Monday, April 30, 2012

What an weekend

Not in a good way.

I missed out on a very exciting weekend full of huge battles and ass stomping on the part of my alliance. I missed most of the drama of burn Jita as well. I was enjoying the feeds when I got to glance at them.

I also managed to low my Myrm (finally) down in low sec. Due to my inattention as well. As always, you get comfortable and you make mistakes. I made mine because I got distracted and missed someone scanning me down. Fast scanners are fast and you have to stay on top of things. I was very tired, to tired to be playing and distracted and he landed and I was like shit.

One of the irritating things, was that as he landed on me and I tried to warp off, I had no warp options. This happened a few times and then they popped up. Yay me. So he tackled me and I asked for help. The only person nearby was buzzing around in a frigate. I knew I was going to die. He'd been after me for about two months and I had been giving him the slip.

So I sighed, and started to fight back. I knew I was going to die. My T1 fit shield Myrm is a PvE ship played by my non PvP toon. Its a decent enough fit to survive a bit in low sec and I got him into armor before he took me down.

I put a simile face in local when he tackled me. No reason not to have a pleasant attitude about it. He said "Goodbye" and I said "Yup" as I popped and warped off. I was annoyed but I was mostly annoyed because I had just finished a really good mag site and had about 40mil in my hold in salvage. That will teach me not to drop off between sites from now on. Frustrated, irritated, etc, very much so. It is what it is. I've been doing a good job keeping people away from me and today I screwed up.

I was able to see the new affects in the nice new format CCP made for us to see that I was tackled.

When I logged back on later, my CEO says he is going to have to harass me for my fit. My fit is fine, it may not be the best but it is what my toon is capable of. I've been playing a toon for PvP that I shouldn't be. Therefor, I'll stop and use my other toon with her battle cruiser instead. She would probably have won that fight as well. Such is the cost of learning.

I lose a ship and I learn. Considering its the third time I've been popped in PvP on that toon in five months, not to bad.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

ISK per hour

I was reading some of the tears over the incursion nerf on the forums. Many, many tears poured about how the incursions are not worth doing and that blitzing level 4 missions makes the same amount of money.

And that made me think of ISK per hour. Its a huge thing in Eve and often argued over the value of PLEX. Because PLEX has a real world price (20 USD) and an in game price (500mil at the moment) people say that its silly to grind for isk because you are making only a dollar or two an hour.

For me, ISK making is a lot of my game play. Oh, I love my pewpew to death but its not a 24/7 action. Pulling large amounts of isk from the game to become filthy space rich is my main personal in game goal (outside of becoming a badass). I do it many different ways and try things out. Some days I am wildly successful (in my opinion) and others I don't make shit.

This month, for instance, I am positive 1.3 billion isk. If I add in my expenses (hurricanes, rifters, covops, another oneiros because why not...) I spent about 450-500million on stuff. I am positive 1.3 billion regardless of that. That means I effectively made around 1.7 billion this month. I'm proud of that.

People running incursions were making that in a day and saying it was what they deserved.

Eve is a very 'money' rich game. More so then many games. Yet, it translates well. Think of how much a car costs... now turn that into a spaceship. We're talking spaceships that are miles across. They get pricey. So I like the big numbers. They also make me feel special.

Anyway, the fact that someone feels that it is their Eve given right to make 100mil isk an hour doing something because they have fancy ships boggles my mind endlessly. And that if they don't get that, its not 'worth their time' and as such 'Eve if broken'.

I ponder this. I'm to sleepy to finish my thoughts for now...

Friday, April 27, 2012

Jita Burning

Live streaming of the event at http://www.twitch.tv/daopa

One interesting thing with the feed is that the person hosting it also plays other games. There are a lot of non eve people in the chats. Some are fascinated and some confused and some indifferent and some repelled. Its funny how it all makes sense once you have started to play it. The battles look good when you are in them but the brackets show you what is actually going on and how many things are out there. Distance is huge in Eve.

Some of the mess that is Jita from this morning.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pirates! Yarr!

Oh what fun. We were hanging around in our system chatting. We had tried to chase down a war target earlier with the alliance. I was watching a rather technical discussion about fitting logistics ships out when we noticed that someone from Eve University had jumped into our system.

An Eve Uni low sec roam? Oh, I like this. The last one that came into my system had 25 members and I was the only one logged in. They bounced in and we and the alliance were kind of around, in the surrounding systems. We hopped onto coms and started to orient ourselves while I distracted them in local with conversational smacktalk and another corp mate attempted to have them, and their 15 man fleet, come play at a planet without gateguns. My smack was mostly about how 'small' their fleet was. How if we were going to engage we wanted at *least* 25 of them in system not some bullshit under 20 man fleet. At one point he said, "We're poorly fitted its okay!"

As far as I understand it, these low sec roams are to get Eve Uni members interested in pewpew to experience pewpew and see low sec and pirate corps lurking around. The dark side of empire one might call it. They have their own low sec 'camp' that they keep and they blob people in mass. Going out looking for trouble is a different situation and when we are in a position to engage, we will engage. Its not a numbers game really. Its a matter of knowing the game and a fleet of very new players is just very disorganized. I give them mad props for as they say, 'herding cats' like that.

The bulk of the fleet was rifters, some 7 or so of them. There was a stiletto, rapier, onyx, drake, cormorant, buzzard and blackbird mixed into that.

We like being part of the teaching experience. We had three of us. When one landed on gate they didn't engage. My flashy corpmate landed 100k off them. They are NRDS (Not Red Don't Shoot) but they will engage a flashy toon all day. So, they burned towards him and pointed. This was perfect. They went from being a blob to being strung out over about 60k. The alliance mate burned towards the flashy corp mate, took GCC and began to rip through the fleet starting with the blackbird. My flashy corpmate started on the stiletto when the Rapier uncloaked behind him. He took out the rapier. The blackbird popped, alliance mate also took out the buzzard. Some rifters started to go. I landed on gate and pointed the drake and started to chew into him as the fleet denigrated and ran for it.

My hope was to catch a bunch of them paying attention to the fight further out and pick them off while their focus was distracted. Sadly, they started to flee when I landed. We finished off the drake as well and the rest of the fleet was tucked into a safe a few hundred K off the gate by our probing. Someone had a pod on the sun but we decided that we wouldn't chase down the pod and try to pod them as well. They were trying to learn and get their hands dirty in low sec.

We redocked and exchanged a 'good fight' with them in local. Someone was a little bit butt hurt but I soothed him and even offered to let him have his stuff back if he wanted to pick it up at the station. They probably thought that was a trap. It wasn't. I didn't need it and sister's combat probes are pricey. They told me to keep the 'spoils' of war. Fine by me. I put them in my loot hanger. While they sat and waited we moved eyes to the next system and waited for them to jump out. Sure enough they jumped and warped to a station to get into rookie ships. We came into system behind them and when they headed for the next system we landed on them again.

Welcome to low sec. There are predators hunting here. We wound up catching their (I believe) fleet commander who was in an Onyx. To our horror the rest of the fleet left him behind. Later, when we realized that he was probably in charge we discussed the fact that he probably told them to warp off. At the time we were like, "They left him behind?!" It was a very sad day for us because we felt sorry for him, believing him abandoned to us, as we pointed him and started beating away at his tank. We almost had him when he managed to hop the gate. Sadly, we had someone on the other side who took him down in 2 or 3 shots. I wound up going, "No! The kill mail!" on coms. When you hop a gate it creates a session change that wipes out the prior aggression on you. So, when you die, the people on the other side of the gate who did all the work don't show up. I was so sad.

My corpmate laughed at me. He said I had grown up and it brought a tear to his eye to hear me so blood thirsty that I was upset over a kill mail. He said "You sound so heartbroken. Our work here is done and you are fully corrupted by the darkside." ROFL.

I wonder what it looks like to their eyes. We land with 2 and then 3 of us and just eat their fleet and rip them apart when they had 5 times our numbers? With a little orginization the rifters could have caused a lot of harm by getting up on us. Instead it was pretty vicious. They got close to killing our alliance mate in the cynabal in the next stem over when we went for round two. There is also that entire behind hunted thing.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I have a bounty it seems

The bounty system in Eve is terribly broken. Many people log in, start the training missions and mouse over the bounty hunters office. They get excited. Some of the people listed have billions of isk on them. They think, "oh I will be a bounty hunter when I grow up".

It is really not that easy. My bounty was put on me by someone in a public chatroom. They either did it for lulz or they did it to see how it works. One way or another a 5k bounty spiraled to a 20mil bounty in about 15 minutes as other people added onto it. I have no clue if they went any higher while I was logged off.

I don't actually care. If it gets much higher I'll pod myself. That is where the bounty system is broken at. If I take one toon and kill the toon with the bounty I will get the bounty. This is what people do when their bounties become to high. Right now my bounty is worth the price of my implants, minus the lp to buy them.

It's not worth my time. If someone pods me, good for them. They get twenty million. It reminds me of when I was warned about going flashy red (ie -5 sec status). I don't actually care. After working through the things that bothered me about the terrible start of this month I've relaxed a lot and shed some of my frets and worries about how badly I suck.

Last night I spent about 15-20 mil on a stack of rifters. Fully t2 fit (mins rigs) each one costs around 3-5 mil. Not bad really for a sturdy, fast little tackle ship. While I have moved 'up' from rifters for my normal pewpew operations, I only had one left for emergency small gang tackle stuff. The other day, for instance, we chased a Machariel. He was trying to bait someone else and we got a gang together to jump him.

He was pretty fast and got away. He freaked out when my rifter landed on grid. If I got under his guns and scrammed him he was dead and he knew it. It is a funny thought that such a large, badass ship is deeply terrified of a tiny, fragile frigate. This, is yet again, why everyone says that Eve is not about an iwin button ship.

He shed some tears in local about throw away tackle (me in my rifter). He then docked up, told us he was going to watch TV, and logged out.

Size comparison. Two Machariels (battleships), two drakes (battlecrusiers), a tengu (cruiser), and my rifter. You may notice that you can't see my rifter. That is how small it is. I promise you it is there. The exact center of the picture is where my ship is.

Anyway, I got more rifters because I want to do some more stuff away from my boys when I'm on alone. I hav alliance members to roam with but I've not flown with them enough to want to risk one of my bigger ships. Everyone has to learn to FC sometimes and there is a learning curve to it. While more experience is good, I'm going to approach strange and new fleet commanders like I did PvP. Small agile ships where I know what to do in them and not much isk is lost because of it.

I like that there is no shame in flying a frigate. In fact, people love that you are willing to fly that tackle frigate. You have accepted that you are probably going to explode. You have also said "I am fine with not doing a huge amount of damage". People don't like to downship anymore then people like to fly logies. It is not that they do not respect these positions. They just don't want to do them.

If Eve has anything limiting its PvP and Fleet potential, its the desire to be the damage dealing badass on grid. One of the best parts, however, is that no one looks down on you for picking that tackle frig or that logistics ship. They love you for it. They will seek you out for it.

Monday, April 23, 2012

The pewpew

To my amusement, thanks to my POS whoring I bounced up second on the killboard with almost a hundred kills for the month. I will be the first to announce/admit that 69 of the 97 currently listed of those are POS related.

Beyond that, we haven't been doing to badly. I shipped up into the hurricane finally. Only to find out that I couldn't fit some random things. I spazed a bit and realized that I couldn't fit my T2 neuts. A day and a half of training and that was corrected. Then I needed my ewar drones. Well I needed drones 5 to use the drones. What I didn't realize was that I needed Electronic Warefare 4 to inject the skillbook. Ahhh, thing after thing after thing after thing. This is why people get intimidated by Eve's skill program.

The pewpew went very well over the weekend.

We started with a little gatecamp in null. This was different then one in low sec because we can have someone with the mobile bubble. This puts me on the side of using the bubble to pewpew people. They are helpless and their pods are trapped when they land in them. I can't say I enjoy using bubbles because I don't. However, its a valid and highly used game mechanism and one I need to get over my personal distaste for.

Eve often challanges the views of honor and such that we are taught to function in society by removing them from our gameplay and handing us tools to use. Do you play the game or play by your personal moral code that you use for real living? It is part of the learning curve of the game in its own way.

I had more thoughts but I was side tracked by someone posting a bounty on me. It is only for 5k but I'm so amused I can't finish the rest of the thoughts that I had.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Loot

In my attempts to control my urge to sell everything in my possession I have created a Loot container.

The loot container's only goal is to hold what I manage to bring back form PvP. I normally sell the stuff that I get but I am trying to hold onto it, and use it at need and maybe just have it as a trophy case. I don't know, we will see how it goes.

The selection of useful stuff is not bad as well. maybe I can use it to fit my ships at some future point.

Sometimes I explode before I get home with loot. If someone dies on the roam they are given all of the loot. So its not a grand total. Its more from the last two nights or so.

Tears

Tears are a large component of why people do what they do in Eve. They are basically the whining that comes from something bad happening. They can also be the insults handed out after your ship explodes.

For instance:

[22:22:11] Shadysheep > your a **** you have no job, you live in your mums basement and spend all day flying internet spaceships trying to be a big man to escape from jsut how bad it is being you

[22:23:24] Mane Frehm > Shady - I am saddened by your attitude. Dont you care about the environment?

22:24:55] Shadysheep > the actualt environment outside the four windowless walls you dwell in yeah the online imagianry asteroids that magically reappear after that small window of time where you have to live in reality, nah

[22:25:46] Mane Frehm > Shadysheep - you seem upset. Rough day? Get a license and it will all be better

This happened in local in a .06 system. The Shadysheep's Hulk was blown up and he was rather unhappy about that. Now, Eve has a rather interesting predator and prey situation. Hulks are noncombatant mining barges. People therefor blow them up for fun and tears.

People continue to use them because they play Eve as industrialist. Early in my career/blog this is what I was doing as well. Being an industrialist in Eve is very interesting and rewarding. It can require complex levels of resource gathering and game knowledge. However, none of that brings PvP with it. Yet, people risk the PvP to accomplish their goals. I consider this depth and texture to the game. Even a noncombatant is harmless and that is why Eve has a pirate population.

This is me mining with someone else. We are nothing big large, slow targets. However, mining lasers are a very pretty blue and those evil asteroids got owned!

One reason I made a PvP toon was to protect myself mining. Then I stopped mining and moved on to more lucrative and interactive pastimes. I dislike being a victim.

There is a constant push to make high security space safe. However, it is called high security not safe security for a reason. The person who blew up the mining barge above also lost his ship. The difference is that he fit a cheap combat ship and used it to destroy a mining barge with no ability to take damage. You can fit a mining barge to be able to take some serious damage but you lower your mining yield.

Its a factor of greed vs safety. Greed is still winning erry day.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Large Collidable Objects

Large Collidable objects are an interesting thing in Eve. In many sites (better then rooms IMO) there are THINGS that you can bump into. They may be asteroids, debris, chunks of exploded spaceships and other assorted spacejunk. These items can be hit and you can get stuck on them so that it is hard for you to enter warp.

Eve is also beautiful. In these pictures I am piloting a very small ship through an area full of large things that I can get hung up on.

What happens is that you go to warp to leave the area. When you are in a mission (Eve's version of a quest) and you are getting your ass handed to you by the NPC pirates, you warp out of the area so that you can regroup. Warping has several steps. You align to your target, get up to max speed, and then warp off.

When you are at a large collidable object you can slam into that object. This causes you to bounce and you lose speed. Your ship will keep hitting it trying to align and go towards the object you need to warp towards to escape. If you don't manually pilot away you will die. You may die as you try to manually pilot away as well.

I've had a few people say that its a bug or that it is broken or they can't belive that CCP has not yet fixed it. The problem is, there is nothing to fix. While you can not stop your ship when you are in warp, you can stop your ship *before* you enter warp. You then need to double click in a clear direction and you will head towards it. If you just try to double click away your ship tells you its trying to warp. If you stop your ship then click you will turn and head in the new direction. This is why an afterburner or microwarp drive is so important (in my opinion).

It is about spacial awareness. Its easy in Eve to get caught up in shooting stuff. If you have short range weapons you wind up amidst the crap that can be in the system as you try to destroy the NPC Pirates you are after. If you are not fully paying attention you then wind up trapped and a spawn comes in and next thing you know you are dying very, very quickly.

Don't talk Smack and go AFK

A guy wandered into system and goes "help me help me at planet 1 at 0." Uh huh. No one did. Then he asked for a fight in the top belt of the system. No one answered. About fifteen minutes later, one of my corpmates undocks in his machariel and goes to see if the guy is still at the top belt since he is on scans. Sure enough he was.

*pop*

Turns out dude went afk. He heard his ship explode and just managed to get his pod out. This is why we don't go AFK in space like that. There are 5 stations he could have docked at.

The first was what I call a system camp vs a gatecamp. We bounce around a system trying to grab whomever is running through. It takes a lot of coordination and decision making on where to go when. For some reason we also do these ridiculous style and tend to have an outrageous amount of DPS on the field. It was productive and we picked up a drake, a purifier, and a myrm. The myrm was a wartarget. He was like "wtf".

The interesting thing was the purifier. Instead of warping off he just kinda hung out there and we wound up killing him. He had a load of liquid ozone on him and a cyno. I don't know if he was moving his own ship, heading to do something else, or there to hotdrop us. It was a very throw away setup.

People decided to go to bed and bail for the night. That left four of us and we decided to do a small roam.

3 hurricanes and a drake. We roamed deep into the more populated areas of low sec further towards Jita and Caldari space. We managed to nail a hurricane while on gate with some other people who did not want to go GCC on us. That was a weird face off of people targeting each other and jumping around but no one committing. I think they wanted us to take gateguns. We wanted them to shoot our flashy member which meant no one took gateguns. Local started to spike and we caught a scimitar heading towards them from the same alliance so we bailed.

That was a good idea. In the end they brought 3 logies, 2 more BC, and a falcon to the field. We still had our 4 battlecruisers. Then they decided that they were set to come after us. We thought that was a silly fight so we bailed and headed back home. They gave chase for a few systems but gave up.

As we rolled back into our area some more folk started to log in. We collected them up and by the time we curved around towards home we bumped into another fleet. They had a bit more power then we did but we had the higher numbers. They were running an armageddon, devoter and a hurricane. This was a nasty fight, but mostly for them. Our scout landed on them and tackled. We were a full system behind and they were melting him down when we landed on grid. We were able to take down the hurricane which saved our scout in his drake. We then burned down the armageddon and managed to keep the devoter off the gate and burn through his enormous tank. Its not that his tank was so huge but that he was soaking up our damage.

Their comment in local was 'good fight but we hoped that you didn't have as many as you wound up having'. Taking someone in their home turf has that type of risk. We were a battlecuriser gang when we landed on them. However, we managed to nab a battleship that was bashing a pos in the next system. He let us pour on the damage that we didn't have against the battleship and hte heavy dictor. Otherwise they would have nailed a few of us. The guy who landed the initial tackle was like 'There is no reason that I lived' he was in structure when we managed to take down the hurricane.

Google Translate, Thank you

I've said it, everyone says it, the website says it, but Eve is a single server with a global community. I don't think people realize how fucking cool that it is how useful Google translate can be. I can have a conversation with someone from Russia because of Google translate. It is not perfect but both sides appreciate the effort that the other takes to communicate with them.

It's amazing in my opinion.

Anyways...

I really need to improve my PvE abilities. I'm not sure how I plan to go about that but I need to do something. It would make the entire isk making process faster and allow me to hoard my complexes to myself.

I've been eyeing the big stack of PI loot from the POS that went down the other day. Its about 50mil in stuff. What I've decided to do it just load it up and drag it to high sec with me when I do sale runs. I wound up doing one such run tonight because while I am calmer about sitting on ISK I am not super calm about it.

I'm not able to do stuff like make sell orders instead of sell to buy orders and leave things alone if the price is reasonable and not over tweak. However, gaining that ability has been hard. I want the isk now not in 3 days when it sells.

But, it pays off. My 500mil loan was also repaid today. I then purchased another oneiros. This way I have a spare just in case. My ships are slowly building up... kinda.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Haulers can't pewpew?

I managed to undock in the wrong ship and make it to the site I was going to do. I went to lock on an NPC and shoot it when I realized that I was in my hauler and had no gun or any pewpew capabilities.

*sigh*

I was punished for the huge attention lapse. The site despawned while I warped out and came back to it. Poor me.

Later, I found another Radar and a Mag site as well. While I had almost finished the Radar one of the larger more vicious PvP corps jumped into system. Because I was watching my dscan I was able to catch their scout, who was a cloaky falcon right before they came in. Once they decided to hang around for a bit I decided to pull my drones and leave my site. I had pulled one object out of it so the entire site was not a loss. Thankfully, when I came back it was still there and I managed to crack a few more goodies out of the cans. All told, it is about 20 mil worth of stuff for the hour it took me to find and pull it. Not bad. It'd be faster if I was better at killing the rats. I also keep finding angel chemical labs but I cant tank them. Its frustrating.

The second site was meh. At least there was stuff in it. As I finished it up, said corp came back through the system. I finished and docked. I need to go to work and I'm just not in the mood to play with them.

To top off my day, the contract I had up for the goodies dropped by the faction spawn the other day sold. 165mil for zero effort on my part. It was not even a large rat that dropped the shiny bit of shiny.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

POS Bashing

It's a good kinda sad when you don't notice over 100mil appear in your account. My payout from the plex came in it seems and I didn't notice it until I was checking sell orders that I put up.

21 people in the fleet and most of them battleships with a few Tengus and battlecruisers. The alliance that my alliance declared war on was not happy with us. We took the tower down later then they expected. Because of that, it came out of reinforced mode during my alliances prime time.

Whoops.

That went up to 25 by the time we hit armor. Plus I was running supplies back and forth with my Viator as people ran out of ammo, needed cap boosters, needed drones (the shields keep eatting them).

The size of the effort was satisfying and a lot of fun. Once the thing popped we were left with a can full of Planetary Interaction goodies and some drednaught ammunition.

I made three runs with my blockade runner from our base to clear out those cans. The last jump, we made a covert ops cyno and I got to bridge back instead of making the run yet another time. The black ops cyno is black while the normal one is red and white. That was pretty kick ass and a whole lot of fun. Blow it up and steal all the shit. I have about 30mil in supplies it looks like.

Later I was doing a lot of absoutly nothing. I managed to up my sec status back into the -3s. I then heard that the alliance had a bunch of dreds bashing an offline POS. This sounded like one of the best ideas I had all night. I hopped into my jag and went to join in the fun. I laid down over 30k damage on the POS which amuses me endlessly.

POS kills on a Jaguar.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Faction Spawn!

I was out being a good girl and working on my sec status. The first belt I landed in I realized had a faction rat in it. Excited I went and pewpewed with and was rewarded with a faction tracking enhancer worth 160mil.

Yay for me. I remember when I didn't really understand what a faction spawn was. I've left them in belts plenty of times. Now that I know I can eat their tasty deliciousness and slurp up the faction drops. I'm not interested in keeping said faction drops as of yet. I don't want to bling out any of my ships considering my young age and low skill points. I make more off of them as isk I feel.

Still, nice mod. I hope it sells quickly.

Fitting Day

I've been fitting out my ships for a while.

The 4/10 plex from the other day did not drop an A type mod but it dropped a bunch of C types for a net haul of about 350mil. Not bad for something that took us under 10 minutes to complete.

My exploration has picked up again and I've been pulling some decent items from sites. I've been much calmer lately about selling stuff. I tend to gather a bit more and then make a high sec run when I am out of sites or need something else to do. I lost yet another covops frig, however this morning. I warped in and saw that it was a site that I can not do. Then about 30 seconds later I decloaked and the missile batteries beat the fuck out of me. Of course, I did not insure that ship. Yay me.

Anyway, I refit and all that good stuff and decided to go to bed with what I had. Once awake, I headed back down, making sure to buy some extras of the stuff I keep losing with these frigs, and got to work scanning and fitting ships.

I had to spend a bit more money fitting my Oni. The Meta 4 mods were 10mil a piece. Agh. blargh. Woe is my wallet. Ahh well, its creeping back up. I've had some pretty good scanning days recently.



Then I can't fit my T2 neuts yet. Gah. Well, I doubt I'm taking them out tomorrow and if I do I'll switch them to T1s. Still bit by bit the 4 ships got built and put together. I converted my ammo to faction ammo and made sure that all the guns were bound the ships were armed and they were ready to go.

Now I was all excited so got one of my corp mates to let me shoot him so I could rep him and see how I did. I quickly established I sucked. Especially when another corp mate bounced on, put me into deep structure and then started wailing on the corp mate in his new shiny ridiculously powerful ship. I frantically attempted to keep the corpmate alive and escape myself. Ahh, boys and their spaceships.



POS bashing means the dreds come out. I got to light the return cyno. That was my first cyno as well.
Then we decided to do a gatecamp. Here was our fleet: Protus, Hurricane, Hurricane, Raven, Abaddon, Loki, Tengu, Megathron, Navy Megathron, POroteus, Oneiras. What a nasty gatecamp we were. A poor destroyer hopped in. The bet on coms was that the Navy Mega could shoot him if he could lock him before he warped. He missed by a second and a half, so we told the guy in local. He then came back at 20k and let the Mega try to lock him again before warping off. That kind of shanangans is why Eve is so fun.



Of course, I got shot for telling the guy about the bet. my poor shields. I was armor tanked however so it wasn't a big deal. Still. Ouch.










Sunday, April 15, 2012

Modesty

I met someone around my home system the other day that started chatting me up. We had a good conversation and the following day he told me that he stumbled across my blog. He also called my modest and said that my in game knowledge seems to be greater then I give credit for.

I don't like to lose track of how much I do not know. Its important. Surviving in low sec has taught me a lot. I have a natural thirst for knowledge and I absoutly adore my internet spaceships. Reading a forum post last night, I saw exactly what I do not want to become. This is why I am careful about becoming to comfortable in my knowlege.

The thread is here "How do I deal with Ninja Salvagers" in the New Citizens forum section. The gist of it is that the player feels that salvaging should be a theft offense as looting is. As it stands now, only the loot in the ship will cause a theft flag. Using a salvager module on a wreck is not stealing, no matter who the wreck is. This player feels that it should all be theft and open the person to pewpew retaliation immediately. The older player base gives him reasons why it should not and discussed the fact that PvP does not have to equal pewpew. He says that their reasons do not address the topic. It goes on and on for pages. It was busy last night so it took me most of the night to read it.

Anyway, he says:

"Impractical solutions aren't real solutions. If I fit probes I lose my drone aug which, because I'm a new player, limits me to 40km range and many npcs will be too far which means I lose dps and there are npcs where if I don't have my drones I can't get through their rep. Why? It's because I'm NEW and lack training for dps. If I give up 2 slots, for a salvager and tractor then there would probably be l3s where I couldn't get through the rep of some npcs. You're right though, I can be a little bit too arrogant for my own good, but it's with good cause. In my short time in Eve I've been soaking up information as much as I can. Between that accumulation, paying attention to the minutiae of fitting and other activities I've had occasion to teach players who've been playing for years new things they overlooked which were painfully obvious to me, things which let me create fits they were surprised by. All said, I'd be humbled and most gratious for information that offered a practical solution, but no one has given that, you haven't given that, and pretending you have, in order to dismiss my suggestion, is just as impractical in proving a point as your suggestions have been."

My eyes almost fell out of my head.

One reason bittervets do not want to take on newbies is this type of behavior. The mouth says "I want to learn" but the words say "I've already figured it out." It is not that a new player can not bring a new outlook on things. They do. In fact, most of the bittervets I know enjoy playing with new players because of their different view points and the endless enthusiasm that comes with learning how to play eve. But then there are comments like the above that make me rub my eyes and wonder if I really just saw what I saw.

Later, he finally starts to back peddle a little bit. I found myself so irritated with him that I rolled my eyes as he discussed how he has some 6.5mil skillpoints but he has not actually 'played' he just skilled up so he could 'play. This is one of my personal pet peeve at other new players. To me, it means they have not grasped the multilevel aspect of the game play and believe that skills = ability. I am not saying that *I* am incredibly brilliant as a player. I am saying that I have learned how to fly some of my ships. I do most of my NPC pewpew in a ship that has a good fit but T1 stuff at level 3ish skills and I do it pretty well becuase I have learned to fly that ship and that toon and understand what she can and can not do. If I was handed her a fully T2 fit and skills but with no time playing to learn her, she'd die in a horrible fire in a ridiculously easy mission because I would not know how to play. I can do somewhat hard things with her, maybe not well, but successfully, because I have become comfortable, due to practice and repetition.

I moan and sigh over skills. I want to do things much, much beyond myself because I live with people who can do these things. I hate feeling like a burden or having to have my hand held.

However, as I wrote this I scanned out a 4/10 plex :D I'm happy again and off to make isk! (I hope)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Logistics Skillbook Injected

I finally finished the last prereq to logistics today. Yay for my plan but lord it sucked. I've had a few skill setbacks as I've had to take a day here and there to learn other items for other reasons that affected me a bit more personally and immediately. The funny thing is I spent the 24 mil for the skill book and injected it. An hour later, looking at my wallet, I couldn't figure what I had spent 24 million on. I checked transactions and felt like an idiot.

Now I'm going to take some time to improve my drones and skill myself fully and comfortably into my logistics role. I am feeling, right now, that I won't be called upon to use it anytime soon. I still have to skill into logistics 5 and that is another month of training. I'm going to give myself a few weeks doing other things that will help me with what I do every day (such as pewpew for isk) and then plug that in.

Also, I forgot a skill with my poor Alt so she is delayed by a day to getting medium autocannon specialization. I ran up to the station that had the loyalty point store I needed and gleefully spent 3,200lp for the book. However, when I tried to inject it, it told me that I was an idiot. Whoops. That is fine however, I don't have my ships in the area yet. I hope to god that someone does the jump freighter run this weekend.

In my continual restructure of who or what I am in Eve, I've decided to stop being so damn closed mouthed with people that irritate me. So yes, I've upped the bitch factor some and I feel a lot better for doing it.

I have a new player chat room I hang out in. I like it there. One guy however is a bit vicious with his comments and his opinions of everything. He has just started running incursions and he is busy showing screen shots of his wallet and whining that they are being nerfed. He acts like the nerf is removing the damn things from the game. He admits that he enjoys the fact that he doesn't have to pay a damn bit of attention to them and the isk just flows in. I don't care what people do for their isk. I'd whore on incursions in a moment. What bothers me is when people

Instead, I chew at my low sec sites. I'm making plenty of isk so I'm not complaining. I got to finish two of them before work today for instance. The wormhole that has been making life irritating has closed finally. However, thanks to the dozens of wardecs the alliance has sent out the area of overrun with neutral toons, many from those alliances.

Oh, time to put the oneiros together....

Friday, April 13, 2012

ROFL - I'm an absent minded idiot

There is a wormhole in our system for the last few days that leads to deep nullsec. It is irritating as hell because we have a flood of random people moving in and out of the system. Occasionally, they try to play with us but so far it has been unimpressive.

I undocked in my Jag to find another Jag 8k off of me. "Oh?" I thought. My corp mate had been trying to catch a Tengu from someone from the same corp. As soon as I undocked he started burning away. I let him burn, let him burn, my corpmate undocks in an Enyo and when he reaches 150km away I hit warp to an insta undock I have 160k off station and land behind him.

He freaked out and I learned that he had a MWD on his Jagar as my corpie landed on his other side and we tried to pincer him. Sadly, it did not work but it was very cool move on my part I thought. He then warped to the sun. Assuming he didn't want gateguns we went after him. Only he was gone. We warped back to station and he was about 200k off the station. We played around with him for about 20 minutes. Then another corpie entered system and landed in a hurricane. He decided to stop playing with us and left.

Blah. Whatever. We had a 5/10 plex that had just spawned in the system so we went to that instead. What started out as maybe one person doing it became a somewhat rediculious fleet for the mission at hand.

It is amazing what people will do right after downtime.

I do love the silliness. I did think the NPC fleet looked pretty badass.

Anyway, after doing the plex, I was GCC for repping my -10 corp mate. Again, we are doing an NPC site but I get GCC for repping a person that I am in the same corporation with and we are in low sec. Brilliant mechanic there. Anyway, I was salving with my other account and undocked in a frig and promply got blown up. I didn't realize why, undocked again in another POS ship and got popped again. The second time I looked at my screen and away from salvaging and realized that I had GCC.

Whoops.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Battle Salvage

People leave a lot of stuff laying around in Eve. Battles leave wrecks of ships everywhere. Recently, having learned that I can collect T2 salvage I decided to try to be a bit more adventitious and scoop up these wrecks. So, when I was told that there was a stack of wrecks a few systems away I broke out my covops and headed there.

I forgot that it was nullsec. So far, I still really, really frantically hate nullsec.

However, Isk! I have no self control when it comes to earning isk. So I went. I mean, they said they had just gone through and there were no bubbles and... wrecks! Isk! I mean... ISK.

So I hopped through and it was clear. I land in the system that they were in and they are gone. For real? WTF? So I scroll back up in chat and they tell me there where the wrecks are. Poor me. I hop to the sun and land about 50k off of the wrecks. No one is in system so I decloak and MWD over to them. I start to salvage the T2 wreck while spinning around it scooping up all the delicious T2 drones that were left. They are about 500-600k a pop and a full fight is a few million isk. Plus, I can use them myself. The other day a flight of drones just ran off and attacked something random... I was so irritated... anyway...

Salvager is running and running and running. In chat they go, "I shouldn't have attacked him with a raven."

"Yall die?"
"Yeah. We had him in half armor. Then the rest of the fleet warped in.
"Lovely." A moment later their pods appear in the system. Then a few minutes later, the group they tangled with appears in system. My salvager is still cycling on this wreck. I curse my T1 level 3 salvage skills and warp off. I have no safe spot in this place so I am warping and cloaking and preying they don't find me. It's hard to find a cloaked ship but you know when you are somewhere you feel you shouldn't belong with a pack of starving wolves circling the base of the tree at midnight you expect to die regardless of the fact that you are really safe in your house behind a moat and a deadbolt.

Anyway, I was just waiting for a random act of god to cause me to get decloaked and popped.

Eventually they go away. I go back and start salvaging again. I run away two more times before I finally pull 1 piece of T2 salvage out of the wreck. Not exactly exciting. I then run over to the regular T1 wreck. I empty it and salvage it and more people come in system. I hide for a while but one person doesn't leave. No wrecks are appearing so the chances are good he is not ratting but is in one of the local POSs. Ugh.

I just leave and head home. However, I'm a little bit terrified. Actually a lot. Its rather stupid but I feel like my first few weeks in low sec. I just expect to die. No one is in system. I am cloaked. Yet I just expect something to appear and eat me. Maybe that big thing in the asteroid in Starwars?

Anyway, the route home is good. I'm two systems away from the sweet safety (?) of low sec when I see a bubble as I jump into system. The bubble, however, is 84k off me and would catch people warping to the gate I am at. Plus, there is no one in system. My paranoia meter explodes because, after all, I'm going to die because I'm in null sec and that's how I feel.

I don't see another bubble on scan but hell, I'm already paranoid and irrational so I bounce off a planet and warp to the gate at a distance. I still don't see a bubble so I bounce off another planet and warp to the gate and make it out. Did I mention NO ONE WAS IN SYSTEM? I an being absolutely ridiculousness at this point.

Now back in the safety (?) of low sec I run back home and dump all my stuff.

I am all worked up now. But, it has shown me that I need to spend some more time in null. For one, because I have an almost irrational fear of it. For two, it can obviously be lucrative.

My wallet is on fire

I spent isk today as if I suddenly hated it. My eyes are still boggling a bit since I just dropped around 300mil.

Soon, that won't even cover the ships I want to fly. For now, I think it is the most expensive buying spree I have yet had. I remember the day I got a Domi and a Noctis almost back to back and spent like 90 mil. Soon I will be posting billion purchases, I can feel it coming.

My wallet screams.

I'm down 500mil from that loan but I try not to think of it.

I wound up with 3 fully fit hurricanes. I contracted them to my corps jump freighter toon. I also had to buy a new set of sisters probes and launcher because I lost yet another covops frig today. Turns out the rats that spawned scramed her. She was fucked and could not warp out. However, I salvaged a piece of T2 salvage off the frig that covered the cost of the frig. I consider that a win in the end.

However, for the two I have lost (had a spare in the station) I've earned over a bil. So I can't actually complain. However I will anyway.

I've been reading a lot of threads on the Eve Online forums. Its great mealtime entertainment while I am chatting. These are not always productive but the 'theme of Eve' comes up a lot in the arguments for the PvP vs No-PvP crowd. One thing is about the entire loss concept of Eve.

The reason I complain about spending isk is that the isk I spent to create and fit those hurricanes is gone. I know that those hurricanes will be blown up. Probably, in rapid succession. Once they are gone they are gone. I will be tossed into space in my pod and I will attempt to escape before my pod is also destroyed. The goal is to have fun in them in the meantime. However, a lot of games don't have loss like that.

I also decided to help someone. Being the random person I am in there is a random corp chat room I hang out in. They have aquired a new member who is a nice guy and I encouraged him to apply to them. Well, they got him a set of +2 implants the other day. I felt they could have dropped more isk so I got him a +3 set and then gave him a +2 set to sell.

Just had a 'nice' day.

Plus, I'd been working and working and building isk and building isk.

The Eve work place.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Ahh, Stress and Drama

So, rounding up my shitty week and attempting to put it aside, I hunt down my mentor.

"I has a serrrus question about internet spaceships."

"orly?"

"Do you consider me, as I am now, to qualify as a pirate?"

"My opinion is, yes."

"Then I'm gonna embrace it."

"Embrace the hate."

The hate, btw is not me hating people but the hatred people have for pirates. I'm not into ransoming people but I realize I've been living in this half state where I've committed myself and my resources and my learning to low sec but not my ideals. I've worried, that people who knew me as a raw noob or a carebear will dislike me as a pirate and I've attempted to keep this balance.

I'm tired of it. I may not like being chased out of my missions, running off of gates, spamming jump, and feeling terrified when local goes up, but I'm totally cool with it because its Eve and I've chosen to play this way. For some reason, I managed to miss the fact that *everyone else* also chose to play Eve. That choice comes with the good and the bad.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

When a ship is made of paper...

When a cov ops frig is made of paper and wishes, don't get stuck on a large collidable structure.

Through some stop and MWD magic I got clear.

Time for work I think before I lose another frig.

These gates are going to kill me

I lost my scanning covops frig yesterday due to not paying enough attention. I didn't make sure she had warped clear. Because of that, I looked over at the screen and saw her sitting in a pod. I thought that I had landed on another player and gotten popped, but no, it was just me.

Thankfully, I didn't lose my sisters expanded probe launcher. That would have sucked, they are around 40mil on the market. I technically paid 50 mil for it by trading a skill book for it. Still, it would have sucked.
Fortunately, it made it through as did half of my probes and the rest of my fittings.

Considering that I had forgotten to get ammo the other day when I was refitting my rupture from the cruiser roam, I also decided to load up on ammo. I bounced from station to station collecting ammo for a bit until I got tired of it. I logged out and went to work to come back and buy the rest of the ammo and then head into low sec. I also tossed in a skill book for rigs so that she could fit her own ship. My hope was to run some sites nice and early in the morning and catch up on my isk intake.

Before and after downtime are great times to travel. People get themselves secure, get ready to go off and do other things and etc. I gathered my items in my lovely cloaky hauler and hopped the gate down to low sec.

I bounced the first gate and got the message "you can't jump because you are cloaked" even thou I was decloaked by being to near the gate. Then, then it goes "Air traffic control for 'system' is busy". As that happens, a loki lands on a gate. This loki happens to be the known scanning alt of someone who very much would enjoy me for dinner.

Sigh. I, thankfully, was much faster then he was. I hit the gates and spammed warp and jump like nothing I had ever done with myself before.

It is good that I had the heads up. An hour later, when I had finally found a nice mag site to clear, he reappears. Its like a bad dream only he had friends with him as well. I sat in my site as long as I could. I'm trying not to just panic and run when I see nasty people. The only way you are getting into the site is to drop probes and look for it.

Combat probes dropped.

I got out and waved to him in local and said hi. He goes "Oh I'm just scanning for sites, I'm a carebear you know".

"Of course you are, so am I," I respond as I dock. He and his gang pull the probes and go looking for others.

Why didn't I take the fight?

I'm in my Myrm. Its a low grade PvP fit. However, his main flies a Machariel. It'd eat my poor battlecruiser and cough out the drone bits.

It is one of those weeks when almost everything has been extremely unsuccessful. Due to my terribad combat skills it takes me forever to clear sites and nights like tonight I am forced to abandon them halfway finished because I have to go to work.

I'm going to have to start triboxing these sites I think. Ahh well.












Monday, April 9, 2012

Cruiser Roam - Fail

I guess I am risk adverse and lacking the proper mindset for PvP.

I still don't understand how 4 T1 cruisers and a rifter are going to come out positively with 2 talos and 2 hurricanes. Then, a falcon decloaks and everyone just explodes in a nice, bright light.

I don't consider possibly killing a ship that is bigger then I am but ultimately everyone dying in fleet a good fight or fun. Gods knows ships are going to explode. I have zero problems with throwing myself into the fray for the greater good of the fleet and battle. Sometimes shit just isn't going to work out and bad things will happen. I don't understand what the point is of taking a battle that you know is bad from the very start. I really, really am not getting it. I'm trying to do things that others swear to me is fun. It's not anymore fun to do then it was conceptually.

I also don't like null sec. I have not yet found anything about it that makes it worth going into over empire space.

I don't think I should win everything. I don't understand jumping into something that you can not emerge from in the vague chance that maybe something magical will happen. I guess that makes me risk adverse and not fun. Perhaps, I don't have the proper mindset for PvP. When everything about a situation says 'don't go' and you ignore that all to go, I guess you shouldn't be surprised.

The sad part is I fell to peer pressure to go and do something I didn't want to and didn't have the comfort level to do. But I always think I must be missing something since other people want to do it.

I guess what I'm considering to be fun in the game is to miserable and boring. Its one of those moments when you wonder if paths are dividing again.

I do like the game however. I guess I'm just going to have to change who I hang out with. Such is the life of a social game.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Carnage and camping

Instead of going and doing the next step of the mission that was handed out, a shield fleet set up so we all resorted ourselves and headed to do that instead.

Oh the miscalculation that happened.

Our fleet was 15 people. It was battle cruisers, two logi, a falcon, a command ship, and me in the rupture. The fleet we engaged was all 6 legions, 4 oricles, 2 oneiros, and some other high powered dps shit.

They ate us alive. A few decisions were made as to handle people and really, we didn't fight in the best situation for us due to the fact that the gate was big, the distances were not closed or made, and they were a larger fleet by about 3 people. We should have picked a less tanky primary. Our command ship also disconnected as we bounced through the gate.

I think six people died before the rest of us were able to bail. We didn't kill a thing. We managed to hobble ourselves back together, lick our wounds, and stagger back to low sec.

It wasn't productive. The FC felt horrible. A lot of after action talk that was productive and not productive at the same time. We made mistakes but really, way to excited to engage someone and we engaged a gang we should have passed on. It isn't about 'fair' fights vs 'blobs' its about knowing you will be steamrolled. We knew they were there and engaged them willingly.

Whoops.

On the way home as chatter died down and we started losing people to the late night, the decision was made to gate camp. I'm not into gate camping but I was willing to give it a try after it was discussed. The idea was not to camp a high sec gate and try to pop noobs. The goal was to camp a relatively active system, with eyes on the other sides of the gates and try to nail people running through.

It required a lot of coordination and warping. The constant stream of information and the use of covops characters cloaked around the gates to see what was happening was a lot of fun. We missed more then we grabbed. I of course, decided to do this in an assault frigate. That was a lot of fun. It took gate guns like a champ as I scrams and bumped the hell out of things.

The first ship we tackled, I was going to wait to the last minute to shoot to get on the kill mail but it popped to quickly. I learned my lesson. I did however keep bumping it so that it was not able to make it back to the gate properly. Yay for team work.

My wolf, I don't like as much as my Jag so far.

Ship Sizes

So we wandered off to do a 'plex only to find that it had already been done. That sucks but it happens. Sometimes they do not despawn when they have been finished. Fleet leader decided to nail the last structure and lo and behold, we got an escilation. This sent us off into nullsec.

At some point, one of the guys parked his Hurricane on top of the FC's Machariel. Below is my Jaguar.

The Jaguar is a frigate. One of the smallest ships in the game. The shuttles and noob ships are smaller perhaps. The Hurricane is a battle cruiser. The Machariel is a battleship.

A break was taken with some reshipping done. I grabbed a bowl of ice cream and hoped that my Jag would make it back to my home system.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Teasing the Noob doesn't always work out

I got into a motorcycle wreck last night so that means plenty of time over the next few days to play Eve! (I'm okay and it wasn't my fault).

While I have not yet found another 350mil isk skill book, I have found something even better. I found a 4/10 DED Complex and it dropped a stack of high grade shiny mods to the tune of 1.3bil isk. That is split between me and my corp mate. I found the 'plex, he tanked the 'plex, I assisted him in clearing the plex, so we split the loot.

So I will gain about 500-700mil isk from the sales. I am quite happy. That will bring my isk earnings for the week to over a bil.

I have a little system loop that I do for scanning. Scanning isn't fast for me yet. I have to hunt down the sites, bookmark the entire system, hop a combat ship over, do the site and open the containers while keeping my eye out for local and such things. Then drag the items out. I'm willing to take the smaller sites that others ignore.

I was in my alliance's home system scanning when I found a complex. I asked them if anyone wanted it since they were hovering about not doing much and it was right in their system. They said sure because it was named Dirty Site and when I went to give it to them, said they were kidding. The site sucked and not to believe anything they said. Just good natured trolling teasing.

Teasing. I know I'm the only one excited about my new skills. Still, just say no thanks. That's fine, I learned my lesson and didn't offer them anything else.

At the end of that scan the 4/10 complex popped up at the same time my corp member whom I did a previous 4/10 with came up. I asked him if he wanted to do it and he said hell yeah. So we cleared it and popped out with a 1.3bil in Type A and Type C mods.

I am very, very glad that I am getting into scanning. Word is that CCP is going to nerf NPC loot a bit. They are dropping drone minerals and replacing them with bounties. Bounties may be cut across the board (I'm expecting it). There is rumor about lowering the tag amounts at the LP stores and they are going to take T1 mods out of drops. All this means that my salvage income will tank a good bit.

Thankfully I am advancing. I am enjoying the fact that I can do more for myself when it comes to my income. I was not earning very much when I was running missions. I've not put the time into running level 4 missions because I have so many other things to do. The exploration thing works quite well for me with a little bit of thought. Some, I have to skip, but all in all I'm easily pulling 50-100 mil out a day from the sites. Some days, like today, I find nothing. I did find two in my home system. One I could not do alone and one that someone else had started.

But I'm sure I'll find something and even if I do not, that is fine as well. It can't be every day which is what keeps it interesting.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

What is Eve

War is on the horizon and I don't know how I feel about it.

I came to Eve because it is not a nice game. I know that people fight and wardec and do their thing but I really like the lifestyle of just roaming around and killing shit. However, that is not going to continue to be my life. Now, I have the choice of leaving my corp and roaming on my own but that is not what I want to do. So, I have to ponder the entire war thing. I think, for me, war, feels like such a strong term. I don't really have any strong feelings against other corps to feel the need to go after them. Like wise, while I expect people to want to harm me, it seems more serious and focused when you put that shiny red star beside their name.

The entire situation left me very grumpy yesterday. Grumpy enough that I lost my temper a bit at someone playing stupid ass gate games. Normally I'm super cool and relaxed, but I happen to hate some things in Eve I am finding out. One of those is people who wish to fight in an area with a particular type of game mechanic (IE Gate and Station guns) and then is unwilling to deal with them.

Plus, I was pissy in general over having my cheerios pissed in.

I normally play super nice in game. Sweet, easy going, "hi!" to everyone. Not today. The guy was playing gate games where he was trying to lure us into the gateguns and then hop into high sec. I assume he was hoping the guns would wear us down enough for him to get easy kills. For some reason, this type of thing pisses me off. He was in a battlecruiser and we were in cruisers and frigates. Just take the guns. Bitching out into high sec when a bunch of flashy pirates are willing to engage you and playing games like that just drive me mad. Engage or don't. I run away like hell quite often. I had a guy chase me in my myrm in his myrm. I knew I wasn't in a state to fight and I chose to run and avoid. I'm not saying you have to throw yourself into a stupid situation, but don't sit there teasing.

I understand hoping the other people make mistakes. However, this was a good 5 or so jumps back into high sec he did while we took guns. Then, bored, we leave and he tries to chase one member down. He dies to that member and I rage out all over him. He still didn't take guns btw. A thorax took guns over a freaking battlecruiser.

I was good at first. We put a little corp fleet of frigs together and went to get ourselves blown up. I am trying to join in on these things to relax some. I don't find being blown up fun yet but that's because I'm not grounded in the game yet. But, I go out anyway because really, why not. I'm so uptight about things and I learn a lot on these ventures. I also am trying to throw myself into more fleets but I do get distracted by making isk, especially when I don't have a lot of time on my hands for the day.

I'm rather grumpy it seems. :)

Monday, April 2, 2012

I'm pretty tickled with myself

I've taken up exploration in recent days. I can't call it weeks because it is not.

The first site I found, I got my ass handed to me. It was a very hard site and me, being the stubborn creature that I am attempted to do it. I failed.

I got the great idea to kite the NPCs away from the cans and attempt to hack them.

Much to my delight, it worked.

The first can revealed two skill books. I didn't check on them immedately but later, I did to the tune of 100 mil isk in skillbooks. One was Drug Manufcaturing. The second was Neurotoxicology.

Yay me.

Second site found Nanite Control and Neutrotoxin Recovery as well as Standard Sooth Sayer Booster Reaction.

There are random datacores that I will just shove into a container for a while. Maybe I can dump them as a lot in Jita eventually.

Later that afternoon I wandered to another system a few jumps away and proceeded to hunt down another 3 sites each with data cores and smaller stuff plus a mag site full of salvage with a few t2 salvage bits. Another jump over led me to a Magnetometric site and more salvage. I wound up having to use all of my exploration tools through all of the sites and I've developed a lovely kiting method to deal with NPCs to big for me to shoot.

I'm pleased with my haul. All told I made about 200 mil. If I had sold the one skill book on the market that would have been 450mil. I also have 95mil in buy orders sitting on the market so really I made about 300 mil (once the items sell). I've not made that much in one day before on my own. They are not the sites that drop the type A things that cost a bil isk a pop, but I don't think its that bad for me, just after my 4th month.

I am very excited. I also harvested some gas yesterday. That 15 or 20 minutes of gas harvesting while I was getting ready for work netted about 3mil isk.

The biggest question is what ship to use to do these sites. It has been suggested that I get a cynabal but I'm not sure that I want to start working with a 200mil isk ship (for just the hull) quite yet.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Month Four

Today is my 4th month since starting Eve. Yay for me. :) I'm learning about scanning down sites. Its up in the air so far when it comes to profit but I'm getting there. Soon enough I should be able to do a logi/dps combo between the toons that will give me greater ability to do stuff.