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Why do I love EvE?

Posted in Blog Banter, General, PVP with tags on January 31, 2010 by Jupacha - Important Internet Spaceship League

Welcome to this special installment of the EVE Blog Banter, the monthly EVE Online blogging extravaganza created by myself, 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! Any questions about the EVE Blog Banter should be directed to me. Check out other EVE Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!

When you’ve been roaming New Eden as long as I have, it almost feels like home. That’s how familiar it has become over the last 5 years. Not that I have done everything or touched every aspect of this most amazing of virtual world, far from it, but it just feels as though it’s always been there. And always will be.

Whether you’ve logged into the game every day since its launch in 2003, or you’ve taken one or several sabbaticals from your capsuleer career, you’ve always come back to New Eden don’t you. Why is that?

We know the EVE Online Community is unique in so many ways, and that EVE Online is like no other MMORPG out there. But what makes the game special for you?

What is it that makes this particular virtual world so enticing, so mysterious and so alluring that we keep coming back for more. Why is EVE one of the very few MMOs to see a continuous growth in its subscriber.

To put it simply: Why do you love EVE Online so much?

That is question that at first seems easy to answer, then I start typing.

Loving EvE is like loving a dominatrix with a mean streak. You recieve no quarter, your endurance is pushed to the razor edge of breaking, and you can’t utter your safe word due to the ball gag in your mouth.

First, no quarter.
I remember my first Raven. Sleek, svelte, expensive, and destroyed after 2:34 from undock.

I had sweated out countless level 4s, looted, salvaged, used T1 ammo all in an effort to save enough ISK to afford my first BS.

A glorious moment. The power, the majesty, THE FIREPOWER. I needed to test it. Needed to feel the hull vibrate as I launched my first salvo of cruise missiles. I asked my wingman to provide his Myrmidon as the test range for this maiden flight.

Being in the same noob corp we could shoot each other with out Concord ending our fun. We warped to a nearby planet and I proceeded to unleash my full fury. Moments later I am looking at my pod surround by Concord and a wreck that costs 200 mil/4 wks of carebearing.

Dumbfounded, I scrambled to figure out why I had been punished. After close inspection I realized my wingman had joined a new corp 8 hours prior to this titanic-esque voyage.

Lesson learned. Be careful who you shoot, even friends. I docked, grabbed my Drake, and undocked. Goodbye Drake, hello GCC lesson.

In less then 4 mins I had lost everything I owned in EvE but had acquired to 2 certificates of completion from the School of Hard Knocks.

Reason I love EvE 1: If I fail, I fail on my own. No one to blame but myself.

Next, Endurance pushed to the limit.
Whether missioning 4s in a BC with less then 6mil SP, sieging a POS in a BS that has 3 hardeners of each type, or jumping safes, running from pirates while ratting in 0.0 6 jumps from an outpost with no cloak.

I have spent more hours trying to stay awake while finishing a radar site or roam or POS bash then trying to get lucky, a RL project finished or any other RL activities combined.

My mistress New Eden has tested my endurance and I am stronger for it.

Reason I love EvE 2: It requires dedication, and those who play it are a better class of player. Players are more mature and understand risk and loss.

Lastly, the ball gag.
TBH, I don’t have a good analogy for the ball gag. In fact, just the opposite, I love that we have CSM, that real players commentate the tournaments, the eve blogsphere, Fanfest, and all the other things that make it ours.

The fact that I have the option to scam in Jita, play the mole and collapse an alliance, or just suicide gank someone who is about to be enrolled, forcefully, in the School of Hard Knocks, and that CCP doesn’t remove these and make EvE a mushy carebear haven makes CCP and EvE very dear to me.

Other endearing items include real time training, the old ghost training (AWU 5 for me), single shard, free expansions, SISI, the Tengu, the Golem, the tournament, player meets, awesome trailers, the fact that BoB and now goon didn’t pay bills and got smacked down, and that in 3 years of playing I have only had to suffer 2 14 year old high pitched kids on comms even though I have been in several alliances.

Is EvE faultless? No. But I love EvE, reguardless of these faults.

Here’s to EvE, game of the year AGAIN! Here’s to the only MMO that I ever payed for after the trial was over and 6 months later payed again for an alt.

Pew Pew till they turn the last server off….

Rats 2.0 and beyond….

Posted in Blog Banter with tags , , , , on November 29, 2009 by Jupacha - Important Internet Spaceship League

Welcome to the thirteenth 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! Any questions about the EVE Blog Banter should be directed here. Check out other EVE Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!

The first banter of this 2nd year of EVE Blog Banters comes to us from Zargyl from A Sebiestor Scholar, who asked the following: On the EVE Fanfest 2009 page are pictures of prizes for the Silent Auction that was held during the event. One of these photos was entitled “Design your own EVE mission”. My question now would be what kind of mission would you write if you got that prize? What would the mission be about? Would it be one using the new system of epic mission arks? What would be the story told by it? Feel free to expand upon his questions and put together your very own mission!

CCP has stated that Eve is a social game and that they want players reacting together and playing together, and missions rarely do that beyond a certain skill proficiency level. I now do 4’s in a passive drake and still go AFK with full agro. I’m not on comms, not in corp or allaince chat, not even at my computer. Where’s the “fun” in that? Why should making money in “game” be as monotonous as making money in RL?

Missions are a way to make money in a “game” that is about “people.” Make missions fun, people-oriented, cash flow devices they should be. Make high level missions i.e. 4’s, 5’s and some high quality 3’s, require friends and enemies to complete. More on the enemies later.

I would write a level 4 mission that didn’t SUCK. Seriously, missions suck. Epic Arcs helped but not enough. The new pirate arcs look cool but don’t really change anything. So here we go…

First things, rats are dumb, D-U-M-B, dumb. Sleepers got better and can make you sweat until you read the posts and then they are a slightly better version of the classic rat. Rats need to move like players, be less predictable, move and act like a player, FIT MODS THAT REAL PVP SHIPS FIT. How many times have you ran a level 4, looted it, and upon arriving in station find 10x of mining laser I’s, some cargo scanners and other worthless junk that no self respecting pirate that was supposedly “threatening” empire space would ever carry on his ship. What was he stealing, asteroids that are free to mine by edict of CONCORD?

Rats should act like people. Not the crazy unpredictable people, but statistical people, people that follow the known way of killing an enemy. Rats should call primary, switch primary if tank isn’t breaking, use ECM, damps, tracking disruptors, drones and various other PvP mods and tactics.

When I warp into a level 4 from a +19 agent I shouldn’t see 30 BS, 10 BC, 5 C, and 15 frigs and think “Ho, hum, I guess I could go mow the lawn while the drones do this for me.” WTF kind of game drives its player base to the “honeydo” list. I sat down to escape the “honeydo” list. Instead I should see 4 RR battleships and a combat recon protecting a hauler throwing up a tower in the wrong empires space, or even a mixed bc/cruiser fleet “harassing” that poor transport. Make the rats make sense. I run missions in Caldari space and I keep wondering “Why do I stay in Caldari space when the Gallente can build a STARGATE inside it and all the empire can muster is me to beat them back?” At the same time after I pop a 50 man Gallente fleet in a drake I know why I don’t fly for the Gallente empire.

So now I better have 3-4 friends in fleet and treat this mission as if it were a low-sec/0.0 roam. I will need remote reps, points, ECCM, and various other PvP goodies to take down these rats.

No bounties. When I pop a Raven class battleship in a level 4 mission from a +10 agent, that raven better drop ‘Arbalest’ or T2 launchers, Invuln’ II’s, cap injectors, drones, a scram/disruptor, anything that makes sense and that gets me paid since there is no bounty.

And now to the actual mission. I would make it a not quite epic arc in number of missions but definitely epic in scale. Option. would include warping to a tower that is online or is guarded and being onlined, running gate camps, scanning out a plex, jumping through that star gate the Gallente built in Abagawa.

The Tranquility Shard has a huge amount of player information at it digital finger tips. It just needs to harvest that data to bring players together.

A rough outline would be:

1 of #: “Recon” We have detected a large number of ship explosions on the X gate in Y system. Please recon the phenomenon and remote back your findings.

Now players have to interact as the mission sends them together because these are actual players camping this gate. The missioner might need to report the number of ships or ships classes or corp of gate campers or alliance of campers. Multiple choice option might be best for this mission when turning it in.

2 of #: “Gauge their strength” this would be a 2 option mission friends or solo. You could grab a group of friends and smash the camp or the agent gives you a small, cheap fitted ship and takes some collateral and orders you to engage he camp with the intention of losing it. Now if you win the fight you get the loot, the ship, and your collateral back. If you die then, oh well, turn in the KM and the agent will give you the next mission.

This again bring players together and produces PvP which is never a bad thing.

3 of #: “POS Games” This mission would require you to do one of to things. Either put up a small POS for your agent (POS has no trade value) which would require you to provide escort and a hauler, or warp to a pos being onlined and stop it because that pilot chose the online a POS mission about 10 minutes before you selected the POS Siege mission.

This would yet again bring players together and introduce people to POS mechanics on a micro scale. This would require serious balancing, possible acceleration gates to limit the number of people from each side of the mission from getting in so it is fair and nobody gets white-washed. The agents would also remove GCC while in the deadspace so concord doesn’t get all trigger happy

4 of #: “Charge the Gate” vs “Stop the Spy” this would be a mission that would be generated if 2 players requested missions within seconds of each other. The StS missioners would warp to a deadspace complex and it would put them at 0 on a “hidden stargate” like in the current missions. The CtG group would warp to same deadspace but be 30+ KM off gate. The object would be for the StS guys to prevent the missioner from jumping through the gate in a BC or bigger, while carrying cargo that can’t be looted out of the deadspace (it prevents warp while in cargo in the complex). PvP ensues and players interact with players.

These are examples of missions that don’t suck, are fun and engaging, increase your skills at Eve and can be macro’d or bot’ted. The rewards would have to balance and a hundred other little ideas but fixing rats and having missions involve more people makes it more engaging for everyone in New Eden.

T3 Modules…

Posted in Blog Banter with tags , , on November 22, 2009 by Jupacha - Important Internet Spaceship League

Welcome to the eleventh 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! Any questions about the EVE Blog Banter should be directed here. Check out other EVE Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!

 

This month’s banter comes to us from Joe Brusati a long time reader of CrazyKinux’s Musing, who asks the following: CCP states that T3 Strategic Cruisers are just the start for the T3 line-up. In future Eve expansions what would you like to see as the next T3 ship type. Please be specific on details about what role this ship would play, cost of manufacturing, and the different modules that would be available for it, and of course you must give your T3 ship a name!

 

I really, really, really (yes 3 reallys) like T3 ships, especially the Tengu (I’m missile whore). I flew it twice in AT7 and was very happy with its performance and only more pleased that the price continues to fall… which brings me to my T3 wish list.

 

I think battleships are the next logical step in T3 evolution, but not where I hope CCP takes it.

 

I WANT T3 MODULES… that’s right T3 modules. My initial idea was combo cruise/siege launchers where you could unload your torps, right click the launcher group, choose reconfigure, wait -5-10 secs, reload with cruise missiles and continue firing. After thinking a little longer, I decided that might be stupid but then thought about all those Rifter pilots who could load arty or autocannon ammo in the same guns as they hunted different pilots in the wild without having to redock.

 

Taking it farther, what about T3 shield hardeners, specifically the damage specific ones. The Photon Scattering Field II gives a 55% EM bonus, where a Photon Scattering III gives a 55-60% to EM and 3-5% to THERM, KIN and EXP. This type of bonusing would work on several modules benefiting all races. MWDs that offer a trade between speed and sig radius, painters that learn and paint better, damps that learn when a targets has achieved lock and switches from a scan res to a targeting range script. Drones that “see” where the fleet is firing and moves accordingly even if the drone ship is jammed.

 

Then lastly, what about T3 ammo? Anyone who has ventured to close to a Sleeper outpost knows the power of those omni damage missiles. What about the same for all ammo in New Eden. Maybe ammo that learns as it hits its target making each salvo that much more damaging.

 

Just some of my T3 ideas that I think should be looked at….