Friday, February 29, 2008

The week of EVE Online podcasts

Just when you thought that two EVE podcasts were too much of a good thing, here comes a third one: WDA: INDUSTRY. Benilopax and Lavista Vista have started their own dedicated EVE podcast on the subject of the economy, trade and industry.

So this makes it the third podcast to launch, and the third EVE podcast released this week.

I'm happy to see that three EVE podcast can co-exist together and provide good information and fun to the whole community. I look forward to the next episodes to come out. Here are links to all three releases of the week:
If you listen while flying be careful!! =)

Vexor set-up for both Solo and Gang PVP


The Gallente Vexor has got to be my favourites cruiser, if not ship period! There's something about the look of the ship, it's armour tanking abilities, or the fact that it it can carry a good stack of drones with its 100m3 drone bay. And so I'm always looking for a good ship set-up, playing around with various configurations. I can't tell you how much time I've spent docked at a station, putting and pulling ship modules, then undocking and testing theses set-ups. Its' a good part of the fun of EVE.

So I was quite pleased to see and article in the latest issue of EON (issue #10) on the subject of PVP Cruisers set-up. The thorough article written by Sivona, explores the PVP configurations for a number of Tech I cruisers, in both Solo and Gang iterations. The cruisers listed in the article are the Caldari Caracal and Blackbird, the Amarr Arbitrator and Maller, the Gallente Vexor and Thorax, and finally the Minmatar Stabber and Rupture. Here below is the Solo PVP set-up for the Vexor proposed by Sivona:
  • 4 x Light Neutron Blaster
  • 1 x Medium Diminishing Power System Drain I
  • 1 x 10MN Microwarpdrive
  • 1 x Warp Disruptor II
  • 1 x Stasis Webifier II
  • 1 x 800mm Reinforced Rolled Tungsten Plate I
  • 1 x Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II
  • 1 x Damage Control II
  • 1 x Medium Armour Repairer II
  • 5 x Hammerhead II
  • 5 x Warrior II
I haven't tried it myself, as I mostly get involved in NPC combat running missions (in order to increase our standing with various NPC corps - more on that later), but I'm interested in testing it out. If you're interested in other ship set-ups then see all the ones I've ever listed here. If you want to read the whole article by Sivona, then either order that issue, or even better, subscribe to EON and enjoy the best MMO magazine ever created! And for those who'd want to get the complete collection of issues, you can even order back issues. These Brits are bright little poodles! =)

Definitions (courtesy of Grismar's EVE Wiki)
  • PVP: Player versus player
  • Armour Tanking: A ship outfitted to boost armour resistance and regeneration

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

EVE Online Economist video interview at GDC

Thanks to the guys at IncGamers PC, here's a video of the good Doctor.

[UPDATE October 2008: Seems the video was removed. If you find it, please let me know so that I may embed it again.]

It's official, Drone Bay goes live on VirginWorlds Podcast Collective

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Virgin Worlds Link

Well, just got word from Brent that the Drone Bay EVE podcast just went live. And what do you know, it did! We're now officially part of the Podcast Collective. Which comes with a lot of responsibilities and expectations. These are a group of very talented people, and to be associated with them means a lot to me. And to my co-host as well.

We plan a weekly schedule, and we should be recording our next podcast this Sunday evening. It should normally go live a few days afterwards.

Feel free to leave you comments either here or on the podcast page. And while you visit VirginWorlds, please take the time to support Brent, and all of us, in our effort to bring you the best MMORPG news and opionions; the players!

Happy listenning!

Monday, February 25, 2008

An addicted EVE Online gamer is what I am!

Or so it seems.

As I start to write this, I've just sent the details of our EVE podcast to Brent, over at VigirnWorlds.com. Earlier in the evening, Crovan had sent him the link to our podcast for review. Brent now has everything he needs to set it up on the Podcast Collective, and has promised to get it online sometime tomorrow (well actually today since we're past midnight). Thanks Brent. You've been an inspiration.

Wow, this is it!! Our brand-spanking-new EVE podcast. Never thought we'd get it done so quickly. Than again, I'm blessed to have teamed up with two amazing co-hosts, one of which - Crovan - spent the all day yesterday editing the podcast. I've promised you 2 beers at Fanfest later this Crovan, and I'll honor that promise! Thanks Crovan, thanks Alsedrech! Thank you both! Once it's available on VirginWorlds.com, I'll make sure to let you know about it!

Now to top it all off, another podcast in which I participated, just went live on the Collective. last week, I spent Thursday evening being interviewed by Peter of "The Addicted Gamer" podcast, and it just got published in show #5. Peter was a great host and put me at ease right from the start.

The interview was a lot of fun, and though I must have said "Ahhh..." a million times during the show, I think I did pretty well. I promise to work on my speech, and improve over time. I hope you'll bare with me, and show some patience and understanding until then.

On that note, I'm heading off to bed, and will try to get some rest. If I can fall asleep that is!

Fly safe, or die trying!

He shot the sherif and killed every darn deputy!

I came across this great video while browsing EVE-Files during lunch.

The video was made by PPetermann80, and shows him as he shot and destroyed 60 Gallente Police, before safely warping out of the system. Here's the story in his own words.
The System is Bille (0.6) (Region is Everyshore if I'm not totaly wrong) the gate is the Elarel gate. After losing another ship to Gallentean police forces I decided to take revenge. Fielding an passive drake with f.o.f. missiles I jumped to highsec and killed 60 police ships (cruiser & battleship sized) before I ran out of ammo and jumped back to low sec.
Pretty neat stuff if you ask me. Didn't think it could be done. But there you have it. Enjoy the video - and if you're looking for the high-quality version here's the link on EVE-Files.


Sunday, February 24, 2008

The first Drone Bay podcast has been recorded

As I'm writing this we've just finished recording our first EVE podcast; The Drone Bay #01. What a humbling experience! As I sit here listening to my recording, one becomes very self conscious of all the "you know" and "MMms" one says. And boy did I do that a lot. I just hope Crovan does a good job on the editing, and removes those out.

Having said that, I loved the experience. And I believe we've got a decent pilot. It won't be perfect, and there will definitely be room for improvement, but it's a good start. Both Crovan and Aldsedrech are amazing co-hosts. I feel privileged to be doing this podcast with them. I look forward to working with them over the coming weeks, to bring you our very own EVE podcast.

Crovan will be editing it through the night, and I should have a chance to listen to the final version in the morning. I'm anxious, but excited at the same time. We're all trying to do our best in providing interesting content in an entertaining way. Will we manage to get it right? Who knows. Guess we'll have to wait and see for listener feedback.

On that note, Good night and good luck!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

EVE Online Speedlinking for February 23rd, 2008

With GDC 2008 occuring this past week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, there was a bit more news article this week. Here's what stuck out for me.
Fly safe, or die trying!

EVE Player Meet at Brutopia

Last night at Brutopia, after asking a few strangers sitting at tables if they there for the EVE player meet (and getting these weird looks back!), I met up with fellow EVE players.

Now the funny thing is that 3 weeks ago these fine folks - Cartboard Box, Krevette, Figura, Jattzia, Cozmo and Sil - were all strangers to me (well except you Pandore). Complete unknowns whom I'd never met, let alone shared a good pint with, exchanging war stories.

But here I was, sitting amongst new friends who shared a common passion, EVE. We all had a good time, shared stories, got to learn about each other in RL and much more.

And if there's one thing I learned and promised myself to remember, it's to run like hell if I ever land in a system and see Jattzia in Local! You've all been warned. =)

In the end we promised ourselves to do this again in a month. And this time we'll be more fools, sipping more beer, enjoying ourselves even more.

Here are my photos, and here are CB's.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

EVE Online to use latest animation engine technology

As it's been mentioned on numerous sites over the course of the day (Gamasutra, IGN, GamesIndustry, Voodoo Extreme), CCP has chosen NaturalMotion's Morpheme animation engine to render the avatars, aka player characters (and NPCs I guess) in full 3D, as part of it's Ambulation project (see this EVE Forum thread for the whole story).

From the various videos available on NaturalMotion's site (a 69mb video requires registration), on Youtube, as well as an earlier video post on this blog, I'm very impressed to see the length to which our favorite Viking devs are going, to offer us an immersive game. There has never been better rendered motion in any MMO, to my knowledge.
"CCP has shown that they have the ability to take virtual worlds to new places," said Andy Payne, NaturalMotion's VP of Sales, Europe/Asia. "With NaturalMotion's morpheme technology, CCP will be able to blaze even more trails through the MMO space."
Ambulation looks very promising. Don't you think?

Monday, February 18, 2008

Hey Doc, where's my Quarterly Economic Newsletter

On the way home tonight I was listening to the Shut Up We're Talking / VirginWorlds podcast and as Brent was going over his upcoming schedule for his week at GDC, he mentioned that he would attend a session with the good doctor, Dr. EyjoG that is, CCP's Lead Economist for EVE.

That
brought up some questions for me. When was the last time we got one of his reports? Last year? Late last year? Well once home, I checked the last one I had bookmarked. The date, December 2007 - with his last Quarterly Economic Newsletter dating back the month before. Which means that Doc is somewhat overdue. Hopefully, GDC will coincide with the next newsletter or report, and that by Wednesday of this week. I'll have printed the second QEN and will be reading it during my commute home.

Now as most of you know, I'm a carebear. That's my nature as an EVE player, one which allows me to explore and seek understanding in EVE's inner workings - different than those a PvP player would seek. It's different from the whole PvP aspect of this virtual world, but somehow, there's this intrigue about it.

You may not know this, but in college I studied to become an Historian, and though I don't practice the profession, that curiosity is still there. This means that, as you may understand, I've thoroughly enjoyed these economic reports so far. As such, I'm really looking forward to the next one.

For those not too familiar with the economic reports from EVE economist, here are links to what's been published so far. Now get your pocket calculators out, and start adding those columns!
Enjoy!

[20/02/2008 UPDATE: I was just two days ahead of the good Dr. The 2nd QEN is now available.]

Sunday, February 17, 2008

A new EVE podcast in the works!

Following in the footsteps of the legendary Winterblink and Urban Mongral, I have decided to become involved in the launch of a new EVE podcast. Rest assure, I will not be the only one involved. Fellow EVE players Crovan and Alsedrech will partake in this monumental endeavor!

I have to give Crovan, aka Bitter Old Noob, all the credit of putting the idea forward about a new EVE podcast. Not that I had not thought about it (sorry for the double negative), but he did put his neck on the line first when he mentioned it in one of his posts, last week. That was all it took for me. I reached out and after a few emails back and forth, a few Skype conversation, we had an agreement.

Earlier tonight all three of us discussed the format, segments, content and all. We're really excited about this, if a little apprehensive. We have to measure up to some great talent and a podcast that's ever more popular, and you all know I'm talking about Warp Drive Active podcast, part of the VirginWorlds.com collective. If you're not familiar with it, then hurry up and subscribe. You'll have a lot of catching-up to do - they're about to publish #28 - but it'll be a lot of fun! As well, I must add that Brent, father of VirginWorlds.com is also a great inspiration for embarking on this adventure. I've been following his podcasts since almost the begin, and he will be my benchmark when it comes to quality podcast.

Anyways, back to the new blog! We've got a couple of ideas on segments we'd like to do during the podcast, but we'd welcome your suggestions. Please feel free to comment in this post and also head over to Crovan's blog and complete the poll that he's got running. Your suggestions and comments are always welcome.

Have a great week everyone!

Fly safe.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

EVE Online Speedlinking for February 16th, 2008

A busy week for EVE, not necessarily in news items, but definitely in blogger posts. EVE bloggers are doing a great job at bringing up interesting subject matter, from story telling, to political essays, to coding in EVE.

Without further ado, here are this weeks highlights.
Enjoy!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Moving back to Khanid Kingdom to reunite with PPL



So over the last three nights I've been going back and forth between Inaro system and Khanid Prime, which is where the Phoenix Labs head-quarters is. I had to move several ships and items, all of which took a few hours.

The screenshots above & below were taken during this assignment. Over the next few days, I'll be reporting on our activities as we get ready to impact the manufacturing industry. Enjoy!




Fly safe!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Once a corp mate, always a corp mate!

So what makes an MMO so special. What makes you log in every night day in and day out? The people you play with that is. Brent from VirginWorlds.com hinted at the idea, and I have to agree. Yes the game you're playing has a lot to do with it, but in the end, the friends you play with have more to do with it.

Earlier tonight Isuridae, second in command at Phoenix Propulsion Labs contacted me to know if I was interested in returning to the corp. Well, well now. What to do?

After a bit of chatting, I learned that PPL was moving back to Empire space. I then inquired if there was the possibility of becoming the Trades Director. I was told that the corp was open. Interesting. After a few minutes of private chat with Isuridae, I had convinced myself that this was the best outcome for me. I was to return amongst friends. And that's exactly what I did.

After 18 jumps, I had applied and been accepted. I had access back to the PPL forums and members area.

I was home. Amongst friends.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Blog Banter #3 : Games you should play to get to know me

Already a month has gone by since the last Blog Banter. How time flies when you're having fun!

This month's banter is on the topic of "What game(s) would you suggest someone play if they wanted to get to know you better?"

In my case, we're definitely talking about multiple games even though one takes most of my time these days - EVE having the honour.

Now let's see. What games help you understand who I am? What have been the games which have brought me the most pleasure over the years? Would that help me pick games that can define me? Let's make a list and see.

Games that I've particularly liked over the last, say 10 years:
  • Diablo II (RPG)
  • Neverwinter Nights (RPG)
  • Dungeon Siege (RPG)
  • Battle Realms (RTS)
  • Homeworld (RTS)
  • Halo (FPS)
  • 1701 A.D. (RTS)
  • Gears of War (FPS)
  • Mass Effect (RPG)
  • EVE Online (MMORPG)
  • Starcraft (RTS)
As I mentioned in the last Banter, I've spent a lot of time in EVE over the last 2 or 3 years. But I still give these games a few hours once in a while. There's something about these games, even replaying them for the nth time, that does something to me. Brings me joy and a sense of accomplishment many other games don't achieve.

I've purchased and played many more games since I started gaming back in the late nineties; as one can see from my collection. But the games above hold a special place in my heart. And I guess if you want to know who I am, you're going to have to go through these.

Which reminds me that it's been a long time since I last played Homeworld. Now if you'll excuse me...


Blog Banter is a group of bloggers passionate about anything and everything video games. On a monthly basis we get together and write-up a series of articles on a specific subject and then link to each other. The brainchild behind this idea is fellow blogger Hawty McBloggy (aka bs angel). I just love her quirky articles, always uncovering interesting and fun stuff. A must read!

If you're interested in participating, just contact bs angel for more information. Enjoy our stories!
Blog Banter #3 participants : Silvercublogger, The Average Gamer, Game Couch, thoughts and rants, Delayed Responsibility, Boom Stick Brigade, Boom Stick Brigade 2, CrazyKinux's Musing, Gamer Unit, Draining Souls.net, 8-Bit Brigade, Zath Games Tech, Arm the Flag, Lou Lantos, Hawty McBloggy

Monday, February 11, 2008

EVE Online reviewed in GFW latest issue

It's not every day that an MMORPG which is about to turn 5 years old get a review in a mainstream gaming magazine. Well EVE did just that in the March issue (#016) of Games for Windows -The Official Magazine. In the Updates section (on page 83) they review Trinity an 8 out of 10 score. On the plus side they mention that visual update that came with the patch is simply gorgeous and that there's new content. On the down side, they complain (with reason) that the agent missions need an overhaul. Couldn't agree more with this review. Unfortunately, they mess-up the DirectX version saying that the overhaul bring DX10, though in reality, Trinity is DX9.

As well, they review a a series of PCs as part of an Ultimate Gaming Machine competition, and one of these PC, the one from Commodore Gaming, has an EVE Online skin.

Quite cool to see EVE still getting some press after all these years! Guess CCP's hard work over the years is paying off.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

EVE Online: The Motion Picture



Gotcha! Ok, I'll admit, this was link baiting at its best, or worse.

But, to be honest when I saw the first few seconds of this Star Trek trailer, I had a vision of what an EVE Online movie would look like - think Caldari military factory. And it looked gorgeous. Still, the trekkie in me died long ago, sometime after Star Trek IV.
This latest installment might get me to dish out some hard won cash though, and see it when it comes out. I'll have to learn a bit more about the story though.

The 100,000 pageview mark!

Photo courtesy of Christopher ChanPhoto courtesy of Christoper Chan via Flickr

Just wanted to share this one with you. Yesterday, during the afternoon, CrazyKinux's Musing passed the 100,000 pageview mark - just shy of 70,000 visitor - since its launch. I'm still working on my 2007 review, but wanted to let you know of this proud achievement!!

Here's to hitting the 100,000 visitor mark!

Friday, February 08, 2008

EVE Online Speedlinking for February 9th, 2008

It's been a while since I last did a speedlinking post - November 23rd of last year to be exact, and that's just darn too long. Now I used to do them on Fridays, but that proved too difficult to fit into an already busy week day. So now, I'll start posting them on Saturdays, the last day of the week anyways.

Here are the stories that got my attention this past week.
Enjoy!

EON Alliance survey now live!

My mates Zapatero, Editor of EON magazine, on behalf on Nate Combs (the other mate), EVE Online's representative over at Terra Nova, are conducting an alliance survey to better understand the motivations of players and the effort needed in getting such a large group of players to work together.

As Zapatero puts it:
To help us further in our understanding I've put together a survey to find out what people's opinions are about their own alliances and alliances in general. The survey does not ask for any character or alliance names so everything is very anonymous.
So head on over to >> complete the survey <<. And this goes for anyone who's ever been part of an alliance, whether you're still in it or not.
The survey will close 10am GMT on Feb 18th. The results will be studied and used within an article we have planned for the next issue of the magazine. Soon after publication the data will be made available to the entire community.
Zap, you owe me a pint!

The next Montreal EVE Online Player Meet

As I returned to EVE after a short break, I had an evemail waiting in my inbox. This brief mail was from fellow Montrealer and EVE player Cartboard Box informing me of a player meet that was being organized on the 22nd of February. So I headed over to the EVE forum thread and added my voice to the discussion.

If you're interested in meeting up with a bunch of EVE buddies over beer and greasy food, then let us know on the EVE forum thread. This would be my 3rd such event that I would attend - this being the first.

I'll make sure to bring a camera to get some pictures of these fine folks!

Looking forward to it.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

What's the longest you've gone without playing? An EVE Online poll.


So as you probably know (or should!), I took the first month of this year off. No blogging, no EVE, no gaming. None, nadda, notin! Though it wasn't planned, it was a breath of fresh air, and aloud me to consider why I consider spending so much of my leisure time in or around EVE Online.

So why did I come back after a month hiatus? For a bunch of reasons actually.

First and foremost, the setting - science-fiction on a space-opera scale never seen before or since. CCP's space MMO is in a league of it's own when it comes to vastness. The lore also has a lot to day with this appeal. And this goes for the official EVE Chronicles and the fan material (EON, forum and all). More, give me more. I can't wait for Tony's book in June, and for CCP White Wolf's RPG books!

Second, it's a virtual world (notice I did not use the term game) that has endless possibilities, one where I can do as I please. It's not a theme park, its much more a sandbox. I can build a castle of any size I choose, I can play with others, or not, and I can share my toys, or not. I like choice; I hate being told what to do, or where to go.

Third, the EVE community, the players. I don't know if you've noticed, but EVE Online attracts a different type of player than your typical theme-park MMO (WoW anyone). It's a more dedicated crowd (hell with the learning curve it has, only addicts get beyond the tutorials!), a more mature bunch of geeks. Though we still know how to throw a god damn amazing party, especially at the top of the world! And how could I forget the unforgettable, unmistakable, Warp Drive Active podcasts by the greatest EVE fanboys out there, winterblink and urban mongral! How could I live without my regular WDA podcast!

So for all these reasons, I came back. I returned home, to New Eden. To have fun, to dream, to get podded. And to try all over again!

So what about you? While you're at it, if the poll is still up (top right of this blog), please cast your vote, let us know why you left, but most importantly, why you came back. Cause you did come back, right?

EON #010 - Table of Content

With the 1oth issue of EON, MMMPublishing have managed to out do themselves! I got the issue a while back, but only picked it up to start reading over the week-end. And boy is this one loaded with the good stuff. This issues has articles on the Fanfest 2007 (thanks to fellow Canuck Winterblink), CCP history, PVP cruisers and a ton of others!

And then there's the EVE Fanfest 2007 DVD (with printable jewel covers here and here). A godsend at the very least. If any of you out there weren't convinced that this event is the EVE geek version of paradise, then nothing will. I'm now counting the days until CCP announces the next one, and booking hotel and flight as soon as word get out. I can't wait!!

So, without further ado, here is the table of content of this latest issue. Mark your calendars boys and girls, the next one comes out in April, and will have updates on Ambulation, which should be arriving sometime before Xmas.



Table of Content - EON 010
  • Page 6 --- E-ON Upfront (News)
  • 14 ---- E-ON Awards 2008
  • 16 ---- Post Cards from Fest (Photos of last years Fanfest)
  • 18 ---- Fanfest 2007
  • 24 ---- Fanfest: Round Table Round-Up
  • 26 ---- In Character: Midnightter (Player Character Interview)
  • 38 ---- Chronicle: A Moment's Rest by Sauili Niemel√£
  • 30 ---- Alliance Profile: Triumvirate
  • 32 ---- Ten Years of CCP: The Original Plan (Part two)
  • 38 ---- In Crowd: Helgi Mar Pordarson (CCP Employee Interview)
  • 42 ---- Chronicle: Small Fish by John Kastronis
  • 48 ---- Cover Story: The State of EVE
  • 54 ---- Alliance Profile: Hedonistic Imperative
  • 56 ---- Testflight: PVP Cruisers (Caracal, Rupture, Thorax, Stabber, Arbitrator, Vexor, Maller, Blackbird)
  • 66 ---- In Crowd: Reynir Hardarsson (CCP Employee Interview)
  • 68 ---- Insider's Guide: Starting Out (Player Guide)
  • 78 ---- Insider's Guide: ISD - Part 4 (Player Guide)
  • 82 ---- Teh Funnies (EVE Humour)

Friday, February 01, 2008

How I survived a month without EVE Online & lived to tell about it!

No, I'm not dead!

Far from it!

I'm completely healthy as a matter of fact.

But I haven't played EVE since the Xmas holidays (and haven't blogged since the 5th). Well except to change skills that is; but that doesn't count as playing in my book. That's just a necessary evil. But I never planned to stop for a month. It just happened. I got busy with getting ready for CES - which was a worked related attendance (not to say that I didn't the gadgets and all). Then, I was trying to get back to speed with everything that waited for me at work when I got back. Then the usual follow-up. I even put aside my EON issue when I got it, and will actually go through it for the first time this week-end.

Next thing you know, a month had gone by, and friends started getting worried.

But, I'm back. Back to my regular game play. Back to posting on a regular basis.

Back to New Eden! Home, sweet Home...

Here are some of the idea for articles that I'll be exploring over the next few weeks:
And many more.

Glad to be back!