For the past three months I have been living in CFC occupied nullsec territory. The purpose of my deployment is to research and document the activities of nullbears who live deep inside the blue doughnut, as well as to develop nullsec logistic strategies for the maintenance of supply lines deep into enemy territory. This is the second part of the Power Of Neutral Presence series, the first can be found here. Today I’ll talk to you about my experience cloaky camping a CFC mining system with a pilot in an NPC corp.
For the past three months I have been living in CFC occupied nullsec territory. The purpose of my deployment is to research and document the activities of nullbears who live deep inside the blue doughnut, as well as to develop nullsec logistic strategies for the maintenance of supply lines deep into enemy territory. Today I’ll talk to you about my experience cloak camping a couple of CFC systems with a pilot in an NPC corp.
I woke up in the middle of the night a couple of days ago. I was not able to fall back to sleep so I decided I would check in on the goons I’ve been observing for the past month or so. I spoke in local to see if anyone was awake because I was bored and there was no one on d-scan. One of the residents was awake, and he proceeded to explain to me why AFK cloaking is a bannable offense, a crime, and could lead to a civil cause of action… At first I did not really understand what he was saying but fortunately for me he was both a lawyer and a police officer and willing to explain these complicated things to me…
The log of the conversation follows:
In Eve Online the area of space where players can exist is divided into three types. These types are classified by the level of unwanted interaction between players that can exist without repercussions to the aggressing player. High-sec, or high security space, is an area where players may only lawfully destroy each other if they have started a sanctioned war. Low-sec, or low security space, is an area where players may shoot each other without warning but the aggressor will be shot by gate guns and will lose security status under most circumstances. Then there’s nullsec, also known as 0.0. In nullsec players can kill each other with impunity. The only limit on an aggressor’s capacity to do damage in nullsec is presented by the other players residing there who are willing to fight back.
Deep parts of nullsec, surrounded by a sea of blues (allied territories/allies) present a special kind of nullsec which pvpers fondly refer to as bearsec. It is in these territories that non-pvp oriented players reside and conduct ISK making activities in relative safety. This blog post series details the effect that a single neutral player can have on an entire alliance’s ISK-making operations in a system in bearsec by simply existing. In this part I will detail my experience hunting unsuspecting farmers in bearsec territory.
Back when I left the game back in 2011-12, the idea that solo PVP was dying had already started to take shape. Coming back to New Eden three to four years later I expected that I would not find any fights on even odds or anywhere close to it. I was wrong.
Two days ago I bought six or seven Ruptures and fitted them for some brawling action. The reason for choosing the Rupture is simple-I can’t fly anything else except a Loki, and I’m not quite ready to start throwing Lokis away just yet. My fit is as follows:
Not the greatest fit in the world, but I thought it could get the job done. Its buffer is paper thin, but with crystals and heat it can tank about 755dps (933dps with strong blue pill) for the 30 seconds or so that the XALSB runs for before it runs out of cap boosters.
I took a couple of these bad boys down to the Tama area looking for anyone who would be willing to engage a 6 month old toon. And it didn’t take long:
Not bad considering solo PVP is supposed to be dead.
But then…I got blobbed: https://zkillboard.com/kill/40997823/
At the end of the day getting blobbed was my fault. I got too complacent and was trying to bait a couple of the ceptors from the blob to engage me. I should have made a decision instead of waiting around for so long. Lost my pod too in the process. It is going to take some time to get the rust off.
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Today marks the end of my third month trading as I wait for my other character to be skilled up enough to be able to do WH and other action in EVE. This month I’ve mostly continued the same thing I was doing in month two, except that now I have tycoon leveled to 4 and can make use of a few more buy/sell orders. My capital is also higher, which allows me to buy higher priced items which yield a better profit sometimes. This month I’ve changed my routine a little bit since trading is getting kind of boring. Instead of updating my orders both in the morning and in the evening, I have been updating them only once a day. Because of this, the amount of profit per month that I am making is less than what I should be making when taking into account the higher amount of buy and sell orders that I have available. With that said, the amount of profit is still good enough to PLEX 8 or so accounts which is not too shaby for spending 30-45 minutes per day on this.
Networth In ISK
The total profit this month was 5.645 bil, which comes out to about 188 mil per day in 30-45 minutes of low-risk/semi AFK work. This month coincided with the Burn Jita thing, so that might have caused the amount of goods being traded to decrease a bit which could mean that next month’s profits may be higher.
Today I ran into this game called Verpser.5. I guess the idea behind it is that you spend about one hundred days playing it to reach the end of the game. Every day you get the chance to take one step down a long corridor/maze thing, and you get to look at pictures along the way. I’m not really sure what would cause someone to create this type of game, let alone play it, but for whatever reason I felt like playing it to the end.
Today marks the end of my second month trading as I wait for my other character to be skilled up enough to be able to do WH and other action in EVE. I’ve spent the majority of the month trading in higher priced items, mainly faction and deadspace mods. I now have Wholesale leveled up to level 5 and I am working on getting Tycoon to level 4 before I start a new character on this account. I spend about 30 minutes in the morning trading before going to work, and another 30 minutes at night before going to bed.
Networth In ISK
I am now at the point of making about 3 billion ISK a month with minimum effort. This should be more than enough to sustain a moderate PVP habit. Once I get Tycoon leveled to 4 I will have double the amount of orders to trade with. By making use of all my available orders I should be able to make 6 billion a month. Not really sure why I didn’t try trading earlier, but this is definitely the way to go for passive ISK-making.
Since posting the original article some people have asked how I was able to build up that level of passive income with a 0 day character. In this second part of the series I lay out exactly what I did to get the system going and start making passive ISK.