Goodness this game is just so beautiful, no wonder I love playing it.
Doing some data & relic site scans. I got lucky and found a few safe locations in a wormhole (safe from NPC, that is, not from players, nothing is safe from players)
I absolutely love how detailed EVE is. Every nook and cranny of my ship is shown off in glorious detail, even if it’s damaged because of some asshole NPC lancers who were hanging out at my customs agent as I worked on planetary production…
I have a helios fit for scanning down cosmic signatures, and I spent a little time yesterday flying around familiarizing myself with the method. I’m still torn about ‘The Agency’ feature, it’s great for new & returning players, but I feel like it puts too much ‘out there’. It’s also great for gankers who want to try to catch unsuspecting victims.
I have a much easier time in WH space than I do lowsec. In lowsec it feels like gates are camped, and people are always around. In Nullsec I rarely see anyone else, and if I do I have plenty of time to get away. So lately, that’s where I’ve been spending my time.
I typically scan down a wurmhole in HiSec, then see how long I have before it collapses and how much traffic it has seen. If everything is good, I’ll pop in and send out my probes, then cloak near the exit – after marking all of the locations down, because I want to be able to find my way out again if I go exploring.
Sometimes I’ll see others warp in and send out their probes too, sometimes it will be a ship returning to their POS – so far I haven’t seen an entire fleet enter (or exit). I’ll take my time and scan down all of the signatures in that wurmhole, looking for safe data & relic sites. There are a few – others are heavily guarded.
Finding sites that haven’t already been picked through can sometimes be an issue. I’d also absolutely love to try NullSec mining, but I absolutely do not feel confident in my ability to perform this as a solo/duo player – which is probably the point. Most of the Low/NullSec activities out there are for fleets of people.
I have planetary production all set up on my main now, happily (passively) crafting away, I have my industry jobs set up, I’m earning datacores with 4 R&D agents and besides faction to increase my standing with those agents so I can use higher level ones and I’m not really sure what I should be doing. I really enjoy mining, but doing it in HiSec is a bit.. boring. I have been leaning towards ice mining instead – but again those belts have been marked in The Agency, so they’re crowded.
Playing EVE? What have you been up to lately, do you have any suggestions? I noticed I haven’t finished the Sisters of Eve story ark yet, so I might work on that with my main, it’s a good chunk of faction (or so I hear).
Like clockwork, every year I seem to return to EVE Online. I get excited about a new project, or friends are playing, or a new campaign starts. No exception this time. I don’t remember what all I was working towards, but I’m getting myself situated easily enough and already thinking of activating my second account.
First? I needed an R&D agent that handled graviton physics, because my old one hates me. Not sure how I messed up my faction, but there you have it. I’m still doing a lot of drone crafting and these datacore help me out a lot – though I hear there are other ways of getting them now.
I’m looking to what I want to fly next. I’ve got my orca as support for mining, and my tengu for most combat. I want to swing back into PI and hopefully make weekly trips to Jita to sell. A bunch of friends are playing and I think that’s awesome. I’m excited for them.
A lot has changed with the UI since I played last. I forgot I had to hit the journal to find the agents I’m working with. There’s a lot more hand holding for those who want it. In true EVE fashion you’re welcome to play any way you want, but it’s nice to have some guidance if you’re new or returning.
I know people tend to waffle around and next week we may all be playing something new, but it sure is nice to be flying the skies again.
I have mixed feelings about The Agency screen that is now in EVE. I’m not sure when it was added, but it’s new to me, and while I like the fact that it gives people some direction on what they can do in the current system, I don’t like that it has made HI a LOT busier, and it feels like it has taken a bit away from the people who used to chase down those events on their own.
As an example, in the system I live in there is ice mining, and normally you’d have to scan down the signature for those with probes and find your way there – but now they just show up in The Agency, so there are over 50 people in what was once a quiet area, all mining ice.
On the other hand sometimes I’m at a loss on what I want to do, so seeing it all in a neat and tidy list is nice, I can just choose something and go from there. The direction and guidance is nice for those who need it or those times that I need it. There are still things ‘hidden’ in the system, but there’s a much larger chance of it being promoted (or such is my experience so far).
It was bound to happen sooner or later. I got in over my head. I had been flying my helios around scanning signatures when I found a particularly interesting wormhole. It was a class 5 which I knew was dangerous, but still I wanted to try. Inside were 8 more signatures, and one was a relic site. Since I had such luck with my first relic site I decided I’d take a peek. My helios warped in and immediately some big nasty were there, so I left and decided to attend with my Tengu instead.
Well, that was a huge mistake. I was jammed and webbed and I hadn’t aligned myself with a way out (though I did have the exit pinned at least) and unlike my helios who made it out, the Tengu was almost instantly smushed (NOT a good ship for tanking, the way I have it fit).
Insurance paid 35,000,000 ISK but the total value of the ship including fitting, was 895,000,000 ISK. My most expensive loss to date. There’s a saying that you shouldn’t fly anything you can’t afford to lose, and that holds true no matter where you are or what you’re flying.
Thankfully I could afford to replace it – and while I was on my way to Jita to do some shopping a good friend of mine logged in and helped replace those funds. He’s been playing a lot longer than I have, has more skills than I would ever know what to do with, and I regard him quite highly so this was a really big deal to me. Shopping in Jita was quick, prices were good, and I flew back home in my new Tengu – I’m still looking for a name for it.
Losing the ship sucked, but again, it’s EVE – and whether it’s players or pirates, you just have to be prepared. I, was not. For now I’m back to HI missions and grinding some faction, and doing simple mining runs.