Sunday, 24 January 2016

Every cloud...

I like to pretend I know what I am doing. That I have a plan and an objective. But sometimes I do wonder. The key thing I was planning on this weekend was to make some ISK. In an earlier post I described why and how I was going to do that. But then Eve happened. 

Flying my alt hauler/trader I was dipping into Lowsec from Hisec I got ganked by a gate camp. Lowsec has seemed more populated recently so perhaps I could have chosen my route with more care. But I would like to think it was them getting smarter rather than an error on my part. I've lost count of the number of gate camps I have cruised past in a blockade runner. For some reason, I wasn't able to cloak, I got instalocked and proceeded to die. PvP is a binary thing with a blockade runner. You slip past or you don't. The truth is actually I don't know why I failed this time but until there is a pattern I don't intend to put too much thought into it. I can improve the align time though so for you shipfitters out there I am now going to be running with this fit:

[Prowler]
Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Damage Control II

50MN Cold-Gas Enduring Microwarpdrive
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II

Covert Ops Cloaking Device II

Medium Low Friction Nozzle Joints II
Medium Low Friction Nozzle Joints II

Feel free to laugh. According to EFT, this gives me an align time of about 3.3 seconds which is a slight improvement on what I had before plus has the option of the MWD Cloak trick if I come across a Null/Wormhole bubble. There are a lot less hit points with this fit but if you are in the position of relying on hitpoints you are likely already dead as I found out. The Damage Contol unit is there for any smartbomb damage which has happened to me a couple of times in the past. There is scope to add a core probe scanner or festival launcher as appropriate.

All of this however is minor detail and inconvenience. The big picture was I was supposed to be making ISK and now I was down one blockade runner. Fortunately, I hadn't been entirely stupid and had unloaded the cargo before going to Lowsec but it still wasn't an auspicious start. 

So I need to buy a BR and originally aim to go to Jita to buy one thinking it would be the cheapest. It isn't. Not by a long way. But Amarr is. Too cheap infact. Someone is dumping them it seems. I need to get there fast. I really don't why but I decide too look at local Leopard prices because I heard they were fast somewhere. They are cheap too compared to Jita. I buy one. So now I am down some more ISK and still don't have a blockade runner. 

The journey to Amarr was quick and uneventful and I buy a lot of Prowlers. Mainly because they are cheap but I also need to have more in hand if I get ganked again. I then contracted Red Frog to carry them to Jita for 17million ISK (more expense!) and flew to Jita in the Leopard. I am beginning to think this could all go horribly wrong at this point so while waiting for the cargo to be delivered, I reluctantly sell the Leopard for a very good profit. The Prowlers duly arrive and I sell 4 of them in quick succession making a profit of nearly 50 million on each sale - basically the cost of 2 Prowlers I continued to sell more for a few hours and I ended up well ahead of where I planned to be.

All good things come to an end  and eventually, other traders caught on and the price dived. Having made the profit I needed I helped the price crash. It would be rude not to, So all in all a strange weekend, I got the right result I needed but it is hard to be smug because I couldn't have imagined I would have achieved it the way that I did. 

5 comments:

  1. You were closer than 2km off a drone, container, frozen corpse or whatever space junk. When your blockade runner is loaded inside the gatecamp - don't panic or hasstle. Switch to overview tab with "all" and check if you will be able to cloak. Check if some fast tackle is orbiting and if orbit traectory will be close to your ship. Prepare to hit "overhit medium rack" button and burn to gate or burn towards random direction, activating all modules. In such emergency cases you don't need enduring mwd, mwd will be used for a maximum of one cycle (mostly cloaked) to burn off bubble or back to gate. That's where you need every bit of speed.

    P.s. really good campers will decloak you on the second server tick and get you tackled on the third. Though there are only two or three such guys in the galaxy.

    Pashko Morgan from -nano
    o7

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    1. Hi and thanks for the advice. I didn't have a MWD on the BR that died. So I was't moving anywhere when I was decloaked. If it happens again as I am sure it will, at least I have the option with the MWD as you suggest. Normally I have no difficulty with gate camps but this seemed more organised and not in a typical system where I would expect them to be. More likely I was just too slow to realise until too late I guess. No matter, I look forward to the next one to see if I learned anything :)

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  2. ***forgot - not enduring but T2 mwd***

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  3. 'So all in all a strange weekend, I got the right result I needed but it is hard to be smug because I couldn't have imagined I would have achieved it the way that I did.'

    This, this sentence is why I dearly love this game and always will . How many other games out there have been analysed to death and every possible factor broken down to simple numbers, every strategy refined to a simple series of steps.

    Not in EVE because we have something most other games dont, the ability of the human element to have significant effects on the gameworld. Because of that you get effects you cant predict and that means things can never be completely broken down, there will always be that random element that can lead to something cool.

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    1. Absolutely right and I couldn't have put it better myself.

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