New Blog Location

April 20, 2010

My last post in this location. I’ve moved to Blogger (and love it, bad WordPress bad!):

tharbedragonsineve.blogspot.com

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Banner Halp!

April 8, 2010

I need a banner and layout help with my blog! I’m tired of this thing looking all bland, but I have very little technical knowledge when it comes to even the basics of setting up a blog, much less creating a banner. When I first started, I was unsure if I’d want to stick with this, but as I’m enjoying it, the time has come to do it right. Any advice people have for how / where to get help would be much appreciated!!

Also, if anyone is a graphic designer and might be willing to design a banner for the blog, I’d be more than happy to pay them (in isk pls). Contact me in-game if you might be willing to help. Similarly, my corp, NEAT0 is looking for banner assistance for our killboard.


Its about time

March 31, 2010

The long anticipated war between the north and south has finally begun. Or at least begins officially Thursday, with corresponding propaganda, logistics, skirmishes and smack already in full swing. Personally, I think much drama and node crashing will ensue, probably mixed with a few epic capital turkey shoots (more like epic fail). Ultimately I think the SC is just too large, too many pilots, for the NC to have not be ground down, at least in the medium term. Long term though, the NC plan of re-emerging from NPC space seems to make sense; we’ll see. I think it silly to speculate on what things will look when the war is over before its even started.

I’m not personally involved in the conflict, although, I am quite entertained by all the drama, and benefit substantially from a financial perspective as I fund most of my PVP with invention, manufacturing, and a few reaction poses. Ultimately, I’m just rooting for much destruction on both sides. As I’ve written previously, I think we’ve been in a bit of a deflationary period, with supply exceeding demand, since shortly after Dominion. The new war should swing the balance back, driving both higher demand and lower supply, and therefore higher prices and margins for mfg. That said, today’s Dev blog on upcoming changes to the insurance and mineral systems certainly throws a huge uncertainty factor into the equation. I agree with many of those giving feedback on the forums – I think this is a huge change, or set of changes, that directly impacts every player in the game, as well as the overall economy, so I hope they’ve thought this through.

My time in game has been mixed of late. Since forming our new corp, NEAT0, my friends and I have been flying around, shooting what we can in the Villasen / W-4 Cloud Ring area, while also trying to rat our sec stat up. Sec stat’s a serious grind, but I’m finally around -1.6 – cleared for all high sec with a little buffer to spare. I realized that my time as a Pirate somehow damaged my standings with the Caldari State, barring me from accessing R&D agents who have quite a few datacores sitting around, so I had to grind L3/4 missions for a couple of days to get those back as well. WOW did that suck – I forgot how utterly un-fun high sec missions are. At least when ratting or plexing you have (1) more risk, from either NPCs or hostiles and (2) more reward, from faction spawns, etc, to keep things interesting. I don’t see how anyone can run L3/4 for their primary isk, its just so utterly boring, with just enough variation that you can’t completely do it mindlessly, but no where near enough to qualify as interesting.

Now NEAT0 has joined the Caldari Militia. We’ll see how that goes. We joined for several reasons. First, simply moar reds. Second, potential recruiting – we can fly with various pilots and potentially recruit some that show talent and potential. Third, just to try something new for a bit. And last, access to FW missions, which, despite the nerf are still fairly lucrative. However, the reality of the Caldari is that, other than a few solid corps that mostly do their own thing and keep to themselves, the militia is terrible. Really, really bad. Much worse than I remember it being when I first joined, although that might simply be (1) a product of how much I’ve learned and grown over the last year and half in 0.0 and pirating and (2) many of the competent Caldari pilots left to head to 0.0. So, our reasoning for joining might not be very sound: moar reds doesn’t really matter that much as we shoot them anyways, war target or not, and its very, very blobby in the FW pipe; recruiting is looking fairly bleak; and it doesn’t really feel very new – it feels old, like my first days PVPing nearly 2 years ago.

Time will tell. Starting to feel a bit of burn out setting in. Too many things going on, moving, ratting sec up, FCing, mfg, invention, reaction poses, moon mining, recruiting, blogging. Too much. Time to scale back, at least until I can build up a bit more of an isk cushion. My various isk making operations did not seem to be churning out the money I expected them to, to the point where I’m starting to bump up against my 500M minimum buffer quite frequently. Turns out that the price depression going on was leaving me with a lot of money tied up in stuff I hadn’t sold yet, or working capital. Rising demand should help clear this bottleneck, and when I finally decided ‘screw this, I’m liquidating, now’ on a decent amount of it, I realized I had about 3B of working capital and extra stuff for market sitting around. Time to sell and get back to more fun, pew, and laughs.

Good luck to both the NC and the SC. And CCP for that matter. Give those hamsters some serious combat boosters!


ROFL Goons

February 3, 2010

First the sov eff up, now a CEO ragequitdisband. Goons never stop being goons. Walking off with 300B liquid isk and as much as 1T in assets though, wow. That’s like $50-75 thousand dollars or more, based on PLEX rates.

But it does remind me of why I love EVE. I think there was a blog banter recently about this topic – why do you love EVE. This stuff is why. There is no other game that I know of that is so entertaining on a grand scale. You’re really part of a large world, a community, when you play EVE.


Lol Goons

January 27, 2010

Massive turmoil in 0.0 makes me smile. I guess Goons screwed the pooch on paying their Sov bills. Wow Karma is a bitch – not exactly an alliance disband button, but sortof better – they really were terrible at this game the whole time! Now IT/BoB moves back to Delve, PL is booted from Fountain, Atlas and TriCo are pwning the NC – and all this while 0.0 is nearly unplayable b/c of lag (so they say, prefer yarring to lagging). About to be a huge power vacuum in 0.0, it seems. The talk of Tri and NC forming a truce in protest of CCP’s failure to address lag issues and instead moving their war to Jita for a week is one of the funniest ideas I’ve heard in a long time. But, to the title, fuck goons – these are people that state explicitly their goal is to ruin our game. My limited experience with them was killing a few here and there and a couple of fleet engagements over moons – but their tactics like spamming local to lag out fights, while arguably effective, are simply lame. Glad to see them take a huge hit. God the tears and rage over all the trapped assets must be epic.


Gotta love ransoms

December 5, 2009

Quiet friday night. Not much going on. Went on a small roam, either ran into far too much for our 5 BS to handle or far too little and they ran away. No good fights, just a thorax gank that I couldn’t even lock before he was one volleyed, lol.

So I’m chilling in Maila, running logistics on alts, talking a bit with friends. I decide to undock my crusader to put some bookmarks together in Maila and surrounding systems. Ooooo, hulk on scan. 5 degrees, top belt – yum. Point and pew, when he convoes me asking how much not to kill him? Now, I’m kindof thinking I want the KM just for the laughs – probably not a good idea to mine in a system infested with pirates. So I figure, hulks go for like 90M or so, why not go for broke…’200m’ I tell him. I figure there’s no way he pays me that much, so I put him into structure just to make it clear he doesn’t have long, when my wallet flashes…lol, 200M donation, just for me. Pleasure doing business with you draukaa, I’d suggest mining somewhere a little safer. However, it does make me wonder what was actually on that ship worth more than 200M lol. Oh well, we always, 100% honor all paid ransoms, so I let him go and smile, thinking how that 200M will buy me a new curse to replace the one I lost a few days ago!

Or, maybe I buy a crusader on steroids…the new Imperial Navy Slicer is a mean little frigate. With scorch it does 130+ dps from 20km+, moving at 4100 m/s or more (depending on rigs, etc). I fly my crusaders fitted for range – so I can put a point on something and do decent dps for a frig from ~13-14km. The problem is overheated webs can slow me down enough to be scrammed, caught, and killed. The new Slicer solves that problem easily, operating comfortably at 20km or more. Might have to pick one of those up – saw one kill a sabre the other day. Just one of the awesome new faction ships.