Archive for October, 2008

Tonight was..well

Posted in Storyline on October 31, 2008 by selenalore

This night when Erbo and I woke up, we got out to do a few things before heading into an agents office to take on some missions.  Tonights missions were pretty good in many ways especially isk wise, but for me this night I just couldn’t make up my mind what type of music I was going to be listening to for the trips to and from the station and on the missions, so I was going between dance, techno, r&b and hiphop.  I think it was kind of driving Erbo up the pervable spaceship wall cause I couldn’t make up my mind what to listen to. *laughs softly* My taste this night wanted to deal with something that had a beat and would keep my feet and all going as we battled some long missions or many pirates.

The first mission we had, I took out ‘Mystic Executioner’ and baptized her with flame and missles.  She’s a great ship and will be good if really needed to do some tanking in, but I just didn’t like having less cargo space then my other ships since we tend to do a lot of salvaging on our missions too the point that I have to carry on the extra cargo that Erbo cann’t fit in his ship.  We finished that mission and headed back and started another.  Yes we are apparently mission hogs *laughs some more*, and for the rest of the missions I used ‘Mystic Destruction’.

One mission was kind of odd, called a Damsel in distress..Well as we heard the tail I was ready to blow the no good Krrull out of the sky to teach him a lesson to not do that to a woman.  We got to the location and well we had a lot of fighting to do, and I had the pleasure of taking down the man and rapeing his ship of all that was on there and strangely enough his DNA as well.  That was just kind of weird, but then I wasn’t going to complain cause the no good person was taken down and hard.   I felt good getting that scum blasted into space dust.

The last mission we done for the time being we had to take on numerous pirates and we were both being hit hard.  I’d changed out a few things on ‘Mystic Destruction’, I got read of the medium shield extender and replaced it with a drone navigation computer, and I exchanged my invulnerability shiel for a medium shield booster.  The shield booster was used a lot this time around.

We finished the mission and turned it in, and decided that for now it was time to take a break and to relax, for we can get back to the missions later on, and so we got out of our ships and went out to relax and enjoy the company of each other with a good meal and just to relax and enjoy our slow down time.  There will be more missions, but for now take care all, and we’ll be roaming around and relaxing until next time.

More Missions Completed

Posted in Storyline on October 30, 2008 by selenalore

As the sounds of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture plays through my speakers and surrounds me, Erbo and I undock from the space station and head out on more pirate missions, but this time, we’ve had to kill and ex-employee and a few other unsavories to get what ever they had back or done with.

Many things we killed this night, including rouge drones and more.  In one of the missions Erbo was being misseled hard, while I was taking on some missels myself but the damage to a medium cause I had switched on my invulnurability shield.  I lost count again of how many missions we did tonight.

After the last mission I went and changed out something on my Mystic Destruction, and also went and built Mystic Executioner, which is another Thorax but with some different fittings then what Mystic Destruction had.  In place of the invulnurability shield and the medium shield extender, was placed a capaciter booster and a drone navigation computer.  While in place of my cargohold extenders and a few other things in the low slots was placed an armour hardener, and I also had placed in a medium armor repair.  I’ll probably test out Mystic Executioner some time tomorrow night, when I know we’ll be called back into the offices of the agents to be assigned more missions, to take on the bad guys and more.

As I look at the time now, it is time for me to call it a night, as well as Erbo.  We’ll be having a busy day or night ahead of us tomorrow and also the next day or so as well.  Everyone have a good night and sleep tight and for those that it is daylight for them, ya’ll have a wonderful day, and I hope sky is clear and bright. :). *gives a wave and disappears into the living quarters she shares with Erbo and lets the door slide silently shut behind her*

Another Round of Missions Done.

Posted in Storyline on October 30, 2008 by selenalore

Well later on that night, Erbo and I wake up and get up and get ready to do some work.  It seems that we are going to be doing some more missions, which by the way I love them much for it helps keep Erbo and I on our toes and alert.

We went on out and cleaned up some and then sat down to eat a meal together, when over our comlinks, we get a call from one of the agents that assigns us our missions.  We report to him directly right after we finish eating to find out what he has for us.

Well it seems that there are a large fleet of pirate rats entering space in a certain area, and we’ve been asked to go in and take them down.  We agreed to the mission and quickly loaded up into our ships.  We entered out ships and started to warm them up, and as the engines warmed up our music started playing through our speakers.  His ‘Nightwish’ and mine what ever the hell I wanted it to be.  I’m not a picky music listener for I love music and my music ranges from classical to very old rock to jazz and more.  Needless to say, Erbo knows I’m easy to please when it comes to music.  I even love listening to his ‘Nightwish’ from time to time.  It was the love of music and many other things we had in common that attracted us to each other in the first place and then just as fast we feel in love so fast we put lightspeed and more to shame, that’s how fast it was for us.  We’ve been happy every since.  Anyways, back to what I was telling you about. *laughs softly*

Our missions we pulled this night dealt with pirates and traiters and get vengence for a comrade.  The one mission that we had to deal with wound up getting us well over 100K in isk or more bounty prize wise, and the pay was exceptional as well. 🙂

Well I need to head out for now, it seems duty is calling and missions are to be done.  You’ll hear more about things as we get them done.

Close Encounter

Posted in Storyline on October 29, 2008 by Erbo
Pyramid, on a reconaissance mission.

Pyramid, on a reconaissance mission.

In the depths of Klogori system, a fair distance away from the Orfrold jumpgate, a small, Tristan-class frigate slipped out of warp, then began accelerating away from the gate.

Pyramid was Erbo’s latest creation, a frigate built for the task of scoping out these low-security systems.  Its weapons were little more than an afterthought; its primary defenses were speed, maneuverability, and stealth.  Its microwarpdrive system made it faster than a shuttle for doing these mapping operations, and its cloaking device would allow him to survey asteroid belts and assay their mineral content without attracting the unwanted attention of Angel patrols–or pirates.  And, in case of disaster, it was easily replaceable.  In fact, stored at the Ralpha Dogs’ West Metro offices in Amo, three jumps away, were enough spare parts to assemble two more copies of the frigate, right down to ammunition and capacitor charges.

Still, Erbo preferred to play it safe.

His tac display indicated that he was approaching the 150-kilometer threshold from the gate, beyond which warp drive would jump him directly to the gate in seconds.  He shut off the MWD systems and brought the vessel to a halt, just over a hundred fifty klicks from the gate.

“Store present location as ‘Klogori GS Orfrold Alpha’,” he ordered the computer.

“Done,” responded the computer.  Erbo sighed, knowing that the job here wasn’t finished.  After having criscrossed and recrossed the system to locate adequate “deep safe” spots, and standing off from the jumpgates to make “gate safe” spots, now there was the task of making “station safes” that would allow him, or other Ralpha Dogs pilots, to warp to a station and dock there almost instantly.  And Klogori, for its size, had a lot of stations.

An urgent warning from the tac display caught his attention…another ship was attempting to lock target on him!  Quickly, he entered the command to warp Pyramid to one of the deep safe spots he’d just located.  The ship shuddered under the impact of a missile launched by his antagonist, and the shield status quickly blinked down to 60%, but Pyramid was already aligned with its warp vector and accelerating out of the vicinity.

The deep safe spot would offer some protection, but not for long; as Pyramid dropped out of warp, Erbo was already issuing instructions for another jump, this time, directly to the jumpgate leading to Hadozeko.  After completing the warp and jumping between systems, he sought shelter in one of Hadozeko’s stations.

Now he had time to think more closely about the incident.  Of the other pilot’s name, he could remember only that it started with “snake”; he had also not been able to see what kind of ship was attacking.  He’d caught a fragment of a transmission from the authorities, informing the other plot of his “criminal act” and activating the sentry guns surrounding the gate.  Of course, if there was one thing that had been drilled into Erbo’s head during flight school, it was: “Put not your faith in sentry guns.”

Upon returning to the Klogori system, Erbo saw no trace of the other pilot.  He continued the mapping mission…only occasionally stopping to glance over his shoulder.

Mission?? Never Easy?? Sometimes and sometimes NOT

Posted in He Said-She Said, Storyline on October 29, 2008 by selenalore

The music totally different from that of her better half, plays through her speakers around her, as she and Erbo head out yet again on another level 2 mission out of Tollus.  The same mission they failed at the first time, but learned fast from that mistake.

She keeps in contact with Erbo over the comlink as they head into the very hostile and dangerous deadzone space in Tollus.  As soon as they entered the space she swiftly switches on her invulnerability shield and takes aim for the acceleration gate as order and swiftly turns her afterburner on full speed.  As we made our way across the space to the gate the pirate rats swiftly start taking aim at me, and if it wasn’t for that invlnerability shield I’d have been toasts within minutes of entering the space and making my way swiftly across the empty space keeping watch on her shields and more.

I hear Erbo over the comlink say that he’s getting slammed hard, and I know from experience that his shields got taken down faster then mine did.  By the time I reached the gate a few secs or so after Erbo hit it and took off through space, my shields were down to I’d guess about 30 or 40% left on them, and then the gate catches me and swiftly pulls me out of the dangerzone.  I breath a sigh of relief as I escape near death, lord knows how many times during this mission from previously done.

As I make clear and into space, I call over the comlink to Erbo to ask his status as we book it out of there and back to the Tollus Station that houses the Repulican Tribunal, to turn in this part of the mission, and as soon as we dock, Erbo turns in the first part of the mission, and then the second part of the mission deals with a rogue mining company that had taken up Tollus space without the appropriate permissions.  We said sure, piece of cake.

As we undock the music again continues to vibrate and play throughout my speakers and my capsule and ship as we head to the next leg of the mission.  We take off and enter the next mission and the next deadspace zone out there, and the mission for this one was to try and access the acceleration gate to see if it had been locked down by the rogue mining company.  Needless to say no sooner we hit the space we get a very unkind message from the minig company that tells us to turn our ass around and get out of there for we were not welcome.  We ignored the message and aimed for the acceleration gate, and as we got within meters of that gate, the mining foreman told us you were told to get your asses out of here, you didn’t respond and tried to access the gate.  The forman calls in the dogs and mercenaries and guns/cannons popped up out of the black space and came at us, the objective was met and we booked out of there fast.  We didn’t get hit to bad in that round and made it back to the station and turned in that one and got paid for it.  Then comes the third and FINAL part of the mission.

This mission dealt with us having to go within a toxic gas cloud that was used as a waste dump by the many back in the day.  We figured it would be easy enough, so we took it and headed out for the final leg of this mission.  We exited the station and as soon as I was clear, Erbo warped us to the space that was disignated as this waste dump cloud.  Boy talk about toxic and ugly, it was green, and no sooner we warped into the area, it seems our warp engines set off explosions, and wave after wave of explosive gas and debris hit our ships, we turned on what we could to help ease the damage on our ships, and headed straight towards the acceleration gate with afterburners full throttle.

I had on my invulnerablity shield and started to fast track, Erbo still is faster in reaching that gate then I am, but I at least didn’t lose my shields, but by the time I hit the gate and warped out of there my shield was down to about 15% left, before it would have run out and the explosions and debris would have started eating away at my armor and fast.

We warped out and come to a research area and were greeted by a voice from the research facility, that said Welcome and it seems you made it out of there with no problems.  Best head on back now and report what you’ve found out.  With that we warped back to the Tribunal and entered the station and turned it in.  Erbo was making some wisecracks about the Tribunal should pay to send the ships through a wash after going through that.  I just laughed and shook my head as we entered into the station and docked.

With that mission behind us, we relaxed for a few before we took on some more missions, and we did a few more, and the last one we done was low and behold, the same one we went through earlier.  Oh we weren’t complaining, we know the pay is good for this one, so off we went and repeated what we’d done earlier and after finishing the entire 3 step mission, we called it quits for the night and shut down and fell into a restful sleep in our pods, and before Erbo fell into a restful sleep, he tapped into my music, which is Native American Music of the old, and we both fell asleep, him to not dream and me to dream.

Ambulation/Walking in Stations: A “Second Life” for EVE?

Posted in EVE Blog Banter, Expansions on October 28, 2008 by Erbo

Welcome to the first 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 topic comes to us from PsycheDiver: Ambulation: What are your hopes for your avatar and new functionality of stations?

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Erbo Evans, Abbot, speaking for the Ralpha Dogs.

CCP’s forthcoming “Ambulation” or “Walking in Stations” expansion for EVE Online promises to be both controversial and interesting.  It may hold the most interest, though, for a significant fraction of us.

Many of the Ralpha Dogs, including myself, Lexx, and Selena, came to EVE from Second Life, a massively multi-user environment (it can’t really be called a “game” as one thinks of it) revolving around avatars similar to those proposed for Ambulation/WiS.  We ought to feel right at home when walking around in EVE stations, as we’re used to seeing ourselves represented as humanoid avatars.

One wonders exactly how much SL-style avatar functionality will be available under EVE, though.  To illustrate just one point: In SL, my avatar is usually seen wearing a double-breasted suit which I bought from a clothing store called “Blaze,” paying about L$500 (500 Linden Dollars, the currency of Second Life) for it.  When I did so, another person in SL (the person going by the name “Blaze Columbia,” in this case), who was the original designer of my suit, got that money.  Will there be similar options for players to supply avatar clothing items in EVE, for which they can be paid ISK?  And how would that work in EVE, fitting it to the economic model already in place?  Would clothing actually be “manufactured” using a process similar to that for making ships and other goods, then need to be sold on the Market?  And does that mean there might be a need for haulers to haul clothing to Jita or other market hubs for resale at the best prices?  Or that there might be an upswing of traffic in systems housing the finest designers of capsuleer haute couture? The mind boggles.

Another example: Will there now be a demand for weddings in EVE?  Heaven knows there are enough of those in SL (and Lexx and I have made money off them), and there are documented examples of such in World of Warcraft, Star Wars Galaxies, and other MMO environments.  I’ve actually mentioned to Lexx that she might be able to bring her services as wedding officiant to EVE; I swear, I could hear her rolling her eyes over the Skype line, but who knows, this might be a way she could bring in extra ISK for herself and the corporation…

While I hardly expect that there will be dance clubs in EVE anytime soon (more’s the pity; I have a decent reputation in SL as a club DJ), I’d be a fool to think that CCP hasn’t considered possible player-oriented input into the realm of Ambulation/WiS.  Some of us, like Lexx, will be satisfied as long as the results don’t look “cheesy” (her comment to me: “If it looks cheesy, I ain’t gettin’ out of my pod!”); others will be looking to see just how they can exploit this capability, as players have exploited other aspects of EVE, to make money.

So, while others may be oohing and aahing at the new environments opened to them by CCP when they get out of their pods, we’ll be looking at them with a little more experienced eye…to see how much they “feel like home.”

(This post will be updated if any of the other Ralpha Dogs blog authors feel like contributing.)

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Participants: (UPDATE: please note recent updates marked in the list)

Submitted For Your Edification

Posted in Meta on October 28, 2008 by Erbo

I finally got around to adding some proper blog sites to the “Blogroll” category on the right.  These reflect the EVE Online blogs I follow right now; later on, I’ll be adding more, particularly more selections from CrazyKinux’s EVE Online Blog Pack, as I have a look at them and start following them.  Hey, with EVE blogs now in the triple digits and counting, you gotta be a little selective.

(Those of you who follow Evans Avenue Exit may have noted that I impose a condition on blogroll entries there; I have to have actually met the person in-world before I’ll add their blog to the blogroll.  I’m not doing that in EVE, for two reasons: first, it’s not as practical, as EVE is much bigger and it would take a long time to find some of these folks, and second, were I to encounter some fellow bloggers face-to-face, or nose-to-nose, as it were, the encounter would likely end with me reawakening in a clone vat back at Vilur–not an auspicious development!  No offense.)

Read of these other EVE bloggers; you might actually learn something.  That’s why I do it.