Thank you for doing this interview, Capt Patrick Archer. How did you come up with your name?
Names are hard mkay. I think I spent an hour trying different names and all were taken. My RL name is Patrick and I was watching Star Trek Enterprise, so yeah..
How long have you been playing EVE, and how did you get started? Is Capt Patrick Archer your original toon?
Yeah I am a newbie. I started early 2013, so only two and a half years.
Have you participated in any of the EVE Online real life events like Fanfest, EVE Vegas, or local meetups? Also, do you participate on out of game forums like eve Reddit or listen to EVE related podcasts?
I’ve never been to any real life meets and honestly don’t plan on doing that either. I have enough stuff going on IRL :p However, I check out Reddit quite often. It is cool to watch people shit talk each other for no real reason.
What is the most appealing thing about EVE? Also, least appealing?
The fact that you can help build an empire (and get your face kicked in 2 days later), the living universe is what makes it cool. Least appealing: way too addictive.
If you could change one thing about EVE what would it be?
I’m not going to turn this into a rant about Fozziesov, but I’d aim to remove the grind / pain in the ass from holding sov. Make that more fun than trolling sov.
Who do you most admire in EVE, and why?
I have respect for a lot of people, but I can’t think of anyone that I really admire.
What other games do you play besides EVE?
I used to play a lot of ArmA II and Project Reality but when I started Eve that kinda stopped. So it’s mostly Eve and some SupCom FAF or GTA V with my corpmates in QUAM.
Have you tried other parts of the game, like wormholes or high sec? If so, how do they compare to Null?
Like most noobs, I’ve started off in high-sec, then moved my corp to low-sec. Done that for a bit and then moved to null. I’ve yet to try wormhole space, but lately I was told that PvP in there is very dead, so I’m happy with what we’re doing now in TRI.
What are some of the benefits of living in null versus other sec’s of the game?
Deny other alliances access to moons and some “safe” space for the care bears I guess. And also bubbles, they impact fights quite a bit.
What advice would you give to a new player starting out the game?
GTFO of high-sec. Join a training corp / alliance that is part of a bigger group.
Discuss some of your most memorable moments within Triumvirate, and outside of Triumvirate.
I think the 1st defense of GTB in the Spire was the best fleet I’ve ever been in. Under SFC we fought off three different fleets, heavily outnumbered. We won the strategic objective, the ISK war, and I didn’t die for once.
What do you think of ‘fozzi-sov’ so far? Enjoying entosising all the things?
Sov is boring and even more of a grind it was before, and I think the recent developments in null-sec prove that. In my opinion, Dominion sov after Phoebe wasn’t that bad. We sure had a hell of a lot more fun taking Etherium Reach than we had fighting RA in Insmother over sov.
How long have you been a part of Quam Singulari[QUAM]?
I’ve been in QUAM for about a year, ever since the current CEO (Mike) revived it. I have been flying together for longer though.
What is your roll within your corporation? Discuss your duties.
I’m the director in QUAM and basically manage everything when Mike’s gone. He works for a Formula One team, so he’s away for work quite a bit. I hate to do pos bitchin’ apart from collecting moon goo, so I try to avoid that.
Tell us a bit about Quam Singulari [QUAM}, and what you look for in a potential recruit. If someone wants to join [QUAM] what is the process?
I think our requirements are pretty similar to other TRI corps. What I find most important is that our members are active on our corp coms. Chill when there aren’t any fleets etc. And be proactive in finding fights.
Usually people have a chat with me, hop on TS3 and talk about what they want to do and expect from us. In the mean time I check their API and pretend I’m good at that. After that there is a trial period that drags on for as long as I feel like it.
How long have you been an FC? How did you get started?
Ever since my first month in Eve I was always the guy to get some people together. I basically did it because nobody else took the initiative quick enough. And I am a dick and think that I can do shit better most of the time. My main goal is to make the people in my fleet enjoy the game to its fullest potential. I think in TRI it matter more that we take a fight, regardless of the outcome.
Best and worst FC story?
I’ve been thinking really hard about this one. There were so many good (and bad) fleets of all sizes. To be honest I find it more rewarding to do a small gang and see that one newbie understand his role and grow into that. It’s really hard to name one success or fail story though.
After asking around a bit I remembered my worst fleet ever. We were going to bash a POS of some irrelevant dudes near our Null Entrance. When I came home from work, I fell asleep and woke up two minutes before I had the planned op. I rushed to my PC, not wanting to do the op, but there were like fifty dudes waiting for a fleet. So, I formed a fleet (can’t remember the comp) but it had about twelve dreads in it. Meanwhile we had a Gorgon nano gang in our staging that I kind of missed, (or ignored) and called dreads to undock. This piqued their interest and obviously they tried to set up a trap. I was too tired and wanted to rush the dreads through. Our dreads ended getting bubbled on gates for an hour with me half asleep and still raging at our Russian friends. We ended up losing nothing, but everybody was incredibly bored and pissed off. Oh, and that POS never got reffed..
What advice would you give to a new FC?
Run the numbers beforehand and if you think it’s doable. Just go in.
Oh and most importantly DON’T RAGE.
What are your favorite ships to fly? Least favorite?
The Nano gang Oracle because of its crazy damage, and the Rattlesnake in fleets because of its versatility.
What is your most embarrassing killmail/story?
Hands down; losing my pro-fit tengu to Chris Lares:
What is the thing you’re most proud to have accomplished in EVE Online so far?
Building QUAM to what it is now, but I’m not done yet :)
Please link any blogs, kill boards, or videos that you’d like to share.
Word Association! First word that comes to mind when I say:
CCP – Thanks
Monocle – Lol
Jita Local– Spam
Alliance Chat– Shittalk
Alliance (other than ours): Northern Coalition
Pirate Corporation: Starwinders
EVE Related Celebrity: Chribba
Ways to make isk: 500% Markup on alliance contracts and embezzle moongoo money.
Corpse: Yours :)
Star System: HED-GP
Drink: 10/10 Southern Comfort 7-up
Song To Fly To: Ride of the Valkyries when yolo’ing around the grid.
Thank you for the interview!