First: to those of you who think I forgot the whole "need Cruiser III" thing. No, I didn't. But let's cover it briefly:
- To get free Racial Destroyer skill points for each race, you're going to need to have Racial Frigate III for each race, taken separately.
- To get free Racial Battlecruiser skill points for each race, you're going to need to have Racial Cruiser III for each race, taken separately.
- all four racial destroyers at IV;
- Minmatar and Caldari Battlecruiser V; and,
- Amarr and Gallente Battlecruiser skills will be untrained.
Really though, this is mostly going to affect new EVE players, not existing EVE players too much. Still, if you have characters that you want to pick up more SP for per my Recommendation post, keep what's above in mind.
Second: this made me smile. I occasionally get recognized when I'm PvP roaming. I was part of a gang wrapping up a roam in null-sec this week when a T1 cruiser landed on gate next to me. I was in my beloved Rapier. He jumps through. I jump through. Rest of gang follows behind me. They jump through. The following appears in Local (victim's name and time stamps changed to protect the guilty):
[04:19:24] *** > oh god oh godTo his credit, he managed to warp off the gate . Unfortunately for him, he warped to the sun. Thanks to Recon warp speed, I landed ahead of him. You can guess what happened next.
[04:19:28] *** > i dont want to be a blog post
[04:19:32] Gorion Wassenar > lol
[04:19:33] SwissChris1 > ^^
[04:19:36] Jayarr Altol > lol
[04:19:40] Gorion Wassenar > Well now we have to
[04:20:04] Gorion Wassenar > BLOG TIMEThose last two lines happened when he warped his pod to gate. Wish granted. ;-) Like I said, it just made me smile.
[04:20:05] Meridith Akesia > :)
[04:20:06] Namamai > gee eff
[04:20:11] Gorion Wassenar > It will be a eulogy
[04:20:25] *** > hahaha gf o7
[04:20:31] *** > i almost thought i made it
[04:20:53] *** > pod express me?
[04:21:05] *** > id be honored if ripard did it
Third thing: this on the other hand makes me sad. It sure looks to an external observer's perspective like -A- is settling into the final stage of fail-cascading. Their blues are certainly having a bad time of it: En Garde and AAA Citizens memberships are both down by 50%. The Jagged Alliance is gone.
Against ALL Authorities members, to their credit, are sticking by their alliance. But their sov systems and outposts...
Well, we'll see if they survive. From what I understand, they're having severe problems finding a comp that HoneyBadger Coalition doesn't immediately use the hard counter against. So they're driving toward 100MN Afterburner ships... only they can't afford Tengus en masse any more. This is leading to a fleet comp centered on 100MN Afterburner... Zealots. These will be supported by 100MN AB Oneiroses and 100MN AB armor-tanking Curses.
I can't think of any downside to this comp whatsoever.
Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.