Thursday, 2 January 2014

The New Year

Well, I'm back from my festivities.

I planned to write something yesterday, but I (stupidly) purchased Game Dev Tycoon which was part of the Steam Sale.

If you take one thing from this entire article, don't buy that game if you value free time and free will. 

It's a very fun game, but a little like Eve with a fairly steep learning curve and a lot like crack cocaine in it's addictiveness. I spent eleven straight hours playing it, summing up the last day of my free time.


So what have I been up (Eve-wise) over the holiday break?

Well a few things. Firstly, I finally finished cross training into a shield carrier. Coincidentally, Test Alliance has announced it will concentrate primarily on shield carriers too so consider me a step ahead.

I sold both my Archons after a post on Reddit. I honestly had no idea where to sell carriers, but as it turns out, Reddit is a good a place as any. I still have my Rorqual, and it's currently still filled with stuff I have no way of selling in Aridia (unless there's a mining/hauling/industrial scene I hadn't noticed). I'm undecided what to do with it. On one hand, it's worth about 2.5-3b, but on the other I've been coming up with some HILARIOUS Rorqual fits if I bought it into our home hole. Seriously, nearly 4m EHP and can shoot at like 250km...

My only reservation with the second option is that I only have one capital pilot, and I don't like leaving capitals floating around without a pilot.

I bought a Chimera. It's not as sexy as the Archon, and it looks a bit like a cat fish made of Lego.

It does, however, have a hilarious amount of shield HP in our home hole and I've promised to use it to drop on the first thing that I can. I didn't bling fit it, it's just a standard T1 triage fit, so I have no particular fear of losing it.

I got a very good deal on it too, it was one billion for the hull, three large rigs (fit before capital rigs were introduced, so retaining the bonuses), a handful of drones and about 46k in fuel. It worked out at about 200m below market value, mostly because it was in the arse end of nowhere. Luckily, I can call upon lots of my own cynos, so it only took me an hour or so to move it to a nice quiet lowsec system a couple of jumps from Jita where it sat in the station as I ferried capital mods and the other fittings out to it. Yes, I moved it unfit. Yes, I was forced to use a couple of kick out stations. Yes, it could have ended terribly/hilariously.

I still haven't worked out a good way to spend the 23b or so I have sat in liquid form, other than transferring it across all of my alts repeatedly to make some funny looking graphs in jEveassets (and causing a huge headache for a recruiter if I should ever change corp again). I'm still considering some kind of industry shit with my industry alt who's never made anything before. I got shoulder deep into the research of the SBU market before realising that I needed Capital Parts to build SBUs and Capital Parts are big and expensive.

There's very good money to be made in it if you have the capacity to move large volumes easily. I haven't ruled it out completely yet considering there's now a four-front war being fought by basically everyone who lives in nullsec.


I've spent a good chunk of money over the holiday period (in game, and out) and let my PI empire slack off completely. I'm telling myself that I didn't do any PI for three weeks because I needed to let the planets rest and re-cooperate but in reality I was just being super lazy. 

The empire will crank back up to full production over the next few days. It isn't a bad idea to have a "rest day" for your planets fairly often by the way. Resources on a planet are finite in theory, and the more you extract, the quicker they deplete. If you run a fairly passive setup (3+ day cycles), it's not a huge deal, but if you run 24 hour cycles like I do, you'll quickly notice that you productivity falls. It doesn't always fall across the board either, some planets deplete faster than others so it's often good practice to let certain planets "rest" for longer, or more often than others.

I've never seen any numbers of facts behind planet depletion, but it must exist somewhere. Last year, I did start a tracking spreadsheet to track profit and productivity of my PI empire in nullsec, but as with most of my projects, it fell by the way side and I'm not even sure how much information it would have gleaned considering the number of variables. Somebody scientific and intelligent should go and work out the math. For science.


I haven't actually done that much PVP recently, but there are two events sticking in my mind that I can write about.

The first one was an impromptu assault frigate roam into lowsec. We had a direct exit, and I'd just run a 2/10 site (no drop, grr) with a brand new Ishkur. There were quite a few people online so we decided to do a blitz around the local area to see what we could find. Apparently this constellation is where the Stay Frosty boys live. We fought them, and I ~think~ we came out on top, slightly. Even if we didn't, we should have because one of their bright sparks bought a Thorax to an Ass-Frig fight, which I consider to be very dis-honourable and tweeted Rixx Javix as much. Here's the battle report:

Sadly, I lost my Ishkur and realised afterwards that whilst I have short range guns, it is a kiting drone ship and I should not have been sat right next to anything at all, which is why I died. I have discovered that Ishkurs are amazing and are my new favourite Frigate class ship. Sorry dual ASB Jaguar, your prime days are over.

The second fight was a bit more interesting.

Out of our static hole was an exit to lowsec. The op-sit got very confusing as there were multiple skirmishes from multiple different groups, in our static, in the lowsec and in the C3 connected to the same lowsec. We were formed in our normal shield battlecruiser skirmish doctrine, and for once we were more doctrine than kitchen-sink; even if the doctrine was Drakes. We engaged what we thought was a lone Arazu, who evaded our grasp and warped off. He was shortly followed by a Cerberus who was quickly dispatched. 

Almost as soon as the Cerberus went bang, two Stealth Bombers de-cloaked on the static side and started to attack one of our polarised Drakes who had been left alone (me). As our fleet jumped back into the static hole to kill the SBs, the Arazu landed and jumped through. This was an extremely clever tactic and it took us a moment to realise that we'd been had, as the SBs cloaked and fucked off somewhere. Luckily, we were on step ahead (or behind, depending on how you look at it) and our brave Doku managed to get a scram and a web on the Arazu, as he had not yet jumped to engage the SBs. Your favourite blog author was also now polarisation free and jumped back to the LS to kill the Arazu. How shameful it must be to lose a 500m Arazu to two Drakes...

The fight did not end there. Now angered by two expensive loss mails, the locals formed up to fight. As Doku and I prepared to jump back into the static to rejoin our friends, battleships of all descriptions started to land (at 0). This was certainly interesting, so we started to set up and prepare ourselves on the static side to see if they'd jump to engage. They did. One by one, and immediately started to burn back to the hole. Luckily for them, their battleship sized buffers were just too large for our DPS to break before they burnt the couple of kilometres back to relative safety. We decided to take the fight to them, and followed them through. We'd seen that our DPS was more than enough to break them, especially as they had just polarised themselves, and that we hadn't yet seen any logistics to save them.

As we jumped and started to fight, an Archon landed. Fight over. We had nowhere near enough pilots to break battleships with capital reps, and to be honest, even if we did, I don't doubt they would have brought more caps on field. Unfortunately, we lost a couple of BCs due to us polarising, but we still came out well ahead on the killboard. Again.


That was a lot of words, but I've been away for two weeks so I'm making up for lost time. You know you love it.

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