Category: EVE (Page 6 of 6)

Lets All Eat PI

Yesterday PI (planetary interaction) went live in full with command centers being added to the market. I posted over on NomadicGamer about it, but thought I’d go into a bit more detail here on MmoQuests. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about it and wanted to clarify a few things.

  • There is no limit to the number of people who can harvest (extract) from a planet. The only limit is the resources found upon it. There are thousands of planets in EVE and you will have no problems trying to find one to extract from. Even if there are multiple people on a planet chances are you’re on one side and they’re on another, or that you’re extracting different resources. There’s no ‘mad rush’ to grab land so to speak. No one claims an entire planet (at least in highsec which is where I am).
  • You (and anyone else) can only have at max – 6 – planets that you are extracting from at any one time. You can place one command center per training level, and everyone starts with 1 already allowed. So if your skill for command centers is V that’s 6.
  • There are tutorials for PI, and it is incredibly cheap to get started. Don’t be afraid of trying it out because you don’t have the cash. Lower ranked command stations are only a few thousand ISK, and unless you’re putting a launch pad (one of the ways to ship items back to space) on your colony, the costs are fairly low, and very reasonable.
  • The point to PI is to create things that NPCs sold previously. There are lists and charts of all of this over on the EVE wiki, and I highly suggest people check them out and decide what they want to make before doing it. The market is of course not exactly stable right now, but give it some time and things will calm.

I’ve been having a lot of fun setting up my stations. So far I’ve got three planets set up, each with 1 command center, 2 extractors, 3 processing plants (two basic and one advanced) and one storage facility. You can chose which site you want to extract from, each has a different timer. Mine are currently set to three days while I figure out the basics and make sure I’m doing it all correctly. The command center you use will decide how much CPU you have to spend on other buildings. I’ve currently got mine trained to III (all my PI skills are at III on both accounts actually) which seems to be just enough for what I want to do. I haven’t extracted enough resources and processed them to need to shuttle them into space yet, but I’m sure I will by the time my three days are up.

In the mean time I’m back to training my ‘regular’ skills. The Orca is on hold while I save up for wurmhole mining /extracting, and I’m still working on my industrial skills on the main account. I’m inching my way towards research project management so that I can work with multiple R&D agents, and all in all, things are going well. Even though EVE is clearly a PVP game, I’ve done very little (ie: none) of it and have had an incredible time just playing my way. I like the fact that the game really does offer something to everyone, as long as you don’t mind trying to figure out what it is you want to do, without having your hand held.

Fly safe!

It Doesn’t Get any more Exciting Than This

What an incredibly exciting night. You know how you get a thrill from taking down a particularly hard encounter, or that chill when you know you’re on the brink of something dangerous? That proud feeling when you barely make it out alive and you want to jump up and down in your chair and pump your fist in the air. That was my night. To start it off that contract that I put out in Jita the night before actually sold, my first ever contract. I was incredibly proud and happy and excited. Fluke? Maybe, but it was still fantastic. I put another contract out in the 2nd trade hub that I know of, a little cheaper then the first, to see if it would also sell. Started an invention of another hammerhead II which succeeded, and put in another blueprint to be sold off while I manufactured the hammerhead drone. As I mentioned yesterday Kasul and I are actually using these drones, so they’re not being sold for any profit. It’s nice to finally have a nice ‘method’ down to my crafting.

There are quite a few ‘branches’ to EVE that I like to explore. One that I’ve barely spent any time with is probing. It’s a smaller branch, but the rewards can be fantastic if you’re patient. I have an imicus fit for probing, since it gains a small bonus. I’ve got rigs that increase this bonus, and I’ve got a cloaking device fit to it so I can sneak into sites I find and scope them out before risking my ships. I’m still learning what ship names mean and how to tell whether a location is dangerous or not.

I set out to see what I could find, and hone my skills at narrowing down a signature. Getting one to show up at all is always nice. Then moving it to 25% so that you can see what type it is, then 75% so you can see the name of it, is always exciting.

The first site I found was actually one of those 100% signature sites where rats hang out. Normally when I scan those someone else has either already been there or is performing clean up duty on the location. This time around I was incredibly lucky, and I happened to be first. Kasul came out in his Ishtar and fought the four waves of rats while I took a few jumps to grab my dominix and help with the final wave as well as help with the clean up afterward. Another player showed up just as we were finishing, and for once it felt good to be the ones who got there first.

I switched back to the imicus and continued trying to hone my probing skills (har har) and managed to lock onto two wurmhole signatures. I’ve heard nothing but “DANGER DANGER” when it comes to these sites from pretty much everyone, but I was feeling bold. I know the basics of wurmholes, I know they can collapse behind you, you can get lost in them forever, they are nullsec space, and they are infested with rats called Sleepers that are very mean. Not to mention other players who (I imagine) have far more experience than me. Despite the warning signs I decided it was time to pop into one and see what would happen.

One reason I felt ‘safe’ doing this is because I haven’t spent a lot of ISK (or LP or anything else for that matter) obtaining implants. If I lose mine I’ll lose a few +2 and maybe one or two +3 that I’ve gotten from mission running. My clone is up to date, and if I have to self destruct I’ll lose my ship and really nothing of any true value. Before jumping into the wurmhole I told myself that it was highly probable that I would die inside, or be lost forever, or that some other great evil would befall me. If you go in with this attitude (and truly believe it) things are a lot less scary.

I traded out my probing imicus for a second imicus that is fit with a cloaking device and a probe launcher and nothing else. The ship is a back up and meant to be “ok” to lose forever. Took a deep breath, and launched myself into the wurmhole. Wow. It was amazing. There were planets everywhere, it was huge. I spent some time roaming around just looking. I’d never seen something that appeared so empty before. Since I was there in a covert ops ship I decided what the heck, I may as well practice my probing skills a little more. I ignored the sleeper sites that I found and first traveled to a Ladar site which is a gas cloud. In wurmholes there is a plethora of nullsec materials to be harvested. Of course it’s not safe at all. That’s the exciting part. I am currently unable to harvest gas clouds but I added it to my list of things to do. I moved on and eventually tracked down a gravimetric (I probably spelled that wrong) site. Warped to it, and was unable to breathe. Ores by names I had never seen before presented themselves to me. Of course I was in an imicus and couldn’t harvest them so I took about 10 seconds to decide that I would get my second account, fit it with a ‘disposable’ retriever, and attempt to harvest nullsec ore in a wurmhole.

My heart was beating in my chest, it was that exciting. I fit the retriever with ‘disposable’ items, joined up in a fleet with myself and off I went. I looked at the info to the wurmhole which will give you a brief description of it. While the entrance was not going to last too much longer (less then 12 hours) it had not been disrupted by ships entering, so I shrugged my shoulders and warped the retriever in.

Headed to the ore site, and began mining, my eyes scanning my overlay to watch out for any rats. Two pulls of nullsec ore later, there they were – sleepers. I (by some incredible stroke of luck) managed to warp myself out while the retriever was almost dead, and made it back to the wurmhole entrance (or exit, depending on how you see it) where I had entered from. Hold laden with ore, I snuck out, caught my breath, and made it back to headquarters where I just stared at the ore. I can’t refine it yet, but I will. Looking at an ore chart (thank you Kasul) I saw that I had managed to find the 2nd most valuable ore in the game.

I’ve got no idea if this is something I’m going to make a habit of but it was an incredibly exciting night none the less. It’s been a long time since I felt that rush from an MMO, and I’m looking forward to my next experience.

Fly safe!

Always Someone Bigger

I was on my way to Jita to make my first ever contract. I’ve been working on invention along with Kasul, to create blueprints to sell in order to raise money for my Orca. I’m about 1/8th of the way to affording one, and still two months away from flying one, so I’m hoping it works out. Anyhow, Jita was amazing. I’d never been there before, and it was by far the largest number of ships I’d ever seen in one location, with more then 900 flying the skies. The chat channel was also far different then I was used to, and it really reminded me of a galaxy with traders from all over the world. In fact it was probably the first time my brain grasped the concept of the fact that I was playing a sci fi game and enjoying it. My favorite comment of the night came from someone who was replying over scamming attempts. His reply to the person who seemed a bit outraged was “dude, you’re in Jita.” – it just hit home for me.

The screen shot above came from my trip to Jita, a Charon flew side by side with me almost the entire way (it was easy to tell we were both on auto pilot) and I felt incredibly small in my hulk which I have been raving about for weeks now. The hulk is the largest ship I own, and previous to the Charon the Orca was the largest ship I had ever seen. The Charon was gigantic, and amazing, and graceful and just made me remember all of the reasons why I’m enjoying this game so much.

I put my contract up, and now I’m eagerly waiting to see if it pays off (literally). In the mean time Kasul and I have a nice little invention rotation going on. We’ve been working on hammerhead II’s since we’re both playing drone boats, and I’ve successfully invented and manufactured a few of them now. The cost of creating five of them is less then one million ISK, and since the drones themselves sell for half a million ISK each, we’re saving a good amount of money.

Kasul has also been creating rigs for us to use, I’ve added some to my Dominix that increase my CPU, and stabilized myself finally. The Dominix is ready for all sorts of missions now, and I’m excited about that. In the mean time I’d like to work towards Research Project Management, which is a skill that allows you to work with more then one R&D agent at a time. It takes a fair amount to be able to train this skill, and it’s just one more item in a long list of things I wish to learn. I do have to admit, I’m having a blast.

Happy flying!

Perhaps an Orca?

Mining may not be something you particularly enjoy in EVE Online, but for some, it represents exactly what we want to do in game. Sure, it’s a little boring. It’s also quiet, and fairly painless, and doesn’t exactly require a LOT of concentration. Now that I have my hulk (remember I’m a highsec miner) I can set myself to a particular asteroid belt or a location with some ore that Kasul has located, and set myself working without too much hassle. Since I have dual monitors I typically have EVE running in one and whatever else I’m up to in the other monitor. I do have to beware of people looking to ‘suicide gank’ me as it’s called, and be ready to run if I notice anyone suddenly targeting me – but aside from that it’s a very calming and relaxing way to spend my time in game. Not to mention it’s something I can do practically all day long as I work on my main monitor and quietly mine on the second. What exactly am I saving up for? Well of course I have some plans!

My second account is currently finishing off drones V, and then will be working towards using heavy drones. She’s using mediums in the Dominix (which I adore might I add) and then once that is all taken care of and I have it fit as well as I’d like, I decided I’m going to work towards flying an Orca. Whether or not I want to attempt to build one or instead just purchase one I haven’t decided. I do think it will be a great addition to my hulk, and I’m pretty excited about flying one.

It will take me 66 days to train for the Orca, and a lot longer to be able to afford one, and fit one. Compare this to my main account which would be able to fly one in less then a month – it’s mostly due to that mining barge V skill that takes so long to learn. I haven’t quite made up my mind on what I want to train next on my second account, so we’ll just have to see. In the mean time I’m still having an incredible amount of fun, and I surprise myself daily that I’m so interested in a sci fi game when I have never taken any interest in the genre as a whole. I suppose stranger things have happened!

Fly safe!

Isn’t She Pretty

It was no surprise that I spent most of yesterday evening flying my hulk around and mining, testing her out so to speak. Named after a rare gemstone, Painite, I couldn’t be happier. I have a pretty basic highsec fit on her, three modulated strip miner II’s, two mining laser upgrades, and a bunch of shields to boost her survivability as well as a survey scanner so I can go after the juiciest pieces of ore. Kasul did some probing and found a few sites for me to mine, so I headed that way and stretched my wings. What a HUGE difference from flying the retriever I’ve had this past little while. The amount of ore that the hulk coughs up compared to the retriever is a lot bigger then I thought it would be.

I’m continuing down my ‘crafter’ line in EVE on my main account, while my second account works the “pew pew” side of things. I’ve got refining, and production efficiency that I’d like to get completed – and then I discovered research. Without a POS (player owned structure) this avenue may as well be off limits for me because the line ups for this at stations is .. well. Lets just say I’m not that patient. David (as far as I know) is still working towards getting us a POS, so that may be solved in the future. It would be nice to have the skills to begin research once I’m able to, and I’m incredibly excited about trying this out. Of course I’ll update either here or on NomadicGamer about how it works out.

Now that the hulk has been invented and built, Kasul and I have our eyes set on other bps that may be profitable. Whether they pay off in the end or not time will tell, but it’s great to be working towards these things in the mean time. Makes the game a lot of fun, and nicely complex.

Time to get back to mining. Fly safe!

One Jump Away

Pictured above are my Retriever (main account) and my Iteron V (2nd account) – headed to their last destination together before I finish manufacturing my Hulk. That’s right, my 8th attempt at a blueprint was met with success as yesterday I finally managed to invent a hulk blueprint. As soon as it was done I headed to an open assembly line so that I could manufacture the ship – and in 3 hours I’ll be the proud new owner. In 6 hours, I’ll be able to fly it. For those who may not understand my excitement think about your favorite piece of gear. The one that you’ve always wanted, but that took you an incredibly long time and effort to obtain. In EVE, ships are ‘gear’ and I’ve been working towards this ‘piece’ for three months now. It took me 28 days to train the final skill I needed (mining barge V) and now that I have room in my queue I’m not even sure what I want to work on next.

I’m incredibly excited about my first adventures with the hulk, and I plan on capturing the moment with GameCam once I’m up and flying. I’ll be sure to post it here, because. Well, because we geeks are simply like that.

Fly safe!

In the Mean Time..

It’s been quite some time since I’ve written about games other than EQ2 on this site – but that doesn’t mean I’m not playing them. I had been making most of those ‘other’ types of posts over at NomadicGamer since the site needed a few posts and because they fit within the topic a lot better. Hopefully my readers here don’t mind that everything is not EQ2 related this week.

What I’m up to in games

EVE Online: My main account is (at the time of writing this) exactly 5 days, 8 hours, 3 minutes, 1 second away from flying a hulk. WOW. I’m incredibly excited. I’ve dreamed about flying a hulk since I first started playing EVE and now that I’m almost there it is a very surreal feeling. The down side to this is that I’ve failed 6 hulk blueprint inventions. Using this site to figure out the math pretty much explained how hulks have the lowest success rate. I’m hoping to keep plugging away at it and maybe invent one just before I can fly it but I’m not holding my breath. In the mean time I’ve been running missions for CreoDron so that I can work with a L3 agent, I’m .15 standing away which is pretty nice. My second account is having a blast flying her new Dominix, it’s a battlecruiser and I just managed to fit some 350mm compressed coil guns onto it. Yum. Now I’m working towards all of the drone goodies as my ship is mostly a tank while drones do all of the damage work. Yesterday Kasul helped me fit a new imicus that I bought for scouting (probing). I’ve never been all that good at probing, but I’m not going to get any better if I don’t try it more often. I’d like to scan down sites for the hulk to mine. I need 26 hours of training in order to fit the cloaking device, but aside from that it’s the first ship that I’ve actually completely fit, and properly. My 2nd account has four ships that I use. The Dominix (battlecruiser) for my missions, the Vexor (cruiser) for missions that don’t allow battlecruisers (I hate those missions, just saying), the Imicus for scouting, and the Iteron V for hauling. I like the set up so far, and I’m having a lot of fun with it. I really enjoy the Dominix a great deal too, great ship.

World of Warcraft: I’ve been playing this game off and on since release and it’s always amusing to me to hear everyone talk about it. My highest level character just reached level 64 yesterday (woot), my priest. Everyone talks about having multiple level 80 characters, and how easy it is to get there but for me it seems like the slowest thing in the world. I’m having a lot of fun with it, working my way through the Burning Crusade and little bits into Wrath of the Lich King. Neither expansion is something I’m all that familiar with and it’s all brand new. Of course much like I do in every game I play, I’ve been crafting as much as I can. My tailor (the priest) just reached a skill level of 350 yesterday, and chose a specialization in mooncloth. Once I reach level 65 I can obtain the Grand Master rank, and continue on. Even though some people argue that crafting in WoW is simple, I really enjoy it. It’s nice to have the objectives of the crafting mini game change compared to what I’m used to. The actual ACT of crafting is not the mini game in WoW. Obtaining materials and recipes is the mini game, and even then only because I make it so. It doesn’t make it any less interesting to me, and I’m really enjoying myself. I have five characters, the 64 priest (tailor / enchanter), 58 DK (used mostly for farming, mining / herbalism), 43 hunter (farming, skinning / mining), 40 shaman (jewelcrafting / inscription), and a level 8 druid (alchemy / herbalism). I’m excited about inching my way to level 80 because I’ve always wanted to be ‘end game’ even though it was constantly out of my grasp. No guarantee that I’ll make it this time around either, but I’m hopeful.

EQ2: I still log in, check the broker, search for new books, and craft. Decorating is a little slower, but I still have a lot of fun with it. I think I’m just waiting for Halas to come out so I can see if it affects my game at all, and see if I get excited about it again. Breaks are not bad things, and I’m enjoying my time away from EQ2 right now. There’s a reason I term myself a nomadic gamer after all!

There are other games on my radar like Age of Conan (I picked up the game for $7 from EBGames), Dark Ages of Camelot ($10 with all expansions from – you guessed it, EBGames), Fallen Earth, Champions Online, Wizard101, LotRO, and DDO. I also still have my subscription to Darkfall, though I haven’t been playing it lately and I own Guild Wars which I keep meaning to play again and just never seem to get around to it.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself. I hope everyone has a magnificant weekend!

WTB Some Time

I love my job, I really do. Being able to write about something I enjoy as well as something I’m passionate about is a great gift that I try to make sure I’m aware of constantly. On my web site, I write for me and I love talking about my adventures, thoughts, friends and anything else that happens to cross my mind. The only time any of this is difficult is when it all seems to happen at once. These days there are so many games out there, that I simply don’t have enough time to play everything I want. It’s a shame, because I’d really love to.

EQ2 is my ‘steady’ game even though I’m barely playing it these days (it’s due to being crunch week and no other reason) it’s the comfort game that I know inside and out, and I like that comfort factor. However. It’s not the only game I want to play and certainly not the only game I am playing.

I’ve been having an incredible urge to continue playing EQ, which I have waded in and out of for quite some time now. Problem is I don’t enjoy playing EQ alone (where as in EQ2 I have no problem wandering around on my own) and it’s difficult for me to make friends (especially when I waver to and from games). I have my 81 necromancer that I’m considering leveling a little, she’s fairly close to level 82. I’ve always wanted to hit “end game” in everquest, and with the expansion NOT raising the level cap in November, it may very well be a possibility.

Vanguard is another one of those “if I only had more time” games. I seem to be in a rut with my blood mage, and I’m slowly running out of areas where I can just dip in for an hour or two before calling it quits and feel as though I have gotten anything acomplished.

Last month I won a free copy of Age of Conan, I think I found the time to play once during the month that came with the game, and then it sat neglected. For some reason it just does not appeal to me as much as I wish it had. It may be because I’m not really a melee person, and it felt uncomfortable. Either way, it’s one of those “I wish I had more time” games – along with many others.

Lord of the rings online – I really enjoy this game, a lot. It’s familiar, it’s beautiful. I want to continue playing but for now my account lays dormant because once again the greedy time monster has taken all of my time away, and I just don’t have any to spare or to warent spending a monthly subscription for it.

So what AM I playing? Well, my current play list includes EverQuest II, Vanguard (barely), Free Realms (barely), World of Warcraft (please don’t shoot me, it’s easy to dive into for an hour and feel like I actually acomplished something), Wizard 101, Aion Beta, and some DDO.  I want to be able to devote more time to EVE, but that learning curve is so far over my head I may as well actually be playing from another planet. I’ve been having fun in Aion, but again – not enough time to play everything I want to play, and to get work done as well as real life things (plus I can’t actually sit at my desk for too long before I start to get sore from health issues).

While I am excited that there are so many games out there (don’t even get me started on console games and finding time to play those too!) there are certainly moments where I wish the selection were smaller. Am I the only one?

Wandering around in EVE Online

I like gaming, obviously. I tend to stick to my ‘usual’ games (EQ/EQ2/VG) but every so often I like to play something new. Well, actually I enjoy playing new games a lot of the time. They don’t typically have something that keeps me in the game, but it’s still fun. I enjoy the ‘first time’ experience, and I love comparing it to adventures I’ve already had. In some small way, it widens my views of games in general (I personally feel) plus, well, it’s just fun.  Playing video games is still relatively ‘new’ to me as I’ve mentioned a few times. 

So as a complete change of pace (and I do mean complete) I decided to try out a 21-day trial of EVE Online. This game is not new, but I’ve never played it before – and it is 100% out of my ‘typical’ realm as far as games go. So why bother trying it at all? Well, honestly. Why not?

I make no secret to the fact that I am not a fan of sci-fi (or Syfy, heh) and I never have been. That doesn’t mean that I’m not open to the idea that perhaps one day my interests will veer down that path, but as of yet it hasn’t happened. I haven’t watched any Star Wars and I can’t name space ships they tend to put me to sleep – and yet I still decided to try EVE and despite all of that I don’t think I started playing with a negative attitude at all, in fact quite the opposite. 

Keep in mind that these are very much my first impressions with EVE, and they’re pretty cryptic. You may think I’m a ‘happy fluffy bunny’ type of female gamer and there for I may already hate the game before I’ve even started – but you’d be wrong. I’ve been known to enjoy a great amount of PvP which a lot of people find surprising, and while it’s true I spend more time in my games of choice decorating and talking with a wonderful community, there are lots of things that keep me playing. 

I patched (and it went smoothly) and logged in, met with a bunch of choices as far as ‘character’ creation goes. I’ve seen a plethora of guides on everything EVE related over the last little while – especially with the relaunch taking place, but I haven’t delved into them too much. I enjoy picking up a game and being able to “go from there” when playing. Once I’ve found a niche, or settled into a game, I may look into guides further to decide what I should play and to figure out if my character is in fact a horrible creation that I should immediately start over. 

Once you’ve created your character (and what a calm soothing voice to go along with character creation I must add) you’re plunked down in the beginner tutorial. 

The tutorial was fairly easy to understand. You go through inventory (cargo) and maneuvering the ship around. It was absolutely beautiful if not only slightly confusing to me because I’ve never given much thought to the inner workings of a space ship. There was a lot of people talking in some channels that I mostly ignored because I had no idea what they were talking about. I got all excited when it came time to learning how to orbit other ships, and then how to attack them. Granted, this was all done in the safety of the tutorial, and I didn’t have too much to worry about because the practise ship wasn’t really hurting me. I spent far more time ogling the skies around me then anything else. You learn how to move things onto your ships, and then before you know it you’re off to a station to pick up your first mission and unload some skills. 

You learn how to cue skills (training and what not), and to arrange the order of them. Having skills work up while you’re out of game is great, and something I’m not used to. I was still trying to let the mass amount of buttons and ‘things’ sink in while following the tutorial. The very first mission I was given had me fly out some place and pick up a package, and then bring it back to the agent who gave me the task to begin with. It got me settled with the beginner commands, docking and warping – which I promptly forgot once I spent a couple of days away from the game. My own fault though, I know how I pick up on things (or don’t). 

Once I’d completed the mission I became a little lost on what to do next. I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to head any where, and none of the agents seemed to want to talk to me. That was apparently the end of the tutorial and I thought perhaps I had missed something or skipped over something or was just not looking at something obvious. 

My first exploration into the game wasn’t too bad, and I didn’t hate every second of it like some may have thought I would. Do I think it will grab me enough to want to keep playing? It’s honestly too soon to tell yet. I do plan on trying out the rest of the 21-day trial, and I’ve also decided to pick up Age of Conan from Steam ‘just because’. Another game I’ve never tried before. 

The only down side to having such a HUGE option of games out there, is of course the limited time in which to play (and write) about them all. Just because you may not hear about it here on my web site doesn’t mean I feel negatively about a game either. I simply only have so much time and I still (always) use this blog for my personal adventures. Anyhow, looking forward to more exploration!

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