Archive for March, 2010

Battleships, lag, and a capital killmail
March 31, 2010

Well I was on a capital killmail. I’ll go into the full story later.

The day started off normal. I did some belt ratting then I started to do some combat sites. I started doing these yesterday as it’s guarenteed rat spawns. They’re not always the best but they steadily get better and they’re always there with no warping between belts to see someone already has the belt cleared. Today though I encouraged a corpmate, (sorry can’t remember who it was), to join me in this so the rats would die faster. So there we were both in myrmidons killing the guristas with hammerhead IIs watching usurpers die in a minute or less. Then he says he fancies joining a fleet taking a pos to reinforced and disabling the guns.

Now we get to the good part we assemble a couple of jumps away from my ratting system so I get there in my ratting myrm. Literally I’d just jumped to the system without even clearing the cargo, that led to a small lol later. So I get to the place, we assembled at a morsus mihi POS with an Erebus setup to bridge us through. After a brief wait we went through and did a few jumps to the target pos in pure blind, X-70. On the way though we warped to station for some reason and a Phoenix undocked. Unable to shield his supprise the FC took a moment to tell us to shoot it. The poor sod in side had obviously just decided not to use his seige module, or not had the fuel to run it, as everyone in TS wa supprised how we killed it in less than a minute. Yes there were about 100 BSs at the time but I’d go as far to say he didn’t even turn on the hardners, never mind the boosters. My lowly myrm also got 1% of the damage done! That ship turned out to be one of the most expensive kills of the week.

We then continue to the target system and dance around a bit looking at the pos, finding it’s got hostiles in it, deciding to go back to have another look at the hostiles. I then have to log out for lunch. When I come back after a few hours, the FC has changed nationality, and the fleet apparently almost got a supercarrier kill but failed. And they tower was put into reinforced I think. The only thing left to do once I got back was to go out and incapacitate the guns. Easy. We go in knock down the top and bottom guns to structure and keep warping around every planet in the system in the meantime.
Unfortunately I’ve forgotten the FCs name too so I can’t shout him out either, but he was good. The KB ratio was something in the region of, billions of stuff killed, 101mill lost, for us. Take that SirMolle.

Appently the enemy did so shit because Molle logged out midfight leaving the enemy fleet without leadership.
Another reason the FC was good was because he waited for everyone to come through the gates on the wayhome.

I’ve given tovoni another shot at life using him as a trade alt in Rens. I’ve given him 20 mill to start and I’m going with some old products that worked in amarr and a new product completely. If he doesn’t make me ****loads I’m gonna make him pod himself.

Remember me moaning about my old myrmidon not being delivered. Well, what can I say. About fucking time! Maybe? Yorkshire pulled through? Nah. I’ll go with the former. As a little recompence for the wait though my legendary CEO gave me 50 mill for the hastle. And the good news continued from there. You know I thought the 85 mill I was given was from the person going to buy me a megathron? Well I just got given a megathron with rigs at the set destination. Booyah. So I think the 85 mill may have just come from a fan! Or the guy was just being very generous. Now, all I need is large hybrid turrets!


Wallet surge!!! Where is moderation now?
March 29, 2010

I suppose I should start at the beginning. I was ratting today and I ran the cursor over the wallet to see if any ratting money had come in. Holy shit. I was expecting a modest 25 million to be there, no I have to look several times, Check the the wallet history. It jumped up 85,000,000 ISK!! Apperently someone called ispie jeydreth, or something weird like that, I’m sure I got the last name right, sent me 85 mill straight up. Can someone tell me if you can read the reasons people give for sending money because I don’t know if you can. My first thoughts are that it’s someone who’s read the blog and then read the beg section, which I highly recommend to you, and sent me the money. But now I suspect it’s from the guy who said he’d give me a rigged megathron but decided he can’t be bothered and just gave me the money to buy one without the rigs.

With this newfound wealth I intend to continue my training to get an Ishtar and rat in guristas complexes. My faith in the tank of the ship has been restored after I read this blog,, it details in an Ishtar with an armour tank doing deapspace complexes with ease. While I found this a real eye opener, I did recognise a major flaw. The setup had no room for being neuter in a plex or else the cap would die in moments. The fit I would have would be a passive shield tank that, at a good guess, would tank another 200, 300, maybe even 400 more DPS than the armour one while not compromising on DPS.

This probably means yet another setback for my plans for a battleship and takes me ever closer to my command ship dream. First the Astarte, then the sleinir, then the nighthawk then maybe going onto a damnation if the need arises, but in the middle of all that I’d probably train up for logistics and the Lachesis if the gallente ever get their much needed boost to EWAR.

Also i’ve just remembered. I suppose this can’t really be sensitive data as it’s basically involving 2 of the largest powerblocs in eve. Majesta is declaring war on IT, and ATLAS. I’m sorry SirMolle but that’s just the way it has to be. I won’t give information on why we’re doing it now as I fear that could be a bit sensitive but know this. This is what some people here are claiming could be the next great war. Providence may be burning but that’s a mere life cycle. CVA will take over I reckon in the next year and it will be back to business for them again. This could be the war to cause NC to crumble, or IT to welp.

I think that’s all folks.

Show me the money! Again
March 28, 2010

Where to start. It feels like I have lots of news but I can’t remember it. I suppose the big news is that I’ve got a myrmidon. I think I explained how I was lent the money for but now I’ve started to make that money back. Shame it takes so fucking long. The big problem with a passively tanked myrmidon is that all your medium and low slots are taken up for the shield. So you can’t fit the drone speed or tracking mods, I’m not sure of the use though, and the CPU is mostly used up, making it harder to fit control units to increase the control range. And unless you don’t plan to loot and salvage, the drone DPS without T2 heavies is sod all. You can’t even fit the sentry rig. So it takes me over 10 minutes to kill a BS rat. I’ve timed it. But on the other hand, it’s the fastest money I’ve ever had. I’ve made some rough calculations at 8 million per hour. Not a lot for some but I’m ecstatic. Shame corp tax is at 15%. To counter this I’m going to dart using T2 drones. Hammerheads though, they aren’t quite the right type for guristas but I’d venture a guess they do better than 2 warden Is and 3 hornet Is. Like I say though I’m getting a megathron soon hopefully and then that’ll be my primary DPS, guristas-killing boat until I grab an Ishtar when I have the money and skills, in about 5 weeks if I train straight to it, but I’ve been adding in random skills here and there that are less than 24 hours, inbetween gallente cruiser V and now. So it will be more like 10 weeks before I’ll be flying it with any proficiency. And that’s if I have the money for it.
The Ishtar I’m planning will also be setup in a passive shield tank. The shields have huge kinetic damage resistance which makes the ship near perfect for guristas ratting. It may even be able to take one of the combat sites here in 0.0. I was in my myrm in my favourite ratting system, and I decided to try guristas paradise. It spawned aroud 10 BSs and gods own army of support cruisers I just about managed to warp out before they hit my armour. I think that was the first time that tank had ever failed me. Anyway. No matter how you cut it. An Ishtar will kill alot faster than this myrm with it’s mere 75Mb/s bandwidth.
I suppose another bit of news is that I’m a mere week from flying new mega just how I want it. Fairly fast, kindof powerful, and alot more intimidating and gatecampable, than my myrmidon.
In other news, I’m also up to my neck in Yorkshire(wo)men. The CEO is from Yorkshire, several corpmates, are from Yorkshire, and the CEO’s brother, is probably also from yorkshire. And I quote again from a classmate of mine after we created a foul stench in chemistry class, ‘smells like Yorkshire!’
Not that I have anything against the snivelling, dog-race-watching, I-live-on-a-country-estate,th-White-rose-smells-nicer-than-the-red-rose, types who deliver my ships in perfect working order. Which they will,(imagine a an outrageous Lancashire bloke beating your head in should anything otherwise happen). If you happen to not be in Locusts., please do not take offence at the previous paragraph as they do not represent the authers true view of yorkshire(wo)men. If you are from Yorkshire and are in Locusts., the image of an outrageous Lancashire bloke beating your head can become a harsh reality.
Fly safe, with my cargo.

And I’m back!
March 25, 2010

Ah yes after a brief absence due to technical difficulties, I have great, well ok, news and bad news. The good news is that I have a new myrmidon to go rat in after Sew lent me the money to get it. The bad part of that news is that someone, still hasn’t delivered my old myrmidon that  I had fitted out just how I like it. The ship is also 14 jumps from the main hub of operations, (though I think we may be moving base, I’m just not sure), and a battlecruiser is very slow to align, though I suppose their might be some inertia stabilisers in the station I’m currently at.

Another bit of bad news is that the wormhole operations led by the corp have completely shut down. Shame really as I wanted to join them once we were allowed abit more freedom in 0.0

Oh yay, another bit of bad news, the new EVEGATE website is a bit crap for me because it runs off singularity which means that I can’t check my mails on the browser unless I want to look at something from an old corp, old alliance, and people who are pretty damn carebear-ish, no offence.

Some more good news however is that a mutual agreement has led to a certain someone, (same one that got me the myrmidon, all those moths ago), giving me a rigged megathron! 3 CCC rigs, trouble is that I can’t use large hybrid guns for another week or so as I need to get gunnery V and hybrid turret III. Though I think I can actually fly the BS which is a nice thought.

Even more good news is that I now have 7 million skillpoints! Ah, so nice to think that I make 1 million of them every month. I’m also going to stop training gallente cruiser V once the skill Queue stretches out to a couple of days.

Shoutout goes to Cyberin, blogger from the Hands off, My Loots! blog. When I talked about my computer problems he gave me small tid bits of advice on how skill training works after the account expires. Also a small shoutout to mandrill, told me how to rid the computer of a virus after it was sent to the repairman.


Ah. Now to wait a momth for a skill to train. What?!
March 21, 2010

Well, we may have a problem. The main computer that I use, the only one that hasn’t had issues with eve, seems to have packed it in. When it turned on it put some random desktop shortcuts to innapropriate sites for some reason. And nearly every application has to be started manually instead of double clicking it. AVG seemed to have cleared up the website oroblems but there’s still the double click problem, along with most windows application not working at all.
In actual eve I’m not really doing much. Bret says he’s delivering the myrm and I’ve not had anything to do since empire’s offlimits. My one small vice has been gatecamping with 40 others in ****** and not being able to get a lock before the poor bastards been podded. I decided not to go on another suicidal ratting run in my vexor for obvious reasons and have been sorting out my skills. I’ve trained up some gunnery skills but now I’m ultimately going to train gallente cruiser v! the reason for the choice of a 4 week skill is simple. It could be several days before the computer is sorted out by the repairman, if not replaced, and my eve subscription is due to run out anyday now and it could take me another few days to get that sorted. The result of using a 4 week skill… I have all the time in the world to sort out all my problems.
Like I say with training up some gunnery skills, the only reason I have those is because a corpmate made a last minute run to get me the hybrid turret skillbooks before he came to 0.0. Once I have gallente cruiser v I’ll start training up for T2 hybrid guns as my next goal is to make a thorax setup to kick guristas ass in the belts, the thorax being faster, harder hitting and having a better tank than the vexor. A similar setup can ofcourse be used in PVP roaming gang very effectively.
Then I’d probably move to a deimos for ratting because of better resists, more damage, faster, looking cooler, more room to fit damage mods because I’ll us less resist mods because of natural badass resists to serpentis and guristas.
Then the Astarte because of all the above. Ect

I did it! Wait.. Where’s my ship?!
March 20, 2010

I finally made it up to 0.0, the final frontier, of carebearing!

Anyway, I had an early start and decided to not wait fr someone to guide me through as protection like people said they would, and instead went in head first in my little caldari shuttle. Luckily the alliance’s space is only a matter of jumps away and there’s usually a friendly gatecamp on the way in so it’s not too worrying. Then you go through a jumpbridge and voila! Your in the alliances main base.

Now, to get to the outpost and get the ship i asked to be sent up for me. Aw shit! So I ask around to see if anyone’s seen the guy I gave it to 2 days ago. Then the CEO comes on and I ask him if he can grab it from the corp hangar he says he will but he’s about 20 jumps down in Pashanai because that was the corps old hangout, but now we’ve all been ordered up to 0.0 to get the killboard stats up. In the end I’m still waiting for whoever to deliver my myrmidon so I can do some ratting and feel secure about gankers and officer spawns.

In the absence of my myrmidon, and the consequent banning of going into high-sec because of the current wars we have on, I buy a vexor, some armour hardeners, a repairer, afterburner and some cap boosters, I go into a belt and try to kill 2 battleships and 3 cruisers. In the end it takes me so long to kill the BSs and 1 cruiser with 3 warden sentry drones, that the battleships respawn on me. The actual setup is pretty solid as it can tank that spawn but its too slow to have the repairer working on a burst basis so there re cap issues. Major cap issues as I cant carry enough cap booster 800s. After killing most of the spawn I have to log off and that was pretty much the whole story.

If I had the money I could easily make with my myrmidon if I had it, (yes I’m looking at you!), I could probably afford to lose some ships in PVP combat and get he killboard stats up for Bret, which he will be pleased about so we don’t get kicked from the alliance.


Mental cooldow.. Wait there it goes agajn!
March 18, 2010

The logistics of this move up to null-sec has become less of a brainache, but it’s still hard for me to comprehend basically, I need to send my ship up to osaa, for the carrier to pickup then I need to take myself through null-sec via shuttle or frigate, whatever, to TVN, the seeming homehub of our move. I think technically it’s actually ZaOL but I couldn’t get that to search on the ingame map, so I tried the next system on list. Then I install a JC at these stations and head down to jita to JC back up to get a clone there too. Then I head down a final time to bring someships to the carrier/jumpfreighter pickup point to get them to ME space. I send a request on the forums for some ships and modules and pay over the odds.
The reason I now know all these logistics is because a very good corpmate setup a very comprehensive guide on what’s happening. So thanks to Zaslow! (It was you who did it yeah?)
I’ve also now setup a plan on what to do when I get to 0.0. First off, rat in belts. Rat my fucking ass off until I’ve made a few quid. In the meantime I try and get on a few killmails by going on Corp PVP roaming ops and try to get the Corp looking good on the killboard so we get accepted to full membership. Until then we aren’t allowed to scan or do anything but belt rats and belt mining.
I’m bringing up the passive myrmidon to 0.0 so I can rat using its massive passive tank to take on all comers. Regretably in the process of bringing it up I came upon the idea of self destructing it to get the insurance then buying again in 0.0. Then it occurred to me; 1) stuff is more expensive in 0.0 & 2) the ship is rigged and it will just be pain jumping around 0.0 getting expensive items.
So I’d already sold the LSE IIs so, back diwn to jita! Get them back, while I’m here let’s buy some sentry drones and immorph psychology so I can actually JC when I get there!
The current stage i’m at is that I’m in the last highsec before I go in and my myrm is in the Corp hangar.
We also now have proper access to the ME forums. So if anyone wants some info on ME operations I’m the man to talk to. Anyone from ME, I’m joking. Really though, prices if information can be negotiated ingame.

I forgot to mention. A few days ago I was contacted zorro entertainment software. They wanted me to read through one of their guides. So far it looks good but I noticed a couple of tiny little errors in it I think. It talks about something I don’t specialise in but I think some of the figures are different to what know. I still need to finish reading it though.

Ugn!! Mental meltdown!
March 17, 2010

Eek! This is too much for me. We are now officially part of majesta empire, (well the info’s hardly sensitive as now you can look at the Corp details), and we’ve all been told to move north up to their space. This will be my first experience of 0.0 space,aside from WHs, ever so it’s a scary thought.
If I’m honest I thought I’d move to 0.0 in a few months when I have battleship 4 or something and even then it’d be providence just as a privateer taking advantage of the NRDS policy they have. Now I’m suddenly being thrown into null-sec PVP as we are currently only on trail. At the moment the Corp all need to move into ME space and begin to rack up kills on the killboard to make ourselves look good for the next month, the length of our trail period, so we will be accepted as full members and can plant our own I-Hub. I think bret was talking about getting the upgrades which give bonuses to ratting and stuff so we can make nice money there.
Like I say though, this is all very confusing. We suddenly have about 5 different intel channels to join, ME forums,ect ect. The Corp is supposed to be shifting stuff from high-sec to our base for us but I’m still waiting on where we’re supposed to this.
In the brightside though, I’ve finally got TS working without the strange echoing noise I always got in the past. The Corp vent channel still eludes me but it may become redundant with the TS servers used by ME, though we’re still waiting on getting an official channel for our Corp.
On the even more brightside. It’s only 2jumps through low-sec until u get to majesta space from high-sec. The bad part of that is that I had to travel 40 jumps from dodixie, (I’ve still got 35 to go!), in a battlecruiser while picking up and selling my old missioning crap from months ago in level 2s. I made about 10 mill through selling various melted down ships and T2 shield and armour modules I probably won’t use.
I’ve started training towards my sentry drones aswell so they will cone in handy later. Though if I’m honest they were for the WHs. But hey! It’s 0.0, here’s bound to be some WHs! If not, I’m only a couple of jumps from empire.

No sites, but i’m wiser
March 16, 2010

Why am I wiser? Well for one I’ve learned that not all people are as they seem. Just the other day 3 members of  my corp started to attack other corpmates. The 3 bastards managed to kill a hulk and an orca during a high-sec mining operation, luckily they were the only things there. One of the characters then proceeded into the corps C3 with a cloaked mega. I’m not sure if anyone was hurt in that part  of the incident, but I do know that the mega came out for some reason and never came back. All members then went to join a corp we are now at war with.

In better news though, I now have access to the corps forums so I can read up on all the ops we’re doing and all the alliance news. regrettably though, the forums don’t seem to provide the password required for the ventrilo server so I can’t get in!

On the upside, as soon as I can get online I’ll see if i can join the WH gang and I’ll get into the real money! Once I’ve trained up this last skill i’m going to train for sentry drones as my current drones don’t do the same amount of damage, (even with the same skills I have, and the fact I only get 3 drones with a myrm), for less risk of cash because they can be retracted easily and have a larger hitpoint buffer. If i ever go to te domi, it lso has a large signature radius, 400m last time I checked,  so I could potentially RR them with a Domi

I think that’s all I got to say


More money!
March 14, 2010

Well the wormholes continue to give me more money. And in my travels I’ve come across an interesting statistic. I lose about a third of my drones on every site I go to. Now this sucks because it means I can do about 3 sites before I needto travel back to highsec to restock myself. To try and negate this I’ve started to train up drone durability to try and have enough hitpoints for them to get back to the dronebay before they get popped.
The highlight of today’s WH experiences though was the actaul profit I made. Only losing about 150k on drones, because they were warrior Is not T2, and making about 5 mill in about an hour. A personal record! Yeah it’s shit but hey, I don’t that much, may I refer you to the ‘beg’ page ofthe blog?
But anyway that was only 1 and half C1 sites. I really want to get into a C2 and make a lot more money.
Now I’m still waiting on the Corp to give me access to the Corp forums. The forum is whee they keep a lot of useful data for me including, the openings into the class 3 WH they have a POS in, which is where I really want to be. Why be there? Well it’s alot more money than a class 1! It’s far more likely to give me battleship blue stuff, more salvage, more of any type of blue stuff, and maybe some melted nanoribbons!
Well I think that’s all the stories for today!