Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The things that go on in my head.....

Howdy Pod Pilots!

So as I have been having issues deciding what to write about this week, I am just going to do a quick recap of the last 10 days or so on here.

1. I still suck at grammar and writing! Not much of a recap I know! It has been a long 17 years since my last creative writing class, let alone being able to remember what I learned in said class lol.

2. First PvP mistake of the year! I did not DScan into a fight. I heard a corpmate yell that they were tackled by an ares and a sabre.  They did not mention the other 15 frigs that were also coming into our W-space! I warped my Ishtar at 0 to the hole knowing I could kill the "single Inty and DIC" and was surprised by an entire gang!  Was my first time podded in w-space, and from my Corp's Residence hole at that!!  Quite the costly Oops!!! if you ask me!.

3. A couple weekends ago we got a good jump on some hole crashers trying to crash out our farm chain.  This netted in about 8 BS kills and a pair of Archons! While not so much news worthy to some, having had to go AFG shortly after joining SSC, I had only had about 1 maybe 2 other Cap kills in game.  Definitely exciting!

4. The 11th was my birthday!  Hopefully I enjoy 33 better than I did 32! Yup, I am an old fart.  Get over it!  I am compiling a list of stuff I want for my Bday that my girlfriend is actually going to get me here in a few weeks.  Hoping for a licensed copy of FRAPS, some video editing software(more on that in a few) and her going in halfway on a 16GB RAM Upgrade and a 250GB SSD for my laptop.

5. Trying to find my focus..and Alt number 5. With all the ship rebalances that have occurred and have yet to take place I have once again found myself staring at EVEMon and EveHQ and trying to find a place of focus for my toons.  I really want to try out the new Marauders before they get nerfed to oblivion.  Unfortunately none of my chars have BS 5 yet.  My main is closest to marauders with all other required skills except a racial BS(will be Gall due to having large hybrids only for now).  I also want to get into Caps. I think I have a skill plan set for my main and my main Combat alt that will have me where I want to be with both of those by fall(you know, when everything has changed again lol)  I also brought back to life an old mining alt!  I know what you are thinking " EW, DIRTY CAREBEAR MINER!!!! KILL HIIIIIIIIM!!!!"  I am not fond f it either, but found enough to have two mining alts and skilling my freighter pilot into an Orca and Rorqual.  The truth is that I spend a lot of time just sitting in space on my main either scanning or waiting for farming or pvp opportunities.  Mining lets me pay minimal attention to the game, make isk, and spend some much needed time with my family.  Nothing wrong with that, right? By October I will have 2 Perfect Miners and a Mining Booster Pilot. not a shabby way o make some extra isk during the occasional lull of w-space.

6. What I want the Vid Editing software for is I am thinking, due to my lack of knowledge of proper writing skills, of starting a Vlog instead :). Hopefully I will have that underway before too long, probably a late spring early summer launch.

7. Well I have already published this just as I remembered the most important thing I did. I factory restored my notebook yesterday to clear up some garbage and all I can say is WOW! Back to good speeds and 5 Eve clients! Also trying out some browsers I hav not used in ages.  Having been a FireFox guy for awhile I am trying out Pale Moon.  So far seems to have all of the features of FF and is a bit faster and more responsive!  I will have to keep you all posted on that! 

Well that is all that is new in my world!  See you guys next week for I am off to the Belts to carebear some isk!

Fly Dangerously o7


Friday, January 3, 2014

2014...The plan, the mission,!

I hope everyone had a great holiday season and a great start to the new year!  This post will be about my plans in Eve for the next year and some things I apparently missed last year. 

Now where to start.  This is one of the fun conundrums of Eve;how to plan your skills.  As ships and weapons systems get balanced it inevitably pushes us to switch things around to compensate.  There are so many aspects of the game I wish to explore on my main character, and at the same time my alt covers the ships I don't fly on my main. Black Ops, Caps, full leadership skills. I'll come back to this point later in the post.

First off I am going to touch on a couple things I apparently missed out on in the last six months that I wish to eventually skill into.  One is Command Ships (which I can fly, however, I can't use links so therefore feel I am limiting their potential) and the other is Sentry drone boats, mainly the Ishtar.  Now I have been meaning to skill up and max out most of my drone skills for a couple years now and something always seems to come up.  Finally I have found the time to queue them up and get them where I want them!  In the mean time I am using faction drones and let me tell you...I LOVE the Ishtar.  I have always been in love with the concept of drone boats, and now in a few short months I will be able to maximize their abilities!!! I strongly recommend if there are any newer pilots reading this to take a look at them.  Guns are fun don't get me wrong, but there is just something awesome about deploying your 5 little friends and watching them rip apart your enemies while you fly away!  My only concern about this plan of mine is this: Every time I go to start a plan for what is "in" it gets nerfed or altered to the point where it is no longer viable or gets heavily over shadowed by something else.  The hybrid changes of Retribution comes to mind.  But I am definitely going to milk sentry boats and all drone boats for that matter while I can!  Beware pilots of New Eden! The Ishtar cometh!!

Now on to command ships.  The changes to them were amazing.  I especially like that I can fly any of them with out the respective cruiser skill at 5, that ALL of them can use 3 links at any given time, and that they all have race specific dual bonuses.  Unfortunately, I feel that I am missing out on their true purpose by flying them without links.  I know that eventually I will want to take out the 6+ months of skilling up for Leadership skills, but I just don't see myself doing that this year.  I do love the utility slots and that they still do excellent DPS. 

What I do see myself doing is Dreads.  Being in w-space means escalation sites and we always need more dread pilots!  Someday after I have a large enough isk cushion I wish to delve into Sov Warfare, and piloting dreads and carriers will definitely help with entry into those alliances.  But I am getting ahead of myself.  Bob willing, that will be years away!

Now what all comes from this depends on future expansions and weapon/ship balances that come with them. Other things on my agenda for this year are all cruisers 5, HAC/Logi/Recon 5, Interdictors 5, cruise/torps 5, and all medium weapon systems 5(with their specializations).

So here is to 2014 and enjoying Eve and the new things I will be able to in it!  I hope to see you all in space, preferably in my Sentries cross hairs! Remember it isn't personal, just fun!

Fly Dangerously my friends! o7

EDIT: I cannot believe I forgot about Interceptors!!!  I will post an update about them here soon after I have tested them out! I happen to have bought 10 of each and have them fitted up in variable ways.  So maybe now I have an Interceptor project instead of a rifter project!(RIP Rifters :( )