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.

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.

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.