A return to known space

25th June 2009 – 5.06 pm

The main problem with living out in w-space, away from the known regions of New Eden, is that there can be little to do by oneself. There is no regional market or stations, which means no buying and selling or manufacture of goods, and no agents to talk to for missions. The cosmic sites of interest are generally too difficult to clear of sleepers without help, and once the encounter and mining sites are cleared there is little to do but wait until new ones surface, which can be found through scanning. So when I find myself alone at the POS I find the most productive way to spend my time is by scanning for new anomalies.

Occasionally I find a new wormhole, either back to known space or to further w-space, or sites of interest to be explored at a later time with company. It is quite a relaxing way to pass some time, watching the probes gently scan for signals. The added logical puzzle of refining the search volumes to fix a single strong signal makes it a better form of fishing for me. I am probably not doing myself any favours by probing in my Drake battlecruiser, but heading out to the middle of nowhere with no expectation of results only strengthens the analogy to fishing.

It is not me who finds the wormhole that exits back to a low-sec system one jump away from high-sec space, but it is an excellent opportunity for us all. We can haul a load of our loot, salvage and ore out to sell for profit, without having slow, lumbering ships spend too long in low-sec space. For me, I take the opportunity to take care of business. The wormhole heads back to Caldari space, so it is not long before I am back at one of my bases and checking on my sales and production queue.

I make the trip to my manufacturing plant and deliver my waiting jobs, and as I spend time shipping them to the market I check and adjust the prices of modules I still have listed for sale. Although my stocks aren't particularly depleted, as I have only been away in w-space for a few days, I had put the modules in to production to fill gaps. The good news is that the gaps in the market are still present, which rather baffles me, but I am only too happy to oversell my goods in woefully understocked markets.

Noting what modules continue to sell well I set up some new production runs, buying enough extra minerals to cover the manufacturing needs. There is no great rush for the new module runs to get off the production line and to the market, but as I may not be able to get all my housekeeping done and get back to w-space through the same wormhole that got me here, and no one is sure when the next viable wormhole to the POS will materialise, I think it's a good idea to start the runs as soon as possible. It is much better that I didn't have to wait for manufacturing jobs to complete this time before being able to restock my sell orders, after all.

With business taken care of it is now time to spend some ISK on skill training books. Whilst I generally only pick up skill books when I have a particular need for them the complete lack of availability of them in w-space makes me realise more the importance of being prepared. As such, I rifle through the market looking both for some books that should benefit operations directly—for example, remote armour repair systems, to support better my non-Caldari colleagues in battle—as well as some more skills that look like they will expand my horizons and opportunities a little more.

Now it is just a matter of taking care of business whilst waiting for the chance to return to w-space. I may as well plan my activities as normal, and be prepared to drop them with little warning, so I head back to my mission base with Core Complexion, Inc. with the intention to continue increasing my standing with the company for Tech II manufacture datacore acquisition.

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