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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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It’s been a while since I’ve done a ‘month in review’ post, but since I’ve missed out on a lot of months to review, I thought I’d start again. So, onto the actual post.

Site View Count:

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Articulated Sky has had a bit of a sporadic view count over the last month. Ranging between a high (although not an all-time high) of 161 views and a low of 27. That said, I had an average view count of 40-50 per day. I didn’t think was much of an improvement on last month, but it seems that I was wrong as this month saw me achieve the second highest view count out of the 11 months this blog has been active with the highest being December 2007.

Patch Day:

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As expected, the big Empyrean Age release gave me quite a large increase in page views for a good few days, increasing my pageview to 161 views the first day, then decreasing by about 30-40 on average for a couple days until it got back to my average.
While it always means that I can’t play EVE, I love extended downtimes as it means that people will be searching for EVE Online blogs to satisfy their EVE addictions.

Rest of the month:

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Later on in the month, I had three medium to large spikes in amount of views but I can’t seem to spot what caused these. It’s possible that during these days there was a small un-scheduled downtime and people were trying to find out why, but I’m unsure.

Now onto my general statistics.

Statistics:

Top 10 Posts:

New EVE Ship Purchase: Myrmidon 151 views
Mass panic grips New Eden 123 views
PvP Setup, Guides, & Apps 113 views
EVE Tutorial Play-Through 67 views
EVE Online Graphics Creation 62 views
Singularity… Testing… Testing… – Empyrean Age 57 views
Minmatar Armada in Yulai?! 56 views
Drone Bandwidth & Looking For A Change in Scenery 52 views
Getting closer to war… 51 views
EVE Linkage 51 views

Top 5 Refferers:

Top 5 Search Terms:

  • eve tutorial
  • eve myrmidon
  • eve ships
  • buy eve ships
  • yulai

Top 5 Clicks:

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After only just under a week of being away from EVE, I’m back. And it’s all thanks to Jon from the VanHemlock podcast. While I was rocking out to some Rage Against the Machine on Guitar Hero III, a message popped up on Xbox Live from someone called Senyek (Jon) offering me a 100 day EVE time card. Of course I graciously accepted and input the code Jon sent afterwards. So, for the next 100 days (at the very least) you’ve got more EVE related posts to look forward to. As opposed to the very minimum amount I would have been posting after I cancelled my account.

In other MMO news, I’ve recently been getting urges to start playing World of Warcraft again after three or so years of having EVE as my only MMO. To somewhat stop my urges for the time being and see if I really wanted to play WoW again, I downloaded the trial version earlier today. And I’m happy to say, i found it incredibly boring. Although, there’s a small part of me that wants to play with my old character to see if it’s as boring with my old spells/items/etc. But unfortunately, I don’t have the money; and even if I did EVE would take priority.

I seem to be in a bit of an MMO frenzy. The moment I was forced to cancel my EVE subscription, I had slight urges to try a whole host of other MMO’s. Age of Conan, for example, I am quite interested in playing but unfortunately they don’t seem to have a trial available and I don’t really feel like forking out around £25 just to try out a game I may not like. I guess that only serves to highlight the need for MMO developers to make a trial version available. Although, that said, AoC is the only one I know of that doesn’t have the ability to make a trial account. Let me know if there are any more, I’m curious as to how many MMO’s don’t make trial versions available.

And finally, once again big thanks to Jon from the VanHemlock podcast for giving me the 100 day EVE time card.

So, that’s all for today. Wow I said MMO a lot, didn’t I? Fly safe, people.

One of the many things that I love (and now miss) about EVE Online is the simply amazing trailers that are released upon the release of a new expansion. Earlier today, CCP posted the newest trailer on the EVE site and it goes a little something like this.


720p Version and 1080p version

CCP, I love you, your trailers and everything but why did you have to release an amazing new trailer the day after I had to cancel my account?!

I know what you’re thinking, I never said I’d stop posting about EVE. 😉

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It seems that a hell of a lot has been happening in the world of EVE Online while I was out today. Over the last 12 hours, there has been over fifty news articles posted to the downtime news page. There are just so many events (and possibly more coming), there’s no way I can link to and talk about them all individually. So below is a timeline of sorts of the many events with the newest story at the top. I’ll keep an eye on the downtime news page and update the timeline as news events are posted.

  • 9:07 EGT (EVE Game Time) – BREAKING NEWS: Minmatar-Thukker Fleet Reappears in Yulai – Stargates Shut Down
    Mysterious Minmatar-Thukker armada re-appears, seems to be at least twice as big as before. CONCORD shuts down all gates leading into Yulai
  • 9:38 EGT – Eyewitness reports from inside Yulai
    Reports are filtering in to various news networks from eyewitnesses on the scene, who are now trapped inside the system of Yulai.
  • 10:08 EGT – Mass panic in Yulai
    Mass Panic has taken hold in Yulai and waves of civilian ships have been spotted leaving stations in a bid to escape Yulai, ignoring CONCORD intructions to stay clear of the locked down stargates.
  • 10:13 EGTCONCORD BUREAU STATION UNDER ATTACK
    Dozens of Dreadnaughts from the Minmatar-Thukker fleet open fire on the CONCORD Bureau Station while smaller escort warships open fire on CONCORD vessels. Eye witnesses report massive casualties on both sides before transmissions are jammed.
  • 10:58 EGT – First images of battle in Yulai
    Scope News manages to wire a compressed packet from Yulai through an independent local transmitter. Images are distorted but explosions can be seen ripping through the CONCORD Station. CONCORD reinforcements arrive at the fight with every passing minute.
  • 11:10 EGT – Major CONCORD network outage reported; Yulai connections reopen
    CONCORD’s cluster-wide data network suffers a severe and unprecedented outage. Communications to Yulai re-established. Small engagements break out in the system between civilian ships and local law enforcement but CONCORD assistance is nowhere to be seen.
  • 11:15 EGT – Servant Sisters of Eve urge calm
    Sister Elaya Selnaarei urges the the cluster not to panic amidst the pandemonium in Yulai.
  • 11:18 EGT – BREAKING NEWS: CONCORD BUREAU STATION DESTROYED – CONCORD DISABLED
    Scope News confirms that the CONCORD Bureau Station has been destroyed and that all rapid defence capabilities of the police agency have been disabled.
  • 11:45 EGT – Scope data recorder salvaged, images recovered
    An independant pilot finds the wreckage of Scope’s on-site media shuttle and salvages the data recorder. Images are found that show the horrific battle between CONCORD and the Minmatar-Thukker fleet unfolding.
  • 11:50 EGT – Markets crash across the cluster
    SCC-run markets in stations across the cluster come to a grinding halt following the destruction of CONCORD Headquarters.
  • 11:53 EGT – Trade hub turning into a warzone
    With CONCORD out of commission the Jita is struck hard by pirates trying to take advantage of the lack of defence for all traders now leaving the biggest trade hub in EVE.
  • 12:01 EGT – Majority of CONCORD Assembly delegates accounted for
    After a frantic search of the Yulai system following the sudden and devastating assault from the combined Minmatar-Thukker fleet, multiple evacuation shuttles are secured by search and rescue teams.
  • 12:17 EGT – REPORT: Minmatar-Thukker Armada Invades Ammatar Mandate
    Minmatar-Thukker warships engage and destroy several Ammatar Fleet patrols in Jarizza, a system in the Derelik Region. The unprovoked attack appears to have completely caught the Ammatar Fleet by surprise.
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