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.

Searching for a way forward

I logged on the other day, because I was poked by a friend of mine about something that was said about the state of wormholes.

His poke reminded me of the game once more, about the fact that I miss it. And that I’m not playing it right now.

I hate not playing actually, I hate not having a place in the game right now. No friends to log on with, nobody to play with.

Because EvE in a whole, is the most fun when playing it with the people you know, with people you like hanging out with. It’s also one of the only communities that has made me a few lasting friendships.

Luckily I still play games with some of the people I met in EvE, but every few weeks I think on the game, and have this wish to come back to it. But without an idea on how to go at it.

There’s multiple factors at play in this. I don’t want to do anything in Null sec, at all. I hate sov wars I hate the blocks and I absolutely loathe the fact that most people I have seen in null sec are afraid to do anything unless they have 10 times the numbers of the other team.

I’ve tried roughly 3 or 4 different null sec coorporations, the only guys that weren’t like that, are the ones that lived in NPC space, they didn’t care, they were fun to play with and I had a lot of fun hanging out with them on TS.

Unfortunately they went to SOV space and I have no idea what they’re up to now, maybe I should poke someone again, see what they’re up to.

I’m still in w-space right now though, having joined a friend’s russian friends. I’ve had a few fun encounters with them, but mostly don’t log on because of the language barrier. Which is a shame.

Well, that and the fact that the other guys that joined along with me aren’t actively playing anymore either.

The joys that are life and work.

Having typed this. I think I’m going to poke a few people. See if I can shift some things around. Try and become semi-active once more.

Not that there’s many people reading out there, but if you think you have something that could interest me, poke me. For the love of Bob poke me!

 

Stay tuned o7

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We’re there

It took a bit longer than expected but a few days ago I moved back into a wormhole.

I joined up with a few friends in a C5 and enjoying myself again in the limited time I find myself playing.

The first ten minutes in the corporation already had me participate in a few dread kills so that was of to a good start.

ISK making is picking up again too, I found a whole bunch of hulls that I bought when I had decided to quit for a few months, so I’m putting them on the market again slowly.

Don’t really need the ISK but I don’t need the hulls either seeing that they’re not ships I will be flying at this moment.

I’ll mostly be flying in T3’s, which makes me happy. I really like flying in the more “expensive” things. And it’s not like it’s that hard to earn it back.

Stay tuned o7

The way of life

A while back I told myself that if I ever decided to go check out K-space again, I would join up with Goonswarm. Not because I know much about null sec politics and because I think they’re “cool” and whatnot. But mostly because I thought that if I were to join a group, why not join the group everyone loves to hate.

So when the guys I flew with decided to go back to Stain for a while. I just went ‘Ok, let’s see if I can get into Goons’

At the time of writing this, I have literally been part of the Goonswarm for seven days.

In those seven days I have setup jabber, mumble coms, other authentication stuff like their forums etc etc. And joined in on a few fleets. I had a few problems with the fleets itself but that’s the way of life out here.

I killed a few Rorquals earlier today, so that’s nice. We did a two hour roam with a 100+ man fleet. Which was new for me, not really as exciting as doing the same thing with only 10 to 15 people.

But I did come to the conclusion that I really, really don’t like nullsec.

I hate local with a passion, I hate that they have programs like Vintel or TACO or whatever else that can scrape the chatlog and give you a literal warning sound when a neutral arrives because scouts told you.

I hate that you are literally safe from everything as long as you use those things. It’s just not for me. I like wormhole space and the fact that my home will randomly pop in your home from time to time.

That I can scan around and watch someone without them knowing I’m there.

Kspace is just not for me.

I am currently making a few new plans. I will be setting up in a wormhole once more. But this time I won’t be joining an old one, it’ll be a fully new set up. New citadels etc. New way of living.

This is giving me a new objective. And that’s what you need in this game. Objectives to aim for and succeed in.

I’m sure it’ll work out fine. I have a few things in mind that will happen in the next few weeks.

On a little ISK related notice. I have put a big part of my liquid ISK into PLEX. There have been a few rumors that make me think that we haven’t seen the end of the price inflation yet.

A few weeks ago I had bought a few dozen Machariel hulls, right after the announcement that in the near future alpha clones will be able to use them. Since then their price has gone up by almost 50% so that was fun to watch. I still have about 16 hulls left right now. Once the price starts to drop again I’ll probably sell them. Until then, I’m keeping them around. You never know.

Stay tuned o7

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Back to square one

The past month or so was interesting, but alas, our little experiment came to an end.

We were in a wormhole with three different corporations. Living together, fighting together, trying to get things to work together. But due to different mentalities things went a bit sideways.

We didn’t really disagree on anything but we didn’t communicate. And communication is key. Due to this lack of communication people stopped logging in and those that were logging in were not used to being in a wormhole and missed their Kspace.

Which I get, being in wormholes is a lot different than being in null or low. And it’s just not something that everyone can adjust to.

It was fun while it lasted but unfortunately, I’m back on the “streets” again.

Due to this, I will be applying to Goonswarm. Mostly because I want to see what nullsec is like. And what better way than to do nullsec in the group that everyone supposedly hates.

I really like the whole “Grrr Goons” mentality that people seem to have. I personally don’t get it, at all. But I never really bothered reading up on why people think certain ways about the entities in kspace because I literally don’t care.

But when joining a group in there. Why not go for the ones that everyone loves to hate. The one you know will get you things to do. So I’m curious how that will pan out. I still need to be accepted first though.

In slightly different news, I did kill my first super a few days ago. In a little joint op with hole control. They were baiting with carriers, we were waiting on a blops a few out. And someone took the bait.

It was fun, a bit unfortunate that I only got one of the kills but can’t have it all I guess.

Stay tuned o7

You win some, you lose some

From time to time when you hunt, you don’t get any kills. A perfect example for that was us rolling a bunch of holes during the week and not having any luck. Literally doing twenty different Null sec systems and only finding a VNI here and there that was at his keyboard. Not that we care about catching those.

Yesterday however, was a good day. We had a wormhole into Providence at first. And as most of you know. Providence is an amazing ground for hunting. They have their KOS list but even if you’re on it they tend to ignore you until it’s too late.

A perfect example was me being in a system, with my sabre, for over ten minutes and still being able to tackle three different VNI’s that were ratting. That was just for shits and giggles though. My fleet was too far out so I just tried soloing them see what happened. Unfortunately I couldn’t kill them but I wasn’t stupid enough to stay in my own bubbles so was able to get away every single time.
If not for that one interceptor I probably would have killed one of them.

A little later we had a few guys in local “laughing” at us. I say laughing because they just thought it was funny we had a Stork along. Figured it wouldn’t hurt. They were playing station games, undocking, docking. You know the drill.

Cue us going on a gate. And one of them coming to a ping on said gate. At which point I warped back to station at 100, put up a bubble, wondering if he’d be stupid enough to warp back.

He was.

So that was providence. The first part of our Sunday.

After that we enjoyed ourselves by rolling a few new holes. In one of them we hit the jackpot. Delve. Goons. Rorquals. Three of them in fact. We had them all tackled, had them all panicked. And right when their support fleet came over we killed one of them. One is better than none, three would have been better. But all in all, good fights were had and we had a lot of fun.

The joys of wormhole space though. One day you might not get anything, but eventually, you’ll get what you want.

Stay tuned o7