Opportunistic; entrepreneurial; idiot

As much as I hate to admit it, I’ve fallen for a scam that cost me 340 million ISK. There’s a site you may be familiar with called Eve-Bazaar.com. I came across it in local somewhere (red flag, anyone?), and after looking at it and looking at prices on the Jita market, I thought I may be able to make some nice profit. After all, the site seems pretty legit. The catalyst for me to throw my hard-earned ISK away at this site was the dev-blog for the summer expansion which talks about how faction battleships are getting a buff; the Rattlesnake in particular. I figured that the prices of these faction battleships would go up in price as the summer expansion gets closer, so I pulled the trigger and sent ISK to the contact as directed in the instructions. My profile updated accordingly, so far so good. After about an hour my status changed from “pending” to “in progress”…and there it has stayed for more than two weeks. I’ve sent a couple emails to the contact, but to no avail. They were nice emails, mostly asking for a followup on my order.

I can’t say that I’m surprised, but I can say that I’m disappointed in myself. I see something that’s too good to be true, and think to myself, “It’s probably legit; let’s do it!” When I came to the realization that I was scammed, it was then (and only then) that I decided to do some research on the scammers. I found a wealth of information (facepalm) on the topic, including some information on a blog that I already follow (double facepalm) called MarketsforISK. <—This guy’s blog is awesome for market stuff. I bet he’s never fallen for a scam like this.

So, no excuses. I messed up; and now I’m telling my readers about it. Why? I could say, “well because I don’t want the same to happen to you.”, but that’s not the reason. The real reason is because when Eve-bazaar comes clean, when their scam is all over and they come out with the numbers and the victims (me), just remember you heard it here first (/me hangs his head in shame).

A chicken made of ice

A chicken made of ice

 

In other, less embarrassing news, I’ve been mining some ice lately, and I happened across this Ice Chicken. Yes, it’s a chicken made of ice. A frozen chicken, if you will. This is in no way an attempt to try to make you forget my noobishness scam I fell for. It’s simply a giant chicken-shaped chunk of ice.

Additionally, I’ve been keeping up with The Incompitent Capsuleer, a newer pilot in New Eden and his blog. Please go give it a read, as it’s good stuff. Again, not an attempt to distract.

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.

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.