Death Race!
Duncan Ringill

The Tuskers present Death Race in Dantumi, Saturday 16 March, beginning at 1700 EVE:

Tomorrow, in Mara DANTUMI, Death Race begins. This event is brought to you by none other than Rixx Javix and The Tuskers. (Sounds like a band doesn’t it?) Since the first Death Race, this event has always sparked in me visions of Mad Max in Road Warrior; not that silly movie with a similar name to this event. I don’t know why. It just does. Perhaps it is because this is Eve Online and not World of WarpedCraft.

So, I am not Mad Max by any stretch of the imagination. I like my security and profit to much and I’m not ashamed to admit it. However, there is a part of me that becomes very excited when I read about events like Death Race. Though I will probably never race and certainly will never shoot at the racers, I have a great deal of respect for those who do race – not so much for the shooters. My hat’s off to them all.

Twitch.tv live streaming here.

SCL Season Opener
Duncan Ringill

I’m surprised that fewer than a thousand people were tuned in concurrently yesterday.  It seemed a fine broadcast, with few technical glitches.  I noted a couple of second-long video freezes in early matches, then when I returned toward the end of the day the freezes were longer (if only occurring after that matches were essentially over.  The commentary was cogent (and often over my head, which is fine because I’m bad at EVE) though it lacked flash.

Jester notes something I missed completely:

[T]here was one cute idea used: some pre-recorded interviews with the captains of some of the teams played between a few of the matches.  This was a great idea!  Hopefully as SCL gets its legs under it, this will be done more extensively giving the team a broader base of content to present in-between matches.

More Ship Rebalancing in Retribution 1.1 Release
Duncan Ringill

Changes inbound February 19th!  The Hurricane’s seventh high slot is dead. 🙁

The Hurricane has long enjoyed a position on top of the Battlecruiser heap, as one of the most popular PVP vessels in New Eden. The combination of high speed, strong and easily applied damage, and room for excellent capacitor warfare has made the Hurricane a default choice for many PVP activities. It received one change in the Retribution expansion that reduced available powergrid alongside a reduction of the powergrid need of artillery, so the changes being made in 1.1 can be relatively simple.

The Hurricane is losing a high slot that had often held an energy neutralizer, leaving it with one utility high. It is also facing a slight reduction in hitpoints, and an increase in mass that will slow down align times by two tenths of a second. These changes should leave the Hurricane as a strong peer to the other members of the Combat Battlecruiser class, compared to its previously dominant position.

That seventh slot let me fit a second missile launcher in addition to six T2 autocannons.  I suppose it won’t affect my ArtyCane, which could only support a single launcher.

Less Panel, More Info
Duncan Ringill

The devs are having at the HUD, creating what they call Info Panels to display useful information more efficiently, efficiency being defined according to screen real estate.  Along the way, they’ve made autopiloting more intelligent and given us a gorgeous map (above) to give us a sense of where we’re going and how far:

Another neat new feature, which is toggled through the new autopilot settings menu by selecting “Show route path in space”, will reveal one of our best kept secrets; the stars in the space scene nebula actually represent the solar systems of New Eden. By plotting the route in space you’ll feel more like you’re actually travelling through space while burning up your route, rather than just appearing at arbitrary locations. In the near future we’re hoping to add some neat stuff to this feature such as making the stars interactive.

BC Tier1cide
Duncan Ringill

Jester lays down some analysis of proposed battlecruiser rebalancing on the horizon, with the Hurricane and Drake nerfs perhaps the most significant in our house:

…{I}n the aggregate, these changes are a nerf to all non-tier3 battle cruisers.  Sure, tier1s are getting better but they were poor performers.  And the previously good performers are being brought down to their improved level….this is a big huge change to the BC landscape.  EVE’s current two most-used BCs are going to lose their titles in short order, and we’re going to all have to get used to a lot of new metas both in PvP and PvE.  Should be interesting to watch!