Bits and Pieces: August 2015

I've been goofing around with a lot of little projects in EVE Online recently - nothing big, but plenty of variety to keep me entertained and engaged. Here's a quick summary of how my life in New Eden has been going for the last month or so.

20 Billion ISK

The endgame of my year-long experiment in post-Crius, high-sec based, solo manufacturing is selling everything that I've made. After building a sizable inventory of Tech II modules and ammo, I got lazy and simply divided everything into six evenly distributed piles, and then shipped each one off to a different trade hub: Jita, Rens, Hek, Amarr, Dodixie and Stacmon.

Please come to Stacmon and buy all my stuffs!

That last location is very much a minor trade hub, but it is now just one jump away from EVE University's new headquarters, so I thought it might be a good time to cater to the suddenly larger buying public there. Indeed, Stacmon is by far the sleepiest of the trade hub locations I chose, but it is also the most profitable.

So it seems to go with trade hubs - in general, profit margins are inversely related to the rate of activity. The pile I sent to Jita all sold within a few days, but at relatively thin margins. Amarr made a little more profit, but took another week to sell everything. Rens, Dodixie and Hek all will take yet another week to exhaust my stocks, at moderate margins. And Stacmon is making the largest profits, but I think I'll be adjusting prices there for at least another month or two.

Once I liquidate everything, my cash balance should exceed 20 billion ISK - not a bad sum for my efforts. Now, I just need to figure out what I'll invest in next. With PLEX at record price levels, hovering around 1 billion ISK, I'm not sure that's the best place to put my money. But I'll be darned if I know of a better thing to buy with excess cash.

ATXIII

I am not a die-hard follower of the annual Alliance Tournament matches, but I've had a chance to listen in to most of the thirteenth iteration this year. EVE Online as an e-sport does not work terribly well, as it's hard to see what is really happening. You see more by watching the list of ships on either side of the board, and watching who is getting jammed and targeted, and how fast the status bars shrink to nothing.

CCP Rise and Apothne comment on a match, while I ignore the explosions and watch the little bars shrink, just like everyone else who watches the Alliance Tourney.

I do enjoy listening to the expert commentators, though, as I always learn new things. I'm always amazed at how much people know about ships at these tourneys, and how they work - or don't work - as a team. You expect CCP Rise and CCP Fozzie to know their stuff, but the insights I heard from player experts like Chessur, Sir Squeebles, Apothne and Elise Randolph has made the entire event really interesting.

Elise Randolph, Sir Squeebles, Chessur and CCP Antiquarian analyze the strategy and tactics at ATXIII.

Elise Randolph, Sir Squeebles, Chessur and CCP Antiquarian analyze the strategy and tactics at ATXIII.

The last week of the tourney is always the best, though. That's when the surviving teams start to bring out their super-blingy ultra-rare awards ships. You know that people are putting everything on the line when they risk a unique ship worth a hundred billion ISK on the field. I'll be tuning in next weekend to see that craziness, for sure.

The Lore Channel Goes Nuts

I am not an expert on EVE Online lore, but I do enjoy following it, and the latest major event in the backstory of New Eden really impressed me. For those of you who missed it, the leader of the Amarr Empire, Jamyl Sarum I, got ambushed by a huge Drifter fleet, and then promptly podded.

CCP promptly announced that there would be a tournament of players, who will act as champions for the next Emperor, in what is known as a Succession Trial. For the hard-core lore-following role-players in the game, this is a Big Freakin' Deal.

Followers of Empress Jamyl Sarum I are traveling to Safizon to pay their respects at the wreck of the Titan, destroyed by the Drifters.

The Empress' Titan wreck is now a permanent fixture in Safizon.

I took a trip out to Safizon, where the Empress' Titan was destroyed, and examined the wreck, located just outside the Navy station.

On the Hydrostatic Podcast lore panel, CCP confirmed that Empress Sarum is indeed dead, and won't be coming back as a regenerated clone. It all seems to be a great set-up for new PvE content coming in the next release, which people are calling "Drifter Incursions".

I am really enjoying how CCP is moving the lore story forward in the game. It adds a whole different dimension, and provides rationale for new features. Kudos to CCP Falcon, CCP Affinity and the rest of the lore-generating team.

Galatea

Speaking of the next release coming out this week, called Galatea, it looks a bit light, but the patch notes hint at more depth than people might realize: "The Drifter armada has arrived and the time has come to step up and join the Navy Fleet in their battle to defend the Throne Worlds from this hostile attack." This is clearly a reference to new PvE content, generally known as "Drifter Incursions". This should be interesting, and I can't wait to hear more details about it.

There are adjustments to null sec sovereignty capture mechanics, and some new SKINs, but I'm mostly interested in the new model for the Dominix, which looks extremely cool. I am very fond of drone boats, and I have spent many hours in Domis, so I'm keen to try out the new version. I'll never give up my trusty Rattlesnake for mission-running, but it will be fun to go back to a Domi and give the shiny new model a whirl.

Going to Thera

My corp's alliance seems to have popped out to the top of the Marmite Collective's apparently randomly-selected rotating list of wardec targets, so I took my POS down and fired up an alt character to pursue a quest that I've been thinking about for a while - a journey to Thera, the wormhole hub.

I paid for an MCT PLEX and have started a quick training regimen for a scanning/probing alt, and have been trying to read everything I can about Thera. I'll be going there later this week, and I'm excited to see what it is like there. I'm still considering applying to join the Signal Cartel, the friendly exploration-focused corp based out of Thera, so this will be a good test to see if that will suit me. 

Until then, fly safe! o7