I’ve Moved!

•August 5, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Chalk this one up to poor planning and being a new blogger. Hindsight is 20/20 they say.

I’ve changed this blog over to a more relevant address, the existing one was a bit too personal and I may want to repurpose it later. Hopefully I don’t lose anyone in the process, but the new blog can be found at: http://freddyfacepalm.wordpress.com.

Thank you for your understanding!

– Facepalm

My Own Personal Asteroid Belt

•August 4, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I have been in the process of packing up shop and moving out of Jita, in the hopes of joining my first real Corporation! *fingers crossed* So the past couple of nights have been all about logistics and not much else. I was eventually able to pack everything up into my Badger II Hauler and everything I couldn’t fit I sold on the market. Not the best, but considering my destination was 17 jumps away, I didn’t really want to make continued round-trips.

Once I finally arrived I began familiarizing myself with the surrounding constellations. I was looking for a good spot to setup my mining operation. With the help of Ombeve’s amazing 2D EvE Maps I was able to find a great spot in short order. I then realized that I was in Gallante space and my personal standing wasn’t that great, so I decided to pick up two ships to help rectify the situation: a mission running Caracal Cruiser and a salvaging Cormorant Destroyer.

My first mission was easy enough, seek and destroy. It was over in around 5 minutes. As I was warping between rooms I noticed some asteroid belts floating nearby inside each room. Now, I’ve seen these in the past and I’ve read about people mining their missions, but it never really dawned on me before how amazing this setup could be. Since I’ve been mining my arse off the past week I figured I would try mining the asteroid belts before turning in the missions requirements.


I was under the impression that these mini-asteroid belts were full of tiny rocks with little substance, boy was I wrong! As the screen shot below will attest, I basically had three of my own private asteroid belts sitting inside my mission rooms.

Personal Asteroid Belt

Personal Asteroid Belt

I spent the next three hours basically AFK mining with little fear of trouble. I realize someone with enough time and patience could rain on my parade, but I doubt that is too much of a problem.

So, even though I had good intentions of running missions all night and improving my Gallante standing, I was inevitably sidetracked by those damned floating space rocks. Now if only I could fly a Hulk!

Eve in Review: July 2009

•August 2, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I’ve read many posts which summarize their past monthly accomplishments in their game of choice. I like the concept and I’ll be jumping on the bandwagon more for personal reference than anything else. Being able to see, as this blog grows and ages, what I was up to in months/years past is very appealing. I don’t currently have much to contribute , but you have to start somewhere I guess.

July was a fairly straightforward month as Eve goes. I wish it was easier to see all the skills I’ve trained in the past 30 days, but Eve only tracks a certain number. The majority of my time was spent training up towards a mining Hulk, thus lots of Industry, Science and Spaceship Command skills. This was my earlier posted skills chart and here is my current chart:

July 2009 Skills Chart

July 2009 Skills Chart

Not too much has changed, but you can only train so much in a month I guess.

Early in the month I was away for 12 days on vacation to St. Lucia. While I was away I began training Caldari Frigate V, simply because I had no other skills that would be training the entire time I was away. Needless to say I stopped that training when I got back, so of the original 16 day training, I still have 3 days left. I wonder if I’ll ever go back and complete that training…is it worth it anyone?

When I returned I really wanted to focus my efforts on mining. As I stated previously, I had given it a quick pass early in my Eve career, but not enough to truly understand it. Thus I promptly worked my way up to a mining Crusier, an Osprey. I was only in that ship for a few days as Mining Barge III concluded and I was quickly sucking on asteroids in a stip mining Retriever. That is where I presently sit as I wait patiently for my Hulk and Mining V so I can equip modulated Strip Miner II’s with Veldspar crystals. I am quite a ways away still, roughly 5-6 weeks of training, but I’ve been really enjoying my mining experience so far and it’s actually made me quite a bit of ISK.

With my earnings I have been able to purchase the +3 implants for every attribute except Charisma. They run 11 million ISK each and I still have 40 million left in the bank. They have been a Godsend since they’ve already saved me nearly 8 days of training in Astrogeology V and Mining Barge V. I’ve been able to purchase a nice hauler and outfit her with all the extras to make my job of hauling Tritanium to Jita that much easier.

Being that I’ve been mainly floating in space sucking on asteroids I can’t say I’ve travelled any place new lately. As per an earlier post, here is my ‘Places I’ve Been” meme:

Places Ive Been

Places I've Been

Not much different. I suspect I will only start exploring new quadrants of New Eden when (if) I ever join a nice Corporation.

So that’s it for July 2009, not too exciting. I can safely say that I’m well on my way to a solid mining career and I’ve enjoyed it very much. August should be mostly the same, more mining with a few upgrades here and there. Bring on the summer!

Station Docking Port

Station Docking Port

Back in the saddle

•July 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Well I’ve finally recovered from my weekend away, one of the few remaining Bachelor Parties this old body may see for awhile. Regardless it was a blast!

Before I left Astrogeology V was queued up, but I barely made a dent in it’s nearly 15 day training time. Since returning home I’ve switched it up a little. I’m finishing off Refining IV in a couple hours and then I’ll snag Veldspar Processing and Mining V so I can equip Modulated Strip Miner II’s. Then I’ll finish off the Astrogeology training as well as Mining Barge V so I can queue up my Exhumer skillbook and get into a Hulk mid-September.

So that’s the skill training landscape I’ve setup for the foreseeable future. Once that was all lined up I set upon getting a new mining barge, the Retriever! At first I thought it wasn’t going to be much of an upgrade over my Osprey, boy was I wrong. That baby can tear through asteroids like they were made out of paper mache! Here is the fit I ended up with. I have been unable to fit an MLU (Mining Laser Upgrade: +5% yield), perhaps I can find some rigs or implants that will allow it.

Basic Mining Retriever

The All-American I

Now that I was pulling in roughly 17k units of Veldspar per mining cycle (180 seconds) I was filling my Giant Secure Containers (GSC) in roughly 2.25 cycles. I had asked earlier what people would suggest for a hauler. I got some good responses, but ultimately I’ve just kept my Caldari Badger II. It’s the cheapest Industrial hauler of all four races and when I was done fully fitting it I can haul 16,110 m3 of space, not too shabby! Here she is. I fitted 3 Expanded Cargohold II’s giving me just voer 12.5k m3, enough to fit 4 GSCs internally, adding an additional 3,600 m3. Previously I could only haul 2.75 GSC’s before my hauler was full so it was a pretty good upgrade to say the least. I even had to buy another GSC to anchor in space at my little asteroid belt I call home. I can fill up my 4 GSC’s in a little over 30 minutes, leaving me a good haul. Yesterday with this setup I was able to pull in roughly 3.5 million units of Tritanium, which sold for a good price in Jita.

I’m finally starting to make some money, but I’m going to need every penny as those Hulk’s ain’t cheap! 28 million ISK for the Exhumer skillbook alone and around 100 mill or more for the ship. Ah well, at least it’s something to aim for!

And on the Seventh day there was light…at the end of the tunnel

•July 23, 2009 • 3 Comments

Finally! After over 7 days of training I’m finished with various random Learning skills, Mining Barge III & Astrogeology IV. Retriever here I come!

For all of you out there thinking “7 days of training? This guy ain’t seen nothing yet! What a sucker”…well maybe. You have to start with baby steps before running and I’m happy with the progress I’ve made so far, be-it ever so small.

My mining Osprey has been doing extremely well over the past week which was a pleasant surprise…I might even miss the old girl. “The Pelican” was stuffing giant secure containers like bell peppers, but alas all good things must end.

Yet, as fate would have it, I’m leaving Dodge for yet another weekend away, thus my beloved strip mining Retriever will have to wait until next week. However, the other side of coin has blessed me with an abundance of play time next week, so I’ll be stripping like crazy and breaking in my new boat.

According to EFT my ore yield will increase from 470 to 590, again in EFT’s mysterious “ore units”. (Can anyone explain those to me?) This should be a good jump, though I might have to invest in a few more GSC’s to cope.

I believe I have enough capital to get my bird up and flying. I would like my next investment to be a good hauler. I wrote earlier on my newly upgraded Badger II and even though it was a great improvement, it just doesn’t quite have the cargo space I would like. I’m not sure what to set my expectations to, but ultimately I’d like to haul a full jet can in a single trip. That’s probably a ways out, but can anyone suggest a decent hauler for the time being?

My dreams of flying a Hulk should be realized in early September. Until then, it looks like mining, mining and more mining. But so far so good, I’m not burned out and it’s actually suited my recent play time perfectly.

Thanks again for all those that offered up much needed suggestions! And for all you asteroids out there, you better watch your back because your days are numbered! Ooh-rah!


•July 20, 2009 • 5 Comments

So this weekend I finally had a good chunk of time to spend in space. As I’ve rambled in the past I’m currently focused on mining. I had attempted a small dose of it early on, but now I really wanted to do nothing but mining and see how far it could take me.

I’d fitted myself a nice Badger II hauler and a mining Osprey. I picked up three giant secure containers and found a great, quiet system to setup shop. My first few days last week I spent at a small asteroid belt close to home. The asteroids varied in quantity, the largest being about 25k units of ore. I stopped mining some of the more exotic ores to focus on the main cash cow in Jita: Veldspar.

This weekend I decided to give a few other belts a look-see and when I arrived at the first new belt I was quite shocked. There were some HUGE rocks floating right in front of me! At first I thought my camera had zoomed extremely close in, but that wasn’t the case. These asteroids held roughly 100k units of ore, quadruple anything I’d seen previously! I was amazed, this would be so much more convenient. My Osprey was just newly fitted with some Miner II’s which produced around 4.5k units of Veldspar per cycle, plus my 3 Mining Drone I’s produced about 500 units per cycle. EFT reported I pulled about 470 ore units (whatever that means) per minute. One of these giant ‘roids would fill my 3 GSC’s and I’d start hauling, even though my Badger II, fitted with 3 Expanded Cargohold I’s, couldn’t fit the contents of all 3 GSC’s in a single trip.

When all was said and done I decided to refine the Veldspar into Tritanium. I believe I had somewhere close to 7.5 million units of the mineral at the end of the weekend. It took somewhere close to 6 or 7 trips in my Badger II to transport it all to the main Caldari Assembly Plant in Jita. I put it up for sale at around 4.00 ISK ea. and it sold in just a couple minutes. My bank account swelled to over 30 million ISK!!😀

I found little trouble from any Pirates or can flippers, as the system I moved to is very quiet. The local channel fluxates between about 4 and 30 people depending upon the time of day, and most are miners flying Hulks.

I did some skill planning in EVEMon to get myself into a mining Retriever. I finished up Industry V Sunday morning and had Astrogeology IV queued up, which would have finished this Thursday around 4 AM Pacific. However I also wanted to see how long it would take me to get into an Exhumer and eventually a Hulk. It was quite a ways out, August 13th and September 9th respectively. EVEMon suggested I train two remaining Advanced Learning skills to III: Focus & Clarity. With my newly fattened wallet I decided I pick those two skill books up (4.5 million ISK ea. ouch!) and get to training them. This has pushed back my completion of Astrogeology until this weekend sometime, but in the end I would shave 5 days of training of my Exhumers plan if I did the final Learning skills, so it’s a fair trade off. 2 days of training now for 5 days saved later, net 3 days.

At times I will admit I was slightly bored doing the mining thing. It did keep me on my toes however when someone showed up at my belt, miner paranoia if you will. Regardless I did enjoy my time in space this weekend and I would like to continue down this path, at least for the next few weeks. I’m anxious to get my refining skills beefed up a little more and into a Hulk eventually.

On a side note, with all the spare time I had while my Osprey was sucking on rocks, I did some thinking and wanted to pose a question. This may seem off topic, but if money was of no concern, what would be the best route a new player could take? I am clearly strapped for cash, but how would a Veteran player outfit a newly minted ALT if they had all the ISK they needed? Being EVE is what it is, I would imagine any new Capsuleer would be limited by real-life time, since they wouldn’t have any real skillbase. So are new ALTs simply supplied with all the necessary skillbooks they need, then placed in the oven to bake for a few months before they can actually contribute? I would have loved an alt hauler this weekend, but that’s for another post I guess. Perhaps I should do some research on ALT setup and creation, hmm…

Hopefully you’re weekend in space was as enjoyable as mine!

Skillin’ Up

•July 17, 2009 • 3 Comments

There isn’t much going on in the world of EVE for me at the moment,  being a new, solo, non-corporation member. This is probably a good thing considering the amount of time it usually takes me to get a solid grasp of things. Regardless I still feel the urge to ramble on, so here we go again.

I was intrigued by Kirith’s post about his current character’s skill distribution. I found it very interesting to see how 40 – 50 million skill points are typically spread out for a veteran player. In comparison, I figured I’d post my own skill chart. Freddy only has roughly 2.8 million SP, and most of the allocation has been compulsive (i.e. – only 2 hours for skill X? Sounds good!) but perhaps it’s still a good indicator of where a true EVE ‘newbie’ will find themselves after around 8 weeks in New Eden.

2.8 Million Skill Points

2.8 Million Skill Points

This reminds me slightly of the “Places I’ve Been” meme that was going around a few weeks ago, though not quite as compelling.

As per last night, I decided to take everyone’s kind advice and process my stockpiled ore. I made nearly 5 million ISK, which was a wonderful infusion. But then I went and spent around 60% of it on mining upgrades, better mining lasers, cargo expanders and a brand new hauler! The Caldari Badger II, dubbed: “Peterbuilt I”. Fitted with 3 Cargo Expander I’s and it nearly doubles the space of my original Badger I. 9980 m3 of space, not cavernous by any means, but for me it’s a great improvement. Here she is:

The "Peterbuild I"

The "Peterbuilt I"

I can’t wait until tonight when I can actually start trying her out!