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