Monday, October 27, 2014

Introducing the E-Uni Podcast!

I wanted to share with my readers a new project that has popped up at EVE University: the EVE University Podcast. I've listened to the first episode and found it quite interesting. The first episode features hosts Kazon Necht (Assistant Personnel Manager) and Danielle en Divalone (Student Advocate) along with their guests Azmodeus Valar (E-Uni CEO) and Krevlorn Severasse (Teacher). 

Here is how Kazon introduced this new project:

The EVE Universe is big and filled with a lot of people who enjoy providing information for all of its players to enjoy. Among the social media experts, bloggers and podcasters are a lot of people who cover various aspects of EVE. We felt that there was a gap in the New Player Experience area and so the EVE University Podcast was born. 

Your hosts Kazon Necht and Danielle en Divalone will take you through various aspects of the University throughout each Podcast, picking an area or topic of discussion and focusing on how it impacts the Uni and the new player experience. At the end, they will evaluate the changes in the most recent patch and talk about upcoming changes in the next proposed patch.

The release cycle is scheduled to be every three weeks or so to allow enough time for events to transpire.

In the first episode we have an interview with EUni CEO Azmodeus Valar where we ask him about himself, his time in the Uni, what he's done and what he might have planned. Azmo then joins us again, after a shortened version of "Introduction to Eve University" from Krevlorn, to chat about the upcoming changes in Phoebe and what they could mean for our members.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to post them in soundcloud or send Kazon and Danielle a forum message or in game mail.

Where can you find the podcast link and more information??
Go and give the first episode a listen and let me (and us) know what you think!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Three Domis, a Golem and an Ashimmu

This past weekend I finally had time to get some actual play time in EVE. It's been a while since I logged in and actually got to join in on a PvP fleet in our wormhole. 

A ping went out for three domis running sites a few jumps down our chain. I logged in and grabbed my trusty Myrmidon and formed up on the outbound wormhole to the good-natured heckling of some of my fleet mates - I was the only one not in a T2/T3.

Our scouts reported that the domis had turned back and entered their home system, a C5 with a very active d-scan. Apparently there were a lot of pods moving around reshipping into stealth bombers and then vanishing off of d-scan. As it turns out, they were heading out a frigate hole into another wormhole system where they were busy trying to kill a Golem (which they managed to do). 

We knew that they had scouts out and about so we tried baiting them with three T1 BCs and two Augorors, hoping that they'd see the T1 logi and come try to pounce on us. Unfortunately they didn't take the bait (or didn't see us, since at this point they were still busy with the Golem) so we had to switch to plan B. 

As we slowly moved our fleet closer and closer to the wormhole leading into their system, there was some debate about whether we should race to their frigate hole, toss a bubble up and try to get some kills, as we had been sitting around not seeing any action. Our FC ended up reaching out to them and organizing a fight. 

They jumped into us with a bunch of stuff, including four Guardians and a bunch of T3 and faction ships. We had one less Guardian than they did, so we tried to focus one of their Guardians off of the field. However, we were fighting in a Cataclysmic Variable system so remote repairs were boosted making taking down logi rather difficult. Our FC called for us to switch our DD suddenly to one of their DD, and he almost went down. Lucky for him his logibros were paying attention and brought him back up. We switched back to the original Guardian and almost broke him. At this point, they decided to bail back to their home C5 system. 

Now while most of the fighting had gone on sitting at 0 on the wormhole, a lone Ashimmu had burned out to go try to neut someone on our side. When his friends jumped back to their home system, we turned our attention back to him and subsequently blapped him. Yes, you did see that correctly; our CEO, the Director of HR and the Director of Education are on that kill mail. See, management get to have fun sometimes!

All in all, we ended up having quite the fun fight with these guys. Additionally, we had the most people online in fleet that any of us had seen in quite some time. It's been a while since we were able to field a fleet this size, since we've been losing a lot of our more experienced members to higher class wormhole corps. 

Next on the docket for me: bringing in some ships for PvP that aren't T1 BCs. I did finish up the training to fly a Legion, but I'm not quite prepared to buy one just yet. I still need to get myself a Guardian into the wormhole as well as finish up my Logistics V. Always more to do!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Research Race

CCP has annouced an in-game event regarding a research race having to do with sleepers in w-space. Until downtime on Thursday October 14th, turning in Neural Network Analyzers and Sleeper Data Libraries will contribute to your faction's progress. At the end of the event, the order in which the factions received the highest amount of blue loot will determine the order in which a new technology will be introduced.

I'm very excited to see what this new technology is and how it will impact w-space, if at all. Tell me, are you going to be donating your loot instead of selling it on the market like usual?