DT-PXH VII, Jester's Trek

Wanderings and Explorations

21.12.yc116 BW-WJ2 < QP6B-I Constellation < Tenerifis Region

OOC (Out of Character):

Wanderers

Rixx Javix, over on Eveoganda, posted a link to a video called “Wanderers”. It is a short film by Erik Wernquist with a narration by Carl Sagan, depicting futuristic recreations of actual places in our solar system. It truly captures, at least for me, what’s in an explorer’s heart. As a follower of my blog, if you’ve not seen it, watch it, you won’t be disappointed.

The Dawn of Orion

As it turns out, there’s been a great deal going on this last month towards our future exploration endeavors. On December 5th, 2014, NASA launched the Orion crew module on the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket. It marks the beginning on a long journey to set the first human steps on Mars. With the current levels of funding, it’s believed that the first human to explore Mars is alive today. Optimistically, the timeframe puts us there in the 2020’s, with the 2030’s being probable, but unless the funding changes, I believe the 2040’s is more realistic.

NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover

Then there’s the little rover that could. Curiosity has made the news twice this month. First, is the discovery that Mars’ Mount Sharp shows evidence of having been built up over millions of years from sediment indicative of a large lake bed which you can read about here.

Then, just last week, the first definitive detection of organic molecules was made, which are the building blocks of life as we know it here on earth. Unfortunately, more evidence is required to determine if the presence of the molecules is truly from a form of life or from a chemical reaction. You can read more about this discovery here.

Many question the wisdom of spending billions of dollars on such explorations, but I see it as no different as our ancestors taking their first bold steps to the new world. The price was high, the risk was great, but so to were the rewards. Even today, a great deal of the technology that we take for granted can be traced back to the space program. Check out this site, NASA @ Home and City, to see how it’s impacted you.

QRBN-M V

QRBN-M V

Systems 20141128

Where I’ve Been. Where I’m Going.

“We have crossed the oceans. We have followed the stars” – “The Hands of Man”, Chris de Burgh

07.12.yc116 C-WPWH < O5QG-M Constellation < Omist

Y-MSJN II, Caroline's Star

Y-MSJN II, Caroline’s Star from Omist Region

Even though I’ve not docked in 152 days as I explore Null Sec, instead living alone in and out of my pod on ship, I continue to receive news via Aura. The news of late has been far more interesting than usual. It seems there’s a new star in the sky that was discovered on 26.11.yc116 by a fellow capsuleer explorer, Caroline Grace. Intrigued by the news and not having noticed it myself, I eagerly cut my break short, stripped down, and jumped back into my pod to have a look. Sure enough, once I knew there was something new in the sky, it didn’t take me long to find it. Not too much is known other than, it’s getting brighter, seems to be in Jove space, and there appears to be some form of an accretion disc expanding outward from it.

S-XZHU II, Jester's Trek

S-XZHU II, Jester’s Trek

My exploration travels lately have me nearly to the edge of the New Eden cluster in the South West region of Null Sec, but even from here, I can see the new light in the heavens. It’s not as prominent as seen from closer to Jove space from the images that Caroline and others have taken, but it’s distinct and clearly unusual once you know to look for it. As to what it is, only speculation can guess at answers until more is learned. So for now, I’ll leave that to others, but I can’t help feeling that this is only a prelude to something bigger…

In other news, it seems the growing ranks of new capsuleers is on the rise. Almost seems to me as if in answer to the new star. Are we unknowingly preparing from something? Maybe it’s just my ancient ancestors whispering dark omens from times past when such events were the herald of evil times, but even knowing how foolish I am to think such thoughts, I can’t help the goose bumps along my arms nor the raised hair on the back of my neck. I’m sure it’s nothing, at least that’s what I keep telling myself, and in some ways I’m glad I’m flying alone far from Jove space, but its times like this I wish my Grand-Father were here.

7L9-ZC XI

7L9-ZC XI

For those new capsuleers who may have stumbled upon this journal of my exploration travels, welcome. My mission is to explore all of New Eden, one system at a time, stopping and taking an image of each planet which can be seen in my Gallery. Phase I was Empire space, which has been completed. Phase II is Null Sec, which I’m currently working on. I’ve been at this for five years now and I’m now at 50% of K-Space (known space) completed. It’s been a long journey so far and I’ve still a ways to go. If there’s a Phase III, it will be WH-Space (wormhole space), but that’s still a ways off for now.

Be sure to check out my gallery and feel free to leave comments and ask questions either here or via Eve-mail.

Fly smart, fly safe,
Katia

Oh… by the way, Caroline Grace has agreed to be interviewed as part of my New Eden Explorer Series, so be sure to check back!

MJ-X5V VIII, M9-FIB Gate

MJ-X5V VIII, M9-FIB Gate

New Eden Explorers: JonnyPew

One of the greatest privileges of doing this series has been getting to know my fellow capsuleer explorers. Some I have known of and a few that I haven’t which is the case with Sir Livingston, better known as JonnyPew. I know, I know! I must be flying under a rock to not have seen his amazing collection of nearly 150 videos that he’s put together. Many of which cover exploration around New Eden. I’ve only done two videos and I’m well aware of the hard work and effort that goes into each one and simply admire his dedication to our universe. All I can say is, I’m glad this series has lead me to find his work!

What attracted you to EVE Online and how long have you played?

JonnyPew

JonnyPew

I started playing EVE Online in 2010 during the Dominion expansion. I’ve been subscribed ever since so…that’s about 4.5 years in total. A friend at work got me into the game. He started telling me of he and his corporation’s adventures in New Eden. This continued daily for a couple weeks. I liked hearing of this sci-fi universe so much that one evening I started a trial account. After undocking for the first time I knew this game was special, something I wanted to learn. I believe that is the key to my staying with the game for so many years. The desire to learn the game.

How would you describe your characters career path?

I’ve had a varied career in New Eden. I first joined a mining corporation and grinded my way through the belts of the Lonetrek region. It was during that time that I also first discovered exploration. I remember running a number of high-sec radar/magnetometric sites (pre-Odyssey data/relic sites with npc defenders) and realizing much more profitable exploration was in comparison to high-sec mining. It wasn’t soon after this that I left the corporation and began running missions and exploration sites throughout high-sec as a solo pilot.

SirLivingstonFull8 months later I joined a null-sec corporation in Pure Blind. During my 4 month stay out there I ran combat sites, combat anomalies, participated in war efforts, home defense fleets, small null-sec roams, and did the best I could to learn how to survive.

After tiring of the null-sec life I joined a high-sec war corporation. I spent just a month with them, but I learned much about surviving high-sec wars and griefing.

Growing sick of high-sec, I decided to live in low-sec as a solo pilot. I spent about 6 months in the low-sec region called Aridia and again I learned how to survive.

Not soon after I left low-sec did I decide to go on a Tour of Null-Sec, a circumnavigation of empire space. 500+ consecutive null-sec jumps later with my ship still intact I docked up in the nearest station to conclude my adventure. It truly felt like a real adventure. And of course again I learned.

6 months later I decided to learn about Faction Warfare. I joined a FW corporation that based out of Black Rise low-sec. I spent the next 7 months learning about FW PvP and the various mentalities of FW pilots.

I started my own corporation later that year.

What attracted you to explore New Eden? What is your goal and have you achieved it? If not, are you still working towards your goal, do plan to continue, or what are you currently doing?

I used to do exploration in New Eden for the profits, but now that I have plenty of isk I simply explore because I like the nomadic existence it often allows. I’m currently running hacking sites in null-sec with an interceptor.

What is the name of your favorite ship that you enjoy flying the most while exploring? Why is it your favorite? Would you mind sharing your fit?

Currently my favorite ship is the interceptor explorer fit I designed for the Raptor. It’s extremely cost-effective and fun to zip around null-sec with.

Raptor

Raptor

Inertia Stabilizers II
Inertia Stabilizers II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II

Limited 1MN Microwarpdrive I
Warp Disruptor II
Relic Analyzer II

Prototype Cloaking Device I
Core Probe Launcher II, Sisters Core Scanner Probe
150mm Railgun II, Caldari Navy Uranium Charge S
150mm Railgun II, Caldari Navy Uranium Charge S

Small Emission Scope Sharpener I
Small Gravity Capacitor Upgrade I

 

During your research and travels, what has been the most interesting fact, amazing sight, or other aspect of New Eden that surprised you?

I’ll never be able to learn all there is to EVE Online. For this reason I log on.

What have you learned or what advice would you give to someone interested in exploring New Eden?

Whether you’re in it for the profit or just the sake of doing something different, find the joy in it. Exploration is just 1 game within THE game.

You can follow JonnyPew on YouTube and Twitter via the links below!

JonnyPew’s YouTube Channel
Follow JonnyPew on Twitter

Here’s two of my favorite JonnyPew videos.

Not Dead Yet

“I’m dancin’ on a land mine baby one leg left and I can still crawl and I’m not dead yet” – “Not Dead Yet”, Styx

18.10.yc116 Y-MPWL < I9B-8X Constellation < Providence

Having finished seven Null Sec regions and working on my eight, Providence, I guess I should do a monthly stats post and some favorite images. Before the stats, however, some shout outs to folks I’ve met along the way. In JBY6-F of Catch, I had a friendly conversation in local with Ageudum, Cocoon Makes, & Red Thunder. In U-HYMT of Providence Thetis Aident of The Violition Cult struck up a private convo with me that was pleasant. Last, there was ReheL’t also in Providence that was curious about my explorations. All in all, Providence so far has been a busy and fun experience. There’s been only one bubble camp and that was next to a High Sec entry point which was to be expected. Otherwise, the journey has been full of conversations and peaceful exploration.

I did run into an unexpected surprise when I jumped into system F-YH5B where I found corebloodbrothers, a CSM9 representative, dropping a link in local of a new video explaining the happenings in Catch and Providence of late. So that’s what’s been going on! Perhaps I can claim I was there? Close enough? Alright, alright, maybe on the periphery… hmmm, ok, I’ll settle for that. Either way, it was great timing on my part to see how proud corebloodbrothers was of his fellow capsuleers.

Time for some stats.

30 Regions explored out of 67
2,533 systems out of 5,431 of K-Space making that 46% explored with no ship losses. I’m not dead yet.
104 days in space undocked

Thanks for saying hello in local, fly safe, fly smart!
Katia

H6-CX8 II

H6-CX8 II

G-5EN2 V, 9-F0B2 Gate

G-5EN2 V, 9-F0B2 Gate

5IO8-U VIII

5IO8-U VIII

4B-NQN IX, Jester's Trek

4B-NQN IX, Jester’s Trek

6BPS-T III, Hosha's Drama Clinic Station

Catching Fire

“And if the night is burning, I will cover my eyes.” – “I See Fire”, Ed Sheeran performed by Peter Hollens

05.10.yc116 R-K4QY < XR9-LP Constellation < Catch

GE-8JV IX, AX-DOT Gate

GE-8JV IX, AX-DOT Gate

The Catch Region, by far, is the most contested, busiest region I’ve traveled yet. Very few systems are empty. There’s usually at least one other in system or passing through as I’ve gone about my exploration. The Brave Collective owns most of the systems in the region and there are several pockets that have been hotly contested the last several weeks. Just take a look at Dotlan Evemaps at the most violet systems and you’ll see Catch has had at least two in the top five. It’s slowed my progress considerably as I’ve had to be more cautious than usual. Hundreds, even thousands of ships and pods have been lost in border and surrounding systems near Providence, Stain, and Khanid. In particular, BR-N97, GE-8JV, and HED-GP.

Globscho Thorson

Globscho Thorson

Having entered the Catch Region from Querious, the first one I hit was GE-8JV. This system alone has had on average 800+ ships losses per 24 hour period daily. I quietly and quickly explored the system and managed to squeak through as the combatants were more interested in each other, than me. I made my way through the constellation T-1WDH that lead to Impass, ran an outbound gate camp of 6 or so ships into the border system E3-SDZ, and they decided to follow me through. I had an interesting conversation with Globscho Thorson of Herrscher der Zeit, Test Alliance Please Ignore. It was a fun conversation. We chatted in local as I’m sure they were hunting me, covering the gates, and I went about my exploration. I hope I had earned some respect as an experienced explorer, even more so now with six Null Sec regions under my belt, I’m fairly certain I can add Null Sec experienced explorer to that. They certainly earned my respect, between the friendly banter, each of us knowing I would do my best to evade them, and they would do their best to catch me. I continued my exploration.

HED-GP IV

HED-GP IV

I had to turn around and venture back through the hotly contested system of GE-8JV in order to continue with Catch. Next up was the border system HED-GP into Empire space, a heavily camped system containing opportunistic capsuleers trying to catch ships making their way through the pipe from Empire to Null and vice versa. It’s also not too far away from the conflict taking place at the Providence border systems, which I continue to make my way towards.

As I’ve said, Catch has been hot, busy, slow, and tedious. I’m hoping to finish up the region over the next week and move on.

Q-S7ZD VIII, GJ0-OJ Gate

Q-S7ZD VIII, GJ0-OJ Gate

New Eden Explorers: Sindel Pellion

Getting old is not all that it’s cracked up to be. Sure there’s wisdom that comes with age and the desire that if only you could go back in time with what you know now and there’s the added aches and pains as well, but the one that really gets me is not remembering things. Ah, to be young again. Such as it is, I’ve been trying to remember how I discovered this particular capsuleer that held an explorer’s heart. I do remember being surprised by the discovery. Perhaps she made a tweet, or someone told me, but I knew before she made this particular post on her blog.

But I guess I really shouldn’t have been surprised as she’s a great supporter of the community and the person behind and responsible for the Angel Project, an Eve Online charity since 2012, that provides aid to new players. I certainly admire her efforts behind this monumental task of maintaining such a charity. I can’t imagine keeping up with the donations and then being able to weed out those who are trying to scam for assistance from those who are truly new and need help.

Thanks Sindel for all you do for the community and new players of Eve Online. I’m thrilled to include you in the New Eden Explorer’s series. (One day, I’ve got to find that named WH planet… :) )

Sindel Pellion_Portrait

Sindel Pellion

What attracted you to EVE Online and how long have you played?

I started playing Eve Online at the behest of my then-boyfriend-now-husband. When we first started dating, we traded MMOs. I don’t think he ever would have imagined that I’d take to Eve as well as I did. I loved how there were no rules, no boundaries. I loved the freedom. Above all ,though, I loved how beautiful the game was. It’s been three years, and I have no intention of quitting.

What is your background as a pilot? Did you jump right into exploration, start in the military, hired by a corporation, or something else?

It was immediately decided that I’d move to null sec. By whom, I have no idea. I trained for 4 and a half months to fly a cloaky Loki, completing the SoE Epic Arc in the meantime, then met my corp in Omist. I’ve been out there ever since, with brief forays into low sec every now and then.

As far as my career path goes, two-thirds of my SP are in Spaceship Command, Navigation and Gunnery. I am very much a trained killer.

Sindel Pellion_StandingWhat attracted you to explore New Eden? What is your goal and have you achieved it? If not, are you still working towards your goal, do plan to continue, or what are you currently doing?

I’d always been interested in exploring New Eden, but there was just one problem: probing. I didn’t understand it and I got ridiculously frustrated every time I tried. Probing tutorials– both the videos and the written ones– didn’t help me at all. I learn by doing. Luckily, a very nice member of #tweetfleet sat down with me for an hour and walked me through the basics of probing. It only took an hour.

My goal is nowhere near as ambitious as yours! I just like seeing things that not a lot of people bother to look for. I also LOVE screenshots. The only real exploration goal I’ve ever had is finding Eyjafjallajökull, the only named planet in a wormhole. This goal was achieved six weeks after I started looking, with the help of No Holes Barred.

 

What is the name of your favorite ship that you enjoy flying the most while exploring? Why is it your favorite? Would you mind sharing your fit?

I can usually be found flying a Cheetah when I’m exploring. It has gone through a number of name changes, so right now its name is “Shhhhhhhhhhhhh!”. I also use a Tengu when exploring, but the Cheetah is more practical for someone like me because it’s cheaper to replace and people tend to shoot at me. My current fit is:

Cheetah

Cheetah

[Cheetah, Poke Around]
Sisters Expanded Probe Launcher, Sisters Combat Scanner Probe
Covert Ops Cloaking Device II
150mm Light Autocannon II
Scan Pinpointing Array I
Scan Acquisition Array I
Scan Rangefinding Array I
Limited 1MN Microwarpdrive
Nanofiber Internal Structure II (2)
Damage Control II
Small Ancillary Current Router 1 (2)

Is it a perfect fit? No. But it works for me. I can strike out alone and just explore, or I can assist my fleet when they need a strong prober (and whore on KMs).

During your research and travels, what has been the most interesting fact, amazing sight, or other aspect of New Eden that surprised you?

The thing that constantly surprises me is the attention to detail that CCP gives to even the most little things. The flames at The Bonfire move. The clouds blow across planets. The satellites rotate. The drones have moving parts. When you take the time to actually look– like Ctrl+F9 and LOOK– you see all kinds of intricate details. You fully appreciate the effort behind the game.

What have you learned or what advice would you give to someone interested in exploring New Eden?

The greatest advice I can give is to do your research and make sure you have the right tools for the job. I’d NEVER take the Cheetah into a Sleeper site, that’d be suicide. On the other hand, if I were going to see something like Titanomachy, I wouldn’t bring a Tech III ship; the chance of dying is too high to risk something so valuable, and a Cov Ops ship will work just fine. Adjust your fits and your ships based on what kind of exploration you’re doing.

Also, don’t be afraid to take risks. If you’re scared to lose your ship, or to venture into low/null, you’re missing out on some of the most beautiful things in Eve. Sure, you might die. But, at the end of the day, they’re just pixels, and they are worth risking.

Do you have a favorite image that you wouldn’t mind me posting and sharing from your explorations?

Here is a shot of my trusty Tengu (named Not a Tengu) and the planet Eyjafjallajökull:

Eyjafjallajökull

Eyjafjallajökull

F-NXLQ III, Turdy Station

Nefarious Querious

Niven Nalliery

Niven Nalliery

“Games people play, You take take it or you leave it, Things that they say, Just don’t make it right.” – “Games People Play”, The Alan Parsons Project

14.09.yc116 QETZ-W < U-JTBT Constellation < Catch

Of course there’s no guarantee that members of the same alliance will act in a similar fashion. Most often they are from different corporations which have their own ways of doing things. This fact was most clear in Querious. A fair amount of the region belonged to The Initiative which is comprised of 25 different corporations. I found travelling the region to be rather quiet until there were only 3 constellations left to explore.

3BK-O7 VIII

3BK-O7 VIII

Constellation 8ET-D1 offered my first contact with a member corp of the Initiative. Niven Nalliery of SPANI welcomed me as I entered system 3BK-O7. As I explored the constellation, I had found clusters of capsuleers going about their daily task, and I had wondered why the gates were not actively camped as I had grown accustomed to when exploring a dead end constellation such as theirs. My conversation with Niven seemed to answer that question as we had a friendly talk and it seemed they didn’t mind my flying about. I left the area freely with a smile on my face, knowing I had left a good group of folks behind. Thanks for the break from the monotony and the friendly conversation.

Chrisdoc79

Chrisdoc79

The next constellation, MPJW-6, had a few pockets of folks which left me alone and I wasn’t challenged on the gates until the last few systems, where I played cat and mouse for a couple of locals before I finally managed to make my way into the last constellation of XLL-Z7. The corp of this dead end constellation, Dawn of a new Empire, played a good game. I entered the area quietly enough, then on my second system in, ES-Q0W, I was welcomed in local by Chrisdoc79. We had a friendly conversation and I started to feel a little more comfortable. My thinking at the time was perhaps the Initiative as a whole, contained member corps that followed a similar code. Maybe even a NRDS policy. (Not Red Don’t Shoot). In my research, I wasn’t able to confirm or deny that, but with my precious friendly encounter, the precedence seemed to be set.

C-9RRR I, L-6W1J Gate, Bubbles

C-9RRR I, L-6W1J Gate

So, I carried on with my exploration, but then they made a couple of minor mistakes. Perhaps mistake is the wrong word, but they had to do what they had to do and likewise, so did I, but it was those minor mishaps that quickly raised my red flags and I was back on my cautious, slow, and steady approach to exploration. First up, upon entering system H74-B0, there were two ships on the gate. No bubbles, but drones were deployed, so I quickly aligned and made for a point in system. No more trouble there, so I went on around until I reached the dead end system of NU4-2G. When I finished my exploration of that system, I fully expected a bubbled gate camp in F-NXLQ, but I made for it anyway. Landing on the grid in system, I didn’t find the camp, but I wasn’t completely wrong, as there was a scout ship on the gate that quickly warped off. That was their second mistake.

LS-V29 I

LS-V29 I

It was their second mistake, because now I knew for a fact, my exit was being monitored and I was confident a camp was coming up. Here’s where they made for a good game of cat and mouse, because my expectation was the camp would be in ZXJ-71, but if I had truly thought about it, it made more sense where they eventually did have the camp, which was in system N-M1A3. Fortunately for me, and I’m sure, sadly for them, since I was on high alert and expecting something on my way out, I did manage to evade the bubble camp and safely found a spot in the system to hide and chill. One by one, they slowly exited out of the system with no words spoken between us, each side knowing we did our best, but luckily for me, I won the day.

Well played Dawn of a new Empire, well played. If the initial two ships that missed me on the one gate had not been there and if that scout had not been on the dead end system gate, I probably would have been much more relaxed with my guard down and the post I’m writing today may have been far different. You’re earned my respect. Fly smart, fly safe.

W-IIYI IX, 3-JCJT Gate, Bubble

W-IIYI IX, 3-JCJT Gate

FM-JK5 XII, JP4-AA Gate, Bubbles

Delve Run Run Away

“Oh now can’t you wait, run run away.” – “Run Runaway”, Slade

31.08.yc116 UVHO-F < K-JO26 Constellation < Querious

YZ9-F6 V, Blood Raiders Assembly Plant

YZ9-F6 V, Blood Raiders Assembly Plant

OOC: Lately it seems I’ve been having some website difficulties. Last week I was hit by something that wiped out all of my blog images. At first it seemed like an attack, but later through some troubleshooting saw there was a plugin update on my site that may have caused the issue. Either way, with a partial restore from the hosting provider, I was able to get back most of what I had lost recovered. Unfortunately, I lost my page of supporters where I highlighted those that have encouraged me on my journey and I didn’t have the notes to put it back together. So, I’ve removed the page for now. My apologies.

Malia Katain

Malia Katain

On the exploration front, I’ve finished up Delve and have continued my trip in Querious. Delve has certainly been the most thrilling so far. I entered the region at 1-2J4P with little activity in the area, but that quickly changed as I approached 1DH-SX. Each day as I drew closer to the system, the Ship/Pod kills grew with some days being in the hundreds. Seemed there was a huge conflict in the area. Fortunately, I managed to survey the system and move along with the combatants mostly interested in each other than me.

Continuing my exploration of the region I ran into Malia Katain of Ashrum Core, Greater Western Co-Prosperity Sphere. I was pleasantly surprised when I was welcomed to the area and allowed to explore freely. That was certainly a first in Null Sec and a welcomed change to actually relax a little. Great group of folks as they provided some local intel and I wished I could have stayed a little longer, but sadly I had to move on. Thanks Malia!

FM-JK5 VI, Petyr Baelich Appreciation Station

FM-JK5 VI, Petyr Baelich Appreciation Station

The next constellation over, however, provided the balance of the warm hospitality I had just left to the unwelcomed, get out of our space, cat and mouse game when I ran into the Graduates in the O-EIMK Constellation. I had to inch my way, system by system, to work my way through the constellation. I know that the chances are, some time, during my journey I’ll be caught, and more than once I thought that was going to be the case here. Luckily, and that’s all it was, I managed to fully explore the constellation and moved on into Querious.

Y-OMTZ VII, The Anvil Station

Y-OMTZ VII, The Anvil Station

It was in Querious that I found the other side of the raging battle of 1DH-SX, as the neighboring system of F2OY-X was on my flight path and this time, oddly enough, if I stuck to the plan, I would have to fly back through 1DH-SX in Delve to continue on with Querious. Seems two constellations in Querious are split off from the rest of the Region with several systems in Delve separating them. Fortunately, the battle on this side was lighter, but I didn’t want to take a chance passing through 1DH-SX. So, I took a 20+ jump detour back through Delve to UHKL-N and continued my Querious exploration in A-B04V.

With the one exception, Delve kept me on the run.

With the completion of Delve, that puts me at 28 Regions explored, 5 of those in Null Sec, for a total of 2,346 Systems at 43.2% of Empire/Null completed. So far, no ship losses.

T-IPZB XI, T-M0FA Graveyard

T-IPZB XI, T-M0FA Graveyard

New Eden Explorers: Motoko Rei

It’s great to see other Exploration blogs out there and Motoko Rei of “Into the Ether” is a great one to visit. What I like about Motoko’s blog is the wandering nature of a solo explorer from interesting High Sec sites to Low Sec, Null Sec, and Wormholes. He’s captured some fantastic images along the way and has certainly developed a piloting skill to be admired in order to navigate all that New Eden has to offer. Motoko has been flying the cluster since July of 2013, just a little over a year now, and through his blog he’s shared his experiences so far. Be sure to check out “Into the Ether” if you’re someone who’s interested in seeing New Eden. You’ll learn, as I’ve learned doing my own exploration, fear is no reason to deny your explorer’s heart.

Motoko Rei

Motoko Rei

What attracted you to EVE Online and how long have you played?

I read that Eve Online was complicated, which first peaked my interest. I like the idea that there needs to be some investment in order to fully experience the game. I next discovered the player community (bloggers at first) and thought that a game which can inspire such dynamic player creativity in terms of blogger output (stories, articles, critique, player experience) must have something special about it. I have been playing for over a year.

How would you describe your characters career path?

Motoko-Rei_Standing2I started out running missions and mining in high security space for 2 or 3 months. It seemed like that gameplay was going nowhere fast so I decided to seek out a corporation that could accommodate my play schedule and help me get more out of the game. At the time, Touring New Eden was being advertised as a pacifist corporation – which did not especially draw me in, but it was something I didn’t mind trying out if there were other selling features. I joined Touring because it was also geared for solo pilots and it could teach people how to travel safely through hostile territory.

This is where the game opened up for me. Another corporation declared war and rather than having the newer pilots dock up – we were encouraged to head out into null-sec with our T1 frigates (after first reading up on how to do so, safely). I took a Magnate and headed out to an NPC station way out in Null-sec – completely prepared to have that ship destroyed – and to my surprise I made it.

What attracted you to explore New Eden? What is your goal and have you achieved it? If not, are you still working towards your goal, do plan to continue, or what are you currently doing?

After I found myself pretty far into Null-security space I first started to explore. I was checking out some local sites, then scanning down exploration sites and then scanning down wormholes. I really liked the feeling of discovering new places in the game for myself. Once I started I kept going. Wormholes are the most fascinating for me.
My goal is to continue exploring New Eden to its fullest. More specifically, that means learning more about wormholes first hand, seeing some of the notable sites out there, mining exotic ores and fullerenes. I hope to do all this with some pvp added to the mix.

Anathema

Anathema

While doing all this exploring I found that I was severely lacking in the PVP aspect of the game. I was having trouble dealing with Sleepers and also wanted to be able to engage other capuleers in combat. So I left Touring New Eden and joined Open University of Celestial Hardship (OUCH). Here I was quickly taught the basics of pvp combat. I decided to join their Operations Department in order to continue to learn and enhance the pvp aspect of my game as well as teach others the introductory modules in the OUCH training program.

Lately my exploring has been making excursions to some of the interesting sites I have read about. I hope to visit Titanomachy next and some more wormholes.

What is the name of your favorite ship that you enjoy flying the most while exploring? Why is it your favorite? Would you mind sharing your fit?

AresIt really depends on what my intent of the journey is. If I am site running or wanting to fly cloaked it’s the Anathema (for aesthetics). If I am going for a quick visit somewhere it’s usually the Ares (for the 4 low slots). Mining or gas excursions into wormholes was the Venture (I’m so excited for the ORE Expedition Frigate, the Prospect, to come out soon). I am working my way up to T3 Cruisers as well. I kind of feel like I have not found my favorite yet.

During your research and travels, what has been the most interesting fact, amazing sight, or other aspect of New Eden that surprised you?
The most amazing sites for me have been the wormhole nebula. They are varied and look absolutely incredible. I also really enjoy seeing Sleepers and Rogue Drones up close.

What have you learned or what advice would you give to someone interested in exploring New Eden?

I would advise anyone who was interested in exploring New Eden to learn some basic null-sec traveling from another capsuleer or corporation and then jump in. The basics are very easy to learn and then the whole of New Eden is yours to discover.

Do you have a favorite image that you wouldn’t mind me posting and sharing from your explorations?

I have many images I have taken that are favorites. If I have to pick one I’ll go with the cloaked Anathema floating before a wormhole nebula. It’s peaceful.

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Cloaked Anathema floating before a wormhole nebula

Gotta Get Back in Time

“Take me away, I don’t mind. You better promise me, I’ll be back in time.” – “Back In Time”, Huey Lewis & the News

10.08.yc116 L-YMYU < XOV7-5 Constellation < Period Basis

OOC: Short on time this week, I’m afraid, but I did want to quickly mention a few things. First up, just finished my fourth Null Sec region completely explored. The journey is going slow and steady with this last region, Period Basis, being one of the busier ones so far. I found myself hunted again, evading a couple of bubble gate camps, and chased down one pipe until I was finally able to out warp them and they lost me at a crossroads system. That was entertaining to say the least. This upcoming week, unfortunately, I’ll be traveling most of the week on a business trip, so my exploration will take a pause. It’s nice to take a break, but also, I’m on a good roll and it’s hard to stop too. Either way, I’ll be back at it next weekend.

Contest Promotion

Tas Exile

Tas Exile

Tas Exile, of the blog Pilgrim in Exile, is hosting a contest for newer exploration oriented players. It’s a fantastic idea and I wanted to help promote and get the word out about it. Be sure to check out the character, ship, and registration requirements in this blog post, Newbie Treasure Hunt. In a nutshell, characters less than 12 months old, ship/skills capable of cargo scanning and combat probes (expanded probe launcher), MWD highly recommended. All locations will be in High Sec and there will be prizes. Be sure to check it out and if you participate, let me know. I’d love to hear about the experience.

That’s all the time I have this week. Here’s some of my favorite images from Period Basis. Fly smart, fly safe!

1-NJLK II

1-NJLK II

F-M1FU X, VR-YIQ Gate

F-M1FU X, VR-YIQ Gate

GR-J8B VI, CSM Barret Station

GR-J8B VI, CSM Barret Station

RYQC-I VIII

RYQC-I VIII