Monday, September 21, 2009

Pristine Sansha Abandoned Colony

A lot of nice salvage, T1 and T2. First scanning results:

Now welcome page:

I warped to this site as usual, in Cruise Raven dual RR and Sentry Domi Shield & Cap Transfer. Just took kinetic resistance mods against Rogue Drones. Here they are:

Be prepared for 2 more similar waves after opening 2 random cans.
If you look at your tank carefully, this site is quite easy. There is no scrambling/webbing drone. But if you warp out when you have touched any of hackable cans, the site dissappear. You need about an hour do complete this site, including shoting Rogue Drones, and breaking into cans. As result, you get:

I did not collect drone alloys this time.I got 9 Intact Armor Plates, 14m each at Jita. It makes 126m when I sell them :)
Quite nice for 1 hour job. Good luck you too.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Pristine Sansha Dumped Cargo

I had no time to do any exploration for 2 weeks, but yesterday I clonejumped to my homestation and started scanning for space treasures. Very soon I found this one:

Interesting, I have never found this before, even never heard about. So I took my Raven and Dominix and warped to this site (bookmarked before with covops).
Welcome page:

Looks like CCP didnt fit the name well :P

No gate, 6 cans, and few rogue drones on overview:

But wtf, what is on center of the screen?

Good job, CCP graphic artists :D
It is Drone Structure, easy to destroy, no loot.

I started to open the cans, one by one. Only salvager was needed. No codebreaker nor analyzer. While I was opening the cans, 3 waves of rogue drones appeared, like this one:

Solo it would be hard to survive this spawn, but possible. Remember, if you warp out, the site disaappear, if at least 1 can is touched.
Finally I broke into all cans, 4 of them yielded in nice salvage, here is what I got in total:

Please note that Intact Armor Plates are 14m at Jita each. Other salvage is about 3m total.

I also sacrificed my time to tractor and salvage and loot the minerals from rogue drones, 3 strong waves + initial spawn:

Estimated value of minerals (at 100% yield) about 9m.

Clearing the Pristine Sansha Dumped Cargo took me a bit more than an hour. But it was quite challenging and profitable. Good luck you too.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Sentry Drones

What I must admit, the best skill I have already trained for pve and I'm most proud of, is Sentry Drone Interfacing V. This skill allowed me to use T2 sentry drones, which are best pwn weapon for killing belt rats in sansha 0.0. I mean set of 5 Curators II. They are killing way faster rats than my standard T2 Raven with 6 cruise launchers. What is more, I can fit on my alt's Dominix 3x 350mm railgun, tractor beam and salvager. Guns nicely increase dmg of drones, and I am happy with that. Of course you can say that faction fitted Nightmare is triple as better, even T2 Pulse Schorch Apocalypse is better. I agree, but if you compare cost of the ship+fit and skills required, to its effectiveness, Dominix is best ratting ship for young characters. Another advantage is micromanaging effort while ratting. I'll eplain it in tactics below. But now look at my current ratting fit:

[Dominix, sentry isk maker]

Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
N-Type EM Hardener I
N-Type EM Hardener I
N-Type Thermic Hardener I
Large Armor Repairer II
N-Type Thermic Hardener I
Magnetic Field Stabilizer II

Patterned Stasis Web I
Heavy F-RX Prototype I Capacitor Boost, Cap Booster 800
Omnidirectional Tracking Link I
Omnidirectional Tracking Link I
100MN Afterburner I

350mm Prototype I Gauss Gun, Antimatter Charge L
350mm Prototype I Gauss Gun, Antimatter Charge L
350mm Prototype I Gauss Gun, Antimatter Charge L
Drone Link Augmentor I
Small Tractor Beam I
Salvager I
Large Capacitor Control Circuit I
Large Sentry Damage Augmentor I
Large Capacitor Control Circuit I

Curator II x5

This fit is cheap and effective. I can't use large T2 railguns yet.
drone dps: 338
guns dps: 128
drone range: 65km
guns range 26+23km

What is important: Drones spread full damage up to 65km (thank to Drone Link Augmentor I, which gives +20km range), pure EM type. And that is great in sansha space, because sansha rats have lowest resist on EM.

1. Warp to belt at 0.
2. If there is any rat BS present, lock it, hit guns and release sentry drones, and order drones to engage target.
3. Wait until rat is dead. Do not move.
4. If any drone is running out of shield, scoop it and release again and reengage target.
5. Tractor beam wrecks, salvage them, and collect valuable loot.
6. watch local, read intel.
7*. if you want to kill frigate rats at < 15km, use light drones.

You can make nice cash from salvage, and reprocessing loot for minerals, except few meta4 pearls.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Pristine Sansha Ship Remnants

After a long break for my holidays, I found some spare time to go back to exploration again, for a while. So I scanned down a nice magneto site:

Traditionally "welcome page":

And here is nice picture of what I came across:

There were 6 hackable cans placed around the ancient wreck.
I started to open cans with salvager. No analyzer needed. After opening the second can, sansha guards appeared:

after opening the fourth can, next rats wave appeared. 2 Scrambling frigates and 3 battleships. They killed my cov-ops, I couldn't warp out. No screenshot avaiable, I was too busy watching my cov-ops dying :( But the worst thing, I had loot inside, my bad.
I came back in Raven, in the time Domi was killing the rats and collecting my Buzzard wreck. As a result of can-hacking I got:

Lesson learned: do not use fragile ships where NPCs may surprise you.
At least the loot covered the cost of my new Buzzard (with small rigs, this time).

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Brokara Ryver

Have you ever seen Officer spawn?
This time I was damn lucky to get it. During the roam, I was scouting in an interceptor. After entering the home system of our enemies, I warped to random belt to try to catch any lazy ratter. My jaws hit the floor when I saw this:

All I could do with my inty was to scramble Brokara. But looks she's immune to e-war. Immediately on TeamSpeak I told that I met officer at belt and all warp to me. They thought I am joking :P They thought I am so excited that I see True Sansha that I call him officer. But hell, I killed dozens of True Sanshas before :P And I can distinguish facion spawn from officer spawn.

As the loot we got:
Brokara's Modified Large Armor Repairer
Brokara Ryver's Tag
True Sansha Large EMP Smartbomb
True Sansha Reactor Control Unit
True Sansha Mega Pulse Laser
True Sansha Heavy Energy Neutralizer
True Sansha Heavy Capacitor Booster
True Sansha Energized Magnetic Membrane
True Sansha Armor Thermic Hardener
True Sansha Magnetic Plating
True Sansha Radio L

Few days before our corpmate also had killed Brokara Ryver, in the same constellation.

In September 2008 I had killed Selynne Mardakar in the same system.

I Love Sansha :D

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Central Sansha Command Center

So as usual, I scanned few systems, and I found yummy Radar Cosmic Signature:

Welcome page:

I warped to the location, there were 6 cans and few structures, and when I approached to the cans, missile batteries appeared:

I shot them all, and started hacking the cans with Codebreaker module. During hacking, 2 times respawned another group of 3 light missile batteries, but they did silly damage. Remember you can open a can, only if there are no rats/batteries on your overview, even if you have hacked into the can.
Site is doable in Battlecriuser, I believe. The only thing that takes time is hacking, 2-5 mins per can.
As a result, here is the loot from cans:

Please note that Occult Ship Data Interface Blueprint (4 runs) is worth 120m on contracts.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sansha Forlorn Hub

I found this Cosmic Anomaly for first time. I heard it is worth to do because there is chance for escalation. So here is scan result:

Initial spawn:

I killed 2 behemots and it triggered second spawn. Please note here below is half of first spawn and whole second spawn:

After killing all rats, third spawn appeared:

nd the last spawn:

I shot Ruined Stargate but I didn't get escalation this time.
Site is soloable in BattleShip in an hour. Drones are very useful.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sansha Port

So yesterday I found another easy Sansha site, it was Sansha Port. I think best ship to solo this site is a Battlecruiser (because of mostly cruiser-size rats), but Battleship works as well. You should take light or medium drones.
Here is initial spawn:

second wave:

third wave:

and the last wave:

Site is doable in less than hour.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Drone Herd

I heard that Rogue Drone anomalies/plexes are common in all regions. Also in my region I regularly find drone sites. Sometimes Rogue Drones guard treasures (eg. Radar cans) together with Sansha rats. Usually I ignore Drone sites but this time I decided to try one.
So here is scan result:

and here is initial spawn:

second wave:

third wave:

and the last wave:

Drone battleships hit hard, especially at close distance.
and look at the alloys and salvage I got:

Soon I calculate how much is this worth.
I soloed this site with Dominix in about an hour.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Central Sansha Survey Site

Today I have also done some deeper scanning, and here are results:

Nice Radar site, I hoped for yummy loot :P
So welcome page:

and initial spawn:

Please see 7 hackable cans on top of overview :D
I killed all rats (light drones helped alot) and started to open cans with Codebreaker. After hacking into the cans, usually 3 frigates appeared, and I couldnt drag loot until they ewre dead. Finally I hacked and looted all of the cans, and here is what I got:

9 Datacore - Amarrian Starship Engineering - 160k each
221 Auxiliary Parts - 1,1k each
38 Force Cable - 8,3k each
2 Circular Logic - 1,2m each
1 Classic Doctrine - 8m
1 Formation Layout - 4,5m
1 Amarr Encryption Methods - 5m

In total around 22m. Nice for 1 hour of easy site.
But, hell, ratting is better and more direct income ;/

Sansha Hub

Today I completed Sansha Hub again. But this time I have screenshots of all spawns in this anomaly. Here it goes:
Initial spawn:

after killing whole wave, next came:

and next:

and the last wave:

I completed this site with Dominix alone. I needed to run Cap Booster(800) few times to be able to run 2x LAR II periodically, when new waves were coming and damage dealt was highest. But site rather easy.

Sansha Base

Here are nice scan results from last night scanning:

It took me 35 mins to pinpoint all these sites (except anomaly).

I decided I try Sansha Base. So here below is first room:

After completing first room, gate unlocked. Here is initial spawn in second room:

After killing the first wave, next wave came:
(I killed 3 frigates before I made screenshot)

And that's all. No faction spawn in the end.
Site is doable in well tanked BS. Just kill scramming frigates first. I did it with Domi and Raven, in less than 30 mins. Killing Large Collidable Structures resulted in small ammo can.