Eve Uni On Deployment

So I just went through a first deployment. A real full-scale deployment into a high-sec system full of war targets. But wait, you might say, wasn’t this dude Lynx in Eve Uni?

And you would be right, my friend, but the truth of the matter is that the Uni has gone and set up a deployment in an attempt to end a constant war with a high sec wardec corps. Pretty unusual for the Uni, true… However, The Pursuit of Happiness has had a war dec on the Uni for ages, with the occasional little lull in between, and they cause no end of trouble to new unistas. And given the fact that the Uni is all about the new unistas, there was a growing resentment of the situation.
Basically, there were two camps – those who said, live with it, there’s no way we can end this because PoH does not want to fight, they just run as soon as a decent fight is offered; and there were those who said, come on, with our numbers we should be able to do something, right? The two camps held each other in balance for a looong time, until…

About a week ago, a senior member of the Uni stepped up and called out for volunteers to take action. The reaction was overwhelming – the will to do something was clearly there, and if someone with that kind of pedigree had a plan… we were all for it.

So, plans were drawn up, the propaganda engines fired up, ships moved to the deployment system in Anttiri, and we basically tried to take the fun out of the war deccer’s game. I guess we succeeded, too, because The Pursuit of Happiness dropped the war after just three days. Of course, they might cough up the millions to continue the war next week or the week after, but for now – victory.

My part? Pretty small. I hopped into a Stiletto and a Griffin, joined the crowd sitting on the hostile undock and scouted around for a bit. I really did not have much playtime these past days, so I kind of wish I could have done more (in the EU timezone, we could have done with more unties, I gathered). At least I did get to hear lots of veteran unistas together in comms for the first time. Some of them I had flown with in Low Sec Campus fleets, some were names I only knew from the AARs written by the FCs in the Wormhole and Null Sec Campuses.

Anyway. An interesting if somewhat dull experience. In the meantime, I did take the opportunity to get a jump clone (finally!) and to train Small Energy Weapons to V, so I will be trying out the Coercer pretty soon… Let’s see if I have more luck flying that than the Incursus and the Breacher!

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Miner Mayhem

So. Been a bit quiet on this blog lately, for a variety or reasons. It’s been pretty busy IRL at work, for one, and that has taken up most of my free cpu cycles, and at home with the kids and all that. But I shall try and remedy that in the coming days.

What have I been up to? More trading, mostly, because I find it endlessly fascinating to see what sells and what does not sell, who comes into the market for items that I am working with and how they try to force things one way or another, but step out quite quickly once they notice that the profits won’t be huge or instantaneous, and how my operation just keeps growing day after day.
I don’t actually use spreadsheets. I do have EveMentat that I update every once I while, just to check whether my profit rates are healthy enough, but not on a daily basis. I live by my gut feeling and of course the constant market data streams from eve-marketdata.com and similar sites. Can’t do business without them, really.

Lynx, my main in the Uni, has been out and about looking for solo fights. I find solo roams to be much more exciting than bigger fleets under an FC. There is always quite a bit of waiting on gates involved and in the end you are just pushing buttons, aren’t you?
Also, there are not that many fleets going out in the small timeslot that I have available for playing on most days. I know all it takes is asking whether anyone wants to join in on a small roam, but I don’t think I am really ready for that yet. I still get surprised by the capabilities of many ships, and I constantly have to Get Info to check the specifics of all those myriad ships that fly about in Placid.

So solo it is for me, these days. Still without a kill and that irks me no end. I played some games with a Procurer a couple of days ago, but my Incursus could not really break his tank (a quick Pyfa check showed me he may have had as much as 60K EHP) and I was late in targeting his drones.
Still, we were about the same age, the Procurer pilot and myself, and we had a good laugh in local at our ineptitude – my failure to kill a miner and his failing to get out in time even though he knew I was hunting him.

I shall just continue to roam Placid and Black Rise, looking for those elusive Good Fights(tm). Say hi if you run into me – either before or after my ship goes boom, that’s all the same to me!

Popped (Twice)

So I got popped – and podded – on a gate in Placid low sec yesterday night. All part of a regular night out in Eve, you might say, but I have the niggling feeling that I did something wrong. Also, I was really eager to try out Iddo Cohaagen’s scram kiting Rail Incursus fit (excellent video tutorial here), and they popped me before I could get a single fight out of the shiny new Incursus I had fitted out in Stacmon. Finally, the gate campers consisted of just two or three ships – only two cruisers on my killmail, although I seem to recollect a third ship on grid.

In any case, I logged off for the night. Or at least, I wanted to but I could not due to the combat timer. Smart move, that, on the part of CCP – now that I was forced to sit out another 15 minutes, I chatted about my loss with my corpmates, started looking at some more fits, and generally lost most of my bad feelings towards the game and the campers by the time I could log off. There are probably other reasons for that logoff timer, but this was one powerful way in which it worked for me.

Other than that, it’s been a fairly quiet week in Eve for me.

I did not get that much playing time, and the time I had mostly went into one evening in which I got my first non-losing solo PvP fight (a draw – my kiting Tristan could not break the tank of one of the Amarr AFs, but he could not catch me either) and lost my Tristan a bit later while being bait for a small gang fight against the good sports in What Could Go Wrong. I was the only loss so op success, there, and Slate made sure I got the loss back in the form of some loot. A very fun night.

Other than that, my trading operation grew from 1.1 bil to 1.3 bil this week, which is nice, but I am seeing some slowdown in the growth. I seem to be levelling out at about 20 million profit per day, which is not bad given the very small amount of time needed to keep things running, but it is still not enough to reliably plex my account, which is of course the End Goal of this whole trading thing. So that leaves me pondering whether I should branch out into more trade items (rigs? faction cruisers?) or whether I should think about setting up an additional trading post in another station… I will try diversifying into more items first, I think. Less effort!

Link salad, drama llama edition

So, been browsing the blogosphere and tweetfleet a bit lately, and here is some of the good stuff:

  • CSM members have been swapping alliances, resigning, throwing up dramas and whatnot. It’s all over Twitter and some blogs. Xander moves to PL. Lots of twitter stuff follows. Major Silva promptly switches to CFC. Then resigns less than a day later. Drama guaranteed!
  • Rixx Javix is creating superb art poster-style graphics of his favorite (I assume) ships. Love them, and my personal favorite is the Slicer. I am feeling kind of inspired to do something in this vein myself. Stay posted…
  • On his blog, he’s listed his Top 10 T1 Combat Frigates. A good read.
  • I missed the Titan free for all on Singularity, even though it was tweeted and another one of my favorite bloggers, Sugar Kyle, wrote about it. Oh well. It’s frigates, dessies and cruisers for me for a while yet, I guess.

Go Away, Sansha!

So Sansha put up his fearsome tent right next door to our home system. And I am not pleased, let me tell you that. The incursion covers a large part of the Placid low-sec region and that means that my usual hunting grounds are mostly empty of the usual roaming gangs, and have been replaced by large blingy fleets or just plain empty space. Well, not quite empty. Sansha-infested empty.

Here’s to hoping that it gets cleared up quickly, so business as usual can resume, and I can try out some of the new ships I have been donating to myself from my market trading alt.

Because business as usual these days for me is going out looking for solo fights. Which is harder than it may sound, actually, because most “solo” ships you meet in the Placid FW systems are either bait for a gang, or very high-SP players in T2 or faction ships with off-grid boosters. Meh.

But hey, maybe I need to stop focusing on trying to get a fair fight. Just trying to last as long as possible would be a challenge, even against one of those stronger opponents.

That being said, I think I will stop flying my Breacher fit for a little while – it may be too much to control at the moment, what with the drones and the active repping and quite limited scram kiting engagement profile. I am just not ready for that much micromanagement in a fight yet.

So, over to Tristans of the brawling, neuting or kiting kind (in even measures until I find out which works best for me), and when I get that money-squandering feeling, one of those Firetails someone sold at 30% below Jita last week, or maybe even a Comet I got similarly cheaply… Time to fire up Pyfa and spend some time looking at numbers and trying to translate that into actual flying tactics.

Slow Learner

Slow Learner. A phrase that describes me quite well, I think. It’s also the title of a collection of short stories by Thomas Pynchon, but that has little to do with Internet Spaceships, so I shan’t go on about that.

So I am a slow learner. Why? I keep getting blown up in a matter of seconds when I go looking for solo fights. I have lost six or seven ships solo now – not much by more experienced players’ standards, I guess, but for me it feels as though there should perhaps be a bit more progression. Patience, my young padawan, is what my inner mentor whispers in my ear, but the eager noob in me wants to see ships other than his own go boom.

So, I am not the fastest on the uptake when it comes to solo PvP. The same goes, I guess, for my market trading adventures. On the one hand I am very happy with the big milestone that I passed yesterday: I had over one billion in sell orders in the market. That’s the first time I could really see significant progress with my trading adventures. Yay for me.

But on the other hand, it took me about five months to get there, whereas you see lots of testimonies on the net from players who make a billion in less than a month, starting from scratch. For me, it’s been five months of trying out different stations to trade in, different strategies, different market segments, until I finally settled on an approach that suited my gameplay (low on playing time) and resulted in considerable profits.

market

Now, since I found my niche, so to speak, I have almost tripled the amount of money I put into the market. But it took me ages, or so it feels like, and now I will need to find new ways to make it scale, because I have the feeling that with a single trader in a single trader I will have to look at what I am selling quite carefully.

And on a completely different note altogether, I saw a Revenant in space today! Our neighbors CFT dropped ten supers on our three cruisers and one tech one frigate – including a Revenant. Quite pleased that I managed to wait around long enough to see it come out of the cyno, but not long enough to get popped. Although it would have been a cool killmail to be on, of course. Dex, another Unista who was a little slower to warp off, got one to keep in his archives, with all ten supers getting in on his kill…

Link Salad, Monday Morning Style

Some quick juicy links for you information-hungry capsuleers:

  • No Data Available, a lovely rambling post about getting good fights when being space-famous by our favorite Internet Spaceship Pirate, Rixx Javix.
  • Gategate Memes, the best memes floating around the web after the Power Projection Nerf.
  • Eve Online Jump Changes, in which Mabrick suggests tweaking the laws of spacetime in Eve as an alternative solution.

All in all, it’s a bit hard to find interesting reads that are not about the Power Projection Nerf these days. And since I’m still a bit of a noob and don’t do any jumping myself, and because I live in Low Sec, my attention span for this stuff is limited.

Hello New Eden!

There, now I’m all grown up as a new capsuleer in Eve. I joined a couple months ago, completed the tutorials and spent a fair bit of time just floating around in high sec space, reading blogs and trying to figure out how to play this wonderfully complex game.

Then, as I was flying about one of the high sec starter systems, I was convo’ed by a recruiter for a small high sec corporation called Operation Wolf Pack. I had been considering joining a corp, and Eve Uni seemed like the logical choice given my complete noob status, but the application process looked a little strict and harsh, so I decided, hey, why not join these guys for a bit?

And so I did. I moved to their home system, bought some more Rifters and started training into the fits they proposed. Set up Teamspeak and learned how things worked in a small corp. All fine and good, the people were fun to talk to and I was learning things as I went along, mostly missioning and ratting in my barebones T1 Rifter. But then the wars came. Marmite first, then other corps joined them. I did not really understand what was going on, why were being “singled out” like that. It made playing almost impossible, though, because people just stopped logging in for fear of being blown up by war targets.

After a few weeks, I was at a junction – quit the game, or join another corp, where things were happening. I decided to apply to Eve Uni, because why not?

And so here I am, a proud member of Eve Uni’s Low Sec Campus. I think I have learned quite a bit by now, about the game and the meta game, about who does what and why, at least as far as high and low sec space goes. Null is another story of course, and some day soon I may wander down to the Uni’s Null Sec Campus to learn a bit more about life in null. But for now, I am content in Low, learning how to be a Pirate – Yarrrr!

So that’s what I will be writing about: my adventures in Eve, trying to become better at Solo PvP and figuring out new ways to enjoy this awesome game.