Thursday, December 22, 2011

2011: It has been a good year...

While in 2011 my blogging frequency was greatly reduced. My activity in EvE was actually pretty busy with as many as 30 hours a week being logged. I shifted gears from PvP dreams back to the life of the carebear. More specifically I began to start to build capital ships and acquire the BPOs that go along with it. While I may not have all the BPOs I wanted to at this point, I have enough that Orca and Charon builds are BPC cost free at this point. That's some 14 BN ISK worth of BPOs, which is not insignificant considering I make all that ISK in game while in highsec. I am not a trader and don't really run missions all that much. So the bulk of the ISK was made through mining, ship building, and PI stuffs. So as a whole I am happy with the year.

This year I was fortunate to be able to Ice Mine a lot while working remotely in my RL job. I was clear to make it a semi-afk task that was not disruptive to my RL work schedule. Using a chime timer, 2 PCs connected to a single keyboard and mouse with "synergy", and the layout of my home office. I was able to mine as much as 1500 blocks of Ice in the average work day. This netted me between 100-200M+ ISK a day with the fluctuation of Ice prices and the amount of risk I wanted to place my fleet in. It sparked the addition of a 3rd and 4th account to my EvE addiction. These accounts also opened up a Jump Freighter pilot and a potential to reach 60 PI planets. It also allowed me to start to free up Zombinutz and allow him to once again dream more of PvP.

In the ship building area Sonofbraben is able to build anything from a drone to a Dreadnought this year. Including 3/4 race T2 ships up to Jump Freighters with Amarr being the last hurdle there. I got his Ice refining maxed, his mining maxed, and added a T2 PvP Neut Domi and a PvE rail Mega fit to his "can fly properly" list. I maxed out his R&D agents to 6 jobs and completed standings with Lai Dai for level 4 R&D agents. I got him to 9.6 with Caldari navy and 5.2 with caldari State. Allowing me to anchored POS in 0.5 caldari Highsec systems. I added a whole list of remote rep and drone skills to his docket as well.

Zombinutz spent a good amount of his life in an Orca this year. Which is a pretty sad confession of a 32M SP PvP trained Pilot. I did however boost a lot of gunnery skills this past year, train all Missile types to T2 level IV and a lot of supporting Missile skills to IV. I achieved shield reinforcement elite and armor reinforment improved. I traded my HAM Drake for a 425MM Hurricane for PvP and my raven for a navy Scorp for PvE. I also finally got my first real solo Kill. I also did my first highsec Mackinaw gank as well. LOL!

Healthcare for Space Hermits saw some changes this year. In and out of alliances and coalitions. Members coming and going both from the Corp. and the game. I made some new friends and saw some old ones retire. Now we sit in an alliance again with some folks who like it simple and fun. We have some great members and some fun projects. We remain a Highsec Indy based corp. However we are poking about in LowSec for Industry and some interest in small gang PvP. I logged out one Friday with no plans of WH operations and logged in on a Monday to find one of my directors dropped 1.2BN ISK into a C2. So we are in the WH game I guess. Our Alliance has ins to 0.0 space and we are starting to get requests to build a lot more capital ships. We even had a NYX build request but lacked the 0.0 facilities required. The Alliance had all the mats on hand and a good swag of the BPOs. If anyone is looking for a indy corp. In the lonetrek area look us up.

It's not the most exciting year. I could have made more ISK and branched down a lot of different paths. Yet I am happy with 2011. 2012 has a lot of new ventures in the works and honestly if nothing changes and I do the exact same stuff I did in 2011. I'll be happy and content in my own little EvE life.

Have a safe and happy holidays one and all.



Saturday, December 10, 2011

shifting changing EvE, why we love her.

It's late on a Saturday night around 11:30pm local. Not late by some standards, but late enough that I find it odd to be blogging. Yesterday was a long day in the real world. I was at the work grind fighting technology fires for 26 hours straight. I mined some ice in that time as I do as a back ground task to work. Some listen to music, others surf the web, for me I drag and drop 12 blocks of ice every 211 seconds as my mental stimulus at work. I spend 10+ hours a day actively working for my company and skip lunch breaks most days. I think I can afford an extra drag and drop here and there. At least I am not smoking for 10M every hour, or taking 2 hour lunch breaks, or talking to chuck by the water cooler for half the day.

I've just logged on for a "quick" shuffle of reactions and to check fuel levels etc. Seems like the few weeks initially estimated to cut over to the new fuel blocks is more like 6 weeks. This is cool. It means I go back to running my towers and fueling them based on CPU and Power usage for a bit longer. Less Ice to mine for fuel, more for profit.

I am reacting the materials required for the T2 parts for a Rhea. With a few towers and associated reactors (saving grid for guns and a few moon harvs) It's a slow process but one that requires little time feeding. The new online/offline times have made it SO much better for managing a reaction farm. Removing the fuel costs from the towers through a 30 planet PI farm (ran in 3 day cycles, hauled once a week) and semi afk Ice mining while working. I've gotten it down to about 3BN for the build cost for the Rhea. Give or take. That's 50% of current market and includes all BPCs (I own the T2 BPOs, and a few of the BPOs for the Charon), rare minerals, and moon minerals to react into the compounds to make the Rhea. Mining all the trit to iso my self. It's a 5-6 week process, but hey I can make ~3BN with most of it just being putting stuff in a reactor and letting it churn.

The corp. ticks along with a few new folks joining. Another 4 account mining nut like myself joined up and his mate who is a new eve player seeking PvP. Alliance members split off to form a 0.0 PvP corp. Have a 60 day trial that's going well. Giving us all the opportunity to break off and go play in Null. I've got too much respect for those trying to make a go of it to bounce in and out. At least until they are vetted with the alliance they joined.

Some plans to expand our operations to lowsec in 2012. A Rorqual is in the works and should be built in about 15 days. Opens a lot of doors like our first Rhea did as we have fully trained pilots for both now. So some more time poking around lowsec for quiet backwater systems that the piwates don;t visit much is on the docket as well.

We are pondering some WH fun with the new exciting PI taxes. One of the lowsec systems I have a POS in, the locals ripped out all the customs offices and set the tax to 10% to match highsec. So that's nice and there are some good planets out that way. I might drop a PI alt out there.

I''ve almost closed the blog a few times because of inactivity, but I am starting to dig deeper into industry and seeking rarer minerals. It might prove for some more posts of interest. Also VERY happy with crucible and all the goodies. Been playing with gank Naga with zomb. Fun stuff.