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.

 

Damn Expensive PLEX’s

It’s been a while since my last post, but it’s also been about the same amount of time since anything different has happened…anything at all.

As the title suggests, PLEX’s are still ridiculously expensive. So much so that my alt account was inactive for the better part of a month. I had to sell my precious Rattlesnake battleship to get my main account PLEXed. I went on a selling spree of assets of mine that had been collecting dust over the past couple years so I could PLEX my alt’s account. The reason I needed the account active again is because I finally found a Corp, who is inactive, with an offline control tower and 92 weapons/eWar anchored to it. There were no juicy labs or assembly arrays, but the price of the weapons far outweighed the 50 million ISK to declare war. So, I initiated the wardec after a week of scouting the known players of the target Corp. Luckily, no one logged on to refuel their tower during the 24 hour stasis period (this had happened two times before).
As soon as the war went live (about 8:53 am my time), I started shooting with my main in his Armageddon and my alt in his Oracle. I didn’t realize that with the Odyssey expansion, the Armageddon went from being able to fit either 7 or 8 turrets, to only 5 (!!!). So there went a bunch of my DPS. Luckily the drone bay and bandwidth remained as so that I could still field 5 heavy drones. My alt, with his Oracle, added some DPS, but nothing to write home about. The tower went BOOM about 01:12 am my time…yeah, it took a bit longer than I expected. Nearly 17 hours of orbiting and shooting. I didn’t sit at the keyboard the whole time. My kids had some things going on around town, as well as some misc errands to run. You know…a day in the life of a family man/capsuleer. Unfortunately, I only got about 4 hours of sleep that night after I un-anchored and scooped up all 92 POS mods. I had to wake up at 06:30 am to undergo physical and written testing for Nevada Highway Patrol. My wife thinks I’m an idiot (which may be true). I tried explaining to her that control towers have a natural shield recharge rate, but she still didn’t care, and still thinks I’m an idiot. I managed to rake in over 4 times what I paid for the wardec, so not bad.

What did I learn? Never wardec a Corp with a large tower unless there are billions of ISK worth of spoils.

I’ve set up my 18 PI colonies in hisec…meh. I’ve gone from producing every P1 from P0, to only producing P1’s that yield a decent amount. I then sell the excess and buy the stuff I need to produce P2’s. I haven’t setup my advanced factory planet yet until I stockpile enough P2’s to run my advanced factory planet non-stop. My goal is to produce POS modules again like I used to.

I mentioned that I sold my poor Rattlesnake, among other stuff, for a PLEX. I still have my awesome Proteus and Tengu, which are both better and faster at completing missions. The Rattlesnake was more of a novelty ship. My alt has completed training of salvaging 5. He’s now on to Ore Industrial 5. I may or may not see about joining Pro Synergy with my alt once training has completed. They are a very awesome Corp with awesome people…and an even more awesome business plan in which their members make lots of ISK.

Also, TurAmarth ElRandir over at A Carbon Based Life gave me some great pointers and advice on making great ISK in Eve, and having more fun, with half the effort that I’m putting fourth now. I am probably more of a hermit in Eve than Evehermit himself. And I can’t seem to pry myself from my boring Corp full of my own alts. I have big aspirations for my Corp, but I lack the know-how to build numbers. I keep trying though. I may join up with a high-class wormhole Corp now that I can effectively fly a Tengu. I’ve never done anything in a wormhole class 4, 5 or 6. I hear of riches that are beyond my wildest e-dreams. Plus, flying with a fellow Eve blogger sounds enticing. I’ve also been interested in Splatus’ wormhole academy. I’ve lived in w-space before, but these guys take w-space residency to another level, so there’s always more to learn for me. I know Splatus is recruiting aspiring wormholers, so if you’re interested, go check out his blog here.

The near future for me has probably more missions to fund my never-ending PLEX need. Also, I’ll be harvesting planet’s resources. My Corp may be just a skeleton Corp if I can find my main in a high-class wormhole Corp. I think I could use a change of pace at this point. I’m sure there will be some more interesting posts to come…hopefully sooner than later. Whatever the case, I’ll be wandering around in New Eden doing something productive. Drop me a line (private chat) if you pass me by and say hello.

Thanks for reading.

Mixing It Up a Bit

I’ve discovered first-hand that four days at Disneyland is way too much with 5 kids. All in all I had 10 days off work. One day spend driving to Southern California (approximately 9 hours), four days spent at the Disney resort, another two days in San Diego visiting my Father, one day driving back home to Reno, Nevada, and two more days of relaxation and getting my Eve fix before I went back to work. 

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Right. Back to real internet spaceship business. I’ve been continuing my long, boring streak of missioning in highsec. I’ve been switching between my trusty Proteus, Rattlesnake and even a shiney new Gila. 

I have probed down some wormholes as of late, but there always seems to be someone active in them. All I want to do is run their sites for them and maybe harvest some gas. So I haven’t actually taken anything other than a Helios into w-space to see what’s going on. That’s what I’d like to do for some quick ISK.

I let my Orca alt’s account lapse as I was short on ISK (I blame ten days on vacation). I have also started training for a Tengu, five days left on Caldari Cruiser 5…then on to the sub systems to 5 before I even buy the hull. I did the same when I trained for the Proteus. 

I’ve also kicked out all the inactive members of my Corp. There were only two actual people with three characters, and they’re gonna be away from spaceships for a while they said. Speaking of Corp members, I have not been able to recruit any new blood since I opened up recruitment in March. I could probably be a bit more proactive and advertise in every local system I cross. I did get one person asking questions that way a couple weeks ago. Hopefully I can get recruitment going eventually. It’d be nice to fly with some active pilots again. I’m already missing w-space. My friend Epigne knows my pain and heartache regarding w-space. 

I bought the new SimCity recently and love it. It has taken away some of my time in the spaceships, but not to a critical degree yet (Doh! There’s that w-space jargon again). If anyone plays SimCity and would like to friend up in a region together let me know. Aonoma is my Origin name. 

Until next time, fly safe and thanks for reading.

What Are You Going to do Next?…

I’m going to Disneyland. Yes it’s true. My kids deserve a vacation, and we’re leaving in the morning. Not that I’ve had much to write about from an Eve perspective, but the next ten days will be justified.

I’ve been running missions like crazy to be able to PLEX both my characters this month. I’ve also been back to playing raffles over at EVEalopalous. It really helps pass the time while my drones kill mission rats. If you care to give it a try, they give you 7 million ISK for free, AAAAND you can get me a referral if you sign up through this link. It really is good fun.

Also, if you’re a missioner and you don’t like to salvage your missions, there’s a Corp called Pro Synergy who specializes in salvaging your missions. Even better, they pay you 45% of the estimated value of your mission loot. They keep all your loot value on a spreadsheet so you can keep track, and they pay you out once a week. It’s not gonna make you filthy rich, but it will help keep the space lanes clear of hazardous wrecks, and get you a nice paycheck. I’ve been working with Pro Synergy for a few weeks now, and I’m not disappointed.

Other than missions and raffles, not too much to report on Eve. I’ve been training some more missile skills on my main, and training into a Noctis on my alt. I’ve officially opened up recruitment for my Corp, complete with a business plan, forums and all. If you know anyone who’s looking for  a few good pilots to fly with, please send them my way.

Thanks for reading.

When “Inactive” Corps Fight Back

Since my last post in early February, not much has been going on…hence the long pause in posts.

I’ve been running level 4 missions in various parts of the universe with my alt to help increase his standings and install jump clones. At some point I became very excited about a particular ship which has been my “dream ship” for a very long time. However, since I lost my Navy Dominix to the pesky Angel Cartel way back when, I vowed never to buy an expensive mission boat ever again. I caved like a chocolate shell…

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My shiny new Rattlesnake, in all its glory, is the pride of my mission-running fleet. Also, it’s the only battleship class vessel in my PVE fleet. I’ve imagined owning this ship for a long time, and it’s been everything I’d hoped. My timing could have been a little more planned out though. I was able to locate a small Caldari control tower in a system close by the system in which I was running missions. The tower was offline, and it had six Corporate Hangar Arrays and two Ship Maintenance Arrays anchored to it. As well as some misc. guns and electronic warfare batteries. I quickly did some recon on the members of the Corp, and added them to my watchlist. After a whole week of neither myself or my Corp mates seeing any of the future war targets log on even once, I declared war at a time where it’d be convenient for all of us to hit the tower 24 hours later. Of course a few hours after I declared war, two of the characters decide it’d be a good idea to log on and ruin all my plans. First thing I do is take a look at their tower and yes, it’s got a blue bubble around it…perfect. At this point I’ve already purchased my Rattlesnake from Jita, but I still have around two days left until I can actually fly it, as I didn’t have Caldari Cruiser trained. Because I’m not a “griefer” in Eve, I sent the CEO of the target Corp an Eve mail to let him know what my intentions were, and that I wasn’t targeting them for anything other than to destroy their tower since I thought they were inactive. As a token of his appreciation of my honesty, the target Corp hired some mercs to join then in this war, lol. So now I have a 10-person PVP merc Corp looking for me to do bad things to my ships and myself. This, of course, was not how I planned this whole operation to transpire. This is now the second time a Corp decided to suddenly become active again after a week or two of recon during the 24-hour stasis period before the war starts. However, this is the first time the target Corp acquired hired help. I’m not a trash talker, and I tend to talk respectfully and without vulgar language in Eve. It’s just my personality. So far there has been zero correspondence between the three parties involved in this war (other than my original eve mail telling them of my intentions), so that’s good…no talk is better than trash talk.

Long story short, I am in a war with real PVPers, and I am reluctant to fly my shiny new Rattlesnake for obvious reasons. I did, however, go against my better judgement and took her for a spin. I have all the characters, from both war target Corps, on my watchlist and the watchlist is open on my screen. So I have my booster alt go first to the mission system and fly to a safe spot and turn on the boosts. Then I take the wonderful Rattler to the system, then the mission area, and begin. Boy that thing deals large amounts of damage between my awesome drone skills and me good missile skills. Also the tank is like a…well…like a tank with my awesome shield skills, along with the boosts from my alt. I take precautions to keep safe, but I’m not going to push my luck. I respect good PVPers (I don’t know if they’re good, but I’ll treat them like they are), and I’m not going to give up any dumb kills. I’m not sure how the new war mechanics work when another Corp gets involved in the war, but I’m hoping this war will end a week from when it started…we’ll see.

I’ve spent some time creating some forums that I found for free! I’ve been doing some research into recruitment. I’m really optimistic for when I officially open my Corp up for new members. I’m getting all the eggs in order (forums, links, security matters, mission statement, plan of action, future plans, strengths and general info that will hopefully attract like-minded pilots) before I officially open the doors. Growing my Corp was one of my goals for 2013, we’ll see how it goes. Hopefully later in March I can start.

I’m really impressed with the Rattlesnake. I wonder if anyone who may read this post has a “dream car” of a ship in Eve that they’ve always wanted. What is it? Have you gotten it yet? If not, why? If so, how does it do? Is it everything you dreamed it would be?

Thanks for reading.