Oct 232014
 

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This weekend I am hosting a 5v5 Tournament for RvB.  This tournament is to be live streamed (on Twitch) and commentated.  Currently RvB’s own Thecla Elarik, and the great Ceofore Aideron are signed up to commentate. We did have two more, however apparently studies and getting your insides cut open are more important to those people.

Anyway, this is a VERY last minute call to anyone who would fancy joining Thecla and Ceofore in commentating the matches.  Check out the rules, prizes and so on below. Schedule is here, get in touch if this interests you with a slot you can fill in to commentate.

You can get an idea of what you are in for by watching a tournament from earlier this year, that was ran in the same way. Videos are here and here.

RvB Tyrian Trophy Rules, Guidelines, & Points information:

Points:
We will be using a points as with the AT, SCL & NEO. This will make for more interesting matches as the points & rules do not allow you to just bring 5 mallers!!!
Teams are responsible for providing their own ships and fittings.
Teams have a maximum of 33 points to invest in the following ships:

T2 Logistics Cruiser – 13
Battlecruiser (None Faction) – 12
Faction Cruisers (Not Pirate) – 10
T1 Logistics Cruiser (Augoror, Exequror, Osprey, Scythe) – 9
EWAR Bonused Cruiser (Blackbird, Celestis, Bellicose, Arbitrator) – 8
T1 Cruiser – 7
Electronic Attack Frigate – 5
Interdictors – 4
Pirate Frigate – 4
Assault Frigate – 4
Faction Frigate -3
EWAR Frigate – 3 (Griffin, Crucifier, Maulus, Vigil)
Interceptor – 3
Destroyer – 3
Tech 1 Industrial Ships (aka Haulers) – 3
T1 Logistics Frigate (Bantam, Burst, Inquisitor, Navitas) – 3
Tech 1 Frigate – 2 (Except EWAR Frigates)

Ships not mentioned in this list are not allowed.

Fittings:
Tech 1 & 2 modules are allowed
Faction and officer modules are not allowed
Tech 1 Rigs are allowed
NO T2 Rigs
Only one local repair module per ship
Only a logistics cruiser or logistics frigate may use remote repair or capacitor transfer modules or RR drones
No Pirate Implants are allowed. EVEBoard will be used to check this.
All boosters (drugs) are allowed
Faction ammo is fine
Pirate ammo is not allowed
Faction drones are fine
Augmented drones are not allowed
ECM Modules are allowed ONLY on a hull bonused for ECM.
ECM target jammer drones are not allowed
No smartbombs
No links in any way
NO Deployables. Only the Referee will have one out, and thats an MTU.

Rules:
Teams will field a maximum of 5 pilots.
A MAXIMUM of 2 of the same ship types are allowed per setup. Ie 2 caracals, or 2 moas or 2 harpies (Skinned ships count towards these totals) etc etc etc
Only one T2 logistics cruiser OR T1 logistics cruiser per team OR 2x T1 logistics frigate per team.
One (1) EWAR Bonused Cruiser or Frigate Hull is allowed.
The arena will be have a diameter of 200km (so a radius of 100km). Leaving this arena bubble will mean disqualification if you do not rectify this within 30 seconds.
Teams will be allowed to warp to the arena before the match starts. However only at a range between 0km & 50km.
NO podding – do so and your team will be disqualified.
NO warping in the arena.
NO prelocking the other team. Only lock them once the match countdown has started.
Matches to last 10 minutes. No more. (In the event of a points tie, an extra 3 minutes sudden death combat will be added and the arena will reduce by 50km. First side to kill a ship wins the match).
If a team is more than 2 minutes late to a match, it automatically forfeits that match.
Team that goes into the Finals as the Victor of the Winners Bracket, will be allowed to issue 1 ship ban in the 1st and 3rd “Best of 3” matches.
Team that goes into the Finals as the Victor of the Losers Bracket will be allowed 1 ship ban in the 2nd “Best of 3” match.

Jun 142014
 

A great discussion just cropped up in the RvB Ganked channel and it lead to this post.  To cut a long story short, RvB Ganked (otherwise known as a vehicle for my ego) is lacking two things.

Firstly a video that does a great job of introducing Ganked to newbies/those unfamiliar with Ganked and public fleets in general. 

This would be a great thing to have at hand to show off to folks with.

Secondly, we are also lacking a 15 second Alliance Tournament advert video. We should totally rectify this. Rules are found here:

General Rules
All video material must be Eve related!

The item/service being advertised must be Eve related.

The advert must be suitable for all ages.

Content must be respectable (no attack ads) and suitable for broadcast.

Adverts must be in English.

The quality of the advert must reflect positively on EVE itself, we will work with you on improving the quality of the video until we can accept it. The earlier you get in touch and send us material the more we will be able to advise you, the closer to the event we are the less time we will have to help you.

The deadline for each weekend of the tournament is midnight on the Wednesday of that week. That’s August 13th, 20th 27th and September 3rd. If accepted your advert will be shown on all the subsequent weekends of the tournament. Please keep in mind if you want to be sure your advert will be included please submit it at least a couple days earlier.
Technical Rules
1920×1080 resolution with a 1:1 pixel aspect ratio, failing this you can submit as 1280×720, adverts will not be accepted in any other resolutions. Video should not contain black bars either horizontal or vertical.

Either 30 or 29,970 frames per second, adverts will not be accepted at any other frame rate.

15 Seconds long [img]exactly[/img], adverts will not be accepted if longer or shorter.

We suggest the video is delivered as a Mov or mp4 file with H.264 as a compressor at 15 to 20Mbps, WMV is also acceptable, MKV are not.

Video quality is more important than small file size!

Anyway lets brainstorm a few ideas in the comments as the weekend moves on, and we can start blagging people into doing us huge favours and making videos!!!  

FYI: Ganked logo is here.

Jun 072014
 

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Day one is over. 

This isn

 

Anyway, vote for your player of the day from the Spring Cup by posting in the comments to this post.  A rough list of characters who flew today can be found be looking over the killboard for the system:

http://eve-kill.net/?a=system_detail&sys_id=132&view=kills or check the thread here for a rough idea of teams: http://rvbeve.com/forums/index.php/topic/7819-the-rvb-spring-cup-a-team-tournament/

Go back to around 14.00 EVE on the 7th June 2014.

They’ll win a Navy BC of their choice.

 

 

May 272014
 

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On the 7th & 8th June, RvB will be holding a tournament for its members, the RvB Spring Cup. A tournament with a prize poll of around 20 billion ISK.

The Spring Cup tournament will comprise of 5 man teams duking it out across a Double Elimination format with the following limitations and rules:

Points:
We will be using a points system as with the AT, SCL & NEO. This will make for more interesting matches as the points & rules do not allow you to just bring 5 mallers!!!
Teams are responsible for providing their own ships and fittings.
Teams have a maximum of 30 points to invest in the following ships:

Logistics Cruiser – 13
T1 Logistics Cruiser (Augoror, Exequror, Osprey, Scythe) – 10
T1 Cruiser – 7
Electronic Attack Frigate – 5
Pirate Frigate – 4
Faction Frigate – 4
Assault Frigate – 4
Interceptor – 3
Destroyer – 3
T1 Logistics Frigate (Bantam, Burst, Inquisitor, Navitas) – 4
Tech 1 Frigate – 2
Tech 1 Industrial Ships – 3
Ships not mentioned in this list are not allowed.

Fittings:
Tech 1 & 2 modules are allowed
Faction and officer modules are not allowed
Tech 1/2 Rigs are allowed
ECM target jammers are not allowed
ECM target jammer drones are not allowed
Only one local repair module per ship
Only a logistics cruiser or logistics frigate may use remote repair or capacitor transfer modules
All implants are allowed
All boosters (drugs) are allowed
Faction ammo is fine. Pirate ammo is frowned upon (and will be demanded as tribute to the AT team anyway if you use it).
Faction drones are fine. Augmented drones are frowned upon (and will be demanded as tribute to the AT team anyway if you use them).
NO smartbombs
Boosting via command ships or tech 3’s is not allowed
NO Deployables. Only I will have one out, and thats an MTU.

Rules:
Teams will field a maximum of 5 pilots.
A MAXIMUM of 3 of the same ship types are allowed per setup. Example 3 x caracal 1x burst 1x random frig is fine; 4 caracal 1 x condor would be bad. This includes skinned ships.
Only one T2 logistics cruiser OR T1 logistics cruiser OR T1 logistics frigate per team.
The arena will be have a radius of 200km. Leaving this arena bubble will mean disqualification.
Teams will be allowed to warp to the arena before the match starts. However only at a range between 0km & 50km.
No podding – do so and your team will be disqualified.
No warping in the arena.
Matches to last 10 minutes. No more. (In the event of a tie, an extra 3 minutes sudden death combat will be added and the arena will reduce by 50km. First side to kill a ship wins the match).
If a team is more than 2 minutes late to a match, it automatically forfeits that match.
Team that goes into the Finals as the Victor of Match N, will be allowed to issue 1 ship ban per the final “Best of 3”.

 

The Spring Cup will be held on TQ over two days. Schedule of the matches is here

Now, I would like this event to be streamed and commentated upon, again as you see with the AT, NEO & SCL.  Currently we have some commentators lined up: Mizhir of the One Man Crew project, Connall Tara of Fly Reckless, RvB’s own Thecla Elark and Catalyst XI amongst them. Not all of these gents will be in a position to stream while commentating due to circumstances beyond their control. Connall is very much willing to be the host of the event, for instance constantly running on the RvB Ganked mumble with other commentators, feeding match commentary and between match chatter to a group of dedicated streamers, Mizhir and Thecla are both very technical individuals with a great depth of tournament experience who will give us that “real” feeling when it comes to the matches themselves. 

As I say above I would love for this to be streamed, and this is were the EVE streaming community comes in, I am looking for streamers who want to provide visual of the matches across the day, streamers who know both what they are doing and how to present this tournament in the best way to the viewing public, and in as professional manner as possible. You would also be in a position to commentate on matches along side the people named above as well. Done right and this could really work in your favour as free publicity for your streams, as well as for RvB.  I am even willing to provide a PLEX for your services as the tournament will take a lot of time to cover I am sure.

If you are interested, you can mail Mangala Solaris ingame, leave your thoughts in the comments to this blog or find me on the RvB Jabber from Wednesday onwards. I really am a stream novice, totally in awe of people who spend their time working that medium to its fullest, so anything you have to say on how to make this a reality will be appreciated.  If you have Jabber issues, give @Khador_Vess a shout on twitter for assistance.

Additionally I am looking for interested parties to help with refereeing on the weekend, team managament between matches and so forth. I have some volunteers from within RvB, but more is always good for that too, as the event is quite long over the two days.

Apr 302014
 

Back in late 2012, a MMOFPS launched that I decided that I wanted to play, that game was Planetside 2.

I took many of you along with me on that wild ride.  Then we got sidetracked by things in EVE and I ran for CSM and so on and so we stopped playing.  We tried again a while ago, but SOE had the bright idea to turn our regular play day into patch day. Which sucked all the fun out of that given other days are reserved for other things.

However, SOE finally did something right.  The forerunner to PS2, Planetside, was opened up as Free 2 Play yesterday.  And the best F2P of all. One with NO cash shop and no cash advantages over others. Admittedly PS1 is as old as EVE, looks like ass, has some broken aspects that SOE wont touch however compared to PS2 is a veritable feast of features and meaningful combat opportunities.

So for the first few weeks of the newly reprised PS nights, we will be playing Planetside 1.  Get it here: https://launch.soe.com/installer/PS_setup.exe  It is a small 1.8gb download. You can use your existing SOE accts to log in I think (Not ProSeiben).

We will be playing Planetside every other Wednesday starting today April 30th from around 18.00 UTC. And every other Tuesday starting on May 6th.  Obviously if the wider community interest in PS1 dies, we’ll switch back to PS2 on those nights, but for now old school fun times are a go.

And in a small change from our PS2 faction choice, in PS1 we play as New Conglomerate (NC.).  As thats the faction I have played in PS1 for ever. I can be found on one of the following characters:

Mangala, Eaglestalker, Thevir, VirMax, Walkindude, EnginVir, Tiberian3

Some useful tips can be found here – the DO THE VR TRAINING one is like the most important:

http://www.planetside-universe.com/showthread.php?t=42566

https://forums.station.sony.com/soe/index.php?threads/for-new-players.11500063743/

http://www.reddit.com/r/Planetside/comments/24bpz1/planetside_1_is_really_confusing/

http://www.reddit.com/r/Planetside/comments/24btqu/new_player_ps1_tip_use_the_vr/

http://www.planetside-universe.com/showthread.php?t=55203

 

And here are a few videos:

Apr 132014
 

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This coming Easter Weekend, RvB Ganked invites you all to join us for a weekend of wild abandon, drunken comms and crazy carnage. 

We will be running Saturday, Sunday and Monday!  Details of everything are found below, please note that we will be using the Ganked Mumble for all comms over the weekend.

 

Ganked 113: Concord Hymn

Date: Saturday 19th April 2014

Time: Form up @ 19.00 / Depart @ 20.00

Where: Hek / Hagilur (For Blinkies)

FC: Mangala Solaris

Theme: Autocannons, Shield, MWD, Minmatar. BC, Cruiser, Frigate.  Tackles needed, Ewar needed, Shield Logis highly needed.

The title does not refer to EVE’s popo’s, but to the start of the seppo war of independence and its opening battles. Additionally we WILL be out long enough to take part in the final one of these events: https://forums.eveonline.com/default.aspx?g=posts&m=4464168 Specifically this one “April 19 – 22:00 UTC”

 

Ganked: Resurrection Day

Date: Sunday 20th April 2014

Where: Rens / Uanzin

FC: Mangala Solaris

Now as this is resurrection day, we will be reprising a couple of my favourite themes from the past few months.

For part one we will fly Interceptors and will be roaming deep into renter space – Bring some probes!!!! We depart Rens @ 12.00 UTC

For part two we will once again fly out in my favourite Amarr based theme. Lasers, Neuts, Armour (Basically fits from 4 weeks ago and the Ides of March roam) 

Prophecies, Harbs, Omens, Mallers, Arbies, Ashimmu’s, Cruors etc.  Armour logi will be excellent.  Tacklers & Bubblers (Hics & Dics) too.

Part two will depart Rens @ 19.00 UTC

 

Ganked: ‘Straya

Date:  Monday 21st April 2014

When: 13.00 UTC

Where: Mista / Kheram

FC: Mangala Solaris

Theme: Enyos/Wolfs/Retributions. 

Armour fit, short or mid range. A nice spread of these would be great. Armour logi, tackle, ewar, bubbles, and PROBES!!!!

Mar 252014
 

Way back in the dawn of time – well 2006 – a forum was setup by a small group of EVE players called Scrapheap Challenge, which was to grow into one of the premier “fan” sites for EVE.

A number of members of this forum, started flying on roams together, roams that often had a theme and only 1 rule, if it is not in fleet – it dies; Eventually these roams grew in to the popular SHC Ganknights, which saw over several years hundreds of pilots attend them, and thousands of kills gained usually at the expense of some null alliance or another.

Then one day, Scrapheap was gone.

And with it the hope of hundreds that Ganknights would continue to happen.

However Failheap Challenge was created very quickly, and Ganknights continued, as nearly as popular as ever, until one day most of a Ganknight fleet found itself wiped out by the Terminus Stream, as a “joke” by its FC (not me by the way). Suddenly, these nights just were not as popular anymore, and attendance dropped off to nearly nothing, although other actions by certain developer parties could be to blame here.

At this point, a former RVB director had an idea that we in RvB would take the Ganknight idea and use it for ourselves, and thus RVB Ganked nights were born. Since our inaugural night back in August 2011, we have run over 100 successful nights that often see fleets of over 150 people, each following the given themes and each getting a silly number of kills, while the fleet has been entertained by itself and the local chats of those we go and visit.

To date we have over 10,000 kills with a value of over 1 trillion isk.  

If you want to be a part of these, then just keep an eye on the channel RvB Ganked in game, or the RvB forums, Failheap, EVE-O and of course my twitter feed.

Feb 052014
 

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Ganked 100 was a few weeks ago, and since then I have been to the CSM 8 Winter Summit in Iceland, and had the Ganked 100 write up to do. However I finally got all of that out of the way and so I have had some time to commit to the prizes – its what you can came for right? Not the hours upon hours of pure combat.

Given that my lossmail did not appear I had to do some alterations on the prizes – some got removed, criteria for others got changed. However I have still managed to award over 40 billion isk in prizes between the donations made by many of you & the support of Somerblink. If you disagree with a certain award, suck it up.  Those who have won Blink sponsored prizes, will receive those in the coming days, everyone else should have either had their prize or are yet to accept it off contracts.

To take a look at the prize winners, check out this spreadsheet.  It has two tabs, one for the Blink prizes, and the other for the donated prizes. Keen observers will note that three are marked TBA, those results are coming they are just taking a little more time than I am willing to spend right now. Looking at killboards is making my eyes bleed.

Thanks again to everyone who donated prizes, to everyone who helped in the planning of Ganked 100 and of course to all of you who came along and made it such a great event.

Jan 142014
 

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RvB Ganked – EVE’s largest, regular public roam – has been running since July 2011 and for our 100th numbered event we bring you something slightly different. Instead of us going to EVE, we’re going to bring EVE to us. Many brave individuals have agreed to bring out their Capital Ships – specifically Carriers & Dreadnaughts – and park them in an undisclosed location before we say to the world “COME AT US BRO”. We are not literally taking any & all Capital pilots, in fact we have stopped accepting Capital pilots at this stage.

Now as well as the capitals, we will be accompanied by many many sub-capital ships including BS, BC, Logistics, Recons, Cruisers & Frigates. Shield ships are the preferred option for this event, however bring what you can afford to fly/have the skills to. Just be prepared to die in a horrible ball of fire, while celebrating our Centenary.

I have been asked by several people what the location is, and to them I say “ITSA SEKRIT”.  Even our Capital pilots do not know.  However I can provide the following details for those flying in or alongside the RvB Ganked fleet:

Date: 18th January

Form up: 18.00 UTC onwards

Subcap High Sec meetup: Halaima.  This is the best place to store your reships, it has clone services & is close to Jita.

Subcap Low Sec meetup: Systems in Lowsec Citadel or Black Rise should work. It is very hard to narrow down without giving the target system away.

Capital meetup: LOL AS IF I WOULD TELL YOU.

Comms: We will be using mumble as usual, details to be provided in fleet(s) on the day, as we may not use my mumble depending on how many defenders we get.

 

Remember, I have invited all of EVE to show up for this and I expect many to do so.  The system will be noisy, messy & maybe even under TiDi. As long as you can get past all this, you’ll have a GREAT time and even be in with a chance to win prizes!!

Dec 182013
 

Ganked 100 was publicly announced yesterday, and keen readers will have noticed that there will be prizes for taking part in this event – with everyone who shows up on kills in the target system having the opportunity to win.  However, I cannot possibly fund all this on my own, so I am looking for people & organisations willing to donate prizes to the cause.  All individuals & groups who do donate will get full recognition in this post, in my eveo thread and in any further publicity we undertake between now & the day of Ganked 100.

 

What do we have so far?

2 Billion isk bounty on the corp of the pilot with the final blow on my Carrier – Donated by Mangala Solaris

1 Astarte – Pilot of a battlecruiser on the most killmails – Donated by Mangala Solaris

50 Firetails – To the Militia Pilot on the highest number of killmails in a frigate – Donated by Mangala Solaris

1 Billion ISK – RvB Member on Most Kills – Donated by RvB

1 Billion ISK – Pilot on the most RvB Kills – Donated by RvB

1 Rattlesnake – Logistics pilot whoring the most killmails – Donated by RvB

1 Dominix Navy Issue – Most Kills in a Drone Boat – Donated by RvB

1 Stratios – Pilot in a T1 Frigate using T1 guns on the most killmails – Donated by Apachekills

Gila – Most Kills in a Caldari Cruiser -Donated by Bully B
Daredevil – Most Kills in a Gallente Frigate – Donated by Bully B
Cynabal – Most Kills in a Minmatar Cruiser – Donated by Bully B
Cruor – Most Kills in a Amarr Frigate – Donated by Bully B

5 Mystery Containers containing AWESOME Prizes – Just take part in the event and you are in with a chance at winning one of these – Donated by Tyrendian Biohazard

100 Firetails – Split between the top 3 pilots with the most solo kills in cruiser & down – Donated by Crynsos Cealion

100 Tristan Hulls – Pilot Loses the Most Gallente Ships – Donated by Bunniy
100 Rifter Hulls – Pilot Loses the Most Minmatar Ships – Donated by Bunniy
100 Punisher Hulls – Pilot Loses the Most Amarr Ships – Donated by Bunniy
100 Merlin Hulls – Pilot Loses the Most Caldari Ships – Donated by Bunniy

2000 Battle Ready Bantams – Corporation or Alliance on the most Capital killmails using Capitals – Donated by Patrick Kasper

1 Nagalfar – Most Expensive Lossmail – Donated by Darius Caliente / Certified.

Cynabal, Phantasm, Fleet Stabber, Stratios, Vigilant, 2 Dramiels, Firetail, Succubus, Worm, 84 Rifters – Donated by a mystery “Ganked” Carrier pilot to be awarded to random pilots on his lossmail. SURPRISE GIFTS!

1 Orca – Most Kills in a Mining Barge, Exhumer or Venture – Donated by Dekiranu

2 ‘Boss’ Remote Sensor Booster – Most Pod Kills in a BS or Capital – Donated by Dekiranu

Navy Exequeror, Navy Osprey, Fleet Scythe & Navy Augoror – Subcap that takes the most damage before succumbing – Donated by mikeshaw911

 

 

Somerblink has generously provided the following prize lists:

For all pilots taking part:

On Most Kills in the event with a sub battleship: Dread of Pilots Choice
Final Blow on the carrier of Mangala Solaris by a none capital ship: Raven Navy Issue
Highest Damage on Mangala Solaris carrier by a none capital ship: 1 Plex
On most kills using a frigate: All Pirate & Navy Faction Frigates
On most Capital kills using a subcapital in system from start time to Mangala’s capital dieing + 60 minutes: Carrier of Pilots Choice
Spot Prizes awarded for saying a particular keyword in local: 2 of each Pirate & Navy Faction Cruiser – it will be 1 ship per winner based on RNG magic using my local logs. keyword to be announced on the day.
Most Pods killed with a destroyer or smaller: Nefantar Thrasher x2

For those attending as part of the Ganked fleet:

First Capital to die that isnt Mangala: Machariel
Logistic hull – t1 or t2 – on the most killmails: 1 of each t2 logistics hull
Ganked Capital on the most kills in system from start time to Mangala’s capital dieing + 60 minutes: Rattlesnake
Ganked Sub-Capital on the most kills in system from start time to Mangala’s capital dieing + 60 minutes: 2 Navy BC matching winners race.
Spot Prizes awarded for saying a different keyword/phrase in local: 1 of each Navy Cruiser – 1 ship per winner as per RNG. Word announced on the day.

1 Stratios – T1 frig that has the highest damage on the first enemy (non-ganked) capital ship of the night. – Donated by Magenta Blue

Pilots in the Ganked Fleet are as eligible for all prizes not just those specifically for them.

 

How can I donate?

Simply contract ships or send isk donations directly to Mangala Solaris. Please also send me a mail to tell me that you have done this, as well as set out any criteria you may have for a prize.