Crossing Zebras Episode 41

 

Back once again! This week, Xander and Jeg are joined by CZ writer and podcast regular, the glorious HVACRepairman. And there is plenty to work through this week starting with a whole suite of sad news including the cancellation of the World of Darkness MMO and the departure from CCP of former Exec Producer of Eve Online, Jon Lander / Unifex. In part two, we discuss two recent dev blogs detailing changes to industry and the pirate battleships then finally in part three we talk about the currently ongoing CSM9 elections and answer a question from legendary Eve podcaster and founder of Li3 Federation, Jadecougar. Enjoy!

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Introductions

Death of World of Darkness – WoD has been cancelled by CCP with the loss of 56 jobs in the Atlanta office. We discuss the wider implications of this decision, what it may mean for CCP as a company and what it means for us as Eve players.

CCP Unifex Quits – 24 hours after the WoD announcement, CCP Unifex, roundly considered a key contributor to getting Eve back on its feet after Incarna, confirms he is also leaving the company.

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Building Better Worlds – CCP has decided that the focus of its summer expansion will be industry. We discuss the first in what is confirmed to be a series of dev blogs outlining some major changes to how industry works in all areas of space.

Pirate Battleships – And while we are entirely ill-equipped as a trio to discuss the finer intricacies of major industry changes, we are infinitely more familiar with Pirate Battleships and they are next to face the steely gaze of Team Five 0.

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CSM9 Campaign Season – This week our election coverage is a little but downhearted as we discuss a perceived lack of promotion in the election itself from CCP.

Why 0.0? – All three hosts this week spend the vast majority of our time in 0.0 and Jadecougar from Eve Overheated took the time to ask on twitter, why nullsec?

What we are up to in game

Shoutouts

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And please take part in our contest this week! Post a Rattlesnake fit in the comments below with an explanation of what you would use it for. Joke fits that are still ‘proper’ fits and explainable are allowed. First five in will receive a 100m ISK code to spend as they like over at Eve Bet!

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This episode’s playlist is as follows:

Take That – Could It Be Magic

Fatboy Slim vs Riva Starr feat. Beardyman – Eat Sleep Rave Repeat

Chase & Status – Gun Metal Grey

Tags: ccp, csm9, hvac, industry, jadecougar, pirate, unifex, wod

About the author

Xander Phoena

The good looking, funny, intelligent member of the team, Xander set up Crossing Zebras with Jeg in April 2012 mainly because he was talking too much about Eve on his other podcast. Playing the game for almost five years, Xander still has absolutely zero clue about how to actually play Eve but somehow still manages to talk a good game.


  • Foobles

    Jonathan Lander’s linked in profile lists part of his last job as “CCP Senior Development Director” as “Working with the World of Darkness team to help them bring the product into full production.”

    https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=4003386&authType=NAME_SEARCH&authToken=89Qf&locale=en_US&srchid=608213221397783514707&srchindex=2&srchtotal=21&trk=vsrp_people_res_name&trkInfo=VSRPsearchId%3A608213221397783514707%2CVSRPtargetId%3A4003386%2CVSRPcmpt%3Aprimary

    (Learned from a comment on Jester’s piece on Jon Lander’s leaving.)

    So it seems pretty safe that he left at least in part due to the WoD cancellation.

  • Quasi

    From what Ripard said Lander had “personal reasons” for leaving the Exec Producer spot and taking the other position. My guess would be time issues, with him having a young family and having to spend an awful lot of time in Iceland, and that just became further exasperated when they basically closed most of the functions of the Atlanta office and merged it back into Iceland. Given the choice between moving back to Iceland or looking at new opportunities (and anyone who has been at his level in the gaming industry has a lot of them) he took it. Don’t think its the whole “rats leaving a sinking ship” the usual doomsayers put forth, just a personal decision.
    As for the others who have left I think some are because they wanted to be closer to home, some of them might have felt they where passed over for a promotion they wanted, some for a whole lot more money in what could be considered a nicer climate. If you follow the gaming industry at all there is a huge amount of turnover in what one would consider mid/upper management levels as those guys/gals are huge targets for corporate headhunters.

    • HVAC Repairman

      Yeah, basically what I said. Turnover isn’t uncommon and people might be reading a little too much into it

      • Forlorn Wongraven

        Heard the same, tbh.

  • GrouchyOldGamer

    I’m really not sure why the CCP Community Team think that telling people how important the CSM is only during voting the election process will get the vote out?
    This year is shitter than lasts in terms of effort applied, even with today’s blog post.

  • White Herrin

    Drone Damage Amplifier II
    Drone Damage Amplifier II
    Drone Damage Amplifier II
    Shield Power Relay II
    Shield Power Relay II
    Shield Power Relay II

    Federation Navy Omnidirectional Tracking Link
    Federation Navy Omnidirectional Tracking Link
    Thermic Dissipation Field II
    Thermic Dissipation Field II
    Kinetic Deflection Field II
    Kinetic Deflection Field II
    Large Shield Extender II

    Drone Link Augmentor II
    Drone Link Augmentor II
    Cruise Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Auto-Targeting Cruise Missile I
    Cruise Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Auto-Targeting Cruise Missile I
    Cruise Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Auto-Targeting Cruise Missile I
    Cruise Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Scourge Auto-Targeting Cruise Missile I

    Large Core Defense Field Purger II
    Large Core Defense Field Purger II
    Large Core Defense Field Purger II

    Garde II x5

    • Forlorn Wongraven

      True nature of AFKrattle, you sir, win PvE.

      • White Herrin

        Not much of a metal but I’ll take it! lol

        Thanks Forlorn.

    • xanderphoena

      Link me your in-game code and I’ll get the code sent over.

      • White Herrin

        My Forum name is my IGN -> White Herrin.
        Thank you very much Mr. Phoena!

        Really enjoy the show, Hope your CSM campaign is as fruitful as a summer harvest my friend.

        Cheers.

  • Saint

    This fit is designed as a pure bait ship. Sitting in a null hub/belt (nothing with gates), with sentries dropped, looking like a ratter, hoping to be dropped by a few black-ops battleships…who will get promptly counter-dropped as the Cyno is lit. Shield reps well over 1600dps, with decent resists. Designed to have a cargo full of cap boosters (plus cyno fuel). NOSes could be switched to Neuts, which would free up the need for the overclocking rig (just about).

    [Rattlesnake, “I’m Ratting, honest”]

    Damage Control II
    Shield Power Relay II
    Drone Damage Amplifier II
    Drone Damage Amplifier II
    Drone Damage Amplifier II
    Co-Processor II

    Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
    Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
    EM Ward Amplifier II
    Warp Scrambler II
    X-Large Shield Booster II
    X-Large Ancillary Shield Booster, Cap Booster 400
    Medium Capacitor Booster II, Cap Booster 400

    Cynosural Field Generator I
    Heavy Diminishing Power System Drain I
    Heavy Diminishing Power System Drain I
    Heavy Diminishing Power System Drain I
    Heavy Diminishing Power System Drain I
    Drone Link Augmentor II

    Large Core Defense Field Extender I
    Large Core Defense Field Extender II
    Large Processor Overclocking Unit I

    Hobgoblin II x5
    Garde II x2
    Bouncer II x2
    Hobgoblin SD-300 x5

    • xanderphoena

      What toon do you want the code sent to Saint? Let me know and I’ll have it sent!

  • Wing Hong Kwok

    Never owned a Rattlesnake because I a f’ing noob.
    But someone has to enter your retarded comps so …

    [Rattlesnake, “I’ve never owned one”]

    Damage Control II
    Warp Core Stab maby? maby not!
    I dont know shit

    • Wing Hong Kwok

      aaah, was hoping for a smart comment…

      Oh well, have a great day 🙂

  • Dunk Dinkle

    Fully cap stable:

    [Rattlesnake, Never Not Logi]

    Damage Control II
    Beta Reactor Control: Capacitor Power Relay I
    Beta Reactor Control: Capacitor Power Relay I
    Beta Reactor Control: Capacitor Power Relay I
    Beta Reactor Control: Capacitor Power Relay I
    Beta Reactor Control: Capacitor Power Relay I
    Experimental 100MN Afterburner I
    Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
    Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
    EM Ward Field II
    Thermic Dissipation Field II
    Cap Recharger II
    Cap Recharger II
    Medium S95a Remote Shield Booster
    Medium S95a Remote Shield Booster
    Medium S95a Remote Shield Booster
    Medium ‘Solace’ Remote Armor Repairer
    Medium ‘Solace’ Remote Armor Repairer
    Medium ‘Solace’ Remote Armor Repairer
    Large Capacitor Control Circuit I
    Large Core Defense Field Extender I
    Large Core Defense Field Extender I

    Garde II x5
    Bouncer II x5
    Heavy Hull Maintenance Bot I x5
    Salvage Drone I x5

    Nanite Repair Paste x100

    • Saint

      Haha! I love it.

    • Forlorn Wongraven

      I too fit my ship against its bonuses.

    • xanderphoena

      Code on its way Dunk!

  • NguTron

    Post Rebalance Murder Ratter

    [Rattlesnake, Post Rebalance]
    Drone Damage Amplifier II
    Drone Damage Amplifier II
    Drone Damage Amplifier II
    Damage Control II
    Co-Processor II
    Shield Power Relay II

    Experimental 100MN Afterburner I
    Omnidirectional Tracking Link II, Tracking Speed Script
    Omnidirectional Tracking Link II, Tracking Speed Script
    Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
    Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
    X-Large Ancillary Shield Booster, Navy Cap Booster 400
    Gist B-Type X-Large Shield Booster

    Rapid Heavy Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Inferno Heavy Missile
    Rapid Heavy Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Inferno Heavy Missile
    Rapid Heavy Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Inferno Heavy Missile
    Rapid Heavy Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Inferno Heavy Missile
    Rapid Heavy Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Inferno Heavy Missile
    Medium Remote Armor Repairer II

    Large Core Defense Field Extender II
    Large Core Defense Field Extender II
    Large Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer II

    Garde II x2
    Ogre II x2
    Curator II x2
    Hobgoblin II x5

    • Forlorn Wongraven

      The Rapid Heavies have a really long reload time and double fit repper make no sense. Combining extender rigs with active rep is also bad, you should consider more resists.

      • NguTron

        Good to know. I honestly threw it together as some sort of weird PvP / PvE ship, despite never using Missiles, or Shields.

        Honestly though, most of the damage is just the two drones anyways. I’m sure swapping the Invuls for targeted resist would make this ship much more sustainable too.

  • Finn Finnigan

    High

    6x Caldari Navy Cruise Missile Launcher

    1x Corpus A-Type Heavy Nosferatu

    Medium

    1x Gist X-Type X-Large Shield Booster

    1x Dread Guristas Shield Boost Amplifier

    2x Dread Guristas Invulnerability Field

    1x Pithum A-Type Magnetic Scattering Amplifier

    1x Pithum A-Type Heat Dissipation Amplifier

    Low

    2x Power Diagnostic System II

    4x Caldari Navy Ballistic Control System

    Rigs

    1x Capacitor Control Circuit II

    2x Capacitor Control Circuit I