Day 9 Part i

After the horrendous events of the weekend, I should perhaps add a glimmer of hope to all those following my blog

Ok midnight has hit so technically its Day 9, double espresso and I’m good to go. This time I get rid of the Nano’s and just go with FOUR Web Stabilzers. I REALLY want to be able to escape this time, also a point to note, I have seen warpdisruption bubbles, but they have not been manned. So I’ve just breezed through, it did get a little hairy with the NPCs on gate, but the afterburner keeps the travel time low and provides some incoming damage mitigation.

So I troop out to Null and end up in ORE faction territory, there is a long deadend chain nearby with very few pilots in space or docked (you can view these statistics in the Star Map) each quiet system I go through, I stop and scan down any sites, Progress today seems very speedy there are lots of Data sites, which is a bit of a pain as I’m more specialised in Relic sites, oh well.

I seemed to get rather lucky cracking open some of the more difficult ones, but the considerable quantity of sites I’m scanning down is certainly helping. Something I’ve now started doing is checking peoples history up on the killmail website, this gives me an indication of how safe I can be.

Net cargo worth ≈ 160m

Hmm now I seem to be most at risk when going through WH space as there is no local to track… I think I’ll just stick around here and fill may cargo…. it seems a nice enough area.

I’d like to point out at this point I’m being ULTRA cautious, if I need a pee break, or a food break, its a full “log out safely” proceedure… I dont want to lose another ship…

My haul continues to grow, as I’m getting LOTS of sites, oddly enough mostly Data so I’m breaking alot of them, 1 system kept spawning them, did around 5 of them in short order (they actually respawned as I emptied them)

Oh Crap Haul value … 300mil I think its time to go home.

Luckily for me its 8am in the morning when I do this jump (yay 4 hours sleep) and all seems very quiet… a little too quiet…

I get a wormhole exit to lowsec… here we go again…. hmm 9 jumps to a Trade Hub… 4 jumps of lowsec, but I feel empowered i have FOUR warp stabilzers on my ship, RUN RABBIT RUN!!!! I burn to the nearest gate and immediately jump…. I fly to the next one and its a little slow to acknowledge the zone change.. I click furiously on the jump button, Jump dammit jump there are ships here and they dont look friendly LEMME IN!!! finally the gate gives up and lets me jump… phew only 2 more jumps to relative safety….

Its worth pointing out at this point…. I have a cargo worth 300m…. I’m in a paper thin flying coffin… if I’m locked and scanned by a suicide ganker they WILL execute me, and it will cost them a couple of mill…

Heart still racing a bit… I have half a plex worth in my hold…..1 jump to goooo…. FREEEEEEDDOOOOOM

Ok concentrate now, its high sec but its still not safe, I continue manually piloting to my destination (Auto-pilot WILL get you killed at some point) and then I arrive… but wait! I know have another form of PvP to contend with THE DAMN MARKETS!!!!!

Ok perhaps slightly overdramatic, but on reviewing Amarr prices and JITA prices… I’m better off going Jita for faster cash… and it IS worth it to make the trip, its like a good 15-20% increase on my haul.

This pretty much brings us to the end of Day 9 part i, this was the morning before work, so I suspect I may be able to get out a little this evening and earn the last couple of hundred mill I need.

 

Here endeth the lessons

Liquid isk: 375,000,000

Estimated assets: 20,000,000

Null Space Cargo Value:  empty, but safe

Approx Net Worth(incl. cargo) : 405 million (Jita Plex is 570million)

PvP Related losses : 320 million

Total value earned: 725 million (much more than a plex…. but a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush)

These Sessions Play time: 4+1 (5) hours.

Accumulated Play time: 51 hours.

 

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Day 7 & 8

This post covers my weekend, so it will be a little on the large side, TLDR is at the bottom.

Day 7

So welcome to my weekend, day 6 didn’t happen as I had other real-life events to attend to, it was a Friday night after all. All my training was pre-scheduled to last until the weekend anyhow.

Last time I left off I had just returned from Null with my spoils 🙂 to the tune of 120m or so once sold. Now that’s what I like to see. Now regards the ship I want to do a little switcharoo with the rigs, dropping the scanning rigs and fitting relic/data ones instead. Sure it will take me a little longer to scan down the sites, but IN the sites is where the money is made and lost, and I’m popping and losing quite a few containers.

So with my ship newly refitted, and some new implants in my head to the tune of 20 million (hey I can afford it) to increase the speed I learn the skills I need, I head back into null.

Net worth ≈ 160m

Things are a little slow going as the systems are mostly devoid of exploration sites, but with enough dedication I keep going and amass a cargo haul approaching 130m, this is going great, its taking its time, but it appears to be a solid income. I do the usual of finding a wormhole home, and scan my way back towards High sec…….

Net worth ≈ 300m          *half a plex, joy,joy, happy, happy.*

Instead of popping out into High sec, I find a lowsec exit 7 jumps from a Trade hub, and 4 jumps until High Sec. 1 jump later I hit a quiet system with LOTS of Signatures to scan down, OH BOY OH BOY, my lucky day so I settle into my usual routine, jump to a planet @ 100km burn away from it, start scanning. Yay a data sight, I continue scanning until I’ve scanned all 8, boo a combat site, yay a relic sight, BOOM what the hell was that… erm erm ship gone… erm erm warp to nearest gate , phew I got away. http://eve.battleclinic.com/killboard/killmail.php?id=20678308

Net worth ≈ 120m      *sad face*

I had a little chat with the guy/girl that popped my ship, they were flying a Insta-locking Loki, and my frail old ship was no match, he is 100m richer, I’m considerably poorer. Basically I had made it much too easy for him to find me, I stayed too long, and I wasnt paying enough attention, lesson learned.

Ok, new ship time, dammit Magnate at normal price is 5 jumps away, meh I’ll just take this Sarum Magnate, at 3 times the price instead, cos its shiny 🙂 (Hey I can still afford a few luxuries). Now I’d like to point out at this point I fit 2 Warp stabilzers to my ship, so that the would need a at least 3 points of warp scram to stop me warping( Scram x2, or Scram + disruptor). I then head back into WH Space to get back to Null and earning my living, cue the ominous music.

Net worth ≈ 100m *Grumpy Face*

What happened you might ask… weeeellll I was scanning my way back through to null, jump into a wormhole and then another, quite a relaxing trip actually, doing a little sight seeing….. erm Whats an Archon? oh its a big sodding ship that hurts things…. ok shhh I’m not here, erm whats a Moros, dont worry thats just a Dreadnought… erm ok! I had only seen these things on d-scan, but I was suitably concerned. Ok lets get out of here sharpish in case they are active. Ok scanned down a wormhole, jumping. Wait wait! there are people at this one, a Buzzard and a damn Loki. Ok calm down I got this, jump to planet xyz, Frigate has me locked by now. Erm computer I said jump to planet xyz, computer:“I’m sorry you appear to be warp scrambled”, “hey computer I fitted these damn warp scrams for a reason”, computer:“I’m sorry, they are no match for my systems, Good Bye”, And then the ship explodes… hmm I’m in WH space with no idea where to go. “YOU MAY TAKE MY SHIP, BUT YOU’LL NEVER TAKE MY…..”. (I chatted the pilot of the buzzard, he had no less than SIX points of warpscram on me)

You awake in a new clone. Ship gone, implants gone, hmm maybe I should have gone to bed earlier…..

Day 8

*Shakes fist at PvP players everywhere*  I will not be stopped I will get my plex!!!

I take my time fitting out the ship, make the jumps for the good deal on the large price tag items, fully fitted its about 7million. I lost the implants, so I pop a couple more back in. And then head out on the lonely road to Null (Or at least the road less travelled) I also completely sell up all of my other assets, save the Rigged Coercer, I dont expect I’ll be doing combat missions anytime soon. This is much too lucrative, even with the losses.

Net worth ≈ 80m (I’m not considering implants as assets, I cant sell them, nor take them out of my head to reuse)

New ship, new day, lets get it ON!

Today I take it much more cautiously, if the system is busy I just move on, its not worth the risk. Due to my increased risk aversion pickings are a little slim…. add the fact I cant seem to find many sites… over the course of the day I gradually raise my haul to around 160 million… but as always something happens….

so there are 2 people in system, I merely but cautiously start scanning, a Relic site pops up, and another, rest of the signatures are trash. Hmm I see double the number of probes on d-scan… need to be careful. I jump to site 1, afterburner on, and head to the nearest one, crap crap, a Helios turns up in the site. I jump to the 2nd site. Erm the Helios is here too, let me just find out what a Helios is. AHHH its a Covert Ops ship, a sneaky little ship for doing the same thing I am. ok so I jump back to site 1 and open up a conversation with him. Lets see if I can use a little diplomacy to keep the peace. Hmm his english isnt so great, but I seem to give them impression that he get 1 site I get the other and its all cool.

Net worth ≈ 220m *this is the right direction!*

So i return to  ripping open these containers, while having the conversation on my chat window… a Manticore uncloaks 750m from me while I’m in the middle of hacking CRAPPP!! jump jump jump, dammit computer JUMP  computer:“I’m sorry we’ve already had this conversation, I suspect the outcome is the same, good bye Capsuleer” I keep clicking to jump while my ship explodes….

But hang on a minute I’m 80 jumps from a Trade hub in hostile territory…. *Sets self destruct*  computer:“you have 2 minutes remaining, before your capsule implodes”

computer:“You have 5 seconds remaining before your capsule implodes, I hope you enjoyed your stay”

You awake in a new clone. Ship gone, implants gone, hmm maybe I should have gone to bed earlier…..

The mistake I made this time, was that I have shifted over to the conversation, and I was no longer tracking local…

Here endeth the lessons

Liquid isk: 65,000,000

Estimated assets: 2,000,000

NullSpace Cargo Value:  ZERO AGAIN!

Approx Net Worth(incl. cargo) : 62 million

PvP Related losses : 320 million

Weekends Play time: 20 hours.

Accumulated Play time: 46 hours.

Day 5

Ok so wormhole space… hmmm.

So the whole idea to being in wormhole space is to get down to Null, as I expect to be in Null for a few days I’m not too worried about the wormhole collapsing or remembering the route back. So I merrily plug away scanning down wormholes and jumping through, occasionally googling the name of the wormhole to ensure I’m not heading back to High Sec. I finally land into Null, and rather luckily its pretty empty.

I begin scanning down Relic and Data sites, and the isk starts flowing in quite well. Doing the sites can be very frustrating on low skills but being determined I just kept plugging away at them. At this point I’m exceedingly glad that the cost estimate has been included in the game, some of the drops are really quite bulky, and particularly low value. I safely release these back into space and continue on my way.

There isnt really much to talk about here, the sites are straight forward to complete and the systems were very empty. In order to remain safe while scanning I would warp to a planet @ 100km then burn away from the planet.

I never had any trouble from any of the residents

Seeing as this is turning out to be considerably more profitable than combat missioning, I’ve decided to change the emphasis of my skill plan to Hacking and Relic sites, in 4 days I’ll have as much capability as my trial allows. Training those skills to 5 will just take too long (16 days).

Interestingly CCP have released info about some new exploration ships, but unfortunately they wont be available for another 6 weeks. check them out here http://www.eveonline.com/rubicon

Liquid isk: 12,386,268

Estimated assets: 24,000,000

NullSpace Cargo Value:  75 million

Approx Net Worth(incl. cargo) : 35 million ( 110 million)

Todays Play time: 5 hours.

Accumulated Play time: 26 hours.

Day 4

Isn’t it frustrating that real life can have such a large effect on your virtual self!! Wasn’t in the best of moods thus my productivity was low, couple that with waiting for 90 minutes of an important skill to tick down. Yuck. So I logged off and let Drone IV and salvage drone I complete and made myself useful…. Losing 170mil on my main in stupid station games while wardec’ed. Note to self don’t pop in a bad mood.
I had planned to clear out a few missions and the salvage the remains, The destroyer STILL can’t handle level 2s very well. I persevered but this made completion times loooong. After an hour and a half, 5 missions down… Salvage and loot amounted to a couple of million. Isk per hour is poor but at least net worth heading in the right direction.
As discussed previously I keep getting recommended to try null/low sec exploration, so I spend the next hour or so gathering parts and fitting my ship. Cue the Magnate this truly is one of favourite hulls from a visual perspective, vaguely reminiscent of Boba Fetts ship(I’ll probably get a bounty on my head for such vile heresy). I pile on the Hacking and Relic modules, the scan strength rigs, and 2 stabs to aid getting away from warp scrams. For launcher I go with the freebie one, but for probes I stump up the extra for sisters probes. It’s 4 million for a 10% boost, so pushing the value to around 5.5 million, yeah I can replace that gulp.
I tried desperately to fit an afterburner, but my skills and funds just don’t allow it, so I roll my eyes and scrounge around for something useful. Inertia stabilisers for faster aligns, and 2 small containers to hold all the loot.

Undock let the scanning begin.

I’m running out of playtime before bed so decide to commit to wormhole space before getting shut eye. Scanning down in high sec is considerably easier than WH Space, soooo glad I went for Sisters Probes, if I survive the trip i’ll have to fit a module to aid with that. 2 wormholes in I decide to dash for bed, tomorrow I can briefly explore the trap I have entered.

Liquid isk: 12,386,268

Estimated assets: 27,000,000

Approx Net Worth: 39 million

Todays Play time: 3 hours.

Accumulated Play time: 21 hours.

Day 3

Being social with corp mates certainly drops the isk per hour ratio, but I’m gaming not working :-).

Today was fairly slow going due to the nature of the missions I was running. Sure level 1 missions are very easy in a destroyer, but the income sucks. I felt the need to get more value for each mission run so I had been ramping up to salvage my own wrecks, I’ve bought and fitted a Dragoon for this purpose. I picked this one due to the speed bonus of the drones, I should be getting the salvager versions by tomorrow.

My Dragoon is fitted with 3 Salvager I and 3 Tractors, I need to find an Afterburner to put on there too.

My Coercer is just fitted with Meta 3 Small Beams, and its very tight on powergrid so I dont have space for anything else. perhaps I should resort to using Dual Beams instead, at least that way I can fit a tank and afterburner.

So half my accumulated assets are locked up in the above Destroyers, whereas the other half in an Omen. Tomorrow I’ll have to attempt some of the harder level 2’s if this proves fruitless I’ll liquidate the Omen.

The more and more I experience the standard missions the less and less likely I feel I can plex off them, the income just doesnt seem to be there. Perhaps now I have the salvager setup and more skills in the Omen they might turn a tidy profit, otherwise I’ll head off to null for the weekend and do exploration.

 

Liquid isk: 16,094,091

Estimated assets: 18,000,000

Approx Net Worth: 34 million

Todays Play time: 4 hours.

Accumulated Play time: 18 hours.

Reflections on Day Two

Perhaps I was a wee bit hasty in more ways than one, by completing all three sets of Amarrian Career missions I had sufficient standings to go directly into level 2. While I have the confidence for them I was over-confident and also misread my skills… Just because I set it training before bed does NOT mean that it will have completed before the next evening…
I entered with the Omen thinking I had Amarr Cruiser III, but it was actually at 1, medium laser were also at 2 not 3. My tank and fitting skill non-existent,

A Heavy Beam fit might also have been a bad idea….. I’m plagued with belief in ability associated with a high-level character.

The Destroyer however was a dream for the frigate filled Career missions, so popping back into Level1 missions I should encounter similar resistance (or lack there of). I was sufficiently blasé in that my lows consisted of 2 speed mods and a meta 3 small repper, my mid ans afterburner only…… how not to run missions as a new toon!

For the next runs in the destroyer I’ll slide in the full complement of guns, crystals, afterburner, cap recharger, rat specific hardeners , small repper and a partridge in a peartree. Running only Level 1 missions until my Cruiser skills mature.

On the topic of skills maturing, I’m starting to notice that time is running exceedingly short, 4 days for Cruiser IV, medium lasers IV is 3 days. I could have T2 small guns and Destroyer IV in that time…

On http://www.reddit.com/r/Eve/ a recurring recommendation is to do Null Sec exploration, apparently its a 2-3 day train. I think day 3 will be a Destroyer day, day 4 a Cruiser day, from there I’ll make a decision for the weekend. Days 5 and 6 will be limited to updating the Training Schedule. Day 7 is Saturday so I’ll have extra time to make a dent in the plex fund, with a new set of skills trained.

Day Two

My first port of call for day two was to complete the final set of Career mission, this time I’m lined up in a 6-8 gun destroyer (depending on the mission I need to fit utility highs) It was an absolute breeze. I now shift my setup to a trade hub, I want cheap prices on my modules, and good returns on loot. I find a nice little station housing 2 level 2 agents and a level 1. I’m all set, so I pick up two level 2 missions, merrily plink away at them then return to the station, and repeat, all is right with the world…

but then….. I hit the proverbial brick wall…..

The Blockade .. dun dun DUUUUN

Now I know this mission well, (eve-survival is your friend if you dont), but I’m used to doing this particular mission in an Assault Frigate with all the faction trimmings, doing it in an underskilled undertanked Destroyer was torture, add in the tracking disruption and I can only hit out to 6km, not good . After many warp outs I decide to upgrade to an Omen, 10 minutes later I’m ready to roll…. but still warping out every 30 seconds, tank and gank just cant cut it… I decide to get some drones on those scum, dammit 15 minute training to get light drones…. several warp outs later, yay drones!…. hmm they arent particular effective……. after much gnashing of teeth, a billion warp outs and a little help from local I’m free and clear…. my collective hull repair bills took a dent out of any earnings from that mission 😦 but its done, and I wont be going back in a hurry.

This just goes to show folks, dont bite off more than you can chew. I need to invest more in the ship and my skills before going up against this again. I think I’ll drop back to easy mode and run some level 1 in a destroyer till my skills train some more.

Liquid isk: 16,671,000

Estimated assets: 11,000,000

Approx Net Worth: 27.5 million

Todays Play time: 5 hours.

Accumulated Play time: 14 hours.