How to get into it?

A few days ago, someone I know asked me how to get into PvP. It took me by surprise and made me think long and hard about the how. In the end, I couldn’t really give him a good answer.

EvE is so much different than other games when it comes to PvP. If you go out there, you will lose your stuff, you will lose that shiny ship you worked so hard to get. It’s never the case of if, but when.

And that’s something a lot of the PvE players don’t understand quite yet, even when they are reading up on getting into the actual fun bit of EvE. Not that I’m saying pve can’t be fun, I just don’t enjoy it anymore.

But how do you get into it, how do you stop yourself from getting burnt out after being killed a few times in a row without a clue what the hell you’re doing.

Unfortunately, I have no answer to that one yet but I’m going to try and help him a little bit.

What di dit for me was to just do the same thing as I do in real life and just think to myself “Fuck it, let’s do this”
My first time PvP in eve was just a duel between corps buddies, then a little lowsec where I died too often, then getting ganked because I was hauling an Iteron mark V with 4bill in stuff towards Jita, and then I got to where it became fun. Which for me happened after joining my first wormhole corporation and going out with them.

So, I told the guy to look at a corporation to join that could maybe teach him some PvP. He joined RvB. Now, these guys have been around since forever, I know of them, I even joined them for a few weeks at one point. But back then you were just flung into things, nobody explained anything, you got the alliance mail that welcomes you, tells you where to go and that’s it. Nobody there that took you under their wings and was like “Ok this is how things will happen now”.

Which, isn’t great at all.

Unfortunately, I live in wormhole space which is a complete different can of worms to open. But maybe I can point him in the right direction. Just being cannon fodder isn’t good enough, you must enjoy the shooting too. We’ll see what happens.

I have been joining fleets on a regular basis and am feeling close to being confident enough again to try FCing once more.

It will more than likely happen in a few weeks, once I’m back at home and not playing from a laptop. Duo-boxing on one screen is a pain in the ass and I miss my little setup.

But at least I’m blowing things up, that’s always fun.

The beauty of space

Stay tuned o7

Kite or death

It took a few days but my old domain is FINALLY forwarding to the new one. Took ages.

But we’re off to a good start. Not only did I fuck up on the site installation a few times, I also had to mess around with the import a bit. But I feel like it’s doing what it needs to be doing so that’s good!

I’m not sure, but I think that yesterday I flew an Orthrus for the first time. It was fun but once more shows how bad I actually am at this game.

Because making screenshots is fun!

We were roaming a bit in our nullsec static and came across a group that wanted to fight us. Seeing that we were flying in nano stuff the whole idea was for us to just kite them around a bit and shoot them.

Now, little did I know, that my Orthrus does not like pointing things while the MWD is on. In the past few months of me actively playing again I’ve just been basically orbiting or following the anchor. So having the kite was a new experience. I did it in the past sure, but even then was I bad at it.

So here I am, shooting things, trying to make sure they don’t come in range to me, pointing/scramming when they do. Having a good time in general despite not having a clue where my fleet mates are.

And I suddenly start getting hit. Turns out that due to what I was doing, I was suddenly running out of cap, so my mwd decided to stop working. Meaning that instead of kiting, they could suddenly catch up to me and actually hit me with their guns and tracking.

Rip me.

But it’s fine! It’s another learning experience and I had a lot of fun doing this fight.

Next time I’ll just bring an orthrus with an active tank.

I also need to get myself a better overview. I’m currently abroad and forgot to export the one I really really liked using. So I’m using one from one of those overview channels. But I really, really don’t like it.

Guess I’ll need to mess around with my overview a bit.

Stay tuned o7

A small technicality, but it’s fine

Little did I know that transferring a .com domain would take roughly 5 whole days for it to work correctly.

So here we are, my new website up on it’s new adress and my old one without any redirects. Joys! I will fix that soonish…

The new hosting feels faster at least, so that is a good start. We will see what happens in the next few weeks.

Warping is always so pretty

I flew in a Loki for the first time in a while yesterday. It was quite fun. Even had a nice little brawl. Unfortunately the null sec group did not quite take the bait. Would have made it a little bit more fun. Guess that is for next time.

Being in fleet with people that know their EVE does make me always think that I am still quite the noob (hence the site name).


These people know who to target, know how to move the fleet, know how to anchor etc.. I barely know how to hunt anymore.
But at least I can still scan!
Soon my alt will be ready to fly interdictors too, I will then be flying a DPS and a Sabre. Not only that but I have a third account skilling into logi, still about 20 days to go for that though.
But we are getting there, albeit slowly. Not that I can’t fly logi on my main, but let’s be honest.
Most people like shooting things more than being the healer 😉


Although healing in other MMOs is quite fun too.
Stay tuned o7

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Who do you fight for, exile?

The past few weeks of playing EVE made me realise that I’m an idiot for waiting this long.

The joys of procrastination I guess. It took me forever of myself saying “I’m going to find myself a new eve corporation to join so I can have fun again” before it finally happened.

BUT we’re there! And I have just finished the trial, because I’m awesome. So I’m now a full fledged member, huzzah.

I have been scanning a LOT. And been wishing that I had better implants but I’m in a virtue pod already so, I don’t think I can get any better than this. It’s just picking up the whole scanning thing again.

I do think I should start doing it with combat probes instead of normal ones. Because at some point I’ll be going out hunting again instead of just being part of the fleet waiting for stuff to happen.

Which was something I did yesterday while we were doing an operation in Thera. Unfortunately nothing got caught but, there’s a new Path of Exile league so I’m also playing that one. Doing it in a slow pace I have just reached act 9. Righteous fire build is quite fun.

The one thing I didn’t miss about wormhole space is the logistics of it. There’s so many things that I have brought in, and so many I still need. I’m currently flying Omens in the kitchen sink fleets but want to have an Orthrus or Cynabaal on standby if needed. But in order to get them I need to bring them in, so that means I need to find a good high sec from Jita. Seeing that Amarr is basically dead.

Speaking of, I should probably put my second DST pilot there just in case I need it.

Having set up the PI means I have a slow but steady income. I think I’m bringing in a few hundred mill a week with it. It’s not much, but better than nothing.

At some point I will also bring myself an astero, so I can do some hacking. PvP fit obviously if someone drops a saber on me that I can fight back at least 😉

Despite the Thera fleet not really bringing anything to the table for us to dine upon, we did catch a rorqual mining last week. So that was fun. When he panicked we honestly tought he’d get friends of his to drop on us. But turns out it wasn’t the first rorq he lost in the past few weeks so I guess they didn’t want to help anymore.

“It’s fine, nobody is going to drop on us.. I hope”

Good for us, not so much for him https://zkillboard.com/kill/89866483/

Here’s hoping we catch a few more in the next few days/weeks, the war has made null feel emptier than it normally is.

I did see a Titan upclose a few days ago too. It’s been ages since I did any kind of bridging. I forgot what it was like to see these behemoths.

Stay tuned o7

Live, learn, die, do it all again

War, huh, hah, what is it good for?

Well, I sure as hell don’t know other than Tidi.

It seems like I came back right around the time that Goons are at war with a bunch of New Eden once more. Nothing new here, happens every few years and provides content for the null blocs, good for them.

The only thing I know about it is that they dropped a LOT of titans on each other for the armor timer, and that when the hull timer arrived test was a bit late to the party and instead of jumping the whole fleet, there were a lot of issues with the servers and they just fed one titan after the other. Sucks for TEST but hey, that’s content for you.

I’ve lost one of my favorite ships to fly the other day, my good old Omen Navy Issue. Turns out I have no idea how to correctly fly this thing anymore and I got myself webbed and scrammed by a Praxis which had already killed a bifrost of one of my fleetmates a few seconds earlier.

https://zkillboard.com/kill/89767586/

Oh well, live and learn, I thought I could handle him, I didn’t.

The good thing however, is that we more than made up the loss later on in the evening. Including and not limited to this juicy, juicy pod. https://zkillboard.com/kill/89769609/

It’s fine girl, I still love you

I’m pretty sure the guy was accidentally still in the pod he was in when he lost his Hel. Either that or he has enough ISK to not give a damn that he’s flying a 5 bill pod in his Isthar, if that’s the case, good for him!

Another thing that happened where I was extremely lucky and taught a new lesson, was when trying to roll a hole.

Turns out that these days HICs have new modules that get their mass down, it no longer works with putting up all 4 bubbles, no you need the module now. I had a hole that was critical and decided to roll it with my good old trusty hic rolling fit. Lucky for me it didn’t collapse behind me in nullsec because as it turns out, my mass wasn’t anywhere near as low as I thought it was.

Lesson learned, time to bring the new modules in the hole too.

After not having played for so long it’s a bit confusing, there’s new ships, new fits, old fits that may or may not work. But it’s all fine, I know what to do.

Also, what happened to the captain’s quarter? I can’t find it anywhere!

I’m still a noob.

Stay tuned o7

Goodbye 2020, you will not be missed.

There’s only one thing that I truly hope for 2021, and that’s that we can go outside more than we did last year.

I have been working from home since March, haven’t seen most of my friends since then either. One lockdown after the other here in Belgium, but we’ll get there eventually.
They finally started with the vaccinations, maybe by the summer I’ll be on the list. As a 32 year old I’ll be one of the last ones, which makes sense, those that are more vulnerable to this shit virus need priority.

Past few days I’ve been trying to figure out the way I used to make ISK again, only to come to the conclusion that I no longer have some of the required skills to even make T2 stuff anymore. Not that I really feel like doing manufacturing but I found a container with over 100 T2 bpc’s in it and figured that maybe I should just create them. That’s not happening.

I’ve put a few other things on contracts, found a bunch of cruiser BPO’s that I once bought and researched with the idea of selling them at some point, well, some point is there. I need the ISK to buy new ships to die in.

The market confused me for a bit, I was used to having an alt in jita and one in Amarr and then just sell stuff in Amarr from what I bought in Jita, but due to the whole gate dissapearing between the route, that’s no longer a viable option. I’m not willing to make those 50 ish jumps myself and definitely not paying for it. So I’m doing a bit of station trading in Jita itself.

In theory I should actually set the buy orders up in perimeter but.. I’m lazy

For now the trading is working well, I made about 2b in the past week, so that’s not too bad. I could probably make more but I’m not a big fan of keeping an eye on it. So I put up a few buy orders and then forget about them for a few days, only to then realise I should update them.

Most of the things I’m looking at right now is around a 10-15% margin, I could do more for slower moving items but they move too slow to my liking, don’t want to wait too long for buy orders to fill.

Other than that I’ve also started PI in the wormhole. It took a bit of messing and a lot of clicking but I think I got it going where it needs to be. Only thing I need to mess around with a bit more is the extractors, seeing that I’m not extracting enough in the cycle I put it on. But I can fix that one too by just doing it every few days instead of every week.

I literally have no idea how long this took me
T3 PI is fun

I’m enjoying EvE again, and that’s what matters. The things joining a corporation can do.

In the past few days I’ve lost on ship, a Nergal. I had no idea they existed until a week ago, luckily I had a bunch of SP saved up so I just injected myself in one. Just training the weapons to V now, gives me something to do other than training for a Nyx I will never fly. I avenged the nergal’s dead though by sacrificing a few TEST people to BOB

Speaking of Nyxes, look what I made!

I'm blue
I need to print more things, like this Nyx!

I’m trying to find excuses to use my 3D printer some more, finally printing a few EVE Online related things to put around the appartment.

o7 Stay tuned

I finally did it

The thing I have been talking and thinking about for the past couple of months (even years) has finally happened.

I have started playing again, actively.

The past few weeks I have been looking at /r/evejobs and wondering on whether or not I would find a group that I could join. One that I could have fun with and that I would fit into.

Well, sometime in the past 14 days I found what I was looking for, and now that I’m back home from a little time off in UK I am actively playing again. I’m scanning wormholes, joining fleets, and looking at people in Asteros from afar while in my cloaky Tengu.

As per usual I am a clueless noob and have no idea what I am doing.
I have come back into a game where a gate has dissapeared between Jita and Amarr, where my favorite interceptor (Crusader) is no longer nullified, where there are new ships and factions.

That said, Leshaks are pretty.

Leshak around the sun
Because sometimes you have to stop and enjoy the small things

Stay tuned o7

Moving around

The joys of moving to and from wormholes. Always quite the adventure when you don’t have a great connection.

I’ve moved tens of billions of stuff through wormhole space in the past weeks, I have moved multiple times more than that in the past. Even going as far as moving around capital construction parts for one of the holes.

Despite having done all of that, it’s still something that “scares” me. Every single time I jump into a hole I feel like this would be the time when a bubble will pop up on me. It hasn’t happened, yet.

It will at some point, but when I get to where I need to be with everything intact, I usually let out a sigh of relief. Despite it being relatively safe because I scout for myself, it’s still quite the adrenaline rush.

I love wormhole space, just a shame that not more people enjoy it as much.

Eviction target

For those of you that, like me, have been living under a rock the past few days. Here’s some news for you.

Hard Knocks is getting evicted by Goonswarm.

I don’t know much about how and why but from what I gather is that The Initiative has been planning to do this for the past couple of month.  

People are currently tuning in as the current biggest Wormhole corporation in EVE is getting evicted from their home hole. Something many people have thought impossible.

I have been in wormhole groups for the past couple of years and there’s always been a bit of a love/hate relationship when talking about HardKnocks. There’s no arguing that they did good, they were the first to build a keepstar in their home, are able to bring huge fleets and rent out C6 space.

Problem that most people have with it, is that there’s absolutely no way to fight a powerblock like that. None.

As a pilot that has always been in small wormhole corporations, the moment I rolled into rage I made sure that the whole chain got rolled. I never wanted anything to do with them being anywhere near me because it meant overwhelming numbers and losing my ships without ever having stood a chance. 

The fact that they rent out the C6 space also meant that other corporations never really had a chance to set it up themselves. They’re basically to wormholes what null sec alliances do to null sec. Something I’ve already talked about in the past that I hate.

It’s a shame that this is a null sec alliance pushing them out. But let’s be real, no way in hell would us wormholers been able to make this happen. We do not have the resources, logistics or people to do this. 

I’m curious what this means for the future of wormhole space. I just hope it won’t come and bite us all in the ass. I’d rather not have HK be replaced by a bunch of nullseccers. 

Especially seeing that I am starting to log in once more. 

Stay tuned o7

GG CCP

Those of us that live in a wormhole are used to being left out by CCP or taken up the ass when it comes to people living in other parts of the EvE online universe.

We’re used to it, it’s been like that ever since people figured out that they could live in wormholes. But today truly is a dark day.

The people at CCP released a blog post concerning their newest addition to bending wormholers over a table and taking them up the ass without any lube.

https://www.eveonline.com/article/pf7gpi/october-balance-pass

If you’re not quite well versed with wormholes, it’s the bit where they talk about HIC changes.

When you live in a wormhole you have a one or two static connections, in order to close this one goes out to “roll” a hole. You know their approximate mass and you use a few battleships to close it. From time to time the battleships don’t cut it and the hole goes in a critical state.

Being critical means that it’s mass is less than 10% of it’s total mass. Meaning that it could be as high as 100m or as low as the mass of a capsule.

The good people living in wormholes figured out that in order to roll it faster, you could put a few bubbles on a HIC, activate them, which makes your mass less than that of a capsule, and then jump back inside their home using a prop mode. Usually closing the hole right behind them.

Not having this kind of thing to close a wormhole would make it hard for people living in them to find new content.

BUT! CCP in their current state doesn’t care one bit about the wormhole community.

Unfortunately, wormholers will be unwilling collateral damage, as they often are, due to the incredible usefulness of HICs for rolling holes. We may address this with a specific mass manipulation module at some point in the future but want to move forward on fixing this broken behavior as fast as possible.

Translation: “We know you guys use and kind of need this for your playstyle but sucks to be you”

It’s a damn shame really, a lot of people are already commenting on reddit about all of this. I’m curious to what will happen.

But I doubt anything good will come out of it.

The fact that almost the whole CSM consists of Goons and nobody that actually lives in a wormhole isn’t that great… Who would have thought..

 

Check out https://www.reddit.com/r/Eve/comments/9glsyb/a_plea_to_any_who_will_listen_ccpls_dont_let/ for more reading material on what’s upsetting people.