Aug 112023

This game, this world, this examination of the human psyche, is 20 years old this year.

Happy Birthday EVE Online.

While I have attempted to return a few times since 2015, my life over those years really did not give me time to balance my gaming needs & work & life itself and each attempt fizzled out. Here I am in post pandemic 2023, I have changed employer, found a great work / life balance and really really want to be roaming the stars of New Eden once again!

So I am doing. All accounts up either on Omega or Alpha (depending on necessity), setting myself up to log in Mangala, and reading up on just how terrible my stuff is now. Not that I was ever any good at EVE, but damn do I feel like a 2004 newbie (I was late to this party I know!).

Dec 272012



Apparently the world was to end.

As you can tell the world is still here, and so on the 22nd December 2012, Ganked 51 happened.

We took out over 150 guys in a mix of frigates & destroyers with the usual aim of finding a fight or two as well as generally banter with each other and anyone else we saw.  We had a pretty quiet run through low sec from our meet up point until we jumped into Cloud Ring, where we ran over a Sabre whose pilot subsequently chased us in a smartbomb fit Typhoon. I think we made him mad.

Following this, our resident live streamer Edward “No Delay” Tivruskii, let me know that a guy in Fatal Ascension wanted to fight us, and me being a bit merry by then, agreed due to:

[ 2012.12.22 21:40:38 ] Hlakke Miccanope > kitchen sink from what I see.. to quote “whatever you want to lose”

So we run up towards their basing system in Fade, and while waiting on an in gate to regroup a bunch of lemmings warp themselves to a cyno, and find an ever increasing number of Fatal “lolololwe’resopr0” Ascension in Battleships, BC’s, Logis and plenty of bubblers. I call a valiant retreat, with us blabbing some of their advance bubblers as we move.  A scout calls that ANOTHER group has bridged ahead of us, so we were looking to be sandwiched in.  I booked us to random gate after random gate, all the while trying to be as oblique as possible due to the stream being up. I got a good number of us out, but as usual in these circumstances we did lose a few.

Following this, we regrouped and went back out again, this time via Syndicate, which proved to be pretty quiet for us – despite the presence of a large Goonswarm gang in FD-MLJ. We did tussle with some elements of that gang, after catching a dumb Onyx in a nearby system. Syndicate proving itself to be quiet, we moved into Outer Ring – which WAS EVEN WORSE. No action at all.  And yet people in null are always trying to get more people out there…

From OR, we chased a Loki a few jumps – after a heated discussion about it – which escaped, however while it did get away, the same bubble that held up our fleet got us a drake kill upon which we whored EVERY fleet member, including a guy who had burned all the way from Placid to catch up to us! The drake pilot took it really well, he kept fighting until the bitter end. As well as local spam from us:

[ 2012.12.23 01:34:01 ] Phantom OfKrankor > we’re coming to help
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:11 ] Phantom OfKrankor > don’t worry
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:27 ] Mangala Solaris > we come to snowball
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:30 ] Mangala Solaris > in peace
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:45 ] Phantom OfKrankor > POINT
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:45 ] Veerus Weyland > POINT
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:45 ] Immortal Chrono Pimpin > point
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:45 ] Charles Burger > POINT
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:45 ] Green Gambit > point
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:45 ] Kast Agnet > pointed
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:46 ] Khador Vess > point
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:46 ] Sephira Galamore > point
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:47 ] Veerus Weyland > SCRAM
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:47 ] Dracoth Simertet > td
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:47 ] Ravingone > HOE HOE HOE!
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:48 ] Qall Rungbar > scramm
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:49 ] Caterpil > POINT!
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:49 ] Jack Sixx > point
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:49 ] Zantai Arji > point web
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:49 ] tgl3 > POINT
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:49 ] CHAOS NAGA ARAIN > point
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:49 ] Verse Askold > point
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:51 ] Zakialwe > snowball
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:52 ] Bob Shaftoes > TRACKING DISRUPTED
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:53 ] Immortal Chrono Pimpin > tracking disruptor
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:53 ] Vicarious Design > you poor soul
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:54 ] Veerus Weyland > SNAKES ON A FUCKING PLANE
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:54 ] Charles Burger > PAINTED
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:54 ] Igor barga > BUBBLE
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:57 ] CHAOS NAGA ARAIN > ECM
[ 2012.12.23 01:34:58 ] sureis > ransom
[ 2012.12.23 01:35:00 ] Mangala Solaris > POINT ON DRAEK
[ 2012.12.23 01:35:01 ] Ras Raklus > scram web
[ 2012.12.23 01:35:07 ] Vicarious Design > Mirco jump drive’d
[ 2012.12.23 01:35:13 ] Raynor Dirtnap > webed pointed
[ 2012.12.23 01:35:21 ] Thomas Hauk > HOE HOE HOE
[ 2012.12.23 01:35:30 ] macgyver 3rd > nice tank bro
[ 2012.12.23 01:35:31 ] Exoth3rmic > keep fighting
[ 2012.12.23 01:35:32 ] Bully B > Snowball CXIV on him
[ 2012.12.23 01:35:32 ] Exoth3rmic > you can do this
[ 2012.12.23 01:35:37 ] Mangala Solaris > Andy Poole AWESOME DUDE
[ 2012.12.23 01:35:37 ] Beanhead2 > wed/scram
[ 2012.12.23 01:35:39 ] Andy Poole > lol
[ 2012.12.23 01:35:40 ] Mangala Solaris > SOLO US 1 AT A TIME
[ 2012.12.23 01:35:46 ] Nutjob O’Crazy > Merry Christmas
[ 2012.12.23 01:35:51 ] sureis > tped
[ 2012.12.23 01:35:52 ] Sephira Galamore > Merry Christmas!
[ 2012.12.23 01:35:58 ] ash iskariot > teepeeee
[ 2012.12.23 01:36:02 ] Mangala Solaris > Merry Xmas
[ 2012.12.23 01:36:07 ] Bob Shaftoes > you are now our pet
[ 2012.12.23 01:36:09 ] Luixx > pointed the drake mofo
[ 2012.12.23 01:36:12 ] Bob Shaftoes > We shall call you fred
[ 2012.12.23 01:36:13 ] Green Gambit > can we keep him?
[ 2012.12.23 01:36:16 ] Luixx > can we keep him?
[ 2012.12.23 01:36:18 ] Verse Askold > merry xmas and a happy new year
[ 2012.12.23 01:36:20 ] Mangala Solaris > call him Carlos
[ 2012.12.23 01:36:22 ] Green Gambit > a pet is for life – not for Christmas
[ 2012.12.23 01:36:37 ] Mangala Solaris > na pets are for xmas, and dinner for new years
[ 2012.12.23 01:36:53 ] Thomas Hauk > HOE HOE HOE
[ 2012.12.23 01:37:01 ] Luixx > EVERYONE….. FFA NOW!
[ 2012.12.23 01:37:02 ] Qall Rungbar > NICE DRAKE
[ 2012.12.23 01:37:08 ] Qall Rungbar > DID SANTA GIVE IT TO YOU?
[ 2012.12.23 01:37:12 ] Mangala Solaris > why cant we kill him guys
[ 2012.12.23 01:37:12 ] Luixx > EVERYONE….. FFA NOW!
[ 2012.12.23 01:37:14 ] Dracoth Simertet > merry christmas
[ 2012.12.23 01:37:15 ] Mangala Solaris > our dps is bad
[ 2012.12.23 01:37:24 ] Phantom OfKrankor > GUYS HIS SHIELD IS GOING UP
[ 2012.12.23 01:37:29 ] Zakialwe > can we keep him!
[ 2012.12.23 01:37:32 ] Dracoth Simertet > whats a spaceship?
[ 2012.12.23 01:37:34 ] Luixx > drake = secret titan
[ 2012.12.23 01:37:39 ] Qall Rungbar > Keep him
[ 2012.12.23 01:37:41 ] Phantom OfKrankor > we can’t break his tank!
[ 2012.12.23 01:37:45 ] Sephira Galamore > can we adopt him?
[ 2012.12.23 01:37:47 ] Phantom OfKrankor > hacks?
[ 2012.12.23 01:37:49 ] Qall Rungbar > one of us can point him 24/7
[ 2012.12.23 01:37:52 ] Khador Vess > can i keep him
[ 2012.12.23 01:37:52 ] Fail Whale > merry xmass
[ 2012.12.23 01:37:52 ] Qall Rungbar > at least
[ 2012.12.23 01:37:54 ] B4ueW01f > Merry Christmas
[ 2012.12.23 01:37:57 ] Khador Vess > can he be my pet
[ 2012.12.23 01:37:58 ] Raynor Dirtnap > damn snowball resists!
[ 2012.12.23 01:37:58 ] Fail Whale > more porn for 2013
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:07 ] Igor barga > MERRY CHRISTMAS HO HO HO HO
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:18 ] Immortal Chrono Pimpin > pop your cyno you bait drake!
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:19 ] Igor barga > OOPS TOO MANY HOS
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:21 ] Raynor Dirtnap > Merry Gankmess!
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:21 ] Kast Agnet > Andy Poole for CSM
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:34 ] Immortal Chrono Pimpin > Bait Drake Best Drake
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:34 ] Mangala Solaris > Andy Poole FOR CSM
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:36 ] RiotCrow Timotheos >
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:36 ] Green Gambit > Andy Poole for CSM
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:37 ] Qall Rungbar > Andy Poole for CSM!
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:37 ] ash iskariot > andy poole for CSM
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:37 ] Mangala Solaris > A REAL NULL HERO
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:38 ] tgl3 > ANDY FOR CSM
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:39 ] Ray Orbison > ANDY POOLE FOR CSM
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:39 ] Khador Vess > Andy Poole for CSM
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:39 ] Nutjob O’Crazy > Andy Poole for CSM
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:39 ] Xallaxa > Andy Poole 4 csm
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:40 ] B4ueW01f > thats harsh dude
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:40 ] Dracoth Simertet > andy poole for CSM
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:42 ] Igor barga > Andy Poole CSM 2013
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:43 ] Zakialwe > Andy Poole for CSM
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:43 ] Crynsos Cealion > Andy Poole for CSM
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:46 ] Daneel Trevize > Andy Poole the hero we deserve
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:46 ] Ravingone > andy poole for csm
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:46 ] Fail Whale > agreed, Andy Poole for CSM!
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:48 ] Jack Sixx > Andy Poole \0/
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:51 ] Thomas Hauk > HOE HOE HOE
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:52 ] Caterpil > Andy Poole for CSM!
[ 2012.12.23 01:38:53 ] Mangala Solaris > ANDY POOLE THE HERO WE NEED NOT DESERVE
[ 2012.12.23 01:39:15 ] Raynor Dirtnap > His name was Andy Poole

Then as he was about to die, an iteron landed in the same bubble; We caught it, it offered ransom, we got the pilot in fleet! 

[ 2012.12.23 01:40:42 ] tigre valliente > no price
[ 2012.12.23 01:40:43 ] tigre valliente > ?
[ 2012.12.23 01:40:47 ] Thecla Elarik > hello
[ 2012.12.23 01:40:52 ] tigre valliente > trying to haul stuff in to high to sell it
[ 2012.12.23 01:40:53 ] Zakialwe > hello there!
[ 2012.12.23 01:40:56 ] tigre valliente > I can’t say it’s what you’d like but uhh
[ 2012.12.23 01:41:00 ] tigre valliente > haha I gotta try, right?
[ 2012.12.23 01:41:00 ] Veerus Weyland > o hai!
[ 2012.12.23 01:41:07 ] tigre valliente > lol. soooo huge
[ 2012.12.23 01:41:19 ] Thecla Elarik > wasn’t our bubble
[ 2012.12.23 01:41:23 ] tigre valliente > ?
[ 2012.12.23 01:41:25 ] tigre valliente > whose is it hahaha
[ 2012.12.23 01:41:39 ] tigre valliente > really well set up
[ 2012.12.23 01:41:52 ] Rob Cobb > o/
[ 2012.12.23 01:41:58 ] Lodavier > the itty is an 05 character :O
[ 2012.12.23 01:42:13 ] Daneel Trevize > we warped like 10 jumps after a loki to get here
[ 2012.12.23 01:42:16 ] Phantom OfKrankor > STOP SHOOTING
[ 2012.12.23 01:42:20 ] Rob Cobb > DONT SHOOT THE ITERON
[ 2012.12.23 01:42:20 ] Qall Rungbar > welcome to Ganked, tigre!
[ 2012.12.23 01:42:20 ] Phantom OfKrankor > BADS
[ 2012.12.23 01:42:22 ] Thecla Elarik > bubble was set up by the FCON drake we also killed, afaik
[ 2012.12.23 01:42:22 ] tigre valliente > lol
[ 2012.12.23 01:42:24 ] tigre valliente > LOL
[ 2012.12.23 01:42:26 ] tigre valliente > daaang
[ 2012.12.23 01:42:27 ] tigre valliente > well done
[ 2012.12.23 01:42:28 ] Westar Egdald > lol
[ 2012.12.23 01:42:29 ] tigre valliente > enjoy the loot
[ 2012.12.23 01:42:33 ] Sephira Galamore > WHO shot him
[ 2012.12.23 01:42:42 ] tigre valliente > what did I drop? was it good?
[ 2012.12.23 01:42:44 ] tigre valliente > did the ships survive =P
[ 2012.12.23 01:42:48 ] macgyver 3rd > Wasn’t me for once
[ 2012.12.23 01:42:50 ] Mangala Solaris > We love you :)
[ 2012.12.23 01:42:52 ] tigre valliente > lol
[ 2012.12.23 01:43:00 ] Phantom OfKrankor > tigre link your loss mail
[ 2012.12.23 01:43:02 ] tigre valliente > daaaang
[ 2012.12.23 01:43:03 ] sureis > Kill: tigre valliente (Iteron Mark IV) i thought i was just ewar
[ 2012.12.23 01:43:04 ] tigre valliente > how
[ 2012.12.23 01:43:07 ] Thomas Hauk > Strip Miner I ?
[ 2012.12.23 01:43:08 ] Mangala Solaris > Merry Xmas dude
[ 2012.12.23 01:43:11 ] Qall Rungbar > POST YOUR LOSSES NOOB
[ 2012.12.23 01:43:14 ] tigre valliente > Covetor
[ 2012.12.23 01:43:15 ] tigre valliente > haha
[ 2012.12.23 01:43:15 ] Xallaxa > ?
[ 2012.12.23 01:43:16 ] B4ueW01f > Xallaxa >.<
[ 2012.12.23 01:43:19 ] tigre valliente > Covetor and Fullerite survived =P
[ 2012.12.23 01:43:22 ] Phantom OfKrankor > Xallaxa primary
[ 2012.12.23 01:43:24 ] Xallaxa > i didnt do anything
[ 2012.12.23 01:43:26 ] Xallaxa > fuck off
[ 2012.12.23 01:43:27 ] B4ueW01f > lol
[ 2012.12.23 01:43:33 ] tigre valliente > Xallaxa top dmg. hah
[ 2012.12.23 01:43:33 ] Xallaxa > i didnt do shit
[ 2012.12.23 01:43:36 ] tigre valliente > you clearly did something bwhaahaha
[ 2012.12.23 01:43:43 ] Rob Cobb > Xallaxa you bad
[ 2012.12.23 01:43:47 ] tigre valliente > lol
[ 2012.12.23 01:43:47 ] Sephira Galamore > ^this
[ 2012.12.23 01:44:04 ] Beanhead2 > warped
[ 2012.12.23 01:44:06 ] Rob Cobb > Xallaxa you bad
[ 2012.12.23 01:44:15 ] Phantom OfKrankor > “I didn’t do shit” – killmail says otherwise
[ 2012.12.23 01:44:15 ] Charles Burger > tigre valliente why aren’t you on comms?
[ 2012.12.23 01:44:20 ] B4ueW01f > Merry Christmas!
[ 2012.12.23 01:44:23 ] tigre valliente > what do you mean?
[ 2012.12.23 01:44:29 ] Charles Burger > see motd get on comms
[ 2012.12.23 01:44:29 ] Qall Rungbar > tigre valliente post lost you noob
[ 2012.12.23 01:44:35 ] Phantom OfKrankor > he posted it
[ 2012.12.23 01:44:37 ] Mangala Solaris > Kill: tigre valliente (Iteron Mark IV)
[ 2012.12.23 01:44:38 ] Phantom OfKrankor > or someone did
[ 2012.12.23 01:44:38 ] Qall Rungbar > srsly – get on comms
[ 2012.12.23 01:44:38 ] tigre valliente > Thomas did =P
[ 2012.12.23 01:44:40 ] tigre valliente > haha
[ 2012.12.23 01:44:45 ] Phantom OfKrankor > Xall = bad
[ 2012.12.23 01:44:49 ] tigre valliente > Qall what are you talking about?
[ 2012.12.23 01:44:51 ] Xallaxa > Get over it already
[ 2012.12.23 01:44:57 ] Veerus Weyland > reload MOTD tigre, get a frigate and join comms :p
[ 2012.12.23 01:44:58 ] macgyver 3rd > lol
[ 2012.12.23 01:44:58 ] Sephira Galamore > bounty?^^
[ 2012.12.23 01:45:08 ] tigre valliente > lol
[ 2012.12.23 01:45:14 ] Phantom OfKrankor > how about you listen to FC?
[ 2012.12.23 01:45:14 ] Nutjob O’Crazy > Depends what you’re saying
[ 2012.12.23 01:45:18 ] tigre valliente > 80 million isk later XD

After this the fleet started to log and some people bimbled over to Tama and took a few names before the night was properly over. All in all an exciting and fun night as ever, with lots of stream related rage and then a couple of amusing kills at the end. Good way to go into the xmas break for many I am sure.


And now for the prizes, as sponsored by Somer.Blink.

tigre valliente x1 Firetail x1 Slicer  (Yes a Victim, but totally a good sport)
Andy Poole x1 Hookbill x1 Comet  (Yes a Victim, but totally a good sport)
Hayden Alyaeus x2 Firetail  (Eager newbies best newbies!)
Casa Rankor x2 Slicer x1 Daredevil  (Hero aggression on the Onyx)
Ceofore Aideron x1 Firetail x1 Slicer  (Made me a duck shop thing)
Exoth3rmic x1 Hookbill x1 Comet  (Top Killer on the night)
tgl3 x1 Hookbill x1 Comet   (Top scorer on the night)
CHAOS NAGA ARAIN x2 Firetail  (Spent ages catching us up, and did it in time to whore things!)
Xallaxa x2 Comet  (Got yelled at by fleet for popping something or something, but yeah!)
Melkor Valor x1 Daredevil x1 Firetail x1 Comet x1 Hookbill x1 Slicer  (4000th ganked killmail was scored by Melkor)
Edward Tivruskii x2 Hookbill  (Streaming Rage!)
Ras Raklus x1 Slicer x1 Firetail  (Final blow on the drake we got in the only named system in Poitot)
Yendaj x2 Hookbill  (Angry woman on the internet)
Vicarious Design x2 Comet  (Helped our awesome newbie Hayden out loads!)
Zakialwe x2 Firetail  (Reminded me about things)
BadAssMcKill x2 Slicer  (New to ganked, did some keeping people safe work in systems as we ran away!)
Kast Agnet x2 Hookbill  (Scouty stuff)
Kaeda Maxwell x2 Comet  (70 more FA in xxxxx)
Sureis x1 Slicer (Final blow on Itty!)
Dracoth Simertet x1 Slicer  (Final blow on the whored drake)


Apr 242012

As per my title really.

I had a small crisis of conscience on whether I was going to continue to play EVE, but a few things happened including an excellent brawl in RVB sponsored by SomerBlink and of course my usual Ganked shenanigans.

What does this mean for my randomly updated blog? I’ll be getting back into it as soon as I can find some words to write.  And find vidyas of all the Gankeds since I last wrote about one.


Feb 272012

We are not merely numbers in a register somewhere, we are free men, and last night we proved this in the best of ways during the setup time for Ganked 18: As I would not be a Slave.

As ever we had started forming up way before the kick off, when a couple of the blinkies meeting us in Kheram mentioned very casually that they had 15 dreadnaughts on scan. So being pretty much ready to go myself, I moved the earliest arrivals to the gate, and waited on Thecla to get us eyes and a warp in.  Which he did.

Suddenly we spiked Kheram local by 90 guys and warped straight to the caps, who had just begun cyno-ing out after reinforcing a POS. Luckily, there was still a couple on field, so I called for points and we started agressing. Initially a few of us hit a Phoenix, but this being lowsec I changed my mind and focused us all onto a blinky Revelation. The remaining caps bailed before we could point them.  To our surprise, the sub-cap support for this Revelation warped back in, and so we kept it tackled and proceeded to demonstrate Minmatar supremacy all over their boats. 

The Revelation took this moment to go into siege so we quickly dispatched his would be rescuers and got right back to killing him, knowing that there was a chance that on exiting siege mode he would cyno out. Luckily we got him before that!

[ 2012.02.26 18:59:33 ] Dragon Venom > DIEEEEEEEEEEEE
[ 2012.02.26 18:59:33 ] Ai Tsuwa > gf
[ 2012.02.26 18:59:33 ] Phantom OfKrankor > lululu
[ 2012.02.26 18:59:34 ] General Escobar > BAZINGAAAAA
[ 2012.02.26 18:59:35 ] House2twist > GF
[ 2012.02.26 18:59:38 ] Sadario > WHOOOO
[ 2012.02.26 18:59:39 ] MuxaRu > gf
[ 2012.02.26 18:59:39 ] Jaiimez Skor > GF
[ 2012.02.26 18:59:40 ] NopeChuckTesta > :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
[ 2012.02.26 18:59:40 ] geddonz > gfgf
[ 2012.02.26 18:59:42 ] Xander Phoena > YYYAAASSSSSS
[ 2012.02.26 18:59:43 ] Zurvan Akarana > Good fucking gank
[ 2012.02.26 18:59:44 ] Wiccan999 > Well done rvb

10 minutes, and a few billion isk in kills with minimal losses – and 1 very debatable loss when a Red Fed member opened up on a Blue Rep member.  Lots of bitterness there, given they were BOTH IN THE SAME FLEET!

Ash Veratis did a vidya:

As did Sheral Udan:


Following a brief period in which we reshipped our losses and in a few cases waited out the GCC for the initial pew pew on the Phoenix, we headed off towards Providence to show the Amarrian loyalists there our new found freedom, and to spam every local with the Revelation mail as proof of our intent.  The dreadnaught loss may have scared them off. We killed an Onyx while its mates warped to our in-gate AFTER we had left it, nuked a bunch of bombers that repeatedly kept trying – and pretty much failing – to bomb our brave band, until I decided we would leave Providence as the Amarrian Pig-Dogs just really did not have a will to fight. 

So much for Amarr Victor.

After a quick run to Agil and a short break we moved into Querious (not Queerious or any other bastard way of pronouncing it, I am right, you are all wrong) which AGAIN was too damn quiet.  As an aside, we did discover that Owen Wilson plays EVE in the guise of our very own CAPTAIN HURRDURR.


So we went to Delve chatted with some locals and then found SNIGG in D-W7F0 and we do like to shoot them. However they had other plans – which included giving us a Nem3sis POS password, which worked until they changed it, but we did smash a drake that left the shields – and eventually we tackled the Nem3sis gang as they tried camping a SNIGG staging POS, SNIGG proceeded to Tier 3 them to death while we applied a silly amount of damage from our little frigates.  Apparently RVB does this as a contract thing:

[ 2012.02.26 23:40:52 ] Zandramus > so good job contracting rv b as your tackle

First I heard of it. I was under the impression we did this because we prefer people who will fight to people who just will not unless they have overwhelming odds or 2 logistics per combat ship (At least it isnt falcon alts).

And that gentlemen was the end of the night. We started with 120, ended with 50 loyalists roaming around and making merry on comms – except this one time when I kinda yelled at that and said the “c-word” a few times… We smashed over 90 ships and caused nearly 10 BILLION isk in damage along the way as well. Great Success!

Geddonz vidya of the whole night:


[Editor’s note: Penis Night write up to follow as I still cannot put that into words really without going off on a rant about logistics]



Feb 062012

Let me tell you managing 220 people, some of whom have never flown together, some of whom have never flown in anger, is an experience.

Yes folks, it was Ganked 15: All Back of the Bus last-night and it was a memorable one.  

First off we had advertised the roam on the EVE sub-reddit and it had also been arranged that EVE Radio would be in attendance, as a result we opened up the fleet to the listeners of Tranquillity’s premier radio station, which resulted in over 220 in fleet at its peak.  Which was a glorious sight, especially as 90% actually turned up in the hulls suggested by myself: Brutix, Cyclone, Ferox & Prophecy.

We managed to leave Rens back on time – and hit the low sec meetup to grab our blinkies, then piled into Great Wildlands and moved down towards Curse, with not much happening along the way, until we get into K-B2D3 where there was a large gang featuring Machariels!

It was here that the size of the fleet, the general unruliness of comms and my obvious sobriety came into play, with a total clusterf*** resulting from messed up fleet warps, to scouts calling stuff for other scouts to bits of the fleet trying to be warpins – and failing; we did score some kills, but lost a fair few folks along the way while doing so. But thems the breaks I suppose. I know now that my limit for “command” is around 150 at most for a Ganked, maybe 100 for more serious affairs.  

And so we moved on, having realised that -A- had retaken HED-GP and are usually good for the under the shirt, over the bra action we all really craved we headed there.  Your’s truly decloaked first when we jumped into a gang of Zealots off a gate, luckily House2Twist took the reigns again and did a marvellous job from then on including a good fight in HED itself.  Awesome work as ever!

By this time the fleet had dwindled downwards to much more manageable numbers, however apparently there was a sporting event in the USofA and many folks logged to prep for that. The best of us stayed on and ventured through Querious and into Delve, were we messed up some locals – we hoped they would bring friends but they didnt. Since we had not yet died, we decided to visit Test again, this time we went to Fountain.  Took us some time, and some local spam, but the locals agreed to fight us.  

We who are about to die salute you!

Except we did not die, we fought a drake heavy gang with logi support that jumped into us, and won. Well that was a new one for us.  

Suddenly it was 2am and we meandered out of Fountain and through Aridia and into high sec space again, 30+ of the original 220+ left standing, having roamed over 100 jumps from the south east corner of empire to the north west corner of null, taking over 100 names along the way.  

Overall a brilliant night as ever, very messy early on, but that improved along the way, and I know I need to drink more at the start of the nights now…

Next week we return to Saturdays, with the Kaley Cuoco Principle. I shall see you in Stacmon at 21.00 on the 11th February.


Jaymes Whelty’s Us V TEST

Geddonz of the whole night:

strongfarce (Not sure who you are in eve fella) did a couple of vidyas:

Nov 222011

Well Ganked 6, success or great success? I am still thinking it over, I mean we did not actually die (well not all of us) in a horrible fire, but we did get an epic fight…

Anyway, we set off slightly later than the 21.00 kick off – due to people setting up mumble, trying to fit lasers on anything and what not, but when we did leave we had quite a respectable fleet rolling, some 70+ people, the majority on mumble (even Jagtor despite his protestations that there was no discipline … “BUBBLE BUBBLE BUBBLE BUBBLE BUBBLE BUBBLE BUBBLE BUBBLE BUBBLE BUBBLE”) and all with an awful lot of lasers to throw around. Rainbow goodness!

Vale was emptier than I can ever recall (bring back IEGEX, all is forgiven!), and as part of the “plan” (ie I basically looked at my EVE Universe poster and randomly picked places…) we would meander southwards – via the east – so the fleet moved towards Geminate. Fintarue calls on comms he had a duder tackled on a detour to BWF, and so I fleet warped us to a gate that I thought was on the way to him, turns out it was a gate 141AU in the wrong direction… Fin died :(

However the simple act of actually getting the fleet into BND and moving towards BWF somehow enraged the locals and they brought out a bunch of ships and 5 guardians! Oh noes, “we who are about to die salute you” we thought. Then we ran around playing kisschase with them until it turned out they had used a jumpbridge and got ahead of our little band.

Much discussion ensued – and some nifty “tactics” I am borrowing for the future were raised – until I called a leeroy. 

Much carnage was the result.


Not of our fleet, of the UPS fleet (Geminate locals).

2 Guardians bailed as soon as we jumped in, the rest got ecm’d and tackled (love ecm drones!) and eventually killed while their fleet just went pop, pop, pop, pop one after the other to our rainbows. They really did taste them!

Then as fast as it had began it was all over, and the fleet was all “wait, we won?” “we didnt die” “what?”. Epic fight was truly epic, victory from the jaws of certain flaming death.

It was pretty late by this time and slowly people logged/went afk until a small band moved into Etherium Reach and decided to engage a kitey gang, killing an SFI but pretty much dieing in the process. However fun was had, shit was chatted on mumble, and the night was ended satisfactorily. 


40+ Kills (Campaign)
2.5billion ISK damage done;
Beer consumed (lots);
Fun had (also lots);

Video (Courtesy of Geddonz):

Oct 262011

Over the years that I played EVE I have seen CCP achieve some brilliant things with this game, making it really enjoyable to play.  However some 18 months ago, if not earlier than that, they seemed to start down a road that took them away from their core product, and what it is really about for the majority of EVE’s subscribers, towards a vision they had of an EVE that encompassed so much more than “mere spaceships”.  In doing so they began alienating the “spaceship” fans, all – in my opinion – to grab a share of the generic MMO market by offering such things as full body avatars, and things related to these as found in those generic MMOs. I lost a large amount of the faith I had in CCP, so much so that i sold off characters from my stable and let other accounts go inactive, bringing myself down to 1 active account.

A result of this, over the 18months or so that they were obviously focusing away from EVE, was a substantial drop in subscriptions, a major drop in PCU numbers and even more anger on various forums than normal, quite a feat considering how vitriolic eve related forums usually are.  Player dissatisfaction really came to a head with the Incarna expansion in the summer of this year, which saw the first iteration of full body avatars added to the EVE experience, along side a VERY controversial micro (I know!) transaction store. There was much rage, and the largest sub and PCU drops to date.

This seemed to wake CCP up, and slowly, very slowly over the summer they began to make noises about refocusing on their core product, their golden goose, EVE.  This culminated in a number of things:

  • An “apology” from Hilmar;
  • CCP making some staff redundant, and moving focus away from 3 products to 2;
  • A winter expansion, that promises a large amount of changes and fixes to the core product;
  • New ships, specifically chosen from some contests last year.  The info on these is to be released weekly over the coming weeks. The first is the Tornado.

All in all, this turnabout is very welcome to me personally, as a 5+ year veteran of EVE, and as someone who has followed the game much longer than that, it saddened me to see the product go ignored/have half done content thrown at it, like it did. I cannot say CCP has restored all the faith I had in them, but they are doing a good job of it.  I am sure that with enough time, and the items listed above are a good beginning, that they will reclaim the faith of many more people, and I hope that this is only the earliest days of a glorious resurgence of EVE.

Sep 212011

Once upon a time, there was a group of pilots who lived in Null security space, and after getting thrown out by the Russians, set up an alliance in Empire space that goes by the name Pinked.

They recruited other corps into this alliance using the following points:

  • Are you bored of those annoying war decs?
  • Are you wanting to fight back?
  • Are you wanting to learn to PvP?
  • Are you wondering what those 0.0 sec fights are really like?
  • Are you wanting to reach your full potential in PvP?
  • Are you wanting your corporation to stand on its own feet?

However, it seems that when push comes to shove, they do not do any of the above for the members of their alliance, they demonstrate a total breakdown in their message when it comes to the members of the corporations they recruit.

How do we know this? Because over the course of the TWO times they have declared war on RVB, they have obviously had new corporations join and then failed to tell them they are at war with RVB, or even given them any of the leadership and training promised in their advertisement.

During the first war, a corp called Irrationality ILLC joined them, and suffered some embarrassing losses at our hands, with no aid or leadership from the so called experts in their alliance.

Then during a second – currently on-going – war, that has some RVB D-rama behind it, they inducted another corp, obviously under false pretences and also threw some more stupid losses our way.

We have tried to speak to the players we have killed, and tell them what is going on, but some do not even know they are in an alliance, let alone know why they are at war with the two most active pvp groups in Empire.

This really is an amazing example of failure to communicate from a leadership which expressed a willingness to be different; such a failure which will just ruin the enjoyment of the game for some of their members, and if luck will have it, cause said “leadership” to run back to null with their tales between their legs.

Sep 212011

“Be the ordeal sharp or long, or both, we shall seek no terms, we shall tolerate no parlay; we may show mercy – we shall ask for none.”

Eve University, what can I say about them that has not already been said by so many others before me. They are good for Eve, good for the hordes of new players who pass through their doors, and partake in the lectures and classes offered by their instructors. Many go on to be productive members of society on Tranquility, others take up less salubrious roles, even more just shoot npc’s all day in some mindless quest for isk. Then of course there are those who mine.

Despite all the good, in the minds of many something about Eve University does not ring true, could it be the cult like way ex-members talk about them, or could it be the non-aggressive stance they take, in a world wrought by war and terror? Yes, it is that exactly. How can an entity that tries so hard to be good for Tranquility, be so opposed to the basic fact of life here: People die, often in explosions.

However, it seems that for some time all has not been right within the sheltered halls of Eve University, people have been questioning their non-aggressive stance, been wanting to know exactly why they wave the white flag when attacked, why they dock in their stations and refuse to come out, why with their numbers can they not fight! And so they took the decision to fight, and to take that fight to some of the best and brightest in the Empire controlled area’s of Tranquility.

Best, being Red Federation & Blue Republic.

When we heard the war drums beating for the upcoming conflict, both sides rapidly started gearing up and putting our plans in motion, including a combined fleet that would roll down to their space and punch them in the face repeatedly, for having the audacity to challenge US!

Cue a day spent gathering intel and forming a fleet, which when it did roll out was amazing to see, nearly 100 Red and Blue pilots working well together and moving as only a well oiled machine should. After a small stop to reship in Hek, we moved onwards towards Aldrat, having heard that the Eve University defence fleet had annihilated a smaller, but stronger (on paper) fleet from another group who they had challenged to a war.

“Never give in — never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

Fleet was split at this news with much doomsaying from several of the fleet, however I as Fleet Commander knew that come what may our 15 Battleships, 35 Battlecruisers and myriad other supporting vessels would eventually win the day, once again demonstrating the superiority of Red & Blue over all challengers to be found in Empire space.

However there was the small matter of an insidious smell following us around as we endeavoured to pull the Eve University fleet out of Aldrat, it turned out that there was a spy (possibly more) in our fleet reporting everything we said and did to a neutral party who then fed all that information publically to Eve University in the local chat of Aldrat. So after bouncing back one system then changing tactic too fast for anyone to catch on, I ordered the destruction of the spies ship.

Suddenly, Eve University lost their will to even camp their own in gate and retreated to their POS. It seems I had hit one nail on the head perfectly. Using this mistake by their command, I order the Glorious RVB fleet, now numbering over 110 ships to jump into Aldrat and we immediately started hitting various safe spots in system, all the while demanding they speak to us, tell us why they chose us to have a war with, and then not fight us at all.

Eventually, the only reply they gave was a Raven un-docking from their headquarters and attacking a fleet member, which resulted in our fleet warping in and destroying said Raven, just as the entire Eve University fleet landed to try and save him. Battle was brought.

Immediately I called several targets including various battleships and battlecruisers, wanting to get these heavy hitting vessels out of the fight early on – and having intel of my own, I knew several of their command would be flying such vessels. Cut off the head and the body dies does it not?

And that worked, as I called more and targets, they fell faster and faster, eventually the Eve University fleet – what remained of it – bailed off their OWN headquarters and we were victorious. Scoring the first victory against Tranquility’s latest aggressors, despite the other forces arrayed against them.

“It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.”

All in all chaps, yesterday’s OP was a huge success on so many levels, demonstrating what we can do when we put aside the nonsense that so often plagues our daily explosive interactions and are united by a common enemy.

I totally look forward to seeing us do as well, if not better in the future.