March 9th marked the two year anniversary for completing my journey to explore all of New Eden, both known and wormhole space, all done without a single ship loss. Signal Cartel, my New Eden family, played a big part in that towards the end of my trek. To celebrate the occasion this year, I decided to run an event for my fellow Signaleers having no idea if anyone would really be interested in participating or not. The event would be based around recreating portions (or all) of my journey for the known space systems as well as finding the only named planet in wormhole space, Eyjafjallajökull. Points would be earned for each system visited based on difficulty with bonus points awarded for doing systems within regions in the same sequence I had done, taking screenshots, completing a region, and not losing a ship along the way.
Prizes ranged from fitted ships based on what I had flown during my journey, ship skins both common and rare, iskies with bonuses to be the first for reaching a tier, and a chance for some Signal Cartel swag in the form of a few challenge coins that I had left over from the Great Hunt two years ago. The prize offerings came out to over 10 billion isk and that doesn’t even include the skins of which some I have no price for.
To say I wasn’t prepared for the response is an understatement! You’ll see from the statistics I’m about to show just how well it went over. For a Corp that runs around 400 active members (we do keep our roster clean), I think the results are astounding. Signaleers were asked to enable event tracking via Allison our Signal Cartel co-pilot which is where most of these stats come from. The event ran from February 1st to March 9th and I had five tiers for different prize packages that were handed out.
We had 102 Signaleers that had Allison enabled for event tracking, of those there were 24 that submitted entries for the event for prizes. Together they had visited over 26,000 unique pilot/system entries, covering 97 regions, 7,141 systems, flying 305 unique ships of 64 different types, and capturing over 11,000 images!!! They covered 100% of known space and even though wormhole space wasn’t entirely part of the event other than trying to find Eyjafjallajökull for big bonus points, they covered 78% of wormhole space. Did they find the only named planet in wormhole space? Yes, multiple times and I think just about everyone that wanted to find it for the bonus points were able to get it.
Now for some event highlights. On day one, February 1st, tiers 1 and 2 were reached by one Signaleer. Remember there was a bonus for being the first to reach a tier. On February 2nd a different Signaleer was the first to reach tier 3 and went on to reach tier 4 on February 3rd, and went on to be the first to reach tier 5 on February 6th. I’ll brag on this particular Signaleer in a bit, but let’s see how the tiers broke out. So, within the first week of the event, all tiers had been reached. I wasn’t sure what to expect, like I had mentioned, I didn’t know if there’d be any interest. Now I was thinking I didn’t make it hard enough, lol. In the end, we had eight Signaleers earn tier 2, four that reached tier 3, eight that reached tier 4, and lastly four that made the final tier 5. (Not the final frontier 😉 )
So I’m going to brag for a moment on one particular Signaleer. Total possible points that could be earned were 20,243. That’s if you maxed out the bonus points, which I felt was asking too much and not many, if any, would go for it. The highest tier, 5, I had set at 5,000 points which seemed difficult, but achievable by the most dedicated and as it turns out with four reaching that tier, it turned out about right. I think I had tiers 1 and 2 too close to each other, as everyone nailed both quickly and easily. Three of the four that reached the highest tier were between 5 and 6 thousand points.
“Speedy”, as I have nicknamed him now, hit over 17,000 points! He visited every system in known space, a fair number of the systems within the regions in the same sequence I had done them, taking a screenshot in a fair number of systems as well, and didn’t lose a single ship!!! He also found and secured the bonus points for Eyjafjallajökull in wormhole space. All of this in 15 days, which has to be a known space, no ship loss, record. Never did I think someone would rise to the challenge to this extent and I’m just blown away and honored to see this Signaleer rise to the occasion. Amazing work, well done!!!
Unrelated to the event, but certainly in the same spirit, we had an end of event celebration and hugs fleet. As part of that, we visited system Motsu on our way to Saisio. Motus is the last system one of our Signaleers needed for his alt character Rhysio Typho to complete their journey of navigating ALL of New Eden, known and wormhole space, all on their own!!! Unfortunately ship losses were suffered along the way, but still an amazing journey, especially with no corp support. A request was submitted to CCP to validate their effort and we’re waiting to hear back, so hopefully that can be validated and confirmed. It all started in the system Cistuvaert in March of 2015 and finished today, March 14th, 2021! Just amazing to see others take on this journey of exploration. Congratulations to Rhysio and so glad we could share in the celebration of visiting your last system.
Of course, this event would not have been possible without the generous support and contributions made by the following:
- Signal Cartel, Zelden Aurilen, and indirectly CCP – EVE-Scout and Signal Cartel won the EVE Awards 2020 Best Alliance and we were rewarded with a generous supply of the EVE Partner skins which were the “mystery” skins from the drawings for each tier.
- Signaleer Igaze for skins, and various ship hulls.
- Signaleer Sloopy Noopers for the Stratios, Stratios Skin, and various ship hulls.
- Signaleer Tamayo for “FIRST” isk donations, skins, and selected rare skins.
- Our Celebration Fleet FC and Scouts:
- Bernard Lachapelle
- Captain Crinkle
- Katherine Skysong
- Null Flare
Lastly, I wanted to share this highlight, Signaleer Dr Strike produced a video of their journey in the event. This is really awesome to see and mesmerizing to watch. Check it out.
“Thank you for this great opportunity to participate in the event!”
“Thank you again for coming up with such a wonderful idea as this contest. I am running around in the brand new Buzzard that you gave me, it fly’s so well!”
“I loved this event because it gave me back the feeling of excitement I had missed for a long while. Felt so weird when I realized that I played this game for so long and never took the time to appreciate the beauty of it.”
“Thank you again for creating this, it was fun and exciting!”
“Was great fun and illuminating. The distractions, rigor to hit every planet/system and then general hostilities bubbling everywhere puts your run into a new light.”
“Thank you so much for running this event, it’s been a very special experience taking part.”