Tonight I fly again. (I need to think of a name for my exploration Tengu. Nosey, perhaps.) Tonight our static C3 has a lowsec, and it comes down in Harner, which is in a corner of Solitude. I scan down the local system. Nobody is here but me. There's a data site, which I run, to modest gain. And there are two lowsec gas sites. One has a low-value gas. But the other... Celadon Cytoserocin. Currently second most valuable gas in the game. I think about it a while, then log out to bring in my farming alt. (He has better gas skills than Von does.)
I mine on and off for a while, twice interrupted by people entering the system. I mine the gas orbiting at 1000, so it is easy to move off and cloak. Jayne shows up later and brings down two characters; we suck it dry quickly. Now back into wspace, dump gas, and change characters.
Back to my original plan. Ghostbusting. Where? Well, let's see if highsec Solitude is well populated. I would not mind finding a site there first to run, so I could get the feel of it. But that's unlikely unless it is pretty abandoned, and I just don't know how populous the place is. So I set course for Gererique. All of the systems I go through have people in them, lowsec and highsec. So, I guess this is not the place to bust. OK, plan adaptation: I am heading for nullsec. Fortunately, Solitude borders nullsec. So I can get into Syndicate in just a few jumps. OK, off I go.
I am a little bit scared of a camp at the border, but I have been this way before and there was none. (There was a camp going the other direction coming from contiguous empire, but I am not going there.) And today there is none. Also no ghost site, but now I am into null and there is nobody here. So things are looking good. I am planning to hit the local cluster here, since I don't have a lot of time.
|Angry Concord Guy never sleeps.|
Before I leave grid, I see the other player on grid. He's leaving. Nice! It's all mine! Except... it isn't. I get a popup for the ghost site when I warped to it, but when I land, there is no ghost site. And it has disappeared from my list of anoms. Hmm. My guess is, the guy I saw leaving just ran the site and left. It despawned between when I warped and landed.
|A minimalist site -- very un-CCP-like|
I sit for a second gathering my thoughts. I do not really want to run the site with anyone in local. On the other hand, if she is in local in a frigate maybe I can kill her when she comes to the site. So I look at dscan for her: no ship appears. I check out the system: it's all in range. This makes me suspect she is cloaked. But then I notice there is a station. OK, she's probably there. No way for me to check, though. And it's been long enough that I doubt she is going to come in a frig.
Well, Nosey is designed to run away pretty well. And I can't just sit here. So, I mentally formulate and rehearse my escape plan, and then uncloak and start scanning cans. I will want to get the can with the best stuff first, since it may be all I have time for. First can: some minerals and some junk. Second can: junk. Third can: junk. Fourth can: minerals and junk.
Hmm. Should I hack for basically nothing? I would if alone, but it's not a good risk:reward proposition. So I don't. Still, I am curious to see what will happen. So I back off from all four cans, and wait.
It all goes down as I have read on the forums. After about a minute and a half, Serpentis pirates appears. I am cloaked so they are no problem. Shortly, they blow up all the cans, and then they warp off in all directions. (I don't think I have ever seen NPCs do this; it's kind of cool.)
I have a look at the rest of the small area I am in. No more ghost sites. And that is about it for my play time tonight. Then I decide to log off here, so I can try again tomorrow.