The W-Space Itch is Calling me

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I’ve been doing a lot of scanning down of wormholes lately; I’ve fitted up a nice Tengu and Nemesis for potential ganks of poor, unsuspecting souls traveling through the great void, oblivious to my presence.

 

I had my Nemesis orbiting the inside of a w-space system after I witnessed a Retriever jumping in. I tried to follow it in, literally jumping through when I heard his hole fire. Unfortunately he was just entering warp when I loaded on grid, so my cover was already blown. I figured I’d wait around while I dabbled in homework at my desk, hoping he would think I had left. After a short time, I heard hole fire, and when I looked up I saw a hauler jumping out of the hole. “What goes out must come back in”, or so they say (actually they don’t say that at all). I hoped he might be making a supply run, and would be on his way back through with expensive stuff. My cloaky alt orbiting on the outside saw the hauler coming back; we were all set for an ambush. Just as my heart rate was elevating, I get a private chat request…from someone I do not recognize. It turns out to be an alt of the hauler pilot. He politely states that he saw my Nemesis, and was wondering if he could get safe passage through the hole and beyond. I told him that I am a man of my word, and that if I granted him safe passage that I’d be guaranteed no kill, and that was exactly opposite of what I was trying to achieve. After a bit of chatting (no ransom request, I’m not a pirate), I agreed to jump out of the hole with my Stealth Bomber and let him get through, hauler intact. 

 

This is how I know I cannot be a pirate in Eve; once dialogue begins with a mature, polite human being, the bloodlust subsides. I would be the worst pirate EVAR! When he opened chat with me and asked politely for safe passage, he became human. He even offered to let me test my good Torpedo skills on an expendable ship, which I respectfully declined. I wanted to make my first real kill…real, and he respected that. 

 

After a lengthily chat while I scanned for more wormholes, we added each other as good standing and agreed that we’d have to pursue a wormhole endeavor sometime in the future.

 

A couple things learned: 

1. I am not a pirate. I am not in it just for the kill. That’s not to say that I would spare anyone who opens a chat with me. If there’s a punk flying that hauler, demanding safe passage or he will kill my ship, kill my family and rape my dogs, then I’d be less inclined to spare his ship. E-honor is my “pirate code”. 

2. I will not generally ransom people. However, if they offer ISK for safe passage, I would probably not turn it down. Also, I would keep my word and allow safe passage. 

3. Getting podded in w-space is a HUGE inconvenience. Therefore, I would not pod anyone in w-space, even if given the opportunity. There is the exception for dirt bags though. Otherwise, I don’t want to make my fights personal. 

4. Did I mention that I would make a terrible pirate?

 

Thanks for reading.

New Corp, New Ships, New Motivation

It’s been a while. I hope everyone had a great Labor Day, Nevada Day (if you live in Nevada like me), Halloween, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Family Day, Christmas and a happy New Year. There, I think I covered all the holidays since my last post. A lot has been happening; both in real life, and in Eve. First off, I am still a full-time husband and father. I still have a full-time job (thankful for that). I also started college back in August. That’s not a big deal to most people, but it is to me since it is my first time back in school since high school back in 1999. I’m happy to report that I did very well in the two classes I took, which also contributed to my lack of Eve playtime, and therefore my lack of posts. I never realized how much time and effort it would take to do well in school. I have gained a new found respect for anyone who takes on college and gives it their all.

Since my last post, I had to leave my new friends in Z3RO Return Mining Corp because school was taking up too much of my Eve time, and when you’re in a wormhole Corp, the only way you make ISK is run sites. So I said my goodbyes to my friends and moved back into empire. I was able to juggle homework with ice mining in my Mackinaw for a while. There came a point when Eve was becoming a distraction to my schoolwork, at that time I decided that when I have time for Eve, I’m going to do something that I enjoy, like run a mission or go exploring. However, the ISK wasn’t rolling in like I needed it to so that I may buy PLEX on a regular basis as needed. I went to have another look at Pro Synergy, the Corp that takes salvaging and makes it cool. After giving it some thought, I joined up and now I’m rolling in my 5.0:

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These guys have done an amazing job at harnessing hard-core mission runners. I feel like kind of a leach just making ISK off of what they have built, but I have a clean conscience knowing that I do my part to throw up some of our recruitment ads in local channels wherever I go. I can also use this blog as a means of recruitment. See?

It may sound a bit boring, but when the contracts start to pile up like they always do in some of our busiest mission areas, it becomes pretty fun knocking out those contracts and watching the ISK value for my weekly paycheck skyrocket. There’s also a very lively Pro Synergy public chat where missioneers, salvagers and others chat it up.

I’m also excited about my new shiny:

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A Golem! that’s right. between my hard work with Pro Synergy, and a couple unexpected (but very appreciated) Christmas gifts in the form of ISK from a couple of my longest-known Eve buddies, I’ve been able to buy this awesome Marauder and fit it out with some sexy mods. I never know how powerful these ships could be.

I’ve been actively training missile and spaceship command skills for the entire year. I’ve made a lot of progress in both areas, and have become quite proficient in a few Caldari ships. Namely the Tengu and Golem. I have Marauders 4 nearly complete, then it’ll be right on to level 5. I remapped to Perception/Willpower last January, and I don’t really see any reason to remap to anything different anytime soon. I’m considering maxing all missile and turret skills over 2014. Also, I’d like to be able to have all four race’s battleships to level 5 so I may fly different Marauders. I’d also like to fly all four T3′s. Currently I can fly Proteus and Tengu.

I haven’t delved into any wormholes since leaving Z3RO. I haven’t even taken down my PI out of Z3RO’s wormhole yet. Hisec PI just isn’t worth the effort. I have also not destroyed any control towers, which would make Epi proud. 

School will start up again in late January, but for now I’ll keep at the salvaging and running missions. Then it’ll be back to stimulating my brain and trying to better myself. I hope everyone has a great year ahead.

Thanks for reading.

Help me get a degree!

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New Digs!

I after a long time of flying solo, trying to recruit and failing miserably, I’ve finally taken the plunge, sold out and joined an awesome new Corp. Z3ro Return Mining Inc. are my new family. On day one of me moving into our C4 wormhole, I was welcomed into a Tengu fleet killing Sleepless bastards in an adjacent C4 (aka C4b). It looked a little bit something like this:

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In just a few days after joining, and only being able to participate in a few fleet ops, I’ve nearly made enough ISK to purchase a PLEX \o/. My new Corp mates are extremely helpful and patient with my noob questions on how to live and work in a C4. The highest class of w-space I’ve ever occupied previously was a C3. I knew C4 and up were pretty much fleet-type classes, and I’d read many blogs about it, but to experience it first-hand was completely unlike anything I’d expected. What a helpless feeling when Sleepers start to shoot at you and you have to rely on fleet members to rep your shields. 

Feeling pretty darn good about myself, I decided it was time to head to hisec to buy some stuff. Reading our intel reports for routes to our static C3 (aka C3a) which had a static hisec, I jumped into my trusty Nemesis Stealth Bomber to move harmlessly, quietly and undetected through C3a to the safety of hisec. I made it. Not quite the route I had planned, and I wouldn’t be bringing my poor Nemesis back. What happened is when I jumped to C3a, there was a Sabre on grid, right next to the wormhole…and then a bubble went up. I weighed my options during my session change cloak. I could try the afterburner/cloak method, or run back home and hope that he is just making a “show of force”. When I jumped back into our home system, and by the time my home system loaded up on my screen, he was already there waiting for me…a new bubble and all. Now my Nemesis is polarized (meaning I cannot jump through the same wormhole again until an absurdly long timer expires). I have no choice but to try the afterburner/cloak method as I align in a direction that’s closest to the edge of the bubble. I’m not sure if he targets me before my ship cloaks or if he burned in my direction and decloaked me, but he made short work of my Nemesis and pod. Like any good sport who sucks at PVP, I sent him a “good fight” evemail after I updated my medical clone. He responded in a good sport fashion as well. It’s nice to think that the pilot who podded me was probably not a snot-nosed, zit-faced kid sitting naked on a bean bag chair eating Cheetos with my floating corpse on one screen and alt-tabbing between WoW and porn on another screen. He was probably mid to late 20′s or early 30′s. At least that’s what I’d imagined from his evemail. 

The PI has been great in our home system as well. I can pretty much fill up a launchpad with P2′s in just a couple days. I have five P1>P2 planets and one P2>P3 factory planet in our home system. If I can be arsed to log in after I get home from work and before I go to sleep everyday, I can pretty much keep everything running seamlessly and without interruption. 

The only issue thus far has been Corp activity during my particular “sit at the PC without wife/kid aggro” time. I’ve only been able to participate in a handful of fleets. Without much for a single pilot to do in a C4, after about a week I developed a bad case of wormhole cabin fever. Since then I’ve been spending most of my time in hisec running missions and mining like I did before I joined. I keep the planetary extractors running, and when the launchpads get full I will get the route into our home system (if the route is not too hostile) and service all my PI, move materials around and sell the finished product to my Corp. My CEO made a fantastic website for selling and purchasing goods from the Corp. I’ve used a few in my Eve career, but this one is by far the best. Well done Oreamnos. I’m confident I will find a rhythm with my new Corp and their playing times, but until I do I still cannot afford to replace ships I lose. Not even my cheap-ish Nemesis. God forbid I lose my Tengu! That’d be really bad. It’s the curse of the PLEX, which are rising in price again. 

Thanks for reading. 

Wormhole Day Trip…Unsuccessful

So today I logged on my two characters and decided it’d be a good idea to scan the one signature that was available in the system I was in. I jumped into my Helios and got to work. With my crazy good scanning skills I was able to pinpoint the signature and resolve a wormhole. I jumped through to discover an active POS, but no sign of any players. I moved around a bit making sure to survey the whole system, and nobody seemed to be awake. I quickly jumped out of the wormhole, back into the hisec system. I docked up and traded the Helios to my alt (who’s Helios of his own in 23 jumps away). I jumped my alt into the wormhole and set an orbit to keep an eye on things. At that point my main arrived with his dusty Drake that hadn’t seen wormhole action in nearly a year. I jump in and head to the first Perimeter Checkpoint (class 2). I start shooting at the sleepers, not remembering it taking this long to kill them… I am able to clear the first wave of sleepers, then when I start on the second, about two of the four cruisers remain, I see a Rapier on D-scan. I’m already aligned to my wormhole exit, so I just press warp-to and I’m out. The last time I was running sites in a wormhole, my Noctis and pod were destroyed, so I didn’t feel like losing anything today. Sucks that sleepers don’t give bounties, because all that time spent killing the sleepers I had time to kill was wasted. I was even thinking about the next step, which was bringing a cheap Catalyst salvager ship to clean up, but the Rapier spoiled my plans. Oh well…such is wormhole life. 

Hopefully soon I’ll be living up the good wormhole lifestyle with a Corp and academy where we can watch each others backs while we rake in the riches of wormhole life. 

Thanks for reading.

Twice Baked: Graphics Card

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees;

Remove fan assembly and cover all plastic parts on the circuit board with a damp paper towel;

Roll four balls of aluminum foil, and place under corners of graphics card;

Let bake for 10 minutes;

Clean fan assembly while graphics card is baking;

When 10 minutes is up, remove graphics card from oven and let sit for 10-15 minutes to cool;

Re-assemble graphics card with the fan assembly. Make sure to use Thermal Compound on the little processor thingy;

Serve and enjoy!

I had to do it again, and again it worked! Now I can enjoy the new and improved graphics that came out with the Odyssey expansion. For me, the scenery constitutes at least 1/3 of my game experience. When I can enjoy graphics on “high” settings, AND be able to run two clients seamlessly, it makes for a great experience.

I’ve been moving my assets to a more centralized location in hisec lately. I am in talks with a w-space Corp to possibly join their wormhole academy. After flying solo for the better part of a year, I’m ready to make my Eve Online experience a social one again. It was a goal of mine to make my Corp a successful one this year. I haven’t given up on that goal, but I’m putting it on hold. It’s a huge pain to try to build up a Corp from nothing to something, especially when you consider the career paths of Corp Infiltration and AWOXing. Not that I have mush in assets at this point, but I want to create a Corp where people can trust their Corpmates and build wealth and assets. I guess it’s better to be picky about who you recruit than let everyone in and risk being touched in bad ways.

Anyway, if/when things start to materialize with my new endeavor, I will certainly have some more interesting posts. I am super excited about the prospect of logging on to find other people in my Corp chat channel. As for my Orca alt, I don’t know if I am gonna move him or not. It’s always handy to have an out-of-Corp-alt for various reasons…especially during war times, so they may haul stuff safe(ish)ly around empire. Although, my alt is extremely useful with his leadership skills and salvaging skills. Depending on the situation, I might see if he can come along, too.

Thanks for reading.