Saturday, 22 November 2014

Yes, this is why we love EVE

 Anathema didn't only believe in ley-lines, but in seals, whales, bicycles, rainforests, whole grain in loves, recycled paper, white South Africans out of South Africa, and Americans out of practically everywhere down to and including Long Island.

-- (Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, Good Omens)




In other news I will be departing for a few months in the Antarctic in the next fortnight, unfortunately the ships internet isn't good enough to even log in but at least I have over a years worth of skills queued.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Memory

The hangar is always dark these days, a myriad of vessels powered down, in hibernation, the deck crew has long gone, their employer seemingly nowhere to be found.

It's cold in here, the life of this once vibrant hangar, lost in the void.

A light flickers, a frigate in the far corner, powers up for a second, but in this darkness it feels like a stroke of lightning. The darkness returns, the brief flash making it feel heavier... Darker.

The frigate, a favourite of this particular hangars owner, pulses once more, brighter, making the returning darkness feel... ominous.

a low hum breaks the silence, systems powering up in the darkness, the afterburners fire, the frigate in its cradle held fast, and just as suddenly the darkness returns, a little brighter, warmed by the glow of the cooling back wall.

The Rifter feels a memory, its systems for so long melded with the mind of its pilot.

It misses its pilot...


Monday, 13 October 2014

And I'm offski... Again

Shadwell hated all southerners and, by inference, was standing at the North Pole.

-- (Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, Good Omens) 


I fly to Melbourne Australia for six months on Wednesday, taking my laptop with me this time but doubt I'll have internet access when we go to the Antarctic. But I will try and stay updated with the goings on in EVE and even considering trying my hand at some EVE fiction with me and my family as the characters, develop some back story and just have fun writing again.

I could use a little help if anyone feels inclined to do so. Please share the link on your social media if th fancy takes you :)

Huggs and Kisses

Kane


Thursday, 11 September 2014

Back, kind of...

On the fabled hidden continent of Xxxx, somewhere near the rim, there is a lost colony of wizards who wear corks around their pointy hats and live on nothing but prawns.
-- (Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man) 


I shall be attending EVE Nottingham this weekend and hope to see some of you there, I have just arrived back from four months in the Gulf of Mexico and I shall be around till the middle of October before heading to Australia and spending about five months aboard the Sea Shepherd ship, the Steve Irwin.

So I won't really be back playing EVE for a while yet, I'll try catch up with some of you online as I have my laptop with me, but won't be able to play.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Thank you :)

People who are rather more than six feet tall and nearly as broad across the shoulders often have uneventful journeys. People jump out at them from behind rocks then say things like, "Oh. Sorry. I thought you were someone else."
-- Carrot travels to Ankh-Morpork


(Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!) 


I would like to extend my gratitude to those that came all the way to Gusandall to join me on a little roam this evening. Y'all don't know how much I appreciated it and whilst we didn't have the most epic fights, the Titanomancy was ill-fated and we weren't exactly efficient I had an awesome time.
This was by far the largest gang I'd been in for a very long time, all 24 of us :)
Special thanks to Nashh and The Bastards for hooking us up with comms for the evening.

And don't forget EVE Nottingham being organised by Nashh, I shall be in attendance, fresh from my adventure in the Gulf of Mexico, along with a few other big names in internet spaceships :)

I'm not entirely sure when or if I'll be back to playing EVE, I'd like to think I will but you just never know where the universe will take you. Thanks to everyone who has ever read one of my stories and got even the slightest amount of enjoyment out of it.

I shall try post pics of my time on the RV Odyssey on this blog.

Stay strong, never surrender, fly it like you stole it and good hunting.

Hugs and Kisses

Kane




Friday, 11 April 2014

THE RIFTERING

The pre-luncheon drinks were going quite well, Mr Bucket thought. Everyone was making polite conversation and absolutely no one had been killed up to the present moment.
-- (Terry Pratchett, Maskerade)


GUSANDALL
SATURDAY APRIL 19th
1700 EVETIME.
Bring all the Rifters, your friends and a can do attitude, will need one or two Sabres and maybe a few brave armour logistics frigate pilots, but honestly Rifters, all of them. This will more than likely go into nullsec so leave your implants at home
That is all.



Well, not actually, my deployment has come through and it's been freaking me out since I got the mail yesterday. Seems I will be spending the summer on a sailboat in the Caribbean as part of Ocean Alliance and Sea Shepherd's Operation Toxic Gulf, doing research on the effects of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster on marine life. I'll be flying to Key West next week and taking in Florida, Louisiana, Mississipi and Alabama.


Sunday, 23 March 2014

Lesson One: Correct Use of Shovel...

"'Chapter Fifteen, Elementary Necromancy'", she read out loud. "'Lesson One: Correct Use of Shovel...'"
-- (Terry Pratchett, Jingo) 


Last night, in the afterglow of an epic bit of Piracy and a billion ISK payday for each of those involved, I decided it a good idea to tangle with a small gang that had set up shop on the Gusandall gate in Eifer, in all my genius I decided on taking a new ship out to play and promptly losing it. The rest of the locals with no co-ordination whatsoever followed suit and it ended up being a little farcical with two battleships and three strategic cruisers lost, but we didn't really care, had a laugh after and carried on with our lives

Here are the lessons learnt

•Intel Intel Intel

For fucks sakes, when you have intel, like the fact that there's at least 3 Caracals, 3 Moa, a Gnosis, 2 Ishtar, 3 Scythes and some tackle, jumping in all gung ho is not the smartest move. 
Sometimes being a solo pirate leads to some communication problems and combining forces doesn't always work out as hastily planned
We had sufficient intel and decided to jump in anyways, believing we were that good that we could clean up a remote shield boosting gang with a mix of ships, no voice comms and no fleet setup.

•Active Tanking 101

I haven't active tanked a battleship in a while and I was rusty, a dual rep AAR tank should have lasted much longer than I did, but I failed, the incoming damage was high and I didn't activate my reppers early enough, thinking I could bait tank a bit, but by the time I got them going it was too late.
I'm not a novice at active tanking, I just went full retard thinking I could just pull it off easily.

Dual Large Armour  Repairer or Single rep and single Ancillary rep?  The jury is still out for me, I'll have to play with it more and see which I orefer. I have dual repped in the past and had much success and I feel the boost rep of the Ancillary might be a bit more useful in the type of fights I would take in my right mind

•To MWD or not to MJD

One of the things I was toying with was the Micro Jump Drive, a new unit and one I had never used in combat. 
I was debating the Micro Jump Drive over the Micro Warp Drive and reasoned that I could just jump away if there were no scrams on me.

Were there any scrams on me? 
No, no there weren't
Did I just activate the MJD and jump away?
No, no I didn't

•Smartbomb over neutralizer

I'm undecided on this, the smartbomb could come in useful, had I had time to make best use of it to kill off drones and in this fight the neutralizer wouldn't have saved me, but what it might have done is break the rep chain of the Scythes a bit.

I did get one Moa before they could set up their reps properly but that was it, once they got going I wasn't going to break them, all that was left was for me to explode, even though I could have tanked better and simply micro jumped away.

All in all an expensive lesson, not as expensive as some I've had this year but not going to deter me, I shall still try this out, and maybe, just maybe, not go full retard and ruin what was an epic day :)