that they have with information gained to create knowledge and understanding. Then they learn to use and mold that correctly. I had a real life job where my trainer felt that the only way I'd truly learn was to fail and have that failure pointed out to me. He said I would never learn if he told me the correct answer. I would only learn through failure.

I don't agree with this learning philosophy. I will say that I am sure that it works for some people. However, it is not the 'only' way to learn. So I shat all over it because it pissed me off. Mostly because of IRL experience, and my butthurt over someone else criticizing me because I like to know what I am doing and the concepts behind it before I just run off and hope.

So he said I was adverse to losing ships without a reason.

I'm not sure how that is an insult. I absolutely am. It is not that I am risk adverse, I am stupidity adverse. If I don't know what I am doing, and I stick a bunch of mods onto a ship, and go and fly that ship with those random ass mods, and die, what have I learned? Some might figure its their fit, some might think technique, others their opponent. Some might not understand the aggression mechanics of the game itself. There are dozens of reasons and for you to have to fit and lose a ship to, hopefully, figure out each of those reasons is ridiculous to me. Why can't someone explain aggression mechanics, fits and what they are and their values. You will probably still go and get blown up. However, you might have an idea of what you did that caused it, instead of guessing about that as well.

Learning by guessing is not an effective way to learn. Having prior knowledge won't give you the skills. Yet, having an idea to work with and something to improve on is vastly superior, for me, then starting with nothing and splashing it with a lot of hope.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Skill Books and some Piracy

I move in and out of low sec a lot and need a better ship then my trusty catalyst. So, my interest has been in the special ops ships and interceptors so I am currently training into a blockade runner. This is a transport industrial ship that is super fast and runs under cloak.

It will take me almost a month to finish all the skills for it. I have to get my industry ship up to 5, my cloaking skills up to 4 to get the special ops cloak, and I have to buy transport ships the skill book.
That skill book is my biggest purchase yet. I was horrified when I looked it up.


34 mil isk. I just about died. I know the higher level skill books get more and more expensive, but it still hurts. It also adds to the investment if one is calculating the price of reaching the goal. The ship is 100 mil isk. The mods for the ship are expensive. The covert ops cloaking device alone is going to run over 7 mil isk.
Of course, I have to shut up and stop whining. My corp has a spare ship laying around that I get to use. It is all fit. So I just have to train into the skill book and not get the ship exploded.

Now for a little piracy. Only a little.

I am a little pirate after all. I'm not one to buzz about and roar about my power. I don't have any. However, it was pretty productive my last two evenings where I was able to play late night that I was able to go out with the boyz and play pewpew a bit.

We did some POS bashing which was interesting. After that, out with another corp in a large gang (aka BLOB) and started rolling. Moving with a lot of other ships is a very interesting thing. The fleet commander, the orders, trying to stay organized. The ships we found if we got it stopped we kinda consumed. It was cool but weird. I'm not in love with it, but I need all the experience I can get right now. Its easy not to think of the other ships as people.
We/They caught a jump freighter. It seems that its escort tried to send it into fast warp and then they both logged off. But, it created an aggression timer which leaves your ship in space. So, they were caught but they were caught empty. So it was blown up.


Then it went pop and my sec status went down.


The size difference is pretty spectacular.


Later more things were shot but it was so hectic that I didn't take any pictures.

Interesting day.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

I post before bed

I'm posting just to post I believe. I managed not to accomplish anything today and I'm a bit irritated by it. So,
I spent isk instead. Not productive. I didn't spend a lot.

I decided to burn some time doing mining missions because that is just how I am. I hate security missions and  I've not developed a taste for them after trying for a month.

Anyway, when thinking about what to blog about, I looked at my page hits. I don't expect anyone to find my little ramblings. However, I have a bunch of hits from a rage face Russian website.

I don't think I want to know why.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The path least travelled

I should be in bed. I just got in from work and the server has gone down for an emergency reboot. I meant to write about API keys but I'll do that later.

Instead I'm going to chatter for a moment about prejudice in Eve and my horrific habit of taking the path less traveled when I do anything.

When I played City of Heroes for instance, I made an ice/ice blaster hero. It seems that they are somewhat uncommon. I loved it but it was a bit harder until she hit the high levels. Then she was amazing.

When I first started Eve, I was sure that I wanted to be a carebear, building industrialist. I wanted isk and lots of ore and I would build cool stuff and feel awesome.

I do have the isk. The rest has toppled down hill. I blame my pirate for it. The other night, before someone learned of my more 'pirate' bent they went on about how awful pirates in the game were. My comment was that I had been treated better and given more information and help by pirates then by any noncombatant carebear I had yet met, but one. The one that I continue to hang out with gets along with me but we are on such different game pages and he wants me to mine with him a lot. I barely mine anymore, its not profitable for me anymore.

People ask me how I make my money when I say that I don't mission. I do mission, kinda. I don't work to eat the level 3's and crunch the level 4's. I'm much more pleased to watch my pirate be a badass all over level 5 missions and occasionally come and run 4's when hes board and has no 5's to run and wants to make some more isk and lp's. My standing is almost high enough that I'll soon be able to pull level 5 missions which gives us even more missions for him to be a bad ass all over and for me to salvage.

However, being a salvager is a bad word. Eve, of course, gives a negative to every positives. Ninja Salvagers creep into people's missions and salvage their wrecks. They sometimes steal the items as well if people won't shoot them for it. The loot (dropped items) in your wreck is yours and only you or a fleetmate/corp member can take it without stealing. The actual wreck of the ship can be salvaged, without penalty by anyone.

When a wreck is salvaged it gives broken pieces of ship. Melted consoles, armor plates, bars of metal, etc. These items are used by builder types to create rigs. Rigs are basically permanent mods for your ship. If you want a rig gone you can take it out but it is destroyed. Rigs are the next level in improving a ship and something I am only just introducing myself to because they are expensive. Your 500k isk ship can easily turn into a 5 million isk ship with a few rigs.

Anyway, when I say I salvage people automatically assume that I ninja salvage and begin to treat me like shit. I correct them and I correct them easily but it does piss me off. As I have said before, there is nothing glamorous about salvage. I clean up the battlefield. I don't fly a bright shiny ship bedecked in the coolest bits of glorious shiny mods. My ship cost me a respectable 50mil isk (at the time it was over half of my wealth) and it has zero combat abilities. I clean up the battlefield. It actually takes a while to do and a bit of training to do it quickly and then split out the loot with whoever is running the mission.

My pirate lets me keep all of the loot. Occasionally he asks for the tags. The difference is I do this in low sec with him. Its dangerous and when people pick me up on scan they want to eat my ship. I spend a lot of time cloaked. I run away from people. I go into missions early and try to stay alive while salvaging as quickly as possible because time is life and death is coming in low sec.



Very few high sec people believe I do this. I've taken to shrugging and just letting them assume that I'm working on level 4 missions.

Similarly, in high sec the ship is fragile enough that its worth a suicide gank for lulz or possibly trying to trap and ransom me. I have been cautious but I was having a slow few days and I suicidal to accept a public request for a salvager.

I felt a bit weird with the guy at first. Strangers are a pro and a con on Eve. Its good to meet people but you know that people want to hurt you and figuring out which is which is an ugly case of trial and error.
I'm not sure how my case would have gone. Occasionally, when in a fleet you still steal from someone who killed something. I was flying with a dude and I wound up stealing out of habit since I do it with my pirate. This means he can now shoot me, as can his corp mates. I told him I was going to bail to the station for a bit and let the aggression timer wear down. He laughed at me and told me not to be silly if he wanted to kill me he would have.

I still let the counter wear down. Next mission he invites a corp member to the fleet. Both are flying faction ships. Well, I get the steal message again and I ask them to grab the few items that would have me steal. I then warp off to wait for the next mission and the corp member hunts me down and targets me. I warp back to station, dump my cargo, contract it all to him, and wish them a good day.

Were they playing? Were they serious? Was I paranoid? I don't know and I don't care. It wasn't worth the few mil I would have made nor was it worth the salvage. Plus, he did not split the mission rewards like he said he would. It was not going to be profitable for me and I got that gut feeling that I was being set up for something. Now, because of my corp some people might want to fuck with me while I am in a helpless ship. I have to think about these things.

So, I am the scum here it seems? I correct people and they retract it, but wow they are nasty about it. Again, these are often the anti PvP types that snark on pirates as well.

My corp is not a bunch of kind people. I'll be the first to admit that. However, they are out to PvP not grief people in high sec because they are bullies. If people from high sec want to come to low sec they are submitting to the laws of the jungle one can say. Its hunter v hunter in there and if you are prey that's your own silly fault.

Yet the pirates are the ones who took me in and started teaching me the game mechanics. My very first interaction with one I was given advice on how to make my ship faster and harder to grab by pirates. My first CEO just pulls people in to mine and mine and mine and maybe mission. I don't understand how to fit my ships, I don't really know what to fly and I'm training everything all over the map because I have no direction. I left the corp for many reasons and one was about workload and isk share. I worked hard to get productive quickly and it all vanished into the corp wallet yet all of the members, including myself, were poor as hell. I only had isk because I mined for hours and hours and hours on my own and sold it on my own.

My first few weeks on my own were tough. I bumped into an indy guy early on and we have a very good relationship. I hope that I can develop a relationship with him where I am useful to him for the little bit of stuff (salvaged components) that I produce. He is a building and mining powerhouse and he helped me out a lot and I learned about orca links and better mining habits. However, in the end, hes been the only indy type totally helpful and I don't feel like he has some agenda. Most of the time I get scolded and told how to play.
Cept by the 'evil' people of eve. They tell me how to play, but that's cuz I asked them. Now, I live with them and they are taking care of me in my game infancy and teaching and directing and helping me to mold myself into an efficient, effective, and self sufficient player. That is not something that I have received from any high sec corp. They have all wanted me, but they all wanted me for their own ends. Normally to mine for them. They promise me that in a few months I might be able to learn to fly some flashy ship and with all the isk I earn with them even, maybe buy it. They explain how I have to be X, Y, and Z to do anything so not to waste my time and just mine mine mine for a few more months.

It's not that I think I'm super cool or super capable. It's that the people that have helped me the most are the people who get the most negativity thrown at them. Its negativity that I am now feeling personally. "Can I trust you?" they ask. "Only you can decide that," I respond.

And I'm cool with that. I will walk the path less traveled if I get to hang with people who are generous in every way, even as they shed the blood of other predators. But they do that generously as well.

As for everyone who screams about how pirates eat newbies.... when you enter low sec a warning appears. It tells you that you will not be protected and that the area is dangerous. I guess people close and ignore it. Kinda like how they ignore the pop up that says they are stealing and can be shot, or ignore the training missions when they start or ignore rookie chat even thou it covers so many game questions.

Not all pirates are great. However, PvP does not equate to Pirate. Such at this scene outside of Rens. It is some massive battle and its a weird mix of people fighting, war decs, and ganks on haulers.



So yeah, I'll stick with my pirates. I'll walk my path. I'll continue to salvage and accept that some people will automatically assume I'm a scum sucking ninja salvager.
It's my game of Eve and I'm enjoying it.


























Friday, February 3, 2012

Tears and Null Sec

I was on my own for most of the day so I spent it making some isk and hanging out with new people.

One person is from a help chat I've been on. Nice enough and they got their ass handed to them during the bane of my existence, the Sister's of Eve arc. I wandered down to help in my battle cruiser and my drones ate the rooms for him as if they had something against the NPCs.

He told me I was amazing. I could only laugh and say no, I'm just a few weeks older with some skills focused. Amazing, I am not. I did notice a bunch of newbie traps hanging around the station in Arnon. There were also a lot of people who had anchored canisters with warning messages. Its an interesting place down there. Most newbies are going to be 1-2 weeks into the game so they may or may not have listened and read enough to learn about can flipping and baiting and such.

I did a quick Google search and found this link "My Loot, Your Tears". I linked it and told him to read it and to never give anyone tears. Its the best way to fight back.

We then had a discussion about pirates. Earlier, he had gone on about how he wanted to start an anti-pirate corp and hunt down pirates. I sighed and asked him if he realized that not all pirates were horrible people who got their kicks off of the fact that you can fuck over non-combatant players.

No, he hadn't really thought of that. So we had a bit of a chat about defines a pirate.

I had someone else in that same chat pretty much define pirates as scum. Now, as I sit on my high horse I know that 'pirate' does not exactly mean high morals. I'll admit, I have a dark and nasty side that is surfacing more and more. Yet, some of what I was interested in in Eve would not be accomplished by staying in high sec and living as a carebear. Part of my conversation with the person that I helped was the fact that I have received more random help, advice, time, patience, and explanation from 'pirates' then high sec carebears. I have had high sec carebears attempt to turn me into their mining slave however with vague rewards of how I might one day have a hundred million isk of my own. I have watched more new players get absorbed into mining corps, slipped into a barge and not taught anything else about the game.

That's not the game of Eve I want to play.

The funny part was that I said I spend a lot of time in low sec (and I do) but I did not feel ready for Null or see it on my horizon for a while yet.

While I was being ridiculous in one of our corp chat rooms my CEO tells me to go 'ratting with one of the guys who needed to get his sec status up. He is like "You need to learn how to do it eventually." So I stopped with the silliness and went and got one of my Rupture's and off we went. What I did not expect was that we would go to null sec to do the deed. There was a deep layer of amusement since I had just discussed my not being ready for Null.

I've never jumped into null sec aka 0.0 space. It looks just like everywhere else. Well... its black space and minnie space is red, but its still space. Only the systems no longer have alphabet soup names. Instead they are all letter/number combos. The goal to raising sector status is to find a battleship in an asteroid belt, kill it, and jump to the next system and do the same. Sector status is decided upon the largest NPC killed or something like that. So taking out the one battleship and moving works great.

They are also ridiculous, ridiculously high isk. Some people make their fortunate belt ratting in null and I see how and why. It must numb the brain but the isk hurts its so high. During the time we chased two stabbers around and attempted to either catch them at gates or get them to come after us. At one point, my corp member moans over local "I'm being molested in the last belt by these horrible things" but no bites.

And then we finished and hopped back out. I got to watch some scouting done and in general just learn little things. I'm learning.

And yes, that is the game I live in. Hunted, hunter, scouting, slipping seeking and looking over your shoulder while trying to be the one over someone elses shoulder.

These are reasons why people love Eve.