Category: Gaming

Mining in NullSec

I spend most of my time these days out in NullSec, where I find it safer than LowSec for whatever reason. I’ve set up some PI, I have a little corner for mining, and so far I’ve been left mostly alone. That being said, it’s NOT safe, and there are definitely things you can do to make it ‘safer’.

I use a warp core stabilizer. The venture comes with +2 already, on top of what I’m using, so getting locked down is a bit harder than normal. I also use a shield extender, so if someone is attacking me I don’t just instantly explode, I should have time to warp away. I always have a station or gate aligned, and I can easily head to either of them if someone warps into my asteroid belt.

Don’t mine the ore that is right at the front when you warp in. Instead, pick the stuff that is further away. That way when someone else warps in you have a few extra seconds.

Don’t assume you’re alone, remember cloaking is a thing.

Don’t AFK. Can’t stress this one enough. Be aware of your surroundings.

I recognize the names of the other miners in my area, it’s usually the same ones all of the time. I look for any ! names in local, and while the tips and tricks above won’t work 100% of the time, it will help you keep that ship just a little bit longer.

I managed to save up enough components to craft my venture III today and I can’t wait to give it a whirl. It has an extra laser slot, which is a pretty big deal.

I’m still trying to figure out what combat ship I want to fly. Something with missiles. Suggestions?

EVE Echoes – Now What?

This little mobile game has really captured my heart – though to be honest I’ve never actually played a mobile game before. My phone was absolutely devoid of any games until I installed this one. I play it so frequently that I’ve been debating picking up a tablet to play it on just for a larger screen option. My kids have an ipad they use, but I’m not confident I’d ever get a turn.

There was a whole slew of issues this week that lead to getting 135k skill points mailed out to players, and then yesterday another 200k skill points were returned due to some skill point issue. Needless to say I’m working my way through Tech 6, on the way to Tech 7, which is over 1100 hours of training. It really slows down, even when you have omega.

Figuring out what to fly and how to fit it has never been my strong point, even in the desktop version of the game. I’m flying a venture II and have that fit for mining, and have been doing pretty well with it. I spent most of yesterday mining in a -0.2 area and then hauled all of the ore back to my base in order to reprocess it. I’ve got almost everything I need to craft another ship – but what I’d really like to craft, is the Thorax Prototype I have a blueprint for.

In the meantime I hunted down a fit for the caracal trainer that I’m currently flying. Trainers are not quite as powerful as the non trainer counterparts, but they’re not complete garbage, either. This one is a Tech5 ship – and I had it fit with railguns which was NOT impressing me at all. I swapped over to missiles which seems to be the way to go. I’m at least able to take down small and medium anomaly as well as complete TechV missions which reward 85k ISK – as well as bounty which rewards more, and a chance at loot.

I have a pet peeve with datacores. In the PC version of the game you work with a research & development agent to earn these. Faction quest in order to work with higher ranked officials. In the mobile version these seem to only come from scout anomaly. The issue with that is they are VERY rare, and they are VERY sought after. Datacores are required for backward engineering and discovering blueprints. They are incredibly expensive, and you can fail in your research. Of course you could also end up engineering a very valuable blueprint.

I felt like I was being forced into industry just by the sheer difficulty of combat – I know it’s easier in a corporation and doing things as a team has always been the preferred method of playing EVE (whether desktop or mobile) but I play because real life is busy and unpredictable, so even if I arranged to do something with my corp, chances are I’d end up having to leave randomly before anything actually happened.

All of that being said, the game is getting a fair amount of my time these days. It’s easy to pop in, you can jump while offline, and I’ve always loved the EVE universe. Hopefully I can craft myself a better ship soon, and start feeling a little bit more powerful.

Yesterday someone came into the cluster I was mining with the intent of combat, but I rarely ever go AFK while mining, so I simply warped away. Hopefully they found someone else in the system to sharpen their combat skills on.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!


This pattern is no longer in game, but I picked it up for a few gold and there were a number of sellers already, so I’m quite happy with the profits!

Happy 8th Birthday Guild Wars 2

I can’t believe it – where has the time gone!

A new expansion was announced, and even though I tend to bounce around my video games as much as ever, I can’t wait for this one!

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself.


I love spring in Wurm Online…


If you’ve ever played RimWorld before, then you may want to follow along with the development of Ruinarch where you basically play the evil overlord of a D&D campaign trying to kill off all of the players through various means. It’s still in EA and needs a lot of work, but the potential is there for great things.

Moved: Cadence

The Harmony alliance I was a part of just wasn’t working out for me, so I traded 25 silver 1:1 over to Independence and that left me with 7s to play with. I have been working hard on that deed and I love how it’s coming along. Then I ported all of my characters to Cadence when it opened – I’m not a fan of the idea of spreading out the population further, but I do love the spot I found. I also found 3 coloured horses right away and that made me pretty happy.

I plan on making this a little country cottage deed. Wooden fences, timber house, farms, that sort of thing. Will I stay? We’ll see. Maybe I can find an alliance to join.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Newest Game Obsession – EVE Echoes

I signed up for beta but never got in – EVE Echoes released one week ago and I have played fairly steadily ever since then. It works exactly like EVE Online – except the universe is completely fresh, nothing is joined to the PC version – and oh yeah, it’s a mobile game.

Somehow, through a combination of streamlining the base game, and user interface optimization, the game that I’ve played a desktop version of for a number of years off and on has risen to the top of my ‘lets play’ list for the near future.

It’s an MMO, there’s still PvP and PvE, there’s still industry, there’s even still Planetary Interaction. Jumping gates takes less time, you don’t slow down if you’re on autopilot, and if you close the mobile game app while you warp the game continues to warp you.


I’ve started off much the same way I did in the desktop version of the game. Doing the tutorials, getting my free ships, and mining to earn some quick and easy income. I’ve got a few million ISK to my name now, and I’ve just reached Tech V (and part way through). As you level up, skills take more time. Accounts are still alpha (free account) but they’ve also added an ‘omega base’ for $6.99 CAD, on top of the ‘omega standard’ ($17.99 CAD) and then a combination deal. Each one unlocks some ships and skills you can’t use otherwise, along with a boost in training points. Not really ESSENTIAL to game play, but certainly nice to have. I figure even if I’m not playing, I’ll probably still show my support by supporting the $6.99 subscription – it’s a really comfortable price point for me.

I want to get into industry, just like I did in the desktop version of the game, but it requires some learning. There’s no R&D agents, and PI doesn’t actually require you to refine anything (that I can tell at least). Instead it seems to be a combination of harvesting from PI, loot from encounters, and mining / processing minerals.

So far I’ve been spending most of my time in lowsec, I mine in a .3 area that’s busy enough but they tend to leave me alone. I have my temporary base set up in a .9 that is 5 jumps away, but I may move later on.

Oh yes, and to use contracts you need to be an omega account, just like the desktop version of the game requires. Jita has been so incredibly congested that I have only made it to the area once before a message popped up saying that I should go around (wish I knew that before I bought something in Jita, I had intended on picking it up). There have been a few glitches here and there, but so far the launch has been incredibly smooth – and I’m having an absolute blast. I have a hard time believing that this is a mobile game – it plays incredibly well (I’m using my phone, but you can also use an ipad etc).

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Goal Achieved: Boat Cave!

One thing I wanted to do on my deed was to create a water entrance that would lead to an underground cave. Inside the cave is my mine (of course) as well as my brewery (aging wine underground is ideal). Yesterday I managed to complete this goal, after mining out over 4,000 lead ore to break a node that was in my way. I can’t wait to get the inside all neat and tidy, I plan on reinforcing the walls and then paving over them, though I’m not sure if I want to do it in marble or some other stone. We’ll have to see! In the mean time, I’m just tickled that it is complete.


Finally working on the inside of my home, and it is FABULOUS!