New Corp, New Ships, New Motivation

It’s been a while. I hope everyone had a great Labor Day, Nevada Day (if you live in Nevada like me), Halloween, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Family Day, Christmas and a happy New Year. There, I think I covered all the holidays since my last post. A lot has been happening; both in real life, and in Eve. First off, I am still a full-time husband and father. I still have a full-time job (thankful for that). I also started college back in August. That’s not a big deal to most people, but it is to me since it is my first time back in school since high school back in 1999. I’m happy to report that I did very well in the two classes I took, which also contributed to my lack of Eve playtime, and therefore my lack of posts. I never realized how much time and effort it would take to do well in school. I have gained a new found respect for anyone who takes on college and gives it their all.

Since my last post, I had to leave my new friends in Z3RO Return Mining Corp because school was taking up too much of my Eve time, and when you’re in a wormhole Corp, the only way you make ISK is run sites. So I said my goodbyes to my friends and moved back into empire. I was able to juggle homework with ice mining in my Mackinaw for a while. There came a point when Eve was becoming a distraction to my schoolwork, at that time I decided that when I have time for Eve, I’m going to do something that I enjoy, like run a mission or go exploring. However, the ISK wasn’t rolling in like I needed it to so that I may buy PLEX on a regular basis as needed. I went to have another look at Pro Synergy, the Corp that takes salvaging and makes it cool. After giving it some thought, I joined up and now I’m rolling in my 5.0:

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These guys have done an amazing job at harnessing hard-core mission runners. I feel like kind of a leach just making ISK off of what they have built, but I have a clean conscience knowing that I do my part to throw up some of our recruitment ads in local channels wherever I go. I can also use this blog as a means of recruitment. See?

It may sound a bit boring, but when the contracts start to pile up like they always do in some of our busiest mission areas, it becomes pretty fun knocking out those contracts and watching the ISK value for my weekly paycheck skyrocket. There’s also a very lively Pro Synergy public chat where missioneers, salvagers and others chat it up.

I’m also excited about my new shiny:

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A Golem! that’s right. between my hard work with Pro Synergy, and a couple unexpected (but very appreciated) Christmas gifts in the form of ISK from a couple of my longest-known Eve buddies, I’ve been able to buy this awesome Marauder and fit it out with some sexy mods. I never know how powerful these ships could be.

I’ve been actively training missile and spaceship command skills for the entire year. I’ve made a lot of progress in both areas, and have become quite proficient in a few Caldari ships. Namely the Tengu and Golem. I have Marauders 4 nearly complete, then it’ll be right on to level 5. I remapped to Perception/Willpower last January, and I don’t really see any reason to remap to anything different anytime soon. I’m considering maxing all missile and turret skills over 2014. Also, I’d like to be able to have all four race’s battleships to level 5 so I may fly different Marauders. I’d also like to fly all four T3’s. Currently I can fly Proteus and Tengu.

I haven’t delved into any wormholes since leaving Z3RO. I haven’t even taken down my PI out of Z3RO’s wormhole yet. Hisec PI just isn’t worth the effort. I have also not destroyed any control towers, which would make Epi proud. 

School will start up again in late January, but for now I’ll keep at the salvaging and running missions. Then it’ll be back to stimulating my brain and trying to better myself. I hope everyone has a great year ahead.

Thanks for reading.

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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. 

Back to Some Old Tactics

Last weekend I was doing some reconnaissance on a seemingly inactive Corp who just happened to have a derelict medium control tower with three Advanced Mobile Labs anchored to it. I checked out Eve Who to try to account for every member in the Corp. I found five out of seven and added the pilots to my watch list. After a couple days of zero activity from any of the known pilots, I decided to declare war on the Corp. 

I comprised an evemail containing the intel I’d gathered so far, some tactical bookmarks, as well as the info on the tower in question and it’s weaknesses. Explosive and EM damage are the order of the day. 

I gathered my trusty Oracle (no ammo so I can press F1 and walk away \o/) and my Ishtar for when I’m sitting at my computer and watch for war targets to finally come online (Berserker II’s FTW). My two Corpmates and one of their alts brought a compilation of Dominix, Tengu and Myrmidon. 

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…and shooting…and shooting…

We started shooting at 17:52 Eve time, and the tower didn’t blow up until 08:08…you do the math, it was a long time. That’s why I jumped into an empty clone the day of the war, so I could shoot and walk away. There’s no reloading in my “Tower Killing Oracle”. So after much shooting, and zero log-ins by the enemy, their control tower looked like this:

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It was a glorious, hard-fought victory. We were obviously better fighters than that pesky offline control tower. It tried to stare at us to break our will for more than 14 hours, but we’re a persistent bunch of warriors. There were also two stations to choose from to hide in if the plan were to be spoiled by an inconsiderate war target logging on. Luckily for us, that was not the case. We netter three Advanced Mobile Labs, and an assortment of guns and Ewar modules that brought a healthy 400+ million ISK to the Corp wallet…more than enough to declare war on our next seemingly inactive victim. The hard-fought battle report can be found here

I understand this is not real PVP, but it’s a semi-fun way to make some ISK while using ammo instead of mining lasers. If you look in my Corp’s history on the Eve-Kill wabsite, you’ll see that about a year ago, this is what me and a few of my Eve buddies did. The only difference now is that I have less guns shooting at the towers, so they take longer to go boom. 

My friend Epigene over at A Journey Through the Mind was telling me today in a private chat about his new and exciting Factional Warfare adventures. It certainly sounds like more action and entertainment than shooting derelict control towers. Go give him a read. 

More dead towers hopefully soon. Until then, fly safe.

Thanks for reading.