Monthly Archives: September 2011

Back, slowly.

Start work again tomorrow. Today, I had some paperwork to finish up and the kids are in school. Though they have been in school for most of last week anyway.

Did some missions in eve to pass the time. That was nice, and I also setup a few contracts. Go buy my stuff, I promise, it’s not a scam. ;)

My Love. My Light.

After a 5+ year battle with cancer, the Love of my Life has passed away into Heaven. Sunday morning, she passed away while in my arms. I will proudly take care of our children and raise them knowing that she is the very definition of beauty, in every way, shape, and form. I Love You, Erin.

So, on this whole CCP “thing” lately

I guess I could call this a contribution into the latest Blog Banter 28 [sort of], as run now by Seismic Stan. So I’ll put the preamble here.

In recent months, the relationship between CCP and it’s customers has been the subject of some controversy. The player-elected Council of Stellar Management has played a key role in these events, but not for the first time they are finding CCP difficult to deal with. What effect will CCP’s recent strategies have on the future of EVE Online and it’s player-base? What part can and should the CSM play in shaping that future? How best can EVE Online’s continued health and growth be assured?

One might notice, the Ninjas have been quite quiet. Which is to say, at least I haven’t blogged or posted on the forums regarding the recent issues within the game. A link to a well written copy of Mittani’s writeup is here, on Helicity’s site. You should read it. (And the rest of that site. Good stuff, it is.)

Last night, I logged in, lost my Jag, and then continued to tinker around and play the game I love. This is a pretty normal day for me, though I don’t particularly like losing ships, I can replace it. That’s rule #0, in my book.

Every now and again, I look at my wallet and see I still have 1,000 of those nifty “buy a shirt” credits. I could care less about that part of the game, unless I can figure out a way to scam people out of theirs or make a large profit on it. That’s what I, and really, SN, does. And we do it very well.

Walking in stations? Whatever. I mean, cool, sure. I have a PC that will certainly “last” quite a while and through a bunch of upgrades. That’s not why I bought it, but hey, whatever.

Fucking with the market with those noble exchange points? If more people RMT into the game and purchase those points, get the items to the market, and let me scam them from them, I’m happy with it. Knowing someone took *real* money, spent it on a virtual hat of shit, and then I took that from them or destroyed it somehow? That’s just icing on the cake.

CCP decided to bring those CSM members to Iceland a while back and I’m glad to see that line of communication between them. I work in a large corporate environment, as a computer programmer/analyst. I know that “communication” really never means actual communication. It’s all just shit. Call it “TQM“, “CQI“, “ITIL“, “CSM” – it’s all the same crap, wrapped a different way by people who need to invent things to make themselves feel like they’ve accomplished something, instead of getting actual work done.

But, maybe I’m too jaded about corporate life already and just don’t care about that kind of drama in my games. I can play the sociopath card plenty of ways here at work, get what I want, and come out looking awesome for it; while wearing a sexy suit and pretending I’m buff like Roc. That party is easy. When I get home to play EVE, Minecraft, or anything else – I just don’t care about that drama and nerfs and things like that. It’s a passion of mine, EVE, sure. But I don’t believe anything unless I see it in game, or see it in good morale from the community.

The morale still stinks, to this day, in the EVE community.

In the end, I intend to profit ISK from it.

Naturally, it was a trap.

Can’t say I wasn’t hoping it wasn’t a trap, but I knew it was based on the number of corp mates in the area, cans, etc. But I still walked right into it. That Crow was a nice and fast boat, and I enjoyed the fight. My conversation with him, after losing my Jaguar to him, follows.

[02:30:55] Gilbert Hamilton > gf. never even used a crow – loved the fight against it.
[02:31:03] Gilbert Hamilton > was a tasty chase.
[02:31:11] Donnie Supertramp > haha, ty
[02:31:42] Gilbert Hamilton > I’m going to have to look into that ship – hella fast, it was.
[02:31:53] Gilbert Hamilton > what was the other ship? a missile boat?
[02:32:13] Donnie Supertramp > nah falcon
[02:32:22] Gilbert Hamilton > oh yeah, ok that’s what it was. nice.
[02:32:25] Gilbert Hamilton > anyway, gl and fly safe.
[02:32:26] Gilbert Hamilton > o/
[02:32:31] Donnie Supertramp > ty, gf

I always enjoy a good conversation after a fight – as little as it was, really. Unless I’m the one going for tears, of course. Now to puff up my manhood and piss off someone weaker than I. Naturally.

The Markets, Prices, and Thinking Like a Buyer

GamerChick42 has a great article on some ideas behind the psychology of the EVE Market and a few tips on how to think when selling items. My current experience with the markets is small, simple, and sometimes I think too much. I’ve started a spreadsheet of sales, profits, etc. Grown bored with that. Started to look up price differences and donchian channels and while I enjoy those – sometimes I just don’t feel like the work.

But her article has sort of rekindled those thoughts in me and it underscores one of the things I love about this game. If I want to buff up my market skills, I can. No rerolling because I want to supplement.

If anyone has any thoughts on what types of items typically go often, or for large deltas, feel free to let me know. Don’t care to know any “sekretz” but am just curious. Ammo? Ships? Riggings?

Long weekend, good times.

For once we seemed to have a relaxing weekend. People came to visit, and we just seemed to relax as a family. My time in EVE was fun, too. Having ventured into Minmatar space, I was hanging out around Hek and the nearby systems. Managed to run a few missions, get some standing increases and hopefully I will gain a better understanding of resists by race, things like that. I’ve not run many missions, having gone from tutorial to pissing people off.

I need to stop selling some of the tags I steal from people and save them for when I come across a mission which requires one. Or save two or three of them, since they get destroyed upon use.

Did manage to piss off EVE Uni, however. Taught a few people a lesson about jet-cans, missions, and ninjas. I popped out of the station and found 15-20 Uni folks there, waiting for me. Oh noes, my vigil. What ever shall I do?

Ninja tears are always fake. We don’t cry, it’s physically impossible. It’s true. Look it up.

My alt is still in his corp; the one he stole from a while back. This is a good thing. I’m currently looking for my next corporation for him. The long pad of being in this corp will help the next corp believe that I’ve simply been bored as hell in this one, and they can sell to me how awesome and “the shit” their corp is.

Emergency reboots

Always fun. I took the opportunity/warning to setup some contract scams, that sort of thing. Did manage to get a Machariel to shoot at me, and wow is that a beautiful ship. I waited the timer, extended aggro, and returned to annoy him some more. That was just before the reboot.

I have to say – props to CCP for what seems to be a great “swap ship/session change” timer, or lack of it.

Ahh, a new “home”

I had decided last night to move toward an area I had never been before, in an attempt to find less ninja-aware mission runners, etc. So, after I arrived in this system, I began scanning.

There were a few runners, and my 8 probe method seems to work very well at pinning them down. Especially with the advent of “alt+drag moves them all properly” and the scaling methods.

Then my dog decided to chase a fucking skunk and I had to break to fix that. I think, today, I still stink. Oh well.

Anyway – I stole a bunch of loot, but no shooters, at least not in this system. While tooling around, I discovered a jetcan between a Hulk and an Iteron. It was obvious that this was a main/alt combination.

Naturally, I stole from the can and opened a conversation with the player. The can was named “Don’t do that again.” The conversation was short, and so he sent me an email. I followed up with an offering for the wonderful services Suddenly Ninjas brings to other regions across New Eden.

Below is my conversation with him and the small “token” amount sent of only 150,000 ISK was simply because I didn’t feel like putting any work into getting 15 million, etc. My intent was to offer him employment into Suddenly Ninjas – with the usual membership application fees, of course. (Which, for anyone reading is 25 million. Payable to any member of SN.)

Keep in mind, my spam surcharge is set to a value different than the default value – so I’m fleecing him for a little more with each email I can keep him sending back to me. His was still set to the default. It’s a little annoyance I like to keep in there sometimes. The thread is proper if you read from top-down, I’ve reversed it from the usual way it appears.

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hi again
From: Vladimir Mayakovsky
Sent: 2011.09.01 02:54
To: Gilbert Hamilton,

You’re very polite for someone looting cans. Are you a scammer? A
pirate? Or just going around making friends? I don’t know eve too well
to guess :D

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Re: hi again
From: Gilbert Hamilton
Sent: 2011.09.01 02:58
To: Vladimir Mayakovsky,

No worries. I provide a service, along with the rest of my
corporation. Some consider it “protection”, others really can’t label
it. Such that what we provide is simply a license to operate via those
plain cargo containers (jet cans) and assurance that you are free to
operate as many as you desire, via your hulk, while mining a belt. No
theft will occur, from my corporation or any other in the system as
well. The proof in this is the killboard statistics we offer as backup
and show of our “muscle”.

So, any time you wish to purchase a license – send me a notice and the
sum of 150,000 ISK for the day, or 15,000,000 for a quarter (4 months)
and I will be happy to provide you with receipt.

Good luck to you in your operation!

-Gil

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Re: Re: hi again
From: Vladimir Mayakovsky
Sent: 2011.09.01 03:06
To: Gilbert Hamilton,

Very cool! So you guys are basically like an Eve mafia? That’s pretty
creative. How many customers do you have?

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Re: Re: Re: hi again
From: Gilbert Hamilton
Sent: 2011.09.01 03:07
To: Vladimir Mayakovsky,

Active at a given time – a few dozen to about a hundred.

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Re: Re: Re: Re: hi again
From: Vladimir Mayakovsky
To: Gilbert Hamilton

How do I pay you? I think it’s silly, but I’ll pay for today just
because it makes me smile.

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: hi again
From: Gilbert Hamilton
To: Vladimir Mayakovsky
Wonderful news! You can pay me via right clicking on my name and
clicking on “give money”. Your price today is that same 150,000 ISK. I
do believe we offer monthly contracts, but I’ll have to check with my
supervisor. Please reference client id: 4435.

Thank you!

-Gil

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Jettisoned Mining Contract (4435.1)
From: Gilbert Hamilton
To: Vladimir Mayakovsky
Vladimir Mayakovsky,

I am please to inform you that your purchase of 1 day (24 hours) of
mining contract protection has been approved. Welcome to the club, and
as always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me or my
supervisor: Zavulon Sukkot

Your contract information follows:

Date of issue: 9/1
Expiry date: 9/2
Issuer: Gilbert Hamilton
Account: 4435
Contract: 1

Sincerely,

-Gilbert Hamilton
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