Posts Tagged ‘gaming


Now following: Mary Titor

You may have heard about the player who calls themselves Mary Titor, who wrote an analysis on how to game the Faction Warfare system before it became widespread.

Mary now has a blog:

I’m a sociologist, or at least my diploma says so. I’m not affiliated with any significant group in Eve, national or otherwise, or at least I don’t feel about the affiliations I do have strongly enough to compromise my scientific integrity. So in that sense I’m just about as neutral as they get. There’s a certain chance you might have heard about me elsewhere, though, which is one of the reasons I prefer to stay anonymous — or pseudonymous, to be more precise. I got my PhD (or rather, the roughly equivalent Russian title) in studying online gaming communities in 2004. I have been playing Eve on and off since late 2006. (Everything I do for fun eventually turns out to have been science all along, this is incredibly annoying.)

What I do most in Eve is not playing as such, but listening to the clash of ideologies, interests, and watching Eve develop over the years.

And here, I’m going analyse all that to bits. For Science.

I have read all the posts so far, and I have to say I’m impressed at the insight displayed so far about such topics as risk vs reward, mistrust in Eve, customer retention and what is the endgame.

I cannot recommend this blog enough.


So, Datacore crash?

The Inferno patch notes state:

Datacore offers have been added to Factional Warfare Militia Corporations (250 LP and 250,000 ISK for a package of 5)

At a generous 2000:1 isk to Loyalty Point exchange rate, that leaves Datacores retailing at about 150k isk each.

When doubled due to < 40% faction control, prices for the losing side will be substantially similar to before the change

However, for those datacores offered by the winning side, the costs are halved (or quartered!), which is especially interesting for Mechanical Engineering datacores, which are offered by all factions.

Unless there’s a true stalemate, one of the four factions will be ‘winning’ and thus push prices down. It’s probably not a good idea to be holding too many datacores of that type…