Thursday, July 20, 2017

Project Discovery - Planetary Transits

Project Discovery - Planetary Transits, which I'm quickly going to shorten as PDPT, is pretty cool.  I certainly identify with it much more than the previous effort which was finding abnormal human body cells to help with some sort of research.  Admirable goals but the current PD is finding alien worlds.  Bugger helping my fellow man, I'm going to find aliens!

At least that seems to be the appeal.

Which I have to admit, I'm also on board for.

While I was looking for transits, and becoming more than a bit frustrated at near misses in my efforts, which will be shown below, I started thinking about the earning potential of PDPT.

If you're a young pilot in Eve Online the ISK you can earn from PDPT, especially if you care about accuracy, isn't to be sneezed at, but for an established pilot it isn't much.

Then I wondered if you could PLEX your account just by using PDPT?

Let's look at the figures, which of course change all the time so this will be somewhat accurate from the slice of time I bothered to look at the market.

These days I can no longer say one PLEX as you now need 500 PLEX to pay for a monthly account, 500 PLEX is roughly worth 1,546,000,000 ISK, a bit over 1.5 billion ISK.

If I'm doing PDPT, and I try to care about accuracy, it hovers around the 65 to 70 percent mark, I can make 610,000 ISK every five minutes, or 122,000 per minute.

That means I need about 12,673 minutes to afford 500 PLEX, assuming the PLEX prices have not moved while I've been banging through PDPT.

Rounding up, that is about 212 hours, and over the period of one month is a hair over 7 hours, per day, every day.

You would receive some of the awards for levelling up in PDPT, which helps the ISK generation, but if you want to spend all month earning ISK via PDPT, so you can pay for another month, it can be done.

However I wouldn't recommend it.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Recruiting Conundrum

In my experience recruiting in Eve Online is much harder than in other MMO's.

"You have a pulse? Great! Come on in!", any other MMO.

In Eve?  The big difference is we have something to lose apart from our minds if we recruit some nut job, and let's be clear.  I value my Eve "stuff" more than my mind!  My mind is like an old enemy, but we've both grown older and the visceral hate has faded away to some half remembered discomfort about something neither of us can remember clearly.

Oh and I'm pretty sure my sub conscious hates me.

Another time for that one.

In recruiting for the corp and greater alliance I've found a few things.

Alpha accounts are not reliable and will usually kick around for a few days, perhaps a week or two, and then you never hear from them again.  The big question with the Alpha accounts is retention.  How many of them are active in the game two, four, six months down the road?  You can be damn sure those figures are, probably, never going to be released by CCP.

You never really know who you're going to get with recruiting.  We certainly have an idea of what we want but sometimes what they say, and then do, are two different things.  It reminds me of hiring people for business, roughly six months down the road you find out who the person is you've hired.

Don't get me wrong we have a great group of people, I don't often talk about them here as fluffing their egos is for their significant others, not me, but sometimes it just doesn't work out.

Other times we know a person isn't right for the alliance pretty quickly during the recruiting chat.

Often this will be due to reasons of time zone, poor standings with the faction in our region, wanting different things, etc.

Every once in a while though, wow!

Last night we had some guy, and I won't mention his name, I assume he is a guy as this is Eve Online and everyone is a he until verified.

Stereotypes save time kids!

From the very beginning his pilot details started waving all sorts of red flags, and I don't mean the sort of flaccid red flag waving you see at some motor racing event, where the marshal is bored, and all he can think about is the amount of beer he's going to consume tonight to try and forget about the never ending pain.  No, this is the type of flag waving you see at a Mardi Gras, vigorous and full of pep.

The kind of flag waving you really cannot ignore.

His corporation history was an evidence trail of very short stays, which speaks volumes.  If a bunch of other corps, and we are pretty vanilla compared to many others, cannot stand you then odds are we/I are certainly not going to also.

Then of course his corp application, to one of the other corps in the alliance but happily I get to view this stuff, often it's the only entertainment I get, is something very close to "I have 3 million skill points and I'm better at this game than all of you!"

At this stage I would have done the thanks but no thanks bit, but it wasn't my corp so screw it, lets see where this goes!

During the evening while we are doing "alliance activities" he jumps into the recruitment chat for the corp he's applied for.  It's an arse about way of doing it but nobody seems to read the requirements anymore so he's certainly not on his own.

Very quickly it starts going south.

And I don't mean in a "lets head south for the winter in a slow measured way taking care to eat some stuff and visit some nice ponds" way.  This was something like a screaming banshee, SR-71 type lawn dart straight as the crow flies towards anything away from "normal".

He asked questions.  Questions are good.  But when the questions were not answered to his satisfaction he would ask them again, or just put a question mark, or harangue about not answering them to his liking.  I could see the discussion was going off the rails, I would have told him to POQ by this stage but it wasn't my corp and I wasn't leading the interview, so I was able to watch, and judge.

It quickly degenerated as the interviewer started asking his own questions , at my prompting, but I'm sure that was where he was heading anyway.  Of course that meant he hadn't answered one of the questions of the interviewee.

Then it went bad.


He was accused of not answering the question, and was getting attacked for somehow "not completing the circle" I guess.

Then their was a pause, I had some idea of what was coming, and there it is!

"Thank you for your enquiry, but you're not right for us, best of luck in the future.", to paraphrase.

Somehow the guy, who wanted to join the alliance, must have thought the interview was still going well as he was quite annoyed it had taken this turn.

From his point of view he was in! All we had to work out were the details!

Probably something like a real world mental health plan for all alliance members.

So his last line of text, before he rage quit the recruitment chat was the icing on the cake, the hilarious mid point of our night.

"Fuck you cunt!"

Comedy gold.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Provi Cruiser Roam

Each week we try and take out a small fleet to start gathering, or in some cases re-gathering experience in small fleet PVP.

This was one of those fleets.

We managed our first kill using the new, and possibly improved PVP roam doctrine system!

We will get to that in a bit though.

Finding a worm hole that takes us more or less directly into a null sec system was an utter bitch.  At one stage I gave up and mowed the lawn, that held more appeal at that point than yet another bloody useless stupid effing worm hole.  Eventually I found one we could use, or so I thought...

Our small but nuggety PVP fleet formed up at Home only a few minutes late, and left for the distant system of Bika.  In there we jumped into the pre scouted worm hole, then through the worm hole, until we arrived at the exit into the region of Branch in null security space.

"Your ship is too large for this worm hole"

What?  Bugger me!  I'd passed through it quite happily in my probing ship which is fast, and more importantly small, but our seemingly massive cruisers were not going to jump through.

Plan B then.  We use Plan B quite a bit.

Provi it is! So the fleet zapped down to the Provi entrance, took a right turn, and headed towards where I thought some miners might be.

Sure enough we found some, after we'd tried a belt already and found none, the next belt had some inattentive miners!  They should have warped towards a safe spot once we appeared in local, but they didn't and we landed about 40km away from them.  Just then my internet lagged so I couldn't see any targets on my overview so the standing rules applied, approach, point and shoot them.

We managed to grab only one Procurer, which proceeded to eventually go down, all the while I'm keeping an eye on D-Scan for the expected reinforcements that I thought would arrive, they did not.  Happily by that stage my internet/overview had caught up with current events.

We checked the side systems and headed out of that pocket, but they were stirred up.

We had two options at that point, go home or go deeper.  We went deeper.

Pretty soon we had to bust through a small gate camp of an Ishtar and a Harbinger, but then the're mates caught us.

Bubble Camp!  Yes we'd been caught in a bubble after jumping through a gate, but we don't really expect these ships to come home anyway, and this is all a learning and/or rust removal experience so it was all good.  All of our options in the bubble were bad and soon afterwards we all died.

Good times!

Afterwards, at Home, a small wake was held for our lost ships and pods, plus a quick discussion on what we learnt from the roam.

It was very instructional.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Even My Dreams Have Dreams

A new update?

Longer contracts.

Some harder PVE thing.

Our alliance logo hovers above the Citadel.


The Sun looks nicer.

Anything else?





Monday, May 8, 2017

Four Hundred and Fifty!

Oh shit!

I'm allowed to swear.

It's my universe after all.

I just realised I've passed the four hundred and fifty post mark a few days ago.

For something that peaked early and has been on the long downhill slide for quite sometime I still find that impressive.

Especially for me who doesn't usually stick with things for that long, unless I have some sort of organic connection, which therefore makes me biologically obligated.

If only I'd kept my genes inside my jeans.

That won't have the same impact if you say it out loud.

Seriously though, for the people that actually do read this, and I have the metrics to prove that at least some people do.

Thanks for reading and with any luck some of it isn't horrible.