The past few days in Empire Space have been very entertaining. A few days ago I rigged a Core Probe Launcher onto my Rupture and went off to see what mysteries are hidden in the vast reaches of Known Space (k-space).
At first scanning signatures was very frustrating and time-consuming, but it also is quite exciting when you finally resolve a Cosmic Anomaly into some type of explorable site. I have gotten rather adept after several game sessions doing just that.
Yesterday was especially exciting. I resolved several Unstable Wormholes, which for the non-Eve players, are temporary portals into Wormhole Space (w-space). I dropped some bookmarks into the Corp places tab and continued scanning the systems around my base of operations.
Exploration is fun in its own right, and for those with more A than E, the rewards inside the various sites are rather decent for a noob solo pilot, such as myself. I popped a bunch of npc pirates, salvaged a ton of loot, and had a grand ole time of it.
Later, the Corp logged on for their regular Incursion run, but unfortunately the Vanguard Sites were in Gallente, some 20+ jumps from our HQ, so they couldn’t run them effectively. Luckily, noob-pilot Cyndre to the rescue with a stack of bookmarked Wormholes for the gang to explore.
The first was mediocre with only two sleeper sites, but worthwhile for them to crank out since it was in our home system. A few more had collapsed since the time I set the bookmarks and were now useless. I quickly scanned down another site to keep things rolling, and BAM, a beautiful little site not too far off the beaten path to have a look. I jumped through for my first visit to w-space and found a nice looking system with lots of untouched Sleepers for the guys to demolish.
My first reaction inside the Wormhole was exciting… I haven’t felt that rush, that fear, that wonder in a game in a long time. Would someone be inside and non-to-pleased that I dropped by for a visit? Would I be targeted and destroyed before I could bounce back out? What would it look like?
As it turns out, I survived, the fleet arrived a bit later… life moved on, but I am hooked…
All I wanted to do was scan down the rest of the exits and go deeper into w-space, maybe find some great uncharted territory, but most likely to die in a blaze of glory a few jumps away. Either way consequences be damned, that’s where I am headed… but I have some training to do to get ready for it. First things first, I need to be invisible. Cloaking I: que’d and skilling.
W-Space here I come.