Not that either needs a referral from me, but I do consider both of these very much worth a look/comment/suggestion:
The first is very much self explanatory, and if you have any nominees, then please let Rixx know. The second is a rather good exploration blog. If you’re at all interested, go have a look.
RL still shitty with a side order of crapola…
Droning, droning, droning to the rawhide theme ran through my head just a moment ago. All I can is be thankful I’m not a big media uploader of stuff generally. Ears all over the ‘verse have been saved a fate, well, you know the rest
Honestly, I have no idea where this stuff comes from. No idea. None.
Anyways, I’ve been pondering how to use the alts efficiently for all sorts of stuff recently, and have decided to try out the whole drone assist thing prior to it (and possibly the Domi) being nerfed. Not so much the finger of god, but the tiniest sliver of a chip of a nail clipping from the finger of god in my case. I’d been holding off from missioning with one of the alts because I wanted ability to move things between the main factions without problems (faction police will turn up at a wormhole if you’re shoot on site with them), but in practical terms I’ve spent no time whatsoever in either Minmatar or Gallente space. There’s Red Frog/Blue Frog too, so why the heck not.
Dual boxing is OK, but triple boxing is something of a PITA. Enter the mighty space potato. This is probably the best, el cheapo, afk boat about. 750 drone assisted DPS to your main boat, though an Ishtar and/or a Myrmidon are worthy choices as well for different reasons. The good thing about the spud is how quick you can get into one. Given my alts have maxed out sentry skills, just need to get the Gallente ship skills sorted. These days it’s a pretty easy run to go from nothing at all to rank 3 or 4 in battleship in less than a week given the prerequisites are just 3 in each class (frigate, destroyer, cruiser, battecruiser).
The current plan is fairly simple. Fleet warp to the location. Deploy drones – set them to assist (or possibly guard) and kill. With an additional two on the field, I could put out another 1500 DPS or so. Given I’m going to be more reliant on the drone AI doing the work, as opposed to using additional guns, the highs can be saved from remote reps, energy transfers, neuts….
Lets see how quick we can kill once the plan is in place
I read with not a small amount of dismay about the negative reactions to CCP’s monument. And my first reaction (and honestly probably my last reaction) to the criticism was this: what a miserable bunch of sods. Seriously. A. Miserable. Bunch. Of. Sods.
None of us has much of a chance of leaving a tangible, physical reminder that will last decades, if not centuries. And for some, their achievements in game will dwarf whatever they may do in RL. For others, there may be no one to remember us when the evensong shadows deepen into night.
This thing that CCP has done, at likely quite some expense in time and iskender, does something that I would suggest transcends the action of inscribing a name into a piece of durable material: it takes we capsuleers and makes us in some small way immortal.
We, who play, hunt, fight, build, create and destroy in the milieu that CCP has created have impacted the world in a myriad of ways. Through fundraising, the creation of social links that otherwise would not exist, gatherings and more, we move and the impacts of the movements ripple through life, onwards and outwards. But almost nothing we do leaves a physical presence that will still be there in ten or twenty years time.
CCP has given us a gift of longevity, a chance to remember, and a point of pilgrimage for Fan Fest attendees to years to come. We play EvE. CCP has made that a tangible reality. And that, in my opinion, is a very cool thing indeed.
We are IMMORTAL.
Over the next little while, my posting may be even more erratic than usual. RL has decided to throw a spanner in the works. We did not re-secure a major tender that was essentially underpinning the company. After 7 years, I guess change is inevitable, but 6 weeks notice was a little…. short… imho.
So, am in the process of working through all of the issues, not the least of which is the potential for my current staff to take up a new position with the incoming company. They’re being made redundant from my perspective, and we’ve sought permission to pass on their details so the conversations can start. It’s a pretty big one. Once the final invoices come in, we’ll probably close it down. This should stop all the provisional taxes and various government agencies wanting their pound of flesh before we’ve actually earned it. There might even be (gasp shock horror!) some tax paid back.
While I’ve been keeping an active eye on the amount of stored leave and have been managing it, it’s still a fair whack of money to pay out all personnel’s entitlements in one hit. Sufficiently so, that managing the cashflow may come down to timing. Things may get interesting, but we’re OK provided things go as per normal. We will post a loss this year because of it though.
My business partners and I are working on a new venture that has some serious potential. And it’s one not based around manpower supply, so the associated headaches you get with that will be a lot less. I have to fly to Sydney in early Feb to be shot for the new website (I hate being filmed – ugh) plus do voice overs etc. It seems like a really interesting and busy time of it coming up, and for the first time in a loooooong time, I’m actually excited for the future.
As far as EVE goes, there isn’t too much to say except I probably won’t be around all that much, so posting is likely to suffer. Even more than it has. Between emergency (non-critical) surgery on a family member, the same person having a landmark birthday and the wrap up/ramp up I’m going to be somewhat busy… what a way to start the year… oO
P.S Marmite decc’d us. Again. We’re not Goons people..!!!
P.P.S Mab, that blaster/rail Kronos comparison is just going to have to wait.
Patrick Rothfuss, a very worthwhile rumination about acquisition, the worldbuilding charity, and erm, cake.
I shouldn’t need to say anything more. Go read
… and some over here, and a few there, and a few more… lets see, oh yes, there too….
EvE Online has been a big part of my life for the last five+ years. It has been a huge distraction. An extremely welcome one and a bloody frustrating one too, not infrequently all at the same time. I’ve put more hours into this game both on and offline than I really care to think about.
I have no figures to throw your way. No hard data, no critical analysis with supporting metrics, arguments and conclusions. I’m certainly no Jester, Kirith, Mabrick, Rixx or Roc. I’m just a guy who, over some time, has developed a feel for how the game is going. Partly gut feel, partly because we operate at what is traditionally the quietest time in EvE. Right at the edges where things fray before other busier time zones. Where numbers are sufficiently small that any major change is pretty apparent, pretty quickly.
Right now it’s quiet. Closing in on the under 20k online kind of quiet. The kind of quiet that fills me with some trepidation.
EvE has in some ways, become the swiss army knife of MMOs. Bounty system, check. Faction warfare, check. Incursions, check. Crafting (science and industry), check. Exploration, um…. check? But the problem is that with each additional bolt on, the essence of EvE is diluted. Couple that with the rise of the special interest groups and very vocal critics of any change to “their” particular area (yes, Dinsdale Piranha I’m looking at you), from CCPs perspective I can imagine that they’d feel a little like being on the receiving end of Billy Connolly’s demands (…and f#$king pay attention because tomorrow the demands will all be changed!!!!).
What I’m suggesting is that CCP has been sprinkling cute, wee, manageable and mostly house trained, dragonettes in various different areas of the game in an effort to accommodate some of these special interest groups. Something that imho isn’t going to work in the longer term. We’ve seen it time and time again. Capsuleers will game the hell out of the mechanics and farm the poor wee dragons into submission. Often times before things have even left the test server. And often times before the new player gets a chance at it.
This is EvE. It’s reputation as a blood thirsty, take no prisoners, game isn’t in question. The efficacy of CCPs attempts to convert people into longer term players is. Please don’t get me wrong. I’ve run a business, albeit one much smaller than theirs and know exactly how difficult change can be. And that’s without having to deal with various customers screaming they want this or that done, often as the cost of other of their customers.
But whatever happens on the other side of the hypothesized plateau, I can say this; CCP must absolutely be the biggest, most downright terrifying dragon in the room. This is their game. And whatever they do next, be it a tweak or a giant lurch into HOLY CR*P! territory, it should be a concise move without apology or justification.
CCP has always encouraged pilots to be bold. It’s their turn now imho. And we, as capsuleers, really should have a think about applauding the kind of balls it takes to grow and run a successful company for more than a decade.
Be bold CCP, be bold.