Monday, 30 December 2013

Learn by doing

The best way to learn new things, is by doing them. You will not learn how to draw by reading about it, nor will you learn how to set up a Hyper-V server environment with multiple Virtual Machines in it and a full Active Directory structure by reading about it either.

But it helps.

Seeing that my corps is at war, and my first plan on taking out my Machariel and Noctis team went down the drain. I decided to go out to Low and Null sec with my Nemesis, in search of prey.

Let's just say that I would not be a very good predator. The most I saw in local was 10 people, and I couldn't find them anywhere. When I jumped to null I came across a few people talking in chat, and after a few jumps I found them parked outside a bubble in between two gates, but three against one isn't what I would call good odds, nor would my bomb do more than maybe, just maybe scratch their paint.
So I decided that would not be a good idea to try.
Oh hello there, what are you doing?

But I never shot a bomb, and I wanted to learn how they work, so I needed to find a spot to try it out on. After a few more jumps I came into a system with an ice belt. People love ice!
After jumping there, I saw a Skiff warp away, he must have seen me in local and figured I would be there to kill him, must be.. But I was in the belt, and I desperately wanted to shoot a bomb. So I lined up with one of the ice rocks, uncloaked, and watched my pretty bomb fly there.
Oh shit oh shit, get out!

Which, according to most people, was more than likely my fifth mistake of the day.

After reading so much about bombing, I decided to forget everything in the "heat of the moment". Due to me being impatient I just dropped it and kept looking. It will come to no surprise then, that I got hit by my own bomb, luckily, I survived. But only barely, it was right around the time that it exploded that I had decided to warp away. Leaving me there with my hull barely intact.

At least I learned something, and I did it by doing.


Later that evening I was told about the corp's wormhole about to close. Having never seen a wormhole close, I decided that I wanted to see it happen, so I took the jumps to the high sec static, went inside and waited on the other side. Snuggling up in my pod and looking at the hole with my cloak on.
If I were high, I would have been staring at this for ages

While waiting for the high sec static to close, we were talking in corporation chat. A call went out for having the "balls" to go out to high and get back in. Seeing that the hole were to collapse any minute, and a bet was made.

I'm still not sure why, but said bet unleashed a little game of double your ISK. We hyper multiplied it, starting with 1isk, and then going 2,4,8,16,... unfortunately I had to call it at 128. I did not have the 402m that I could send to my fellow corps member. Probably a good thing because I doubt that he was able to go to 103billion.

It was a pretty fun Sunday, not only did I fly out in low, I hung out in a wormhole, watching it shimmer and everything. I do think we scared a newbie though. As we were talking there was a flash of the wormhole. And before I knew it there was a bubble up.
Oh gods! Something just blew up in my face!

That even made me jump for a bit because I did not see that coming. Said Cormorant had de-cloaked and probably did not think that would happen either because before you could say "Booh!" the wormhole flashed again.

Then again, if I see a Nemesis, Legion and an Onyx suddenly pop up, I'd be getting out too.
After the Cormorant left, one of us came back in a Myrmidon, you know, just in case. And I said something about not knowing how to bomb, so they told me how to do a run, and try it out on the Myrmidon

I didn't even scratch the paint

I learned quite a bit today, and it was fun.

I didn't see the wormhole close though, as I had to work in the morning, I decided to head back out to my high sec HQ. As soon as I docked there, I heard about the hole closing, and it was wonderful.

Oh well, there will always be a next time. 


Stay tuned o7

Sunday, 29 December 2013

How do you EvE?

I've seen these going around the EvE blogosphere and on Reddit the past week or so, and I figured I'll join in.
Don't mind the mess

So this is how I EvE. My current setup is two screens, on the one screen I usually have all of my clients running, and I just switch between windows, and the other is for my Facebook, Twitter, eve-central, steam chat and so on.

There are times when I use one of my notebooks along but I don't have enough room on my desk for now. I switch between clients because I usually don't play on all my account at the same time. The only time that I have two on the same grid is if I'm doing missions and the other one is cleaning up behind him in her Noctis.
As shown in my first sentence, I too am a Redditor, and I browse /r/eve quite a bit when I'm supposed to be sleeping, or when I just woke up. 

While browsing the topics this morning I came across a gem of a post, someone asking for stories to tell to people in order to get them to play eve.

One post in such topic got my attention and brought a smile on my face while reading it. This guy took his time, writing down all kinds of different reasons on why to play eve, and it gets through to the gist of the game.

If you want to read it too, here's a little link for you.(top post) I'm sure most of you already know it but I haven't been on Reddit for that long so it was something new for me.

I'm not sure what my gameday today will be, I was planning of taking out one of my mission runners and having my second one finally undock and join him. But the corps I'm in is at war so I'm not too keen on taking my shiny, shiny Machariel out of undock.

Maybe I'll go back to scanning a bit.

Stay tuned o7 

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Christmas and EvE

As most of you may know, today is Christmas. A time for sharing, caring, family and gifts.
The last part being the most important one for a big amount of the population. All because we as humans love receiving new things and are pretty egocentric when push comes to shove.

CCP did something nice within their Icelandic folklore and the celebration of Christmas for the players. They introduced us to the Yule lads. Born from a troll mother these little creatures are used to scare kids and steal things instead of giving. And thus it came to no surprise that a lot of the gifts we received from the advent calendar, was seen as something worthless. Until yesterday, the 24th, the last day before Christmas. Everyone rejoiced as we got ourselves snowballs and the Leopard. A nimble shuttle with an amazing warp speed of 20 A/U. The trolls delivered.

And how!

I spent half of my day yesterday driving through the country with my little sister, she needed a place to store her 700+ Pokémon cards and I was a bit bored so I shrugged and said why not. At the one store we found that had what she wanted I bought her a Christmas present, to her great joy. Unfortunately for her she's not allowed to open it until this evening when we're having our family dinner, yes, I'm evil like that.

As for Christmas EvE, it was spent at my girlfriend's place, along with her parents and brother and sister, food, Wii and ice cream. It could have been fun, but it wasn't, mostly because I'm not a big fan of a family get together, and I kept on thinking: "I could have spent my time better on EvE"

Which, would have been a lie, mostly because I barely undock, and when I do, I seem to find myself a bug.
Today's plan is easy, this evening I'm spending my time at home, with my parents, my girlfriend, my two sisters and my youngest sister's boyfriend, eating soup, roast, homemade tiramisu and who knows what else.

But during the day, I will be spending my time in front of my computer. Trying out Exploration once more, while my girlfriend is sitting behind me, getting frustrated with her exam material. Seeing that she's in her last year of college and her exams are coming up she spends most of her waking hours studying. 
Which is good for me, more EvE time and less girlfriend agro.

I decided on trying out wormhole exploration once more today, I'm going to try and get to null sec. I'll have a relic and data analyzer equipped in my little Cheetah, seeing that I also want to see what happens when I find one in null or any low system I get to.

What do you mean, I'm already there? I didn't even get time to blink

Wish me luck, because I'll be needing it.

Stay tuned o7


Sunday, 22 December 2013

And we learn something new

The other day I decided to finally go out and explore a few wormholes. Taking out my Cheetah I started to launch probes left and right, scanning for an entrance. I first started in the System I usually do my missions at. Close to home, and if I found something, even better.

This is where I made my first of many mistakes. I know absolutely nothing about scanning, I know you need probes and you need to keep configuring them and pressing that scan button until you find a 100% one.
So that's what I did, after a while I found an unstable wormhole, giddy as a little kid that just got his first gaming system I pressed jump and entered without checking the info.

Guys! I found something!

Little did I know, that I would just be dropped 12 systems further, in another high sec system. I finally check the info and noticed that this wormhole drops someone in a random high sec one.

Thinking to myself: 'Ok E'dyn, rookie mistake, this can happen to anyone, lets head back and try again'
Luckily for me I was still idling at the WH entrance, otherwise I would have had to scan again to find it.
So we go back, and this time I go a few systems further in, into low sec, thinking that I might be able to find something better here. Lo and behold, I find an entrance to unknown space. I go in, immediately warp away from the hole (because that's what I think you have to do) and cloak up. To then start idling at the hole, wondering what on earth I will need to do next.

I should have bookmared that hole

I was amazed at the discovery scanner, there were a total of 15 signatures in the wormhole. Of which 11 were already at 100%. Asking in a channel I asked them if this was normal but unfortunately none of them knew anything about wormholes so I was left to think that it was.

Oh well, 4 others to scan so I might as well do that. And here's where I made another mistake. I warped of to the nearest planet at about 70km, forgetting to bookmark the hole I just came from.
No big deal you'd think, that's just a few scans away. So I start to scan and find another WH entrance, according to this one it goes into unknown space. So, I went ahead and clicked jump, because that's what you do when you have no idea what you're doing.

And the confusion starts, I wanted to enter the wormhole, I was in a clone without plugs so if I did something extremely dumb, I could just decide to self destruct.

After pressing jump, I got stuck, and I have absolutely no idea what happened, nor could anyone in any channel I talked in answer. My ship was calibrating, and I was cleared for jump in x amount of seconds. So I kept pressing the jump button, nothing happened. But according to my UI I was getting pulled into the hole. After the timer ended, I was still stuck in the same animation, and I was still in the same system. But for some reason I couldn't warp away, I couldn't even reload my probe launcher, because according to the game, my ship was no longer located in the same place.

I stared at this for quite some time

And when I tried to jump again, it told me I was polarized and needed to wait for 5 minutes or so.
And we wait, after the 5 minutes were up I was polarized once more. 'Strange', I think to myself, 'Something must have gone wrong with the client, better turn it off and on again'. Because that's what you do when you're in IT and you come up with a problem, that's the first step you try, you restart and check if the problem is gone.

After the restart I was warped away from the hole I was getting sucked in. But this time I had made a bookmark! So let's try again.

No luck, and no idea why I have no luck. No explanation why I'm not going into the next system.
Around this time I started to realize that without anyone able to explain to me why certain things work or not, I would be in over my head.

After another restart, I scanned up the exit to low, and went back to base. Having not won any information, other than the fact that I'm not that good at scanning, and that I'm in over my head when it comes to wormholes.

And then there's the whole d-scan. I have yet to figure out how that works, I did use it. And there were two orcas and a caracal in the hole with me. The only problem was the fact that I didn't know how to find them. I had forgotten where a POS gets anchored, and I didn't want to warp to every moon and every planet to check.

In hindsight I could have used Google, but I didn't think it would have mattered.

Docking up, I store the Cheetah, not giving up my hopes on exploration yet, but logging of with the idea that I needed someone to show me the ropes.


Stay tuned o7

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Not that good at writing things down

Trading has been put on a definite hold for now. Mostly due to the fact that prices seem to be dropping everywhere.
So I'm just going to build a small stockpile and then when prices rise again I'll have a nice amount of profit.

At least, if they rise, but I'm sure they will, it's the holidays, people just have more time to play right now.

I'm ashamed to say, that after playing EvE for so long I have finally found a use for the transactions tab in the wallet. I have never, in my whole life on EvE clicked it, until a few days ago. This little thing would have made everything so much easier if I had known it existed sooner.
As one of the people I talk with stated: "You're a trader, you make a nice amount of ISK by trading, and you never used that tab? WHAT?!"

I know, shocker, it came as quite a shock to me too when I found out how much that can help when you're trying to figure out how much you paid for something because you never write it down.

Speaking of never writing things down. I have made about 10 trips to Jita yesterday. That doesn't seem like much, but I did it in 2 hours time, in an Iteron that could have done everything in one trip if I cared to remember everything I needed.
I didn't take the bpcs along and I hadn't written it down so everytime I came to Jita I remembered a maximum of 2 things I needed.. But not the amount I needed.

I'm not that good at this spreadsheet online game this week, can you tell?

As for the combat alt, he has finally gone out of the station! After a few weeks, it was about time! But I didn't do any combat, I did scan a bit, even went through a few wormholes, enjoying the view. I did forget to make screen caps, but I'm going to point fingers at the fact that while I was playing yesterday, I was also watching a few online training videos for work related things.

Multitasking, yay!

I'm going to try and do more tonight, we'll see this weekend if I actually succeed in this or if I fall asleep because I've been working my butt off.

Stay tuned o7

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Thinking things through is not my forté

I have a hole in my hand, and it's quite big. Every time I want something, I tend to buy it. This can be anything, from a game, to a new cellphone, to a ship in EvE that I just have there to look at.

This time, it was "EvE Online: The Second Decade". I've spent the past few weeks trying to decide whether or not I felt like paying 158 Euros on this. 
Trying to make this decision I kept weighing the pros and cons of the collection. I'm a big fan of Collector Edition's, I have the one from SWTOR, The Witcher 2, Heroes of Might and Magic VI,... 
And all of them have one thing in common, other than the collectible in it, I'm no longer playing the game or using anything in it. My Darth Malgus statue is sitting next to me and my Geralt head too, the coins are in my wallet and I sometimes wear the Might and Magic shirt. But all the rest, is not being used.

So the biggest part of making the EvE decision, was whether it would be used or not. The collectibles in it are pretty cool, golden pod and gnosis BPC would most definately be something I'd use. 
But I'm interested most of all in the Rifter USB hub and the "Danger Game". The Rifter being my favorite ship and the game being something that could be a lot of fun with my friends.
Pew Pew Pew

So after hours upon hours of weighing, I decided to finally buy the game the other day.
Cue 10 minutes later, I have just spent 158 Euros on a pretty USB hub and a board game I may or may not play.

My girlfriend rolled her eyes at me when I told her that I was having second thoughts. Knowing full well that this was going to happen. Good thing there's the fact that you can ask for a cancellation within 14 days of purchase. So that's what I did.

Moral of this story: 'I really need to think harder on whatever it is I do and buy'

Which is something that I need to do in game too. Despite me really wanting the CE, I can't for the life of me think of a good reason to spend 150+ Euros on me. I thought I did have a good reason, until I actually bought it.

It's a shame that the Americans had that Black Friday sale but us Europeans were left in the dark. I really, really want the Danger Game and USB hub.. But the whole package would only be worth about 50euros less than the current asking price.

So if the price does drop, I will probably buy it. Unless I can find someone willing to part with their board game.
I'd love to play this with my friends on New Year's eve.

Stay tuned! o7


Friday, 13 December 2013

Time equals money

It's been a busy week for me, and I've finally found some time to write things down again. I feel a bit guilty for not writing more blog posts, but c'est la vie. RL always comes before the EVE life.

Speaking of which, I still haven't found what I want to do, mostly because of the fact that I haven't been doing much the past couple of weeks. I spent a few hours making undocks in different stations, just because I needed to find something to do and I felt like making these makes my life a lot easier.

So I took a cloaky cheetah, went a few jumps in Low and spent a few hours making undocks. Which gets boring, very, very fast.
What do you mean, this can't be done faster?

Industry wise I've been slacking. Not only have I stopped my invention, I have stopped manufacturing altogether. Not because I want to, but because of time restraints. I don't have that many blueprints, but I have a whole bunch of BPC's that I still need to invent. Problem with this is the fact that I haven't actually gotten myself the data cores for this.
And every time I got to Jita I forget to take a bunch of them with me.
But! The good news is, because of the fact that I just wrote this down, I have put up a few buy orders for around 500 of each data core. So here's hoping I can get back to that.

I've also put up a bunch of buy orders for the materials I use in manufacturing. This ranges from Tritanium to Guidance Systems to, whatever else I need and that I can remember without looking at my spreadsheets.
I'm not sure how much time I will be spending in the game this weekend, but I do know, or at least hope, that a few of those buy orders will get filled.

As for trading in general, well seeing that I haven't logged on since last Sunday on my trader, let's just say he's doing nothing at all. I have just put up 1.2billion in buy orders with only 600m in ISK in his wallet. How I love Margin Trading *grins*.

If, and that's a big one, they get filled, I can make at least 2billion on this. But that's a big if. 0,01 ISKers are still the bane of my existence and I've had a few days where I just wanted to stop trading, seeing that I'm actually not that very good at it.

I've looked into inter-regional trading, but every time I look at those hundreds of possible items, I start to feel like it's an impossible job for me to make money on it and I close it down again.

Maybe trading isn't quite meant for me. We'll see what this current batch says, if the station trading finally picks up, I might change my mind. It's the weekend, so that means more sales and more buys.

Or at least.. It should


Stay tuned o7 

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Industry and Guilt

The problem with manufacturing T2 is invention. You need to have invented blueprints in order to do something with your lines. And that's where I'm slacking on. I got bored of all the invention, every few hours checking in on EVE to put new copies into the mobile laboratories. It's something that quickly becomes a drag.
But now that I stopped doing that for the mo
ment, I feel guilty for not using the POS. Sure the others in the corporation are allowed to use it, but we're pretty small (there's three of us) and the other two don't actually use the POS. They are quite clueless about how industry works.

Which I get, it's not easy to get into and it definitely is not something you can do without the correct amount of SP.

So what am I doing now with all those open slots? ME research on several BPO's I had lying about. They're not actually worth anything but at least that way I'm actually using the slots and I don't have to feel too guilty about it.

As for my other characters. Well I have had almost no time to past couple of weeks, other than updating market orders and taking my Cheetah out that one time I have done close to nothing worth of note. Which is a pity, because I joined that new corporation to have more stories but Real Life seems to be getting in the way of me actually creating them.

Why are we all just hanging here?

Market wise the game is doing good for me, although I have yet to make a lot of money out of it, my station trader is making a small profit, but a profit nonetheless.

Every time I read the people with market blogs and their billions of profit I want to know what their secret is. I even want to talk to them about it and give me hints. But the problem is, that the secret is more than likely spending a lot of time checking out the market and fluctuations of it. Look at items and how they move. 

Unfortunately, that's time I do not have, and time I would probably spend by getting bored of it and closing the market altogether.

It's a shame that people can't give away their secrets on ISK making, but I get why. Without those secrets, there wouldn't be any more ISK to make.

Stay tuned o7

Monday, 2 December 2013

Every day, you learn something new.

As it turns out, I'm not that good at scanning. Whether it is partly due to my lack of skills or because I just suck at it in general. I'm just bad at it.

I found that out while trying to check if I could scan things in a high sec area. It took me about 20 minutes to resolve the one gas site that I found there. Twenty whole minutes.
Scanning ship, at your service

Makes me wonder how bad I'll be at this if I tried it in w-space. And I don't feel like training it right now because I have other plans in my queue. I'm currently training to finally be able to fly a Loki. I already have all the subsystems in place, the only thing missing is Minmatar Cruiser V.. Which will take me 17 more days, I guess that just goes to show that I should plan things better than I do right now.

But! The good news is that I finally finished Gallente Battleship V so my Machariel now has the full bonuses for both the Battleship skills. And most people know, I really, really love my Machariel.

Which makes it even better for me that people seem to want to get rid of theirs, the prices of Pirate faction battleships has been dropping ever since Rubicon hit.
The whispers I heard say that this is because of the warp speed changes, making them rather slow. But I still love my Mach, it's my first baby and I will treasure her/him/it forever.


And in other news, turns out that I forgot to enable auto subscription on my main account so I lost 14 hours of training..Darn

Stay tuned o7

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Friends and such

Thinking is something that works well when you're cleaning your room. I had just drilled a few holes in a few of the walls so I needed to vacuum clean.
A few of the new posters now hanging above my bed^^

While doing so I started thinking about EvE and the people I meet in there. And whether or not they could be called friends or just acquaintances.

In the end of my inner monologue I came to the conclusion that I actually do look at some of the as "friends". I don't know their real names (or if I do I already forgot) but some of the people I talk with on a regular basis know more about me than some of the people I do know IRL. I even talk with the people in game more than I do with my closest friends. That's mostly because of our work and other IRL things that make us very busy.

There are a few people in the game that I trust, partly because we've been playing and talking together in EvE for over a year and also because those people share their grievances and joyful occasions with the rest of us.

All of this makes me wonder about the rest of you. Do you look at those you play with on a regular basis as friends, or are you waiting for them to stab your back?

Because apparently, if you have to believe everyone else, that's something that is bound to happen sooner or later.

On another note: it's a shame that the black Friday EVE game time for .99 cents was only for new accounts, I'd have liked something like that as a so called vet. But I'm sure there will be other deals. CCP is still a company, and they need to attract new customers.


Stay tuned o7

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Big Succes .. Sort off?

Today was one of those days where I logged in and actually did something different than just sitting in station, looking at my orders and spinning my ships.

I logged in, and did what I've been telling myself to do for a while. Go out on a roam. 

Few corporation members were going to go on a BC roam so I decided to join them in a Hurricane I had lying about. Seeing that I am no PvPer at all I had to ask them for a fit for it, once that was done, and after adding a remote repairer I was ready.

It's been ages since I had to use TeamSpeak so of course that had to update but once I was on it all went fine, my new headset works, everything's great and I can follow the FC's commands.
"No! I want to be on top!"

We jumped around a bit, failed to find anything and then came into a system where I saw a Venture on D-scan. As the veterans out there will point out, we did something extremely stupid next.

We split up, and went in search of the Venture, everyone going to a different belt. One of us the top one, other bottom, well you get the picture.

Some might have seen this coming from miles away, I certainly didn't, and it seemed the rest of the fleet didn't either. The venture was a trap. Not long after I had warped towards one of the belts I heard the venture was in the top belt and he got pointed. About 1 minute after I heard: "Oh, guys, I think this was a trap" and the fc telling us to quickly jump to top belt. There were about 11 of them waiting for us. Now, all in all we did pretty good, I repaired, I took a few shots, and then I jumped out back out at the command of the FC.

After which I kept thinking: "What do I do?! Am I supposed to go back in, what's going on?"

Turns out the others got blown up and I was the only one still in my ship. Guess that was because I was late to the party and they didn't point me as fast as they probably could have.

The roam was not what you would call a success except for the fact that I did go out in low sec in an "expensive" ship. That's something isn't it?

After that I went back to the so called market pvp and made a few 0.01 ISKers unhappy. But it's making my own wallet grow bigger so that makes me happy.


Stay tuned o7

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Trading and other things

I started a station trader a few weeks ago. I don't think I'm very good at it. I think I'm just a bit too lazy to do the research which would be good to sell and what wouldn't be.

I made him start out with 100m and am currently working with a 1b buy order and 400m in sell orders. He was working in Dodixie but I decided to go to Amarr since it's a bit closer to where I usually am at with my other characters and I actually haul things between Jita and Amarr every once in a while if the goods I manufacture sell for more there.

While trading I kept thinking who on earth would sit in front of his or her computer all day updating the orders for 0.01 isk. That has got to be the most boring way to spend your game time. Some of the people who do it are probably botters but still.

I like undercutting them with bigger margins though. As long as I make a profit, even if it's only 5%, I'm a happy camper.

Working as a station trader is helping me get to know the market a bit more, I can see why some goods sell well, others don't. But I've only been working it for a few weeks and have yet to get that 'Eureka' moment where I know of a few goods that I can invest in and sell in order to get my billions a month.

But it's fun, it's new, it's .. Well not very exciting but at least I'm doing something new.


Speaking of doing something new. I've had a few offers from Wormhole corporations, and one in particular was a bit interesting,  I'm going to try them out, be their so called "Guinea pig" 

Yay, Viator!

Thursday, 21 November 2013

A good day to blow things up.

Yesterday was a fun day on EvE. Not only did I receive a few evemails about joining WH corps, I also tried out something new.

Let's talk about that first. What did I do? Well in a spur of the moment I decided to try and get the last Interbus Custom Office in our system down. I was checking my planets and saw that most offices had already been shutdown except for one. So I asked people in the channel I chat in if they were up to it and after about 20 minutes of me going to Jita in 3 accounts and buying a few "glass cannons" we were ready to start.

Seeing that I didn't actually know what to use to destroy the POCO and I thought that you might get a suspect flag (can you tell that I haven't read up on this?) I decided on two hurricanes. Neither of them doing that much damage, one was at 750dps, the other 540dps. The lower DPS one wasn't able to use T2 turrets so that was why it was a bit lower.
The third account is a newbie 1 month old one that was flying a drake with 150dps.

Suffice to say, what I had was not nearly enough to take it down. Luckily I have people who sort of like me enough to come and help me. 
Hey guys, when did we get shadows?

Seeing that we're all noobs one way or the other, our DPS total was about 3-4k across 6 characters.

While we were shooting at the Office my Industrial character was slowly making her way to Jita in an Orca to buy a gantry and the necessary upgrade items.

When I got back to our home system we were at about 40% shield left. So I did what any person would do. I let my Orca drones fly out. That's right, we have an orca on our Interbus kill mail!
I'd have laughed if the Orca had the final blow

It took awhile, but I'm pretty happy with the fact that our corporation is currently the proud owner of a POCO. I have no idea how long it will take but I like it because we did something new, and as a group. It was fun.
Yay, building things!

While all of this was going on I was looking at the wormhole mails I got and talking to one in particular. This guy turned out to be fun to talk to and I was planning on sending my application right after we were done with what we were doing.

Unfortunately, this person's patience level wasn't very high. Seeing that I was busy on 4 accounts at the same time I didn't look at my main's chat window a lot. After a few minutes he started to tell me that I should quit my corporation immediately and apply to his. I told him I was a bit busy and he kept telling me I should quit and that he's waiting for my application.

Suffice to say that I reversed my earlier thoughts on him being a nice guy. Which means that I'm still looking out for a corporation to join. My forum post doesn't seem to be too popular. I guess nobody wants someone with +30m SP but absolutely no idea what he's doing. 

I will need myself a babysitter in W-space.

Stay tuned o7


Sunday, 17 November 2013

Fear of the dark

I did it. I made a 'Looking for Corporation' post. The only problem now is, that I haven't posted it yet.
I can't decide on whether I want to have my main (this guy) or the alt that I have in RvB in a WH.

Logic dictates that I should do it with my main character. He's most skilled, almost able to jump into strategic cruisers and in general the character I like playing with the most.

But will this fact not change when I am no longer able to go out without the "fear" to lose a ship.
Because this is what this is all about, I'm afraid of the life beyond High-sec, I never even went anywhere but high sec for longer than a few hours.

Fear of the unknown is something most humans deal with, and I'm dealing with it in a game.
I'm trying to do what most people in high sec are afraid of doing, and that's taking that step towards the other life. Where danger lurks everywhere. Or at least that's what us carebears think it does. Maybe I'm exaggerating, maybe I'm not.


But I have to make a decision

Saturday, 16 November 2013

What can't you do?!

When people talk about EvE, you will usually hear about the endless possibilities EvE gives you. Hence the name sandbox, you can do whatever you want, however you want it. Well, within the bounds of the game at least.
You know, in case you're wondering. http://swiftandbitter.com/eve/wtd/

There's a problem about this though, something that seems to be something that both veterans and noobs have to deal with. With all the options out there for you. How are you ever going to pick what you want to do? How are you even going to be doing them?

A few months ago I had a friend of mine join the game, and he liked it, but he had a problem with the diversity. He had no idea what he wanted to do. He started training something, and every time his queue finished he said just put something new in it and then logged off. 

Because he didn't feel confident enough that he'd be able to do anything with what he just trained. He didn't believe the whole "You can still do things with a low amount of SP" that I kept telling him.

Which is why he stopped playing and went back to WoW. Because he felt that in WoW he atleast has the ability to keep up to, and even surpass other people by being better than them.
It's a shame that he stopped playing because I'd love it if I could get some real life friends to play. But c'est la vie.

I too am trying to get rid of this problem though, what on earth shall I do. Is a question I ask myself everything I log in. One that doesn't get answered 90% of the time, I make plans, but fail to go through with them.

Right now I'm looking at a hangar with 510 BPC's in it to invent, and I have no idea which one to start with.
I'm also looking at another word document in which I'm trying to write up a 'Looking for Corporation' post for myself. Seeing that I really want to join the wormhole life. Or at least get to know it.

Guess I need to be more decisive in general.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

I do it my way

When reading other people's blogs, especially the industrial ones, I always come across the same kind of things. People calculating everything. From the amount of ISK they will make with the sale of one product, to the cost of the invention, everything gets written down and put into their spreadsheet and used to calculate their total monthly profit.

I, don't do that. I know that EVE is called spreadsheet online for a reason, and I use spreadsheets, I use them a lot. But I just can't bother putting every single step of the process in a sheet to see if the things I make actually have a nice profit margin or not. Wether its 5% or 500%, as long as I see my total amount of ISK rise, I'm a happy camper.

Now, is this the wrong or the right way to do it? It's neither, it's my way. It's definately not the best way out there but it keeps me from having to manage every single step of the process and keeping it all written down. I probably make a bit of a loss on some items, but I probably make a nice amount of profit on others.

Note the use of probably there. I have absolutely no idea which one of my items makes me the most money. And that's where I'm doing it wrong. But I just can't bother to try and manage everything. I still have over 600 blueprints in my hangar that I need to invent. 600! That's 600 updates to my laboratories, and everyone working with POSes know that this is not a nice way to spend your time.
What do you mean: "You have to do us one at a time"

I keep hoping on a POS update, but I doubt that it'll come anytime soon.

The reason why I'm starting about this is because today I will be putting the last of the T2 blueprints that I have in stock in manufacturing lines. I put a small hiatus on invention because I started to hate doing it, I hated logging in to update the lines, invent some more. 

But unfortunately, I'm at that time again where I have to.

This time however! I will try and use decryptors, something I haven't done before, and I think I will start writing things down more, see how much of a difference that gives me.
Not using decryptors gave me about a 55% chance of getting a T2 BPC, the use of them will (hopefully) up that chance a bit. We'll see what happens.

I still love my POS, but sometimes, I wish this was all a lot easier, but then everyone would be doing it!


Stay tuned o7

Monday, 11 November 2013

Glorified Chat Box

"EvE sometimes feels as if it's just a glorified chat box"
That's a sentence that's been going through my mind for the past couple of days. It's something one of my in game friends said, and it got me to think about this. In a sense he's right about this, seeing that I spend more time talking with people than I do doing things.

Not that that is a bad thing, because I like it, I like talking to the people I know about random things and about life in general, it's a fun way to pass the time.

I also spend a lot of time talking about the things I would like to do but I never actually do them. Some due to fear of the unknown, others because I have no idea how to start doing it.
I spent countless hours looking at this screen while talking

I did spend a few hours in Low Sec this weekend, but not much came out of that, either I just missed people or I was outgunned.

The one industrial that I came across was already in warp by the time I noticed him. Learning how to D-scan is one of those things on my to do list that I have yet to start with.

I spent a lot of time looking at my market tab the past weekend, I made a bit of a profit, and spend a few bill on materials to manufacture with. So I'm using my ISK for something. But I still have too much liquid ISK that's not being used to gain more of it.

I think my problem in this lies with the fact that I use it as a counter, the more I have the closer I get to "winning".

I don't have much else to say, real life made me have a busier weekend than planned which means that my search for a WH corporation was on pause. I did join a few channels that I was told about in my previous blog, so there's that. I have yet to speak to the people in it though.


If anyone has any other suggestions about chat channels I can go in to just talk, feel free to leave them here. As I said in the beginning of this post, a glorified chat box isn't all that bad, I'm having my fun. 

Thursday, 7 November 2013

See you when I get there

As some of you may know, there was an event today. As some of you may have heard, it did not work out all that well.

As far as I could tell, CCP dropped the ball on this one, they made everyone go to one of the two systems that were supposed to be the staging areas. Only to then tell everyone to take a whole bunch of jumps further, 23 jumps to be exact.

Don't worry guys, we'll get there!

That's 23 jumps with 20% tidi... It took me exactly 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach the low sec entry point.
I was one jump into null before I lost the Harbinger I put together for this.
Not that it's such a big deal, I bought and fitted that ship with the idea that I will be losing it as soon as I came into null. The bigger problem was the fact that it took me over 2 hours to get there.

I get tidi, and I get why it's necessary, but one does wonder; "Why on earth have a live event, just so you can have hundreds of people traveling there, but not actually getting there"

By the time I got to the low sec entry point there was a message from one of the ISD's telling us that the RMOC facility was cleared. And turns out that the one the Gallente/Minmatar fleet was going to was already successfully defended half an hour before that.
There's light at the end of the tunnel

I think 50% of the people weren't even there yet by that time. 

Oh well, it did get me to go to low sec again. Even null for those few precious minutes.
Losing the Harbinger got me a step closer to losing more ships in pvp. This was a bit of a one sided pvp battle, but it's a step.


The light, it's so bright

Which brings me to my next point. In the coming days I will be looking out for a wormhole corp.
I have decided that I want to learn more about this, it's been in my mind for weeks now and I'd really like to learn the ropes. And of course join one.

If only I knew what is expected of you when you join one...


Stay tuned o7

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

In space, nobody hears you

When I log into the game I usually spend most of my time talking to the few friends I have on there. It's usually the same 3 people.
When they're not online, I tend to get bored easily. Which means that I should find an extra few channels to talk in. I sometimes spend time in the E-uni channel but there's so many people on there that it's a bit too unpersonal for me.

I like getting to know the people in the game with me. I'm social like that.

I flew my bomber for a few hours last night, didn't find much to do, did come across a few gatecamps but I was smart enough to leave those alone, I'm not picking a fight when I am 100% sure I can't win it. If I had a 1% chance of maybe hitting something, I might just get suicidal.

Industry wise everything's going great, I stopped selling things to buy orders (yay me) and make a few million ISK more per produced good I sell, so I'm happy with that.

My RvB alt hasn't seen much action the past few weeks. Another thing I should change soon. Unfortunately due to work I tend to come home quite late, so half the time I only log in the do something for half an hour before I crawl into my bed. Here's hoping that I find more time in the weekends.

Stay tuned! O7

Sunday, 3 November 2013

What button do I press to go boom?

Seeing that I have a bunch of extra ISK, without any effort or time spent on getting it, I decided to use it on ships and training myself in the use of bombing. Today will be a day for experimentation with that.

I currently have 10 fit Nemesis' ready for action. Why the Nemesis? Well because I think it's pretty, that's the only reason behind my train of thought in picking a bomber.
Pretty, pretty Nemesis; Did I mention I like image search?

If I'm going to blow stuff up, or die trying, I might as well be doing it while looking at a pretty ship.
Besides figuring out how to bomb I also have to do the somewhat "boring" job of restocking my planets. It's one of those things I tend to put off for quite a bit, most of the time my planets aren't even working at full capacity because I don't like stocking them again.

Which is one of the reasons why I might just go back to low sec with them soon. That would mean I could just log in, put the timers on, which would take about 5 minutes, and not bother for a while again.

Now, back to bombing. One of the reasons why I want to do this, is so that I will learn to not be afraid of low and null sec, specifically null, seeing that you can't bomb in low. I've been going out of my way to not get into the lower security space, because I'm afraid of losing ships. And this has got to end.

In the larger picture I'm even considering of joining a WH corps, just because I need to learn new things and not get stuck in my ways.

Time to see if I can actually do what I tell myself to.


Stay tuned o7

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Oh happy day

Today is a good day. Why? Well, that's the story for today isn't it?

As most, if not all, of you know, Somer Blink will no longer be able to use their affiliation program as an extra incentive for people to buy GTC's through them. CCP gave them a few more days before this has to stop. So they're offering a nice little bonus, instead of 250m you'll get 1b per GTC bought. Which is a nice little incentive and it made me buy a GTC through them.

It's been a year since I bought a GTC to add to my game time since I usually just have CCP credit my card directly. But I couldn't let this go, not now.

After buying two GTC's I had 2B credit on my blink account, I'm an avid gambler, so I wasn't planning on doing what some other people do and just buy all the tickets in a blink in order to get a nice1.6b out of the 2b.
Not only did I receive 1 bill on blink credits, I also received 2000 tokens. Which can be used in promo blink, bonks etc. 

When I browsed to the blink site, I noticed a 30 day PLEX promo running, which you could buy into with a token, but in order to buy into it, you needed to have played a blink in the last 30 days.

So I just bought the first blink that allowed me to, because a lot of people were playing on the site and every time I clicked to buy a ticket on a random cheap one it was already finished. 

When I finally was able to buy a ticket, I saw my name flash in the yellow marker. Meaning that I won it.
My first thoughts were "Hey that's nice, I just did a random one to join the promo and I won, now what did I win?"
Thank you Google Search

Turns out I bought a 200m ticket on 2 Moros dreadnaughts. Meaning that with this random ticket, I just made 6b (the ISK buyout for this certain blink)

Not only did I actually win something with the money I was thinking of spending on random tickets and hope that I might win something of 30m, I actually made a ton of ISK on this.

ISK that will be spent on furthering my goals of getting myself blown up a bit more.

I love Blink, I do, I probably already spent more than 6b in getting myself more credit, but I like the fact that I won something. If I had won the Promo too, I'd have an even bigger smile.

After reading my post I did notice that this sounds a lot like bragging. But that's not what I mean to do. This is just me, being happy that for once, a gamble I took actually paid of. Despite it being an accidental one.

If only I had luck like this when I go out and gamble away real money instead of in game currency :)

EDIT: I spent another 1.4b on random blinks, including a Rorq, Daredevil, SNI,.. Not luck, but it's not like I can complain today 

Stay tuned o7


Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The L-word

A while ago I decided to start up a trading character. Seeing that a lot of people seem to make most of their ISK from trading. I also decided to no longer sell my manufactured goods to buy orders (I know it's horrible that I even did it!).

Now we're a bit further in time and my trading character is doing, okay. He's not doing great, but it's definately not bad either. I gave him a few mill to start with, and he currently has a tenfold of the starting amount.
Which I don't get, at all. Why? Well I still have no idea what I'm doing, I'm just winging it, the whole buy low sell high thing works, but I have yet to figure out the goods to trade and the why behind of it.

Well I think we all know the why behind of it, but it makes no sense. People are lazy. That is the only reason that some make a lot of money on them. It's easy, people don't want to spend their time jumping around to get their goods, they want one point where they can get them.

The perfect example for this is Jita, everyone knows that if you need something, Jita is more than likely the best place to find it. And it's true, you will find it and chances are you won't find it anywhere cheaper nearby. I'm guilty of doing this myself, I go to Jita when I need something, but I live 4 blocks away from the hub.

I'm still searching for the right combination of buying and selling though, right now I've just been lucky, scouring the markets for something to buy I suddenly find sell orders that go for way too little, I buy them, relist them and blamo, I've got a profit margin of 15-30%. It's not that hard a job either.

But it does take time, especially when you haven't got a focus point yet, as I told you earlier, I'm winging it. So I'm not doing one set of items, I'm looking at EVERYTHING. And that's a lot of items, too many even.

Despite the fact that it works, I'm not doing that anymore, I currently have 100m on the trading alt, and I'm searching for the right investment to put it in. I hate browsing the market for hours ;)


Stay tuned o7

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Time vs Reward

Everything in EvE is time related, you need time to earn ISK, time to get your skills higher, it takes time to do missions, scanning, whatever floats your boat.

And what do we get in return? A reward, wether it's the ISK or finally being able to fly that sweet sweet battleship you've been pining for.

I started thinking about this when figuring out what to write, I had a nice little post ready for you all, stating the reasons why I haven't actually written much the past week. And all of that, is due to time, or the lack of it.

Some people are on EvE for hours on end, but in the end they only spinned their ship while talking to their friends. Is that rewarding? Well I hope that they find it rewarding.
I hate not being able to log in as long as I want, since I started working again my free time has been dwindling down to only a few hours a week. Which is normal, you have to earn money.

But I feel guilty when I don't spend enough time on EvE, seeing that it's an MMO and I'm still not smart enough to have my accounts pay for themselves. Plural, I have four accounts, two of which are combat oriented, of which one is in RvB. And two that are industry oriented. One of those wasn't even supposed to be subbed anymore since I was only training a character for 50 days on it but I forgot to get in npc corp on time so I just subbed him another month.

Back to the topic at hand though, the time I spend in EvE these days is far less rewarding for me than it should be. Which is due to the fact that my measurement of it being rewarding is way off.
When I see my wallet rise, I think of my time as being spent in a good way. And I'm sure that a lot of people think like that.

But I should stop thinking like that, I should go out and destroy other ships, let my wallet drop because I needed to buy more ships to destroy. Unfortunately, that's something I can't do. So I log in, update my lab queues, planets, etc. And I log back out because it's time for me to get some sleep for the next day of work.
I can't wait until I get to the point where I finally have to do as less as 1 hour a week to earn the big amounts of ISK. But unfortunately I don't see that happening any time soon, partly because I suck at trading, and partly because of my lack of time to research things. And when I do get to research, I seem to suck at that too!

I did make 600m this month, so I guess that's better than nothing at all.

Here's to hoping.

Now here's something for you to think about;

What does reward mean for you in the game vs the time you spent on it. And, as a bonus.
When you only have half an hour or an hour to spend, what do you do? What does it do to you that you can't get the most out of the game?

Pew Pew



Stay tuned o7

Thursday, 17 October 2013

I like to move it, move it

Except, that I don't, not really. I hate having to go after materials, ammo,.. Anything really, I hate flying from point A to point B with a cargo ship.
I trained my character to fly an Obelisk once, I forgot why, I think it had something to do with the fact that I thought it'd be a nice skill to have, and for some reason I liked the look of the Obelisk.

That was until I finally had one. I knew it was slow, but holy ****, calling it slow is an understatement. The align time, the warp speed,.. Everything about it is slow, and not only is it that, but if someone decides to gank your ass, well you're royally screwed.

So all in all I flew the Obelisk about two times before selling it again. Same for the orca, but I still have that in my hangar, not only can I use it to safely move around ships if I needed to, seeing that it has a pretty good tank. I could also use it to boost a mining fleet, you know, if I ever felt like doing that. Or if I actually knew people who'd like me to do that.

I'm saying all of this, because I just want to let you, the reader, get into my mindset about transporting things. Which is why I absolutely love freighter services. I adore these people. Not only does their existance mean that I don't have to move my own stuff around, it also means that I can spend the time I would have spent doing the freighting, on other, equally unimportant things.

Unimportant because I still haven't figured out what to do, but I digress.

I've used Red Frog quite a bit the past couple of months, having them haul my fuel, my ores, other things I needed to get hauled. And I'm quite happy with the service they give, mostly because it seems that every time I put up a contract, it only takes 2 or 3 hours for it to be fulfilled, which is pretty good considering everything.

But next to Red Frog you also have PushX, so yesterday I decided to use them, they're a bit cheaper than Red Frog, but also quite a great corporation that gets the job done. I even had a nice thank you mail from them. Something I never got from Red Frog, so that's actually a nice extra.

Right now I do lean towards Red Frog a bit more seeing that they do it within hours and Push took about a day and a half, but still, that might be because of the amount of jumps they had to go through.

I'll more than likely just use both of them, as long as I don't have to do it myself, I'm a happy camper.
Hello, I'm Big Bertha


Stay tuned o7

Monday, 14 October 2013

A fine line

There's a fine line between EvE being just a game, or it being close to a second job, and I think that I'm threading said line.

When trying to make ISK in the game, there are a multitude of ways to do so. You can mine rocks until you're cross eyed and sell either the rocks or the processed goods. You can go out and do missions, earning bounties, salvage and loot. There's null sec ratting (which is supposedly something that'll make you earn quite a bit), exploration, industry, piracy, trading,...

There are so many ways of making ISK that it's hard to pick one that you like, especially if you're like me and haven't even tried half of it yet.
But right now, my way of making isk is with industry, I create T2 items. Which means that I need bpc's for them, which I get by copying T1 BPO's and then put them in one of my invention slots at the POS.

There's only a certain percentage chance that said bpc turns into a T2 bpc, without using decryptors and such I usually get around 55% chance of a T2. Which is pretty good, datacores aren't too expensive and I have all the chips. I make a nice profit doing so.

However, I noticed that when I make things that only take a rough 10 hours to make, I start thinking of EvE as a job. I need to log in to do my invention once every hour, click and click and click because of the POS mechanics not allowing me to create batch jobs. And then I need to make sure that I have all the material to create said items.
It's not that hard, but all the clicking can get to you.

A friend of mine told me that I should slow down a bit once the invention starts to feel as a second job, I would love to do that. But doing so would make it problematic for me. I really, really don't like seeing my manufacturing/research job queues empty.
It's something that makes me feel guilty, not using the full potential of a character. Already I put a few ME jobs up just because I didn't want those empty slots just sitting there.

It's time for me to start looking into other ways of making ISK though. Mission running is fun and all, but it gets boring too. You can only do so many level 4's until you get cross eyed.

Maybe I should try my hand at trading. If only I knew what I was doing, that'd make things a lot easier for me.
If someone feels like mentoring me in the ways of trading, be my guest! Your help will be appreciated and you'll get a virtual cookie out of it!

Stay tuned o7