Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Crius Industry - Setting Up Jobs So Nice

So this morning I got my new load of minerals to the station and set out to install my component jobs.

It was so easy to set up the jobs in a fraction of the time and clicks it used to take me. I was so pleased. You can tell they spent a lot of time thinking about the industry interface and its a stark contrast to the fucked up piece of shit that the Team interface is. (Excuse my french... as a GUI developer it pisses me off)

For my station in low sec it looks to cost about 5-6 million ISK for the factory rental costs for the components, and another 8 million ISK for the Archon factory rental cost. Nothing too disturbing. So far my margins are looking just fine which also please me and means I can continue my operation.

Although I'm losing a large number of cyno ships lately. Sigh.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Questionable Origin

Over at the Stabbed Up blog the author, Stabs, makes a serious accusation:

Well that looks familiar...
A few days ago I posted a summary of a battle I was in on Reddit.
Yesterday a rewritten version appeared uncredited on TMC.

A snarky comment, that I appear to have written my first TMC article, was censored.
Ho hum.
Since TheMitanni.com purports to be a serious video game news site, I felt it was worth looking into this article of questionable origin to see if Stabs had a case or if he was suffering from delusions of grandeur.

I went to the reddit post and the article in question and copied the text to Notepad++ to compare them side by side. A read-through of both at once revealed some startling similarities. While I realize that two reports of the same battle will describe the same events in the same order, I was struck by the similar beats of the texts and the order of subjects in the sentences.

Take a look, Stab's post on the left and the article on the right:
Click for full size.
I highlighted the paragraphs that describe the same events. Notice that in the majority of them the events are described in different words but the same way. It has the appearance that someone took the reddit post and fleshed it out with a few changes, more words, and a few extra sections on the countering of fleet doctrines.

It could be coincidence because after all the events in a battle are fixed and there are only so many ways to describe such a sequence of events. But my gut reaction as a long time writer of this blog, writer for EON Magazine, and writer/editor for the old EVE Tribune website is that this is at best a case of the TMC article writer being heavily inspired by the reddit post by Stabs, and at worst an unattributed steal of the framework for the article.

My recommendation to the editors at TMC is that they review this case themselves and implement policy's to discourage heavy borrowing of other people's work without attribution or permission. EDIT: If they have not done so already, which they probably have to be fair.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Crius Changes - First Hiccup

I was travelling all weekend so when I got back Sunday I loaded up EVE and checked on my industry jobs, delivered my Capital Drone Bays and an Archon, put the ship up for sale and tried to build a new one.

Uh oh.


Apparently I need one more component of everything except Capital Computers, Sensors, and Shields.

Plugging all the new numbers in the spreadsheet of doom and I see my base mineral cost has increased by about 10%, and that has not taken into account the factory costs, which for the archon itself is 8.7 million once I get my missing components.

Honestly? So far, not feeling the big pinch despite not making use of any POS or teams. Once I get my new mineral load, I'll evaluate the component manufacturing costs and add it all together.

Speaking of teams, looks like all the decent capital manufacturing teams are getting hired in null sec for 20-75 million a pop right now. Its going to be next to impossible to get on to Iges, but I'll keep trying.

More updates to come.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Direction

After the rousing fun of being part of a pair of triage carriers in Bring Me The Head of Kirith Kodachi 3 last month, I made a couple decisions.

First, I wanted to train up Tactical Logistics Reconfiguration V so I could fit the Triage Module II for even better repping goodness.

Then, I decided it was time to break from my long held Caldari Only tradition for capital ships:

Training Gallente Carrier skill to unlock the Thanatos, my next big purchase. I also need Capital Armour Repair Systems skill trained up so those both will take a while. After that, Gallente Dreadnought and Capital Hybrid weapons.

Perhaps BMTHOKK4 will need a new poster...

Don't worry about my old faithful Chimera, the good ship Ninveah. It will find service with my alt who is skilled up for Caldari carrier as well.

Development 101

One of the most important things in any complex application is enabling the user to find things that are relevant and important to them. Its development 101.

I was playing with the industrial changes and explored the teams interface. I figured out the difference between teams already at work and teams up for auction, saw how to bid on them (not a fan that you *have* to hit enter after typing a solar system name, but not a big deal), and decided to throw a bid on a team as an experiment.

Note: not pleased the bid had to come out of my alt's personal wallet instead of a corporate wallet, but again not a big deal.

I log off and logged back on the next day and decided to check out that bid I made.

And I would if I can find it. 

I don't know if the auction finished and I was outbid or if its still running. I simply cannot find it as I did not explicitly write down the team name as I made the bid. That's crap, CCP, that is unacceptable. It should be simple as a check box to see the teams I've made a bid on, or at least that have a bid from my system / a specified system. This is a big deal.

Seriously, can you tell which one I've bid on?
The interface knows my bids because if I hover over the right one in the auction column it tells me my bid amount! It should be obvious at a glance which one it is, and ideally if my system I bid for is the current winning bid or not.

(And no, I do not think this is a good spot for the API and a third party developer to step in. This is a good spot for CCP to develop a new feature properly. Their QA department should have caught this.)

On a positive note, I'm pleased with how many active teams there are and how easy it is to browse for the ones that impact a certain blueprint. Still need time to tell how feasible it is to get a team I want though.

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In other news, the first of two pre-Crius Archon builds comes out in two days, so after I get back from a long weekend family trip I'll evaluate what changes to my Archon build there will be. Look for that post Monday.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Selling My Soul, Piece by Piece

Fighting a Doom Cold inflicted upon me by my spawn, coupled with a crazy work schedule, has me lacking energy for a deep and meaningful post.


So you get this instead.

I last played any type of Warhammer 40K game two weeks before the twins were born, over 6 years ago. This year I finally resolved to sell my massive collection of models and this past few weeks I finally got the gumption to go into the dark corner of the crawlspace and pull some cases out. After futzing with the camera and slowly recalling how to take decent pictures of models, I started posting auctions on Ebay.

You know, when I decided to start doing this, I thought it would be easy. I thought the nostalgia had been sweated out after not touching the stuff for 6 years. But once a Warhammer addict, always a Warhammer addict.

Each auction I created was accompanied by a series of memories of how that squad or that character performed heroically in one battle or another. Each model lovingly converted and painted, cared for and repaired when the inevitable accident happens. And now... its gone, someone else's property.

I feel like I'm selling a forgotten part of my soul, piece by piece.

I started with my Chaos marine army, my second Warhammer army. I feel I might slip into depression when I break open the Eldar cases. Some of those Eldar models I've had for over 25 years.

To be fair, I'm keeping a handful of models that I'm particularly fond of. I won't be soulless when this is all done.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Fear and Loathing in Los Crius


Over at The Nosy Gamer blog the author was talking about how he was going to stick it out in Low Sec with his industrial adventures despite the upcoming changes in Crius expansion tomorrow:
I seriously considered moving back to high sec. Quite frankly, with the changes coming tomorrow, staying in low sec is pretty stupid. But a low sec base is more convenient for my faction ammunition business. Most of the cost of that is the time I take acquiring loyalty points, not manufacturing.

With all of the tears flowing from high sec, I figure I'll do something really stupid. That's right, I'm going to double-down on low. Can a casual industrialist not only survive, but thrive, in low sec operating against the high sec industrialists and all of the advantages they'll enjoy once Crius goes live. The only way to really know is to try, right?
I admit I have not delved seriously into the Crius changes on Sisi prefering to simply evaluate them once they hit Tranquility and how they will impact my casual capital building enterprise. So I commented:
I'm with you Noisy! I'm going to continue to operate my small cap building venture in low sec and we'll see how much things change for me.

Casual Low Sec Producers Unite!
To which a commenter self-identifying as the infamous Dinsdale responded:
Umm...you might want to get onto Singularity and have a good hard look at your "small cap building venture".
I am on Sisi, right now, with my Archon BPO, looking at all the combinations and permutations, and calculating the disastrous changes to the "casual low sec producer".

I used to build Archons, Thannies, and Moros in Carrou, one jump from high sec. It will be utterly impossible to compete with the big boys starting tomorrow. The wastage on a 1 run job is insurmountable compared to a 3 run job, and that is BEFORE the use of the teams, which will be used by null sec, not low sec.
And BTW, high sec is even more screwed than anyone else, regardless of what Noisy thinks.
regards,
Dinsdale
Am I worried? Yeah, I have concerns and I will be documenting here how much hit my margins take after tomorrow. So on Crius Eve, let's record the numbers of the old way of doing things.

The main cost for me right now is raw materials. Here is my chart of mineral requirements:
Click for full size.
Crius is going to change those numbers, probably upwards. The second change of Crius is that the charge for using factories will probably no longer be insignificant digits compared to the materials.

Stay tuned.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Visit To War Museum In Ottawa

With the popularity of World of Tanks and World of Warplanes around the house these days, we decided to take a quick trip into Ottawa to visit the War Museum. There we went right away to the Lebreton Gallery and checked out all the tanks and other military hardware.
Panzer II

Sherman

My favourite, Panzer V Panther

Um, forget.




Who's that handsome devil?

Rare sighting of Mrs Kodachi!




The M3 Sherman is Twin B's favourite tank.

I got a picture with my favourite in the gallery, the Panther. No Tigers sadly.

Rookie tank found!

A tankette!
This was only a sampling of the tanks there, there was at least 10 more that I didn't get pictures of, as well as a host of other vehicles and equipment. Definitely worth the trip.

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