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)

5,000??? FIVE THOUSAND Systems Explored!!!

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” – T. S. Eliot, Essayist, Poet

17.11.yc117 NG-C6Y < YFN-UN Constellation < Syndicate

That’s right, I just explored my 5,000th system…

Trying to find something to say…

Just no words, really. It’s a mind numbing number. Five thousand. It kind of rolls off the tongue. Has a nice ring to it. What can I say, I’m really happy to have made it this far and I can see the star light at the end of the warp tunnel. So, nice, so very, very nice.

Here’s the map, followed by some of my favorite images from Syndicate so far.

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5,000 Systems Explored as of 17.11.yc117 (Nov. 17th, 2015)

3KNK-A IX, Moon 2, Trust Partners Trading Post

3KNK-A IX, Moon 2, Trust Partners Trading Post

A9D-R0 VI

A9D-R0 VI

Poitot VI

Poitot VI

UM-Q7F XI, 0EK-NJ Gate

UM-Q7F XI, 0EK-NJ Gate

UTKS-5 VI, A-ZLHX Gate

UTKS-5 VI, A-ZLHX Gate

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)

System Accounting and the Map Gap

“For myself, I like a universe that, includes much that is unknown and, at the same time, much that is knowable.” – Carl Sagan

01.11.yc117 ZJET-E < WMP-OF Constellation < Pure Blind

5S-KXA XI, Theta Appreciation Station

5S-KXA XI, Theta Appreciation Station

With less than 10% of K-Space (Known) left to go, I figured it’s time to make sense of the numbers. Looking at the upper right section of my blog, you’ll find my Exploration Statistics where I try to keep track of just how much I’ve explored of New Eden. There’s just one problem, ok, maybe two problems, they only reflect K-Space and they include several regions that are not reachable by capsuleers. Let’s go over just what I’m talking about.

HHK-VL II

HHK-VL II

In K-Space, there are a total of 67 regions which account for 5,431 systems as follows:
1,907 Empire Space
3,524 Null Sec
5,431 Total Systems

Explored as of today: 4,856 systems or 89.4% of K-Space

But wait! That’s not less than 10% left. What gives? I hear you ask.

MapGapThere are unreachable regions on the east side of the map. Two Jovian regions: A821-A and J7HZ-F as well as an unknown region called UUA-F4 (Developers test region). In total they account for 230 systems. As it stands currently, we’re not able to explore those regions. There are no gates that connect us to them. Jump drives apparently are unable to reach as well. We don’t have the technology to build gates to connect to systems that don’t have corresponding exit gates on the other side. Rumor is, the technology is being developed, but until then, we simply can’t get to Jove space or the unknown region.

What’s that mean for my exploration of K-Space? Well, it means I’ll not be able to complete it fully. So, I’ll do all I can before beginning phase III which will be exploration of W-Space (wormhole).

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Systems explored as of 1.11.yc117 (Nov. 1st, 2015)

The adjusted numbers will be as follows:
1,907 Empire Space
3,524 Null Sec
5,431 Total Systems in 67 regions
– 230 Unreachable systems in 3 regions
5,201 Adjusted Total Systems in 64 regions

Explored as of today: 4,856 systems or 93.4% of adjusted K-Space

But wait! That’s not all the systems in New Eden. You’re right.

As I’ve just mentioned, there are indeed more systems to be explored that can be reached and they are found in wormhole space. They’ll add another 2,498 systems plus another 101 newly discovered shattered wormhole systems and Thera for a total of 2,599 systems.

3QE-9Q VI, ZOYW-O Gate

3QE-9Q VI, ZOYW-O Gate

All in all, everything that we know about New Eden can be found in 8,030 systems.
1,907 Empire Space
3,524 Null Sec
5,431 Total K-Space Systems
2,599 Total W-Space Systems
8,030 Total New Eden Systems

Now reality sets in. Explored as of today: 4,856 systems out of 8,030 or 60.5% of all of New Eden.

Just when I thought I was getting close to done…

ROIR-Y II, Sisters of EVE Bureau

ROIR-Y II, Sisters of EVE Bureau

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

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

Northward Bound

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” – Amelia Earhart, Aviation Pioneer

BVRQ-O VII, FBH-JN Gate

BVRQ-O VII, FBH-JN Gate

The Drone Regions… perhaps the longest, loneliest, stretch of space I’ve transversed so far. With the completion of the Kalevala Expanse, I can finally say I’m done with that area. I had also hoped it would be the end of xXDeathXx Space, but it seems that’s not quite the case yet. With just one more region to go before claiming the East is done, I’ll be Northward Bound.

As far as Null Sec goes, there’s not much on the West side, so the bulk of what I have remaining to explore in K-Space lies in the North. I eye it with apprehension, eagerness, and wonder. What will the residents be like? Will I be welcomed or scorned? What beauty will be found in the black? What evil lurks in the shadows?

BGMZ-0 VI

BGMZ-0 VI

In a way, I do feel a sense of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel at least when it comes to K-Space. The final end of this phase is in sight, nearly within my grasp.

Time to take that next step, set my foot upon the path and get on with it… Let’s go, shall we?

Images this week are some of my favorites from the Kalevala Expanse.

LE-67X VIII

LE-67X VIII

SOS: Windows 10… Grounded!

OOC:

*** UPDATE ***

Seems I wasn’t consistent running the launcher as admin…

Live and learn. Thanks CCP Darwin!

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LO5-LN IX, Utopia Station

LO5-LN IX, Utopia Station

I’m not one that usually jumps right on board with anything new technology’wise, but the temptation of Windows 10 for “Free” (still waiting to see just how free it is) was too good to pass up. I mean, like the Star Trek movies, every other release is the good one. So, logically speaking Windows 7 = “Good”, Windows 8 = “Bad”, therefore Windows 10 should equal “Good”. I’m still wondering why Microsoft skipped 9, maybe they wanted the even numbers to be good from now one. Anyway, on to my issue.

I did the usual things, I Googled for any issues in general about 10 and didn’t find anything too bad. For the most part, folks were saying good things like, best of 7 and 8 combined. Then I went and did some research on Eve Online vs Windows 10 and the only issues I could find were folks having launcher issues and offering work some arounds for that. Cool. I checked on other apps and games and didn’t find anything that would be a show stopper.

So why not?

NIM-FY XI, B-VFDD Gate

NIM-FY XI, B-VFDD Gate

I should have known better and it was a good reminder as to why I shouldn’t jump right onto something new, because if anything can and will go wrong, I’ll be the one to find it. Remind me to tell you the story of the first car I bought on my own, a new 1984 Ford Mustang Sedan. It ended up being the first with an electrical system issue that prompted a recall of that years model. Good times…

Here’s what happened. I upgraded and all seemed well. Actually for the most part, I’m pleased with Windows 10, no major issues (excluding Eve), some minor issues I’ve worked through (no sound in general), Cortana not talking to me (got sound working except for her) which I think it was personal thing, but I finally got her to talk, and figuring out where Microsoft moved everything to. They love to move and hide things so you have to find them again. Ugh.

So what of Eve Online? Well, that’s the weird thing. After upgrading, I checked out a few things right off to see if they were still good, Eve Online was one of those as I wanted to get some more exploration in. It worked great, no issues, launched just fine, game ran fine, so I kicked off some manufacturing jobs on an alt and logged off with the intention of coming back later. Well, it actually ended up being a few days later and in between that time and when I tried again, there had been some Windows updates and such.

S5W-1Z IX

S5W-1Z IX

I come back to Eve Online, logged in to my alt to kick off some more manufacturing jobs before I was going to switch over and continue my exploration and then it happened. In the hanger view, the game was so sluggish that I could barely click on the button to bring up industry. Then it was excruciatingly painful to click on blueprints and kick off new jobs. I finally was able to get some things going before becoming too aggravated and giving up. But the really bad news was, there was no way I would switch to Katia and try to continue my explorations of Null Sec with that kind of lag and performance.

No other game, application, local apps, internet surfing, etc, has that kind of issue. Seriously, Windows 10 has been great so far and for the most part, I’m glad I upgraded, but when it comes to Eve Online, I’m grounded, dead in space.

VW-PXL V

VW-PXL V

I’ve done the usual things like making sure my video driver is up to date, it is, and it’s one geared up for Windows 10. I’ve set Eve Online for DX9, instead of DX11, which actually seemed to improve performance a tad, actually not that much, but it did seem to make manufacturing tolerable. Still no way I’m flying, however. I’ve tried full screen as I usually do windowed, no difference.
With this being the only game having an issue, the only thing I’m left with is it has to be something with Eve Online itself. I’ve not tried an uninstall and reinstall yet, I guess I could, but I’m hesitate to do that just yet. I’m still hoping I can stumble into figuring out that one little thing I’m sure it is…

For now, the images in this post are some of my favorites from Malpais so far, until I’m able to restart my engines and fly again…

 

Y6-9LF VI

Y6-9LF VI

Mission Update: 4k and Beyond!

When I first started this journey in yc111 (December 2009), I had every intention of finishing, yet at the same time was doubtful that I ever would. For those that are new to the blog, my original mission was to visit every planet in every K-Space (known space) system in New Eden. I had only two phases in mind: Phase I – Exploration of Empire space and Phase II – Exploration of Null Sec. After a couple of short lived attempts and restarts, I finally finished Phase I a year ago in yc116 (July 4th, 2014). That accounted for 1,907 systems completed out of 5,431 systems in K-Space. Now one year later on 04.07.yc117 (July 4th, 2015), I finished my 4,000th K-Space system. To put it in perspective, that’s 2,093 Null Sec systems in just one year which is more than I’ve done in all of Empire over four and a half years. That puts me at 73.6% of K-Space explored. What does that look like on the map?

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Map one year ago

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Current map

New map currently

New current map

Honestly, never thought I’d get this far and if I stay on track, I should finish K-Space by the end of the year. If I stick to it, that would be it, no more, I would retire. Oh, you’re probably wondering why I’ve not shown systems explored via the new map. Well, I do like the new map, especially being able to zoom all the way into a system view. I’ve really enjoyed that aspect of it. The stats, however, leave a little something to be desired. It’s honestly more difficult to see where I’ve been. Also, zooming out, the region names disappear. Sigh… here it is, see what you think.

Stats 20150705Let’s look at some more numbers. Adding W-Space (wormhole) and S-Space (shattered wormhole) to the list, and assuming no new system discoveries, there are a total of 8,030 systems in all of New Eden. As of today, I’ve completed 4,025 which officially puts me past the 50% mark. Hmmm… 50%… how can I stop if I’m already past 50%? So, I’ll be adding Phase III – Wormhole space. There’s no doubt in my mind that W-Space will be the greatest challenge simply because of its ever changing nature. At first, finding wormholes I’ve not explored will be easy, but as more and more are completed, it will become difficult to find the ones I lack. Ultimately, and this is the real kicker, unless a way opens up, I’ll not be able to completely explore all of New Eden. There are several regions that are currently unreachable in K-Space.

Yet, even knowing that expanding my goal to all of New Eden is unattainable in the long run, I’ll go on for as long as I can. Why? Because I can’t say enough about my corp, Signal Cartel, and the encouragement I receive from them. I’ll continue because our tag line says it all:

You can’t stop the Signal!

Shout out to Radical Divinity, fellow corpmate, what a surprise seeing you in local 4F9Y-3, Perrigen Falls!

A1F-22 V, 3LL-O0 Gate

A1F-22 V, 3LL-O0 Gate