Thursday, June 13, 2013

Reading List

For anyone interested I added a SciFi reading list to the right hand of the blog. Its merely a list of books I have read, am reading or mean to read soon. Also, I wont be able to post another My SciFi until Early July. Im lucky I have a few moments to put this little blurb in atm. Anyhow. Gotta run!

Fly Dangerous
Ceddy Cyanide

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Odyssey

Contrary to what I had said yesterday, I was able to get on EVE last night to experience the new expansion for myself. I dont do a whole lot in EVE, so only a couple things stuck out at me

1: Jump Animations. I got a nerd boner every time I changed systems... It was glorious.
2: Undock Button. Its going to take some time to get used to it being on the complete opposite side of the screen.
3: System Scan. The animations for the scan are nice. I like them. Though is there a way to turn off the sites that show up from the scan? Like Im sitting there running the comet in Deltole yesterday and theres this big red diamond in space that keep drawing my attention away from repping my fleet mates. It was annoying. I don't care that there is a site over there wioth a 0% signal strength, Im not exploring right now leave me alone!
4: New things. The biggest new things are the Security tags, and the Navy BC's both of which are EXPENSIVE. I was going to get my sec standing up to be able to sit in a 0.5, but that would cost me around 200m in tags + the measly 13m fee. Im not paying 200+m isk just to get myself into Deltole... I'll wait till they drop in price. Also Navy BC... Im not spending 500m on a Cane hull just so I can have it now.. no matter how badly I want one....


Anyway, thats my initial take on the new expansion. Its a 'Meh' expansion I suppose. Most of my hype was just the excitment over new things. Once I actually had them it was like "Oh.. Ok cool. Now I dont have anything to hype over for a while..."


Fly Dangerous
Ceddy Cyanide

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

My SciFi: Episode 3

My Sci Fi is a weekly post in which I ramble on about pretty much anything SciFi related.

This Week: EVE Odyssey Launch, Star Trek and Us, and Some Cool Space Stuff

EVE Odyssey Launch

As I type this I notice my twitter feed explode with the release of the new expansion for EVE Online. Im extremely glad it is out, however, I wont be able to enjoy it for a while due to some RL/work issues. So Ill content myself with reading about it and hearing about it from my friends. I WANT TO JUMP EFFECT!!! D:<


Star Trek and Us

With the recent release of the newest edition to the Star Trek film industry, "Into Darkness" we are all reminded that Star Trek does indeed still exist and it does indeed, still have a following. For a long time the SciFi community has been divided into Trekies and, what do they call Star Wars fans anyway? Anyhow, Star Trek and Star Wars have been butting heads for decades. Me, personally, I'm a Trek fan. I don't have anything against Star Wars, its a great story, I just prefer Star Trek. However, that's not the point of this blurb. maybe I'll do a Trek vs Wars post next week, who knows.

Anyhow I was recently looking over some articles specifically for the third section of this post and I ran into a few Star trek related articles. Star Trek has existed since late 1964 when the first pilot for the show was filmed. This was rejected and it wasn't until a year later when the Second and final Pilot was filmed, starring our beloved William Shatner. The rest is history, however if your interested the picture to the left gives a pretty in-depth history of the show.

What really interested me was an article about Star Trek technology and how it works (or is supposed to work). Ive always kinda wondered why the Enterprise was shaped the way it is, and looking deeper into it in this article it makes sense. The entire back end of the ship (minus the flying saucer in the front) is ALL for the warp core and warp drive. Which makes sense. Something powerful enough to project a ship light years into space in as little time as it takes would take up a lot of room. generating the power for it and keeping the power going for it.

The article goes on about transporters, and Wormholes and deflector shields if you wanna take a look.

http://www.space.com/21201-star-trek-technology-explained-infographic.html

Some Cool Space Stuff

NASA recently put out an image of two galaxies physically colliding in space a few days ago. A spiral galaxy (like our own) is in process of colliding into a lenticular galaxy. The image is actually pretty neat looking. It almost pops out 3-Dish in the image.

Also, I wanted to point out how people argue and research some of the dumbest things for years on years and years. For example, apparently it matters what Neil Armstrong's exact words were when he stepped foot on the moon. Honestly, I don't think it warrants this much man power to figure that out... It's not that important.

Recently a panel of four cosmologists debated the existence of a Multiverse. In layman's terms there is a possibility that during the formation of the universe, different factors added together could very well mean that we are not living in the only universe that exists. Now the debate itself didn't really come to a conclusion as to whether or not its 100% accurate, but science takes time, and I doubt we have the resources to research it properly anyway.

Also Apparently the smallest possible star is 8.7% the size of our own Sun.


Fly Dangerous
Ceddy Cyanide

Next week I will be touching on Aliens and Intelligent life, among other topics. If you have any cool SciFi news, or some space related stuff for me, you can comment here, send me an email at ceddycyanide@gmail.com, or send me a tweet @SciFiCyanide

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

EVE In Real Life

(This should have been a part of My SciFI but missed the deadline for it as I found the article today instead of yesterday...)

So I was browsing around the interwebs. and I stumbled on this little bit of interesting news.

http://www.space.com/21345-asteroid-mining-crowdfunding-space-telescope.html

 Read the first line of that article.....

Now reread it...

Ok you back? Good. The sheer coincidence of the word venture and asteroid mining being in the opening sentance of this article made me chuckle.

Anyhow this is actually pretty cool. And our second step towards making New Eden a reality. (The first being actually landing on a celestial, aka the Moon). Next we need to set up a colony on Mars, then we need to have a war on mars (DUST 514). Somwhere we need to perfect cloning technology, develop a way to transfer DNA information remotely and develop efficient space travel. Last but not least we need to travel to a black hole and discover New Eden (based on this article).

So my question to you: How likely do you think a New Eden type situtation is in the distant future?


Fly Dangerous
Ceddy Cyanide



Tuesday, May 28, 2013

MySciFi

Its that time again... This Week:

Mostly EVE. Plans for the future on my toons and such.


I am the happy owner of three accounts. Each account has its main toon, while each account also has a secondary that doesnt require much training.

Selena. This is my main toon and the first one I created that really kicked off. Its technically my second toon (the first still being on the account and all). Anyhow Ive been debating what I want to do with her for ages. Shes kind of jack of all trades type of person right now. From boming to hauling I can fly almost anything (Tech1) short of a Battleship. The only T2 ships I can fly are minmatar indy ships, and my Hound. I've thought about getting her into a booster/exploration Loki, just to give me something to do once in a while. Freighter hauling for money is boring as crap and I can't stand it. I tried. SO nothing there. Though I might get her into a Nomad.... That would be helpful in the long scheme of things (assuming I can even get my hands on a Nomad...) (I also happen to have a cyno pilot alt 8d away from covert cynos)

Duke. Duke I am on more often then Selena lately. Mainly because hes my miner and I can play while not actually accomplish anything and keep in touch with the guys in game. Currently he lives in a little pocket of highsec behind a lowsec wall. Filled up a station container of Ice in expectation of the price jump next month. Soon however I will be moving him into deep highsec for some mining operations to be used to build some much much bigger ships and such later on down the road.

Sidney. He is a project. My logi toon. One day to be capable of flying every logi ship from Frigate to Supercarriers for all factions. I believe first I am going to rain him through the Amarr logi. Hes a hop skip away from sitting in a Gaurdian, but I dont want to get him there until I get him trained into a T2 fit for the Aug. Once I have him into Gaurdian Ill train up for the Archon and Aeon. Then on to the Caldari tree. Right now He can sit in all frigs, T1 cruisers for Amarr and Caldari.

My Corporations. Yes I am a member of multiple corps atm. My very first toon is a holding CEO for a NPC themed pirate corporation in 0.0 I want to get going one day. Selena is in a MTG themed corp owned by an RL friend of mine. Duke is in an Indy corp with a bunch of really great guys. Sidney is in his own corp called Healz4Hire. I've mention it in a blog post a few months back. Logi for sale. No political influences. I dont care who you are, if your giving me isk, I'll give you healz. Fairly simple. Anyone interested in hiring an Aug for their next fleet up let me know!

Fly Dangerous
Ceddy Cyanide

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Frustration

So for the 6th day in a row... my laptop has been sitting dead on the shelf. I'm still not exactly sure why its broken, but Im too lazy to leave my room and go get it fixed. Which is annoying a $2600 paperweight... I think its just the power brick (I hope) not charging the machine, but Ill find out I suppose. I NEED to get on EVE. Ive been using a friends computer to update skills and such but this is not enough to satiate the thirst for space!

Oh and since I havent done it yet. Congratz to Ripard over at Jester's Trek for making Vice Chair on CSM8! I cant wait to see what come out of this CSM honestly.

ANyhow... Im going to Orlando this weekend so Ill try and tweet things about how awesome it is. If you dont have my twitter its @SciFiCyanide talk to me once in a while or something. My twitter is boring, lol. Not enough ppl to talk to and not many relevant things to say... Idk Im socially awkward what can I say?

Fly Dangerous
Ceddy Cyanide

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

My SciFi

My SciFi will hopefully become a weekly update on the SciFi games Ive been watching/playing, and general news about them and things related to them or just things I feel soun ds related.

This Week: EVE Online: Odyessy, Star Citizen, Oculus Rift, and Isaac Asimov.


EVE Online

So we are EXTREMELY close to the release of the Odyssey Expansion for EVE Online. Let me tell you. I am very very excited about it. Mainly for two reasons, 1) The War on Loading Bars 2) Navy Cane.  

CCP Soundwave has undertaken a war on loading bars. You know. The silly little bar that pops up when you are undocking or jumping into a new system? Yea. It’s annoying and kind of kicks you out of the game mentally. So to improve on the immersion of the game itself, they are trying to replace the loading bars with animations. Blinky lights when your undocking and an AMAZING new jump effect. Like legitimately, it is nerdbonerific. I’m so glad that they decided to do this. Small things like that make the experience all the more better.

The second thing is the navy Battlecruisers. Now when I started playing in Feb of 2012, I fell in love with the Hurricane. I spent weeks training to fly it and fly it better. InstaCane was my dream. Little did I know the Cane was dead center of CCP's nerf crosshairs. And had been. Well, by the looks of it, they are apologizing for ruining the cane, by releasing the Navy Hurricane. This is basically the old Cane with a new paintjob and a shiny pricetag. I will be buying a couple after release without doubt.

I know I said there were only two things, but one cannot discuss Odyssey, without briefly noting the Great Skill Changes. Now, I’ve taken a look at the changes and read the dev blogs and such about it. I am happy for it. EVE is a complex world as we all know, but this is making it ever so slightly less complex. Less training for certain ships, more training time for others. I really don’-t have a problem with any of the changes (though that may have something to do with the fact that none of them affect me in the near foreseen future).

Star Citizen

I know I've touched on this game once or twice but I feel the need to do it again. Star Citizen is a Space-Simulation game in development by Chris Roberts, the guy who is responsible for games like Wing Commander and Freelancer. There are a lot of reasons why you should be interested in this game. 

1) Sandbox. I love video games as much as the next guy. However, there is no one single thing that will get me hooked on a game like a sandbox environment. it was what lured me into EVE, and is what has me stoked about SC. A game where I can do anything and be anyone without visible boundaries in the game universe.

2) Constant Updates. Most online multiplayer games are updated every couple of months. So for two whole months your playing the exact same game with no changes at all whatsoever to how the game acts. Which isn't necessarily bad, and it has worked for many games. However the SC team is planning on keeping updates to every week or two. That’s every couple weeks something new is introduced to the universe that you can go find ways to break and abuse.

3) Making Your Mark. There are a lot of games that promise that the things you do in the game universe will affect the overall game. Few actually manage to keep up on that promise. Usually it ends up boiling down to whether or not NPC characters view you as 'Evil' or 'Good'. EVE Online introduced sovereign space and Faction Warfare to help the players feel like they were making a difference. However Star citizen is supposed to take that to the next level. Instead of opening the whole universe at release they are only opening part of it. It is up to the players to explore and find the rest of the universe. Star systems can be named after the character who discovers them. Content in the game will be pushed out based on actions of the player base. All these things that help you feel like you are an important part of the universe as a whole.

4) Free To Play(ish). Every other MMO style game requires a monthly payment to be made to keep the account active. SC will not. You will pay for the game itself, and that’s it. Expansions and continuing to play will not be a pay to play ordeal. They are talking about including micro transactions into the game if you want to spend money on it, but you are not required to.

5) Realism. SC has put a lot of effort into making the physics of the game as real as is possible for this game. The mass of your ship, the speed of your ship, your trajectory and angles are all formulated and effect how your ship functions and behaves in space. Thrusters placed at different locations around your ship will help you maneuver through tight spaces, you will have to factor in how much room is on your ship before deciding if you want certain modules installed. or how heavy it is.

6) No Publisher. SC is not funded by any publishing company. Cloud Imperium Games is developing and pushing this game out by themselves, with funding from the potential player base. This means a couple things. a. Costs are lower. Making the game is cheaper because they can focus their funds on directly developing the content. b. More focused player base. Publishers are all about getting their games out to the masses. To the casual gamers and the really really casual gamers. SC isn't like that. The player base will be a little smaller as its not catering to that as much. Its more focused on making SC the way a Space Sim is supposed to be made and not trying to get all the 10-13 yr olds from COD to play it too.

7) Manual Control. One thing I've heard a lot of EVE players complain about is the click to move system that is in place. All MMO games are click to win. You click the ground, you move. You click an enemy, you attack them. SC will have the manual ship control that a lot of EVE players want. Dog fighting won’t be about who has the best guns, or the best shields. It will be about who can handle their ship better in combat. Who is the better strategist and pilot. Battles won’t be won by the person with the biggest guns, but by the person with the best plan.

8) Modding. PC games are best known for their ability to be modded. Many games are alive way past their expected lifetime because of mods that the game community has built for them. An example being Team Fortress 2. Chris Roberts has announced that not only will he support modding of the game but will actually open up private servers so that modders can play test and make their mods easier. Players can even submit their mods to be included as part of the game itself. Neat right?


Oculus Rift

Every gamer ever has dreamed of being inside the games they play. Instead of controlling a character who moves around in their virtual universe, they ARE the character inside that universe. Well a company called Oculus VR has been taking steps in that direction. Just recently they released the Developers kit for their VR headset, Oculus Rift. Now this isn't the first of its kind. VR headsets are out there, but unless you have a butler to wipe the crumbs from your Doritos off your gold plated keyboard, you couldn't afford it. The developer's kit which is basically a prototype of the consumer version which will be released at a TBD date is only $300. A lot of game companies have jumped aboard this project. All the way from Doom 3 (which will be the first game to have full Rift functionality, to EVE Online, who is developing a fighter combat section of the game (called EVR) specifically for it. CCP announced this at Fanfest this year and you can watch the youtube videos if you haven't already. The thing is pretty cool looking. I will be definitely throwing my money at it when the consumer version is released.

Isaac Asimov

So I just recently finished reading the Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov. This is the first time I've read any of his works, but a friend has been pressuring me to do so for a while. Well, My mind was blown. This guy knows how to write Scifi. I will warn anyone interested though that his writing style is a tad unconventional, and may be difficult to understand at certain parts, but totally worth it.


Thanks For Reading my ramblings. If there are any SciFi games, or simply Scifi related news or stories you want me to talk about, let me know I'm always interested in hearing and learning about new exciting adventures!

Fly Dangerous
Ceddy Cyanide

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

DAMN YOU JOB!!!

So.. I logged into Twitter earlier on my phone(@SciFiCyanide). And was spammed with tweets about fanfest this fanfest that... Then I browse around my favporite blogs... Fanfest this fanfest that..


EVERYONE IS IN ICELAND AND IM STUCK HERE IN THIS PLACE!!!!

I love EVE ive been playing for just over a year now, and I REALLY wanted to go this year. Like so badly. But nooooo Since Im leaving my current job in a couple months and with everything going on at work I cant take leave to go... EVE Vegas I suppose is still a few months away. I think Ill take a look into that.

Secondly, I've been struggling in the EVE world recently. Im stagnant, Im bored. I need something to perk my interest again in the Universe itself to get me back into the groove of things. Im excited for Odessy(Mainly for the Navy cane) but other then that I really dont know what To do anymore. I need change. Someone help?

Idk what else to say... Not really any great news or updates.


Fly Dangerous
Ceddy Cyanide

Thursday, April 11, 2013

My New Eden Dream, still unfulfilled...

Hello, My name is Selena Lianar. I am a Minmatar born Capsuleer with no real place in the universe. Just over a year ago, I graduated from my classes with test scores that rival the top students in my class, yet my practical application results should have failed me and sent me back to the planet.

However, I had a dream. The stars were a vast expanse of unknown to me as a child. The Amarrian slaver who guided my young life noticed this and kept me indoors as much as possible. However, he could not quench the fires of longing deep within my heart to one day visit those small pin-point diamonds which scattered about my night sky.

That dream still exists. The fire which burned in me still lives, though much less bright compared to my younger days. You may be asking yourself what is this dream that after over a year amongst the stars I still have not fulfilled. That answer is simply this. Combat, solo combat, forging a name for myself one ship wreck at a time and spreading my name and the fear of it throughout the heavens.

Yes, I've flown in fleets before. I've experienced the massive fleets of the far regions where CONCORD does not travel. I have experienced the smaller fleets seen on the fringes of the highest security zones. Ive spent days on end staring at the asteroids as they diminish in size one by one under my lasers. Yet I have not been able to find myself the combat I desire.

CONCORD allows duels, I know, but duels are something used only by those who live in the safest zones of space. That is not what I look for. I dream of undocking from my station and finding a like minded capsuleer with whom I can swap ammo with until one of our two ships explodes and exchanging a good fight in local comms before warping back to pilot a new ship. This is where my dreams lie. This is what I dream of, and Im afraid this universe cannot fulfil my desires as I wish they would.

However I will be forcing myself out of my comfort zone soon. I have heard rumors along the grapevines that a very special event in one of the local trade hubs will take place again this year. I will be there. I will pilot many ships to their demise. CONCORD will hate me, they will put my name on every station wall for every pilot capsuleer of navy to know that I am a threat. My ships will explode with the fury of dreams yet unrealized. and I shall move. I will move out into the fringes of space where the pirates live, and I shall rejoin their lifestyle once again. I will make a name for myself. I will test the mettle of my turrets under the light of a thousand suns, and I shall prevail. It will take time, It will take resolve but I shall prevail. I will make my name known to the universe.

My name is Selena Lianar, Goodbye.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

New Blog Title and what it means for the Blog

Due to the lack of actual Highsec piracy I have been taking part in (mainly because I found a nice corp to settle down with now), High-Sec Piracy has undergone a rebalance of sorts. This is no longer a EVE only blog. I have been looking around and located a couple other games (one of which I am going to shoot someone if it doesnt hurry up and get finished) it is now forcused more broadly on Sci-Fi games in general. EVE will still be a big priority guys dont worry. However Star Citizen has arisen in my HUD and I feel the need to express how much I am looking forewards to its release.

EVE News

Nothing much to report personally. Due to the fact I have been gone for 10 days I haven't really done anything but set a long skill for the time being. Ive gotten into T2 industrials finally and been putting my Mastodon and Prowler to good use. Soon I will get back into my refining skills so I can get the crystals for some of the other ores besides kernite. PVP wise I need to go find my hound and see how its running.


Star Citizen

For those of you who haven't heard of Star Citizen you may check out the official website here.

It is a Space Sim MMO like EVE is though it has a few differences from EVE that I really like that CCP wont let us have for logical reasons. The biggest of these being that you will be able to manually pilot your ship. So dog-fighting and actual pilot skill will play a bigger role in space battles then it does in EVE, where whoever has the best gear tends to win by default (Yes I know there are many exceptions don't go ape shit on me please).

Honestly though go check out the site, donate if you are interested. Its truly an amazing piece of wrk they are trying to accomplish. I donated and will have my 6-month insurance and a free ship when it all comes out finally.

Fly Dangerous
Ceddy Cyanide

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

My New Project -H4H-

Now this post will be used mainly as a reference post for my newest project, Healz4Hire [-H4H-].

So here's the basic idea and how I came up with it. We all know how hard to find Logi pilots are. Those that do exist get snatched up by the first corp to realize they are logi and hidden away like secret weapons. We all know its true. Don't deny it.

So what if all of these logi pilots could be located and contacted in a centralized location when we (those that don't personally hoard a logi pilot in our midst) may have need to call upon them for help? That is the purpose of -H4H-.


FAQ
Why become affiliated with -H4H-?
-H4H- provides an opportuniy for Logi pilots to get their names out into the public eye if they are looking for a new home. Affiliated pilots will have access to contracts that I recieve on behalf of -H4H- for other people's logi needs.

How do you calculate contract amounts?
I have set up a spreadsheet that calculates all of that for me. Variables include: Requested Ship size, Location requested, and travel time to location.

What if the client requesting logi support decides to blow up my ship or if I lose my ship during the contract?
Contract payments are made upfront before the logi pilot is even sent out. Also the first variable in the contract calculator (Requested Ship Size) is approximately equal to the Jita price of the hull itself. This way the logi pilot can replace their ship if neccessary. Clients who do partake in destructive behavior towards a hired logi pilot will be Black Listed from receiving services through -H4H- until a repayment of triple the cost of the ship lost is made to -H4H-.

So, what's the catch? What do you get out of all of this?
Currently it is set up that any contract made through -H4H- is subject to a 10% fee to keep the corp on its feet. This pool of ISK is also kept so that in the case that the contract payment does not cover the loss of the ship -H4H- can assist in replacing the ship itself.

How do I become an -H4H- affiliated pilot?
Send a message in game to the toon Operative Sidney Reilly (Verify that is is the CEO of the corporation Healz 4 Hire [-H4H-] before contacting). Include in your mail 1) What logi ships you can fly 2) What specific types of logi capabilities you have and 3) What restrictions you may have for contracts you are willing to accept. You may also join the in-game chat channel Healz4Hire to see if I am online and wish to speak with me directly.

So there you have it, Healz 4 Hire in all its glory. If you have any further questions or would like more information to be posted on this post please let me know and I will update accordingly.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

CSM: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.

So with CSM season poking its head around and waving around the advertisements and ads and such that will soon to be shoved down our throats I realized something. My feelings about CSM.

The Good. The idead is amazing. Haveing a group body of players who work back and forth with CCP to get our wants and needs in this galactic world brought to reality is epic as shit.

The Bad. No one knows about it. Honestly. You all reading this might stop and raise your eyebrow at me but I'm serious. I didnt know about CSM until I started blogging. A lot of people I've talked to in game also have no clue what who or why a CSM is.

The Ugly. I took a little bit of time to see if I could find out who is even running this year. My results? Not a lot... Im going to be tracking down who each of the candidates areand see what they are posing as their ideals and why they should be in CSM and such the next few days. SO Ill try and get a post for each of them if I can.

Fly Dangerous

~The Cyanide Pirate

Monday, February 11, 2013

GET OUT OF MY YARD!!

SO I found out Goons and TEST reset each other recently... I found out by getting alpha'd by a nado undocking from my mission hub in Delve. So thats the 6th hound in the last week... I really need to stop losing hounds. Granted its not like half a year ago when I went through Cruors like they were rice krispy snacks, but still. Ive been losing way too many ships. THEN I read the article on themittani about it. So yea... missions might have to wait a bit. So faction warfare it is!

You know only doing FW on the weekends makes me chuckle. Its like I'm joining the reserves in the military. WEEKEND WARRIOR!!! I think Ima have my title made that just to prove the point. Anyway, I just want yall to know ive ben going back andforeth with a fiction post for a few weeks, never really getting anywhere, but if I do ever get it done, Ill be sure to post it for you. I miss writing stories... Need to get the drive back for it.

Fly Dangerous~

The Cyanide Pirate

Well... Popularity for doing nothing!

So.. High-Sec Piracy hit 1000 views this weekend... Im actually very surprised. I didnt expect to really get any real viewers for this, lol. Considewring how its really just a collection of oddthoughts and happenings while I wander my way through the game of EVE trying to find a place I fit in properly. Ive gotten a couple visits to the in-game chat channel. SO thank you guys for stopping by and saying hello!

Honestly though yesterday I hit a rut.. One of those times where The mundane lifesty;le I life in EVE doesn't really appeal to me as much anymore. Yea I get to go bomb the things on the weekends with BB, but my week days are actually pretty boring... So Ive made a couple decisions. Both of my main toons are going tobe switching corps. Duke Ferret will be following some friends of mine into a established Indy corp. Wish me luck with that. Selena shall be joining an RL friend of mine in his newly founded corp. The main thing with this is they do Faction Warfare occassionally so I can check that out and see how it works.

Thank all of your for actually reading my ramblings and a week from tomorrow expect my 1yr EVE birthday message as well ;3

Fly Dangerous~

The Cyanide Pirate

Saturday, February 2, 2013

A Few Drinks at the Bar

Remember my last post? About bombers? yea well I got back in touch with Bomber's bar. haven't flown with them in a while and they don't remember me, so Its back to ground floor. But who cares? I GET TO BOMB SHIT!!!

Well, not even an hour into chillin in bb chat someone found a POS bash.. and we were meant to wreck it. And holy crap wreck it we did.

Just to give you an idea. That pic above was the target POS bash. And with around 20ish bombers plus a couple falcons we had a field day with it.

Kills:
Troy Chartrand (Naga) 128mill
Ki Rathos (Tornado) 123mill
SpikeyGeorge (Punisher) 2mill
Till Lindreman (Omen) 29mill
~Yro Rhodes (Harbinger) 136mill
~Orda X (Tornado) 106mill
Troy Chartrand (Capsule) 0.00
Ki Rathos (Capsule) 3mill
~SpikeyGeorge (Capsule) 0.00
Till Lindremann (Capsule)
~Yro Rhodes (Capsule)


Losses:
Ammo.... That's it. yea Bombs are expensive. I personally only used one bomb and a handful of torps, so my losses were very minimal anyway.

Now I know I only made it on 4 of those KM's (Marked with a ~ at the beginning), but still I'm absolutely stoked about this. Bomber's Bar are a amazing group of guys. Most large groups of players are comprised of alliances or corporations or coalitions. Bomber's Bar however is a melting pot of any and everyone who flies pretty much anything cloaky. if it fits a cloak, you do (or should) know about Bomber's Bar.

Total Damage: 527mill ISK
Total Lost: Ammo Used  (Uncalculated)

Fly Dangerous!

~The Cyanide Pirate

P.S. Can someone give me a good way of linking kills that dont make it to BC? Cause this whole not being able to link kills is gonna beat me to death fast-like...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

PVP Itch and My return to Cyanide

So I was out in Delve today on Selena. When a buddy of mine was heading out in his bomber to see what trouble he could stir. Now I havent flown my hound in months, shes been pretty much collecting dust in Hek with the occassional mission or two. So I figured, "What the heck? I have missed flying her more then pretty much anything so I'll tag along."

We headed out to providence, through Sev space where I almost became a member through an old corp. Ran into am alliance I hadn't seen before personally. Of Sound Mind. Went hunting around the system and happened to stop at a plent where I met a besty collecting from the customs office. So I watched. he warped off, then warped back in, then an Itty VI followed suit... brought in my fellow bomber and a few moments later the besty went pop, Itty got away by the skin of his teeth though. Doubt Ill see it on BC, nor do I know how to update that myself, but Ill keep checking.

Due to a lack in judgement however we stuck around, fell to the bait of a procuror sitting in belt nice and cozy... and my buddy lost his nemesis.  I got away fine and we decided to call it a night.


Verdict? I still love Stealth Bombers to fucking death. One of my favorite boats in the game honestly. Wish I flew them more. Out in 0.0 however, IRC used SB's to help POS bash too much and got entirely too bored of 0.0. Maybe my interest shall return...


Fly Dangerous

~The Cyanide Pirate

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Lowsec+Ransom+TS+Barbie Song= Lasting Friendships

So Ive seen videos of guys who do this before, and I literally died watching them. However, yesterday was the first time it happened to me. I was out in Amarrian lowsec with my newly purchased Procuror to go pick up some Jaspet for the corp (and for myself). Well, that was on one screen, the other screen I was hauling ore around for the corp mining ops and such. Mistake number one: Splitting my attention while in lowsec. I've lived in lowsec. This should never have happened to me to begin with, but I am actually glad it did.

A couple missed D-scans and a little too attention applied to the hauling and an Algos had me scrammed. Off went my worthless Hobgob I's and I sat there trying to burn to a gate that was like 8AU from my current location at approximately 100m/s. I wasn't going to survive this. I knew it, they knew it. So they posted in local (Paraphrased)

C: Sing barbie girl in our TS and we will let you go.
Me: Really?
Me: Fuck yea
C: Recall your drones.
P: TS info is ******
Me: Alright I'm on.

They brought me into the channel of their TS and started recording. They said they only wanted a verse and that would be good enough. I sang the entire chorus with all the oohs and aaahs of Barbie in the background. Laughs were had and my procuror survived. Good chaps and they honored their word.

Afterwards P actually set me as Good Standing with their entire alliance (who pretty much lives around that system) so I can mine to my hearts content essentially around there.

Anyway, good guys and bugs have been placed about joining their alliance. So no more specific info I like my mining spot yall can't have it. :P


Fly Dangerous

~Cyanide Jester

Friday, January 18, 2013

Local; To Keep or not to Keep?

This has been in progress for like 2 days... Im lazy and I procrastinate, leave me alone...

Didn't realize there was a Blog Banter up about this till after I posted it. So here is the link for those interested parties.

Let me cover another big topic springing up recently in the blogs. Ive read three blog posts about it just in the last few days. Sugar commented on it, so did Drackarn, as well as Logan over at the Opportunist. All of them make good points and for the majority of it, I agree with most of what they say. However I think I need to fully explain how I see this topic.

Local is NOT broken.
Local is functional just the way it is.
The only marginal advantage anyone has over anyone with local chat are those currently in that system (defenders). This isn't going to change.

Local has been used for years as a source of instant intel gathering and a way to connect with new people. The spectrum of its uses it directly correlated with the three sections of K-Space. 0.0 Uses local primarily and pretty much exclusively as a way to gather intel. Low-sec uses it to both gather intel and to chit chat with other players in system. High-sec uses it primarily as a way to connect with people in system (with some use as intel as well).

Point 1: Removing local with turn EVE into a darkened hallway. Sugar pointed this out in their post specifically. Local chat gives people more of a sense of 'togetherness'. It proves in a very tangible way that other players exist and you are not alone in this game. It is a great way to make new friends and make connections that can last throughout your EVE career. This is primarily in Highsec and also some in Lowsec as well.

Point 2: Removing local makes roams harder and much more time consuming. Without the ability to just check local and get an idea of the current population of the system and whether or not you will get any useful targets in that system. Remove local and now they have to sit and spend 5-10 minutes scanning down the system to see if there is any worth while targets or ANYONE even there. Thereby extending the amount of time needed to even go on a roam and making it more difficult to plan out long roams already.

Point 3: This one is 0.0 specific. Lets say you are a 0.0 pilot out running an anomaly. Your fit up in your PVE ship of mass NPC destruction simply owning everything. You check d-scan every few minutes to make sure no one is around and trying to warp in on you. Then suddenly BAM a BS fleet jumps onto your location with no warning whatsoever and you are thereby locked, pointed, and killed. Unbeknown to you they had a recon pilot scouting you out while you were missioning and you didn't even know there was anyone else in system. Had local still existed, you would have known of the hostile and been able to fit into a PVP ship and alert your fellow corp/alliance members thereby starting a mass engagement with lots of epic pewpewing on either side. So yea, take away local and your left with 0.0 ganking running rampant.

Point 4: Replacing local. Out of all the suggestions for merely altering or replacing local, I have yet to find one I actually like. I won't go over the different suggestions made thus far as you can check out the posts I linked above and pretty much find them all there. All of them include extending the amount of time necessary for checking out a system, as well as making it more difficult at the same time.

Point 5: CCP is going to be having a hard enough time juggling DUST into their mixture of juggling balls right now, that pissing people off by not changing local properly or by changing local period will definitely cause amongst the player base. You drop local and you might make a quarter of the EVE population happy, but what about the other 75% that wanted it changed differently? Or that wanted it to remain the same? or the newbies who show up and suddenly they don't know how to converse with people near them in an easy and obvious manner?

This is all opinion and speculation but that is how I see the Broken Local Issue. SO until I finish writing up my next post (which will be like a book)...

Fly Dangerous!

~The Cyanide Pirate

Invention of the Week

This post has NOTHING to do with EVE, but it is completely relevant in everyday life. My invention nominated for the week is Safety Pins.

Let me tell you why. My job has very, and I mean extremely, strict uniform standards. Such that I get yelled at when my pant legs are too long. Last week that is exactly what took place. I was told to get it fixed by today. Now, me being a very lazy person, and not wanting to spend money on a uniform I'm only going to be wearing for another couple months. So I procrastinated until right before work this morning when it suddenly hit me I needed to fix them still.

My solution: Go to the store, spend 2 bucks on a sewing kit with 5 safety pins in it. Cuff my pant legs and safety pin them together. Absolutely genius. I love saftey pins and I feel like they are undervalued and under appreciated.

GLORY TO SAFetY PINS!

Anyway I still need to finish my post about local chat I've had sitting as a draft for a couple days now...

~Fly Dangerous

The Cyanide Pirate

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Sandbox

This post will be different, and rare as far as the content included within it. I have spent the last oh 12 hrs contemplating the EVE Universe and my personal place within it. I have spent nearly a year playing in the infinite sandbox known as New Eden and I have yet to unlock many of its deeper a more fascinating mysteries. I am also barred from opening certain doors within the game simply due to my own personality and views. For example. I will never be an exploration pilot. I love exploration pilots, don't get me wrong. They have their purpose in the universe and I praise them for being able to do it. However, as far as I am concerned, scanning is the Devil. I simply do not have that kind of patience, which is weird when you think about it.

However that is not the topic of my discussion. A lot of my time has been pondering the whole New Order problem. The current answer to N.O. is to shoot down the gankers before they shoot down the miners. This will help save the miners from losing ships, but it does nothing to further the end of N.O.

Suicide gankers go into the fight knowing they will lose their ship. In fact they count on it before they even decide to join the ganking fleet. So what good does it really do to blow them up before CONCORD does? It simply saves the miner being targeted. That is it. The gankers will still go out and refit their ganking catalyst and go out to do it again.

So how does one combat such desicive and suicidal behaviors? You hit them where it actually hurts. As many know, James 315 prides himself in flying an indestructible Stabber. For those who dont know, a staber is a T1 Minmatar cruiser. Obviously this ship is fit out full tank. Agents of N.O. who ride in stabbers also fit it full tank as I said. The exact fit I am not fully aware of yet, but am working towards aquiring in the near future. So why do I bring these stabbers up? Well, I can guarantee you they are expensive fits. Which is why they protect them by not ever engaging them in any real combat. These ships are used for bumping and for cleaning up the wreckage after a successful gank. Now imagine what would happen if one were to bring down an "Invincible Stabber"? You begin to work away at the foundation of N.O.s hope. Agents put a lot of reliance and trust in the fits of their stabbers to be able to deal with most anything that comes at them. So if one were to prove that these stabbers are in fact NOT invicible and do this repetitively, you begin to wear away at what they put hope in. What would be even more helpful is if one were to take down the Stabber of James himself. This would greatly help to weaken the resolve of those who trust in him and would greatly bolster the hopes of those who fight against him.

This is a common tactic employed by many forces accross the world and accross New Eden. If you can destroy what they place their hope in you destroy their resolve. Examples can include everything from Ghengis Khan to the destruction of a 0.0 fleet's alternating triaged carriers. This also a tactic I employ at every turn. However I take it one step further and create the object of hope. Then destroy it before their very eyes and take the spoils of war before biding them farewell.

By the way and off topic another thing that sprang up in my head alittle while ago was that with the change in style and topics of the blog my views on EVE itself have changed. For a long time I have considered myself a noob in EVE. I based this solely on how many kills I had aquired. I dont have many, on any of my toons. Also, none of them are solo, and about half pof them are blob fleets vs POS. So as far as I am concerned with the PVP realm of things. Im a nub. However with the changes made in the last couple days to my blog it has shifted this view. I can now take somehting in which I do have a bit or experience in, even outside of EVE and in other games I've played before, and use it to my advantage. I now have a real purpose in life that can be used to increase my profit margin in the game and allow me to play longer without interruption. Winning!

Anyway, Serpentis is once again trying to test the tank on this Venture, even though they are rarely ever successful. So let me go deal with them while I come up with something worthwhile to write about.

Fly Dangerous!

~The Cyanide Pirate

Friday, January 11, 2013

The New Order for High-Sec

So there's this thing that has been running around High-sec for months now. Some of you may have heard of it, others may not have. That 'thing' is the New Order of Highsec (NO). Here is the link to their blog
http://www.minerbumping.com/

This group is lead by John 315 who has self titled himself "The Savior of Highsec". For those of you who have never heard of The New Order let me give you the basic run down. NO 'Agents' will bump AFK/bot miners (heretofore mentioned as an AFKer). This is only the minutest of issues however. Granted an AFKer who becomes bumped away from a roid is no longer mining and is merely sitting in space.This only postpones a AFKers activities for however long it takes the miner to realise and go back to the roid. The biggest problem many people have with NO is their extensive use of what many EVE players refer to as Suicide ganking.

Suicide ganking is where a group of PVP pilots get together with high dps ships and will fire on some misfortunate soul and have enough dps to kill them before CONCORD shows up on scene to kill the aggressors. This is a very well used practice for NO operatives. John 315 then demands an ISK payment of 10mill for a year long 'Mining Permit' to protect you from their own people (which they can choose to ignore the fact you have one btw).

Sound bad so far? Well to get John's perspective on it go read his blog which I linked above. Me, however, his blog just makes the miner in me seethe.

I take two approaches to finding a good personal feeling for John and his New Order. The first is that of the Miner. As you may notice in my last post I now have an industry related toon. So from the perspective of someone who goes out sets a miner to a belt launches drones then tabs over to my other toons to go pew pew or work my espionage magic, I have a problem with these guys. They are a direct threat to my safety, and ultimately my profit.

The second is as if I am merely reading this as a story. Here I don't mind what John is doing and I actually like it. He has created this character, or persona if you will, of an individual who believes that what he is doing is for the good of everyone, even though from others perspectives it is harmful and damaging to the community. He is fantastic at remaining in character during all of this as well. So for that part, I applaud him, but I won't buy his permit.


So now for the good news. There is currently a group of pilots who are working to counter NO's activities. They patrol around highsec looking for NO Agents and working to bring them down before a miner is lost. However, they have been only marginally successful. This is on par with a group of native American Indians fighting against the British Army, or like John Connor facing down Skynet single handedly. He might have a few good things on his side, and he may have a good drive and a damned good reason for doing it, but that doesnt mean he is guaranteed success.

Enter CTU.

A Counter Terrorist Unit is currently in development to combat NO and their work. I can't tell you too much just yet but know it is happening. No will have a serious threat in the (hopefully) near future. If you have questions or comments you may speak with me in my public chat in-game or bug me in my public C3 channel.

Until then, Fly Dangerous

The Cyanide Pirate

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Drastic Change in this Blog. Kinda

So those of you who bother to check once in a while (which is no one) will notice, the toon Cyanide Jester has been biomassed. Why you ask? That is simple. As I referred to gently in my previous posts I had something planned for SGS for their gracious gift of Director roles. However, I need to explain further.

A couple weeks after I joined SGS one of the senior experienced members told the corp he was going to quit. So I private convo'd him. After about 20 minutes of talking about what he didn't like about the corp I 'hinted' that the corp chain of command was going to change. I essentially brought him in on a little idea that had been running through my head ever since SGS gave me the officer title. The corp CEO at the time was a new player. He had been playing for a couple months and had originally started the corp with a few friends of his that he started playing with. They had all left so he opened it up to all new players. He had no idea what he was getting into. He understood just enough of the game to not get lost in its intricacy, but wasn't fully aware of the deeper more sinister portions of EVE.

Well the days dragged on and two more experienced players joined. We will call them M and P to make things short, though anyone affiliated with SGS will know who they are. Well after prolly a week or so I had grown disheartened by the lack of movement space I had to do what I wanted, and the lack of benefit I would gain from what I had planned. You see, Im not a leadership role kind of person. I can do it, and can be successful at doing it, but I don't really enjoy it further then what I can gain from it. So I decided to leave SGS, I was literally hours away from the completion of my Corp stasis when I began talking with M. A short conversation with him and I realised that he had nearly the exact same thoughts I had about the corp. This was great news and heightened my enthusiasm. As this was my first attempt at this he guided me through a few steps on what to do or not do while setting the pieces in place for what was planned.

This drug slowly on in the background for another week or so. I had gotten M and P Officer roles in the corp through a war-dec that we had received. (Which btw cost P like 40bill ISK to clear away) Anyhow they took a greater role in leading the corp and furthering the agenda. Part of this included stocking the corp hangar and corp wallet. Well, being the resourceful individual that I am, I had a plan. Fuck trying to take over the corporation at all. This was a waste of time. With M and P in leadership positions it was only a matter of time before one of them became CEO (Which P did hours before I left officially). I decided to cash in my chips and call it a day. I emptied the corp wallet and the corp hangars into my own personal belongings and removed my roles, thereby entering corp stasis again. 24 hours. A full day that I needed to wait out before I could officially leave the corp. So I logged off and bided my time.

I watched EVEmon during the time I was away to see if they would mail me of anything about it. Nothing. I waited an extra day, still nothing. So I logged in. Immediately M and P began asking questions. I ignored them and went about my business of getting things moved out of the system so I could sell them. I then logged again.

The next day I logged in to check on the toon and my corp status. They had removed me from corp. I however had walked away with approximately 2.3 billion worth of ISK and assets. A win in my books.

So I made the decision I would Biomass Cyanide Jester as Espionage of this sort attracts attention and I do not want too much attention attributed to my name. I transferred everything off the toon and terminated it.

Is this my last blog post? Hell no. Ill be keeping an eye on this blog more often now then I have the last few days. I wont be telling you my new account/toon name to protect my privacy during espionage missions. I will be keeping you updated on things. Also the C3 channel and the Public chat will still be open. The non-espionage related account I will e using in that chat will be Duke Ferret so if you want to say hello you may. Or if you would like to tell me what a good job I did, or perhaps want to deride me and tell me that players like me are why EVE loses players. Well let me tell you something. It is players like me that show people how important the rules of EVE are.

Rule Number 1: Only fly what you are willing to lose.
Rule Number 2: DON'T TRUST ANYONE

The second rule is crucial especially to new players. This is what I exist for. teaching people this rule. So keep tuned, I will be doing things like this like clockwork if I can. But until then.

Fly Dangerous!

The Cyanide Pirate

Sunday, January 6, 2013

C3

So I created a C3 server... Its free and all you know and Im stingy with my money and such. if you wanna hop in and say hello its The Cyanide Pirate. Its a public server so your free to hop in