Sunday, September 6, 2015

The Problems of Being Self Taught

While I was on vacation Sisi updated with some new timers. One of them was for wormhole polarization. I decided to update my client and go examine the new timer to see what it was like. With this came using the new map to probe down the sites. I hadn't gotten around to doing that yet so I managed to kill two stones at once type of thing.

It took me a bit to stumble through probing. I pretty much stopped after the release of Odyssey. I didn't care for the changes. Now top that with being rusty and I struggled for a bit. Let's see. Alt does what? Control does? Ahh okay, shift now or tab?

Poke, poke, poke. Click, click, click. I was able to get my probes doing what they where supposed to do. Kind of.

Okay. I remember this. Gather my seven probes, make my little shape, scan, shrink, scan... ohhh resolving.

Needless to say I was quite pleased with myself. After a few more mistakes I was on my way to probing the system. Eventually, the muscle memory woke up and stretched a bit. I'm also using the new map which didn't bother me much. I have the floating window so large that it might as well obscure everything. I do wish we could make the center of the screen somewhere else. I'd love to have the 'center' or camera by more to one side or a corner so that I could have windows shaped better.

What I did notice is that I'm a slow prober. I've always been a slow prober. I maxed out my probing character a long time ago. I've never used her as a combat prober. I was to embarrassed to do so. Everyone seems to probe so damn fast. A few seconds and they are done. I listen to arguments that discuss how easy probing is and how people probe things down in five seconds and I wonder what is wrong with me?

So, I never volunteered to combat probe. Everyone else just seemed faster. I figure that I'm doing something wrong. I'm not sure what it is. I am, after all, a self taught prober. After barely making it through the tutorial I vowed never to probe again. If it were not for Ender's endless adventures in scanning and doing sites I might have skilled on this aspect of the game. As it was, I learned to probe through trial and error and I made a good bit of ISK off of it once I got it down.

But, I was never fast as it seems others are fast. I know some of that is because I never took the time to memorize signatures. But, I seem slower then everyone else out there when I probe. I don't care. Tooling through space and unlocking its secrets at my leisure has always appealed to me.

5 comments:

  1. If I can remember correctly. there is a setting that will move the camera to place your ship to one side or the other. This is useful when you stretch eve accross two screens as it lets you put your ship center on one and then you can use the other for windows and what not.

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    1. I to remember hearing about it but I've never dug down to find it.

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    2. You can press 'c' to alternate viewing your target centered or your ship centered. Hope that is of some help.

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  2. The new map is practically unusable for probing. I made a good faith effort to use it and commented as much in my corporation's comms, where I was informed to switch back and not bother. I tried scanning the chain with it and was definitely much slower.

    As for combat probing, that's not something I've mastered yet either. Although a useful tip is to combat probe from the solar system map. Move the camera around and change the distances/ angle when using the map full screen and you'll know where to place the probes, as opposed to trying to narrow it down in space and then try to figure out where to put the probes once you've opened the map.

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    1. How long ago did you make your effort?

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