Sunday, 28 November 2010

Update #6 - Right on time

After a bit of a rant last time about losing tonnes of isk from my mining alt this awesome DevBlog comes along to cheer me up :)

Finally, oh finally learning skills are going the way of the white rhino (sorry I just learned today that they are going extinct). This is so sweet, all the time i spent on learning skills for my main will get reinvested into some other areas that will actually do something useful! and also on my alt i will be able to use these skill points and wont have to buy that extra plex i was talking about.

By cutting out some of the less useful ore processing skills from the plan i have now got it down to around 75 days. The account currently has 72 days left so I will be able to spend the learning SP on exhumers 5 and get the plan to around 72 days (hopefully). Im not sure how much time the extra attributes will cut off the plan but the extra points will up all my attributes by over 50% which is considerable and I may even be able to put those ore processing skills back in!

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Types of Carebears

I am a carebear, yes. I like making lots of isk so i can buy even better tools to make lots that "lots of isk" faster. I will probably hit a dead end sometime but I enjoy playing like this so bugger off if you have a problem with it.

If you have read this blog for long you will know it doesn't apply to me:

In the MMORPG Eve-Online ( a Carebear is a character who stays in Concord (police) controlled space and never ventures into unsecured "0.0" space.

Well that's just not true now is it! I think there can be many different types of carebears, from highsec mining guru's to the sanctum farmers in null sec. So heres my definition:

A Carebear is a player who does not participate in PVP activities (very often) or does but prefers not to.

As i have said before my Main carebearing activity is null sec ratting. Now a while back all the guys in my corp where could fly mining barges or had a alt that could so i thought i would join the craze. I trained up a character from scratch using this for guidance. At this point i have had my alt for 5 months. She can fly a hulk, tank any bs spawn in 0.0, mine and refine all ores with t2 crystals and little waste. BUT! I hate it. It bores me to the point of tears. Seriously one time i was mining for a couple of hours, I did make about 70mill but All i did was sit there clicking a couple of buttons each time a rock became a spec of dust in space from repetitive laser penetration.

You might think its a bit slow me figuring out that i hate mining now after 5 months but not really. For the first few months i didn't use the character so it was only recently that i figured it out. Now that i have though, I want to max her skills out and get rid of her by the time my subscription turns over (70 odd days from now). If i get all ore reproduction skills to 4 i will have plenty of time to spare as that will only take about 40 days. However if I train exhumers to 5 as well, it will take 90 days. will that one skill gain me enough extra isk when i sell the character to be worthy of buying the plex needed for that extended skill plan?

It will have been 9 months by the time i get around to selling it if i do buy the extra plex so lets work a few things out. Im not sure if i should include the 3 months i bought via credit card but for this i just put them in and said they cost what the current plex price is in jita.

9 * 317mill (average plex price over the months) = 2.86 bill (2 860 000 000)

Then theres the price of the character transfer which is $29. Keeping in mind that you can get 2 * plex for $34 which is around $1 for 23mill isk. So 23mill * 29 = 667mill

That means I will have spent 3.527 bill on her excluding books and imps. Imps cost 100mill and books about another 100mill so 3.727 billion. Crap i will really be hard pressed to get that from a sale wont I?

So if anyone has any pointers it would be great. The minimum i will train though will be to t2 crystals for every ore type.

Fly safe,
Serenity one

Friday, 19 November 2010

Fortnightly Photo #3 - Gallente BG

Yes folks its that time of month... wait no, not that time. I'm a guy!

Today i present you with The Gallente Desktop Background as promised a couple of weeks ago. I reused the background that i made for the Caldari Version because i want to create a series of these simple BG's, one for each of the races. (how many times did i just say background lol)

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I actually included another version of the same background because i liked both of them :)
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So, i hope you enjoy this one. Sorry if its not the best quality though because i can only get pictures of the logo that are so big.

Cya next time,
Serenity One

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Ship crew's

A while back there was much talk about ship crews and eves mortal inhabitants. One post i read was about bringing ship crews into the game where you had to take care of them, feed them ect. Personally i think that having to take care if your crew would be pretty terrible addition. sort of how PI is at the moment. Sure it could be added to, fixed up and all that but i think eve should leave all the diaper changing for the sims :)

Right your probably wondering where this post is going. I am going to share with you an idea I came up after reading some of Evoganda's "gooder Eve" posts so it is a sort of response or addition to his gooder eve collection. Now on with the creativity!

My idea is that when you buy a ship, it comes with a crew. This crew has different skills that cant just be trained like a skill book. these are actual skills like in real life when you practice something a lot your "skill" goes up. Also sort of like 0.0 solar systems how when you rat a lot your combat level goes up and you can get static anomalies, crew skills could give you small bonuses. ill give you an example:

You buy a hulk. you go out mining for a few hours and your crew's mining skill goes up. As this level go's up you could get a bonus to mining yield or perhaps get faster cycle times. The hulk has gone up in value and you could sell it to someone who doesn't want to train their own crew or keep it and use these bonuses to your advantage, making more isk. One day however your hulk is blown up and your crew with it. You now have to buy another hulk and train your new crew from scratch. 

I think this would be a really cool addition to the game, that could be uses all areas of eve. Pvp, mining, ratting, they could all benefit from crews. Right no if you do missions or rat for hours all you get is a bit of isk but you never actually get better. sure you may get better at chaining the rats or what not but day after day it will always be the same. With ship crews introduced you will be able to work towards something when you are doing monotonous tasks. Plus think of the bragging rights!

Ship crews could really benefit people wanting an extra kick out of their already maxed ships. Just say you have have a Tengu (caldari strategic cruiser) with maxed skills. With crews added you could squeeze the last bit of DPS out of those deadly missile launchers once you train them in fast reloading and patch any holes in you tank. Or imagine your wanting to get the maximum accuracy out of those rail guns. Crews will give you that too. With a bit of time they will be top marksmen.

This would add the ability to grind skills like other games but it would only be for that ship.
If you have any questions, ideas or additions to my idea feel free to a comment below.

Fly safe,
Serenity One

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Udate #5 - Fanfest Incoming

So the latest CCP blog banter is out, once again talking about lag. It gives you some information about what exactly server side lag is and what is causing it along with a pretty graph :) The disappointing thing is, it gives us no information as to how they are going to fix it, what they are doing ect. pretty useless really if you ask me.

The next mass test on the Singularity test server will be on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 20:00 UTC and is scheduled to last for 1.5 hours. The test will focus on handling of ship deaths and general performance improvements. We would like to see between 400-600 players participating in this test. All participants of the test will receive 2 million skill points on Singularity.

In other news the Eve Fanfest is incoming! The website is up over here, so stay tuned and grab your tickets when they come out soon. It is taking place on March 24 through March 26, 2011 at the Laugardalshöll Convention Center in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Fortnightly Photo #2 - Caldari BG

Ladies and gentlemen, guess what day it is today. Friday, meaning you get another piece of artwork! I got this idea from someone called "john" on the artwork page of my blog. he requested a simple caldari desktop background and that is what i have delivered. I hope you like it :)

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If you would like an alteration of this image, such as a different colour in the symbol and writing it will cost you 5mill isk. Otherwise if you like it how it is, click it to enlarge then download it. Please do not use this for anything other than personal use without written permission from me.

The next Fortnightly Photo will be a simple Gallente background. If you would like a different races background made first, just leave a comment below.

Till then, fly safe,
Serenity one

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Fun factor

So for the last couple of months i haven't been having so much fun in game. This was mainly because of having to pay for all my accounts with plex which took the fun factor out and it was mostly a grind to get the isk for the plex each month.

Fairly simple solution. I bought 3 months game time on each account with my credit card so there is not sure much pressure to get the isk and i can save up for some toys :) I also set a goal for each of my characters. The first, for serenity is to have all tengu related skills maxed, and then buy one of course! currently my plan in evemon is 90 days long so i better start reading those books! The next for my alt is to faction fit her hulk and be able to tank any bs spawn. The other characters on these two accounts are all going to be planetary interaction / hauling characters with the exception of one scanner / cyno char. so far i have 3 characters doing it so just need to get another 2 up and running.

Now with more time to do more fun stuff I find making money is much less of a grind and i can enjoy running sanctums or mining (or both, dont you love dual boxing) because the isk is going towards something truly awesome!