Last night INQ-E purchased a wormhole and established ourselves in our new home.
Oh wait that was just the plan.
In a very impressive showing, we had the majority of the Corp online and ready for the move. Haulers filled up their ships, PvP escorts were ready to go, and everything was looking good. We got the entrance location from the seller, made our way to it without incident, and got everyone inside the wormhole and to the POS we were set to purchase.
Then things went a bit south. Or more accurately, did not go anywhere.
Our seller, the current owner of the POS, did not leave a pilot with anchoring III behind (the skill needed to unanchor a POS, so that it would be traded). His alt only had anchoring II, but was training towards III and only had ‘about an hour’ to go. About an hour turned out to be closer to two. Oh and after those two hours, he was at anchoring II, not III. Wheee.
Since we were buying the POS, we did not bring our own. Had we done so, we would have been up and running in plenty of time. Lesson learned.
During the initial wait for the transfer, we probed down the entire system, and along with a nice collection of grav and ladar sites, found two additional wormholes. The first lead to a C4, which contained an active POS and a few capital ships inside it. Not wanting to stay connected to our temporary neighbors, we took our first shot at collapsing a hole, moving battleships back and forth in order to destabilize it. Once critical, we left it alone. The other hole was to null-sec, and in our attempt to destabilize that hole, the last battleship to jump back inside actually closed it. This was met with cheers in vent.
Once the seller realized his mistake, he was nice enough to simply give us the WH rather than sell it, which I felt was a pretty standup move by him. We had one of our trailing members buy a POS in Jita and haul it down, but as luck would have it, he got scanned down and suicide-ganked along the way. The truly comical part of this is right before that happened, I was saying on vent how I doubt anyone would suicide a hauler with just a POS inside, considering it’s only worth 300m and its 50/50 whether it survives the wreck. A goonswarm member confirmed that yes, suicide-gankers will take that risk.
One of those “this is EVE” moments happened a few days ago, when I discovered that there is an entire Corporation that runs a WH selling/brokerage service. If there is a demand for some service, you can be sure someone in EVE will do it for a price. The broker’s side of this entire thing went very smoothly. I transferred the ISK to him, along with a 10% fee, and he held the ISK until I had control of the POS. Once it became apparent that the trade was not going to happen, he returned the ISK minus his fee as we had agreed. Considering the whole fiasco took more than three hours, his prompt service and response times were highly appreciated.
While the actual result of the night was not what we had planned for or expected, the whole experience was still very memorable, and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. Experiencing something that new as a large group is a lot of fun, and seeing the whole Corp working towards one goal like that was great. ‘Epic’ moments in an MMO don’t always end with a dead dragon. Sometimes, ‘nothing’ happening can be just as, if not more, exciting.
Tonight is round two of actually putting the POS online and setting everything up. What could possibly go wrong?