Monday 28 June 2010

The Faction War Interviews

Ahh Faction War, that black sheep of the Eve family. A pointless activity? A playground for noobs? Is it all blobs and role-play? Why DO people still join militias? More importantly what is it that keeps them playing? Why on earth do people fight over system control when it offers no rewards? What sort of players call the landscape of Faction War their home?

In an effort to answer questions like this and diversify this blog I am conducting a series of interviews/questionnaires with the familiar faces in Faction War. Initially Gallente and hopefully Caldari militia. Eventually I hope to include Minmatar and Amarr militia pilots also. Participants are invited to reply as in char or out of character as they wish.

If you are interested in being interviewed drop me an email at


1. Gallactica (Gallente Militia)
2. Julius Foederatus (Gallente Militia)
3. Aurora Nyx (Caldari Militia)
4. BacardiDesire (Minmatar Militia)
5. Lacco (Caldari State)
chatgris (Gallente Militia)
7....more to come!

Faction War Interview: Gallactica

For my very first interview, and in honour of SOTF's 2nd birthday, I have decided to begin with Shadows of the Federation CEO, Gallactica.

Sunday 27 June 2010


Yesterday the Mutual Defence Pact of the Villore Accords, formed in 2009 to defend against those who seeked to further weaken an already struggling Gallente Militia, was dissolved as a formal organisation.

Tuesday 22 June 2010

Eve Offline?

Soo, the server is down tomorrow for maintenance. Don't Panic! Before the shakes set in check out my collection of out-of-game Eve fixes to brighten your spaceless day...

Apologies... anyone wondering wtf was going on Villore last night.

This week Drackarn, one of our corp Directors, leaves the UK for 2 years working in the back of beyond. In true SOTF fashion he put on a goodbye competition for the corpies, which in theory consisted of a treasure hunt, with clues to be found and then a final target to destroy, but in reality mostly consisted of us blowing the crap out of each other in t1 frigates.

Much smack, station camping, griefing, blobbing and primary-ing of the CEO was had. Most people were in teams of 2, some with tactics others just attacking whomever they could find. The funniest part was the ongoing and slightly exasperated chatter over vent from S810 Jr trying to organise his team-mate, Gallactica, who was rather drunk and not paying attention but instead running around being shot at by, well everyone.

A night of many lols and quite an appropriate send off for our lovely Drackarn. Congrats to the winners and kudos to everyone who took part.

Good luck Drack, hope you get a new Internet connection sorted quickly!

Saturday 19 June 2010

Lucky days and close calls

I thought I was in for a lucky streak this week when I won 10m isk in a prize draw and then my blog entry for the Women in Eve contest got picked as one of the winners. I also pulled Germany and Brazil in the SOTF footy sweepstakes, woot! (This was before the crummy Germany v Serbia game, bleh). So perhaps my luck would continue into the week?

Tuesday 15 June 2010

Blog Banter #18: A journey, not a destination

Welcome to the eighteenth installment of the EVE Blog Banter, the monthly EVE Online blogging extravaganza created by none other than me, CrazyKinux. The EVE Blog Banter involves an enthusiastic group of gaming bloggers, a common topic within the realm of EVE Online, and a week to post articles pertaining to the said topic. The resulting articles can either be short or quite extensive, either funny or dead serious, but are always a great fun to read! Any questions about the EVE Blog Banter should be directed to

On May 6th 2010, EVE Online celebrated its 7th Anniversary. Quite a milestone in MMO history, especially considering that it is one of the few virtual worlds out there to see its population continually grow year after year. For some of you who've been here since the very beginning, EVE has evolved quite a lot since its creation. With the expansion rolling out roughly twice a year, New Eden gets renewed and improved regularly. But, how about you the player? How has your gaming style evolved through the years or months since you've started playing? Have you always been a carebear, or roleplayer? Have you only focused on PvP or have you given other aspects of the game a chance - say manufacturing. Let's hear your story!

I've already written a lot on my past in Eve here so I will try and keep this fresh and hopefully not bore anyone into a new clone.

Women in Eve: Winners Announced!

CrazyKinux has at last announced the winners for the Blog Banter #17; Women in Eve contest. Here are the results (original link):

  1. The Ghost Report: Eve Blog Banter: The Girls Who Fly Spaceships
  2. “Prove It”: Women In EvE
  3. Blog Banter #17 – Women in Eve
  4. The Ladies of New Eden (An Analysis on How Men are not from Mars, & Women are not from Venus)
  5. Cloaked and Watching You: The Ladies of New Eden
  6. Space Broker: Gal-Ristas!
  7. Tech 2 stilettos
  8. It's a woman's world (they just don't know it yet!)
  9. Ladies of New Eden
  10. Lady Vengeance, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Pew-Pew

CK's pick of other entries worth reading:

So I'd just like to say...


It was a really enjoyable blog banter, I love that it got so many "I think I might make a blog" types actually starting up. There were 80 entries overall and lots of different opinion and ideas. It certainly encouraged debate, even the comments list for the contest is full of people discussing the issue of ladies who play Eve.

Thank you very much for running the contest CK and also thanks to whomever it was that upped the prize fund (I cannot find the blogpost which mentioned the player who did this).

I shall be putting my winnings into my pvp isk pot, ensuring this Woman in Eve has plenty of equipment for kicking butt around New Eden ;-)

Thursday 10 June 2010

Out of my comfort zone

Sooo, the Alliance Tourny kicks off, which for me means plenty of friends and enemies watching the matches and not pvping, bleh. This has however given me an opportunity to fit my new toy out. A Nemesis, the Gallente Stealth Bomber.

I do love the (Tristan) hull, does it not look like it should be in a Transformers movie?

I've become rather addicted to flying tackle in general but fancied trying something new and admit it would be nice to dish out some DPS for a change, so I've been skilling up for Stealth Bombers over the last few weeks.

Last night I joined a roaming fleet, initially in an Ares but later on I swapped into Peepo (see above pic!) and rejoined the fleet. Now aside from messing about with my other-half on a station this was the first time I'd ever flown a SB in combat, and my God it was hard work.

I hadn't realised what a pain in the butt fleet roaming was going to be. My optimal range is around 50km but the fleet was moving about an awful lot, so I'd end up landing with the fleet at 0 on a gate only to be informed that targets were incoming. So then I'd have to get my slow ass backside out to range and cloaked before the incoming targets arrived... only to have to burn back to 0 again when the targets changed tact and the fleet started moving again... this "stop and start" type fleet movement is never a problem in a speedy 'ceptor but I found keeping up in the Nemesis to be a right blimin nightmare.
I also noticed the difficulty in staying cloaked when fellow fleet members wandered too close to me.

Neither the fleet or the nights targets were the best situation for a Stealth Bomber and I had constant pangs of longing for my Inty whenever stuff ran by that I would have liked to catch. But it was good to get out of my comfort zone and try something new. Before the night was up I even got myself onto 2 kills...

Whoremail 1
Whoremail 2

... buuut with 0 damage, doh. Not the best start, but a start non-the-less!

The Caldari Militia activity seems to have been a little quieter in my play time recently (in general that is, there have been a few big fleets out) but SOTF and the other MDP corps are now involved in 3 war-decs which should provide a bit more activity, and hopefully more opportunities for me to try my new toy out.

Monday 7 June 2010

Recruitment Part 3: Useful links

I hope you have found this guide of use. Any feedback is welcome and as previously stated feel free to add your own comments and tips.

Recruitment Part 2: Eve-O forum as a recruitment tool

In this part of the guide I will cover how to effectively use the Eve-O recruitment forum as a recruitment tool.

Recruitment Part 1: Methods of Recruiting

Here are some of the ways you could potentially recruit new members for your corporation, and my feedback on them.

Recruiting in Eve Online [a guide]

I have written this guide to share tips and information on recruitment and how to successfully make use of the Eve-O recruitment forums. It is aimed at new corporations, clueless idiots and anyone who is interested in upping their new member intake.