Tools of the Trade Part 1: Dotlan

What? Another post!? I can’t believe it! I’ve been playing, but haven’t had much time to write the post you folks deserve. I’d been trying to avoid posting mere “I MADE ISK” posts, as while that is my goal, it doesn’t make for very useful or informative reading does it?

That said, the next few posts will detail the tools I use. I’ll go into why I use them, and a little bit on how as well. After which I will tell you about how my travels have gone, and what my current status is in regards to my Quest for Plex.

The first (and arguably the most important) tool is:
Dotlan.
This tool is basically the “Google Maps” of Eve Online. While CCP provides an in-game map of Eve in all of it’s 3D Glory, Dotlan takes the map and flattens it. Region by region it shows connections between systems in an easy to understand and well laid out manner. The following links will be parts of dotlan that I use often and find useful for exploration.

Region Maps give you a complete map of a region that you can use for many things, such as finding a “safe” place to scan and explore. If you clicked the link, you’ll see a map of the “Domain” region, home to the Amarr Empire. The map legend contains info on what the various symbols and markings mean, which can detail station locations, available station services, Ice belt systems, and other info. With current settings, you see each system is colored and marked according to it’s security status. We can change what info is displayed in the drop down menu under the “Districts” menu. You can have info on Sovereignty, Jumps in the last hour/day, kills in the last hour/day, NPC kills per hour/day, Belt numbers, Moon numbers, Planet numbers, planet types available, etc. Keep in mind that all numbers for kills and jumps are approximate and may not be 100% accurate within any given time frame, though they do give you a good idea of what might be going on in the area.

Navigation: Route Planner: This tool is pretty simple to use, similar again to google maps, you plug in your current location, and then plug in your destination system, select your route criteria (I usually leave it on fastest route) and click the “Go” button. The next screen you see will show you an actual map of your route, which is only of limited use in my opinion. If you scroll down below the map you’ll find the list of jumps with useful information about each system you jump through, the most important of which I find to be Holder (who owns the system), Kills, and Jumps. (Which as stated above are approximate!

Dotlan is honestly such a large tool that I doubt I’ve even scratched the surface of what it can do and what information it can give, but even just the little parts of it I’ve mentioned can make your space-life infinitely easier. As they say, Knowledge is power.

Exploration has been amazing fun. Most people thus far have told me that I shouldn’t aim to PLEX in my first month, and probably for good reason. I can see how one could burn out on the game doing this repeatedly. Some nights in the past two weeks have been almost fruitless, while others have reaped a reward that would make the Diablo 3 Treasure goblins green with envy. (If anyone from Blizzard is reading this, can we have them reskinned to be little grinches during christmas next year? :D)

One thing I found while exploring that I thought was insanely cool was this: Overgrown Station Ruins. I was in the middle of a Data site, and I actually took a look at the ruined station that was there, and was somewhat blown away. The art in this game is phenomenal. Thank you CCP for putting so much hard work into the game!

Now for the State of the PLEX

Currently my wallet stands at: 851,779,984 ISK
Current PLEX Price: 1,139,740,000 ISK
Remaining ISK to grind: 287,960,016 ISK
Remaining Trial Time: 8 days.
Minimum ISK/day to reach goal: ~36,000,000 ISK

Easy. I’ll be getting it barring any holiday shenanigans.

Fly Safe, or Fly Minmatar. You can’t do both.

o7

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Published by: themasterblastr

An Eve Capsuleer on a Trial with a mission: PLEX the account before the trial runs out. PLEXing is the act of paying for your game time with In-game currency.

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3 thoughts on “Tools of the Trade Part 1: Dotlan”

  1. If you have created an account and log in to Dotlan, you can also add notes for solar systems by right clicking them in the region map. It is a very handy way to add intel and other stuff you wish to remember right in the map. Sometimes, I’ll scan all the sigs in a pocket and use the Notes feature to identify what they turned out to be in each system before going back to do the Relics. There are other tools with similar features such as Pirate’s Little Helper that work in-game but for me, Dotlan is my go-to map tool while playing.

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  2. Have you used Dotlan’s Radar function? if you go to their site in the IGB, click radar and start tracking, you can then copy the link it gives you into an out of game browser and the map will follow you as you fly through space, highlighting the system you’re in and the route you’ve taken.

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