Monday, April 27, 2015

Discord

I had enough to do when I woke up this morning that I just kind of collapsed into a puddle and figured I'd try to get it done. Maybe. Then I opened Rookie Chat and started answering questions for a bit. Rookie Chat almost always improves my mood. I'm an excitement vampire I guess.
[18:07:12] Mike Azariah > Operation Magic School Bus will be handing out free fitted ships in gallente career systems today, starting with  Clellinon VI - Moon 11 - Center for Advanced Studies School where I am for the next ten min.  Watch local
[18:07:43] Aranea > Mike Azariah just to remember, you do know that advertising is forbidden in here?
Mike runs a program where he gives fitted starter ships to new players. He also has permission to advertise. It grew out of the rookie chat time from last fall. He's been quite productive with it. Seeing him scolded amused me. Especially by someone who is in rookie chat by choice. Six months ago that would have been a big deal. Now, there are people who inhabit it to help and seeing one scold another just makes me shake my head. Of course, I got scolded next for asking a question across two different lines, so some people are just scolders I guess.

I've had more then one discussion of late of these community changes. Its not universal. Heaven forbid. But something in the last two years has caused a new type of gameplay to grow and mature. Where playing Eve becomes an even more complex social experiment. It is one that I guess I am involved in. Not the CSM thing but the market.

Which is what I started writing about. Not a thoughtful post. Oh no. More a, "Oh why me moan," type of post. You see, moving that alt cancelled all of her active orders. A few hundred of them. I forgot about that part. And they have to be relisted. Also, I haven't done any restocking in a week. I've just finished my long work week and my short work week has become catchup week.

But instead, today, I dissolved into a puddle. I'll try to improve my coherency by the end of the day. I have jumps to make and thing to move.

But for now.. rookie chat is more fun.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

CSMX - Post #06

Mosaic is the name of the release on Tuesday. It may be one of my favorite release names yet. It is quite a pretty word. I'm glad of it, for CCP is trying to move away from release dates and an exact release schedule and into a release when ready approach. CCP Seagull outlines these goals in her dev blog. They still have five week windows for major updates but smaller changes that do not need to wait will start entering the game when they are ready. This is the reason for the development of Eve Updates.

For those looking for the release dates they will be:

  • April 28th
  • June 2nd
  • July 7th
  • August 25th
  • September 29th
  • November 3rd
  • December 8th

I expect someone to ask me if this concerns me or comment that they are concerned. The answer is no. The teams are filled to the gills. At the moment, I cannot stuff more into their work queue. It is a very frustrating place to be. I still have things from CSM9 that I'd like to have seen and things for CSMX that are coming up from the players, and I'm in a holding pattern on some of my pro-activity.

That is not to say that there is not information to process and feedback to give. Sov and structures are moving along. Discussions are on going. I'm greedy.

The main SKIN dev blog came out. We'll see this enter the game on Tuesday. Remember that some skins may not convert. The Victory Rattlesnake will wait for another pass and the Golden Pods will too. I've listened to a lot of feedback about SKINs. In general, people seem pleased in general. There is some disgruntlement over the weird price variations. I don't know why what is what. I am just pleased that they are not more expensive. Personally, I'd like them all to be around five dollars. That'd be my price point to buy them. The unexpected part (as in I saw it when I saw the dev blog a few days before release) was the removal of the skins they had released over the last year. Now I'll never get that blue Omen I had admired but never pressed the button for. For those able to cash in, congratulations. This is why I will never be rich. Don't forget that your skins in corp hangars will be moved to the corp headquarters deliveries.

If you are into the New Player Experience (NPE) take a moment to read CCP Rise's update on opportunities. I got to see some of these numbers back in March at Fanfest. Its made it hard to bite my tongue over how well they are doing with just the few that CCP had out at the time. We've had good discussions about them and the place of the old Tutorial Missions in the new scheme of things. This is an ongoing project and one that I'm very pleased with the direction.

"How do I get around it?" may be what I hear most often about the 2 factor authentication. Just skip the launcher. For those who have been waiting for it, its here. I remember hearing about this as something CCP needed to do when I was a newbie. It is a weird feeling of completion to see it released now.

There is a line in the patch notes that says "Standard containers in space are now also cleaned up during some downtimes, same as other space junk." The question was immediately asked what qualifies as a standard container. Some people are using floating freight containers in their wormholes. We asked and got the answer, "Small Standard Container, Medium Standard Container and Large Standard Container." Also, things floating in the POS shield are not special cased. So, anchor them or empty them. It looks like freight containers are okay this time around but I'd be personally paranoid.

Unique region and system descriptions names are missing! That is a whoops. They are working to bring them back.

CCP Falcon is also going to be looking at the character bazaar rules. If you are into buying and selling, keep an eye out for any changes. I doubt they will be dramatic.

The CSM had two meetings this week and I missed them both! One was our normal weekly meeting with CCP Leeloo. Its our touch base one and since it is every Friday and I work every other Friday, such is life. The other was sov focused and looks to have had good attendance.

I appeared on episode #94 of Declarations of War and said "I don't know" a lot about how null sec works day to day. I do still want more colors in the UI. That dream has not died.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Declarations of War #94

I was on Declarations of War's latest episode (#94) and I was quite the terrible guest. They are nice about it, but I was a bad guest. I did discover some things about myself:

-I'm only good at talking when I have a topic. Having a topic is easy enough in Eve. The problem is that I'm not good at more, casual chatter. I believe that I talk to much and find myself uncomfortable with talking without a defined goal, such as sharing a recipe.

-I hate speculating. I find that I have nothing to say when it comes to guessing what people may do. I don't know. I want to watch and observe until I do know. But, if you ask me what I think they will do I'll flounder.

-Attached to speculating comes the fact that I am an observer. I'm a lean back and watch the events go by. I'm not a major player in the greater movements in game play. The episode was very null sec focused and I realize that for everything I have learned I find myself more and more ignorant of what null sec life is like. I cannot speculate for it is unknown.

-I'm attracted to small details.

In general, I make for bad radio. I'm okay with that. I was amused at how terrible I was. Mix it with my general lack of humor and I'm a terrible and boring guest. I'm told that off the cuff stuff gives you are more honest reading. Well, the honest truth is that I'm boring. :P

I did apologize. It was nice to be invited. I wish I had been more... *waves arms* stuff.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

I'm bad at pressing buttons

I spent most of the last two days being very productive. In Eve and out of it. I've had that spring cleaning bug I mentioned a few weeks ago. One of the things that I said I wanted to do was shut down two accounts. Yesterday evening, I sat down to do it before they billed for another cycle.

About a week ago I deleted an alt. I first made sure that she had nothing of value on her. I had created her as a drug runner some years ago. That career path failed for me and she has just been hanging around on my login screen. Well! She was in the way of one of the accounts that will be my primary so off to the vats she goes.

Always make sure you log that alt in and check their assets, contracts, industry jobs, personal wallet, and corp wallet. I've heard some people lose some nice assets through alt or corporation deletion.

Character deletion takes ten hours. I used to wonder why. Then I read some story of some girl deleting her boyfriends video game characters and I said, "Ahh." I forget that some people share computers or allow people they are in a relationship to access their machines. That's always surprised me. My computer is mine, like my cellphone is. I have never had the desire to go through my husbands computer or phone. Its his. But, I came to understand an entirely different world that day and the ten hour deletion made sense.

Now, I was at my desk and remembering that I needed to shut down accounts. First, I darted to account management and cancelled my subs. There is a selection for reducing the number of Eve accounts. I checked that for both. I'm glad I remembered. One sub would have renewed/ended in two days and the other in a week.

Once that was done, I deleted the alt and set up the transfer. Transferring is easy except...

First I forgot to take the character out of the corporation. This had the side effect of cancelling all her sell orders. Damn. I'll have to reset that all up in a few days.

Next, I forgot that I had her logged in.

Then... I tried to move it to the wrong account (of mine)...

Finally, I got it all working.

Yeesh. I'm amazed at how such a simple thing managed to take me 30 minutes and multiple failures.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Where is Everyone?

What is Population?

I was watching some light, verbal sparing about low secs population. I grew up in Molden Heath and the big city of the Citadel is still odd to me. I've often been told that Molden is a dead back water. I figured that I was rather active and kept myself busy and obsessed with Eve so it could not have been but so bad.  But, I do have to admit that it is busier in Sujarento then it was in Bosena.

Busy does not make for better. Just different. What you do in each area of space changes with the population. I've never understood AFK cloaking because I am a low sec resident and I expect everyone in space with me to harm me unless they are my corporation or alliance. It makes undocking a judgement call where sometimes you lost things and sometimes you do not.

But space is not dead just because the pilots we may want to populate it, do not. Non-combatants may hide under the proverbial asteroid as the sleek hunter passes by. The hunter has nothing to hunt because the prey is alert and aware and seeks the deepest most empty voids to occupy. All space does not have to be inhabited equally for it to be inhabited. As I've lived in busier space I miss an area that is more quiet. Eve's a big game and some of us like going to live on the other side of the mountain without that meaning going to wormhole space.

But, the question of where people live is popular. CCP Quant decided to answer some population graph questions posed by Dirk McGirk and give some graph porn on Twitter. He started a few days ago with 'Active Characters by Solar System Security Class'.


Gee then asked if it showed movement. CCP Quant responded with a relative change graph of active characters by solar system security class.


Mike Pegg asked if we could see a split of NPC Null and Sov Null. CCP Quant delivered.


And then because he likes Corbexx more then me, he added one of w-space by class.


I asked for FW and non-FW warfare. How best should that be split up do you think? I'll write a request which I've been meaning to do anyway. Beyond that, while not as detailed as some would like it is interesting stuff.

Monday, April 20, 2015

To Click and Click and Click Again

There was a time when I stocked TCS every other day. Now it is a weekly task. That comes from both my increased volume that stays on the market and the time that I can give it. Often, I do my buys over several days and then ship them to myself. I then do the jumps and get builds going and the market stocked. In many ways I regret the ability to respond as quickly as I used to be able to. On the other hand, Sujarento is doing quite well.

It is just a matter of time. Restocking is a lot of clicks. Clicks take time. With other conversations and things to write, it can take me a day or two to get everything restocked. Then I like to get up and take pictures of my garden or start prepping dinner and poof, the time is gone. Often, on my days off I start early in the morning and finish later in the day. It is one of the times I do enjoy voice coms as a primary mode of communication. It keeps my hands free.

I'm also becoming more adventurous. I often say that I'm not much of a market person and I'm not. I can never make calls and take risks like the big profiteers make. Instead, I'm huddled over my keyboard staring at the figures and taking a big breath to make an investment. This time, an Eos. GASP! AHHHHH Command ships are so expensive.

(Let me fan myself and calm down before I continue.)

I also have more competition in Suj. On one side, the aggressive and possessive me starts muttering about how previous the market is. On the other, I kind of wilt in appreciation because I cannot do it alone. A market is healthy with many people putting up wares. It is why I don't try to chase people out if they undercut me. I keep listing at my price and that way I know that if the other person stops listing my stuff will be available. The goal has always been to keep people supplied and out in space doing what they want.

I also have irrational thoughts like the buyers will like the other sellers more then me and not buy my stuff. Or, if people price under me that I'm a terrible and bad creature for having higher prices. It is very, very silly but I will get caught in personal feedback loops where I panic and flutter around over stupid things that don't make any sense.

The market goes. I'm trying to explore and expand a bit when it comes to my selections. Snuff has exotic tastes. The warzone has a pulse unlike Molden and it is one that I am still learning. I'm well off enough to start taking some risks. But the little, sensible voice in me still goes, "Gasp! Fifty million on that? Are you sure?"

Maybe I will out grow that one day. Until then, I'll still be shocked at those big numbers. I kind of like it that way.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

When is it?

I have recently had a weird problem with time zones. I've become so used to mentally converting for GMT that I keep doing it with PST as well. It leaves me saying spectacularly wrong meeting times. I might has written it off if I'd done it once but I've done it about three times in the last two weeks. I am thankful that I double check before rushing off but at the same time I am somewhat amused by the problem.

It is just a matter of focus. But, I never thought about time zones before Eve. I knew that they existed. I travel enough to deal with them. But, I never had a second clock on my phone to keep up with time in another country. I would stare at the clocks on the wall at some companies. They'd have clocks showing the time at major cities all over the world or places where they had offices. It very much said, "We are an international company." A form of decorative bragging rights and a subtle reminder.

But, here I am, a no one in a dead end job with time on my watch because I need to know when it is in other places. Time zones have become a regular part of my day. Of course this country is so many hours before or after us. Doesn't everyone pay attention to this?

No... no they don't. Even other games don't. They gate regions onto servers. It improves latency. The AU Eve players can speak to that. But, I wonder if I can live without the international feel and flavor of Eve in another game. The knowledge of other cultures has only improved me. Sure, I was aware of it but it is different to learn of something or even read of it and sit down with someone and figure out why a recipe is different or what one thing means.

It is warm for them and cold for me. It is light somewhere during the deepest dark here. I know these things but to listen to the complaints and wonder of the elegant complexity of the planet is another.

Time is supposed to be the fourth dimension. There are theories about. All things happen at the same time but we move through them at a set pace. That time can be conquered and traveled through, controlled and manipulated. but for me, I'm simply trying to remember what direction I am thinking in for the when I need it to be.