Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Confessions’ers of a Rolling Stone

I was sitting around my new POS, pondering thoughts normally reserved to the criminally insane or habitually stupid, when I had an idea! It struck me like a large brick thrown from an angry mob defending their village from a roaming idiot.

What if I just got into two ships and started traveling down the chain? Just traveling from hole to hole, no POS, no storage, only the wind in my sails and Bob to guide me.

How would I make my way? What would I do to feed my space children? What if people already live in those holes?

So I did it to find out.

I took two characters(different accounts) with me on my adventure.

One of those ships was my standard PVE fit confessor. The near identical fit I used for the C13 backpacking trip. [Fit]

With the recent changes to the confessor the ship does slightly less dps in my standard PVE fit I used in the C13 backpacking trip. The confessor now has two ‘utility high slots now?’ you know for.. stuff. Naturally I fit a scanner probe launcher in one of the highs, but the other I just left empty.

The other ship is a pure work of art. (if you are into abstract, subject less and meaningless art)

A salvaging Thrasher. Equipped with a cloak, probe launcher, 1MN After burner, 2 small tractor beams and 4 salvager 1’s. Nothing else. Yes some of the slots are empty and I’m sure you could put things in them, but fuck it.. if it gets caught by anything, its toast, so why bother.

The Plan.

See a reasonable person would simply find an empty C1 or C2 and set up shop. Nope, not me. I decided to go into a C5 with these two ships.  

But Spear..  confessors can’t do C5 anoms!  Sit back my young friend, I wouldn’t be doing combat anoms.

Here is what I did.

I jump into the C5 directly from my home C4. There I’m confronted with about 10 or so sigs, about 8 combat anoms and 2 Ore anoms.

1st  Bookmark the way back, not that I will be going back, it’s just a good habit to get into.

2nd Make 2 safe spots and warp both ships to one of them. Cloaking the Thrasher.  

3rd  Initiate warp with the confessor to all the ore anoms. Don’t warp to them, just initiate warp. This is done by simply warping and then canceling the warp before you leave.  What this does is, start a 15 minute timer to spawn sleepers at the belt. Once that’s done move on to step 4.

4th  Align the uncloaked confessor to the other book mark and engage your afterburner in speed mode. No matter how good a combat probe pilot is, by the time he gets his combat scanning probes to 100% on a destroyer, you will have moved well out of disruptor/interdiction bubble range. No real D-scan spam is needed, but if someone shows up on grid, just warp to your next safe spot. Either make more safe spots because you’re being hunted or log off for a bit, watching D with the cloaked thrasher. PVPers (myself included) get bored easy and will eventually leave, continue where you left off.

5th Scan the system, with the confessor resolving to 100% all Gas sites and wormholes. Now not all gas sites in a C5 or C6 are C5/C6 quality gas sites, they have C1/2/3/4/ level gas sites in them too. In the confessor you can do all C4 and below gas sites. When you have one to 100%, Initiate warp the site and begin the 15 minute timer.

6th Once the system is resolved and all gas sites are triggered. 15 minutes should have passed. Warp to the first Ore site you triggered during step 3. The sleepers will be there waiting for you. – Kill them. Now the confessor cleans up these things very quickly. By the time you finish up the ore site sleepers, your gas site sleepers will have spawned. – Kill them next.

7th Follow behind with the salvaging Thrasher and $$$$.

That’s it. Now this can be done in ANY wormhole. C1-C6. Some will have more Ore sites and Gas sites, some less, but this way of doing Wspace can be done with just 1 combat ship. I simply brought a salvaging thrasher alt/slave to make the process go faster.

I did this very thing on Sunday and walked away with 65 million isk in about an hour. No pos, no cans...

I also did it with people on D-scan trying to kill me. I had scanned down all of their Gas sites, cleared all their Ore anoms before they mobilized a fleet to try and murder me.

I suspect the reason they waited so long was because they thought I was bait. People of W-space are so gun shy about bait ships, they won’t engage something that isn’t bait. I wish I knew what that Phenom is called, but it makes this type of wspace adventure possible. When they do eventually commit, you either run away or fight them. A solo confessor will sort out most ships that aren’t loki/rapier.

If you get fast at this, you can resolve a system, clear its ore anoms, clear its Gas anoms with relative efficiency, just using Safe spots, good D-scan spaming and the will to move past your home chain.

Now there are lots of ways to make money in this game, the best of course is to simply buy plex with my CC. Everything else is just flavors of fun countered to less fun levels of efficiency.

Though my way of adventure might not be the best way to make money, it was new, fun and different to me. I’m sure this exact way of space adventure could be done with a solo vexor, or T3 or whatever.. the thing is, it was outside “the move into hole set up camp” meta. That by itself was worth doing imo.

Different to me and interesting.

Friday, April 24, 2015

So I had a chat with a newbie.

Three nights ago I was high sec diving. Those not familiar with this practice, let me explain. You get into a scanning ship and head a direction through high sec looking for only wormholes. Each one you see, you jump in and look around for people running sites. Then kill them.

I jumped into a C1 and saw on scan a tower, FF and a lone venture. The venture was named the characters name’s named venture. It was never changed, this is rarely intentionally done and is the default name of the person who assembled the ship. Classic very new person mistake.

Without being on grid with him, I could pull up his kill board, corp history and with that figure out his associations with other corps. Is he bait or not? Has he lost any large ships to overwhelming forces, where did he lose them? How were the ships fit? T2? Faction Items? Does he fly with implants?

All of these things can be assumed with fairly good accuracy by just leaving your name on your ship.

I figured out really quick this guy was VERY new, also when I found the tower, he was a visitor not the owner of the tower. This meant if he was going to run, he wouldn’t be running to the tower.

He kept moving around the system which I felt was weird, usually ventures sit in one place, mine/huff..

When I finally narrowed him down with Dscan I saw he was at an Ore Anom(one of 4).   Since I was feeling slightly lonely and less bloodthirsty, I decided to start a conversation vs just killing him.

It went a little like this. 

I asked him about his user name and what its meaning was. He explained it was his Xbox username from long ago. The thing that struck me as interesting, here I was out of the blue talking to him in a wormhole where he was solo mining ABC ore. In every other situation the simple act of starting a convo while you are secretly mining rocks in the dangers of local less wspace is enough to spook the average pilot.  This guy wasn’t even phased, just mining away talking to a fellow traveler like it was nothing. No idea or care how I got his name or knew what he was doing.

He asked me straight up, “Do you pvp?” I responded, “Do you know how to check?” I then walked him through how to check my kill board. 

Shortly after, he responded. “O damn”. I said “I kind of hunt and kill people in Wspace, and I’m watching you right now”. I then uncloaked my proteus 10k from him.  

See, I love that naiveté’, that pure innocence of a new person, just moments away from understanding each and every person in this heartless game is out to explode you, exploit you and murder your pod for no other reason than; they simply can.

I didn’t agress, he didn’t bother running either. He asked why I havn't killed him, I said, “because you were nice and spoke to me like an adult”

Since he was forth coming with huge amounts of intel on his operation, I figured I would ask him how he cleared the rats. I was going down the line of thought that he might have a sponsor, a wealthy friend that is flying a cloaked ship somewhere or even a cruiser/battle cruiser that cleaned up the rats before calling in his newbie buddy to mine the defenseless rocks.

His response slightly shocked me. He said “I warp off when the NPC’s show up”. 

I said “wait, you don’t kill the sleepers?” he said “Nope, I just go to the next Ore belt” 

That’s crazy, “What happens when you don’t have any ore belts without sleepers?” he said, very matter of fact “I just find another wormhole, and mine there”.

This blew me away! This guy’s life right now is scanning out wormhole connections near his high sec base of operations, jumping into a wormhole, occupied or no and getting whatever he could get before someone came to destroy him or he ran out of belts. He wasn’t resigned about it, he wasn’t sad or complaining, he just did it because that’s what he wanted to do and simply didn’t know any better.

I asked, “Well have you tried to get the gas in this hole?” he said “O god no.. that skill book is very expensive, 23million, but I’m working toward it”.

Well my heart just dropped. This poor son of a bitch expects nothing from anyone, saves for everything and is making the best he can from Bob’s great bounty, in a shitty little venture. 

I explained that he might want to get into a Vexor or something to clear the Ore rats, so he doesn’t need to warp around or fine new holes. I told him that he is going to lose his Vexor eventually to someone exactly like me, who will shoot first and say thank you later. Don’t let the loses dissuade him, they are part of doing business.

I gave him enough money to lose more than a couple Vexors. He has one instruction when he loses his Vexors to hunters, “Say thank you and then ask the hunter where he screwed up”. Most hunters will be very nice and forth coming with information after a gank, they will tell you exactly where you screwed up and how to avoid it in the future. Sometimes you can’t but other times, there were mistakes a hunter made that were over looked. I went to great lengths to tell him that this type of player respect only really happens in Wspace. I told him, don’t think of this as an isk donation, think of it as a learning tool to further your wspace life.

We parted ways and told him to look me up if he had any more questions about Wspace, please don't hesitate. 

This whole exchange may seem minor for most, but these types of player interactions keep me going as an EVE player. The inspiration this guy imparted on me was well worth the isk that I gave him. The perspective balance that new players bring  may be the only thing that can melt the heart of the bitter vet. Bob bless that little mining venture.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

On to new adventures! Goodbye Isogen 5

It’s with a heavy heart but I must move on from Isogen 5.  

Reasons; .

Isogen 5 might be one of the best pvp only wormhole corps I have ever been a part of. They could be the best EVER. Their laser focus on what they are doing, along with the professionalism to respect everyone they encounter, is the dream of any pure pvper. They are so good it’s scary. My kill board is 93%, that's fucking MENTAL for me.. I wish I could say it was because I was all pro, its not, I'm not, they just foster great fleets, positive isk engagement outcomes..

Why would want to leave such a solid group of pilots? 

Because I’m not good at this game and I feel it most when I’m with them. I know this might sound crazy, but losing brings me perspective and for a person like myself, I need that perspective.

I’m an amateur story teller, I’m a joker, I’m a shit starter and my goals differ just slightly with theirs. Not a lot, but just enough to make it uncomfortable in my day to day. I'm mature enough know what gets me going.

I know this looks like just another “It’s not you, it’s me” line of bull shit, but without giving away too much Op sec and betraying people I still call friends, their direction differs from where I see myself in the future. I'll leave it at that. 

I have been in the life style they are seeking and I found it lacking. Its like when you look at a doomed teenage love… You just know that it will never work and end in disaster, but the people who haven’t experienced it, just need to experience it for themselves. What is life, love and loss without the chance to experience it yourself?

I wish them luck on future endeavors and I will proudly shoot them in the face the next time I see them.

Where am I going?

Well after the most recent interview with C4 residents and the stories they told on Down the pipe 47, I think I’ll head there. I have lived in a C4 multiple times and each time I have never regretted it.

If you know of a smallish C4 group that needs a pilot, doesn’t mind a huge ego and enjoys throwing ships around in reckless ways, hit me up, I’m looking.