Archive for July, 2012

29
Jul
12

More Mining Barge tweaks

Another day, another sisi build with tweaks from the last one.

tldr;

  • tech 1 barges now only require Astrogeology III and Mining Barge I
  • Covetor and Hulk lose -500hp from shield, armour and structure (about 20% less effective HP than last build)
  • Hulk gets increased yield; one of the +3% bonuses gets buffed to +5%/level
  • Procurer gets a massive 4 mid slots (+3 from last build) making it quite tough
  • Retriever ore hold goes from 30k to 28k, but more forgiving of those with low barge piloting skills
  • Exhumer shields reset to t1 resists + 5% per level (I think – hard to read diffs sometimes)
  • Mining crystals reduced to half the volume (inb4 mineral compression….)
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26
Jul
12

Stop Wasting My Time, CCP

A blog I discovered recently is by Ryan Shwayder, ex-Game Designer at ill-fated 38 Studios. His site features a regular ‘MMO Development Lessons‘ series of articles, and the latest one struck a nerve with me.

Time is a player’s most precious resource. Use it wisely. Do not create time-sinks for the sake of taking up their time. Don’t make them waste their time doing things that aren’t fun in order to get to things that are. Don’t arbitrarily create timers that will be likely to spend a player’s time. […] This is a fairly straightforward lesson, but it’s easy to violate if you aren’t careful.

Some time-wasters are fairly obvious. […] Some are a little more subtle. For example, if you make a daily instance run/quest/whatever have a 24 hour no-repeat timer, you’re going to waste a player’s time. Why? If I complete the quest at 8:00PM on day 1, I can’t do it until 8:00PM on day 2. It takes me 10 minutes to do it, so on day 3, I can’t do it until 8:10PM. I might also fail to start the quest instantly, so I will slowly push the time I can do the quest later and later. How do you solve it? Either make the daily timer actually correspond to once a day (e.g. you can do it on Monday, and Tuesday, and Wednesday, and so on) or adjust the timer back from 24 hours (to something like 22 hours). […]

*cough* Jump Clones *cough*

As a player with not a lot of free time, the absolute last thing I want to be doing is waiting around pointlessly because I’m stuck in high-sec after jump-cloning to inject some skills after yesterday’s playing time. The strict 24-hour jump clone timer is a prime example of bad game design.

It doesn’t even need a lot of work to fix. Just add a skill like

Infomorphic Resilience (4x)
Reduces the jump clone cooldown timer by 2% per level.

and you’re done.

24
Jul
12

New Mining Barge and Exhumer stats

As I posted to Reddit, the stats for the new mining barges and exhumers are on Singularity.

They’re everything I’d hoped for 🙂

17
Jul
12

DRK Industry Tracker. It tracks Industry.

or, how envious I am about Aideron Robotics

So, I read Seismic Stan’s account of his time in Aideron Robotics, whereupon I became insanely envious of its internal industry app, having already been envious of Blake’s version.

I know some industrialists like spreadsheets, but I prefer something a bit more automated. Heck, some people don’t like the fact that manufacturing and research are largely hands-off activities, but frankly I don’t have the time to babysit reaction chains and other time-consuming tasks.

However, I have recently encountered a web site that does pretty-much everything I want from an industrial planning perspective. It’s called DRK Industry Tracker and it’s exceptionally cool.

Some cool features are:

  • Turning loot logs of a mining operation into mineral reports
  • Making quotes or projects spanning multiple blueprints and runs, and linking them to specific buy orders you’ve made so it knows the exact cost price and resource availability for your job
  • Being able to assign jobs to other people
  • Much more

The site is run by Raath Nambode, who I talked to about the site.

DRK the corporation did implode but the domain and website are safe for a long time to come.  I have had thoughts about rebranding it but tbh the domain is paid for and I run it as s free service so am letting it just sit where it is.

I always have done, still do and will continue for years to come  maintain the site personally.  While I was sad to see my old corp go, I’d put too much work and love into the site to just let it sit there doing nothing.  I’m working on a bunch of features atm which I’ll be adding on over the next few weeks and one of my fav things in the world is honest feedback on features and bug reports.

So if you see things that you think could be done better or bugs that get on your nerves, let me know through [evemail].

This is a really good tool for budding industrialists and established corporations alike. Check it out.

16
Jul
12

Pointless wardec is pointless

So apparently a guy and his mates have declared war on us because they fail at ganking our Mackinaws and need bigger ships.

I think they may be disappointed when they realise we’re not in highsec much. Oh well, they know where to find us.

12
Jul
12

In which I make an investment in trust

So, I signed up for a share in Firefly Capital Ventures, because I know the guy who runs it from back when we were in Mostly Harmless.

Yes, yes, inb4yougotscammed.