Monday, 22 December 2014

Explosion due to stupidity once more

I lost another ship this weekend. This time it happened due to another person blowing me up, and my own stupidity. Well, just my lack of common sense and staying somewhere for a bit too long while not cloaked.

I'm planning on joining a friend's corporation in a few days, said friend is setting up a WH corporation with a few other people he knows. Seeing as I have no idea how to scan down signatures, or even use d-scan, I decided to train myself a bit.

So I shipped up in a cheetah, set out to low sec and started to scan down the different sites and signatures in a system in order to train myself some more on the "how does this work" part of it all.

While doing so I found a relic site, and as it turned out, I had a relic analyzer in my Cheetah. So I decided to go and have a look, maybe even get lucky in "hacking" the site.

Not only do I know nothing about scanning, I also have no idea how hacking works... Zero clue whatsoever. So while I was staring at the screen wondering what all those things that I could click meant and why some would lock up after clicking five times, someone found me.

I suddenly saw a manticore pop up on my screen and immediately got locked and scrambled. One volley of torpedoes later and I was warping away in my capsule to the nearest gate.

I learned that I should pay more attention, and definately should not be trying out hacking if I have no idea what it's all about. Using D-scan would probably not have helped in this case seeing as the manticore was cloaked, but still, it wasn't even opened.


The person shooting me convoed me afterwards, thanking me for getting myself blown up, he had been in the system for a few days waiting for a kill to happen and told me that I was his first ever solo kill. He was even kind enough to offer me to pay for half of my loss.

I declined this of course, I have plenty of ISK and congratulated him on his first solo kill and patience. I would not be able to just wait for days until something happens.

After doing a few jumps, I got back to Jita and shipped up in a new cheetah. Ready to continue my training.

I need to be ready in a few days, need to be able to hold my own in W-space. Because if nobody's there to get me an exit, I'll have to do it myself.

Monday, 15 December 2014

What you get when not paying attention

I decided to run some missions in my Machariel while deciding which corporation to join. I've been running them for ages and mostly enjoy the cleaning up afterwards in my Industrial character's Noctis. Which I lost, due to forgetting about a certain trigger.

Imagine if you will, being told that you have to rescue a certain Damsel in Distress. She needs to be rescued from a warlord's "pleasure garden" and you've been tasked with doing so.
You jump in your pod and attach to your trusty vessel, ready to kick some pirate ass.

As you warp in you get trash talked a bit by some cronies and you make them explode into the vacuum that we call space. After that, their boss shows up and you do the same thing. Everyone's dead, so you call in your little helper that everything's safe, after which you remember that you actually needed to rescue someone and not just shoot everything that moves in the face (woops).

At this point your little helper is already collecting the lovely loot and stripping your enemies' wrecks for their mods and anything else that's worth something, even poking a few corpses.
You lock up the pleasure garden and demand them to hand over their captive. Which of course, they do not. So you shoot them in the face too.

Which, in retrospect isn't really helpful if you shoot the place where the hostage is captive into oblivion. As it turns out, as soon as that started, something was triggered.

Namely a little alarm for the pirates and all of a sudden 5 battleships are shooting my little helper and a few spider drones are webbing her and the frigates are scrambling her so she is unable to warp out or run away. Cue a nice little explosion and the loss of her Noctis.

Not only that, but due to the fact that I was already reveling in my victory, I did not notice that I was out of drones. I could destroy my enemies.. Except for those nasty little frigates and drones. So I had to sit there, laugh as they try to penetrate my shield, while my little helper shipped into another ship to come shoot their faces for me.

A nice little lesson for me here, despite being pretty much unkillable by the NPC's in the missions, my little helper is not. She's extremely squishy in fact.

Good thing the insurance pay out for the Noctis was more than what I paid for a new one and the old one was already a few years old, way best it's fly date anyhow.

Loot and mission bonusses made up for the rest of the losses.

As for my industry, still chugging along, creating and inventing things that pay the bills.

I also bought myself a few dozen frigates I'm excited to go and get blown up.

Stay tuned o7

Friday, 5 December 2014

EvE - The Second Decade

Little over a year ago, CCP shipped out their ten year anniversary collector's edition all across the world for people to enjoy. At the time I was one of those people wanting to buy, but not willing to spend my money on it just yet. Mostly because at the time I was spending my money on other things like a new motorcycle and things like that.

Today, I received a box in the mail, with a little gift in it from my girlfriend. This gift was, as you can probably tell from the title of this box, EvE's collector's edition. 
"I haven't been this giddy unpacking something in years." 

This box set has been on my "To Buy" list ever since I first heard about it, I just hadn't gone to the trouble of buying it yet. So opening a plain cardboard box and seeing this thing in it, you can imagine that I was certainly surprised.

One of the big reasons for wanting this was the game inside. "Danger Game" or under it's official name Hættuspil. I tend to play board games with my friends once a week and we're always on the lookout for new things to try, seeing as this is what started CCP, I really wanted it, and now I have it. 
"I'm going to enjoy this"

Only thing I need to do now is try it out one of the coming days.

The Rifter USB hub inside the box looks nice, but it doesn't feel too nice. It's plastic, a nice piece of decoration but the USB cable supplied with it is way too short to hook it up to my machine so I'll just use it as decoration next to my battle station. 

The box with the codes and accompanied soundtrack is an eye catcher, the artwork on it is great and even the cards with the codes have a nice touch. 
"Music maestro!"

What I completely forgot about however, was the art book. "Into the Second Decade" it's a hardcover 193-paged book filled with text and art work. I have only browsed the first few pages but I love it already and will enjoy reading it from cover to end.
"Much wow"

As for the rest. I haven't checked the in game codes yet, I have yet to decide if I'll be redeeming them or just giving them away. We'll see. Right now, I have some reading to do.

If you haven't gone out to buy it yet, go grab yourself the Collector's edition, it's for 75 euros now, you get 90 days of free time, a bunch of codes and some great art work along with a board game that may or may not be awesome (I'm hoping on the former.)

And if anyone were to care about it, turns out that my girlfriend ordered this on Monday. So it took less than a week to get here.

https://secure.eveonline.com/CE/?_ga=1.262857737.420349461.1394288952

Stay tuned o7

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Feeling guilty

I would be lying if I said that I have spent the past few weeks playing lots of EvE and making new online acquaintances in the game, because I haven't.

What with the new way of training your skills I haven't even had to log in to update my queue on any of my accounts, seeing that all of my characters currently have around 200 days worth of training going for them.

But all of this is due to the fact that I've been either super busy, or trying out a few new games. One of which being the new Assassin's Creed. I have to admit that I wasn't even planning on buying it at first but a friend showed it to me when I was at his place and it looked way more fun than Black Flag or that horrendous thing Ubisoft dared to call AC 3. So I spent the past week playing that, and the weeks before that preparing for a few exams I had to do that were work related. Seeing that I work as a consultant and customers always like it when the people they hire have a piece of paper stating that they know what they're doing. It's silly but that's how the world works.

I wish I could have said that I spent the past weeks playing EvE though, that I had found myself a corporation I was truly happy with, one that I went on flights with, tried out new things with. But alas, I haven't even tried searching for one yet.

I'm kind of hoping that I'll just get one thrown at me I guess. Bad way of working but still. I promise that I'm going to try and change that, we'll see what happens.

The EvE online youtube-channel did release a new trailer called "This is EVE"


If you haven't watched it, check it out right now, just click on the play button there. It takes parts of real players talking on their comms, pasting it in a pretty nice video. I really enjoyed watching it, and I bet you will too.

Now it's time to go log in again, I feel bad for leaving the factories cold for so long.

Stay tuned o7

Monday, 3 November 2014

Skill queue online?

Starting tomorrow, you will no longer have to log in.

Or at least not on your alts that you're training. As most know by now, tomorrow is the Phoebe release, and it's bringing something in the game that nobody really saw coming. Or at least I didn't. 
The 24 hour queue will disappear, you will no longer have to check up on your queue to check whether or not it's still running or if you forgot. Starting tomorrow, you can put your whole skill plan from EvEmon in there. 

Which is a good thing, or at least it is if, like me, you have a few characters just skilling up for certain parts but you're not doing anything else with them. With this new feature I won't have to remember to check up on them, I'll have hundreds of days on training already put up on them. Yay!

The one thing that might be bad about all this is the fact that not only people with alts will have no reason to log in. I myself have been there before, logging in just to update my skill queue, but when doing that I did start to talk to people and do things with them from time to time. If you don't need to log in anymore because you have years of training ready, you won't have any reason to start talking anymore and you might just not log on anymore. 

But I guess CCP saw more positive points on all this than the negative ones.

I have to admit that other than that I don't know much more about the Phoebe release, I saw the invention changes but turns out they decided to wait with those for the next one. We'll see.

As for what I'm doing in game right now, it's pretty boring. I sold my POS parts, I moved to another system on one of my characters, I'm putting lots and lots of blueprints in my invention slots and I'm about to start FW on another character.

Pretty curious to see how that will turn out. It's about time I tried it, who knows, I might just like it. 

Stay tuned o7



Monday, 13 October 2014

Taking it down

I finally did it. After talking about it for weeks and thinking it all through, I finally took down my PoS.

When I first bought the POS from a friend it was mainly because of the way industry worked back then. In high sec there were almost no lines that were useable as an inventor/manufacturer other than those in backwater places too far from the market hubs.

At the time I had no idea what a POS was except for a way to do the things I wanted to learn how to do. 

Jump forward to the update that changed that. Suddenly you could use stations again, the whole industry bit changed, I no longer had to click hundreds of times in order to update my factory lines, and stations were a viable way to work once more. Having a POS still gave you slightly more options in the manufacturing/invention speed. But still, was upholding said POS and fueling it worth the slight speed upgrade? 

In my case, it wasn't, or at least not anymore. Due to RL taking a lot of my time and EvE slightly being on the background I couldn't continue the way I was. Spending 500m a month on fuel while I only used my lines once per day or less. I didn't make as much as I used to due to my lack of time and I was basically barely making break even, all of this due to the cost of fuel. 

So I did the logical step, I took the POS offline and brought in all the modules, figuring that I wouldn't be needing them anymore. If in the future I decide to set up a POS again it won't be where I'm currently at anyhow. I would just move.

Taking down the POS took a lot longer than setting it up. Which was annoying, not only do you have to unanchor every single structure one at a time, you have to go scoop them to your cargo hold. And as you all know, you need to be rather close in order to start scooping.

This was done with a lot of warping out and in at the bookmarks I made for the modules. Seeing that when you're flying an industrial to tear down your POS, speed is not part of your vocabulary. 

After I was done (or so I thought) I took the tower offline, which was one of my many mistakes, seeing that I still had two batteries hanging around the tower, and in order to unanchor them the tower needed to be online. It took me over an hour to have it come back online, unanchor the batteries and then take down the whole tower again. Shooting it all down would have been faster, a lot faster. But that's hindsight for you.

So now I'm towerless and using the station to do my thing. I have no idea what the future will bring for my industrialist, but I know it won't entail fueling that tower each month. Yay! 





Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Production efficiency and cost

As an industrialist you have to check every part of the equation; is the material not too expensive, am I losing ISK on the time spent manufacturing, would it be more cost effective to just buy the invented BPC's from someone and so on. 

I.. Don't really do that. This is partly due to laziness and partly because I just enjoy doing what I do, not really caring if I make a profit out of it.

Which is one of the many things in my EvE time that I should work on, but as my readers (yes you two there) might already know, planning isn't really my strong suit. 

A good example of this is the fact that the past week I haven't done any manufacturing at all. I was missing one tiny part for my production but I didn't feel like going out to Jita to get it, despite the fact that I have an alt parked there and I could have easily put up a courier contract to bring it to me. 

My time vs efficiency isn't quite as it should be. At least I was still doing my invention, right? 

I have a few thousand BPC's still waiting on their time to come, their moment to shine, to become an X or a V.. After that, or maybe even before that, I will be retiring my POS, something I decided on a few weeks ago but am finally coming to terms with. I'm not using it to its full power and therefor there's no reason for me to keep using it.

Retiring my POS might even mean that my industrialist goes on his way to Null sec. The WH corp I joined on my combat alt has an industrialist branch who have a null sec HQ that I was offered to join. I might just take them up for that.

But that's something for in a few months from now, because as we know. Planning and I, it doesn't really work.


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Another new playground

It's been close to two weeks since my last post. This is partly to blame due to the fact that I've been busy and partly because I wasn't doing much in game.

As per usual I forgot to stock up and been flying back and forth between Jita and my home base to stock up my POS once more.

It's amazing how fast you go through your resources when you have two inventors/manufacturers running everything. When I think that I'll last two weeks, I will actually last less than one. This is partly to blame because my math is pretty off and I tend to forget a lot of things.

As for my adventure in wormhole space, well I haven't actually done too much yet, I've ran a few sites which was cool but other than moving ships inside the hole, there's nothing else to say.

I'm not sure how this will change in the near future because I am currently juggling between EvE and another game.

Last weekend ArcheAge launched its Headstart. And despite all of the server issues and glaring queues, I had tons of fun playing the game. I never did any betas or even alpha despite buying the founder pack but this is because I tend to get sick of most fantasy MMO's quite fast and I wanted my first experience to be in the live version of the game.

Yesterday was the official launch which meant that F2P players were able to join the servers too. Which in turn meant that I have not been able to play at all yesterday because there was a 2000 man queue on my server and after 2.5 hours of being in said queue there was still 1600 people waiting in front of me.

So I updated my market orders and went to bed. Only to find out this morning, when I wanted to start another few invention runs, that I was out of datacores.. AGAIN!

Cue another Jita run.

I keep telling myself that I should be writing these things down and just put 2-3b ISK in materials. But I don't like seeing my wallet going lower than it already is.

I should stop thinking like that, you need to spend money to earn money, I just need to learn to spend it on time instead of last minute.

Stay tuned o7

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Other pastures

Last week, a friend I made in EvE told me that I should join the corporation he had joined. He’s been talking about it for a few weeks now ever since he moved into Wormhole space and he said that I should try it too. Seeing that it might give me an opportunity to come out with my combat character some more.

Fast forward to Monday and I am accepted into the corporation, all I had to do was get myself a few ships and move to the wormhole.
"Who needs a scout, I can handle this!"

Something that I did yesterday, I bought myself a few frigates, a destroyer and a battleship and spent about an hour and a half moving one ship after the other into the wormhole. It gave me something to do, it even had me thinking about fits. Although I have to admit that it didn’t help me in thinking too hard about them since once I figured I was settled I noticed I had forgotten dampeners and ammo (woops)
"I'm a pretty fly, with a nasty sting"

Joining a wormhole corporation is something that I talked about in the past, I even thought I had joined one before but turned out that they were actually high sec mission runners like myself who happened to have a POS in a hole that they went to from time to time. Which is cool, but not what I wanted. What I wanted was to live inside one, and not just alongside one.

Hopefully my move will allow me to experience this side of the game from close-by instead of just reading about it. It’s scary, because I can’t scan to save my life, but I guess that just means I’ll have to learn.
"Let's get this show on the road!"

Other than the wormhole move and figuring out what’s next on my list in the new corporation, I will be using this weekend to run a few tests on my industrialist. I’ll be updating my way out of date spreadsheet, to check if I still make a profit (because who counts this stuff psh!) and whether or not it’s more profitable for me to stay in my POS, or if I should just tear it down and start working from a station.

If the prices aren’t too high for my manufacturing and invention I might just tear down my POS and just use the headquarters. Seeing that having a POS means spending 500m a month in fuel. So if the cost of working from station isn’t too high, I can just start doing that.

While creating T2 items I noticed a slight decrease in the market movement of some of the modules I make. Meaning that I’ve been scratching a few of the list in the past couple of days. I still have a few thousands blueprints that I’ll have to invent (holy crap why did I make so much copies of everything) but once those are all done, I’ll be checking which I liked creating the most and, of course, where most of my profits came from.

So plenty to do and figure out for me in the next couple of weeks!


Stay tuned o7

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Flying solo, not something for me

In the past few months (give or take 6-7) I've been making ISK and spending ISK. Mostly on industry related things and fuel. Due to a certain program called jEvEAssets I can track how much I earned, how much items I have in my hangars, how much all of it is worth according to Jita etc. etc.

This is great to make conclusions on how well or how bad you're doing. Me, I've been doing badly according to this. Not because I'm making a loss, but more due to the fact that I'm not making a profit either.

This is entirely my own fault and I know it. I only log in a few times a week to buy stuff and then don't use them. I have Battleships both faction and normal ones lying around in hangars that I never even flown except for getting them to a certain system. 

My manufacturing, the exact same thing. Where I make a slight profit due to what I make. I "lose" it because of me having to fuel my POS. In general, I have been stuck on 30b since March-April.

All of this, is mostly due to the fact that I don't have an actual reason to log in more. Other than those 5 minutes I feel like doing it. And this in turn, can be traced back to the fact that I'm playing solo. 

In previous blogs I talked about searching for a corporation. But it's not really working out too well. Also due to the fact that I don't actually feel like logging in and searching for the right one. I'm just hoping that it will get thrown in my lap.

I dislike solo playing. I started up another well-known MMO again because a friend of mine asked me to play it with him to start again on a new server. The only reason I did this is because he asked me to. It's a shame he never got into EvE the way I did.

I know for a fact that once I find a corporation, a bunch of people that aren't too serious about themselves, I'll have reasons to log into the game. And once that happens, I'll see my capital go up again.

I just need to find them first.

Stay tuned o7


Saturday, 23 August 2014

Safety is relative

It’s been ages since I last got blown up. And never before did something like this happen to me. Today, I got blown up while moving a bunch of stuff to Jita in my manufacturing alt.

I usually fly with my Blockade Runner (Viator), this is because it’s faster than flying an Iteron and I have a cloak. A cloak that I normally turn on, but didn’t this time. It’s only 4 jumps though, so you think: what’s the worst that can happen.

Well today the worst that could happen is me flying around with about 500 T2’s in my cargo and having it shot out of the sky. According to the kill mail the total worth of this guy’s kill was about 700m, give or take a few.

No big deal in itself, but I just really, really liked my little Roadrunner. I made it myself. Now I need to go and make a second one. Although it still stings a bit, seeing as I had decided to use that bunch of items to be the last for a few weeks. Now I need to start on it again.

Lessons learnt, you’re never really safe when flying around. Most people know that, but when you haven’t had any kills or deaths for over 7 months, you get dulled into a sense of safety.


"Rest in pieces"

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Overstocking

I am a manufacturer, a producer of goods, goods that people need in order to do whatever it is they do.
Not just any kind of goods either, I manufacture T2 items. A special branch of items that you in order to create them you need to spend time inventing them first.

But what happens when you produce so many of them, that you have a stock so large that it is almost impossible to get rid of them quickly? What if you try and do this anyhow, knowing that it will flood the market.

That’s right, you crash it, and your sale price will go down quite a bit. I currently have too large a stock of the items I produce to put them for sale. This is bad, seeing as right now all of those items are currently sitting in a hangar, being trickled onto the market bit by bit.

And when things are just sitting there, they’re not making ISK, and when you’re not making ISK, you can’t put it back into your production cycle. Which means that right now, I’m producing nothing, other than a whole bunch of T2 BPC’s of the items I currently have an overstock of.

As you probably figured out, that’s not the way it should be going.

I have been creating these T2 items ever since I first started manufacturing, because I started doing this together with a friend who told me what to do when he still played. He has long since stopped playing EvE while I continued his little business.

The production of these things has made me a bit of ISK, enough to have a pile lying around, just looking at me, and screaming ‘Use me! You need to!’ but I don’t really like seeing that number go down, which, as a manufacturer is a stupid thing. Spend money to make money and all of that.

Maybe I should try something new, something that would need me to invest more ISK but get a bigger margin of it.
Right now I invest 500k-1m to get a profit of 1m-3m.. That’s nice, especially seeing I make a few hundred of those items per day. 

But maybe I should start seeing things a bit… Bigger?


But I might not be able to do that on my own..

Friday, 25 July 2014

Crius release, thoughts so far

Crius was released a few days ago, and I’m loving it. The industry revamp, especially how they upgraded working with a POS is just great.

I’m sure there are people out there that might complain about the fact that their precious BPO’s now need to be inside of the POS. But I, as an inventor and T2 manufacturer, can’t be happier.

I can start my invention runs with a click of a button from my home base instead of having to go to my POS and be within 2500m of the lab. Not only that, but I can do it even when I’m 15 jumps away. 

Next to this, it’s just one click to turn on one invention run. For those who worked invention or manufacturing jobs, they know that this was a pain in the ass.

In the past you needed to decide which line you would put the job on, after which you pressed a button, using said line. Once you clicked, you had to click again to grab the blueprint, click ok once more another ok, and only then you could start the job.

That’s 5 clicks for one job. You can imagine how much of a pain it was if you had about 20 or 30 invention lines running, each day.

Luckily, that’s now in the past, I can start one job with two clicks, one to decide the blueprint, one to start. It’s a lot faster than before, and I can all do it from station, so easier at that. I will happily take the cost of the installation for that.

"You mean, I need less materials? Sweet!"

The fact that I can even install jobs remotely from a dozen or more jumps away, means that I can use my trading alt too. Of whom I found out that he has the necessary skills to do my invention and manufacturing runs too. Guess it’s a good thing I checked my skills on him.

The only thing that was missing was the ability to install them remotely so I did the most obvious thing to do… I bought a PLEX from the market (through a sell order, shame on me!) and activated second character training.

My trader now has a month of training activated for him, which I will use to train him a bit further into retail and allow him to activate remote jobs.

I’m still figuring out the bonuses that my POS can have, and what it does (as far as I’m aware they’ll just reduce the installation cost) but for now, I’m really happy what Crius has offered me as an industrialist.


 Stay tuned o7

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Update ahoy!

Crius will be deployed today, the only reason I know this is because I noticed the Facebook update post from EvE Online stating that everyone should make sure that their queue is nice and long. You know, just in case.
"Changes are coming"

What does this update mean for people? For some, nothing at all, seeing as there are people out there who don’t really care, or read up on anything and they just play the game, figuring it out as they go.

Others on the other hand will have their way of working in the game changed completely. Just think about how blueprints now have to be inside of the installations instead of safely in station while you’re copying them, or doing anything else related to them.

I have to admit that I myself don’t really know too much about the coming update myself. This due to the fact that the past few weeks I’ve been busy slowly melting due to heat and the last thing in my mind was sitting in front of my computer reading up on things and testing on the test realm.

I do know however, that my POS production will change completely. In the past weeks, the one thing I did when logging in was copying a lot of BPO’s again. Mostly things that I used to invent in the past but haven’t in over half a year.

I figured that with the coming update, it’d be nice to try and go back to my normal way of manufacturing, so right now I’m sitting on about 400 T2 bpcs waiting to be put in production. (See, I did do something productive!)

I can’t wait to try out the new way POS’ work. I’m also rather curious on whether or not we’ll see more of them popping up. I’ve seen people speculate on the fact that there will be a lot more in high sec because there will be no restrictions to put them up (aka standings).

Good thing that I have about 4 months of fuel stocked up just in case the prices will suddenly rise.

In addition to all of this, depending on how that in station invention/manufacturing will turn out, I might just decide to take down my POS. But that’s something that I will have to look into soon(ish). It all depends on what the numbers will say.

As for none industry related news;
I’m still looking for a Low Sec corporation to join. I haven’t been looking that hard but I’ve got my eyes open. If you know someone, or are someone, who wouldn’t mind having me around spinning my ships and joining whatever it is low sec corps do. Feel free to give me a shout.

Stay tuned o7


Sunday, 13 July 2014

Launcher issues, let's play with the skill plan a bit

It's Sunday evening, I just got home from a little 3 day trip with my girlfriend, and before that there was a business trip.

I want to log in, and notice that my launcher doesn't work. Well, damn... Right when I'm busy trying to get into a Low Sec corporation.

What does one do when he's unable to log onto EvE? Work on his skill list of course.

I've been working on a ton of different EvEmon plans, and I have, up to this day. Not once followed them.

For some reason I, like many others, always seem to decide on another thing instead of following the skill plan I laid out for myself.

I wonder why that is...

Stay tuned o7

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

What about wormholes?

Plans, you make them, you break them.

I have so many things in my mind that I’d like to do but I just don’t do them. So many things I want to try out but don’t have the time for them.

A few days ago I was asked if I was interested in joining a Wormhole corporation. Which made me start to think about living in one.

They intrigue me, I love the idea of wormholes, I like the fact that there are no stations and that you need to provide for yourself. And as I said in the past, I’ve actually had a bit of fun in a few already, both PvE and PvP wise.

The one big problem I have with them, is the fact that I’d need to be able to scan. Which is one of the many things in the game that I suck at. 

I have the correct skills, all at IV or better, and yet I can’t find anything even if it meant saving my own life.
A while ago I went into null with a cheetah just to check if I could train and get better at scanning. I knew there were sigs, I knew where to find them. 
And yet it still took me over an hour before I finally scanned down two of them. Two, out of (give or take) eight. While I know that there are people out there who can do it much, much faster. It’s safe to say that the idea of scanning even more quickly turned into disgust.

This, along with some things I hear about them, and the limited experience I have in wormholes, makes me think that I might not be put out for it.

I just don’t have the patience to scan down things, to wait at a wormhole for someone to pop up. Even to go out hunting for ours through different ones only to get stranded when it collapses behind me. Something we all know happens.

"Someday we'll be together"

But if not wormholes, what am I going to do? I need to get out of high sec because it’s keeping me down, I’m not actually doing anything and haven’t done so in quite a while.

The answer? Low sec.
The new problem that came from this? “What corporation”

So now I’m going to go and search for a corporation, willing to take me on. Maybe one that’s noob friendly, because I know for a fact that if I go out for a kill solo. I’m going to get my ass kicked and my frozen corps handed to me on a platter.

Let’s see where this path I put myself on leads.


Stay tuned o7 

Friday, 20 June 2014

World Cup and EvE-Betting

As most of you know, the World cup started last week. Those of you who have no idea what it is and are blissfully unaware because their country doesn't really participate in the whole soccer thing: Good for you!

I live in a country that was able to qualify itself, which is a good thing because we've been waiting on this for for a few years. Or so I've been told since I don't really follow it myself. But it's easy to get sucked into the whole atmosphere concerning the World Cup.

Which is why I've been actually following it quite closely the last couple of days. Saw a few awesome matches and a few that were disappointing.

What does this have to do with EvE you ask? Well, due to a friend of mine betting on soccer, I figured I could try this too, but not with my hard earned euros, but with ISK.
The fun thing about EvE is the fact that almost everything is permitted, even using your ISK to bet on out of game sports. Some people even make a nice amount of ISK on this, so I figured, why not try this out and see what happens.

I haven't been using my ISK for anything other than the whole Prospect building "fiasco" so it's time to make a few dumb arrangments and use it on something silly like gambling.

I've put 60m ISK on a few matches and nearly tripled that, so I'm kind of giddy with excitement that I actually made the correct bets. But we all know that I'll lose it all in a while. But that's no big deal, 60m isk is easily made in an hour or less.

Next to the betting I've been browsing the forum and talking to friends to see what I want to do in the game. I made an alt that I'm currently training into stealth bombers only, since I like flying them. And I'm training my main in the use of interdictors.

I'm not sure yet where I want to go with him but hopefully I'll figure this out one of these days. Low sec is waiting for me and a friend is trying to get me to come into the wormhole.

Might just take him up on that, although I really, really need to practice my scanning if I do..

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Plans are made to go down the drain

You win some, you lose some. And the past week I lost a bit.

I had hoped to cash in on Prospects, to make a bunch and have a nice amount of profit. Unfortunately, this hope was linked to the fact that people would keep the price high for at least a few days. 

Back when the venture was released, I made a lot of money in that first week, creating these new mining ships for noobs. I thought I could do this again. But this time, I was ready.

I spent a few hours on the test realm writing down what would be needed for a Prospect. After the file was created I went on my way to Jita and started setting up buy order for the raw material. I already had all the BPO's that were needed to create a few of these ships so I could save a bit more money on these.

When all was ready I waited for the patch to drop, over 200 venture BPC's, ready to be invented. The invention of one such BPC takes 12 hours. The fact that I, like many other people, have a job, meant that I could only start an invention run at around 7, when I got home from work. Meaning that some people already had a head start. 

12 hours pass and it's 7 o’clock, I should have already gone to work but I decided that I'll just work from home (allowed to do this once a week). 
This was a good decision. Because as it turned out. I made a mistake. No surprise there.

Instead of having an Advanced Ship Assembly Array, I had a normal one. Which meant that once more, despite me thinking I was prepared and wouldn't have to go to Jita. I had to do just that. 

I bought a few and brought them to my POS. Forward about half a day and I have my first Prospect ready and 10 more in the tubes. These would take a few days to complete, but I went to Jita with high hopes. 

The first 3 I ever made, were sold for a nice profit of around 100m before they went down, and down, and down. 
I was looking at the market and saw them going to around 25-30m and sticking there. With a heavy heart I have to admit once more, that planning is not my strong suite and that I definitely am not made for long term options. 

I'll still make a profit on what I have, but it won't be near the profit I had hoped.

Such is the life of an industrialist. You can plan all you want, but your competition will be doing the exact same thing and they'll make sure that your profit won't be as high as it should have been.

"At least you're pretty"

Stay tuned o7

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Prospecting and going out of my way to get killed

Today marks the launch of a new release for EvE. New things happening, industry wise and others that I don't really know much about.

Why's that? Because I only cared about one thing, a new thing to invent. Namely the prospect. In a few hours when the patch goes live we will be able to invent a new T2 frigate from Ventures. I have prepared accordingly and have about 100 Venture BPC's ready to put in my laboratories when I get home from work this evening. Hopefully I'll be able to create a whole bunch of Prospects by the end of this week and sell them for a nice profit.

Because that's what this is about, profit for me. I don't use the Venture myself and am not planning on using it any time soon. Unless I suddenly feel like going out to get some gas in a wormhole.

Speaking of wormholes, let's talk about my lack of doing anything that might destroy one of my ships.

Last night I was browsing Reddit like I usually do when I should be asleep and saw an image linked that was rather fitting to what I don't do.

I would link it here but I forgot to give it an upvote and I can't seem to find it again. It basically said something along the lines of "What use is having a ship if you don't take it out for a spin". Although I do take it for a spin, I never seem to leave station anymore.

So I need a reason to go out and get killed. I need to stop being a 'pussy' and go out to low sec in a frigate to get killed a few dozen times. Or do some killing myself but, let's face it. I'm a noob, so I'll more than likely lose ships instead of making others lose theirs.

Unfortunately that means actually taking the time to go out. And that might take a while before I can do this. Maybe I should try out a low sec corp, have people to talk to. People that give me a reason to log in on my combat alt, instead of me just logging in on my Indy alt to update a few queues and stuff on my POS.

Plus the fact that I was gifted a key to Wildstar in order to check it out isn't helping either. I'm AFE (away from eve) too much for my characters good.

Let's try and change it shall we?

Stay tuned o7

Monday, 26 May 2014

Humble Bundle unite!

There's a reason why I love the Humble Bundles. Not only does it allow me to buy games I like for next to nothing. It also allows me to choose how much of the amount I want to go to charity, thus making me feel like I'm not spending all of my money just on games.

Yesterday there was a Daily Humble Bundle containing the EvE Online Starter Pack. Despite me having multiple accounts already and having a few on hold, I bought one.

I can't pass up on deals like that and for little over 3 bucks I got myself a nice starter pack and a skin. If I had paid a bit over 20 I could have gotten a PLEX from it too but I'm not a big fan of paying for my Plexes with cash. I'd rather use ISK for that.

Now that I have another key, to create yet another account, I just need to decide what I want to use it for. I can train something, I can do something.. But what.

Maybe I should finally do roams in Low with a low SP alt. That could get me some fun, right?

What do you think?

Monday, 19 May 2014

Plans and Decisions

Last Saturday I spent a few hours making a spread sheet about my invention. Not even all kinds of invention but the invention of 1 kind of item. I’m hoping that said item will bring me a nice profit in a few weeks once I’m done creating copies of my Blueprint Original.

Seeing that you need Blueprint copies to invent them into T2 copies.

The reason why this took me a few hours is because of the fact that I had to make a list containing all the products I need for the invention and creation of this. Then I had to breakdown said list into all the raw material I would need for this.

After doing that I remembered that I already had a bunch of material around somewhere so I had to put those into my calculations too. And let’s just say that it’s been awhile since I had to test my math skills. For some reason I came to amounts of 5m ISK more than I should have, but I accidentally multiplied somewhere instead of making a sum and well, it took me a bit to find said error.

Along with all of this I also made a few additions to my POS. I added a few extra labs for more copies and I asked a friend if he wanted to join me in my little venture. I bet that if it were in any way possible, he would have had ISK signs in his eyes. But that’s a good thing, it’s more fun if you work with multiple people on a project.

And speaking of projects, I have decided to say farewell to null sec. I had tons of fun there but it just wasn’t my cup of tea. Logging in, hoping for a fight and having to wait because fleet command was going to take dreads out first while I was sitting there in my little cruiser was not something I liked. Despite getting a bunch of fun fights, they were too spread out for me to stay there.

So I went back to High Sec and am currently sitting in my Machariel wondering what to do.
I’ve been thinking about maybe going to Low Sec. I just need to find someone willing to take me in. A Noob with little experience in PvP. Because, let’s face it. The only reason why I survived so many fights is because I followed people around and was pretty lucky most of the times.

A few days I went on a Talwar roam, my last roam with the alliance I was in and after a few hours I decided to head home. I have no idea how, but I was able to get past a gate camp in my Talwar with about 80% hull left. That’s what happens if you go home alone, instead of breaking up gate camps, you are their victim. 
"Breaking up a party"

Lucky for me everyone had engaged me so nobody could jump after me to finish the deal. So I made it home safely, only to put the destroyer back on contract, grab myself a Claw and head 22 jumps back to my High Sec home.

I guess I’ll be running missions while I wait for something to drop in my lap.
Or maybe I should go out searching actively, if only I knew what it is I want.

Guess time will tell


Stay tuned o7

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Making it work

Well, that's it for me, I not longer have any T2 BPC's to manufacture.

One of my biggest problems due to lack of time in EvE is that my T2 manufacturing is taking hits from it too. I'm making a profit, but my profit isn't big enough, I made about 500m after expenses in April. That's not nearly enough to make me happy.

And unfortunately I don't see it changing in the near future.

I need to find some new way to make ISK. Something that's easy and doesn't take too much time...

The answer to that is Trading. But I don't feel like trying it again. Despite the fact that if you're good at it, you don't have to spend too much time a day doing it (ten minutes or so). But that's if you're good at it, and I wasn't. I made a profit, but I made it slowly, it took me about 2 months to make 1b out of 100m and another month to turn that 1b into 2b.

Those numbers aren't bad, to the contrary even. But I spent way too much time to get there. Instead of spending a few minutes, I spent a few hours a day updating orders, checking what to buy, what to sell. And I relocated four or five times in that timeframe. It wasn't the fun I envisioned it should have been.

But maybe I'll try again, I have 600m on my trader that I'm not using and 14b on my industrialist. Guess I should make the ISK work.

Stay tuned o7

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Another milestone with PLEX

PLEX in EvE makes the virtual world go round. You can use it if you're strapped for cash, by buying some with your Dollars, Euros, Yen, …Whatever it is you use, and then sell it on the market for ISK. 
The ISK worth of it right now is 710million, give or take a few.

If you have the ISK for it, you can use it to pay for your subscription, one PLEX being the equivalent of 30 days of game time. 
You can even buy them and just put them someplace until they're worth more than they are currently. Which is something that a lot of people have been doing since they just keep going up. I myself am guilty of this too.

PLEX has other uses, there's the Aura store that I know absolutely nothing about. There's the dual training that's rather new. 
And since a few days you can also buy the collector's edition with PLEX...

I'm sure I left out a few things but there's not many other games that allow you to use in game currency to buy things like this.

Which makes me come to my little milestone. For the first time in my EvE carrier I have used a PLEX to prolong my game time. 
I'm pretty proud of myself. Not only have I used my ISK, I have stepped away from me not wanting to use said ISK on something for myself.  


"PLEX going to a good cause... Me"

Sunday, 27 April 2014

I smell something burning

Turns out Jita is burning this weekend. I had read something about it happening but I had forgotten about it. Good thing I fly a Blockade Runner. I turned back right on time, otherwise I might have lost my runner and about 600m in cargo. It’s not much but it’s something.

"What do you mean, I'm going to die there?"

The one thing that’s problematic due to Jita burn is the fact that I don’t have any materials right now for my manufacturing. As most of you know that read my blog (those two or three people) I still don’t plan too much ahead and thus tend to restock about once or twice a week. 

But at least I can still do my invention, so that’s something. I was running out of T2 bpc’s anyhow…

"Or at least, the ones I want to make" 

I was going to add that it was the price of a PLEX but we’re past that already. They just keep on going up. Not that I mind, I have a bunch of PLEX locked away just for that, a few to sell, a few to use myself.

I haven’t been able to log in as much as I would have liked, but this time I didn’t mind that much. A few days ago when I had a few hours to spare I logged in on my industrial alt and I noticed that she finally finished the queue I put up a few weeks ago. She’s finally able to fly an Ishtar.

Flying an Ishtar has been on my to-do list for ages but I never got there because of other skills. What with me not knowing what industrial skills to put in the queue, I figured that trying out L4’s with an Ishtar could be fun and a bit more of a challenge than taking out the Machariel on E’dyn. (Although the Machariel has been parked for a few months now)

As you can imagine, the skills of my industrial alt are not that great, put I made a fit that might just work. Although I have yet to test it. I’ll have to breeze through a few L2’s and L3’s with it but I’m sure I’ll get there in a few weeks, and who knows, by then I’ll have a full T2 fit.

One of the things I did do, with the idea of flying an Ishtar, is making most of it myself. I’m an inventor, so I made a few copies of my Vexor BPO and started a few invention runs on them. I made about 5 Isthar BPC’s and one of those has now been made into one. 

I’m proud of myself for doing this. I’m actually going to be flying something I made myself. I haven’t done that since I made a newbie ship back in the tutorial!


Now all I need, is a bit of time so I can actually do what I’m saying here.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Speculations for everyone!

I’m sure that by now, most of you have already read the Dev blog. And if you didn’t you just don’t care or didn’t know there was a new one out there.
If it’s the latter, here’s a link for you so you can read up on it.
Reading the Dev blogs for the upcoming summer changes are making me gleeful, Industry is getting a work over and the things they showed us are already looking good. Or at least not too bad.

I’m not that good with numbers, and I couldn’t make heads nor tails about the reprocessing changes, but that’s because I don’t use reprocessing, at all. I have a POS, I invent stuff and I manufacture them. If I’m lucky I even get them sold. That’s about all I do industry wise.

Being an inventor means copying, a lot of copying. So I can tell you that I had somewhat of a smile on my face when I read said change in copying, making it last a tiny bit less long as it does today.

The rest of the changes had me smiling too, but I don’t know why yet, I just think it’s because of the fact that there’s probably going to be some other good stuff incoming, or at least I hope so.

I can’t help but wonder what all of the factory changes will bring about though. No more waiting in line to do something in a station, no more standings needed to put up a POS. What exactly does this mean for the current POS owners? Will they have more people coming over to fight them, declaring wars in order to kick them out of their POS, will the fuel suddenly rise in price, or will it just be a little skirmish for a few weeks like the POCOS and then be quiet(ish) again?

Part of me is even wondering whether the station changes mean that I might be able to shut down my POS and do everything through a station.

Due to the fact that I’ve been slacking in the past few months I don’t use all the slots I can use, I pay for my fuel and I put some work in from time to time, but my POS is not working at 100% capacity.
"Should I stock up on you?"

Maybe the upcoming change will allow me to drop it and save a few hundred million ISK in fuel each month.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what the next dev blogs say.

Stay tuned o7

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Four step plan

When people ask me questions, I tend to answer them to my best knowledge. 

For some reason I get a lot of questions about industry, I bet it's because I own a POS and dabble in manufacturing a bit. 
I say dabble because as most of you know, I make way too many runs to Jita when starting my jobs for the coming few days. And a real industrialist wouldn't be doing it as much as I do. 

I go to Jita to get my materials, go back to my home system, try and start the job only to notice that I forgot a few things back in Jita. That's one of those things I should have grown out of ages ago.

A friend of mine decided that it was time to start a new alt and try out manufacturing himself, so he asked me and a few others for hints/tips. 

I told him the four step plan that I kind of use or should use;
1) Gather material
2) Bring material to place of manufacturing
3) Start manufacturing
4) Profit 

I admit that this makes it sound easy, but in general, manufacturing isn't all that hard. You just need the correct skills, a few bpo's, the materials and the place to manufacture.

Once you want to go to T2 manufacturing it gets a bit harder and the skills you need take a bit of training, but in the end it's all pretty straight forward.

Just make sure that if you do go into manufacturing, try not to flood the market. I've done it a few times when I first started, and that kind of thing eats quite a bit of your profit. 

Stay tuned
o7

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Trying something new in a roam

It has been quite some time since I tried out something new, so last night I changed that.

The alliance was having a little null sec roam and when deciding on what to fly, someone asked for people who could fly in a Burst. Not paying much attention, and being the noob that I am, I said that I could fly the fit that was just linked, I even had most skills at level IV and some at V. Who knew.

"What do you mean, you never did this before?"

As most of you know, the Burst is a remote shield booster frigate, which was something I didn’t know at the time. Turns out I just volunteered as one of the Logistics for the roam. Something I had never done before. But there’s a first time for everything, right?

"Come fly with me"

I got a few hints/tips from the other people in the logistic channel, someone told me to Anchor one of them, and I had no idea what that meant either, turns out that just means orbiting/staying close to said person. You learn something new every day.

"Orbit you say? I can do that!"

While we were out searching I made sure my watch list was up to date. Put the other logi’s on top, the FC and then some.

Turns out all a logi has to do is check their shield status and make sure to check up on broadcasts too. Not that bad of a job.

We used a wormhole to get a bit further into null and went out in search for targets.
A few jumps in, we struck the proverbial “gold”. One of my ingame friends had landed on a Golem and pointed him. It didn’t take too long before the rest of the fleet caught up and killed him. I can’t help but wonder: “What went through his mind when he saw us coming”

"Guys! Wait up, I'm falling behind!"

I didn’t get in on the kill, not only did I arrive late and only saw his pod disappear, but I didn’t have any drones in the Burst to whore on the mails… Yet.

Further in the roam I managed to get a hold of a drone by another friend in fleet putting one of his out and telling me to scoop it to drone bay. Allowing me to join in on kill mails.
Which I did, we managed to destroy a few more ships, including a Tengu, so that’s nice.

"Don't worry, I'll keep you alive!"


My first time as a logi, and I didn’t have to do anything but follow. Which could be boring to some, but at least I learned how to fly a new ship, despite only having to repair someone once due to having a bomb dropped on top of him.

A few people did get killed when they lemminged through a gate, or accidentally got caught while scouting. They should have stuck with me to save them. Although I would have probably gotten killed in the process to because I was way too sleepy.

97 jumps later and we're back home, the killboard spiced a bit.

I might just try to do this more often. 


Stay tuned o7




Monday, 31 March 2014

Using a bit of that liquid isk

Decided to finally use some of my ISK and buy a few PLEX.. So here's hoping the market won't suddenly crash on me! Because I'm currently sitting on a few of them and still have a few buy orders up.

Although I will more than likely be using them to make sure that the sub on my industrial/trader account won't run out.

Stay tuned o7

Monday, 24 March 2014

PvP, Bombing and then some

Sunday was a better day for me than Saturday. There was a call for bombers and after dusting off my Nemesis I joined the fleet. After waiting for a while we had about 25 bombers ready to go, all of us with scorch bombs.
"Okay, let's do this!"

We got bridged about 62 jumps from our starting point, in order to get perched around a POS. I couldn’t help but tip my hat towards the FC for making two perches for each squad. Each perch giving another angle of attack.
"Sitting here, waiting, anticipating"

According to intel there was a fleet was going to come into the system soon..Ish.. So we waited for their cyno to light up, ready to shower them with fire, just to show our appreciation.

It took a while but they eventually got there, which meant that the party could start for us. We did a warp bombing run. Something I have never done before (but hey that’s not saying much). 
"Incoming!"

What this means is that we aligned to the target, and then we got a squad warp about 30km off, when landing you de-cloak and drop your bomb, after which you get the hell out of there.
It was fun, on the first run I killed an Eos and got a few extra kills on my board. But the second run they were prepared. A Sabre bubbled up and silly me had an afterburner instead of MWD, so I got killed rather quickly.

But it was enjoyable and that’s what mattered. We all brought bombs for 4 runs, so 2 more to go. I saw a few other kills and some of the other bombers dying.
But in the end, operation success.
"I hope I survive this!"

I warped to one of the stations and then noticed a few other ships for sale in another one of the stations. I should have known better than to warp there, but I didn’t.

So I lost a capsule and an Impairor, no big deal, it was an instant ride home and I could grab some coffee while figuring out what to do next.

What I was going to do next involved going to Jita on my industry and buying a few implants.
I have a bunch of jump clones around, but wasn’t using any of them. I was flying in an empty clone because I live in Null. And getting podded is just a silly way to lose ISK.

So I bought +4’s, jumped into another empty clone and am currently parked in that one. I’ll be jumping back and forth from that one on days when I go out in Null. That’s mostly on the weekend so I can jump to him on a Friday and jump back on Sunday.

My other implant clones were sporting +3’s but that 1 extra gives a little more oomph.
Implants are handy to get a little bit of extra training done, so I’m going to use that. Should have thought about that 2 months ago.


Stay tuned o7