Saturday, 13 May 2017

Future Eve and How it will affect us!

Hey all! Im still here just haven't had much to write about with being in Tokyo for a while and then back to England again.

However with the recent DevBlog out regarding the future of structures and the one back in march on the refineries,  I wanted to ping out my 2 cents about the whole thing.

I wanna start with the fact I am a huge fan of POS being removed from the game. They were great back.... Who am I kidding they always sucked. Especially when we had to anchor 500,000 of them to run a empire and then try and find 100 types of materials to fuel them all. CCP do some things correct after all.

A little Eve History -

Player Owned Stations as they were named being a stick in space that have a shield, armor, structure bar were the be all end all of Sov warfare ( Owning Null Space ) back in the day. You had to have a majority of Pos online in a system to own that system. To  take it away from someone you needed to kill their Pos and anchor your own. Queue the F1/AFK Wars. And with only 1 reinforce timer per Pos it could be done reasonably quickly as they have damage cap so if you drop 100 dreads it'll die in no time. You could arm them with a ton of guns and in the day this used to be the thing 1 x Faction tower + as many guns as you could fit. Queue fight scene. However as time went on and fights scaled upwards in terms of player numbers Pos guns mean very little these days apart from a deterrent from the average opportunist.

After CCP removed that limitation and replaced it with TCU/SBU ( We won't get into that as that sucked just as much ) They became basically huts in space used for the removal of moon goo from the moons around planets, as JB network POS. Super Capital safe spots and Industry related Jazz. And really not a lot else was required of them. They were the focus of many battles over what we refer to as R64 Moons like Technetium, Dysprosium etc. Now day's they are the focus of reactions and safe spots for supers to hide in during trades/wars.

Until - CITADELS!

Finally CCP released true player owned stations that were actually stations and not Popsicle In Space.  ( PIS ) First we had the 3 Main stations the Astrahaus, Fortizar and Keepstar. These allowed people to safely dock up  or "tether" an act that originally was meant to keep your ship from being bumped but apparently CCP have no idea what the fuck to do regarding this - Hence a few occasions in the early days of Citadels a lot of reimbursement mails were sent ot CCP for things that had been bumped off the citadels.They come with a huge amount of HP which increases depending on which one you build ( but so does the price ) and they have bonuses geared towards it's attached weapons systems via a rig bonus. They can also fit modules and weapons specifically designed for Citadels + Engineering Complexs.  Either way this was one of the greatest patches ever released in the eight years I have been playing. However, that is until!

ENGINEERING COMPLEXES!

These are awesome. Not only do they allow you to dock depending on your ship size but they have bonuses towards Industry and they have changed Industry forever within Eve. These allow depending on size again to build bigger and better with restrictions though until you reach the top. You have the Raitaru, Azbel and Sotiyo. Each can be rigged just like the Citadels  same with modules and weapons although weapons are not as useful or bountiful due to the fitting slot availability. These were designed with minimal defences in mind but with huge bonuses to Industry related jobs.

Moving on.

I currently run a bunch of POS purely for reactions and that's about it and even then the fueling time for materials and fuel itself is still pretty annoying alongside the anchoring etc thankfully that only happens the once. I also run a lot of stuff in citadels and to be honest having everything in one place is a lot more useful then having everything all over the place a bit obvious but some people are like me and basically have space trash in every corner of the galaxy.

With the advent of the new blog it has been announced that the next structures to appear will be the new refineries, however CCP have stated they will be released when they are ready and not before which I herald as a good omen because usually they lob it out the door before it's finished expecting it to walk talk and take over the world. These refineries will take a way all the need for POS for myself as they will incorporate reactions into a single place and they can be done with multiple characters with the introduction of a new skill. The draw backs and bonuses we won't know until the time comes for the release and test on SISI.

Another thing is they will I believe grant even bigger bonuses to reprocessing and they will be able to fit the new moon mining array. The info can be found here in the dev blog. 

Now what does this mean for eve?

I can't even begin to consider how much raw moon goo is pulled in on a daily basis. At a minimum you will pull in 2400 units of one moon goo a day per tower to move that onto the player base is going to be interesting. I foresee a new breed of miner and a new breed of greed as well. 

With the change over there will likely be a minimum of a week before one is up and online so in that time I am guessing that the current stockpile of moon goo will tide us over until the new one is up and running however I can see prices rising and the T2 modules and ship's market increasing quite a lot. And this of course doesn't include what will happen to the moon goo prices themselves.

It really does depend on how much you can mine in the equivalent time next to a Pos. Ie; Pos will mine 100 Technetium in 1 hour. Does that mean 1 player can mine the same? If so how do you keep that in line with the current output? If you can only mine 100 Tech a hour per toon then is it even worth mining? What about the R8 moon goos? They are worth so little isk per hour people won't bother mining them? So will the balance eventually switch or will all the moon goo level out to some extent? I'm interested to see how it all pan's out personally I think it's either going to be amazing or it is going to break the game entirely in terms of T2 building and reactions for a while.


Any thoughts? What are your hopes and fears regarding these monumental changes coming to us sometime in the future?

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Supers and How not to be a scrub...

Boo! Been a while hasn't it?

Ive been playing just you know.. work.. and meh.

So I finally picked up a super not long ago, I ended up going for the Wyvern because the Matigu SeaBeast Skin is awesome, Should have been Caldari's base skin in my opinion but hey.

Anyway so this is a short story about how to not be a scrub and it comes from personal experience. So basically I accepted the contract and went over to the citadal to collect it being all excited I didn't notice that the seller had forgotten to pop in the fuel that usually comes with the contract so I undocked and went to jump to my cyno only to find out that I had no fuel.. Needless to say I was a little miffed that I didn't check... So while I was shuttling some fuel over my corp mocked me mercilessly for several hours and it's now become a corp joke about supers and fuel. So tip number one. Make sure you have fuel otherwise you look like me... an idiot.

Tip number two. Don't bomb your own fighters.

While in the process of figuring out wtf to do with the unguided bombs in a haven I managed to bomb my already damaged lights and killed 2 of them.. GG. YouTube is there for a reason.. Guess I should use it.

And finally when testing out the burst modules fire the interdiction sphere burst projector AWAY from your super. Unlike this guy who managed to bubble his own super in a safe spot. Needless to say I'm still pretty happy about finally achieving one of my goals and going forward I shall endeavor to not be a total scrub lord and do silly things with a fairly expensive ship.

Kinda concerned about buying a titan as knowing my luck Ill jump myself instead of bridging on the first try and quite likely end up dying.

I must admit since eve went FTP for new people it's been nice seeing a influx of new players and the game seems more... active which is great. There's a lot happening and ultimately this can only be a good thing. I'm enjoying playing more and more since the expansions and really CCP are doing a pretty great job, granted there's some stuff that needs fixing but overall the last few big changes have been great. I only hope they don't completely fuck T2 Production with the new moon mining but as always we'll either adapt or complain and then adapt.


Saturday, 12 November 2016

Longest roam in tristans ever...

So hello again!

I am terrible, I know posting is far between but hey I persevere!

So I pinged out for a corp roam for Friday night but alas it was probably the quietest night we have had in months and only 4 people were actually around ( It was Vets day and with a pretty heavy USTZ following could explain why, Alongside this, respects to my brother Americans who protect their country past, future and present! )

Anyway not to be deterred by shit numbers I still pushed to go out in our Tristans to die horribly killing something like a claw or whatever. Traveling through Delve we made our way to the JB to drop us at the ass end of Catch, A nice little entry point which has little to no defense during our TZ as the alliance only wake up at like 1am my time. Pushing up into VOLT space we traveled through their new sov down south. Needless to say it was dead. Literally no one around for about 10 jumps. We didn't bother scouting just bundling in and hitting Ice Belts/Mining Belts/Anoms for the most part we found F All. Turns out Catch is about as empty as my cup of what was Tea. However we found this lone defender of justice mining ice in the final destination and quickly dispatched him in what was our moment of glory for the night. ( I almost burnt out my MWD burning in for tackle ) and spent the rest of the evening asking people in local for Nanite Paste.


We then traveled up into North Catch and it was just as dead. Moving into N-8 we found. Nothing. The pocket now being a dust bowl of Nothingness. Having lived there in the past we saw system ADM's at a high massive mining operations and ratting constantly, however now it's like everything died.

Giving up we moved up into Providence passing a Ossim gang on the way who tried to bubble us and caught no one. And several other CVA gangs who caught no one.. Right up until I sacrificed one of our guys for the greater good. And ran away.

Moving into Providence we killed a Cyno on a Citadel because we are obviously big ballers and then promptly all died to a Svipul.

All in all a successful night, But 3hrs of roaming 2 regions in 4 Tristans and only dying at the tail end was a little depressing. Next time I may take dreads and probably still end up with the same scenario.

o7


Sunday, 31 July 2016

Ruptures and a Magical Magus

So a few day's ago I took out a Rupture fleet to try and get a fight and hopefully whelp everyone.  I ended up with a really tight doctrine fleet of around 23 which was amazing everyone was in the correct ship and we had loads of Logi ( about 5 ) no caracals or shite to be found anywhere in the comp so overall brilliant, It's how it should be.

We went for a run towards HED- to see if anyone wanted to pick a fight and well we found someone who did pretty quickly.  We managed to get tackle on a command dessie and scrammed he couldn't do much so he died promptly. What we didn't see coming was the SOLARFLEET Prophecy gang with their own logi warp in I managed to draw enough aggro that the  majority of the fleet evac-ed however me and a couple others sacrificed our lives for the good of the fleet!

Report Here  - we still won the isk war so who cares!

We hung about for a bit while a Vexor gang came in as well and not wanting to tangle with the two gangs at the same time we scouted around until they had left the area. Now after going into HED-, Brotherstud passed me over a Magus, Now I haven't flown these like ever.. But honestly it was the most dickish/hilarity ensuing ship I've ever flown. We got wind of a big CTA in up Providence involving a hostile gang or some such. So I gave the guys the option of either taking them home to reship into Nightmares or we continue as is and play stealth support. Decision was unanimous and we shipped out as we were in our Ruptures with a command destroyer at the front.

We rolled up the pipes heading towards KBP7- In Providence. Not wanting the enemy or the friendlies to know about us we kept quiet, ignoring everything and positioning ourselves and hatching a plan. So we got into a system once reds had cleared out and docked at the citadel. Our fleet being not to big I don't think anyone paid attention to us. After pouring through Intel to see what was happening we started filtering scouts into the system to get our fleet in without being blapped on gate. Luckily enough our pro scouts shouted when it was time to move and we quick responded our asses out the station and into system warping immediately to a perch above the enemy fleet after our ceptor pilot Nalles did some pro pin pointing we landed behind the already engaged enemy fleet and started locking up primary's. We were attempting to hit the same targets as CVA but eventually proving to be more of a nuisance then they would have liked Shadow Cartel turned their guns on us. Our logi being super pro kept some of us alive while others who hadn't kept up traversal were slapped into bits.

We did some positioning after getting a couple of kills "Obviously with CVA assists" ;D  After seeing the enemy fleet starting to flag and losses mount for some reason I made the call to warp to a wreck and land hopefully about 50km off. However I warped the entire fleet at 0m and landed on what I can only assume was the Shadow Cartel FC having flown with him in the past. In the split second of realizing as we entered warp I had made a mistake I put the call out over comms "Hold tight guys! No one move on land!" On landing I spooled up the jump unit and all you could hear on comms was "WTF RAND! What are you doing!" Oh fuck he's jumping us" After that I nearly died laughing as we launch all of us along with several SC guys off their fleet and started attempting to tackle them. With no scrams however we failed to stop their MWD.  And my Magus got toasted. In the time it took for them to reach their fleet they were nearly all dead and not too soon afterwards they exploded too.

After reshipping into a IBIS! I launched our fleet once again back into the fray jumping into the adjoining system we lent our helping hand of DPS and Logistics to wipe out their 4 FAX Machines ( Force Auxiliaries ) Not that we made any real difference in the fight but we had amazing fun. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, even after a few of us reshipped and died and what have you. Our Logi was amazing keeping my shields on the Magus repped up while I ancillary boosted my armor trying to get into warp and surviving twice due to logi reps before dying.  All in all I think we lost a grand total of about 9 ships possibly 10. We may not have assisted in Nightmares ( we were all poor ) but we went to help anyway in our own way and honestly it was the most fun I've had in ages.

Big thanks to Shadow for providing the big fight it was awesome and their was no faggot acts to speak of just straight up no fucks given quality brawl fight.

Big thanks to the guys who came on the fleet. And special thanks to Brotherstud for providing me with a ship Ive since loved flying!

Battle Report Here.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Kronos! BE GONE! - The diary of a Dessy Love Fleet




Yea so today we went out on a alliance "CTA" Fleet. To help our BRAVE Bros out. Who it turns out didn't need our help in the end.

What ensued was a really intense roam of basically engaging and exploding everything we could find. For once I wasn't the FC which was nice!

Anyway I digress. We marched on down and parked up in Red Frogs system to chill. After all of about 2 minutes everyone decided unanimously that "fuck this lets kill something" was the order of the day. So fleet un docked and went on a wander.

So first up was this guy who apparently just sat there and took the pounding like a nice piece of steak.
He then jumped into us again a few jumps ahead and well... 

Shortly after this we camped and bubbled up a station. Nothing of note came up... THEN SUDDENLY KRONOS! Now I've seen what a Kronos can do and it's tank in bastion is mad reps bro #LeetTalk.

This guy tanked us easily didn't kill anyone and almost died when he dropped bastion to dock up. Docked in like 40% Structure. Disappointed and thinking we were being trolled we went to leave. Then he un docks again! This time our command destroyer didn't scram the Kronos and proceed to jump only himself off the station. And the Kronos landed 100km off station and tackled to hell.

True to form he repped like a beast and all the while some of his buddies came in slowly. Up first was this lonely hurricane coming in for a hug with his brother. 
Poor guy didn't know what hit him.

He missed his buddy so much he called another friend and warped in for a group hug! The dominix bless his soul tried to hug me tightly with  his webifier but apparently unscrammed I ran away and blip blapped at his hull tank along with the other bro's of this glorious huggle fleet of warmth and poof he turned into a cloud of love. 
Along with his hurricane buddy who didn't get to hug anyone. 

Shortly after no one else coming to his aid and with screams of overheating ringing in everyones ears the Kronos fell to our Dessie Love Bus.

Not content with this offering we continued our way and encountered several other little treats who through no fault of there own exploded with love for us.
Here
Here
And here.


Few jumps from home we swept upon some blues who were trying to catch a kiting gang of Anti Hug people! SHOCKED! We were.. FC Called the love machine in and off we went to convert these heathens! Unfortunately their speed was strong and they ran but the Pilot of the Loki embraced us all and turned to the side of love and we sent him off to change his ways.

The End.


Big thanks to Alaala the FC and all the guys who came and fought us to provide some great content.

Kronos Pilot > You have bigger balls then most. Maybe next time!

Rand o7

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Its all Occator for you.






YES! Terrible title I know. But.. Whatever.

So again I threw down my toys and decided to rally a fleet, I was bored, It was sunny, I wanted to explode things. I called out to my glorious brethren and in waves they came to do battle.. Who am I kidding it took like 30 minutes and finally I was happy with numbers. Off we trotted with a small fleet of cormorant's and tackle and talwars to do war with anything in our way. Well after I had my bio. HOWEVER!

On returning I found my fleet had been undocked and warping to a gate courtesy of one our more savvy members who took control to gain the fleet a good kill.  A vagabond had been tackled and after landing on gate and taking back command we flew against this vagrant and exploded him.

Running back to N-8 So some guy's could reship and join the fleet we had word that a cloaky Stratios was being a nuisance in N-8 so one of our guys jumped in a alt, Popped on a web and scram onto his Occator  and warped to gate. On landing in the red's bubble he decloaked and tackled our guy. On went the point and web and in jumped the fleet. Burning towards the bubble we exploded him just as he managed to kill our bubble ship and almost killed the Occator. However his death was worth it and the loot more then paid for the loss of the bubble ship!

With that we roamed into south catch to find some fight's but everyone ran away. Made me sad..

And with that and no more pew we went home to cuddle our bears.

All in a all a great little fleet.

#SmallGangWarfare

Rand o/

A Carrier Roaming??? Whut O_O

So it was a normal afternoon, The sun was shining through the windows and I was playing Eve, Cause Eve's awesome. Fuck sunshine.

So we setup our Bomber fleet sorted out the bridge boat and sat outside a citadel waiting for a target. Now I love Blops. They are probably the most fun ships to fly/use. And we have been out in them a few times now within the corp to the point where it's like an addiction. At least for me. 

Anyway continuing on.

Sitting by the citadel we awaited our first call, Scout was out hunting while I was chilling in the "Sir Bridge Alot" Redeemer, Intel piped up about a carrier roaming solo couple jumps from Provi so we redirected our scout that way. Orders where given not to light anything until we had certainty he was either aggressed or it wasn't a TRAPPP! Our cyno is waiting on the go ahead while I gather more intel on what's going on after a couple blue ceptors and a sabre bubble and tackle the carrier. Comms go green and word of a friendly cyno being popped is up and not to be one to have a meal taken away our cyno also gets dropped and in come our little bomber fleet. As soon as that happens the carrier jumps luckily enough I called people to hold aggro and we MWD into the gate and jumped in. On the otherside a Megathron was being attacked by the carrier along with a Chimera on grid. Needless to say we uncloaked and lit up the Thanatos. Shortly there after he exploded.

Shortly after time restraints kicked in and I had to leave. Which was a bad idea because then this happened.... God Damn It Delta.


And thus our adventure continues as I press these wonderfully awesome miners into some explosive action and death!

Rand