December 5, 2014

Pro Tip: Super Safe Spots

Here I am roaming in nullsec. Somewhat bored, looking for the ever elusive good fight. My Malediction is thirsty for a fight. Then... I see it! A Crow, coming right for me. It would normally be able to kite most ships, but the Malediction is an interceptor, and I know how to not get kited. I catch it, and go about my business taking it down. It's going well, but then 10 other people enter local! The Crow has friends! I finish him off quickly, warp off to a safe spot (phew!), and go get a drink.

When I come back, I see a bunch of taunting in local chat about how I'm "chicken" because I warped off, and they could not find me on d-scan. Because of this, they had concluded I cloaked: the ultimate coward move.

Have you ever heard of a cloaky interceptor? No? Good, I haven't either. I was not cloaked.

But they couldn't find you in your safe spot using d-scan!

No, they couldn't, as I was using something called a "deep safe". That is, a safe spot that is more than 14 AU away from any object you can warp to. It was even away from all routes of warping from place to place in the system. In fact, it was about 30 AU away from the entire system.

It used to be that these safe spots could be bookmarked by exploiting a variety of bugs or weird mechanics -- like warping to scan probes, or repeated logging off. All of these weird techniques were removed from Eve, and their resultant safe spots were purged back in 2010. So long ago that I had to use the web archive to find the post about it. There were a bunch of upset people, and that was that.

Yet here you are with the deep safe. What did you do??

Let me introduce you to my dear friend, Sansha Kuvakei. He's the one who made this all possible.

Grim looking fellow. Has some sort of crusade going on to destabilize the empires, show capsuleers up, or something like that. I don't actually care that much. What's important though is he likes sieging whole constellations in "incursion" events.

These are very nasty, particularly in nullsec. Space becomes chock-full of nasty ships, your own ship ceases to work properly, there are weird voices in your head, and everything turns a nasty shade of green.

I don't even actually care about that, though. What I do care about is the installations they put up. They appear to be placed randomly throughout the system. They seem to like their personal space though, since in very small systems, these incursion sites end up being scattered way outside the system.

And, of course, they can be bookmarked.  

So what does this all mean?

Look at the space near you. Is there an incursion going on? Would you, at any point in the future, want to have an especially hard to find safe spot in one of those systems? If your answers are yes, you should head over there in a fast frigate to have a look. You never know when our greatest ally, Sansha, is giving you a gift of safety rather than danger.

December 4, 2014

*Tap Tap* ...Is This Thing On?

So, uh... I'm back! I went away for a little (not so little?) while, and now I'm back, I'm undocked, and I--

I blew up. And I will keep doing it because that's what I do!

The Break

I have been out of the game for 4-5 months, and out of blogging for longer. Why? Acute Bittervet Syndrome. A quick, at-home symptom check for those who think they may be suffering from it:

  • Constantly thinking of the "good ol' days"? 
  • Everything feels repetitive and can't find anything fun to do?
  • Other players seem like irredeemable idiots all the time?
  • Feel compelled to shitpost shiptoast on the Eve Forums all the time?

You may have Acute Bittervet Syndrome! You should take a break.

I'm not kidding. Put some distance between yourself and Eve. Unsubscribe, too. Don't do that wishy washy "skill training online" crap. Unsubscribe, fall out of touch with all but the best friends you've made, and don't make a special effort to keep up with any in-game events. Better, go play another game. I recommend Guild Wars 2. It's refreshingly different from Eve. 

The Return

Now I'm back, complete with losing ships stupidly, and losing ships extremely stupidly. A lot of people seem to be excited about the prospect of my return to shooting things in the face, so I have a quick FAQ for them:

Are you going back to Rifterlings? No. They have departed my vision of the corp, and frankly I sort of want to shoot them. However, they seem to be happy and doing well, so I won't spoil that. Not intentionally, anyway. I am not returning to the corp, however.

Are you going back to faction warfare? No. For my own sanity, I need to do something completely different. Also, FW is dead to me until off-grid boosting is removed.

Will you join <insert your favorite corp/alliance here>? No. I am doing my own thing. Keep reading. 

Can I join you in whatever it is you're doing? No. Well, maybe. Read on.

Are you going to answer any questions with anything but "no"? No. Not in this FAQ anyway.

Cleared things up? Good. Now, here's what I will be doing:

Scrap Metal Squadron [SMSQD]

I am founding a new corporation. Its focus is on solo and small gang PvP in null-sec space. It is being founded by many original/founding members of Rifterlings, and will operate on the same quality-over-quantity approach to small ship / small gang PvP. Because of the higher hostility of null-sec space, requirements for self-sufficiency, dedication, and experience will be higher. 

So... going back to the question: "Can I join you in whatever it is you're doing?" Yes, if you are fine with being a member of a budding corp that is still getting its metaphorical shit together. Eve-mail me or e-mail me to get in touch.

Back to your regularly scheduled programming

I am completely out of touch with the metagame of Eve, especially in the realm of null-sec, so expect some posts about how things work, don't work, or what wonderful explosions can be achieved.