Diversifying My Income Portfolio

Well today I did something I’ve read about a lot, and always wanted to try…and it went swimmingly. I scanned my local hisec system today like I always do, and there was a new wormhole or two (like there always is). I jumped into the first one with my trusty cloaky Proteus and found that it was a C2. Nothing special, no bonuses, PI couldn’t produce all the POS fuels, there was one derelict POS that was offlined and seemingly abandoned with just a one-member Corp. But there was one thing that really stood out as something nearly every wormhole dweller would love to have: a static exit to C5 W-space and a static exit to nulsec! What this means to me if I’m the one setting up shop in that wormhole is that if I keep it properly secured (i.e. scan down signatures, but don’t initiate warp to them, thus keeping the exit from spawning on the other side), then I should have very little concern for invaders or random peepers coming in and ruining my day. This particular exit to hisec was a K162, so it was a random spawn, and those aren’t very common. If you have a static hisec exit from your wormhole, you’re looking at a lot of visitors (like I was today \o/). I decided I wanted to put up the wormhole for sale on the Eve Online forums for the highest offer I could get. You can see my ad here. I got a few views over a few hours, but no replys or convo’s. So I went and had dinner with the family. When I got back to my PC, I had a convo invite from a gentleman who was willing to offer me 350 million ISK for the wormhole location. He wanted to go through a third party broker, which I was fine with, but he could get ahold of no one in game. So he asked me if I’d be willing to take half up front, then half when he verifies the information I was advertising was correct. I thought “well, if I get 175 million ISK and he burns me for the other half, that’s still 175 million ISK for almost no effort!”. So I said “Sure. Let’s meet in Dodixie”. 

In Dodixie, we met up at the Fed Navy Assembly Plant and I put up a contract for four bookmarks: 1. the wormhole entrance; 2. the inside of the wormhole; 3. a safe spot I created inside out of D-scan range of anything; and 4. 187km off the derelict POS. In exchange I’d get 175 Million ISK. He accepted and went to check it out. I did warn him of a Proteus, Tengu and Noctis who decided to run some sites while I was heading out, but that didn’t stop him from accepting the contract. He verified that all was as advertised and promptly transferred the other half of the agreed amount, and we were all happy. Kudos to you sir, you are a gentleman of your word, and now you know that I am, too. 

That’s just the way I play. That’s the way I am in real life too. I don’t get enjoyment out of scamming people and being a poop-cicle. Maybe in the future I’ll come across another wormhole that is not for me, but someone else may be looking for just that. They’ll see that I’m an honest man and maybe, just maybe, do business with me. 

In other news, literally as I am writing this post, I am ice mining in my Hulk, and a wonderful local ganker tries his luck on me. Fortunately for me, I’m still mining ice and his Catalyst is a bundle of scrapmetal. LOL! That’s TWO survived gank attempts for me this weekend. Ah good fun, good times. 

Still 13 days, 10 hours for my third toon to get his PI skills up for the wormhole adventure. Ugh.

Quick Update

Not too much to report as of right now. I did have a procedure done at the doctor’s office…the kind you do when you don’t want anymore children. Because of this, I have a doctor’s note to stay sitting or lying down, so I have been sitting…in front of my computer, playing Eve. I managed to survive a gank attempt by a group of Thrashers in a .5 system. You can see the report here if you’re interested. It’s my first survived gank attempt, so I’m happy about that.

Things are progressing with my other toons on this account. Interplanetary Consolidation for one finishes today! After that it’s another 13 days for the third toon to train up. Plus a few for basic scan and cloak skills.

The scenic route

Continuing from my previous post, and having no business left in region Period Basis, I began my journey home to region Sinq Laison. The “shortest” route to get to hisec was more than 40 jumps. The “safest” route to hisec was more than 50 jumps. At this point I am piloting my Proteus, which is fitted for this very situation. I also have the subsystem for scanning fitted, as well as some Sisters scanning equipment. I get right to scanning the first system only to find three gravimetric sites, so I move on. After only three systems of nothing but gravimetric and Sansha combat sites appearing, I decide to do it the hard way. Keep in mind I’ve never actually made a journey of more than just a few jumps in familiar “blue” nullsec space. Tonight I was to make more than forty jumps through unfamiliar space where I would show as a “neutral” in local. All I knew about this kind of travel is what I’ve read on the forums and other blogs. Never warp from gate to gate. Always create at least one safe spot in each system. If your destination gate is out of d-scan range, warp from a celestial or non-aligned safe spot.
Most of the systems in the beginning were either empty or had one or two toons in it. I would check the next system in route every time to see how many ships and pods were killed in the last 24 hours to get an idea of how active that system might be. Then the activity seemed to pick up a bit. There were a few systems in a row that had little gate camps with bubbles anchored around the gate and wrecks of other ships around. I was able to initiate warp and cloak without incident. There was a fairly busy system that I was hesitant to warp to the next gate after I created my safe spots because the gate was out of d-scan range, and there were combat probes out, and I had a feeling they were looking for me. I sat scared cloaked for a while to see if they’d get bored and go away or log off so I could continue. About 45 minutes later, and no less activity in local, I decided to call it a night and log off (it was past 2 am my time). The next evening I logged on to an empty local system and continued on my merry way. The last half of the journey was very uneventful ( just the way I like it). I did have an opportunity to engage a lone Noctis when I jumped into a system just him and me, but by the time I uncloaked and headed toward him, he got to within jumping distance and that was that. Moving on…
I became a little nervous when I finally got to the last nullsec system. It was a system that borders hisec, so I knew there would be many great warriors who bravely set up bubble camps to catch ships and pods coming in from the hisec system. So as I loaded on grid of this system in region Providence, there were about five ships, including a couple interceptors. At this point I was literally shaking from being nervous. I picked an asteroid belt to warp to that I thought was low profile and clicked warp to and cloaked. To my surprise it appeared no one tried to target me. Or I just hit the cloak quick enough that they didn’t have time. After flying around the system setting up safe spots, the closest to my destination gate (and my freedom to hisec) was a little more than 16 AU…I might as well have been 100 AU’s out because d-scan was useless. It was at this point that I started searching the forums and asking around the help channels about the Interdiction Nullifier and bubbles. I read some posts that the general consensus was that if you have the Nullifier, it’s like bubbles don’t exist for you. However there were people talking about bugs and mechanics and certain situations that they may not work as intended. All the while I’m getting more and more nervous and tired (it was nearly 2 am again) as I’m watching “gf” fill up the local chat, and feeling for those poor pilots getting the pod express. There are about 17 in local, of those i can account for 11 on d-scan, making me think there are six ships at my destination gate waiting to kill me. At this point I’m ready to log off and try again tomorrow, but I’m just ONE JUMP FROM HISEC FOR PETE’s SAKE!!! I have literally committed more than five hours of my life over the last two nights making this trip, jumping into unknown situations, creating more than one hundred safe spots and just racking my nerves in general. I want to be done with this journey tonight. Suddenly I thought of something: “does this ship even have insurance still?”

Nope.

That was the moment I stopped caring and hit the “warp to zero and jump” button. It seemed like a long time in warp. Long enough for all the scenarios to go through my head: will I land in a bubble and bounce off cans outside jump distance? Will I be dragged 100km off the gate and de-cloaked by cans or ships? Will I have time to overheat the afterburner and urn to the gate?
As I am in warp and now within 14 AU’s from the gate I see an Interdictor on scan and fear the worst. But as I land on grid with the gate…..(suspenseful pause)…..there’s nothing but me and the gate, and I jump through to safety. The end.

But seriously, it was very intense for me not knowing the mechanics for the Nullifier subsystem. Since there were no bubbles on the gate, I’m still yet to test it for myself. But I’m not complaining. Now I have my Proteus and all those wonderful bonuses for scanning in my home system, ready to scan down that future wormhole home of mine…..just as soon as I filter through all the occupied ones I’ve scanned down since then.

About six days for one of my Alts for Interplanetary Consolidation 5. Then a few more days for basic scan and cloak skills, then on to the same for my third toon. Then it will be the official launch of “Operation Hole Solo”. Until that time I’ll be making random posts of random progress and anything halfway interesting in between.

Tough Decision = Fatter Wallet

Well last night was interesting. First, I was updating my PI on all three toons. I also delivered some manufacturing jobs that earn me a bit of extra ISK, and put them up on the market. As I auto pilot around I generally look at the Eve forums at whatever catches my interest. Lately I’ve been looking in the “Sell Orders” section for wormhole systems for sale. I’ve come across some great prospects and I can’t wait to get it going for myself. That’s still a skittle ways away though.

I did, however, come across this thread and became a bit excited. This gentleman is in the business of either couriering or buying your trapped assets from nullsec stations that you can’t get to, are afraid to try to get to, or are locked out of. About a month ago I joined a nullsec corp/alliance, and two days after I was able to get all my most prized and loved assets out there, we were invaded and swiftly kicked out of our space. So I’ve since left that corp when I decided to pursue my solo wormhole project, but I left behind easily a billion and a half worth of ships and mods in a station I can’t access. I did train up whatever skill it is that allows you to place remote sell orders. Luckily for me I did have my covert, anti-bubble Proteus with me in a nearby region, so I was able to get within a few jumps of the station system and place some of my stuff on the market.

So after living without my most expensive and prized assets for the last few weeks, I decided that I really CAN do the things I like to do without the extra “bling”. It was then that I decided to Eve mail Mister Klendaxor. Klendaxor got back to me within a couple hours and we eventually hooked up in a private conversation. He was very polite, and within a few minutes (after checking Jita prices with an alt) he made me a reasonable offer to purchase my trapped assets. Now in any other circumstance I would be very reluctant to let my faction mods and Proteus subsystems go for less than market value, but the reality was that I did not want to wait until all that stuff sold or just let it sit there rotting. I received a nice lump of ISK and Klendaxor received a bunch of expensive goodies at a greatly reduced rate that he now has to figure out how to get or resell himself. It was a compromise that allowed me to get a quick payout that I can use toward my solo wormhole project. Everyone’s happy.
So if anyone has a similar situation as I did and needs some possible relief, I strongly recommend Klendaxor. He was very helpful and very nice to work with.
On to the next topic. Well, it’s still in the works. At the time of this post, I am logged off in a 0.0 system somewhere in the middle of where I started (Esoteria) and where I’m headed (Sinq Laison). I mentioned my covert, anti-bubble Proteus…that’s what I’m flying. I made about half of the 50+ 0.0 jumps last night until about 2 am local time. When I could no longer keep my eyes open I decided to find a safe spot that was not within D-scan of any celestial and log off. I did notice Combat Probes out as I was flying around the system creating my safe spot, so I figured they were trying to find me. There were about 9 others in local at the time. I figured there will be questions like “why didn’t you look for a wormhole shortcut?”…well, I will address all that and the rest of the story when the story is complete.
Until then, fly safe.

Addicted to gambling

I was happily browsing the market of Dodixie for a would-be wormhole ship today when one of the many links climbing the local chat channel cought my eye. I clicked on it and my entire day suddenly became a gambling spree. But here’s the thing…It was some of the most fun I’ve had in a long time. It’s an Eve raffle site for ISK, ships, mods and PLEX. If you’re interested in checking it out the site is http://www.evealopalous.com/?ref=1010649507 . You get 7 million ISK for registering which you can spend on the raffle you see fit. I put mine directly toward the 5x PLEX raffle. Anyway, if you register using the link I just gave you, I will get some extra credits for referring someone. You will get the same for people you refer to register.

I was very excited about the ISk raffles….so excited that I thought it’d be a good idea to put 70 million of my own ISK into my raffle account. I have won ISK and lost ISK and just been having a merry time. It’s a pretty nifty site as it keeps track of the amount of ISK you’ve put in and won. I admit that I’ve yet to make back my initial 70 million ISK investment, but I’ve not run out of that initial investment, not by a long shot. So check it out if you feel so inclined. If nothing else spend the free 7 million ISK they give you as a registration gift.

It’s best to do it from your in-game browser. Makes the registration process a breeze. Ok, enough about my newly aquired gambling addiction. Tomorrow will hopefully result in some wormhole finding and exploiting of the sleeper sites. Until next time, stay classy San Diego.

…In the mean time

So, as I’m waiting for my alts to train up, I’m sitting in hisec mining :(. I did find a large Omber deposit though, so a little better than the regular belts. When I get home from work in the morning, I’ll probably try to get my wormhole ship put together and go diving into some c1’s or c2’s and practice my technique. Get myself some Melted Nanoribbons and brush off the rust. More to come on my 3-day weekend coming up. I expect some more interesting stories than just mining Omber in hisec lol. So please bare with me.

The beginning is near

It never seizes to amaze me the draw Eve Online has on me. Even in the state of “burnout” I was in for more than a month up until about two weeks ago, I kept my eye on the forums for anything interesting. I checked my “Eve Universe” app on my iPhone at least every hour of the day to see if the wallet balance changed for some reason. There’s always something that draws me back. I can never seem to pinpoint what it is, but here’s my theory:

(a quick back story) I used to have two accounts. One being this one (Red Neckromonger), and one being Fred Neckromonger. Fred was my pure miner, and boy was he good at it. Red flew all the nice shiny ships and often played a support role for Fred in the form of Orca boosts and hauling. Fred would seldom leave the helm of his Hulk. But back in the fall of 2010, I became a bit tired of dual boxing and paying a lot of ISK every month for two plex. So I had this great idea of putting Fred on the market for a quick influx of ISK. Sure enough, perfect miners were in demand enough that Fred earned me 3.4 billion ISK…….I’ve regretted it ever since.

While its easier playing and paying with only one account, there are more things left to be desired. For me and my current casual play style, the biggest difference is having to make trips to the station after every full cargo hold of ore, or three full cycles of the strip miners. Since, as a miner, it’s pretty much a thing of the past to jetcan or even fit your Hulk for cargo as opposed to tank. The point is, I really would love to have a dedicated miner/hauler combo like I did before.

So since I can’t seem to convince my wife (family budgeteer) that paying $30/month for two accounts on a video game is a really important thing for me, I’m forced to make the best of what I have. One account, three toons, time to do some thinking:

I’m trying a couple drastic ideas to keep myself both interested in the game and able to afford plex comfortably every month with ISK to spare. My current drastic venture is to harvest every P0 from the planets and make them into POS structures. Red (my main) has Interplanetary Consolidation (IC) and Command Center Upgrades (CCU) to level 5, so six planets can be harvested. Both my other toons have IC and CCU to level 4 currently, so five planets each. That’s 16 planets at my disposal, and there are only 15 P0 commodities that can be harvested from planets. I’m a simple man, so to me that means I can currently harvest one of each commodity and still have one planet left over for whatever (factory?). I currently have one of my Alts training IC to level 5, and the other alt will follow suit. That will give me 18 planets to play with. So my current venture is to save up all of the PI material that I harvest for the entire month (27 days) that my two Alts will be training IC level 5. Then I will probably dedicate three of those as factory planets to turn the stockpile of P1’s I will have accumulated eventually into P4’s, and ultimately POS structures. It’s a glorious plan that could easily end in utter failure due to lack of recourses on hisec planets. This is where plan ‘B’ comes in:

The ultimate goal of all this PI mumbo jumbo is to occupy a wormhole as a solo account with three toons. Just me, me and me. I will have my two Alts in basic cloak/scan T1 frigates and Iteron Mark 3’s so they can service their planets in the wormhole and scan an entrance when Red gets podded out. It’s my understanding as a forum warrior that a C1 and C2 wormhole are really enough to keep just one or two people busy and productive. Red can mine, kill rats/sleepers, salvage, harvest gas, refine, scan, haul and control POS guns. Red can stay plenty busy and still have the two Alts in there for added support.

So, I will post my progress as it….progresses. This is my current adventure within Eve. I stand to gain billions, or lose billions trying. This is what makes Eve fun for me right now. This is my story. This is red’s Roid Rage.

Always remember, live life like you forgot to update your medical clone.