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I’m in… and off to null/low sec.

Well, with an alt, that is. I waited a few days before applying to the new corp, mentioned “IRL things” and sounded all sorts of… human. I was accepted in a trial status within a few minutes. I made my way off toward the home region and remembered to move my clone, too. Going to toss jump clones into that character, and the related skills, naturally. We will see if I can get past the “trial” status, due to my not having a full account API key… just a character one. I’ve made some friends in short order, though, so maybe. Maybe.

Met about four people in the 20+ jumps tonight, through null/low. We just ignored each other.

It’ll be time, soon, to launder some ISK over to the alt, and then expire the API key, and really move crap there, too. Get the toon up and running, then start “hanging out” with my new “family.”

On another note – I’ve got casino plans tomorrow night, but may be popping in as Gilbert and working on some more scams, etc. I need to, also, prep some documents for another in-game / out of game project I’m working on too. Note: If you have cash you don’t mind floating me for a bit, let me know. I’m likely to *not* return it, but you knew that anyway. ;)

Know what would have been nice with the “new website”, CCP?

A mobile friendly version of EVE Gate. http://gate.eveonline.com while on my iPhone can be viewed, but application of a different CSS sheet isn’t too bad. I know, it’s so 2005 to apply different logic to a site based upon screen size, but hey, who am I? I’m just a developer. Nothing much.

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.

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.

Incarna…. stuff.

Firstly, I have to say that there is a fantastic review of most of the goings-on about this recent release, over at My Loot, Your Tears, by Khalia Nestune. Please visit that to get a summary of what the biggest concerns have been.

For me, really, it’s not been too big a deal. If MicroTransaction things come out and make the game easier for people – really, I could care less. I’m still going to piss them off, steal from them (and probably easier now that they don’t have some of the “real” experience of PVP) the same ways.

I mean, it dumbs down the game, turns it into WoWInSpace, but that’s about it for me so far. Granted, I’ve only been really committed to this game as my “only” MMO for about 18 months. Not the years upon years that others have been.

However, I do very much enjoy the conversations, yelling, fighting, screaming, and overall – communication, that seems to be starting between the biggest portion of the playerbase and the devs. Even if they are just towing the company line. That’s a shit move, but I like knowing that the community out there is actually following along with this game. They are not sheep and you can’t pull one over on them/us.

On the layout change.

I must say, I’m happy with WordPress.com’s ability to take a screenshot from in-game, allow me to crop it and display as my banner.  (The image is of my slasher, full of fire and probably leaking precious O2 as I begin warp away from a few rats a mission runner left for me.)