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I'm your host, Jester. I've been an EVE Online player for about six years. One of my four mains is Ripard Teg, pictured at left. Sadly, I've succumbed to "bittervet" disease, but I'm wandering the New Eden landscape (and from time to time, the MMO landscape) in search of a cure.
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

October junk drawer

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 past month...

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Thought I'd start this month with a couple of related web tools:
http://raynor.cl/eve/index.php
https://adashboard.info/local

They're both intended for scouting.  The first one allows you to copy the results of a directional scan into it, and it parses that directional scan into a useful list of ship types and classes that you're facing.  Just do the copy, run it, then send the resulting link to your FC.  He has instant access to the exact numbers, types, and classes of ships you're seeing.  Quick and easy.

The second one does a similar task for names from the Local chat channel.  Copy-paste into this tool, and it's parsed into useful information about exactly who is in Local.

Both very useful tools!  Bookmark them if you scout at all.

On the same topic, I'm pretty sure I've posted a cargo scan parser before at some point in the past (which aids gankers), but just in case I haven't, here it is:
http://sudorandom.com/cargoscanner

The principle of this tool is the same: copy-paste the result of a cargo scan into this tool, and it will quickly parse the components of what you're seeing and estimate the total ISK value of the cargo.  That will make decision-making much faster and easier on whether you should gank the target or not.  Bookmark that one too if you intend to get into ganking.

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This is just pretty damn awesome: EVE's very own Roc Weiler was featured as part of a CNN series of articles about the soon-to-be-the-next-big-thing trend of "gaming + achievements + fitness."  It's a quite well done article, and very much worth your time.  It was even on cnn.com's front page for about 36 hours.  Go read it.

For the record, Roc, no matter how good you look, I'm never going to think of you as "yummy."  Just sayin'.  ;-)

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Speaking of EVE bloggers, there was a late September post that I forgot to highlight in the September junk drawer that I want to highlight now.  It's a piece specific to how DUST 514 is going to interact with Faction Warfare from the perspective of GamerChick42, who is actually in FW.  It hardly seems necessary to highlight a blog that I feature as one of the "Must Read Blogs" off to the right, but I'm going to anyway. 

GamerChick42 doesn't post nearly enough for my tastes, but those posts are my go-to destination for what FW players are thinking about.

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This little post amused the hell out of me.  It's four years old now, but features some really nifty graphics of EVE's original interface and game-play, pre-beta, circa 2000 through early 2002.

I think this one's my favorite, Apocs versus what sure looks like a Hound, from late 2000:



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Back to bloggers... sort of.  Telegram Sam, sponsored by CCP and EON Magazine, are having themselves an EVE fiction-writing contest.  Here's the post on the EVE-O forums announcing both the contest and its validity.  Here's the "blog" with all the rules.

Entries are being accepted through December 2.  There are two categories: pure fiction emphasizing EVE's lore, and "day in the life" posts focusing more on actual EVE game-play.  Unfortunately, previously published pieces are ineligible.  As a result, I'm actually rather disappointed that I can't submit "Sons of a Bitch" as an entry for the latter, but who knows, maybe I'll come up with something else.  The prizes aren't half-bad!

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A few of you might find this useful.  When you have resist mods fit to a POS, what impact does that have on the POS's shield resistances?  The answer is below.  Find the POS's base resist to some kind of attack.  Then count the number of resist mods for that form of attack.  Then follow the progression below to find the final resistance.

Example #1: Caldari towers have a 0% EM resist.  The POS has three EM hardeners.  This POS has a 57% EM resistance.
Example #2: Amarr towers have a 50% Explosive resist.  The POS has two Explosive hardeners.  This POS has a 71% Explosive resistance.

Base 00 resist : 25, 43, 57, 68, 76, 82, 86, 89
Base 25 resist : 43, 57, 68, 76, 82, 86, 89, 92
Base 50 resist : 62, 71, 78, 84, 88, 91, 93, 94

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Anyone else notice that after December 4, killing someone's ship in low-sec will no longer give them kill rights against you?  It sure looks that way!  Kill rights will only be applied when someone actually picks up a "C" flag, and just killing a ship in low-sec no longer appears to do that.  Podding someone?  Yes.  Killing their ship?  No.

I might be mistaken about this, but I don't think I am.  And it means that kill rights are going to take an entirely new course for Retribution and beyond.  But I thought about the implications for a while and couldn't come up with a whole blog post about it.

Has anyone ever tried to make an actual go of "cashing in" on a kill right up to this point, or is this pretty rare?

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And that's all for the junk drawer this month.  I'm about three posts behind where I wanted to be this week, but wanted to clear out the drawer before I got to them.  I still have something to write about tug-of-war sov, and I've promised myself that I'm going to get part 3 of the Implant guide out before Sunday.

25 comments:

  1. "... kill rights are going to take an entirely new course for Retribution and beyond. But I thought about the implications for a while and couldn't come up with a whole blog post about it."

    Well, that should tell you something. It isn't really going to have much of an impact.

    Like the over-hyped and failed wardec changes of Inferno, the bounty system changes of Retribution are doomed to be irrelevant and soon forgotten.

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    1. ^^ sure seems that way... :-/ And I was so excited at Vegas, thinking that random bears would drop a mil here, or 10 mil there on Gewns and HBC just cause they're :bads: who Burned Jita and Inter-dickt Ice... oh but no, min bounty contribution for an alliance? Half-billion ISK. Well. That's kinda pointless.

      Seems to me that CCP doesn't care much about EVE's 47%, keeping them from playing economic warfare with bounties, and limiting them, as always, to "PvP With Words". ;-)

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  2. The ancient pictures in that thread are priceless. I like that there is a picture of the Osprey in the character creation screens that show it hasn't changed now in something like a dozen years.

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  3. Probably a Breacher and not a Hound... seeing as the Hound didn't "exist" per se at that point...

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  4. "GamerChick42 doesn't post nearly enough for my tastes, but those posts are my go-to destination for what FW players are thinking about."

    Good god

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    1. Would you like to suggest an alternate blog, or just stick to invoking your deity?

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    2. Poetic Stanziel forms the other half of the crazy FW blogger coin with Susan Black. Both are biased as hell, but Stanziel being on the Amarr side at least means the biases balance each other out a bit atm.

      Pinky Feldman (http://cry-moar.blogspot.com/) doesn't update as often, but has also written a couple FW pieces for The Mittani.

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    3. Poetic kind of does his own thing. I'm not sure I'd characterize it as a "FW blog". You're right about Susan, though. I've been thinking about adding that blog to the "must read" list for quite a while. I'll probably replace "DUST 514 Base" with that one, as a matter of fact.

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    4. In all fairness, neither Susan nor Poetic have ever claimed to be objective or impartial.

      Neither of them are attempting to portray themselves as "news" sites (unlike a certain Goon sponsored site of questionable objectivity), but simply write as players talking about their in-game experiences from their admittedly biased POV.

      So, if you don't like their blogs, don't read them. They certainly aren't going to shed any tears.

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    5. The problem with using Gamerchick42 as your main source is that she represents a very very minority view from one group of minmatar fw players, and mostly only herself. For more level headed opinions I would (and do) more gladly read posts from Hans.

      It's all about the pew (at least for people who were involved before Inferno) and not about political bullshit. That's why she is a very controversial figure in the fw community, to put it politely.

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    6. "It's all about the pew and not about political bullshit."

      And, you listen to Hans? He is almost 100% pure political BS.

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  5. Killright were pretty nice. I killed an Ishkur in front of Hek undock with my Vexor, because I had killright. The pilote was years older than me. He didnt react the first 10 seconds or so, probably expecting concord. The best thing about killrights was, that most people didnt really know about them.

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  6. so far none of the more popular blogs about fw actually give good content, because most of them spout propaganda while vehemently denying it.

    to put it simply, susan's (gamerchick) and poetic stanziel's are the worst of the lot, with just endless posts of ego and propaganda. go ahead and read them if you will, but trust me, its like listening to fox news over cnn.

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    1. You have to admit that's what a lot of FW players are thinking, though. ;-)

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  7. I almost died laughing reading the CNN article. The fat white guy who really wants to be the fit good looking black guy.

    Incoming Sarcasm: How inspiring that EVE Online helped him partially reach his goals. EVE Online...with all of its ignorance and racism. Too bad EVE won't help him turn into the good looking black guy.

    And before the ignorant crowd steps shows up. In RL, I'm a black male, former U.S. Marine, in very good shape and I just happen to be a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I just post on this blog with a character...who happens to be a white female. How ironic.

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    1. Does your white female toon have a big ass? /ignorance

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    2. Brutor arn't black, their Samoan. But :ignorance: right?

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    3. @anon 11:45. Oddly enough in the fan fiction Brutor are not Samoan. Try to use better bait next time.

      Also, while we are on the topic, clearly CCP has an awesome view of blacks considering they made an internet spaceship game and somehow 20,000 years into the future, blacks (Minmatar, Brutor) have accomplished space travel, but some have been forced into slavery. Imagine that.

      Also, next time use "their" in the right context. The word you were looking for is "they're"

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    4. Almost everyone wants to be someone else.

      Michael Bolton III wants people to think he is cool. Raivi wants people to believe that he is a game developer. The Mittani wants to be God (or Hitler... take your pick).

      Isn't that what MMOs are all about? Role playing, and all that?

      Oddly enough, though, I made my avatar look as much as myself as I could - major defects and all.

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  8. Overall I think not having killrights for popping ships in lowsec makes a lot of sense as it doesn't stifle people that look to bear in high sec and then pew pew in low sec. I know plenty of people that have cashed in their killrights from losing a ship in lowsec by locating the weekend warriors running missions or incursions in high sec during the week and giving them a surprise in their mission fit faction BS's.

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  9. "For the record, Roc, no matter how good you look, I'm never going to think of you as "yummy." Just sayin'. ;-)"

    It's alright Jester. You'll still get a hearty man hug at Fanfest.

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  10. The dscan tool was made by DingoGS, TEST's best bomber fc and one of the better bomber fc's in the game in my honest opinion. People reading this should shoot him some isk if they like the tool, since that was one of the reasons he made the tool public.

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  11. thanks for the great scout/gank links. good stuff!

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