22 November 2016

Hit and run

The day before yesterday I logged on and the corp seemed to have snatched a Rorqual and killed him. The fleet was still going so I decided to spent my little time I had online to join in on the fun. The fleet wasn’t made up of a particular doctrine so I decided to undock my Pontifex for the very first time.

A few minutes before I was able to undock my Pontifex I was about to bring in some ships. I moved out my PI and wanted to bring in some Sabres. A corpmember wanted some Sabres as well so I was hauling 4 Sabres with fittings and a load of bubbles in my shitfit Occator (fitted according to http://www.evilswordfish.com/ his epic Occator fit). Everything seemed fine but then I jumped into the first connection. A Sabre and Sentinel  were sitting on the wormhole . Bubbles went up and I decided to burn back to the wormhole. I have to admit that I had the EVE shakes again when I saw my Occator going down in armor right before I jumped the wormhole to highsec.

Meanwhile I had Rakanishu on the wormhole as well in a PvE fit Confessor (all the bad fits for PvP coming together). The Sentinel managed to warp off as Raka was almost able to blap him to pieces (since I didn’t have warp disruptor). Since I was on comms and a fleet was ready to go to null, my corpmates came down the chain and decided to help me. I docked up and repped in Highsec. We decided to use my Occator as bait while the rest of the fleet was waiting in the next system. Bait was placed and bubbles went back up again but as soon as my friends appeared on d-scan, the ‘hunters’ decided to turn tails and run to highsec themselves. The Occator and its cargo got back safely to our home and I had a pretty sweet escort on the way.

The kitchen sink nullsec fleet was pretty amusing for the short while I was able to come. A few jumps out of the null connection our scout found a few Retrievers mining with a Porpoise chugging along. Our scout was in a Sabre so he managed to bubble all of them. About 6 Retriever went down and we got us a nice new Porpoise kill (https://zkillboard.com/kill/57371532/). After we downed that mining fleet, I had to dock back up and call it a night. Twas a short but good roam.

That’s it for now, Rakanishu signing off o7

#end of log 017#

18 November 2016

Settling in

It’s been two weeks since I moved back in with my corp and friends. Things have been pretty quiet so far, mainly because everyone is still settling in the new wormhole. I’m glad to be back with the corp, makes life in EVE so much better.

I have quite a bit in assets now in the wormhole but I still want more. So far I brought in a Stratios, Heretic, Guardian, Confessor, an interceptor, an EWAR frig and Epithals. It’s not a lot but I manage to get stuff done for now. Yesterday, I bought a rolling battleship from a corpmember who’s leaving because he misses our former playstyle (direct NS connection). I’ll probably need to get another rolling BS if I want to roll the static efficiently.

Last blog I also mentioned PI. It’s set up again and going good so far it seems. At first I started out with a lazy man’s setup. I had a few extractor planets for water and electrolytes and a factory planet to create coolant. The other planets (barren and lava) were creating mechanical parts and consumer electronics. One last factory planet made those mechanical parts and consumer electronics into robotics. This setup has net me about 600mil for 2 weeks, which isn’t that bad I think. However, I changed my setup in the hopes of getting a bit more ISK out of it, but it’ll require a bit more hauling.
I’ve changed the barren and lava planets. Now I have 2 barrens creating precious metals, 2 barrens creating reactive metals, 2 lavas creating chiral structures and 2 lavas creating toxic metals. I will also have a factory planet for mechanical parts and a factory planet for consumer electronics now. All of the other planets will remain the same. PI is netting me good ISK but I want to be able to get more ISK in-game. I have a Rattlesnake at my disposal but haven’t been able to use it yet. I need to figure out how I can do PvE efficiently in our new home. If I figure that out, I should be able to earn 1bil a month at least (I hope).

My second account has a few changes coming up as well. Mel finished training for Heavy Assault Missiles and with that, I stopped her training. I’m looking forward to getting a character trained towards a dread. I could do it on Mel, but I’d rather have a dedicated dread character. This project has a long way to go, but we’ll see! And Melanie, the alt on my main account, is 11 days away from decently flying a Nightmare for incursions. Once I saved up enough ISK to buy some injectors, I might just inject some SP to get her ready for any incursions I might be doing in the future.
Tomorrow is the big move in real life as well. Things will get quiet on EVE for a few days until I’m settled, but after that I’m going to start hunting for kills (and ISK) again!

Rakanishu signing off o7

#end of log 016#

1 November 2016

Working for the wrong family

Highsec. I must admit, I didn’t get the thrills I thought I would out of this adventure. So I moved to a certain system and starting doing level 1 missions for one of the Amarrian families. I did this so I could improve my standing and lower my tax rate in Amarr. After a while, and after talking to a few people, I realized I chose the wrong family to work for. Taxes are partially based on Amarr standing and specific corp standing it appears. The Amarr trade hub is in the hands of the Emperor family, while I was working for another family.

This meant I had to completely move my highsec outpost, since I went and lived in a system that had agents for the other family. Fortunately, it was pretty close to my current hideout, but I had to go do missions in lowsec. The lowsec system was pretty quiet so it wasn’t a big problem to run missions. However, I forgot how boring it can be to run missions. I got to level 3’s before I ran out of courage. Meanwhile, I mostly did some Blood Raider sites as well, to gather some apparel (I love them Blood Raiders, even though I blast them to pieces) and boosters for my characters.

So, after talking to E’dyn (evilswordfish) and the CEO of my former corp for a while, I decided to go back to my former corp. This decision was mainly based on the fact that I have more free time again, since most of the preparations for the move have been finished, and the fact that I was bored to death in highsec.

Yesterday, I’ve already moved in some stuff into the wormhole. The corp moved to a higher class wormhole, so that’s a good thing. That said, I burned through 3/4th of my liquid ISK by getting some ships into the wormhole, but ah well! The only thing I’m not looking forward to, is setting up my PI again. If anyone has a good setup which uses factory planets to create P3 products, let me know!
See you guys next time!
Rakanishu signing off o/

#end of log 015#

23 October 2016

Exploring the (un)known

Let me start with an IRL update. A big part of the preparation to move out has been completed. Walls have been painted etc. Slowly moving in stuff and furniture and I’m expecting the bigger furniture parts by the 7th November. So it’ll still be some busy weeks with not much time for EVE but there’s a brighter future on the horizon once the move is completed!

So what’s been happening with Rakanishu and EVE Online. I decided to move out the wormhole corp I was in. It was a hard decision and it required a lot of thinking, but it’s for the best. W-space is a space that requires time, something which I don’t really have at the moment. The only thing I was able to do was a quick peek in nullsec and gather my PI resources (mainly the latter). Therefor, since I was getting a bit bored with just picking up and hauling PI, I decided to leave. I left on good terms and there’s still a possibility of me going back to the corp once everything settles down.

For now, I decided to retreat back into the (un)known: highsec space. The plan is to base myself out in a highsec system, close to lowsec. I’ll be doing missions (I know right) in highsec to get my standing up and earn some LP. But I’ll also use this as a base of operations for wormhole day tripping and exploration. At some point in the future I will bring PvE and PvP ships to my base of operations, get started with scanning down wormholes and daytrip. If I find a wh with sites to run, I’ll go back, fetch my PvE ship and earn some dank ISK. If I find some possible PvP, I will get my PvP ship and try to get some pew pew.

Another way of finding PvP will be roaming the lowsec space bordering my current home system. I’ve already encountered a miner out in an ice belt. However, I was in a PvE confessor, looking for Blood Raider sites so I couldn’t really take him out. I decided to be somewhat of a dick and shot his drones though. He warped off and I’ve sent him 5mil ISK as SRP for his drones. We actually had a chat for about 10 minutes and I got invited into his corp’s public chat.

That’s it for now. This plan is still in development and we’re just getting started. I’ve already got a PvE confessor in for missions. Plan is to get in a Paladin for L4’s (perhaps) and exploration/PvP ships as well.

Meanwhile, I’m having a blast in solo PvP with Mel Miene. Stay tuned for more updates!

Raka signing off o7

#end of log 014#

30 September 2016

Bringing solo back and slingshotting out of death’s embrace

With the previous blog post, I announced that I wanted to do some more solo PvP, well, this week was a good week. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to have a good time with my corp members due to the lack of free time. However, I liked solo PvP’ing with Rakanishu but that forced me to move Rakanishu out of the wormhole. This got me thinking  about other possibilities. I figured that my alt, Mel Miene, who’s also in the corp might be suited for lowsec FW PvP. Mel Miene didn’t really see that much action in the wormhole so far. Every now and then she was used as a scout or primary tackle but these were mostly things Rakanishu was able to do on his own. So I talked to the CEO of my corp and he didn’t mind taking out my alt into FW.

The main reason which caused this idea (of going out there solo) to pop up in my head is Zarvox Toral. I don't know if you guys know him, but he's a streamer on Twitch. He takes out all kinds of ships and blows them up gloriously in solo PvP (unless he gets blobbed). His streams are always informative and it really sparked my interest in taking out ships for solo PvP.

One of the next days, the highsec connection wasn’t that bad so I grabbed a shuttle and went to Amarr with Mel Miene. Since I’m a big fan of Amarr (and Mel Miene is Caldari, so they’re allies…) I decided to enlist her into the 24th Imperial Crusade. I immediately joined the militia chat and started to talk to some fellow Amarr loyalists. After a quick chat, I started fitting up some ships. At first I tried a Corax but eventually I went for a dual web, rocket fitted, scram Kestrel.

Quite a few kills were had, quite a few deaths were had as well. Best part of this? I had a lot of fun and didn’t even care when I lost a ship, I just bought a new one and started warping to the FW system again. Most fights I’ve had were 1v1 so far, which are the fights I’ve been looking for. This one time, I got killed by an insta-lock gatecamp but ah well, that happens. So far, it seems that I am going ISK-positive on my killboard (I must admit, I do care a bit for my killboard), but the most important part is that I’m having fun. Another great thing about this is that, I’m able to log in, do something for 15-20minutes and log back out if needed. If I have more spare time, I just try and hang out with corpmembers.

Today was a fun day as well. I decided to take out a Corax again. Though last time I used a passive tanked Corax, I now took out an active tank Corax.
In the first system I was going through, I noticed a Kestrel sitting in a small complex. I warped to the anomaly, took the gate and noticed the Kestrel sitting 5km away from me. We immediately engaged one another but my active tank was holding quite well and I emerged victorious. After docking up to repair my heat damage, I went to a system next door. I sat in a small complex when a Rifter appeared on d-scan. He warped in but he was to fast (MWD with arty kite fit) to apply my web or scram. He kept orbiting me at range at about 20km. After figuring out his orbiting cycle (it was a long and boring 5 minutes to be honest since he barely applied any damage, though after 5 minutes he finally got my in structure) I tried to slingshot out of his point range. I admit, there were a few failed attempts on slingshotting but I finally managed to land a perfect slingshot. This just happened to be at the point where a Succubus was warping in. Due to the slingshot manoeuvre I was aligned to a celestial. I kept spamming the warp button while I saw the distance between me and the Rifter getting bigger and bigger. Finally I heard “Warp drive active” and left the Rifter behind to get destroyed by the Succubus. About 2 minutes later I saw a gf appearing in local and a kill appearing on my killboard, huza!

Instead of linking every single kill/loss I had now, I’ll just show a screenshot of my killboard for now or you guys can look it up as well over here: https://zkillboard.com/character/94671858/

That's it for now. I will keep you guys posted about my solo FW adventures and WH stuff. I'm hoping to gain more experience in FW so that I'll be able to take out Cruisers on a roam as well.

Rakanishu singing off o7

#end of log 013#

27 September 2016

Status update and solo pew


Last night I was finally able to join a corp roam again. Real life is really eating up my EVE time, though it’s for the greater good. I’m in the process of moving out of the parental house and go live on my own (together with the gf). It’ll take quite a bit of my free time to organize the move and get the preparations done. My irregular work schedule already limits my EVE time and now I’ll have to start painting when I’m free as well. The move is scheduled to happen mid-November and I hope that everything will settle down by December.

That said, I’m planning on improving my PvP skills anyhow. The plan is to get in cheap frigates (for now) to lowsec and try my hand at solo PvP. Group PvP is always easier, especially when you have a good FC who tells you what to do. Since I want to try and FC more myself, I figured I must gather more knowledge about PvP. Therefore, you’ll be seeing me more often in the Amarr-Minmatar warzone. I’d like to ship up to destroyers/cruisers after a while, but I’m going to burn through some frigates first before I get to that.

Before the corp roam last night, I went out to the warzone for the first time. Looked up some fittings and played around for a bit. The first ship I took out was an Imperial Navy Slicer. After a few jumps I noticed someone opened up a new plex and I went ahead and checked it out. An Algos landed on grid and I quickly took the gate so I could get out of scram range before he landed. This was a success, however, due to some bad piloting I got back into scram range and died a quick death afterwards (https://zkillboard.com/kill/56297053/) (after looking at my killboard, it seems that someone managed to kill the Algos and I got on the kill as well: https://zkillboard.com/kill/56297180/).

After asking for some nice fits in the ‘Bringing Solo Back’ in-game channel, I went and bought a Tormentor. This ship proved its worth against two opponents. I was able to kill an Executioner (first solo kill that was not an explorer or a miner, yay!) (https://zkillboard.com/kill/56297296/) and a Rifter (https://zkillboard.com/kill/56297459/) before losing this beautiful ship with two killmarks to an insta-lock gatecamp /sadface (https://zkillboard.com/kill/56298254/).

After dying, I immediately hopped back into another Tormentor and set out to kill stuff again. On this roam I managed to kill a Punisher (https://zkillboard.com/kill/56298652/) and got involved in a three-way fight. I was brawling an Incursus when shortly after a Sentinel warped in. We managed to kill the Incursus but then the Sentinel neuted my cap dry and I died (https://zkillboard.com/kill/56299009/).
After the last loss I decided to join up the corp in our wormhole for a roam through nullsec. We managed to kill some Nyx’ fighters and me and the other interceptor of our fleet managed to get a pretty nice Crow kill (https://zkillboard.com/kill/56301540/)

All in all, I had a very fun night in EVE and I will definitely be repeating this. See you guys in lowsec perhaps? Rakanishu signing off o7

#end of log 012#

17 September 2016

You kill some, you lose some. Today, I lost.


Let me start by telling you guys that I had a bad idea during past night. I got home from a night out with some friends and didn’t want to go sleep yet. Main reason I didn’t go to bed at 1.30 AM my time is that I have night shifts coming up at work. So I tried to stay up as late as possible so  I could sleep long during the day and be ready for the night shift.

I logged in and set up all my PI cycles on my various characters. When I finished doing that, I decided I might do some late night hunting in my Stratios. Some corp members were online as well but not too many at this point. Never really bothered hopping on comms, which I should’ve done but ah well. After jumping through some systems I noticed this space was really quiet, so I decided to go back home after half an hour. One jump before the system our wormhole connection was at, I see a corp member jumping in local. He noticed a Rattlesnake on a gate. We kind off decided to go for it, so I jumped through, tackled it and went in for the kill.

Two mistakes were made here (actually three: logging in at night): Not being on comms and going in blind sighted against a PvP Rattlesnake. His Geckos ate right through my armor and there was nothing I could do but say my final goodbye to my Stratios (https://zkillboard.com/kill/56130108/) . Meanwhile, I hopped on comms and some other corp members arrived on comms as well. We decided to reship and try and get a fight out of him, but the Rattlesnake pilot was just playing games and didn’t want to fight 4-5 of us. One of our corpmembers lost his Gila as well, while trying to tackle the Rattlesnake at a gate and holding it until others arrived, but he got popped rather fast as well.

Anyhow, lessons were taught, lessons have been learned. Rakanishu signing off o7

#end of log 011#

14 September 2016


It’s been a week since I was able to write to you guys so it’s about time I give you an update. Wormhole life has been treating me very good. I’m glad to have found The New Eden Yacht Club, they’re a great bunch of people and we don’t really suck at PvP either! Since our corporation has been growing for quite a bit, we have more official doctrines showing up. What I’m about to write today is a direct result of one of these doctrines.

Our nullsec static lead us to Delve. We knew Goons were residing near our entrance to null, so we decided to fleet up and take a look. Well, the fleet was already busy when I joined in. Apparently they were able to tackle a capital but had to bail eventually. The fleet was busy reforming when I was able to log onto EVE. The fleet consisted of Svipuls and the Minmatar logi frig. Rakanishu doesn’t have the skills for a Svipul yet, nor does he have Minmatar frigate V for the logi frig (I will be skilling into these soon guys, I promise!). The fleet was obviously shield focused but I, being the scrub that I am, didn’t have any shield ships laying around. Together with the FC, I decided to get into an interceptor (which was fit with an armor rep btw).

While roaming towards and through Goon space, we were able to kill some ships with our fleet. I was appointed the scout (+1) of the fleet because I was in my interceptor. I basically flew in front of the fleet, scouting the next system in our route. We managed to get a hostile Svipul (https://zkillboard.com/kill/56064188/) and his pod (Due to the Sabre we had in fleet. Pod was empty though). The next kill was an interceptor (https://zkillboard.com/kill/56064276/). I landed on the out-gate and the interceptor was there as well. I aligned towards him and was able to point him. He aggressed me, which was his biggest mistake, seeing my friends warping in. It might seem like the cheapest kill on our roam, but it was definitely the most intense one. We were going head to head and I managed to get a decent amount of damage applied, but so did he. I managed to survive with an overheated ancillary armor rep until the support arrived. It was actually quite fun, seeing my shield go to 100% and back to 0% immediately, only to go back to 100% a second later.

The next kill is the kill I’m most excited about. I jumped into the system like I was during the whole fleet. After jumping in, I see 2 Machariels and 1 Nightmare on d-scan. Using some quick ‘d-scan-fu’, I managed to pin them down to an anomaly. I immediately warp in and land right on top of the three ships. I called the rest of the fleet and they jumped in and warped to me right away. Meanwhile I managed to get tackle on the Nightmare. The 2 Machariels had MJD’d out of range just before the fleet landed. The Nightmare was worth about 1.45b according to zkillboard (https://zkillboard.com/kill/56064497/). Lootfairy said yes btw (FC told me the loot might go towards a skillinjector for Rakanishu, so he can fly a Svipul, but I have yet to see the skillpoints ^^). 

After this kill, we went back home to secure our loot and left again for more pew pew. I quickly refitted my interceptor. This way, it had a long point and a scram, giving me more possibility to acquire tackle.

I could keep on writing as we killed a few more ships, but I’ll end the blog here, or it’ll become a giant wall of text. We had three more kills: a Moa (https://zkillboard.com/kill/56065169/) , a Harbinger (https://zkillboard.com/kill/56065176/) and a Gnosis (https://zkillboard.com/kill/56066114/). 

Thanks for reading and until the next log, Rakanishu signing off o7

#end of log 010#

5 September 2016

Scouting the jackpot and 'helping' a newbro


After I wrote my blog yesterday, we started scanning our wormhole chain. We had quite a big chain and it seemed promising as there was some activity to be noticed. After scanning for a while, a corpmate checked our nullsec connection. He found what appeared to be a Tengu running sites, though he couldn't exactly pinpoint his location. I brought in my scanning alt to combat scan him down. After 2 cycles I had him at 87% but then he bounced off. He kept bouncing between planets and safespots so it was impossible to probe him down. While this was happening, we had a small fleet waiting on the other side of the wormhole, just in case. Suddenly, a confessor appeared on d-scan together with some combat probes. After a few minutes, he warped to us at a 100km. We started reshipping in other stuff to catch the confessor but he was too fast.

After playing cat and mouse for a few minutes, I landed on top of him on the connection to his wormhole. I managed to land a few hits on him (deep into armor) before he managed to jump. I jumped through, only to find a fleet (interceptor, Caracal, and a few more kity ships) waiting for us. I immediately jumped back to our home and instawarped to our citadel. We formed a fleet to counter them but eventually we couldn't get a fight. This connection was end of life, so neither of the groups wanted to commit his fleet with the chance of getting cut off.

While this was happening, I retracted my scanning alt from nullsec and went on scanning another part of the chain. After a few minutes I stumbled upon a wormhole leading to nullsec space. It was a small wormhole, only allowing destroyers and smaller ships to pass through. After jumping through (you never know what you might find) I noticed some Hulks in space. There were two ore sites in system so I decided to check them out. Both of them had cargo containers in space. I bookmarked the containers in both sites and went back to our home system. About 15 minutes later, we decided to go and check on this particular system. We reshipped into destroyers (Confessor, Svipul, Sabre) and an interceptor. I decided to split the fleet in two so each half would warp to a bookmark to try and catch some miners. The bookmark I warped to was empty but our Svipul and interceptor landed right on top of three hulks.

The pilot of the Sabre and myself (with the Confessor and alt in a scanning ship [with point, because a scout without a point, is pointless]) quickly warped to the other bookmark. Everyone was spreading and calling points. The Hulks had nowhere to go, especially since the Sabre arrived to drop bubbles. One Hulk pilot thought he could escape with his pod by ejecting from his ship, yet he seemed to have missed the bubbles of our interdictor. We managed to kill all three of the Hulks and their pods. When we looked at the killmails, we were quite surprised and had a good laugh:

Hulk 1: https://zkillboard.com/kill/55901593/ (hulk) + https://zkillboard.com/kill/55901610/ (pod)
Hulk 2: https://zkillboard.com/kill/55901584/ (Hulk) + https://zkillboard.com/kill/55901596/ (pod)
Hulk 3: https://zkillboard.com/kill/55901570/ (hulk) + https://zkillboard.com/kill/55901612/ (pod)

The total value of this adventure was about 3.8 billion ISK destroyed. The loot fairy was pretty generous and gave us about 240 million ISK of loot. The rules of the corp grant full loot access to the scout who finds the targets. In this particular case, it was me. Though because we were with a fun bunch and everyone helped on this kill, I decided to split the value among the participating corp members, which resulted in a nice killboard and 60 million ISK each.

The day after this adventure, I got home from work and warped around our chain when I noticed a venture on dscan. I managed to get him on the wormhole but he warped off. I stay anchored at the citadel only to see a venture appear on d-scan again a few minutes later. I locate him in an ore site in our home. Mel Miene was in a cloaky scanning ship and warped in on the site to get Rakanishu a decent warp-in with his interceptor. When Mel Miene was 5km away, I warped in Rakanishu and started hitting the Venture. They seem to be slippery because he was able to warp away to a random anomaly. I follow him and see him warping to the sun. I initiate warp when I see him typing in local: "I only want to mine". Landing right on top of him, I lock and destroy the Venture. This was followed by locking his pod. I started a conversation with the Venture pilot and it seemed like he was pretty new. His character was made in May this year but he told me he hadn't been active until now and was looking to make some ISK mining. I gave him a few tips, like watching d-scan before you go out and do something and watch d-scan while you are doing things. I told him he should never expect to be alone in a wormhole. I donated him some ISK to replace his Venture, asked him if he wanted a pod express home (which he did) and we said our goodbyes.

It's always nice to encounter a newer player in EVE whom accepts a conversation after he has been killed. I, myself, have also learned some things this way, and it's nice to having someone experienced to give you tips. Hell, he even made some ISK. o7 to you my friend, and may you fly safe!

Rakanishu signing off o7

#end of log 009#

3 September 2016

Catching up to catch snakes


A while ago, I received an email stating that there would be an alliance ops soon. It involved 'sleeping in' somewhere and the op would take place the day after. However, I also thought something was about to happen the day everybody was gathering at the sleepover place. To the regret of a few guys, including myself, nothing was really planned for that night. I decided to turn my ship 180° and turn back home because I knew I wasn't able to come on the op the day after because of work.

Fast forward to the day after the sleepover was planned. I got home from work and noticed the fleet was still going. I asked my Belgian friend in corp where the fleet was at and where they were going. Good thing, the fleet was reforming into confessors and everyone was moving to Amarr to buy one. Rakanishu was still sitting in the home wormhole so I switched to an empty clone, undocked the citadel in my pod and self-destructed. Rakanishu came back to life in a system 2 jumps from Amarr. Bought my Confessor and quickly went on my way to the meet-up system so I could catch up to the rest of the fleet (I even got there before the rest of the fleet!). Appearantly, another wormhole group scouted some Russian Rattlesnakes farming sites and asked for more guys. Once we got there, we moved in and waited one jump out of the target wormhole until we were sure they were running sites again.

We waited about 15 minutes until it was 'go-time'. The scout scared the Rattles a bit so they warped back to the wormhole connecting to their homesystem. Meanwhile our fleet was in place and bubbles were up. They were able to jump through the wormhole but the other side was bubbled as well. We ended up killing a few Rattlesnakes. I missed a few kills because one of the rattles jumped through and I went after it to tackle it on the other side.

Rattlesnake kills: https://zkillboard.com/kill/55850139/ & https://zkillboard.com/kill/55850117/

The day before this operation, I was able to test my combat probing skills again. I noticed an Imicus floating around in space on d-scan, moving from time to time. I used my alt, Mel Miene, to combat scan it down, warp to it and scramble it. It's a cheap frigate, but you never know what it may hold so I decided to kill it anyway. Once the frigate was tackled I warped in Rakanishu, who was on his way in a Stratios, to deal the killing blow. Nothing really good dropped, but I got to test my combat scanning skills again.

Imicus kill: https://zkillboard.com/kill/55829461/

See you guys next time,
Rakanishu signing off o7

#end of log 008#

30 August 2016

Logibro and a painful loss


On the 23th of August some wormhole friends called and asked for assistance. They started roaming with T3 destroyers and Guardians and had a fleet of 8 members. There was an Astrahus vulnerable and it seemed like the locals wanted to defend it. The fight escalated with the defenders bringing an Archon on field. We rolled our C5 static as quickly as we could so we could scan down the chain as fast as possible to get a decent highsec. Since we had to pass Amarr, I was quickly stopping by to shop for ships. The fleet was in need of more Guardians so I figured I could help by buying and flying one (which reminds me to get my logi skill up to 5).

It's been a while since I flew logi but I figured it couldn't be that hard. Add you anchor to watchlist, sort your broadcasts and give reps where needed. While we were on the move, the fleet got a bit bigger. They were able to kill the Archon. However, there was still a FAX on grid. With the possibility of another cap kill, everyone rushed to the entry system to try and help blow the cap into pieces.

When I finally arrived (damn Guardians and their slow warp) the FAX was starting to bleed a bit of armor. I put on my capchain and started anchoring up on the logi anchor. Fortunately, I brought some drones so I could whore on the kills. For some reason there was a Tempest and a Rattlesnake warping in. My drones were able to catch up to the Tempest in time, but the Rattlesnake was already a wreck before I was able to get a hit on them.

Kills: https://zkillboard.com/kill/55718315/ (Tempest)
https://zkillboard.com/kill/55718429/ (Apostle)

All in all, the op didn't take that long (well it probably did but our part in it didn't last long) but it was fun to get a Guardian out again.

But that's not everything I have to tell you guys. I also have to admit I screw up. Badly. Before I tell you how I screwed up, I need to give you some more information about how I got started playing with Rakanishu. My character before Rakanishu had skillpoints everywhere and wasn't really focused. After a while I decided to sell my main and buy a more focused character with my eyes on an Amarr focused character. Whilst looking through the character bazaar, I found Rakanishu, placed my bid and won. The char had nice stats and everything I was looking for. It was a surprise for me to see he had a clone with +5 implants on it. This clone was really nice to have for accelerating my training time.

Fast forward to August 28th. A few days ago I placed my +5 clone in the citadel of my corp, so I could switch between a combat clone with +3 implants and my training clone of +5 implants. Turns out this wasn't such a good idea. When I hopped into the expensive clone, I also jumped into a shuttle which I renamed "CHANGE CLONE FIRST" and I logged off. When I logged back on (on August 28th) there was a ping for some PvP. I hopped into my Heretic to help with tackle and moved to nullsec. After roaming for a while, I'm waiting at a gate for some friends when some neutral guys start warping in and attacking me. I jump through to the other side, only to find a gatecamp waiting for me. I get shot, bubbled and die. Quickly. The Sabre had me bubbled. Then it hit me, right at the point where my Heretic was exploding: I'm still in my training clone.

I must admit, I was a bit pissed at myself for not paying attention to my clones. But on the other hand, I never really payed for this clone myself so.. Though it still hurts to see it on my killboard.

Loss: https://zkillboard.com/kill/55803172/ (Heretic)
https://zkillboard.com/kill/55803177/ (Pod)

Anyhow, fun was had, lessons were learned, on to the next log of Rakanishu's Spacelogs.
Rakanishu signing off o7.

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22 August 2016

Cool guys don't look at explosions


The past week has been a rather busy week. Not in EVE but in real life though. Though, I was able to free 15 minutes a day to keep my planetary interaction up and running. The PI seems to be doing its work and last time I checked, my current setup should earn me a little over one billion ISK per month.When I logged in today, I noticed there were two alliance ops planned. One was a defense fleet for friends of the alliance, the other one was an offensive fleet.

We didn't have any decent connection to highsec so we started rolling the hole. I don't have a rolling ship in the wormhole just yet, so I was getting ready to scan the new static in search for a good connection. Things had to go fast because apparently the timer of the tower we had to defend was almost running out. After finding an end of life wormhole, we finally reached highsec. I quickly went to Amarr to buy a Guardian (it was an armor T3 fleet but the Guardian was the best option for my wallet right now). We leave Amarr and arrive at the system where the defense was taking place. After sitting on the hole for a few minutes it became clear the friends of our alliance were retreating from their home and got all their stuff out. Due to this, no battle ensued and we were heading back home.

The offensive ops was planned an hour or two later. This time we weren't bringing armor ships but it was a shield fleet because the target wormhole system had a Pulsar. I quickly burned towards my home and reshipped into a Curse. The offensive ops was a citadel (Astrahus) coming out of reinforcement. After about 20 jumps I arrived and shortly after we jumped into the wormhole. We had a nice fleet and were set up for a fight. After bashing the Astrahus, no defense fleet showed up and the citadel went up in flames with great explosions.

Since you can't actually see nice explosions in just screenshots, I captured this beautiful moment in a short video

I'm looking to get more into wormhole PvP again. The last few roams have mostly taken place in nullsec but I want to go hunt in wormholes again. I'm figuring out a decent Stratios fit for this purpose. Suggestions for Stratios fits are always welcome.

Until the next time!
Rakanishu signing off o7

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17 August 2016

Say hello to my little friends


They're here. My alts that is. Today, I decided to activate the subscription on my alt account. Why? It helps me with a couple of things. One of my alts is a decent scout, the other one makes my wormhole life a lot easier because she can fly hauling ships.

It was about time I got more stuff into the wormhole I'm living in and some of the loot out. I also decided on selling my site running Legion to get me some more ISK. The Legion was barely used and I figured that I could just get something cheap in to run an occasional C2 site instead of risking a blingy Legion to get C3 sites, if there's a decent C3 in the chain. This sale, together with the value of exploration loot gave my wallet a decent boost. With this boosted wallet, I can now spend more ISK on PvP ships, which makes it a lot easier to get into battles without being afraid to lose ships.

Once I saw a decent Highsec connection, I got out the Legion and went to Amarr. Traded all the stuff to my trading/hauling alt and let that character handle all the market stuff. After that I bought an Epithal to move back in, in order to collect some of that sweet PI (more about that later). I looked up some corp fits on fleet-up, bought some ships I like to fly, put everything together into an Occator and hauled everything inside.

Once I was inside the wormhole, it was time for some tedious work. I decided it was time to set up some planetary interaction (PI). This would help me get a stable monthly income without to much work. It's been a while since I had to set up PI, but I was quickly reminded at the tediousness of this task. I had to look up my old configuration again (thank god I still had my old planets 'up and running') and got started. Because I had both my main character and my alt character in the wormhole, I set both of them up. This amounts to about 10 planets total. After I finished setting up the planets, I went to work. When I got home, I noticed we had a decent connection so I hopped my scouting alt into a covops ship and got her into our home. This character also has skillpoints invested in planetary interaction, so I decided to set up her planets as well.

End result of today? Alt account subbed, combat alt safely inside the wormhole and 15 PI planets are running. The total amount of 15 planets should net me a nice monthly income of approx. 1bil at least (I hope. We'll see next month). Though I do not plan on stopping here. I still have two more characters across my accounts which have been trained into planetary interaction. They will be set up somewhere in the near future, but there's no rush. I'm happy I got 15 planets running so far.

See you guys later!
Rakanishu signing off

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13 August 2016

A lost roam and the first video


Being a fleet commander (or an FC for short). At the start of my EVE career, it never occurred to me to take up this role. However, ever since I joined PvP corps, FCs have always intrigued me. Their tactical knowledge about the game, ordering a group of people what to do, ...

My first time as an FC was about a year or two ago. I was a complete noob and I wasn't really sure what I was doing. But we went out, killed something, had fun and died. This past week, I took the role of FC upon me once again. We went out to nullsec with interceptors. However, our group wasn't really big, about five of us. This made our range of targets a lot smaller compared to a group of ten guys. We roamed around, whilst I was looking on Dotlan for new systems to check out but everyone in nullsec kept docking up unfortunately. All in all, the roam wasn't successful killboard-wise but it was a good experience to get back into FC'ing again. I will certainly try and organize some more roams with hopefully more friends to tag along.

Yesterday, our nullsec wormhole connected to a nice pocket in Providence space. Dotlan showed some nice activity a few jumps out so me and a couple of friends decided to go check it out. Our fleet consisted out of an interceptor, a Sabre, a Vagabond and an Omen Navy Issue (me). The guys in tackle jumped in to the target systems first, with the interceptor hunting targets in anomalies and the Sabre waiting at the station to catch them trying to dock up. Our interceptor was landing on two Dominix but they warped off just in time, however, the station was already bubbled by our friend in the Sabre so they couldn't dock up immediately. The Vagabond and myself warped to station and tried to bump the Domi's out of docking range. One Domi was able to MJD out of the bubble and warped to the sun, only to warp back into our bubbles again and die. We also got a nice pod kill with it.

Dominix kill
Pod kill

I plan on recording my fights from now on for a couple of reasons. First of all, this was a way to look back at fights and learn from my mistakes. But this also provides some amusement for you guys. Through these videos, you are able to actually see what happened instead of just reading about it. So without further ado, here is the first recording I made, about the Dominix kill I mentioned above.

Until the next time,
Rakanishu signing off

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7 August 2016

Laying the trap


This blog tells the story of a fun fleet night on the 18th July. I logged on in EVE and noticed a fleet was getting ready. When I got onto comms, I asked what ships were needed. We were going cruisers and down, but the fleet didn't have an interdictor yet. This was like music to my ears since I love to fly interdictors. I got into my Heretic and undocked.

The night began pretty calm and our roam seemed to scare all the ratters in the nullsec pocket we were connected to. After a while, we found a system where people seemed to be mining. There were a lot of cargo containers and a few enormous freight containers floating around. Local was filled with the inhabitants of the pocket. The FC of our fleet contemplated about setting a logoff trap for the miners. Since I was the only one flying in an interdictor, I safe logged in between their cargo containers while the rest of the fleet moved along a few systems. Once my character was safely logged out, I logged back on and waited on the character selection screen.

After about 15 minutes and some banter on Teamspeak, we decided it was time to check on the trap. I logged back on and joined fleet as soon as I could. Short range d-scan told me that there were three skiffs near me. When I got back on grid, they were about 2-4km away from me. The placement of my Heretic couldn't have been any better. I immediately start locking them, start webbing two of them and put up my bubbles. After placing 'www's' in chat, my corpmates started dwindling in one by one. It was only a matter of time before we started killing the skiffs.

The three skiffs were all dead and podded. Though, truth to be told, one pod got away when a Garmur landed on field to try and safe his friends. But we still killed the Garmur though. During this process I had to warp out due to being redboxed. When I warped back in to place another bubble, my ship was podded by the backup fleet (Hurricanes, interceptors and other stuff). Most of the other guys got out safely and our mission was a great success.

It was the first time I participated in a logoff trap and I must say, it brings joy when you see your ship landing right next to your target.

Until next time,
Rakanishu signing off

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3 August 2016

Current heading and future plans


Today, I wanted to give you guys a little more insight in what I'm currently doing in EVE and what the future might bring for me. Currently, only my main account is active. However, I will be activating my second account again next week but I'll be heading on a small vacation first though.

My main account has Rakanishu Dindidel on it and two alt characters. One of them is a Jita sitter, which I use for buying stuff or checking prices. The other one has now started training as well due to a limited offer by CCP which involved dual character training for three months. I had no idea what to train that character into, but now I've decided to train her into an incursion alt. This gives me the opportunity to make some ISK in highsec without the need of getting Rakanishu out of w-space.

Rakanishu started as a pure Amarr character. Having near perfect Amarr ship, gunnery and armor skills he's an ideal character for flying Amarr stuff. He's also cross-trained into Gallente, especially for the Proteus. After having finished large lasers V, I'm now close to finishing Amarr battleships V. After that, I'll be training into Marauders. Why? I don't know, because a Paladin is just a sexy ship. I'm still figuring out what to train next, maybe BLOPS? Maybe missile/shield stuff?

My second account contains two useful characters. Mel Miene is a bomber pilot/scout which will probably be training for a Tengu next. The other character, Avaritia, is a bit of an indy pilot. Her usefulness is mostly due to the ability to fly an Occator. This is ideal for aiding Rakanishu in wormhole life, shipping in ships and hauling out stuff when needed.
Both Mel and Avaritia are training into Planetary Interaction. Rakanishu and the, soon to be, incursion alt also have Planetary Interaction trained. If all goes well, I should have 4-5 characters ready to start harvesting PI mats with. I just need to find a good highsec connection to our home to start everything up. I plan (and hope) this to be ready by the end of next week. The PI will provide me with a passive income of ISK, to fund my PvP escapades.

So what are my overall goals? Getting to know the people in the corp I'm in and have some fun PvP'ing (either in fleet with corp/alliance members or solo). If there is no PvP to be found, I may be found (or not if I'm cloaked) exploring wormholes or nullsec in search for precious loot of exploration sites. I will also try to record my upcoming PvP battles. I still need to figure some things out, but I think recording my own battles will help me improve my skills and may also provide you guys with some fun stuff to watch.

Until the next time,
Rakanishu signing off

#03th August, end of log 002#

1 August 2016

Hello everyone

Hi there

I am Vince. In EVE Online I'm known (by a few people) as Rakanishu Dindidel. It's not a name I have chosen myself, as I have done some character trading before. However, this name has grown on me and I will continue to use it in the future as well.

I'm 23 years old, born and raised in Belgium. I graduated this year as a nurse and am already working as a fulltime nurse. This is the biggest reason why my gaming time is pretty irregular. I work in shifts and weekends, so it's pretty hard to sustain a solid gaming schedule. But working in shifts is not to bad. It adds a little variation to life.

Gaming profile

I'm quite an allround gamer. I play a lot of games, going from singleplayer games to multiplayer games. I don't mind RTS, FPS, MMO's and all the other stuff. Nowadays, I'm busy playing Overwatch and EVE Online. I've had a small hiatus from EVE but I'm back again and looking for action. This blog will mostly cover my EVE stories though.

My current EVE career consists of wormhole life. Ever since I got a taste of wormhole life, I couldn't stay away from it. Before I got into wormholes, I tried a bit of everything. At first, I was a solitary mission runner in an npc corp. Though, one can only finish this much L4 missions until it gets boring. Looking around on forums and streams, I decided to take a little risk and joined FW low sec. It was a great time and I learned a lot from PvP, though the corp decided to take other directions and I left together with some other guys. After that I tried some nullsec but that's just not for me. Ratting and docking when you see a neut, no thanks (no offence to any nullsec dudes reading this though!).

Can't remember exactly when I heard about wormhole life, but at a certain point I joined WormBro. A reddit based wormhole corp focused on teaching newbies the ways of the WH life. I had a great time there, growing from a complete newbie to a guy who was FC'ing small gang fleets. After a while I took a pause from EVE. Though, when I got back, I got straight back into WH life. Me and a fellow Belgian EVE player even formed our own WH corp. It was a great experience (even with the logistic nightmares) but the corp growed unexpectedly fast and it ended up failcascading (on a small level though, not like large alliances).

Now I'm back in a WH corp which focuses on PvP. I'm in here with that fellow Belgian EVE player and we're having tons of fun. My killboard gets some action and I'm enjoying EVE again. The following posts will most likely be about my PvP adventures in this corp and other stuff.

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