Thursday, 28 February 2013

A Slow Month

Real life has unfortunately prevented me from being in game very much this month so I don't have a lot of fights to write about. However I do have a shiny new set up and hope to be putting it to good use as soon as things die down at work.

I've taken out a TD firetail a few times this month to great success. being a good example, with an optimal range script and the thrasher scrammed I'm able to whittle away at their shields with little threat to my ship. I had a fun afternoon flying a rifter, I managed to get in two fights with other rifters, which I won before being outgunned by a small gang of goons. The first goon ship to land was a dual rep incursus which was unable to hit me at 8,000k but my dps was too low to break the reps, I would like to try the rifter against an Incursus again to see if I would be able to run it's cap low enough to break it's tank. 

Last Friday I went on one of Judge Sarn's famous drunk roams, from what I remember it was good fun and we got in some great kills against some raging noobs, see for details.

The largest part of my Eve time this month has been spent on forums and listening to podcasts. I first heard of through twitter, podcasts have never really interested me, I commute to work and tend to listen to music and read on my commute, however I thought that I would give Zebras a chance as Xander was doing interviews with all the CSM8 candidates who were interested and I'm always curious as to how the candidates will sell themselves. So far, with the exception of Night Beagle all the candidates have done well imho, evcn Xenuria exceeded my expectation of him. Some of them have a stronger platform then others, personally I dislike the "I stand for everyone" platform, it's not possible, in the end you will weigh up the options and decide what is best for the game based on your own personal experiences and biases, not the random guy who evemailed you a diatribe on why suicide ganking should be nerfed. Marc Scaurus is the candidate who I'm likely to be backing as he is the only guy to be standing on a low sec platform and is interested in making low sec as a whole more appealing to players, not just focusing on FW. He interviewed reasonably well, although I didn't get a strong idea of what he thought should be done to improve low sec only that he felt that it should be improved.

When I was a new player I spent about 3-4 months in the uni, I didn't really enjoy it, the corporation was too large for me and I found it overwhelming. I also quickly realised that large fleet fights weren't going to be my thing, and at the time that was the standard Eve Uni fighting style, so I left and became a pirate. However I have always been quite fond of the uni, despite it's flaws, the arrogance and pomposity of some of the members, it does a good job keeping new players in the game and teaching them the basics of Eve. I do spend some time of the Eve Uni forums and offer comments on subjects that I find interesting and think that my perspective might be of use, thus I read Kelduum's post on the 317b being taken away from the Uni. I came away disappointed, it appears beyond doubt now that John was botting, and thus the isk being taken away is the right thing to do afaik, no corporation or individual should be able to profit from botting. And no third party should be able to find out any information about what I've done on my account via CCP, it is private even if they stand to profit from my actions. Greed is a terrible thing and can impair even the most rational person's judgement.

On that note I'm off to play Blink and become space rich from gambling :)


  1. Marc writes an excellent blog btw in case you haven't found it yet!

    I'm sort of torn about who to vote for (well put on the top of my list now I guess).

    Mynnna is my natural choice, he's very knowledgeable and lowsec/0.0 industry has been one of my major gripes with EVE for a loooonnnnggggg time. But Marc flirts with my sympathy vote as a lowsec exile, and Mangala Solaris also announced he's running and he has a really good understanding of how to *create emergent content* for average players.

    Choices, choices...

  2. I've seen it and should have linked it in the post. I like Mynnna but there is no point in me voting for him as his focus is null, and he will get in anyway. It interests me that very few of the candidates even mention low in their campaigns,whether this is because it is deemed insignificant, fixed by FW or completely unfixable i'm not sure.

    1. Mostly because only a very small % of players actually *live* in lowsec as there main EVE thing I suspect. And most of those are small minority group amongst PvP'ers.

      Not that many votes to be gathered, I voted Alekseyev last time because at least a merc had some overlap with piwats (I consciously didn't vote for the FW candidate).