The W-Space Itch is Calling me

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I’ve been doing a lot of scanning down of wormholes lately; I’ve fitted up a nice Tengu and Nemesis for potential ganks of poor, unsuspecting souls traveling through the great void, oblivious to my presence.

 

I had my Nemesis orbiting the inside of a w-space system after I witnessed a Retriever jumping in. I tried to follow it in, literally jumping through when I heard his hole fire. Unfortunately he was just entering warp when I loaded on grid, so my cover was already blown. I figured I’d wait around while I dabbled in homework at my desk, hoping he would think I had left. After a short time, I heard hole fire, and when I looked up I saw a hauler jumping out of the hole. “What goes out must come back in”, or so they say (actually they don’t say that at all). I hoped he might be making a supply run, and would be on his way back through with expensive stuff. My cloaky alt orbiting on the outside saw the hauler coming back; we were all set for an ambush. Just as my heart rate was elevating, I get a private chat request…from someone I do not recognize. It turns out to be an alt of the hauler pilot. He politely states that he saw my Nemesis, and was wondering if he could get safe passage through the hole and beyond. I told him that I am a man of my word, and that if I granted him safe passage that I’d be guaranteed no kill, and that was exactly opposite of what I was trying to achieve. After a bit of chatting (no ransom request, I’m not a pirate), I agreed to jump out of the hole with my Stealth Bomber and let him get through, hauler intact. 

 

This is how I know I cannot be a pirate in Eve; once dialogue begins with a mature, polite human being, the bloodlust subsides. I would be the worst pirate EVAR! When he opened chat with me and asked politely for safe passage, he became human. He even offered to let me test my good Torpedo skills on an expendable ship, which I respectfully declined. I wanted to make my first real kill…real, and he respected that. 

 

After a lengthily chat while I scanned for more wormholes, we added each other as good standing and agreed that we’d have to pursue a wormhole endeavor sometime in the future.

 

A couple things learned: 

1. I am not a pirate. I am not in it just for the kill. That’s not to say that I would spare anyone who opens a chat with me. If there’s a punk flying that hauler, demanding safe passage or he will kill my ship, kill my family and rape my dogs, then I’d be less inclined to spare his ship. E-honor is my “pirate code”. 

2. I will not generally ransom people. However, if they offer ISK for safe passage, I would probably not turn it down. Also, I would keep my word and allow safe passage. 

3. Getting podded in w-space is a HUGE inconvenience. Therefore, I would not pod anyone in w-space, even if given the opportunity. There is the exception for dirt bags though. Otherwise, I don’t want to make my fights personal. 

4. Did I mention that I would make a terrible pirate?

 

Thanks for reading.

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. 

Twice Baked: Graphics Card

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees;

Remove fan assembly and cover all plastic parts on the circuit board with a damp paper towel;

Roll four balls of aluminum foil, and place under corners of graphics card;

Let bake for 10 minutes;

Clean fan assembly while graphics card is baking;

When 10 minutes is up, remove graphics card from oven and let sit for 10-15 minutes to cool;

Re-assemble graphics card with the fan assembly. Make sure to use Thermal Compound on the little processor thingy;

Serve and enjoy!

I had to do it again, and again it worked! Now I can enjoy the new and improved graphics that came out with the Odyssey expansion. For me, the scenery constitutes at least 1/3 of my game experience. When I can enjoy graphics on “high” settings, AND be able to run two clients seamlessly, it makes for a great experience.

I’ve been moving my assets to a more centralized location in hisec lately. I am in talks with a w-space Corp to possibly join their wormhole academy. After flying solo for the better part of a year, I’m ready to make my Eve Online experience a social one again. It was a goal of mine to make my Corp a successful one this year. I haven’t given up on that goal, but I’m putting it on hold. It’s a huge pain to try to build up a Corp from nothing to something, especially when you consider the career paths of Corp Infiltration and AWOXing. Not that I have mush in assets at this point, but I want to create a Corp where people can trust their Corpmates and build wealth and assets. I guess it’s better to be picky about who you recruit than let everyone in and risk being touched in bad ways.

Anyway, if/when things start to materialize with my new endeavor, I will certainly have some more interesting posts. I am super excited about the prospect of logging on to find other people in my Corp chat channel. As for my Orca alt, I don’t know if I am gonna move him or not. It’s always handy to have an out-of-Corp-alt for various reasons…especially during war times, so they may haul stuff safe(ish)ly around empire. Although, my alt is extremely useful with his leadership skills and salvaging skills. Depending on the situation, I might see if he can come along, too.

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.

Podded Out

Today I was podded out of my w-space home. I woke up extra early (5:30 am) because my sleep schedule is all messed up, and thought it’d be a good idea to kill some sleepers while the family is still asleep before the aggro starts. I’ve been getting a lot of family aggro lately, and it’s starting to affect my Eve playing again 😦 . 

I log in and do a quick scan of the system with a Deep Space Probe. I find eleven signatures and five anomalies. A quick check on Wormnav shows zero activity in the last several days…since the last time I was running sites actually. So I hop into my Drake battle cruiser and warp to the first Perimeter Checkpoint. Over the last week or so I’ve had a few skills finish that should help increase the DPS for my missiles and help me kill sleepers faster. The frigates still took forever to kill, but the cruisers, battleships and sentries died a lot faster, so that’s good. After all the sleepers are dead, I warp back to the POS to pick up the Noctis. When I return I align to my POS and start tractoring in wrecks. I salvage about four when I suddenly see a bubble go up around me…uh oh. It’s a Flycatcher, which until today, I never even knew existed lol. I start the afterburner to try to get to the edge of the bubble as quickly as I can, I think I was still tractoring in wrecks too. I was pretty sure the Noctis was toast, it was my pod I really wanted to save. It looked as though I was pretty close to the edge of the bubble when the Noctis went POOF. It really did look like I could get the pod out as I was spamming warp and getting ever-so-close to the edge when another bubble went up…POOF! Ouch. 

I wake up in station in Sinq Laison and upgrade my clone. Then I sent my assassin a congratulatory mail since I didn’t think to strike up conversation in local as I was trying to save my pod. I haven’t received a mail in return. He’s gotta be happy with the price of the pod kill. I’d probably be a bit upset had I paid for it recently, but I’ve had that clone for well over a year, and have paid for it many times over in my Proteus mission-running days. The pod was long overdue for a killing. This was the first pod I’ve lost in w-space, and only my second pod loss in my Eve career. Does that make me good? No. Does it make me careful and paranoid? Maybe. I’ve lost two ships in w-space now in a three year period, one a Covetor, and now a Noctis. Congrats to my assassin for relieving me of a 50 million ISK bounty and much more lol. He was certainly a better stalker than I was in a previous post.

So now I’m faced with the question “what now?”. My answer is that I’m going to leave w-space and setup camp in hisec for a while. I’ve been getting a lot of wife aggro again lately, and it’s been affecting my Eve playing. Today’s pod loss was not a result of wife aggro. It was purely my bad. However, I think the cost of operating out of a wormhole is outweighing the income. I had to sell two ships recently to pay for a PLEX, plus POS fuel is just stretching things too far. I think some more fantastic AFK ice mining will be in order. My friends Evehermit and Splatus have taken steps to get over their wormhole addiction. The first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem. We shall work through this together. Oh, and check out their blogs if you haven’t already. 

Thanks for reading.

Eve Online: Retribution ‘n Stuff

I had some interesting experiences in the days leading up to the Retribution release. For starters my PC decided to give me the blue screen of death a few times before Tuesday’s patch. Every time it happened I just happened to be in w-space doing stuff of a covert nature…like peeking into our neighbor’s c2 and looking around, when suddenly BLUE SCREEN and who knows if anyone saw my ship. Extremely frustrated, I bust out my wife’s laptop, which is by no means a “gaming” laptop, but its better than nothing. I log on to my account to see that my toon is still in his ship and in one piece. I get back to my home system and the safety of my POS so I can begin to mess with getting the windows set up on this considerably smaller screen. I’ve been spoiled with a 23″ monitor, so I have plenty of room to have all my essential windows up plus some and still be able to look at what’s going on in space. So I get the laptop set up as best I can, but the screen is so cluttered and small that I really don’t feel comfortable operating in w-space with this kind of setup. I begin to look over all the stuff I have at my POS and consider what it’d take to evacuate. I conclude that the best way to do it would be to hope that I get a K162 from hisec before long and just make trips out with Iteron V’s, and then one or two Orca loads to finish it off. At this point it’s almost 3am my time, and therefore almost downtime for Eve. I decide not to make any decisions in haste for the night, but rather in the morning I will try to put my redneck touch on my PC to see if it’s something obvious. So the next day, which was Tuesday and the release of Retribution, I unplug my PC, and start pushing on stuff to make sure everything is seated correctly into place. Then something caught my eye…one of the sticks of RAM was literally halfway out on the top side. Somehow the lever that holds the RAM into place was caught under my video card. Long story short: I dun pushed it in and it dun works. I downloaded the new patch and was able to play the game all day long with absolutely no issues whatsoever. Yay!

So on to Retribution. Awesome! I started my Retribution adventure with a lowsec static that was two jumps away from Jita. I took out some stuff for the market and put over 400 million ISK in the Corp coffers. While I was at it I bought the Ore Frigate skill book and the Venture itself to take back to the home system where I had conveniently waiting a nice Ladar site. I even had level one trained by the time I got the Venture all fitted up. I was pleased to be able to get all 3500 units of C-50 and 1500 units of C-60 into the ore hold without jet-canning or making trips. It took a little while to do, but I suspect with the skill trained to level 5 and some decent boosts, it’ll be more efficient than the battle cruiser setup.

In other notes, the new sleeper explosions are very nice looking. I believe that’s a new feature anyway, as I didn’t read all the patch notes because I’m lazy and generally dislike reading. I also lost a Drake to some sleepers, which was an extremely idiotic error on my part, and totally avoidable. I was testing out active shield tanking fits (reinventing the wheel I know), and cut it a little too close. I’m new to most ships that are not Gallente, not that it’s an excuse, but I was curious to see the Drake’s capabilities with my maxed shield skills. Didn’t work out so well.

One more piece of news, more of a coincidence really: I was bored toward the end of my playtime on Tuesday with nothing but Grav sites in my home system, so I decided to scan and explore my statics. I was hoping my lowsec static was close to fuel, but was 20 jumps away from the nearest fuel seller, and deep within a lowsec pocket. Moving on to my static C2, I jump through to see nothing on d-scan. I fly to the outermost planet and find a tower, so this wormhole is occupied. I fly to the sun and scan again to find another tower. Rather than using d-scan to find the exact location of a POS, when I’m feeling lazy I will just check the info on the POCO’s. “Wow that Corp looks familiar.” I thought to myself. I happened to stumble into the home system of the executor Corp in my alliance. We are a small alliance, but we have our good chats in alliance chat…except tonight. “Anyone awake???”, I asked. No response. Of course the one time I stumble across people I know in w-space, no one’s home. I thought about leaving a Giant Secure Container at a safe and naming something like “Red was here! MWAHAHA!”. But I didn’t.

Other than what I just wrote about, I didn’t experiment with any other new features of Retribution. So far I’m very pleased with the patch with what I’ve seen. I even received a 10 million ISK bounty from a complete stranger, so I guess that’s good? Maybe I’m getting popular.
I’ve also read that running multiple clients is a bit more of a load on your PC. When I have ISK enough to re-sub my Orca alt’s account I’ll find out how two clients run on my PC. Until then fly safe.

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.