Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Blog Banter 78 - The Big Reset

Blog Banter 78 - The Big Reset
Just for a moment engage your "willing suspension of disbelief". Imagine that CCP, at downtime today, reset everything in Eve Online. Everything! When you logged in you were in a starter system with your character... but now with less than a million skill points, a mere 5000 ISK and a noob ship (now with civilian afterburner!). Markets are pretty empty other than a few seeded items. All Sov is gone. All player structures are gone. All PI infrastructure is gone. No corps or alliances exist. Nothing remains. New Eden is suddenly a completely level playing field and the next great gold-rush is on? Or is it? What happens now?


I couldn't start over. I spent a decade, ten freaking unbelievable years, getting to where I am now. And where I am is someone with tens of billions of personal assets, billions more in investor's ISK, and enough skills to safely say yes to the question "can you fly this PvP ship?". I can't fathom going back to watching skill queues for unlocking modules, grinding missions or asteroids for ISK, rebuilding blueprint libraries and collected ships and items...

I would quit. I'd say "it was a good run, but I'm gone". I don't have the time or patience to rebuild that small little personal empire back to anywhere near what it is now. While I love PvP in EVE, and leading fleets and participating in big battles, I don't think that is enough to convince me to spend so much effort to feel comfortable in the game again with any ship class, weapon, or module.

Saying that makes me feel weak. Like I am not as much as a fan as the people would swear they would continue to play from the start again for the love of the game. But my free time is precious and accomplishments are treasured, and if I lost it all I think I would have to just love EVE from afar, like a former girlfriend I had fun with but just didn't want to make the journey through the dark times for.

Fortunately for me, I don't think I'm alone in this regard and I suspect CCP would not want to lose a lot of veteran players so they make sure the game data is backed up doubly so :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Like Starting Over

One thing about FCing for the same group of guys over a long period of time is that you become very familiar and comfortable with what everyone knows and can do, so you can give an order and reasonable expect it to be followed to the best of everyone's duty. Also, when you put a fleet together asking for a particular ship type, you can look at your fleet size and immediately know what your capabilities are in terms of fights and targets you can take.

However, with the advent of Ascension and the efforts Aideron Robotics has been doing to recruit new inexperienced players, I've found myself having to get out of my comfort zone and be a more proactive and attentive Fleet Commander which means explaining things with more detail, giving more instructions repeatedly, being patient, and being aware that a significant portion of my fleet is made up of Alpha Atrons just learning PvP.

Sunday night was the second fleet I ran since the expansion and it was one in which not only the new players were trying and learning things, but also some veterans as myself and Ashterothi and Kuruk were flying Magus Command Destroyers with the new on grid links.

Overall the fleet was a little more chaotic than I am used to; some pilots need some lessons on fleet comms (i.e. I don't need to know your father is kicking you off the computer in 15 minutes) and finding the fleet, others (like me) need to be a little more careful with the micro jump field generator. But in the end we had fun and got a few sweet kills like this expensive Osprey Navy Issue we surprised and this Scythe Fleet Issue we managed to burn down before losing fleet cohesion and getting picked off.

Its a different fleet for sure but I'm confident we can help our new pilots get better and become the good PvPer's I know they can be.

Friday, November 25, 2016

First Cold of the Season

Sorry for the light blogging this week, I took two days off due to a nasty cold. I'm feeling better now, thanks.

To make up for the lack of updates, here are some pictures from Tranquility of a deployed Azbel engineering complex. Specifically, it is the first one I built and sold. Click for full size.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Appreciate The Beauty

Last night we were on a T1 frigate roam breaking in some of our new players and looking for trouble when trouble came looking for us wearing the hull of a T2 Deimos. Our fleet of 20 frigates engaged and quickly found out... we were losing.

We called for help in our intel channels and fortunately were close enough to a main base that some more pilots in heavier ships arrived and put the pain on to earn the kill. Afterwards we took a hard look at the killmail and were impressed by what we saw on the ~700 million ISK loss.

Dual deadspace reps, large cap battery to help with cap stability and ward off neuts, faction stasis webber, Gecko drone...and battleship sized afterburner. Overall, an impressive ship with very tough tank.

Hats off to Leathal Annihiliation666 for giving us an exciting fight and whetting the appetite of our newbros for more PvP.

Friday, November 18, 2016

This Operation is Fully Operational

I've doubled my production lines:

First Raitaru was built and hit the market for a nice estimated 900 million ISK profit.

EVE Store is Back! (Barely)

CCP announced the return of the EVE store, finally, and admitted that the selection is sparse but they are looking to expand it. While I'm glad the store is finally returning, I heartily agree they need to expand the selection beyond the 26 items they current sport.

Before I offer some suggestions, I do want to lodge one complaint: what a terrible starting selection. I bought two shirts from an unauthorized seller last month that were big bold obvious EVE designs:

Now take a glance at the selection on the store site:

Besides the Valkyrie shirt at the bottom and the hoodie, none of those scream EVE at my until you take a closer look or know what the Doomsday icon looks like. I've never even heard of Lacrimix before. While I'm all in favour of having options including those that are more subdued like that Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly Expert work shirt, you need to hit on some of EVE's amazing icons first and foremost like the ships and major faction icons (including pirates). (Pssst: ORE does not count.)

With that in mind, here are my suggestions for furture additions.

1) More Shirts -  graphic tees with EVE's instantly recognizable ships on them, major faction sysbols (Go Gallente!), and other icongraphy that is more well known than the doomsday icon (like a warp scram perhaps with the caption "Going Somewhere?").

2) More hats - along the same lines.

3) In the accessory category, more small stuff like the Archon keychain, the Decal sheet (need image please), mugs, pens, and the pirate beer glasses are pretty cool too.

4) POSTERS - Why haven't you leveraged the brilliance of Rixx Javix yet to produce a line of iconic posters? So many people want them, and I believe you have plans to include them, so get on it!

5) Ship models - you won't sell a lot of these, but there are probably enough nerds that want them with disposable income. I know the USB rifter on my desk is a much beloved model (Thanks Diana!) and I'd love to add some company for it.

You can do it, CCP, make the EVE Store Great Again!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

My Advice to New EVE Alpha Players

First off, if you are brand new to EVE because of the Ascension update that allows you to play for free, let me say: WELCOME! Its a wonderfully rich sci-fi simulation that has few borders on what you can do with your time. You're not cast in a mold and forced to dance to the game's tune, you are free.

Secondly, let me give you some advice from a long time player (ten years) to help you get started.


EVE is a simulation rather than a game and as such the experience, like real life, benefits greatly from being a shared experience. And not only does the experience fare better, people will help you and teach you things you don't know, provide assistance in whatever you are doing, and share a laugh when things go wrong (as they inevitably do as you learn).

So once you get in game, do the tutorials, get familiar with enough to move around and operate your ship.... find a group to join. There are many organizations, big and small, that will gladly welcome you into their ranks and help you progress from newbie to journeyman. Decide what you want to try out, find a corp or channel that does that (in your timezone), and introduce yourself! No matter how new you are, you are a valuable resource to these organizations because your growth helps their growth; your success helps everyone's success.

And if its not working out, don't be afraid to try another group. No one holds a grudge against someone looking to find the right fit for themselves (unless you depart with a bunch of corp assets!).

On that note, if you are looking to try PvP in a casual friendly atmosphere, Aideron Robotics is recruiting!

Monday, November 14, 2016

T'was the EVE of Ascension

T'was the EVE of Ascension and all thru the cluster,
Pilots were waiting with all the patience they could muster.

Injectors were hung on the markets with care,
With hopes that fresh blood with money to spare,
Would soon come by and snap up all the deals,
And provide low/null/wormhole sec with fresh meals.

Eager builders waited in Cranes and Viators,
Others in speedy Prowlers and Prorators,
For Raitaru, Azbel, and Soyuito blueprints to come,
To be built and sold for lots of income.

Oh, t'was the EVE ascension and everyone debated,
If hordes of fresh faces or bitter vets awaited,
The day when EVE could be played without credit,
And if glowing reports of fun would be posted on Reddit.

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