Friday, 20 March 2015

Later That Day

.After the Superior Sleeper site I continued scanning and encountered a rare Wormhole from High Security into Null Security. The conditions were ideal, the WH had only opened minutes of my discovery. It originated from my end, and no one else was in local.

The destination was Red Alliance contested sov space. Even better, local was empty. I have bookmarked the entrance and the null-sec WH exit for a hasty retreat. Launch probes, warp to a random planet and double back to a mid-warp bookmark. Keep calm and keep scanning.

At this point it is like a cheesy horror film, redshirt #3 is alone when his flashlight begins to flicker. He hand reaches for the door knob. It's that sense of peril to be in this space.

I scan the other signatures. A wormhole into the unknown (K-162) and an Angel Site. I pop over to the site, and at least one failed attempt which reminds of the earlier Sleeper site. I am not here for data site. Lets warp closer to the Ore site. 

This is a virtual gold mine. Based in high-sec, I need to purchase megacyte from the market. My previous venture into a WH cost me one mining ship and one pod. Single malt scotch may have been a contributing factor on that occasion. But now I can see local, I have forewarning of peril's approach. 

As a side note I do have access to tech2 arkonor mining crystals. But it would mean actually clearing the site of NPC. The rats did not immediately appear because my overview was set for PvP. Just because my prospector is unarmed is unlikely to convince the rats to share the ore. A sudden jump in rat deaths would attach attention when the map lights up like the first star to shine at sun set. 

This has been a subject around the miner water-cooler, in the fleets and elsewhere. I do not have the answer today. But it bears consideration.

I turned the knob, entered the room and lived to tell the tale. That made it fun.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Exploring and other vices

Outside of my modest efforts in Industry, I do some Exploration. Many moons ago, I training into Probing to locate Grav Sites inside of High Security for mining profit. The ability to access ores normally reserved for low-sec. Some time past the ores sites were converted to warp-to anomalies, and I felt that the skills I had trained were redundant. Since the revamp to Data and Relic sites, as well as a taste for adventure I scan for the unknown.

Normally I can get 100% by 2AU. In this instance I persisted with three attempts - each time making slight adjustments to improve the success. My Astero Frigate was fit with an Sisters Expanded Launcher, some Pinpoints in the mids, co-processors in lows and an overlocker or two rigged. (long story for another time why the Expanded). So refit in a scan rig for more strength and belated learn after purchasing two, that the calibration is only 350 - and can only fit one 200. Swapped over to a Sisters Probe Launcher, two RangeFinding Mids, Tech2 Relic and Analyser, small Fuelled armour rapper (plus paste), meta overdrive and two T2 ENAMS. By this stage my probe scan strength is 127 and the scan was the result. Still not locked?! Clone Jump into Prospector implanted clone and third time is the charm. Pause...

Yet another lesson. I bookmarked the site and swapped over to a prophesy battlecruiser. The lows are stuffed with 1600 plate, resists and twin medium reppers - meta 4. A MWD (A must for this site) with the data/relic mids a cap batt, complete with a tractor in a high. slot I had previously lost an astero in one of these sites to the AOE damage which gets triggered by the unwary. And sure enough there is already a covert-ops wreck in the site. The shields quickly evaporate, but I can pulse the non-cap stable reps to explore this rare site. The cans are very difficult compared my experiences with regular data/relic sites in high-sec. Still, I pull some interesting sleeper loot. But I leave the site incomplete as the repetitive failure of hacking becomes frustrating.

All in all, rare content and nice to be surprised with an unusal exploration site. Definitely fun.