Diving In

Since the last post, I’ve spent a good chunk of Eve Online time training up my character to do some exploring. I have since spent a lot more time (almost all of my play time with that character) in low security space.

My exploration character. Hopefully the badass angle keeps weaker pirates away.

My exploration character. My logic is that the badass portrait keeps weaker pirates away.

I now have a T2 covert ops frigate, the Buzzard, which is a decent exploration ship, but also not a huge loss if I make a mistake and get killed in it. I have also trained high enough in Cloaking to be able to add the Covert Ops Cloaking Device II which allows me to spent most of my time cloaked and hidden from scanning and overviews. This makes scouting and scanning down for data and relic sites much easier. I can scan it down, warp to it, and check it out all while cloaked. It does have some downsides, as I can’t target or do most other things while cloaked, but I can warp and move at full speed.

Also, while finding and hacking the data and relic sites, I’ve scanned down some wormholes. I have yet to dive into one that leads to “unknown space” or “dangerous unknown space” since I don’t think I’d make it out alive, yet, but I have jumped into a few that lead to low security space. This usually takes me to some low security system many, many jumps from my home system. So far, the lowest security system I’ve been in and spent a lot of time in was 0.1, so almost null sec space. That’s my next goal. 

I haven’t made a ton of money doing exploration, but enough to cover any expenses, which there are few if you don’t die. My next ship goal is the Astero, which is made for exploration, but it’s a bit more expensive.

Now what people say is really true, the game opens up a lot more once you leave the comforts of high security space. I do enjoy my main character who does mostly industry, trading, and mining, but there is something about being out alone in the middle of a system with possible pirates lurking about, trying to hack a mainframe to get the goods. It makes even the smaller amounts of ISK you earn seem exciting.

Hopefully my next post will talk about me dipping into null sec or even wormhole space, we’ll see.

7 Years and 2 Ships

Eve WormholeIt’s been at least 3 and a half years since I last ventured into the vast open darkness of Eve Online’s universe. I was looking for a different kind of game to play recently, so I decided to renew my subscription and see what has changed. Since I created my characters back in October of 2007, I’ve played a bunch of Eve Online. I dabbled in a few things, but mostly industry, hauling, and mining, things I could do solo. I did play along with a few local friends, but they have since stopped playing, as far as I know. I usually had fun, but soon got bored, like I do with a lot of games, and stopped my subscription.

I did those same things for the first few weeks of my renewal and I did have fun. I had left myself a wallet of about 400 million ISK, which in terms of a lot of Eve Online stories, is nothing, but it’s enough to allow me to have some breathing room to make more.

In the 7 years that I’ve had my characters, I’ve not lost one ship. Not one. That is, by definition, “care bear” style playing. I took basically no risks, as I also sometimes do in real life. I don’t know why I was so scared to lose a ship. Sometime a few weeks ago, while playing another character on my account, not the industrial one, I was doing some exploration and my ship exploded. I honestly don’t know what happened, but I do know that it was not due to another player, but an NPC or explosion of the item I was hacking. I broke my 7 year streak of no ships lost. That’s actually a pretty sad way to do it.

I decided to upgrade this character with skills to allow him to do a lot more exploration. I plan to take him deep into low security and null space and sneak back out with millions of ISK worth of data and relics. I started with a cheap frigate and ventured into a close low security system, scanned down a relic site, warped to it and started hacking the items. Suddenly…boom! My ship exploded. I didn’t spent time figuring out why and warped my capsule out of the area. I checked my kill log and it turns out that I was killed by another player. My first PVP death. I was obviously not flying very smart. Now that my so-called “ship loss” cherry has been popped, it doesn’t bother me much anymore.

Though, now after training some skills and reading a great exploration guide, I now have a much more expensive ship. This one costs about 40 times more than my original frigate, but also has a lot more bells and whistles. It allows me to cloak myself, so I can do some reconnaissance before I jump the gun. I have now ventured pretty deep into low security, grabbed some exploration goodies, and got back out safely. I have yet to make a ton of ISK, but I have easily paid for the ship, so if I do lose it, no big deal.  My plan is to get a few more important skills trained and then dip my toe into null sec and maybe close my eyes and jump into some wormholes.

I know that people that don’t play Eve Online are probably a bit lost of this (if they even made it this far) but Eve Online stories are always what get me excited about playing again.

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