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; https://mikeazariah.wordpress.com/2015/11/22/ooc-operation-northern-troll/

CCP hf.
Grandagar├░ur 8
101 Reykjavik
Iceland


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.