Posts Tagged ‘eve’

Eve: Retribution

1 October 2012 | No Comments » | Pherephassa

A little over two weeks ago, I wrote about the winter ship update that’s been in the works. It’s now been officially announced that this is no mere update, but a full-fledged expansion. Eve: Retribution is coming.

The major focus for this expansion, indeed its very name, derives from the overhaul to the bounty system. It’s long been held by the playerbase as an almost useless system, largely used by experienced players for either vanity purposes or as a means to trick new players. One of the very first things I was told when I logged into the game for the first time was never ever attack anyone with a bounty on their head.

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Eve Online Winter Ship Update

12 September 2012 | No Comments » | Pherephassa

 

For a niche game as old as Eve is, it’s still going remarkably strong. Coming this winter is a new expansion, bringing with it a massive ship update. A massive 40 ships are being updated, which is 20% of all the available ships. CCP wants to ensure that new players are more competitive; with the addition of many new ships over the years the Tech 1 cruisers are much less viable than they were initially, so the entire Tech 1 cruiser line – 16 ships – are being redone. 4 Tier 1 destroyers are being upgraded, and they are bringing in 4 new destroyers as well. Their priority has been with the frigates – 16 of which are seeing massive updates.

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A Newblette in Space: What Do I Do Now?

24 August 2012 | No Comments » | Pherephassa

A Newblette in Space is a weekly series about my adventures in Eve Online. Each week I’ll be rambling about something in the amazing vast space of New Eden that has caught my attention. Feel free to comment, heckle, request topics of discussion, or offer up interesting flames. 

I’ll say this right out – I LOVE sandbox games. Give me a wide open world where I can do anything, and I will happily wander off and do everything I can. I have no interest in following storylines, almost no interest in quests; instead I want to explore, see what’s there, what I can do, meet the people around me, and play in the sand. I’m no master sculptor, as it were, I’ll never build a grand castle. I’ll never be the leader gathering together a large army of people and taking kingdoms, but I’ll happily build my modest mudballs and call them home. I’d rather kill a thousand monsters and explore a thousand different methods of killing them than read a quest panel or hear a cutsene and wander off to kill ten monsters for the pleasure of another quest box or cutscene. I don’t want a glowing arrow leading me in a direction, I want to forge my own path. Even if it’s not as “efficient” the simple pleasure of deciding my own route is reward enough for me and worth its weight in isk and xp.

Today’s Newblette in Space is dedicated to everyone I’ve ever seen in the rookie channel asking what to do. Anyone who has ever set foot in any sandbox game and asked a variation on one of these questions, or seen someone ask:

“I finished the tutorial, what do I do?”
“There’s nothing to do! What now?!”
“Where do I go?”

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A Newblette in Space: A New Beginning in Eve Online

15 August 2012 | No Comments » | Pherephassa

A Newblette in Space is a weekly series about my adventures in Eve Online. Each week I’ll be rambling about something in the amazing vast space of New Eden that has caught my attention. Feel free to comment, heckle, request topics of discussion, or offer up interesting flames. 

I’ve always been fascinated with Eve, but for one reason or another I’ve never actually tried it before. Alright, I’ll admit it, that’s not entirely true. I was scared away by the PvP horror stories that you often hear about it. I began my MMO career as a solid carebear, the thought of PvP was a terrifying, horrifying, scary thing. This was only reinforced by my time in Lineage 2 where I experienced the delights of max level raid-geared griefers who would prowl the newbie lands terrorizing lower level players. And as an altoholic, I was very much a lower level player. I was spawn camped, hunted down, and killed repeatedly by opponents I had no hopes of defeating. I lost countless pieces of gear and who knows how much xp.

But over time, that stance has changed. I’ve discovered that even if you don’t have any interest in PvP – and these days I have come to enjoy it – PvP servers are usually much more friendly places than pve servers. I’ve pondered this off and on, and my ultimate conclusion is that on a pvp server, there are actually consequences to being a dick. You never know if the person you’re aggravating has high level buddies who’ll come kill you for being a jerk. Sure, you get the guys who like spawn camping newbies, but by and large, they are in the minority, and there will often be entire guilds devoted to hunting them down. I mentioned being spawn camped by max level players – but you know, in hindsight, I had more fun in L2 than I’ve had in just about any other game. That thrill of danger made it all the more exciting, and there is nothing quite like the rush of successfully fleeing an adversary who outpowers you – or when you get stubborn and blast back and actually win. Now I actively prefer PvP servers, and open PvP games. So I decided it was time to give Eve a try.

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Faction Control Points vs Guild Control Points

15 February 2012 | No Comments » | Mike

Up until now, most MMORPGs with any sort of decent PvP system have taken the route of allowing factions to control buildings, castles, or points of interest. While the system works to some extent, it is at its core, broken.

One of the key measurements economists look at when ranking countries of the world for the best places to live, and do business in, is property ownership rights. Report after report, it remains true today, as it did 50 years ago; the countries that give the citizens the most property ownership rights, are the best countries to do business in. Below, I posted the chart from the International Property Rights Index of 2011. Even without any other statistics, you can easily see that the countries in the top 20% are most likely the places you want to live in, and the countries in the bottom 20% are the countries you probably would never even want to visit.

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DUST 514 Closed Beta Signups Open

6 February 2012 | 4 Comments » | Mike

CCP has officially opened sign-ups to its upcoming MMOFPS, DUST 514. The first round of sign-ups are opened exclusively to active Eve Online players, although registration does not guarantee entry.

The first round of closed beta tests, dubbed DUST 514: Mordu’s Private Trials, is live today, so if you’re an Eve player with a Playstation 3 and want to give it a go, head over to the Eve site to signup.

No info as to when the next CBT round will begin, or when it will open up to non-Eve Online players, so the rest of us will just have to wait.

Lore Hound LiveCast Episode 5: Something E3 Related

25 June 2011 | 2 Comments » | Mordil

Now that the Pre-E3 blues are gone, Beararms and Mordil are here to talk eagerly about this year’s biggest gaming convention in the Americas month’s MMO industry news.

See what toy they’re now using to keep track of the agenda, rather than that clunky and attention-stealing laptop here, or on our Facebook / Livestream page. Below the video is our topics for today.

Reminder: it starts at 11 AM PDT (2PM EDT).

Whatcha Been Playin?

Kyle: L.A Noire, Rift, Oblivion, Portal 2, Magic: The Gathering, Forsaken World

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Lore Hound LiveCast Episode 5: Something E3 Related

23 June 2011 | 1 Comment » | Mordil

Now that the Pre-E3 blues are gone, Beararms and Mordil return enthusiastically to talk about this year’s biggest gaming convention in the Americas month’s MMO industry news.

Return here to join them Saturday the 25th at 11 AM PDT (2PM EDT) to chat it up with them and see a new toy they’ll be using for the LiveCast!
Whatcha Been Playin?

Kyle: L.A Noire, Rift, Oblivion, Portal 2, Magic: The Gathering, Forsaken World

Nathan: Shakes and Fidget, Pathfinder, Starcraft II, Angry Birds / Hex Empire

General

  • Hackers that attacked SOE and Sony now move on to other gaming IPs (EVE, LoL, Minecraft, Nintendo, Bethesda, Epic Games)
  • E3 Reception – How did we feel about this year
  • Minecraft hits 2.5 million sales

 World of Warcraft

Rift