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September Haul

The last week has not been as productive as the last few weeks. Having 4 out of 6 characters podded back to Empire, and the destruction of our Orca, has caused major setbacks.

Today a C5 (us) -> C5 -> C4 -> C5 -> Highsec (0.5) route opened up so we took the opportunity to bring our minerlas to Jita. Here’s our haul. We hit a good sized Crokite roid (120K+ units) for a few days, hence a lot of Zydrine.

A weeks worth of refined minerals.

A weeks worth of refined minerals.

eve-central.com Estimated Value:

Tritanium: 611,706
Pyerite: 187,266
Nocxium: 9,507,899
Zydrine: 658,035,408
Megacyte: 516,153,896
Morphite: 112,095,000

Total: 1.297 B ISK

Jita buy prices were a little low today. 3,994 ISK for  Megacyte and 1,500 for Zydrine so we decided to stockpile and not sell at this time.

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Regrouping Post Gank

It has been a lonely few days in WH space. My WH partner and I were podded and we used our then offline corpmate, with the help of a Blue in a neighbor system, to scan a new entrance. I’ve gotten my main in, but my WH partner hasn’t been able to successfully time a good link.

I am finding that our C5 will always link to another C5, which will link to a C4 or nullsec. We haven’t gotten a nullsec link all week in the C5, so we have to turn to the C4. The C4 will usually link to another C4 or a C3, which will eventually go to empire or lowsec. The weak part in the chain is the C4 <-> C3 as these WHs tend to have 16 H lifetimes which makes logistics a little more interesting.

I’ve been scanning for a 3 days trying to find a safe route in and getting faster at pinning down signatures with each system that I practice on. Last night I started scanning — ah, a fresh WH of type H432 in our C5 which leads to another C5. I entered and scanned it down; 6 signatures and the second signature one was a WH of type H296 that leads to nullsec.

Not bad, as I have been scanning down C5s with 10+ signatures and of course the last one is a WH. Pinned, bookmarked and warped to. After coming out on the other side, I ended up in The Syndicate, also not bad. I’m afraid of ending up deep in the Drone Region or Goonswarm space, but hey, that’s part of the excitement.

I cycled the MWD, hit the cloak, bookmarked the entrance WH, and brought up the map. Success, we have a nice route to Empire.

  1. Our C5
  2. Empty neighbor C5
  3. PVH8-0 (-0.10), The Syndicate
  4. 6-CZ49 (-0.16), The Syndicate
  5. Reblier (0.40), Verge Vendor
  6. Chesiette (0.57), Verge Vendor
  7. … 20 Empire Jumps to Jita

PVH8-0 had 7 neutrals in local and even had a station in it! I warped to docking range and when the station came into view, I was targeted by a Manticore (Caldari Stralth Bomber). *click* *click* *click*  – I spammed the dock button. He got off one round which took out my shields and put me 50% into armor. I knew that I wasn’t able to take another round, as I was in a scanning Helios (Gallente Covert Ops) with paper-thin armor. I got away and safely docked, repaired and contracted the bookmarks to my WH partner and corpmate.

Within a minute, the Manticore docked up. I knew that he was going to play station games and was waiting for me to undock so he could scram me fresh out of station. I might be new to nullsec, but not that new. I had time to kill as these were fresh 24 H WHs so I noted his name, added him to my addressbook and ate dinner. I came back later and saw him leave station, then a few minutes later local count went to zero. Good timing, I scooted back into our WH system and into our POS bubble.

A few hours later, my corpmate got his main account in WH space and fired up the refinery. He has good Arkonor, Bistot, and Crokite sills so I let him do the refining. We have a lot of ore to process from last week and will eventually need to go to Jita:

2009.09.26.13.17.59

2009.09.26.13.17.55

The moneymakers are the 11.99 K Bistot, 90.44 K Zydrine, 75.49 K of Crokite and some Mercoxit. The lower ends will either be abandoned when we move or go into ammo/drone production for fighting Sleepers. I sometimes get flack from new Carebears about abandoning Tritantium and Pyerite – trust me, it just isn’t worth the ISK/m3 to haul it in WH space.

Up next on the list? We need to get a lot of items in and the ore out:

  1. My WH partner’s alt in
  2. My corpmate who is eager to mine in
  3. 1x Orca (insured), got ganked last week
  4. 2x Hulk, got ganked last week
  5. 1x Skiff, my alt is going for Exhumers V
  6. Strip Miner I’s, always need more
  7. POS Fuel, 7D left
  8. Refined ore out to Jita

My partner and corpmate were unable to get a good haul in today due to some gatecamping on the Reblier gate in Verge Vendor. Maybe today… but we are going to wait for a C3 -> Empire link to bring in the Orca.

I’m glad to have my partner in WH space again. He’s really good at scanning and will move quickly to get the rest of our equipment in. It can get quite boring if you are alone so always bring some friends in WH space!


Wormhole Woes

The past two days in WH space has not been exciting at all. We have lost ships, my main WH partner is stuck in Empire, a corpmate has lost ships, and I have had to learn how to scan down signatures with my less than perfect scanning skills.

Tuesday 13:51 Eve Time

My WH partner and I had an Orca, 2x Hulks, and a Retriever on a Core site when a gang of hostiles came into the system. A Vexor, Dominix, Anathema and a Phobos bubble us and pod us.

After waking up in Empire in a fresh clone, I headed off to Jita to refit. Some 180 M later, I am on my way back to my home base system in the Essence region. I check up on some jobs, trends on the Empire markets and consolidate some goods from neighboring systems.

Tuesday 15:00 Eve Time

A blue in a neighboring C5 system found my corpmate in our C5. Since my corpmate does not have good scanning abilities, he offers to help us find a way out. After a few hours of scanning, they found a route.

C5 (us) -> C5 (empty) -> C4 (empty) -> C3 (idle Frigates) -> Lowsec Empire exit. I get my main and alt back in WH space, but my WH partner misses the C3 -> C4 connection as he tried the route a few hours after I got in.

Wednesday 13:00 Eve Time

Start scanning our C5 with my main character. After 2.5 hours of scanning, I finally find a route out. C5 -> C5 (empty) -> C4 (abandoned Frigate) -> C3 (abandoned 2x Mobile Small Warp Disruptor I‘s) -> C3 (idle Frigate) -> Lowsec Empire.

This was my first adventure on WH space scanning all on my own. It was up to me to find a route out since I was the only one left with some scanning skills.

I don’t have scanning skills trained up to an effective level; I had to get signatures down to 0.25 AU or 1 AU in order for them to finally come up as green which took a lot more effort than what I have heard from my WH partner who has invented in scanning skills. For now I’ve put Gallente Battleship V on hold in favor of:

  1. Astrometrics IV
  2. Astrometric Pinpointing I
  3. Astrometric Pinpointing II
  4. Astrometric Pinpointing III
  5. Astrometric Rangefinding III
  6. Astrometric Rangefinding IV
  7. Astrometric Pinpointing IV

With Astrometrics at III and Astrometric Rangefinding at II, I am having quicker success when pinning down signatures than I did a few days ago when these skills were not trained. I have also added 2x Small Gravity Capacitor Upgrade I’s to my Helios, which increase Scan Strength +10% with no stacking penalty, for improved scanning speed.

Thursday 2:00 Eve Time

A K162 opens up into our system and in comes a Wolf (Minmatar Assault Ship). Out of no where it ganks one of my corpmates and he looses a Mining Barge and ends up back in Empire. I found out that he came from C5 (us) -> C4 (empty) -> C5 (did not explore).

Not a good few days in WH space.

Well, tomorrow is another day. My goals are to get my WH partner in our C5, haul in some more fuel and some spare Hulks.


Nyx Supercarrier Cost Estimation

Nyx Supercarrier BPO

Nyx Supercarrier BPO

Nyx Supercarrier Build Cost

Part Quantity Jita Average Part Total
Capital Armor Plates 165 5,325,750.00 878,748,750.00
Capital Capacitor Battery 165 4,426,793.36 730,420,904.37
Capital Clone Vat Bay 220 7,799,999.99 1,715,999,997.80
Capital Computer System 165 5,792,307.69 955,730,768.45
Capital Construction Parts 220 4,199,999.13 923,999,808.27
Capital Corporate Hangar Bay 220 5,962,885.28 1,311,834,761.20
Capital Drone Bay 550 3,779,996.62 2,078,998,142.32
Capital Jump Drive 220 6,200,030.00 1,364,006,600.00
Capital Power Generator 110 3,700,000.00 407,000,000.00
Capital Propulsion Engine 165 4,629,035.61 763,790,875.32
Capital Sensor Cluster 165 4,640,500.02 765,682,502.48
Capital Shield Emitter 110 5,250,000.00 577,500,000.00
Capital Ship Maintenance Bay 220 7,275,998.75 1,600,719,724.56
Total Cost 14,074,432,834.77
Parts m3 26,950,000.00

Nyx Mothership Build Cost

Part Quantity Jita Average Part Total
Capital Armor Plates 150 5,325,750.00 798,862,500.00
Capital Capacitor Battery 150 4,426,793.36 664,019,003.97
Capital Clone Vat Bay 200 7,799,999.99 1,559,999,998.00
Capital Computer System 150 5,792,307.69 868,846,153.14
Capital Construction Parts 200 4,199,999.13 839,999,825.70
Capital Corporate Hangar Bay 200 5,962,885.28 1,192,577,055.64
Capital Drone Bay 500 3,779,996.62 1,889,998,311.20
Capital Jump Drive 220 6,200,030.00 1,364,006,600.00
Capital Power Generator 100 3,700,000.00 370,000,000.00
Capital Propulsion Engine 150 4,629,035.61 694,355,341.20
Capital Sensor Cluster 150 4,640,500.02 696,075,002.25
Capital Shield Emitter 100 5,250,000.00 525,000,000.00
Capital Ship Maintenance Bay 200 7,275,998.75 1,455,199,749.60
Total Cost 12,918,939,540.70
Parts m3 24,700,000.00

Nyx Mothership Estimated Cost: 12.919 B
Nyx Supercarrier Estimated Cost: 14.074 B

Difference: +1.155 B


New Gallente Supercarrier

Here are the Carrier changes to the Nyx as outlined by CCP Abathur in his Devblog Dominion – The Capital Battlefield.

Thananos and Nyx Carriers

Thananos and Nyx Carriers


Bubbled and Podded

It was bound to happen. My WH partner and I were not watching out directional and we got bubbled by the Phobos and killed. We tried to log-off the Orca, but it could not tank the damage.

They were fast to scan us down as I probably was off directional for 5-6 minutes.

We lost:

1x Hulk
1x Retriever
1x Orca, insured

2009.09.22 13:51:00

Victim: Blake
Destroyed: Hulk
System: J114443
Security: 0.0
Damage Taken: 2617

Involved parties:

Name: Firefite
Security: 1.6
Corp: Aperture Harmonics
Alliance: NONE
Ship: Vexor
Weapon: Warp Disruptor II
Damage Done: 1601

Name: Pocurk (laid the final blow)
Security: 5.5
Corp: Aperture Harmonics
Alliance: NONE
Ship: Dominix
Weapon: Ogre II
Damage Done: 1016

Name: Ace Secunda
Security: 3.2
Corp: Aperture Harmonics
Alliance: NONE
Ship: Anathema
Weapon: Warp Disruptor II
Damage Done: 0

Name: Sole Trader
Security: 3.6
Corp: Aperture Harmonics
Alliance: NONE
Ship: Phobos
Weapon: Warp Disruption Field Generator I
Damage Done: 0

Destroyed items:

Invulnerability Field I, Qty: 2
Mining Laser Upgrade I
Strip Miner I, Qty: 2
Crokite, Qty: 279 (Cargo)

Dropped items:

Survey Scanner II
Cap Recharger I
Mining Laser Upgrade I
Strip Miner I

Back to Jita to get a new Hulk and fittings. Good thing we have one of our corpmates offline right now and he can get us a new entrance tomorrow when activity dies down.


Remote Repping

It came time to unlock another Rarefied Core Deposit so my partner and I took the Dominix in with two support cruisers. Both of them had a Remote Armor Repair module and a complement of Armor Repair Drones. The Dominix armor tank never went below 80%. The Sleeper BC’s did change targets 3 times and we had to warp the Cruisers out as they had limited tanks. I also lost 5x Ogre I drones as the sleepers took them out right away.

1x Sleepless Sentinel (BS)
2x Awakened Sentinel (BC)

vs

1x Dominix (BS)
1x Remote Repping Vexor (BC)
1x Remote Repping Hurricane (BC)

Remote Repping the Dominix