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No thank you Mr Trap, not interested this morning

I scanned down a 4/10 this morning in a neighboring system. Space was pretty quiet so I decided to go and do it. It meant a reship on my side to my armor cane and an undocking of my oni to keep me repped. Yes, I am terrible at PvE but at least I get it done. It worked out beautifully. The only time it got a bit warn was when I was waiting to take all the aggro in the second room. Reps me! Reps me! I read lots of bullshit from people who do not live, nor even dip their toes into low sec and null sec about what a risk free environment we have. When I was in the second room, a member of a corp that is unhappy with us passed through in their pod. I decided to pick up the pace and went for the faction rat who would drop my loot. If that corp was up and awake, it would not take them that long to find me. My scout was sitting at the gate, cloaked. I try to be careful. Inattention has already gotten me killed stupidly, recently. I scooped the loot and found out that Eve h…

Clone Updates

In Eve you are an immortal capsuleer. That word makes me giggle every time I see it. Such a ridiculous word. Anyway, you can die in Eve as you die in every game. Instead of being revived or whatever through voodoo magic or super powers, your mind is transferred into a waiting clone moments before your pod explodes. The clone in the pod dies. However, we're not attached to that clone (only we were because the implants oh noes...). Your new clone is you. It sits in a medical bay at a station you choose. If you are silly, and do not choose one, you may wind up on the other side of the game from where you live. Anyway, there are grades of clones. Your clone can only hold but so many of your skillpoints. A higher grade (read more expensive) clone carries more skillpoints. "Why not just buy the most expensive clone and be done with it?" Because they cost ISK and if you get Podded you have to upgrade it again. Skillpoints take a while to accumilate. Picking you…

At least I got shot by a bomber?

"Let's go see if we can get a fight." That is the mentality of my group. It is not about picking on the weak, ganking noobs, hunting down haulers or camping gates. They want to get into fights. We're not picky and we're not nice and we'll not skip by a chance.... A nullsec group has recently lost their Sov and moved into one of the neighboring systems. There is an awful lot of them in their corp. We peeked in there and found that they had 20 people in local. We had 4 people in fleet. This seemed like a fantastic idea on our side. Mega, Mega, Domi, Cane is what we took into the fight. We first sent in a domi to their station to see if he could get any actions. They undocked a cynabal, scimitar, and malediction and kinda floated around him. At the same time, an ishkur was running sites. We scanned that down and I tried to land on him. However, from the wrecks left and the cans not opened, he probably bailed when my cane came into system. …

The Consequence of Choices

"Cargo hold optimizers or tank on my Orca?" "Tank." "I was thinking about it but I don't know..." "I don't understand why you wouldn't *want* to tank your 600mil isk ship..." "Well I just don't think that I need the rigs as well." In my mind I am thinking, "But the cargo rigs will make your ship more fragile..." The conversation wandered over to it not being worth having if one was to handicap it by tanking it. What is the difference, one more load? Is not one more trip worth a 600mil isk ship? "My first corp's CEO lost his Orca because he didn't tank it. The cargo expanders and optimizer make you to fragile." "If I see local go up by 10 I'll warp out." At the same time in alliance chat... One of my alliance mates purchased a Navy Apoc. He logged onto my corps coms and asked us to do an escort for him down to his home system. Battleships do not mo…

Bombs and ISK

I had a super weird bug at one point last night, where my HUD did not display. I docked, redocked, undocked, and no HUD. I could not activate modules with keys as well. I had to log off and log back on and *poof* my HUD came back. It was terrible while it lasted.

This morning, before down time, we tried to kill someone. We tried to kill a few people, actually. Two of them were in drakes that we learned were stabed after they warpped off when pointed. They had engaged our fleet member in his flashy cynabal with two drakes. We arrived and jumped on them, pointed them, laid into them, and they warped off.

Hmm... while hating to lose kills it is very interesting to know that particular corp is willing to gimp its drakes with stabs. Information tucked away for the future.

This led to a discussion about the new bomb effects. So, we went to null and dropped some bombs and missiles on each other.







Now that pretty pictures are done, its time to discuss ISK and Carebearisems.

I…

Frig-Splosion

We have some new fits that we wanted to play with because of the new modules that have been released. Space has been active today. Groups have been roaming through left and right. However, we're not in our corp/alliance's prime time. The groups have all been larger. 10+ with logi, scouts, BC and BS. We decided that we should go and try a frig roam up to a static plex. It is kind of the frig meeting spot. The street light at the corner, if you wish. Wolf...
Before this, however, we undocked and shot at each other. I was owned, instantly. It is like throwing small pebbles at the ocean. I just kinda floundered as he beat me down. He stopped at structure. I just lay there in space, or floated, however you want to describe it. If I wanted to develop an ego this type of situation would crush it nicely for me. The benefit was that I was unable to undock my Oni and play with my reps. Two reps to 100%. I ran it for 5 minutes or so with all 4 reps rolling to kee…

I tried some hunting this morning...

I tried to hunt some guys down in my home system. I failed. I did make the effort. First, I blame my auto dock reaction. The guy had come through in a scanning heron while I was doing a site. I commented to him that he never talks to me. I talk in local. I can often get people to talk to me. Maybe I am odd that way. Anyway, he tells me that he does not speak English and that he is Chinese. He also said he was scanning. I said so was I. He said that made us enemies. I told him to bring the pewpew. He left the system. A bit later he came back with a cynabal and a drake. I was out in my cane. I did a quick status check and realized that both the cynabal pilot and the drake pilot are less then two months old. Interesting. So, I talked to them some more while I got backup. In my mind, I realized that I should be able to tank them both and kill at least one. They have warrior 1's out and they are doing a site. I start to distract them as I try to find out where they ar…

Eve is Social and Logistics V

It is anticlimactic to finish a skill you have been chasing after for months while asleep. I woke up, and my Aura app told me that my skill training had completed. I was like, "Oh". I really just wanted to go back to sleep. The sad news is that I still need to touch up some other skills to become capstable. From what I can tell, I am just hovering under cap stability. Sigh. The progression is not endless but its a bit of a letdown after the initial excitement. However, I must trot to the side to comment on yet another WTF moment in an Eve Chat. Today, my argument with someone was about Eve being a social game. People made disparaging comments to Dagen, the NPC at the end of the Sister's of Eve Arc should be solable. The NPC is not. The point is to get new characters to fleet up and overcome him. Yet, this thick, persuasive attitude creeps through Eve that insists that all missions must be solo events. Someone else said that level 4 missions are solo…

My goodness I get grumpy

Since it is my work weekend, I have nothing interesting going on. I play for an hour or two before work (mid afternoon usa EST) and an hour or two before bed (early morning USA EST). This means I wind up filling my blog with my mental babble instead of getting in on the carrier kill from last night. A side effect of becoming more comfortable in my game is that I am pushing back a bit when people want me to do things that I do not wish to do. Someone wanted me to stop the press and train interceptors so that we could go on interceptor roams. I said that I was not interested. I planned to learn interceptors but I was working on BC 5 -> Assault Ship 5 -> Interceptors. I have my priorities based around my normal game play. I fly my Jag much to much not to finish it up to level 5. I'm also not interested in this particular person being my FC at the moment. He pushed. I growled. He pushed some more, and I wound up cursing him out. I'm rather sensitive to the lack…

It's not really that exciting...

When I logged in, I found myself immediately in an argument with someone over the safety of 0.5 space. The person whom started the conversation said that he had to make 6 jumps through 0.5 space. He was expecting to be killed. While embracing the fact that you can die anywhere in Eve is a good thing its not a matter of instant death. He was a two week old character going to another system. Someone might shoot him for the Lulz. No one will discount that possibility. It is the probability that is being looked at here. The probability is very, very low. He was not moving anything valuable. He was just moving his stuff. However, several people told him that death was waiting and to be extremely careful. I chimed in and said that his chances of being killed were low. "But pirates are everywhere there!" And? They also want some value out of their suicide gank. Just a two week old toon is not very tempting. "They shoot the gateguns and wait around the …

Wormhole Virginity Removed

The game had been so quiet since the patch. The rage coats the forums in a thick, sticky wave of anger poisoned spittle. But we have not shot anyone in days. What to do? Space is dead around where we are. We've been carebearing it up like nothing else. It has been quite silly. The local bug just caused people to log off and not come back until they were sure it was fixed. I was reading a rant by a Nyx pilot that didn't feel safe ratting because of it... (teeheehee) We decided to look at the map and find a system where there had been some kills. Our desire to kill being high and our lack of targets pushing us out of our normal paths. We found a low sec pocket surrounded by high sec that had 7 kills in the last hour. Interested, we decided, what the hell... While we're at it, Titan shortcut... because it's fun. Two members of our fleet were flashy reds. This means that their security status is so low that they are outlaws in empire space and kill on sight…

Carebear Erryday

Carebearing it up, erryday.

Today, I am working the ISK

One of the current, highly irritating bugs going on after the patch is ghosts in local. People log out and their name stays in the local window. This is leaving low sec full of people. Some systems are showing 30 people in them. It's awful. You are dscanning like a crazed creature expecting to be blobbed at every second. People are also raging about the inventory system. Therefor it has been quiet on the pewpew front and I have been occupying myself by filling and emptying my wallet to various degrees. While I was finishing up on Diablo, I was invited to help out on an 8/10 plex. The structures in these Plex's have insane EHP and they also rep themselves. It is ridiculous. So, I ran down to null sec (without being overly terrified) and assisted. Lots of pewpew later, a lot of ammo later, and some 6mil in bounties and we popped a Machariel BPC. My split was a cool half a bil. I did some more scanning a bit later and I found a 4/10 complex. I offered this to the o…

Something new for me

I learned about hiding passive modules a few days ago. Being me, since it was not an immediate type of thing, I put it in the back of my mind to look into later. This morning, while puttering around I decided to look into it. I did a bit of clicking on my actual modules. Then I did some searches and read some wikies. Then I did a bit more clicking and noticed the menu icon at the very bottom of my module screen. I vaguely remember clicking on this when I started and going, "I'm not going to worry about this now and just learn to play before I try to customize." Now, at a point that customization of my various game tools is becoming an important thing, I clicked on it and found hide passive modules on the list. My passive modules vanished. I realized, if I had understood this sooner, I'd have had fewer issues with figuring out which modules were passive and which active. I then felt a bit stupid. Better late then never. To sooth my feelings I went…

Petitions

Of late, I have made two petitions. They are my first and second and I made them within two weeks or so of each other. The first was a comment on the incorrect gender selection to a bounty payout notification eve-mail. I received a response the other day that said: Hello, Thank you very much for bringing this to our attention. I will see to it that this gets fixed. This petition will now be closed. Fly safe! Best regards,
GM Ninjapirate
The EVE Online Customer Support Team
Flush with my success, I decided to attempt another one. This time, I was looking at the big picture. I thought I had a bug. I'm not sure that has ever happened to me before. It caused a lot of personal excitement. There is one particular Mag site that spawns improperly. The site has 4 cans. Each can is surrounded by 4 NPC pirates. However, one can spawns blue wrecks instead of the NPC pirates. It has done this for a few months now, after a patch. I wrote up the bug report on it, where it…

Fast Fortune?

I doubt it, but I don't know. Eve had its summer upgrade/patch/expansion yesterday. It has caused a massive amount of rage. A *massive* amount of rage. I can not even comprehend the scale of it when I loaded the forums up to see what was going on. So, I'm not going to discuss that. What I am going to comment on is my excellent exploration skills and the fact that I stayed up to late. :D Some of the new modules that are being seeded are being seeded as BPC (Blue Print Copies) in exploration sites. I wanted to see if I could find any. This is a buff, for now, maybe, to exploration. After the nerfs I've taken to salvage I've been hurting a bit (not really isk wise but I'm greedy). So, I scanned two systems with nothihng. I was also combating ninja server takedowns from CCP to fix issues. However, in the third system I found three radar sites. Three! In one system! On the second site, I hit gold and found the BPC for the new target disruptor.…

Triage Carriers

So much happened over the weekend that I did miss some things that I remembered as we chatted over coms last night because we were bored. Was it Friday where we dropped the triage carrier and somehow a terrible, terrible situation didn't happen? I think so. I started writing this last night. It has three whole lines, which is not very impressive. However, I was reading some other blogs last night and I was debating how well formed and indepth they sound. Compared to my posts, which are excited chatter babble about my day. Ahh well, I'm enjoying myself and if I gush a bit, I gush a bit. Anyway, at one point during the previous weekend of destruction, we ran away from another fleet. They jumped a drake through. Poor drakes, they are such bait. The tank on them makes them an excellent ship to hold out for the rest of the fleet. Something said this way bad to us. Our Cynabal started to flirt as the drake shook its ass. Sure as shit, the Cynabal engaged outsid…

So, what am I now?

I was asked a couple of days ago by someone that I casually chat with if I was still trying to make my goal of being filthy space rich. Boggled, I said, "Yeah. Of course. Why?" "Oh, you just seem to PvP all the time these days." "Really?" That made me think about what is PvP all of the time. I've commented before on meeting people and them telling me what badasses they are in the PvP arena. I then look up their killboards and find 3 or 6 or 9 kills over 3 or 6 years. To me, that is not PvPing much. Yet, I don't think hat I do a lot as well. For one, I PvP with others. I'm not ready to roam on my own and I'm fine with that. For another, I work a full time job and I work midnight. This means, I miss the busiest times of game play most of the time. I also work every other weekend so I miss the weekend PvP. Yet, the other day, one of my boyz logged on and said, "What is wrong? I don't see you killing everything on the b…

Running with Wolves...

I have introduced various aspects of Pop Music as they remind me of Eve into the blog to the horror of someone maybe... I have no comments so no clue if anyone else notices this but me. Anyway, this partciular song does not fit fully into PvP. The Video is also terrible. What does fit is the chorus lines. Wild Ones by Flo Rida and Sia, Lyrics from AZLyrics I won't pull the entire song and the Video is so, so terrible. What does is the chorus lines, I am a wild one
Break me in
Saddle me up and let's begin
I am a wild one
Tame me now
Running with wolves
And I'm on the prowl....
After the boys finished gorging themselves off of each other they kinda broke up and the normal friendly kill each other atmosphere settled back across the area. Back on the prowl everyone went. Even thou most had 30+ kills from a few hours of fright brawls, the insatiable hunger that PvP starts to fill you with returned.

Stop the Fight! To the Titan!

"Nothing makes you feel like god like a falcon," intones the FC. "You are jammed my son. So are you." Ahh, sometimes it is crazy, silliness. Such went the breakdown into who was going to do what with the gatecamp. late into the night. We'd been gorging on PvP all day long and it seems that moar was the call of the day. The day started a bit before I woke up. There was a preplanned full frig fight between all of the pirate groups in the area. They were doing a frig fight full thunder dome last man standing with prizes for various things. They had about thirty participants and they all had plenty of reships in the stations. Then they went at it. When I checked the kill board in the morning it was full of dead frigs. Hilarious. However, a bit after I logged in, someone in one of the corps reported a Concord POCO being bashed with carriers out. Like wolves to a wounded deer, heads turned, and people shed their frigs and fleeted up into battleships…

Bringing the PewPew

I've learned to think enough during PvP to change ammo. After playing Diablo 3 most of the evening with my friend, I logged and went to make dinner. As I am making dinner the alliance decides to do a bit of system camping in nullsec. So I find myself moving a covops for eyes, moving my cane for dps, and making my dinner in between running up and down the steps between warps. It was a bit silly, but I got there just after they had a fight where everyone bailed and got away and the FC was screaming "What the fuck people!" I slid into system once they had regrouped and got my alt set up watching the gate I was directed to watch. In general, it was rather quiet. We had a pilgrim jump in. The bubble went up and he was trapped and quickly melted down to nothing. Then his pod was pointed and ransomed. He said to pod him rather then pay, so they podded him. It was super quiet so I brought my alt back to salvage the wreck. I was rewarded with four intact armor pla…

War Games

This war thing is starting to get boring to me. But, whatever floats peoples boats I guess. Of late, the Anti pirate corp has decided to come after our smaller corp in the alliance instead of the bigger corp. They've been bashing our customs offices. Yesterday, one came out of reinforced mode and they poked their heads in and decided not to take the fight. Today, they came in again and bashed it into reinforcement yet again. Again, it will come out at a prime time for our allaince and not for them. During the entire time they did this we were bouncing around system, doing our own things. My CEO then transfers one of the POCOs over to a shell corp so that the group takes GCC for not paying attention when they went to shoot the next one. So, next, they decided to sit on our station and try to kill us when we undocked. Did I mention there was two of us and 9 of them? I already had my cloaky, covops out floating around in system, so I just watched this happen. My CEO dec…

Patience brings the PewPew

I was running around earlier today, somewhere in a sleep deprived hazed. I found a few sites and happily scanned them down and ate their goodies. From what I can see, via the Dev Blogs, the newest items that are coming into the game will be found in the exploration sites. That is rather nice. I hope that it means I will have a chance to make some nice ISK while everyone is looking for these new toys. Speaking of ISK, the market has crashed when it comes to mods. Some thing it is because there are fewer meta 0 mods to make people say 'fuck it' and reprocess everything. It is good that the meta 1-2 cost less for people, but bad for people like me. So, in the end, the changes did nerf my Salvage income. This will be a possible buff to my exploration income. Anyway, one of my alliance mates found a hurricane that had been pewpewing folks a bit earlier. He was a -9 so the alliance mate went to see if he could get the hurricane to engage. While he did that, we set up…

Thank you Drop Gods

Oh drop gods, how sweet are thou... unto thy will I thank you for these gifts... I had taken my items to the trade hub earlier and dumped it on the market. I decided that I wasn't in the mood to move my Viator for some reason so I did the run in a rookie ship. (woo... driving and not getting run over!) After the morning and a nap, I woke up refreshed. My sleep schedule and work schedule are completely trashed but, whatever. I went out and discovered that the site that I wanted to run was still there. However, I had no one to help me run it. After I wandered over to another system, I made myself feel better with some radar and mag sites. I then hopped into the high sec system that hovers alone with a static 2/10 plex and found a 4/10 plex. That, I decided, to try to do on my own. It went okay, I have to admit. I made it through although it took a while. However, the drop was shit. While it was a faction shiny, it wasn't anything worth anything. The damage I …

Whelp... that didn't work out

When I started Eve Online I kept seeing references to whelp fleets and welpcanes and etc. I was like, wtf is a welpcane. I searched, and searched and wondered why I couldn't figure it out. I did come to understand (a bit) the use of 'welp' in Eve Online. I found a 5/10 plex this morning. I had no one to help me do it. I also had a 3 hour window to sleep in before I had to get back up and do more work stuff. Frustrated, I went to sleep. I got up, tended to IRL and came back to find the 5/10 respawned in another system. I still had no one one that could help me run the plex. I am relatively picky about who I ask for help. I've learned that while I feel that everyone older then me is better then me, it does not mean they can do everything well. I'm slowly waiting for this. So I hung around, and much to my joy an 'adult' logged in about 15 minutes after I found the Plex. I pounced and asked for help. He agreed and started to switch out a ship…

Updating and Adjustments

My Blog continues to grow and flex with me. First, I updated its name from the goofy moment of amusement that was the blogs birth into something that reflected what it actually was. Today, I decided to switch the character the blog is focused on. Chella Ranier is whom I started with. However, she has become a support character over the months. While she does not fade into the background, she is not the character that does everything and talks to everyone. So, I changed the blog's 'person' to adequately reflect what is being said. While Chella is a valuable character to me, she is not what defines me as a player anymore. She is not the social hub of my game. Over the next few days I will tweak and clean things up. After I met my pirates, I made Sugar with the intent to learn to PvP with her. I've done that but as my entire game changed from my initial vision, so has the dynamics of what character I play the most. Sugar is the one who is making the impact in …

Where is the IWIN button?

This is the last of a series of ideas that I created drafts for and them spamed myself with over the last few days. I had a lot of random and unconnected things I was pondering. Normally, I forget some, often because I run off to try to do the good pewpew. I had logged in after work, as I am ought to do when I found myself rolling my eyes and doing my best to answer someone plesantly who was detailking his future goals to fly a titan and how badass he would be. Maybe because I've always enjoyed playing the more fragile classes in games, I don't understand this desire for an IWIN button. I'm the person that plays the summoner/caster/archer/healer. If someone breaths on me I die. One reason I loved City of Heroes is that I was the 'healer' class and I had exactly 1 offensive skill. The rest of my training was all geared towards healing and buffing my teammates. I couldn't kill anything alone but everyone wanted me in a group. I love Eve's skill cla…

Test Server: My First Time

I installed the test server the other day. It is something that had been discussed that I'd eventually do to practice PvP. I've been hesitant but after my first battle I'm totally seeing the value of this. The test server mirrors you every so often. Right now, there, I'm about 1.5mil SP behind myself. For an older toon that might not be a lot. For me, I no longer can use my hurricane. So, I remade my trusty Jag that I fly everywhere and went out to learn some shit. I'm putting an afterburner on the next one. Once I fit my ship I danced around fretting and then finally committed and randomly warped to a combat zone. About two minutes in I was targeted by another assault frig and we started going at it. I learned a lot. In PvP I am normally in someones face beating at them. However, this time I realized that the other ship had short beam lasers and I had barrage ammo that gave me range they didn't have. So, I kept getting out of their range …