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.

New plugin, poll results & more!

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Earlier today, Tony over at EVE’s Weekend Warrior posted an article containing a great selection of must have WordPress plugins. If you haven’t read it yet and you have a self-hosted WordPress blog, you should definitely go and check it out!

The reason I’m telling you this is that I recently installed a plugin called Lightbox 2. This plugin allows images to be shown in a separate box, but still on the original page. I seem to be butchering the plugin by trying to describe its job when I can just show it to you. Click the image below and providing that your browser supports javascript (as all modern browsers should), you should see it appear on top of the page in its own little box.

Lightbox Test

The only problem with it seems to be that as it is among the last things to load with the page, if someone clicks an image before the page fully loads (as I tend to do) it will open on a page of its own as it normally would. But unfortunately it’s very unlikely that I can change that as as far as I know, that’s the way javascript works in being the last object to load.

And our audience says…

So, the results are in on the newest poll. This time around we had a total of 17 votes (at the time of this posting) spread across three possible answers.

  1. Actively look for a corporation – 8 votes – 47%
  2. Go solo – 6 votes – 35%
  3. Join a corporation but let them come to me – 3 votes – 18%

To be honest, despite the results of this poll being pretty clear, I’m still not entirely sure what to do. While I got some good corp offers from Wensley and Jeneral Jane, I’m still feeling the pull of a solo life. I have a feeling it may take me while to regain my confidence in whether a corp can stay active or not.

Exploring the space lanes

Earlier a reader (and fellow EVE blogger), Kirith Kodachi, contacted me to have a new blog header and forum signature made. Unfortunately the plans for the signature fell through because of unforseen circumstances but the plans for the header were still on. You can see the header below along with a screenshot of the header in action on Kirith Kodachi’s blog.



I’ll post a full post on this set of graphics once the signature plans come back up.

I seem to be cursed

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I’m starting to think that I may be cursed when it comes to corporations.

galactic-inquisition

The Galactic Inquisition, my previous corp, seemed like it was on it’s last legs the day I joined but I was assured that it was a temporary glitch in corp activity and that I should stick around to see the corp at it’s best; and for around a month, I was convinced that it was only temporary. We went on a couple 0.0 ops (although they amounted to giant wastes of time) and I had some nice chats with the other members.
Unfortunately, during this time, the CEO had been coming online less and less and despite a corp mail promising that he would be online a lot more. He even promised 100 million ISK and a Battleship to every corp member if he went back on his promise. Needless to say, no one got the 100 mil and Battleship each and the corp mail was deleted from the corp inbox a week later.

A week later, I logged in to find that the corp had joined the Dark Matter Consortium alliance which seemed kind of pointless for a corporation that I seemed to be the only active member of. Over the next week or so, there was talk of the corporation moving to the Alliance HQ in hopes of encouraging the corp members to become active again but unfortunately, I could see that it was not happening.
Because I could see that joining the alliance was nothing more than a desperate attempt that was failing, I moved back to Notoras and just watched the corporation slowly go under.

A week later, I had a change of heart and decided to stick with the corp and see how it all goes. Unfortunately, I logged in to find that I was no longer a member of The Galactic Inquisition (I assume all but the CEO and his alts were kicked) and they had left the Dark Matter Consortium. So here I am, sitting in Old Man Star, without a corporation and without a decent ship to fly.

Having the last three corporations I’ve joined go under no more than a couple months after I’ve joined has knocked my confidence in the ability of the average, everyday corporation to stay active member-wise and corp op-wise.
I may end up going solo for a while, which shouldn’t be too much of a problem as I tend to prefer solo PvP anyway.

While I have a think on my plan of attack, I’ve set up a poll so you can let me know what you think. And as always, leave a comment and let me know what your opinion is on the situation.

Next time, I’ll have a header to post that will be featured among others on a new EVE Online blogging platform which is going into beta very soon!

Fly safe.

Corporation, EVE Online, Gaming, MMORPG, PC, Pirate, poll April 26th 2009

New Graphics: BoBo Corp

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So, that time has some again. My wallet is a little fatter and I have some new graphics to post.

This time the request came from a French speaking corporation called the BoBo corporation.

The request seemed clear enough; they wanted a corporation header* and a logo for their website. Unfortunately, with the client’s English lacking, there were some details that were lost in translation. The problems being all with the logo.

From the start I gathered that they wanted the new logo to be based on the original corporation logo, so I set about making a simple greyscale version of the logo that I could fit into the design of the header.

An hour or so later, I emailed the client back, showing him the following two files.

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Click to see full size version.

Minutes later, I received a reply asking for a logo with all of the details that the original had and with realistic colouring. Having no problem with making the revisions, I agreed and went on my merry way.

Two hours later (the first hour consisting of scratching my head and wishing that I had never gotten rid of my Wacom tablet), I emailed back showing the following revisions.

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Click to see full size version.

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Click to see full size version.

Unfortunately for me, I had just wasted over an hour of my life as it seemed that me and the client had different ideas of what realistic meant. I took it to mean that the sword should be the colours of a real sword, etc. while he meant that the colours should be true to the original logo (i.e. red, blue and white).

After some complaining and wishing that I had known this to begin with, I got on with re-colouring the logo. I was quite disappointed that this part of the job turned out to essentially be a logo re-sizing as I was looking forward to creating my own logo designs from scratch. Maybe next time an alliance will approach me for a logo design. A man can dream, eh?

Anyway, after changing the colours of version 2 of the logo, I sent off the final revisions of the graphics.

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Click for full size version.

Click for full size version.

Click for full size version.

Luckily for me, the guys at BoBo were happy with my creations and minutes later, my wallet got all flashy and it had put on a couple pounds in the form of 210 million ISK.

If you would like a custom EVE Online graphic of some sort created by me, feel free to send me an email using the Contact page or send an me EVE Mail in-game to Godlesswanderer. You can find my prices, along with a link to my gallery on my Custom Graphics page.

* For some reason people insist on calling them banners which is somewhat annoying. Banners = advertisement banners, not headers!

EVE Fiction: Recruitment

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Some EVE based fan fiction to keep you going during the down time. This is my first ever try at fan fiction, so make sure to let me know what you think in the comments once you’re done reading.

Name: Aescian Blunaire
Profession: ‘Reformed’ low-life
Age: 23

18/02/23347

So, there I was, sitting in the bar in the FDU (Federal Defence Union) station in Villore looking for work. Well, I wasn’t exactly actively looking, more like drinking some Quafe & whiskey (5 parts whiskey, 1 part Quafe) and feeling sorry for myself.
Anyway, that’s beside the point. So there I am minding my own business, when I hear someone shouting from the direction of the nearest hangar. Initially thinking that someone was in trouble, I rushed over to “help” but I found the Recruitment Officer of a Brutix class vessel that had recently arrived shouting out for new recruits.

Now, I probably should have turned and walked back to the bar (especially after seeing the ship’s name on a display, the USS Short Lived) but something about the prospect of living and working on a space vessel that can traverse the known galaxy drew me in. As soon as the Recruitment officer caught my eye, there was no escape. After a few papers filled out and signatures signed, this was my new job.

As I walked in through the bulkhead door, I was greeted by a woman named Jinta who offered to show me to my quarters. As we walked down the winding corridors, my mind trailed off trying to remember the directions and began to focus on other things.
I was glad that a Gallente vessel had come my way instead of another. Gallente vessels have a reputation for being the cleanest vessels among the other races. The air was nice and cool, and the metallic walls were refreshingly cold to the touch. The floors, walls and windows were clean; a lot cleaner than I had expected them to be considering that this vessel had just travelled through the vastness of space. But then again, this is a Gallente ship. What the Amarr use slaves for, the Gallente use drones for.
Before I knew it, we were at the door to my quarters and I was being handed a keycard.

No sooner had I boarded the vessel and been assigned a room was I given a task. Around ten other crew members and I were ordered to perform a check on the remaining rail gun ammo in the cargo hold. Before now I had never seen what capsuleers call ‘medium ammo’ and I had only caught a glimpse of some light ammo, but let me tell you now, this shit is far from medium sized! One chunk of the stuff is two and a half meters across!
We had been told that the pilot was getting restless while waiting for a corporation to accept his application and wanted to go out and destroy some of the local Serpentis pirates that regularly roam around the asteroid belts in Villore. I wasn’t sure how big these pirates’ ships were going to be but if they were anywhere near the size of these ammo chunks, they were in big trouble.
After performing our final check on the ammo and reporting back our findings, we were told that we had done a good job and that if we liked, we could go up to the observation deck to watch the ‘fireworks’ that were going to be happening soon.

It being my first time on a Brutix class vessel, I had no idea of the ship layout and had to find a more experienced crew member to show me the way. After some botched directions (I think the crewman was a bit drunk, either that or I am) and some wandering, I found my way to the observation deck just as the show started.

Being what most people call a ‘stationer’, before now I had never set foot outside of the Villore IV FDU station. This meant that in all of my 23 years, the relative in-station security of a Federation run station and the sentry guns protecting the station, I’d never seen ship-to-ship combat.

It was MAGNIFICENT!

The *WOOOOSH* as the drones were released from their drone bay and zoomed towards the rats, as the Captain called them, sent shivers down my spine. The way the ship shook as the rail guns fired off their payloads, shook me to the very core… and I loved it!
I must have looked like a little kid on his birthday, staring at the battle unfolding before my eyes. Before not too long the three frigate class vessels were reduced to nothing but wrecks. I later heard over the intercom that during this short battle, the USS Short Lived’s shields were reduced by 5%. I didn’t even feel a thing!

I’ve waited way too long to fly onboard one of these capsuleers’ vessels. Let’s hope that this journey isn’t as short lived as the ship’s name suggests it will be.