Screenshot Contest #2 Winner!

Well we had some better participation this time and I kinda like these so we will do another in a couple of weeks. This rounds winner… #3 from Xiphos 83! Congrats and you’ll be receiving your winnings this evening when I log in. Remember, start saving those cool screenies for next time. I hope to have some better prizes next time around! Here is the beauty shot….



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Screenshot Contest #2 – Voting

Well I checked my email today and we have a whopping 3 entries this time around, luckily they are pretty good entries. All three are badass in their own right. 15 million isk up for grabs this time.

How To Vote: Remember, voting starts today and ends early Wednesday, after which I will tally the votes and post the winner. To vote, just post a comment on this post with the number screenshot that you like. One vote please. And yes, contestants may vote for themselves!



This one is from Kirith Kodachi, winner from the last contest. It’s his Nomad Jump
freighter mid-warp.



#2 is from Tony over at Eve’s Weekend Warrior. I haven’t seen anything like this
before so I’m guessing this is from one of his recent wormhole adventures.



#3 is from Xiphos83 over at The Misguided Adventurer. Ittys never looked so good.

Vote away!


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Contest Reminder

Reminder, screenshot entries are due by the end of tomorrow evening. 15 million isk up for grabs this time. Only a few entries so far so your chances at good. Send entries to nickdgdm[at]

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Friday Update Links – Spring Edition

Well its spring here in the US though you wouldn’t know from the weather. Should hit 50 degrees F this weekend. Looking forward to some nice lazy and breezy weekends soon. As always I hope you all have a good weekend and remember, keep your finger over that Print Screen button! Submissions for the screenshot contest are due Sunday evening!

Podcasts: WTF? Where have all the Podcasts gone? Hopefully Blinky and Urban are working on one! Actually, I’ve been toying with the idea of putting together a podcast of either just myself going over news and commentary or a group of people. Right now I’m working on researching means of recording and editing then working on planning out the format. With no regular podcasts I think it would be worth a shot.

Dev Blogs: Slow week here as well, though with very good reason. The Devs were hard at work prior to the patch and of course post-patch dealing with bugs and such. Not suprising that they haven’t had much free time to pump out new posts.

Forum Highlights:
The UI is increasingly shambolic: This poster makes some valid points about the UI. I think their next expansion should really focus on improving stability and usability. Right now they are just adding features onto a system that has some serious issues at times.

are assault frigs viable solo and small group pvp?: I actually commented on this one. Was thinking the same thing myself. Like with any ship you need to be sure you can dictate the engagement before engaging. In essence, you need to know you can win more so with a t2 frig considering the cost.

Blog Highlights:
Its Oh So Quiet – Wensley: Love these detailed pvp engagements. Can always picture then in your head.

EvE Mags First Lottery:

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OMG I’M BLOGGING & New Screenshot Contest

Wow its been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted anything. Life has been crazy in and out of game. Quite a few personal ongoings have limited my extra time. Some corp drama has also been soaking up all my spare Eve time. Things are starting to smooth out again and hopefully you will see a lot more posts from me.

So I’m sure I peaked your interest when I mentioned corp drama. I’ve been running my own corp for a few months now and everything was going splendidly until we moved out to the Great Wildlands. Now Vanguard (the alliance we are in) has been awesome. Lots of industrial and PvP opportunities for those who have the ambition and drive to take the bull by the horns. We had some initial problems with the move and a bit of a burnout on my end of things with having to mine enough ice to fuel the damn thing. My biggest mistake was starting with a large tower for a corp of our size. A medium or small would have done fine. Other than that things seemed to be fine.

A couple of weeks ago it becomes apparent that my executive director’s ego has swelled to the size of an avatar. He quickly asserts himself as being allmightly and never wrong. He asks to run for CEO which I help him do. His main reasons for being pissed off was not having full director rights in the corp, something I don’t give to anyone because of past experiences with corp theft. He spends the next three days talking to each person in the corp and convincing them to leave and form with him. And of course I log in on the 4th day and the wallets and hangars of the corp are completely empty. Needless to say I wasn’t too happy, but releived in a way that I now know he is a 100% asshole. His last few minutes on the alliance vent server were spent inflating his own ego. All in all about half of the corp left.

We are in the process of restructuring and are already recruiting. I personally have billions in liquid cash so money for the corp is not a problem. I’m 100% sure we will be fine and its nice not dealing with peoples needs and egos on a daily basis now. We are more of a relaxed corp now and I now have a Zero tolerance policy for egos. I have played this game long enough not to have to deal with people like that. The funny thing is the people that left are now in high sec. Looking at the Alliance killboard it seems that most of them were having a hard time out here and just couldn’t cut it. One lost a Myrm and Hulk over the period of a couple of days… belt rats. It’s been a rough couple of drama filled weeks and thats partly why I haven’t been blogging much but thats about to change. Thanks for those of you who keep checking back. Good stuff to come!

Screenshot Wednesday Contest #2 We had a few contestents last time. Submission period will be a bit longer this time around. Remember, submissions are due Sunday evening. Voting starts on Monday and the winner will be announced Wednesday. The prize? 15 million isk. If participation keeps up then prizes will get better and better. Hopefully we will see some great screenshots! Past winners are eligable to enter. Send entries to nickdgdm[at]


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CK’s Eve Blog Banter #5 – Two Accounts Edition

Welcome to the fifth installment of the EVE Blog Banter, the monthly EVE Online blogging extravaganza created by CrazyKinux. The EVE Blog Banter involves an enthusiastic group of gaming bloggers, a common topic within the realm of EVE Online, and a week to post articles pertaining to the said topic. The resulting articles can either be short or quite extensive, either funny or dead serious, but are always a great fun to read! Any questions about the EVE Blog Banter should be directed here. Check out other EVE Blog BanterThis month’s topic comes to us from Mynxee of Life in Low Sec. She asks “Alts and Metagaming: Is playing two accounts who are logged in at the same
time and work together (hauler/miner, explorer/combat associate, trade alts in trade hubs) a form of metagaming that is “ruining the game”?

articles at the bottom of this post!

When I first started playing I quickly realized how difficult it would be to keep my pvp character in a ship considering the sheer number of ship losses one will amass both learning and practicing PvP. Within my first couple of months I created my second account, a mining alt. Over the months it’s been both a god send and a bane having two accounts.

For one, it doubles the cost of play. Having and paying for two accounts truly turns Eve into a hobby more than just a casual game. Second, the cost to actually train that character up can be quite expensive. To simply get that character in a Hulk with T2 fits will run over 250+mil with the cost of the ship, learning books for both the exhumer and learning skills, and implants to train faster.

You have to ask yourself if there are certain professions in this game that just plain flat out require two accounts to work and be fun. Take capital pilots for instance. Do you really want to trust someone with creating a cyno field for you to jump or have to wait for them to show up and hope they do it right? Most Cap pilots I know have a cyno alt who’s only job is to creaty cyno fields they way the Cap pilot wants. Then of course there are pirates and pvpers. Many whom I know have alts that trade or mine, just to keep the isk flowing in for those inevitable losses. Many second accounts are the result of players who are 3-8 months into the game who realize they didn’t optimize their current characters attributes when creating it and now are suffering with training time and maybe spending to much time not focusing on their profession. This happens to many new players who just don’t know what everything means when they are in that character creation system for the first time. They don’t want to give up their current character due to the simple fact that they have SOME SP at least so they create a second account and skill up a new character the right way.

There are a number of reasons to have an alt, but there are certainly many people who don’t. Many casual players just find it overkill and would much rather spend their time and isk on bettering their main character.

Is it meta-gaming? I’m not sure. There are those who beleive that it’s unfair. But in reality, like I stated above, some professions gain a lot from having another account. CCP seems to have no stance on the subject, though having no rules regarding it might be a stance in and of itself.



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If you’ve been following this blog you know the last couple of weeks has been crazy for me. Moved my corp into 0.0 and setup a large POS. Just a few weeks ago I spent hours a day happily mining away in empire making 15-25 mil per day. Now I spend my days mining ice, not because I want to, but because I have to. A large POS eats up quite a bit of fuel. I’ve been hitting the best ice possible for racial isotopes but I still need to mine for hours a day to keep up. Most of the corp still can’t use ice harvesters and getting them together for OPs is shotty at best. Now for those of you who have ice mined, you know how boring it is. The nice thing about it is you can set your harvesters on an ice rock and go afk for awhile. Imagine ice mining, but having to stare at local for hours. Thank god for hulu so I can watch some lost in a small window box.

It’s been extremely stressful to say the least. 0.0 is supposed to be fun. I really need to sit down and come up with a plan to keep up with the ice without killing myself. Will I be able to pull in the type of cash I used to? Probably not, but I NEED to be able to pull in some money so I can buy the big toys I like. If not, I’ll burn out and not log in at all. I find myself taking breaks and just playing BF2 or some other mindless game.

I guess part of the problem is the corp structure. Everyones out ratting and mining helping themselves while I”m left out having to ice mine. My executive officer is out of commision for awhile while he sorts out some RL stuff which doesn’t help. I guess I need to start cracking the whip in some areas. I think some new blood in the corp would help greatly as well.

Hopefully things will fall into place a bit better in the coming weeks. Just need to keep at it and keep delegating. Thanks for listening to the rant!


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