The other day I decided to finally go out and explore a few wormholes. Taking out my Cheetah I started to launch probes left and right, scanning for an entrance. I first started in the System I usually do my missions at. Close to home, and if I found something, even better.
This is where I made my first of many mistakes. I know absolutely nothing about scanning, I know you need probes and you need to keep configuring them and pressing that scan button until you find a 100% one.
So that’s what I did, after a while I found an unstable wormhole, giddy as a little kid that just got his first gaming system I pressed jump and entered without checking the info.
Guys! I found something!
Little did I know, that I would just be dropped 12 systems further, in another high sec system. I finally check the info and noticed that this wormhole drops someone in a random high sec one.
Thinking to myself: ‘Ok E’dyn, rookie mistake, this can happen to anyone, lets head back and try again’
Luckily for me I was still idling at the WH entrance, otherwise I would have had to scan again to find it.
So we go back, and this time I go a few systems further in, into low sec, thinking that I might be able to find something better here. Lo and behold, I find an entrance to unknown space. I go in, immediately warp away from the hole (because that’s what I think you have to do) and cloak up. To then start idling at the hole, wondering what on earth I will need to do next.
I should have bookmared that hole
I was amazed at the discovery scanner, there were a total of 15 signatures in the wormhole. Of which 11 were already at 100%. Asking in a channel I asked them if this was normal but unfortunately none of them knew anything about wormholes so I was left to think that it was.
Oh well, 4 others to scan so I might as well do that. And here’s where I made another mistake. I warped of to the nearest planet at about 70km, forgetting to bookmark the hole I just came from.
No big deal you’d think, that’s just a few scans away. So I start to scan and find another WH entrance, according to this one it goes into unknown space. So, I went ahead and clicked jump, because that’s what you do when you have no idea what you’re doing.
And the confusion starts, I wanted to enter the wormhole, I was in a clone without plugs so if I did something extremely dumb, I could just decide to self destruct.
After pressing jump, I got stuck, and I have absolutely no idea what happened, nor could anyone in any channel I talked in answer. My ship was calibrating, and I was cleared for jump in x amount of seconds. So I kept pressing the jump button, nothing happened. But according to my UI I was getting pulled into the hole. After the timer ended, I was still stuck in the same animation, and I was still in the same system. But for some reason I couldn’t warp away, I couldn’t even reload my probe launcher, because according to the game, my ship was no longer located in the same place.
I stared at this for quite some time
And when I tried to jump again, it told me I was polarized and needed to wait for 5 minutes or so.
And we wait, after the 5 minutes were up I was polarized once more. ‘Strange’, I think to myself, ‘Something must have gone wrong with the client, better turn it off and on again’. Because that’s what you do when you’re in IT and you come up with a problem, that’s the first step you try, you restart and check if the problem is gone.
After the restart I was warped away from the hole I was getting sucked in. But this time I had made a bookmark! So let’s try again.
No luck, and no idea why I have no luck. No explanation why I’m not going into the next system.
Around this time I started to realize that without anyone able to explain to me why certain things work or not, I would be in over my head.
After another restart, I scanned up the exit to low, and went back to base. Having not won any information, other than the fact that I’m not that good at scanning, and that I’m in over my head when it comes to wormholes.
And then there’s the whole d-scan. I have yet to figure out how that works, I did use it. And there were two orcas and a caracal in the hole with me. The only problem was the fact that I didn’t know how to find them. I had forgotten where a POS gets anchored, and I didn’t want to warp to every moon and every planet to check.
In hindsight I could have used Google, but I didn’t think it would have mattered.
Docking up, I store the Cheetah, not giving up my hopes on exploration yet, but logging of with the idea that I needed someone to show me the ropes.
Yesterday was a fun day on EvE. Not only did I receive a few evemails about joining WH corps, I also tried out something new.
Let’s talk about that first. What did I do? Well in a spur of the moment I decided to try and get the last Interbus Custom Office in our system down. I was checking my planets and saw that most offices had already been shutdown except for one. So I asked people in the channel I chat in if they were up to it and after about 20 minutes of me going to Jita in 3 accounts and buying a few “glass cannons” we were ready to start.
Seeing that I didn’t actually know what to use to destroy the POCO and I thought that you might get a suspect flag (can you tell that I haven’t read up on this?) I decided on two hurricanes. Neither of them doing that much damage, one was at 750dps, the other 540dps. The lower DPS one wasn’t able to use T2 turrets so that was why it was a bit lower.
The third account is a newbie 1 month old one that was flying a drake with 150dps.
Suffice to say, what I had was not nearly enough to take it down. Luckily I have people who sort of like me enough to come and help me.
Hey guys, when did we get shadows?
Seeing that we’re all noobs one way or the other, our DPS total was about 3-4k across 6 characters.
While we were shooting at the Office my Industrial character was slowly making her way to Jita in an Orca to buy a gantry and the necessary upgrade items.
When I got back to our home system we were at about 40% shield left. So I did what any person would do. I let my Orca drones fly out. That’s right, we have an orca on our Interbus kill mail!
I’d have laughed if the Orca had the final blow
It took awhile, but I’m pretty happy with the fact that our corporation is currently the proud owner of a POCO. I have no idea how long it will take but I like it because we did something new, and as a group. It was fun.
Yay, building things!
While all of this was going on I was looking at the wormhole mails I got and talking to one in particular. This guy turned out to be fun to talk to and I was planning on sending my application right after we were done with what we were doing.
Unfortunately, this person’s patience level wasn’t very high. Seeing that I was busy on 4 accounts at the same time I didn’t look at my main’s chat window a lot. After a few minutes he started to tell me that I should quit my corporation immediately and apply to his. I told him I was a bit busy and he kept telling me I should quit and that he’s waiting for my application.
Suffice to say that I reversed my earlier thoughts on him being a nice guy. Which means that I’m still looking out for a corporation to join. My forum post doesn’t seem to be too popular. I guess nobody wants someone with +30m SP but absolutely no idea what he’s doing.
I will need myself a babysitter in W-space.
Stay tuned o7
When I first started the game a few years ago I was at a loss, I had no idea what you could do, I had no idea what I wanted to do, or even how to get to those places.
We’re a few years past that point and I now know about the different things out there. And still haven’t got a clue about what I want to do. I do know that I don’t want to mine, so that’s something. I own a procurer, a skiff and an orca but they hardly come out of my hangar.
What do you mean I’m supposed to go out there
My problem is, that I want to do everything, I want to try out everything at least once, it’s one of my mottoes in life. And I carry that forward in gaming to.
Right now, I’m doing a lot of industry, and I haven’t really touched my other alts more than a handfull of times in the past few weeks. But I still want to pvp, I still want to go out exploring.
If only I would actually start doing it, joining Red vs Blue was a good start, but I noticed that despite it being a good start, I don’t actually do much on there. I join the occasional fleet that forms up when I’m around but I noticed that if they’re too far away I just shrug and log off, not even bothering to do that many jumps.
I did think about null for a bit the past few days, but I don’t think that’s my cup of tea, or coffee, depending on what you enjoy drinking more.
Exploring still intrigues me, I love Tigerears’ stories and those on other blogs. But something tells me that I’d get bored with it fast.
Shame on me for sticking to the high-sec life. I need a reason to get out of it. I know that I should just join a corporation that makes me go out there, but every time I look for one, I just can’t find the right combination.
Which has something to do with the fact that I want to do everything, I know.
I’m even reading up on Incursions to see if I could join a fleet on those, I’m pretty sure that my main character is capable of fulfilling multiple roles.
We’ll see what the future brings, who knows, I might get an offer I can’t refuse
In order to actually do what I said I’d do, I decided to start up another account that I’ve neglected for some time. What exactly did I say I’d do? Well PvP of course, and what better way to try my hand at actual pvp than by joining RvB. But seeing that I still want my mission runner to be able to do missions, I needed another combat character.
That’s where the new one comes in handy, it was a character that I used to have on standby and ran missions with in Amarr space, I had also forgotten how much stuff he had scattered around. I just spent 4 hours jumping from one system to the other, deciding on what to throw away, what to keep and what to sell.
Not only did I do the jumping with the newly subscribed alt account, I had my industrial account follow him around in an Orca.
While jumping around I decided to check on how much LP the character had accumulated those years ago, it was quite a bit. So now I had to find one of the npc corporation stations in order to turn that LP in to a bit of a profit. Bought a few implants with it, a bit of faction ammo, and then, I used my third account to come get it in a cov ops because I didn’t want to fly around with 300m in the cargo with my orca. Especially not if it meant doing 14 jumps from Amarr space to Jita.
Everything went perfectly well and I ended the night with quite a bit more ISK than I thought I had on the extra account. Then again, he also had a Maelstrom and Typhoon I just knew I wouldn’t use anymore so I sold them too.
Time to go spend all that ISK on space ships that will be blown up during the everlasting war.
Sidenote: I’m pretty sure that I’m going to stay away from jumping so many times for quite a while, I still have 15 stations to browse through but I have half a mind of just thrashing it instead of going there. One of the downsides of moving halfway across the galaxy.
You want me to do how many jumps?!