It’s been a long time coming from there to here. Life eventually changes somewhat. Adventuring into the unknown’s of life in Wormhole (WH) Space, or as I like to say the Rabbit Hole! Life eventually evolves for us all. Interesting times ahead I’m sure…
Life in high security space continues, on most days it may not be as interesting as life as a pirate in the fast lane or life in null sec. But we all as capsuleers play a part each in our own way in the giant connected web of all that goes on in New Eden no matter where you may be. At the moment life in Corp/Alliance for Ametius means we are dealing with a current War Dec and one of several for the last few weeks. Its had some amount of impact on current activities and some planned activities but overall I’m still able to fly about to various regions and check on business.
Ametius usually fly his Covert Ops Buzzard one of several and one rigged as a high-speed shuttling on most of his travels so means can fly fly in the shadows of space even in high sec space during War times. Recently he’s completed training for Transport Ships 4, so can now fly covert transports. A luxury my other half and Trader Alothos has had for some time. So now also have the option to move stuff around with more speed and in the shadows even during a War Dec if need be. Just today delivered almost half a million ammo to another region in my Crane to one of my trading stations.
In recent Inventions efforts I was able to invent several T2 Crane BPC’s (5). So having recently completed some training for Transport Ships I decided to do a little shopping for basic materials and piece by piece build all the necessary components since i can build all the T2 ship components. Over the course of 2 days in production I was able to complete and produce my very first deep space transport ship a Crane. It was also the most expensive T2 ship so far I’ve ever produced at Ardent Research labs. It’s also much cheaper ship produced myself than market price. I like it, it’s a sexy looking fast cruising Covert Ops Transport Ship. But it felt good to yet build another T2 ship I can fly all the way from Inventing, checking every bolt and components for QA my self.
Winter will soon be here and the Invention facility at Ardent Research has been busy inventing many modules in anticipation and speculation for winter. Many of the new soon to be T2 modules I’ve had as assets has either been copied for BPC’s or still in copy mode at the copying facility to be ready for invention.
On the PI factory processing planet the facility has been busy for the last two to three weeks now making lots of P4 for Winter stocking needs and in anticipation before the tax increase at the planetary custom offices. Plan was to produce all the Advance PI material and ship them off planet before Winter. Still I have quite a considerable stock of PI P1 material on hand at hanger for market needs since I’ve never usually sell much my PI stock.
On another note I had decided to stock up and hedge my bet on PI material shortages when changes were first announced. Thus in my own region on Buy Orders In a three system radius I invested somewhere around 1.6 Billion ISK buying up PI material on market orders. That included several hundred thousands of units of various amount of PI material. Plan is to sell it later for higher profits as market prices increase for PI material. But after buying up all that amount of material I had to go and collect it. Not very fun or productive use of time. As just in a three system radius and at numerous amounts of system stations it took me several hours zipping back and forth in a Bestower across various solar systems to collect, aggregate at various stations then eventually all the collected stock. Even had to send a contract to my other half Alothos to pull out the Freighter and pick up a load as it was too much to keep moving in a Bestower. Collecting PI material scattered in just a 3 system radius is as bad as buying minerals across a few system or region and having to collect it.
In preparation for Winter decided to Invest 2 Billion ISK in Minerals. That probably the most I’ve ever invested in minerals all at one time. I’m not much of a miner, I barely pass as a would be part time miner to say the least. But I need mineral stock to do my business and build things and increase profits. I’m anticipating the need to build things like some new BC’s and for T2 Production needs and I figure I better be prepared ahead of time to do so and not be caught short on needed material stock. It’s hard to build many things as an Industrialist without a ready stock of material or mineral. So an investment in minerals should come in handy for production needs for Winter. Given the current War Dec having station Buy Orders up as a Trader seem to be working out quite well to acquire all the minerals needed to stock up.
Was able to get online after the servers came up after the new Incursion patch. I was thinking of maybe buying one the blueprints. I currently got 4 perfectly fine salvage destroyers and doing just fine with them. Getting the one new salvage ship will be nice or even the new blueprint.
Seems the blueprints sells originally for about 390 million ISK out at the few Outer Ring station run by the Industrial corp ORE. I’m not crazy out my mind and aren’t buying till maybe if prices drop to below 450M or so. Better yet come to think of it. I’ll probably just buy a researched BPC when they start showing up on contracts and get a cheap multi run BPC of the Noctis. Aren’t going crazy to spend that much of my millions on a BPO.
From reading the Market and Discussion forums board actual mineral cost to make the new salvage ship is around 43-45 million ISK or so. So can expect it to be on market for about 48-60M at least. With inflated prices for first week to 2 weeks will likely be much higher till people start using researched BPO’s to manufacture the ship. Otherwise who knows, sky’s the limit as to what someone will pay for anything.
I’m just waiting to see how low prices will start to fall on the ship cost and on the blueprints over the next few days to a week.
Wonder how many ships/ISK got blown up out at the heavy gate camps and bubbles at the Outer Ring area couriering the new blueprints to market?
Been spending a lot of time lately traveling to far corners of the high sec galaxy it seems in search of possible profitable merchandise. So a bit busy at it and not exactly at the home office with time to gather my thoughts and exactly reflect on what has happened. But as i slowly get back to gathering my thoughts maybe i’ll get back to filing a report in my activity journal.
Screenshot comes from deep in Minmatar space on my not one but three recent visit out to the region. It was the actual first time in seven months of actually living in New Eden that had ever even been in Minmatar region of space. So had made some 25+ stargate jumps and down a string of 0.5 systems to a system to check on purchasing some goods that I couldn’t find. Was quite interesting looking space with all the interesting looking stargates, stations and everything compared to what normally used to seeing in Amarr/Caldari space. At least the traveling was fun seeing all the gate campers at almost every gate down the line to where I was heading.
I did find the merchandise I was looking for.
Currently a little busy and involved in playing Jita high stakes mini-trading game with market manipulators. Its cut throat business at its finest in New Eden.
Its been somewhat a busy work week offline away from EVE but did manage to get some time in. As well its been several days to a week since last finished up down on the planets designing new planetary setup of colonies. And so far results since its been much a great improvement having several new planets to collect and produce new materials. 10 planets in total between my 2 accounts and don’t really see going much beyond that unless decide to train for Interplanetary Consolidation 5 on either or both accounts at some point. But really that’s enough planets for me to play around at this point time wise.
Since the revamp of high sec planets things have been running much better overall and with more productive planets extraction and production wise. A bit of time devoted daily to extractor resets and quickly jumping into my planet systems all within just 1-2 jumps to just do orbital launches of processed products before launchpads gets really full. A few select planets extract a lot of raw materials even while running 4 processors and have to sometime launch some amount of the raw material to customs for storage along with the processed materials.
Mostly this is a result of running 5hr extraction cycles and usually at least three 5hr cycles a day when possible and preferable for much higher extraction rates. Usually devote other times to use the Industrial hauler to do a full round of planetary pickup. Overall I find planetary interaction fun and just going out to visit my planets to haul back the processed resources. So far have yet to do much P2 processing and or move any more P1 products to market. Especially since have a bit of products sitting already on the market unsold while some players keep putting more their P1 PI products up cheaper and cheaper, which don’t help much overall trying to sell mine. I don’t sell to buy orders. So for now a bit of stockpiling of products.
Since devoting some degree of time to revamping planets and setting up some new ones I haven’t done any missions or even bothered much to even talk to my agent to work on R&D corp standings even though I see my agent daily working out of my mission agent space station. Its been a good bit of distraction all the same doing other things.
Business continue to grow slowly. Though somewhat slower in my distraction playing around with planets with more market competition to deal with. As well I’ve also decided to let some my product sell orders simply sell out over time and not to invest and restock certain items in some of my region trading stations that are selling much slower these days.
However like most things accidental in the developement of my trade business I found a new item a BPO to move. I gambled and bought 50 BPO’s spending tens of millions as stock product investment to courier move and sell across 3 regions. The product was moved and so far it has added some nice profits to my business. Though sales have been somewhat slower in one region overall I’ve made back my initial investment back already and the remaining several dozen of paper on the market will add to my profits nicely. But that’s just one of many product to add to an ever expanding amount of trade slots needing to fill with items to sell on the market.
On my very active trade account things continue to look very good for my full time trader. Skills have training learning Wholesale V which raised my trader available trade slots to some number I can’t remember. In the process of learning Wholesale V the next obvious thing to train was skills for Tycoon. Having enough profits I flew him to the school station next system over and immediately dropped 90 million ISK buying the skill book. That’s a lot of ISK for a skill book, the most on any skill book ever.
Yet I hardly thought much about spending the cash. To spend even 1/4 of that ISK amount on something else I would really have to think much about the cost. In the process of things I realized my trader had forgotten to learn Margin Trading as the only other missing trade skill. So dropped another 18 million ISK as well to pick up the skill book and immediately inject the skill to train. Since finishing up Wholesale V my trader account has quickly learned Margin Trade 3, Tycoon 3 and just 4 days from learning Tycoon 4.
Things are going well with the minor setback of 108 million ISK in injected skill training. At this point I’m starting to notice a somewhat curious challenge looking at my trader with 237 market trade slots with 120 currently trade slots currently open and a big challenge to fill them all and keep them filled. A very interesting challenge to have as a growing full time trader that will demand more time as well.
I really do enjoy exploration yet this seem to happen in cycles and mostly due to skill training and focus at the time. Anyway having recently completed training in Cloaking 4 & Covert Ops 4 that has made it possible to both use and install the Covert Ops Cloaking Device in the Buzzard without CPU problems on my exploration ship. Its been quite a while since I had bought the ships and then realized I couldn’t quite use it effectively without the cloak needing more training. So had to wait till was done with training several sets of skills to get back around to training the necessary skills. All just a time process.
I did spend some time fitting my new exploration ship. I had installed some fittings and rigs earlier in my new Buzzard while it was just sitting in my station hanger. I had installed 2 Small Gravity Capacitor Upgrade I into the rig slots which was fine and was there for a while. Then I decide to completely fit the ship with some Tech II fittings. Somehow for some reason installing some other Tech II modules I thought I could install some Small Gravity Capacitor Upgrade II rigs as well into the Buzzard. Installing the Tech II rigs would require learning Jury Rigging 4, so spend another day and a half learning the skill. Prices in my region of TMP wasn’t all that great for Tech II rigs so I flew up to Jita checking prices and bought 2 of the Tech II rigs for 11 million ISK each. That’s 22 million total.
Flew back home decide to install the new shiny Tech II rigs. Promptly destroyed the Tech I rigs to remove them to install the new Tech II rigs. Its only at that point after actually installing one of the Tech II rigs I then realize looking at the calibration level that you can’t exactly fit 2 Small Gravity Capacitor Upgrade II rigs into a Buzzard. Uhh Damm!! Double Damm!! How the hell did I miss that! So had to promptly end up destroying the newly installed Tech II rig and re-installing the Small Gravity Capacitor Upgrade I rigs. What a waste of a day and a half of training and 11 million ISK and time. Now If only I can sell the one Tech II rig I have left for at least or close to 22 million to recoup my foolish waste of the other destroyed rig.
After making sure my ship was fitted ok, flew around the neighborhood trying out my Buzzard ship and trying it out while doing a little exploring. After dropping some probes and not finding much. The only thing I was able to scan down was a Class 3 and Class 5 and jumped through both wormholes to check out the neighborhood cloaked. The class 5 wormhole had very interesting looking red skies probably attributing to the danger within such system. Initial d-scan didn’t reveal any tower close to the center of system where the WH entrance was just a mobile warp disruptor at some unknown location.
Played with the d-scan a reducing field of the scan and one planet seemed to be in scan range showing the mobile disruptor on scan. With a bit of apprehension decided to warp to the outer planet at 100 km. Though I had never noticed this before warping to a 100 km or any other distance it seem at a planet I landed at about 5000 km from planet. I’m not sure I understand or can figure that out but It did play a part in the other thing that happened.
Did a d-scan and only saw a few modules on scan. Figuring any deployed tower in system would be around a moon, had to find the moons around the outer planet. My overview was not setup to show moons just planets for my Scan and Probe overview. It also was not set to show tower Force Fields since well, never really looked for one before either. Adding moons to the list it showed there was just one moon around this planet and spot located the moon from the overview setting.
Warping to the planet before and landing at around 5000 km made me a bit nervous about warping to a moon with same result even cloaked and landing on top or close to a POS in Class 5 system. Well lets see what happen. I warped to a 100 km on moon cloaked and while fumbling with the UI I realized I landed very close to the moon and just like the planet before. Was just around 60 km from a large and brightly lit up POS force field with online modules the first time I had actually seen one in WH space. That thing looks HUGE! I immediately made a u-turn in the other direction cloaked at full velocity while looking at the POS from my rear.
I played with the overview setting bit toggling on and off the selection for the force field to see if it really showed up. Seems better having it selected than not at all. Checking the d-scan around the large POS with lots of anchored modules there were no ships of any kind on scan at the POS as well none seen in the system. Seems occupied but had no idea if anyone was actually home there. After almost landing fairly close to a highly defensible POS cloaked, it was time to end the trip and head home, enough playing around. WH space is just spooky enough and warping around in a Class 5 WH was overloading me with paranoia.
Having recently completed some amount of training all focused on Covert Ops/Cloaking to a suitable level I can actually and finally devote some time to now working on skills to at least be able to work with a R&D agent. Have been missioning for a R&D corp for some time now and can’t access any the R&D agents. So started working on training Engineering 5, that not only will help for R&D but also give me a little bit more power for my ship power grid especially for Amarrian power hungry ships.