Monday, 12 April 2010

Come On In, The Low-Sec Water's Fine

As much as I have claimed to be a "low-sec dweller" for some time now, the truth was I had really been a denizen of high security space with frequent day-visits to the low security region of Derelik. I suppose the truth distortion was due to the knowledge that I really should stop moping around doing high-sec missions and just take the plunge, but I'd always convince myself I just needed to learn skill 'x'/have 'y' amount of isk/be flying 'z' ship.

Well finally I can look you in the eye and say "I'm a low-sec dweller". I've even got some attribute-boosting implants on one of my low-sec clones. I still pop back to Empire space to mission if cash reserves look like they're running low or to get a good deal at one of the major trade hubs, but ultimately I hope to establish a low-sec revenue stream to minimise the need for that.

It turns out, those reasons I kept giving myself that were stopping my progress into low-sec never really existed. The truth was that I needed to feel a degree of security before moving my assets out there, and that security has been provided by membership of an alliance. Whenever possible, I've tried to involve myself in alliance affairs, hopping in on a fleet bound for Providence or scrambling to assist an alliance-mate under attack.

Rather than just being a visitor to the area, I now feel at home. After a while behavioural patterns become apparent. Pilot names, both allied and enemy, appear regularly in local and the natural ebb and flow of the local traffic becomes measurable. The most likely areas for gatecamps soon become clear and are thus more easily avoided. High-sec is starting to seem like a grey, sanitised and event-free no-fun zone.

High-sec. Why would anyone even want to live there? It's boring.

8 comments:

  1. Gratz on the move :)

    Familiarity is the key to being able to operate comfortably in any venue--I've told this to so many people who have expressed fear about operating in low sec. Stay there long enough and it becomes almost mundane.

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  2. Seems to me that a fair number that talk about how boring high-sec is, and how low-sec is better and more exciting, is in a position to afford the excitement.

    Especially if you are a fool like I am and doing the lone wolf thing.

    It takes a bit to be able to afford to take losses. Just how long depends on who you hook up with corp-wise (not just for play style but for advice). Not mentioning obviously how you want to play to begin with.

    Hmmm....after typing this, I come to realize how I have been going about achieving things the wrong way.

    ^_^ oh well, I am in the process of fixing that.

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  3. What do you do for your losec income?

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  4. People in low-sec may be 10 times more likely to want to shoot you, but at the same time you're 10 times less likely to find people -- so it evens out the odds.

    I dread going to high-security space for any reason. I'm such a hermit. Both because high-sec is so overly populated it makes me want to puke, and because the jump from high-sec back to low-sec is always the most dangerous.

    Glad you guys are enjoying the new alliance.

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  5. Borgel - haven't quite got the low-sec income stabilised yet so I'm still sneaking back to high-sec where I keep a level-4 missioning battleship (cheating I know, but old habits...).

    But I've just acquired what I'm told is a good moon, so I hope to find out what the whole 'moon-goo' thing is about.

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  6. OkamiKurai - you are right I suppose. Being able to sleepwalk through level 4 missions does give an easy way to build up an isk trampoline.

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  7. I still use high-sec for a market (it just makes more ISK in Rens, when all is said and done), but low-sec for sourcing lots of my trade stuff and of course exploration.

    Once you get used to low-sec, it really becomes no big deal. As for funding your losses: I suppose that depends on what you're doing out there, but ratting in a cheaply-built Rifter should pay for lots of stuff.

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  8. Well, high-sec and low-sec both have their charms.

    Certainly there is more ever present risk in low-sec, but I think that's one of the things that makes EVE fun, the scale of risk vs reward.

    That being said, you don't need to run level 4 missions in high-sec, low-sec mission running can be very lucrative in terms of LP.

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Lay it on me.