Blog Banter #7: Never say never


So here it is. After months of thinking about joining in with the EVE Blog Banter and sometimes getting as far as writing a draft post, I’ve finally gotten stuck in! Hopefully this is the start of many blog banter posts here on Articulated Sky.
In regards to the other 6 blog banter questions, I’m thinking about doing them in backwards order when I’m lacking on ideas for blog posts. Just an idea for now but we’ll see.

Welcome to the seventh installment of the EVE Blog Banter , the monthly EVE Online blogging extravaganza created by CrazyKinux . The EVE Blog Banter involves an enthusiastic group of gaming bloggers, a common topic within the realm of EVE Online, and a week to post articles pertaining to the said topic. The resulting articles can either be short or quite extensive, either funny or dead serious, but are always a great fun to read!

This month’s topic comes to us from CrazyKinux, and he asks: “What 3 things haven’t you done in EVE and why? Would you be willing to try one day? Why so? Why not?

You might be surprised to know that despite the fact that my character is around four years old, I actually haven’t done that much. Ever since the end of my first month I’ve been switching back and forth between pirating and mining. Adding in my frequent breaks over the years without having skills training, I’m not even particularly good at either.
With that in mind, there are actually quite a few things that I haven’t done but want to try in EVE.

Industry Mogul: Ever since I manufactured a couple Amarr frigates before I even broke my first half million skill points I’ve felt the tug of industry pulling at my implants. Unfortunately it’s a two way street for me and industry. On the one hand there is the somewhat ideallic side of industry in which the manufacturer making billions in supplying ships and modules during alliance wars. But on the other hand, there’s the more realistic side in which most of the manufacturer’s EVE time is taken up looking at buying and selling prices in different regions, etc. And while the opportunity to learn new skills which could even transfer into the real world is an interesting concept, I think I’d just get too bored.

Mission Runner: People always seem surprised when I say it but I’ve never done a mission. Being an ex WoW player, I came to EVE ready to love the fact that you don’t ever have to do missions to progress in the game (and I did!). The only problem is that I’m now at a point where I want to try out some missions to see what I’m missing but I have no idea where to start.
Throughout my entire life in EVE, I’ve been constantly hearing about the massive amounts of money that can be made from missions.

Wormholes: Since the moment the first wormhole opened, I’ve wanted to venture through one and see what was on the other side first hand. Sure, there have been tons of articles written up by my fellow bloggers, telling tales of their first foray into the dreaded Sleeper space. Of all the things in Sleeper space that I want to check out, the thing I most want to check out is probably the Sleepers themselves. After hearing word that fighting them is akin to PvP, I feel the need to have a go at them myself and see how good the Sleeper AI actually is. I have no doubt that if I did try, I’ll be dead in minutes. :P

Is there anything that you guys haven’t done yet but want to try? The comments are the place to let us know!

Deadlines! Ahhhh!


So, that time has come again. It’s the end of term at college with two weeks left and that means that the deadlines for my three units (that is Narrative Image Making, Graphics in Advertising and Ideas and Concepts if you’re interested) is coming up hard and fast. To be specific, I have to get all of my work in by this Friday or next Friday at the very very latest.

As you may have already noticed, this sudden rush to get everything done (I’m terrible at organising my time) has stopped me from even thinking about getting onto EVE to do anything more than train skills. And with no time to get onto EVE, I’ve had nothing to blog about.
With that said, if all goes well, I should have all my work done by Friday which will mean that I’ll have the next three weeks from then to get tons done EVE-wise.

Via Akyan on Flickr

Via Akyan on Flickr

In other news, the results are in on the most recent Articulated Sky poll in which I asked whether any of you would be buying the boxed version of EVE Online. It seems that this time around we had more votes than we’ve ever had on a poll only hosted on the blog, numbering at 27 votes at the writing of this post.
Anyway, onto the results.

  1. Of course! – 12 votes – 44%
  2. No – 9 votes – 33%
  3. Not sure yet – 6 votes – 22%

For those of you that voted ‘Of course!’, seeing as I didn’t get the boxed version myself and I’m sure most of you have it by now, care to let me know whether you’re pleased with your purchase, etc?

Apocrypha is here & New Poll!

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As you all (should) know, Apocrypha,  the new EVE Online expansion is here! If you’re like me and you’ve been following the Apocrypha news and info closely up until now, you’ve got to find something new to do.
Luckily, I have something to fill that gap and this gap-filler comes in the form of a new poll!

One of the big announcements that came along with the announcement of Apocrypha was the release of the boxed version of EVE Online. Then along came the list of the special items, etc. that new players will recieve from buying it and tons of people went from “not getting it, it’s kinda pointless” to “I’m getting it ASAP!”.
So what I would like to know is, are you planning on getting it? And if so, why? Make sure to cast your vote and leave a comment below.

Personally, I won’t be getting it anywhere in the near future. I’m happy with my current not-very-special subscription; and while I do want that shuttle, I’m sure it’ll make its way onto the market in a matter of hours. That’s assuming it’s a unique item, not at first available to current subscribers.

On a short side note, don’t forget to enter into my haiku contest if you haven’t already!

Apocrypha, Contest, EVE Online, Gaming, MMORPG, PC March 10th 2009

Apocrypha Trailer


For those of you like me that have been busy over the weekend, you may have missed the new Apocrypha trailer being released. Luckily for you, that’s what I’m here for.
You can find it below in all it’s HD YouTube glory. Make sure to click the little “HD” button in the bottom right.

While this is a very (read: EXTREMELY) cool looking trailer, I can’t help but feel a little underwhelmed. Don’t get me wrong, I love the trailer and I still love EVE; but it just doesn’t seem like any of the older expansion trailers we all know and love.

I’m all for the interfaces that come up (or in the last trailers, the news ticker banner showing other top stories), those make the EVE universe seem all the more real. But I miss the narration over the top that most, if not all, trailers before had featured. Maybe they’re trying to get a short, sharp burst of coolness in there for the average joe in preparation for the retail release, but what about us faithful EVE Players? When do we get back the kinds of trailers we all love?

In other news, don’t forget to give my EVE Haiku contest a go! Even if you post a haiku for fun and have no intention of winning, I’d love to read it. Feel free to post funny, serious, or even silly ones. As long as they’re EVE related, they stand a chance at winning.

Fly safe boys and girls.

Apocrypha, Contest, EVE Online, Gaming, MMORPG, PC March 8th 2009

Apocrypha New Fitting UI

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There’s a great video on YouTube (and below) explaining the new ship fitting UI currently on SiSi (the test server) that you should all check out if you haven’t experienced it first hand.

Be sure to check out some of his other EVE-based videos. He has videos showing off a lot of the new features and there’s some T3 ship combinations in there too, which you should also check out.

Apocrypha, EVE Online, Gaming, MMORPG, PC, Video March 3rd 2009