Well, Hyperion had one effect for certain – the total number of wormhole connecting “things” has gone up dramatically. Other bloggers picked up on this as well. Where we used to have pretty short chains (C4->C3->Empire), I shall here present you with a screen shot of our mapping tool. It outlines a typical week-night with 2 people scanning – there were many more connections that did not make it on the map because of ~ effort ~.
Well, so this is Part 1 of my current adventure. Bob only knows if there ever will be a Part 2, it depends on many things, most of them have guns.
While my EVE home is – and will stay – a wormhole, sometimes I get wanderlust and head out to try other things. In the past, I joined RvB, then FW and I had a good time playing something completely different. Recently, I had been itching again to go out and do something I had thought about for a long time.
Everyone knows that EVE is dying and that nullsec is stagnant. Its a known fact, the internet says so. Well, instead of lamenting like the Goons do constantly, I thought, well, lets take a look. If Nullsec really is this empty, I can scout a scanner alt in via gates and have him run Data and Relic sites and – when the coast is clear – scout a Wormhole route to offload my loot and maybe scout another character in with a PvE ship. And while PvE is the goal, maybe, just maybe I find some carebears that I can drop the hammer on as well. Just saying.
Drackarn over at his blog layed out how the various races celebrate Christmas and I am sure my fellow Gallente were getting ready for their special evening when it was Christmas morning in my C4. I was taking my Proteus for a spin around the neighborhood. I didn’t expect to find anything but maybe there is a bleary-eyed miner or PI runner with substantial hangover that needs a warm embrace. As usual, my Falcon pilot hangs back 1 hole, keeping an eye on my route back but ready to jump into combat when (not “if”) I screw up.
Well, I found a whole load of nothing. Our C3a had a static low sec that opened god-knows-where and a K162 from a C6, something to be handled with care. The low sec in turn has a C2 and here the chain really starts with multiple exits to empire space (through which my corpmates haul fuel and ships a couple of hours later) and at the end of the chain a C1 with a floating corpse, ironically the first sign of life on my sojurn. Likely some high sec dwellers found the entrance and were playing “gate camp in WH space”. But by then, it had turned day on Planet Earth and my scouting was over.
I didn’t really mind the lack of content, ’twas a quiet morning and excitement would have broken the spell of a quiet Christmas in New Eden.
Well, as it turns out, the Christmas Spirit went through the Universe this season – yesterday, we trapped a scout in our home with me in an Onyx, Bishop in his cloaky Legion being the our scout on the other side and various members of our motley crew in whatever ship they woke up in. So far so good, but the trapped scout is from the rather well-known WH Alliance “Upholders” and we expect cavalry to come any minute in order to bust our little camp open. And it does, emanating out of their hole into the connecting C3 and unfortunately decloaking Bishop’s ship in the process. His Legion dies within seconds, they brought battleships, command ships and whatnot – we are no match for them. We switch into cloaked ships and wait for this to blow over.
An Armageddon jumps to us and ejects a can with Bischop’s mods.
Aw. I love the Christmas spirit, thank you, gentlemen from Upholders and the many folks in New Eden who honor their words, play hard but fair and defy EVE’s reputation as a playground for sociopaths.
Sales of Wormhole in EVE Online is weird. After all, a Wormhole holds no sovereignty can not really be claimed and can be taken with force by anyone with enough will and firepower. But a market does exists that connects sellers with buyers with the usual risk and a few additional ones.