100 million! Welcome to the club.

Last weekend I noticed my skillpoints tick over the 100 million mark. Awesomeness. Just a few days earlier, on September 30th, Red Neckromonger turned 5 years old in Eve Online. The breakdown of my skills go like this:

Armor: 3,203,260
Corporation Management: 1,086,699
Drones: 7,618,552
Electronic Systems: 1,377,645
Engineering: 4,723,010
Gunnery: 14,508,159
Leadership: 2,060,486
Missiles: 12,230,936
Navigation: 1,608,310
Neural Enhancement: 1,040,750
Planet Management: 2,418,044
Production: 1,043,500
Resource Processing: 5,511,311
Rigging: 474,002
Scanning: 6,957,255
Science: 4,135,172
Shields: 5,210,510
Social: 350,535
Spaceship Command: 20,474,206
Subsystems: 2,560,000
Targeting: 1,410,040
Trade: 254,852

I’ve had my attributes geared toward Perception/Willpower for nearly two years because I decided I was dedicated to maximizing gunnery and missile skills, as well as get into some ships that are really cool; which led to Gallente and Caldari Battleship 5, Logistics 5, Heavy Assault Cruisers 5, Marauders 5, and a bunch of other prerequisites for other ships. I also maxed my shield and armor skills because I was thinking I’d get into wormhole operations again, but that still hasn’t come to fruition. I’ve enjoyed flying the Rattlesnake and Golem. I can’t afford a Kronos, but eventually I’ll splurge.

At least at this point, I will be an asset to just about any Corp that has my common interests in Eve. Since my last post, I have been in two different Corps. One was a nullsec Corp, which was part of a big alliance in Providence. I had some friends from a successful Corp I was in a few years ago talk me into joining by the riches in the anomalys and belt rats. Indeed there were riches to be had…providing the afk campers would ever go away. I spent more time in POSs and stations for hours on end waiting for the campers to go away so I could get to my content than I spent actually playing. I clone jumped back to hisec and pretty much stayed there doing things I like to do until I found my current Corp, Avalon Project. So far so good. I feel like I can be a part of this Corp, and be a part of its ling-term growth and goals. As of now I haven’t been able to play much because real life has been busy, but I plan to be a big part of this Corp.

I haven’t posted anything in a while, obviously, and I don’t know how regular I’ll be in the near future. A few things that have kept me up to date, interested and on the edge of my seat are some of my favorite Eve blogs. Epigene and Evehermit never seize to amaze.

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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.

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.

Eve Online: Question of the Month: November 2012

With another great Eve Online expansion at out doorstep, I figure that a fitting question would regard the release of Retribution. Newer players are already overwhelmed with trying to get the basics down…let alone having to worry about the intricacies and details of what a new expansion brings. One of the most important, but possibly most already covered advice is “make sure you have a long skill in your skill queue”. That’s absolutely true, but what this post is really looking for are maybe some of the lesser-known things that may be in the works before an expansion.

“What are your routines in the days/weeks leading up to an Eve Online expansion?”

I read a post last night from Ardent Defender about one of the ways he uses the market, and other pilot’s speculation to his advantage…and profit. This is the post that compelled this question.

My routines are…well, really not much. I don’t pay much attention to the market trends as it is, so if I tried to pinpoint some fluctuation in the shadow of an expansion, it’d probably be even more Greek to me. I do have a couple friends in-game who do pay attention, and are always happy to give me some advice. I’ve stocked up on certain blueprint copies for certain ships and modules in the past because there was speculation that those ships/mods would be worth a lot more in the weeks leading up to and after an expansion. One thing I do enjoy most about the winter expansion is that CCP will usually give all pilots with an active account a gift, so look out for that.

Fly safe and remember, make sure you have a long skill in your skill queue!

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Eve Online: Weekend Wrap-up

Quick post on the end of my weekend. My wormhole had only Grav sites and a Ladar site to choose from, and I didn’t feel like doing any of that. I decided instead to see what my static C2 had going on, specifically where it’s static lead to. I was surprised and elated to see that it had a static Hisec exit! I scanned it down and jumped through to see that it was a system three jumps from Rens. I checked Wormnav to see that there hadn’t been any activity as far as killing ships or Sleepers for the better part of 24 hours, so I figured I’d make a market run or ten. I used my cloaky hauler to get the most expensive stuff out first, then my Iteron Mark 5 to get the excess PI goods out. All in all I made about ten or so trips, plus a few trips to get some ships out that we don’t really use just taking up space in the Ship Maintenance Array, selling off the goods that had decent buy orders netted us about 650 million ISK. There’s another 150 million ISK worth of Fullerines that are on the market as sell orders. So all in all a decent return for a couple weeks of solo work. I hope to get some POS fuel in soon.

I’ve been enjoying another W-space themed blog that I’d recommend for anyone looking for some great C5 wormhole action. IT’s really a great read and a frequent poster. I hope you enjoy as much as I do.

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Eve Online: Back to Business

Wormhole business that is. I’ve had my vacation from wormhole life, mining and missioning in hisec, but now I’m back where I belong.

Orca inside the wormhole. Sloooooowly aligning to the POS.

Today is the last day of my 11-day vacation, and luckily for me I have great corp-mates who’ve held the fort down in our wormhole during my time off in hisec. Yesterday my corp-mate was awesome enough to put a rare hisec K162 in our Corp bookmarks, so when I logged in I saw that we had a relatively safe entrance through hisec and I could get the Orca back into the hole…which I did. I was just about as excited and motivated as I was when I first moved in this wormhole. The first thing I did was setup some gas cloud reactions from the huge amount my corp-mates have been stockpiling. Next I sorted out my PI and boy we have a ton of P2’s that I filled up my factory planets with to churn out POS fuel. We already have an over-abundance of PI POS fuel, so I’ll be selling off some excess and replenishing the Corp wallet.

I got gas

After getting the extractors and reactors fired up, I put some BPO’s in the lab for research. Then I started the grind that is clearing out our Cosmic Anomalies, which yielded a surprising amount of Melted Nanoribbons as compared to what I was used to. Good stuff. I proceeded to mine out a couple of Ladar sites we had to add to our already huge stock of raw gas. My Orca alt had trained up some very helpful level 5 skills for mining support (which includes Gas Harvester cycle reduction, since I don’t actually mine the grav sites in here all that often). All he needs now is the Mining Foreman Mindlink to be pretty much perfect as far as bonuses go. Only problem with that is ISK…I need a lot of it to afford that Mindlink. There’s a couple Radar sites that will have to wait until next weekend if my corpmates don’t get to it. Good ISK in those ya know.

In other news, I’ve been thinking about opening the doors to my Corp to some newer players who are industry and PVE focused. Reason being is I want to get some ISK flow through mission tax, and minerals to expand our production of ships and mods, and possibly even T3 products. As of now, we only really harvest wormhole goods and sell them for quick ISK. I’ve been inspired in other blogs I’ve read to make this Corp more business oriented. I have began to miss the teamwork I had in an old Corp with friends that I still keep in touch with in-game, but we’ve kind of drifted apart in the sense of what we want to do in this game.

So, I’m re-inspired and excited about wormhole living. I’m optimistic about the future of my Corp. I’m looking forward to building my Corp and expanding my member-base, also expanding my Corp’s portfolio and ways of generating ISK. If anyone has any sites they use that are helpful in calculating things like buying harvested materials from Corp members at Jita market price +/- a percentage, I’d be very interested. Also, if your Corp is interested in wormhole living, and you’d be interested in joining an alliance who are supportive and professional, let me know in-game or in a comment on this post. I’ll put you in touch with our alliance leaders and we’ll find you a wormhole to call your own. We’ll also help you destroy the customs offices and put up our own POCO’s. Also, if you’re a single player who doesn’t have a Corp, but is interested in mission running and paying less tax, I’d offer a 5% tax rate for you. You’d normally pay 11% in an NPC Corp. If you’d like to try out wormhole living, I’d consider letting you join us after we get to know you.

Thanks for reading.