2013/10/19

A day in the life

So here we are. Almost one week has gone by since I have moved into my new home system, a really lovely C4 named Zero. Sadly no actual PvP has happened yet, and on top of that I am still eagerly waiting for a suitable highsec exit near Jita to bring in a few for ships. But despite all that I really enjoy being here. The entire concept of wormhole life really appeals to me; always having to watch your back, not knowing what new environment you will find or where the next chain will lead to when you login, being able to really sneak up on people .... I know, I am repeating myself. Sorry, won't happen again. Sigh. Yes it will. But maybe I will wait a post or two.

Anyway, let's get back to the main story.

As I cannot write about a pvp encounter per se, I instead decided to provide you with a small insight on how a typical Eve session can look like when you are actually living inside a wormhole system. This might become a rather long post - you have been warned. I have included pretty pictures though, so at least  there is that.

I logged on yesterday afternoon after leaving work rather early. Nobody else was online, and the chain had not changed either when compared to the night before.


Only one wormhole signature on scan: our C4 static currently linked to J162251, dubbed Alfa. Not wanting to collapse our static before checking the chain for any activity, I boarded my cloaky-nullified scout Proteus, directed Aura to power up all systems and slipped into warp. The X877 was at the end of its life, only four hours or less remaining.


Jumping into Alfa I first checked the corp bookmarks to make sure both the way back and the connection further down the chain were actually marked as they should. A brief blanket scan with my combat probes outside of d-scan range from anywhere on the ecliptic plane of the system showed no activity whatsoever, and after waiting for one or two minutes and repeating the procedure I recalled my drones and moved on to the next system, J143140, a C4 again, this time named Bravo.

Same process again. The blanket scan showed two shuttles, and after warping to a safe spot on grid with a POS one of my corp mates had discovered earlier, I was able to observe two pilots of Free Ice Cream People leaving and reentering their POS shields multiple times. Their killboard showed no kills and a few losses, namely multiple pods and industrials as well as a couple of battlecruisers. No real threat and potentially a great opportunity to get some nice small gang action going.




However, observing them for approx. 20 minutes showed no further activity, and since numerous obligations in real file waited for me and our static would not last that much longer, I returned home.

A few hours later I returned, this time prepared with a nice bottle of chilled Chardonnay and no limits on my gaming time except the at some point unavoidable necessity to get some sleep.

A few people were already online and our static had just terminated according to what I heard in corp chat, but so far nobody else had found the time to scan down the new one. Jumping into my Proteus again I quickly started to map the new signature.



This time, our static lead to J154631, again called Alfa. No player activity, not even an abandoned POS. A lot of combat sites though, and two wormhole signatures; one of them the K162 back home to Zero and Alfa's own static connection to another C4, named - you guessed correctly - Bravo.

Other than Alfa, it showed a few active POSes, but no ships and no other signs of actual activity. Again only two wormholes, the way back and a static C6 connection.

Since both systems only had a K162 opened by me and their respective statics in them, we concluded that due to the lack of any other player activity there was a good chance that the C6 connection wasn't actually open at this point.


We let it stay that way to reduce the chance of unwelcomed guests, met up in Zero and reshipped into PvE ships. 15 combat sites waited for us, and I was actually excited about engaging sleepers. Yeah, that won't last all that long, but hey, when in Rome ...

So were started killing sleepers while having scouts placed on either side on all entries to Alfa. Sleeper after sleeper was destroyed and subsequently looted and salvaged while we entertained ourselfes with pony memes and kitten pictures. What else could grown men do when doing PvE?


After we had cleared all sites, we returned back home. A new signature had appeared in Zero just then, and after securing our loot we reshipped again into combat ships. A Dominix and an Armageddon appeared briefly on scan, then disappeared again. Was somebody trying to close a hole leading into Zero?

The signature was resolved quickly, and our fleet of battlecruisers and T3s warped to the hole, ready to pounce.


It was already in its last phase mass-wise, and shortly after we landed we saw a Myrmidon jump through and back. No way for all of us to get through to the other side, we waited a few minutes, hoping they would make a mistake in mass calculation and become trapped here. They didn't, and after 15 minutes we decided to call it a day. We rerolled our own static to provide a new chain for any early birds and - more or less collectivly - logged.

There is an entire weekend ahead of us. There will be people to shoot at. I just know it.

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2 comments:

  1. It's good to hear that you are enjoying the w-space lifestyle.

    Almost one week has gone by since I have moved into my new home system, [...] Sadly no actual PvP has happened yet

    This point really needs to be emphasised more often. Dry spells happen all the time in w-space, and you generally just have to weather them out.

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    1. So true. In my opinion, the most crucial piece of information that has to be given to new players that are interested in w-space is that you are in fact entirely dependent on your environment.

      If your chain does not lead anywhere where other players are active - no pvp. If your home system is suddenly attacked by another w-space corp or by a roaming gang of lowsec pirates - no pve. If your supplies are running thin, you have to do logistic runs to replenish them.

      All of that is part of what fascinates me and what makes my time in w-space so different from anything else I ave so far experienced in the game. However, at the same time I am certain I wouldn't have lasted a week in this sort of environment when I first started playing Eve.

      Cheers, see you out there.

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