“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.
When did it all begin? Let’s see…
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.
I 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.
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!