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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 with both in-character and out-of-character content.


On the Radar

Intaki V – Moon 5 – Astral Mining Inc. Refinery

The crisp, polite knock on her office door was familiar and not unwelcome. “Come in, Bataav,” Sakaane called out in response. The door opened, then closed, and she heard nothing more. She never did, even though she knew he had entered, crossed the room, and was waiting patiently for her to look up from the document she was working on. A silent, comforting shadow.

She scribbled on the paper for a moment longer, paused to examine what she’d written, then shook her head. Sometimes it helped to write, actually apply pen to paper, rather than simply conjuring up words digitally via her neocom, but today it seemed her muse insisted on being elusive regardless. Pushing the document aside, she met Bataav’s gaze with a warm smile. “What do you have for me?”


A Big Thank You – Pod Pal Auction

My first Pod Pal auction has ended with Otto Bismarck as the winner!

Wow. Seriously, WOW. I’m completely floored by the response. Mind is officially blown and broken. When I started talking about making Pod Pals and did the beta Sakaane I didn’t really expect that other players would think it was that much of a cool idea. Grown men and women, hardcore EVE players, getting excited about a doll? Nah. Not exactly on the same level as commissioning an alliance logo, a painted portrait, a corp video, or a Guristas toque, eh? At best, maybe it’d be a curiosity that people would smile at and say “that’s neat” and then change the subject, and I’d become that weird crocheting gamer.

Still, nothing ventured, nothing gained… I was going to make one for myself either way, and if nobody ever expressed interest in wanting one for themselves, well, that would have been disappointing but not the end of the world.


Pod Pal Auction!

If you’ve been waiting to get a Pod Pal, now’s your chance! An auction has just started on my Twitter account and will run until 17:00 Mountain on January 29, 2017. To make your bid, read the image attached to that tweet for instructions!

The easiest way to see who has bid so far is to check the Twitter thread.

Good luck!


Revisiting Sec Status

In August of 2014 I wrote a post called EVE Unbalanced – The Sandbox is a Lie and in one part of it I explored an idea of how player security status could potentially be made more meaningful. I still think the idea has merit and is a change worth making to reduce EVE Online’s “villain” bias so “hero” play can be more integrated and more visibly represented in the game. Having sat on the idea now for two and a half years, I’d like to expand on it a little, particularly in light of other small mechanic changes CCP has introduced recently.

Standings toward NPC corps now have additional practical application thanks to the new mining fleets. I was really excited about this; it creates new and worthwhile motivation for players to engage in PVE and even to be more choosy about which corps they PVE for. Great! While standings are a totally separate thing to sec status, the mining fleets elegantly demonstrate how CCP can make a relatively small change to an existing mechanic that results in reasonably meaningful impact for lots of players.

So what about sec status? The issue I lamented about before still exists: PVPers are unilaterally punished by CONCORD in the form of sec status hits regardless of the sec status of their target (excluding criminal flags or combat in lawless space). Still dumb overall, while positive sec only being obtainable via PVE continues to foster the nasty and toxic attitudes that exist about positive sec, PVE, and carebears.


EVE Online Pod Pals

Several years ago on my daughter’s birthday, she begged me to get the newest Andorandy doll set for her. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find even one of the popular dolls, even though I ran market database searches repeatedly in this region for several weeks. Well, I’m happy to say I turned all that effort into a lucrative business; today, I sell Andorandy dolls and many other sorts here from my offices. Maybe you’ve heard of us? My Little Girl, we’re called.

Anyway, right now I have a problem: I have a shipment of dolls awaiting delivery, but some inventory problems in one of my warehouses are interfering. Can you pick up the dolls for me and deliver them…?

Cargo: 6 x Crates of Raggy Dolls (240.0 m³)

—My Little Girl, Level 2 Distribution Mission

This mission has interested and amused me since my earliest days of playing EVE. Here we have a universe where capsuleers, the immortal demi-gods of the cluster who are feared and awed for their ability to command legions of starships in great battles, who are renown for tossing aside the lives of baseliner crews without so much as a blink of an eye (only to have scores more sign up to replace them), who build corporations, alliances, and coalitions that can rival the major empires…are nevertheless still being tasked to deliver children’s toys.


Black Desert Online – A New Player’s First Impressions

A few weeks ago I was chatting with a friend about my desire to find a game to play which has a social aspect to it but is more or less free of the kind of negativity, stress, and sense of obligation I have experienced in the other MMOs I’ve dabbled in (Age of Conan, EQII, and most particularly, EVE Online). I wanted something I could have fun with but not feel chained to if I didn’t log in for a while. She recommended Black Desert Online (BDO) as an alternative and gave me a guest pass.

BDO is described on Wikipedia as “a sandbox-oriented massively multiplayer online role-playing game by Korean video game developer Pearl Abyss”. It’s had a staggered world-wide release: Korea in 2014; Japan and Russia in 2015; North America and Europe just this year. In NA and EU it’s buy-to-play while the other markets are free-to-play.

I like that it doesn’t have a subscription model. I don’t mind that there’s a cash shop for stuff that can then be sold by players on the in-game market to earn them in-game money. So far to me it feels more like a solo-player game that has other people in it who I can play with if I choose to. I like that I’m protected from PVP encounters until I’m higher level and more familiar with the game.

I spent five days playing quite heavily on the pass, then took a week off my PC to go camping. When I got back I bought the game. Here are my first impressions and early experiences!


Scouting for Cute: Pod Pal Mynxee

In May I was working on crocheting the second test for my Pod Palls doll. Beta 2.0 was going to be more detailed, potentially able to stand on its own, and would have been a bit larger than Beta 1.0. In the end I scrapped that test as it was taking too long and I was getting frustrated over trying to work in the extra details. Possibly I’ll give it another go in the future. Instead, I decided to move on to doing my first official Pod Pal, for Mynxee!


Frogged

I frogged a crochet project for the first time yesterday.

Frogging, as I have learned, is a slang term used in crochet, knit, and even cross-stitch communities to describe the act of unraveling work (pulling out a portion, or all, of the stitches). It’s a play on words: frogs say “ribbit, ribbit, ribbit” when they croak; when crafters find a mistake in their work, or decide they no longer want to continue with that work (or want to recover the yarn to do something else), they “rip it, rip it, rip it”.


The Fifth Age: Riven – Day Four

I recently got an itch to revisit the Myst series of games. The serene yet subtly disturbing puzzle-oriented mysteries of Myst and Riven were ground-breaking for their day. I’m a gamer today primarily because of this universe.

The number five in an ornate gate.

The number five in an ornate gate.

It’s been a while since the last post in this series, so definitely time to get back to solving the mysteries of the Fifth Age!

I feel I’m nearly done Riven. Things are quickly coming to a head between me, Gehn, and the Black Moiety.

Come with me as I continue my journey!

Fair warning: if you’ve never played Riven, there are spoilers ahead!


A Different Look

They say the eyes are the window to the soul…