Bróðir Rata

Got out on a Null-Sec roam with some Alliance mates last night. Four of us went out, FC’d by Fifth Dimensinon, with T1 Cruisers and me in a Stilletto. Much fun was had and I actually survived for quite some time, ended up getting shot up just a few short jumps from home. But as Fifth said during one of our engagements with some pilots of the DamnedNation Alliance – “Sometimes it’s all about the trades.” – and we got some good ones… 2skulls (Falcon), 2skulls (Naga), FearCult (Ishtar).

And as usual I’ve got my eye out for those little blue dots on the Star Map to help with my Cyno’syndrome illness… if they aren’t too far off our route I’m compelled to go check them out and last night we just happened across two doses of the cure… crystal kupps (Ibis), thom3 (Magnate).

thom3 was not too pleased, calling me a “tough guy” in local. Now while I didn’t respond, it’s not my style to get engaged in flame wars with the pilots in local, he should know better – I’ve got a sickness and he should stop enabling it!

 

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Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam

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Járnleikr Venja

Got out with our CEO and an Alliance mate the other night for some small Fleet T1 Frigate Fun. Fifth Dimension is our main FC and for the first bit had me running through some approach and overheating drills that will be beneficial with piloting my Interceptor in Fleet engagements. After that he took Blendzen and I out for a little T1 Frigate roam with our expectation being that we’d likely get blown to bits but have some run harassing someone in the process. It didn’t take long and just a few jumps from home we had contact. There were just a few ships on grid at first and we were holding our own but then it turned into a more serious battle and I went down hard but did manage to get some shots in on a kill in the turmoil. I did GTFO in my pod to a nearby planet but warped right on top of a Nemesis who promptly scrammed and popped me.

As serendipity would have it, after I woke back up and had made my way back home, my routine of one last check of the Star Map was showing a little blue Cynosural Field dot only a few jumps away and Cyno’syndrome took hold, I was happy to not end the night on a downer!

 

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Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam

Vidforla

One of my favourite ships to fly is named after Gudrid Thorbjarnardóttir, also known as Vidforla or “the Far-Traveler”. Gudrid was a Viking woman who, five hundred years before Columbus, sailed off the edge of the known world.

That ship is my Exploration Fit Stiletto, which with ever increasing skills seems to be a continuous work in progress. This is my latest fit:

[Stiletto, Vidflora]
Inertia Stabilizers II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II

Relic Analyzer II
Limited 1MN Microwarpdrive I
Data Analyzer II
Scan Rangefinding Array I

Core Probe Launcher I, Sisters Core Scanner Probe
Prototype Cloaking Device I
250mm Light Artillery Cannon II, Quake S

Small Emission Scope Sharpener I
Small Memetic Algorithm Bank I

Stiletto - Vidflora

 

 

If you see me out and about on one of my exploration roams please feel free to send a “Kveðja”.

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Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam

Flár Rata II

Got into a myriad of activities the other night. Started out the night spending some time in the Inty Explorer wandering through some Systems in Great Wildlands and Scalding Pass, no epic finds but did scan down a few sites. Got caught up on my PI activities and moved some materials around to keep the PI flow going. Had the Astero delivered and got it on the market and then went about building a new Wolf to replace the one I lost.

After getting the Wolf built I hopped in, plotted a course home and started burning my way there… no matter where I’m at, High-Sec, Low-Sec, Null-Sec or W-Space, I’ve been diligent with practicing my travel techniques – Local Chat window is always open, when I come through a jump gate I’m holding cloak until I’ve taken a look at who and what are in the System. In Low and Null-Sec Systems if I see Neuts I’m working the D-Scanner to see if they’re close and what types of ships they’re in.

On my burn home I got into Offikatlin and saw two Neutrals in system, one was on gate and jumping but the other, Darryn Lowe, was still out there somewhere. The Offikatlin system has no stations or outposts so I held cloak, checked D-Scan at 360° and full range and popped a Prospect. I took a look at the Probe Scanner and saw that two of the Cosmic Anomalies in System were Ore Sites. I lowered the scan angle to 30° and took a look at the closer Ore Site, a Small Gneiss Deposit, and there he was – jumped to zero, hit approach, cycled the MWD once to close the distance, locked my target on the way in, got the Warp Scrambler on him once I was in range, hit the NOS next and then switched on the AutoCannons. I’m guessing he was AFK as it took a bit to get through his shield and he made no actions to get away, once his shield was done he melted pretty quickly.  I took my time to loot the wreck while I waited out my Weapons Timer and then finished my burn home.

Docked up and was getting ready to log for the night but then decided to take a quick look at the Star Map and lo and behold there was a little blue Cynosural Field dot only a few jumps away and Cyno’syndrome took hold!

 

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Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam

Óþokkuligr

Had a good busy EVE Weekend. Enjoyed lots of fleet action with the Alliance doing a few POCO defenses and bashes – we were looking for a fight but unfortunately no one came out to play.

I got out on two long exploration roams. My first was my most successful to date. A 120+ jump round trip into Stain – hit three fairly low traffic systems, got lucky, scanned down three Relic and two Data Sites and managed to nail over 220 million ISK in loot very quickly. It was a good haul and I didn’t want to push my luck so I plotted a route out and jumped my way back home.

I planned my second long roam with thoughts of hitting Outer Ring and some Serpentis sites. I plotted the shortest route possible and started my burn. Now in hindsight there were a couple of things I should have put some thought into before embarking on this trip.

  1. I was making this trip during one of the most active times in EVE, there was well over 40000 people on.
  2. The west of New Eden is an active war zone.

I made it within six jumps of Outer Ring… I jumped into PF-346 and held cloak to check local and D-Scan. There were only a few in local and nothing on D-Scan so I hit my warp and headed toward the FD-MLJ gate. As I got close I hit my D-Scan again, there were two on gate a Typhoon Fleet Issue and the other I can’t remember. I did warp to Ø and as I landed I was spamming jump but no luck – I had not yet experienced a smartbombing let alone a Shadow Serpentis Large Plasma Smartbomb but I can now say that I have – there was a BOOM! and then a KERSPLAT!

Can’t complain (too much) that ship and clone had earned their keep! Next time I attempt that run I’ll do it during a more quiet time and maybe even try to circumnavigate some of those more active systems.

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Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam

Rjúka Útanlands

I’ve recently finished up training Archaeology 5 which will make cracking those Relic Site cans a wee bit more efficient so I’ve been looking at DOTLAN EveMaps and planning my next big exploration roam.

New Eden - The Universe

It’s looking like a trip towards the South West into Sansha space is in the works. I will hit up Stain, Esoteria and Paragon Soul.

It’s a long’ish trip (60+ jumps) into unknown areas but it will hopefully be fruitful…

 

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Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam

Landaleitan

Other than making ISK one of the goals with my exploration is to scan down Null-Sec Relic Sites for each of the Pirate Factions:

Angel Cartel
Blood Raiders
Guristas Pirates
Sansha’s Nation
Serpentis

I’ve managed to complete three of the five off that list and will be making some long trips in the near future to complete the other two. I have also spent some time in the Null-Sec Rogue Drone regions searching for sites but have had no luck finding any yet. I’m using DOTLAN EveMaps as my main source of information during my exploration travels.

Once Phoebe rolls out I will add another secondary goal to “venture forth into the deeper, darker unknown” of the Wormhole Class 1, 2 and 3 systems.

I’ve got a ways to go with my skills before I will try to attempt any Sleeper sites.

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Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam

Flár Rata

F0RCED ENTRY. was been Wardec’ed by The Marmite Collective for the past couple of weeks so my solo mission’ing in High Sec has been put on hold until this war ends… to make up for some of that lost mission’ing, when I’m not engaged in an Alliance or Corp activity, some of my EVE time has been spent solo roaming Low and Null-Sec in an Exploration Fit Stiletto which I got into after watching JonnyPew’s video “How to Fit a Raptor for Null-Sec Exploration Hacking sites”.

My skills aren’t quite up to snuff yet so I’m blowing up my fair share of cans but even with losing them my loot haul is still quite impressive. I have not found anything epic (yet) but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time and patience until the dice land pure and I get that fortuitous shiny random drop of legend – just knowing that there is a chance I could find a BPC for a Dark Blood Control Tower out there somewhere will keep me heading back out deep into Null-Sec.

 

For those interested here is my lower skilled ‘Exploration Fit Stiletto’

[Stiletto, Exploration Fit]
Damage Control II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II

Relic Analyzer I
Limited 1MN Microwarpdrive I
Data Analyzer I
Cargo Scanner I

250mm Light Artillery Cannon II, Quake S
Core Probe Launcher I, Sisters Core Scanner Probe
Prototype Cloaking Device I

Small Emission Scope Sharpener I
Small Gravity Capacitor Upgrade I

 

 

Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam