Friday, 20 July 2018

TEST just won that war

Funny thing isn't it?

The big fight in UALX-3 saw 2 trillion ISK in supers and dreads torched. Then the node crashed when Goons or NC or whoever tried to dogpile in to a 5,000 person Local and maxed out TiDi.

So the whole PL super fleet and whole fleets of HACs and T3's were logged out by too many nerds trying to dogpile in to a Keepstar fight.

Now we have TEST with an anchored Fortizar and a giant field of bubbles on the site of the battle, and the logged off might of PL et al slowly logging in their subcaps and capitals into the bubble trap to be blasted to fuckery by fleets of carriers and Harpies.

Some pretty accurate memes show the situation. Osmelet shows the strategic situation.

The strategic reality of EVE nowadays is that if there's a big fight going down, the node will crash or the timer will go through due to TiDi in most situations. Too many nerds try to pile in and they simply fry CCP's infrastructure (cue whining about updating to 64 bit, blah blah blah).

TEST has soundly won this battle, and perhaps given themselves a huge strategic advantage in the short to medium term; even accounting for a 300B ISK keepstar loss, the second is now going to anchor, so they won that fight.

Secondly, the might of PL's super fleet is trapped out for who knows how long, and the subcap fleets are still fractured and dislocated and unable to form. The imperative for both types of ships is different.

For the subcaps they have to die and live again, shiny and chrome. So far dozens of subs and some Apostles have logged in to certain death, and fair enough. If your HAC is SRP'ed it's better to log in and 99% die and get back to making ISK in your ratting carrier / super, than be trapped out of the game for maybe a week or two. Strategically it makes more sense to get torched and be freed up again to re-enter the battle on your terms, in a coordinated fashion than have to be around to do a coordinated login which will likely fail. So expect to see TEST clean up hundreds more as this imperative is driven home by leadership.

For the supers, the story is different. The rescue fleets have to be formed and dropped into grid in coordination, to get the bubbles cleared ASAP, while the supers log in and begin capping up. The window is tricky, because TEST and the Legperium will respond in kind and a big shit fight will ensue, with the advantage firmly in favour of TEST now. So that extraction will be interesting; some have gone well in the past, others not so much.

For TEST, local supercap superiority is now assured in the short term. So they will be well served to reinforce anything they can, anywhere they can, while this lasts. They need to shore up their defenses and anchor what they need to anchor, while the chances of it being blobbed to death are vastly reduced. This gives them an opportunity to wreak some real damage on Fraternity if they take it, which they must. They have to turn a slight ISK-war loss in UALX-3 Round One, and leverage off this for a strategic push.

Interesting times!

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Maiden Voyage? Only if it's not fucked

We were watching a guy buy and build his Avatar all day/evening long.  after some logistical setbacks caused by the loss of an Impel.

After dealing with this by downgrading from C-types to Navy EANMs (blew his budget), he finally undocked his giant space shroom/peen from the Keepstar in Maila, and sat there for about 20-25 minutes, letting the solar wind blow the cheetos dust off his giant hairy balls.

We were of course wondering where he was going, but with his hauling alt identified we hadn't quite clued in to who his cyno was.

So when he jumped to a midpoint system not on our radar, we had to scramble around to find this vital intel. We managed to get into the midpoint system and ID a few clowns as they left local, and confirmed our suspicions. We also then knew his destination; being Hull Penetration he would be heading to the Kamela area and would have to pass through 3 systems; Hedgiviter, Hrondmund of Bundindus.

We set up some alts, and marshalled the cats via a ping. We had our required tackle, DPS (lol, easily) and the hammer for the coffin nails all logged in and ornery within 10 minutes, as the cyno alt moved up the pipe and got comfy.

He used a SD cyno, so we were lucky to get a warp to zero on it when our tacklers jumped into local. But that was all we needed, so it was cyno up and bon voyage for one Avatar, coup de grace with a Doomsday.

Zkill values the maiden voyage of the space vessel Donald Trump at 72 bullions of space gold.

RIP. As I said to the guy, it's time for a cry-wank when you lose an Avatar on it's maiden voyage. Or as they probably don't say in German, a weinenwischen.

Then, a few hours later;

Well, that's one less piece of junk flying around EVE.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Good Content vs Bad Content

If you are on the Facebook EVE Online group you have doubtless seen or heard of the exploits of Thieves Guild, most notably Jim Halescott, who does a lot of stealing of citadels and grinding of structures.

His great new venture is to recruit "50 to 100"newbros to fly Catalysts around hisec and beat up on structures.

Yeah. Wow.

His plan is to split the loot.

In a citadel bash, assuming everyone can get 500 DPS from a Catalyst, nothing goes wrong and no one loses their shit, you need between 10 and 30 characters to beat down an Astrahus  or a Fortizar. This could be spread out over a week to three weeks of chasing timers, but lets say it takes 6 hours of actual player activity to manage. So you've got between 60 and 180 man hours of time spent beating up hopefully idle and loot-filled citadels.

It's hard to know what the loot per Citadel is in high security, but it's probably fuck all what with asset safety. Even salvaging for 10-15% would nett you all about 1.5B from a Fortizar, which is optimistic. If you've spent 180 man-hours bashing it (minimum) then your ISK/hr is about zilch.

Structure grinding as a content driver was the whole reason we had the Dominion patch, which I doubt Jim was around for. It was why we got Citadels in the first place, because the EHP buffer of POSs was often the sole deterrent in their removal. To make it fucking clear for dumbfuck poms used to dropping 6 Leshaks on an Azbel, POSs used not to be that fucking easy. They used to defend themselves without human intervention, unlike these dumb as bricks space toasters. Tackling a decently fit POS was a 6-8 hour exercise if you didn't use Trashcats, 4-6 if you did.

So, yeah, this kind of content model has been tried before. It fails, always, because it's bad content. It's bad content because it's repetitive (oh look, another Athanor to F1 on), simple (F1, AFK), unengaging and devoid of any reward either in ISK or in skills gained. What do you learn here with Citadels except orbit, refresh your guns, and warp away to a safe when the bad men turn up?

Hoping for fights in highsec war decs is also a joke. Thinking 50 Catalysts is a fleet, well, the man has no idea, clearly. I would love to find 50 Catalysts orbiting an Athanor of mine at 1km. A single Orthrus would kill any that were dumb enough not to warp off. And if you do all warp off, guess what, your work is undone.

Jim is entitled to try his hand at stealing the enjoyment from his corp mates as much as his victims, but it's a lot harder to find corpmates than it is victims. The thing is, newbros and bored old cunts alike will quickly sniff out boring content and not turn up for it.

Shame that he's going to burn all his credibility on this bald attempt to get other people to do the boring grind for him.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

How Rorquals are Saving EVE

Seraph IX Basarab has a bit of a vent about the Rorquals on EN24.

Such salt. He wants to not only nerf them but remove wealth from the owners, which is kinda just a wee bit petty do you not think? It's not the player's fault the game is allegedly 'out of balance' so much that everyone can helicopter dick about in a supercapital and titan, you feckless dingo todger. So with that, you know he's just crying tears of broflake sissy rage because "Hurr CCP changed my game".

Grow up you simpering doltv; the game isn't broken by Rorquals. It's improved by them.

Like a lot of guys playing this game, who are merely human beings with limited intellect and pungent body odour like me, Seraph also has a very skew-whiff view of the economic impact of the Rorqual. He complains that multibox Rorqual miners are pushing down mineral prices, causing deflation.

Well, fuck me sideways with a snow plow, isn't that a good thing? MUDflation is a problem in all other MMO's. A boneafide economist studied it in EVE (and several aspiring economics students have written papers on EVE), CCP made some tweaks and changes years ago, and by and large MUDflation is absent due to taxes and charges within the economy 'shaving the cheese' as it were.

What Rorquals are doing is providing a mineral boom. The abundance of minerals makes ships cheaper; Cyclone hulls are down to 30M. Aeons are 13B. Both used to be double that five years ago, I'm pretty sure. Given rat bounties are still the same, this means that Rorquals have made it faster and less painful to rat your way into a ship. This is good news, especially for newer players.

PLEX prices are, in the old coin, 1.6B. In 2009 they were 300M. So it's gone up like Australian real estate; hardly Zimbabweification. And yeah, this has an impact on newer players and credit card warriors trying to afford their ships, which are now cheaper in real world terms.

I mean, don't tell my wife, but Titans are now so cheap that if I had the opportunity to live out of, say, the Maila keepstar instead of a podunk fucking Athanor, I would top up a few PLEX and maybe one day fly a Ragnarok on my main. Full dislosure, I did tell her that this was the year I was going to buy one and she said "Aren't those worth $6,000 in real money?"

Not anymore, hunbuns; thank the fucking Rorqual. More like a grand, and that's fitted to 100B ISK worth. If you just want to driveby dickheads, you could get out of it for 55B as Ranger Regiment showed recently, and hey, that's a spendy birthday present, amirite?

Rorquals. Making Middle Aged Men's EVE Dreams Possible.  Finally. 

Seraph also complains of guys (him, probably) with mineral stockpiles getting dudded because the price is dropping.

Puhleeze fool. If you've stockpiled minerals thinking it's a hedge vs MUDflation, you took a risk on a commodity market by going long, and if real world history of mineral prices shows, a boom in prices leads to overproduction and a crash. It also shows that with a step-change in technology (eg; cyanidation of gold in the 1980's) the price tends to crash after. So in EVE terms, when the miners whine enough that it's not profitable enough to mine, and CCP buffs a ship somehow, or creates the Rorqual, then the price of the minerals change.

Should CCP nerf Rorquals because some flappity-brained nincumpoop has bet that trit will be 15 ISK per unit by 2020 and sunk 300B into the market? No. CCP should balance the game around the market stability, the overall MUDlfation risk, and the balance and playability of the game, in terms of if trit was 15 ISK then it would be onerous to afford any ships anywhere and people would stop PVPing. Like, seriously, CCP should not balance around the greed of players.

Balance Issues

I will agree the current Rorqual meta is a problem in terms of balance. That's a combination of factors, but mostly we have to look at Goons in Delve to see the balance problem and that's a problem created by the Goon supercap umbrella.

Perhaps Rorquals are too tanky with or without the PANIC module. This is true when they have decent support and you can't prevent that support getting on field via any form of cyno inhibition. This is the Goons issue in a nutshell; dropping 40 FAX to save a Rorqual is Goons organising themselves better than anyone else. The effect of this is in effect virtually unlimited Rorqual mining in effective impunity. Is it a problem with the Rorqual? No. Is it a problem with being able to multibox them due to drones? No. Is it a game balance issue or a meta issue? It's a bit of both.

Is it CCP's job to nerf the Rorquals tank, to make Goon Rorquals more vulnerable to smaller gangs of bombers? This won't help the smaller alliances or the lowsec miners or the wormholers who pop Athanors and mine in C1's. The tank isn't the issue.

Cyno Inhibitors Should Be a Thing

Certainly cyno inhibition is effectively a nonevent in EVE. Occasionally someone has an old school POS with a cyno inhibitor running, and it's getting rarer especially now that everything can take a gate unlike the old days when you had to take a gate, bash a POS in subcaps while getting dunked on by bombers, cripple the inhibitor and then you could cyno in the big shit.

Oh, you have the mobile cyno inhibitor...which is effectively pointless against anything these days because you rarely get 2 minutes before the hammer drops or the rescue fleet hops in. But maybe if your victim is AFK and you're quick you can inhibit the response fleet or force them to drop on your 100km away....which is about 10 seconds of MWDing for the swarm of fighter bombers. The mobile inhibitor is an obsolescent piece of shit. It needs a 10 second or 30 second anchoring and at least a thousand klicks of inhibition.

And why not a class of vessels that can do this as part of their role? Sure it's open to abuse, and it would be heavily abused as a new meta evolves but so is anything else.

But think of it. Even if it's a T2 battlecruiser hull worth 600M ISK, pushing this through a gate at some hotdropping lowsec pirate types and cutting off their inevitable dunk squad of Nyxes? Worth it. Bridging one in to dunk 20 Rorquals and cut off the instant backup? It would certainly change the meta, change the behaviour, and not penalise the smaller players more than the Goons.

Hell, no doubt the Goons would either have CAP supers in the belt itself (a step forward from having region-wide umbrellas of supers on near instant call-out), or the Rorquals would utilise a cyno inhibitor on the belt to shut down hotdrops, forcing the hotdroppers to maybe light on the moon nextdoor and warp over.

Like, would that not be;

  • fucking logical that inhibitor technology would one day make its way onto star ships
  • fucking cool
  • worth a whole fucking summer update
  • open up whole new metas

It's time to throw this kind of shit at the alleged problem, to spice the game up, versus keeping Seraph IX Boohooahoohoosarab from salting up his cheeks at the thought of how much ISK other guys are making. Fuck that guy.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Police Brutality

[ 2018.07.09 23:20:35 ] EVE System > Channel changed to Local : Ofage
[ 2018.07.09 23:36:36 ] Nick Devarti > anyone alive?
[ 2018.07.09 23:36:41 ] Nick Devarti > in local chat?
[ 2018.07.09 23:36:53 ] Basileios Schwarz > o7
[ 2018.07.09 23:37:19 ] Nick Devarti > i see to be having an issue where I cannot dock in  Ofage - Freeport
[ 2018.07.09 23:37:25 ] Nick Devarti > does that occur for any of you?
[ 2018.07.09 23:37:58 ] Basileios Schwarz > yep - same here - I was able to dock, but now it is not on the overview anymore
[ 2018.07.09 23:38:20 ] Nick Devarti > great lol i docked my fenrir in there
[ 2018.07.09 23:38:41 ] Nick Devarti > any idea why?
[ 2018.07.09 23:38:48 ] Basileios Schwarz > it's back
[ 2018.07.09 23:38:51 ] Basileios Schwarz > try now
[ 2018.07.09 23:38:56 ] Nick Devarti > fuck yes
[ 2018.07.09 23:39:11 ] Nick Devarti > thanks man lol
[ 2018.07.09 23:39:14 ] Nick Devarti > i got scared for a min
[ 2018.07.09 23:39:17 ] Basileios Schwarz > (no need to thank me, I didn't do a thing)
[ 2018.07.09 23:39:21 ] Basileios Schwarz > pure coincidence
[ 2018.07.09 23:39:49 ] Basileios Schwarz > I think it was a bug or smth
[ 2018.07.09 23:39:56 ] Basileios Schwarz > fly safe friend o7
[ 2018.07.09 23:40:02 ] Nick Devarti > you too lol
[ 2018.07.09 23:40:06 ] Nick Devarti > time to head back to jita
[ 2018.07.09 23:40:13 ] Basileios Schwarz > NO
[ 2018.07.09 23:40:17 ] Basileios Schwarz > don't go that way
[ 2018.07.09 23:40:20 ] Nick Devarti > why not
[ 2018.07.09 23:40:21 ] Nick Devarti > ?
[ 2018.07.09 23:40:26 ] Basileios Schwarz > Messoya is camped
[ 2018.07.09 23:40:37 ] Basileios Schwarz > only if you can jump
[ 2018.07.09 23:40:47 ] Basileios Schwarz > don't go through Messoya
[ 2018.07.09 23:40:48 ] Nick Devarti > seriously
[ 2018.07.09 23:40:50 ] Basileios Schwarz > pirates everywhere
[ 2018.07.09 23:40:55 ] Nick Devarti > Yeah but im going through all of highsec
[ 2018.07.09 23:41:28 ] Nick Devarti > MR logistic you here for a fight?
[ 2018.07.09 23:42:40 ] Nick Devarti > zandr
[ 2018.07.09 23:42:42 ] Nick Devarti > please dont
[ 2018.07.09 23:42:47 ] Nick Devarti > please.
[ 2018.07.09 23:42:51 ] Nick Devarti > let me go
[ 2018.07.09 23:42:56 ] Nick Devarti > i beg
[ 2018.07.09 23:43:04 ] Nick Devarti > i am a nice person
[ 2018.07.09 23:43:11 ] Nick Devarti > Zandryx
[ 2018.07.09 23:43:20 ] Nick Devarti > please!
[ 2018.07.09 23:43:25 ] Nick Devarti > ZANDR
[ 2018.07.09 23:43:26 ] Nick Devarti > NO
[ 2018.07.09 23:43:27 ] Nick Devarti > PLEASE
[ 2018.07.09 23:43:31 ] Nick Devarti > NO CYNo
[ 2018.07.09 23:43:31 ] Nick Devarti > PLEASE

A cyno is lit, and a posse of Police Skinned Marshals (and some poor cunts in Panthers) jump in

[ 2018.07.09 23:43:39 ] Not Orious > ALL OFFICERS RESPOND
[ 2018.07.09 23:43:40 ] Sinshisko Van Raynar > Excuse me sir, are you carrying any contraband?
[ 2018.07.09 23:43:45 ] Nick Devarti > No!
[ 2018.07.09 23:43:50 ] Nick Devarti > I have tritanium!
[ 2018.07.09 23:43:51 ] Nick Devarti > thats all!
[ 2018.07.09 23:43:54 ] Nick Devarti > I can prove it!
[ 2018.07.09 23:44:00 ] Nick Devarti > please !
[ 2018.07.09 23:44:01 ] Sinshisko Van Raynar > have you paid the toll on that?
[ 2018.07.09 23:44:03 ] Nick Devarti > I am nice!
[ 2018.07.09 23:44:06 ] Nick Devarti > whats the toll?
[ 2018.07.09 23:44:08 ] Nick Devarti > ill pay it
[ 2018.07.09 23:44:09 ] Nick Devarti > if you let me go
[ 2018.07.09 23:44:11 ] Nick Devarti > Ill pay it
[ 2018.07.09 23:44:20 ] Not Orious > I need you to calm down sir
[ 2018.07.09 23:44:27 ] Nick Devarti > sorry.
[ 2018.07.09 23:44:28 ] Not Orious > (officers, draw your weapons)
[ 2018.07.09 23:44:33 ] Nick Devarti > Im borrowing this ship!!!please
[ 2018.07.09 23:44:38 ] Nick Devarti > ill give you my stuff
[ 2018.07.09 23:44:41 ] Nick Devarti > i just want peace
[ 2018.07.09 23:44:52 ] Sinshisko Van Raynar > who are you borrowing it from
[ 2018.07.09 23:44:59 ] Nick Devarti > My corporation leader.
[ 2018.07.09 23:45:00 ] Trinkets friend > I need a Fenrir to move my ice for refining
[ 2018.07.09 23:45:03 ] Nick Devarti > I do not have money.
[ 2018.07.09 23:45:07 ] Nick Devarti > please I am poor.
[ 2018.07.09 23:45:08 ] Sinshisko Van Raynar > does he know about it or have you stolen it ?
[ 2018.07.09 23:45:12 ] Trinkets friend > Can I borrow it for 20 minutes?
[ 2018.07.09 23:45:16 ] Nick Devarti > He knows about it!
[ 2018.07.09 23:45:28 ] Nick Devarti > i am moving 10 million tritanium, a tayra, and expanded cargo holds.
[ 2018.07.09 23:45:38 ] Nick Devarti > ugh.
[ 2018.07.09 23:45:41 ] Trinkets friend > Actually, can you move my ice for me?
[ 2018.07.09 23:45:52 ] Nick Devarti > sure. I can do whatever you need
[ 2018.07.09 23:45:55 ] Sinshisko Van Raynar > you might want a lawyer present
[ 2018.07.09 23:45:56 ] Nick Devarti > aslong as I can move my tri.
[ 2018.07.09 23:45:59 ] Nick Devarti > ugh
[ 2018.07.09 23:46:02 ] Nick Devarti > great
[ 2018.07.09 23:46:04 ] Trinkets friend > ice first, sir
[ 2018.07.09 23:46:06 ] Nick Devarti > i screwed up lol
[ 2018.07.09 23:46:13 ] Nick Devarti > are you playing with me?
[ 2018.07.09 23:46:17 ] Nick Devarti > or will you let me go if I move stuff
[ 2018.07.09 23:46:23 ] Nick Devarti > im willing to do that
[ 2018.07.09 23:46:29 ] Trinkets friend > Warp to Wiskeber
[ 2018.07.09 23:46:42 ] Nick Devarti > will I get ganked by pirates?
[ 2018.07.09 23:46:45 ] Nick Devarti > ill go if I dont get ganked
[ 2018.07.09 23:46:48 ] Not Orious > no pirates here, only officers
[ 2018.07.09 23:46:52 ] Sinshisko Van Raynar > there are no pirates here
[ 2018.07.09 23:46:55 ] Trinkets friend > sir, we are police, you will be protected
[ 2018.07.09 23:46:59 ] Sinshisko Van Raynar > we make sure they dont appear here
[ 2018.07.09 23:47:00 ] Nick Devarti > Oh!
[ 2018.07.09 23:47:04 ] Nick Devarti > ok
[ 2018.07.09 23:47:15 ] Nick Devarti > im disrupted
[ 2018.07.09 23:47:17 ] Nick Devarti > i cant warp
[ 2018.07.09 23:47:29 ] Trinkets friend > align to Mateber gate, sir
[ 2018.07.09 23:47:29 ] Sinshisko Van Raynar > align to mateber first
[ 2018.07.09 23:48:08 ] Nick Devarti > are you friendly people?
[ 2018.07.09 23:48:19 ] Sinshisko Van Raynar > my mom thinks I am
[ 2018.07.09 23:48:22 ] Trinkets friend > We are. We just need some boring logistics completed
[ 2018.07.09 23:48:23 ] Nick Devarti > thats nice
[ 2018.07.09 23:48:44 ] Nick Devarti > as long as you protect me i can move your stuff lol
[ 2018.07.09 23:48:52 ] Trinkets friend > ok, warp over, sir
[ 2018.07.09 23:48:57 ] Sinshisko Van Raynar > ok warp to mateber
[ 2018.07.09 23:48:59 ] Nick Devarti > here we go.
[ 2018.07.09 23:49:20 ] Nick Devarti > can you invite me to your fleet?

We warp to Mateber and continue in Fleet Chat

Nick Devarti > i was hoping to move and afk warp to jita.
Nick Devarti > Ok
Nick Devarti > oh my goodness
Lennont Lemmont > unfortunetly your ship has been deemed dangerous
Nick Devarti > a titan!!!!
Not Orious > lol
Nick Devarti > I have never seen one!!!
Nick Devarti > holy cow!!!!
Lennont Lemmont > you will be reimbursed
Trinkets friend > \o/
Nick Devarti > wait
Nick Devarti > what?
Nick Devarti > wheres the ice
Trinkets friend > in my scotch
Nick Devarti > NO
Nick Devarti > PLEASE

Then he got Doomsdayed

Nick Devarti > oh my goodness.
Lennont Lemmont > reimbursement has been sent
Nick Devarti > WHoa
Trinkets friend > and that's your first doomsday
Nick Devarti > IM TAKING A VIDEO
Nick Devarti > OF THIS
Nick Devarti > OH MY GOSH
Not Orious > congratulations
Nick Devarti > I WAS KILLED BY A TITAN!!!!
Trinkets friend > <3
Nick Devarti > OH MY GOODNESS
Nick Devarti > THIS IS AMAZING
Nick Devarti > why the 2 bill isk tho?
Nick Devarti > I am so thankful!
Nick Devarti > but why?
Trinkets friend > Because we had a lot of fun
Not Orious > come again some time
Lennont Lemmont > OFFICER DOWN
Trinkets friend > have you ever used a titan bridge?
Nick Devarti > NO THIS IS SO COOL
Nick Devarti > LOL
Lennont Lemmont > warp to mateber gate
Rengas > these aren't even the cool titans
Nick Devarti > IK
Nick Devarti > im screensharing with my CEO
Rengas > everyone knows leviathan is the best
Nick Devarti > oh my gosh
ROSSLINDEN0 > come to mateber
Nick Devarti > WTF
Lennont Lemmont > sometimes crime pays
Nick Devarti > im shaking rn
Nick Devarti > this is the coolest thing ive ever seen
Nick Devarti > what alliance are you guys apart of????
Lennont Lemmont > <url=showinfo:16159//99006970>The Ivana Trading Federation Federation</url>
Not Orious > the ivana trading federation of the ivana trading federation federation
Not Orious > part of the coalition The Ivana Trading Federation Federation Federation
Nick Devarti > can my corporation apply to join you?
Nick Devarti > The cool thing is I can fly a dread or a super carrier
Nick Devarti > but Im so poor rn i cant afford it
Nick Devarti > I have a naglfar and a revelation at malia that my corp uses
Nick Devarti > but no weapons
Lennont Lemmont > we will discuss this, but recruitment is very tight right now
Nick Devarti > now I can afford them!!!!!!!
Lennont Lemmont > jump into mateber
Nick Devarti > can I add one of you as a contract?
Lennont Lemmont > you may
Nick Devarti > holy shit
Nick Devarti > this is amazing
Nick Devarti > ITS SO BIG
Nick Devarti > LOL
Lennont Lemmont > right click the titan
Lennont Lemmont > and "jump to ofage"
Nick Devarti > That was amazing
Nick Devarti > i am putting it on youtube
ROSSLINDEN0 > please remember this area is under police patrol 24/7. other areas of lowsec are very dangerous
ROSSLINDEN0 > you should avoid those areas
Nick Devarti > Yes
Nick Devarti > I know

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

What's wrong with this image?

Yes, I did in fact manage to finish a data site in a C3 in a Nereus with no hacking mods whilst baiting. Made 13M ISK in data crap.

Then the locals, who I had been hoping would dump something on the Planet Dollaz and get a 7th kill mark on it, decided to drop a Stratios on the lowsec static. That didn't go so well.

So, what did we learn today?

  1. You don't need no damn Astero to run data sites in safety. Just take a Nereus. Ain't nobody dropping on that bitch.
  2. ??
  3. ??
  4. Profit!

Rolling Metabreaker

Soo.... you know the Rolling Sigil which I found out about in March?

Great for confusing risk-averse kilogram counting bears! Wait till they're in hardcore rolling fugue and YOLO through their camp of T3's on their static (a cloak + 100MN AB trick does wonders here) and shave 200M kg's off their static so that they cannot figure out the maths and can't figure out WTF you are up to when their static goes crit at the wrong time, leaving them stuck to your lowsec dungheap for 24 hours because they're afeared of your cynosural fields and gatecamps.

Literally gold plated fun (depends - do you have a SKIN for yours?)

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Bin Day

Sometimes, you have to clean up the trash.

Athanor 1

Athanor 2

Athanor 3 (KM redacted for security reasons)

Heimatar lowsec is the cleanest* space in the game, change my mind.

* - no fucking citadel dandruff on your overview. Please visit for a calm astronautic flight experience.

Monday, 2 July 2018

"Something is wrong with our bloody ships!"

So is the quote attributed to Lord Jellicoe in the Battle of Jutland when the British Battlecruisers were popping like champagne corks under fire from the German dreadnoughts. It was probably poor design of the magazines and poor discipline in the magazine and turrets with cordite charges. Ammo choice sank ships.

Tonight I dropped a buffer gank Cyclone into a bubble in nullsec where a Gila was camping, with a battle Falcon to jam his drones out. It did not go to plan;

So, HAM application versus a shield fit cruiser is...worse than a single fucking medium drone apparently.

Plus missing 4 jams in a row on the dude's drones, and I was lucky to get out both my ships in structure when, on paper I had 70K EHP, 720 DPS Cyclone versus an ASB fit Gila with 500 DPS and 54K EHP (buffer plus charges).

In reality I had 150 DPS because, somehow, HAM application vs cruisers is 10%.

Fuck this game is bullshit sometimes.