Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Crucible: Day 1

I booted up Crucible as soon as I got home from work last night and all I can say is wow. Before even leaving the station the game felt completely different. This was only enhanced when I did a few system hops and saw the new features in the space side of the game. Well played CCP. Well played indeed.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Naming an expansion

[kroo-suh-buhl]         noun
1. a container of metal or refractory material employed for heating substances to high temperatures.
2. Metallurgy . a hollow area at the bottom of a furnace in which the metal collects. 
3. a severe, searching test or trial.

Well, I guess that answers that. CCP has endured the Incarna release, the Emergency Summit, The Summit Minutes scandal, Forumgate, Monoclegate, and who all knows what else. They've gone back to basics and started actually listening to their customers. 

For the first time in a while I actually have high hopes for the future of the game. See you out there.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Everything that has a begining has an end, and that end is a new beginning.

I have recently decided to leave BSC Legion, the corp I have been in since almost the day I started playing. It wasn't based on drama of any sort, and there was no massive theft to herald my exit. In fact I sold a rigged Drake to one of my corp-mates for 30 mil and donated a rigged Iteron Mk V to the corp.

The null-sec life can at times be more of a hassle than it's worth. And the only reason I was there was because my friend Asander was there. He has since gone quiet due to personal issues, and while I don't blame him for that, it's not exactly fun when you barely know anyone else in your corp, most of whom are EU timezone anyway.

While I bear the Legion no ill will, and may still do things in high-sec to help them, I'm not interested in being tied down and enduring the vagaries of a game play style that for me at least, is not fun. One of the great things about EVE is that it is so open and undefined. While most people see sov holding null-sec as EVE's "end game" I consider that little more than chest thumping. Some will argue w-space is EVE's true endgame given the greater limitations imposed by the environment (no local, stations, ice, moon mining, belts, and the overall tougher rats (sleepers) who offer no bounties.) And while I appreciate those difficulties, they are ultimately self-imposed.

EVE's endgame is, in the end, whatever you make of it. 

Like null-sec kill mail whoring to a fault? NCdot would love to hear from you.
Like the thought of hot-dropping a Merlin with a titan fleet. Pandemic Legion is calling your name.
Think camping outside Jita 4-4 with wardecs on random alliances is the pinnacle of PvP? The Orphanage has you covered.
Have a good combat record and like the thought of working for the highest bidder? Noir. Mercenary Group is the place for you. Tell Alekseyev Karrde or Nidia Masters I sent you, then wait for the riotous laughter.

For me at least, this is a time to go try my hand at some things I've always wanted to try. Perhaps some RP? Maybe some Incursions? What ever it is, it will be me choosing what to do and on who's terms.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Blog Banter 30: Finishing the job

With the changes in the upcoming expansion surrounding high-sec wars many people (read griefers) will complain about them. It's hilarious in a way considering their actions whether they be neutral R.R. of a ship that is at war with another corp, or the suicide ganking of a ship. Both of these actions are a direct violation of the Treaty of Yulai that created Concord in the first place.

And now they are mad that insurance isn't being paid out on those gank ships? Hello? Does your homeowners insurance pay your policy out if you burn your own house down? No, because Arson is a criminal act. So is ganking a ship you aren't in a declared war with.

Now we just need CCP to finish the job. Don't allow anyone to use the gates into a highsec system if their security status would see their destroyed in that system. Even if they are in a pod. If they jump clone into highsec and leave the station, have the sentry guns pod them. A true criminal would be shot first and questions asked later. It should be no different in New Eden.