Saturday, February 14, 2015

Shattered Wormhole Backpacking Trip Day 3ish

TLDR: (I surfaced for air to get more sweet sweet gleam crystals, moved out 750+ million in sleeper loot. Started killing npc's while active probes are in system and lived to tell the tale!) 

I got a mail from someone and I thought I would share.

Hey man, striking out in your c13 with a confessor has inspired me to attempt something similar. I'm mainly copycatting, but it looks like a fun why to change things up.

The toon I'm going to use isn't quite trained up to what it needs to be yet so I'm doing some different things right now, but I did have a question for when the time comes.

How is hacking sites in your confessor? Are you finding that you're successful most the time? Is it a pain in the rear?

I just want to say, it warms the dark chambers of my heart to get messages like this. I like knowing I have inspired someone with something. Even if its to hunt me, explode my spaceship and then finally mock me on the forums. I like knowing someone is having fun because of something I'm doing or have done.

 I already answered this persons mail, but for those of you reading now, I'll go into greater detail.

Hacking in the confessor is easy for the relic and data sites I'm doing now. It might help that I have level 5 archeology and level 5 hacking skills, along with T2 mods. But honestly, I make it through the mini game with virus strength to spare.

The thing is, sleeper data sites are from what I can tell, totally worthless. There isn't a chance for nano-ribbons and most of what your pulling out of cans is valued far less than 100,000 per can.

Sleeper relic sites on the other hand, have a chance at a wrecked hull which is worth around 23 million at the moment. So I guess relics are worth doing. /shrug

PVE update:

Every site in this C13 can be done in the confessor, if you follow the NPC trigger rules. If you screw up the trigger rules, like I did on a relic site, you may need to warp out and back in again. The webs and nuets will make your day sad. Its easy to fix if you just warp back at 100k, flip into speed mode and get a significant transversal on the sleepers, blaping any frig that gets near you. Easy.

So shortly after day 2/3(sh) my Small Gleam crystals burnt out and disappeared. This dropped my maximum DPS from 1160 to around 500. It was like someone took my crack pipe away. I had to fix it.

I was facing close to 25 signatures on scan and not wanting to scan my way out with a confessor, I cheated. I logged in one of my alts and scanned out the chain looking for the first K space. It didn't take me long, because the c13 has on average of 6+ other wormholes connected to it at any given time. The most common I have found so far are C2's. But honestly this C13 connects to a different batch of holes each day, so perhaps its just feeling ofly C2'y recently. I'm sure in a week it could be nothing but C5's. Who knows.

Anyway, once I found a K space exit, via a C2 static Low sec. I popped my alts head out to see exactly where this was. 2 low secs systems deep, 6 from Amarr. Thanx Bob!

I started muttering to myself.... "I must... have... Gleam... daddy needs Gleam crystals to get him right. Just a couple more Gleam," I said while slapping my hungry crystal veins.

Logging in my confessor character I figured, "why exit empty handed" I know I said I would stay in till I died, but the 750+ million sitting in an anchored can was causing me to lose sleep. My wife woke me up from the short period of time I did finally sleep, asking me why I was cursing someone named "Wingspan"?

I loaded up my booty and headed out into low sec. 6 in local in low sec number one, no problem.. who cares about a random confessor traveling through low? Right?

I jumped into the next low sec. 20 in local... uggg. Happily, I made it to the high sec gate and waved at the 2 legions on gate, mining for players kills. Have I ever mentioned how much I hate gate camping? Because I hate it. Its the mining of pvp. In fact I have more respect for miners than gate campers. Fuck you if you're a gate camper, seriously.

Warping my confessor to Amarr and dropping off my loot, I bought 30 more small gleam crystals. mmmmmm nice.

Back into the C13. I figured I would need to fight my way back in because of the legions, but I guess they were docked up blowing each other, because none of them stopped me.

The following day(s) I just logged in and did sites with reckless abandon. Gleam is sooooo addicting... At one perimiter camp or hanger or whatever.. I sat totally still and just vaporized sleeper frig after sleeper frig. F1 you die.. F1 you die.. F1 you die. As quickly as I could cycle my small beams sleepers became wrecks. I'm not sure I will ever be able to ever do a low class site again in anything other than a confessor with C6 Wolf Rayte effect. uuuuugggg sooooo good.

Fast forward to this morning:

Lotor my CEO/Co-host and bestest of buddies logs in and starts watching my stream. We start chatting away and I see a cheetah on scan, then sister core scanner probes... Now a few days ago, I would have ran for the hills. Logged off and hid. Nope. Ship is paid for, time for stupid.

I'm talking to the people on my stream and Lotor is saying "Fk it dude, whats the worst that could happen" I know right? I could lose my ship... I'm still about 900million net at this point.. Who cares.

Another cheetah is on scan, this one with a different set of tags. ugggg... I'm going to get smoked I know it.

I decided to not make it totally easy for my hunters and went to all 8 gas sites that I had spawned ealier on this morning. They would need to try and find me with probes and dodge gas clouds. I warped in to each of of the gas sites and started wrecking all the sleepers there. The entire time I had multiple sets of probes on scan.

Lotor kept telling me "dude you're going to be fine!"" people don't fly frigs/destroyers in Wspace" then he would softly giggle. That guy is no friggen help btw. I tried to make a side bet with him that I would get killed in the next 4 sites. He said, "no way, you'll just kill yourself to win". Some people are just so un-trusting.. Sheesh.

Once all the sleepers were killed, it was time to pick up the wrecks. I warped to each site with my guns still online and only 2 salvagers. I wanted to fight off any tackle that came my way, maybe I would take one with me..

I spend the next 20 minutes flyig from wreck to wreck, picking up sleeper tags and salvaging with just 2 salvagers. Watching probes buzz around and playing out in my head exactly how I was going to die, ready to warp to safety the second I saw ANY combat ship appear.

To my total surprise nothing bad happened. I salvaged over 50 wrecks with just two salvagers for a total gas sleeper defender reward of 75million. Not bad...

I'll tell you though, I was sweating! The tense moments when I would warp to a new cluster of wrecks, knowing that any second a gang of interceptors with the wreck I'm on as a book mart could come in, point me, orbit and out track my beams....I was doomed in my mind, it was exciting!

None of that happened, but the excitement fulled me more than any isk ever could. Fun was had still alive.

Player danger is always the best danger.


  1. Loving this so far. Nice to hear someone backpacking and writing interesting stuff.

    Btw, 10mn or 1mn? afterburner or micro? and 1 rep or two?

  2. Just curious (and I haven't read the whole thing so maybe you already mentioned it), but why do you use beams+gleam instead of pulses+conflag? Looking in pyfa, pulses you give better dps and tracking for the same range. Is it so you can use aurora for range as well?

  3. Just curious (and I haven't read the whole thing so maybe you already mentioned it), but why do you use beams+gleam instead of pulses+conflag? Looking in pyfa, pulses you give better dps and tracking for the same range. Is it so you can use aurora for range as well?

  4. that is a super easy response, I know nothing about lasers