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Square One   Leave a comment

I lost everything. And it happened at M-OEE8 as I had envisioned. Well, not exactly as I had envisioned. There was no gate camp, just one measly frigate.

On the way to null, I had been using the tactical display to practice jumping into null and escaping the gate camp. Everything was going okay, till I actually made the jump, and found myself in orange electric haze with no sign of the tactical display!

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Best left unseen

There was only one ship around, so I took heart and tried to look around, but somehow I had totally lost my bearings. Only a few seconds may have passed, but I felt that I would de-cloak any second.

What happened subsequently, i.e. how I managed to botch everything and let a measly frigate kill me, should best be left untold. I did not even try and escape in the pod.

So I am back at Jita.

It is difficult to express how I felt for the first few days after the loss. I was quite calm, I suppose. The sense of loss was a dull ache somewhere, but I did not let it overcome me. The loss of the ship and the cargo was nothing really; it was the shattering of my dream that hurt a bit. I saw no way to try and achieve it again. No cash; no cargo. Cargo that I had spent weeks collecting.

I spent a few days mulling things over. There appeared to be no way out. And then, a chance comment I read somewhere suddenly reminded me of Black Frog Logistics, who specialize in transporting stuff to low and null. If they could move my stuff, I could get there myself, one way or another, and do what is necessary.

This idea has given me hope. I should have thought of this first, and saved myself the heartache. It costs 125 million to ship the stuff from Jita straight to a desired station in Venal. I lost about 600 or 700 million in this recent loss, and in retrospect, I would be much happier had I spent an additional 125 to safely get the stuff there.

So I’m giving myself one more chance. I need at least 500m to get my plan in action again, and making this money may take time. I intend to start small (as if I have a choice) and sit on my orders 24 hours a day.

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Devious   Leave a comment

Portrait

Jita does this to you.

I’ve had a devious idea. It may not be devious by many standards, but the idea is a deliciously irresistible dream for me. A dream that I want to live. A dream that is likely to remain one, as the plan is fraught with danger. The same danger that I faced a while ago, and that which cowered me into moping around at Jita all this time. I did reasonably well, trading at Jita, but I kept thinking of the Guristas stations in venal. The margins at Jita are nowhere as good as the ones I had made in null sec.

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The jump into Tribute at M-OEE8

Thus the plan: to put all I have in the hold, and head to Venal. Again. This time though, I need to stay there for a while to reap the rewards. Am reluctant to reveal exactly what the idea is, as I know that M-OEE8 is my grave, and the death-knell for this doomed plan. It would invite certain disaster, I feel, if I harp about my brilliance prematurely. Especially when the plan is possibly unoriginal (thinking about it), and involves smuggling 420 items, representing my entire assets, through twenty jumps of null, with a bit of low thrown in for good measure. 420 Items that could earn me billions, but (half of) which are more likely to be found in a pirate’s hanger next week.

I feel thoroughly unprepared. I look at my cargo, and have that feeling that I have forgotten something vitally important. Something that will definitely not be available in Venal. I’ve bought all the skills I could, and even anticipated my needs over the next month or two. Am training an entire range of new skills that I will need in Venal, if I am to make something of this plan. At times I despair; there is no need to buy anything at all, as everything I add to the cargo is just an item on a list, in a kill report that will be generated soon.

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The path to Doom

Have fiddled with the fit of my covert ops (Helios) multiple times. Am acutely aware, probably unjustifiably, that the ship has low agility. Somehow the ship still feels sluggish, even after using all the low and rig slots for fast maneuvering. I desire a Cheetah. The Minmatar covert ops appears to be fast and agile, somewhat like their fairer sex. Too late now. With the recent change in my training priorities, I have to stick to my Helios for the foreseeable future.

Have not been able to sleep well for the last two nights, now that the departure is imminent. Keep thinking about what I’ll do when I jump into a bubble formation, with multiple ships zooming around. Have envisioned this many times, but I can still feel my heart start to beat fast every time I imagine it. At times, I envision bargaining with the pirates for half my cargo. Though I know that if I’m caught, I will be back in a station before there is chance to say hi, let alone bargain. Need to fix holes, or fill cracks, to keep my mind from wandering.

Clone   Leave a comment

Medical Facilities

I forgot to mention something else that I messed up (which you may have guessed).

After all that search for stations with jump clone facilities, I forgot to transfer my clone to null sec. How could I forget?

I remember seeing medical facilities in the Guristas station I docked with. But in my relief, and due to a false sense of security, I forgot.

Maybe it was all for the better. Had I ended up back in Venal, I may have had a tough time finding a new ship and equipping it. In fact I am reconsidering my decision to move my clone to null.

Moving it to Jita may be more useful.

Posted December 5, 2010 by iksormas in All, Forge, Stations, Venal

Slave   1 comment

Market data

Everything sold

Everything sold. I put everything I had on sale, even the tech 1 probes and modules I had. And it all sold.

I was torn between the desire to continue onwards, or to go back to Jita to get more stuff to sell here.

Greed eventually won. I decided to make a beeline back to Jita. To trust the speed of my ship.

And I nearly made it. I was in Tribute with a couple of jumps to low sec. Thinking of the gate camp I had met on my way in. I knew they were after me, but I was fast. And stupid. They had signalled ahead, and wham! I was in a bubble, and though I tried everything that had saved me earlier, nothing seemed to work this time.

I sulked at Jita for a while. My pride hurt. My pocket felt pretty good, though. 500 million. Not bad for an exciting journey to the edge of the the galaxy. But I had lost my ship. Carelessness. Beelining.

I bought a Helios a few days ago. Am fitting it slowly. Lovingly. Trying not to get too attached to it, though.

Wondering how much of the ISK to risk. Want to invest it all, and possibly triple it. The wise thing would be to invest 250 million. Possibly make 2 trips. Good chances of one of them being successful. But knowing myself, I am likely to put it all in the hold. I hate myself.

Posted October 22, 2010 by iksormas in All, Encounters, Forge, Market, Ships, Tribute

Life is Good   Leave a comment

Probes Selling

I am feeling amazingly good.

Instead of continuing around the edge of the galaxy I decided to head south to Venal to those Guristas stations.

Spot the Helios

When I finally arrived, I had acute anxiety just before docking. This was fortunately unfounded and I wasted no time in setting up my orders for the probes. At about 2m per unit (bought at < 700k).

And they are selling :)

Life is good.

Posted July 7, 2010 by iksormas in All, Market, Venal

Loneliness is such a drag   2 comments

Station in Branch

My progress through Branch was slow but steady. I moved through an area controlled by the RAZOR alliance. I really like their name. But after my recent experiences I could not muster courage to initiate communication.

There was nothing much to report. I was asked if I was an alt. A couple of people chased me. I saw a few stations. I suppose I should have tried to dock- but after having failed with about 10 stations in Deklein and Branch, my motivation to try again was low.

Progress

While trying to escape the Loony Toons I had ended up moving towards Tenal. Thus I did not really need to make the decision about which direction to head in. Venal may have been a better choice for my cargo. They really needed probes in Tenal, but as expected, no NPC stations.

The edge of the galaxy is a lonely place. Not that there are no people around, but loneliness is what I feel after being rejected, hunted and treated as an outcast.

As I look at the map and see the path ahead, my motivation to continue alone in this wilderness is at a low.

Posted July 3, 2010 by iksormas in All, Branch, Tenal

Branch   3 comments

Northern edge of the galaxy

I made it to the edge of the galaxy, but my stress levels were too high to savour the moment. Same with the long jump to Branch. Forgot to savour.

There was no gate camp as I entered Branch. Looney Toons was the controlling alliance. Obviously at good terms with Tau Ceti in Deklein, as there were no fortifications at either ends, no guards.

Market for probes in Branch and Cargo Contents

I looked at the market for probes. The stations had names that were not promising. I was sure that I would be unable to dock with them. Maybe I should head south to Venal? And sell the probes at the Guristas stations I had seen there. Or I could continue clockwise around the edge of the galaxy towards Tenal and try my luck there…

Waiting for me

Deep in thought, I landed in a heavily populated system (33). I could nearly hear the intruder alarm go off. There must have been a frantic rush for ships. By the time I scouted the station and got to the exit gate, they were waiting for me.

I sneaked to the gate from the side opposite to them, and jumped through. The cat and mouse game continued through the constellation, till I realized that I was cornered. There was definitely a large force waiting on the other side of the gate I had to go through. With one crow pilot on my side.

Slyone's Crow

I decided that this was as good a time as any to communicate. I had not been here long. Had not caused excessive disturbance. If it did not work, at least I could say that I had tried.

The pilot was friendly enough and suggested I dock in a station in C4 to get rid of my cargo. His wife was giving him aggro to use facebook, so he was headed to C4 to dock and suggested I accompany him. I told him I was looking at the map to get my bearings. He offered to scout for me, and convoed me from C4 to say that that the route was clear and that I could dock at the station.

The pilot’s name was Slyone. His wife had a very brief facebook session, as he was waiting for me on the other side of the gate. With 5 friends. In fact I nearly did not jump. It all sounded too good to be true. But after 15 minutes I saw 5 or 6 pilots come into my system. I thought the camp may have disbanded and jumped through.

Deceived

The space looked normal, but as soon as I tried to warp I was stuck in the midst of blue-grey electric haze. There was little I could do. They were moving fast, all around me. I changed direction but another ship neared. Curse you Slyone!

Close Shave

My luck, somehow, held. The distance between us increased, and kept on increasing. The bubble seemed endless, but wasn’t. The space suddenly cleared, and I warped to safety.

Even though I knew the result, I could not resist trying to dock with their station, in the remote possibility that I could. I had notions of flooding their market with probes, or contracting them in bulk to someone.

Station they said I could dock with

Slyone had said that there had been a row about standings, and now anyone could dock in C4. What were the chances of that being true?

They were waiting at the station as well. Patience paid off, and I got my opportunity, reaffirming Slyone’s veracity.

With the close shaves I’ve had, I am more convinced than ever that I will be caught sooner than later. Venal is 12 jumps. Tenal at the edge, beckons at 8 jumps. Still unsure.