Life as a Wormhole Hermit

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Luc Arbosa

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Post 2019.05.27 22:04

Life as a Wormhole Hermit

I decided recently to move into wormhole space. Since I frequently need to log off without notice the wormhole campus is problematic for me, however long ago Flay helped me and a few other Unis with a "homesteading" experiment, where we set up shop in a C1 wormhole. The nice part about a C1 is that you can pretty much solo everything that goes on in one.

The previous time I lived in a C1 I had a small POS set up. This time I decided to try using an Upwell structure. The upwell structures are actually significantly more vulnerable than a POS, but much easier to set up. I looked at the economics of it and decided that my best defense was simply to be not worth the effort of blowing up; as a solo player I have little to no chance of defending a structure from a concerted attack. Even if the station gets blown up every 6 months I can easily replace it from the income from local sites.

It took about a week of scanning to find a good candidate - a C1 with a lowsec static. A lowsec static makes it a bit more difficult to move things into the wormhole but it's much less likely to be occupied and gets fewer visitors. I parked an alt inside my potential real estate and kept an eye on it for a week looking for any activity. Reviewing zKillboard showed it could go a month or two without any recorded activity, although there were a couple of structure kills on record.

I waited for a lowsec exit to pop up just outside of highsec in a quiet system, and moved in my Raitaru. The Raitaru is for convenience because I run on a single acount, and because I wanted to be able to switch between ships for different tasks. Assuming I will lose it periodically, I chose the cheapest possible structure.

I think it's been about three weeks since the station went up. I use a CovOps for general scanning and running relic/data sites. I moved in a Confessor and a Drake for running combat sites. The Confessor was reasonably good at running Perimeter Camp and Perimeter Ambush Points, but heavy NOS forces it to run and it died in two shots when running The Line. The Drake can tank anything a C1 can put out but was dreadfully slow, so I settled on a shield tanked Myrm. It requires attention to keep pulling drones when targets switch but is good DPS with safe tank. With the Myrm I can run a site in 12 minutes for 10M ISK of blue loot. I will see if I eventually exhaust the sites in my system but at the moment it seems unlikely.

Since setting up the station, I have recouped the entire ISK cost of the station, so I am ISK-positive even if it gets blown. I have had one close call with a Tengu that could have killed my Myrm if he hadn't popped probes and showed up on dscan. I get a good path to highsec once or twice per week, depending on how deep into lowsec my static turns up and whether I get any incoming wormholes.

Happy to field questions about solo wormhole life!
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Post 2019.06.11 11:04

Re: Life as a Wormhole Hermit

Luc Arbosa wrote:I decided recently to move into wormhole space. Since I frequently need to log off without notice the wormhole campus is problematic for me, however long ago Flay helped me and a few other Unis with a "homesteading" experiment, where we set up shop in a C1 wormhole. The nice part about a C1 is that you can pretty much solo everything that goes on in one.

The previous time I lived in a C1 I had a small POS set up. This time I decided to try using an Upwell structure. The upwell structures are actually significantly more vulnerable than a POS, but much easier to set up. I looked at the economics of it and decided that my best defense was simply to be not worth the effort of blowing up; as a solo player I have little to no chance of defending a structure from a concerted attack. Even if the station gets blown up every 6 months I can easily replace it from the income from local sites.

It took about a week of scanning to find a good candidate - a C1 with a lowsec static. A lowsec static makes it a bit more difficult to move things into the wormhole but it's much less likely to be occupied and gets fewer visitors. I parked an alt inside my potential real estate and kept an eye on it for a week looking for any activity. Reviewing zKillboard showed it could go a month or two without any recorded activity, although there were a couple of structure kills on record.

I waited for a lowsec exit to pop up just outside of highsec in a quiet system, and moved in my Raitaru. The Raitaru is for convenience because I run on a single acount, and because I wanted to be able to switch between ships for different tasks. Assuming I will lose it periodically, I chose the cheapest possible structure.

I think it's been about three weeks since the station went up. I use a CovOps for general scanning and running relic/data sites. I moved in a Confessor and a Drake for running combat sites. The Confessor was reasonably good at running Perimeter Camp and Perimeter Ambush Points, but heavy NOS forces it to run and it died in two shots when running The Line. The Drake can tank anything a C1 can put out but was dreadfully slow, so I settled on a shield tanked Myrm. It requires attention to keep pulling drones when targets switch but is good DPS with safe tank. With the Myrm I can run a site in 12 minutes for 10M ISK of blue loot. I will see if I eventually exhaust the sites in my system but at the moment it seems unlikely.

Since setting up the station, I have recouped the entire ISK cost of the station, so I am ISK-positive even if it gets blown. I have had one close call with a Tengu that could have killed my Myrm if he hadn't popped probes and showed up on dscan. I get a good path to highsec once or twice per week, depending on how deep into lowsec my static turns up and whether I get any incoming wormholes.

Happy to field questions about solo wormhole life!


This is awesome, and sounds loke something I would love to do In 6 months or so. Is there any eve uni policy on putting up your own strctures?
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Post 2019.06.13 06:59

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Willuw Everquest wrote:
This is awesome, and sounds loke something I would love to do In 6 months or so. Is there any eve uni policy on putting up your own strctures?


Hi,

I don't think it's gonna happen with your Uni char, but an alt with its own corp can anchor the structure and grant your Uni toon access.

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Post 2019.06.13 13:22

Re: Life as a Wormhole Hermit

i did a similar thing in a c5 for a year or so. turns out a pair of spider tanked blingy rattlesnakes can run the sites and your astrhuas can kill the drifter. unfortunatly i can’t claim credit for figuring that all out, i just went to school on what others were doing in my corp.

where i can add to your plan is with the suggestion to open 1-3 alpha accounts, train them up to fly haulers and ships you have in the hole. then you can evacuate all the stuff in your structure if you get attacked and only lose the raitaru. you can even have a second rataru prepositioned in a safe logged alpha piloted hauler if you wish.
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Post 2019.06.13 19:13

Re: Life as a Wormhole Hermit

Some old uni buddies and I had done something similar a year or two ago with relative success. Since your solo, careful not to burn yourself out by having to do all the scanning yourself and keep in mind that any additional structures you add means more fuel that's needed to be moved in. May be able to do some PI to supplement this and make life easier.

In regards to the c1 sites, depending your activity you may find that you'll exhaust them fairly quickly and they can be slow to respawn. If you wish to keep a low sec static, there are C2 wormholes that have LS/C2 statics. That way, you can roll the C2 for more combat sites whenever you want more combat sites.

Regardless, you'll want to ensure that there's plenty of fuel in the structures to account for any unexpected time away from the game. If a smelly, good for nothing capsuleer (like myself) comes along and sees a low power structure we'll be scanning the timer and putting it into structure in hopes of loot pinata. Since its likely an alt corp, I probably wouldn't have any idea that it has ties uni whom I'd normally avoid taking advantage of.

Was there any particular reason that you opted to go on your own rather than the whc? If you find you're getting a bit burned out being solo, the whc may be an option.
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Post 2019.08.20 19:18

Re: Life as a Wormhole Hermit

The main reason I decided to go it my own rather than join WHC was that it's hard for me to join fleets and groups due to RL (I may have to log/afk with very little warning).

After spending some time solo, what I realized was that almost all of my income was coming from running the relic and data sites which popped up in my WH, and that a good chunk of that income was going into fueling my station, and that I could still be a resident in WHC and contribute even if the only thing that I do is scan and explore while looking for sites to run.

So that's what I did. I took down the station and I'm currently a WHC resident. Since there's no notion of "taking up space" with the new upwell structures, my limited participation doesn't take resources from anyone else, and the income I make from sites helps fund the station I now live out of.

And, late at night when the family is safely asleep, I can even x up for a fleet. :)
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Post 2019.08.20 19:23

Re: Life as a Wormhole Hermit

Willuw Everquest wrote:
This is awesome, and sounds loke something I would love to do In 6 months or so. Is there any eve uni policy on putting up your own strctures?


E-UNI policy allows structures to be put up by 3rd parties, and you can petition to have your alt-corp be blue to the uni (which is what I did). I had my alt put up the station and then granted station management roles to my main so I didn't have to log off and on to fuel the station.
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