Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Blog banter #22 where does blood runs thickest?

Welcome to the twenty-second installment of the EVE Blog Banter, the monthly EVE Online blogging extravaganza created byCrazyKinux. The EVE Blog Banter involves an enthusiastic group of gaming bloggers, a common topic within the realm of EVE Online, and a week or so to post articles pertaining to the said topic. The resulting articles can either be short or quite extensive, either funny or dead serious, but are always a great fun to read! Any questions about the EVE Blog Banter should be directed tocrazykinux@gmail.com. Check for other EVE Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!

This month topic is brought to us by L'Dene Bean of Nitpickin's who asks: Why, and how did you pick your corporation? Is your loyalty solid or just until a better placed organization "recruits" you. The shorter version: Who holds your Unshakable Fealty and why?

As usual I'm posting from my iPod when I should be paying more attention to what is around me.

This is my first blog banter post, and it's fitting as this is a topic that I find important for everyone I fly with. Please overlook random colors, there is no editor in the mail app.

Loyalty, it differs for everyone, mine is with my Corp, for as long as I am able to afford to play eve. I have left corps for more profitable waters in order to purchase plex via isk. That said I have always returned to my roots, nullsec corps can be rather draining on my limited time and less enjoyable, so previously my stays in null haven't lasted more than a few months. I'm not built for constant CTA's or to be on two separate comms at once constantly, that's just a bad idea really.

These days I'm stable on my plex purchases so I did return to my empire alliance (and was kicked out, a story for another day). Now I'm running my third wh op with a very capable group, managing a c4 wh and shipping parts in and out for needs and profit. Having multiple accounts and scanner alts is a huge asset... Getting side tracked.

Back to the banter, loyalty is one of the highest qualities I look for in a player, that and honesty. I'm as loyal as a dog almost, but screw me over and I'll obviously take the hint.

I'm not into Corp theft or back stabbing, though I've considered it as a profitable venture. If I do something that negatively effects a member, I try to right the wrong and if I can't then I offer my head for the chopping block.

A player who can turn their back on you on a moments notice is not one I would bring into a wh. Wh's survive on trust and loyalty. They are what I seek, and what I offer

EDIT:Sorry for the linklessness of my post, Sent from the ipod, and killed all the formatting from blogger. I'll figure this stuff out eventually.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

WH-Dwellers Reunion

</sign_on ~ user:haun pass:********>
One can spend too much time in their pod, and for this reason I've ensured that on any ship that I can, I modify it with the equipment necessary to allow me to leave the capsule during times of extended inactivity.

Once in a wormhole, without mining supplies or the skills necessary to fly a capital sizes ship, there really isn't a lot to do with ones spare time when the Corp is in downtime. Logic should carry you to the conclusion; I am not in my pod.

In my private quarters I take breaks from the moisture of pod-goo, watch movies and relax. It gives one time to reflect on past events. This evening, morning, how the hell do you tell in a wormhole? This moment in time my thoughts are on the reunion of the members currently docked up or similarly cloaked in-system (I don't dock up often, I like to keep my ship off the radar).

Our crew is now made up of many different pilots who have gone separate ways multiple times and many months ago. Today, I consider it a matter of pride and fortune that these pilots are again flying with me and taking the risks in unknown space.

This part of the universe is uncertain in every way except it's consistent capability for destruction. I would wake up tomorrow the chimes of damage notifications, I could wake up and be involved in making many hundreds of millions of isk with my corpmates. Nobody knows but we try to keep our eyes open for hostiles.

I'll need to write some biographies, I'll get on it soon. Gives me something to do while overseeing mining or waiting for the inevitable collapse of a wormhole.

<*file encrypting... ... .. sign off complete*
<*you have a priority message*
<*sender: admiral griggs*

Someday I'll work on this AI's access to mics in my new quarters
</call maintenance>

Optional patch #5 fail

Bad enough that they reach number 5 but now to have it fail and require to be disabled.... Wow CCP, just wow.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Keeping the habit

Now that I am actually posting on the go from iPod sometimes I'm trying to maintain the habit of blogging.

This ones short as my eyes are burning from a long day of working with computers and bad lighting but I'll just say that damn is it ever good to be back in wormhole space, some friends have gotten together and we're actually in line now to be one of the founding corps for an alliance. A pure industrial and two wormhole corps for starters. Contacts in each Corp are strong and we're just waiting on the necessary skills to finish up now before it becomes official. Pretty exciting times and if anyone has some advice on alliance leadership (not CEO) please drop your two cents my way. I'm new to that idea but very excited.

Fly safe

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Oh unknown beyond... It's good to be home.

"Clear, haul ass!!", the message received I let the Iteron V fall into the wormholes gravity well only to be spit out the other side.

Several seemingly blind wormhole "jumps" later we arrive in our new home. It's good to be back. The team and I are no strangers to wormhole space, but it had been some time since we ha occupied one. Our last venture in a class 2 system ended with a war between hostile forces and the mercs who were hired to cover our evacuation.

Sure we're capsulers but we still have our pride, and I wasn't going to let some barbarian spacemen take my men without taking heavy losses themselves. The cost of hiring the mercs was more than the value of assets evacuated but given the chance I'd do it again the same way.

But that was before, I've since returned to empire, moved to nullsec, and returned again to empire. Nullsec is a busy place, even busier when PL is knocking on your hull.

The new Corp is very capable, and the space we now reside in is rife with possibilities that only a few of us truly understand. And the atmosphere is different too, I've appointed several directors and we've all flown together enough that i'd trust them with the keycard to my Jovian credit account. each of us knows the other on a very personal level, recruitment is based on the words of a mate and accountability is high.... Trying to write in character on an iPod while falling asleep? Is fail.

Anyways, yeah, i'm back in a wormhole and it feels great! Organization and capabilities have increased drastically as well as revenue :). The future is bright in our new C4 wolf-rayet. Which we found totally at random while attempting to move into a completely different wh. Just goes to show how quickly things can change in unknown space.

A sad day.

I've just deleted capsuleer from my iPod and am taking a moment of silence for the app....

I was taking my usual break from study to check on my skills and wallet balance and it finally sunk in that capsuleer won't be the medium through which I do that anymore. You will be missed.

Stay tuned for a post relating to my re-entry into wormhole space. Just let me finish another exam and a few assignments lol. I'll make those posts in character I think, I enjoyed writing in character before.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Test blog from my iPod

So I'm just checking out my ability to post using my iPod. Please leave a comment too on any of my posts so I can see how my iPod deals with seeing and responding to them.

When I'm home I'm usually preoccupied and have more pressing things to do besides check blogs but here on campus I distract myself often :) thanks to anyone who comments!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Breifly, why i haven't posted much

I read the blogs while on the go via my iPod Touch. So typically I'm not in the position to write on the tiny little screen for any length of time. It's bad enough I read during university lectures, but typing posts would probably see my marks reduced :P

School is getting busy again, which means I'll be cooped up in the library for hours on end and will need the "study break" here and there. Maybe my posting will actually increase due to my added school load haha, funny how that works.

Anyways, I'm spamming my blog so I'll stop, hoping it'll get me back in the mood for regular posts.

Capsuleer, say it ain't so...

I've been following eve-blogs and my characters skill progression via the iPhone app, Capsuleer, for some time now. I've found it invaluable and it is going to be very very hard to replace.

I've followed Seismic Stan's advice today from Freebooted and have setup an RSS application that uses google reader settings and will be keeping up with the eve blog pack that way. The only other application I've seen that is capable of tracking character skills like Capsuleer does is iClone. iClone had a huge database on eve items, ships, and systems. It's a great app, but it's bulky. If I want to know what my wallet balance is, I need to wait for the whole system to sync, that means waiting on all skills, all characters, all asset/pos changes and a few other things that iClone tracks and syncs with.. This is painful to wait for when you're just checking skills.

The application I'm using to track the blogs is MobileRSS. I've never used it before but it only took a few minutes to setup and subscribe to the whole blog pack. I like that I can easily e-mail myself the post link or just open the post in safari and respond. I've not been one to respond often to blogs, but now that I'm being forced to leave capsuleer behind I believe I will be doing so.

Ideally CCP would work with the creators and allow for capsuleer to continue functioning.. but at the very least they should not continue to flat-out ignore contact with Capsuleer as it is to my understanding they are.

Capsuleer will be missed, thank you Seismic Stan for reminding me to get another source of blog reading, that reminded me of my own blogs and I'll be working on my own return to the blogosphere.

That's all for this one, maybe I'll send an (IC) post soon.

Fly dangerous!

O-sht, gotta get back on the blog

I've been away for far too long, so many things have happened it's difficult to cover it all but I'll try and do so without rambling on my first post in months.

I'm back in empire from my few-month stint in 0.0. Zero is very cool, and someday when I have much more SP than I currently have I believe I will make my return. The corporation I joined was Black Aces, formerly from AAA C, then to En Garde, and finally to -A-, the corp has had its ups and downs and has some great pilots. Even though I no longer wave the same flag I still have a great deal of respect for many of the current and ex-Black Aces pilots.

Joining -A- was not something I had initially anticipated when joining Black Aces, the added requirements were a bit much for me to handle (being on two different voice comms server constantly is a bad idea imo), and add all the action that's been taking place in Catch and Stain this past month, it's just too much for a less-than-10mil-SP character to handle.

Long periods of time under siege may work for many eve players, but for one who relies on isk->plex for their gametime (like myself), long bouts of low-income just don't work. That may cause me to have a slightly nomadic employment history. I need to go where the isk is based on necessity :P so shoot me.

In my search for sources of isk I've dipped my hand into a few different sectors, I've trained one character to fly an orca as well as train exhumer lvl 5. Remapped to Int+Mem and am working on support skills and aiming for perfect refining as well as the ability to use T2 mining crystals. This is a toon I plan on keeping for as long as I am playing eve. When I return to nullsec having my own intake of minerals and ability to manufacture my own things will be invaluable.

I have a third toon.. a trader who has recently started flying an obelisk.. Handy to have for sure, but the cost per month in grinding for plex is forcing me to reconsider the necessity of such a character. 2 weeks training on trade skills with another character should give me enough skills to handle my own market necessities. And unless I'm running an alliance... I don't see the need for a personal obelisk pilot.

Trading can be profitable, but it requires time and attention just as much as any other eve activity. There isn't the risk of afking and losing your ship to rats or other players, but when you need 13mil isk per day just to break even on owning the account.. it can require time and resources that a non-top-of-the-line machine and player can't afford. At present I've got about 34 days of gametime left on the trader/obelisk pilot and I plan on selling this character at the end of that period.

Heading back to my roots at the present time, WH-Space. I've sold two of my first characters and am back to a lower SP character but with plenty of real experience and non-SP skills. I've made many strong bonds with players during my travels and I'm ready to lead my second WH-op with a new corp and a few very experienced players that I've met over the previous months. We started in a C2 early in my eve career and are now aiming at taking hold of a C4 WH and building capitals immediately. If you're going to do something hard and risky, you may as well do it right. I'll have my industrial character setup inside with ammo BPOs and a covetor. We don't connect to known space regularly so we'll need to have a gameplan and things are coming together from all directions.

Seeing as I'm heading back into the space I was born, I hope I'll have more to blog about in the weeks to come. We don't always have something to do in a WH anyways, so on days when I'm not under siege, reaping in heaps of isk, or mining and spamming D-scan I'll figure out some time to write here.

I still have more to say.. but this one needs a new post I think.