When living in a wormhole, there are a few things you’re supposed to do, or so I’ve learned.
The first one is to always check D-scan, no matter where you are, even if it’s in your POS, you want to check it. The reason for this is that you want to make sure that, if someone just decloaked, you know it. Because most people that live in wormholes fly around in cloaky ships, you never know if someone’s in there with you but you need to check D-scan anyhow.
The second one is to bookmark, bookmark EVERYTHING. You warp to a site? You bookmark it. You warp around planets? Bookmark a few spots so you can go there if you’re in a bind and they won’t be able to find you as quickly if you were to just warp to a planet.
You come into a hole? Bookmark the spot, found an entrance to another one? Bookmark.
It’s a very important thing because when you don’t bookmark certain spots, and you forget a scanner, you’re basically screwed.
And then there’s the lesson that I learned a while back but forgot to use earlier this evening:
“When entering a wormhole, before jumping through, check it’s life.”
I’m sure that those of you who are normal to living in wormholes knows what’s coming next. For those of you who are, like me, not too familiar with the mechanics. I’ll try to explain.
When you check the detailed information of a wormhole, it stated where it leads to (Highsec/Null/Low/Unknown space, which is another wormhole), how much time there’s left before it disappear, because that’s what they do, they disappear. How much mass has jumped through and how close it is to collapsing due to the fact that too many ships went through. And last, what kind of ships that can jump through it.
The time left on one, and the stability of it are very important. If it’s critical it can collapse behind you when you jump through. When the time states that it’s at the end of its life, that means that soon enough, it will collapse. You don’t know for certain when, but it’s going to happen sooner or later.
So when jumping through, you check it, always..
Guess who forgot.
All in all it’s not entirely my fault but still. My friend that I joined up with in w-space wanted to run a few sites since he hadn’t made any ISK in the past few weeks due to IRL stuff like exams, gf agro etc. etc. So, while watching a movie, I said “Sure why not, I’ll join”… We fleeted up and I followed him into our C2… Which was cleared of sites. “No biggy we can still make a bit of ISK in the C1” so we jumped through to the C1. Without checking so that’s where we both screwed up. We jumped to a site in the C1 and cleared it.
After doing so I noticed that I forgot to bring ammo so said that I’d just go back to the POS and pick some up. Cue me flying back to the C1 entrance to the C2 that leads back home.. I come at the bookmark and.. Nothing.
Just a bunch of empty space is staring back at me. Did I go to the wrong bookmark? Was the bookmark off a bit?
These two questions are denial, you’re hoping that nothing bad happened. So I logged in my other account and jumped into the C2 to check up on the C1 entrance. Nada, it was gone. That’s when I told my friend and he didn’t believe me, so of course he jumped to our bm. Said something along the lines of “Fuck” and went to his alt to check too.
We were stranded in a C1.. No biggy, we have probes, right? Right?! Yeah, no, we didn’t.
Oh, another thing to do in a wormhole: “Bring probes!”
So we figured that the quickest way out was to self-destruct.. We did say hi in local, hoping someone would be willing to give us an exit or even probes for a few mill, but no luck. We lost about 200m in ships that night, clearing a silly C1.
“Taking the pod express”
Mistakes were made, they will not be made again.
Or at least not in the near future when it’s still fresh in our minds
Stay tuned o7