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I Didn’t Want To Play EVE Anyways

Posted in Come On!, When RL Invades on July 25, 2012 by khalia

My connection issues – which prevented me from participating in the Thukk You, Frill Me events – have gotten so bad that I can barely log on long enough to change skills. Sometimes the client doesn’t get past the “Loading …. ” bar. Sometimes I get a socket reset after logging in. Sometimes it just plain hangs.

This has been going on for about two weeks now, and it sucks. It’s not my local internet connection, as everything runs spiffy, and none of my network hardware or configuration has changed in months.

My best guess is that some hop between me and CCP’s data farm is screwed up. Anyone else having problems like this?

The Economics of Ice Mining

Posted in Combat, When RL Invades on October 6, 2011 by khalia

Some folks have asked why I’m joining in the Goonswarm gank-fest on ice miners in Gallente space. After all, I’m not profiting personally from Goons takeover of the market, or of their ship-reinbursment program. I’ll tell you why: It’s fun! Today you can fly into an ice belt in a Velator, lock up an Orca, and the whole belt full of miners will warp away. It’s priceless.

Some brave/clueless/stupid miners (and bots) are still trying to collect Blue Ice. Is it worth it? Let’s find out!

With perfect skills in a Mackinaw, a miner will collect 44 units of ice per hour. With perfect refining skills, each unit of blue ice yields: 50 Heavy Water, 25 Liquid Ozone, 1 Strontium, 300 Oxygen Isotopes.

Current sell market prices in Jita for these items are:
* Heavy Water: 23/unit
* Liquid Ozone: 398/unit
* Oxy Isotopes: 1218/unit
* Strontium: 520/unit

Punching the numbers, we come up with 50,600 ISK for Heavy Water; 437,800 ISK for Liquid Ozone; 16.07M for Oxy Topes; and 22,880 ISK for Stront. Call it 16.5M/hour. A Mack hull is going for 140M. If you can manage to survive ice mining in Gallente space for 8.5 hours, you’ll come out ahead even if you lose your Mack. Of course, I’m not counting the module costs or rig costs either.

I’m not sure any one is surviving more than four or five hours at a time right now. If you’re using a Hulk the numbers are even worse; a Hulk only returns 36 units per hour and costs 200M. At that point you’ll have to mine for close to 15 hours to survive loss of a Hulk.

Review: Incarna. Also: Where’s Paul?

Posted in Come On!, Site News, When RL Invades on June 21, 2011 by paul

Welp, at least they didn’t break anything that mattered this time. Actually, they did break a lot of things in addition to the fail extra content. Sigh. 🙁

I knew that they could make a relatively pretty walking-in-stations game, but I was holding out to see if they actually had some applications for it. As in, something that’s as fun or more fun as a biped than as a pod.

I rolled a new pilot to see if Incarna made the New Player Experience more tolerable. The New Player Experience asked me to open the agent window. There weren’t any obvious clues about where to find that window. I figured after a few minutes that it probably wanted me to open my agents tab in People and Places. It didn’t. I eventually found the window it wanted me to open. It told me to get into a conversation with an agent before I could continue. The problem was that the only agent in station was a storyline agent, and he didn’t want to talk to me.

Keep in mind that this was in a Pator Tech School station, where one would expect to find what one needs to get started on the tutorials. The tutorial didn’t tell me that I needed to change stations, much less tell me how to do that. Since I, the newbie, was on foot instead of in a ship, I didn’t know that I could very easily and quickly fly to another station and continue the tutorial. Instead of making the tutorial easier to swallow for players by taking them out of the spaceship, CCP made it HARDER by making them feel trapped and looking for the next step in the FAMC (Forever Alone Minmatar Closet).

I mean, if Incarna 1.0 is a tech demo for some killer new gameplay paradigm you’ve got waiting for finishing touches, then wouldn’t it make sense to tell us what it is? Because I’m not sure how we’re supposed to be impressed with this.

I’m not mad at you, CCP. I’m not quitting. I’m just sad. I hope that I’m wrong about where this is headed, which is to yet another major feature (more major than any other expansion in CCP history) that is hailed as the next big thing, but eventually sits unused by players while major problems that cause grief for all subscribers go unfixed. Please prove me wrong.

Where’s Paul?

Some of you have it figured out, but I’ll let the rest in on a little secret. When I first started this blog, I was a church office manager. Then I was a city cop for a couple of years. Now I’ve hung up my badge (but not my gun! So don’t try to find me.) and purchased a used video/board game store. Until that business stabilizes, I will continue to be scarce.

CSM Polls Are Open!

Posted in When RL Invades on March 18, 2011 by paul

Go vote now!

My five votes went to Arden Elenduil, who states that his goal is “to return the game to its original state of being an unforgiving place.”

There are other good candidates, and I don’t agree with Arden on everything, but he the closest candidate to me on the list.

Eve is amazing because your choices matter and there is nobody to protect you from complete ruin if you fail. Keep Eve hard! Vote for Arden!

Bruce Schneier on Societal Security

Posted in When RL Invades on February 15, 2011 by paul

Sorry for When-RL-Invades post, but in my exploration of corporate infiltration in Eve I’ve given a lot of thought to security and trust models. Particularly, I’m interested in how the differences in identity and scarcity in Eve from identity and scarcity in the real world modify behavior. I’ve always liked Bruce Schneier’s blog, but today he posted a teaser for his new book.

In a primitive society, informal systems are generally good enough. When you’re living in a small community, and objects are both scarce and hard to make, it’s pretty easy to deal with the problem of theft. If Alice loses a bowl, and at the same time, Bob shows up with an identical bowl, everyone knows Bob stole it from Alice, and the community can then punish Bob as it sees fit. But as communities get larger, as social ties weaken and anonymity increases, this informal system of theft prevention — detection and punishment leading to deterrence — fails. As communities get more technological and as the things people might want to steal get more interchangeable and harder to identify, it also fails. In short, as our ancestors made the move from small family groups to larger groups of unrelated families, and then to a modern form of society, the informal societal security systems started failing and more formal systems had to be invented to take their place. We needed to put license plates on cars and audit people’s tax returns.

We had no choice. Anything larger than a very primitive society couldn’t exist without societal security.

I’ll be very interested in the release of this work, and if you’re reading this blog and are entertained by thoughts of what makes the ethical landscape of Eve so compelling, you might be interested as well.


Posted in Site News, When RL Invades on October 11, 2010 by captain

Why hello there!

Nope, not dead. All of my accounts are still active. Been taking a large break recently, but EVE is starting to feel new again to me. 🙂

If jerks is changing, I’m here to change with it. No way I’m leaving (unless Paul beats me). I’ll keep posting, when I can. University is giving me a large workload, but I do have the occasional free day. EVE is a game, and people get tired of games. Some leave and come back years later, some just leave.. Some, like me, take long breaks to renew aggro with a game that’s been bland for a while.

Jerks has been slow recently, as has MyLootYourTears. But it is not abandoned by a longshot. Too many memories, and too many good times to just leave it be. 🙂

So I’m here when I can be. Sadly, RL must take priority.

Slow Posting

Posted in When RL Invades on September 21, 2010 by paul

I’m on the verge of burnout in Eve. Some of the activities popularized by this blog have become so commonplace that I feel like much less of an innovator when I’m doing them. Corp infiltration is still interesting, but takes lots of time.

It’s time I really don’t have. A busy job, lots of home improvement projects, and an effort to hold onto a social life for myself and the missus, means I just can’t justify the time spent on Eve when the rewards continue to diminish.

Of course, there’s still the matter of three accounts that are paid up for 10 months. I’ll still log on to change skills and may even come in for some salvaging fun once in a while. I just refuse to continue to feel guilty if I don’t play or blog for a while. Maybe having the pressure off will bring some of the fun back.

Fly sneaky!

Aegamaeous, Aelemaeous, Please Shut the Fuck Up

Posted in Duffers, When RL Invades on June 6, 2010 by khalia

I am a Jerk. This means I am prepared to be an honorless bastard with no morals. However I reserve this for my targets – others of similar mindset are (usually) treated with a spirit of comradeship until otherwise proven to be a douchebag.

We’ve got a douchebag. I’m calling out a well-known character among the ninja, merc, and griefer circuits: Aegamaeous; and his alt Aelemaeous. Dude, you need to shut the fuck up.

In specifics, your diarrhea of the mouth about your real life is making the channels you inhabit a sewer of filth which the rest of us want to drown you in, after kicking you in the junk. We do not give a shit about your wife, about the cake she makes, or any of the other details of your life. If we cared, we would have asked, usually along the lines of, “Hey, how’s life going for you?”

Paul and I often talk about real life, but that’s because we actually ask the other person, and the person acting is actually INTERESTED. We tell a joke or some other thing that is enjoyable for the other person. You spew the crap about your life into chat channels and voice channels, trying to make yourself feel better. I’m told by one of your own corp members that your CEO bitched you out for doing exactly this. Do you need a cluebat applied to your forehead?

Here’s some example of random shit no one needed:

[ 2010.06.05 23:50:41 ] Aelemaeous > good news?
[ 2010.06.05 23:50:48 ] Aelemaeous > I was able to replace a fuse and fix the hvac
[ 2010.06.05 23:51:06 ] Aelemaeous > so now I don’t have to kill my wife (for trying to replace the original thermostat with a newer digital one)
[ 2010.06.05 23:51:18 ] Aelemaeous > o/
[ 2010.06.05 23:51:44 ] Aelemaeous > house got up to 89F today
[ 2010.06.05 23:52:15 ] Aelemaeous > hooray for knowing how to use a multi-meter, and knowing that I wasn’t getting proper voltage
[ 2010.06.05 23:52:58 ] Aelemaeous > yeah.. hvac would have cost me $5k for a new unit/system.
[ 2010.06.05 23:53:18 ] Aelemaeous > service call for repair tech? $190 for first 30 minutes, $50 every thirty after that

Here’s an idea – you use the hot air you’re constantly spewing to power the fucking HVAC. You’re logged into one of the most interesting multiplayer games in existence – how about you PLAY IT?

More word vomit:

[ 2010.06.06 00:40:53 ] Aelemaeous > so my wife made me an 8 layer chocolate cake with fresh cherries throughout the layers
[ 2010.06.06 00:40:59 ] Aelemaeous > with a think vanilla icing
[ 2010.06.06 00:41:03 ] Aelemaeous > …
[ 2010.06.06 00:41:14 ] Aelemaeous > sometimes, it’s good to test the new product line

[ 2010.06.06 00:41:39 ] Johanes Miller > Yo, Aele
[ 2010.06.06 00:41:46 ] Johanes Miller > Can you do me a favor?

[ 2010.06.06 00:41:51 ] Aelemaeous > Yo, johanes
[ 2010.06.06 00:42:03 ] Aelemaeous > not talk about cake?

[ 2010.06.06 00:42:15 ] Johanes Miller > I was going for ‘shut the fuck up.’
[ 2010.06.06 00:42:26 ] Johanes Miller > Or “no one gives a shit about your cake’
[ 2010.06.06 00:42:29 ] Johanes Miller > either will do

[ 2010.06.06 00:44:07 ] Aelemaeous > Anyone else going to Origins in Columbus OH at the end of this month?
[ 2010.06.06 00:44:43 ] Aelemaeous > I’m also going to gencon in august, in indianapolis, and maybe dragoncon in atlanta in september

[ 2010.06.06 00:47:23 ] Khalia Nestune > Your wife probally eats all the cake too
[ 2010.06.06 00:47:25 ] Khalia Nestune > fat cow

[ 2010.06.06 00:48:04 ] Aelemaeous > she’s making an r2-d2 wedding cake for a friend
[ 2010.06.06 00:48:30 ] Aelemaeous > with a 1/2 deathstar for the grooms cake

[ 2010.06.06 00:49:04 ] Khalia Nestune > dude, would you shut the fuck up? no one cares about your wife and cake and shit

I’m going to not pull any punches on this one; here’s a list of people who think you need your mouth stapled shut:

* Paul
* Michella
* Your whole fucking corp
* Your CEO
* Anyone in the same chat channel as you
* The homeless guy outside my apartment, who is normally really nice, and now wants to stab you in the face.

And by the way – I’m really sad you removed me from your list of blues. Really sad.

Slow Posting

Posted in When RL Invades on May 30, 2010 by paul

I won’t be playing much this week, as the Missus and I are celebrating Numerically Significant Anniversary and will be out of town.

I would like to mention that I made a cool billion with about five minutes of random buying/selling of PI materials after the recent expansion whoopsie by CCP. Timing is everything.

CSM5 Voting is Underway

Posted in The More You Know, When RL Invades on May 5, 2010 by paul

Vote now!

It only takes a couple of minutes. My four votes were split between Mynxee and Manalapan.

Tchell Dahnn should come back and run for CSM6.

Or maybe I will. Hmmm.