Out and About

This was the ship I was flying for 5 sessions over 3 days.

[Malediction, Run]
Pseudoelectron Containment Field I
Nanofiber Internal Structure II
‘Halcyon’ Core Equalizer I
‘Halcyon’ Core Equalizer I

Limited 1MN Microwarpdrive I
1MN Afterburner II
[empty med slot]

Prototype Cloaking Device I
Core Probe Launcher II, Sisters Core Scanner Probe
[empty high slot]

Small Hyperspatial Velocity Optimizer II
Small Hyperspatial Velocity Optimizer II

I could possibly call it a Rixx special.

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I decided I’d visit every system in the Domain region – for no particular reason other than I felt like it.

While far from scientific, I noticed around 37 systems with those unidentified structures, and 4 with the unidentified wormholes.

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Those drifters don’t do things by halves – the structures on the wormholes were huge.

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I saw lots of Circadian Seekers out and about on gates. I didn’t hang around long enough to see if they would open fire. I presume if they were routinely doing that I would have heard people complaining. I didn’t see any of the Drifter battleships. (And yes I did have them on overview.)

The nibble little Malediction was ideal for this task, and was through the low sec systems before anyone inclined could do much about it.

Even though I have spent a lot of time in and around Domain, there were a hell of a lot of systems I’d never flown through before.  It was interesting getting a better feel for the place.

Last of all I got to sit in my new Shuttle. I used it to ferry BPO between my POS and the Station.

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Pacifist be damned

Now that they have de-cloaked, I went looking for one of those unidentified structures to grab a screen capture or two. There were four of those Circadian Seekers milling about, so I watched those for a couple of minutes before approaching the structure.

Now I must admit I am rather busy at the moment and have not been fully paying attention to all things EVE, but I thought those Circadian things were only hostile if you attacked them?

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Just as I reached the tower one of them locked and fired on me.

I was in an unarmed interceptor configured to be a very quick shuttle, so had to warp away.

This game is turning a little strange… which is frankly a good thing.

(Oh – I noticed I was sitting in a +3 clone for the last few months. I must have been moving clones around and forgotten to get back into my +5 Hi-Sec training clone. Annoying.)

Short Update

I’ve continued to tinker around with the T3 Confessor. I find the EHP buffer with an active tank is a little low. I have to pay more attention to incoming DPS than I had to with the Retribution, and once or twice as I bounced off an object needed to resort to overheating the repairer. It hasn’t completely won me over, but it is close.

I purchased one of the recently released Minmatar Tactical Destroyers, the Svipul (silly name). Their prices seemed to quickly settle at reasonable levels. I haven’t been able to work out a PVE fit yet worth trying against the Confessor, so I haven’t collected or fitted it out yet.

My BPO research is moving along. I refueled the POS again the other day. I might have to run it for a few more months. I’m not entirely sure.

I’ve put in my votes for CSM X. The volume of candidates and what was written about them was mind-numbing. I resorted to reading the summaries done by the bloggers I like, and then the summaries by those I don’t particularly like. Funny how my end selection tended to be hard working but fairly safe / don’t rock the boat, inclusive candidates – Sugar Kyle, Mike Azariah, Corbexx, Steve Ronuken and Bam Stroker.

I’ve already put my 20 Council Diplomatic Shuttles on to cook. I’m looking forward to flying around in them.

Last of all, my Main Alt’s training has continued to tick over, slowing increasing the number of ships he has skill mastery of. It was nice to see the Gallente Command Ships hit V.

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Slipping behind

Sorry, I am struggling to keep up with my blogging at the moment.  Still waiting on RL to slow down a little.

Just quick one today – CCP are giving us Council Diplomatic Shuttles on Feb 25th in acknowledgement of CSM X.

http://community.eveonline.com/news/dev-blogs/in-celebration-of-csm-x/

That is the type of free gift I actually really appreciated.

I also like this idea.  During EVE Fanfest the Tranquillity Alliance Tournament winners will battle it out with Tournament winners from Serenity.  The winners will get a free ship (Victorieux Luxury Yacht) handed out to everyone on their server logged in at the right time.  The losing server will never see the ship introduced.

http://community.eveonline.com/news/dev-blogs/fanfest-2015-worlds-collide/

The Taimat release is also now here.  There didn’t really seem to be anything in it worth discussing from a Hermit point of view, although I like the introduction of the Drifters.

 

Clash and Boom – not about the ISK

Since getting my iPad I have been playing Clash of Clans and Boom Beach. I tend to like games that involve building defensive home bases and managing limited resources, so I am finding them enjoyable enough. My 9 year old son is particularly pleased and has been discussing the games ad nauseam.

In both games other players have the opportunity to attack your base, and you have the opportunity to attack other players.

I don’t particularly mind when I am attacked – I use the replays to learn what tactics they use and experiment with improving the positioning of my defenses. Funny enough that seems to have resulted in me getting attacked a lot less.

The cost to initiate attacks and replace troops is relatively minor – so it is PVP without the real cost of ISK you have in EVE. In Boom Beach in particular you can’t even do a revenge attack. The first person to defeat my base attacked me a dozen times over a few days until they managed to find a strategy which succeeded – and all I could do was adjust the base and wait for the next attack. In Clash of Clans you generally easily cover your costs in loot, even when you lose.

So, this sort of combat is expected, there is no real cost, no real risk, and no real communication with the other players. I shouldn’t have a problem with this sort of PVP as I do in EVE, but the uncomfortable truth is I still do.

I’m not entirely sure why. I do get a little nervous in attack, but nothing like in EVE. (A number of times now I have dropped bombs on the beach instead of unloading the landing craft in Boom Beach.) The other players don’t really lose much, so it isn’t because of any empathy for them. I am certainly not a pacifist!

I suspect a part of my own issue is with wanting to avoid being embarrassed by failing in an attack. I was also reminded after a recent incident at work that while I am more than willing to stand up for myself, I am not always comfortable with being in conflict. I know both those come out of my social anxieties, so I don’t know how common it is in others.

My iPad is teaching me about my EVE experience.

This is cool

I like how some of these evolving changes to the game are occurring – this looks very interesting:

http://sandciderandspaceships.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/scassss-sleeper-stations-and-drifter.html

 

Edit – interesting and painful..

http://sandciderandspaceships.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/drifter-battleship-nasty.html

 

Another great overview – this time video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTYKYdc55dI

 

Confession

As I remarked, due to how hectic life has been I have gotten out of the habit of playing EVE. I log in regularly and do stuff – but I am not really engaged in the game. For the first time since I started playing 8 years ago, I would probably be ok right now with mothballing my characters and having an extended break. I am not planning to, but it is a strangely liberating thought.

I need something to focus on – but I am not sure yet on what that is going to be.

Today, with a couple rare quiet hours to myself, I made my way to Jita in a shuttle and purchased myself a Confessor. From some angles it looks good, but mostly it kind of reminds me of an unattractive stick insect.

I set about configuring (as you would expect) a Hi-Sec Carebear fit.  I spent 150M on the fitted hull, ending up with a somewhat better version of my PVE Retribution.

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[Confessor, Play 01]
Internal Force Field Array I
Heat Sink II
Heat Sink II
Coreli C-Type Small Armor Repairer
Coreli C-Type Adaptive Nano Plating

Coreli C-Type 1MN Afterburner
Cap Recharger II
Tracking Computer II, Optimal Range Script

Core Probe Launcher II, Sisters Core Scanner Probe
Small Focused Beam Laser II, Imperial Navy Multifrequency S
Small Focused Beam Laser II, Imperial Navy Multifrequency S
Small Focused Beam Laser II, Imperial Navy Multifrequency S
Small Focused Beam Laser II, Imperial Navy Multifrequency S
Small Focused Beam Laser II, Imperial Navy Multifrequency S
Small Focused Beam Laser II, Imperial Navy Multifrequency S

Small Capacitor Control Circuit II
Small Capacitor Control Circuit I
Small Auxiliary Nano Pump II

I just leave it in defence mode, and swap to sharp shooter for rats which are otherwise out of range.  As I remarked, in most ways it is better than the Retribution. I just need to work out what sort of restrictions it has for the various exploration combat sites I would need to use it in.  The jury is out with lots more testing to go, but there is a chance it might join the Phantasm as a permanent addition to my hanger.

* Edit – the updated fitting can be found here: https://evehermit.wordpress.com/2015/07/11/i-confess/