Wednesday, May 13, 2015

That Exploration...

So, after playing with exploration for a few days I found it's not something I'll be doing too much of. Even if I find it a nice change of pace it's just not something I can find the joy in doing for a longer period of time. Two or three sites and that's it for one session - but always nice to be able to do it when everything else seems boring.

When it comes to the value in ISK I'm fully aware that it should be done in low or null sec. But as I still needed (and still do) to learn how to perfect my probing I just play with it in high sec for now.
Maybe I'll enjoy it even more when the ISK are better.
- but all in all in all you still have to like what you do to make the ISK - not just the ISK.

With exploration basics learned I can more or less cover all the basics of EVE with my main character. He was made to mine and salvage at first, then I trained to fly a little missions and some small time hauling and latest also exploration. So no matter what I feel like doing he can do it for me.
- only thing he's not doing is PvP - there's another character for that part of the game.

All in all I'd say exploration is a great feature if you like flying around New Eden on your own and making some easy ISK. My biggest problem is when I don't find anything of interest in two systems in a row... then I just want to smash my head into the table. So for me it's something to be done right after server-up where the competition is at a minimum. But again, I still need to play with it other places than high sec.

Also I've been doing a little station trading. Nothing much just a few items I've added to my quicklist so I check the market for them when I hit one of the bigger trade hubs. Made a little profit of about 70 million ISK in the last week or so. It's nothing major, but it's "free" income if you can find the right products to work with.

//Fly Safe

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Exploring Exploration - First Try

So after af few days of training the needed skills I'm now almost ready to make some ISK from exploration. Today I took a quick fitted ship out for a "probe-test" so to speak.

All I actually did was go a few jumps and create a nice little safe spot. Threw my probes and started to scan. Since this was my first ever probe scan I had to get used to the interface of the scanner and working with placing the drones on the map.
- tip: work in 2 dimensions at first as it's way easier to add the 3rd than it is to work with it from the first scan.

After a few relocations of my probes on the map I had a signature at 56% so I simply worked that one till I had it to the fullest. When I eventually got the "warp to" option of the signature I felt like a true space cowboy - a Indiana Jones of the universe!
I was about to go into "unknown space" and didn't know what to expect.

The initial joy came to a hold as I wasn't the only one who was at the site. But after all this was just a little test, so I'm ok with that - even if I'd love to have gotten some ISK from it.

Late sunday (server time) I'll have the next of the needed skills at level 4 and from there there's no major training left for now - just a few that needs to get to level 3.

I'm very excited about exploration so far as I really like the probe scanning part - so let's see how it feels to get the loot in the end.

//Fly Safe

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Exploring Exploration - the intro

One of the things I didn't really go too much into last time I played EVE was exploration. After all this should be a solid way of making ISK and getting to see New Eden - hence the name.
Since I came back with an empty skill queue, I thought I'd have a look at this aspect of the game.

At first some basic skills are needed to be able to explore anything with just a minimum of efficiency and I have lined these in my queue today. So in a few days I'll be able to fit a "solid" ship for playing with exploration. I know I could do this in high-sec with even fewer skills, but I'd like to be able to take it a bit further if I get to like it. So a few days of training isn't that bad if you ask me.
- after all trained skills are the best skills in EVE.

I've been watching some youtube clips on exploration and reading guides too. Problem with many guides on EVE is their age and/or lack of information. Not saying my little blog is any different and that's why I don't do guides myself.
However I found a guide that I use as a base of info on exploration and I'll just throw you a link right here: EVE Online Exploration Guide Billions and Billions (of ISK)

 So if you're getting to (or want to) exploration this could also be a place to start for you.
When I get my skills trained I'll be back with more views on exploration in New Eden.

//Fly Safe

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The EVE Community ROCKS!

I have mentioned this before but I'll gladly do it again and again - the EVE community plain and simply ROCKS!

Not that I ever had any doubts about this, it's just confirmed to me every single time I'm online.

While I was away from EVE I was playing a few other games - I am a gamer after all :)
I went back to World of Warcraft to try the new expansion (another fail from Blizzard) and after that I took a good time in World of Tanks as a some friends tricked me into trying that.

In WoW the community is huge beyond all imagination - but again with more than 10 million players at the launch of Warlords of Draenor what can you expect?
- the problem with the community in WoW is that every single player believe the game is build around them. Be it the raider, the hardcore or casual - they all want the game to be more about them.
What it all comes down to in the end is a very (in numbers) small percentage of players actually doing any good for the game. Mainly podcasters and bloggers. The rest is trolls and "me me me" players. Just a look in any random chat in the game will confirm this.

World of Tanks is (if possible) even worse than WoW. The fact that you're only in any given match for up to 15 minutes really seem to make people think that any other player is a noob who don't get the game mechanics, tactics or is there only to have the team go down in flames.
And having all the player stats (WN8, Efficiency, Win% and more) is really a bad thing as the "good" players can single out the weaker players and troll them down very easily.

In EVE there's so little of this compared to numbers of players. Yes, there's the players always begging for ISK that might be told to "go die in a fire" or maybe a player asking a somewhat stupid question and people having a quick laugh on their account. But in the end all players in EVE are trying to have people keep being active in the game.
Ask the right way (not scam!) and players will gladly help you out if you just lost your ship and need a little ISK. If you're a new player others will help you with links to guides or spend their own time explaining or showing you how to handle different things in New Eden.
- it's simply the best online community I've ever been a part of! And for that I thank every single pilot roaming the systems!

NOTE: I'll be working on some elements of this blog during the next few days so it might change looks a bit.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Return to EVE

Almost a lifetime has passed by since I left EVE. But now I'm back.
Last week I couldn't find the joy playing any of the games I was currently active in - that's when the voice in my head whispered: "Fight it all you want, EVE is where you'll end up".

I went to their website and got the DL going for the client and well, here I am.

I'm not 100% sure what my main goal will be in EVE this time. All I know is I'll blog about my time in New Eden. Judging from my last period in EVE I'm pretty sure PvP will be a really small part of my time in-game.

So far I've been beating the dust off a few ships by running a few missions and it seems I've come to like the missions this time around. Other than that there's always some skills lined up for the next ship. I my case the next ship will be a battleship (standard). I'm looking towards either a Megathron or Hyperion. I can't really tell why I might go with the Hyperion as I've read close to no positive statement about it but maybe that's why I want to fly it.
The Megathron on the other hand gets a lot of praise in all it's different variations. I guess the Mega is the safe bet.

Anyway, more from me and my EVE Xperience later on.

//Fly Safe