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.
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.
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. 😉
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 EGT – CONCORD 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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I haven’t had the time to get into EVE much over the past couple days so I don’t really have anything remotely interesting to write about. The only thing that has happened to me lately is being on the way back from Jita to Tasti and being blown up by a pirate gate-camping in a Badger MkII. Unluckily for me, I was too busy taking these two screenshots to notice that he was flashing red and that he had targeted me.
Luckily for me, I was only flying in a shuttle (and not my beautiful and valuable Myrmidon) and I had nothing in the cargo bay; and although I was podded, I had no implants (valuable or otherwise). So I didn’t really lose anything of any importance or great value, just 940,000 ISK for the new clone.
Anyway, back to my original point, links. Over the past couple days, I’ve found some great guides, apps and general bits of news that I thought you guys and girls may find useful or interesting. A couple, I’ve posted before but I thought I’d post them again in case you may have missed them or we have some new readers that hasn’t seen them. So here goes.
- EVE-MEEP -Eve-MEEP is the host for a wide array of tools that provide the vital calculations necessary for any serious industrialist. These tools take advantage of data accumulated by Eve-MEEP to help with everything from production to mining to trade.
- EVEMon – A lightweight, easy-to-use standalone Windows application designed to assist you in keeping track of your EVE Online character progression.
- EVE Fitting Tool – Great program in which you can try out and test new fittings for ships you have or are thinking about buying.
- The EVE Compendium – A compendium of EVE knowledge, mostly in the form of guides. Pretty much any guide you’ll need is in this compendium.
- 2D EVE Maps – Does what it says on the tin, 2D EVE maps by Ombey (and not Omber Zombie as I wrote earlier for some reason).
- EVE Alliance Map – A galaxy map, regularly updated with alliance territory locations, pirate infestations, alliance war zones and current political power blocs.
- EVE Influence Map – Similar to the alliance map above but instead shows influence.