Archive for Orca

The isk train cometh!

Posted in Eve with tags , , , , , on November 24, 2012 by maniac69uk

Geeze… what do I have to do to make isk? I’ve currently got 1 rorqual on the market and 2 orcas…. all well within the market price! I decided when my alts carrier went into the oven I’d mine and sell, but last night I got asked if I could fulfill an order in a couple of weeks, so now I’m stockpiling in preparation of a big order that may or may not emerge! Oh well, at least I’ll have the ore to sell if it falls through. I just need to decide what level to have the cutoff for holding onto ore before I start to sell again!
Really I don’t need to keep any of it, because my rorqual stock pile is secure in my hanger (although I borrowed from it and replaced).
I’ve decided to reduce the corp pos as it’s an isk hole atm… it’s just not covering the fuel bills the way my maths worked out. The only thing I couldn’t figure into my calculations was the market being flooded by the end product and no one buying most of the time. One of my buddys has suggested doing research jobs, which I could get away with on a smaller pos which means less fuel bills. We shall see how that works!

Most of my training has dropped onto covering capital ships, as I realised my alt had just overtaken my main in that field… not a good thing! The next week or so will be solid cap skills!

Don’t fly straight!

Mining my own business

Posted in Eve with tags , , , , , , on November 4, 2012 by maniac69uk

Well, this is the 2nd or 3rd time I have written this post… once I deleted it and once my browser had a dicky-fit and lost it… :S

I’ve been spending a bit of time mining recently, although I took some time out to run some missions to get some salvage together fir rig building. I like to build my own rigs as it reduces the cost of putting a new ship together.  Mission running I tend to cheat a little, and do level 3 missions in a marauder… I really ought to do level 4’s but I like to have some backup ships incase it all goes pear-shaped! But when I’m running a light fleet I just use a Kronos and a second account in a Noctis. Its easy, safe and quite boring…. hence why I don’t do it for long! I failed to acquire any Tritanium bars, so I need to remember where I used to mission where I had loads of them!

I’m currently sitting on enough highsec minerals (tritanium, Pyerite, Nocxium, Mexallon, Isogen) to build a rorqual, and to date I nearly have enough to build another! Just another 15 mill Pyerite needed and I may look at a new project. I started working towards doing 4 carriers (again) but decided it was too mammoth a task to hit in 1 go. But if I keep this collecting up its going to be feasable.

This would have to be after I rebuild the carrier for my alt…. Yeah I built 1 out of spares I had kicking around… and promptly sold it for above market value *lol*

Spare parts? Well, every time I complete a cap ship I complete the bpc’s from the pack so inevitably end up with extra components with every build.

I’ve not long ago completed a Rorqual for a buddy which I sold him under the market price. The alliance he was in broke up mid purchase, and although he paid for it I found out he was struggling to cover his plexes and he mentioned to me that the rorqual wasnt selling. I bought it back from him at the same price he paid, and now I have it up for sale. So although I may nearly have the minerals to build another. I’m not sure I would build one at the moment!

Skills-wise, I’ve hit a deadend with some of my chars. One alt is becoming an orca pilot (ability is there, just the leadership to get half decent). My main is doing some old skills (completed Armor reinforcement 5 on all flavours, but looking at shields next. 1st Alt is beefing up her capital ship skills. I’m back in charge of my Wifes account but I don’t have a clue which direction would be helpful for her to go in! I might look at her defensive skills, before looking at her PVP skills – just incase!

Don’t fly straight!!

From the end of the universe

Posted in Eve with tags , , , , on September 18, 2012 by maniac69uk

I’ve not posted much recently as I’ve not had anything new or exciting to post. I still haven’t but I have a couple of things I want to express anyway..

The passing of Vile Rat saddened me greatly. Not because I knew him or even like the goons (anyone that knows me may have heard this before!!)

The passing of any eve player who has managed to change the game either helping steer eve in a positive direction or by assisting players to find new and interesting projects to follow is a loss to us all. I just hope when I finally run out of clones I will have achieved something worth mentioning in a blog somewhere.

Reading the messages on FB was interesting and mostly nice. You always get 1 idiot that cannot differentiate between a character in a game and the human being  behind the character.

It was nice to see the positive actions of people in lighting cynos, renaming stations in Vile Rats honour and even the mass fleet.

Anyway… back to Eve.

I’ve been mining like mad (even more so) with the intention of stock piling enough minerals to build a rorqual. Just incase a large order dropped in my lap that I wouldnt have time to mine for. I hit my targets and started mining towards doubling the target since I didnt have anything else to mine for….. Upshot was someone needed a Rorqual and I needed some fast isk since the coffers were working low. The Rorqual is now in the oven, along with an orca for someone which should lead to a profitable weekend! And to top that my cans are starting to get the target amounts of ore in them. I just need 70mill Trite and 16mill Pye. These 2 are mainly found in scordite, but I’m hitting other things as well so I can get some minerals to sell for more isk! Once I finish recollecting all the target minerals I’ll start collecting for my next project (I can and obelisk on the horizon for someone!!)

My skills have been all over the place recently… but I’ve dropped back onto Armor tanking skills since they are approaching level 5. It’s going to take another 20 odd days, but once its done I can perhaps look at shield tanking skills. Theres always something that needs some love!

My alt is working on Jump drive calibration 5, so once this  is done and the rorq is sold I’ll have the isk for her carrier skill book! Just need to build the sodding carrier now… lol


Don’t fly straight!

The future of solo

Posted in Eve with tags , , , , , , , on June 9, 2012 by maniac69uk

Well, whilst I’ve been mining my proverbial off I’ve made some new friends along the way. I know this was what ccp like, but this was a friendship out of necessity. We started off chatting about possible gankers within our pocket of space, and now theres talk of forming an alliance. Its only talk at this point as only 2 of the 4(?) corps knows one another, but I’ve stated I’m willing to get to know them along the way. They have just put up a pos in lowsec and scouting moons managed to land on mine (luckily they are blue). Apparently I anchored my pos out too far, so anyone that warps to 100km off risks bouncing off the shields! Not a planned action but, meh… no point having all that weaponary if you don’t have chance to use it lol!

The orders are coming in steadily… I built a thanatos in lul in orders but I’m not sure if I’m keeping or selling it! I started mining for another ship and got asked if I could handle a 2 orca order. Well it took me about a week but the ships are in the oven and the next order of a charon has just landed on me. I’ll be interested to see if I can do this one in a week (although I’ve quoted 2 weeks to get it in production). Cripes…. that may be the last for the time being as RL is about to force a time out in 2 weeks… I’m going to be confined to my laptop for a while so the fleet may have to take a break :s

My main rig lets me run 4 accounts, but with my lappy it isn’t feasable to run more than 2… Its one reason I’m not in a rush to start this alliance just yet. I’m hoping to be back to normal after 2 weeks, but thats if everything goes right.

Trainingwise I’m at a bit of a stalemate. My main alt is training capital ship navigation (jump drive operation finishes in a few days) so calibration will be next to maximize distance. Currently she can only fly my Rorqual within sector, but if she can jump it as well it will make travelling a hell of a lot easier as I can get another account to handle the cynoing and I can jump 2 ships instead of having to do a relay! Once the cashflow easies up a little I may get her on carriers (she is closer to jump freighters than my main but I have jump drive calib 5 trained). Carriers are really handy for moving lots of stuff over distances!

My main is doing mining drones 5 atm… something I’ve been trying to get onto for about 4 years….. After that… well if someone that knows me in gamne can remember what I said I was going to do… please remind me…. lol Otherwise I think I’ll work on my elite tanking certs 😀

Don’t fly straight!


Once more into the breach

Posted in Eve with tags , , , , on April 11, 2012 by maniac69uk

Well, after a 2 months in a nullsec alliance I have returned to highsec.
It wasn’t a (fail) fatal flaw in the alliance that I previously had problems with.. this was more of a personal reason. I felt I couldn’t properly serve the corp/alliance due to all the activity in RL I am dealing with. Although I am logged in a lot, a certain amount of that is AFK and more is doing tasks where I can step away from the keyboard without worrying too much that a large alliance is going to land on my ship whilst I’m distracted. Ok, the alliance wasn’t perfect… I could poke holes in some of the things they came up with, but that’s true with any corp.

I’m able to mine with the rest of my chars now, and I’m ramping up production of capital ships; mainly destined to go into the market so I don’t have time constraints!! I started collecting to build a charon (caldari freighter) but I had a friend inform me he had a sales inquiry for a Rorqual, and could I handle it for him….
With a slight adjustment to my targets I completed that ship around 2 weeks ahead of schedule… so I restarted the charon build. And then diverted to build an orca….. and back to the charon….. lol
That’s where I am at the moment… still mining and building for this charon build. Currently I’m looking at getting it in the oven this weekend – if something else doesn’t land in my lap!!!

Whilst I was away my training changed direction – slightly- as the alliance had certain demands on ship types. Although I could mostly fly all the ships there was a problem with fitting some of the T2 guns they were asking for. I almost got Large T2 projectiles… but not quite… lol I may revert back and finish off this target soon.
But for the moment I have reverted to making sure I can fly the orca better than before. My alt has perfect mining boosts so I’m not looking at taking that job off her, but it may be beneficial to the corp to have a second booster in the future.

This is just a short blog as it’s quite late in the day here but I just want to say..
Ballistix… you were a leader amongst men. you’ll be sorely missed. I’m thankful I had the chance to fly with you, if only briefly.

Don’t fly straight

mundane tasks

Posted in Eve with tags , , , , , , , on September 6, 2011 by maniac69uk

Have you ever noticed how something you once enjoyed can quickly become boring if you end up “having” to do them.

Mining for an orca? Great idea at first (with 1 or 2 hulks)

running missions to increase your standings? Again… the standings slow down the higher you get

Running incursions to buy a plex? After 150 mill vanguards get tiresome!

Yeah, I need to buy another plex in about 5 days, but currently I’ve slipped well back on my isk making plan. I previously said I needed to make 60 mill a day to buy 2 plexes, but after the weekends activity (friday I hit 250 mill) and more so lack of activity i.e. less incursions I just havent been able to get back in action. Having only 1 highsec incursion puts an added strain on the fleets which is strangely an opposite effect.

With only 1 inc in high all the pilots travel to the available area and suddenly there are more pilots than available fleets which can mess up people trying to join fleets. Then you get the opposite problem of people getting fed up of NOT getting into a fleet and going off to do other things… either on or off Eve and you don’t get enough of the right ships to balance the fleets. One of the major problems I have encountered is not having enough basilisks to balance cap (although I did run in a fleet with a bs solving that).

So how do we resolve this problem? Well ccp could make sure there is more than 1 incursion available at any one time. Maybe when the mom dies another region could spawn an inc.

The other option woud be to make the incursions bigger. More affected sectors would result in more sites and more fleet room. People would also be close by when 1 fleet broke up and another formed, instead of having to travel 20 odd jumps. Hell Eden is huge, either plan would work.

The strange thing is, when an incursion spawned in my home sector when I was in the mining phase I got annoyed. I needed to mine so we went elsewhere. It still bugged me to be pushed out of my home, but now I want moar!!!!

Training wise… I am down to under a week to a scimitar (which would help with the cap problem since I am logi 5). After that… Well, I’m not 100% decided!
My alt is still doing the leadership skills, but in about 6 days will give maximum boosts to the mining fleet from her orca! After that she will be working on wing command 5 before starting fleet command. If I get the chance to have her as fleet booster in an incursion people will be getting a nice boost since all her specialist leadership skills are at 4 currently. I don’t know if wing 5 will change any bonuses, but its worth ticking off, as I don’t have a clue what else to get her learning! She can fly all T1 Amarr ships (sub cap) and 90% of the T2 ships as well, but with her being a “support” character getting all her leadership skills to 5 seems prudant for the time being.

Don’t fly straight!!

Usefull information

Posted in Eve with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2011 by maniac69uk

You know, I’ve lost count the amount of time someone has said “how do you do that?” or “you can’t do that”…

I had a friend say he was struggling to make a window lest transparent…serriously?
He even paid me isk when I told him how to lol

Last night I was running more incursions (yay 3.5 bill target smashed) and a fleet member was asked to pass on someone elses fit… to which he replied “I cant be arsed to save it and repost”. I suggested he just opened the fit and reposted in chat when about 3 people asked “How do you do that”/”can you do that”. Geeze I should start charging for this help 😀

So Yeah… just hit my primary baseline target for isk. Whats next? Well – more saving…
I am thinking about dumping a load of isk into my alts wallet for safe keeping and saving for another logi as backup incase I loose my current isk maker. Then my plan is to save up more isk for a warfund. We have as the corp shed loads of minerals at the moment. Probably enough to make a couple of dreads… and thats ontop of the rorqual minerals which are safely in a can in my hanger!
The Rorqual minerals are in my hanger so they don’t get confused with any other projects that are on-going or planned. I’ve found in the past its easy to mix up job stock, and you end up with 1 project that suddenly has a short fall of mins.

We need to start building that orca as well – we got the bpc’s a while back, but with everything else that was going on we never actually started it! I might get my co-ceo to start this project over the next few days. I would do it, but I’m away in Gallente space atm, dealing with some Sansha scum…
I would be tempted to get myself an orca, but you can’t fit a bs on board 😦
I could do with a ship to carry 2 logis (1 basi and 1 scim) and 1 faction bs (rattlesnake or nightmare). Other than getting my alt to move them (orca or courier contract) theres no easy way of moving the 3 ships. I could effectivly fly the bs myself and use my second char to orca the logis, but I can’t always use my fleet booster account since I allow my wife to use it as a mining assist pilot. She started a new account and just about got her into a hulk, before she decided it was too expensive.
Maybe if I can do these incursions more regularly I could pay for the plexes to cover thier accounts, since they are mining (and orcaing) for the corp. As long as I can afford to buy 1 GTC a month I’m sure I can afford to spend 800 mill on plexes. Nothing else for it.. I’ll just have to make sure I make at least 60 mill a day in eve to buy 4 plexes!

Just a pity this job doesn’t pay a little better! Maybe once I’ve got my feet under the desk properly I’ll be in the postition to request a pay review and then I’ll be able to afford to buy 2 gtc’s (4 plexes) a month!

On a training front, I’m currently learning Minmatar cruiser 5 so I can fly a scim since that are more cap stable than the basi. I’m getting fed up with being in fleets where we can’t do anything because we haven’t got at least 2 basis. We ran fleets on 2 basi and 1 scim last night and quite succesfully. There were some hairy moments where we had 6 targets being attacked and the damage wasn’t really going down, but luckily the incursion battle ended so we could catch up. I may need to start taking charge or the logi’s since I have quite a lot of experiance in the field. The danger is if the logi’s are not sharing out the repairs properly you could end up with people dieing and thats not good! Logistically my repair list is logi first, faction bs next and then everyone else! The problem for logis is they can’t repair themselves so they have to rely on the other logis and with no co-ordination things can go wrong!

I decided to start my second on warfare link specialist V since I didn’t have a clue what to do with her! The skill increases (IIRC) the link effectiveness so its all good!!

Don’t fly straight!