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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Blog Banter #10: Oh Reginald!?

Welcome to the tenth 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 Banter articles at the bottom of this post!

This month's banter leans a little, OK a lot, on the academic side. It comes to us from xiphos83 of A Misguided Adventurer, who asks the following: " Victor Davis Hanson argues that western culture, comprising of ideals such as freedom, debate, capitalism, and consensual government, are what make western society so successful at waging war. These ideologies create a warrior who's direct participation in government, ability to think freely, and desire to remain free, fights harder and is willing to suffer more than his conscripted foe. Though a military must remain a structured oligarchy to fight a war effectively, why in a world where military conflict is as familiar as breathing are there so few alliances that embrace these ideologies when governing their members?"

Victor Davis Hanson's argument is flawed. That was easy.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Aw Shit Son.

There are few things in this life that I've ever been sure of. I knew my wife wasn't coming back. I knew I'd win re-election last term, and I know now that Spectre sucks.
Ramir Jonas - Gallente Senator

You probably won't recognize the man in the picture, that's alright, not many do. That's Spectre, the Eve Newb. He's that guy that lost during the last blog banter contest. He's been on a bit of crusade recently about his really very stinging loss.

He believes he was cheated! Spectre, if you're reading this I've got a little message for you.

I'm throwing down the gauntlet, you wanna rumble? We'll rumble. You wanna pick daisies in the fields all day with the sun shining brightly in the sky and a warm breeze gently wafting... uh never mind.

Point is, I'm throwing down the gauntlet.

Bring it son.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Obsidian Operation #1

They came with beasts from the blackness. With their and claws and fangs they grabbed them. Everyone but me.
Child - 300

Stage One, Getting Started.

I logged in and heard the call, we had a target. Someone somewhere paid us some money(specific eh?) to do our covert ops thing and harass Cold Steel Alliance. Excellent.

What's that you say? I can't do that? I don't know how to yet? I've never done it before? All I've got is theory?

We found a convenient wormhole from our home system to a place 4 jumps from where we'd need to cyno in. I went through, made my way over, and in a few short minutes I was there. K1Y-5H the sov 4 constellation capital of Cold Steel Alliance.

Stage Two - Blow Shit up

So I took stock of my surroundings, we had our transdictor(a cloaky transport ship loaded with bubbles) blocking the system off. I warped to their station to take a look around, and very shortly after that, they decloaked a few stealth bombers of their own and targeted the transport ship as it dropped a bubble. SnailB, the transdictor pilot manged to kick his microwarp drive on and outrun the points, before warping away. We were thouroughly impressed, but then we saw something promising.

The stealth bombers started shooting at the bubbles, so we decloaked our stealth bomber fleet and an Arazu and popped one. As we did so, they undocked a Thanatos and Maelstrom. Now the rest of their stealth bombers started on the bubbles again. We timed it perfectly again and took another one down under their noses.

For the rest of the night they moved three carriers around with their ships to keep them safe. We cloaked and waited.

A day later, and they closed the constellation, everyone was told to leave and local started to consist of just us. I suppose they thought that would deter us. Some people still tried to play, and we managed to catch some trying to run away.

Finally on the last day of the op, I managed to pop a Covetor alone after he got tangled in a bubble.

All in all? A good few days.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

OOC: Update - July 2009

Bit late, but here we go.

I should be able to pick up the frequency of posting sooner or later, but I really ought to remove the "probably Wednesday thing, since I've yet to actually update near that day.

Beyond the new writing commitments I've made, I've also decided to move, and it's taking money and time to get it done.

I've moved into 0.0 for a while at least, and joined up with some old friends in a new corp. Obsidian Operations. It's got a fair number of old Bastards as members, and is led by Jedziah. I'm going to have some fun.


What's Next?

Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.
David Starr Jordan

"So what do you want to do?" Sarah sat across from Hallan in the makeshift office he'd set up on their new Myrmidon.

"Well, now that CONCORD doesn't think I'm a criminal anymore, I'd like to go back to high sec,"

"That's not what I mean Hal, the Gallente millitia is a lost cause. Where are you going?"

"I don't know really,"

Sarah stood up and reached into her pockets, she pulled out a strip of paper and placed it in front of Hallan, "I know these guys, they're good. You know some of them too actually,"

"Obsidian Operations?"



Saturday, July 11, 2009

The One Where I Start Something.

So I started a little conflict a few days into my 0.0 career.

EVE System > Channel changed to GQ-XQ Local Channel
Psychotic Turtle > lol, that aeonyx guy is a fucking loser. I have fought his alliance for a year, they are the most pathetic alliance in game with worst pvp'ers. You guys are 100 times better pvp'ers than his pathetic alliance.Coms out.
Hallan Turrek > Why hello! You seem like a nice guy, will you be my friend?
Psychotic Turtle > i was reffering to stain empire, you guys are a whoile different story on your own i will not go in to right now as to not crush your spirits, i suggest you guys keep playing and keep learning.
Hallan Turrek > Oh thank you so much, I am so new to this after all. I appreciate you holding back for me.
Hallan Turrek > I'll be honest, I could never raise hand in anger.
Psychotic Turtle > learn to.COms out.
Hallan Turrek > Oooh, that coms out thing is so cool.
Hallan Turrek > I wish I'd been able to think up something so incredibly original like that.
Hallan Turrek > /emote sighs
Hallan Turrek > I'm just stuck with the same old thing I guess.
Psychotic Turtle > stop talking or i will come back and live in your home systems for another week
Hallan Turrek > You see, that right there? That's a promise you can keep.
Hallan Turrek > All this talk of being bad, that's total BS, you can keep saying it, but saying you'll live somewhere, that's something you can actually do.
Hallan Turrek > So go on, live. If you can.
Hallan Turrek > I get the feeling you'll get bored after a while, but by all means, have fun.
Hallan Turrek > Cat got your tongue? Too bad. "Coms out,"
Hallan Turrek > No it seems pretty stupid when I say it too. Heh.

Turns out these guys have a history of camping systems and dropping covert cynos for a fleet of black ops battleships. Sounds like fun to me, but not so much for everyone else. The alliance was, unhappy to say the least.

It's all simmered down for now, but I still think the whole thing is pretty funny.