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Through Newb Eyes – Living in a wormhole

Wormholes are one of the strangest system types in New Eden. They are dangerous, unpredictable and random. They can also be the safest systems you ever pass through. Some of the best PvP in EVE can be found here, where Wormhole mass restrictions limit attackers and a lack of local means anything can appear (or disappear). A week of nothing happening can change with one lucky directional scan hit that spies you a Tengu.

There’s a vast difference between pillaging/roaming wormhole space and actually living there as well. Having lived  in a Wormhole for close to 2 months now, I feel it’s time for a brief TNE article on living out of a POS and my d-scan being my best friend.

Wormholes are grouped by class, with Class 1 having the easiest sites and Class 6 having the hardest. The class of a Wormhole also affects the mass restrictions leading to it – I believe Class 1 wormholes can’t even allow Battleships.

My corp/alliance lives in a Class 5 Wormhole with a Class 4 static. This means that at any one time, there will be a wormhole leading from our space to a Class 4 wormhole. Class 4s are good for running Anomalies (most can be done with 3 Tengus) and often connect to other wormholes, which is good for hunting. However, C4 wormholes are probably one of the worst for PvP since they never have a wormhole leading out to normal space (known as “K-Space”) which means there’s normally not a lot of through traffic.

That’s enough background stuff. What’s it like actually living here?

Firstly, it is important to remember we are not a big WH alliance like K162. We’re pretty average, I’d say, but we don’t go on massive null-sec killing roams.

Secondly, my alliance is primarily US based, whereas I’m EU. This means I’m usually the first around after Downtime and do a lot of the initial scanning.

To start, living out of a POS is an odd experience. We rely on each other for ammo and mods if someone runs low until we can do a market run, and we don’t have all our ships to hand. I have to open 2 separate windows to board a ship and then another two to fit. I have to go through the hassle of dragging bookmarks from my folder to my cargo before I can put them into a Bookmark can (note: corp bookmarks don’t help alliance members)

A typical day involves me checking notes to see if our current static should have died out, then launching probes at one of my many safes, and scanning down todays wormhole “constellation”. My day could easily end here. Many scan trips have revealed something constellations with not a single tower, leading out to a dead area of nullsec. However, just because the WH constellation is dead at 2pm does not mean it will be so at 5pm. Many times a new wormhole has appeared, spitting out a scout for us to shoot or follow home.

Upon finding a new wormhole, the first thing to do is hit the directional scan and look for ships and towers. Second is to bookmark the return wormhole. Only then to I break my initial decloak and recloak off the wormhole.

If there are ships on scan, my first task is to establish whether they’re at a POS and whether they’re piloted. If there is indeed a POS and forcefield on scan (the forcefield indicates the POS is online) I use d-scan to pinpoint the moon it’s at, warp to it and bookmark an observation point. These bookmarks are the only ones I save from each day.

More often than not, ships on scan are empty at a tower or piloted at a tower unmoving. It’s when there’s a ship on scan *not* at a tower or other probes are seen on scan that we actually perk up and start prepping the PvP ships. Probes on scan usually results in us plonking a scout on our new inbound wormhole to see what is being used to scout (shiny T3 scouts are fun to explode) and anything else results in further scouting to establish what we field and if we even have the numbers to field a force. There’s usually only 3 or 4 of us max in my timezone, so we have to judge our moves well.

The removal of the “Jump” API in Wormholes has changed my scouting quite a bit as well. Whilst before I could check to see if someone had jumped into or out of a Wormhole (and therefore judge a wormhole’s lifespan or the systems’ activity) now there is that little extra “unknown” factor to scouting. Whilst a pain, this makes perfect sense.

Once we’re done scouting, if the Constellation appears empty we usually take the time to run some sites in the Class 4 static wormhole, or even run Capital escalations in our home. Both make decent ISK and allow me to buy new ships to scout or PvP. If there’s no sites to run, we try to collapse the wormhole to spawn a new one. This is usually achieved relatively easily, so long as we’re on the ball. Once a new wormhole is spawned, it’s back to square one, as it were.

And then we start again.

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100 Posts, a year of blogging and a small competition

Last night I wrote my 100th blog post without actually realising it and in two days Through Newb Eyes will be 1 Year old.  Obligatory stats time. Also competition.

100 posts across one year.

That averages 2.3 posts a week.

261  total comments averages to about 2.6 comments a post!

38,863 Unique views at the time of writing, with the most popular post being my Winter Expansion ‘Crucible’ Features list at a whopping 16,000 views. I put this down to initially linking it on the r/EVE subreddit on Reddit.com.

November 2011 has accounted for 50% of my total views. Getting linked on an EVE Online dev blog helped with that too.

The largest number of referral links came from Reddit.com, followed by people coming from The Altruist, narrowly followed by Twitter with 1,337 referrals.

I am not making that twitter number up.

The most clicked on link? That’d be to my gallery of some of the new V3’d ship hulls here.

So all I can say is thank you to everyone who reads, comments and recommends.

But that’s not all

A year deserves something special, does it not? 100 Posts something else? I’m sure it does.

So I’m running my first EVE competition. It’s not going to be big, I don’t have all the ISK in the world.

I will be awarding 120 Million ISK as a First Prize, and a Navy Augororororororor I have sitting in the Autaris System in Lonetrek (hilarious fit and all) as a runner up for this competition. Trimark rigged, of course.

The competition? It’s simple enough. I want you to link me your favourite piece of EVE fan work with a reason why you feel this is favourable.

That’s blogs, screenshots, songs, videos, concept art and whatever you can think of EVE related.

In 3 days I will pick my favourite one listed and award the prizes. It’s that simple.

To enter you have two options – comment on this post or send me an EVE-Mail at tgl3. I’d use twitter, but it could get swamped by other replies.

Don’t forget your reasons why, and specify your character name so I know who to send the prizes to!

Edit: If two or more people post the same fan work, the one with the best reasoning wins out!

Chasing a mammoth is a trap!

Logging after DT puts me as the only online guy in our wormhole, so I get about scanning. Whilst I have some experience with combat scanning, site scanning is new to me. So is naming bookmarks so others can use them, since “That really hard one to scan near the planet” is not a good naming convention.

I locate our new Static C4, since the old one collapsed over Downtime it seems, and jump in and start exploring.

It’s empty.

I don’t mean of pilots, I mean there’s not even a POS here. How bizzare. There’s also about 20 signatures, which is a pain. I don’t even bother scanning them to 100%, instead just noting their type and ID and moving on.

A while at this and I finally locate an outbound to another C5. Jumping through finds… another empty hole. No towers.

I pop probes and lock down a couple of sigs before d-scan flares up with a Magnate t1 frigate and sisters core probes being deployed. A hasty recall of my own probes and a dash back to our own C5 for a stealth bomber occurs, and before long I’m sat in the c4 waiting for the hapless Magnate to stumble across my wormhole.

10 minutes later and my patience rewards me with a wormhole flare. I sit poised on the decloak button, ready to open fire.

The magnate holds his cloak… and jumps back out straight away.

Knowing he’ll be polarised, I give chase because caution is overrated. I jump in as I see the magnate warp off to what seems to be the middle of nowhere. I note that down and return for my Helios. A scan of the area he warped to reveals a C5 wormhole. Excellent!

Jumping through reveals a Pulsar system which are hell for my manticore, essentially nullifying my damp due to a hefty lock range increase.

This wormhole is active. Very active. D-scan shows a Vulture, Orca, Mammoth, Vagabond and a couple of Cov Ops.

I find them at a tower. The alliance, Transmission Lost, is not friendly to us at all. The Vulture and Orca sit in the tower piloted, whilst the vagabond floats there unpiloted. The 2 cov ops are also in the tower, and both are piloted. No sign of the Mammoth.

I sit watching for a few minutes, willing the Orca to warp off for PI or something. The Mammoth warps in to the POS, loiters for a moment then warps off again towards a planet. Giggling like a child, I follow.

Warping to the Customs Office reveals he didn’t warp there, and a d-scan check puts him at another POS. I warp there at 100km, wondering how many POS these guys have an- HOLY CRAP

NOPE NOPE NOPE

I turn the hell around and leave the WH, sufficiently spooked. I located another WH on the way out, but it was near the end of it’s life.

On my return to our C5, our guys are waking up. After a quick lesson on “Putting BMs in the right can dammit TG”, we decide to roll the C4 Static and get a new one.

It goes well right up until the Orca needs to come back to us, because the wormhole has collapsed.

Gah.

Fortunately, we’re prepared for this and the Orca has a cloak and probes. I start scanning our own system for the new C4 and find it, revealing an occupied hole. Its own exit is end-of-life, so I copy my bookmarks back at our tower and log out for the night.

New corp found. Oh, and something about 2000 kills.

As of an hour ago, I’ve been accepted into Wormhole Engineers (well, the entry corp).

Just blew close to 350m on fittings/ammo/reserve ships to move in to start with. This should be fun!

Next goal; train for Tengu.

Last week I also hit 2000 kills. I don’t think I mentioned it here.

I’d do a breakdown of them like I did previously, but EVE-Kill doesn’t show total ship class kills now, instead doing it per month. Bah.

Let’s see how this turns out. Well, I hope.

Edit; I can finally do a “Through Newb Eyes” post on wormholes too! \o/

Looking for Wormhole corp.

I’ve been fascinated with wormholes this week. Probably because myself and 4 other RvB members managed to successfully ambush and kill a Cane in one, despite the pilots corp having a Gila, Phobos, 2 SBs and an Armageddon with him. It was amazing.

I have a newfound desire to explore the unknown. I know corps and alliances live in these holes sucessfully.

I’ve been looking into Wormhole Engineers, and a bunch of other corps/alliances have been linked to me on twitter.

My question are thus; How strict is the average recruitment process and would my RvB career serve me well in getting in?

A last question; what Wormhole corps/alliances, if any, do you recommend for someone looking for a mix of ISK making as well as PvP?

Let me know in game or in a comment, I’d appreciate it!