New Eden Explorers: Ashterothi

What is the Eve Online Metagame? There are as many meanings for the word as there are capsuleers. For myself, I see it as the expanded Eve Universe created by players beyond the game itself. My definition includes the artist, fiction and non-fiction writers, roleplayers, bloggers, DJ’s, Podcasters, and many more as long as the central aspect of their creation is for the enjoyment and/or education of others centered on the Eve Universe.

Ashterothi

Ashterothi

Obviously, I participate in the metagame as a writer of this blog, but I’m also a beneficiary. I read many blogs, gaze on some great art work, study the finer technical details of game play, and I listen to podcast, just to name a few. On that note, I’m very pleased to present Ashterothi as the next interview in my New Eden Explorer Series. There’s around ten or so podcast I listen to, but it’s the newest of the lot that has quickly attained the status of being my favorite and that’s Hydrostatic Podcast of which Ashterothi is one of the host. Interestingly enough, I’d have to say my second favorite podcast is High Drag, which Ashterothi is also a host. Coincidence? Hmm… perhaps. Must be something to it, huh?

Truth be told, both podcast are high quality, always have something interesting to listen to, and if you’re into the Lore of New Eden, then I can’t recommend Hydrostatic Podcast enough. They have an excellent segment on the lore. Give them a listen, it’s all good stuff and you won’t be disappointed.

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

I joined thanks to a couple of friends of mine in real life. I was a scout in the military, so scouting and exploring came naturally to me. Cov ops was the first tech 2 I shot for, before that I actually scouted for my null group in a t1 frig for hours at a time. o.O

How would you describe your characters career path?

Ashterothi_Standing2Exploration has always been a side venture for me. After my very brief stint in null I drifted around high sec corps for a while until I hit on Aideron Robotics. Once we joined FW, and I was promoted to COO, most of my focus has been on that.

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?

Have you been out there? Its pretty, and there be gold in them there space lanes. My goal is to become “good” at EVE. I fear I may never achieve that goal, as I keep redefining what “good” is.

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?

Stratios, it brings a tear to my eye. Beautiful, and does exactly what it was designed for. I never feel like I should have brought a different ship.

I experiment with fits, but at this exact moment my fit is:

[Stratios, Ashterothi’s]
Drone Damage Amplifier II
Drone Damage Amplifier II
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II
Corelum C-Type Medium Armor Repairer
Damage Control II

Stratios

Stratios

Federation Navy Omnidirectional Tracking Link, Optimal Range Script
Medium Capacitor Battery II
Experimental 10MN Afterburner I
Cap Recharger II
Cap Recharger II

Sisters Core Probe Launcher, Sisters Core Scanner Probe
Covert Ops Cloaking Device II
Heavy Beam Laser II, Gleam M
Heavy Beam Laser II, Gleam M
Heavy Beam Laser II, Gleam M

Medium Nanobot Accelerator I
Medium Capacitor Control Circuit I
Medium Capacitor Control Circuit I

Hobgoblin II x6
Hammerhead II x5
Salvage Drone I x5
Ogre II x4
Garde II x6

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

The lore and how everything in game links to the stories out of game. Realize that all the pieces may mean something, and that we may not understand it yet as players. *the truth is out there*

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

Never make any decision based on killboard stats. EVER. That is actually good advice for anyone.

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

I used to have this wonderful image, but I think I lost it. I finally decided to head out to the EVE Gate. While I was there I scanned down a WH. That WH had 9 planets, and was in the proper order to be Sol, except the 3rd planet was Barren. To this day in my heart I feel like I have found the reminance of home. Perhaps a causonary tale of our home.

REB-KR, Natural Phenomena

The Mission: Past, Present, Future

“As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas…” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick: or, the Whale

11.01.yc117 B-WQDP < GU-JZ1 Constellation < Wicked Creek Region

The Mission

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Systems explored map

For those followers who are new, or may not be aware of my mission, it is my desire to explore all of New Eden one system at a time and record my journey with images and writings via this blog. I began my journey in yc111 (2009) and as you can see by the graph, it wasn’t until this last year did I truly tackle the mission. The two years I went missing, yc114 & yc115, I spent grieving for my father whom had passed away from this life. From his passing I truly began to understand what one aspect of being immortal meant… seeing mortal loved ones and friends around you slowly disappear from your life. I spent those years grounded planet side on Saisio, my home system, wondering if my wanderings should continue.

2014 Systems by YearThe support, love, and encouragement of my family and friends during that dark time finally lifted my heart and I was able to let go of my grief allowing me to return to my explorations. It is, after all, what my father would have wanted. So with a vengeance, I outdid all my previous system explorations, completing Phase I: Empire space and starting Phase II: Nullsec space this last year ending with 2,959 total systems explored since the start of my mission.

The Past – What didn’t work

Backups

NI-J0B II

NI-J0B II

One of the first things I had done during my break was to backup my writings and images I had chronicled to that point, thinking if I should return, I would then be able to restore this blog and carry on. As it turned out, the writings portion of my backup was corrupted and I didn’t realize it until I went to restore. This is why you’ll not find any post prior to my return in yc116. Fortunately, the images I had taken up to that point where good and I was able to restore them to my gallery. I’ve corrected this issue should it ever come up again, having more than one verified backup on hand in different locations. I can’t stress enough that if there’s something in digital form that you wish to keep, be sure to not only back it up, but verify it’s good.

Image Processing

QXE-1N I

QXE-1N I

One of the reasons my exploration was going at such a slow pace before was due to the labor intensive work with the images I had taken. To get them ready for the gallery, due to space limitations and other factors, I would adjust their format and size before uploading them. Upon my return, the first thing I did was to streamline and automate the process of capturing the image and reformatting before upload. This one simple change has saved me countless hours and I’m able to explore more systems with the time saved.

Regions of New Eden

I had started a new series called “Regions of New Eden”, but after doing the first one, I realized it was going to be more time intensive than I had anticipated. That, plus the fact I received no feedback, I’ve decided to not continue it as I’d rather spend that time on the other series I had started that is working well, which leads to…

The Present – What works well

New Eden Explorers

Y19P-1 VI, Circadian Seeker

Y19P-1 VI, Circadian Seeker

The series “New Eden Explorers” that I had begun last year has been well received and I will continue with it this year. I currently have at least two more interviews lined up and will more than likely conclude the series something during the first half of yc117. I’ve really enjoyed learning about my fellow explorers and as you’ve learned as well, there are many different ways to go about exploring New Eden. I hope as a reader and follower of my blog, you’ve enjoyed the series, learned something from it, and that it’s encouraged you to explore even more than you have before. I’d love to hear from you if it has and if you know of an explorer I’ve missed that either blogs, videos, or chronicles their journey in some manner publicly, then please let me know. I’d be happy to include them in the series if they’d like.

The Future – Exploration

At my current pace, if I’m able to keep it going, I should complete Phase II: Nullsec by the end of this year, yc117 (2015). At that time, we’ll see if I continue on with W-Space. That would be another 2,498 systems not including the newly discovered Thera system plus an additional 100 shattered wormholes. If I do continue, I’ll be looking for a different way to document and record my visit to each system. I believe my time to scan down wormholes will take away time I would usually visit each planet in system, so at this time, I’m not sure just how I’ll go about my journey, but I still have some time to think about it. If you’re a wormhole explorer and have some ideas, please let me know.

F76-8Q III, RHE7-W Gate

F76-8Q III, RHE7-W Gate

 

New Eden Explorers: Mynxee

Mynxee is one classy Lady and just how do I know that? Through personal experience. During the summer my Alt’s Alliance, A Band Apart, held a Summer Frigate Smackdown. In my very first match, Stray was paired to fight Mynxee. In my 11 years of playing EVE off and on, that fight had to be the most fun I’ve ever had. It started off with my first solo kill… ever. Then I danced with the Hellcat in the pale starlight.

What a great fight! Before we engaged in combat, I was nervous, scared, and knew for sure my impending explosion was soon to be. I hadn’t realize that Mynxee had gimped her fit in a way that had our characters very closely matched. We warped to our local safe spot in Ish, rushed at each other to close range. I scored first hits, watched her shields start to fall while not taking any damage myself. I began to wonder what was up. Then realized she was getting hit with some severe lag. It wasn’t long, however, before I started feeling the return hits.

Then I started seeing some of the craziest lights, and was like what kind of weapon is that? When I realized it was fireworks! LOL! So, it was quite a show! Both of us were deep in armor and hull when I thought I had her, she vanished, but no wreck. Then I saw she wasn’t in fleet anymore either, she had lost connection! Ack! So, I turned off my armor rep, stopped, and waited for her return.

After a little bit, she popped back in and we went at it again. At this point, my guns were already burnt out, but I still had my drones, but it didn’t take long before I was running out of cap. It came down to who was going to get the last armor rep in. She was down to 13% armor, 6% hull and I was down to 52% armor, 8% hull…. After I got my rep in and won the fight!

Simply awesome! Thanks Mynxee for a great memory and a fun fight that I’ll always remember.

As you’ll learn, she also has an explorer’s heart, runs a blog at “Outlaw Insouciant”, was a former CSM Chair, and is currently a scout for EvE-Scout, based in Thera.

Tell us why you became a capsuleer. What was it that appealed to you to become a pilot in a dangerous and unforgiving environment?

Mynxee_Portrait

Mynxee

I have always had the soul of an explorer. Life as a capsuleer seemed to offer the right mix of excitement, opportunity, mystery, and freedom to follow my heart, see amazing things, control my own destiny, and answer to no one. I earned my pilot’s license in YC109 (2007). I will never forget the first time I undocked. I felt so small and New Eden so huge…I remember in my naiveté feeling nervous even about jumping from system to system in high sec, hoping I was “allowed” to go there. That sense that *anything* could happen created a persistent little frisson that hooked me right from the start and remains to this day.

How would you describe your characters career path?

My original character was drawn to exploration and casual industry. Within a couple of days in New Eden, I was enthralled by the game already and subscribed immediately. Soon after while mining in my starter system, I was approached by an experienced (2003!) pilot who was starting a corp and inviting rookies to join. Within a couple of days, I joined and then it became clear that the social element of the game made it even more fun–especially when you have the benefit of being able to ask a very experienced player about all the 10,000 confusing details involved in fitting ships, etc. He was a very friendly, patient, and funny guy…we are still friends to this day.

A few months down the line, I took a clueless shortcut through low sec (Basgerin) and was attacked by pirates. A local group of anti-pirates who used to be pirates rose to my defense and befriended me. Thus I learned all about a side of New Eden that I only had the most peripheral awareness of before: life as an outlaw. It was intriguing! So Mynxee was born and while training up basic fitting and pvp skills, I supported my other character’s work. Meanwhile, through my new friends I was introduced to others and so it goes!

Mynxee_Standing2When Mynxee finally was ready to begin her career as a pilot, my friends put me in touch with a former pirate corp they had belonged to, Death of Virtue, and I went to live in Decon and learn about life as an outlaw. I will never EVER forget my first solo kill in that system, some noob in a frigate. Not only was it my first experience of the PvP shakes, but my victim became a friend in game and went on to become an outlaw himself!

At that time, I was writing my blog Life in Low Sec which was fairly popular. I had been getting evemails from women readers regularly, especially newer players, who were interested in life as a pirate but weren’t sure where to start and wanted a mentor. Eventually, I decided there was a need for a women-only pirate corp that would nurture and provide a supportive environment for women players. So I founded Hellcats as a women-only pirate corp. Although the corp was never very big (intentionally), Hellcats became fairly well known in New Eden at the time and we had a great time terrorizing low sec and flying with many other notorious troublemakers: The Bastards, Tuskers, Python Cartel, and others.

In 2010, with the encouragement of many of my pirate and other friends, I ran for CSM5 on a “fix low sec” platform. Surprisingly, I received the most votes of any candidate which gave me the position of Chairperson (a role that current CSMs have done away with). The game and plans for its future were in a concerning state at the time, thus CSM5’s relationship with CCP was somewhat contentious and/or frustrating as we tried to fulfill the charter of stakeholder status as conferred by CCP and be a representative voice for the community. When that exhausting year was over, I decided to unplug for awhile and didn’t return to my spaceships until April YC116 (2014).

When I unplugged, I turned Hellcats over to one of its directors and the corp subsequently closed. But recently, an old friend and fan of the corp has opened Hellcats Reloaded. She is still deciding on the details for this new incarnation although “women and PvP” is the focus. I am offering advice as she wants it but will not be involved otherwise in the new venture.

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?

Before I took my break from New Eden, I often used to simply wander to see the sights as a way of escaping the demands of being a CEO and serving on the CSM. It was relaxing and there is much to see in the cluster if one goes looking for it. When I returned to New Eden, I decided that I was not interested in agendas, drama, or politics. While I love PvP and remain a pirate at heart, my RL connection is via satellite internet due to living in a rural location with no other options. The latency makes PvP untenable and unfun for me. But I found that I was content just wandering around hopping through wormholes and doing hacking sites in low and null sec, all while playing or banking at Eve Online Hold’em (EOH) for ISK (admittedly, I am a poker junkie!).

Cheetah

Cheetah

Then Thera came along and I find myself enamored of that system and its many connections to the rest of New Eden. I have signed on to be a scout for EvE-Scout and enjoy helping people get into and out of Thera when I’m in system. Surprisingly, I find myself interested in the lore and speculations related to Thera and have spent time learning more about those.

My blog, Outlaw Insouciant, shares my new, more quiet adventures as a capsuleer. One thing I began doing is keeping a podjournal illustrating things I see in my travels. Recently, I have not posted any podjournal pages but I do plan to do more as a regular feature of the blog.

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?

Astero

Astero

Cloaky ships are my favorite ships to fly, with frigates being my preference. Currently, I am in love with the beauty and fun of flying my Astero for doing hacking sites. However, the Cheetah offers a bigger scan probe strength bonus so I grudgingly use it for probing in Thera…it is so ugly though. I am very fond of the Hound and Rapier but don’t often fly them anymore due to the connection difficulties that so negatively impact my ability to PvP.

My fits tend to start off as standard fits lifted from Eve Uni’s wiki, then tweaked based on personal preference or intended use. My early skill training was all geared toward maximizing my ship fitting ability so I usually don’t have any trouble fitting T2; I rarely fit Faction gear (except for my Sisters of Eve probe launcher)…it’s not really necessary for what I do and typically beyond my wallet capabilities anyway :P

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

Thera has to take the prize as being the most amazing, interesting, and mysterious place I’ve been in New Eden. I look forward to seeing what else unfolds in the story about that place, Caroline’s Star, and the shattered wormholes. I love love love that so much about it remains to be discovered, that there is a sense we might never know the answer, and that this all combines to make New Eden feel big again, somehow–much bigger than capsuleers and our activities.

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

Learn a few important basics: using a cov ops cloak, probing skills so that finding sigs isn’t an exercise in time-consuming frustration, how to avoid and/or navigate out of bubbles in null sec and w-space, how to use the d-scanner efficiently and what to be concerned about, how to set insta-undock bookmarks and why they are important in low/null/wh space. And share your journeys in a blog. Everyone sees things in New Eden with different eyes and gets to places by different routes. Share the emotions and wonder of your travels…the mechanics are the same for everyone and soon grow boring to read about unless they are intended to be instructional.

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

Yes, here’s two recent images… of my Astero Pocket Rockets (my ships tend to have poker-related names) cloaked in Thera, and of it uncloaked flying past a planet in glorious light.

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Pocket Rockets cloaked in Thera

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Pocket Rockets planet flyby

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