EVE: Miner spinning!

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Hi Ho Hi Ho its off to work we go,
With a venture and 2 mining lasers
Hi Ho!
Orbit close and mine away
Hi Ho!
Hi Ho…

My daily mining grind… when mindless activity is required…mine!

And I have been doing more mining, my sons 5 and 3 leave me alone, it’s too abstract, after they get past the cool your in outer space… they wander off!(Whereas when I play LOTRO they are all over me and make it impossible to play!) And my wife finds that I am not too absorbed into the game as other dare I say more active games require… But that activity is here in EVE, I am just avoiding it, as I really need to be able to dedicate a serious amount of time to prep and head off and I still need to get a new mouse…pay day falls outside of my free trial time out, yes really life is tough in Argentina at the moment, I cannot afford a new mouse!

So I will probably start another alt and run the intro missions and hopefully complete the first epic arc: Blood Stained Stars this time! I will ignore that useless opportunity system this time…

And eventually when the credit card does arrive from my Argie bank (Expat in Argentina, no credit history, its been 5 years, I finally found a bank here willing to take the risk!) I may be inclined to treat my self to a subscription. I love the idea of the game that EVE is even if I have yet find it ingame! Of course my wife wont be happy and it may yet get pushed off a little more, but I am here to stay, EVE Online is stimulating and I like stimulation 🙂

Until then I will keep spinning around…

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Yeah got mining drones now! Must remember to pick em up when ore hold is full, and I warp off to station to sell… luckily no one had picked em up and I was able to get em back!

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Maybe just maybe if I find the time I will outfit a salvager and try my hand at being a vulture…

Until then I will be in my venture…

Hi Ho Hi Ho its off to work we go,
With a venture, 2 mining lasers and 2 mining drones 
Hi Ho!
Orbit close and mine away
Hi Ho!
Hi Ho…

EVE: MOUSE DEATH!

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For the first time since I was able I did not log into EVE today! I think I have 2 weeks or so of my FREE (extended) trial to run and Saturday I got ‘ganked’ by 6 puny drones due to not being able to select/fire/position/warp out because of faulty mouse… I didn’t smash it into my wife’s monitor but I would have loved to do it (my head would have followed it if I had!)

So a new mouse is needed and I have no time to buy… maybe tomorrow I will find one…even tempted to nick one from work! (Better not…)

Sunday I took Thursday TSU out for a spin in his capsule, all the way back to Couster to pick up a new Catalyst! My fourth or fifth!

After a month and a half of play I am back at the beginning and wondering if I should try something different…

EVE: Red Dwarf

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Thursday TSU finally wrapped up Tracking the Queen (part 3)’ mission!

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Learning to play with your disadvantages is key to mastering any game but coming to terms with your own stupidity and compensating for it can be tricky! After I was killed I found that I had lost the data I was meant to drop off… forum mentioned that there was a 3 month cool down before I could continue…WTF…thankfully I found that this not to be the case, after cancelling the mission I was offered it again.

I did some digging for this write up and it finally dawned on me that I didn’t need to take out the pirates that jump onto your head after approaching the delivery can in this mission!

EVE SURVIVAL says, ‘Get out real fast, it’s not a joke. At least one of the Mordu’s Legion ships spawned once you approach the can is Elite Frigate (translation: tank of a cruiser with significant DPS), and his company don’t make your life easier. Not to mention they spawn almost on top of your head.’

I could have just dumped the data and run away! So what did I learn, to read the mission properly, to buy everything in duplicate to prevent having to explore the known universe to rebuild a destroyed ship! To warp off before ‘structure’ reaches ZERO! Indeed I learnt to recognize that the 3rd bar represents structure not armour, that cost me a ship… I learnt to bloody activate armour repairer and damage control, they help!

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Armour Repair …OFF…RUN AWAY…just in time…

Finally I learnt that I need to get a new bloody mouse as my wife’s old one is actually multi clicking quite often… i.e.: (dock-undock), (fire-disactivate), and (activate-disactivate)

School boy French needed here:

MERDE!

Anyway…got there in the end…the epic arc missions continue…

EVE: Collective noun for Catalysts…

A fleet of catalysts…

BORING!

A cataclysm of catalysts

..LIKE…

in my hands unfortunately they would become a:

A piece of catalysts!

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I have been really struggling with my catalysts, I would love to blame my equipment but I think I had quite a nice set up but my gameplay sucks…

Jumping from system to system to pick up skills bought as cheap as possible, under AUTOPILOT… My good luck ran out and I got ganked… I was also AFK and was even too surprised to catch a screenie as I got podded…

{shock of being podded in high-sec while AFK – insert your own imaginary PICTURE here!}

WOW great the Opportunity panel got a little more complete…

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Only 1 n half to go…woot!

And who would pick on this lowly little NEWB:

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AshenShugar01 – he’s a bad boy!

Great at last I get to post a kill right: I tried to sell for 111,111 ISK but managed to sell for 111 ISK…OOPS!

I hope someone come along and ganks him too… oh well silly NEWB learns his lesson…

Back to build a new Catalyst, this is getting expensive…

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Fully rigged and scout 150mm rails….

Aha new Catalyst…I am really enjoying blasting stuff from over 30km away…

So getting relaxed and progressing nicely through the Epic Arc: Blood Stained Stars

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Yee-haa!

AND whammy …WTF 8 pirates from nowhere, my mouse is refusing to target…

shields going down…uh-oh….

GET outta here….

armour going…

Oh fuck… oh fuck…

Boom…

I just got ganked by 8 NPC pirates…I must be bloody useless!

Rant, rage, rant…This game sucks…Hate it…

OK time to build another Catalyst… Jump all over the place getting the bits…buy in duplicate cos you just never know…

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ONE MORE TIME! (Daft Punk video is so EVE Online…)

I went for a cheaper build this time:

Those pirates are gonna pay for this…

And AshenShugar01 your time will be up one day… er as if you care… your probably used to it by now!

EVE: Sisters of FUN

Trying to keep my feet firmly planted on the ground with this post to avoid blogging flights of fantasy, well that is the intention…

So Thursday TSU wrapped up the tutorial (*cough cough) by the end of his first 30 days and now is slowly exploring EVE Online using the first EPIC arc mission provided by the SISTERS of EVE: The Blood-Stained Stars.

CHAPTER 1: Quality of Mercy

After reporting to Sister Alitura in Arnon IX – Moon 3 – Sisters of EVE Bureau,  I was sent off all over the place to investigate the destruction of a ship and eventual tracking down of survivors…, this included meeting up with other agents and running missions for them, finally missions that could be completed (and taken) remotely, thank the sisters I didn’t have to hop back to Sister Alitura every time…

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CHAPTER 2: Automation Impediment

Working now for agent Delphine Xarasier at Harerget V – Moon 1 – CreoDron Factory, more miscellaneous missions were taken including the dammed Lair of Snakes mission which cost me my Catalyst destroyer…

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DETOUR: a day and a half was then spent fitting out a replacement catalyst, better than before…

I went back to wrap up the Lair of Snakes to find I had actually completed it during that first fateful encounter… I missed collecting the bonus for quick completion!

So now in new upgraded (and yet experimental 6 long range railguns and 2 closer range just in case) I continued the mission arc without real incident…

CHAPTER 3: Shadow puppets

Having crossed the lines into Caldari space which looks and feels the same as Gallante space, I have continued with the odd but pretty basic hodgepodge of epic missions, nothing of excitement here…

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The original blog got too FLONG so I cut it into 2: THE MISSION

And misc screeny gallery:

EVE: Catalysing AGAIN!!

2015.07.01.08.20.55I decided to replace my Catalyst lost yesterday and it took me quite a while to track down most of the fittings… and then it took me quite a few jumps to pick all the pieces up. (Wish I knew how to show all the jumps I did on the star map?) I am not sure I should have fitted long range rails, my CPU ends up being insufficient, so may have to get the cheaper 125mm again…

The above screeny does not show the build with the cap recharger fitted… and I even added a cap rig to help things along. And being grey is boring so I checked that orange skin…WTF is that 200 mil or bil ISK still way too much…space paint is expensive! Grey it is then…

Thanks to EPalmerBrown for the comment:

‘I just did that mission – I used the PvE mission basic fit from this page:http://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Catalyst but swapped out 2 of the guns for salvagers. I suspect I’ll need to be less lazy and not try to salvage right after the fight when the missions get tougher though :)’

That eve uni link had good ideas of how to fit and even gives options and skills to train for optimal results…

OK will sort it out and get back to that lair of snakes…

EVE: Catalysts Cataclysm… Oops!

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Oh Dear…

So the first EVE Epic arc has been until this morning a breeze… and as always there is no quick get out of jail button when the shit does hit the fan(I must get used to setting up an escape jump point) so the Lair of Snakes claimed another victim today… I got them down to the last 3 NPC pirates before my 7 guns became insufficient. I had been doing research before undocking about how to improve my catalyst and most of the feedback said GET rid of the salvager…come back and salvage afterwards… so an extra gun would have been quite useful. These are the cheapest rail guns as well…maybe an upgrade is needed. And my 3 low slots are empty…I am quite sure that there are LOW items that would have helped out.

1 more factor may have contributed to my ships demise this morning which is my piloting abilities, I do realize that I have to get better and faster at picking off enemies…

Part of my problem of outfitting ships at this stage of the game is simply the quantity of choices open to you, and the complexity of the outfitting soon sets in when you consider that almost all fittings need varying combinations of skills to have been trained. Also that when I get going in the market I can simply spend my whole morning there and not out in space…

SO tonight (wife permitting) or tomorrow I will be back in that Lair of Snakes to wrap up, maybe in a new catalyst, maybe not…

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Bonus now lost…