The Eve Online 0.0 Experiment - Post 012 - 3.2 Million Reasons To Die
To my astonishment, ships were outrageously priced out here. Frigates ranged from 300,000 isk to 1,000,000 isk!
I was truly shocked at this corporate extortion but being a stranded and helpless little pilot I had no choice but to begrudgingly pay approximately 325,000 for a Kestrel. I also made sure to purchase a few random mining lasers within 10 jumps from where I was, just in case they came in handy at some crucial later point in my wondrous adventure.
I had just received a thrilling evemail from a smooth-talking sugar-daddy called Rastilin, who had tantalisingly informed me that he had "left some items for me in a system", just eight teasing jumps away and that I could claim these wonderful mystery items via Escrow.
I had not used Escrow before and after spending 30 minutes trying to find the items he had left for me, I frustratedly gave up and charted a course to the station itself, to go and manually pick them up.
I decided that I would use this opportunity to do as people on the Eve forums had suggested and to make some instant bookmarks. Now let's see those evil murderers catch me!
I deduced that the best way to create one of these bookmarks was to fly towards the jump gate I was headed to, switch off autopilot and fly until I was 12-13km past the gate. At that point (having already clicked "Add Bookmark" and having named it in preparation) I would then click "OK".
For pilots who have not made one before, here is how I named it:
Since some systems have more than 2 gates, I figured it was necessary to label the bookmark with the system I was in, the system I had come from and the system I was going to. This methodology would ensure that I never used the wrong bookmark in a system with multiple gates.
Well, I happily repeated this process for the next 5 jumps, until, to my astonishment, I was ruthlessly attacked.
However, ingeniously, this bright Mensa member decided to attack me when I was flying directly beneath the gate to the next system (in the middle of setting up my imminent bookmark). I was therefore targetted when I was "0km from Stargate"......
Well, I decided that I could also play the genius game and I outsmarted him in approximately one second by clicking on the gate (that was filling half my screen) and selecting "jump".
Problem Solved....... I smugly sat back and laughed at his stupidity for a while, until I noticed that my autopilot was switched off, there were no sentry guns in 0.0 space and that he had now also come steaming through the gate, wildly chasing after me........... Whoops.......
Again, he started to target me, but luckily his blundering brute of a ship was slow to do so and I easily warped out in my little shuttle before he could lay his bulky orangutan-like hands on me.
After being shaken but not stirred by this bond-like mini chase through a jumpgate I decided to abandon my bookmark-making and to just head straight to the station. It really is a nasty and brutal place out here.
The mad monk Rastilin had very kindly left me a "Minmatar Hoarder", an industrial ship with 5100m3 of cargo capacity. My thoughts turned to Lemmy and his desperate drone plight and I realised that I could use this hauler to cut down on the 6600 jumps.
In fact, it could now be done in around 40-50 jumps. All I needed now was to get the skill books and learn how to fly this beast of a vessel, to pick the drones up and to miraculously not get killed while flying at 110m/s through 45 jumps of 0.0 gatecamps. Easy peasy.
I noticed that an evil pirate was lurking in the system, and intriguingly, he appeared to have mercilessly slaughtered members of the cult of Emilio AND members of the Jesuits.
At that point, I realised that I could instantly make 3,200,000 isk if I could just find some way of killing him...
(to be continued.....)