I haven’t written much about operations in EVE Online of late for a couple of reasons.
First has been because I have been busy with other things. Life will get in the way. And, second, there has also been a drawn down in the number of ops I am likely to join.
The so-called Winter War between Stainwagon and the refugees from the north ended up in a Stainwagon collapse, with the defenders now mostly pushed off the sovereignty map as TEST, Circle-of-Two, and the Drone Walkers… soon to be joined by Brave Newbies… moved in. (Images grabbed from the usual source.)
That has put and end to that for us.
Which isn’t to say there haven’t been ops running. There is always some op forming up to go do something; roam, homeland defense, poke a bear, or some such. But I have become a picky bitter vet of sorts. I want strat ops and concrete objectives or, barring that, an FC I trust.
Last week it was Thomas Lear who took us out in Sleipnirs. Earlier this week it was Asher, who called us out for one of his plans. He had some bait planned and moved us out to sit on a titan and wait for the right moment to spring the trap.
Sometimes that sort of things pays off, sometimes it goes badly awry, and some nights nothing at all happens. This time around it was the last item. The bait was out but nobody seemed interested in taking it. So we sat there at a POS… at least a change from sitting on a citadel, which is the new normal… staring at the titan and wondering if we would go or not.
This is the nature of sandbox PvP. Sometimes nobody shows up at your party. We sat there for a while before Asher eventually called it a night and bridges us back home. At least we took one bridge.
It wasn’t all that bad. Being on-call let me tab out and work on other things. I have screen shots lined up for my other blog into next month now. And with a wireless headset I was able to get up and do things around the house, like put something in the oven for dinner, get a package from UPS off the door step, and use the bathroom. My thoughts about broadcasting the latter over coms were held back by the fact that my push to talk button is mapped to the keyboard, which was still sitting on my desk. Probably better for all concerned.
But other than getting what might be my last peak at a moon mining operation before it is changed to drilling rigs in the fall, there wasn’t much going on.
At least it yielded as strategic participation link, a strat PAP, the collection of which is one of the few reasons I think my corp keeps me around. It certainly isn’t for my deep involvement in alliance activities.
Later I ran a couple of anomalies and actually netted an escalation finally. It has been months since I got the last one.
It was the Dark Blood Fleet Staging Point escalation, which is a three part project, only our local escalation running service will only do the third part. That isn’t bad. The first two parts are doable, it just means I have to pack up the Ishtar and take it on the road.
The first part was in a nice dead-end pocket and I was able to complete it and drop off the resulting loot in a citadel to pick up later. We have citadels… usually multiple citadels… in every system in Delve at this point.
The second part however was in one of the heavily traveled pipe systems, which meant I spend about two hours running what is maybe a 20 minute encounter. Every time I would get settled in intel would announce some roaming gang was in an adjacent system and I would get myself lined up. Then they would jump in the system and I would pull drones and warp off to a citadel, only to have them just pass through. Then it was back to the start point, motor to the acceleration gate, and back into the encounter only to have intel ringing the bell yet again.
Somebody finally put up a homeland defense fleet to chase off one gang that had been roaming the area for a while and I was able to wrap things up at last.
Then I got the third part alert, which was in a nice quiet system as well, so it looked like I was in luck to get it run for me. The last two… the only two… escalations I have had in the region both ended up in NPC Delve, and Lucky Runners doesn’t go there. Too many hostiles buzzing about.
I went to the escalation, bookmarked the beacon, names it correctly, contracted it, and waited for the ISK to show up. And then, many hours later, I got a note saying the contract had been rejected due to a contract bug. But there was still about six hours left on the third stage. You only get 24 hours from when each part appears in which to run it. So I contracted it again and actually got paid this time.
So that is life in Delve at the moment. I’ve been able to build up my ISK reserves, but I haven’t gone on many fleets.