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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

Mistake   Leave a comment

T1 Helios :)

While fitting the ship, I impulsively bought 200 Sisters Probes. Am training Trade in hope of selling these for a profit.

I also injected a lot of skills. Everything I could train.

Deklein, at the Edge of the Galaxy

Deklein at the Edge

This has left me with 53 million ISK. Things don’t look so rosy now that most of my money is in the cargo :)

The plan is to get to Deklein, and then travel along the edge of the galaxy, possibly clockwise.

Get the feeling that I’ll be ganked on my first jump into low.

Posted June 16, 2010 by iksormas in All, Forge, Market, Start

Inspiration   Leave a comment

Myself

I looked at Map/Star Map/Stars/My Information/Systems I’ve Visited, and I was inspired to travel.

My signature on the stars

My signature on the stars was a wavy line like an arrow in midflight. It seemed to point towards a line of stars zigzaging its way to the edge of the galaxy.

I had 228 million ISK with covert ops training under my belt and felt prepared. I headed to Jita, which happened to be the tip of the arrow, and fitted a Helios.

That was yesterday. Today I embark towards this beautiful region of stars called Deklein.

Posted June 16, 2010 by iksormas in All, Forge, Ships, Start