Monday, December 22, 2008
Now that learning is complete I can focus on Gunnery and some T2 ship requirements. I have Frigates V and I'm only 4 days from Evasive Maneuvering V which will let me fly Interceptors. I think this will be nice as I can help fleet ops with tackling.
Other than skills I've been working on standings. I'm trying to get to 8.0 to install some jump clones and advance me further towards 0.0 space. Our Corp has a guy who runs an alt Corp with Republic Fleet standings over 8.0, and I could use this to get quick jump clones, but I would rather earn it than use some work-around. Besides... I'm not ready for 0.0 space anyways, so I enjoy the time in preparation.
I have a few goals before I even consider 0.0 space, and they are as follows...
-Learning V / Attribute Modifier Skills IV (done)
-Ability to run LvL 4 missions solo
-Multiple Jump Clones
-Able to fly HAC's with T2 Mediums and T2 drones [Ishtar]
-Able to fly Covert Ops (done)
-Production Efficiency IV
I'm one of those people that spend more time preparing and planning for a vacation than I do on the vacation =/
I hope all this preparation makes the journey to 0.0 living that much easier.
Are there any other 0.0 essentials I'm missing?
Monday, December 15, 2008
I've been keeping up with my training in EvE; I now have Frigates V, Electronic Upgrades V, and I'm currently working on Evasive Manuvering V so I can fly interceptors- specifically Taranis >=]
Hopefully I'll get more playing time with a break from school and things dieing down at work. Until then, Fly Safe!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I also made my first trip into Jita, and yes, it's true, the lag sucks. I can't imagine it worse than it was for me last night, but appaerently that was the case before the stackless I/O technology update.
Our Corporation is talking about issueing a few war decs, and that is fine with me; however, I'm still new and hope I'm able to help the effort. I've invested some time and money into being a tackler since it requires less skill points for the role. We'll see how that goes!
I'm looking forward to the holiday weekend- my work week ends tomorrow at 1:00pm!!! >=)
Monday, November 24, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I think this would be wise since I eventually would like to move to 0.0 with a Corporation, but would still like easy access to empire space for flying with newer pilots I might know IRL.
I've been thinking some time about what it is I want to contribute to a fleet / roaming gang; I've come to conclusion I like the idea of being the scout with probes. I like the fact that the scanning skills also play a role in PvE when scanning down complexes and other sites.
Scanning down radar & magnetic sites reminds me of the Cartography skill in Ultima Online. With the skill you could decipher treasure maps, which you then took a group of people with you to kill the spawn and dig up the treasure. This activity provided lots of fun for those that tagged along, but the problem was the skill was worthless in PvP.
I ended up playing that character much less, and eventually just played my PvP character as my main. With the Astrometrics skill, however, you can scan down other players as well as PvE ratting sites.
So, I've moved the following skills up on my priority list...
I'm also going to focus training on ships of that type; this will require more research on my part as I've just made this decision last night.
I love setting my own goals in EvE rather than the carrot-on-a-stick developer imposed goals that other MMOs have. I'm sorry, but it's just I love this game, and I get on a soapbox every time I discuss game mechanics.
If anyone has tips on scanning, players or complexes, I would love to hear them! =)
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Here's what I'm looking for...
1. Members Online: This can mean a large Corp and/or Alliance member count; as long as one or the other has enough numbers to produce a minimum amount of players online at any given time.
2. Some PvP: The title of my blog says it all; I love PvP! However, I'm still a new player (3 mill sp) and I'm not ready for pure PvP 100% of the time. This just means I'm not interested in a strictly industrial corps and/or strictly located in empire.
3. Mission Running: This is my current form of income, so joining a Corp with no focus on mission running leaves me bankrupt.
So, to sum up my expectations...
Medium-Large Corp, Preferably in a Medium-Large Alliance, and runs Mission & PvP ops.
Now... what I bring to the table...
I'm a dedicated gamer with 10+ years of MMORPG PvP experience. I started with Ultima Online where I was part of the #1 PK (Player-Killer) guild on my server. I then moved to SWG where I was the PvP officer of my guild, and we ran many PvP ops on Rebel bases (die, Rebel scum!). After UO and SWG I started playing WoW. I played the game for 3 years before I grew bored. I quit during Season 2, and at that time I had amassed a complete set of S2 gear with all the major enchants. Our 3v3 Team was rated 2045 at one time, but we consistently maintained a 1900+ rating.
I love to PvP, and as such I do my research on what works and what doesn't. I hope to eventually help my future corporation in the areas of PvP operations.
As of current, my character in EvE is sitting at 3 mill SP, and this may not seem like a lot; however, most of these points are in learning skills. This means my character is primed and ready to train as fast as possible (bearing the acquisition of +4 implants).
I'm a casual player, but I am active. I try to play at least 1-2 hours a night, and if I miss a night I usually make up for it over the weekend.
I can fly up to a Battleship T1, but I'm able to fit plenty of T2 modules due to my Gunnery & Armor Rep Skills.
If I sound like a fit for your Corporation, then please drop me a line in-game (Placebo Effect), or feel free to leave a comment and I'll get back with you.
3 mill SP
Monday, November 3, 2008
I come from an older gaming era when MMO's consisted of only a few choices. In today's world there are plenty of genres and game types out there for MMO's and they have all borrowed one feature or another from previous works in the field while adding their own twist to each title.
The one feature from old-world MMOs I don't see improved upon, or even implemented much, is housing. Now I know what you're thinking- How does housing have anything to do with Ambulation and a space MMO?
The answer is simple- longevity.
Housing adds another layer of Customer staying-power that is only out-matched by community. Have you ever known someone that won't let go of an old online title because their "friends" still play that game? Well, I know dozens of people that wouldn't leave Ultima Online because of all the work they put on their house and how connected they felt to it. Building up a house with design, materials, and rare possessions brings the same joy as building up a character does to most people in MMO's.
I once spent my entire 4 year savings on Fur Rugs.
Yes, that is correct. In Ultima Online I had amassed a small fortune and couldn't decide what to spend it on, so I eventually went with Fur Rugs. The Fur was a rare item that sold for 350-400k. I bought enough of them to line the entire floor space of my tower with Fur Rugs. To most this seemed ridiculous, but to them I say, is it any different than someone spending an exorbitant amount of money on a skill path to fly a ship that's rarely used, or even seen as the most proficient in the field?
No matter what they add, I sure hope there is some form of a customizable area for players to decorate with the heads of fallen foes, and not just an area for Corps and Alliances...
The opportunities for Ambulation are through the roof, and I hope CCP can deliver an excellent in-station experience!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I was unable to fit the Vexor the way I wanted to because I only had Thorax fittings, and they didn't match the Vexor's intended design. I had no choice though because I only had 100k left, so I put whatever I had in the hanger on the ship.
The ship was running level 2 missions just fine, but I went with a Corpmate on some of his level 3 missions and I felt useless in the Vexor and it's current fittings. My Corpmate asked if I could fly a Battlecruiser, and I explained how I had Battlecruiser II, but I didn't have the 24 mill to buy one yet. Without delay my wallet blinked and I noticed a 25 million deposit from my Corpmate who instructed me to purchase the Battlecruiser and come back when it was fitted.
That was an awesome gesture on his part, and after I returned with the fully fitted Brutix the missions started going faster. I ended up shooting back up to 3 million pretty fast, so I'm back up and running.
I'm not buying anymore skillbooks for awhile! ^^
And of course, my beautiful Acura Brutix Type S
Monday, October 6, 2008
Not this time.
I set course to the nearest low-sec system after undocking in my combat-ready Honda Tristan Si. With a couple close-range blasters, MWD, Webber, and Scrambler I headed out with danger on my mind.
The first system I entered was 0.2 and to my surprise was... empty? After that it was a 0.1 system and there were a few miner-esq looking players in local- could they be at one of the local belts?
WARP DRIVE ACTIVE
There were two ships upon exiting warp drive; the first was an Imicus at 20km, and a Thorax at 100km. These two didn't appear to be together, but it wouldn't have mattered if they were because I primed the Webber and Scrambler as I activated my MWD.
I soared through the skies and was on top of the Imicus before he knew what hit him. The Thorax continued to linger at 100km- AFK maybe?
After the Imicus exploded I let my cap recharge for a minute while I contemplated my next move. At this point I was on top of the world, nothing could stop me, especially an AFK Thorax.
I hit the switch on the MWD and closed the distance in little time. Webbed and Scrambled I enganed fire at a measly 750m orbit. Would my close range be enough to throw off his accuracy? Could my blasters cut through his armor?
During the fight it looked like I might not win, so I alligned myself to the station and pressed on; however, soon after allignment I went ahead and warped- better safe than sorry.
I had my first taste of being a pirate, and I must say, I could get used to this indiscriminate violence >=)
Friday, October 3, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
As I activated my warp drive towards the repair station that was aiding Serpentis Pirates, I wondered if I would make it back this time. Every mission the Gallente Navy was sending me on seemed to get more difficult, and after losing shields and armor on my previous mission before warping out, I was wondering how close of a call this one would be.
Upon exiting warp I noticed a few scouts were already locking me and approaching swiftly. I decided to concentrate fire and activated all seven of my Railguns before setting orbit to optimal range. To avoid the pirate frigate from moving to close and therefore killing my accuracy, I activated my Webber and took control of the range during the fight.
After dispatching the security forces guarding the repair station I noticed no life signs on my scanner and proceeded to chisel away at the measly constructed pirate repair station. The adrenaline from another successful mission was pulsating through my veins. I think this calls for a victory celebration- a celebratory drink will do just fine!
But wait, the stupid fridge is too far away to see the controls- something could happen. I checked the scanners again, and still no signs of life. Screw it. I ran over to the fridge to make my favorite beverage. As the water started to boil I felt the ship start to shake.
The lights went out. An eerie red glow from the emergency light lit the hallway leading back to the control room. I stumbled through the hall as the ship rocked back and forth. The muffled gunfire grew louder as I neared the control room.
I knew I wouldn’t have enough time, so I took the detour to my escape pod. I knew it was too good to be true. I was about to lose my ship- possibly my life- and I’m still thirsty, ugh!
Through the debris from the explosion I was able to warp my pod to the safety of the station where I would lick my wounds before returning to space.
I think I’ll make a pit stop at the station bar before I have to explain to the Security office why the Serpentis repair station was still operational.
So, thanks to CrazyKinux for adding me to the blogroll!
You should all head over to the EvE Online Blogroll to check it out!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I've decided to get a few key skills to level 4 before I get fragmented with various skills.
The skills are as follows...
Hull Upgrades IV
Armour Repair Systems IV
Drone Interfacing IV
Small Turrets IV
Medium Turrets IV
That's only a small portion of the skills I'm looking at training, but I figure these are critical to surviving basic combat. I eventually- once I can fly BC's for level three missions- want to focus on Rifter skills. I'll probably dive deeper into small turret specialization per Kane Rizzel's suggestion, but right now I need cash, and that comes from running missions, so I'll continue Medium Turrets in my Thorax.
I love how many skills there are to choose from and that any race / gender can pick any of them. I remember being a stun mage in UO before stun mages were cool. I love trying new skills and setups and EvE really promotes that behavior.
I'm wondering when I should start looking for a Corp...? I'm only 2 mill SP, so I don't have a lot to offer yet, and most serious Corps have a minimum requirement higher than 2 mill. If anyone out there is part of, or knows an existing PvP guild that accepts rookie pilots willing to learn with a natural learning ability and previous MMO PvP experience, then please drop me a line ^^
Monday, September 15, 2008
I played EvE Online during the late hours over the weekend. I set some temporary and long terms goals for myself since without goals EvE is just a giant sandbox.
Short Term: Build my standings with a few NPC corps through running missions. I want to get up to level three missions, and be able to run them consistently.
Long Term: Focus on training the current skills I have up to level 4 before aquirring more skills. Also, I need to find a Corporation to join up with. I'd prefer a Corporation located in 0.0, or involved in some massive wars. I basically need a Corp that is built around PvP and not one that just PvP'd because it's in the game.
I've been pulling in mor emoney with my new Salvaging skill, and I must say it's not bad money for a new player! I'm almost to 5 mill in only a few hours of playing (I know you vets make 5 mill in your sleep, but I'm new, so HAH!)
I probably won't get any time tonight since my Cowboys are beating up on the Eagles for Monday Night Football; however, if I do get on I'm not stopping until I have at least ONE mission giver at 8.0+ standing.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I plan to post more about my time in EvE as I start to progress through the game. My only problem is every time I subscribe I get bored because I can never find a good Corporation to join.
I'm an MMO vet and looking to dive deep into EvE; anyone know a medium-sized Corporation focused on PvP?
Gallente - 2 mill SP
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I have all my offensive spells set to the keypad...
(please note, this is the square keypad on the right, not the number row up top)
Starting from the bottom...
0 - Magic Arrow
. - Meditation
1 - Clumsey
2 - Feeblemind
3 - Weaken
4 - Paralyze
5 - Explosion
6 - Energy Bolt
7 - Poison
8 - Harm
9 - Mind Blast
+ - Flamestrike
* - Fireball
- - Lighting
I have my heal keys set to F2-F4 because they're near the escape key if I need to cancel a heal...
F1 - All Names
F2 - Heal
F3 - Cure
F4 - Greater Heal
I also set my drink cure potion as number 6 on the number row so it's near my Greater Heal key for group pvp encounters...
6 - Drink Cure
7 - Drink Heal
8 - Drink Refresh
I also like to maintain my stats, so I have the following...
Alt+A - Agility
Alt+S - Strength
Alt+C - Cunning
Ctrl+B - Blessing
Some other random macros include...
Alt+L - Nightsight
F5 - Say: Bank, Guards, I Ban Thee, Wintersoul, Recsu Recdu, Etc...
F6 - Teleport
F7 - Hide
Alt+F7 - Invisibility
Alt+Q - Recall
Alt+W - Gate
It's also important to have the following...
F8 - Magic Trap
Alt+F8 - Reactive Armour
Shift+F8 - Magic Reflect
Ctrl+F8 - Protection
F9 - Use Once Agent (this opens your traped pouches for you)
Shift+F9 - Set Use Once (this sets which pouches to open)
That should cover it; there's more, but nothing I would ever share, muhahaha >=]
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I had started a Caldari, but after some online research I found Gallente make better solo PvP'ers. I don't plan to go solo through the entire game as joining and participating in a Corporation (guild) is where all the fun is, but I'd still like to solo gank from time to time.
I'm going to post my character sheet in a subsequent post, and hopefully redesign the blog to fit my new gaming addiction.
P.S. I'm looking for a good Pirate / Warfare Corp to show me the ropes and take me in; leave me a comment if you know of any...
Friday, February 15, 2008
So, there is an awesome LAN party that I attend once or twice a year that is coming up in May. This is not your normal bring-your-computer-not-know-anyone-warehouse-entry-fee-LAN. This is a LAN at a friend's house and he only invites friends of friends, and it's invite only. He covers most of the expenses, and since it's in his house he doesn't want random people there.
We have always played Counter Strike and one other shooter- usually whatever just come out and is hot. This time we'll be doing our normal Counter Strike plus Crysis. The problem I'm having is my machine barely meets the Crysis minimum system requirements, and upgrading right now is not a monetary option. I really wish our second game had been TF2 since it seems like the perfect LAN game, but the guy who runs the LAN is in love with Crysis.
I'm going to pop in another stick of RAM and end up with a P4 3.0 processor, 2g RAM, and a 9800 pro video card. I read a PC Gamer article where they played Crysis on low settings with those same hardware components, and while it didn't look snazzy, it still played.
I'm going to buy Crysis next paycheck and start playing it and Counter Strike (again) so I can be ready for the LAN. The last one we had I hadn't played in a awhile and it showed in my skills. This time I plan to be ready to frag some fools in a drunken stooper!
If anyone has Crysis and wants to show me the ropes or knows a good server to play on, please drop me a line. Thanks!