Archive for March, 2013


How I will likely be voting

So, the CSM8 Candidates are available. Quite frankly, I’m a bit disappointed in the turnout from non-bloc candidates, which TMDC commented on recently. However, without the low-sec representation of Marc Scaurus, it was going to show holes anyway.

So, let’s get the easy ones out of the way:

DaeHan Minhyok no bloc
Sala Cameron no bloc
mynnna no bloc
progodlegend no bloc
Kaleb Rysode no bloc
Greene Lee no bloc
Kesper North no bloc
Awol Aurix no bloc
Travis Musgrat no bloc
Artctura no bloc
Sort Dragon no bloc
Banlish no bloc

I’m not voting for a bloc candidate because they’ll get enough votes regardless; if not directly, then from preferences. There’s some bright people in there, like Banlish and Mynnna, which is nice to see, but my vote won’t make a difference there.

Other NO candidates are

Grand Admiral Simo-Hayha no highsec, possibly James315 alt
Fon Revedhort no neo-nazi
Sgurd Battersea no no effort put in
PsychoBitch no who?

which leaves me in the unenviable situation of voting for practically everyone else.

Ripard Teg yes good poster
Malcanis yes good poster
Steve Ronuken yes industry guy
Ali Aras yes token newbie
apricot baby yes ui guy
Mike Azariah yes casual guy
mangara solaris yes rvb guy
Roc Wieler yes roleplay guy
Trebor yes csm secretary guy
Nathan Jameson maybe wspace
Chitsa Jason maybe wspace
Cipreh maybe wspace
James Arget maybe wspace
Corebloodbrothers maybe
Ayeson maybe

That’s in rough order of how I would preference them. Only the top seven have a shot, but realistically only two non-bloc candidates will get over the line. The others just haven’t articulated their constituency very well, and will likely be lost in the noise.


Caldari Prime from orbit, showing the impact craters of the wreck of the Shiigeru

Caldari Prime from orbit, showing the impact craters of the wreck of the Shiigeru


So, tracking enhancer nerf

Tracking enhancers are due to be smacked with the nerf bat in Odyssey.

I can’t say I’m surprised; Ytterbium mentioned a few months ago that the Machariel was rebalanced at the same time as tracking enhancers were buffed, making them too powerful, so I expected something to be tweaked.


Brisbane Eve Gathering

So I went to the recent Brisbane Eve Gathering, which was pretty cool. The turnout was about 30 people, spanning the gamut of AU time zone alliances, from AIF and ANZA to AL3X, SCRAP and a token goon presence (obviously a spai)

It was a good night out, and hopefully there will be more of them – at least once per Eve expansion, ha.


Odyssey Rumors: Faction Battleships, Personal Hangar Bays

So, Odyssey has been announced as the 19th Eve expansion. Details are short on the ground, but Sarmatiko always has intel on what’s new on the Chaos build server:


The View From the Ground: Death of a Titan

From Mc Ribwich of Subdreddit:


Planetary Conquest: Building an Empire from the Ground Up

There’s a new Dust 514 dev blog out, detailing the game mechanics around planetary control by dust corporations.

This is a really promising rule set, from a game design point of view. It encourages corps to fight local battles, handles time zone issues fairly well, and rewards large corps that have the numbers to defend multiple attacks per day during the window of vulnerability.