Dienstag, 27. August 2013

Earning ISK in Wormholes - Starting out

Hello everyone! This time we have a look at, how the dark side of wormhole space works – earning a living while we are in one of the most dangerous parts of Space.

I will start and explain very basic ways to get those all elusive ISKs into our wallet. There are some skill requirements attached to most of these, but even at a very basic level you can start. I managed to get a friend going and earning about double what he would make in highsec after 1 day of training.
The training wasn’t even specialized!

What you will need, a sense of adventure, risk taking, some basic ships you can replace. Also a good dose of paranoia helps keeping you safe!

First of we go with the most basic way of earning ISK. Can you guess it? Yeah, it is in fact mining. Don’t do it to long, or you go space mad. I nearly quit when I started out, because of it, but it is easy, available and earns you starting money to try other stuff.

Here is a good ship to start with, the venture, you already get two of these when you do the tutorials at the start, so why not make something out of them.
[Venture, mining]
Mining Laser Upgrade I

Conjunctive Magnetometric ECCM Scanning Array I
Residual Survey Scanner I
Experimental 1MN Afterburner I

Cu Vapor Particle Bore Stream I
Cu Vapor Particle Bore Stream I
Core Probe Launcher I, Core Scanner Probe I

Small Low Friction Nozzle Joints I
Small Low Friction Nozzle Joints I
[empty rig slot]

Hobgoblin I x2
Don't worry to much if you can not fit everything on it, basic things you want are agility and yield first and foremost. Obviously everything helps in its own way. As your skills progress, T2 miners will increase your yield a bit, but even after 1 day and with this fit, you make about 1 mil per 20 minutes. That can easily be doubled with better skills.

So – how do we do the mining part then? First we need to find a suitable place to mine. Get in your scanning ship and find a wormhole, preferably a c1 or c2, but it doesn’t really matter, ore sites stay the same throughout all classes.

There are no asteroid belts in wormhole space, the asteroids are found in anomalies. Since the Odyssey Expansion those have been moved directly into the Discovery scanner and show up on the list if you enable them. Make sure to check that little box in the probe scanner and to run the Discovery scanner option next to the capacitor.

Have a closer look here:

Kara-tip, you can have the pics I have on my blog bigger if you click them!

I have highlighted what information we need, enabling the scanner and finding an ore site. Now we can look the site up in eve survival. This will help us see what we can expect there.

Open up the “Common Perimeter Deposit" and have a look. Initial group spawns 5 frigates. OK, now that we know that, we are sure there are no sentry guns, we can mine safely in this site for 10-15 minutes. Guns can spawn as soon as you land, and they pack a punch, don’t warp to those sites!

It might have been activated before or it might be a trap, so you better dscan it before and see if you find anything odd. If you see something like warp disruption bubbles or the likes, it might be possible the ore site is setup as a trap from the wormhole inhabitants.

I advise learning by doing. Dive in and explore, failure will surely happen, but you will learn from it for next time. So we found the wormhole, bookmarked both sides, now we warp with the scanner to the anomaly. Bookmark yourself the ABC ores, Arkonor, Bistot, Crokite, those are the valuable ones in wormhole space.

Isn't wormhole space beautiful!

Bookmarking them will save precious time, you would waste if you would always warp in at 0 to the anomaly and slow-boat over to the asteroid, they are usually a bit away from the arrival point.
Once this is done get your venture and mine away, as soon as the rats spawn its time to move to another site. Since they spawn after 10-15 minutes after activation, the best way is to not warp to all sites first, but to keep the other sides fresh. Don’t worry to much if you warp somewhere and sleepers are already there, if you just warp out you will be fast enough to evade them.

So scanning with the venture might also be possible, c1s have a big signature and can be easily probed down, even without bonus-ed ships.

So this is the most basic way to make some ISK and mine away, next part will have gas mining and more! Check in soon, I will try to do the next one faster. This time around took me a while to make all the fittings I had in mind, now that these are done, it should work a bit faster.

Scanning tip of this episode, double-clicking an anomaly or a probe in the probe scanner focuses the camera on the map view onto it.

Last words of warning, make sure your clone is updated, med-clone is in the right place and never fly anything you can not afford to loose!

Montag, 12. August 2013

This is the Story about the most persistent miner of the world.

Well there I was back again in EVE and derping around when someone mentioned a Venture in our first wormhole out. Naturally as I am a big Venture hunter I had to get that. They aren't easy to catch, so I slapped on one more scram on my trusty Helios and oiled the Warrirouu drone all up to be extra sleek!

So then I thought, for sure he is in the Ladar! But damn! We didn't have a bookmark. No matter Super Scanner Kara has combat probes. So I launched them holding my breath, since the system was a mere 7au. So he could see them, but I moved them off dscan range fast.
He was still there!

So I dscanned him roughly down (well 8 AU distance is good dscanning no? :P) And dropped my probes in the general area. First scan 30%, oh my! Second scan had a hit! Yes sir we can bogey!
He was still there.

Warp Kara, warp! Move probes off! Run Forrest run!
He was still there!

So I noticed he is in a grav site! Face-palm! (This means no scanning necessary) Oh well. I slowly drift closer to him and give him a massive bump before double scramming him and setting my mighty Warrior II drone on him!
Die! Scum-miner Die!
Point the Pod, oh yes sir I do, kill the pod ! And get tasty delicious podsicle!

So yeah he is dead and gone, I scoop the great loots and am so rich now! A goddamn T2 survey scanner! Yes!

So I go back home and think about what skill I might need while we have a Highsec exit, I go and shop a bit and come back. Then Bruce says, hey, there's a venture in A. Could it be!
He has returned!

So I warp in, make fleet, get closer to our tenacious carebear and BUMP!SCRAM!DIE! Oh and Bruce joins the fun. So then I get an eve mail.
is kicking the noob really that much fun?
His question is something to ponder, but i have a black heart today, so I assure him it is.

So I send some more advise and stuff, maybe he should go hunting himself or join e-uni to learn. And give him 5mil so he doesn't rage-quit.
well thx for the money again, but I think I just dont get the mentalty, pissing other players of because u can.....just dont get it.....especially if there is no real gain....nah, at least u paid me after u f*cked me.....is there a profession like pvp prostitute....seems profitable....
I am not sure what that means, but I send him another mail that I am happy to shoot him whenever.

So I think thats that, but wait. Bruce tells me there is a venture in A.
Do I have Déjà vu? What is going on - It can't be!
I had a closer look.

But no, he is back. So yeah, I have the bookmark and I warp there and sure enough, BUMP!SCRAM!DIE!
And more eve-mail:
maybe u will her from me in a month or two....
anyway thx/die a slow painfull death....havent decided yet.....till next time hf fun
I am pretty sure that is the right way to celebrate my Junior promotion in TRECI, full member! :) That and eating chilli so I can hover now... :lol:

I hope my miner had fun and good fortunes in the meantime!

Bonus round! How do I fit my Helios for this stuff:

[Helios, Helios fit]
Overdrive Injector System II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II

Limited 1MN Microwarpdrive I
Faint Epsilon Warp Scrambler I
Scan Pinpointing Array I
Faint Epsilon Warp Scrambler I
Fleeting Propulsion Inhibitor I

Covert Ops Cloaking Device II
Sisters Expanded Probe Launcher, Sisters Combat Scanner Probe

Small Gravity Capacitor Upgrade I
Small Gravity Capacitor Upgrade I

Warrior II x1

Very basic fit for pointing ships successfully. Nanofibers and Overdrive to get into warp fast and get high speed approaching targets cloaked. MWD for GTFO purposes, Pinpointing array doesn’t get stacking penalty, so it helps me more then better scan accuracy. Two scrams for extra you stay here. Web is there for slowing people down or help with getting big ships in warp faster.

This fit is a bit split into, I know its not perfect for either purpose, its not perfect tackle nor perfect scanner, but it enables me to do both fast without reshipping.

Next up in a few days, the guide to making ISK in wormholes.

Samstag, 10. August 2013

Why do we play EVE?

Searching for a Signal in the Darkness.

Sometimes EVE feels like a vast, cold universe with lots of opportunities, sometimes it closes in on me. I am in a tin can rattling around with the other beans, no way out. The light shining in, comes from the dark outside. EVE is a harsh mistress.

So this time I want to talk a little bit about why we play EVE. If you want you can also tell me why you play EVE or why you don’t play it. This is really about both things.

I always go through phases in my playtime. I can be very active playing hours and hours and days on end, and then stop altogether for weeks. Its troublesome for some play-styles (it is why I never would make a good industrialist or Trader) and I just about manage in wormhole space, mainly with the great support I get in my corp TRECI. While w-space needs patience and planning it also enables my sporadic random play. I can do stuff for an hour, or longer times.

It is never something like a big event that makes me stop, more a tiring feeling really. EVE's many options sometimes seem too much, or the fact that some things seem so unattainable.

Its my love and hate relationship with the skill queue. You always train and train, it takes so long and sometimes I never get there. I have recently trained Logistics V, other people then seem happy when they get to something like that, I only feel empty. Its there, I can fly a Guardian now, one of those ships I always wanted, it looks cool and I enjoy the support role it fills.

But the goal is gone, I don’t need to get there anymore, it is achieved, so something has gone missing. Maybe I need more goals, I don’t know.

What are the things I enjoy most, these might give me goals? What do I do? Hunting, flying with my cloaked ship into the unknown, exploring the new connections and star systems I encounter. Finding new weird things in there, meet other capsuleers. And blow them up. The hunt is what keeps me going many times, away past being tired and sometimes longer. It drives me like no other thing. I wonder why. It is hard and often useless, so often nothing happens.

Before i joined TRECI I had my cool-down day out of corp. So I went and visited Aldrat, the E-Unis home system, flew around and said hello. I fitted an cheap Incursus in an effort to blow up old frigates and went into lowsec faction warfare systems. Hopping that there surely must be people who would fight. Alas it was a sobering experience, no one wanted to fight and the few people I saw, were farming the systems and running, as soon as I entered system. I eventually managed to get blown up after I went back and forth a bit with one guy. But it was short and unsatisfying. I don't mind loosing a ship, but hunting empty space for several hours was not fun.

I also must confess I am too risk averse. I hesitate and miss things because of that. One day last week I found some target in the chain. I went for it and we got a fight, I lost my first ship hero- tackling and went back got another one, got caught, more sharks had come out of the dark and I lost ship and pod. All in all 330millions worth. But I couldn't have been happier. I fought learned, hunted and enjoyed the whole journey.

Obstacles to overcome are better then spinning in safety round and round and round some more. The lost pod also makes me happy as weird as it might sound. I don't have to dread loosing it anymore, I had packed to many implants in there. It was part of the problem and its gone now.

Sometimes there is truth in the sarcastic sentence we jokingly tease each other with sometimes. “Didn't want that ship anyway.” For me it shines true.

We humans are animals that dread loss and pile up stuff to avoid it. EVE hits a nerve there. I always thought EVE is more about loss then achievement. In a weird way, you never get anywhere and you like it for that. Stages of madness...

Some people quit eventually, like the great Azual Skoll:

He got eaten by EVE, the time to stay where he wanted to be, took him down, it is a wise decision to leave if you don’t enjoy it anymore. I hope he does it like I do, leave a bit, get the hunger and come back a bit. Sometimes you need to take the bitter EVE pill in small doses.

But lets not be so dramatic and depressing. When I drag myself to EVE I always get something out of it, the stories continue and the Journey goes on.

Next week will have the post I plan on ISK making in wormholes. There are fascinating ways to do stuff. I bitter-noob to much in this one I fear. Thanks for reading and feel free to write me what you do in times like these.

Dienstag, 6. August 2013

Wormhole Exploration for Beginners

This will be a post aimed at new players, who want to have a go into wormhole space. I try to included some basic tips and fittings that even a player who is on day one of his Odyssey will be able to use and enjoy.

Disclaimer, you might die and get podded. Don't fly what you cant afford to loose, update the med clone.

First of, a bit how my start in exploration went. When I started to play EVE on my trial way back when in early 2012 (you can get a free 21 day trial with the link on the top-right) I soon realized, I wanted to explore, but I didn’t quite know how and what. Wormhole space sounded very interesting and also scary. I had done the tutorials, and after some problems learned how to scan a signature in about 20 minutes. My first one took way over 2 hours, so don’t despair if it seems all a bit hard at first. It will get easier with some practice. I found an wormhole in one system close to my home but I was to afraid to go in it. When I later found the courage to give it a go it was gone.

My fear at that time was more of the unknown, then about loosing a ship in there. I then read up on w-space a bit and found a good scanning tutorial. Since they changed scanning it should be even easier to get into it. My path strayed a bit after that, I mined for new ships, nearly quit because of the boredom then went and applied to eve university, had a blast there and later joined a wh corp.

For this I assume you know and did the basic scanning tutorial. Here is a short refresher: http://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Scanning

Equipment & Skills:
You could use any ship really for the first steps, even a noob frigate. It only needs to have a core probe launcher to find signatures. But the exploration frigates have a bonus and this will make scanning a whole lot easier. They are: Magnate, Heron, Imicus and Probe.
Depending on which race you started out with, you will already have one of these from the tutorials. A basic fit for the Magnate:

[Magnate, Basic Scanner]
Local Hull Conversion Nanofiber Structure I
Local Hull Conversion Nanofiber Structure I
Local Hull Conversion Nanofiber Structure I
Local Hull Conversion Nanofiber Structure I

Limited 1MN Microwarpdrive I
Scan Rangefinding Array I
Scan Rangefinding Array I

Core Probe Launcher I, Core Scanner Probe I
[empty high slot]
[empty high slot]

Small Gravity Capacitor Upgrade I
Small Gravity Capacitor Upgrade I
[empty rig slot]

This fit will only require these skills: 

Amarr Frigate I (16 minutes, 40 seconds)
Hull Upgrades I (16 minutes, 40 seconds)
Afterburner I (8 minutes, 20 seconds)
Afterburner II (38 minutes, 50 seconds)
Afterburner III (3 hours, 39 minutes, 30 seconds)
High Speed Maneuvering I (41 minutes, 40 seconds)
Astrometrics I (25 minutes)
Mechanics III (3 hours, 39 minutes, 30 seconds)
Jury Rigging I (16 minutes, 40 seconds)
Astrometric Rangefinding I (1 hour, 6 minutes, 40 seconds)
Astrometric Rangefinding II (5 hours, 10 minutes, 28 seconds)
Total time: 16 hours, 19 minutes, 58 seconds

You should already have the Frigate, Afterburner and Astrometrics skill if you did the basic tutorials. Mechanics and Jury Rigging is needed to fit the rigs, which will give you a massive bonus to scanning. You can go without but finding signatures will be much harder. Last optional bit is the Scan Rangefinding Array I, it takes 6h to train, but it can help scanning. Have a look at the scanning tutorial I linked earlier for more skills and modules.

So if you go without rigs and the array you can fly the ship in 6h, with an afterburner even less. Be sure to buy extra core scanner probes, sometimes you can loose them and they are cheap. I usually carry 2-3 set extra. So if you really want to go after things fastest way possible, use the scanning frig, an afterburner and a probe launcher, it will work! Other races frigates might have a different slot layout but will work the same to fit.

The ship and modules should run you at about 1,25mil ISK. If the modules you find in the new player system are very expensive, check the market close by, nothing on this ship should be more expensive then 150000 ISK.

Basic Wormhole Mechanics:
So you have the ship and you know how to scan, but what is wormhole space like? It is quite different from the High Security Space you have been in so far. Before you undock, make sure you have everything fitted and working on the ship, you could also buy insurance if you feel like it. Make sure your clone is up to date and covers your skill points.
These are the four basic things you need to know about w-space.

First it has no concord, it is 0.0 security space. That means that everyone can shoot you and they won't get concorded or loose security status, like in High-sec. That means also that everyone will shoot you! Assume no one friendly. It also means Bubbles. Warp Disruption Bubbles are anchored/ launched/activated Spheres that prevent you from warping while you are inside them. If you get caught in one of these and enemies are close they will catch you easy.

Second, there is no local chat list with players in system. So you never know who is around and watching you. Local chat only gets active if you speak in it, you will reveal yourself to everyone but you still wont see anyone there, so don’t do it if you want to be hidden.
Thirdly, wormholes work different then gates to travel through them. There are some important rules you need to remember, the first is to bookmark the wormhole on each side. So bookmark the one you found on the outside. Then you need to click it on the overview and open up info on it.It will tell you about its status. 
Wormholes have a limit on time and mass. If time is up, it will close, also if big ships with mass jumped through them, they will collapse and close. Avoid these wormhole keywords if you seem them in the description: “Critical" or "reaching the end of its natural lifetime". Critical means there is very little mass left on the wormhole and even a frigate might collapse it. A cruiser most certainly will. 

Reaching the end of its natural lifetime means, that there are 4 hours or less (the less part is important) of life on the connection. It might collapse any minute. They also look different in space, they wobble faster and look shaky.
If you see a wormhole with these it is a risk to enter and you might need to find another way out.
So the next thing you can see from the description, it will give you a number, like k162 or c125.
These descriptions tell you about the destination a wormhole leads to. A k162 is the most common, because it is the exit of another wormhole. So its always k162 on one side, it also means someone opened that wormhole from the other side. 

Here is a website that lets you identify the wormhole class and static:

You can type in the static there, for example c125 and it will tell you the wormhole connections time and mass and system where it leads to, go and try it out for c125.
Back? So you now know that a c125 is a class 2 wormhole connection with 16h time and 1 million mass. Wormholes have different classes. A higher class means more mass and time and usually harder sleepers. Sleepers? Yes, sleepers. The npc rats of wormhole space are very dangerous and in every anomaly. Even mining grav sites can have them. They will kill your frigate easy. They wont pod you and they wont be on wormholes, so that’s something.

Have you noticed the description also gives away a bit more? If you see a k162 you don’t know where it leads to from wormnav, but the description will say something like unknown parts of space. This means it leads to a class 1,2 or 3 wormhole. Dangerous unknown is 4 and 5. deadly unknown is a class 6 wormhole. And sometimes wormholes just lead to lowsec or another highsec system or even a nullsec system.

Here is a more in-depth article about wormholes: http://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Wormholes

The forth item you need to remember is the wormhole timer. A wormhole will only let you jump through twice, then you have to wait 5 minutes until you can jump again through the same wormhole. This can be used to catch you for example. If you are in w-space and enter a wormhole, see enemies, jump back then you are polarized, meaning you can not jump back into this wormhole for the 5 minutes, so you are stuck on the other side if you get warp disrupted. The 5 minute timer is called polarity.

There is no aggression timer on wormholes, so you can be shot on one side, jump and they can shoot you on the other side right then and there. On gates they have to wait 1 minute until they can do that.

Many times the timer is said to be 4 minutes for jumping wormholes. But that is false. It is actually 5 minutes. You already take a few seconds of that timer when you jump and load grid, waiting out the session change timer etc. So it looks like less then 5 minutes.

What can we do in w-space:
The basic things you can do in w-space, if you are brand new is explore, you can scan sites and other wormholes, look for inhabitants and enjoy the scenery, wormhole space is quite beautiful:

You can also do risky stuff, like I did in my other story, steal wrecks for example. All you need is some will and blatant disregard for your ship ;)

Remember a frigate is quite hard to catch, you are by far faster then anything into warp and speed. So you can outrun enemies, if they are in bigger ships. It is however also fragile so dont hesitate to warp off or run away. Its like a rabbit, hard to catch easy to kill.
There is one important tool I need to tell you about before you jump into the wormhole (finally! Ugh, wont Kara stop blabbering on!)

Dscan as we call it. The directional scanner is your way to success and keeps you safe. And your enemies worried! :) Every ship has a dscan and it works like a sonar in space, pinging a whole sphere around your ship for other ships or stuff. It works together with the overview. Open it up with Alt-d. It is right next to the probe scanner window.
It will look something like this:

You can scan like I did there in all directions, or you can narrow it like a cone (ice-cream, I should eat ice-cream) to scan almost anything down. It wont show you cloaky ships, but everything else will be there, with the limit of 14,4au. Together with the map of the solar system it is a powerful tool. Here is a good guide how to use it, play a bit with it in highsec and see if you can find miners at belts, watch a station undock etc: http://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Directional_Scanner_Guide

So you jumped into the wormhole and bookmarked it. I hope you did? Do it, make it a habit.
Don’t move! If you don’t move or activate a module you get 1 minute invulnerability to check what is going on. So for a bit you are perfectly safe.

Hit dscan, if there are no ships you are good to go for now. Jump range for wormholes is 5km. So if you are under 5km you can enter it, gates are 2,5km and stations 500m.
If you are unlucky and there is someone right there with you, just jump back to highsec, you can wait on the wormhole and see if she/he follows. They cant do anything to you in HS. Just don’t jump right back in, or you get polarity and might get killed.

So if no one seems to be there and dscan shows no ships you are pretty save. Well relatively, there might be cloakys watching you :) but that is half the fun.

We will now make a midway safe-spot. Pick a planet far away and warp to it at 100km. While in warp open the bookmark system (maybe you have it still open from saving the wormhole?) with alt-e and places → add location. It will pop up a window, just hit submit. Congrats, you just made yourself a save-spot no one can warp to but you for now.

If it didn’t quite work the first time, try it again warping to other planets. Avoid Moons and signatures, I will tell you later why.

So if you got the safe-spot, warp to it. Keep watching dscan. If you see combat scanner probes, warp off to another safe-spot further away. Or you can keep moving in your frigate with the mwd. It will be very hard at 3km/s to warp right on top of you and catch you in time.

So now that we are reasonable safe we can scan signatures in the wormhole, maybe there are more wormholes to explore, higher class wormholes or nullsec systems to find. Or maybe you find a ladar site to gas mine later with a venture and the whole system is so quiet you can risk it. This can be quite profitable. I know the gas mine skill book costs an arm and a leg when you start, but it will yield much more isk then any mining you can do. Also some gas sites are in HS, so go look for those also. Since wormhole anomalies are so different to HS ones you can check here what you will encounter: http://eve-survival.org/wikka.php?wakka=WormholeSpace

So you see even a normal grav site will have bad sleepers that kill you... But a secret, ladar sites will spawn the rats after 15 minutes. So you can suck gas for a bit and when they appear just warp away. Beware of those with sentrys, they will spawn right away.
Most times you have time enough to warp out with a frigate if you land and warp off right away. I wouldn’t bet on it tho.

Warping to a site at range (100km) is also ok, but sleepers have also quite the range, so be careful. They will go after you. And even the frigates pack a punch. You can kill easy wormhole sites in a very well tanked cruiser or better a battlecruiser. Frigates and Destroyers will die.

So we have established Sleepers bad! Why are moons bad then? Moons can have a POS, a Player Owned Starbase. This is where wormhole dwellers like me live, because there are no stations in wormhole space. So we bring our own stations, complete with ship hangars, module bays, guns, warp disruptors, shield and even pleasure deck. I also have a corpse collection there...

They look like this, maybe you have seen one in HS at a moon:

Here I am watching a POS from some wormhole corp. You can see it has guns around it and someone is inside. The POS can shoot you and lock you with warp disruptors in w-space.
They can also do that in NS or LS, so be careful not to warp to one with your fragile frigate. In HS you will be fine tho, you can have a look around and explore them.

Later on with a cloaked ship you are able to watch a POS in any space safely, and see what people do there.

Fly a bit around in the wormhole, explore and go sightseeing, there are some nice planets in w-space and you can even dare to try to warp at range to sites and bugger off after a very quick look. Might also work at POSes, but you have been warned, more then land, and right away warp off is not a good idea. Better to watch them from afar with dscan. :)

So this concludes a first introduction to exploration in wormholes, next time I will tell you a bit how to make isk in w-space. This will also be for a bit more advanced players, but I will included a training program to get you there.

In the meantime, don’t be afraid, like I was, poke around and try mad stuff, you will learn a lot and many skill that is applicable in every day eve life. If you know how to scan and dscan, you can be a valuable scout for pretty much any fleet for example. Many skills in EVE are not character based, learning the mechanics and workings will keep you safe and help you have fun.

For questions and comments either pm me in game, or write me here on my blog.
Have fun!