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Closing the blog.

EDIT – Just to clear up misconceptions, I am not quitting EVE itself. Yet. Just the blogging is being stopped.

The blog’s been pretty quiet for a few months now. I’ve essentially lost all enthusiasm for writing about EVE and pretty much for EVE as a whole. I’m putting the blog into indefinite stasis for now. It’s almost been as such for a couple months, but consider this the official word. The blog will stay up and renewed (since I still get a few hits to my wormhole guide) but don’t expect any more posts for a long time. Likely permanently.

With regards to EVE, I intend to keep both accounts active despite my waning enthusiasm. This may well change in the future.

The reasoning for my drop in willingness to write & play is twofold;

  1. RL work is becoming more demanding and I am struggling to find the playtime
  2. CCP continues to leave me uninterested with expansion after expansion

Point 1 is self-explanatory. Point 2 requires some explaining. I live in wspace. Want to know what CCP have done for wspace in the past few expansions?

  • Taken out 90% of the mystery via the discovery scanner
  • Made probing laughably easy
    • Flat out broke probing several times (which took days/weeks to fix at a time)
  • Broke SMA drops for over a year
  • Broke wormholes themselves. Twice. Both cases took a couple of weeks to fix.
  • Made Relics/Datas even more worthless. The new hacking system is completely shite in wspace.
  • Constantly delayed T3 subsystem swapping (this is finally in the game, an expansion or two late)
  • Backtracked the much anticipated modular POS revamp with the reasoning that “noone uses POSs lol”.

That’s just wormholes. CCP have also not introduced anything elsewhere that even starts to gain my interest. Ship balancing is something I consider to be routine and not expansion worthy in itself. The “exploration” from Odyssey and Rubicon is crap. The new hacking system is entirely luck based in both the hacking and the “loot spew”. Ghost sites are far too random, far between and luck based to be worth it. Bounties are as pointless as ever. DUST remains irrelevant. Rubicon did nothing. Nothing. Some mobile structures (3) and warp speed changes.

I’m still playing but rather intermittently. Unless CCP introduces something good and not a fix or balance update in the summer, I’ll likely not last through 2014.

As an extra note, I am attending neither the Veto London meets nor Fanfest 2014. Half due to monetary costs, half because I can’t be arsed.

EDIT – If you’re looking for replacement blogs, I recommend (as always) Tiger Ears. Another favourite lately? Interstellar Privateer. Check them out.

Through Newb Eyes – 2 Years of wormhole space

I’ve been in Wormhole Space for a little under 2 years of playtime. About time we get down to having a look into those two years!

I left RvB in 2011 to join up with the Wormhole Engineers – a corp I had been recommended by someone or other. I was coming in from 6 months of solid PvP, with basic scan skills and little to no knowledge of wormhole space mechanics. Fortunately, my new corpmates and the internet had my back covered. What followed was one of the most intense learning periods I’ve undertaken in a video game.

The learning of  wormhole space

Scanning. Signature sizes. Wormhole effects. Mass limits. Anomalies and sleepers. Hunting & directional scan. It was all a bit much. The twitch reactions and FC’ing skills I had gained in RvB were nothing compared to the game mechanics I had to learn. Add in needing to adjust to POS life (which at the time included copying bookmarks every time I logged in) and my mind almost imploded.

I never really covered the learning period in my blog at the time, choosing to focus on the hunting and killing aspects. Fortunately, the learning process never actually ended. Every other day I learn something new about wormhole space mechanics, or have to re-learn what was finely tuned thanks to CCP making changes to the probing systems in Odyssey. In order to help better my understanding, I actually started a wormhole guide (which is, for various reasons, on an indefinite hiatus). The writing of the first two parts of the guide allowed me to research further into some of the more confusing mechanics in order to lay them out in a way which was, hopefully, easier to understand for the newer explorers.

So the learning process was all well and good, but little compares to actually using the knowledge you have attained. For example, my first major test of using my d-scan knowledge came when trying to jump a pair of miners. I am fortunate to report it went well, and was my first actual application of probing from d-scan usage. Likewise, a similar event had me manage an industrial kill. These kills are not shiny, nor an example of elite piloting, but the two events were my first kills in wormhole space using the new mechanics and skills available to me and for this reason they’ll always be important.

The growing into wormhole space

As time goes on, your skills improve. This is not just true of your actual pilot skill (although some people are an exception to this rule) but also true of your character skills. As a result after 3 months of wspace I was soon in the Covert Ops Tengu which vastly increased my operational abilities during normal scouting. In addition, my corp was growing with their combat experience and willingness to engage. A push from me had us finally adopt voice communications (Ventrilo) which gave us much better reactions in combat. I was also able to start running C4 anomalies in our static, thanks to a second Tengu I had purchased, which allowed me to build a small buffer in ISK. My knowledge of mechanics had finally grown to a point where I no longer needed to ask in corp chat “how do I check a system effect” but as always, there was room for improvement.

The good news is my corpmates (and the alliance) were getting easier to fly with by the day. Constant banter, jokes and impromptu duels were cementing my faith in Wormhole Engineers and living in wormholes in general. Some new recruits had joined us as well, a couple of which would stay with us in the long haul (hello Firefly). The addition of Corp Bookmarks made our lives a lot easier to boot.

So it was all looking good. We were scoring kills and I was generally having a blast. My fun peaked after the Winter patch replaced the fuel for POS towers with the new Fuel Blocks. Many of you will have seen this story – Within hours after the new patch went live, I logged on and checked out our new wormhole chain. The resulting find netted me a carrier kill and a few billion in general loot. Easily one of the highlights of my EVE career.

Shortly after this though, my EVE life came to an abrupt pause. I moved country and with it my ability to play spaceships disappeared. I was off the grid for close to 6 months.

Ramping up the kills

After managing to return to Wormhole Engineers after my break, I found myself promoted from the evaluation corp into the main corp. Score. I now had access to the corp bookmarks which made my life a lot easier too.

The usual wormhole stuff continues,  with my first few months back giving us some very interesting kills. It was time to amp the PvP skills up a bit. Killing 2 industrials in a group of three, with no ability to warp scramble them. We counter-baited a hostile gang in their home system, netting a Rattlesnake kill. A whole bunch of kills and other oddities occurred in August, including finding our Sister Wormhole (A Class 4 with several corpmates living there). We even opened a wormhole behind a hostile pilot we were trying to hunt. To add to this, we finally killed our first Capital ship in wormhole space.

Following the month of excitement, I finally got myself an upgrade in ships, trading my covops Tengu for a covops Proteus. Whilst much shorter range, it traded speed for a massively improved Tank with more DPS at 3km, which is where I would be when cloaked anyway. A flight of drones provided me with ECM capabilities which has, to date, saved my Proteus 3 times in the face of danger.

Later in the year, our shenanigans upped a notch by claiming a nullsec system (I think it lasted a week). We also fought off our first couple of attempted corp thefts, but our security was more than enough to stop anything more than a couple of ships being stolen. More notable kills came in the form of managing to decloak a Drake in nullsec and scoring another capital kill – this time in saving our own carrier, tackled when rolling a wormhole. One of my favourite fights in wormhole space to date!

My own skills were to a point where I was now satisfied. I knew the wormhole mechanics inside out. My probing was more than adequate, and we even popped a 10mn Slicer thanks to my probing.

Then it gets a bit worse.

The slow decline

It’s no secret that Wormhole Engineers has been suffering a slight activity issue. Most of our members had been struck by various real-life issues (myself included, hence the lack of posts here) so our EU timezone was looking a bit grim. We fired up recruitment and got a couple of new members along with our veteran members returning slowly, so our EU timezone is now up to what it was last August. So thank god for that.

However, there have been two very major changes to wormhole space that has caused me to start to fall out with it. Both brought on by CCP. You probably know what these are.

First off, CCP changed probing. They made it a lot easier, whilst removing some of the skill and the fidelity needed previously. Now this one is a bit of a mixed bag – I like the extra abilities (default formations, launch several probes at once) but simultaneously dislike other things. The reduced launch time makes it nigh-on impossible to catch ships when launching probes, for example. To be honest, I’m neither happy nor unhappy at the changes, but did prefer the older system.

Secondly, we have the new scanning overlay thing. I love it… in k-space. In wormhole space it’s a goddamn pain in the arse. Gone are the days when you could catch a ratting fleet unawares with a new wormhole. Before they had to have a probe up, with someone hitting “probe” and checking it for new signatures. You get lazy and forget to probe, you possibly die. Now the game does it for you, you just have to keep the window open. We have not had a single kill against a sleeper-ratting ship from a new wormhole since the expansion. We’ve jumped others of course, but those situations are independent of this change. There’s a lot more that annoys me with this auto-scanner in wormhole space, and my corpmate Penny has a brilliant post here which sums it up nicely.

So all of that brings us to today. I’ve had a blas so far and hope to continue doing so. I feel I’ve reached the peak in my actual wormhole knowledge, but still plenty to improve on in combat (don’t warp to bubbled gates in a Guardian, dammit). My interest in w-space has declined lately thanks to the issues above, but it’s turning around. My overall playtime has dropped like a rock thanks to recent events out of game, but there’s not a lot I can do there.

So that’s 2 years. Onto the next one.

Overview setup & tabs

A recent comment inquired about the overview setup I currently use. Namely the various tabs and recommendations to use. So here we go. My settings will be available for download at the end of the post, should you want them.

My overview consists of 5 tabs, and I have a mix of saved filters. These are the main ones;

Overview1

The 5 tabs are Main, GTFO, PvP1, PvP2 and Misc.

Main

This is the normal workhorse of my overview and is used 95% of the time when in wspace. When in a large fleet (aka on a Ganked roam), this overview is rarely used. Current iteration is the setting “default3″

It is more or less the default overview that comes with EVE with some tweaks.

Main (default3) shows;

  • All ships/pilots
  • NPCs
  • POS Force Fields
  • Probes
  • Stars
  • Stargates/Wormholes
  • Stations
  • Warp Disruption bubbles
  • Wrecks

Does not show;

  • Corpses
  • Drones
  • Moons
  • Planets

Finally, Brackets are ON

For use in;

  • Wormhole space scouting
  • General roaming in low/null/high
  • Small gang fights

GTFO

GTFO (standing for Get The Fuck Out) is a “run away” tab. Used only when things have gotten bad, this overview loads the minimum needed to get away in a damaged ship or capsule. It’s used as an emergency warp for my pod most of the time.

GTFO (GTFO) shows;

  • Planets
  • Stars
  • Stargates/Wormholes
  • Stations

Does not show;

  • All ships/pilots
  • Corpses
  • Drones
  • NPCs
  • POS Force Fields
  • Probes
  • Moons
  • Warp Disruption bubbles
  • Wrecks

All brackets are OFF

Filters are irrelevant for this tab

For use in;

  • Emergency warping your pod/ship

PvP1

PvP1 uses the PvP1 saved overview (surprisingly) and is for pure PvP combat. Stripping the overview down to the essentials for large fleet combat, this overview is for the large, usually laggy, fights.

PvP1 shows;

  • All ships that are NOT in fleet or in your Corp

Does not show;

  • Corpses
  • Drones
  • NPCs
  • Planets
  • POS Force Fields
  • Probes
  • Moons
  • Stars
  • Stargates/Wormholes
  • Stations
  • Warp Disruption bubbles
  • Wrecks

All brackets are OFF

For use in;

  • Large fleet fights
  • Directional scanning for just ships

PvP2

PvP2, using the PvP2 overview setting, is the workhorse PvP tab. It’s a cross between the Main and PvP1 tabs. Good for large engagements that don’t border on the laggy side, it also allows for good travel due to the gates on the tab.

PvP2 shows;

  • All ships that are NOT in fleet or in your Corp
  • Stars
  • Stargates/Wormholes
  • Stations
  • Warp Disruption Bubbles

Does not show;

  • Corpses
  • Drones
  • NPCs
  • Planets
  • POS Force Fields
  • Probes
  • Moons
  • Wrecks

Brackets are LIMITED to be only what is on overview.

For use in;

  • General travelling in all regions
  • PvP engagements that do not require PvP1 to reduce lag

Misc

The Misc tab is the odd child. It switches depending on the need. There are two primary overview settings that are used; “WrecksandCorpses” and “Drones”.  They’re exactly what they sound like – WrecksandCorpses shows only those, and Drones shows… only drones. It only takes a few clicks to swap between them, so Drones is used in a fight and I can swap for battlefield cleanup straight after. No extra notes on these, they should be fairly explanatory.

Appearances/order

The overview allows you to change the order of targets with relation to their standings/current status. I have mine set as such;

OverviewAppearance1

 

 

What this setup means is that Fleet Members will always show as having a purple background, regardless of other statuses. However, they can then have the small colourtag change depending on their suspect status. Allows me to easily identify which friendlies are suspect, which helps with fleet decisions.

This also means that anyone I have funky standings or wars with will still appear as in my fleet. This is vital for the PvP overviews I have, which filter out fleet members.

Overview Columns

As you can see in my screenshots, I only use a few columns due to limited screenspace. Distance, name & type are self explanatory. Tags are used for some fleet combat, but also for  Sleeper Sites in wormhole space. Corp is is used for easy ID of hostile pilots and finally velocity shows their speed. Nice and easy. Nothing complex.

That’s it. Sure, they’re not perfect, but I’ve not had to adjust them in over a year so they work just fine for me! Download will be linked once I can actually upload the settings, so watch this space over the weekend.

Link post – keep the Unknown “Unknown”

Little busy with real-life right now. Busy moving flat so have not even played EVE in the last week. Fortunately I expect to participate in the Blog Banter for next Monday.

Until then, Penny of Tiger Ears has written a fantastic piece on the Discovery Scanner in wormhole space. I agree completely with the post, so go check it out.

Site update

I just shifted the blog from its old url (throughnewbeyes.wordpress.com) to this new one (throughnewbeyes.com). Let me know if any pages break, or if your rss feeds throw a fit.

Also moved some links about, hopefully making it easier to actually do stuff.

Eve content returning shortly!

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