Crossing Zebras Episode 50

 
Somehow, through luck or sheer effort of will, the best podcast in Eve Online history (CCP Certified) has been dragged kicking and screaming to it’s 50th episode. It’s a little over two and a half years since Jeg and Xander first sat down to record an episode of CZ and it seemed fitting that they would sit down together again for CZ50 joined by the de facto third member of the podcast, HVAC Repairman. It’s an interesting and happy coincidence that the past month since 49 was recorded and published has probably seen the biggest series of changes to 0.0 mechanics and ultimately, the meta, since the podcast was started in early 2012 and realistically, since Dominion. This gives us plenty of scope to discuss Phoebe, Rhea and the general direction of Eve right now as well as announcing a huge competition with an amazing prize donated from our friends at Eve Bet. On top of all of this, as part of the CZ50 celebrations, Xander is interviewing Elise Randolph, Grath Telkin, CCP Rise and CCP Fozzie. Expect all those interviews to be up for you to listen to in the next 24 hours or so. Without further ado, welcome to the half-century… Crossing Zebras Episode 50.mp3 iBBJo (0:32) Introductions Phoebe – We discuss the latest Eve Online update, what it means for the game and how it is likely to affect the 0.0 meta. The naturally folds into a discussion about the contents of the CSM9 Summer Summit Minutes. (56:07) Rhea – The next expansion will build upon the foundations laid in Phoebe and some of the details were released at the recently-held Eve Vegas. We discuss the news, some of the details and whether the naysayers have any justification in their ‘slippery slope’ arguments. Note: Xander mentioned during the record that the ‘tug’ (now officially names ‘Bowhead’) statistics weren’t yet publicly available. Since the record, CCP Rise has made put the numbers on Eve-O and they can be read here. (1:38:17) Ishukone Watch Scorpion Eve Bet Competition – In celebration of CZ50, our bros over at Eve Bet have given us a very special prize – an iScorp! For the chance to win a prize worth upwards of 12 billion ISK, all you need to do in the next couple of weeks is comment on the articles here at CZ. The best comment to appear on the site – funniest, most entertaining, most insightful, whatever – as judged by the CZ staff before 2359 Eve on Monday 24th November will walk away with the prize. Best of luck! What We Are Up To In Game Shoutouts Best of Us –  A very special shout out goes to J Mcclain and his Best of Us channel in game. If you are current serving military personnel or a vet with problems in your life or anything you wish to get off your shoulders, we highly recommend checking out the channel Best of Us where you can talk about the problems you are having with people in a similar situation to yourself. Keep on RTing us on twitter (@midi2304@jeg_elsker and @HVACRepairman), telling your corpies and friends about us and posting reviews on iTunes! We hugely appreciate you spreading the word. You can subscribe to the podcast and post reviews here: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/crossing-zebras/id517594875 This episode’s playlist is as follows: Taylor Swift – Blank Space Jungle – Busy Earnin’ Lorde – Yellow Flicker Beat
Tags: 0.0, best of us, fatigue, iScorp, null, phoebe, rhea

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.


  • Gora Uta

    Ishukone Watch Scorpion

  • HVAC Repairman

    #teamhvac

    • Saint Michael’s Soul

      #teamjeg 🙂

      • HVAC Repairman

        no

    • Alphax45

      #TeamCVA (I kid)

  • Media Assassin

    In regards to the discussion against removing medical clones I think there is something to be said about that isk sink that is getting removed. While it may be a insignificant isk sink I suppose that can not be said without any numbers being revealed. The removal of medical clones will probably just mean I will shift that cost I have been accustomed to from the medical clone and move it towards always using +3s regardless of being on a null deployment.

    • Xary

      I think they eluded to pod getting something new down the rode so I bet it will be put back in to that. I mean a pod upgrade is way cool then some expensive clone I only see in a moment of death.

  • Hendrick Tallardar

    I want the I Scorp. KThx.

    • Saint Michael’s Soul

      You’d only go and make an entertaining video with with it ….oh hold on, that’s a good idea; Give it to Hendrick.

      • Hendrick Tallardar

        The people have spoken.

  • Jester

    CCP GAVE CROSSING ZEBRAS AN ISHUKONE WATCH SCORPION! WHAT THE HELL! BLATANT FAVORITISM! HOW DARE THEY?! WHAT DID XANDER KNOW ABOUT THIS ISCORP AND WHEN DID HE KNOW IT? WHY WAS THIS NOT MADE PUBLIC EARLIER? THE DELIBERATE AND GALLING CONFLICT OF INTEREST BEING SHOWN BY A PODCAST RUN BY A CSM MEMBER BEING GIVEN FREE STUFF BY CCP IS DISAPPOINTING AT BEST AND FLAT OUT GALLING AT WORST. I DEMAND A FULL INVESTIGATION OF THIS GIVEAWAY AND EVERYONE WHO WAS INVOLVED IN IT AND ALL THEIR RELATIVES. IN CONCLUSION, I AM HORRIFIED THAT CCP DID NOT MAKE THIS GIVEAWAY PUBLIC. I AM FURTHER HORRIFIED THAT WE HAVE NOT HEARD ANYTHING FROM THE OTHER CSM9 MEMBERS ABOUT THIS AND I EXPECT TO SEE WRITTEN PROTESTS FROM THEM FORTHWITH IF NOT SOONER.

    *cough*

    *snicker*

    • xanderphoena

      EVE BET GAVE ME IT NOT CCP.

      But yes, I am aware of the delicious irony here hence your wee shoutout in the show 😉

      • Xary

        Let’s be real they only “gave” it to you because your new PL friends helped you black mail them.

        • Kamar Raimo

          In addition to other certifications, CZ is now officially the premier deliverer of tinfoil.

          We have several standard products on offer:

          – CSM Awareness Foil: Particularly attuned for identifying CSM-Metagame crossover.

          – Hyperbolic Augmentation Foil: Enhances the ability to twist cause-and-effect relations for the purpose of hard-hitting sensationalism.

          – Rolled Media Deflection Foil: Particularly effective at protecting the wearer against manipulation by insidious EVE media sites.

          – Reflective RMT Refraction Albedo: This highly advanced product enhances the ability to find evidence for RMT and to correlate that insight with hitherto unrelated rumours.

          Alternative products can be designed according to customer specifications.

          (Yeah, I know I can’t win the Ishukone Scorpion – I still thought I’d write this)

  • GrouchyOldGamer

    I only came here for a free ship.

  • Saint Michael’s Soul

    Hmm, how long would it take me to get blown up by low sec gate guns in an Ishukone Scorpion? *does maths*. Oh, that’s disappointingly quick 🙁

    • Alphax45

      As long as sex lasts? 😉

  • Slevin-Kelevra

    “The best comment to appear….will walk away with the prize”, This assumes that anyone ever in the history of Eve Online ever had a chance of out commenting Dumbledore?

  • Bob Underwoodcock

    If they are going to make it “illegal” to aggress a corp mate, how is one supposed to web a freighter, or other large ships for protection/quick warp?

    • xanderphoena

      Easy – start a Duel with it.

    • Guest

      Duel him?

  • Nxtg3n

    Just want to say in regards to Brave (i am a line member in one of the corps). The tears are mainly from a vocal minority which ends up being more than a few in such a large group. I for one and many others have been having a blast with the PL engagements. Whether this vocal minority would agree or not Brave and HERO need this so that we can up our game. Keep bringing the good fights!

  • Mr Eibmoz

    Here’s a question: In a sovless sov system, I imagine stations are dockable by anyone? Doesn’t that pretty much take any sense of individuality from that play style and make sov into npc 0.0? With the obvious exception of super building.

    While I’m on that, is it just me or is npc 0.0 the heed-the-baw that never gets mentioned? Its always WH, high, low and null (and by null they mean sov). I dont think there is a CSM chappy with npc as their focus and I don’t think CZ has a writer focused on that either. As someone that’s been around everything in the game and loves npc 0.0 best of all** I take umbrage at this good sirs! Loads of anoms, very few blobs, no sov grinding, just livin’. Sovs just about making isk for people who arent you anyway – dont be slaves to the man, man.

    **well… I do kind of prefer WH’s but I’m so lazy with the scanning

    • Kamar Raimo

      Personally I would also not like to see a “sovless nullsec” for exactly the reasons you implicitly state. It blurs the boundary between sov-null, npc-null and w-space. Those places all have different mechanics and metagames; that is a merit I consider important. Occupancy sov sounds much more reasonable to me.

      Oh, and BTW, commentators who are actually aware of the distinction *will* differentiate between npc-null and sov-null, but that boundary is blurry enough as it is.

      • Mr Eibmoz

        I would actually say theres as much distinction between npc and sov as there is between either of those two and low.for example. Coming out of sov into npc is like in Roger Rabbit when the come out of the dank shitty tunnel into the toon town.

  • Kamar Raimo

    Witty banter. A skill that all those diverse cultures of the British Isles value highly. As we may expect, the Scottish variant takes centre stage here. Works particularly well with a U.S. straight-man.

    • xanderphoena

      STAFF. CAN’T. WIN.

  • Voddick

    I’m a grown man with children, a job, and a wife who lets me have sex as often as she wants.

    I have two dogs that wrestle In a wildly homosexual manner when company comes over. If I put them outside they pass by the window in various positions of “mount” while “playing.”

    I guess what I’m trying to say is congrats on 50 episodes, the great interviews with PL’s Elise Randolph, CCP Rise and CCP Fozzie, and the constant stream of EVE goodness.

    Love the podcasts, and love the srs bzns of flying internet spaceships.

    Voddick