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As you may have noticed if you’ve tried to get to my blog, you’re now being redirected to my blogs’ new location. I’ve been wanting to buy a domain for this blog for around a year now and since I have money to spare, I thought that I should finally get around to it.

This post is mainly an information post to inform all of my readers that you’ll need to change your RSS, bookmark, etc. links to the links for the new blog. Of course, my old blog links will re-direct to the new ones but simply for convenience, it’ll be easier and quicker to link to my new blog URL.

While I had some troubles yesterday with broken links and whatnot, all links should still be working. So, if anyone has linked to anywhere in my  blog (at its old location), that link will now redirect to the new location of that post.
There are still some things that I need to fix such as re-doing the blogroll so it links to all of the blogs that my old blogroll did but that’ll definitely be finished by the end of the day.

I’m going to be mirroring this blog post on my old blog so as to get the message out to my RSS feed readers too.

Sorry if this post seems a bit muddled, I’m not too good at writing a blog post when I’ve just woken up. 😦

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As you may already be able to tell, I haven’t been playing EVE as much as I originally intended to over the past couple weeks. Unfortunately that was mostly my fault as I, rather foolishly, decided to re-activate my EVE Online account during the last few weeks of the college term. And as a result of that I was way too busy finishing off college work to get into EVE even for a little while. What little time I did have, I spent playing Spore (which I bought only recently).
Luckily though, my Christmas holidays have now started so I’m going to be gifted with hours upon hours of free time.

During the one or two times I was actually able to get into EVE, I didn’t really get anything constructive done (on my part anyway). I got quite a bit done for Heather though, on the other hand.

After making my way to Duripant, where she ended up starting, I bought myself a few EP-S Gaussian I Excavation Pulse mining lasers and fitted them to my old Pirating Brutix as that was the only ship I took there.

Blasphemy, right?

Blasphemy, right?

Surprisingly, after about half an hour of mining we got just over 9000m3, so I decided to stop there as that was roughly the capacity of the Iteron Mk I I bought. I wish I’d known how good a Brutix can be at mining back when I’d started out, I would be a lot richer than I am at the moment. I’m sure that there’s countless weeks of Brutix mining I could have done while waiting for my Mining Barge skills to train. I could be quite a rich man, as opposed to my 5ish mil right now.

That little bit of mining got us a hefty (newbie-wise) 330,000ish ISK, which I split 50/50 with Heather to go towards buying her first frigate. I did try to convince her that I didn’t need the money but she insisted that I took at least half since I did most of the mining.
While I will admit I was enjoying the somewhat relaxing mining, I was itching for someone to try and steal our ore so I could lock the bastard and stop him in his tracks. Maybe do a bit of ransoming while I was at it. Ah well, maybe another time.

I’m going to try and see if Heather will write a blog post about her experience on her EVE trial but we’ll see. I’m interested in how she felt about EVE Online itself and her time spent learning how to play.
Time to see if I can figure out the Authors & Users section of the WordPress Dashboard.

Fly safe y’all.

Firstly, I want to apologise for not posting for almost two weeks. Those of you that follow me on Twitter will know that I’ve been extremely busy trying to get into a graphic design course at a college in my area (well, as much as a 40 minute bus ride away is my area). That, coupled with seeing my girlfriend every Wednesday and every weekend (not that I’m complaining, of course), means that I’ve had no time at all for EVE over the last week and a half. But now that I’ve been offered a place in the course, there’s no more rushing around so I’m nowhere near as busy anymore. And we all now what that means… more EVE play time!

So, onto my current EVE activities. After moving from Paye to Warouh (which was my new corporation’s HQ), we’ve moved yet again from Warouh to a new location that I’m not sure I’m able to disclose. I’ll have to check with my corp leaders as we were under instructions not to tell anyone where we moved to, I’m not even sure why. All I’m going to say is that going from an elegant, golden Amarr station, to a station that looks like brown box with tubes coming out of it is quite disappointing. Although, that said, it is a rather impressive box.

Apart from that nothing much has been going on. I haven’t yet had the chance to get the new EVE Online: Empyrean Age book, but I’m really tempted to get it. I should really finish World War Z first though, which by the way is a great book if you’re into zombies and the like. The problem with me and books is that I can only read one at a time, and I usually forget completely about the previous one.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted some EVE screenshots. I think I’m becoming (or have already become) a screenshot junkie. The first thing I thought when entering my new home system was, “My Myrmidon looks great in this system’s lighting!”

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It’s getting late. So time for me to get into my nice, comfy bed.
Fly safe, boys and girls.

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Yes, you read that right, I’ve just this minute cancelled my EVE Online subscription. And no I haven’t given up on EVE completely, it’s just that now that I have finished my course and left college, I’m now officially not a student and am now just unemployed (until I re-apply for another course, that is). This means that I have very little money to pay for both my EVE subscription and any bus/train fares.

Don’t worry, I’ll still be posting here for the forseeable future. It’s just that the majority of posts won’t be about EVE Online. I’m sorry if this disappoints anyone, but by all means stay subscribed and keep reading. Otherwise, how are you going to tell when I’ve started writing about EVE again? 😉

Fly safe, lads and ladies.

So, here I am. Back from my month or so of only going online at my girlfriend’s house for about 10 or so minutes a week, and all settled in my new home. I originally intended to only be gone for about a week but unfortunately we couldn’t get into the new house as soon as we moved. After having moved in, I had to wait for the phone line to be activated and then for Demon to get us connected to the internet. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that easy and we had problems with the router and the phone line sockets in the house; and so only managed to get connected a couple days ago.
As a result of all this, I haven’t really been able to keep up with as much EVE related news as I promised I would as unfortunately time and my lack of internet didn’t permit it.

I’ve only really managed to get into EVE once over the past couple days and that was largely uneventful. It seems that something strange might have happened in the month I’ve been gone. Whereas my home system (Tasti) used to have somewhere between 5 and 10 PvPers roaming around, now everyone coming in seems to only be passing through or logging off in one of the systems stations.
I had to go two jumps away to the fringes of empire space to find any significant groups of people and even then, they were mostly in stations.

While I was there, I decided to go into 0.0 (first time in 0.0 on my own) to take a quick look at whether there was anything going on there. Unfortunately, like low sec, there was absolutely nothing going on. So, I thought I’d go and check out the rats (NPC Pirates) that hang out in 0.0. Having a strangely high amount of faith in my Myrmidon that has never had it’s fitting tested on anything other than a battlecruiser rat, I set off to see how my lovely little (well it’s not really that little at all) ship would fare against battleship rats.

Just in case I found myself suddenly in the hands of actual player pirates, I kept an eye out while I picked an asteroid belt to warp to. After a random click in the list, I warped off and found myself in an asteroid belt with two battleships and two battlecruisers (all rats) and with only 13km separating us. Realising I didn’t have much time to think of a plan, I locked onto the nearest battleship, released my drones and set my afterburner going do I could close the distance. Unfortunately for me, I hadn’t taken into account that I’d also have the other ships firing at me as I made my way towards them and I quickly started to lose my shields. About 20 seconds later, I started losing my armour and even with both armour reps running, I only just managed to keep my armour going down.
What I didn’t realise was that I was losing capacitor energy very quickly and my cap booster, while helping a little, wasn’t helping enough and I had to make a decision. Either I warp out of there and get back to the nearest repair station, or I stick around and try to destroy at least one of the ships.

Of course, I decided somewhat foolishly to stick around. I didn’t realise the full extent of the stupidity of this choice until seconds later when I realised that my capacitor was down to about one fifth of it’s full capacity and I’d run our of cap booster charges. By the time I realised this, had just about lost all of my armour and I had missiles shooting huge chunks off of my structure. This was when I decided to turn back, and warp away with my tail between my legs.

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As I was sitting there, waiting for my warp drive to kick in, I was sure I would be leaving in a pod. My structure was at 85% when I clicked warp and it was very quickly diminishing. For every rocket that hit, I was losing 10 to 20% of my structure. It wasn’t until my structure hit 10% that my warp drives kicked in and I was safely (well as safe as you can be in 0.0) on my way to the stargate. Unfortunately I couldn’t get out of the system as quickly as I’d liked as I didn’t have enough capacitor to make the whole jump but at least I was safe from the moment I left the asteroid belt.
The trip back was mostly uneventful, I just spent the three jump trip repairing my armour as I gradually got enough capacitor to sustain my armour reps and warp drive.

That was the last thing to happen to me of any interest today. I ferried some items across the galaxy for my younger brother as I wrote this entry but 23 jump-long trips in an Iteron Mk V are hardly interesting on the best of days so you’ll have to make do with screenshots until my next post.

Fly safe.

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