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Corp move yet again

Posted in Amarr, Corporation, EVE Online, Flickr, Gaming, Life, MMORPG, Minmatar, Myrmidon, PC, Twitter, empyrean age on July 18th, 2008 by Godlesswanderer – Comments

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.

Honey, I’m home!

Posted in EVE Online, Flickr, Gaming, MMORPG, PC, empyrean age on June 26th, 2008 by Godlesswanderer – Comments

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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.

Nothing to report

Posted in Demo, Flickr, Gaming, Geek, PC, Photography, Web on June 16th, 2008 by Godlesswanderer – Comments

There’s been nothing new going on in my little area of EVE lately (mainly because I haven’t had the time to log on for any significant amount of time) so this post is mainly a short update on my online and gaming life.

I recently managed to get a (slightly) early copy of the trial version of the Spore Creature Creator and I’ve been spending a lot of my time creating weird and wonderful creatures. Some of which you can see below.

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To kind of balance out me torrenting the leaked version, I pre-ordered the full version of the Spore Creature Creator while µTorrent was going to work. My other reasons behind this (of course, there had to be more) were that the trial version only features 25% of the creature parts, while the full version features all 200+ unique parts and saves £4.99 off the retail price of the full game if ordered from the EA website.

Onto a less gaming-centred topic, I recently started a photo blog for my random photos. So, if you’re interested in seeing some of my best (in my opinion) photos, head over to my personal photo blog and subscribe to the RSS feed if you’re that way inclined.

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CONCORD Gatecamp?!

Posted in Amarr, Caldari, Corporation, Demo, EVE Online, Flickr, Gallente, Gaming, MMORPG, Minmatar, Myrmidon, PC, empyrean age on May 24th, 2008 by Godlesswanderer – Comments

Last night, I finally managed to join a new corporation. I’m now a member of the Skies Tis Moiras Corporation, who have just recently become a member of the Xenotech Celestial Coalition.

Anyway, while transporting a couple ships to my new home-system (Warouh), I came across a huge amount of CONCORD ships flying around the Kaaputanen stargate in Niarja. I’d never seen so many ships in one place, let alone CONCORD ones. There must have been at least 60 of them, just sitting there doing whatever it was they were doing. There must have been a hell of a fight there for that many to turn up, the most I’d seen turn up at one time was about 10.

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On a side note, I’ve been reading some of the news on the EVE site and it seems that tensions between the four empires are getting worse. Recently the Gallente Federation Navy and the Minmatar Republic Fleet begun a joint military exercise in Metropolis. Even though the Federation Senate and the Republic Parliament delayed the military exercise by a few days, they still went ahead. Much to the aggravation of the Caldari State and the Amarr Empire.

A spokesman for the Caldari Navy said “It’s bad enough that they feel the need to rattle sabres. It’s alarming that they have the audacity to do it on the border of the State, but most of all, it’s disgusting that they feel they are able to conduct this exercise so soon after the atrocity at Malkalen.”

Personally, I can’t wait to see how this plays out while we’re waiting for the Empyrean Age release.

Fly Safe.

Singularity… Testing… Testing… - Empyrean Age

Posted in Amarr, Caldari, EVE Online, Flickr, Gallente, Gaming, MMORPG, Minmatar, Myrmidon, PC on May 23rd, 2008 by Godlesswanderer – Comments

Earlier this week, I decided to check out the Empyrean Age patch on the EVE Test Server (Singularity). I was originally going to have a quick look the day after but as I couldn’t sleep at the time, I thought I may as well do it sooner rather than later. The first, most obvious change was the login screen. I have to say, I was hoping they wouldn’t change it much. I prefer the Trinity login screen with the camera zooming over and out from the EVE logo but that’s not to say that the Empyrean Age version isn’t cool looking.

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The first thing I noticed upon logging in, was the colour scheme change, which is a now a creamy brown but as always if you don’t like it, you can change it to something you’re more partial to.

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Eager to try out the militia feature, I clicked the Militia button in the Caldari station I logged into to see if I could pick which Militia I wanted to join. Much to my initial disappointment, you can only join the Militia of the race of the station you’re in when you click the button. It was only after thinking about this for a minute that I realised that it made perfect sense. After all, I’m sure a Gallente Militia recruiter would find it exceptionally hard recruiting capsuleers to fight the Caldari and Amarr while in a Caldari station.
So, I then had to find my way to a Gallente station in the fringes of the Caldari State’s section of Empire space. Which, surprisingly, wasn’t that hard. I eventually found one in Otosela, only a couple jumps away from Tasti.

After clicking the Militia button, I was presented with the window you can see in the screenshot below. In this window, you can see a short few paragraphs that seems to essentially be a call to war. Which, given the circumstances, is probably what it is.
Under that, you can find a short (very short) list of consequences of your decision to join the Militia. These consequences being;

  • You will be at war with our enemy’s militia.
  • Entering enemy-controlled high-security space will result in your being attacked by the powerful navies of that faction.

You also get some recent news on the right, relating to your chosen race. So far it only consists of an RP news post and a test post, but I would expect that territory capture summaries will also be posted. But don’t quote me on that, just a guess.

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Fortunately for me, I had enough good standing with the Gallente Federation to join their Militia. This was quite surprising, as I don’t remember ever doing very many missions. So, I’m not entirely sure how I got high enough standing to join the militia. That said, I’m also not entirely sure what standing you need to be able to join the militia. For all I know, it could be quite a small amount.

Anyway, after clicking the “Enlist Me” button, you’re taken out of your corporation (if you joined while in an NPC corporation, I assume) and put into the Federal Defence Union corporation. You are also able to see your rank (Federation Minuteman being the lowest) and your time in the militia. There are also a small selection of statistics, covering the total number of militia members in the different militias, kills, victory points and systems controlled. As well as all of these statistics for you personally, and your corporation.
And finally, below that, there are three lists. These being: nearby systems, dangerous systems and conquered systems.

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I didn’t have time to have a look around anything else as by the time I’d gotten this far I was feeling extremely tired and my bed seemed too inviting.

A last note before retreat to my bed, I noticed something while looking at the Federal Defence Union information page. In the description, it states that the Gallente were provoked by the “destructive Caldari”. Now, unless I’ve missed something quite important, as far as everyone knows the Gallente are supposed to be the only empire to commit a destructive act. Does this mean that there’s more to come? Maybe the Caldari destroy a Gallente station, or bomb a Gallente inhabited planet?

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I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Fly safe.

Something Fishy

Posted in Caldari, EVE Online, Flickr, Gallente, Gaming, MMORPG, PC on May 19th, 2008 by Godlesswanderer – Comments

It seems that my earlier (not so serious) suspicions about there being a conspiracy weren’t unfounded. After taking a look at some of the blogs that CrazyKinux linked to in his most recent entry, I found a link to a news item on the main EVE site from late April. In this article, it states that the Admiral who was supposedly at the helm of the Gallente capital ship as it collided with the Caldari station had in fact recieved a peace prize for helping Gallente-Caldari trade relations over the last year, as well as for his lifelong efforts (although it is not stated what these efforts were). I’ve included a short section of the article below, but you can find the article itself here.

The 160-year old Alexander Noir has been named the winner of the Aidonis Statue for the year 109. Noir, an Admiral in the Gallente Navy, has long been praised for his work in bridging the gap between the Gallente Federation and Caldari State. The Aidonis Foundation awarded the Statue to Noir for his lifelong efforts as much as his work over the past year, where he helped negotiate trade relations between the two empires, as well as amicably mediating several issues of border incursions by the two sides’ navies.

It all seems very suspicious to me. It is possible that he could have set the collision course himself as he was the last surviving veteran of the Gallente-Caldari war and I would expect that he may have harboured some pretty deep hate for the Caldari; but it just begs the question that why would he spend a year (or possibly more) working for peace between the Gallente Federation and the Caldari State if he intended to sabotage talks under a month later.

On a side, although somewhat related, note; I went up to Malkalen earlier today to see if the station affected was actually a real station and if so, if it showed the damage. Much to my excitement, it did and I captured a few great looking screenshots of the carnage. If you want to check out the carnage yourself, head over to Malkalen and then to the Ishukone Corporation Factory station at Malkalen V, Moon I.

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Fly safe. If you can during these somewhat violent times, that is.

Back and ready for action!

Posted in EVE Online, Flickr, Gaming, Life, MMORPG, Myrmidon, PC, Pirate on May 5th, 2008 by Godlesswanderer – Comments

So, here I am. Back from my month or so of only going online at my girlfriend’s house for about 10 or so minutes a week, and all settled in my new home. I originally intended to only be gone for about a week but unfortunately we couldn’t get into the new house as soon as we moved. After having moved in, I had to wait for the phone line to be activated and then for Demon to get us connected to the internet. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that easy and we had problems with the router and the phone line sockets in the house; and so only managed to get connected a couple days ago.
As a result of all this, I haven’t really been able to keep up with as much EVE related news as I promised I would as unfortunately time and my lack of internet didn’t permit it.

I’ve only really managed to get into EVE once over the past couple days and that was largely uneventful. It seems that something strange might have happened in the month I’ve been gone. Whereas my home system (Tasti) used to have somewhere between 5 and 10 PvPers roaming around, now everyone coming in seems to only be passing through or logging off in one of the systems stations.
I had to go two jumps away to the fringes of empire space to find any significant groups of people and even then, they were mostly in stations.

While I was there, I decided to go into 0.0 (first time in 0.0 on my own) to take a quick look at whether there was anything going on there. Unfortunately, like low sec, there was absolutely nothing going on. So, I thought I’d go and check out the rats (NPC Pirates) that hang out in 0.0. Having a strangely high amount of faith in my Myrmidon that has never had it’s fitting tested on anything other than a battlecruiser rat, I set off to see how my lovely little (well it’s not really that little at all) ship would fare against battleship rats.

Just in case I found myself suddenly in the hands of actual player pirates, I kept an eye out while I picked an asteroid belt to warp to. After a random click in the list, I warped off and found myself in an asteroid belt with two battleships and two battlecruisers (all rats) and with only 13km separating us. Realising I didn’t have much time to think of a plan, I locked onto the nearest battleship, released my drones and set my afterburner going do I could close the distance. Unfortunately for me, I hadn’t taken into account that I’d also have the other ships firing at me as I made my way towards them and I quickly started to lose my shields. About 20 seconds later, I started losing my armour and even with both armour reps running, I only just managed to keep my armour going down.
What I didn’t realise was that I was losing capacitor energy very quickly and my cap booster, while helping a little, wasn’t helping enough and I had to make a decision. Either I warp out of there and get back to the nearest repair station, or I stick around and try to destroy at least one of the ships.

Of course, I decided somewhat foolishly to stick around. I didn’t realise the full extent of the stupidity of this choice until seconds later when I realised that my capacitor was down to about one fifth of it’s full capacity and I’d run our of cap booster charges. By the time I realised this, had just about lost all of my armour and I had missiles shooting huge chunks off of my structure. This was when I decided to turn back, and warp away with my tail between my legs.

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As I was sitting there, waiting for my warp drive to kick in, I was sure I would be leaving in a pod. My structure was at 85% when I clicked warp and it was very quickly diminishing. For every rocket that hit, I was losing 10 to 20% of my structure. It wasn’t until my structure hit 10% that my warp drives kicked in and I was safely (well as safe as you can be in 0.0) on my way to the stargate. Unfortunately I couldn’t get out of the system as quickly as I’d liked as I didn’t have enough capacitor to make the whole jump but at least I was safe from the moment I left the asteroid belt.
The trip back was mostly uneventful, I just spent the three jump trip repairing my armour as I gradually got enough capacitor to sustain my armour reps and warp drive.

That was the last thing to happen to me of any interest today. I ferried some items across the galaxy for my younger brother as I wrote this entry but 23 jump-long trips in an Iteron Mk V are hardly interesting on the best of days so you’ll have to make do with screenshots until my next post.

Fly safe.

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Docking

Posted in Digg, Flickr, Life, Tumblr on January 9th, 2008 by Godlesswanderer – Comments

You will probably have noticed that I haven’t been posting over the last two weeks. My intention to begin with was to post updates every so often to show I’m still in the land of the living. Unfortunately I had some family troubles over Christmas which then leaked over into New Years and carried on until about a week afterwards. Unfortunately, this left me without access to my computer for about two weeks and I’ve spent the last couple days catching up on everything I’ve missed while away from the computer. I’ll try and get something posted by the end of the week but in the mean time, check out my Tumblr blog for my recent Diggs, Flickr uploads and Twitter posts.

On side note, I’m still looking for more opinions on whether I should change my blog layout. If I don’t get any more by the time I write my next post, I’m most likely going to go with the current majority and change.

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EVE Tutorial Play-Through

Posted in Amarr, EVE Online, Flickr, Gaming, MMORPG, PC, Trinity on December 15th, 2007 by Godlesswanderer – Comments

I’ve been meaning to do the new tutorial for quite a while now. I’d originally forgotten but while sitting in Tasti, and being bored as hell, I remembered and started creating a new character. As I hadn’t flown Amarr before, I created a female Amarr Khanid character and named her Reina Alair.

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So far the tutorial seems pretty well done, I haven’t noticed any major problems as of yet. The first difference I noticed (well, it was hard not to notice) was that now the players ship starts in a deadspace location instead of in a station. It’s quite a good place to start as it is an abandoned Mining Facility, so it’s quite a convenient place to learn to mine and fight because of the Veldspar asteroids and pirate drones scattered around the area.
I’m currently only up to working for the tutorial agent, but I’ve already noticed a few bugs and general things that shouldn’t be happening.

  • After maximising EVE (after minimising with Alt + Tab while in full screen mode) the engine flame graphics disappear, leaving the trails to look like they’re coming out of inactive engines.
  • I’m not sure if this is a new feature or a bug but mining lasers now only fire once per cycle instead of continuously throughout the cycle. I’m not sure whether a new player would accept this as how they work or believe that they’re not working properly, but when I saw them it led me to think that the lasers weren’t working as they should.
  • This is hardly a big problem at all, but Aurora calls the tutorial agent ‘him’ when it is in fact a woman.
  • When undocking from a station, the overview moves about a third of the way across the screen, meaning that you have to move it back to the side or wherever you prefer it to be.

It seems they’ve really cut down the tutorial, I remember it taking hours to complete. I was expecting to get a whole post written from it but it seems that I’ve already finished it after only an hour or so. I guess that this is proof of how well they’ve condensed the tutorial from a few hours long to just over an hour long.
If you want a more in depth tutorial explanation, head over to Revelations Tutorial - Part I, II & III (oops, I originally linked to the wrong post) over at The Ancient Gaming Noob. This one didn’t turn out the way I had planned, so here are a few screenshots I took while doing the tutorial. I’ll try and get a proper entry (one that isn’t taken up mostly by screenshots) posted soon.

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On a side note, I’ve been thinking about changing the layout of my blog. I’m getting a little bored of my current layout so I was thinking about changing it to the one you can see below.

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I prefer it to my current one to be honest but I was just wondering how everyone else felt about it. I don’t want to end up as one of those people that changes their blog layout every few months. So, what’s your opinion? Should I stay with my current layout or switch to this new one.

Drone Bandwidth & Looking For A Change Of Scenery

Posted in EVE Online, Flickr, Gallente, Gaming, MMORPG, Myrmidon, PC, Pirate, Trinity on December 11th, 2007 by Godlesswanderer – Comments

Still not much going on in EVE. The last few days have just been spent flying back and forth between asteroid belts in Tasti, destroying rats* with my new Ogre II heavy attack drones.
While we’re on the subject of drones, I’m not liking the new drone bandwidth addition. Before Trinity I would have been able to launch five Ogre II drones in my Myrmidon, which to be honest I was excited about. But now, I can only launch a maximum of three. Now, I’m not saying that I’m annoyed or that I want the change removed, just that I am a little disappointed that I am now limited to launching three drones at a time. Although, with that said, three Ogre II drones can do a lot of damage so it’s not like I’ve now been severely gimped by the changes.

I’ve been thinking about leaving my current corporation as the CEO and director have left Hells Angels Inc. to join a non-pirate, PvP corporation in SMASH alliance. When they left, the CEO made an alt and appointed his alt the position of new CEO. Because of that, the corporation has been left with no direction and the members tend to want to do their own thing, rather than try and organise a hunt.

So, if anyone reading this is a member of a PvP (preferably pirate but if not, I don’t mind) corporation that is recruiting, leave me a message and if I end up leaving Hells Angels Inc, I’ll get back to you. See my recruitment page for my recruitment info.

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*Rats = NPC pirate ships often found in asteroid belts