I got a bit demotivated last night losing 2 ships to exploration. The first one could have been avoided as I was too busy reading/researching a site I just picked up to notice a player sneak up really quick on grid and pod me. Fair enough, I just need to multitask better or fly back to read in HiSec lol.
But at the second site I was dscanning all the time and tried to play it safe only to notice someone suddenly appear on grid within 10km of me (no sign on dscan) as I started hacking and one shot kill me (He had a T3 ship IIRC) before I could even react - I assume he might have been cloaked and just waiting at that site all day? If that’s the case, I’m somewhat surprised at that level of patience.
So that was hours of effort wasted without any return lol, and now the drudgery of going to market and rebuilding the ship again and doing all the scanning again. I have yet to make anything significant in exploration but still early days I suppose.
Just as a newbie, how can this sort of engagement be countered or isn’t there a way? I feel there’s nothing I can do or learn from that situation but better to ask the vets what I might be missing
One idea I had was to use an alt as bait, but that seems very tedious to login/logout just to move about. Valid strategy?
I guess another way to look at it is just to assess the ROI of losses vs earning on exploration if it’s unavoidable