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Category: Gaming

I’ve been playing video games since childhood. My first console was an NES, which got me hooked on games like Super Mario Bros and Final Fantasy. Later on I expanded into PC, PlayStation, and Xbox.

Most of the more recent articles in this category are review-esque posts about the games I’ve been playing, though there is some roleplay and other content too. Earlier posts focus almost exclusively on my time playing EVE Online.


Revisiting Sec Status

Today, CCP announced it will be acquired by Pearl Abyss—the makers of Black Desert Online. I find the announcement both interesting and amusing, for a couple of reasons: First, despite CCP saying they will continue to operate “independently”, common sense says if the mothership decides that it’s in its best interests to meddle in the affairs of the child it just spent almost half a billion dollars on, they absolutely will do so. Whether for good or ill, big or small, some amount of change is coming to EVE regardless of CCP’s assurances about their supposed retained “independence”.

Second, even though it’s true that CCP and Pearl Abyss both produce MMOs, from the perspective of the player these two companies are hilariously different in ways that will matter greatly to the existing EVE playerbase. I spent enough time playing BDO after my initial foray into that game to know there’s potential for internal corporate friction to erupt over the desired approach to two particularly hot topics: cash shops and PVP freedom.


Hob

Runic Games

Runic Games

Gaming! Yes, I’m still finding time for it. Actually, I’d like to think I might have found more time to game recently than in the last few years. The pull of single-player games has become fairly strong lately and I expect I’ll continue to look at those kinds of titles going forward rather than continuing to play MMOs and other so-called “social” games. MMOs have their place, and I do like spending time with my gaming buddies out there in cyberspace…but there’s something about immersing one’s self in a game that tells a specific story, and journeying with the characters through that story, that MMOs just can’t replicate. It’s a very specific itch, like wanting to get lost inside a good book, or a favorite movie…except you, as the player, get to be the hero, with no other players to interrupt your adventure. (And often, after a hard day’s work, I just want to be a hero!)

One game I recently spent time in to scratch this itch is Hob. Hob is a single-player action-adventure game developed by Runic Games that was released for PS4 and PC just this past fall. I’d had my eye on this game via Steam for a while and when my friend Mat gifted me a copy for Christmas, I was excited to give it a go. I’m glad I did, and if you’ve been thinking about picking it up, you should!

Note: This article is reasonably spoiler-free.


The Agency

I poked around with the new Agency window tonight. I like it! It’s like an “uber agent finder plus” and feels useful right out of the box. I see the old agent finder is still available too but there was always something about it that I never quite liked. Maybe it was just too fiddly. Either way I never used it much.

The Agency window.

The Agency window. Click to enlarge.

This new feature? Pretty slick. I think for new and old players alike the Agency will greatly improve finding any and all PVE content in a given area—even content that players might not have previously known was there. I like how visual it is and that the different kinds of PVE content are differentiated by color and with unique icons that show up on the minimap.

One thing I found myself wishing for immediately is a way to exclude certain results. For example, I’m not in Faction Warfare so suggesting FW combat sites to me is pointless strictly from a PVE perspective. Not that the Agency should be so clever as to automatically exclude them by default when a character is not in FW, because you never know how someone might discover new content they want to try…and PVPers will likely use the Agency to find spots to fight in whether or not they’re in Faction Warfare. But having some way to “do not suggest this to me” so players can customize the Suggestion tab on the fly in a future iteration would be great.

Have you used the new Agency window? What do you think about it? Let me know in the comments!


Fall 2017 Pod Pal Auction!

The next Pod Pal auction is here! Bid your in-game ISK for a chance to get your very own Pod Pal, customized to look like your EVE Online character! Don’t know what a Pod Pal is? Check here for details!

Auction Start: 22Oct2017 17:00 Mountain

Auction End: 29Oct2017 17:00 Mountain

Sniper Rule: 15 minutes

Bids must be made as a comment on this post to be eligible. Bids sent via in-game mail, Twitter, Reddit, email, or by any other means will not be accepted.

Starting bid is 2 billion ISK. Minimum bid increment is 100 million ISK. Highest bid by auction close wins!

Winner must transfer 50% of their winning bid to Sakaane Eionell in-game within 7 calendar days of the auction close date. Failure to make payment means forfeiture of the commission slot to the next highest bidder. Winner must also cover trackable shipping from Canada via PayPal, in Canadian funds.

Click here for full details and terms.


New Pod Pal Auction Soon™ – But First, A Test!

The end of summer has been pretty busy! In August I drove down to Wyoming to watch the eclipse and got some very good shots (for an amateur), one of which is featured above. :) Seeing totality with the naked eye was something else—one of those “once in a lifetime” astronomical events that, if you’re lucky, you might actually have more than one chance in your lifetime to see depending on where in the world you live and how cooperative Mother Nature is with the weather. This was my first chance to see totality and I’m glad I made the trip. In September I had a business trip to Victoria… Now here we are, already October!

Despite all the travelling, I finished the EDU 2017 Pod Pal for Gold Rat on September 30, 2017. Since Gold Rat is wearing a jacket with a high collar I experimented to see if I could duplicate that particular feature. I think it came out great!

EVE Online Pod Pals: Gold Rat

EVE Online Pod Pals: Gold Rat

Now that he’s done, I’m thinking about my next Pod Pal auction. People have been waiting very patiently since the first auction that took place in the spring and I’d like to get a second one in to close out 2017. To do that, I need help from my fellow capsuleers to make sure it’s a success.


EDU 2017 Pod Pal: The Winner Is…

Gold Rat - EDU 2017 Pod Pal Winner

Gold Rat – EDU 2017 Pod Pal Winner

EVE Down Under 2017 has come and gone. I hope everyone who attended had a great time!

My Pod Pal commission slot was given away during the gathering as a door prize. The winner has been confirmed to me as Gold Rat! Congratulations! :) A mail is waiting for you in-game so please be sure to get back to me ASAP so I can get started on your Pod Pal.

Thanks again to the folks at EVE Down Under for the opportunity to help out!


A Pod Pal for EVE Down Under

If you’ve been following me on Twitter you know I’ve had a couple of crocheted surprises for the Tweetfleet recently, particularly the TESTosaurus-Rex and her buddy the CO2 dude. These projects were spontaneous and I had great fun with them, including finding good spots outdoors for the TEST-Rex to pose in.

Now I have another surprise!

I’m super excited to announce that my next Pod Pal commission slot will be up for grabs to one lucky attendee at the 2017 EVE Down Under meetup! It will be given away as a prize during the event, so if you’ve been waiting for a chance to get a Pod Pal and you’ll be there in Sydney, keep an eye out for your chance to win! Don’t have your ticket to EVE Down Under yet? Can’t win the Pod Pal if you aren’t on grid, so click here for info on booking.

Once I receive confirmation of the winning player’s name from EDU, all that person has to do is get in touch with me in-game using that same player name so we can work out the details. One Pod Pal will be made at no cost to the winner. Free shipping is included.

A really big thank you to the fine folks at EVE Down Under for asking me to support their event!


I Want to Crochet a Prorator

Last night my corp caught a pilot who has developed a habit of farming the plexes in Intaki. It’s not the first time this guy’s found himself in our crosshairs; probably won’t be the last, if his unchanging behavior is anything to judge by. I was in station when his ship exploded, but afterward the pod failed to warp away from the wreck, so I undocked. Just before I could get into range in the plex, the pilot decided to try logging off as a means of escape. The log off timer meant there was time to probe him out, and a few moments later I had a fresh corpsicle to add to my private collection.

“You’ve been official executioner for a little while now,” Daniel quipped at me in Corp. It’s true; I have a bit of sec status to spare, whereas others in ILF who PVP more regularly (like Daniel, who killed the farmer initially and then probed him out for me) don’t, so if I happen to be around when they’re doing their thing, it’s not as inconvenient for me to shoot pods as it is for them. We still get a second kill report to put on the board, and I get to be a bit useful.

After that, I docked up and waited out my criminal flag by perusing skills I might want to stick into what was, at that moment, an almost empty skill queue. In the end I determined I needed some books that weren’t available at the CAS station in Agoze, so got ready by swapping to my Prorator. While spinning it, I was hit with a powerful urge to crochet one.


On the Go

As I start writing this entry I’m sitting on my balcony, rocking gently on my deck swing. It’s mid-morning on a Sunday and it will be a beautiful spring day, even though for the moment I have a blanket wrapped around me because the sun hasn’t quite come around the building far enough to warm up my deck. My neighborhood is quiet; other than a distant lawn mower and few cars going by there’s nothing to listen to except for chickadees, swallows, red wing blackbirds, and some other songbirds I don’t know the names of. It’s a clear day and I can see the Rockies stretching away to the south all the way to the Chain Lakes and then some. They still have quite a lot of snow on them. There’s a May tree growing off to the side just below my balcony that in a few years will be almost tall enough to touch. I like May trees; like lilacs and crab apples, the gentle fragrance of the flowers is one of the best parts of spring in Calgary.

This year I’ve taken to sitting on my balcony quite a lot on weekends when the weather is good (and even when it’s tolerably miserable). Life has been busy…maybe a little too busy…and these moments offer some peace and quiet that I feel I desperately need.


Quietly EVE-ing

Life has been busy. Work has been kicking my ass since the start of 2017 which doesn’t leave much time for gaming. Even so, I’ve still managed to quietly continue my existence in New Eden, though my activity has shifted around some.