Passion

*Non-EVE Post*

A mate of mine asked about my plans over the next couple of weeks. I said I needed to try and fit in another Duck Hunt before the season ends, and that I had only gotten out twice this year. He said that was a pity, as he knew it was one of my passions in life.

I’d forgotten that it was.

I loved getting out into the country side hunting and fishing, but now it is something I can barely squeeze into my schedule. I was passionate about the modified car scene for years, but now I don’t even glance sideways at the note of a nice exhaust. I used to be an avid reader, but I looked at a decade old photo of my study the other day and realised my pile of books to read haven’t shifted in all that time. Photography, Role Playing Games, I’ve even been contemplating giving up EVE as I just can’t find the time to do anything worthwhile in it.

How did that happen?

I continually put effort into the relationship I have with my wife. I’m a reasonable father to a pair of somewhat difficult kids. I do more than my fair share around the house. I have become a better person than what I was 20 years ago. Why has the price of that turned out to be the things I was passionate about?

I guess the obvious answer is to be passionate about my wife and kids. I love them dearly, but frankly if I said to my wife I was going to be more passionate in our relationship her response would be “no you’re not”. The kids would also be most put out if I asked them to put aside their screens to spend more quality time with me. I guess I could turn into one of those obsessive compulsive house cleaners. My wife might agree with that option.

Alternatively maybe I should just stop chatting to my mate.

Scooped

I played around with probing using the new map the other week.  It looks nice and works reasonably well in window mode on a large resolution screen.  It was good to be able to see what was going on around you in space while scanning.  I did not like how it kept zooming out whenever I double clicked on a item to centre the map.  I haven’t checked if that behaviour has changed since.

One of the hits was a combat site whose initial rooms were all empty.  I ran through them to check if there was some trigger object left in the final room which needed to be popped to allow it to de-spawn.  To my surprise I found the faction spawn which netted me 55M ISK.  I presume a newer player had run the site but not been able to clear the final room.

Another of the sites I found during my testing was a Wormhole to Thera, which is the first one I have come across.  Nice that they are labelled that way.  I didn’t visit however as I had expensive implants in.

Finally today I pulled down my POS, which was relatively painless.  I have a few BPO which still need research, but I can just use NPC stations for that.  I am going 3 or 4 days between logging in at the moment, and am unlikely to have noticed if anyone had declared war on the alliance.  It will be the primary issue with the new structures as well – I just can’t log in regularly at the moment.

If just to reinforce how little spare time I have for myself, I just noticed my backlog of EVE blog posts to read is just about to reach 1,700.  I am just going to have to delete everything older than 3 months.

My home is my Citadel

CCP has released a little more information on their new structure direction.

http://community.eveonline.com/news/dev-blogs/shake-my-citadel/

The first ones they are working on are Citadel class structures, which are Market and Office Hubs. The choice sounds a little strange at first, but their focus is on asset safety, protection, and a feeling of home. They are fortified bunkers equipped with weapons.

Within the Citadel group, they will begin with Medium (Solo / small groups) and Large (Corporation / Small alliances) versions first. They suggest what sort of armaments will be able to be fitted, and remark on what will be useable in Hi-Sec, and what won’t.

It is certainly an interesting concept, and I am guardedly enthused.

Coats

I was disappointed to see how expensive the permanent ship skins are. While I loved the back story CCP used to introduce their latest iteration, in game they are completely cosmetic with no impact, and barely anyone will be zoomed in close enough to notice them. I would have hoped you could get 5 to 10 for a PLEX, not 1 or 2.

Regardless – I still support CCP’s endeavors, so when I purchased some PLEX to be donated to PLEX for Good, I grabbed some extra AUR as well.

In hindsight, while there might be 100 skins to choose from, they were mostly for hulls I never use (T1). I ended up with an Exequror and an Orca skin. That was my small effort to encourage CCP to continue with their skinning path.

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I’ve upgraded to Dual 4K screens, and am now running my EVE clients in 3000×1800 windows. It looks glorious. It is a nice upgrade for EFT as well, being able to have so many ships open at the same time.

I was updating my overview to make use of the extra space and warped a Noctis into an Asteroid belt so that I could quickly lock up 10 targets, just to check their position on screen. I soon realised I was not alone – with two Drifter Battleships floating around near me. I hastily warped out – landing on the station to find a bunch of Circadian Seeker wrecks. Cool CPP, cool.

I grabbed one of the Entosis Link BPO’s, and am researching it at the moment. I hadn’t realised it in effect projects yourself into a structure. That kind of explains why you can’t just disrupt the connection.

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A full sized screen capture of the new EVE client resolution I am now working with.  I’ve been staring more at my ships of late.

Cerebral

CCP Manifest rebuilt a 2014 EVE Fanfest talk (apparently in his own time) into one of the more cerebral EVE YouTube videos I’ve watched. It talks about how Players talk about New Eden. (Yes – that is what I meant to say.)

The 40 minute clip does a reasonable job of defining what EVE is (yes, it takes 40 minutes), and I expect most EVE players will relate to its contents. Having said that, I also suspect it would probably confuse non-EVE players.

You can view it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NcRBgQm1J4

There was a great number of blog post topics sprinkled throughout – most of which I will not find the time to explore.

There was a remark that it was a good environment to test you assumptions in the study of humanity.

As I have mentioned before, one of the things I find interesting about playing EVE – even from my quiet Hermit ways corner, is being able to observe how people behave in and around the game. I have an amateur psychology theory that Political Correctness is a relatively thin veneer on society, held in place by peer pressure. I had long thought I would get to see how that played out in EVE – where participants are only loosely shackled by society’s expectations, have a level of anonymity, and operate in a hide or kill or be killed environment. After years of watching I came to the conclusion that EVE was not a good study of humanity. Quite frankly, overall people were too nice. People don’t need an artificial anonymous game world to feel free to voice their true opinions, show their true colors – they just use Facebook.

There was another remark that playing EVE is like a game of Russian Roulette – where you try to maximise the number of empty chambers in a gun, but at some point you are going to undock and die.

There was a quote that could have been directed at this blog – “Trapped in a myth that anyone can truly win by flying solo.” While two of the best known players in EVE effectively fly solo (Chribba & Gevlon), I suspect few would think you can have any true power in EVE by just playing the game by yourself. It is probably a myth that people would think that way. I just think it is better to play Solo than to not play at all.

There were plenty of other notes I’ve made, but I’ll finish on this little gem – “playing EVE is real science fiction.”

If you are in the right mood, it is definitely an interesting and worthwhile watch.

Mosaic Sov

Reading through the patch notes for Mosaic

http://community.eveonline.com/news/patch-notes/patch-notes-for-mosaic

Noticed this:

. The rate at which mining accumulates Sovereignty Industrial Index points has been greatly increased
. The rate at which killing NPCs accumulates Sovereignty Military Index points has been greatly increased

That might change the calculations on how many carebears you need in your space when Fozziesov arrives.

Edit… and THIS

. New Map: Probing – added double click on probe result to focus map.

Bend over

EVE News24 published a two part story on the Brave Alliance Coup attempt and their expulsion from Catch.

http://evenews24.com/2015/04/19/a-brave-story-part-i-kingdom-come/
http://evenews24.com/2015/04/22/a-brave-story-the-king-the-broker-and-the-one-good-man-2/

I don’t know if it is 10% or 90% accurate, but it is a great read. How many other games out there are able to generate stories like that?

I’ve seen a number of BRAVE members be disparaging about their capitulation to PL in Catch. I am not sure why they were feeling like that.

BRAVE is an Alliance filled with low SP, low wealth new players. PL is made up of high SP, wealthy and accomplished old players. PL comprehensively outweighed and outclassed BRAVE.

PL did not however just steamroll BRAVE, they did something worse. They in effect gave them an ultimatum. “Make yourselves available for a complete rodgering any time we feel like it. Don’t just bend over – make sure you make each romantic encounter titillating for us. Otherwise we kick you out of Catch.”

BRAVE consented – I presume in the name of content for their pilots, but that sort of relationship is simply not healthy.

I was surprised that PL kept at them for long. It no longer seemed like it was “just for fun”, and had crossed over into either purposeful or sadistic. I think it was impressive that BRAVE put up with it for so long. Many other Alliances would have collapsed well before.

Respect goes to BRAVE, although not to their opponents.