I wish I had taken a screenshot last night of our C4 chain. Our nice, quiet C4/C3 wormhole picked up a C5 with the release of Hyperion. We knew this was going to happen as I had taken the time to log onto the test server to check before the release. It wasn't the best option or the one I would have picked (that would have been a C2) but it wasn't the worst. C5 space, when idle, has excellent opportunities even for the solo pilot or small gang. It just carries the risk associated with C5 wormhole PvP groups that often inhabit those holes.
But last night, our statics had 11 wormholes between them. Eleven! The C5 had occupation but no one was home. The C3 was empty but still had six wormholes either inbound or outbound including one originating frigate sized hole from a C2. A low-sec buzzard and the blip of an Astero was spotted scanning through the system.
I actually ended up using that frigate hole to make a quick trip to high-sec pick up some rigs I needed. The C2 it led to was also occupied but I didn't find anything other than a ship on dscan which was nowhere to be found later on in my scanning. Someone checking out for the night I thought. You can imagine my surprise then when I jumped back into the C2 after using the high-sec connection and found a Dominix, Dramiel and two other ships lost in my fog of panic sitting on the high-sec hole.
New distance mechanics be damned, I was out of jump range of the hole and thankfully also out of decloak range. Not seeing any bubbling ships, I made the quick decision to make a break for the frigate hole I used to get here. Only the Dramiel could make chase and I expected my covops to be able to avoid a fight. JUMP! Cloak! and I was away, ultimately with no pursuit. Either they weren't waiting for me, were waiting for something else, or didn't bother to chase my agile covops.
With the frigate hole K162s appearing no different than any other, I expect some hilarity to result when T3 scouts bounce off the hole in their attempt to jump and decloak. A small gang of frigates with a cloaky on the K162 side and reinforcements on the other could make quick work of those mistakes.
All in all, as expected, wormhole space has become massively more connected. What this means for wormhole corps in the long run remains to be seen.
About this blog
I am blogging my experiences as a wormhole CEO as a way to give back to the EVE community that has provided me so much inspiration
CEO of Star Explorers