Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Refining the Singularity

With the forth coming refineries in Eve Online rounding out the Citadel line-up, I decided to launch into the test server for a glimpse of the future. Originally I had only intended to setup a High Security anchorage so that I could compare refining returns between this new offering and the NPC stations baseline 50%. I would gauge the risk of a space asset verses the greater reward of more refining returns, and perhaps the ability to charge visitors. There is also the question about whether I aim for Low Security ores which occur in high-sec mining anomalies.

Whilst all of the these questions and more bounced around - I thought why not anchor and moon mine?

So I picked a NPC Null Security system at random. Packed up my Deep Space Transport with;

  • Medium Refinery (8000m3)
  • Medium LNS II rig
  • Reprocessing Plant
  • Moon Laser
I had previously scanned through the system with scan probes. Tip, align to the moon then shot the probe. I originally wanted to use a Stratios, but ended up with a Co-Processed and Overclocked Asterio fitting for survey.

I had to wait the requisite 24 hours for the anchoring². This shot is after the laser has fired. (Something, Something Rubik's Cube, Something, Something I shot the moon). I really did not know what I was doing, and had already initiated the Schedule.

After the laser shoots the moon, there is a 48 hour cycle as the lunar piece is tractored towards the Refinery. 

The Schedule shows me what was indicated in the survey probe report. (sorry I did not screen that). 

After the 2 days, I can now FIRE LASER. (I can hear the voice of Peter Cushing as I click).

The laser fires and a rather impressive explosion occurs. Afterward there is a bunch of asteroids nearby the Refinery. 

I undocked in a Prospect fitted with Elana Upgrades and Miner Laser IIs. Then just warped to a selected rock. The created belt itself does not show in the overview. 

Whilst I did a little mining, an NPC battleship and two NPC cruisers appeared. I fought them with my signature tank. So, as it stands it can be done without the specialized Mining Crystals.

Some ore harvested and now to actually refine.

Lacking the Ubiquitous Moon Ore Processing skill. I am not sure even if I will train these. I have not done the math, but it looks like the Beancounter is a factor. 

  • It would be nice if the 24 hour citadel anchor time could be waived for testing.
  • According to the feedback thread, there is supposed to be a command to waiver the 48 schedule
  • More Mining Crystals. There are already 16 in two tiers. Now three more. Mining Lasers have both tech 1/2 and modular versions - I wish Strips also had this flavor options. 
  • The frustrating rig limits. Image if you needed separate rigs in separate hulls for kinetic missiles and thermal - but they do the same thing. If I can take a Combat Battlecruiser, and sacrifice a slot to obtain a second command boost - could this be possible with the Refinery?
  • With the sizes commencing at the Medium size, will we ever see a Small option? Not only for small corps and individuals. But expanding into the military purpose of a Forward Fire Base?

To be honest, I am extremely unlikely to do this on Tranquility. But it was fun to learn that ninja mining those moons is possible without specialized modules or skills. 

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Merry Christmas

Right now I am listening to Al Stewart's Year of the Cat. Not just looking back over the year 2016, but feeling a nostalgia for a few of decades. Why this particular song, I really cannot say.

I am posting early because I elected to send a Christmas Card to CCP, today. Optimistic that crosses to the other side our small blue dot within the next two something weeks.

I lifted the address from;

CCP hf.
Grandagarður 8
101 Reykjavik

Why you are still reading? It's over. Get to your local post-office and mail a card.

2016 eh, it's been fun.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Testing on the Burst

Logging into Sisi recently I was greeting with redeemables in the offering of 10 each of the new Command Link Burst modules and 5 Skill Injectors.

I elected to try out some mining bursts just a Myrmidon Battlecruiser. Here I have two links and a Command Co-Processor. But the Processor does not work with Bursts. Currently the new rigs for fitting additional bursts do not appear to be available on the market.

I chose the Myrmidon because I could also fit a Miner Laser II. Plus because it will fly a lot faster to the station which carried the required Burst Charges. There are three different charges available for mining bursts. Better minds than me will need to crunch the numbers to see if 500 Heavy Water will have a impact or not. At the least it means added value to Ice Mining - but I would not be surprised if a) these numbers are subject to change b) the current market stockpile will provide some cushion to the change. But Caveat Emptor for you early investors.

I quickly discovered that I could fit multiple bursts, but only have one active a time. Also note that I have Foreman implant, which did not change the 50km range of both Bursts. I will assume that the artwork of the charge is a placeholder from the Small Iron Hybrid Charge and hopefully something artistic is in the works.

Each burst holds 25 charges, the cycle time is 60 seconds and the reload is 10 seconds.

The burst icon over the capacitor with an active burst. One interesting note is that I am solo in all shows, and have not even set a fleet to enable the bursts on myself. But this is early days.

Here is my ship. At the start of each Burst cycle there is a aura which shines briefly.

It was fun to see something new and give a go.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Blog Banter 77 - The Malaise

Is there a malaise affecting Eve currently? Blogs and podcasts are going dark and space just feels that little bit emptier. One suggestion is that there may be a general problem with the vets, especially those pre-Incarna and older, leaving and being replaced by newer players who are not as invested in the game. The colonists versus immigrants? Is this a problem? Are there others? Or is everything just fine and it's just another bout of summer "ZOMG EVE IZ DYING!"

Since it was my partial idea for this topic, it is only proper that I make a contribution. 

Eve is Dying.
I once had a farm in Sinq Larson. (think about that with Meryl Streep's Out of Africa voiceover). I have since allowed three accounts to lapse. Fleets no longer multi-tasking across PvE contents.

Eve is Dying.
I used to lead up to forty mining ship fleets in ambitious enterprises, complete with Wing Commander 4 and Mining Director 5. Specialising in systems without stations to clear untouched asteroids. The miner lasers are silent, comrades long abandoned and my Forman clone entombed within a distant med-bay. 

Eve is Dying.
I no longer fly in Incursions. 100 million per hour does not entice me, Logistics 5 is coated in dust. it has been over twelve months since I last Mumbled to pilots across the planet Earth. Dust also covers my maximum skills for Heavy Interdictors, Force/Combat Recons and Assault Cruisers. 

Eve is Dying.
My Planetary Industry only half hearted. A week or more can pass without an extraction cycle. Key components to tech two manufacturing seem oh so less necessary that previously. 

Eve is Dying.
Even as I polish the final ME to the components of Freighter manufacture. This used to be like Christmas morning. But now many of the lights are dark, the tree has withered and the gift paper faded. 

Eve has Died.
I am the last of my accounts. A ghost in a haunted corner of New Eden. Some missioning, some mining or some exploration.

On the horizon is the promise of Industry Arrays. Will this come with a hefty stick of more NPC taxes and a shrivelled carrot of minor industrial margins? I can only see Risk and no Reward in this future. Wait and see, with about six months left of my current annual subscription. I have time, and time will tell whether I have still have a home in New Eden.

I did it all because it was fun.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

The Endurance Ice Mining Frigate

Before I launch into my discovery with the Endurance, I wish to thank Mynxee who directed me to the in-game channel of Eve Scout and a special thanks to Carrie Frog who supplied me with direction to navigate the /moveme command - which is used on Sisi.

Starting with, the Endurance is invented from the Venture BPC - and now gives the option of the Prospect Tech2 Frigate or the Endurance for the outcome. It uses the same input components as the Prospect, just in a difference ratio. (Basically, if you can turn out Prospects, then you are ready capable for Endurances).

To read the Developer notes and ship features; please visit

5% reduction to Ice Harvesting duration skill level Expedition Frigates
5% reduction to Ice Harvesting duration per skill level Mining Frigate
50% reduction to Ice Harvesting duration for the Role Bonus
Just focusing on its primary role, it gets significant Ice Harvesting concession. The Venture will outperform the Endurance in both ore and gas mining hands down. In terms of Ice mining, it slightly performs under the Procurer - which has the lowest of yields in the barges. 

This ship is not intended as a replacement to mining barges or exhumers. If you are currently skilled for either, then you also have access the Medium Ice Harvester Accelerator I, there is no Small for the Frigates. (confirmed by CCP in the earlier linked thread).

Ice Mining Power!

Here, I have fitted one of the new Ice Mining Laser I's to a Prospect. Even though you can fit like this. (note is will not fit to the tech1 Venture). It does not receive any bonus for doing so, the single turret of the Endurance will be more yield than the twin Prospect.

The top question would most likely come from High Security Ice Miners. Can I benefit from an Endurance? I would have say no, as the barges offer more EHP defence and better yields. Although I did have some fun using a 10mn pushing 2,000 m/s - not something needed with direct warp-in available to the Ice Anoms. Basically you are already using the best the game has to offer for yield/defence - the Endurance is a backward step.

Of course the other factor to raise is that the Endurance has an impressive 15,000m3 ore hold, equal to the Skiff. 

So, what about outside of High-Sec? It is careful to note that the Endurance has some bonus to cloaking ability -  but is excluded from the Covert Ops cloak. Which would also exclude it from BLOPS bridging available to the Prospect and possible support such as Blockade Runners. (I certainly have never heard of any mining crew utilising BLOPS for penetration into the rare harvestables of low/null). 

One of primary reasons for the Endurance, is to access the Ice anon belts of the Shattered Class Wormholes. These allow frigate and destroyer access only. This is why I reached out to Signal Cartel for assistance. I wanted access to Shattered Wormholes on Sisi. Firstly, install the Beta Launcher to access Sisi. It simplifies the entire process of maintaining separate Eve installs. Choose Sisi from the server drop list, any updates and log into the client. It was that easy.

One append, the actual command is "/moveme". This brings up a list of destinations you can immediately jump into. The list contains the five primary trade systems, Thera, some null systems and several wormhole systems. The J0 (two of them) either will take you into a shattered wormhole. The J00 is a small ship wormhole, I spent time exploring to discover that it is has an exit into a C2, C4 and a Null exit. The recent irony was that I had never previous located one of this style WH on Tranquility until last weekend. On a day-tip into a Class2 and scanned one down. 

Ice reaching to the Heavens

Of course this is the primary raison d'être for the Ice Mining Frigate - as well as the excuse for a massive ore hold. It is possible to bring the Foreman and/or Shield boost support in terms of the tech2 command destroyers. But sadly no access to logistical support such as Deep Space or Blockade Transport. Plus I say that the three scout drones will not have any effect against the Sleepers which eventually show to defend the ice. Perhaps if you were apart of a significant mining fleet, and flotilla of drones might prevail - I needed to exit the stage several times whenever the Sleepers showed up. 

However all racial types of ice is available here. If you require the products from ice, this potentially is a one-stop-shop to refuel when other sources of ice are unavailable (standard WH) or exhausted local ice. 

The slot layout 3 High (only one turret), 4 Mid and 3 Low; suggest a shield fit. Two utility would allow for a probe launcher and Prototype Cloak. (there is no gain to use the Improved Cloak). Which is how pretty much I tested this ship in flight.  As a side note, one of my adventures had me exit into k-space to the system of Steve's Wreck - the very first titan killed in Eve. Of course I did a flyby. 

The larger drone bay capacity of 60m3 and 30ms (three light drones in space) provide some flexibility to the mining pilot, over the sister ship which has no drones or the tech1 base which only has 10/10 for drones. (think about utility drones like logistics or salvagers or ewar)

For a new pilot to Eve, you could possibly just develop the frigates as your harvesting tool-kit and turn towards other areas of game play. The ORE Frigates (Venture and Prospect) excel in gas harvesting - however in terms of ore or ice mining, the barge/exhumer will significantly perform better.  Additionally, a fitted Endurance will fit into the Fleet Hold of a Deep Space Transport (no room for much else), providing a mobile mini-base of operation. (hint The Level Four Mining Thukker agent).

One other thing I did in Sisi testing was to run missions of ORE at Outer Ring NPC null security. These missions are the same as the level four in high security. But expect up to Battleship class NPCs to spawn into the mission area. I have been into the ORE stations on Tranquility back in 2012. (maybe if I get a lucky WH connection, I might go again). Personally I am not a proponent of the ORE faction items. They really only offer the shortcut to learning a harvesting skill to level five. Training the skill is the superior option over bling/piñata. 

From the small batch I have manufactured so far, I kept one as a novelty. Flying around on Sisi seeing places I am normally rarely likely to encounter made it fun.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Pod and Planet Fiction Contest YC117

Title: Enigma Redressed
Category: Eight Thousand Suns in New Eden
Author: Easy Esky

Pilot Option Zed lounged at ease within his captain's quarters. Going over the most economic route to tomorrow's series of courier contracts. Maybe a computer could brute-force a flight path. But in the end it was initiation which remained the humans domain. No mere program could match it, thus Capsuleers led where Drones and AI could not follow.

The stars and gates were listed in the main screen, single line linked many places to visit.

From the door into the station, came a solid *clunk* followed by a several ratcheting clicks. But the door slide open quietly to reveal a female Capsuleer. Clad only in the undergarments of a newly activated clone.   She was still completely coated in the gel from the clone bay.

Between deep breaths she panted: "He said you would help me!"

Sitting stunned momentarily, Zed swung his legs from the coffee table, and stood.

Zed thought quickly: Able to override the door lock, and a commanding voice? That had to be the Station Master. Why is he involved? 

"You will need to wash the gel off immediately", Zed said, "please come this way". Zed approached the mirrored panel next to the sleep alcove. This door opened to reveal a stark white tiled bathroom. Colour bothered Zed when ever his clone awoke in the station, and white helped to calm after the experience. 

"Please use the shower, hot as you can stand it. Mind not to scold yourself. Get all of the gel off. When the water is off, there will be an air current to dry you. The black tile there", Zed pointed to it, "will open the wardrobe". "I don't have anything for an Amarrian lady, just a few pieces of Gallante fashion. Just pick something, touch the panel again and this door will open".

She nodded wordlessly, stepped into the room and the door closed behind her.

Zed paused to think for a moment: unlikely that the Station Master would answer his comms request. A couple of steps, and finger tap opened a cupboard above the sleep alcove. Inside were several tins of canned fruit. Another quirk of a new clone for Zed, everything tasted disgusting for about three days. Except for fruit some reason. So Zed kept a stock on hand.

Choosing a can at random, bowl, spoon, peel open can and pour contents. Zed set it down on the coffee table. After what seems an era of checking his various market orders, the woman emerged from bathroom. Wearing a navy blue leather dress, it closed up one side under the left armpit as to not break the seemingly random pattern of golden crescents. She stood before the mirror in rapt study of the dresses pattern. 

"I... there is something here.. but it feels just out of reach" she said.

"It is Leer's Enigma, umm there is a holo-reel. But something we need to action now, please sit next to me here". 

Seated on the lounge, Zed asked her to place her hand flat on the glass of the table.

"It tingles, oh... my." A look of wonder beamed over the oval face.

"That is the Neocom, through cybernetics we can rule world around us with just a thought. But right now I am concerned about your level of skills. You need to grant me access. So I can help you, it will be temporary. Good. Just queue up the final tier of Electronics and Engineering for now. Yep, that's it.", Zed lifted his hand and hers to break contact.

She is a new clone, Zed had seen that during the link.  Yet the nearest Amarran novice system was thirty gates away. The Amarr had once tried to take over Solitude, could she be some residual clone accidentally awoken? 

To forestall Holly Bluerose's questions, her name within the Neocon  Zed distracted with: "You were asking about the dress. A courier contractee refused to pay, so all goods were forfeit. And the pattern is based on inspiration to a polymath called Margaret Leer. Let me show you something".

Zed's finger rested on the table, the star map in the main screen was replaced with a lists of titles, some were duplicate names, yet had different colours. 

"Ah, and the bowl of fruit is for you".

As bold text appeared on the centre screen, the left and right sub-screens winked out.

The producers wish the thank the Gallante Federal Navy, without who's cooperation the making of this reel would not have been possible.

The enigma appeared, then with a fade-in of a still image of waves at a beach. With the crests of waves fitting into the enigma's crescents. The still image went into motion. A very young girl with bright red stands knee deep in the waves. She reaches into the surf and swirling waters to lift out a large conch shell. 

"Grandma, look what I found"
"Yes Phillipa, you may keep it, but now we must be going." The young girl reaches the matron, holding determinedly onto her prize. They walk off the beach together.

An external shot of the primary building of the University of Caille. The camera shifts an auditorium where a lecture is in progress. The lecturer presents before a large screen containing several rows of formula. 

"This will be your assignment during the seasonal break", the lecturer intoned.

Three noted chimes sound, the seated students commence packing their tablets.

In the front row, bespectacled, plainly dressed and long, blonde hair in disarray, one student remained fully immersed in the screen's formula as the remaining students filled out. The camera pans to show a tall female with short cropped hair enter the auditorium and take a seat at the back. Dressed in a long orange coat with the patterns of flames. 

"Will that be all Professor?", the blonde asked.

The lecturer turned back to face the class.

"I would have thought even you Margaret would have plenty to work through."

"It is more pieces of the puzzle.. but it is an orbital slingshot around Gallante Prime out to the asteroid belt mining colonies. Depends on the planetary position in the year. It equates the fuel consumption, the necessary speed of the craft, its distance to the planet, gross craft weight and provides the time to destination. Of course burning fuel means a weight reduction over time during the arc is a tricky affair".

The Professor placed his tablet on the lectern, and a series of numbers pooped into the array. 

Margaret paused, "That must be military grade craft, the hauling industrials are much heavier. But it is 58 days, and a way one trip since the craft is not big enough to carry fuel for a return journey."

"They can refuel at the asteroid mining colony", said the Professor.

"I can do better, and hello Phillipa", said Margaret.

Phllipa stood, and made a grand entrance down the auditorium steps. The flames on the helm of her coat flicker as though real with motion of her walk.

"You are going outshine them all my beloved bright mind", Phillipa said smiling.

As Phillipa draws adjacent to Margaret chair, Margaret leans her head back to receive Phillipa's kiss on the mouth. It is lingering.

The Professor coughs twice and get their attention back, "you said you could be better Margaret?"

"Now that my Muse has arrived, let's see", said Margaret.

Long spindly fingers move over the tablet. On the screen sections of formula move, are replaced and extra text is added. Margaret's intense gaze never leaves the screen.

"That should reduce the fuel consumption by at least seventy percent. In exchange for a twenty percent flight duration", said Margaret. "Assuming no other factor change".

"Let me check this please." said the Professor.

"Has to be worth at least an A plus!" Phillipa said.

"OK, I am going to really test you then Margaret, take this with you over the break and see what you can do with it." the Professor retrieved from his pocket a memory chip, and dropped it into Margaret's outstretched palm. "Now, it is class dismissed".

Margaret and Phillipa stand before a small cottage, it is late afternoon with long shadows. Phillips producing a brass key to unlock the door.

"The home has been in my family for generations", Phillipa said seriously, "You, dearest bright mind are my family. We can spend the entire break here, away from the world."

Cut Scene. The kitchen of the cottage. The nearby windows show it is night.

Philipa cooks at the stove with several pots, whilst Margaret pours over the screen of tablet.

"You have been at that for several weeks now", said Phillipa.

"It is a formula for Quantum Wave Mechanics and the secret to breaking past Light Speed. But its broken somehow. Humanity once did it, we can do it again!"  

"Well, we can do dinner now", Phillipa tapping the wooden spoon on the rim of pot, "then we can walk on the nearby beach. then you can save the world... but save me first."

Margaret looks up, then turns the tablet face down, "the world can wait".

[Zed skips past several erotic scenes - it is a holoreel after all]

Around the kitchen table, a package and a cake are evident. Phillipa prepares breakfast. 

Margaret enters room. 

"The birthday girl awakens", says Phillipa.

"It is our last day", Margaret murmurs.

"There will be other breaks, we can return. A caretaker from the local village will ensure the house is up-kept. Well, are you going to open it?"

Seated, Margaret draws the package close, and rips off the wrapping. Holding up a up a blue dress with crescents sown across the front and back. "You managed this from the antique mechanical".

"Gran's sewing machine, and hand work. I can say that it has sweat, tears and blood into the making"

"This pattern.. where .. did it come from?"

"Its just that photo you took from the beach, the foaming crests of the waves"

Tears well in Margaret's eyes. "It was there all along, my muse, you did it".

"Thanks, I think", said Phillipa.

"What do you get when the unstoppable force meets the immovable object? It is where the land meets the sea, you get surf! See the basis of sub-light is using energy to propel matter. But for greater than light travel, energy and matter should never meet - it is the collision which prevents passage. That damnable formula is broken because the premise is. The light barrier is not to be broken, it must be passed. Can I have my tablet now please Philipa?!"

Phillips retrieves the tablet from a kitchen cupboard.

"Because of you, my muse and your wonderful gift", the fingers skimmed over the tablet surface, But Margaret Leer looks at the ceiling in rapture.

"Out shine them all my beloved mind", Phllipa helps herself to a slice of the cake.

Title card: Three years later - the Gallante have constructed Starship Torus.

A control room filled with monitors and personal. On the primary screens show both the pilot in final flight checks and various external cameras of the Torus. At the rear of the room, stand Margaret Leer and Phillipa Sweet holding hands. Margaret is dressed in a business suit. A golden crescent pin on the lapel. Phillipa dressed in a deep purple great coat, with lightning bolts striking around bottom helm.

"Henri, this is control, all checks complete, you have a go."

"Roger control, opening up the throttle". Static external cameras show the Torus gradually accelerate away. There is a burst of light and ship vanishes".

The mission control clock times lapses twenty five minutes.

"Control, this is Chief Foreman at Asteroid Mining Site Two. We can see the Torus, repeat we can see the Torus".

There is an eruption of cheer from the room at this announcement.

Margaret and Phillipa kiss as the screen fades to black and credits roll.

Zed carefully turns off the sound. Rose has leaned into him, appearing to be asleep.

A quiet voice says "Save me now, you can save the world later, just talk for while."

Paused in thought, "Margaret Leer's inspiration in nature later become the founding basis for all Gallante space-faring design. It continues today to be guiding spirit as we navigate amongst the stars. Ships engineers carry a crescent as a talisman in her memory.", Zed's voice trailed off accepting that his guest was now asleep. Zed thought: tomorrow the world...