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Sugar Kyle has posted delicious graph porn from CCP Quant. (I must investigate this “Twitter” phenomenon. All of the cool people seem to be there. Or is it Slack now? Keeping up is hard!) Go look!

There are some interesting details. The population of high security space is very steadily declining. I expected something more drastic after the recent changes, but the line declines slowly and steadily. It is other areas of space where the changes have been felt. C4 wormhole populations have enjoyed a robust spike. C6 wormholes suffered an exodus. Null security is enjoying an uptick, although at the same slow, steady pace that high security space is taking. I would love to see the reasons behind this movement!

I believe that one of the major reasons has come from the players: Although there are precedents, BRAVE really introduced into the game the idea that you could go into low sec, or null sec, or anywhere, immediately. There are none of the social walls of the older alliances, and no skill point walls either. Now that both Goonswarm and Pandemic Legion have followed suit with similarly themed alliances, the eager new player has more real choices than spending their first 20 million skill points in high security space. This bodes well for the game. Northern Coalition., the ball is in your court. Is “Bitternoobs” taken?

 

A Confession
Sunrise Aigele

I bought the Confessor and its related skill book as soon as they were available. Why wouldn’t I? It is golden and it shoots lasers! But while everyone else was losing them to Svipuls with cheerful abandon, mine languished unfitted in the hangar in which it was first delivered. Until today! In light of recent discussions, my inability to give the ship the love it deserves has taken on some measure of wisdom. CCP Fozzie is bringing the tactical destroyers to heel:

Confessor:
  • New Role Bonus: +50% Small Energy Turret Damage
  • Highslots: 6 (-1)
  • Turrets: 4 (-2)
  • Powergrid: 62 (-18)
  • CPU: 180 (-10)
  • Max Velocity: 235 (-45)
  • Mass: 2,000,000kg (-400,000)
  • Inertia: 2.7 (+0.55)
  • Shield Recharge Time: 800s (+175s)
  • Capacitor Recharge Time: 320s (+20s)
Svipul:
  • New Role Bonus: +50% Small Projectile Turret Damage
  • Highslots: 6 (-1)
  • Turrets: 4 (-2)
  • Powergrid: 59 (-19)
  • CPU: 205 (-10)
  • Max Velocity: 230 (-60)
  • Mass: 1,500,000 (-400,000)
  • Inertia: 3.5 (+0.85)
  • Shield Recharge Time: 800s (+175s)
  • Capacitor Recharge Time: 240s (+15s)

Well and good that I had not fitted and rigged the ship. How fortunate that I had never grown accustomed to its power. I have nothing new to adapt to. Don’t I make a delicious lemonade?

I could not resist fitting it up and taking it out just once. How can I turn down the chance to see such a beautiful thing firing six lasers?

Pink
Sunrise Aigele

I should have foreseen this. The usual invocations against the color pink have made their way into the conversation about customization. This betrays a narrow-mindedness that I find vexing.

First, a small digression: the “time to penis” on a Thorax is zero. The Thorax’s phallic design has inspired jokes since its introduction. The various color schemes the hull has seen have had no impact on its visual impression.

As to the color pink, it is apparently considered frivolous, unserious. This, despite the fact that there is a pink shirt in the wardrobe of every well-dressed Western man. This, despite the prevalence of the color in Eastern clothing. This, despite a tradition of clothing St. Paul in a bright pink in much art from the early Christian church. This, despite the fact that a black-and-pink ship would look dramatic, and a pink-and-gold ship would be beautiful, like a sunset. I emphasize male identity because I read in the disdain for pink an unfortunate association which I wish to discourage.

Pink is not a color. It is a spectrum of color. It includes reds, oranges and purples. Some are gemstones. Some are pastels. Some are neutrals.  The EVE universe is poorer for omitting this spectrum of color. For those who dislike it intensely, you will always have the option of not using it. For the rest of us, I have no trouble imagining many appropriate and tasteful uses for these colors. That is reason enough to include them.

BB63: Identity
Sunrise Aigele

I apologize for the quiet here. It reflects the quiet generally. Life is not impressed with the priorities we set ourselves. It always has something better.

EVE has existed in tension with itself since its inception. The world is a sandbox, but one in which there is no evidence that most of its residents have ever set foot within. CCP guards the game’s visual appearance with a meticulous zeal so that capsuleers with ridiculous names and avatars can fly identical ships and build identical homes to the most painstakingly lore-sensitive player. Even the systems that can be conquered and claimed by players have generic, pre-assigned names that cannot be changed. The argument is that the names chosen by players would be absurd and profane. No doubt, the concern arises because the names of the characters are absurd and profane, and so are the names of their ships, and frequently also the names of their corporations and alliances. I do not discount our own alliance from this criticism! I am only saying, perhaps that ship has sailed? Should I say, it has gone into warp?

I digress. CCP is bringing us the ability to purchase licensed nano-coatings of in-game corporation colors and patterns, which we can apply to our ships at will.  They are also retiring the venerable Player Owned Starbase and its oddments and restrictions in favor of a large collection of structures, still in the earliest stages of design, with which we can build places to live and work at every size from the equivalent of a tent up to the equivalent of a large city. We can arrange these places more to our own needs and wants and whims than has been previously possible. Perhaps we will even be able to license nano-coatings for them. Perhaps they, like our ships, will eventually show the colors of our own corporation or alliance. That would be lovely! If there is one thing I have not liked about EVE, it is the feeling that nothing changes, which is to say that nothing matters, in terms of our impact on the world itself. Anything that breathes more of a semblance of life and vitality to New Eden, to our possessions, to our actions, to our capsuleers, will be welcome in our small and increasingly dusty corner. By then, with luck, life will give us license to enjoy this new bounty.

A Visit From Klaus Siinter (YC 114)
Duncan Ringill

Klaus Siinter

‘Twas a week since the patch, and my mates were all cloaked
The better to gank some carebears, we had joked.
With my main in his covops, and an alt docked nearby
I hoped Tech II hulls would soon be espied.
As Local was quiet; we were barely awake
And our battleship pilot was on bio-break.
When what should appear in the latest intel
But a cruiser with blasters and shield tank from hell!
Our bait frig on d-scan was taking a gander
At a fit with nine reindeer and cargo expander.
It was rigged with extenders against our rail guns
And his hardeners, frankly? A bit overdone.
To my mates an unknown and a bit of a mystery,
But I’d just checked out his employment history
And I stared with surprise which his portrait engendered
At a well-known old face that was beautifully rendered.
He was dressed all in robes that hung straight to the floor
While his killboard was longer–this dude was hardcore!
The curl of his lip was a fright to behold
And his eyes were as black as the ore in his hold.
Word had it, he showed up this late in December,
And left behind wrecks in his wake, we remembered.
Klaus Siinter’s the pirate all eggers despise
Wherever the crafty, white-haired bastard flies.
He was quick, and I saw that he’d surely escape
If no tactically sound battle plan would take shape.
No time! He was here and then suddenly gone,
Having fitted for speed and stealth rather than brawn.
We knew how it was he’d so quickly arrived:
That was no faction ‘burner, but microwarpdrive!
Evading our webs, he flew straight for the gate;
Our battleship locked, but by then ’twas too late!
Our fleet felt the smartbomb he’d timely ejected,
And awoke in our clones, which was most unexpected.
But we’d heard him on comms as he vanished and sneered,
“Happy Yuletide, you n00bs, and I’ll kill you next year!”

Anomalous Materials: The Research Race of YC 116
Duncan Ringill

CCP Fozzie announced a contest of sorts yesterday:

Out of character, I can reveal that this storyline and the associated donation drive will lead directly to new technology falling into the hands of players in the near future. The relative success of each empire’s donation drive will determine in what order each faction will get access to this new technology.

Each faction navy will also express their gratitude through a special ingame item representing an honorary commission to their forces. The commissions will be given to the character that donates the highest value of Neural Network Analyzers and Sleeper Data Libraries (combined and weighted) to each faction over the course of the event.

Each commission will be a unique item that will forever contain the name of the winning character in the description.

Sounds like fun for those who do that sort of wormholery.  Rhavas at Interstellar Privateer is clearly interested, but thinks the offer doesn’t go far enough.  In a provocatively-titled post, he says that they’re lying to you.  He’s right, of course, at least in character.

The new tech falling into our hands can only be connected with the promised player construction of stargates leading to a new space, I think (Drackarn lists other, perhaps more likely answers).  CCP says that the new tech is going to trickle down to us through the empire factions.  Rhavas–if he’s not scamming us for gate construction materials–proposes that we force CCP into setting another place at that table by donating to Gillome Renard.  How cool is that?

The contest is a great idea, and doesn’t seem like a lie on its face.  Capsuleers, however, shouldn’t take the word of the empires.  The player base has proven in the past that it can steer CCP in new directions.  Let’s tweak that lore!

Penniless
Sunrise Aigele

One of EVE’s most prolific and well-written blogs is going dark, at least for a while. Penny Ibramovic, the writer behind Tiger Ears, posted an intriguing, and fictional, variation on her usual exploration involving a mysterious unknown wormhole, and then signed off. But she could not leave so easily, not with the new nebulae obsoleting her wormhole guide! So she left us with an updated guide before disappearing into truly unknown space.

Fly dangerous, Penny. And thank you. o7