Tuesday, 29 December 2015

I'm getting there

Last week I finally joined a new corporation, and the past few days I’ve gotten more action than I did in the past few months.

I’ve gone on roams, I made a jita shopping list, even tried out ships I had never flown before.

I’ve been on two roams now in a Svipul and I enjoy the ship. I love the fact that it changes it’s look if you go in a different mode and it’s quite fun. Not only that, I haven’t lost one yet! Hooray

"Yes, I will in fact shoot you if you keep staring"

I did lose a claw a few days ago but that was my own fault. Silly me trying to be hero tackle. That obviously failed because I also failed to land on any other kill mail at the time.

The one thing I still need to get used to is that unlike when I was in High Sec, I can’t just open the market browser and buy whatever I need. I can’t, because the current market is non-existent. The corporation I joined does have a service from Jita to their home so that’s nice. Means I just need to make more shopping lists and figure out what I need and when I’ll be needing it.

Although it did got me thinking of maybe, just maybe setting up shop over there too. I’ll be looking into that once I’m used to it some more.

Unfortunately my ISK making ways have dried out a bit. My production lines are currently not doing anything because the profit I was making per day wasn’t enough anymore. 20million a day vs 100+ half a year ago. It’s a shame, it was easy ISK, and now I have no idea what to do to make more of it.

I’m trying my hand at station trading in Jita and Amarr a bit and I’m making ISK with it, but also only a few million per time, my production used to net me more. So I’ll have to figure out something new. Maybe in Null, maybe somewhere else.

I’m still thinking of w-space, and I’m looking around, I still have another combat character that I’m training to get into a wormhole, so maybe I can have her join a wormhole crew. If they’ll have me.

We’ll see

Stay tuned o7 

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Job interviews aren't as hard

Finding a corporation to join in EvE Online, is a pain in the ass. Or at least it is for me. Why? 
Because I want to find the best fit that I can have, and that means checking out a LOT of corporations and having a LOT of conversations and mailing go back and forth.

And even when you finally figure out that you want to join a certain one, someone else invites you to have a little conversation and you start thinking “Oh, wow these guys could be it too”.


Not only that, but even if you then finally figure out which people you like best, you get interviewed by them too. This all made me think of a CAD comic from some time ago. It describes the process vs other MMO’s quite well. Even to the part of the blood sample, although I’m sure they were kidding about that one… *shifty eyes*

This was how I spent most of my day yesterday and the day before.

I made a post on the forums, stating that I was in need of a new corporation, new friends and what I was looking for.

Turns out, what I’m looking for is too general and that made sure that I was not only contacted by the kind that I was looking for, but also by people who did mostly mining.
I wondered where in my post I ever defined that I wanted to mine but turns out that some people define ‘Industry’ as mining. Who knew, I sure didn’t.

For those of you out there that do define this as mining, I get where you’re coming from, but it’s not, not really. My definition of industry as a whole would be the invention and/or manufacturing of the products, not really getting the raw material that you need to make them. Processing could work too but mining is just that, mining.

Anyhow, after two days of getting mails, having conversations etc etc, I finally decided to apply to one. I gave them my api key and am currently waiting to be accepted or denied.
I’m leaning towards the first, seeing as I don’t think I look like a spy, I’d probably suck at it anyhow.

If I do get accepted, I’ll be going back to Null sec, give them another shot, I really hope that this time will be different. What I talked about with the Corporation’s CEO was positive, even their public channel was active and fun so, fingers crossed.

I still have a wish to go to w-space though. So I decided that I’m going to have my alt join another corporation, one that one of my readers joined a while back and sounds like fun. The alt isn’t that well trained and still has a ways to go, but I’m sure I can have fun in w-space as well as null sec. Best of both worlds I guess/hope.

We’ll see what happens

Stay tuned o7


Monday, 14 December 2015

BB70: Dear space Santa

Dear CCP, I want a Space-Pony and a Space-Puppy and a....If CCP was Santa and you could ask for anything (in-game obviously) what would it be? A new type of ship that is tailored to your game-play? A change to mechanics? A battleship mini-doomsday weapon? Proper hats for your avatar? Opening of that bloody door? There are so many different options depending on what you do and what you want to get out of Eve Online. What would you like to see in your virtual Christmas stocking from CCP?
Welcome to the continuing monthly EVE Blog Banters and our 70th edition! For more details about what the blog banters are please visit the Blog Banter page.
When looking at the question of the latest Blog Banter it made me realize that there’s not really anything I want from CCP. Mostly because I haven’t been active enough to know what could be missing. I still don’t know what Citadels are going to be! I should probably read up on this.
Sure I could ask for ISK, or the ability to train my secondary characters cheaper than a PLEX (because these things have gotten expensive!) But those are things that I could do with a bit of effort.
So I’m not asking for anything virtual that CCP can give me, but for something different. I wish, I can finally find that one place to call home within the EvE universe. A group of people I can have fun with.
Bomber’s bar is one such group but unfortunately that only happens when on roams, the rest of the time I’m just sitting around spinning my ship or moving back and forth between my manufacturing system and Jita.
“Dear Santa, please make sure I make more of an effort to be an active part of any community… Oh, and get me some more ISK”
That should do it, don’t you think?
The fact that I’ve been talking a bit more to random people the past few days is a good sign for more to come, so hopefully, I’ll finally be able to settle somewhere.

Friday, 11 December 2015

Bomber’s bar, revisited

Yesterday was a good day. After chatting a bit with people on IRC (yes I still use IRC) I felt like joining a Bomber’s Bar op again. And I’m glad that I did.

The last time I joined a BB roam was in March, when I joined in the downing of a 3b Nidhoggur on my alt. That was also one of the last time I was still active in EvE, with that I mean logging in a few times a day instead of once a week, so a long time ago.

I’ve said it in previous blogs, and I’ll say it again, I LOVE NPSI ops. I’m afraid of going out to PvP solo but the fun thing about Bomber’s Bar is that I don’t need to hunt the whole time, they do it for us.

We were waiting in Thera for a target, there weren’t many people around last night so we decided to go for smaller ones instead of “whale” hunting. After jumping through the wormhole and waiting for a few more minute on the redeemer, cloaked of course. 
We were told in coms that a Charon was found, slowly tugging along to a gate. So, as soon as he jumped the gate, our hunter scrammed him. It took less than 5 minutes to go from no kills, to a 2.8b Charon.

After that we stuck around the gate for a bit, an Impel came through, after that a procurer. Turns out these guys don’t really listen to their own coms since yesterday evening I got on 4 kills from the same alliance, and a killing blow on a sabre. Spicing up my zKillboard with 3.5b ISK in kills.
Glad I decided that last night was a good night to be a bit more active again.

If anyone over at BB reads this, thank you so much for giving us opportunities like this. I'm loving it.

Other than that, I’ve been approached by someone who read the blog (yay readers!) to check out W-space again. To form a corporation and set up in a C3. My previous adventures in W-space didn’t work out so well, because of me not being active in a wh corp. And the other one because we were na├»ve enough to think we could duo a C4.

So I’m currently considering it, but I’m only going to try out another W-space adventure if we can find more people to join us. I know for a fact that two people in a hole can get lonely and usually means someone is doing more work that the other. And I know for a fact that I tend to get bored scanning solo after a while and the other guy might be working harder than me. I’d rather not get an EvE burn out again.

I should probably think about making a channel, so we can have a place to chat


Stay tuned o7

Monday, 7 December 2015

Hitting close to home

A few days ago I decided to once more start EvE again.

I’ve been doing this a lot the past couple of months, way too many times. This partly due to other games, and partly because I never seem to play the way I should.

I join a corporation and then just sit there waiting for action to come my way. Wrong, I know, whatever, I’m trying to change, I really am!

The other day I stumbled upon a topic on /r/eve that hit really close to home. In it, the OP talk about being a shy guy, unable to make friends in space. The reason why this hit close to home for myself is because I feel the same way from time to time. I usually play games with my RL friends, but unfortunately none of them actually like EvE, so I go out and try to find a place where I might just belong.

I hit it off with people and then just, stay quiet. I know that this is my own fault, and I should talk to people, should go on roams etc. But for someone who isn’t a fan of being on TS the whole time something like this is extremely hard.

But the topic was an eye opener for me, and I’m going to try and change that about myself. Say hi more often, maybe even make a few friends that I can fly with.

In case you want to know which topic on reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/Eve/comments/3vma5b/i_am_for_the_lack_of_a_better_word_conflicted/

I'd like to point out, that I do post more often on http://evilswordfish.com I bought this domain a while back, all my EvE posts have been set there too.
All my EvE online posts will still come on here but also on the main site. In which I talk about other games too.

Stay tuned o7

Monday, 17 August 2015

Training queue fail



The problem with not having to check my training queue as often as I had to in the past. What with us being able to put training for up to 10 years in there. Is that you can forget about a few characters and their training.

I logged into my stealth bomber the other day and turns out she hasn’t been training anything for the past 5 days. Woe is me!

But this is a good lesson for me. I should update my queues again, make sure to get them a good training plan and stick with it.

My stealth bomber is currently grabbing mastery IV in stealth bombers and learning how to fly a Tengu. 

It’s not like I’m actually going to use a Tengu but it’s nice to have that option.

As for E’dyn, I’m not sure yet, he’s currently training his scanning skills because as you know from previous posts, I’m not that good at it. But I have no idea what to do with him next. 

Always wanted to fly a Nyx though, maybe I should work towards that.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Stranded in a wormhole



In the life of a wormholer, there comes a time, where you go inside a hole, and forgot to check it’s life. 

That is what happened to me a few days ago. I decided to log onto E’dyn again and wanted to do some scanning. Or at least check if I was still able to scan things. So I went into a hole that was scanned from our Home system and didn’t look at the time.
Only about 20 minutes after going in I was asked in chat if I knew that it was ‘End of Life’, obviously, I did not.

After going back to where I came in I noticed an absence of any hole, meaning that it collapsed after I came through. Good thing I had my scanner with me.

It took me about 2 hours to find my way out of the wormholes. Not because I didn’t get any connections out to Low, High or Null. No, only because, I actually suck at scanning.

Pinpointing a system takes me ages, and I’m not sure if it’s skill point related or just because I’m terrible at placing my probes but it’s not a fast process. 

I’m currently parked in Amarr, after being able to get out in a low sec system and taking 20’ish jumps there. I needed a place to spin and buy things while wondering if I should train my scanning, or just set other priorities.

Oh, and in case you haven’t noticed yet, I’ve had a little domain change. This site is still hosted at blogspot but I’m currently working on creating something a bit “bigger” as I am not just playing EvE and have been thinking about putting down my thoughts on other games somewhere too. So I bought a domain, some hosting space, and am now in the process of doing the actual design. 

Stay tuned o7

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

"Do you wanne build a moon base"

I'm sorry if you now have a certain 'Frozen' song in your head... Ok no, I'm not, I like the songs, most people do.

Anyhow, these past few months I haven't done much industry wise, but a friend of mine asked me if I was interested in his latest little scheme. I told him I had to think about it after his explanation and the more I started thinking about it, the better it seemed to sound.

Basically, I was asked if I wanted to join him in null sec with my indy character and start moon harvesting with him, and slowly but surely, start on our own little super/titan building process.

I've always wanted to build titans but not on my own, so if this thing actually happens, I'll be a few steps closer to my goal. Along with the fact that I'll be a bit more active again. So win/win situation! Unless we lose a few freighters, that'd make us go back to square one, but I'm being positive here, I can do this!

Stay tuned o7

Friday, 17 July 2015

Waiting for the Queue



Every time I log onto my one other combat character, I check her queue. I do this because I decided to train her into a T3 just in case I wanted to get her into a wormhole again. Last time I played with a friend in a WH it was awesome to have two characters, one on each screen, helping out myself and my friend. The two of us had four in total.

I’m actually in a wormhole now, as I stated before, but unfortunately I haven’t really done anything other than the first day that I joined. I blame myself, EvE is a game where you need to create the content and not wait for content to come your way. 

What with me playing other games too, I just didn’t feel like spending time in EvE. This also is reflected with me not stating here much. (Blame ARK, riding dino’s is just so damn awesome)
Still, the fact that I’m not logging in every day, and that I’m not writing as much as I used to or as I should, doesn’t mean I’m not doing things for the game.

A friend of mine has started again since now that he’s back from holidays and no longer has any exams he has some time again, so I might just be logging in more often again if he does. The game is always more fun to play when you have people you know playing it. And I’m not much of a TeamSpeak person to start getting to know my alliance members. Which is another shame on me I guess. 

Usually when I log on TeamSpeak it’s on my own server to talk with one of my good friends when we play a game of League of Legends or do some GTA: Online together, nothing more nothing less.
For bombers bar I just log in to hear what’s going on and what’s expected but almost never do any small talk, it’s just not how I am.

Anyhow, I’m not dead! Just, waiting for the queue.