This past week has re-affirmed my belief that real life has an impeccable sense of timing. Since my last blog post (a week ago) I have been struggling to find time for EVE. Whether the culprits have been additional night shifts, activities with the family or a major blizzard, the results are the same: Tai hadn’t seen much action in Syndicate since getting some assets into the region.
I finally ran down there in an Anathema with about 30 million in boosters in the hold, opting to take the long way through Cloud Ring instead of running the ever-present gate camps in PF-346 and FD-MLJ. Safe in system I grabbed a Pilgrim and decided to tour the neighborhood. Only went about 9 jumps away but there was very little traffic. Called it a night at that point.
Yesterday, thanks to a snow day, I was able to put the finishing touches on my empire PI network (read more at the end of this post) and log in Tai for what I hoped was some pew-pew fun. We set up a small gate camp in A-SJ8X but aside from a blue fleet we saw nothing. Wife aggro dictated that I take a break. Later that night I tried my luck again, going out in the Pilgrim to check on the high number of NPC kills I was seeing in a few nearby systems. The first one I check has 8 neutrals in local. Sweet! Warp to the center of the system hitting the D-scan as I go. Fighters, fighters, Nyx, Aeon, Thanatos, Nyx… Not a single viable target to solo. I decide to move on and check EN-V0D which has a huge NPC kill tally. Jump in system, warp to a likely planet hitting the D-scan to try and find the single neutral. Raven!! It disappears as I get closer and even though there were wrecks in almost all the belts the raven had cloaked. I suspect a bot but it looked like the belts were ‘chained’ with only battleship wrecks present and cruiser/frigs still alive. I don’t know enough about bots to know whether they are capable of chaining or not. I tried a logoffski to see if I could get lucky but even after a 15 minute delay I had no joy.
Headed back to A-S and saw some former corpmates in a fleet running through the area. We chatted a bit in local. I ended the night trying to catch a Dead Terrorist pilot that had logged in to the station. I gave up after about 45 minutes and called it a night. Hopefully I’ll have some good fights in the next night or two – I just need to get acclimated to the area to know where to hunt.
Carebear stuff ahead!
I have a number of alts that I hadn’t messed with since the latest patch removed learning skills. In a moment of clarity I realized that I could put them to work generating an additional passive income source; PI materials. I bought the skills and sunk their learning SP’s into them. With the changes to PI managing three alts with 5 colonies each takes about 30 minutes and I estimate I’m generating approximately 5-7 million ISK per day (give or take) from some pretty crappy highsec planets. Work the math out and that’s a nice boost to the ol’ wallet. I know it’s not for everyone but if you’ve got some alts with unallocated SP’s sitting around, you might just want to take a look at Planetary Interaction. I highly recommend EVE University’s excellent PI guide for a good introduction.