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Over the top!

Posted in Eve with tags , , , , on December 28, 2012 by maniac69uk

Well, after a LOT of umming and arring I’ve done what I said I wouldn’t do…. I’ve joined “the enemy”!!

When I was with the Northern Coalition we had lots of battles with the soviet bloc alliances, and it was they who reportedly hired PL. So that put the Red alliances in a bad light to me… even when MM decided not to fight (or even TRY to) for our home sectors in Vale. One of my friends in-game joined one of the Solar corps and I was very “unchristian” in some of my comments…. but the more I heard, and the more I thought about the fact MM abandoned us… I decided “sod it”. So far they have been a lot more friendly than the NC ever were…

Now… I’m a carebear at heart, as you all probably know… and being able to mine in nullsec with very little interference is very nice! You still have to watch local for neuts and reds, but more often than not its the rats you are watching out for!!! So the rest of my fleet will be joining “Treasures Collectors”, and we will be stripping the belts out here!!! There is PVP opportunities out here if you so wish, and I have some tasty ships here to play with as well, when I feel like a little “wet work”!

Training wise… well

I have diverted back to getting all the ore skills to at least level 4 so I can use the T2 xtals. Its surprising how much faster a hulk can mine with T2 strips and T2 xtals. I never bothered with the T2 setup in highsec as the roids were so much smaller… 2 cycles and the roid would pop! I got fed up with constantly swapping xtals.

My main alt is improving her scanning skills…. someone has to find the hidden grav belts, so it would be handy to have someone else to cover the job!

Alt 2 has dropped onto the xtal skills, although she is right at the start so it’ll be T1 for a long time. I’m even considering bringing my last alt in to help mine faster!!!

My wifes char is remaining in highsec, as a pos caretaker. She can also haul stuff to this corps pick up station ready to be shipped to me… since we occasionally have a wardec…!

No,seriously… WTF is the point of wardeccing a nullsec alliance…?? If you want to fight come and fight us… don’t sit in highsec and wait for the occasional ship to fly through…

What did we all think about the presents from CCP??? Anything….? A little Meh on the main… Mind you… what did I expect… really…..

Don’t fly straight!

Once more into the breach (again?)

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

It must be that time of year again… doesn’t it come round quick?

Yes… the “I’m bored… what can I do now?” time. A few of us carebears (including 1 that doesn’t think he is) have been mulling over nullsec alliance invites.. Once trader has joined the “gay russians” as we like to call them on every opportunity (usually after he has lost a ship due to lack of support). Anywho.. I’m weighing up all my options as I don’t want anything too small or too large… I’ve tried both…

In the meantime I’m prepping for the transition… I’m building a carrier for my alt (again since I sold the last one) amd planning on what to do with the pos. I’ll leave ship aquisition until I decide where I am going (and been acepted..) since most alliances have thier own ship requirements. I’m still mining atm.. I figure I’ll need a healthy bank balance for the move since pvp is a massive drain on the wallet! I’ll also park 2 chars whilst I’m away. If it looks like I can do some mining there I may bring them in; time will tell.

Training wise…

I’m currently topping up all my shield comp skills to level 5. My main alt is currently doing her armor comp skills to level 5. Although I normally fly armor ships it can’t hurt to improve my resistances on shields. The longer it takes to get through my shields the better!

Don’t fly straight!

P.S. If anyone is after a rorqual… I have one up for sale…

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 end of the belt….

Posted in Eve with tags , , , , , , on August 16, 2012 by maniac69uk

Well, since my last post I left my usual region and took a trip to Gallente space with some miner friends I made back in my home sector. Being under the threat of getting ganked forced the miners to pull togeather and share the names of any possible threats. New chars in local were investigated and any mining ship kills were reported to the group so people could make an informed decision over docking or not. So I took a field trip up to mine with them for 2 weeks, except for the fact they only actually turned up for 1 mining fleet… so I went home again. They are preping to fly out to null to join some scum sucking alliance who shall remain nameless. There was a suggestion I would like to join them until I found out who they were… I couldn’t betray my morals and lower myself to joining them…. I’m not sure they would want me anyway with my pvp history… 😆

I always intended on posting once things had settled down with the summer update.

All in all I believe the only people that will be hapy with the update are the noob miners, since the retreivers have been buffed to being just under the capabilities of a hulk. Hulks have been NERFED. Serioulsy ccp… WTF? Yes… great idea to put ore holds on hulks but to limit them regardless of what fittings is a pain in the ass. AND… they dont mine a lot faster than they did before, I can fill my orca about 8 minutes quicker with 3 hulks… which makes an increase in mining time of around 10 seconds a cycle per strip… Hell… keep your increase in speed and give me back my cargo bay that can actually mean I’m not flitting from screen to screen every 20 seconds… In the time it took me to write that passage 2 of my hulks had filled up and stopped mining…

One of my buddies informs me his retreiver can mine ice as fast as a mackinaw. I’ve not tried out the new ice rigs as I’ve only just bought the bpo but I’m hoping they distinguish the mackinaw from a ret otherwise something is seriously messed up.

Rant over!

I’ve stumbled about from project to project recently.. But one of my close friends has suggested I sold the minerals I mine instead of selling ships, and for a time I did. I also decided to collect enough minerals to build a rorqual. Not to actually build another, but since the rorqual has the biggest ore requirement of any ship (below supercap) I figured it was the best target. Any minerals left over after I hit my target have been sold; and yes… I’ve shifted a bit of isogen since I had virtually done that one before I started….

As I type this I am just finalizing the last of my targetted mining… just in time for the minerals market to collapse….Oh well…at least I am in a position to be able to complete any capital ship order that comes my way, although I am intending on not touching those minerals if I can help it.

My primary alt has finished ALL the leadership skills now, so I am training her up to fly a carrier… so I could have 2 chars in carriers in lowsec (or nullsec should that idea ever seem like a wise move…)

My main char drifts from one skill project to another,,,, theres so many directions I want him to go… cuurently its being able to fly the Charon, since I keep building them but none of my chars can fly one…. after that I think I’ll work on some of the tanking certificates since Elite tanking is the next step 😀

Don’t fly straight!

Back down the mines!

Posted in Eve with tags , , , , , on June 30, 2012 by maniac69uk

Well, since I last posted I’ve had an unsettled eve attendance, in that RL stepped up and forced me to restrict my eve attendance. I’m used to getting on my own pc at some point everyday, even if its only to clear a belt but sat on my laptop on the sofa just doesnt feel as comfotable for the long periods that mining entails! So I have been struggling to finish off a charon build for a buddy, in the middle of which I managed to slot in an Orca build for someone else. Well the orca is on a contract awaiting the client to have the funds hit his account and the charon is in the oven for another 8 days (if I remember correctly). Next week I should be resuming my usual schedules now that my RL duties are (hopefully) returning to normal!

I’m told Hulkageddon has all but died out. As I predicted just after the goons announced a perma-geddon people will get bored of anything eventually.  Anyone that has lived in nullsec knows CTA’s are ok when they only come along every so often, but when a CTA is called when you log in, another when that finishes and then another… well everyone gets peeved at it eventually. We all know they are necessary but I think we all complain a little when they land… even if its only to ourselves., especially if we had other things in mind. PVP is fine in roaming fleets… there’s nothing worse than blindly following some idiot FC (Junior anyone?) into lowsec where you get lagged out and lose your ship. Yes, time dilation is in action now but I’ve still had lag this year when TD was in force. Jeeze CCP… make your mind up please…. TD or Lag… not both lol

I managed to drop a clanger last week in my distracted state. I requested some Blue Pring Copy packs for 1 charon and 2 orcas from a buddy. What felt like days later (next day actually) I decided to buy a charon and orca bpc pack as I hadn’t heard from him. I get back to my construction base to get a communication from him…. “packs are on contract”….. oh shhhhhite! I bought them anyway so now have my next 3 orders planned!!! removes some of the difficulty of deciding what to build I suppose!!

Training…

My main is currently learning BC 5 so I can either go onto command ships (it would unlock them all) or at least improve my bc damage outputs. I’m considering trying to get this char able to fly ANY sub-cap ship. Its going to be sods law I just about reach that goal and ccp will throw a spanner in the works!!

My alt is currently finishing the leadership skills. She has 40 days left and then I can do her remap and take some points away from charisma.

My latest alt has fully covered the hulk, so now the long slog to complete the core skills. I like all my pilots to have at least basic core skills, although elite is 98 days (with a remap). Once mining drones 5 completes I’m going to have to sit down and sort this out!!

 

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!