So, some good news and some bad news for my Eve Diary, but before I dive into that: holy cow, what an unbelievably brilliant trailer. If you haven’t seen it (which I doubt, since it got over a million views in the first 48 hours after it was posted on Youtube), you *must* stop reading this and watch it first. So – you saw it. Good. Now we can go on. It completely blew me away, and I thought to myself, *finally* I have something I can show to my friends and family who are wondering why a thirty-something with a cool job, great wife and kids, lots of friends and basically everything you could want, would choose to spend so much time in a virtual world… It just captures the essence of Eve Online: the beauty of it, the thrill of PvP, the intricate complexity of it all, and above all, the people who play it and make it such an awesome place to live. Thank you, CCP. Thank you. It hope this trailer draws thousands of new players. You deserve it. Then, the bad news: my solo fights keep ending in a bright ball of fire (on my end). I do feel like I am coming closer and to being in control, but I have been saying that for a while now… In any case, I keep learning and I keep going out. Switched from the dual-web, brawly Incursus that I really enjoyed to a Coercer for a little while, just for the fun of flying one of those sleek and gorgeuous looking Amarr ships. The good news for the diary is that my trading operations (on my alts) are really taking off. I have passed the 2 billion mark; I now have more than a billion in Sell orders at all times, and the other billion is usually being hauled around by Push Industries or Red Frog. As my capital has grown, I have been moving into higher-profit, lower-volume items. I have a limited number of orders available on my trader alt (I did not spend more than two or three weeks training him, I think) and I need to make the most of that. Also, no need to update orders five times a day in those less competitive areas of the market. Some days I hardly sell anything, of course, because of the lower volume in something like the Ishtar market, but when I do sell stuff the ISK comes rolling in, huge waves of it. Very satisfying… Fly safe-ish – see you in space!
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!
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.
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…