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Makeover Part Deux

Posted in Expansions, General, Meta on February 5, 2011 by Erbo

Some of us have taken advantage of the opportunity to revamp our character designs and portraits, thanks to the opportunity CCP has given us to do so.

First here’s mine (original revised image on left, new revised image on right):

The new one looks less harsh, and I’ve lightened up certain aspects of the character.  In particular, I went with a different hairstyle, looser, with a little more length at the back. (Selenalore will like that.)  The revised image has a nobler, more heroic quality, I think.

Now for Selena:

She didn’t change her character design, or not much; she just fixed the portrait to better show off that sweet new face.

And finally, Lexx:

Yow! Can you say “Sexxi Lexxi”?  The revised image looks ready to do some serious biz.  Looks like all she really fiddled with was the hairstyle and the portrait parameters…but what a difference!

Still loving the parameters of the new character creator…and it’s going to be interesting to see these figures come to life when Incarna comes out!

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The Reimagined Ralphas

Posted in Expansions, General, Meta on January 20, 2011 by Erbo

What with the new Character Editor having been released just yesterday, the core members of the Ralpha Dogs have gotten back in to redesign their character portraits using the new system.  Since many of us are experienced at avatar design, from Second Life and elsewhere, we were anxious to try out the new Carbon-based editor and see what it presages for Incarna.

First, your humble narrator (old on left, new on right):

Many people who knew me from SL thought my original avatar image looked too much like my SL avatar. 🙂  The new avatar looks more like the kind of guy who should be second-in-command of a corporation like the Ralpha Dogs.  Sadly, CCP’s clothing options don’t include the equivalent of the Ralpha Dogs’ uniform (the description taken straight out of Jeff’s book), but that was as close as I could get.  His full costume looks vaguely Han Solo-ish, IMHO, but Selena didn’t think so.

And speaking of Selena, here’s the lady herself:

With the new avatar, it’s like she’s gotten a facelift…or maybe a rollback.  (She plans on fixing the portrait a bit to better center her face.)  She may look cuter now than in her previous guise, but, if you plan on trying anything with her, remember…PH33R t3h cute on3s!

And now, our Glorious Leader, LexxEva:

She, too, seems to have reversed the aging process slightly.  And anyone who knows her in SL (where she has many names) knows that Lexxi loves the red hair.

All three of these are Gallenteans.  Here, to counterbalance those, is the Amarrian Zephira Najam:

She’s taken on a more haughty, aristocratic air in her new “ice queen” image.  It’s the kind of image that says, “I could order your death in an instant, and none would challenge me.  We are the Chosen Ones.  Amarr Victor!

And to counterpoint her, we have Fanchon Sihu, a member of the Seven Tribes of Minmatar:

Action Girl all the way, Fanchon has become slightly more sophisticated in the new picture.  But it still says, “I could kick your ass, and not even smear my eyeliner!  Bring it on, bitch!”

All in all, I’m reasonably impressed.  The visuals certainly knock anything Linden Lab has ever done into a cocked hat.  Now if only CCP will eventually let people design their own clothes…

Incoming Transmissions

Posted in Downtime, Meta, Storyline on May 24, 2010 by Erbo
...FROM RALPHA DOGS CORE COMMAND...
...CIRCUMSTANCES PROCEEDING WELL...ECONOMIC SITUATION IMPROVED...
...PLANNED CORE SYSTEMS HARDWARE UPGRADE PROGRAM NEARLY COMPLETE...
...ESTIMATED CRYONIC REACTIVATION TIMES FOLLOW...
...TO BE ON OR AFTER 20.06.YC112...BUT NO LATER THAN 30.06.YC112...
...ALL RHO ALPHA DELTA MEMBERS...DIRECTED TO STAND BY...
...AND MONITOR OFFICIAL FREQUENCIES FOR FURTHER NEWS...
...END TRANSMISSION...
MACHINE SCORE REVIEW BELOW:
4 8 15 RHO ALPHA DELTA 16 23 42

On Ice

Posted in Downtime, General, Meta, Storyline on January 1, 2010 by Erbo

Erbo paused a moment to look over his ships as he was about to leave the hangar.  Neat rows of battlecruisers, frigates, mining ships, and others, dwarfed by the long oblong bulk of the Janne Wirman and the massive Tuomas Holopainen.  All of them had been “mothballed” for the time being, as it would be an unspecified time before he would need them again.

His eyes fell on the newest ship he’d acquired…the Zephyr-class exploration vessel, I Walk Alone.  She was graceful in a way that few ships were, her slender body connected to taut cables that supported her revolutionary light-sail propulsion system.  Pity I didn’t get a chance to actually fly it, he thought.  Maybe once I wake up.

He took note of the huge station warehouses off to the side as well, labeled with the Greek-letter monogram of the Ralpha Dogs.  The contents of the corporate hangars of this, the Ralpha Dogs’ sole remaining office, had been transferred here for safekeeping…not that anything would happen to them, hopefully, but you never know.

He thought of the bulletin he’d sent out to corporate members:

Suspension of Operations

Due to financial crisis and unemployment in Real Life, the Ralpha Dogs are temporarily suspending operations, as Lexx, Selena, and I will all have our accounts suspended. As of now, any corp member who wishes to leave us and join up with a new corp is free to do so with our blessing, and, if/when we resume operations, we’ll gladly take you back.

We apologize for this and we hope to be back as soon as humanly possible.

Clear skies to all!

– Erbo Evans, Abbot, ΡΑΔ

Hopefully that would explain the situation to everyone adequately.

The corporate office was silent and dark.  Selena stood there waiting for him, in front of three cryonic suspension tubes that had recently been installed.  Inside one, Fanchon’s sleeping form could be seen.

“Looks like that’s everything,” said Erbo.  “There’s enough in the corporate account to cover the rent here for awhile.  Either things should still be good when we wake up…or it won’t matter anyway.”

“Not quite everything,” said Selena.

“Huh?” asked Erbo.

Selena grabbed Erbo by the front of his uniform, dragging his face down to hers, where she kissed him long and hard.  She let go, and backed into the second of the cryonic suspension tubes.

“See you tomorrow, sweetheart,” she said.  She triggered the mechanism, and the tube swung slowly shut.  Within seconds, she had dropped off to sleep.

Erbo gazed at her for a long moment, before he climbed into his own suspension tube, last of the three.  He took a deep breath, then pressed the button to activate the mechanism.

As the glass top of the tube swung shut, he murmured to himself, “Whenever ‘tomorrow’ may come…”

. . . .

Sadly, this post is not entirely fictional.  I’ve been out of a job in Real Life since the beginning of December, and we’ll have to suspend operations in EVE until such time as I find another one.  As such, there will probably be no further posts on this blog until such time as we do reactivate everything.  I pray it’s not a lengthy interruption, but we do what we must to survive until then.  Thanks for reading.

Blog Banter – Crash and Burn

Posted in EVE Blog Banter, Meta on July 5, 2009 by Erbo

Regretfully, I am unable to participate in this month’s EVE Blog Banter as sponsored by CrazyKinux.  Due to extensive issues and commitments in real life and elsewhere, I have been unable to conduct the research that would be required to produce a Blog Banter entry within the required timeframe.  I apologize for the inconvenience, and hope to rejoin the Blog Banter crew next month.

– Erbo Evans, Abbot, Rho Alpha Delta

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.