StarFleet Comms & Rokhing the Drone Bay

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It’s been over a week and a half since I last posted and especially after promising to post more often, that makes it even more intensely annoying. Those that follow me on Twitter will have been listening to me complain over and over again about internet connection problems and I’m sure you’re sick of it by now.
For the people that don’t follow me on Twitter (and why not?! :P ), my internet connection has been going from bad to worse over the past few days. I’d been getting constantly disconnected every 10 or so minutes at first, then yesterday and the day before the internet was connected in the morning but refused to connect in the afternoon and evening. Luckily though, it seems to be getting better and I’ve been connected without incident for about 45 minutes at the moment*.

One good thing about the unexpected internet blackout was that I had a lot more time to get some graphics work done. So, as a result I got two great graphics that I’m pretty proud of done over the last few days.

The first being one I’m sure you’ve all seen already. Almost a week ago Kirith Kodachi, of Inner Sanctum of the Ninveah, commissioned me to create a poster for his Support the Rokh campaign. You can see the poster and the three different sizes at his campaign post.

The second job was to create a header for Max Torps of StarFleetComms. It seems that he hasn’t yet uploaded the new header so you can’t see it yet. So, make sure to keep checking back on the StarFleetComms site until you see my lovely header! Even give him a little nudge if you want. ;)
I will however, show you the three other variations I made when we were deciding on a background. As a special treat to all you faithful readers.

 

I’m not sure when I’ll be able to get a normal post written up but be sure to check back as often as you can as I’m sure that it won’t be long.

* – Looks like I was wrong. Shortly after typing that, my connection dropped out on me and stayed that way for a couple hours.

EVE Online, Gaming, Graphics, MMORPG, PC August 30th 2009

Petition to get Dust 514 on PC

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I’m sure you’ve all already heard about the new game by CCP that was recently announced, Dust 514. Understandably, some people are pretty peeved that after years of keeping CCP going on the PC, they’re releasing a game solely on consoles. Potentially shutting out some of the already solidly established fan base. One of these peeved players (Sable Blitzmann) has started a thread on the EVE forums for other players to sign if they agree that Dust 514 should be on PC as well as consoles.

The idea of an EVE FPS has excited me for a while now, but it’s absolutely infuriating that CCP has decided to release this game solely on consoles. Quite frankly, it’s a slap in the face to the current EVE community (since we’re all on PC’s to begin with).

Please, sign this petition if you’d like this game to eventually be released for the PC too. Apparently, porting a 360 game to the PC is not too intensive and completely possible, so it shouldn’t be too much trouble. Besides, what happens to this new game when the next gen of consoles comes around and the 360 is left in the dust (lol, pun)?

/signed :D

Personally, I’m all for Dust being on PCs as well as consoles. I massively prefer playing an FPS on PC. I’m all for the improved accuracy that a mouse offers over a controller pad and a little joystick. CCP could even follow in the footsteps of the 2007 Xbox 360 game Shadowrun and implement some very light auto aiming for console players to counteract the improved accuracy of the PC players.

For me, it goes a little like this;

Chance of me playing an FPS MMO on a console = Slim to none
Chance of me playing an FPS MMO on a PC = Extremely effing likely!

If you also agree with this, go ahead and leave your opinion (or even just a ‘/signed’) at the forum thread.

Disclaimer: It’s not 100% definite that there will not be a PC version at the moment as the only news we have is that console versions have been confirmed but a PC version hasn’t been denied. That said, why would they withhold PC release info from the players of their PC only game? Surely, they’d announce that first.

CCP, Dust 514, EVE Online, Gaming, MMORPG, PC August 19th 2009

It’s finally here, EVE Tweeps/Twitterers

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After a few failed tries to compile a list of EVE Online players and bloggers who are also Twitter users (mine was even one of them), we seem to finally have one that seems like it can go the distance. Hopefully, it becomes the main repository for anyone looking for a definitive list of EVE tweeters.

http://00sage00.wordpress.com/eve-tweeters/

To help it along a bit, I’ve taken the liberty of creating a bit.ly short URL for the site which you can see below.

http://bit.ly/eve-tweeters

Hopefully, it’ll make it easier to remember and make sure that EVE players new to Twitter or Twitterers new to EVE can be linked to it it easily.

In other news, my ISP has been jerking me around quite a bit lately and for the last few days, they had capped my internet speed to something that seemed slower than dial up. After giving them a call, they said that I had been capped (although they didn’t say why). After spending the weekend at the girlfriend’s house, I come back to an internet that, while back to normal speed, doesn’t seem to want to stay connected for more than a couple minutes.

What have I learned from this? Is it that I should be more careful with how much I download? Not at all, there’s no way that I went over the limit. It’s that Demon Internet are now an ISP that I would never recommend to anyone, especially after reading the terrible reviews.

Anyway, with any luck everything should be back to normal tomorrow morning and I should be able to get some EVE time in and get a decent update posted where I actually talk about playing EVE instead of just news about it.

By the way, if there is anyone with a graphics request waiting in my EVE-mail inbox, don’t you worry. With any luck, I’ll be able to read your messages soon and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

EVE Online, Gaming, MMORPG, PC, Twitter, Web August 16th 2009

New graphics page unveiling!

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After a good day’s worth of coding and designing, I bring you all my new graphics page!

website-skinsAnd for your viewing pleasure, it comes in four different flavours. Amarr, Caldari, Gallente and Minmatar.
For a while now I’ve wanted an actual web page for my graphics information and whatnot and seeing as EVEGFX doesn’t seem to be coming back any time soon, now’s the perfect time.

To make the transition from my blog page to this new web page easier, I’ve now got the ‘Custom EVE Graphics’ link at the top of this page to link to my web page. So, hopefully all should go smoothly.

So, what do you guys think? What’s your favourite skin? Is everything working as it should? Is there any functionality, you would like me to add? This is my baby, tell me you love it! :P

Theme Change

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As you might have noticed, and I hope you have, I’ve changed the blog theme for the first time in almost a year. Or the first time ever if you didn’t read my blog back when it was WordPress hosted.
I’ve been admiring the themes on offer over at Podlogs for quite some time now and I’d been mulling over which one to get until finally, I chose one and boy am I happy! Since the launch of Podlogs, I’ve been jealous of the simply amazing themes and I had been becoming increasingly more fed up with my old theme. So, what do you think? Good change or bad change?

In other news… there is no other news. EVE’s been rather dull lately, with nothing at all going on in the PvP department. For some reason all the low sec systems in the area have had their usual population cut down by around half and I can’t figure out why.
So, instead of that, I’ve been doing something I’ve been meaning to do for years and started training the Advanced Learning skills. I would post up my little training queue but I can’t seem to find a way to copy a training skill queue to the clipboard using EVEHQ. I really like EVEHQ but I can’t help going back to EVEMon and EFT for certain little things that I’m used to using but that EVEHQ doesn’t have.

In other, other news, my lots and lots of free time this Summer means that I have a lot of time to take any EVE graphics requests. You can find my prices at my Custom EVE Graphics page along with some links to examples. Feel free to contact me via email or my Contact page. Although you can also contact me in-game, the end of my current game time is only a few days away and I’m not sure whether I’ll have the money for another time card right away. So until I can be 100% sure that I have more game time, it’s best to only use email or my contact page.

Fly safe.

EVE Online, Gaming, Graphics, MMORPG, PC August 6th 2009