EVE Travel Rest Stop

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin, Author

20.8.yc118 Jakanerva < Okomon Constellation < The Forge

EVE Travel Rest Stop

EVE Travel Rest Stop

Yesterday, The Evesploratory Society opened another Citadel called EVE Travel Rest Stop in honor of Mark726’s blog EVE Travel. This is not the first citadel opened by the Evesploratory Society, the first, called The Explorers Club, was opened for all explorers of New Eden and is located in orbit around Mista VI. As Mark Vulpine mentioned in his post about the opening of the new citadel, if you’ve been an explorer for any amount of time, then you’ve surely heard of Mark726 and EVE Travel. Mark726’s blog about sightseeing in New Eden is top notch, there are none that come close to the level of information, presentation, and professionalism. I’ve often said that his blog is the National Geographic of New Eden whereas mine is more like the Griswold Family Vacation. I interviewed him as part of my New Eden Explorers series which you can read more about him here, New Eden Explorers: Mark726.

Signal Cartel Hugs Fleet

Signal Cartel Hugs Fleet

The new citadel is located in the Jakanerva system in the Forge which is the home system of the Marcus Yeon monument that honors all explorers of New Eden. You can read more about that, you guessed it, here on EVE Travel’s blog. Of course, for the grand opening of the Citadel and ribbon cutting ceremony, the famous (or infamous) Signal Cartel Hugs Fleet was on hand gladly showering Mark726 with fireworks and snowballs of which I took Pioneer out for the festivities. How could I not? I’m just one of many who’ve been inspired by Mark726’s blog and wanted to show my support and appreciation for his hard work and dedication to the EVE community.

Congratulations to Mark726 and a job well done to Markus Vulpine on the opening of Evesploratory’s EVE Travel Rest Stop.

Mynxee's SuperHugger

Mynxee’s SuperHugger

As to where have I been lately? My wormhole exploration journey continues as I’ve recently passed 400 wormholes systems explored. Making that roughly 70% of all New Eden systems visited. My blogging has slowed due to real life stuff going on. I’m finally getting around to analyzing the data for Project “W”, which is where I’m trying to determine just how random finding wormholes systems are or not. I had a lot of Signal Cartel corp mates to help gather the data to possibly help answer the questions that came about from my blog post, W-Space – Why you not random? I’ve learned that I’m not the only one who’s wondered and made similiar observations. I hope to have a blog up on the results of that preliminary data gathering soon. So, I’m still here, quietly wandering around the New Eden cluster, jumping in when and where I can.

More images can be seen here.

Fly clever!

Hugs for the Professor

Hugs for the Professor

Grand opening: EVE Scout Observatory!

Wowza by G8keeper

Wowza by G8keeper

G8keeper and Johnny Splunk approached me a couple of months ago with a great idea of starting a Gallery for hosting screenshots. I was thrilled with the idea and when they offered me the opportunity to be the curator, I couldn’t say no for what I know will become a great site of sights. The Observatory will also grow beyond just images, as we’ll try to include links to other exploration resources as well. We kick-started it with our Alliance membership and are now ready to open it to the public for viewing and submissions.

Astero by Mynxee

Astero by Mynxee

With that, it’s my pleasure to introduce the EVE Scout Observatory. I believe it’s fair to say the majority of, perhaps even all, explorers share a common love for the beauty that New Eden has to offer. As we travel the stars, we often try to capture and share the wonders we find along the way with our fellow capsuleers via the images that we take. We post and share them in many different ways on many different sites. There’s no one place to go, no observatory, no gallery that showcases the marvels of our cluster.

EVE Gate by Mushroom Greene

EVE Gate by Mushroom Greene

Wouldn’t it be nice to go to one site to peruse images of New Eden? A place where you can download and use images for things such as desktop backgrounds? That’s the idea behind the Observatory. This will be a place for our pilots to share their amazing images with the rest of New Eden. I can’t think of an Alliance or Corp that’s done something like this. I believe this will be a first and it fits nicely with EVE Scout’s and Signal Cartel’s credo of being a service to all of New Eden and embracing what it means to be a true explorer.

With that in mind, as curator, it will be my task to ensure the quality of the gallery. We’re not looking for quantity here, so please, don’t submit images by the cargo load. Only submit images that you are truly proud of and wish to share. Images that you don’t mind if others will download and use. We’ll not be watermarking these or making any other kind identifying mark. We want this to be a public, creative commons license for all to enjoy as they see fit. If you have an issue with that, then don’t submit. I will be creating an album for each astrophotographer, so your work will be associated with you, and I’ll be adding “by pilot name” to the title.

Nebula by Triffton Ambraelle

Nebula by Triffton Ambraelle

I’m not going to be too critical, so please don’t be afraid to submit an image. There’s only one scenario that I’ll flat out refuse and that’s if the GUI is showing. If that’s the case, see if you can trim the image down, cutting the GUI out, then submit it. If requested, I’m happy to provide feedback and if I do reject an image, I will be sure to let you know why. We’ll be housing the gallery on Flickr, then submitting the best to Tumblr and Twitter.

Screenshot tips see “Astrophotography 101”

To submit your work, please email a link from a location you’ve stored the image such as Imgur or Flickr. Imgur is easy to use and you don’t have to have an account!

Email: shots at eve-scout dot com

Quit and Curious by Ned Thomas

Quit and Curious by Ned Thomas

Include at a minimum the Title, Pilot name, and System Name (if possible). Optionally please send all the details you can so I can tag the image accordingly. Such as ship class, planet name, station name, etc. Please, I don’t have the time nor am I going to take the time to fill in any gaps. Don’t assume I’ll know what kind of ship it is or place or whatever. I just don’t have time. Please fill in as much as you can about the image.

 

Once accepted, your image will be posted at our Flickr gallery, in our albums and our collections.

Truly exceptional images will then be shared to our Observatory on Tumblr and Twitter on a regular basis, perhaps daily or weekly, depending. We’ll see how it goes.

Below are a few images that recently won our kickstarter contest to get the Observatory going. I think our judges did an excellent job of picking some of our pilot’s best submitted works.

by Teclove duVall

by Teclove duVall

 

Vista by Dr Zemph

Vista by Dr Zemph

 

Astero Porn by Ishtar Komarovo

Astero Porn by Ishtar Komarovo

 

Friend or Foe

“I want those who get to know me to become admirers or my enemies.” – “Friend or Foe”, Adam Ant

18.05.yc116 Nuzair < Emsek Constellation < Tash-Murkon

OOC: This week I’d like to share some updates on my pirate alt, favorite images from Tash-Murkon so far, and a couple of community highlights.

Stray

Stray

For those that don’t know or haven’t figured it out yet, my alt Stray has become a noob pirate. I’ve joined the ranks of Stay Frosty and have to say I’m enjoying the experience so far. The corp contains a great group of folks, helpful, patient, and understanding of my silly questions. Kind of the opposite of what you’d expect from a group of pirates, huh? Yulp. To help you get into the spirit of things, this You Tube video was linked for our message of the day this last week. Alestorm – You Are a Pirate!

It’ll be eleven years of playing EVE Online next month and would you believe I’ve never once PvP’d? Only once was blown-up and podded and that was by choice nearly six years ago, I think it was. (That’s a funny story I’ll have to share some time.) Yes, that’s right, HighSec carebear all of those years dabbling in just about everything except PvP. Granted, I’ve never been fearful of traveling into LowSec, but NullSec I’ve rarely jumped into. That’ll be changing soon too as Katia’s exploration will be done with Empire space as she continues her journey exploring New Eden one system at a time.

Azerakish XII, Yeder Gate

Azerakish XII, Yeder Gate

Now, I have a -0.1 security status for the first time ever and Stray is on a killboard. Yarr! The negative status actually came about from my first Stay Frosty fleet as we shot up a POCO’s (Player Owned Customs Office) in our home system on our Corp birthday. I really wasn’t ready yet as I had just started training on the character, but how could I resist beginning my pirate career on the corp birthday. Afterwards, we went out on a romp in newbie ships for fun, but didn’t catch anything. Switched up to frigates and only had one catch for the day, which by the time I could even target them, they were destroyed. I’ve not had a chance to get back into action since, so I’ve mainly been skilling up, getting my overview setup, and acquiring/fitting 50 Tristans. Yesterday, Crossing Zebra’s was hosting a FFA (Free For All) in Hysera so I got 12 of my ships over there and had my first real PvP fun.

Kibursha I, Ministry of Assessment Information Center

Kibursha I, Ministry of Assessment Information Center

And fun it was, lol. Learned a great deal. Like it’s a good idea to launch your drones for more damage. I forgot a couple of times! Also, I learned real quick that “Escape” tab I setup was very useful for getting my pod out quickly. Only lost one pod out of the 12 ships I lost. Got down to 12 structure on another pod, but got out just in time. Whew! Not that it really hurt losing the pod, as I’m still under 900,000 skill points. All in all, I learned how to read my overview, find targets, and I did get better and faster targeting, launching drones, pod escaping, etc. In particular, this fight was my favorite, because it started 1 on 1, was fun, I was losing but that was alright, then the destroyer came in and popped both of us. 🙁 Still, I got top damage dealer and it was a blast. No pun intended.

MotokoRei

Motoko Rei

Alright, enough pirate talk, so let’s move onto a couple of community spotlights. First up, I’d like to introduce “Into the Ether – The many lives of Motoko Rei”. Motoko has been blogging for almost a year now and was recently inspired by my New Eden Cemetery post. He’s gone and explored the site as well and posted about his experience. Check it out, I think there’s an explorer’s heart there for sure and look forward to reading more about his journey through the cluster.

Mynxee

Mynxee

Also recently returned to New Eden and someone who’s taken a turn to exploration is Mynxee and her blog, “Outlaw Insouciant”. I was just starting to follow her blog several years ago when she was a pirate, shortly before she took an extended break from EVE. Now she’s returned and has taken up exploration and is sharing her talent to document the experience via a Moleskine journal using pencil, ultra-fine Sharpie, and watercolors. Absolutely amazing and a talent that I wish I shared. I think this is going to be an excellent exploration blog with some pirating on the side. 😉

Goram IX, Ahrosseas Gate

Goram IX, Ahrosseas Gate

Coming up, next week I hope to post my first in a series entitled, “The Regions” where I will share favorite images, lore, stats, sites to see, and anything else I can come up with on each region I’ve explored so far in New Eden. That means The Forge will be highlighted first. I’ve also got 7 other New Eden Explorer interviews lined up, including myself (I guess, lol).

Until then, fly smart, fly safe!
Katia

Shousran VII, Imperial Shipment Storage

Shousran VII, Imperial Shipment Storage