Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Just a Pirate

After several sleepy months where quite a few more people than just me were fairly inactive in corp, IFW seems to be waking up again. I’ve logged on several nights now to multiple roams and ops going on, with corpies fairly busy with the business of killing folks.

It’s been an interesting experience being a pirate in low-sec, and not a Faction War pilot. When I first moved to low-sec, it was to join a militia. And I was then in militia for years, rarely every experiencing low-sec without the backdrop of FW. And while it’s fairly common for militia pvpers to also be pirates (for some they are more pirates who happen to be in militia…) it is a bit different experience being just a pirate.

Low-sec pirates, I have found, do a lot of ‘for the heck of it’ pvp. Where, they roam around and shoot things without any particular goals or objectives. While this was also the case a lot of the time in militia, we also had the backdrop of defending our home system, and occasionally taking systems away from the Amarr.

Lately, a lot of what we do that isn’t ‘random roaming’ ends up being taking moons and pocos. And a lot of the time, it’s not really because we need or specifically want the moon or poco location, but because we’re hopeful it will aggravate someone into fighting us.

“Creating content.” they call it.  And while some people seem to think this is the definition of a sandbox –where users are left to their own devices and their own content-creation –it just makes me frustrated. I’m okay with there not being any ‘paths’ or linear steps toward some specific end game, but it seems like there should be more for people to fight over than this. And it seems that the players of a game shouldn’t be stuck resorting to poking each other for no particular reason in the hopes of temporarily making someone annoyed enough to cause an aggressive (and hopefully explosive) situation.

Sometimes, I miss my null-sec days. It has been many, many years since I lived in null-sec. And there were many things I hated about it. But I liked the campaigns, and the feeling that I was helping toward bigger goals than just killing random dudes I happened to come across whilst roaming about.

I often ponder over what the ‘magic’ ingredient was that made us fight over space and go to war with far less ‘carrots’ than we have today. Sometimes I think it has nothing to do with EVE, and everything to do with the people that play it.

Nowadays, people want cookies and they ponder the finer points of risk vs reward of their various endeavors. They shirk from activities they deem aren’t ‘worth it’ and min-max EVE’s game mechanics down into spreadsheets and numbers.

Nobody goes to war anymore just to beat their chests over the bodies of their defeated enemies. There’s not enough profit in it.




Saturday, February 14, 2015

They Said What?

It was negative degrees outside this morning so I curled up  to skim through some of the CSM candidacy posts out on the forums.

These are things that caught my eye --either because they made me laugh, sounded intriguing, or sounded plain awful. (I'll let you decide which was which.)


"If you’re logged in and undocked, I think you should also be active behind the keyboard. Players should press a notification button every 30 minutes if they are still on the same grid in space."
-Tora Bushido

"If you allow one pilot, or one pilot with multiple friends waiting to join via cyno, to shut down everything you are doing then you deserve to lose your system(s)."
-CivilWars

"You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it press F1. We can get millions of people to try EVE, but the reality is that EVE’s new player experience sucks."
--Chance Ravinne

"I see nullsec's problems as being its general emptiness, and this is driven in part by the massive amount of rentinggoing on, where whole regions are leased out to risk-averse bears by colaitions of greedy spitballs."
--Trinkets friend

  " #1 ''Hardcore Player Mode''
CCP Rise talked about this a few weeks back and it got me interested. I did some thinking, and I liked the idea to have a ''special alt'' who is badass at doing pvp related stuff. "

--Bobmon

" I’d love for there to be more dynamic and active ways to mine for those who wish to do industry in more dangerous areas of space."
--Sugar Kyle

 "I am one of the alts of a player that has been in the game for more than 5 years"
--Borat Guereen

"After hearing the CSM called a “PR tool” by one of CCP’s public relations people, I know where the CSM stands. After many of the disparaging comments made to me directly, I know where I stand. The new release cycle makes it harder than ever for the CSM to have input and be heard."
--Sion Kumitomo

 "Failure is an important aspect of the game, and shouldn’t be prevented. However success and failure should come from informed decisions and counter-play, as opposed to encyclopedic knowledge of confusing mechanics. If I am playing chess with someone, I will make sure they understand the rules fully before I crush them.;) "
--Ashterothi

"I have been exclusive Amarr Militia. I am immensely happy in low sec and in FW, I will never go back to Null. I am pleased with the recent changes done to FW, thank you CCP."
--Moudib

"Eve for me is more than a game. First and foremost i log on to eve to socialise with my friends, and as i am sure you can all relate to, i end up spinning a ship whilst i am doing work for work or marking or otherwise being busy with other non-eve-related things."
--Soelent

 "Despite all of the rumors of my alliance being a front for Goonswarm to project influence into highsec, I'm neutral with respect to nullsec wars, and will happily build guns and sell them to both sides."
--Sabriz Adoudel

 "Statistically 4-7% of the EvE Population is Female.
90%~ of my voting base is Female.
"
--Xenuria

 "An idea that I have had for a bit is the idea that when you deplete an asteroid is that the fragments that are left over scatter around the belt and you can maybe find a extra ore pop up. "
--Erika Mizune

"I have never left High Sec space."
--Lorelei Ierendi 

 "I've done a little faciton warfare, and did bad. (It was bad.) ((We were bad.)) (((I am so, SO sorry about that.)))"
--Aiwha

 "When I grow up I want to become a great pvper. I do enjoy ship explosions, but I tend to die a lot."
--Migui X'hyrrn

 "I'm pretty terrible. I DON'T know who the major players in the game are. I DON'T know the history. I DON'T know the lore. I DON'T even know what a jita is. (some sort of minmatar probing frigate, right?) I DON'T know the best way to nerf an Ishtar.

I DO know newbies.
"
--Cagali Cagali


 "Why would I vote for you? Well probably you wont ^_^ But wouldn't it be awesome that someone with a fresh look on the game be allowed to share and shape this experience."
 --Doudou Lachatte

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Going for Broke

It's weird coming back to EVE after not playing a while. Everything feels rusty and dusty and your corpmates talk about goings-ons that you don't know anything about.

I'm not really going to get into much about why I haven't been playing a lot. It doesn't really matter and I don't want to bore you. And, I think it's kind of funny when people treat their comings and goings in EVE as some sort of important timeline.

I think that if I ever were to truly quit the game entirely it would be like anything else I stop doing, where one day I look up and realize I haven't logged on in years. There won't be some sort of hard decision, or a farewell post.


Speaking of quitting, I decided it was sad that people wait until they're leaving to give their corpies cool stuff. So, I gave one of my corpies a faction fit moros.

I wish I could say that I'm a generous sort of person, but up until lately I really haven't been all that much. I admit that hearing him confess he occasionally chugs it around the station just because he loves to fly it was worth every billion missing from my wallet. I hope he gets it exploded doing something exciting like shooting at a titan or something.


To be honest, I've started focusing more on fun stuff in EVE, and less 'work'. I still market trade, but I don't do anything elaborate. I have no intentions of running any more low-sec markets. Thankfully, I live in Sujarento, where Sugar Kyle has gloriously setup a full-fledged low-sec store. I think I will trade a few items in-system for kicks, but will probably focus on a low number of niche things--slow moving things that people don't often need, but where it's a pain in the neck to have to go to Jita to get when you really want one. I'll leave all the crazy stuff that must be constantly monitored and fed, to our alliance low-sec market professional. :D

Speaking of fun stuff, while I haven't been playing a whole lot the last few months I have been logging-in now and again, and sometimes 'lurking.' I joined one fleet not long ago, where we ended up using Thera to get to some other regions in low-sec. It was the first time I had ever seen Thera. It was very gray and mysterious, and I think it would be fun to live there. It was like creeping through dark haunted woods, where you're unsure what's watching you or lying in wait to pounce on you--but where it's kind of peaceful and pretty at the same time.



I finally finished Jump Drive Calibration V, and bought myself another Archon. I had an Archon once before, but I traded it to my CEO who ended up getting it blown up in glorious battle. I have named this one "Not for Baha' because needlessly to say, I will not let him borrow it any time soon.

(Actually, that's probably a lie. If he really needed it I'd probably hand it over in a heartbeat....I'm kind of a push over.)

Anyway, I will probably be broke and crazy in a few months time, at the rate I've been buying shiny toys and spending ISK. But, I guess being broke won't be so bad, so long as I had lots of fun getting that way. :D

Monday, December 15, 2014

Catching Up



 The Christmas shopping was mostly done and I only had some wrapping to do, so this past weekend I pulled on some fuzzy socks, and spent some quality time in the wonderful virtual world of internet spaceships.


Now, I'm sure many are wondering what happened with the last post. Did I give the dude back his ISK, or not?

And the answer is, that no I did not give back the ISK.

The 'advice' I was given was pretty much 50/50. Some were quite emphatic that I should definitely not give the guy back his ISK. While many others said I should be a nice girl and give the guy a break. 

Maybe I'm not nice. Maybe, I really am a dirty, rotten, evil pirate after all. However, I decided that if I was going to be giving away ISK --no matter how it was acquired --it would be going to corpmates and not strangers.

If it had been a friend, or even someone I knew relatively well, I'd have probably given it back. But it was someone I didn't know. And thus, my corpmates can rejoice in the shiny new guardians that now grace our corp hangar.

End of story.


Over the weekend, I hit the milestone of acquiring my 8,000th kill on eve-kill.  Now, I'm not really the type to take a whole lot of stock in killboard stats. You can only learn so much about a person or a fight through those kinds of statistics.

However, killboard milestones DO make very good excuses for buying yourself more shiny things. And so, for my 8,000th kill, I think I may buy myself another shiny ship. I'm still deciding on which one....maybe one of those amarr destroyer thingies?


The new alliance is going well. For the first time in a very long time I feel like there are things I can learn --and even ships that I can train better skills for. I'm working on some capital skills, and will hopefully be adding some new caps to my inventory of shiny ships over the next few months.

Learning new styles of pvp is always the hardest part of joining a new group. I find that I have to be very careful about listening and paying attention when I'm in Snuff fleets. It's not like an IFW fleet where I practically know what to do without anyone actually saying it aloud. (Actually, I'm occasionally ADD in fleets, but I'd rather think of myself as 'proactive' than scatter brained...)

Not to mention that even though we all speak English, there's occasionally enough of an accent from our Europeans where I occasionally misunderstand things.

For example, in last night's fleet I could have sworn that Donnie kept telling us to 'warp to the Dalmatians.' I had no clue what he was talking about, so just kept following everyone else like a good little lemming. 

Finally, I couldn't stand it anymore and I asked a corpmate what he was saying. Apparently, he was talking about fleet warping with our Damnation pilots who would otherwise be warping faster than us.

"Sorry, Susan. CCP have not yet implemented puppies in this game."

Boo.

Anyway, right now I'm trying to learn all the Snuff ways and not get anyone killed through any stupidity of my own.

I will say that there's nothing better to break a daydream than a stern, British voice loudly saying your name on coms in the midst of a very large, quiet fleet.

It's just that I was looking at the pretty Erebus...and mentally calculating what it would take for me to buy a super cap of my own....maybe a Nyx? Those 1,500 Firetails  could be sold, as well as pretty much the entire remains of the Huola market now that Huola has been abandoned...

hmm....I wonder how much stuff I actually still have in Huola. Maybe we could find a wormhole like we did last weekend to move a few things.

...wormholes...I really need to go take a look at Thera one of these days. I wonder how I'd get there....I bet there are bubbles...an interceptor maybe?

Why is everyone disappearing?  Is fleet over? 

"SUSAN BLACK YOU MISSED THE TITAN BRIDGE...ARE YOU THERE?!"

Ohhhh crap.







Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Predicament

I logged in this evening to find someone had made a rather large error in my favor, accidentally purchasing a Damage Control II from one of my market orders for the ripe sum of 641,000,000 ISK.
At first I giggled in glee, thinking of the new shiny battleship I would surely purchase, or perhaps the shiny mods I would acquire for my new Redeemer.


But, curiosity overcame me and I just had to see who it was that made such a mistake. It was, in fact, no one I have heard of or remember flying with. But, he is a long standing member of a corporation I have been friends with a long time, and allied with for years with in militia.


So, the question is, should I give the ISK back to him?


On one hand, I do not know him. He may associate with a corp I once knew, but for all I know he could be an Amarrian spy. So, perhaps I should simply be content in my good fortune. And go on a shopping spree...

On the other hand, I have many friends in this corporation. He could be an alt of a long time comrade, or someone who simply fought in another time zone for many of the same things I once fought for. After all, I can't pretend to need the ISK, and good friends are much harder to come by then money.



He wrote me a mail. Not really to ask for ISK back but to acknowledge that he probably would never see it again. This is EVE, after all. We are all cut throats and pirates.

Or are we? What would you do?