Thursday, 28 October 2010

Update #4 - Gadget curiosity

I just read the eve online newsletter vol.48 and there is a new survey! Sorry, I just love doing surveys for some reason :) This survey is obviously (I think) in response to the uproar from us pod pilots about capsuleer's death. They say "Smartphones, iPads, PSPs, netbooks... do people still use PDAs? We're interested in what kind of games and gadgets EVE players use, so the latest survey is on exactly that." So head on over and give CCP a piece of your mind!

Also if you were thinking of getting another account now is the time to do so. $50 for 6 months is as cheap as it gets, seriously its a great deal! Check your Eve online account management page for full details on the power for two.

The sixth optional patch is out on the 28th of October. wow seriously there is a test server for a reason CCP!!

Oh and in other news how awesome is the samsung galaxy s! yes i now own one :D

Thats all for today. Fly safe,
Serenity

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Blog banter #22 - Loyalty?



Welcome to the twenty-second 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 or so 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 crazykinux@gmail.com. Check for other EVE Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!

This month topic is brought to us by L'Dene Bean of Nitpickin's who asks: Why, and how did you pick your corporation? Is your loyalty solid or just until a better placed organization "recruits" you. The shorter version:  Who holds your Unshakable Fealty and why?



I thought i was there till the end. There were things to do and fun people to do those things with. I wanted to see this corp become mighty. Then one day, it all changed, with many things conspiring against us all at once. Atlas fell, our alliance who was renting from them fell, we evacuated to high sec then our CEO went away for over a week. log ins dropped, high sec was boring, our alliance had made several plans to make a new 0.0 home and each time the op came around it was canceled.

This is about the time i started looking for a Australian time zone corp that could provide safety and perhaps be a little larger. Just a little! I went from a 40 man corp with peak log ins at around 15 people to a 450 man corp with peak log ins well over that of my whole previous corp!

Why, and how did you pick your corporation?

I picked my current corp for many reasons, the main ones at the time being safety and more people to do stuff with.

Is your loyalty solid or just until a better placed organization "recruits" you.

I think the "better placed organization" did already recruit me, this being the corp i am in right now. I think my loyalty is pretty high with my current corp, though not completely solid because i may one day move. The only move i can see myself make though, would be back to my old corp if i found sufficient reason, because i just had so much fun flying with those guys. Although who know what could happen? I thought i would never leave my old corp and yet i did, so lets just wait and see.

Who holds your Unshakable Fealty and why?

So to answer the questions posed, serenity one holds my unshakable fealty and nobody else. yes i am very loyal to my corp, except i always want to have my options open so i can do whats best for my character (s)

Fly safe,
Serenity one.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Fortnightly Photo #1 - Tropica

Today marks the first day of my new blog series, fortnightly photo's. In this series if blog posts i will post a piece of artwork that i have created, either from scratch like the one below, a screen shot from in game or a combination of both, every second Friday (thus "fortnightly" photo) . I have created a new page called Artwork, where all my fortnightly photo's and any other artwork can be found.





To make the above picture i first made the picture below then added a stary sky to the background using a brush on 90% opacity and 70% flow. I painted on the stars then used Gaussian blur, and painted on the stars again. 




Both images in this post were created using Adobe Photoshop CS5 and a Bamboo Wacom, drawing tablet.

Fly safe,
Serenity One

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Eve video's

Just Through together a quick post of some of the great eve vids i have enjoyed watching, in response to crazykinux's post "The top ten eve videos of all time!". Some of these are supposes to be funny (i laughed, you can if you like) and others are serious battles. enjoy.






















Fly safe,
serenity one

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Update #3 - Incursion

OK enough raging, time for an update!

I am actually extremely excited about the upcoming expansion. revamped shortcuts, planetary interaction changes, new character creator and a few items getting revamped are just some of the things it will bring.























Planetary interaction is looking down the barrel of some major changes. These include, new extraction scheduling interface which will allow players to create extraction programs that span anything from an hour to 14 days! (great for going away) Upgradable Command Centers will allow players to increase and decrease the CPU/Power capabilities of their colony without having to tear it all down (existing undeployed command centers will be migrated to the new system). Extractors can now be moved when in program creation mode which is great if you train scanning skills later on.

The items being improved are t2 ammo getting some negative effects removed, rockets gaining a bonus to explosion velocity and the Hawk, caldari assault ship, gets some extra missile damage and a little extra power grid to work with. I think i might have to buy one now :)

The war on lag rages on. Fighter bombers will now shoot "fake missiles". Instead of each fighter bomber shooting a torpedo and the server having to track them these fake missiles remove the need for this and will reduce CPU and memory usage dramatically in large capital ship fights. 

And last but by far, not the least, the new Character creator. Here I am demonstrating making a female Gallente and trying to make it look like one of my alts. It turned out pretty well for spending just 5 minutes on it. Of course i will spend hours doing my main on TQ though :)



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Monday, 18 October 2010

OMG! WTF! RAGE!

Ok so i have been away for a week. got a real life neural remap sort of thing for two grand. You can check it out here. I dont think it worked because right now i am fucking pissed off. Ok ill slow down and tell you what happened.

I get home and turn on my computer.
it turns on.
I click start then the eve shortcut.
Eve opens.
Its the singularity server.
I go back and look at the shortcut i clicked.
Its not what its usually called.
I go my eve install and open up the ccp folder where the EVE folder should reside, planning on just making a new shortcut.

Ok are you ready? read on...

THE WHOLE FUCKING EVE FOLDER HAS BEEN EATEN BY A MAGICAL MOUSE THAT CAN NIBBLE THE FUCK OUT OF SHIT ON MY PC. I HAVE BEEN AWAY FOR TWO WEEKS AN THIS HAPPENS SERIOUSLY WTF! OMG! RAGE!

Wow i feel heeps better after raging in caps, lol.
I take a deep breath, its going to be ok.
I go to the Eve website and download the down loader.
I open it up.

what? WHAT? WHAT?!

seriously the download is going to take around 10 hours. ahhh. Before i went away i put skills on that would finish exactly when i got back. Too exactly in fact, because now i cant get on to change them.

In the mean time i will be playing World of tanks. After playing it for a month now it is really a lot of fun. I drive an artillery tank which i use to one shot people. Happy days :) check out my original post about it here.

Fly safe,
serenity one