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Accessing Singularity

What is Singularity? Singularity is the name of the EVE Online testing server (or one of them, the other being Duality). Commonly referred to as “Sisi”, a lost of future update changes hit this server before they’re deployed onto the live server. Examples include the Crucible expansion and, currently, changes such as a buff to Assault Frigates.

There was a time when getting onto this server was a massive hassle. Fortunately, CCP has made it a lot easier.

If you want to access the Sisi test server, simply go to this link and follow the instructions (download link is also included)

The instructions there are easy to follow, and it shouldn’t be long before you’re on the server!

“But TG, I’m on the server. What now?”

Most of the “action” on Sisi takes place within the test system of 6-CZ49. There’s an easy way to get here quickly – most of the time CCP runs a bot to move people that join the “moveme” in-game channel. So do that.

The single station in 6-C is seeded with nearly all T1 and T2 items and ships for 100 ISK each, and also comes with a medbay. Set your clone!

The rules on Sisi are basic – anywhere in 6-C excluding the station and gate is a free for all. CCP has designated some combat areas (beacons) but expect people to be testing ships at a planet too. Podding is allowed. Other rules can be found here.

“But TG, I haven’t got all my skills!”

Every now and then (be it after 3 months or 2 days), CCP mirror (copy) your characters and skills from Tranquility to Singularity – this is normally done after a major update to the test server. As such, your character and assets on Sisi may be up to 2 months out of date.

“Will my losses on Sisi affect TQ?”

No.

“I’ve heard things about free skillpoints!”

Every so often, CCP runs a “mass-test” on Singularity (occasionally on Duality) – participating earns your character 2,000,000 unassigned skillpoints on the test server. These are carried over each mirror (up to 6,000,000) provided you’ve participated in a mass-test before the mirror.

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More changes hit Singularity, including the Assault Frigate buff

Another round of changes have hit the Singularity Test Server.

There are 2 major changes, with a number of smaller ones.

Firstly, the new Neocom.

It’s nice, without a doubt. I do have quite a few niggles with it – the “Accessories” take far too long to navigate to on the default bar, the wallet/chat channel flashing icon is really dim and so on. Hopefully these will be remedied as they have already been posted to the feedback thread.

The new bar appears to be pretty customizable – you can drag and drop icons around and create groups for icons as well.

Next up are the changes to the Assault Frigates.

The leaked buffs from the Chaos build appear to be right on the mark, as seen with my Enyo!

Extra mid-slot!

Changes have hit across every Assault Frigate. It’s worth checking them out. CCP have listed the changes HERE.

  • Better functionality of the online/offline notification thing.

Simply - you can click the damn thing now

  •  New symbols in channel lists

The speech bubble is EVE Voice

  • Compact channel list

  • The Watchlist can now support 15 pilots, and can be rearranged by dragging and dropping
  • Improvements to overheating
    • Shift-Clicking a module activates/deactivates overheat
    • The green overheat bar will now flash when you’ve hit deactivate, so you know you’ve actually clicked it
  • Filters for skill queue/skill list

Dronnneeessss

  • Alliances can join Faction Warfare
  • Upon receiving leadership or wormhole bonuses, your shield actually rises with the increase.
    • Before, the shield capacity would rise but the shield amount would remain the same, resulting in the appearance of “being shot” as red appears on the shield display.
    • NEW: This also appears to effect boarding a shield ship from a POS (aka on-lining shield extenders)
  • New deadspace shield hardeners (I have no information on these)
    • Edit: Screenshot here, thanks to Belloche.
  • You can save bookmarks straight into your corporation folder
  • Tech 2 Triage now offers -20% cap usage for remote modules

That’s everything I have so far. Let me know if I missed anything.