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It seems that my earlier (not so serious) suspicions about there being a conspiracy weren’t unfounded. After taking a look at some of the blogs that CrazyKinux linked to in his most recent entry, I found a link to a news item on the main EVE site from late April. In this article, it states that the Admiral who was supposedly at the helm of the Gallente capital ship as it collided with the Caldari station had in fact recieved a peace prize for helping Gallente-Caldari trade relations over the last year, as well as for his lifelong efforts (although it is not stated what these efforts were). I’ve included a short section of the article below, but you can find the article itself here.

The 160-year old Alexander Noir has been named the winner of the Aidonis Statue for the year 109. Noir, an Admiral in the Gallente Navy, has long been praised for his work in bridging the gap between the Gallente Federation and Caldari State. The Aidonis Foundation awarded the Statue to Noir for his lifelong efforts as much as his work over the past year, where he helped negotiate trade relations between the two empires, as well as amicably mediating several issues of border incursions by the two sides’ navies.

It all seems very suspicious to me. It is possible that he could have set the collision course himself as he was the last surviving veteran of the Gallente-Caldari war and I would expect that he may have harboured some pretty deep hate for the Caldari; but it just begs the question that why would he spend a year (or possibly more) working for peace between the Gallente Federation and the Caldari State if he intended to sabotage talks under a month later.

On a side, although somewhat related, note; I went up to Malkalen earlier today to see if the station affected was actually a real station and if so, if it showed the damage. Much to my excitement, it did and I captured a few great looking screenshots of the carnage. If you want to check out the carnage yourself, head over to Malkalen and then to the Ishukone Corporation Factory station at Malkalen V, Moon I.

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Fly safe. If you can during these somewhat violent times, that is.

CCP need to stop coming out with amazing teaser trailers like this one, otherwise I can see myself becoming a hardcore EVE player. The kind that spends every waking hour playing EVE and dreaming about playing it when asleep. Actually, on second thoughts, they need to bring out more. That’d be an awesome way to spend my days. Although I could see myself getting to the stage where I wouldn’t want to (or couldn’t) move from my computer.

Having a Gallente Mothership colliding with a Caldari station was pretty unexpected. If anyone I would have thought it’d be an Amarr or Minmatar capital ship, not a Gallente one. The Gallente are mostly portrayed as a peaceful and freedom-loving society but I guess there would be some bad apples. And there was the whole Gallente Caldari war that they were kind of winning. Okay, so maybe they do have a destructive side but still…
Unless it was hijacked by a Caldari or Amarr infiltrator, someone trying to start a war that everyone else seemed reluctant to start. Oooh, conspiracy!

Fly Safe.

So, I’ve been playing EVE for a bit today under the new premium client and I have to say I’m very impressed at the quality of the graphics. I’ve only managed to grab screenshots of my Myrmidon so far as my other ships are in a different system and there’s a gate-camp* somewhere along the 6 jump route. I could chance it but while I could put up a hell of a fight, I’d rather keep my Myrmidon in one piece. And keeping it in one piece won’t be very likely if I come across a gate-camp with more than two people.

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I’ll most likely upload more screenshots when I get the chance to see more ships and/or objects in general.

*A gate-camp is a group of ships hanging around one end of a stargate, with the intention of either destroying or ransoming (usually destroying) any ships going in or out of said stargate.