A long time ago, in a system far far away, I lost a Viator.
No; Not blown up. Not stolen, not even 'where did I put my keys' kinda lost; This is a 'the database gods are out to get you' kind of lost.
One moment I was alt-tabbed to another screen; a few jumps in on 30 jump route on autopilot, next moment the world froze and rebooted; and I woke up in my clone's station near my end point. Some players would suggest this is a less than brilliant idea - I can accept that.
So, what are the first thing to do?
- Update your clone. It was still updated i.e. plenty of skillpoints left in it.
- Buy new implants - still have a full set.
- What killed me? No kill mail.
- Was I dreaming? - look at inventory for ship. Not there.
- I will get an insurance payment at least? Nothing in my journal.
- Whine on the forums; blog about it; raise a petition.
I do get a Christmas day email:
Insurance Contract Expired
From: Secure Commerce Commission
Sent: 2012.12.25 22:29
Dear valued customer,
The insurance contract between yourself and SCC for the insurance of the ship XXXXXXX issued at Friday, September 7, 2012 00:39 has expired. Please purchase a new insurance as quickly as possible to protect your investment.
The Secure Commerce Commission,
So, my ship didn't blow up, mmm. Still no response on my petition; this finally came on the 27th.
I am used to providing information for bug reports as part of my first life duties. I provided clues about the time (between downtime and restart), my type of ship (Viator), that it was rigged and what I was carrying.
However, I was asked to provide :
- Location of last sighting or interaction (down to the moon if possible)
- Name of the ship (I had forgotten this but the insurance mail reminded me)
- Rough time of the event. (Yes the GM could have worked it out; but he is busy and I am the one wanting ship + cargo back).
Now, I am a wormhole resident; you think that I can scan something down? Mmm. In a wormhole things don't move much. In an active highsec system; they move a lot.
The trick to find a stationary ship amongst 20 moving ones:
- Scan once, write down all ship signatures.
- Wait a couple of minutes.
- Leaving probes in exactly the same spot; scan again.
- Any signatures that are the same are potentially static ships.
It was an interesting easter egg hunt.