Sailing Dangerous Seas: yc118

“Once human beings realize something can be done, they’re not satisfied until they’ve done it.” – Frank Herbert, Author

31.12.yc118 J102407 < C-C00086 Constellation < C-R00010 Region

#MyEVEStory by Rixx Javix

To be called a Stargazer by my homeworld, Achura (Saisio III)… that would be the pinnacle of all that I could achieve. I’m not one for stereotypes, they generalize far too much and individualization is lost. Yet, I can’t deny how typical I am of my kind. At least if you believe all that you learn about the Achur from the widely available public resources.

It is true: I am reclusive. I am an introvert. I have little interest in material things. I am deeply spiritual. I do desire to unlock the secrets of New Eden. I am one of those Achur pilots you’ve heard about that has left the confines of our homeworld and have set sail for the stars.

For those that don’t know me or my mission, you can learn more from one of those public resources. I’m currently in Phase III of my mission, which is to visit every system in New Eden. Phase I, Empire Space, began on December 1st, yc111 (2009) and was completed on July 4th, yc116 (2014). Phase II, Null Sec began on July 9th, yc116 (2014) and was completed on November 26th, yc117 (2015).

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On January 3rd, yc118 (2016), I began Phase III, to explore all of wormhole Space (W-Space). My first stop was Thera, where I was welcomed by my corp, Signal Cartel, and after the celebrations, I set sail to continue my main mission. I spent the first few months based out of Thera. It was only after a week of exploring W-Space from Thera, that I encountered my first duplicate system, a system I had already visited. After encountering more and more duplicate systems over the next couple of months, I decided it was time to wander. I spent maybe a month wandering from hole to hole, before settling into a class 5 wormhole that appeared to not be lived in that contained a class 6 static connection. I wanted to focus on class 6 wormholes and see how many I could find based out of one system. I spent about 6 months, between that wormhole, a little more wandering, and then settling into another class 5 with a class 6 connection. Somewhere during that time, I changed out ships as well, from my Tengu to a Raptor, in order to take advantage of the small wormhole connection types. The time was well worth it as I did find 90 out of the 118 class 6 wormholes, but it was very slow going.

Too slow, really. As a comparison, you can see I discovered a total of 529 wormhole systems during yc118. Compared to my progress from the prior two years in

J161119 VI, Moon 1, Pioneer

K-Space, which was over 2,000 systems per year for yc116 and yc117, I’m now exploring at a quarter of the speed that I was before. With there being 2,604 wormhole systems that we know of, this journey at this pace will take another 4 years and that’s not taking into account the difficulty to find the systems I need in a timely manner. As more and more systems are found, the hay stack grows, and the needle becomes more difficult to find.

As I let that sink in, but before I could spiral down the hole to where those thoughts were leading me, Chester nudged me in the back. Chester, the slaver hound gift that Mynxee gave me when I visited Thera, before I departed for this phase of my journey. I named him after my Grandfather and he, like my Grandfather, have been an inspiration to me to keep going. There really couldn’t have been a better gift, because at times when I’ve sailed too close to the abyss and think my mind is lost, Chester is there… encouraging me… “my little Stargazer.”

Jester’s Trek by Rixx Javix

W-Space – Why you not random?

“Adventure is a state of mind and spirit.” – Jacqueline Cochran, American Aviation Pioneer

10.4.yc118 J233630 < Constellation 262 < Region 26

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J112241

When I began my exploration of wormhole space just a little over three months ago, I had decided to base out of Thera. I felt it was a great place to start with random wormholes appearing daily. Being a member of Signal Cartel brings the benefit that most would be scouted already and taking advantage of that, I could quickly knockout several systems daily. Then I’d have to resort to scanning on my own which takes some time. With over 2,500 wormhole systems and assuming complete randomness with the connections, statistically, it should’ve been some time before I started finding systems that I’ve previously visited. At least that was the theory. But there’s something odd going on in wormhole space and it’s not the space affects that I’m talking about. The randomness of wormholes connections in each system doesn’t seem to be so random after all.

J102844 VI, Moon 1

J102844 VI, Moon 1

On my tenth day into exploring W-Space while based in Thera, I encountered my first duplicate system. I had only previously explored a total of 17 systems, so my chances of finding a duplicate system should have been less than 1%. Yes, I hear you and understand, less than 1% chance is still a chance, so with a raised eyebrow, I continued to base from Thera. But here’s the thing, as I proceeded to explore, duplicate systems kept coming up, beating the odds of finding them until finally at the end of March with only 10% of W-Space explored, my odds of seeing duplicates seemed closer to 30%. I decided to forgo basing in Thera and have been wandering ever since.

Now with my supposedly random wandering it gets more interesting. This last week, just the last few days really, has convinced me of the not so randomness of W-Space, that there’s a pattern to the chaos. One day, I hit system after system that I had previous explored, until finally I found one I had not. It was around ten systems, making that day’s odds over 90% likely to find systems I’ve already been to. What? How? It gets more interesting. The next day, I found system after system I had NOT been to yet, making that day’s odds over 90% likely to find systems I’ve NOT already been to. Very odd.

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J115909

I don’t have an answer, so what am I proposing? I believe wormhole systems cluster together and connect more often than not to the same systems over and over again. Granted, I believe the clusters are rather large groups, maybe upwards to 600 or even 700 systems or so, but based on my experience so far, it would fit the odds I’ve been experiencing.

I’d be curious to hear from folks that actually have lived in a single wormhole system for a long period of time. Have you noticed or have you seen yourself connecting to the same systems over a period of several months? It’d be difficult to prove and take a lot of observation from multiple systems, but it is interesting never the less.

Fly Clever!
Katia

UPDATE: After some discussion on Twitter and further reflection, the more I’m beginning to think there may be a light year limit between systems and their ability to connect to each other via wormholes regardless if they’re K-Space or W-Space.

J170122

J170122

Reluctant Enthusiast, Part-Time Crusader, and a Half-Hearted Fanatic

“Do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic.” – Edward Abbey, Author

20.3.yc118 J115234 < Constellation 66 < Region 8

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J155338

For some odd reason, I’ve been in the news recently. So, why all the attention this past week? I completed my K-Space exploration three and half months ago and started my W-Space exploration at the first of the year. One would think that with faster than light communications the news of my grand adventure would be clear across the cluster by now. Perhaps only bad news travels fast and good news is slower than light speed? Regardless, it’s nice to share my story, even as one who tends to be a bit shy and quiet such as myself. (Maybe that’s the real reason news has been slow to propagate!) Some call that humble and that’s part of it as well. I hate talking about myself, my accomplishments, and I certainly don’t boast about it. I’m a firm believer that your true character is not defined by the words you speak, but rather by the actions you take.

Tiberius StarGazer

Tiberius StarGazer

To be fair, I was contacted by Tiberius StarGazer, Editor in Chief of #EVE_NT, a couple of months ago, but with the CSM elections and other happenings going on around the New Eden cluster, my story took a little longer to be posted. No worries at all in that regard and completely understandable. I believe it is also because of their post that the other highlights have come about this last week. (On a side note, I was contacted the week after my completion of K-Space by the ISD, Interstellar Correspondence, for an interview, but they never followed up after my reply that I would be interested in sharing my story. Not sure what happened there. *shrug*) ((Side-Side Note, immediately after my announcement, CCP did post about it on their Facebook page as well as their week in review, which was really nice and very kind of them to do so.)) I just wanted to take this blog entry to shout out some folks and say thanks as well as highlight the news articles and post if you wanted to check them out for yourself.

Kenneth Endashi

Kenneth Endashi

Cista2

Cista2

First up, special thanks to Tiberius StarGazer who kicked it all off this week with the EVE-NT news article “Katia Sae – The Exploration of New Eden and Beyond”. Thanks so much for having an interest and giving me an opportunity to tell my story! No worries for taking time to get it out. 🙂 Next up fellow corpmate and explorer Kenneth Endashi who posted on the EVE Online Forums “Meet Katia Sae – who explored and photographed known space. All of it.” Nothing is greater or more humbling than being recognized by your peers. Thanks Kenneth and thanks to those who posted replies! Especially Rain6637 who posted a great spin on the Star Trek intro, lol. I’ll post it below. Lastly and perhaps the most surprising was from Cista2, who tipped off Massively so they posted “EVE Online player spends three years visiting every system” about my journey that referenced the EVE-NT article. That was very nice to see and the comments posted by the readers were for the most part pleasant to read. 😉

Mynxee

Mynxee

Finally, special thanks to Mynxee, who always goes out of her way to encourage and support all of us in Signal Cartel, no matter how we choose to explore the cluster. In my case, she’s always posting encouraging replies and the medal I was awarded for my endeavor (which I love, btw!) to news articles and post that talk about my journey and in the case of CCP’s EVE Online Facebook page a while back, defending me. 🙂 I couldn’t ask more of my CEO, let alone a friend. It’s a pleasure to serve such a great corp and I do mean that. Their encouragement and support go a long way to keep me going. I couldn’t do it without them as well as others who’ve encouraged me along the way. So, thanks to all who have taken a moment to read, comment, and send emails. You all keep this half-hearted fanatic going.

Rain6637

Rain6637

Jove space: the final frontier.
These are the systems visited by the explorer Katia Sae.
Her ongoing mission: to photograph all known systems,
to seek out new sights and new warpable objects.
To boldly go where no capsuleer has gone before without being tossed out of the AT.

– Rain6637

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J115026

Are we there yet?

“Always concentrate on how far you’ve come, rather than how far you have left to go.” – Unknown

6.3.yc118 J163701 < Constellation 248 < Region 25

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J011790

Two hundred wormhole systems explored and a couple of thousand to go. Several folks have asked me: what is my goal, how many wormhole systems per day was I hoping to explore. My reply was honest, I had no goal per se. However, I was hoping to keep my previous pace from known space which was 6 to 8 systems per day on average. With two months and 200 systems, my pace has been steady, but it’s half of what I had achieved before. Well what does that mean? Instead of taking a year at the least to find the 2,604 wormhole systems I need to explore, it’s looking like at a minimum of two years and that’s “IF” I find all the systems I need to when I need to and keep my current pace of 3 to 4 a day. That’s unlikely, as I’m already hitting a fair number of duplicate systems I’ve been to already.

What’s really odd is, I’ve only explored 8% of wormhole space, but this last week, it seems my odds of finding a system I’ve already been to has been closer to 30%. One would think I should be encountering about 1 in 10, but it’s been closer to 3 or 4 in 10. There must be something to that, something strange. It does seem I find systems clustered together and not by constellation or region. Once I find 1 I’ve been to, I find many. By the same token, when I find 1 I’ve not been to, I find similar. Groups and clusters… odd and not what I was expecting.

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J002625

Something else too and this should come as no surprise, but it was pleasant to see, like known space and the familiar background nebulas found in each region, the same can be said of wormhole space. I’m sure that’s what played into the classifications of them, it’s an easy means to identify them. In a future blog entry, I’ll post them up. There are still some regions I’ve not found yet and I’d like a chance to include them as well. If you’re curious, you can check them out here.

I’ve heard it said that slow and steady wins the race, but this isn’t a race nor are there any prizes. I’ll just keep at it to appease the explorer within me. Fly clever!

J004283 VII

J004283 VII

Celebrations

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag, Writer/Filmmaker

31.1.yc118 J162007 < Constellation 262 < Region 26

SC Home 5

Signal Cartel Tower

On 20.1.yc118 (January 20th, 2016), Signal Cartel had its first birthday and today, I celebrate my 1 year anniversary as a Signaleer. What an amazing year it has been. The corporation grew quickly, far faster than I would have ever thought. I think when I joined, we had less than 10 capsuleers and today the corp stands at 740+ members which is where we’ve been holding steady at for a while now. Like Mynxee, whom I’ve heard comment along the same lines, I never would have dreamed there’d be that many explorers of New Eden that would join up in a corp together. For the most part, exploration is very much a solo’ers endeavor. We’ve had many to come and go, which is to be expected and I’m honored to be among 7 of us that are celebrating our first year in the corp this month.

So, why or what is it that draws capsuleers to Signal Cartel? I can only speak for myself, but I do believe in the beginning it was the credo that spoke to many of us. We also had EvE-Scout’s solid reputation with the Thera scouting service as well as Mynxee’s reputation as an experienced and solid corporation CEO. (Albeit, a former but now reformed pirate with an explorer’s heart! *hugs*) SC Home IIIt was a year ago I posted “Can’t stop the Signal”, which has become our unofficial motto, and it speaks to what I saw in the corp’s potential and why I joined. Just the day before, Mynxee posted “Another Exciting Sandcastle”. It certainly has been and continues to be! Nothing has changed at all and I couldn’t be any happier with my decision and it’s such a pleasure to see so many that share the same heart as I.

Today, I believe it’s our size and reputation as a home to explorers that draws others to us. That’s not a problem per say, but it does present challenges from some (not all) of our newer members that question our credo whom you can tell just glanced over it. I’m glad to see our leadership has held firm to our core beliefs and have sought to keep our reputation as neutral explorers with integrity as our primary goal, rather than bending the credo to make everyone happy. It tells me we are a corp that seeks like-minded quality members and not a corp that’s about quantity. That’s not to say to those members who have left are not quality members, far from it. It simply means our home was not in tune with their heart and they have moved on to find their own home.

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Hugs delivered to Dorian Reu

This last year for me personally, I’ve seen the conclusion of my K-Space exploration and the beginning of wormhole space. I’m now just over 100 wormholes explored, including Signal Cartel’s home system of Thera as well as our wormhole system that our POS is located, which I’ll not name. Special shout-out and thanks to Dorian Reu, who scouted me into our POS home system and gave me the tour. Today’s images are from there.

Fly clever and here’s to another great year in Signal Cartel! If you’re interested in joining, here’s how. Be sure to read the Credo. 😉

SC Home 4

Dorian Reu’s Stratios and Wanderer

K-Space Reflections

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

03.01.yc118 Saisio < Okomon Constellation < The Forge

Time for a change!

Time for a change!

You’ve heard the saying, “It’s seems like only yesterday…”, but for me, not really. It’s been a long time and it feels like it as well. Over six years ago on 01.12.yc111 (December 1st, 2009), my journey to explore all of K-Space began. In all honesty, I never thought I’d finish, which was fine, as my goal was to enjoy the experience, see what there was to see, and meet people along the way. The only real goal was to see how far I could get. I accepted and was prepared for ship losses before I even began. To not lose a ship was never a goal when I started. There were a couple of breaks in there, one of which was for an extended period of time. Taking those timeframes out, my actual time invested in the journey was about three years, which I completed on 26.11.yc117 (November 26th, 2015).

On being caught while exploring, I’ve been asked were there any close calls and if so, why I had not shared them on this blog. There were of course, some very close calls. Mostly in Low Sec, believe it or not. My reasoning for not sharing them was simple, I didn’t want to highlight the negative aspects of New Eden, only the beauty of that which was around us. I also didn’t want it to be known just how easy it could be to catch me and I felt talking about it would only encourage others to try. So, I simply chose to not say anything at all with the hope of flying under the radar for as long as I could, quietly, steadily, day by day.

Herila I, Caldari Business Tribunal

Herila I, Caldari Business Tribunal

As I continued to get further and further along without losing a ship, the pressure continued to mount that I could feasibly complete K-Space without any losses. I know others have visited every K-Space system, but I felt sure it had not been done before without suffering any losses. Besides visiting every planet, not losing a ship would add that extra special something and uniqueness about my journey to visit every K-Space system. Not losing a ship and pod didn’t start out as a goal, but it became one towards the end.

Ichoriya II

Ichoriya II

With that in mind, one of the funniest encounters I had in Null Sec was when someone asked why they couldn’t find any statistics about me on the kill-boards. I didn’t think it would be difficult to explain, but I found my ability was lacking to convey the concept of no ship losses as well as my neutral and non-aggressive nature. I just laughed at myself trying to explain it and I still don’t think they completely understood that it was possible to not show up on kill-boards. I know New Eden is a dangerous and unforgiving cluster, but I had no idea my ideals would be so alien to others. As a capsuleer, the thought of being alien among my own kind still makes me chuckle today.

Jolia III

Jolia III

Another instance in Null that I thought was fairly funny was when I was in Brave space in the south. They were talking on open coms, (local chat and shame on them!), about setting up a cyno to jump in a freighter. My ears perked up, I had never seen that done before and my explorer’s heart to see something I’ve not seen before overcame my fear of being found. Have you ever had one of those moments, when you are saying over and over to yourself, “Don’t screw this up!”? Well… I warped in cloaked off the station where they were setting up and waited patiently, prepared to try and snap a picture for the event. At the moment it happened, instead of calling up the correct sequence to take the picture, I decloaked instead! Even in near panic, I managed to quickly regain control and warped out. Not that they chased me or anything like that as a matter of fact, they simply verbally “slapped my hand” in open coms and went about their business. Funny to me now, but at the time I was trying to not choke on my heart that was thumping loudly in my throat.

K-XJJT VIII

K-XJJT VIII

Having done this for no other reason than my own desire to see what was out there and to share some of those experiences through this blog, I did receive some heartfelt congratulations and praise that touched me profoundly. From my bio, you can see that I’m Caldari, but my family bloodline is Achura and even more specifically if you follow my ancestry you’ll find I descend from the Stargazers. Helena Khan and Eurick Dranol honored me by calling me – Stargazer. There are not enough words for me to express my sincere gratitude and how humbling it is. Thank you both so much. I’ve only wanted to honor my ancestors and your words have assured me that I have. To me, there is no higher honor than to be called Stargazer.

SaganStarofDistinctionI also received another high honor, this one from my corporation, Signal Cartel. Mynxee awarded me the Sagan Star of Distinction for extraordinary accomplishments which demonstrate the true spirit of exploration. I didn’t think it possible to be humbled further after being called Stargazer, but if there were no words before, now I simply find myself speechless. I can only offer my thanks to Mynxee, Johnny Splunk, and all of Signal Cartel who have encouraged me and kept me going. As much as I wanted to honor my ancestors, I equally wished to honor Signal Cartel and our corporate credo.

((OOC: My favorite Facebook quote on EVE Online’s page that summed up my approach to this whole effort and I hope reflected well upon Signal Cartel and our credo.FB Quote I also wanted to quickly point out to the “Get a life” comments, lol, on average I only spent about an hour a day, after work, as a way to wind down. On weekends, as an early bird type person, I spent a few hours before the family woke up, so rest assured, I do have a life, a wonderful spouse, and a son. My hobby is gaming of which this is one, but my life is my family.))

Sobaseki XI

Sobaseki XI

I can’t possibly talk about or list each experience, both ill and rewarding, I’ve had along the way. Each one has only made me more determined than before to see my task through. There are also way too many to thank for the encouragement, donations, and well wishes. Just know that I do appreciate each and every one that has taken time to read this blog, comment, tweeted, shouted out, and on and on. I know that when I begin to falter, I only have to turn to my friends, my corp, and the community of which I am a part, for support. My heartfelt thanks and love.

Portrait New

 

Onwards and upwards to Anoikis. Phase III begins.

Fly clever,
Katia

Tongofur II

Tongofur II

Known Space Completed!!!

“And when the day arrives I’ll become the sky and I’ll become the sea and the sea will come to kiss me for I am going home. Nothing can stop me now.” – Trent Reznor, Songwriter

26.11.yc117 D4KU-5 < Taurus Constellation < Fountain

I’ve just finished exploring and taking images of every planet in every High, Low, and Null Sec system in K-Space (Known Space) in all of New Eden! That’s 5,201 systems in 64 regions. Over 45,000 images. WITHOUT LOSING A SINGLE SHIP!!!

Sorry, just a little excited there. I’m sure you understand.

Systems 20151126 Completed!

Completed! 26.11.yc117 (Nov. 26th, 2015)

When did it all begin? Let’s see…

Saisio III

Saisio III, Home

I started in my home system of Saisio in the Forge Region on 01.12.yc111 (December 1st, 2009). When I started out, my mind was set to explore every planet in every system in known space with the expectation there would be ship and pod losses along the way. Never once did I ponder the possibility I would make the journey loss free. At least not until I started around the north side of Null Sec and hadn’t lost a ship yet. Let me tell you, the pressure really started to weight me down as I got closer and closer to achieving not only the completion of K-Space but also finishing without losses. My paranoia ran high, my willingness to take chances became less and less, as that goal became a possibility.

Statistics 20151126I finished Empire space and started Null Sec in 07.yc116 (July 2014). That puts me having been in Null for a year and 4 months, only docking once during that time so I could join Signal Cartel. (In order to close my corp, I had to be in a station). I found a wormhole that lead me back to low sec, docked, then headed right back out again. That was 10 months ago and my longest stretch not docking during this expedition.

Real time it didn’t actually take me 6 years. I had two extended breaks in there. Actual time was about 3 years taking an average of about 10 minutes per system and about 6 systems per day. So, that’s probably between 850 and 900 hours. Add in time for image processing, uploading, blog entries, etc, total time was probably just over 1,200 hours invested in exploration of K-Space.

42 Jumps Home

42 Jumps Home

Let’s see how far I have to go to get back home via the safer routes… yes, I’ve done the dangerous paths long enough, time for some easy sailing, don’t you think? 42… 42? … The answer to life, the universe, and everything? … No words, just no words. Don’t question the universe! 🙂

And now… I’m just thankful to be back home in Saisio. My hands are shaking, my knees are weak, and I feel like I’m going to throw-up. I think my pod goo needs a change.

So, if you think it’s impossible to explore New Eden without losing a ship… think again. With planning, persistence, and a lot of luck, it can be done.

PS: Once I get my space station legs back in my Captains Quarters, I’m going shopping! Thinking maybe a new outfit and a new pair of shoes. Time for a portrait change, don’t you think? Then after a break for the holidays, on to W-Space (Wormhole Space).

Fly Clever and Happy Holidays!

D4KU-5 VIII, Jester's Trek, LAST PLANET

Jester’s Trek at D4KU-5 VIII, the LAST PLANET!!!

Fountain: The Final Frontier

“Walk, walk till you reach the end of the road, where all of your dreams await.” – Unknown

22.11.yc117 7-692B < Sword Constellation < Outer Ring

TQ-RR8 V

TQ-RR8 V

Well… maybe not The final frontier since wormhole space has yet to be explored, but as far as Null Sec is concerned, it is. With Outer Ring and the rest of Null behind me that only leaves Fountain. Currently that puts me at 63 Regions explored comprised of 5,086 systems. I’ve been pushing myself hard these last few weeks in an effort to get back on schedule to complete Null Sec by the end of the year. The effort has paid off as I’m back on track and can now see the end in sight. Baring any unforeseen issues, the next milestone will be the completion of K-Space exploration, then on to wormholes.

1L-BHT I

1L-BHT I

With my thoughts turned towards Fountain, I can’t help but feel the experience will be somewhat of a haunting one. It was only just a couple of years ago when the Fountain War shook the corners of New Eden, costing millions in lives, billions in isk, and thousands of capsuleers in medical clones. The reverberations still echo to this day and I wonder what I’ll find as I work my way through the systems. I understand that there’s an effort to fund a novelization of the story and they’re collecting first person perspectives. So, if you were involved and want to share your story, you should look into it. Also, you can help out with funding if you’re so inclined.

You may be wondering why I, a peaceful explorer, would be interested in a novelization of such a tragic time in our history. The reason is simple, honestly, I feel in order to truly understand ourselves and our place in the universe, we have to embrace all aspects of the human experience. There’s no joy without sorrow, no hope without fear, no good without evil, and no beauty without strangeness. Only by learning from our past, can we venture forth towards our future and explore what’s before us.

Z-40CG XI, LBV-Q1 Gate

Z-40CG XI, LBV-Q1 Gate

Here’s an interesting tidbit, as I explored Imperium Space, which has been mostly the North, I found it to be the most active Null Sec space I’d been through so far. It almost felt like Empire space with the many capsuleers going about their daily lives, especially in Deklein. Just about every other system I’d be asked what I was doing, where I was going, as well as being told I shouldn’t be there. Yet, for as many times as I was told I shouldn’t be there, I had 5 others wish me well, encouraged me, or told me they admired what I was doing. As odd as it sounds, I enjoyed my time exploring the Imperium. The experience wasn’t what I was expecting and I was pleasantly surprised. There’s far too many shout-outs for me to give. I started to keep track, but couldn’t keep it up and I know I missed a few to write down. Instead, I’ll shout-out the Imperium as a whole and say thanks for noticing me, for warning me, and encouraging me.

C0T-77 X, P-NUWP Gate

C0T-77 X, P-NUWP Gate

Lastly, to keep this post in balance, I want to mention a new Google+ Community site called “Team Chroma, A Juried Showcase of EVE Online Fan Art”. You can read all the details on Mynxee’s blog Outlaw Insouciant, but the basic thought behind it is “a player-organized group of skilled artists who play EVE Online and enjoy creating original fan art of EVE-related subjects that have so far been left mainly to the imagination, particularly subjects taken from the Chronicles and other canon resources.” They intend to keep it a small but highly skilled and consistently productive group of 6 to 10 members. Currently the group consist of Salie Gaterau, Mynxee, and Rixx Javix. Sounds really cool and it should prove to showcase some truly great work. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes forth as there’s already some great stuff to see.

Images this week are favorites from Outer Ring. Here’s my current map. Almost there! Fly Clever!

Systems 20151122

Systems Explored as of 22.11.yc117 (Nov. 22nd, 2015)

Constantly Moving Forward

“We are travelers constantly moving forward and looking back. Alone, and as one, we have no choice but to try for our insatiable curiosity, for our fear of what should happen if we don’t. You are that explorer now. We will say goodbye and you will look back one last time and know that wherever you go we will be with you.” – Commander Shepard, Mass Effect: Andromeda

08.11.yc117 W-4NUU < Tinnimerci Constellation < Cloud Ring

((OOC: To say I’m eager to play the new Mass Effect: Andromeda when it comes out would be an understatement! Nice segue to the new frontier with Femshep passing the torch. Sweet!))

9-4RP2 I

9-4RP2 I

Actually seeing the end of my exploration of K-Space in sight… I just have to pause for a moment. When I started this journey, I honestly felt I’d never get this far. I thought I’d stop and give up or I’d hit some region of space that would prove beyond my abilities to explore. Twice along the way, I did stop for reasons I’ve explained before. Once, with the loss of my father, was for over a year. That was the last break and when I returned in 01.03.yc116 (March 2014), I’ve not stopped since. Soon, I’ll be passing five thousand systems explored. 5,000 systems! Not long after that milestone, I’ll be done with K-Space.

PPG-XC V, Moon 1

PPG-XC V, Moon 1

Here’s a bit of interesting information. While exploring Empire space, I would always stop at a station and dock for down time. In a sense, it was a cushy way to fly, being able to explore a few systems, get some rest, shower, have a few drinks, then start again the next day. While exploring Null Sec over the last year, I’ve only docked once – it will be a year this upcoming December. The lawyers demanded an in person signature in order to dissolve my corporation and join Signal Cartel. Except for that one time, when I finished my daily exploration, I’ve had to find a safespot in space, shutdown my systems, and hope that I’m not found. No showers, no drinks, no easy way to stretch my legs. I think my podgoo needs a change… ewww. You’ve no idea just how forward I’m looking to docking again and visiting my captain’s quarters!

28O-JY IV, CX7-70 Gate

28O-JY IV, CX7-70 Gate

As for a mission update, I’m on track and still on schedule to finish K-Space by the end of the year. I plan on posting each week an updated travel map to show my progress as I close in on completing Phase II (exploring Null Sec). Check the map out down below for current progress and you can see my history in my Gallery at this click.

The End is near! (In a good way) Then my insatiable curiosity will take me to wormhole space.

Systems explored as of 08.11.yc117 (Nov. 8th, 2015)

Systems explored as of 08.11.yc117 (Nov. 8th, 2015)

Only Passing Through, Honest

“A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.” – Groucho Marx

27.09.yc117 KW-1MV System < TJ10-O Constellation < Tenal

2ISU-Y IX, DL1C-E Gate

2ISU-Y IX, DL1C-E Gate

In an effort to stay on track, I’ve made a big push these last few weeks. I’ve gotten behind schedule and I’m hoping to be finished with K-Space before the holidays. (Known Space which includes High, Low, and Null Sec). The drone regions were fairly empty, so I was able to maintain a steady pace, but once I hit Vale of the Silent, the journey became a bit bumpy.

EIV-1W VII, 9IPC-E Gate

EIV-1W VII, 9IPC-E Gate

Some days I enjoy playing the cat and mouse game, some days I don’t. Lately, it’s been a bit more on the enjoyable side and yet nerve racking at the same time. After the boredom and long runs of seeing few in local in the drone regions, it came as a bit of a shock when I entered Vale, Tribute, Venal, and Tenal. There’ve been plenty of pipes and pockets with people. (Sorry! I couldn’t help myself!) Not just a few folks, but lots of folks. Lots of activity. I know one thing, the closer I get to completing K-Space, the more nervous I’m getting, and the fewer risk I’m willing to take.

PM-DWE I

PM-DWE I

I did have one interesting run in. I got to meet Dirk MacGirk, of Podside fame, in local. To me, that has to be one of the biggest advantages that Eve Online has over other online games, the single shard universe. When you hear of some of the great battles in Eve, read blogs, and listen to podcast, among the many other things that go on each day in New Eden, they are all happening on the same server that you’re in. Anyway, we said hello in local, exchanged a couple of friendly in game mails, then a couple of his corp/alliance mates tried to catch me, I escaped, and our lives went on. I’ll make a quick plug here for his new show called Open Comms. You can find it on Twitch TV at the Mittani. Check it out.

One more plug while I’m at it. Roc Wieler has a new album coming out! Very cool. I admit it, I’m a fan, enjoy his music, and I’ve already pre-ordered his new one. The Eve community has some great talent and Roc is one of the excecptional ones. He’s a fan of the game and it shows. So, check it out. My personal favorites are his “YC113” and the “New Eden Soundtrack”.

Lastly, a shout out to Joffy Aulx-Gao, thanks for keeping up with me and Mynxee for offering to make a care package run out to me!

V0DF-2 VII, Moon 1

V0DF-2 VII, Moon 1

Systems 20150927

Systems explored as of 27.09.yc117 (Sept. 27th, 2015)