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Life Without BoB

If your reading this and the title sounds strange and unfamiliar then for the love of god check this forum out and get yourself up to date! I’ve only been playing for a year yet I still realize how big of an event this is to EvE. There are still many questions to be answered and details are still extremely fuzzy.

Here is the jist. A director in an executor corp in BoB became disgruntled and went to the other side. He somehow closed the alliance and has single handed changed the face of the game. One can argue that this isn’t an infiltration by the Goons, but in fact good luck and Goon leadership knowing a good opportunity when they see it. Disbanding can and will result in Titan construction coming to a hault and jump bridge systems failing. Reports of BoB evacuating assets have been posted on the forums, but mostly by Goon members themselves so take it with a grain of salt.

What will be interesting is….

  • What will happen to BoB members? Will they form up again to make a new alliance?
  • What is the scope of loss of both liquid and non-liquid assets?
  • How will CCP react?
  • What kind of affects this has on the game as a whole. Will Goons be THE premiere alliance in the game?

Time will tell what happens. With my corp planning on moving to 0.0 I wonder what the landscape of nullsec will look like. I’m sure its going to change dramatically. If BoB members can pull back together, get a new alliance up and rolling in the next two days then they can cut their losses. But make no mistake about it, BoB will not be the massive Alliance it once was anytime soon. Shit hit the fan and no matter what, they are losing assets. Its up to them to stop the bleeding. In some ways this is BoB dropping the ball. They either let one person have too much power or pissed him off enough that he went to the other side. Either way, they screwed up.

Suffice it to say this is the biggest event I’ve ever seen hit the game. Details will be pouring out in the coming days, weeks and even months. It is a very interesting development

Some Helpful Links:

EvE Sov Info: Notice the white systems in Delve. If you click on them you will notice the Sov loss in the bottom.
Updated Sovereignty Map for Feb 5th

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I can has skill queue?

I’m sure news of the planned skill queue have spread like wildfire by now. Probably the best news I’ve heard all day. As a community we have been clamoring for this for awhile now. It was quite a kick in the pants when they took ghost training away and didn’t add the queue. Some questions remain however as to how this will affect character growth and character farming.

The dev blog states “The skill training system we came up with allows you to queue skills that will start training in the next 24 hours. You can enter in up to 50 skills in a queue, as long as they all start training within 24 hours. This leaves room to start a skill that will take 6 hours, followed with one that takes 12 to complete. With only 18 hours of training prepared, the queue still has room to start another skill.” What I’m taking this to mean is that you could essentially train a bunch of shorter skills up until 24 hours after the first skill started in the queue then have a long skill start right before that 24 hour period is up. This helps with low multiplier skills that may only take 10-15 hours to get to lvl 3 or 4 but the last skill is a day or two. So long as level V starts within the 24 hour period then it will start training. What this doesn’t help is a Capital ship pilot throw months worth of skills together in the queue, log off, log back in a few months from then and be able to fly a carrier around. This in theory prevents character farming.

Now this certainly doesn’t help people like myself who will be going on vaction for a week in the spring and need to train a set of skills. Chances are I’ll just have to set a long one or find a skill set that trains a bunch of short skills then starts a long one that takes a week before the 24 hours is up. I think the 24 hour time table is a tad short. Something closer to 48 would have been a bit more reasonable. Either way, this is a good step in the right direction and was a big fat elephant in the room that they weren’t addressing.

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Premium Lite On The Way & Classic Becomes History

A recent series of dev blogs has highlighted a massive change to the Eve Online client system. Classic will be gone and in its place will be what CCP is calling “Premium Lite.”  The new Lite client is essentially the Premium client but with more options to turn down effects like most games on the market.

This is a big change for both players and CCP. I know personally I’ve been using the Classic client since day one. Its been fairly stable and allows running multiple clients without much fear of a framerate slow down. I still run Classic to this day, even though I’m running it on a hot rod of a system. I’ve toyed with switching to Premium, but why change what already works?

The big question that remains is how well the Premium Lite client will run. Can we expect Classic like performance with all the settings turned low? Most desktop users shouldn’t have a problem and CCP says any GeForce 5 or ATI R300 or higher series card should be able to handle the lite client (as always, take CCP specs with a massive grain of salt). The biggest problem comes to mind when you start talking about notebooks. Their graphics cards aren’t upgradeable in most cases. Netbooks that can run the Classic client have been popular recently. Eve is a game you can stay logged into for hours, mining or just chatting with buddies and corpmates. Having an affordable notebook to take with you and stay logged in makes a lot of sense.

All of this is great for CCP. This means they don’t have to create two seperate model groups for each graphics engine. This saves time and allows them to devote teams of designers and debuggers to other projects. Hopefully this means a much more stable client overall. They need to seriously work on how the game handles packet loss. The number of disconnects before matches during the past week of alliance tournaments was embarrassing.

I caution CCP about moving to quickly to drop support for older graphics cards. The fact of the matter is that some people, especially those on older notebooks, will not have the proper card to run the new Premium Lite. If this is their only way of logging in, then chances are they won’t be continuing their subscription. Cutting Shadermodel 2 will undoubtedly lose a few more subscriptions along the way. Things DO need to move forward but they need to stop at each stage and take a serious look at their client and the realistic performance it has on the cards they say are supported for it. My older computer had a 2ghz AMD processor with 2gb of ram and an Nvidia 6800 card and it had plenty of hiccups with the classic client. Saying that the Premium Lite client will support 5 series cards and up sounds like thats the minimum to be able to actually open and run the client. What is required to actually run the game with enjoyable performance is yet to be seen. Time will tell and if they can introduce a lite client with the performance to suit both newer and older systems then it could be a great win for both sides. We will all be waiting.

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Friday Update Links

Well its my favorite day of the week.  After a long week of hard work the weekend is finally approaching.  This means lots of good food, good booze and plenty of EvE time!  This is obviously my first Friday Update Links so I’ll explain what I’m trying to do here.  With so many podcasts, forum posts, and blogs out there it can be tough to sift through it all.  Every Friday I will be posting links to highlight some great blogs of the week, updates on new podcasts and links to various dev blogs and such.  All of this in one place.  I hope you enjoy and as always, comments are welcome!

Blog Highlights:

Wensley: You Win Some, You Lose Some, You Always Come Back – A great PvP post. Goes into great detail about the fight.
Eve Tribune: Little Noob, Part III – Fantastic series about some basic tactics and concepts for PvP.  Also check out Part I and II

Dev Blogs:

CCP torfifrans: Fury of the Apocrypha – A nice look into the current development proccess.
CCP Zulupark: The Results Are In; Eve And Shadermodel Support – Info on the removal of Classic and introduction of new “Premium Lite” client.

Podcasts:

Warp Drive Active #44: Winterblink and Urban Mongral are back again in all of their glory. Hopefully more to come!
Fly Reckless #24: Silicon Buddha is back as usual and dicusses the various devblogs and Eve Tribune Posts.

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PCU and the road ahead

Its been obvious news, the PCU (Peak Concurrent Users) count has been rising steadily for the past few Sundays with last Sunday reaching over 48k. This is great news for the game but it presents a trend that could create serious issues if it continues.

Average daily server POP seems to be higher than it was this summer. The general feeling is that server POP does increase during the winter months when more players are indoors and log on. The question is this, does the higher PCU mean more people signing up or just more existing players logging on during the winter months? It’s yet to be seen if the subscription rate is actually increasing. If so, there are issues CCP could run into.

I’m fairly confident that as a whole, the server can handle quite a few people at any given time. What is a concern is single system crowding. Systems like Jita are rapidly growing and one has to wonder how many concurrent players in system the server could handle. There is also the matter of region crowding.

With the March expansion and the release of a retail boxed version of the game, you can certainly expect subscriptions to rise. Time will tell how this affects the game.

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