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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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Sunday, February 2, 2014

January 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. The junk drawer is actually pretty light this month...


As usual, let's start with a bunch of one-offs, one per paragraph.

Guys, whether you like the ESS or hate it, they're out there now so I wouldn't ignore them. This little graphic that's been going around is quite the cautionary tale...

As many of you are aware, hull rep bots are coming! May I be among the first to say "about freakin' time"? ;-)

These few paragraphs about how things almost never happen "suddenly" are completely unrelated to EVE... or are they? Go give it a read real quick. It's really short. But anyway, it's incredibly true nonetheless! I'm finding myself reminded in so many areas of my life right now that frogs don't notice the boiling water until it's too late. But humans are supposed to be smarter than that...

This also made me chuckle. It's a cautionary tale from Neville Smit about how he lost a marauder. He does a really good job of taking apart his loss and understanding how it came to happen. I've said this again and again: after you lose a ship or after a PvP fight, sit down and think about how you did. What did you do right? What did you do wrong? As the poet said, "A good pilot is compelled to evaluate what's happened, so he can apply what he's learned." I didn't have the heart to point out to Neville a Rote Kapelle guy or two was involved with his loss. ;-)


How about a few about B-R? This was pretty cool: it's a list of games people were watching on twitch.tv the day B-R happened.

I've been watching the Snapcount data like a hawk hoping that CCP gets a nice boost out of this!

This is kind of an entertaining view of B-R for those of you that have ten-second attention spans. It's literally the story of B-R in easily digestible snippets. But it does include a nice screenshot from someone of the new warpable site in B-R so I include that for those of you who have no interest in going to B-R yourselves. Still, think about going! It shows off a lot of the new titan wrecks.

And this just made me laugh. I like a good conspiracy as much as the next guy but... c'mon. You're not even in the ball park. ;-)


And one longer one. Thank you to all of you who expressed your sympathies about the death of KaTurN last month. News of his death was spreading a bit more widely on Reddit over the weekend. Rote Kapelle had a memorial battleship fleet Friday night which a combined BNI/Goon fleet obliged us by hot-dropping. We responded by sending some 80 ships to escort Kat into the next life.

Let's go to the tape:

Thank you again to all of you for your kind words.


And that's all for the junk drawer this month. As I said, an unusually quiet one!


  1. btw what happens with all those theory blogs if that b-r battle results in a significant rise in active players in the next few month.

    does it suddenly turn the latest expansion from a realy bad expansion in to the best expansion ever?
    what about this whole eve is dying/stagnating with all thos in depth theory crafting
    and that there is no possible group of people who never heard of eve that could be bothered to try it.

    wouldnt all those posts /forum threads and eve news site discussions look pretty stupid if because of an ingame event eve starts growing again?

    i hope there will be ananalysis somewhere in the future

    1. I have a history of saying I'm wrong when it happens, and not crowing *too* much when I'm right (such as when I said B-R would push PL out of the war).

      I will point out that a lot of people who objected to my "Last war" post said that "Yeah, people were saying that after Uemon and look how THAT turned out." I note for the record that I was *not* one of the people saying that about Uemon. B-R feels quite different to me, though.

  2. Why anyone needs to do level 4's in a fancy ship mystifies me. It couldn't have anything to do with Jester's Vargur fit article? :) But seriously, I tear through level 4's in Langisi in a T2 fit Typhoon named "Loot Pinata." Even Blockade is only a half hour mission in that ship.

  3. Heheh! Thanks for the reference and linkback, Ripard - I'm glad you found my post amusing. I did notice a couple of your corpmates on that kill report - please pass my kudos on to them. Their little band did a very nice job on that gank.

  4. maybe you can prod Fozzie to confirm/deny whether logi ships will bonus the rep amount of hull drones?

  5. I thought a possibly interesting use for the shuttle bay on the Nestor; would allow it to carry and use special SOE triple repair shuttles (hull, armor, and shield)

  6. What I like in that shot of the ESS is the 4 botter chars all named Gin.
    But that can't be correct, since all the null sec forum warriors say that the vast majority of botting is done in high sec.

    I am sure that is just 4 null sec mining chars being run by the same guy, and he is sitting at his keyboard the whole time spamming dscan.

    1. Except that's D-scan, not local, so those names are ship names, not character names.

      Heck, I've been in fleets where every ship was set to the same name.

      You've got to be careful of your facts before you throw accusations. Because if you keep saying Spiny Norman's out there and the search keeps coming up empty, nobody's going to believe you when Spiny Norman does show up...

  7. Hey, thx for the reference and cool that you had a good laugh at my post as it was intended! Still people seem to take it seriously, ah well that's EVE for ya I guess :)


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