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.

Motoko Rei_Image

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

 

Far, Far from Home

“Just remember that you’ll never be that far from home” – “Far From Home”, The Doobie Brothers

03.08.yc116 ZDYA-G < D9DM-O Constellation < Paragon Soul

3PPT-9 VIII, TMA 03 PPT-9 Station

3PPT-9 VIII, TMA 03 PPT-9 Station

This week has been an interesting one. Having finished the Esoteria Region, I moved into Paragon Soul. It started off to be very, very quiet, then when I started down the I-CCEI Constellation pipe, things began to pick up. At one point I was asked in local to investigate a Relic site which normally I would have been interested in, but time was short and it felt very much like a trap. Jumping to the next system, which contained about 10 capsuleers, I was followed by the Relic/Trap seeker and he proudly announced he was going to have a Katia Sae sandwich. Now I’m not sure if he meant he was going to make me a sandwich or if he was expecting me to make him a sandwich, but obviously it couldn’t have been some sexual innuendo as we were the only two in conversation, unless there was some third party I was not aware of, which was entirely possible. Either way, I didn’t take the obvious bait and went

Parthannun Solette

Parthannun Solette

about my exploration of the system. I was pleasantly surprised as I finished up that another local spoke up, Parthannun Solette, saying for me to be sure and not miss taking a picture of their station in system, as it was their home. How could I pass up a request? Setting up a warp for station, I made my way and tried to get the best shot I could of TMA 03 PPT-9 Station. The lighting was difficult, so the image is not one of my best, but I think it came out well enough, I hope.

Continuing down the pipe, I knew I was approaching another dead end and one that was more than likely going to have some traffic since there were 3 systems that had stations. Sure enough, the local population was heavy enough and I was not surprised as I jumped into O-N589 to find a bubble camp waiting for me. Safely escaping that one I continued on with the knowledge that I was being tracked and hunted. Stopping in the last explored system of ZDYA-G, I pulled up the map and saw just how far away from home I was. I learned this was the furthest I’ve been out, at 72 jumps away, from Saisio. With a scout parked on one gate and the other gate clear of a 3 system triangle dead end, I decided it was a good place to find a safe spot and take some time for some much needed rest. Let the locals go back to their usual business instead of being focused on me. I’ll attempt an escape later.

MP5-KR VIII

MP5-KR VIII

((Looking at the featured image of the map above, I’m not sure why my systems visited indication hasn’t updated for the Paragon Soul Region. Hopefully, it’s just a temporary thing and it’ll update, but it’s a little frustrating as those stats help me to visually show my progress as I go. I’m certainly not going back to increase the stat counts!))

O-MCZR III

O-MCZR III

Vultures Spin

“Skulls can grin, Vultures spin, Engines whirl, Life begins” – “Evil Eye”, Billy Idol

27.07.yc116 450I-W < R2-BT6 Constellation < Esoteria

CR-0E5 I

CR-0E5 I

Eerily quiet then moments of terror. The feeling has certainly been different traveling through Null sec rather than Empire space. Very little is said in local out here. I can go long stretches down pipes and maybe see one capsuleer in local, then come upon a crossroad system to find fifteen to twenty. I’ve completed my exploration of the Stain region then moved to Esoteria completing over half of it so far. I should complete it in a day or so.

Slowly I’m gaining confidence in my ship and piloting ability having escaped three inbound gate bubble camps and one outbound so far. I expected two of the inbound as I jumped in since I was actively being hunted. I went in anyway, heart pounding, because I needed the experience. When I landed on grid, the ships were there, the bubble went up, I waited out the butterflies in my stomach then located a navigational point close to my alignment. Taking a deep breath, I punched jump, cloaked, and flew out safely without being targeted. The vultures where out and they were after me. That’s something I’ve never experienced in Empire space. It certainly gets the blood pumping.

BY-MSY IV, Renovatio Group

BY-MSY IV, Renovatio Group

All in all, the journey has been a good one. As I gain experience, my fears of Null sec are lessening, granted I don’t think they’ll fully subside. I’m using dotlan heavily and have also added zkillboard to my toolset to check out local system activity and pilot records. Both have been invaluable. The most difficult stretch so far was the 3WN-1T constellation in Esoteria. A dead end pipe with a heathy population of capsuleers from Northern Associates. The entry gate in G-YZUX was heavily bubbled and they meant business not liking unwelcomed guest. They’ve earned my respect.

R-FM0G I

R-FM0G I

I did encounter an unexpected memorial. As part of my journey, I had decided I wouldn’t seek out beforehand any information about what’s out there. I wanted to be surprised and find things on my own. If I missed something, that was fine, but I knew I would be more delighted to find hidden sights on my own. Jumping into C9N-CC in Esoteria, I stumbled upon the “Remains of Steve”. A massive ship, a Titan, and not just any Titan, but the first built and the first destroyed in New Eden. I checked EVE Travel and found Mark726’s write up on the sight and also checked Aura for additional details. The sight of the destroyed Titan has to be the most humbling I’ve encountered so far. I floated quietly in the depths and reflected on those that had served and given their lives. May they rest in peace.

C9N-CC, The Remains of Steve

C9N-CC, The Remains of Steve

New Eden Explorers: Mark726

This is a thrill for me to have the opportunity to interview Mark726 of EVE Travel. In all honesty, and I don’t think I’ve ever told him this, his blog was what inspired me to start my own and record my travels through New Eden. So first off, I wanted to take this opportunity and thank Mark726 for his inspiration, his support, and his fantastically well done blog.

If you’re not aware of or heard of EVE Travel, then there’s just no hope for you! Especially if you consider yourself an explorer or traveler of New Eden. Of course I jest, because I can’t imagine that there’s not a single capusleer who’s not, but you never know. There’s no comparison between our blogs, because I’ve always thought of Mark726’s site as the National Geographic of New Eden, where mine’s more like the Griswold Family Vacation! ;) His level of professionalism and pure quality is something I strive to achieve with my own.

If you’ve not visited EVE Travel, then you’re in for a real treat, go check it out, find something that interest you, then go see it for yourself in game. You won’t regret it!

Mark726

Mark726

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

I’ve been a player since December 2007 (thinking about that depresses me at times, heh). I joined almost on a whim: I had seen a number of advertisements while at college that year. I did a bit of research (to confirm that it was, in fact, a game about space) and decided to try it as I got home for winter break. That delay ended up being a pretty good idea on my part: I just missed the boot.ini fiasco from the Trinity fiasco because of it. Other than that, I had no real idea what I was getting myself into.

How would you describe your characters career path?

Mark726_Standing3I was always sort of a lone wolf. I stayed with the Center for Advanced Studies for quite awhile, plying the spacelanes on my own. A few friends I had met in various channels got me into their corp for a while, but even then I didn’t really do anything corp-related. I finally started my own corporation to help with Project Compass, part of the Arek’Jaalan initiative. Even after I finished my Project Compass analysis, I’ve stuck with Project Compass Holdings ever since.

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?

EVE Travel started out pretty simplistically. I was bored one day and I wanted to see some sights. I tried searching for a comprehensive list, and couldn’t find one. EVE Travel spurred from there. My goal is to create a comprehensive catalog of all notable landmarks in game, be they mission sites, player-created sites, or things that CCP has put there. I intend to keep going until I can’t find anymore, and that hasn’t quite happened yet (though after 150 or so sites, the rate of discovery has definitely slowed to a trickle: if anyone knows anything I’ve missed please let me know!)

Buzzard

Buzzard

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?

Depends on where I’m going. If I’m sticking in high or low sec, I stick with what is probably my more well-known ship: a Buzzard-class, Professor Science. It’s a quick little thing, excellent for exploration jaunts. If I’m heading to null sec, I swap to my Tengu-class, Scientia, to help me avoid bubbles.

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

Tengu

Tengu

It’s the little touches that are put into New Eden that really tickle me pink, so to speak. One of the lesser known sites (it’s not marked by a beacon) is the ship wash in Ashab (Planet 2, Moon 1). It makes total sense that capsuleers especially would often pride themselves on keeping their ships spotless and shiny. Would I, in a million years, ever have actually thought of making one? Nope. There are cargo pads with little boxes of goods, shipyards with moving hands that go up and down. There’s a whole UNIVERSE out there for people who are looking. It’s these small touches that keep drawing me back.

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

Just go and do it. It doesn’t need to be a big to-do; even new players can see a lot of the sites that I profile since the largest chunk of them are in high security space. Just take something small and fast and go. Even in low sec, a small, fast ship will get you where you need to 9 times out of 10, even without a cloak. It’s an excellent change of pace!

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

Oooooph choosing a favorite image is tough. I’ve seen a lot of awesome ones. But I always keep coming back to the Infested Comet Remains in the Contested Canyon of Rust in Alsottobier. It’s a derelict station inside a comet!

Infested Comet Remains, Contested Canyon of Rust, Alsottobier

Infested Comet Remains, Contested Canyon of Rust, Alsottobier