Sometimes I just want to play games. No worrying about how others are treating each other. No parsing the EULA to determine if someone is breaking the rules. Not even looking at games journalism. No, after running all my errands and cleaning up around the house this weekend, I just played games.
On Saturday, I played a little Tropico 5 and spent an hour or so with a chess program. I haven't played in a few years and thought I'd brush up and start practicing again. But, as usual, I wound up logging into EVE Online.
I don't think that people will think what I did was very exciting. First, I did a little theory crafting. I lost my Hound recently trying to kill a clone soldier. Yes, the clone soldiers really are tougher. So I spent some time revising the fit. I think I have something that will work for ratting in Angel space, but I maybe should look into another bomber. Then I spent the rest of the night bookmarking a system I plan to mine in.
Sunday I spent the day doing something different. I was moving materials to my factory station and took fire as I docked. Considering one of the ships sitting at the undock was a Broadsword, I decided that maybe I'd stay docked for awhile. So instead of flying around, I decided to start making tech 2 mining crystals.
The invention process can get a bit addictive. I had a 48% chance of success on each invention attempt. With each attempt taking 46 minutes, I wound up going through my entire stock of Laser Physics data cores. I now have tech 2 blueprint copies for almost every type of mining crystal.
Of course, having the blueprints doesn't do any good unless I actually use them. So I started making tech 1 crystals for use when the invention attempts ended. After figuring out how many hypersynaptic fibers I would need to build 5 tech 2 crystals for each ore, I headed out to Dodixie.
I have to say that making the trip was pretty fast in a Prowler. The only thing more impressive was when one batch of blueprints I was inventing finished. I was able to take delivery of the finished products and put a new batch in from a station in Dodixie. The concept of setting up industry jobs in a station in Metropolis while sitting in a system in Sinq Laison is still pretty new.
Once I got the tech 2 materials back to Metropolis, I started moving my mining ships around. I moved both the Procurer and the Prospect packaged in my blockade runner. I did make two trips because I didn't want to take a chance of losing both ships in case I ran into a gate camp I couldn't bust through. My area of Metropolis is a lot busier lately, so I'm a lot more cautious. But I eventually got all of my ships positioned with all the necessary modules and rigs in my staging station. Now all I have to do is actually assemble the ships and I can start doing a little low sec mining again.
Like I mentioned above, nothing exciting happened. But sometimes, a little normalcy is a good thing.