Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Rust is Good on Matari Ships....

.... not so good on a player.

Things have been a struggle for a while out here work wise. I've just not had the time nor the energy for Eve. In fact I'm typing this in a break after I've done a full days work but I've got to work tonight as well. Yes things are not great but you have to put things in perspective. I mean look at the year Rixx Javix had last year. I'm having a party compared to that!

Anyway on Sunday I logged in. Drack is still in Ishomilken. I did relocate with Stay Frosty when we moved last but found my GMT +4 TZ at the new home was dead. Whilst its not exactly party time in Ishomilken, there are a few solo PvP'rs about. Looking in my hanger there were certainly a lot of cobwebs and a lack of ships. I had a few T2 and some faction frigates but didn't want to risk them. I noticed a stack of Kestrel hulls so assembled one of those, fitted it up quick and undocked.

I'd been keeping an eye on local and there were some going suspects and the odd "gf" there. A quick scan showed several assault frigates in space. There was a novice faction war plex open so I warped there and could sit there until a bro came at me. I entered the plex, set an orbit around the button, started spamming the D-scan on a 2AU radius and opened up a news site on another monitor.

Confessor. Pilgrim. You know what I'm really worried about with the Tangerine Twitler? Our comedians are not having to work for their craft currently. Its too easy. When he's out of the White House are they going to be so out of practice making good comedy that the whole genre will die? Hawk. Vengence.

Rifter. Wait....? Rifter?

Narrowing down the scan range showed he was on the gate. I checked my ammo. Whilst I had Rage rockets their explosion radius is a bit large. I decided on CN Scourge. The Rifter was likely shield tanked but you never know. He warped in and I set a 7km orbit and opened up. It started so well. My dual web and AB set up kept him out of optimal for his guns. Then he started making range. So I overheated the AB to catch up and making a noob mistake REALLY caught up. I started to make range again and rather than turning off the overheat on the AB I turned the module off. It was like we were tethered together with a space-elasticband. BOING! I forgot how to fly!

Thankfully my big armor buffer was enough as he'd already had to actively rep for too long when I wasn't derping at actually flying my ship. Also he'd made the mistake that I count on when in that fit, he'd been firing EMP into my 400mm armour plate. I was low armour when he popped. He got his pod out, "gf" in local, scoop the loot and GTFO!

Looked at my killmails. Yeah, first kill in 100 days! Damn!

Friday, February 3, 2017

BB79 - Rewarding Loyalty?

Blog Banter 79 - Rewarding the Vets?

Should CCP put more effort into rewards for loyal customers? The mystery code from the collector's edition hasn't seen much use and whilst veteran rewards have been mentioned by CCP several times at Fanfests, we have seen nothing. Wasn't there talk of a special station only 10-year vets could dock in at one point?

Is this lack of gratitude towards loyal customers alienating? Do people wish for a change here? Is it too self-righteous to expect small signs of gratitude for being a loyal customer? Is a customer purchasing half a year in advance more loyal than someone plexing every now and than probably missing out a few weeks or months a year? How do CCP place rewards in game without hurting the economy?

Or is it just a case of there is no need and HTFU snowflake?

Am I vet? Eight years is a long time playing one game and I've certainly never played any game that long. Everquest (although in '99 it was known as Neverquest), Star Wars:Galaxies, that very popular MMO with orcs and dwarfs (erm....), Warhammer Online, the list goes on. However none have gone the same length of time as Eve Online.

Should CCP reward me for this? Whilst I'm not going to turn down free stuffz(TM) I'm not that bothered.

First off is how do you classified a vet? Are you really bitter? But how do you measure that?

Is it subscribed time? Drackarn has been subbed constantly since 2008. However does that make me more of a vet than someone who played 2003 to 2009, had a months break in subscription and then subbed from then until now. However, technically in terms of continuous subbed time I'm more of a vet than them? Smeg this could get complicated.

I'll leave the defining of the term vet to others, I'm sure someone will come up with an idea. So what could we get in reward terms? Obviously CCP are a company and out to make money. Any sort of free time/plex etc would be a bad idea. Vets are the ones CCP makes their money from so you don't hurt that revenue stream. Those people who are saying vets should have an enhanced Alpha account that allows them to use all their SP really don't understand simple business mechanics. If they did that what would be the point in vets paying a sub? And if they stop paying, everything stops!

A few spitballing options:-

Access to a Special Station
I'm sure I heard at one Fanfest (note I'm generally drink throughout) of an idea to have a special station where only vets could dock. When WiS was talked about this could have been an interesting idea. Now its just "What's the point?". Also where would it be located? High-sec? Which would stop players like me who have a long-running misunderstanding with CONCORD visiting? Low sec? Which will stop many high-sec players from visiting? Anyway its a mute point as its hardly going to be popular so what's the point?

Now this is something I think could work. A selection of unique SKINS that can only be activated by vets. Not sure if the coding is there but that could be rather awesome.

Bonus Gifts
Now we need to be careful when dealing with stuffz (TM). If CCP gave all 10-year+ vets a Wolf as a gift then that would crash the market for that assualt frigate and hurt our builder bros. However when CCP are giving out gifts they could increase the number for vets? Gnosis as a present for Yulia festival? Vets get two? Some Gecko's? Here vets have a couple extra for being so awesome!

Similar to skins there could be specific apparel for the vets. Headwear or hats or glasses. Something that shows them as a vet. Then again if you are looking for someone to come at you (bro) do you want to be advertising the fact you probably have a lot of SP (yes they can look at your emploment history but most people are lazy). May be something special for the Matari....

So a few ideas but lets think about this. Is it really needed? Vets have put up with lag, "the 18 months", Incarna, melted graphics cards, the boot.ini, extended downtimes lasting days, more lag, balance issues, even more lag, the scammers and spammers, Jita local, traitors, betrayal, drama and all the tears.... so many tears. Yet even after all that they are still there. Is any of the above "rewards" going to make a rela difference to the vets? Nah.

Concentrate on retaining the noobs and let the vets look after themselves.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Blog Banter 79 - Rewarding the Vets?

Blog Banter 79 - Rewarding the Vets?

Should CCP put more effort into rewards for loyal customers? The mystery code from the collector's edition hasn't seen much use and whilst veteran rewards have been mentioned by CCP several times at Fanfests, we have seen nothing. Wasn't there talk of a special station only 10-year vets could dock in at one point?

Is this lack of gratitude towards loyal customers alienating? Do people wish for a change here? Is it too self-righteous to expect small signs of gratitude for being a loyal customer? Is a customer purchasing half a year in advance more loyal than someone plexing every now and than probably missing out a few weeks or months a year? How do CCP place rewards in game without hurting the economy?

Or is it just a case of there is no need and HTFU snowflake?

Banter on!


Friday, January 6, 2017

Into 2017

Ouch. That was a rather festive few weeks.

Back to the real world now. So what's happening in 2017 for Eve?

Well first is that this blog just went over the million pageviews milestone. I know thats nothing commpared to blogs like Eveoganda or Low Sec Lifestyle. However its a milestone for me! Thanks for all your views!

Next up make sure you have redeemed all your presents from CCP, they expire this weekend. Also make sure you are in a good station to redeem. I have two Gnosis, a Sunesis and an Apotheosis suck in Asakai now. FFS!

Looking at Eve Updates, nothing amazing on the release front currently on there. A few ghost fitting tweaks and SKINs for January.

April is Fanfest and for the first time in 6 years its looking like I won't be able to make it. My contract is up out here in March or April, nobody is really sure. I'm told there will be another contract but I'm not seeing anything. If my employment is terminated and my residence visa cancelled I won't be able to leave the country until I hjave my clearance letters. If I do get a new contract I'll probably need a new residency visa and my passport is likely to go MIA and there is a several week slot I cannot leave the country or it will cancel my application. Oh well. There is always Eve Vegas. Its nearly a 23hr flight to the other side of the world. May be I could just follow @MaxSingularity on Twitter. I seem to recall he posted lots including some interesting pictures from Eve Vegas 2016. Lets have a look, oh yes, this is the one that caught my eye for some reason...

Erm.... Screw that! I'll pack my bags now ready for October*!!!

Other than these, hings are really quiet on old Eve Updates. I suppose we'll get details on the Summer and Winter main expansions at Fanfest, Eve Vegas and Eve Downunder. We do know that Drilling Platforms are promised**. I wonder what CCP has planned for this year?

* If I have a job that is.

** I accept CCP "promises" are always "This is what we want to do but we live in reality and a lot of things can go tits up especially when working with 13 year old code and those bloody Eve players...."

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Christmas Prezzies from CCP!

In case you missed it, CCP are giving daily presents for all! Similar to other games that do this, you need to log on each day to claim your gift for that day otherwise you lose out. Each day being UTC hours not the usual DT to DT you might expect in Eve.

"Each gift will be present for 24 hours, until 23:59:59 UTC, when it will be replaced by the next gift. Be sure to log in and claim your gifts from your redeeming system to avoid missing out!"

Anyway, grabbed my first one today... wow... I have a lot of crap in my redeeming queue!

You get a crate in your inventory and unlocking it runs through a little unlocking thingy like a hack. I got....

Four SKINs of ships I do use. Nice! Wonder what tomorrow will bring?

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Risk of Early Adoption

So what does this mean and why is it causing so much salt?

Well, in a word Rorquals! CCP Fozzie announced that the Excavator Mining Drone is going to be rebalanced. Basically you can see this in two ways depending if you are a Rorqual null sec miner or not.

This is a problem with early adopting new tech in Eve Online. I've not done the numbers myself but I have heard that with the Excavator Drones a proper fit Rorqual did the same yield as 8 well fit Hulks. Post December update it'll be 5 and a bit hulks. CCP have been watching  the effect these drones have been having has and decided they don't like it. Apparently they were raking in 350m an hour. A billion ISK in three hours?

Surely if they are making so much money it would be obvious that they'd be nerfed? People on the forums are screaming that they have bought skill injectors to get into Rorqual mining? Why did they do that? Obviously because they saw it made an absolute bucket-load of cash.

Whenever something new is released, or completely revamped there tends to be two things happen:-

1. Prices start off really high or increase in value suddenly
2. Things tend to get nerfed fairly quickly

If you jump in early you are likely to pay way over the odds and have limited time before the nerfbat lands. The only difference between this and say, when T3 Destroyers were nerfed, is the speed the nerf has come in at. I guess that means CCP have picked up a major problem early!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Blog Banter 78 - Worse than Brexit!

Blog Banter 78 - The Big Reset

Just for a moment engage your "willing suspension of disbelief". Imagine that CCP, at downtime today, reset everything in Eve Online. Everything! When you logged in you were in a starter system with your character... but now with less than a million skill points, a mere 5,000 ISK and a noob ship (now with civilian afterburner!). Markets are pretty empty other than a few seeded items. All Sov is gone. All player structures are gone. All PI infrastructure is gone. No corps or alliances exist. Nothing remains. New Eden is suddenly a completley level playing field and the next great goldrush is on? Or is it? What happens now?

Banter on.....
Problem is it is difficult to willingly suspend belief here as it wouldn't happen. It would be worse than Trump or Brexit. A massively self-destructive act that would lead to the end of Eve. Then again India did try to beat both Trump and Brexit by making 85% of their cash illegal with about 3 hours notice in a society that is almost totally reliant on hard-cash. May be CCP could try and top this in the quest for 2016's Most Self-Destructive Act?

Anyway I think if CCP did do the big reset, Eve would die. Obviously this is after being "dying" since 2004. CCP would never do this. You cannot wipe out all that progression and not have a massive number of rage quiting. So many vets quiting would probably be too much. However that would be a short answer to the blog banter question. Eve is Dead!

Would I quit? Probably not. I'd be mad at over 8 years of progression lost just like that. Plus there is all the money I've poured into the game especially in PLEX sales. However I would continue and to be honest, as a fan of frigate and destroyer fights, I'd probably enjoy the brave new world.

However, lets think about what would happen.

First of all the corporations and alliances would reform almost instantly and start heading over to their previous areas more than likely. They would be a lot smaller due to the various rage quits and "well I was thinking about stopping playing so this seems like a good time to do it" loses.It would be fairly funny to see T1 frigate and destroyer blobs charging into null. Probably some of the larger entities would fight over the better space.

Hi-sec mining would go nuts! Veldspar and Tritanium would be highly valuable. This is not 2003. High-sec is much more highly populated than 13 years ago. The belts would probably get chewed through a lot faster.

PLEX prices would plummet. Nobody has cash so nobody is willing to pay anywhere near a billion for a PLEX. This would adversely affect those that PLEX their account obviously as they wouldn't be able to afford to the ISK people wanted to sell something worth $15. It might eventually restart at around 300m ISK mark or so.

Other than that, those who stayed would probably find the game would be still what it is now if just very quiet... a grand space opera populated by the very best and the very worst online gaming has to offer!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Blog Banter 78 - The Big Reset

Welcome to the continuing monthly EVE Blog Banters and our 78th edition! For more details about what the blog banters are please visit the Blog Banter page. This months topic comes from Talvorian Dex.

Blog Banter 78 - The Big Reset
Just for a moment engage your "willing suspension of disbelief". Imagine that CCP, at downtime today, reset everything in Eve Online. Everything! When you logged in you were in a starter system with your character... but now with less than a million skill points, a mere 5000 ISK and a noob ship (now with civilian afterburner!). Markets are pretty empty other than a few seeded items. All Sov is gone. All player structures are gone. All PI infrastructure is gone. No corps or alliances exist. Nothing remains. New Eden is suddenly a completely level playing field and the next great gold-rush is on? Or is it? What happens now?


Jack Jomar - BB78 – The Great Reset
Inner Sanctum of the Ninveah - Blog Banter 78 - The Big Reset
The Ancient Gaming Noob - BB78 – Can The Slate Ever Be Made Clean Again?
Ghost of Eve - BB78 - The Big Reset
Space Cadet Online - BB78 – What if EVE was Reset?
SCASS - BB78 - Worse than Brexit
Morphisat's Blog - Blog Banter #78–The Big Reset
Speaker of Chao3 - Blog Banter: The Big Reset

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

An Anthem for Alpacas!

She's only bloody done it again! Another quality parody from the wonderful Sindel Pellion.

Listen to it here - https://soundcloud.com/sindel-pellion/alphadirtbag

Monday, November 28, 2016

7bn ISK on a Moa?

First off... its not usually a great idea to stick 7 billion ISK worth of mods on a T1 cruiser especially if you are flying around low-sec. This sort of thing can happen...

So what difference did 6bn ISK make? What difference does not one, not two, but three 1.6bn Tuvan's Modified Power Diagnostic System make to this PvP fit?

Well for his fit we get in EFT:-

EHP 16,901 with 56/66/76/79 EM/T/K/Ex resists
549 EHP/Sec with the repper
Cap lasts 3m with MWD and 8 mins without
DPS 336
Top speed 1594

So what difference is T2 (other than nearly 7bn ISK?). Problem here is his fit doesn't work replacing the officer and deadspace mods with with plain T2. CPU and PG are well out.

What would I go with? Heavy Neutrons in the highs with Void, LSE/Scram/Web/MWD/Invuln in the mids, Mag Stab x 2/PDU and DCU in the lows, EM/Therm/Extender rigs.

EHP 33,784 with 66/73/71/76 resists
79 EHP/Sec as passive tank
Cap lasts 1:35 with MWD but stable at 47% without prop mod off
DPS 554
Top speed 1573

Of course the difference is the cost. I can buy 163 of my Moa for one of his. He's known to run a Crystal set so that'll make the fit better. His repping goes from 549 to 852 EHP/Sec with a full high-grade set and that is a lot of tank.

However.... 7bn on a Moa? Yeah, I'll stick to 163 plain ones thanks.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Why CCP Would Love Omega's to PLEX Their Accounts

I was going to tackle the "I'm a X-year vet and CCP should give me a free Omega clone" or the equally mind-boggling "I'm a vet, my Alpha clone should allow me to use all the skill points I've paid for!" that has been going around social media for the last week.

I started writing but knocked myself out face-palming trying to explain how a business works so don't have a full post on that. What I would like to cover instead, as its nice and easy, is the statement that accompanied some of the discussions on this topic...

"Well I hope everyone starts to use PLEX to pay their sub and CCP lose money that way".

Obviously some people seem to think PLEXed accounts are bad for CCP which is exactly the opposite. There appears to be some out there who think PLEX are not as good as other forms of subscriptions for CCP and if everyone subbed via PLEX CCP would be in trouble. Here is another shocker after CCP giving free access to their paying customers is bad:-

CCP would love it if EVERYONE subbed via PLEX!

I'll take you through the numbers...

I sub my main through 12-month credit-card. As the prices for PLEX on my phone are in US dollars I'll just use that for this worked example. 

A 12-month sub is 131.40 USD which is $10.95 per month. Just looking on my phone I see CCP is selling 12 plex for $209 which, if used to sub an account for a year, is $17.50 per 30 days (not even a full month).

99% or so of all PLEX on the market are there because a player has bought them from CCP or an authorised re-seller and put them on the market. Yes there are some on there that CCP give out as prizes, rewards etc. However most are player bought. 

Therefore CCP is making extra cash every time someone PLEXs their account as opposed to a credit-card payment. Depending on the PLEX package and which subscription package this could be as much as $9 per month per account. If I bought 28 plex at $489.86 that would keep me going nearly 2 years and 4 months. However that is $17:50 per month. Still more expensive than paying by credit card even on a 1-month plan.

PLEX prices direct from CCP are below:-

1 PLEX = 19.95 = 1 Month Equivalent = 19.95 a month.
2 PLEX = 34.99 = 2 Month Equivalent = 17:50 a month.
6 PLEX = 104.97 = 6 Month Equivalent = 17:50 a month.
12 PLEX = 209.94 = 1 Year Equivalent = 17:50 a month.
28 PLEX = 489.86 = 2 Years and 4 Months Equivalent = 17:50 a month.

See a pattern there? Yeah, PLEXed accounts are $17:50 a month. Compare these to CCP's credit-card subscriptions:-

1-month-plan $ 14.95
3-month-plan $ 38.85 ($ 12.95/month)
6-month-plan $ 71.70 ($ 11.95/month)
12-month-plan $ 131.40 ($10.95/month)

Got it now? PLEX is more cash to CCP than a subscription most of the time!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Blog Banter - Topic?

I'm a bad Capsuleer. I won't bore you with the specifics but last few months have not been great. Just look back at the posting on here and you'll see it died off mostly and the less said about my kill-board the better in the last half year. Anyway, I'm making an effort to get back into things and lets be honest, how important is real life anyway?

One thing I have neglected has been the Blog Banters so that needs sorting out straight away as I've missed September and October. Bad Drack! Bad Drack!

The "Potential Topic List" is a tad empty currently. Any suggestions for a question you'd like to have the various Eve Online Bloggers discuss?

Outstanding ones that have been suggested over last few months include (I'm paraphasing these to keep them short):-
  • The Big Reset - What would happen if CCP reset ALL THE THINGS? Suddenly everyone is in a Rookie ship with 800k ish skill points, 5000 ISK and nothing else..
  • PvE v1 - CCP have been running more PvE events recently. What are the pros and cons of the current in game PvE. Should CCP invest more into this side of the game, if so how?
  • PvE v2 - CCP continue to make PvE harder and harder. Ganking is easier than ever. Mining and hauling are more difficult than ever. PvE is stagnant and neglected. Are CCP focusing on the niche of PvP too much?
  • Null Sec Mechanics - Following World War Bee/War of Sovless Aggression/Casio Wars what does does the big slug-fests say about current Null Sec Sov Mechanics. Do things need to change? If so what?
Any of these float your starship or have you got a better idea? Leave a comment below or fire me an Eve-Mail and it might go out to the Bloggers this week!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Th€ Alpha$ Com£th

I've been thinking about how CCP plan to make money off Alpha clones. Not coming up with much! This is all speculation and brainstorming. I'm not thinking too much just wondering where this could go... 

Obviously encouraging new players into the game and getting them to subscribe is the the number 1 aim for CCP. However I am sure they are looking for ways to make money off people who want to play for free. CCP is a business and to survive they need cash. You don't get anything for nothing. So how can CCP make money from Alphas that won't subscribe?

First of all we have the obvious NEX store. Ship skins might be popular so people are likely to want some of those. However the whole purpose of an Alpha clone is you don't have to pay for it. These are likely to buy Aurum tokens from the market if they want a nice new skin. That is probably achievable through PVE and industrial activities on a five million SP character every so often. That in turn will increase Aurum token prices which again will encourage Omega's to sell them which of course needs PLEX.

Then we have the space-Barbie clothing line. I think most of us agree, what's the point. Without WiS its unlikely to be a big winner for CCP other than glasses, hats and other things you see in the portraits we see 99.999% of the time. I could put something here about a hope CCP are looking at some limited WiS but best to avoid that "Marmite" topic!

Onto PLEX. This will probably be another source of income from the Alpha's. I'm no expert on making money in Eve unless you count selling PLEX. I have no idea how long it'll take a 5m SP toon in a T1 cruiser to make the one billion at current prices but I bet its a while. This may mean Alpha's who are really into the game but strapped for cash may sub with a PLEX once every X months.

Skill Injectors
Again may be a good option for Alpha clones if the reduced training rate is too slow. 600m ISK is a lot of cash though for a 5m SP T1 only toon stuck in a cruiser? If they are buying, costs will go up encouraging other players to buy extractors from the NEX store and increase CCP's cash flow. Thinking about it, this is probably going to be even less than space-barbie items. Scrub that.

Then....? Well I think thats about it isn't it with current mechanics. What else could CCP be looking at?

Shit I did it didn't I. Oh well, anyone who has read this blog knows that I am a supporter of some limited WiS to push the old CCP "Eve: A Future Vision" video. Sci-Fi nerd and immersion etc etc. Without it I cannot see NEX sales for clothing and cosmetic avatar items being much at all. Then again I don't see CCP opening this can of worms.
One billion ISK is a lot of money. 15 earth dollars/pounds/Euros is a lot of money to many. Actually, not pounds anymore since Brexit, they're not worth much at all these days (great for us Expats!). Will CCP be looking at more PLEX options than just the 30 day version. Will we see 14 day or even 7 day options pop up in the NeX store? 250m ISK for a week of full access? If you have a week off work and not doing anything that might be worth it. Especially if you are on a lapsed account and you could could jump from 5m SP to 100m SP. Christmas holiday sat around playing board games with the family? Nope! Christmas holiday pewpewing the scrubs!

Alpha Accelerators
How about some implants restricted to Alpha clones that speed up their slow training? Nope. That'll be creating something that will impact on players. Current options are skill injectors (a net loss of SP overall) or attribute enhancers which are farmed by players.

I'm really struggling here! Is there any other way for CCP to make money from the "freemium" players without causing some detriment to their subscribers? Ideas?

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Sunesis Test Drive

The new SoCT destroyer is on the test server. A dessy anyone can use (including 'filthy casual' alpha clones). It has a 4-4-4 slot layout and can be shield, armour or hull tanked. My first test was an oversized AB arty fit. Basically similar to a 10mn Arty Thrasher.

I cam across a Hecate and it was a good fight. I lost but it was one of those that I would have popped him on the next gun cycle, he just managed to get there first. Given the low skill requirements for a ship, it did rather well against a T3.

Next I tried a similar fit but rather than a shield booster I went for a passive hull tank. Dropping the guns from T2's to scouts allowed me to go with dual web.

300 DPS with warriors and 10k EHP.  Speedo tops out at 1700m/sec and is cap stable. 

Now to find a gud fite! Lots of Golem's and other BS but not a lot of small stuff :(

Find a Navy Slicer but he's kity. Load Sabot ammo and he decides not worth it and disengages as he reaches structure and I'm hull tanking like I real man. I go back to station and rep up.

Out again.. next up a Phantasm. Yeah.... that went....

Managed to escape but only just. So conclusion.... Sunesis doesn't make as good an over-sized AB dessy as the Thrasher!

Next up, how about as a drone boat. Went up against the Phantasm again and this time....

He disengaged but it went a lot better although I think that was more piloting error on his part. Not sure the Sunesis is going to be as popular as the Gnosis but we'll see.

P.S. Still dislike the new Aura voice. "Warp drive.... ACTIVE!" is bad enough but "DockingPermissionRequested" is starting to grate too. Take a breath love!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

If Samuel L Jackson Voice Aura

As I posted on Friday, the New Player Experience comes with a new Aura and her new voice. I really don't like it. She sounds like a cross between Talky Toaster and a 90's telephone queuing system. "Press.... 2..... FOR.... Billing.....". Anyway its a personal thing and others might like it. We'll see. However someone on Twitter mentioned voice packs and I suggested Samuel L Jackson. Then it all got a bit silly...

Here are a select few...

Friday, November 4, 2016

The New Player Experience Playthough

Well appear to be getting on top of real life at the minute (after a few months of really not) so back to Eve and I hear the New Player Experience is on SiSi. Lets go and see. Obviously spoilers if you are planning to do the NPE story-line yourself.

Quickly clear a slot and make a Caldari toon (Looks like they reduced biomass countdown from 10 hours to 10 minutes on SiSi). Lets do this!

OK in space and in an Ibis. Not that new so far. Wait. Who the smeg is Fleet Commander Kaatara.

Training restrictions? Oh here's Aura. Wait, am in a bubble in a 1.0 system? Drifters? Will new players be thinking Borg V2 like I am or "space hobos". Could do with a quick explanation what Drifters are?

Ooooo! Wrecked Titan. Sounds like my fleet got kerb-stomped!

Not graduated from flight school? Find survivors? OK I can do that.

Showing camera control using right-click. Navigation using right-click and then onto radial menu. Good stuff for new bros

New tips are good showing visuals where to go. Helpful!

Sisters of Eve research team? Good voice acting here. What.... Drifters are coming back here? I'M IN A IBIS AND IN A BUBBLE! OK, kill bubble generator... wait... Seeker! Kill it! Another seeker! Kill it! A second bubble? FFS. What did you say? A SQUADRON OF DRIFTER BS HEADING MY WAY!

"The cluster is shutting down"


OK Back on. Kill backup bubble now. Easy! 30km in an Ibis! Oh well that was easy to kill and.... oh....


OK so I need to build a data analyser? Really? What are you talking about. There are hundreds only 3 jumps away and 50k. You just gave me 250k for doing that first bit. OK so we'll look at that in a moment will we. First skills. What? New character sheet. Oh, this is what some were QQ'ing about. Mmmmmm first up "Give CCP MOAR MONEY!"

Yeah, I have 259,000 ISK and this is advising me to spend a billion. Righto!

Erm.... yeah... not sure I like this. Might be the Bitter Vet in me but.... wut?

Why is it not in alphabetical order? Where the feck are shields????

Oh there. Personally, do not like! Its going to take time to get used to where everything is now positioned.

Start! Oh yeah, my main is already training. Oh shock. More adverts pop up for "Give CCP MOAR MONEY!". I know CCP is a business but isn't all this "Pay more" pop ups going to put some off? Get them hooker first? I suppose a brand new toon will not have another one on same account so this one won't be an issue in truth.

So free skill book and tutorial on how to train skills and free armour repper (for an Ibis! Real shield tanked ships armour tank? What are we teaching new bros here?). Anyway we need to kill some pirates to to make some money to buy the stuff I need to build a data analyser for a critical mission for the State who already gave me 250k ISK were they are for sale locally. Oh well, lets engage the "willing suspension of disbelief and move on."

"Warp drive... active!" What was that??? Some Talkie Toaster-esq AI speak.

Need to take out the pirates but gas cloud in way. Aura telling me about going through and using AB and repper. Erm... why not just fly around it?

Getting the feeling this NPE will be OK for who its designed for but vets will have a lot of WTF moments.

"Look! Approach! Orbit! Shoot!" Thanks for that baldy!

Three waves of Kestrels. 60% shields so didn't need that repper although I was sensible and flew around the "DEADLY CLOUD OF DEATH!" that Aura thought would be a good idea just to fly through,

Oh I get a crate with just enough minerals to make a data analyser.

"Warp drive.... Active!" - Yeah I don't like that new voice!

"Dockingpermisionrequested" - Or that one!

Industrial tutorial. Seriously? 20k for a civvy BPO. They are for sale close to here! Oh well whatever.

Recon mission briefing whilst that job runs.

SoE woman - "There are few people I trust these days..." however I, someone you've just met is one of them. You need to get out more love! Wow, all that talk was just long enough for that job to run! Undock!

"Autopilot engaged." Nope, do not like.

"Warp drive.... Active!" - STOP SAYING IT LIKE THAT!

"Approaching.... STARGATE!" Stop in please!

Hack a data analyser. Pretty lights. Run away. OK.

Safe spot! Would be better to explain what that means. Oh.... Drifters hijacked a capital? I need to web it? Are you serious? You want me to go and take on a Drifter capital with a webbing Ibis? Right....

Next job warp to forward operating base. They are really shoe-horning those phases into this :)

Ohhhh a fleet at a Citadel.

Good explanation that we can build these and an opportunity to fly around the fleet and look at some caps and battleships. Ooooo I get a new ship. Well wouldn't want to go up against a Drifter controlled capital ship in an Ibis,.. so I get a... Merlin -.-

Also give a 80k "mini-skill injector" to allow you to jump to frigate IV.

So time for the big battle! Multiple jumps to get there.. Multiple "Warp drive.... ACTIVE!" annoyance. I really hate it! Please bring back the old one. Please!

Oooooo massive Drifter gate.

Inside its.... a cluster fuck! I'm in charge of Circadian Seeker murder! Erm.... bug. I just webbed a seeker and the tutorial said I completed webbing the capital ship. What capital ship? Erm... I see no capital ship! Oh... there it is!

Right, Seekers all toast time for me to be the hero... and web a FAX! Will shoot it too with my triple civilian gatling guns. PEW PEW PEW -.-

More Seekers turn up and pick on me! East to kill and back to the FAX that is being hammered by the Caldari fleet.


Pew Pew Pew! Next job? Kill the hive.

More Seekers picking on me. Kill them and then time to kill the Hive. What? When it explodes its going to be a big bang? Okaaaaay..... so you're pulling the fleet back away? Except me? I have to stay and die for the State? Wut???


So back I'm station in a new clone!

New ship, new modules. Done that and we now replay Fleet Commander Kaatara's speech about you're staying back to kill the Drifter hive that I heard 2 minutes ago??? Another bug! Erm.... now what? I cannot kill it again?

Well without a Hive to kill how can I finish "Death is just the beginning". Right.... its all gone... 

Disappointing end (as in its stuck so I didn't see the end) but I guess it is still WiP?