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┬ágave 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.

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.

Thanks for reading.

Shout Outs

Last night while mining I received an Eve mail from a gentleman named Thrakkar. I was not terribly involved in my mining so I opened up a convo with him. Turns out he runs the blog over at EVE RAEG. A great read by the way. He mentioned he ran across my blog, so I wanted to say thank you for reading. We chatted for a while about w-space and my upcoming adventure. He offered me some great advice and well wishes. Then this morning when I logged on I got an Eve mail from another fine gentleman named┬áPluripotent, who also has a fantastic blog over at Splatus. Their alliance seems to really have their stuff together, and makes me even more excited about my w-space ambitions. Although they brought up a good point as far as logistics goes, it’s not gonna be easy getting setup initially. Thank you again guys for the nice chat, and if we ever cross paths in w-space, PLEASE DON’T KILL ME!!! Oh and New Eden Notes is another great blog.

If anyone who reads my blog wishes to open up a convo with me please feel free. I don’t have a CSPA charge by the way :-). If you wish to offer advice, experience, or even to just have a chat, please don’t hesitate. I should warn you that I have been getting wife aggro a lot lately. In fact I think that might become a thorn in my side when in w-space. I remember from my previous wormhole residency that you can’t just go afk for a few minutes randomly without having to drop everything and safe up. I don’t know for sure, but I believe wives can smell fun…much like animals can smell fear. When my wife smells that I’m having even a hint of a good time, she must pounce on it immediately and kill it. I know Klandaxor (the guy who bought my stuff that was trapped in 0.0) had some family aggro during our transaction. Anyone else ever get that from the family? I don’t think my wife knows I do a blog (she would really give me a hard time about being a super nerd), but if she ever comes across it…Honey I love you and think you are so beautiful and I’m such a lucky guy… one could argue that I’m an overachiever if you look at me then look at you, and I meant that fun killer thing in a nice way.

I finally finished the training for my alts in PI, scan and cloaking. It felt really good to get back to training on my main for the first time in over a month. I could’ve finished some nice level 5 skills in that time…oh well. I think I have decided what my PVE ship of choice will be in the wormhole. I really wanted to stick to T1 hulls because I have a really hard time with the idea of losing my Proteus, and we all know ships will be lost. I want to be able to replace them without having to leave the hole. I bought a 15 run BPC of my preferred battlecruiser, and I will be anchoring a ship assembly array. I do plan to do some mining when everything else dries up (providing there are grav sites at that time), so I also will be bringing in a refining array. I’m not terribly bothered by the wastage factor of the mobile refining arrays. My main concern is keeping my home system secure and “locked down” for as long as possible. If I don’t see another player on d-scan or on grid for a year, than I did a good job. I can’t control the k162’s from other w-space systems coming into my system, but I can do my part to keep my system secured. I have to buy a PLEX this week, so I might be delaying the purchase of a wormhole from the sell orders. Or I might find one scanning around, which is how I intend to spend some time over the next week.

The important thing for me is that I’m at the point where I’m pretty much ready. I have to buy a few more POS mods, and get everything packed up into as few ships as possible, but I’ve reached the skill plan goals for my alts to get me through the threshold of solo w-space living. Stay tuned for more progress probably next Sunday, as I start my long week at work tomorrow :-(. Only 19 more years to retirement!