Begin again

15th November 2010 – 5.20 pm

I've left my w-space home shortly after moving in, but I want to go back. Okay, not back to the class 5 system, but certainly back to w-space. I don't think I can make a home in empire space at the moment and still have a strong connection to w-space life. During my reflective moments over the past couple of weeks I have considered my options, and I think I could set-up a tower in w-space, perhaps in a class 4 system with a static connection to a C3 or C2. I can probably run most C4 anomalies solo in my Tengu strategic cruiser, albeit slowly, and the C3/C2 link will offer greater opportunities to blitz Sleeper sites and probably hold softer targets. And now that glorious leader Fin has followed me out of w-space the prospects of being successful have improved.

To be honest, I don't know much about starbase operations. I was ready to learn, maybe with some harsh lessons along the way, just to keep myself in w-space. Now I have Fin's expertise and experience, although I don't want to get complacent. I will still need to learn, and contribute, but at least I will have a good teacher. And lower class w-space systems may generally hold softer targets, but opportunities to engage them would be far more limited by myself. I doubt even the two of us will see many of the more interesting engagements that the availability of coporation pilots and ships allowed for in the past, but it still significantly increases our options, as well as our chances of survival, particularly as we already have a good idea of how each other flies.

There is plenty to do, even before we find a system. We need a tower, defences, fuel, and probably some other assets I am unaware of. Then we need a system, Fin agreeing that a C4 with a C3/C2 static connection would be good, and finding one may not be simple. There are no static wormholes in empire space, so I will probably need to scan many empire systems to find an entrance, or K162, and scout my way deeper until a suitable system can be found, one that is also unoccupied. This will probably take days, if not weeks. Moving in to that system may not be straightforward either, perhaps taking days in itself, as we need to time hauling assets in to the system and anchoring and configuring the tower and defences. The mass we will be taking in to the system may collapse a wormhole or two, and we will have to scan several exits before we can be fully situated.

Moreover, the hazards of w-space need to be mitigated. Even with Fin as a partner there is a real possibility that we both get podded and isolated in empire space, with no route back to the w-space system. If that happens, the tower and all the ships, and whatever else is stored there, is almost certainly lost to scavengers. I need to consider having a pilot in reserve who is capable of scanning an emergency route to empire space to help us return. I can't rely on always ending up at the tower, nor on Fin being there. So that's my first target, getting a secondary scanning pilot ready and available to me. It will demand some sacrifice, as I have to surrender my dedicated training schedule to the new pilot, but it is better than the alternative. I'd better get on the com-link.

  1. 7 Responses to “Begin again”

  2. Finding a new WH from empire space should be easy for you since you seem to have good records from your time in WH space.

    Just look for empire systems that you have had exits to in the past, you will find that the same ones repeat often, then search those systems as there are quite a few that almost always have at least one K162 to WH space in them.

    If you don't have records of those then I can dig some up.

    By Aeith on Nov 16, 2010

  3. Actually, empire space (including lowsec/0.0) have 'static' holes. They seem to spawn randomly. For a class 4, looking in lowsec will give you more chance of finding a class3 that goes to a class 4.

    Also, suggest that you create an alt on your same account, and train it with rudimentary scan skills. Park in it your home w-space. That way if you both get podded you'll be able to scan a way back in.

    I'll keep an eye out for ya, as we have k162 from cl4s all the time (most of the time occupied). I'll try to remember to look for you in-game.

    By Siem Reap on Nov 16, 2010

  4. 'static holes that spawn randomly'
    Hence, not static.

    By Mick Straih on Nov 16, 2010

  5. Yeah, the outbound wormholes that spawn in empire space are essentially random and do not reappear in the same system, making them different from the 'static' type in w-space. And I will appreciate any sightings of potential C4s, thanks!

    I look forwards to researching spawn rates and densities in empire space, probably trying both high- and low-sec. My suspicion is the same as yours, Siem, in that the lower the security status of a system the better chance of dangerous w-space. And the first system to try will be where my ships are docked, but if my scans run dry I may chase Aeith for some extra data.

    As for a scanning alt, I definitely need one of them. It looks like Constance has my back covered there, although giving up my skill queue for a while feels odd. I think I want more than rudimentary scanning skills too, if she's going to safeguard several billion ISK of assets. I'll probably train up to a cov-ops boat and equivalent cloak.

    By pjharvey on Nov 16, 2010

  6. Maybe you should look on the forums for a Covert Ops pilot on sale, save you from putting your skill queue on pause, just an idea

    By Mardios on Nov 16, 2010

  7. Buying a character is not really an option I've explored before, even though I've seen other players doing it. It simply didn't occur to me.

    I think I prefer trying to be self-sufficient, but thanks for the suggestion. It would certainly save some skill queue anxiety.

    By pjharvey on Nov 17, 2010

  8. Haven't been scanning in a while. Not sure what's my chances of finding a empty C4. But if happen to by luck find a empty one will surely let you know.

    By Ardent Defender on Nov 23, 2010

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