Exploration Log 24-July-2014

Welcome to the Exploration Log. The semi-regular updates where I report actual exploration game time along with the results.

UNDOCK: 30 days

Game Time: Approx 3 hours

Location(s): Sanshas Lowsec, Blood Raiders Lowsec

System Count: 9

Sites Run: Combat 2

Ghost sites seen: 0

Ship(s) Used: Tengu

Profit: 1,400M ISK

Comments: It has been 30 days since I last docked my main.  In that time, my alt has docked 4 times.  He 1)picked up missiles at a station, 2)picked up skillbooks at another station, 3)bought some morphite at another station, and 4) dropped loot at a highsec station for shipment to Jita.  This project will probably continue indefinitely.  My main may never dock again (unless he gets podded or I feel compelled to restyle my profile pic).

I have had several short sessions of playtime over the last week.  Most of them have been nothing.  I ran a minor and regular blood annex with little loot and no escalation.  I ran a couple of relic and data sites just because I wasn’t finding anything else.  I haven’t seen a Ghost site in lowsec in probably 3 months.  I have followed a couple of wormholes into nullsec and found nothing.  Basically, I was having a pretty dry run at exploration.  It happens.

That changed tonight.  I was running the same systems (in reverse) that I had run a couple of days ago.  This time I found a Sanshas Minor Annex.  I ran it, it dropped about 230M isk in loot and it escalated.  Nice.  On my way to the escalation, I found a Crimson Hand Supply Depot and decided to run it as well.  The last time I ran this, I got basically nothing.  This time, I got a Cynabal BPC (120M isk), a Corpum A-Type Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane (1,000M isk), and a couple of other Corpum A-type items.  My total haul for the 2 sites was over 1.4 Billion isk.

I should still have the opportunity to run the escalation tonight so I will see if that turns into anything.



Never Have I Ever

I have a lot of fun with EVE.  It is a deep and interesting game.  It satisfies an itch for me, and I enjoy it immensely.  On that account, I am winning at EVE.

But I am not a completionist.  I do the stuff in EVE that is fun for me with the time slots that I have.  As such, I have only experienced a fairly narrow section of the game.  I don’t PVP much, but I enjoy it when I do.  Mostly, I fly around looking for things and watching other pilots.  I have had a few offers for group play, but so far I have declined them.

My main character is not quite 2.5 years old.  Compared to most pilots that age, I expect that I could probably win the game “Never Have I Ever“.

Prepared to be amused…

 Never Have I Ever:

Flown a battleship

Flown an ORE ship

Flown a capital or super-capital ship

Set up a POS

Used a POS

Been inside the shields of a POS

Used a Titan Bridge

Been in a Fleet

Run any of the epic arc missions

Run a Level 5 mission

Run an incursion

Repped another player using a logistics ship

Participated in a Mining Operation

Ganked anyone in High Sec

Mined Ice

Mined Gas

Researched a Blueprint

Engaged in Faction Warfare

Had more than 1 account

Given out an API key






Pilgrim’s Adventures: 13-Jul-2014

“All wormholes eventually lead to Aridia”*

Another glorious day in space!

“Not that space in the Aridia sector could be considered glorious, but one has to start somewhere” Pilgrim muttered to himself.  Probes had been launched and the ship’s science officer was rapidly returning the results.  Pilgrim often did the scanning himself, but he was currently overseeing the pursuit of some Mordus Legion ships.  He had heard that some of they carried some pretty impressive blueprints.  He just hadn’t managed to find any yet.

The scanning returned 2 wormholes to Lowsec and a bunch of data sites.  Pilgrim’s survey of the various asteroid belts turned up nothing so he directed the ship into the first wormhole.  There was a “whoosh” and a sensor recalibration.  A familiar golden hue.  Sensor data comes up…

“Seriously?  That lowsec wormhole led to another part of Aridia?”  Pilgrim shook his head incredulously.  “Oh well, according to the navigation computer, we are only 10 jumps from where we started.  We can scan those systems on the way back, and then take the other lowsec wormhole if we don’t find anything else.”

The 10 jumps yielded nothing interesting so Pilgrim ordered the jump through the next Lowsec wormhole.  Another “whoosh” and another sensor calibration.  A familiar golden hue.  Sensor data comes up…

“We are in Khanid, sir.  Exactly 6 jumps away from Aridia, in case you are curious” said the smartass navigation officer.  Pilgrim chuckled, he was started to like the young officer.  He would probably make a good capsuleer.

“Launch probes and scan away, I am going to start checking the asteroid belts.”

At Planet 4, Belt 2, Pilgrim encountered something interesting.  It was some kind of clone soldier.  The ship had a high bounty and various bulletins had listed its ship tags as being pretty valuable.  Not “pay for another Tengu” valuable, but probably “buy a few thousand missiles” valuable.  Pilgrim marked the site and continued to check the rest of the belts.  A few had some battleships, but none of the Modus Legion ships that he was looking for.  Pilgrim reviewed his Overview for the third time just to make sure it was configured to show the new ships.

The scanning results were completed so Pilgrim reviewed the list.  There were several data sites, several Blood Outposts, a Blood Watch, and some Rogue Drone sites.  Interesting, but not exactly exciting.  Still, Pilgrim ordered a Mobile Depot deployed and the ship reconfigured to its standard combat fitting.  The crew was getting quite good at this and Pilgrim was pleased with their efficiency.

Once complete, Pilgrim warped the ship to Planet 4, Belt 2.  And found nothing.  “Where the frak is that clone ship?”  Could he have noted the wrong belt?  Did the clone ship fly away?  Did it move to another belt?

“The sword has been drawn from it’s sheath, I am not returning it until blood has been drawn”  Pilgrim said to his crew.  “Preferably Blood Raider blood.”  With that, Pilgrim warped to the next belt and the next, killing the largest ship he found at each belt.  After working his way through the various belts, he came upon the clone soldier ship.  Pilgrim checked his coordinates and noted that he was at Planet 3, Belt 2.  “Clearly, the clone soldier warped to a different belt after we scouted him.” Pilgrim said.  He mentally dared the smartass navigation officer to make a comment, but the officer wisely held his tongue.  Perhaps he might actually live long enough to become a capsuleer.

Pilgrim locked onto the clone soldier and accelerated towards him activating missiles.  He got off several gratifying rounds before the clone ship finally exploded.  Pilgrim looted the wreck and noted the tags.  They were worth about 20M ISK.  Not bad.  But not worth warping though every asteroid belt in the frakking system.   Still feeling a bit bloodthirsty, Pilgrim warped to the Blood Watch.  He immediately killed the drones that appeared knowing that each destruction would summon more reinforcements.  He laughed as they little destroyers failed to penetrate his ships shields.  Finally, the commander showed up and Pilgrim dispatched him allowing access to the acceleration gate.

Pilgrim warped though the acceleration gate and immediately targeted the Blood Cathedral.  More reinforcements came, but Pilgrim ignored them.  Finally he found the supervisor and sent several rounds of missiles his way.  The supervisor’s ship exploded in a satisfying burst and an alert message popped up on Pilgrim’s screen.  Pilgrim passed the coordinates from the message off to the navigation officer and quickly scanned his overview for a Dark Blood commander.  Finding him, Pilgrim locked on and destroyed him before he could escape.  Looting his wreck yielded very little so Pilgrim warped away (after dispatching the pesky frigates that kept trying to disable his warp engines).

Arriving at his mobile depot, Pilgrim directed the reconfiguration of his ship to its covert travel mode.  After sealing everything up, he directed the navigation officer to follow the coordinates left behind by the Blood supervisor.

“Guess what, ” smirked the navigation officer, “it looks like we are headed back to Aridia sir!”



* I  was sure that is a direct Penny quote although I couldn’t quite find it on her website.

Failing at giving money to CCP and making another donation instead

With PLEX prices continuing to rise, I am going to reach the point where I decide to start paying for my account instead of PLEXing it.  I am playing pretty casually these days and spending 800M ISK on PLEX seems like a lot.  My initial goal in playing was to be able to PLEX my account and I have done so for about 20 months now.  I actually started this blog as a way of “giving back” since I felt a bit guilty about not paying CCP any money.

Anyway, my account comes due in about a week and rather than buying PLEX, I was going to let my credit card do its business.  Except that I know that the card on the account expired about 9 months ago.  So I logged in to update my account and was unable to do so.  There is NO option for changing the credit card on the account.  The only options I could see were to let my account lapse and get some kind of notification from CCP about it or I could “purchase additional game time” ahead of when I needed it and hope that the purchase updated my existing account with the new credit card information.  Neither of those are great options, but I couldn’t see anything else.

While this was going on, I stumbled across this post by Sindel (of The Angel Project) and couldn’t help but comment.  She sort of mentioned using a mix of one of my Lowsec Tengu fits and failing at a Sansha’s 5/10.  So to prove that my fit would in fact work, I sent her a Tengu with all of the modules listed*.

Now since my main is undocked, and neither of my alts have enough training to assemble for fit a Tengu, I had to use a series of contracts.  The contract ended up being for a Tengu with all of the subsytems and components and not a fitted ship.  In the process, I discovered that Tas Exile (my blogging alt) was sitting on a PLEX.  I think it was for a contest that I never finished putting together, but I redeemed it for another 30 days of game time.  So the problem of the credit card and whether or not to keep buying PLEX on the market and redeeming them for game time is kicked down the road for another 30 days.

I am not sure what it means that I am on the fence as to whether or not I should continue PLEXing my account, but I have zero problem giving away a Tengu that is worth nearly a PLEX.



* She mentioned in the comments that her skills were the issue, not the ship fit, so I downgraded the Shield Boost Amplifier to a Meta IV and added a Capacitor Flux Coil.  It relaxes the fitting requirements so that Power/CPU fit and it is cap stable with skills only at IV’s across the board. 


Exploration Log 9-Jul-2014

Welcome to the Exploration Log. The semi-regular updates where I report actual exploration game time along with the results.

UNDOCK: 16 days

Game Time: Approx 1.5 hours

Location(s): Blood Raiders Lowsec

System Count: 1

Sites Run: Combat 2

Ghost sites seen: 0

Ship(s) Used: Tengu

Profit: 120M

Comments: I logged into a system full of signatures.  After scanning them down, there were 3 data sites, a WH to nullsec, a WH to C6 space, and a Crimson Hand Supply Depot.  There was also one of the Besieged Guristas sites.  The system was pretty quiet with just one pilot in the system and a couple passing through every 10 minutes or so.

I warped out to a deep safe spot where my alt had dropped a Giant Secure Container.  I needed to swap out missiles (needed Mjolnir) so I dropped my mobile depot next to the container and re-fit.  I continue to experiment with ship fittings.  My current fit is expensive and gives up some of the range and dps of fits that I have used in the past.  In exchange, it gets an omni tank and some neut resistance.  It is slightly slower, but I save on space and refitting time.

The site ran smoothly and only slightly slower than my fastest run.  I skipped the Crimson Sentinel as usual.  I may slog through that again sometime, but not just yet.  The final room had 3 neuting battleships.  I was tempted to test my neut resistance against them, but decided it wasn’t worth it.  I killed the three of them and then came after the Crimson Lord.  He went down quickly, but dropped very little.  Basically just the OPE and some junk.

I warped back to my GSC and reloaded with Scourge missiles to do the Besieged Guristas site.  I continue to run these it different ways.  This last time, I stayed at range and used Javelin missiles.  You can be out of warp scramble range if you are approx 40-45km away.  In some ways that is safer, but you spend longer on the site – which makes it more dangerous.  After dispatching both waves, I looted the can and received a ship skin, Low-grade Snake Delta implants, and some covert research tools.  I dropped these off at the GSC and logged out.  I logged in on my alt, picked up the loot from the GSC and warped to the Crimson Hand site to loot the battleship wrecks.  I usually never do this because I don’t have the space.  But my alt in a Blockade Runner does, so he scoops up about 5M worth of loot.  Not worth it, but I will turn it into ore to do some manufacturing.  I have a corporate office only 3 jumps away so my alt drops in there to get some more ammo and maybe setup for my main to do some remote manufacturing.