Saturday, 20 July 2013

Exploring Null, Pt2

"Life in a Wormhole" is a collection of blog posts documenting my adventures in EVE Online. Together with a small group of real life friends we will attempt to survive in the harshest of space EVE has to offer.

This is part 2, you can read part 1 here.

"Now if only I can remember what I'm supposed to DO out here..."

Warping towards an asteroid belt, after narrowly escaping the null entrance gate camp, my mind goes blank. My plan was to head into null sec with a bubble, see if I can score a frigate kill. Now that I'm here, I'm really not sure what to do...

"Think, you fool."

Ah Yes... I need to be making safes, I need to be bookmarking all the gates & finally I need to work out which way the traffic flows so that I can avoid the majority of gangs and pick out the couple of little guys.

It's not an easy process, bookmarking gates. Not when the system's are full. I make a few unaligned safes in the initial system, then decide to bolt. I'm not risking trying to get close to that gate camp. Besides, I justify, there's a strong chance I won't be flying back this way in the end - I might as well have my fun elsewhere before the pod express takes care of things.

The next few system's are empty. I happily warp around, making my bookmarks. My people & places tab filling up nicely now, the only other bookmarks a good 30+ jumps away, in my old training ground. It feels good to be taking care of things.

About 5 jumps in, I make the decision that I'm far enough to setup camp. While making my bookmarks, I spot a couple of unrelated pilots jumping in and out of the system. There's a definite route here, people will be traveling.

I opt for a stop bubble, easier and quicker to setup, should be ample for my small operation.

"Launch for Self. Anchor."

I burn 200km away from the anchor and setup a bookmark. No sooner has my bubble appeared, a Daredevil jumps into system (from my gate) and starts headed towards me, MWD overheated, gaining fast. There are no scouts in my system, I guess he's a solo roamer hunting down whatever he can. There's a chance a Daredevil would make a good fight, but it'd take some good piloting on my part and I was not about to chance a faction frigate as my first PvP experience in over 300 days. I warp off to one of my safes and wait for him to leave local.

About 5 minutes later he leaves the system allowing me to return to my bubble. Except, he's destroyed it. Clearly dissatisfied at not getting a kill mail he decides to unload on my anchor. Honestly, I wonder why he doesn't just disappear for 15 minutes and try to come back & catch me unaware.

I do have another bubble in my cargo, but it's clear that anchoring now would lead to a repeat performance in 5 minutes time. I need to come back when there aren't faction frigates burning around. I decide to call an end to my evening's roam and head back home. I've got a taste for null sec, I can come back more prepared next time, possibly bringing a few friends for backup. No point in wasting another bubble, possibly a ship.

I make my way back through the systems, happily hopping from bookmark to gate, gate to bookmark. Until I reach the final system. The camp is still around, but now there's 25 of them. This isn't a few drag bubbles set to capture naive travelers; this is full blown gate covering with a force strong enough to take anything going in or out.

"Patience is a virtue."

I go find a safe and log out for the day. Let's see how the system looks tomorrow.

Part 3 is here...

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