Monthly Archives: March 2010

Nice hit, tonight.

I was able to gather about 15Mil in loot and salvage.  The owner decided to leave the system, and I happily did my part to keep space clean.  She never returned.  Which is fine by me, naturally.

I started training Minmatar Frigates, looking toward a Slasher, soon.  Probably tomorrow.  Dumping the Catalyst.  Or, rather, retiring it to be used as something else.

The Ninjas and Rain

First, thank you to Crazy Kinux for adding this little blog to his EVE blog listing.  I appreciate it, and find your listing to be a great resource for a new player and sci-fi addict like myself.

Last night, my application to Suddenly Ninjas was accepted, so that was a good thing.  I logged in only for a short while, however, I did make a few million.

Most of my night was filled with real-life issues; my 140 year old attic window leaks, apparently, down the balloon-frame construction wall of the “C” side of my house.  And, into my kitchen from the top of that window.  I think it’s the attic causing the issue.  I repaired that one, though it needs to be completely replaced.  My kitchen window? I removed the drywall and then let the boards air a bit to hopefully dry.  The insulation looks ok.  So yeah, we will see how far/much drywall I have to remove to find the source of this thing.  Yay.

Shake That Money Tree

Finders & Keepers has a beautiful blog-post about that fabled money-tree we all speak of.  He, also, offers intelligence services for those starter, but rich, corps.  Check out: Operation Questionable Intelligence

360-degree Directional Scanners

The directional scanner, set at 360 degrees seems to be a great tool in helping to snag all the loot from the wrecks you are already salvaging.  I’ve got it down now, just set to the distance between one room and another.  I have enough time, with my catalyst, to warp away if I feel like it.  Tonight, I was grabbing about 10Mil of loot, though the owner was right there.  I should have taken that as a sign that his ship wasn’t pvp-ready, though.  I’m not about to go defending against Concord, so I’ll leave that for another day.

In another bookmark, I decided to stay.  Noticed he was in a Exequror and thought, what the hell, I’ll come back with my Vexor and see what he does.  I returned, slowly (sigh) moved toward his loot, and he targets.  I toss out my drones, and he just stays there.  I snagged another 2+Mil from him, and then he warped off.  I think he enjoyed outrunning me toward the few cans he actually had left.  I finished up, docked, and left with my Catalyst again to head over toward the 3rd and final bookmark of this set.

As I undocked, right in front of my ship, someone went “boom” and I snagged that loot pretty damn fast.  Warped off to my safe, as I still had undock velocity, too.  I made way to the 3rd mark and found it empty; oh well.  I returned to the station to dock, saw the recently stolen pilot as well as that Exequror pilot, too.  He had snagged the bait-can I left for him.  Only, this time he was in a Dominix.  I docked, and said to myself, “Thanks for the 12Mil.”

It’s about midnight and…

I have to say: EVE Fitting Tool and the in-game browser is a pretty addictive combination.

I undocked and…

Almost instantly met up with BYLTBOY; whom I snagged about 1Mil of loot/salvage from a few minutes earlier.  I had returned, changed into my Vexor and wanted to head to lower-sec space to find something to try my luck with. (And, really, at this point it’s just luck.  See the killmail below.)

I heard the “something’s targeting you” right away, and I am happy with the results.  Yes, I died.  So what.  My entire operation is funded off the work of others, so really, you have to laugh.  He was piloting a Drake with heavy missiles.

I’m off to play some other games, then return to cleanup the mess, make some more cash, and plan out my next skills and lessons learned in this solo-pvp attempt/goal of mine.

2010.03.28 00:11:00
Victim: Gilbert Hamilton
Corp: The Scope
Alliance: NONE
Faction: NONE
Destroyed: Vexor
System: Dodixie
Security: 0.9
Damage Taken: 4384

Involved parties:

Name: BYLTBOY (laid the final blow)
Security: 1.4
Corp: D4CI4 Corp
Alliance: NONE
Faction: NONE
Ship: Drake
Weapon: Scourge Heavy Missile
Damage Done: 4384

Destroyed items:

Damage Control I
Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S, Qty: 130 (Cargo)
Small Armor Repairer I
125mm Carbide Railgun I
Lead Charge S, Qty: 63
Small Diminishing Power System Drain I
Hammerhead I (Drone Bay)

Dropped items:

50mm Reinforced Nanofiber Plates I
150mm Railgun I
Type-D Altered SS Nanofiber Structure
125mm Railgun I
125mm Carbide Railgun I
Lead Charge S, Qty: 3700 (Cargo)
1MN Afterburner I
Lead Charge S, Qty: 63
Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S, Qty: 106
Warp Scrambler I
Hammerhead I, Qty: 2 (Drone Bay)

Tasty

I have a screenshot of what, I believe, is what every salvage-rat hopes to see upon slowing out of warp.  I scanned down a few marks with my new Helios last night.   I was enjoying the colorful paint-job they did when they made the ship for me and seeing those 100% survey strength results come back much faster than in my last ship when I decided 3 bookmarks was plenty for now.  It was getting late and I needed to get to sleep.

Well, I arrived at the first to see two other Catalysts in the same corp as the Mission Runner.  They were all picking away at the leftovers and probably alts.  One targeted me, put out four Tier-2 drones, and just followed me around at 5km or so.  There wasn’t much in the loot worth stealing, so I didn’t give them that satisfaction of thinking they scared me off.

Sometimes this is like a chess game, or a bit of Aikido.  It was worth more to me to salvage the shitty level loot (just the breaks sometimes) than it was to steal 100k of loot and make them think they scared me off.

Bookmark 2 was already clean by the time I arrived.

Bookmark 3 had about 30 wrecks hanging out in a 30km radius of the acceleration gate.  Sweet!  So, I cleaned them out, and made off with about 4Mil-5Mil of loot/salvage.  A good comeback for little work; especially when I spent 17Mil on the ship, and then another Mil or so on fittings, riggings, yadda yadda.

I think my next goal, besides finally getting my first PK, will be a PLEX.  I may, once the meat-space things slow down a bit, just “grind” my way to one, collecting cash and tears along the way.

Speaking of TEARS, I’m working with the Eve-Voice vendor at fixing my voice connectivity issues.  So, I hope to have that fixed soon!

Frig V and no PVP

I didn’t find much with my Vexor; though I didn’t look too hard, either.  I took some 0.3 and near routes away from Dodixie, and only ventured roughly 10/12 jumps.  No big deal.   I did try a few rates, only about 10k bounties, and it seemed to have a hard time with the medium guns.  The rates also chewed through the Hammerhead drones pretty fast.  I thought that odd, since they worked fine in higher sec areas and I thought rat-bounties were a relative indication of how tough they were.

During that time, though, I finished up Frigate V so now I can buy my Helios.

I suppose, to reward myself for saving up the 30Mil, I’m going to do just that and buy it tonight.  I’ll spend a bit more time in the Ninja-Cap of New Eden, regaining some funds, before I tinker with PVP again.  Or, until I get bored with salvage and try more PVP or scanning down rat-nests.

Trying the Vexor…

Looking around for something I can pew-pew, trying this setup.  It’s mostly parts I had, ahem, collected over time.  Though I did buy a new Vexor for the purpose, since the other Vexor, I tend to mission-run with when I’m bored.  For some reason.

[Vexor, PVP]
Damage Control I
Small Armor Repairer I
Type-D Altered SS Nanofiber Structure
50mm Reinforced Nanofiber Plates I

1MN Afterburner I
Warp Scrambler I
[empty med slot]

Dual 150mm Railgun I, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge M
Dual 150mm Railgun I, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge M
Dual 150mm Railgun I, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge M
Small Diminishing Power System Drain I
[empty high slot]

Hammerhead I x4

Gil’s Carebear FYI #1

Warping away from me, while I keep space clean and tidy, doesn’t do much.  The rats in the area take forever to target me and start attacking.  Then, when the finally do, it takes another forever for them to actually damage me to a point where I care about my ship.  At that point, I dock, unload my cargo, and then go back to the spot a few minutes later.   So, help us all out – just stay, keep tanking, and I’ll keep picking away at your goodies.  kthx.