Welcome to the junk drawer, part of a series of monthly posts in which I dump all the stuff that I couldn't develop into full blog posts this path month...
I got some questions last month about some of the character tools that I reference from time to time, so I thought I'd point to them and give a shout-out to each. This is mostly for you newer players, though the vets out there might appreciate these links as well. These are great tools: bookmark them!
First up is eveboard.com. Sign up for this one and you can put your EVE character sheets on either public display for all to see, or you can password protect them so that only the people to whom you give the password can see them. This is quite useful when you go to buy or sell a character. But it's even more useful for asking about skill training advice from corp- or alliance-mates.
Related to this is this character appraiser tool, which is the best tool for buying, selling, or apprasing EVE characters that I've seen to date. It does a great job of estimating not only the value of characters based on skill-points, but also incorporates adjustments for security status, how the SP is spent, value of the skill books purchased, implants, and a few other factors. It's a great piece of work, and I've found it to be quite accurate! And happily, if you want you can push an eveboard character straight into it.
Last in this category is evewho.com. Anyone who ever wondered who was in the corp that just war-dec'ed them will find this tool to be a life-saver (maybe literally). Search for characters, corporations, or alliances in this one and you will be presented with accurate character lists as well as character corp histories that are very useful for cross-referencing. It really is a "must-have" link for any situation where you want to know more about a given character, corp, or alliance in EVE.
Whew! That's the only big item in the junk drawer. The rest are small notes, mostly unrelated to each other.
Message to Kil2: I've said this before, but you need to internalize it. You compete by being better, not by bitching that you're being competed with.
I found this "blog" rather hysterical. Go read it if you want a laugh. Casinos make a profit? Rilly? On my planet? Whodathunk it? I'm shocked... shocked!
Status of the CSM Minutes? Well, they're supposed to be released "this week" and "before the weekend". That last is from Seleene.(1) Needless to say, I'll likely be covering them pretty extensively. Word has it they're up to 165 pages! Sheesh!
Kind of a one-off, but blogger Tippis has done a great study on CONCORD response times under a variety of situations. Interesting stuff! Go read it.
Two random Alliance Tournament notes.
Are you interested in how much ISK it takes to make a serious run at the Alliance Tournament? The Rote Kapelle AT10 guy that handled our finances and logistics, Namamai, agreed to make our particular finance spreadsheet public. So there you go if you'd like to check it out. All told, our budget was about 80 billion ISK... which incidentally is about half the ISK that Pandemic Legion put into that match against us. ;-)
It's depressing to be poor, I guess. Happily, we didn't spend it all. Thanks to Namamai for doing all that work! God knows I'm glad I didn't have to...
Second AT note. For those of you that remember that classic Finals Day match between Exodus and Agony Empire... you know the one with the ridiculous Agony shield spider... here's a video that has Exodus comms for the match. It's really quite amusing! The video, unfortunately, is from the Exodus Damnation pilot's perspective, so there isn't much to see. But the audio itself is rather classic.
And that's it for the junk drawer for the month. Not a whole lot in there. Most of it went into actual posts.
(1) As I was doing the final editing pass on this post, I noticed Seleene wrote a blog post.