CCP released the CSM 12 summit notes. I rarely think about the CSM, mainly because I have no clue about advanced game mechanics, ship balance etc. But it was still an interesting read. A few things I noticed:
- One of the issues which were raised several times was the lack of communication from CCP which leaves the impression that CCP doesn’t really care about the community. I agree.
- “looking into this”, “aware of this”, “keeping it in mind” were common responses from CCP.
- Regarding Fanfest: “CCP Guard says that a lot of the “goofy shit” such as permaband and videos was brought up in water cooler discussions. In the current climate that can’t happen but the future holds many things.” Makes me think that work atmosphere within CCP is not the greatest but I might overinterpret things.
- Clearly no love for wormhole space: Ctrl+F “wormhole” lead to no results; Ctrl+F “WH” lead to one result: Drifters. SAD!
Problems sleeping is one of the annoying side effects of my medication. So I spent the last 2 hours making another reimagined pic of an Eve personality: Sapporo Jones of TEST Alliance.
If you haven’t noticed yet: I like making stuff. Scribbling, sketching, Photoshop, Illustrator etc. But job, family and my non-existent ability to commit to something leave me with many unfinished projects. There is a comic I would like to do. Some pixel art I’ve started. Lots of scribbles.
Yet, my drawing tablet is still in a moving box somewhere. I haven’t touched it in months. (And yes, there are still some unopened moving boxes). Thanks to a stomach flue I am stuck at home and finally felt like finishing some pieces.
To me one of the most fascinating things in Eve is to see how people interact. Corps are the most common way to play with like-minded friends and learn how to navigate Eve many niches. But then there are the Null-sec and Low-sec alliances, where the level of commitment is mind boggling. To me at least.
You have hundreds of players willing to follow a small number of leaders. I would understand if it was for the sake of combat. But in many cases they contribute by bringing their everyday skills to the table: setting up servers, making websites, writing scripts etc. Even I do this once in a while (more about this later). As a result alliance leaders become public figures, which in Eve’s case means lots of coverage on Reddit and Eve-Media.
I always thought it would be funny to draw them in a way people describe them on Reddit. Below you’ll find two of my brain farts: Gobbins (Pandemic Horde) and The Mittani (Goonswarm Federation). Hopefully I’ll be able to finish more in the future.
My kid has something we call “Wimmelbuch” in German. I think the closest thing for Americans might be “Where is Waldo”. I always wanted to do something similar for the things I read on r/eve. Over the holidays I decided to give it a try. Browsing through the “Best of” section made me realize how many stories which had happened I forgot.
Maybe it’s me, I do have memory problems. Or maybe it’s human nature that we tend to forget about drama and adapt instead. Though I do like to believe that the current drama and outrage we see in Eve (citadels, economy and lack of communication) will have a longer lifespan than usual, I am not willing to bet Isk on it.
To get back to the picture: I had planned to redraw and color this once done but as so many of my projects I stopped midway and never found the time to complete it. Maybe I’ll do it one day. But like with the drama I am not willing to bet Isk on it.
I think I mentioned it before: The anti-seizure medication I have to take comes with a number of rather annoying side effects. Among them: Nightmares. A particularly bad one woke me up in the middle of the night and falling asleep again was impossible for a while. So, gaming it was.
After having spent a lot of time annoying the Sanshas I decided to leave them alone for now. My next goal is the northwest, where the Serpentis Corporation runs their shady business operations. Remembering my previous mistake I made sure this time to actually tank for the Serpentis damage profile: Kinetic and Thermal.
Within a few jumps I scanned down “Serpentis Narcotics Warehouses“, a 3/10 DED site and perfect to test out my new fit. Everything worked out well and even the loot fairy was on my site. A drop of roughly 90mil of loot made me a happy explorer. A few jumps later I found a “Serpentis Corporation Hydroponics Site“; eager to collect more loot and confident that I could take the damage easily, I took the gate.
It wasn’t until I reached the last pocked when I realized my mistake. Out of habit I had added an active tank, which is alright when you fly with your wormhole hunter but less than optimal when you do combat exploration. Willow always compensated for that with a cap booster, but that one has been replaced with a relic analyzer. And while I did tank quite nicely I knew that my time was very limited since my cap ran out fast. Of course I had to warp just when I had the boss in structure, leaving my drones behind.
Now I am sitting in station, annoyed about my mistake. My market alt has bought all the modules I need to fix the current fit and I am waiting for the hauler to drop it off. Better luck next time. I think I can go sleep again.
As I mentioned previously I had the idea to seed a Low-Sec market. The goal was not to make lots of Isk, that would have been very unrealistic. I rather wanted a small, consistent customer base and competition trying to take over these customers. I had told myself that I would consider my op a success as soon as other people would start selling in “my” system and undercutting my prices.
Since then some kind of routine had settled in. Twice per week I would check the orders and restock if necessary. Most of the time it was just the usual combination of consumables such as drones and ammo. Other items sold in waves: For instance, for weeks nobody would touch T2 blasters. And then, within a day, somebody bought 20 pieces at once. Same with rigs.
By the end of October I noticed that I started to sell less and less. A closer look at the local market showed me why: Competition! From what I can see, two new traders have started selling their products. One sits in another NPC station, the other one operates from a citadel. They are both undercutting me rather aggressively, selling their items below production cost (at least I suspect that). So, op success, I guess. I might not have gotten the consistency regarding sales but at least my activity had encouraged other players to give it a try. Time to move on.
I took down most of the items which never (or extremely rarely) sold: T2 shields (PvP tends to be armor heavy), T2 damage rigs, meta items, certain types of ammo. Funny enough, when I relisted them in Dodixie I actually made a bit of profit because the price of many T2 items had spiked thanks to the latest moon goo changes. Left behind are things I am either too lazy to transport or I believe will sell over time.
- I invested roughly 2.7 bil Isk. I did not track every Isk I made since I did not care about profits. From what I can see I made about 300mil Isk profit since my start in June. Basically nothing for 5 months but Isk was never the issue.
- Other players noticed and started selling as well. They did not compete in all areas I had covered but I suppose they are still experimenting.
- My best sellers in terms of volume were: cynosural field generator, liquid ozone, Warrior II drones, Hobgoblin II drones, Calday Navy Cap Boosters of every flavor, Cargohold expanders (?), warp core stabiliziers (I and II), Sisters probes and Sisters combat probes. Most of them had been listed at Jita sell +10%.
- Big profit items were: Faction drones and soldier tags.
Some of these items are not being sold yet by the others but that’s just a matter of time. If I feel like it I might continue selling cynos and tags in Low-Sec. I am kind of proud of what has happened. It would have been nice had my profits come from selling many different items instead of just a few. But I guess I should have done more research for that to happen. Anyway, it was a fun experience. Time to try something else.
While recovering my passwords (again), I noticed that the subscriptions for both Willow and my Incursion runner are running out. And I have come to the decision that I won’t resubscribe them for a while. I simply don’t have the time to justify 3 accounts. Or rather: I don’t have the time when I need it most.
My day usually starts at 0500. One hour in the gym, then waking up the kid and getting ready for the day. We come home at 1800, cook dinner and hopefully have a bit of playing time with the poop machine before I have finish some work. Around 2200 we head to bed. This gives me about one hour I could steal for Eve. Not enough for Incursions and for sure not enough for wormhole hunting. If I try to stay up longer I tend to get sloppy at work and in the worst case have seizures.
Weekends are usually better but I don’t want to cram everything I could do into two days. It is still supposed to be a game. The little time I have is however enough to do exploration and trading. And for the occasional things I draw and make. So my main will stay, at least for a few months more. I know I will miss the hunt but my health comes first.