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EVE Blog Banter #7 - Where no one has gone before

by Melindhra on Apr.30, 2009, under General

EVE Blog Banter #7:

Welcome to the seventh 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 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 here . Check out other EVE Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!

This month’s topic comes to us from yours truly, and I ask: “What 3 things haven’t you done in EVE and why? Would you be willing to try one day? Why so? Why not?

And here we go with my answers to this month’s topic!

#1 - Exploration

Exploration has really changed since I played last. This is something I definitely want to get involved in much more. I’ve trained all of the Astrometric skills and I am currently working on Survey V so I can get going on Archaeology. I have found gravimetric sites and wormholes, but I want to find a hacking or archaeological site and actually be able to do something with it.

There’s just something very alluring about flying around space and stumbling upon new things.  Of course, I’d like to find some vulcans, but hacking sites will do.

#2 - T2 Production

The last time I played actively before I came back in February, you had to win a lottery to get a T2 BPO. Now that invention is around, I want to get into T2 production. I have wrapped my head around invention and picked up quite a few of the skills I need, so I will be getting into producing T2 items. I’ve even invented a couple of BPCs. First things first though, I need to learn about the market by selling some T1 items before I start selling T2 stuff. There’s no sense in going for T2 production if you don’t have a clue what you are doing. Baby steps.

#3 - Huge 0.0 battle

I’ve always wanted to be involved in a huge battle in 0.0. By huge, I mean the type of battle where titans are taken down and billions upon billions of isk are lost. It’s not really in line with what I normally do, but I want to do it anyway. I know that there would be a huge learning curve though, so that’s what has stopped me so far. Being a perfectionist, I hate being a noob at anything. That and the fact that I didn’t really have the skills until a few months ago. My character is very industry heavy, but I’ve been around long enough (skill swapping and not actively playing) that I am quite decent at other things now.

I think that pretty much covers my top three things I’d like to do, but that’s by no means all that I want to do. It’s very possible that some of what I said makes no sense because I may be running off of two year old information. If that’s the case, just ignore me. Everyone else does. *emo sighs like Marvin*

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Video: When Carebears Attack - Hulk (Exhumer) PvP

by Melindhra on Apr.30, 2009, under Video

This is one of my favourite videos.  It’s been out for a while, but it’s still quite funny.  Just remember, carebears are not always docile.

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EVE Online Resources for New Players

by Melindhra on Apr.30, 2009, under Resources

Unlike many other MMOs, EVE Online has a very steep learning curve. In the hopes of making those first few weeks easier for new capsuleers, I have put together a list of resources and things to do.

Before you do anything else, read the new player guides on the EVE Wiki, then do the tutorials in-game! The tutorials weren’t available for many of us, but as I understand it, they are a huge help. In fact, I may do them myself since I have been away from the game for quite a long time and am in need of a refresher in a big way.

Where sites are safe to be used in the in-game browser (IGB), I will mark them as such. Unfortunately, the IGB is very slow and quite limited. However, some portions of certain websites will ONLY work with the IGB.

New Player Guides

[Wiki] New Player Experience (IGB Safe) - An absolute must read. This set of guides tells you about the game, character creation, the game user interface and what the heck to do for your first few days in space. If you read nothing else starting off, read this.

[Wiki] Missions Guide (IGB Safe) - This guide teaches you about the different types of missions, how to find an agent, types of damage you should do, what type of ship you should use, etc.

BattleClinic New Player Central - New Player Guide, Learning Modules (Amarr Tech 1 Frigate is the only one at the time of this post), Item Database.


EVE Map (Platform Independent) - This is a standalone application that allows you to view a map of the EVE universe and plan travel routes.

EVE Mon (Windows) - Allows you to view your skills, plan learning skill training for optimal speed, create skill plans.

Ceres (OS X) - Like EVE Mon, but for OS X.

EVE Fitting Tool (Windows) - Helps you create new ship fittings.

Chruker’s EVE Online (IGB required for parts) - System information, skill info, market and item info, ship info, etc.

Grismar’s EVE Wiki (IGB required for parts) - Calculators, tools, articles, links, etc. Very good resource.

Capsuleer (iPhone App) - Allows you to track your character’s training, view skill information and provides access to several EVE related blogs.

EVE Tracker (iPhone App) - Similar to Capsuleer, but without the blog reader.

Social Links

EVE Online Twibe - A Twitter group dedicated to EVE Online

Follow me on Twitter! - I made a Twitter account just for EVE stuff. You won’t find any boring RL crap here.

Did I miss any good resources? Drop a comment and I’ll be glad to go back and add things to this post.

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Dev Blog: Networking Changes on TQ

by Melindhra on Apr.30, 2009, under CCP

I saw a great post on the dev blog yesterday evening about the networking changes that are happening on TQ.  It’s definitely worth a read.  As a warning though, if you’re not familiar with routing terms such as BGP, it may be a difficult read.

Quite a few people have been experiencing connection problems so hopefully this will serve to resolve the issue.

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Hello World

by Melindhra on Apr.29, 2009, under General

This is my first legitimate post.  I just finished setting up this sub-domain, blog, etc. and everything seems to be working just fine.  The DNS took a little while to propagate, but that’s to be expected.  I am getting quite good at installing and setting up WordPress.

Of the few plugins I installed, I added the WPTouch plugin for those of us with iPhones.  It’s very sexy.

I’d love to post something more detailed, but I think I’ll do that in the morning after I get some sleep.

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