In early 2012, Suzariel knitted me a Stabber, and scouted me out of the low-sec constellation where she’d built it–that’s EVE love, fellas. A good ship.
Two years ago I was a Minmatar pilot in that I flew only Minmatar hulls. This wasn’t quite true, of course, for who hasn’t grabbed whatever shuttle happens to be for sale? More importantly, in mining ops I had worked my way up through Retrievers and into a Hulk. When it counted, though–when I was fitting and flying for me, for my own fun–only Minnie ships would do.
Here’s the ship that changed all that, the Angel Cartel’s Cynabal. So nice not to have to dilute projectile damage with missiles! It was my first pirate hull, so I christened it I’m Not From Here. It was also the first ship in which I ever went riding to the rescue (alone). A newer player–there were some of those by that time–put out a general call ten jumps away for help with a mission that needed slaying. With his destroyer and this sweet ride, many Slorr felt the wrath of the Cynabal that day.
It’s still the only cruiser I have that can go north of 700 DPS. Good boat.
Kirith Kodachi nails up a Blog Banter on the subject of failfits and the prevention thereof. To his credit, the direction he’s heading concerns the responsibility of the senior player in the education of the junior. Granting that newer capsuleers’ undocking in suboptimal fits is a problem–for those new players if for no one else–sure, an experienced EVE hand can do a lot one-on-one to train someone who is just entering the game.
I submit, however, that this is akin to a driver’s education class in which the instructor talks about the latest Fast And Furious movie he’s just seen. It’s sex education via dirty jokes when we could be using Ken and Barbie dolls or better. Why tell another player how to fit, if the game were developed in such a way as to allow showing instead?
Yeah, in the game we have, you can share a particular fit through chat. What you can’t easily share are the accompanying stats, or the logic you used to pick particular modules and rigs. What can’t be shared trivially is the science of fitting itself, and it is one of the fundamental skills for survival and prosperity.
Give us an in-game fitting tool, CCP! Shove it into the menu right down there next to ISIS, or (better yet) integrate fitting into ISIS. Make this thing part of the tutorial, with samples engaging players on Day One in the basics of cap, grid and calibration with AURA as guide talking us through examples as she offers tips. Enable stare-and-compare for the various modules and the sharing of fits within corps and alliances so that other players slip neatly into AURA’s place.
The old hand in EVE can sit virtually with a brand-new player; they can open ISIS at the same time, and talk or type their way through more advanced fittings. Don’t force the teacher and the pupil to leave the game and communicate on forums about third-party tools that may not be interoperable. Keep ’em logged in and socializing. Build a schoolhouse for Kirith Kodachi; make it a place of learning whose products are fun and better killmails that we can share with a proud smile rather than a sneer.
Give the teacher tools, and bring enough for the whole class.
Says the dev blog:
Here we are at last! The Tournament Team has detailed the rules and format, teams have signed up to meet and do glorious battle in beautiful space as well as have access to a tournament practice server, there shall be pretty faces with witty voices saying clever things, and fantastic prizes for all. Alliance Tournament XII is looking good!
Let’s not delay any further. After 63 alliances signed up for the tournament, we decided to allow for late signups for alliances that forgot or didn’t sign up. One alliance had to drop out of the tournament, and therefore we drew two names out of a group of eight late signees. Here is the entire roster of teams that will compete for glory in Alliance Tournament XII…
In the fall of 2012, I flew Poison Arrow from Heimatar out to an incursion in Gallente space. I believe I was just parking her for a fleet op the next day, and fortuitously made a screenshot coming out of warp in the staging system. This was the moment I realized that G-space is probably the prettiest of all, offering nice contrasts particularly to rusty ol’ Minmatar hulls.
These images are from last month, when a pathing error spawned my camera off-center in a Caldari hangar. This is not that unusual a glitch, and I was able to clear it by shifting first into CQ, then back into the hangar. An alliance-mate had seen this happen in the Mac client, however, so I decided to ride it all the way down. My point of view sank slowly, and I was able to look around as it fell, and to look up for the final screenshot.
I got started in EVE after Incarna dropped, and as much as I loved the idea of Space Barbies, I kept Captain’s Quarters turned off most of the time as instructed by alliance-mates. I would enable it for ship-spinning, and kill it when performance was an issue. It was many months, therefore, before I took a really good look around the hangar end of things, and realized that I could peer over the edge a bit.
You can see a lot of my capsule in the resulting screenshot from two years ago. I recall some surprise from fellow players who had never bothered to take a peek after CQ caused so much rage.