What you missed this week

 

Hey there, and welcome to a slightly delayed issue of ‘What you missed this week’, THE Eve-centric weekly summary of the beating heart and soul of the Eve community over this past seven days! The game is enraptured in war and the first stages, as well as the first bloody noses, took place this week. So let’s right into it shall we?

Starting off, i was going to post a shattering bit of news related to Vily leaving TEST, but apparently it was just a cunning ruse effected under the cover of darkness by rogues and rascals. Quality dissimulation blokes, chip, chip, cheerio.

In truer news, we have Commander Aze tossing his hat in the CSM contender ring. He’s been trying for the last three years and that’s not stopping him, as his platform seems pretty sharp and on point. He’s focused on new player adoption and training, an industrialist at heart with a corp that does public fleets, small incursions and some wormhole combat mixed in around that. Really, the quality of the campaign is fantastic, and if last year is an example showing, he’ll be quite engaging and active during. If you’re in the air about who to vote for, do give him a read.

Also NoobMan is hosting a Wormhole townhall on the 21st of January, trying to untangle some of the mess Ascension made while also focusing on priority issues to deliver to CCP regarding spookyspace. Check out the full details here, and if you think you have something to say, come and join, it’s the best way to get involved minus being a CSM yourself.

Wecome to war. As per on schedule, if that schedule involved a turbonerd-tier, 1st of January, 4000 player and 9 hour engagement, the first major offensive of the brewing southern war was executed. Goonswarm and Stain Wagon struck at two forward operating bases in the shape of Fortizars that were getting set up by Circle of Two and TEST as beach-heads in the coming invasion.

The battle of F4R2-Q saw roughly 1500 ships destroyed, with the Goonwagon forces losing half a trillion in assets, including super assets. The defenders saw just shy over 200 bil in loses by comparison. Goonwagon forces did succeed, taking down both Fortizars, but it sounds like a hallow victory, hard won, given that Co2 and TEST still managed to successfuly set up two other forward bases a bit earlier and are now operating out of them, just two-three systems off of the ones they lost.

Coming off of the facts, the salt and memery following this engagement was worth the almost one trillion in damages. This memetani thread sums it up quite well.

Still, that was not the only engagement over the week, we saw capitals fighting in Kourmonen in a four-way on New Year’s Eve, with almost the same sides meeting just a few days later, with Lazerhawks in tow for a little k-space fight over a Did he say Jump tower. That was not all, as again a few days later they met again over an Azbel EC, seeing Did he say Jump again in defense, this time against Waffles. Speaking of defenses, LowSechnaya also battled The-Culture over their final Fortizar timer. Thanks to Salivan Harddin for the roundups, and you can check all the detailed battle reports of those battles over on EN24.

Bovril, famous old BRAVE corp that had a lot of positive reputation as bloodthirsty miners, apparently is having issues deciding on a path for their membership as plans to join the southern war for Catch fell sideways due to ‘diplomatic incidents’. It’s interesting to see how a corp can fall from grace after jumping quite a few alliances and losing the reputation they built up. A few years ago, ‘blood for the bloodgod’ post swarmed both /r/bravenewbies and /r/eve and were met with chargrin appreciation. Today, they’re not enjoying the same reception.

There’s also some hassle that’s been going around highsec for a while now. While the New Eden Trade Network is getting press, a lot of other players are having a silent war in the mostly-peaceful plains of highsec, and Perimeter in specific. While not concerted, and certainly less flashy than some big fight in nullsec, there is a cutthroat war happening over various single-digit percentages and even a ‘rule of law’. Stories of bullying to increase taxes on trade Citadels and pushing out anyone that doesn’t comply reminds me of the mafias that used to rule farmer’s markets and stalls. I just wish more people would come out and tell these stories, since they’re as interesting and core to Eve as any element that hits the big news. If you have something to say on this matter, poke me on discord or on reddit at /u/CosmoCZ and maybe we can hammer out a piece.

Moving on to CCP news, we’re getting a tiny patch on Tuesday which, while mostly un-brow-rising, does bring about the finality of putting ESS’s as well as any mobile deployables, in range of Citadels and ECs. It was a scummy tactic to begin with, but i’m not sure i like the alternative of putting ESS’s in fully spawned anoms much better either. Why doesn’t CCP just instill fixed, deadspace, locations for these? Would save a lot of grief and issues with gridbending and gridcontrol.

Coming back to the New Years, Eve celebrated in classic style, with fireworks going off in Jita 4-4 like it was the last minutes of 2016. Because you know, they were. Have a video and some screenshots for all of you that were otherwise indisposed on the cusp between years.

Finishing up with some meta news, the winners of the 2016 /r/eve posts and comments were announced. Unsurprisingly, the shitpost of the year was awarded to the much-lauded  Be in NC. post, with the best post going, by Texas Law, to ‘that’ recording. I won’t go into too many details here, follow the link and click through some of the most ridiculous, sad, shitposty and horrible while also gorgeous and grand posts that the /r/eve community was able to summon over the year. It might have sucked for the world, but 2016 was alright by /r/eve’s standards.
 

Welcome to the bourgeois Art Corner where we look dapper while checking out the coolest Eve-Online-related works of art. Today i’ll start you off with this fantastic Keepstar “sketch” done by Geologister/”Nassius Gatlin”:

keepstar

Razorien did it again with reporting by means of great virtual-photography, this time of the F4R-Q engagement. Check it out here. And if you want to see a different subject, you can also check out his set from the V-3YG7.

31918505442_df07441582_k

And Bibanan also is taking her skill in drawing character portraits for-sale, at 15$/750m ISK you can have a hand-drawn portrait/fullbody for your character. Pretty sweet deal. Here’s her work:

alis-cinerion

 

Change. 

Change for a better future, of no consequence but to yourself.

Change for a better future, while being mocked.

Change for a better future, a singular choice.

Change for a better future, under a leash.

Change.

I really wish i could stop posting these Rorqual losses, but holy shit are people retarded with them. I think miners just upgrade from their no-tanked Hulk to a Rorqual for those dank ore ticks and they have no idea how any of it works. As shown by this kill by DARKNESS.

rotw12

But then you get to see something like this, someone just tossing ISK like it’s a gypsy wedding, with an unique asset to boot, and you can’t help but just glee and thank whatever social celebration brought it upon, as shown by this intentional loss by the Dodixie queen Rupee:

rotw13

 

We’re gonna start this off with a plug of one of our in-house talent also known as the Editor in Cheif of CZ, Niden, as he remembers he also likes making videos. It features complete silliness in cloaky Machs oneshotting frigates.

Showing the fight from the other side of the fence, we have MrMailite putting up a long and action-filled video of low-sec frigate pew:

Sticking to frigates, if you thought the Rifter is dead, an old meme of a long forgotten age, Mantas Karlonas proves to us that that is certainly not the case, fighting some pretty grizzly battles in order to win out in his Rifter.

Moving just a tier up, steven0ise EVEONLINE has this fantastic video of his ridiculous Thrasher going up against anything and anyone.

INSRT Fury shows us a little of INSRT’s small gang activities featuring battlecruisers and battleships, with useful commentary and even mistakes to learn from.

And here’s a nostalgia video, from literally a few months after Eve was launched. It looks like Eve, sounds like Eve, but somehow it’s so off. I’ll just let you oogle and wonder the the hell that disc in the lower right is. 

 

We hear stories of Eve going too far. Some may be just phonies, like the famous line-cutting of power to an enemy FC’s house, but some, even through the veneer of the comic of the situation, of Alberta, do reveal things that went too far.

But what’s worrisome is when those stories don’t have any veneer, they don’t even pretend to be jokes. When those stories reveal hate, reveal horrible people with almost unfixable defects, the kind of people not only you don’t want to associate with, but that you didn’t even see coming. They are your friends. Were.

I read a story by pure accident this past week, a story that got rapidly buried under /r/eve’s constant outflow of various content and ideas. It was one of the most disturbing and frightening things that i read which concerned an online medium but also a very truthful stream of consciousness.

I’ll not try to hype it up but if you have an hour, do give it a read. It’s not something anyone can do anything on, except knowing that this exists and this happens, and can happen to you. And maybe we can be more prepared for it if we ever have such misfortune like Haile’s.

~Cosmo

 



Thank you for reading this edition of ‘What you missed this week’. If you think we missed something, share it in the comments section, i’m sure a lot of people still want to check out more things. Also please leave any suggestions and ideas you may have in the comments as well, and as always, if you enjoy the work we’re doing here, please toss a nickle or an iskcent into our real or virtual wallets to keep this going with the same aplomb and quality.



PS: How not to do propaganda.

Tags: Cosmo, what you missed this week

About the author

Cosmo

Cosmo has been playing Eve Online for the better part of a decade, on and off as most Eve 'careers' go, over the span of a dozen trials and over multiple accounts. He's your average every-man player, with no hats thrown in any rings and with enough perspective to not get bogged down in endless threadnaughts on how every new feature will 'ruin' the game.

He loves the concept of Eve and the potential of what it could be more than the actual grimy bits that currently define the experience. "An Eve Online beyond Eve Online" as he likes to put it.

  • jasperwillem

    07

    • Cosmo

      o7

  • Entirely agree about ESS in anomalies.
    As a matter of fact, my very first interaction with the greater Eve community was to denounce ESS in anomalies in the forums.

    https://forums.eveonline.com/default.aspx?g=posts&m=4591305#post4591305

    It led me to create this toon and fight for a real sandbox game and not just a PLooNS-centric game.

    • Cosmo

      There really should have been a cap on a number of static locations based on system size or something like that. It’d solve the matter of 99 Citadels in a system as well as placing ESSs, Ihubs and etc in weird ass places.

      • Dirk MacGirk

        ESS in anoms was/is a creative, player-driven solution. On a citadel, not so much

        • Cosmo

          While true, there is a point where the solution would defeat the design. Clever use is one thing, making it so it defeats the purpose is another.

        • No. It goes against the design concept of the ESS, which was to trigger an opportunity for small groups to raid larger ones, while forcing them to defend the bonus they got from it.
          It’s as “creative” as using interceptors for entosis.

          • Dirk MacGirk

            Why is there any defense of ESS at all? It was basically a failure for generating much in the way of content. We all found ways of ensuring it didn’t get raided and didn’t require a coordinated defense. Those who did allow it to get raided without risking anything more than a T1 frigate guard were just lazy, or AFK. Maybe that too was just a creative solution that went against the design intentions. But I think you’ll find that for the most part, the ESS never lived up to much content generation.

          • Much like the siphons, the ESS original design was perverted, and neither did live up to their original purposes for that reason. In both cases, their design encouraged active harassment play style and were designed to allow smaller groups to harass larger groups unwilling to keep an active defense force. In both cases, the design was subverted by these larger groups to minimize the defense activities they had to do. It’s just about Null Sec lobbyists protecting their own play-style interests and spinning this as “creative”, and CCP dropping the ball on those that are trying to develop other play-styles in their “sandbox”.

      • One possibility certainly, another would be to have rats attack foreign objects in their grid (including capsules), like they do with left-behind drones…

  • Viince_Snetterton

    And this weekend the PCU peaked at around 46,750, about 6% down from the peak since the latest Hail Mary by CCP went live. Yup, wiping out high sec for the benefit of the cartels has worked brilliantly. I figure in a few months the peak PCU will settle in around 42-44K, with less actual revenue in the CCP coffers than before the Alpha travesty and the latest 20% drop in high sec mining revenue occurred, courtesy of the null sec cartels colluding with the CCP dev’s (in reality, they are one and the same) and creating the new 200 million ISK/ hour null sec mining machine.

    • DireNecessity

      “null sec cartels” – everybody drink!

    • Cosmo

      Just saying, but you do know that the more ISK is made, the higher PLEX value goes, the less PLEX is bought by players with ISK that can’t afford the inflation. That translates in fewer actual profits going into usable CCP coffers. CCP has been known to seed PLEX from banned accounts to the market to drive the price down and make them accessible again.

      So tell me again this theory of yours? Disregarding my reply above and using your words, ‘less actual revenue in CCP’s coffers’ & ‘CCP dev’s, the same thing as null cartels’. So CCP is fighting itself to get less revenues? I’m confused.

      • Viince_Snetterton

        1. Unless RMT is so rampant that CCP is confiscating 1000’s of plexes per month, reseeding plexes for resale is a drop in the bucket. But what if RMT is actually a huge thing in this game? The Eve forum trolls make out to be not true, but I believe is actually a big part of the cartel game and the reason CCP won’t publish names of people caught. CCP can then pick and choose which people they catch every month and if RMT is a huge thing then their would be a ton of plexes to confiscate and resell.

        So which is it? RMT is not a big part of the game, and reseeded/resold plexes don’t have serious impact on revenues OR RMT is a huge part of the game that CCP uses as a large part of their income?

        2. And as for CCP fighting itself, that has been going on for years. As soon as key members of CCP decided that this game was about servicing the cartels above all else, they started fighting the vast majority of its customer base, their own accountants and investors. Though it can never been proven, I imagine a number of the dev’s and C-level members augment their income through kickbacks from the RMT cartels.

        Best thing that could happen to Eve is for investors to wipe out the C-level at CCP, fire the majority of the dev’s, and rebuild the game around a sane balance of high sec and the other levels of space. Then watch the numbers soar and the revenue pour in.

        • DireNecessity

          “Though it can never been proven, I imagine a number of the dev’s and C-level members augment their income through kickbacks from the RMT cartels.” – Oh my Viince/Dinsdale, that’s some quality investigative work! Who knew there was *so much* money to be cashed out of EVE by mere players. Why, pray tell, haven’t you jumped on board the money train? You seem to be in the know and it must produce extraordinary income to facilitate not only properly enriching the RMTers but also buying off “a number of the dev’s and C-level members”.

      • Dirk MacGirk

        “CCP has been known to seed PLEX from banned accounts to the market to drive the price down and make them accessible again.”

        The absolute last time this was ever mentioned was when Dr. E was employed at CCP as the Chief Economist. If I recall, there were 1 or 2 occasions where this method was used as part of actions on behalf of the “Eve Central Bank” in order to maintain stability in the price of PLEX. However, the ECB died with the departure of Dr. E. With it went this sort of monetary action as a means of “managing” PLEX prices in extraordinary circumstances.

        On top of that, it would actually be pretty dumb for them to use captured PLEX to manage the market price, in the absence of trying to roleplay a central bank and manage the monetary system. First off, the PLEX market is fairly self regulating on its own. Supply and demand, kids. Don’t need EVE Voodoo and RMT myths to esplain it. Higher PLEX prices tend to attract supply into the market, whether it be by way of PLEX already held by players or players buying PLEX for $$ to sell for ISK. Likewise, higher prices also tends to reduce demand, that other quirky driver of price. Not to mention that CCP has other mechanisms for tweaking the price of PLEX, which is something they used more often even when Dr. E was around. They simply don’t need to resell confiscated PLEX to stifle bubbles.

        More importantly, the way CCP books the revenues from the sale of PLEX means that the PLEX has to actually be consumed or retired (in the case of confiscations) before it can be booked as revenue. So if you’re CCP, and have other tools for managing the price of PLEX, you wouldn’t use captured PLEX for this purpose. Looking at Dinsdale’s answer to you, he claims PLEX can be confiscated and resold, but they don’t need to resell anything. It’s not like they have a finite number available for sale to the cash-paying public. What they really want is for PLEX to be bought, traded for ISK as necessary, but ultimately consumed. Or better yet, retired en masse because of confiscation. Ultimately they want to book the revenues as income. .

  • Dirk MacGirk

    “someone just tossing ISK like it’s a gypsy wedding” lol. More likely an Irish Traveler