Thursday, 27 January 2011

Rifter Signature

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I made this simple forums signature for a friend who loves the rifter. I hope you like it god dammit!

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Rifter Rampage #2 - starting to crawl

My rifter alt is coming along very nicely and it looks like it will only take a few more days till he is complete and i can go back to training my serenity. I started training him on the 22/1/2011 so this is day 4 and I have almost trained everything. I might even be able to fit it out in under a week :)

Propulsion jamming
jury rigging
New clone

Total Spent: 1,701,899

trained since last post:
hull upgrades - 4
gunnery - 4
jury rigging -1
repair systems - 3
motion prediction - 3
Small projectile turret - 3
Weapon upgrades - 3
Navigation - 2
Afterburner - 1

To Train for next post:
afterburner 4
propulsion jamming 2
weapon upgrades 4
small projectile turret 5

Say goodbye to hulk alt

So after 7 ish months of training and a lot of station spinning, my hulk alt with 9.2mill sp finally sold. I am actually so happy. I hated mining so much that in those 7 long months I only went out mining about 3 times lol. I know I would have made a lot more isk if i had mined for the whole time and then sold the char but it was just to boring for me. Hopefully she has gone to someone who will take care of her...

So here is the maths:

21 free days (free)
Plex (free because of buddy program)
6 * Plex (say 350mill average each) = 2.1 bill
100mill for skill books and implants

total spent: 2.2bill
Character sold for 3bill So i made about 800mill \o/

I am happy with that. Till next time o/,
Captain Serenity

Monday, 24 January 2011

Update #11 - CSM

With Council of Stellar Management due to leave office on April 6th, it's almost time for the candidacy period for CSM6 to open up. The dates for the next election period are as follows:

  • February 9th to 23rd – Candidacy application period opens
  • March 2nd – Publication of the list of approved candidates
  • March 9th – Voting opens
  • March 23rd – Voting closes
  • March 30th – Results announced
  • April 6th – CSM 6 takes office
  • April 2012 – CSM 7 takes office
When applying for candidacy in CSM6, we will require that at least a basic campaign message stating what you are campaigning for and/or who you are representing is provided.

So there are only a couple of changes to the CSM application process. you will now need to provide a message stating what you are campaigning for and who you represent. this will make it easier for voters to identify the candidates. The other change is to with the schedule and will result in a reduction of the amount of time between the publication of the list of approved candidates and the beginning of the voting period.

If you have not already tried the new PI interface (which is quite different) this guide will get you up and running in no time at all.

In other news, the corp i just joined is at war in high sec. Pretty much what happened was the alliance didnt want our corp in the alliance any more but never kicked us. the alliance was falling apart so Merciless reckoning asked our CEO to form a new alliance with them. We agreed. Our CEO sent over 350mill to start the alliance and left the previous alliance. As soon as we had left, Merciless reckoning declared war on us. Most of our players aren't that experienced at pvp however the people who war decced us are. Isnt that great :)

What I wonder is, were merciless reckoning ever going to form a new allaince with us or had they planned that as a way to get our isk and kick us out at the same time. Also one of our players killed one of them and then they were bitching about it. So maybe they thought since we were mostly care bears they could steel our isk, kick us out and get some easy kills.

Fly safe, Dont war dec people for no reason.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Rifter Rampage #1 - In The Beginning

In The Beginning...

 ...I created an alt.

Mysterious Alt

I have decided to make one of the characters on my main account into a solo PVP alt. His name will remain unknown but I am going to post every few days about how he is going. I will include a record of how much isk I spend and the skills I train. I am calling this series of posts Rifter Rampage because the first solo ship I am going to learn to use (and train for) will be a rifter. Below is the fitting I am going off, so I know what skills I need to train.

I have given the character 15mill which I am going to make last for as long as possible. I am going to try and spend as little as possible the whole time and see how much isk it costs and how long it takes to train a character to be able to pilot a rifter properly.

minmatar frigate - 36 000
small projectile turret - 18 000
motion prediction - 54 000
mechanic - 18 000
hull upgrades - 54 000
repair systems - 27 000
weapon upgrades - 70 000

Total: 277 000

That should do us till next time.

trained since last post (I started training at 8pm on the 22/1/2011):

minmatar frigate - 3
mechanic - 3 
hull upgrades - 3
gunnery -3

To Train for next post:
hull upgrades - 4
repair systems - 3
small projectile turret - 2
motion prediction - 2
+ whatever else I can fit in

Friday, 21 January 2011

Update #10 - Character recustomization

The Future

We will be introducing the ability to repeatedly recustomize characters in a future release. The current plan is to introduce this at the same time as we release tattoos, scars and piercings so players can take advantage of these new assets. We are still in the early design phase, so we don't have any more details at present. Expect a devblog explaining more in the coming weeks. 
Incursion 1.1.1 addresses several issues and updates to Incursion 1.1.0 and includes the ability to redo ones' portrait in the character creator

So after tonight's update we will be able to customize our characters further but not from scratch (I think). I am not completely sure but it sounds as if we will start from what we have already done and make changes from there. If this is the case I think I will try to smooth out some of serenity's frown lines lol.

In other news some new security measures against phishing attacks will be put into place. All the details are here if your interested at all.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

New Year, New Me

These are three of my characters and their new looks. Man im loving the character creator, you can do virtually ANYTHING. The only thing I didnt like about it was the fact that the character kept moving his head around and changing expressions ect. which made it a bit harder to model.

The top character is serenity one, my main (his original picture cna be seen at the bottom of this post). Then there is an alt that I use for not much. Sometimes I move some stuff around with her. She looks pretty nice :)

And last but not least is a new character that I created specifically for solo, piraty pvp. So yes im going to start training him for a rifter most likely and hit the low sec systems. If you know of any aussie pirate corps please let me know. It shouldnt be a problem the character not being my main because I dont pvp much with my main or anything.

Also now on the topic of alts, my mining alt that will be for sale in 10 days can be seen here on eveboard. You will be able to design the character as you see fit because of the new character creator so I will expect a little bit more isk because of that. If your interested, comment below or contact me in game via my main (serenity one) and we can talk price and all of that stuff.

Fly safe,
Captain serenity.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Kill That Carrier

Since Kirith announced the event I had planned on going in with a couple of corp mates activating a full rack of smart bombs and trying to damage as many people as possible (including kirith). We were all going to fly in and do something like this:

So I log on two hours before the event and corp chat is empty. great... the Ninveah channel says there is an attackers channel and a defenders channel already set up so since I dont have anyone to talk to I pop over to them and say hello in both. I get an immediate response in the defenders channel and no response from the attackers for quite some time so I decide it would be wise to become a defender.

With an hour to go I head over to Teshkat in my pvp drake, Spanking Machine |, and a few of us go in together, meeting the rest of the defense fleet outside the station. Everyone practices targeting BC'ed targets and some other stuff then the time comes and we all warp to kirith.

Following this is a mad killing frenzy which I missed out on a bit because Eve voice kept kicking me out and I couldn't hear any orders lol. I managed to get on two kill mails in that time then the FC broadcast a NOIR. guy (noir. were also defending kirith) who I locked up and shot at. immediately after that Noir. locked me up and killed me. I was pretty annoyed but now I understand it had been a misunderstanding that had been resolved but I hadnt heard it because Eve voice had yet again decided to kick me out!

I warp around for 15mins waiting off my GCC then finally when its finished I run to the nearest system that is selling a drake and some missiles. I reconnected to voice comms then and heard that Noir. and our fleet had won and we could now attack kirith. I quickly bought a drake, 7 heavy missile launchers and 5k scourge fury heavy missiles and got back as fast as I could. Unfortunately this was not fast enough and someone yelled "I see hull damage!" just as I was jumping in. I warped to the FC and sure enough Kirith's chimera and his pod were already dead.

That didnt really bother me too much though because some other people (not sure who they were?) started locking us up and we killed em :) I got on 2 more killmails before their reinforcements arrived and I just warped out with 4% hull left. feww the Spanking Machine || survived!

EDIT: here is the finished video of the night, made by kirith:

Thanks Kirith, That was awesome fun!

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Update #9 - Three Days Till Liftoff

Incursion will lift off on the 18th of jan, three days from now. There are a lot of features I am excited about but im just going to write about the main few here.

The character creator as seen at the top ^ will become available on TQ and we get to re-do all our characters!! I am particularly excited about this because I created my character when I was 11 years old and didnt do a very good job lol :)

heads up for all our players; you will have to recreate your character portrait using the new character creator after it has been deployed. This means that your old character portrait will not be accessible anymore! If you want to preserve the old character portrait in high resolution, you should log into the game and use the capture portrait option while it still exists.

Obviously Incursion will bring us the Sansha PVE content which should be awesome! In this we get to battle off the nasty, spiky buggers below:

This release will also update the contracts sysetm which I wrote about in a previous update post.

Then we come to Eve Gate updates (Which wont be released for a while but I wanted to talk about it anyway). When eve gate was released it acted just like a fat kid on the ten metre diving board; it did an immense belly flop and didnt come up for a while. Till now in fact. CCP will be changing the current Eve online forums to an archived version and will be starting the new forums over on Eve gate from scratch (no posts copied from the current forums). Some kewl stuff they have added includes a sleek design:

Front page

The ability to "like" posts will also be available. The running total of likes received and likes given will be shown under your avatar. Each post will also have a share button and favorites button allowing you to share it with the world outside of Eve gate and "Fave" threads which will make them easily accessible at a later date. There will be an RSS feed for every channel and thread so you can keep up to date on your threads from your favorite feed reader!

Above you should be able to see the new search that will come with the forums. This is particularly good because the current search is way on bad side of things. You will be able to do much more powerful search's and even bookmark your search criteria for later as well as be able to subscribe to an RSS feed of your search criteria so you can see any new threads popping up that may interest you.

Cant wait for all this stuff!

Thursday, 13 January 2011

blog banter #24 - Personalities

Welcome to the twenty-fourth 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 Check for other EVE Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!

This month's Banter topic comes to us from the ever helpful Eelis Kiy, capsuleer behind the "Where the frack is my ship" blog. She asks: How does your real life personality compare to who you are as a character in EVE? Does a good leader of people in the real world make a good leader of pilots in game? Or vice-versa? Do your real-life skills help you with the roles you fulfill in your corporation or alliance? Or do you behave completely differently? Does the anonymity of the Internet allow you to thrive on the tears of others in New Eden whilst you work as a good Samaritan away from your keyboard? Or are you as mean outside of your pod as you are inside it? Have experiences in EVE Online affected your behavior, skills or attitudes outside of the game?

I would say that my personality In / out of game is quite similar. I use some of the skills I have out of game when the need arises. There are definitely some differences in personality though, not showing themselves all the time but they do pop their heads up in different circumstances.

So lets go a little deeper. The main part of my personality is the same (is there a main part?) both in and out of game. The anonymity does not get to my head where I think I can do anything just because no one knows who really am. I try to be nice to most people but because of this anonymity and the fact that they could just be pretending to be something and then stab you in the back (a classic case would be stealing out of a pos once trust has been established) I am always a bit more hostile towards people in the beginning (Although now that I think about it I probably am a bit like that in real life, tending to be a bit guarded towards neutrals. I mean.. poeple I dont really know yet.) before I have played with them for a while and got to know them better. They may not be like that in the real world or they may actually be nice in general but you can never really tell and someone may change in  an instant.

Do your real-life skills help you with the roles you fulfill in your corporation or alliance?

Now I dont use my out of game skills for the positions I am in within eve or to help other people but I use things that I am good to get ahead. e.g. Im pretty good at maths so I can quickly calculate things if need be and I have fairly good problem skills so I can find a solution to most situations I find myself. Those are types of skills I use in game, not the actual skills I have from my out of game job and not for a role within eve.

So the differences are, I am a bit more hostile towards strangers, If someone does something bad to me I will find them and kill them, which I dont do in real life (I heard it was illegal or something too).
I also did an (very old) Eve personality test and got the result below:

Industrialist with teeth

Its a close fit, if only it said carebear...

Heres a personality test I made for all of you. Do the test then post in the comments below what you got.

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  3. Freebooted: BB 24: You Talking to Me?
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  6. mikeazariah » Blog Archive » BB24 Who are you, who hoo woo hoo
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  12. More to come....

Sorry for  rushed post but I did my best with the little time I had.

Till next time,
Captain serenity

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

New Look

How do you like the new look? I only changed around a few things but I like it much, much better than before. Its not as cluttered so its more appealing to the eye.

The other thing I changed is the header image of the blog to better suit the blogs name and what I do in game. For those of you reading this via a feed reader you will either have to click THIS link, or if your to lazy to do that I uploaded the image for you below although to see it in all its glory you will really have to bight the bullet and click that link :)

This is the new header image.
So if you would like to give feed back on the design of the blog and the header image that I made feel free to in the comment section below.

Fly safe,
Serenity one

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Mac fitting tool!

A while back I wrote something about getting a fitting tool ingame because of the lack of one on a mac platform and also because it just be awesome!

I come today with good news. For mac users you can finally test your own fittings out of game with this new fitting tool called Pyfa! Pyfa looks really nice and works like a charm so if your a mac user or maybe a pc user that just wants to try it out go here.

The really cool thing about Pyfa is its graphs. You can compare the DPS of two different ship fittings easily and efficiently. Take for example the image below comparing a HAML drake to a HML drake.

With this new tool you can settle the argument of whether your better off having HAML's or HML's on a pvp drake once and for all by putting in the distance you will be from the target (I put in 0-100km) and if you want to get really specific and see which setup will be better against what sized ships you can by putting in the sig radius and some other information.

Fly safe,

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Carrier kill mail

Who wants a carrier kill mail? mmhmm, well read the following, quoted from the Inner Sanctum of the Ninveah:

When: Jan 17th, 9pm EST (0200 eve time on Jan 18th)

What: Chimera on a planet or belt in a low sec system (to be announced on Jan 10th) for at least 30 minutes or until dead.

Why: Celebrating 6 years of blogging and upcoming 2000 posts

Who: You and anyone else that shows up.

How: I'll warp to a celestial (no station or gate) in a system to be announced next week and tell everyone in local and the Ninveah channel where I am. Then they can come to shoot or support me. I will fight back but will not warp away for 30 minutes.

So get your shit together while there's time. Get your corp mates into a fleet and go smash this chimera!!!

Fly safe,

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Update #8 - T-shirts

My Jinx t-shirt design

Missed the Boss Fight test on December 17? Get on the test server on January 3 at 15:00 UTC and you will have another chance to try it out.

The final vote for the "create a start ship contest" is happening now. Head over to the voting page and choose your favorite three entries. The winning entry will be added to the game sometime in the future so make sure you vote for a ship that you would fly!

If you like voting you should also head over to the Jinx voting page where artists and enthusiasts have designed eve related t-shits.  I myself posted a design here.  I only found the comp the day it was closing so made this is about 3 hours. It would be great if you voted for it though :)

Last but not least, the contract system is finally getting some love. Read the dev blog on the subject here.

Fly safe,