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. ;)

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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.