Update on things & new poll!

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A short post to give you an update on recent events and the things floating around my head.

More time for EVE!

As I mentioned a couple posts ago, I had almost no time for EVE as the deadline for my Graphic Design course at college was coming closer and closer. Now here we are, a couple weeks later. The deadline has passed and all my work has been handed in and graded.
My initial happiness was quickly shot down as my internet speed was capped (or so I thought) to dial up speeds and I started imagining having to stay up all night over and over to get some EVE time in. Luckily though, this morning I regained my normal internet speed so I think it was just problems with the line or something.

Professional graphics?

Over the summer, I want to properly set up my own personal graphics website to help bring in some money and over the last couple days I’ve been trying to put together a name and logo with little success initially. It didn’t take long though until I got in my stride and cranked out a name and a few prototype logos. Once I’ve bought the domain names in preparation and cranked out a few more logo prototypes, I’ll let you all know and you can give me your opinions on them.

In the mean time, you can still request custom EVE graphics via my email or EVE Mail (Godlesswanderer). You can find my current prices at my Custom EVE Graphics page.

New poll: Should I continue?

I assume you’ve all read my latest attempt at some EVE fan fiction and since there hasn’t been any comments, I’d like to gauge the general feeling of it and whether my fan fiction is good enough for it to be worth me continuing with them (I’ll still be writing them, just not posting them). So, with that said, point those eyes downwards and click away.

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.

CSM 2009: One day to go!

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Here it is, the last day in which you can vote for your chosen CSM representative!

Since starting my “I’ve voted” EVE Online CSM campaign a week ago today, it’s been taken up by a good few EVE bloggers also helping to get a record amount of people voting in this year’s CSM elections. The bloggers that helped me with my campaign are as follows.

The voting ends tomorrow (May 26th), so get your vote in before it’s too late!

Update:

16/5/09 – Added Jar Calhoun and Prophet to the list.

EVE Online, Gaming, Graphics, MMORPG, PC May 25th 2009

CSM 2009: What’s in it for you?

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As a part of my EVE blogger Council of Stellar Management campaign (which is proving to be more popular than I had originally anticipated), I thought it best to tell you why I voted and what is in it for you, the denizens of EVE.
As with the poster in my previous post, this header is also free to use under the same Creative Commons licence. Meaning that if you wish to use it for your own CSM blog posts, you can. :)

Why did I vote?

As in real world elections, everyone has their own reasons to vote. My own personal reasons for voting in the 2009 CSM elections are two-fold. My original reasoning behind it was purely the fact that I didn’t vote in either the first or second CSM elections. My second reason, on the other hand, was a bit more honourable and a bit less of “oooh, I wonder what this button does!”.

After getting back into the less law abiding area of EVE, I came to realise that a lot of what I had been told (and I had put off as moaning for the sake of moaning) was actually true. I believe that low/null sec does indeed need a boost. There have been times when I haven’t been able to find a viable target for days on end. While I do admit that that some systems are abundant in people and others are not, there would be less of these near enough empty systems if players mainly stationed in high sec had more of a reason to come out to low/null sec.

It wasn’t long after realising this that I came upon a forum thread by CSM candidate Larkonis Trassler. In this thread he explained that his aim in regards to the CSM was to give more representation to the the masses of people on the other side of the law. Before now, any complaints made by pirates, bounty hunters, etc. were usually made in the C&P forum and so were taken as ramblings instead of genuine concerns a lot of the time. Larkonis Trassler promises to give a voice to these people.
In his words;

The issues that affect you are the ones that affect me. I won’t point out specific game balance changes that I want, what I want is irrelevant, it is what you want that is important.

Why should you vote?

Although the above may give the impression that I am trying to get you to vote for Larkonis, that is not what I am trying to do.  This post is mainly to encourage you to pick your own favourite candidate and to encourage you to vote your little hearts out.

Have you ever been playing EVE and wished that something was different? Maybe you think that a certain profession needs a boost? Maybe you think that EVE needs a certain must-have feature? Maybe you just want your voice to be heard? If you want any of these things and more, then you need to vote in the CSM elections. If you’re unsure about the kind of power the CSM can have when used to its full effect, take a look at this list of some of the changes that the CSM has brought about over the years.

  • The Orca – The industrial behemoth that is the Orca was originally quite low down on the list of features that CCP were going to implement but due to CSM input it was bumped up to the top of the list.
  • Weapon grouping – Implemented after the CSM stressed a need for players to switch ammo in more than one weapon at the same time.
  • Skill training queue – Issue raised by Jade Constantine mid 2008, implemented early 2009
  • Ship fitting – The CSM raised a need for players to be able to save ship fittings.
  • And many more!

So now that you know why you should vote, read up on your candidates and get voting!

EVE Online, Gaming, Graphics, MMORPG, PC May 21st 2009

CSM: I’ve voted, have you?

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It’s that time of year again! For those of you that have been living under a Rokh for the past couple months, it’s time to get your votes in for the new Council of Stellar Management team. To help get the maximum amount of votes possible, I thought I’d take it upon myself to lead an EVE blogger campaign to get as many people voting in the current CSM elections as possible.

I’ve created a poster for the CSM elections for all EVE bloggers to post on their blog once they have voted and for your convenience, I’ve supplied four different sizes.

Extra Large | Large | Medium | Small

All you have to do is after you’ve voted, post the poster image and link to the voting page. No mess, no fuss. :)
The poster is even under a Creative Commons licence so you can even modify it to your liking!


I wouldn’t be a good blogger if I didn’t post the first one.

Just voted for Larkonis Trassler. A candidate that cares about low and null sec is pretty much what I need right now seeing as I am now spending the majority of my time on the other side of the law.
Make sure to vote for your favourite candidate!

EVE Online, Graphics, MMORPG, PC May 18th 2009