It was a week of talking. A week of fixing. And the start of the August postings.
For some, “Halp! Crius changes! Mah spreadhseets!” Kaeda directed me to Eve-Industry.org and their fantastic Formulas for Eve Industry pdf. Also don’t forget that Steve has Fuzzworks which he has been keeping up to date.
Foo reminded me that the right click menu has been cleaned up. Your PI planets are now under the NEO com menu. I forgot to add that last week.
The Drone Avionics fix required an extended down time. There was a news article about this but there were also Twitter posts. I know that twitter is of no interest to some. However, for anyone that likes to catch Eve related things I’d suggest the Eve Online, Eve Status, and Eve Help twitter accounts as well as CCP Explorer.
Also, people requested ship spinning and there is now ship spinning in the industry window. Thank CCP Optimal.
Skype and the forums have been active. We have started threads. CCP has started threads. We have conversations. Some more postings. People are writing theses. I'm amazed at how much information, thought, and discussion we produce. Now and then someone asks me what is going on. Little digs hoping I'll forget myself and violate the NDA for the satisfaction of curiosity. They get what everyone else gets. What has been said or we have permission to say.
The HAC tweaks thread has been going hot and heavy. CCP Rise even stated that the CSM did not agree with him. I do not love or hate the Ishtar. I have other ships that I prefer to fly because I enjoy it. However, I am an Ishtar pilot with HACV and all my T2 drone goodies. When CCP rise posted in June that the rebalance would be coming I sat down with everyone I could and discussed Ishtar with them. I had exactly one person say Ishtars were fine.
But what does Sugar think about rebalancing Ishtar? My thoughts ranged from turning it into a more heavy drone focused platform to cutting down some of the range that makes it such an incredible sniping platform. I was not in love with the thought of moving the slots around because I am very tired of Eve becoming Eve Online: All Armor Spaceships All the Time. People feel this is a very mild nerf. It is a nerf but will it balance it so that people sometimes go, "Oh wow Ishtar is not the answer?" I don't know. We'll see and poke at it again.
It is changing in the middle of the AT. Points will not be changing. Some people are mad about this. I suggest teams use that energy to fuel those brilliant theory crafting skills instead.
The sharable overview thread is up. They are also already on Sisi. You can test them out if you’d like and give feedback. Right now people want to do more than just share their presets.
Jump fuel conservation modules are coming. I was asked a few times about where these were. Here they are. They will be dropping from a besieged site in a low sec system near you (hopefully). They are also capital sized modules. Enjoy. I was made quite happy by the person who complained that the modules were behind sites you had to hunt down in low sec and evade low sec residents to do. Damn right. Go get that low sec content but don’t expect it to just jump into your wallet.
There has been a lot of talking and a lot of posting. Null sec is on the tip of everyone's tongues. The Features and Ideas Forum is full of thoughts and suggestions about the remaking of null sec. There are a lot of opinions. Mechanics. Social. Even arguments that it is every player's responsibility to drop everything and go storm null sec. There are hands in the air. Posts of despair. It is a highly charged and extremely complex topic.
I think about null sec. I'm gaining a rather rapid education. However, one problem I have with formulating a grand idea to add to the pile is that I don't know null sec. I'm not talking about mechanics. I'm talking about what draws people to null sec. I don't know what desires dance within their eyes that cause them to slip into the deep. I don't know if I will come to an understanding that will help me solve null sec's problems. And that's okay.
I'm here for other reasons. I do not think a single person sat there and said, "Wow! With Sugar Kyle on the CSM null sec is saved! That's one vote cast for null secs future!" I do know how null sec interacts with other areas of the game and that is where I will have more to say.
On the topic of not knowing things, that happens a lot. Someone asked me a rather specific question about a change in Crius. I had a general idea of what they wanted and what dev blog it was in but I did not have an answer. "Are not you on the CSM?" I was asked. "Yes. I am on the CSM. I am not the developer who wrote Crius." I try to keep up on everything that is coming down from CCP, what players think and want, and what is going on, what might happen, how people feel about things, as well as what I think and want. However, I don't have every single bit lodged in my skull and I am okay with that as well. Searches are a great thing.
I need to schedule my next Eve Uni session. I'm thinking August 24th. That will also let me get people's input about the mid-September Summit topic list (once that comes out).