Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Hauling Ass in Space

I know it's been a long while since my last post, and being sporadic rather than at least minimally scheduled is a big no-no in the blogging world, but the truth is (aside from my one follower and probably the only other soul to see this blog, for whom I am most thankful for the tips), I write this as more of a creative outlet for myself without any pretense or prosepect of another human taking interest in reading this.

Anyway, a lot of shit has happened in between, and while I know it's kind of a momentous thing for my Corp, I still can't figure out what the hell is going on half the time. My Corporation's Alliance has now disbanded, and most members of the Corp are very happy with the transition into a new Alliance. I'm just kind of stuck because I don't yet know exactly what this means, to the Corp I am in or the Alliance I'm now in.

The only thing I can barely grasp of this political situation is that this means that I will now be mission running for the Gallente instead of the Ammatar, and that my 'Training Corp' (as I'm not even cool enough yet to be in the 'real' Corp) is now based about 24 jumps away from where I've been so far.

This means that I spent a good four hours yesterday selling, consolidating, and humping my shit back and forth across space and seemingly time. I've gone to every Station where I had even a single asset and either sold it or loaded it for transport. I still didn't get to finish before I had to attend to real life duties, but I did get most of it & made about 8M Isk off of my paltry L1 mission drops and salvage. Not too bad for a noob who has still only ever done mission running. However, there is a lesson to be learned here.

Lesson 1: Don't hoard your shit, and if you do, keep it together and not strung across the Solar System.

The next semi-interesting thing I've done is continue to read up on fitting ships. I have now learned the difference between Armor and Shield tanking, and have graduated to L2 missions (although now I'll be faction grinding and back to L1 for Gallente soon) in my Rupture / Cruiser.

At first I was nervous as hell. I've had that Cruiser for about 3 or 4 weeks, but I knew I couldn't afford to replace it if I lost it so it sat there for a while, and I've been training skills in order to fit it to a Tech II fitting a Corp member gave me for it. Hull Upgrades V is the last one I have left. I have been shown how to compare items, and find Meta levels and such, but I find it fucking weird that a Metal lvl 4 or 5 T1 item costs about 10x the amout of a Tech II. I wonder why that is? Is it because it's as good as the Tech II without having to spend the time training in order to use it?

But I've got my Crusier loaded for pure battle. I decided to make the leap and specialize my ships like I should, so my Cruiser is loaded to kick ass, and my Thrasher / Destroyer is a pure salvaging beast. I've got 3 Tractor Beams and 4 Salvagers, Extra Cargo space, Afterburner and Shield booster. I've been going in and stomping on the mission rats, then cleaning up behind myself with the Thrasher. I haven't determined if it is worth taking the extra time to bounce back and forth between the Encounter zone and Agent station in order to swap out ships, but I think the experience flows nicely in learning how to outfit my ships for a specific mission or goal instead of trying to be everything to myself in one ship.

Another exiting turn was when I found that the asshole who scammed me into letting him beat my ass and destroying my Thrasher several weeks ago has now had a bounty placed on his head. Guess it wasn't just me that the dude has pissed off. In my fantasies there is such a Goddess as to let me be the one to collect that bounty some day, but in reality, I'd just like to see it collected by anyone at all.

And in the end of all of this rambling, I'm still baffled and amazed by how little I know. Especially in the political arena and the grand scheme of things. Consider my postion. I'm in a Corporation I know next to nothing about. I don't know how they are perceived, their place in the system, are they looked upon favorably or not? Are they looked upon at all? I don't know how many members we have, who is in our Alliance. I know someone WarDec'd us and then withdrew it less than 24 hours later when we supposedly said, "bring it on". But that could be so much bs just talked in Corp chat. And here I am, wearing their tag and trying to learn from them as much I can in the time I've had and as much as they've been able to spare in teaching.

I'm hauling ass across the Solar System and basically starting from scratch for them. I like most all of them well enough, although the chat is for the most part silent with the rare conversation. I know we have a vent, but I don't know who all uses it. I know that when I offer to assist or help in any way I can, by giving salvage materials to anyone in the Corp who might use such things, for example, I am almost universally turned down politely, but I don't know if this is normal for EvE, or normal for this Corp., or if I'm just looked on as still too much of an unknown. It's the little things, and some big things too.

I'm still floating around. I'm feeling a little bit more comfortable in things, and that's good.

All I know is that there is a metric fuck-ton of information I still don't know, but I'm going along for the ride, hoping that I'm not being taken for a ride.

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