Information Combination

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I haven’t been able to post for a while so I thought I’d try something new, a combination of what was intended to be more than one post into one.

Where have I been?

For some odd reason, I feel compelled to tell you where I’ve been over my 4-ish years in EVE Online.

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It seems like I’ve pretty much stayed around one (rather large) area for most of my EVE career, that being the Gallente and Caldari regions, more recently stretching up into the more lawless areas of space. You can even see the routes I took going back and forth between a couple areas in Amarr space while a member of a corporation a RL friend started (but unfortunately he quit not long afterwards).
Lately I’ve been staying more up north, close to the market hub of Oursulaert (is that even a market hub anymore?), which is actually where I joined my first corporation (The Digital Mercenaries). The only reason I’ve been staying up in Oursulaert is because I am training to fit a hardwiring implant and since the implant cost me around 175 million ISK, I’d rather not risk it being blown up. Plus, with my new found wealth, I’ve been in a buying mood a lot of the time lately.

CSM 2009 Results!

So, the results are in on the 2009 CSM elections and the new CSM delegates that you all chose are as follows;

  • Dierdra Vaal
  • Vuk Lau
  • mazzilliu
  • Zastrow J
  • Erik Finnegan
  • Avalloc
  • Omber Zombie
  • Larkonis Trassler
  • Meissa Anunthiel

During the elections (that I’m sure you’re sick of me talking about by now), 9.74% of current EVE subscribers voted compared to the 8.61% of last time. I would hope that the extra 1.13% are due to my “I’ve Voted” campaign but I kinda doubt it. A man can dream though! :D

In other news…

Some other, unrelated, news.

  • I recently started reading EVE: The Empyrean Age again. I started almost a year ago but only got a few pages in before I lost it. I know, I’m not sure how I lost such a chunky book.
  • Casiella Truza (from Ecliptic Rift) recently commissioned me to create a forum signature, which I will show you all once Casiella has given me some feedback and it’s all paid for.
  • I finished World War Z over the weekend at the insistence of my girlfriend (Heather). She bought it for my birthday last year, I’d been feeling quite bad that I still hadn’t read it all.
    By the way, if you don’t have it already you should definitely pick it up and give it a read. Such a great book for anyone secretly preparing for a zombie outbreak as we speak. I know who you are!
  • I may be posting less over the next few weeks as it’s getting very close to the end of term at college, which means that I’m going to be spending almost 100% of my time desperately trying to catch up with my work before the final assessment week.

Corp move yet again

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Firstly, I want to apologise for not posting for almost two weeks. Those of you that follow me on Twitter will know that I’ve been extremely busy trying to get into a graphic design course at a college in my area (well, as much as a 40 minute bus ride away is my area). That, coupled with seeing my girlfriend every Wednesday and every weekend (not that I’m complaining, of course), means that I’ve had no time at all for EVE over the last week and a half. But now that I’ve been offered a place in the course, there’s no more rushing around so I’m nowhere near as busy anymore. And we all now what that means… more EVE play time!

So, onto my current EVE activities. After moving from Paye to Warouh (which was my new corporation’s HQ), we’ve moved yet again from Warouh to a new location that I’m not sure I’m able to disclose. I’ll have to check with my corp leaders as we were under instructions not to tell anyone where we moved to, I’m not even sure why. All I’m going to say is that going from an elegant, golden Amarr station, to a station that looks like brown box with tubes coming out of it is quite disappointing. Although, that said, it is a rather impressive box.

Apart from that nothing much has been going on. I haven’t yet had the chance to get the new EVE Online: Empyrean Age book, but I’m really tempted to get it. I should really finish World War Z first though, which by the way is a great book if you’re into zombies and the like. The problem with me and books is that I can only read one at a time, and I usually forget completely about the previous one.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted some EVE screenshots. I think I’m becoming (or have already become) a screenshot junkie. The first thing I thought when entering my new home system was, “My Myrmidon looks great in this system’s lighting!”

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It’s getting late. So time for me to get into my nice, comfy bed.
Fly safe, boys and girls.

Month in Review: June

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a ‘month in review’ post, but since I’ve missed out on a lot of months to review, I thought I’d start again. So, onto the actual post.

Site View Count:

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Articulated Sky has had a bit of a sporadic view count over the last month. Ranging between a high (although not an all-time high) of 161 views and a low of 27. That said, I had an average view count of 40-50 per day. I didn’t think was much of an improvement on last month, but it seems that I was wrong as this month saw me achieve the second highest view count out of the 11 months this blog has been active with the highest being December 2007.

Patch Day:

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As expected, the big Empyrean Age release gave me quite a large increase in page views for a good few days, increasing my pageview to 161 views the first day, then decreasing by about 30-40 on average for a couple days until it got back to my average.
While it always means that I can’t play EVE, I love extended downtimes as it means that people will be searching for EVE Online blogs to satisfy their EVE addictions.

Rest of the month:

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Later on in the month, I had three medium to large spikes in amount of views but I can’t seem to spot what caused these. It’s possible that during these days there was a small un-scheduled downtime and people were trying to find out why, but I’m unsure.

Now onto my general statistics.

Statistics:

Top 10 Posts:

New EVE Ship Purchase: Myrmidon 151 views
Mass panic grips New Eden 123 views
PvP Setup, Guides, & Apps 113 views
EVE Tutorial Play-Through 67 views
EVE Online Graphics Creation 62 views
Singularity… Testing… Testing… – Empyrean Age 57 views
Minmatar Armada in Yulai?! 56 views
Drone Bandwidth & Looking For A Change in Scenery 52 views
Getting closer to war… 51 views
EVE Linkage 51 views

Top 5 Refferers:

Top 5 Search Terms:

  • eve tutorial
  • eve myrmidon
  • eve ships
  • buy eve ships
  • yulai

Top 5 Clicks:

Honey, I’m home!

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After only just under a week of being away from EVE, I’m back. And it’s all thanks to Jon from the VanHemlock podcast. While I was rocking out to some Rage Against the Machine on Guitar Hero III, a message popped up on Xbox Live from someone called Senyek (Jon) offering me a 100 day EVE time card. Of course I graciously accepted and input the code Jon sent afterwards. So, for the next 100 days (at the very least) you’ve got more EVE related posts to look forward to. As opposed to the very minimum amount I would have been posting after I cancelled my account.

In other MMO news, I’ve recently been getting urges to start playing World of Warcraft again after three or so years of having EVE as my only MMO. To somewhat stop my urges for the time being and see if I really wanted to play WoW again, I downloaded the trial version earlier today. And I’m happy to say, i found it incredibly boring. Although, there’s a small part of me that wants to play with my old character to see if it’s as boring with my old spells/items/etc. But unfortunately, I don’t have the money; and even if I did EVE would take priority.

I seem to be in a bit of an MMO frenzy. The moment I was forced to cancel my EVE subscription, I had slight urges to try a whole host of other MMO’s. Age of Conan, for example, I am quite interested in playing but unfortunately they don’t seem to have a trial available and I don’t really feel like forking out around £25 just to try out a game I may not like. I guess that only serves to highlight the need for MMO developers to make a trial version available. Although, that said, AoC is the only one I know of that doesn’t have the ability to make a trial account. Let me know if there are any more, I’m curious as to how many MMO’s don’t make trial versions available.

And finally, once again big thanks to Jon from the VanHemlock podcast for giving me the 100 day EVE time card.

So, that’s all for today. Wow I said MMO a lot, didn’t I? Fly safe, people.

Welcome to the Empyrean Age… again

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One of the many things that I love (and now miss) about EVE Online is the simply amazing trailers that are released upon the release of a new expansion. Earlier today, CCP posted the newest trailer on the EVE site and it goes a little something like this.

[youtube=http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=EPisPZrisik]
720p Version and 1080p version

CCP, I love you, your trailers and everything but why did you have to release an amazing new trailer the day after I had to cancel my account?!

I know what you’re thinking, I never said I’d stop posting about EVE. ;)

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