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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.  (It did).



Exploration Log 25-Mar-2014

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

Game Time: Approx 1 hour

Location(s): Blood Raiders Lowsec

System Count: 5

Sites Run: Combat 1

Ghost sites seen: 0

Ship(s) Used: Tengu

Profit: 840 million

Comments: I am changing up my exploration logs a bit.  For my first 10, it was kind of an experiment and I duly reported everything that happened both profitable and not so much.  I also tried to have sessions of 2 hours or more.  I am going to follow the spirit of that, but not the letter.  I am pretty limited game time these days and pretty often nothing happens.  I can only do some many posts about PI extractors and using wormholes to get my stuff to highsec.  So I am only going to do exploration logs when something interesting happens.

I had barely an hour of play time, but I was fulled fitted, stocked and ready to go.  I travelled about 5 systems before finding anything worthwhile – a Blood Raiders Psychotropic Depot.  The system was completely empty and had a couple of stations so I used one to store my stuff and refit for combat.  I travel with a mobile depot, but it takes longer to use and is a bit of a hassle so if it looks pretty safe, I prefer to use a station instead.  So far, this has only backfired once.

The site was a bit unusual in that it had none of the typical neuting Harbringers that are normally there.  There was an Apostle that neuting a tiny bit, but mostly it was just dps (and slightly higher than usual).  I cleared the first 2 rooms in about 30-40 minutes and blitzed the last room killing only the stasis towers and the Exsanguinator.  I bookmarked his wreck and warped out.  I waited a couple of minutes for the site to despawn and warped back to the wreck.

And oh what a wreck it was!

Exsanguinator loot


Corpum B-Type Energized Adaptive Membrane

Corpum B-Type Medium Armor Repairer

Corpum B-Type Energized Explosive Membrane

Corpum B-Type Medium Nosferatu

Ashimmu BPC

18th Tier OPE

Total for the site is around 840 million isk which is notable because it is pretty much the maximum possible payout that this site can have.  I have run this site a few times and gotten absolutely nothing (other than the guaranteed OPE drop).  The typical is about 100-200 million isk and a good payout is about 500 million.  I knew it was theoretically possible to get more, but I never expected it.







Exploration Log 11-Jan-2013

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

Game Time: Approx 1.5 hours

Location(s): Sanshas Lowsec

System Count: 1

Sites Run: Combat 1, Escalation 1

Ghost sites seen: 0

Ship(s) Used: Tengu

Profit: ~985 million ISK

Comments: Ah yes, back in the warm comfortable cradle of lowsec. Even though nullsec is emptier, I feel safer and enjoy my time more in lowsec. I am not sure why that is. I haven’t spent much time in NPC nullsec so maybe that is more like lowsec. In any case, my time has been limited to very short sessions of less than an hour. I try to have at least an hour and a half and preferably two or more before I write a log. Short sessions can really skew the numbers and it is sometimes hard for me to draw the line between “exploration” and “messing around in EVE”. But today, I had nearly 2 hours minus a couple of short interruptions and the daily system downtime.

I had run a Sansha’s Minor Annex 2 days ago and the first escalation yesterday. In this session I ran the second escalation. It was quite quick: land on grid, kill the faction ship, loot it, return to station. The next escalation was 5 jumps away. This station happens to be one of my regional bases, so I refit and restock and head back out into space. There are 5 signatures so I scan them down. WH, WH, Gas, Combat, Combat. Both combat sites resolve into a Sansha’s 6/10. Hmm. Since that complex takes nearly an hour to run, I will not have time to do both of them. Last time this happened, I must have chosen the wrong one because the loot fairly treated me poorly.

It took me a few minutes before I actually started because by the time I warped back to the station to change my fit over to combat fit, there were a couple of Tengu’s that were popping up on DScan. I wasn’t quite sure what they were up to. Possibly they were going to run one of the sites? I guess not because waiting a few more minutes they disappeared and 2 pilots dropped out of local.

I ran the site as quickly as possible and cleared all but the final room just before downtime. I think I logged out about 2 minutes before downtime. I had a moment of panic when I logged back in because I was not in the complex. However, I could still warp to the entry gate so it hadn’t despawned. I just had to slow-boat through 3 rooms to get to the final room. I have run this site a couple of times now (need to finish up the guide) so I am getting better at the boss. It still takes me 2 full loads of ammo to kill him, but at least I didn’t get hung up on the asteroid and nearly die like last time (there is definitely enough dps in the room that you can’t tank it standing still!).

The loot fairy was much kinder this time. Generous, you might say. I got a Centum A-type Engergized Adaptive Nano Membrane worth about 820M ISK. I thought they used to be closer to 900M, but I am not complaining. I also picked up a Centum A-type Energized Thermic Membrane worth about 73M ISK. Add-in the bounties (27M) and the 19th OPE (51M) and a couple of True Sanshas drops from the escalation and I made out pretty well.

I am sure the other 6/10 will be gone before I can play again, but I hope to either run or at least “extend” the escalation before it expires.

Exploration Log 13-Dec-2013

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

Game Time: Approx 2 hours

Location(s): Blood Raiders Low Sec

System Count: 13

Sites Run: Combat 3 (escalations)

Ghost sites seen: 0

Ship(s) Used: Tengu

Profit: ~1 Billion isk

Comments: Usually escalations aren’t very profitable, but I have been running them anyway as part of the blog.  This time I was running Blood Raiders Powergrid (an escalation from a Blood Annex the day before).  I try to run complexes/escalations at least 2-3 times before I put up a guide just so that I see some of the variations.  This is my 3rd time running Powergrid, but it is the first time that it has escalated more than once.  The loot fairy was loving me today!  The first escalation dropped 175M isk of loot.  The second escalation dropped 75M isk.  The third escalation dropped 25M isk of loot and a Bhlaaghorn BPC (worth about 700M).  I actually didn’t even know that escalations could drop BPC’s before the final stage.  I suspect the drop rate is very, very low.  I ran out of time so I had to save the final escalation (in null sec) for the next day.  Bounties were about 22M isk total for the three sites.

Also, one of the escalations was in an old incursion system so I got to use my deep safe trick for setting up my mobile depot.  There is nothing like having your depot 48AU’s away from any celestial object!