Blog Banter #62

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 4, 2015 by shaleelianne

Welcome to the continuing monthly EVE Blog Banters and our 62nd edition! For more details about what the blog banters are visit the Blog Banter page.
Niden (@niden_GMVA) tweeted this: “It’s not cool to want walking in stations, right?”

That tweet got a few positive agreements, but on the other side of the coin we have Xander Phoena of Crossing Zebras being mentioned in the current minutes:

“Xander said that he would officially like to be documented as protesting any art time going to avatars instead of spaceships.”

What is and/or should be the future for walking in stations?
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I don’t see the point of walking in stations to be honest. In other games I’ve played (granted, there’s only been a couple), you experience the game through your avatar. You need that visual because that is the essence of the game. But in EVE, 95% of the game is carried out via spaceships.

So I need to see what my ship is doing, but I really don’t need to see what my avatar is doing while not in space. I have the captain’s quarters turned off, because it is laggy and pointless.

Sure, I do love the space clothes, and would love if they introduced new clothes every other day, but I don’t need to actually prance my avatar around in her quarters to enjoy them.

The only way I think walking in stations could be fun (for me) is if there was something meaningful you could do with your avatar out of ship. IE:

*see the station undock through a view port

*land on planets and walk around

*visit stations to buy/collect from specific vendors that I could see in station

*carry guns and kill players and/or npcs in the station

I’m mostly ambivalent about it. If it happens, great. If it never does, oh well. But if it should happen, I hope they introduce something to go along with it, because I really don’t see the point of being able to just sit on a space sofa with someone else.

 

Participants:
Sand, Cider and Spaceships –  The Incarna Hot Potato
Evoganda – Walking In Station
Evehermit – Incarcerated Wishes
Warp Drive Active – Reincarnated?
The Ancient Gaming Noob - Like Walking in L.A.
Thera or Bust… – Walking In Stations
A Missioner in Eve – Going for a Walk
Inner Sanctum of the Ninveah – Attitude

Roaming Redemption Road

Posted in Uncategorized on January 18, 2015 by shaleelianne

I figured it was time to dust off the old blog and get back to writing. Yes, I know, it has been a while- as my loyal readers like to point out every time I log into EVE (all two of you lol). I have wanted to write for some time now, but I’ve been distracted with the holidays, family, AND the flu.

EVE is an entirely new and different game since I’ve closed the alliance & corp. I log in, and I might have two mails on a good day, a far cry from the 20+ from before. My contracts are mostly empty. When I had the alliance, I’d have a continuous stream of corpses being contracted (I collect them). I’m not being pulled into countless meetings, or onto various comms to discuss all the things. Most of my chat channels are quiet.

It’s a strange new world. It is both exhilarating and unnerving at the same time. I’ve never played EVE without a corp or a purpose. Sure, I’m still in FW, but my heart isn’t. I love the Amarr Militia, but war-zone control has lost meaning for me a long time ago. I just can’t find it in me to care if we own a system or not. Once you’ve seen a system flip several times, it loses meaning. I was ambivalent when the Amarr conquered our entire war-zone, something I cared about a lot at one time. My beloved Huola was reclaimed for the first time since Inferno, and I’ve yet to actually go there and dock!

But I still love EVE and the people I’ve met playing it. I miss my alliance and corp mates, so much so that I’ve decided to repurpose my blog from being mostly about FW, to something broader. I want to focus on the people and the paths they have chosen in the game. I want to, if possible, explore new facets of New Eden- through the guidance of those who flew under the ILAW banner.

And! I’m going to focus on roleplay, another true love of mine on EVE.

So that is my bucket list for EVE 2015. Write more. Experience new things. Roleplay more.

My first new experience happened last night. I was invited to fly under Daisha Voluptia, a former corpmate of mine, on a roam called ‘Redemption Road.’ These public roams take place on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons (if you’re in my timezone).

My initial reaction was oh noes! Null sec! Bubbles! Blobs er’where! This is so far out of my comfort zone lol.

Though I’ve played EVE for years now, 95% of my time has been spent in low sec. I feel safest in low. High sec is all Concordy, and Null is vast and bubbly.

Or so I thought.

Anyhow, I get Daisha to mail me the formup system and time. The system was Berta, a High Sec system. It was only 12 jumps away, but! It was a High Sec system, and I had to travel through High to get there.

I shuttled over (Daisha was letting me borrow a ship) and docked in the scary High Sec station and joined comms.

Sidenote. I am of the opinion that there are two kinds of females on EVE. Those who revel in the attention of men, and those who just want to play the game and cringe a little bit when they have to join a new comm.

I am of the latter. However, it was very comfortable joining because of GreyGal. For those of you who don’t know her, she is absolutely amazing! Love her to pieces. I met her years ago when her former corp joined the Amarr Militia. (I also did an interview with her here, back in the day) Those already on comms were used to being around females and were quite pleasant.

Daisha, our FC, went over the basics. The Redemption Road fleets are open to all skill levels with no skill requirements, which makes it a lot of fun. Once Daisha mentioned bombs and what to do upon seeing one, I’ll admit, I had a little moment of panic. Bombs??!! We don’t have that in low sec. I don’t even know what they look like!

So I had to brace myself for both bubbles and bombs. Got it.

Once our fleet undocked, we had to haul ass to the nearest low sec system because someone (me) is a flashy. No idea how I am the only one who is pirate status here, but okay.

The plan was to travel to Thera and then wormhole it to null. That was another exciting thing for me, I had never been to Thera, and I’ve only been in a wormhole a handful of times.

The roam was fun. There were around 25 pilots, and it lasted for nearly three hours. I was surprised at the lack of bubbles lol, until then my mental image of null was that every single stargate is covered in bubbles with null sec blobs waiting to murder your face.

For the most part, most of the systems were quiet. We had to hunt to find our targets, which was mostly a new experience for me. In GreyGals interview, she said: “The biggest difference in FW vs. null sec or wormhole PVP is the lack of “hunting.” There is no “hunting” in FW – you just undock, and there are targets everywhere. You don’t have to roam 10, 20 or more systems to find a target, you don’t have to chase and bait them, you just undock and explode.”

That is so true. In our warzone, going beyond 7 or 8 jumps requires a lot of effort lol. If we ever travelled over 15 jumps for anything, it was a huge, huge deal with lots of planning and preparation!

I now understand why most null fleets have to be scheduled. When you travel that far, you need to start out with the main group. We had one pilot who tried to catch up with us and died en route.

In FW, any fleet is never more than a few jumps away, so you can catch up, or leave in the middle of a fleet, it doesn’t matter a whole lot.

Another thing I had to adjust to is the weird system names in null, all numbers and letters. What is the purpose of that? I think CCP should let people rename those systems! With proper names. Sure, we might have hard-to-pronounce names in our warzone, but at least it is a name! Not a number!

The fleet got a few kills, though we never were blobbed, surprisingly. I even managed to survive with ship intact.

So all in all, I highly recommend trying out a Redemption Road public fleet. The FCs and leaders are knowledgeable and skilled, the atmosphere is laid back, fun, and very welcoming.

For more information about Redemption Road, check out their website and join their in-game channel, Redemption Road.

I’m not quitting

Posted in Uncategorized on December 13, 2014 by shaleelianne

I am not quitting EVE. I just want to put that little rumor to rest. Nor did the alliance ‘fall apart’. It is a very undramatic story, really.

This is how it happened. One night, I was exchanging EVE mails with someone in alliance I did not know. He asked if I was the one who did the logistics for alliance. I replied yes. He asked if I was trustworthy. I found that a little appalling, being that I was the alliance executor and that I moved all the things. For free. I told him it was EVE, you couldn’t be sure that you could trust anyone, but that I would move his stuff, for free. Just make the contract to my alt- no collateral.

Now, the reason we did no collateral is because I moved many a contract per night and I simply couldn’t afford collateral on all of it.

He responded with okay. But then he made the contract and put a 2 million isk collateral on it and sent a mail saying he thought I should be able to afford that.

It was in that precise moment when something clicked. A realization washed over me. I simply did not want to do it anymore.

I didn’t want to move stuff for people who were ungrateful or cheeky.

But not only that, I realized I was just done with all of it.

I was tired of my alliance (though no fault of their own).

When our corp first created our alliance, we did so merely to have the name. The name was a symbol for us, for a corp that was stolen from us. So we got the name for the alliance. We never planned to grow it. Never planned to be leaders of Amarr Militia.

But somewhere along the way, people asked to join and were like, sure, why not. I told them we offered two things only, free teamspeak, and free logistics. I explained that a lot of my members were off and on, and would play other games from time to time. That we lived in Egghelende (non FW space) and really didn’t care about plexing anymore. That we were small gang.

Once we had several corps join, the alliance morphed into something I was never really interested in. They wanted to take systems and moons and shoot POSes and do things. They needed goals. Oh, and there were meetings. Lots and lots of meetings. And then came the problems. Blue on blue shootings and spies and dramas and so on and so forth.

And through it all, I just didn’t care. I quit caring about controlling systems years ago. I don’t care what tier we were in, or the ‘success’ of the Amarr Militia. Because really, if you’ve been in FW long enough you figure out that once you’re ‘winning’, you’re actually losing due to LP prices and all of that.

Regardless. It just became a lot of work for something that meant so little to me. Instead of having fun in a game, I realized that it had become a job that I wasn’t getting paid for.

So I gathered up my courage and quit.

I informed my Directors and let them sort out what they wanted to do. They could keep the corp & alliance going, or let it die. Everyone decided to pursue other corps, etc. I guess no one else wanted the responsibility either lol.

It has been bittersweet, I’ll admit. It is shocking how attached you can become to a corp and a group of people. A part of me feels guilty for letting go, but at some point you just gotta do what you gotta do to find joy in the game again.

But I’m not quitting EVE nor am I quitting FW. You guys aren’t getting rid of me that easily.

My name is space

Posted in Uncategorized on September 26, 2014 by shaleelianne

name in space

 

Shalee,

Thanks for signing up to send your name to asteroid Bennu. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission will be the first U.S. mission to return samples from an asteroid to Earth, and you’ll be there! Well, not you per se, but your name.

Traveling is better with company, so tell your friends! Tell your family! All they need to do is visitplanetary.org/bennu and fill in their information.

Hurry, while supplies last! The deadline to sign up is September 30 – just five days from now. Don’t let your friends and family miss this opportunity to travel in space!

The Planetary Society

WarZone Diaries (♫I ganked a thing and I liked it)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 28, 2014 by shaleelianne

In one of my last posts, I mentioned thinking about doing suicide gankings.

Well….

Here’s what happened. We were chatting on comms with a couple of ex corpies while they were mining in high sec. These other miners were in their belt, taking their ore (or whatever it is they mine), so we offered to come kill them. Sure, it was eleven jumps through scary highsec, but you make sacrifices for friends! Also, I joined in on a couple of other highsec ganks next door to our home system.

I feel like I’ve reached a new milestone in my piracy career.

Not that I ever really intended to be a pirate, but stuff happens. Living in low sec comes with a price. I can’t be bothered to buy security status and I sure as hell can’t be assed to go rat anymore. Those days are long, long over.

A part of me does feel bad for ganking. On one hand, it seems mean to just randomly go harass a miner. On the other, I don’t get to pick and choose when people harass me. Like when I’m doing a cyno. Or hauling all the things. It’s part of the game, and I have to pay attention, just like they should! (maybe I’m just trying to justify my naughty behavior!)

In other news. Biohazard has moved into our home system. At first I didn’t think it was going to work out. There were some Bio’s who didn’t have their overviews set up correctly etc, so there were a couple of diplomatic incidents, but now it seems pretty okay.

We’ve even flown together a couple of times. Good times were had all around!

For those not in the know, Biohazzard used to be Minmatar Militia. And then Gallente Militia. Now, they are Amarr Militia. (commitment issues)

When not playing EVE, I’ve been mucking around DayZ with a couple of corpies and friends. I love that game! Vonlin made a couple of videos about our adventures.

This one is hilarious. Vonlin and I were going to go rescue Tiger, who was trying to meet up with us. He had accidentally fallen off a mountain and broke his legs, so in the game all he can do is crawl. On our way, we had gotten ambushed, and made it through that. (which means Tiger had to wait even longer, defenseless and broken legged) We finally get there, and…well, just watch the video. (and I still have no idea why he wasn’t wearing pants)

The other video, we were at the airfield (a hotbed for pvp). I (hesitantly) saved the day in this one.

There should be more videos, but lately Vonlin is mucking around on Rust. I tried the game, for like 2 hours. It is another ‘alpha’ game. I didn’t much like it, but maybe I’ll give it a try again someday.

However! Almity convinced me to try 7 Days to Die. A few corpies and I have been playing it this past week, and so far, so good. It is a mix of Minecraft and The Walking Dead. It is crazy fun. You can tell it is created by men, though. The girl zombies all have their tits hanging out and the one girl avatar you can choose to play (it’s still in alpha) looks a bit slutty with her boobs on display with a tiny tee on that shows off her belly. REALLY? My character is running around in the snow fighting off zombies, give the poor girl a sweater already, gosh.

#BoredAtWork

Posted in Uncategorized on February 22, 2014 by shaleelianne

Last night we had a very small fleet out mucking around in frigs, hoping to get a good little fight.  We chased someone who kept warping to celestials (guess he didn’t have any safes in system), and every time we’d warp we’d try to go in at various ranges.

Anyhow! That got me to thinking how much easier EVE would be if, on the side of the overview, there was just buttons with ranges on it, so I could just click the range I wanted to go, instead of scroll for it.

I Really Need A Magic Space Wand, CCP♥

Posted in Uncategorized on February 21, 2014 by shaleelianne

I was reading Kirith Kodachi’s, ‘Faction Warfare Wishlist‘ on EVE News 24, and it got me musing on my own wishlist. I had intended to write out a huge list of things, but I realized that I already have in the past. Many, many posts devoted to what I’d do with FW if CCP gave me a magic space wand.  I’ll highlight a few ideas here I’ve already posted with clickable links to the posts.

-Allow faction standings to be bought like you can buy sec status. -here-

-Ditch the Tier’ed system for a whole militia and make it for individuals. -here-

-Make plexing itself more interesting. -here-

-Get rid of plex leeching, ditch FW missions, allow pilots to take no sec hit inside a plex, and create a terrorist board. -here-

-Get rid of forced ‘allies’ and create sectors. -here-

-Allow corps to bribe stations for docking rights in enemy systems, add FW rats on stargates, and create militia NPC roaming fleets. -here-

And lastly, I’m adding this to my FW list:

 
Get rid of/change the militia channel.

From my experience, most people just blink it off. In theory, it is a good idea, but the fact that anyone can join militia, there’s so many spy alts that it makes the channel completely useless. I think it is misleading for new players who might join militia. “Oh, a whole channel of my allies!” Nope. It’s full of trolls, spies, and dumb.

What would be a better idea is just to have a corp channel for the NPC militia corps, if pilots just do not want to join a player corp.
If we must have a militia chat, then mute everyone in it, and have it have a huge MOTD with useful information in it. And perhaps, let militia corps pay X amount to have their corporation listed in the MOTD for recruitment purposes. Turn it into a true intel channel. Have automatic broadcasts where enemy plexes are being run, perhaps. On one hand, some might say that it’s a lazy way of getting intel. But on the other, it would keep the war-zone popping. It wouldn’t have to be specific, it could be something general like: ‘Arzad under attack’.

One of the biggest problems for the militias is the farmers who fly around in stabbed or unfit ships, run the complexes, and soak up LP for doing literally nothing except sitting there. They contribute nothing to their militias, yet are rewarded immensely. They find backwater systems that people aren’t paying attention to, because our war-zones are fairly large, it’s simply impossible to keep an eye on everything.

I think this one change could greatly benefit FW as a whole. It would help new players find a proper corp, cut down on ISK farmers, and encourage ton’s more movement across the war-zone. Also, it could improve the average FW player’s wallets by the simple fact that LP items would be worth more, instead of getting watered down by the farmers.

 

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