Friday, December 14, 2007
As a new dad, I'm currently struggling to find the right schedule for me. One where I'm able to dedicate as much of my time to my daughter, to my wife, to work, while finding time to play EVE and enjoy my other hobbies. It hasn't been easy and I'm still working on that schedule. As a result, EVE time has been going down lately. Before becoming a dad, I used to play EVE a good 20-30 hours a week with relative ease. These day it's more like 5-10, and the last two weeks even less. True that it's the end of the year, and I'm swamped at work. So I'm hopeful things should calm down soon and I should be able to get back to a more normal pace.
As for EVE, and the new Trinity upgrade, I took these shots last night, after finally being able to sit a few hours and enjoy the new graphics. There should be more of these soon, as well as an update on the Rags to Richies contest. I owe you one Drew!
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Though it's gotten a few improvements over the last 4 years, Trinity 1 still looked great as of yesterday. Just take a look at any of the more than fifteen hundred screenshots I took and uploaded to my EVE Online Flickr set over the last 3 years. Out of that set I chose over three hundred shots as favorites and created a seperate set. Both of these will be sealed off and replaced with 2 new Trinity 2 sets.
So have fun browsing these old screenshots, and here's to Trinity 2 and all those lovely new shots I'll be uploading very soon!
Looking forward to it, as much as we all are!
Monday, December 03, 2007
The challenge is simple: create a new EVE character through the 14-day trial account and amass the greatest sum of ISK. All this while blogging about it. The winner gets an EVE Online 30-day game time code.
I've created my new character, Saoundra Meezo, a Khanid pilot part of the great Amarr Empire. I'll be posting in character throughout the next 2 weeks, in addition to my regular (irregular is more appropriate these days) posts.
My fellow challenger are Bellacrow and Wiseones. Good luck gents!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Here's a quote from the CCP press release:
Looking good people!
CCP is releasing two versions of EVE Online: Trinity. Gameplay will remain the same in both versions and both will be available as free downloads. A Classic version of EVE Online: Trinity will be available December 5, 2007 for Microsoft Windows, Macintosh and Linux platforms at http://www.eve-online.com/download/. The Premium version of EVE Online: Trinity, which will include updated and enhanced graphics, will be available on Microsoft Windows on December 5, 2007 and to Mac and Linux subscribers in the first quarter of 2008.
The premium version is compatible with graphics cards capable of displaying Shader 3.0 graphics or better.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The video is now available for download in high-quality over at GameTrailers.com. For those who are not aware, or simply unsure, the new engine requires DirectX 9.0c, not DirectX 10. If you're looking to see if your video card will be able to take full advantage of Trinity 2.0 follow this link and run the little applet provided by CCP.
In my case, I've got an archaic AGP mobo, but I know I'll be able to enjoy the new engine since my card supports Shader Model 3 - it's an XFX GeForce 7600 GT, 256 MB DDR3, 580MHz, AGP 8x. Thanks to CCP's, good judgement. Hell, not everyone is running Vista with DX 10 and a 512MB PCIX video card.
Xmas is just around the corner folks!
Friday, November 23, 2007
- The Digital Continuum: Space-Tripping With EVE Online
- Terra Nova: Fly Safe by Nate Combs
- Aeon's EVE - an EVE Online blog
- New corporation management tools - in the works
- EVE Trinity site launched
- Boomtown: EVE Online Fanfest 2007 – Reykjavik, Iceland
- EVE Fan Fest video - in German though
- Apple Games Features: EVE Online - As the Solar Systems Turn
- Worlds in Motion: CCP's Petursson: Economy, Council Bring Structure To EVE
- Council of Stellar Management - the voice of the EVE community
- EVE Challenge Wrap-Up - Syncaine's review of the challenge
- Common Sense Gamer: EVE in the Morning
- 1UP podcast mentions EVE Online - via /random
- EVE Online: "The War on the Impossible", Part 4: Trinity - via WarCry
- Gamasutra: Winter In Reykjavik: EVE Fanfest 2007 Report
- Throwing down the gauntlet, the great MMO challenge! - Syncaine's MMO Challenge
- Massivelly: The EVE Online Challenge - on Syncaine's challenge
- Single Server Theory - Wilhelm's response to Syncaine
- Worlds in Motion: EVE Online Releases Economic Newsletter, Reveals Demographics
- More EVE Fan Fest photos - this time from Webmandrill
- Massively: The first EVE Online QEN has some interesting facts
- What if EvE Online were a Fantasy MMORPG? - via West Karana
- Warp Drive Active Podcast #19 and #20 - wacky as ever!
Monday, November 19, 2007
And boy is this one full of juicy details.
All of it covers information that was shared at the EVE Fan Fest, which 99.5% of the EVE player base did not get to see live (only a thousand attend the fan fest!).
Thankfully, CCP have put together a Trinity sub-section on the EVE Online site, just as they had done for Revelations II. It contains a ton of stuff, from features list, to screenshots, to wallpapers (updated mine to this one), to 4 must see interviews that we got a chance to see during Fan Fest. I say we, because I was able to view them through the EVE TV broadcast. But, now you can view them in high quality over and over and over.
Oh, Trinity, how I look forward to running you for the first time!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
My only disappointment was to have missed what's been one of the most hotly debated post on EVE in recent times. Head over to Hardcore Casual, to read Syncaine's "Throwing down the gaunlet, the great MMO challenge". I plan to let the dust settle before speaking my mind, lest I'd be like a sober chipmunk walking into a drunken lumberjack bar brawl!
Friday, November 09, 2007
- EVE Fanfest information on Ambulation at MMORPG.com
- From WarCry:
- EVE Fanfest 2007 News wrap-up - from CrazyKinux.com (eheh that's me!)
- The ultimate EVE Online Fan Fest 2007 wrap-up link post - from Massively.com (Great job Matt)
- EON Table of Content for all issues - from CrazyKinux.com (me again!)
- EVE Online FanFest 2007 - from EVE Mondes Persistants (FRENCH)
- A newbie's Guide to EVE Online - over at Macworld
- EVE Online Mac client works great - from tuaw.com
- Mac Client for Eve Online, Trinity Cometh - from MacApper
- EVE Online: Work or Play? - Collaboration Series of at Master Media
Thursday, November 08, 2007
We can now go back to this list and see the full content available to us thanks to the hard work for the folks at MMMPublishing.
You can easily see if you need to order a particular issue you've missed, because of a specific article you'd like to consult. If you decide to order a specific issue, or a full year subscription, head over the to the EON store to do so!
The full list can be accessed using the 'eon toc' tag. If instead you're interested in a particular issue simply select from the list below. As for future issues, I'll keep updating this post as I receive new issues. Please let me know if you spot any errors that may have slipped in.
Here's the full list:
- Issue #001 - Super Size EVE
- Issue #002 - Empires Strike Back
- Issue #003 - Rebuilding EVE
- Issue #004 - Holy Trinity
- Issue #005 - 200 Rounds
- Issue #006 - Looks Who's Walking
- Issue #007 - Turning Up The HEAT
- Issue #008 - Pirate Battleships
- Issue #009 - Ascension
- Issue #010 - Power to the Players
- Issue #011 - The 0.0 Thought Experiment
- Issue #012 - Mining Evolved
- Issue #013 - Hostile Takeover
- Issue #014 - Ship Shape
- Issue #015 - The End of New Eden
- Issue #016 - Territorial Advance
- Issue #017 - DUST 514
- Issue #018 - 2010
- Issue #019 - Soon!
- Issue #020 - Soon!
- Issue #021 - Event Horizons
- Issue #022 (coming soon)
[LAST EDIT: April 4th, 2010]
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
The first impression I got from viewing the broadcast was a sense of belonging, a strange sensation that though Iceland lay an ocean away, somehow through the magic of modern communication part of me was there. Call it virtual eyeballs or whatever, but I felt a touch of the excitement of my fellow EVE citizens.
Thank you EVE TV for gave us the opportunity to witness all the exciting news as it was divulged to the fanfesters (is that a word?). Speaking of which, I do recall that spiralJunkie mentioned that the clips and broadcast would be available next Saturday. So for those that missed the entire show, or for those like me that missed a few, we'll get our chance to relive the magic (ok, enough of this pixel dust sensitivity!).
I thought I'd share with my notes which I jotted down while listening to the broadcast.
- Trinity Upgrade represents 50 man-years Ambulation - decadently gorgeous
- Planets - nowhere near
- Ambulation, but it'll be kick ass
- Bloopers - especially those of Nathan, were funny as hell
- Spoke about the growth of CCP and player base
- iEVE – Transgaming President, Vikas Gupta’s presentation
- Ambulation – drop dead gorgeous
- CCP working with IBM and Microsoft to build Europe biggest supercomputer by mid-2008
- Council of Stellar Management – a council of players
Sunday, November 04, 2007
With the EVE Online Fanfest 2007 edition now behind us, I thought I'd pull all the various sources of news on it into one location. As additional news gets published, I'll add them to this same post. This way we have one easy listing of all the news. So if you've got great links to good coverage of the fanfest which isn't listed here, please let me know.
Major Gaming Sites:
- TenTonHammer's - Some great articles!
- MacWorld - One Mac Fan heading to Viking land.
- Destructoid - Fanfest first impressions
- gamesindustry.biz - Interview with CEO Hilmar Petursson
- Winterblink's Day 1 - Day 2 - Day 3 - Ambulation - Open your Eyes
- Richard Bartle's Panel Session summary
- Game Girl Advance - Party at the Top of the World
- The updated site and open Beta sign-up
- Trey's post over at Stuck in Customs
- My buddy Godlesswander's reaction to the announcement
- gamesindustry.biz - Trinity to be released first week of December
- EVE Vault's 3 Trinity graphic upgrade videos - Gotta see this!
- Winterblink's Flickr Set (over 400 photos)
- Miyuki Jane's Flickr Set (from Game Girl Advance)
- EVE Forum photo thread
- Winterblink on the Tony Gonzales' EVE Novel
Friday, November 02, 2007
This week, was a very busy week in EVE news. With the Fanfest kicking off yesterday EVE Online has been atop the MMO news circuit. So here are some great articles and other links for your week-end morning read!
- PvP, asymmetry, and the information game - On the strength and weaknesses of EVE's PVP system
- Crime & punishment - breaking the virtual rules - What a dirty boy you are! Bad bad boy!
- Greetings from Reykjavik - A Mac aficionado visits Iceland in search of a EVE Mac client
- Formula Sells - On reasons why, for some MMO players, bland is better than tasty
- Massively EVE Online - A brand spanking new MMO News site cover EVE Online. A must!
- EVE Fanfest 2007: What the hell time is it? - Coverage of the EVE Fanfest over at Destructoid
- Winterblink's EVE Fanfest Day 1 Wrap-up
- Winterblink's EVE Fanfest 2007 Photos
- EVE Novel update - Thanks so much Winterblink
- Osiris Enterprise - For those French speaking players
- Outbreak RE:DUX video - On my top ten list of best EVE Videos
- Strix Armaments and Defense - A new corp to add to the list
- Triton Advanced Industries - Another one to add
- Warp Drive Active - Episode 17th - Episode 18th
Thursday, November 01, 2007
- 15 posts
- 17 comments
- 14,211 page views
- 9,105 visitors
- 1,337 returning visitors
Other major milestones for the month include:
- Achieving the 50,000 page views mark since the launch of this site
- And the 60,000 mark later that same month
- Getting to a 30 Authority rating with Technorati
- Going from a PageRank of 3 to a 5 with Google's ranking overhaul
- Passing under the 500,000 mark on Alexa's ranking system
For those who visit on a regular basis, you may have noticed that the site went for a 2 column template to a 3. I made these changes in order to allow the site to load faster, since by spreading links and other components over 2 columns instead of one, I was able to shorten the home page length, and reduce the number of posts on the page. Which should make for faster loading times; that's the idea anyway. On the top right sidebar, I've got a poll running; feel free to let me know what you think of the new look!
As for EVE, lots has happened also this month. I left Phoenix Propulsion labs (again), move back into Empire space, to establish a new one-man (for the time being) corporation. Mazouk Mercantile Corporation was established in Caldari space near the Gallente border. My goal over the next few months will be to continue training my Trade skills, establish a good standing with Trade agents, then find profitable trade routes. I'm really excited about this and look forward to sharing the experience with you!
So here's to a new month, a new corp, and a new adventure beginning. November is looking to be an interesting month!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Read up on it on the EVE Forums here.
I saw this video for the first time in an interview done during the 2007 Games Convention in Leipzig, which I wrote about in this post back in late August. It shows the before/after full 3D renders of 4 ships: the Prophecy, a pirate frigate, the mighty Vexor and finally the Thrasher.
I got the original video through the EVE Affiliate program and was allowed to share it with you here. I've uploaded it to Youtube (see embedded video below) for a quick viewing, but you can also download the full 55Mb version here on my Box.net account.
To really appreciate it you'll need to view the full version. Only then can you appreciate the leap forward EVE will undertake when Trinity II is completed.
For those who don't subscribe or who order issue by issue, and for subscribers who want a quick way to find content I thought it would be a great way to add the 'Table of Content' in a post, so that we can easily search for something using my blog's Google Search box (in the right column).
I may end up going back and adding a ToC for each past issue, so that we can do searches for every issue published so far. Call me crazy, but I hate loosing time looking for information (flipping through every issue), when I can easily search using this blog's search field!
Table of Content - EON 009
- Page 6 --- E-ON Upfront (News)
- 14 ---- Postcards from the edge (Screen shots)
- 24 ---- In Crowd: Torfi Frans Olafsson (CCP Employee Interview)
- 26 ---- Chronicles: Green Dreams by John Kastronis
- 32 ---- In Character: Vegeta (Player Character Interview)
- 34 ---- Alliance Profile: Agony Empire
- 36 ---- Cover Feature: EVE: Ascension (Homeworld 2 mod)
- 42 ---- Chronicle: Just Another Traffic Advisory by Nixon Bardsley
- 46 ---- Alliance Profile: KIA Alliance
- 48 ---- Testflight: Motherships (Nyx, Aeon, Hel and Wyvern)
- 58 ---- In Crowd: Solveig Maria Magnusdottir (CCP Employee Interview)
- 60 ---- Chronicle: The New Damage by Gauti Fridriksson
- 65 ---- In Character: Chribba (Player Character Interview)
- 66 ---- Insider's Guide: Being a CEO (Players Guide)
- 74 ---- Insider's Guide: Fleet Operations (Players Guide)
- 82 ---- Teh Funnies (EVE Humour)
Have fun reading it!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Wyvern (Episode 18)
Friday, October 26, 2007
If anyone has more info, I'd love to know!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
One of the reports I always look forward to is the ship review. And since EVE TV now splits the shows into its various parts, each ship review can be accessed directly. Here listed below are the links to the last 4 ship reviews.
Abaddon (Episode 16)
Eagle (Episode 14)
Eris (Episode 15)
Wolf (Episode 17)
I plan to link new reviews as each new EVE TV Episode is released. Enjoy the clips!
Monday, October 22, 2007
Unfortunately, since I'll only be there on for a short time, I won't have a chance to visit the new offices of CCP North America since it's not exactly close to where I'll be staying. Well at least we've got this article over at TenTonHammer, with some great photos of the opening day.
Maybe next time I'll have more time.
Anyone who has played one of the Homeworld games will remember its epic fleet battles, with hundreds of fighters, corvettes and battleships trading laser fire across the billowing folds of deep space. Well now, thanks to the efforts of a small team of coders and artists, the massive EVE universe is being condensed, blended and trimmed to fit the mechanics of one of the best real-time strategy games ever made. EVE: Ascension will be the result of EVE and Homeworld's coming together, and we chat with the project leader about the stresses, strains and ambitions behind EVE's biggest fan project
More pages in this issue means we've been able to squeeze in more fiction than ever before - three epic stories on the dangers of terraforming ("Green Dreams"), gate maintenance ("Just Another Traffic Advisory" - yes, it's hard work keeping those highways open) and having ideas above your station ("The New Damage")
Two massive guides, one on how to lead your corporations and alliances, the other detailing the duties and responsibilities one must have in mind when on fleet operations. So whether you lead from the front, or attack from the rear, there should be something in this issue for you ;)
E-ON#009 has unofficially been dubbed 'The Verone Issue', as not only did the Veto leader pen a guide to being an effective CEO (above), but also helped out with a look back on all the group stages of the recent Alliance Tournament, which if you missed, you can catch up with here.
Mothership Testflight - Profiles on KIA Alliance & Agony Empire - Interviews with t0rfiFrans & 'The Mother of CCP' - Chats with Vegeta and Chribba - The latest news about EVE and CCP
FREE SUBSCRIBER GIFT - POSTER-SIZED 2008 E-ON YEAR PLANNER
Looking forward to it. If it was to arrive before Fan Fest it would be even better since at least I could console myself reading through it.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
- EVE Online Player Guide (online version)
- New Character Creation Guide
- Character Attributes & Skills Guide
- EVEMon - A great tool to plan your skills
- EVE Fitting Tool - Know thy ship
- EVE Guides
- Grismar's EVE Wiki - very useful
- EVE Ships Wiki - also useful
- EVE Files - The greatest of all EVE database
- EVE Tribune - To stay on top of the news
- Warp Drive Active - Cause sometimes laughing is a great remedy
- Battleclinic.com - "The" largest and most comprehensive support sites for EVE-Online
Ok, so that's 11 [EDIT: now 12!], but you can't blame me for WDA, it has to be a regular stop for any EVE player that pretends to know something.
Well, there you have it. This should help anyone trying to learn the complexities of EVE and give himself, or herself, a edge. If you think I forgotten a sites that's been helpful to you when you started, or still is, then please let me know!
As I leave you, here is a quote that sums up very poignantly what it's all about: "EVE is like a sandbox with land mines, deal with it!"
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Which brings me to todays posts, EVE's beautiful vistas and the screenshots I've captured over the 3 years I've been traveling its universe.
With the upcoming Trinity 2 upgrade almost upon us, and the various news articles we've read over the last few weeks, I thought I'd share with you my favorite screen shots. Over the last 3 years, I've captured and have loaded on my Flickr account no less than fifteen-hundred screen shots in 2 sets (overall set and favorites set), which have gathered altogether about 7000 views to date.
So here below are my 10 favorites. It'll be interesting to see the difference between these and the ones I'll take when Trinity 2 has rolled out! Which one's your favorite?
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Well I'm off again for another week, though this time it's for pleasure. Taking the family to Cancun, Mexico for some R&R at an all inclusive resort. So no updates for another week. Looks like October is going to be another slow month in posts. Will have to play catch-up when I get back!
See you in a week, fly safe till then!
Friday, October 05, 2007
- 'Play Evolution': EVE Online's Eve-olution - how much has EVE changed!
- EVE economic report on ship building - great read from the Doc.
- Terra Nova: My friend's keeper by Nate Combs - great insight from Nate, as always!
- EVE Chronicles: Black Mountain: The Room - third installment in the series.
- CCP Opens North American Headquarters - world domination has begun!
- RPS Exclusive: Eve Online Interview - a good article from Jim Rossignol, though no major news.
- An EVE Fan Fest teaser - for the lucky few who'll attend and the ones who like to dream!
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Suffice to say, the first thing I did when I got home was to open the package, unwrap the plastic, slide the book out of its casing and start flipping through the pages. I've gone through it once for a quick review, but I plan on taking my time and enjoy this work of art. I'll post a review once I've given it a good read, in the mean time I thought I'd give you a look at the table of content.
- Building the Universe
- Bringing EVE to Life: Flesh to the bones
- Ships, Weapons & Modules: The toys of the elite
- After the Fact: From Second Genesis to Third Revelations
- The Future
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Wow, another week gone by and still no post. What the hell is going on you maybe asking yourself? Well on September 25th, last Tuesday, Halo 3 came out, and I've been victim of this virus since then! Seems I'm not the only EVE player who's been struck down!
Though I'm really into it, and won't be able to finish the game in one sitting, like of you out there, I'll be playing on and off EVE until then. So in the mean time, please bare with me. Please!
Saturday, September 22, 2007
And then it struck me. Boredom. Since my return to Phoenix Labs, I've seen the corp crumble to a mere shadow of itself. Over the last few weeks, every time I've logged in, I was either alone, or with other corp mates who were afk. And with FIX in constant wars left and right, that left me stuck in various systems, with little to do. Now we did try to get things going again, but it's been happening at a crawl.
It was time for me to come to a decision. Stick around some more, or cut the chase, grab my things and head out there to make a name for myself. Ok, that may be too theatrical, but you get the picture.
I've mentioned in the past my desire to start up a mercantile operation - a trading corporation that would navigate through empire space and lowsec, and reap the riches doing so. Well I think this time has come. I'm thinking of dusting off the old chart of the corporation I had founded way back when, and start trading in goods again. I'll need to reread the trading articles in those 3 EON issues; sell some of the stuff I've got lying in Querious and head over back to Gallente space to establish the new corp.
Any way that's the plan.
Having said that, I should now return to my regular posting schedule for the next few weeks.
So stay tuned!
Monday, September 17, 2007
After almost a 2 weeks hiatus I'm back home and ready to start posting again! I took the weekend off and barely touch the PC. I must say it's refreshing to do so. But now, EVE is calling me again, like a mermaid singing her melodies, she's begging me for attention.
Looking forward to renew with you and continue the conversations we left off 2 weeks back.
Friday, September 07, 2007
In the mean time fly safe!!!
Monday, September 03, 2007
For this first Crazy Monday post, here is a great CG Movie made by 3 students at Supinfocom School in France: Sigg Jones. I would love to see one made for EVE - a bit of in station ambulation and ship combat. Now that would be great!
Thanks to Geeks are Sexy for pointing it out!
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Now, let's have a look at August shall we!
- 26 posts
- 95 comments
- 1 poll
- 11,326 pageviews
- 7000 visitors
- 1,255 returning visitors
One of the highlights of this month was getting one of my posts - My extensive EVE Online wish list - mentioned and reviewed by the charming fellows of Warp Drive Active in Podcast #8. Thanks to Urban Mungral and fellow Canadian, Winterblink for there review. Your critique is much appreciated!
So back to our statistic, I wish I could tell you which post brought in the most hits, but since I'm on Blogger, I don't have that functionality. If you're using this same blogging platform and know of a way to get these stats, then please let me know.
I think that I've managed to find a good balance between playing EVE and reporting about it. I still owe you a few posts on my Myrmidon and I promise to do so as soon as possible. So here's to September and more quality posts.
Friday, August 31, 2007
- Kill Mission Survival Guides - What to expect in those agent missions.
- EVE Missions list (Level 1 through 4) - Very useful info for those PvE players
- WTFBBQ - Route Planner
- Eve on a Mac, Part 2 - Rick seems to be having issues. Mac users, stay tuned.
- New EVE Ship Purchase: Myrmidon - A great market analysis by Godlesswanderer.
- PAX 2007: Graphics, social elements coming to space MMO - Trinitty II baby!
- EVE Online video - For the EuroDance lovers out there!
- Video Interview with Associate Producer Arend Stuhrmann - A must see!
- As an EVE Affiliate participant I got access to the video shown by Arend. All I have to say is that it's jaw dropping gorgeousness!! Can't wait until I can show it to you.
- Odd Pod Out - A new EVE players blog. Very refreshing.
- Quick Thoughts About Eve - An EVE players returns.
- A State of Ore - Wilhem2451 on the state of mining.
- The Rorqual: a whale of a ship - a great article over at EVE Tribune.
- Exploring EVE Online - A new EVE blog.
- PAX 07: Interview with Noah Ward, Lead Designer - A WarCry Interview.
- TenTonHammer: Ambulation Unveiled at PAX 2007 - A great article from Cameron Sorden.
- WarCry: CCP Game Convention News Links - All the recent links to CCP news
- Warp Drive Active Podcast #8 and #9 - Getting better with every show guys!
- Warp Drive Active #133 - POS cleansing!
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
This thing is going to be big, real big. Here are the videos then.
Another item that will be making an introduction into EVE Online in the near future will be the Rorqual, which is designed to be the mother of all mining support ships. "The Rorqual is designed to be able to compress ore to a fraction of its original size for easy transportation, and when it's in siege mode it has a 300 km tractor beam," Arend said. "It has a clone vat bay just like other capitals. It has a hanger array. The only thing I can compare it to is a Japanese whaling fleet. This is the mothership and all your mining barges are the feeders. We're still looking to balance it as far as compression ratios and defensive capabilities are concerned, but this is really going to be an asset," In the opinion of all those sitting at the table, we couldn't help but agree that even if some of the smaller corps could build one of these ships they could become much more economically viable.
"We're really looking forward to seeing how this affects the game," Arend said. "Our lead economist is tracking this particular ship very closely to see what kind of difference it makes. At the moment we're seeing mineral prices go to really, really high levels, and it's getting more expensive to produce stuff in the game. Seeing as our economy is player-driven, our economist is just keeping a really close eye on things. I think this is one of those situations where having a full-time economist is really going to pay off for us and especially the players. Economics in the real world is tricky at best; it's even different for a virtual world." According to Arend, the Rorqual will be released in Revelations 2.2, which is supposed to hit the servers in "a month or so."
And here's a third one I just found after publishing this post:
Finally, here's a post on the EVE Forums with a few good screenshots of the behemoth. I can't wait to head over in a field of asteroids and rip through it! Oh well, you can't take the carebear out of me I guess!
- Trinity II will be out by the end of 2007
- It will require XP and DX9, not Vista and DX10 (woohoo!!)
- Dynamic Lighting (how sweet it looks)
- Trinity II lays the ground work for future DX10 improvements
- Moves a lot of the processing to the GPU, thus improving game performance (crosses me fingers)
- It'll be big at over 2Gb - a mother of a patch!
- Trinity II and the upcoming Revelations III patch might be separate patches (god, lets hope so)
- Revelations III's Factional WarFare is still being worked on
- Revelations 2.2 will have the new Rorqual Industrial Capital ship (this is one badass Carebear ship)
- A bit on the EVE economist
- "Avatars walking in station" feature is also being worked on
Friday, August 24, 2007
- Black Thorn - An EVE corporation
- Eve Online shakes up support - On the ISD shake-ups
- EVE Online: Spy Game - A Goonswarm espionage story
- The God of EVE Online, Hilmar Petursson - A great Hilmar interview
- EVE Online Goonswarm August - A great video by Stahlregen
- ICSC Jump planner - Very useful for long hauls
- Eve Strategic Maps - Lots of work done here for our benefit
- Beware of "Free" cans - You've been warned!
- Going the distance - Are MMOs marathons, or a series of sprints?
- New EVE Ship Purchase: Myrmidon - Looks like I'm not the only one with a liking for that ship!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
The question, submitted by yours truly, was fielded by Mandrill during an interview with Hilmar Petursson, at the Edinburgh Interactive Festival earlier this month. As a result of having my question chosen for the interview, I won a Gaming Moments T-shirt! It's currently on it's way! I'll post a picture of it when I get.
I highly recommend you head over and read the interview titled, "The God of EVE Online, Hilmar Petursson". It's not your typical interview, with the same old and repetitive questions - which Hilmar seems to have given over the last couple of weeks. Mandrill went out of his way to ask different questions, and as a result, I learned a couple of new things about EVE. Have a read and let Mandrill know what you thought.
Getting back to the Fan Fest, is anyone out there interested in putting together such an event? Maybe we could start with CCP White Wolf and start annoying them with the idea. As I've mentioned in the past, I've been to a fan fest held in Las Vegas (pictures here) and though a bit short, it was a blast. I'm sure there are enough EVE fans out there to hold another soon. Maybe on the east coast this time.
I'm convinced this could be really a big event. Taking into account the results of my latest poll, in which 69% of you wished they could attend the EVE Fan Fest in Iceland, I'm sure that some of you in the States or Canada would most likely travel to such an event. Hell, I know I would!
Anyway, the idea has been put forth. Let me know if this is something you'd be interested in putting together. I for one, am ready to give it a try. Let's see where this leads.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
While setting up my Myrmidon for PvP, I came across a couple of new acronyms I'd never heard before. And that got me thinking. All these noobs joining EVE right now and coming along the forums trying to understand it all and put some good setups for their ships will most likely run into these difficulties. This is especially true when it comes to modules.
So in order to help you, here's my list of ten acronyms or terms you've got to know:
- Newbie, noob: a new player
- Carebear: an EVE player who does not engage in PVP
- MWD: Microwarp Drive (1/10/100 MN)
- AB: Afterburner (1/10/100 MN)
- Hardener: Armour or Shield hardener, both active and passive
- EANM: Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane
- RMR: Red Moon Rising
- PVP: Player vs Player
- PVE: Player vs Environment
- NPC: Non-Player Character
- 0.0: lawless space that lies outside empire sovereignty - also known as nosec
- Ratting: going after pirates, both NPC and PC
- Mission: running agent missions
- Solo: solo PVP, usually self sufficient with ability to tank, gank, and tackle
- Podded: Losing ones ship and the ejected pod
- NOS: nosferatu
- Gank: the amount of damage a ship is set up to do
- Tank: The amount of damage a ship is set up to absorb
- Tackle/Tackler: To Warp Scramble/Disrupt a target
- Named: usually modules of higher quality (and price)
- Camp or gatecamp: - a group of players sitting at a gate waiting to ambush other players
Friday, August 17, 2007
- EVE Online Stackless Python Upgrade Q&A - For the geek in you
- EVE Online seeking Linux-client Beta-testers - EVE for the penguin lovers
- Reuters: Virtual world hires real economist - Old news, but it's now hitting main stream media
- How To Find An Agent in EVE Online - A great Howto from The Ancient Gaming Noob
- CCP's Technical Producer for EVE Online, Torfi Frans Olafsson Interview - Old but still current
- Gamespot: Q&A: EVE Online's Hilmar Petursson - A great article full of juicy info
- The Phoenix Rising - A great corp for elite EVE players (now recruiting)
- The scope of EVE Online - EVE is still an impressive MMO
- Warp Drive Active Podcast - Getting better guys!
- EVE Online: A Career in Asteroid Mining - Burn some roids and make money!
- CCP Games podcast - A self-promotional IBM podcast with Hilmar. A bit old, but come across it this week only.
- EVE Bank - Soon to be relaunched
Thursday, August 16, 2007
- No Factional Warfare in Revelations III
- New graphic engine will be released soon
- Avatars are there mainly to attract new (female) players
- Of the 250 CCP employees, 200 of them currently work on EVE
- EVE Online novels by the first quarter of 2008
- The RPG books are coming along nicely
- The Art of EVE Online book is almost upon us
- EVE mobile is not a priority
- No playable Jovians any time soon
And to bare that wait a bit more easily, here's a video interview with Torfi Frans Olafsson, CCP's Technical Producer for EVE Online. It was done way back in December of last year, during the last EVE Tournament I believe. It was put up on YouTube by Xyliana, who's now producing EVE TV for MMMPublishing. Torfi talks mostly about the avatar project, and so it's a great interview for those, like me, who long for this new feature in EVE. Enjoy!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
The one piece that caught my attention is CCP's goal to have 3D character avatars (yes, that's the walking kind) some time by end of 2008. How realistic is that in view of the complexity most likely involved (hardware, lag, game play, purpose), only time will tell. Still, I can't wait to see this happen. This, and Trinity II will be the only reasons why I upgrade this PC to be able to run Vista and DX10.
Here's a few links I've put together for your perusal:
- EVE Online Adding Human-Form Avatars
- EIF 2007: Hilmar Petursson explains why EVE Online “will never stop”
- EIF: CCP's Petursson On EVE Online's People-Powered Universe
- Summary of Hilmar Petursson's session
- CCP Games CEO on how Eve Online differs from WoW
- Black Company: EVE Online, Hilmar Petursson
P.S.: I'll keep editing this post, adding new articles as they appear. So keep an eye on this one!
HIGH SLOT: 3 Nos, 3 Electron IIs
MED SLOT: AB/Web/Scram/Electrochem injector
LOW SLOT: 2 Medium Reps, therm/kin/exp hard, Damage control
Though I haven't really tried the setup yet, something tells me that this one should work a bit better, especially since this time, I'm getting all Tech II weapons and gear. I'm currently in the process of gathering the right modules, and also training accordingly to meet all these new requirements. Add to that the new tactics that I'm learning (like not to fly solo in low sec), and I should have an easier time during my next encounter.
It'll most likely take a week or two to get where I need to be in order to able able to fly such a set. Once I've got the complete setup, I'll let you all know.