Friday 29 April 2011

Blog Banter 26: Love at first sight

Welcome to the twenty-sixth installment of the EVE Blog Banter, the monthly EVE Online blogging extravaganza created by CrazyKinux. The EVE Blog Banter involves an enthusiastic group of gaming bloggers, a common topic within the realm of EVE Online, and a week or so 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 Check for other EVE Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!

This month's topic was proposed by @KatiaSae of the much praised "To Boldly Go" blog. Katia asks: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. As an astrophotographer, I've found it in the stars and planets of New Eden. Where have you found it? Perhaps you've found beauty in the ships we fly? Maybe it's the sight of profits being added to your bottom line? Or maybe it's the pilot portraits you see in the comm channels? Where ever you've found it, write about it and post an image." Don't be afraid go beyond the simple visual aspects of EVE as well. Is the EVE Community in itself a thing of beauty? What makes EVE the game, the world, the Community, so appealing to you?

Thursday 28 April 2011

Why SOTF left Vale/RAGE/The NC

I hope everyone had a super Easter break. I certainly did as it coincided with my 30th birthday celebrations! But having had my fill of chocolate, BBQs, booze and sunshine I felt it was time to crack on with this post.

It's a big one but I will try hard not to waffle on too much...

Wednesday 27 April 2011


Forgive me a quick penis wave.

We noticed today that the new issue of EON magazine has listed the top corporations, Alliances and individuals based on kills/value of kills during December 2010 and February 2011.

Well SoTF made it to the number 9 spot for corporations. So I'd like to say YAAAY and go team FW noobs :)

Also congrats to Laedy who is at the number 18 spot for Individual pilots and Loren Gallen who is at number 19. Some other names I recognise are AshenSugar at number 6 and Jarowit at number 20. Kudos to all!!

/End penis waving :p

Tuesday 19 April 2011

Killmail Ship Stats - What do yours say about you?

As you may have noticed SoTF has left RAGE and re-joined the Gallente Militia. I have a detailed post coming on this soon (tm) but suffice to say we are happy to be back in our old stomping grounds.

I was very much looking forward to joining in with the pewpew this evening however my PC is not enjoying the heat-wave as much as my tan is. So whilst my other-half tinkers with my melted CPU (well not quite that bad but almost) I've hopped onto his PC and written a little blog meme to pass the time...

Killmail ship stats
Most killboards have a stats page listing the ships and weapons you have used on all of your killmails. We got talking about our top numbers this evening during a fleet form-up and I thought it would make a fun blog post. I'm going to take a look at my numbers and see what they say about me. Feel free to join in.

Friday 15 April 2011

The point of Eve?

I was having a read of some different blog posts today when I came across this one The Point of Eve from Sleepless in Space.

Whilst I quite enjoyed the read I just couldn't resist a little dig at the old "disregard females" slogan...

Saturday 9 April 2011

lol bombers

Just lol.

Bloody funny evening, our killboard is quite a mess this morning.

Looking forward to more practice at this. Perhaps next time a bit of sobriety would be in order o_0

Friday 8 April 2011


...I haz them.

And tattoos too!

Wednesday 6 April 2011

Grumpy cow writes a battle report

If I had an isk for every time someone has nagged me to do a new blog post I'd have at least 4.5 isks by now.

It's nice to be wanted, but in addition to being horrendously busy and hormonal as hell I confess that some aspects of my rl have been a little soul sapping of late which has killed both my desire to log into Eve and my ability to do anything remotely creative.

But OK, I feel a little guilty now for trying to take blog break. So I have cobbled together my memories of the fleet I was able to join last night and can present a battle report for your viewing pleasure.

But I apologise now if there is a hint of angry hormonal cow who needs a holiday, a litre of sangria and a big tub of Ben & Jerrys Phish Food to my post -.-

RAGE v DarkSide - 05/04/2011
My original plan had been to hop on and join a pre-planned corp shield fleet but by the time I actually sat down at my PC the fleet had morphed into a 50 strong, armour based, RAGE Home Defence operation. I pulled out my Rapier and hung about for 20mins whilst not paying much attention to Eve as I was watching Hollyoaks on TV (because Warren is FIT).

Off we eventually went to track down a DarkSide gang that was mooching about nearby causing the locals the drop their tea and cakes. After a few minutes of Benny Hill-ing around Vale we ended up all the way... next door to where we had first formed up. It was here we began a tricky but rather fun little scrap.

Here is the battle report:

Sooo, it doesn’t look too impressive on paper, and that's because it probably wasn't as far as stats go heh! I think it is fair to say that this is mostly Gallactica's fault for loosing 2 ships, one of which was a v expensive Proteus. You just can't get the staff these days eh? Feel free to boo at him in local, he won't mind at all.

DarkSide were in a speedy shield gang and quickly burned out to 100km+ from our fleet whilst we tried to close the gap and pick off any ships that we'd managed to web/scram. Round about now I realised my error in watching Hollyoaks and not keeping proper ears on our fleet forming coms because my Rapier was fitted with an AB and not a MWD. Thus I quickly burnt out all of my mid slots in my efforts to actually be useful with my webs. Tits :(

Overall our Logis were holding us up pretty well but despite a bit of chastising on coms our fleet did end up spread out like butter between the gate and the DarkSide fleet. The result was some folks finding themselves out of rep-range of our logis, which is not a nice place to be when faced with DarkSide's high alpha.

But even taking this into account, it was a pretty entertaining scrap. Coms was light and fluffy, just how we Shadows types like it, and we got some nice kills. Props to all the sharp eyed scramers/webbers slowing down the appropriate targets (whilst yours truly tried in vain to keep up).

In spite of my inappropriate fit I am generally quite enjoying flying the Rapier and last night I also got to experience the newish feature of broadcasted targets moving to the top of the overview. Yay for lazy primary finding (and for non-english speakers in fleet hehe). Now if only CCP would make the "I need armour" buttons detatchable so we could keep them somewhere handy on ones interface rather than squished at the bottom of the fleet window. I digress.

I have to give a virtual "Man of the Match" award to this Drake of doom (and his rr support) which took about 20 dog years die.

I am unfamiliar with the history of DarkSide and RAGE/NC but the general consensus coming over coms from our non-shadows attendees seemed to be yay for them actually engaging and that the engagement was fun, if not particularly graceful.

So, I declare this battle WIN and /up yours to the killboards.

DarkSide eventually left the field and we hopped home for a quick bio before heading out again for round 2, and again with DarkSide.

But sadly rl was about to fry my Eve-ing for the night. Quite literally. Just as the scrap kicked off my PC turned itself off -.-

I've been having a few issues with overheating lately and it appears my pewpew of the past hour had upset the temperature again. This time round DarkSide had reshipped and our plan had been to pop a few ships then GTFO. With that in mind, and the fact I was currently in a bubble, I knew I'd probably lost my Rapier.

I had a brief vision of our logis trying to save my sorry butt in the hope I would log back in soon (as has happened before) so I dropped a quick text to one of the Directors explaining that I would be gone for the night. The reply was somewhat akin to a Doctor-in-the-hospital-waiting-room giving the gravest news we did everything we could but in the end...

WTB New Rapier.

Although on a plus when I logged in again at 2am (don’t ask) I got my pod home. In yo face DarkSide! (medical clones are getting expensive so yes I shall celebrate this small mercy).

So there you have it, a bit of action at last. Now stop nagging me to be fun whilst I am trying to be miserable and mopey -.-