The thrill of the hunt

The thrill of the hunt

A few days ago I was getting familiar with scanning again. This because in the past few weeks I haven’t been doing it much while playing on the laptop.

During my mapping of the holes surrounding our home I came across a few people on my dscan. Nothing major, a Drek here, a scanner there. You know, the kind of traffic you expect in wormholes.

I jumped into a C5 wolf-rayet and my eyes lit up, my dscan showed five Nestors and a Leshak, along with their Mobile Tractor Unit.

Now, normally when people are out farming in space, they pay attention to d-scan and vamoose the moment someone pops up. I’m not sure if these guys were just pretty sure that nothing would happen or that they did not see me but they stayed there.

After messing around with dscan a bit I came to the conclusion that the site they were in was already despawned, this conclusion was made firmer once I noticed that they had the Sleeper spawned.

So what do you do in a situation like this?

Well, you decide to see if you still know how combat probes work.

They did

So I moved out of their dscan range, got my combat probes, and scanned them down. I think I took less than 2 seconds to grab the mtu to 100%

Normally, when I do C5 pvp, at this point I would have seen it happen, but I used to do it in dreads and I kept spamming dscan the whole time, mostly because a site didn’t take too long to clear in the first place.

These guys, did not see it. So I warped at 100 and now I had eyes on them. Slowly they were poking away at the sleeper.

Unfortunately, nobody was online, it was a slow day, almost evening, around the time when most people are eating etc etc. So all I could do was keep my eye on them.

I wanted to drop a saber on them and kill the mtu as they ran but unfortunately I did not have any sabers left.

I did try and kill their salvager, but this one did pay attention.

During all this, I had a bit of an adrenaline rush. For reasons that most of you know, even seeing your would be target is a rush. And I kept thinking I was uncloaked too so that didn’t help much 😉

Next time, I’ll try and actually have something to shoot at.

However we did kill a Rorqual the other day too with the corp fleet, so that’s always nice for the killboard.

Stay tuned o7

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

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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

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

Diving in and out of null

A few weeks ago I decided to make an effort to play EvE again. I was going to join my old Wormhole Corporation again and fuck around with them.

But a few minutes after joining, I got a private message from one of my old CEO’s.

One of the guys I flew with in Stain, the guys that were basically my first corp that I joined and PvP’d with. I’m sure there’s even a few posts about that time back in 2015-2016. I was going to be lazy about it but this one right here is from when I first joined them. Up until June of 2016.

At the time of that PM they were still a part of CO2 but were about to move out of the alliance, back to Stain and go do something new. That new thing being wormhole space.

And I was asked if I was interested in joining up. Seeing that I had just rejoined Yacht I figured that it couldn’t hurt to see what these guys were up to. Always fun to see new things happen.

And here we are. Set up in a C3 with a null static, and a bunch of people around on a daily basis to play with. Even killed a few things already.

I like it, I missed EvE a LOT the past few months that I didn’t play. I even got one of my buddies to join up again, he’s close to subbing his other accounts. He just doesn’t know it yet.

I’m looking forward to seeing where this all leads, and I promise, for the few out there still reading whenever I post something. I’ll be more active again.

In the meantime, have a few screenshots I made in the past week.

Stay tuned

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That escalated, slowly

It’s been a busy week in Low sec this past one, all while messing with the neighbours.
I lost a few ships, but made it up last night by a nice little operation we planned that same day.

So our neighbours are a bit risk averse. Meaning that they don’t really drop anything unless they know they have the upper hand. Which is normal, seeing that you don’t really want to lose your ships. I get that. I can respect your choice in not wanting to try and beat the odds.
It’s not something we do though.

A few days ago there was a gate camp next door, obvious bait of course. My friend went “Shall we take the bait, see what happens?”

Meaning that we’d take the bait, shoot them, see what they drop and then counter-drop them with something of our own. Now, bare in mind. This little adventure currently consists of me and my mate. With the two of us flying two combat alts at certain point in time. So it’s literally the two of us vs them most of the time. We have another friend of ours in the alliance but he’s a well known AFK’er, he basically uses eve as a chat box and undocks from time to time if he feels up for it.

What we did was get our Mr. AFK to go and see if he could get them to jump into us. Grab an Omen, jump in then basically go “Oh shit” and come back.

That did not work. So what do we do, we both grab our Machariel, go in, and start blapping whatever was there. We figured they’d drop one carrier on us. They dropped a bit more. It hurt.
A few days later I lost a tornado while we were messing around with them again.

Then comes last night. Our neighbours had the last timer on a citadel next door. We figured that they’d bring in some dps, maybe a carrier or two. So what we would do, is drop in two dreads, siege up, and blap them, in the hopes of them bringing something to get back to us. Seeing that we’re basically “solo”.

Well we had our friends from Hole Control on standby, and another friend of ours that was bringing a few guys from the initiative.
Unfortunately they didn’t take the bait at first. Not until we pretended to fuck up.

I warped back to the gate while the other dread was still in siege. As soon as that happened, they rushed in, grabbed point on him and popped in a Revelation and a Ninazu, we knew they had another carrier on the way too but it got a bit too chicken to come drop along with his friends.

The other dread nearly died, we had to warp in an apostle that was on standby to quickly save him. But damn was it worth it.

This was literally the first time I ever dropped a dread to PvP with it. I thought I was going to lose it, it’s insured in order to lose it. But I did not, we survived, killed their capitals. And had a good laugh about it.

And in case you like seeing killboards, here’s the final battle report. This might have been a bit overkill but damn. I had a good laugh.

Can’t wait to see what’ll happen next.

I finally moved to Low

It’s been a while since I last had an update. Hell during the past few weeks the site was even offline for a bit and I didn’t notice.

But I’m back and I’m in Lowsec, doing stupid things.

Lowsec is new for me. Literally never been there except for passing through. I don’t know anything about the timers, criminal or suspect or otherwise and it’s.. Well it’s all giving new thing for me. Even gate guns are new for me.

So let me tell you the story of our first day. I moved here with a friend of mine, we’re both in our own separate corporations and we both brought a bunch of ships, anchored a citadel and whatnot and ready to just do the things you’d do in lowsec.

We started the day with some smart bombing in Machariels. Nothing big, just two of us doing what we do, killing interceptors and whatnot.

Then we decided to take out our omens and go out for a roam. It would take us through one jump of high-sec but who cares right.

Now, those of you who know the lowsec mechanics may already see what is about to come. I sure as hell didn’t.
One jump before getting into high-sec we saw a floating mammoth. We, trigger happy as we are, killed it and went further along the path we set for ourself.
We come to the highsec gate, get a message stating that we’re now criminals and concord would shoot us but, whatever right. As long as we’re fast enough to warp it doesn’t matter.

What neither of us knew, is that if you have a criminal timer, concord won’t just shoot. No, you’ll also be prohibited from warping. And taking gates.

Well.. Fuck us.

A few seconds and two dead omens later we’re on our way back to our citadel, to lick our wounds.
Lesson learned, not going to happen again.

And this is just the start.

Stay tuned o7