A Look Back at 2013

Rixx Javix Time Cover

What a year! 2013 marked my 5th year anniversary of playing Eve and my 4th year of writing and drawing this Eve magazine. Over 1,165 posts, countless images, comics, and millions of words later and yet another year in the Archives. Inside of Eve I went from being in the top ranked Pirate corporation to defiantly starting my own rag-tag group of scum sucking pirates, and despite warnings and threats to the opposite, managed to build one of the largest independent pirate corporations in all of New Eden. At last count 165 pilots strong (all mains btw!) which also happens to include some of New Eden's most celebrated celebrities. And I also managed to find time to put on three major in-game events, two FFA's and a DeathRace. Whew, I was busy!

And yes, our recruitment is always open and free to anyone, no questions asked.

All in all, 2013 was an amazing year. So let's do some Top Ten Lists.

My Top Ten Posts from 2012 (My personal picks)

Why I Don't Ransom
The Young Javix Adventure Club
BB46: My God What Is That Thing!?!
On Staying Frosty
I am an Eve Blogger
BB47: Blind Men and the Elephant
Eve Dumb Ways to Die Parody
A Manifesto in Onyx
My Week With the Wittle White Ship
5 Randomly Weird Things About Eve


Top Ten Troublemaking Posts from 2012

Tusker Code Has Been Sullied
Big Babies
Limit WCS NOW! (The post that started a whole year trend)
This is how Eve dies, with a whimper
"Just Plain Stupid"
Twitter Kilt the Radio Star
Eveotorial: TOS
Dear Internets
The Big Ban Hammer
A Public and Rather Humiliating Apology for Hurting the Feelings of Eve's Top Ranked Pirate Corporation


I encourage you to explore the Archives, not only from the past year, but the years before that. Lots a great stuff, history, art, humor and adventure back there.

I will remember 2013 as the year that my own personal Eve journey finally started to make sense, my search for the perfect Corporation finally landed on the fact that such a thing didn't exist yet - so the only choice was to make one. The year I finally accepted fully the role of Pirate and the infamous fame that comes along with it. The year I found an amazing group of fellow pilots that share my joy of undocking, fighting and laughing as we all die gloriously in space.

2013 is the year I stayed frosty.

What will 2014 bring? I hope you stay with me as we find out what happens next.

Thanks for reading, sharing, hating, and otherwise being around.

Keep the courage.



FREE Wallpaper

WCS Ostrich Sand Wallpaper
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The fourth in the recent series of Anti-WCS Advertising from the WCS Society of New Eden, this Wallpaper takes a more subtle approach to delivering its message of the shame and humiliation that FW Stabbed/Cloaked Plexers must feel.

Enjoy!



A Year of Variety

One of the things I pride myself on is the variety of ships I enjoy flying. I hate getting into a rut and flying the same thing over and over again, I love my spaceships, and want to enjoy them all. I keep a very large hangar and like to have as many ships fitted and ready to go as possible. All my isk goes into ships and the mods to fit and fly them.

But is that actually true?

I decided to check. So I went back over the past 12 months and counted the different ships that I've registered a kill with in Eve Online. Turns out I am actually flying that way. Over the past 12 months I've registered at least a single kill with over 75 different hulls!

Wow.

Here are the double digit killers in order of most kills to least amount of kills:

• Fed Navy Comet (86)
• Imperial Navy Slicer (84)
• Kestrel (74)
• Sacrilege (62)
• Condor (52)
• Hawk (50)
• Caracal (42)
• Astero (41)
• Daredevil (40)
• Drake (31)
• Dramiel (29)
• Firetail (28)
• Hookbill (27)
• Atron (21)
• Moa (20)
• Tristan (18)
• Incursus (18)
• Corax (17)
• Tormentor (17)
• Vengeance (17)
• Breacher (16)
• Jaguar (16)
• Harpy (15)
• Thorax (14)
• Thrasher (12)
• Brutix (10)

That is a pretty healthy mix of ships, class and size represented in that list. I'm surprised that the Astero landed so high seeing as it has only been available for such a short time, but it has made a pretty significant impact.

The remaining list shows even more variety, but just not as much use. Here is how the rest falls: Taranis (9), Wolf (9), Algos (8), Coercer (8), Merlin (8), Dragoon (8), Lachesis (8), Tornado (8), Broadsword (8), Exequror (7), Hurricane (7), Stabber Fleet (6), Dominix (6), Cyclone (6), Maller (5), Rifter (5), Sentinel (5), Slasher (5), Vexor (5), Cynabal (4), Vexor Navy (4), Manticore (3), Cruor (3), Flycatcher (3), Talwar (3), Zealot (3), Caracal Navy (3), Abbadon (2), Tempest (2), Cormorant (2), Executioner (2), and the rest have one kill each. (I actually just closed the document without saving it by mistake and I'm not recounting! lol.)

I'm pretty happy with the variety represented in this list. Next year I'd like to work even more ships into the active group, like my new Nightmare and the Machs and maybe even some Black Ops and Mauraders, if things work out that way. I am surprised the Tengu didn't make that list since I know I flew it plenty of times... it is possible that I missed a few kills here and there.

Onward and upward.




3000 Ships Exploded

This blog/journal/rag/propaganda magazine is about a lot of things, but one thing it is about is marking the various milestones of my own personal Eve journey. If you go back thru the Archives you'll find plenty of struggles, hard-ships and near disasters. I am, if anything, an open book.

Yesterday I exploded the 3,000th ship of my Eve career. I wasn't trying for anything special to mark the arbitrary nature of that number, since it is rather arbitrary. So the milestone kill wasn't anything special, in fact it was another Venture.

I know there are plenty of pilots with more kills, and significantly more with less kills. But for me personally it remains a rather triumphant accomplishment. And one that I am rather proud of. I still remember my first kill, and racing to 100, 500, 1,000 and so on. I remember being ranked 42,000 on BattleClinic. And I remember my first two and a half years of living in Null and being more than happy with a handful of kills in a WEEK.

I've never played for numbers. I don't multi-box a scout or booster account. I only take drugs for special engagements. So the vast majority of those kills came the hard way. It is just the way I choose to play and not an indictment of anyone else's play style. ( I always feel the need to disclaimer that statement.)

Next milestones? I should pass the 100m skillpoint milestone soon. And then, at some point, the 1k barrier on BC ranking. Which begins the slow climb to number one. Granted, I may never make it, but it is after all the journey and not the destination, isn't it?

And this has been a great journey so far.



Closed for the Holidays

Mr Mittens Wallpaper
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As usual I leave you with a gift, another FREE Wallpaper in the Anti-WCS Series from the WCS Society of New Eden. This one tugs at the heart strings and is the perfect companion for your desktop this Holiday Season. Enjoy.

I may have gotten horribly sick, had the worst pain in my life (Kidney Stone you are pure evil!), and am scrapping the bottom of the barrel to provide a decent Christmas for my family, but this past week has been one of the best I've ever had in Eve. Nothing special, other than hanging out with my fellow Stay Frosty pilots and blowing up stuff real good. I've had a blast. Or two. Or a hundred, I dunno, I lost count.

It is a constant reminder of why I started another Corporation in the first place. Beyond the desire to prove I could really do it, beyond the momentary passion, beyond the in-game reasons to provide a playground for a specific playstyle, it really boils down to collecting like-minded individuals, stirring them around and watching what happens next. It is a rather breathtaking and constantly changing dynamic. You can't help but become involved, both in-game and out, in the lives of those around you. Their challenges, moves, marriages, children, colleges, and their desire to learn this crazy ass game of ours.

It is a privilege.

And so we come to the Christmas break. I'll be taking a few days off from the blog to spend with my family both in-game and out. I'll be back shortly to do the usual year-end reviews and looks forward to next year, but in the meantime, I want to wish each of you the very best this Holiday Season. Whatever your own situation, your own challenges, your own lives, I sincerely hope that you find a moment of peace. A moment, no matter how brief, that allows you clarity and the solace you need. That we all need.

If Eve is indeed a community. If we are more than simply a collection of far-flung people inhabiting a virtual world, if we are more than that, then I send along my personal thanks for making it so. 

Thank you for another great year. And from my family to yours, Happy Holidays.





Change, Before it Changes You

WCS Change Ad
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Second in the series from the WCS Society. We are a group of concerned citizens of New Eden dedicated to the eradication of WCS and the harm they do. It is scientific and we have proof that the use of WCS causes cancer, kitten deaths, erectile dysfunction and long-term senility in those exposed to its rays.

You haven't heard the last of us! We will never give up, we will never surrender, we have a point and we intend to use it!!



The WCS Society FREE Wallpaper

WCS Hangar Burn
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[EDIT] I really shouldn't go so fast in the mornings, the wallpaper had a typo on it which has been fixed.

In honor of those that wish I would "just get over it" I've decided to go full-steam anti-WCS with a new series of wallpaper ads in the spirit of the World Wildlife Fund. This is the first and I hope you download and share and enjoy!!

But seriously, WCS are just the worst. Using them kills kittens, steals your honor and causes global warming. Not to mention what it does to your ability to sustain an erection. ( I hate to mention that one, but really, you should know the truth.)

Happy Holidays.



MISC MISC

MISC1
I keep seeing cloaked plexers cloak up in one plex and re-appear moments later in another plex without having appeared in the previous plex. This has happened more than a few times in the last few weeks. Anyone else seeing this weirdness?

MISC2
WCS Suck!

MISC3
The Stay Frosty FFA is on January 26th and we have thousands of Frigates being moved and in need of fitting. We are still looking for sponsors and prize donations. I'll be hitting this hard after the Holidays, but now is the time to get in on the action early and reserve your spot, if interested.

MISC4
Stay Frosty continues to grow at an amazing rate and we recently added a bunch of new pilots. Welcome aboard everyone. A special shout out to one of our newest members Crazy Kinux who was, and is, the Blogfather and one of my inspirations for starting EVEOGANDA in the first place. The circle is now complete.

MISC5
Trust me, you never want to have a Kidney Stone!! My god, the pain is insane and unlike anything else. Luckily mine seems to have passed in relative peace after a Friday night of horror, emergency room writhing and wife scaring. Drink plenty of water my friends.

MISC6
I have over 100 ships in my hanger and it is NEVER ENOUGH!! Yesterday I went back to re-ship and realized the only small T1 Ship I had fitted and ready to go was a Breacher. It didn't last long and ended up on a live stream. Needless to say, I shall be busy fitting more ships today.

MISC7
No matter how well you do in Eve, someone will always be there to remind you of how much you suck. And if it isn't a person, the game will remind you. And if it isn't the game, your computer will remind you. And if it isn't the computer, then you'll get blobbed, or gate camped, or run into the wrong ship at the wrong time. Get used to it and move on.

MISC8
Losing isn't the end of the world. Learn something from each encounter and move on. Unless you are losing more than you are winning, if that is the case, then you need to change something. Trust me.

MISC9
If you are having a bad run, go back to the basics. It works every single time. Trust me.

MISC10
I sincerely appreciate all of you. You might not know it, which is why I'm telling you.

MISC11
You really should join Stay Frosty. Seriously, you know you want to.

MISC12
The year is winding down and the Holidays are right around the corner. Just a reminder.

MISC13
And finally, since I didn't have much more to say today, have fun. No matter what you are doing, enjoy yourself. Do something nice for someone else. Every avatar is a person sitting alone at a computer somewhere, a person with their own life, their own family, problems, bills, debt, doubts and frustrations. That is why Eve is real. Be real. Be bold. And be human.

We could all do with a bit more of the human spirit in Eve. Just saying.



Dear Santa, It's me Rixx


Dear Santa,

Best wishes from the Javix family to your family this Holiday Season. Now that the Northern Blue Block is gone, I hope you will have better luck delivering presents in Low Sec this year! I can assure you that the scum-sucking criminal elements have set you and your sleigh light blue once more, so relatively safe passage is assured. An updated list of known gate camps is attached, not much we can do with those people.

In case you are not aware, certain pagan elements have been distributing gifts ahead of Xmas day. But don't worry, so far these "gifts" have been extremely lame and horrible. In fact, I suspect they are specifically designed to annoy me and cause me personal anguish, but I digress. Just thought you should be aware that other forces are trying to scam your rightful Holiday. Speaking of scams, I once more recommend putting Jita on your avoidance list.

Yet another year of apologies for the continuing issues with the doors in our quarters, the Javix family remains unable to walk the corridors of the station. However, this year we've installed a series of beautiful staircases connecting our quarters, so getting around is extremely easy. The boys continue to grow extremely slowly and remain young and bright-eyed toddlers. Mrs. Javix and I remain convinced we exist in a strange time-metaphor known as "Sitcom" time. Very strange.

Everyone has been excellent this year and I think you will find us all on the "good" list. I've also included 3b ISK for the Reindeer Fund as usual, to ensure that we remain in your good graces.

All of us will be sending you our own Xmas Lists, so the following is my personal wish list for this Holiday season. I hope you and the Sansha Elves can see your way clear to provide each of these. I was disappointed in some of last years gifts.

• Warp Core Stabs - We talked about this before and sadly they remain in operation. What I need is a Big Red Button that will disable ALL WCS in New Eden. That seems pretty clear. Make it happen.

• Magic Sansha Elf Dust - Be sure to liberally sprinkle that stuff on all the ships in my hanger! I need all the help I can get and I suspect you forgot last year.

• Pirate Faction Battleships - One or two of each would be great, I have some seriously minded people after me and I need a better fleet of ships to combat them. Believe me, they are forces of Evil and need to be dealt with. And, I just want more of them.

• Archon. Simple enough.

• Loot Fairy. Do you have any pull with her? If so, could you do me a big solid and have some words with her on behalf of Stay Frosty? She is being really bitchy with us lately.

• Stay Frosty - Be extra nice to all our pilots this year, they are a great group and they deserve the very best. And be sure to distribute those Stay Frosty flyers I gave you in everyone's stockings, we can always use more pilots.

• A Guristas 120" LCD Television with New Eden Cable please, we'd really like to be able to watch actual television in our quarters!

I've included an updated list of Runners and Cloakers that need to have coal in their stockings this year, so be sure to pay that list particular attention.

That's about it I guess. Special unexpected ships appearing in my hanger are always appreciated and we'll leave the cookies, milk and exotic dancers in the usual place for you to enjoy. The girls know how hard you work.

Best Wishes from the Javix Family.




Where Da Aliens At?

If I told you I was building a massive on-line science-fiction universe with starships, thousands of planets, jump-drive technology, clones, warp-core stabs, space stations, local chat spam, and gorgeous nebula to look at - but it wouldn't have any aliens in it - you'd call me a loon.

Where da aliens at?

Every race in Eve is descended from the first human stock to get stuck on the wrong side of the Eve Gate. Even the mysterious boogeymen the Jove. (And where have the Jove gone btw? Been a long time since we've heard anything from them!) All the NPC races, all the character races, all begat from those first humans who forgot to check the life-span of the gate they just jumped thru. We are descended from idiots. (True story)

But this expansive universe is seemingly devoid of life. Barren. All these worlds and not one iota of alien life? Ok, it is possible that the Sleepers might, might be alien. I suppose that is a start. Let us hang our hopes on that being the case, but unless I'm missing something (and I am no lore expert) the Sleepers are a branch, spin-off, second cousin to the Jove. And that makes them, once again, human based. Albeit altered and evolved over the last 15,000 years.

The bigger question is this, do we even need aliens in our Eve?

As much as I would enjoy getting a message someday in-game that said:

"Capsuleers! Reports of a large alien anomaly attacking a station in the Hevrice system are accurate. All Capsuleers are asked to rally and defend New Eden from this unknown threat and drive back the alien Space Octopus currently sitting on station six! MAYDAY! MAYDAY!"

It is a rather silly thing. And we don't really need it, do we? I once wrote what I think is the perfect way in which aliens can be introduced into New Eden without messing up the entire thing that CCP has created, you should go read it, it is rather brilliant.

But aside from that, what purpose would aliens serve and do we have a need for them? My honest opinion is that they would serve no purpose and that we have no hole for them to fill. Despite the awesome nature of random alien events like the one I described in the article I linked, having aliens in Eve could potentially be rather horrible.

Remember my opening paragraph? The one you called me a "loon" about? It is crazy and it is brilliant genius at the same time. It was crazy for CCP to create this universe without aliens in it, but it was also pure genius. We are humans, at least I am going to assume so for the sake of this post. We play Eve. We fly spaceships. We are not playing an Avatar based game, despite all the progress over the last decade in that direction, this is still an outer space based universe. Our race has very little to do with it frankly. And aliens would only muddy those waters, while bringing very little to the table.

Personally, I think random alien "mystery" events would be incredible for Eve. Every so often something really bizarre and wonderful happens that no one can explain. I think such events would add an air of wonder and science-fiction realism to New Eden. But I think playable or NPC aliens are for another game.

Aliens are fun little critters. But unless they are handled correctly, they can also be rather silly. Eve wasn't built for them. Eve was built for us.




The Stay Frosty Workout Center

The 5,000-square-foot Stay Frosty fitness center is fully equipped with state-of-the art cardio and weight training equipment. Upon request, your concierge will arrange an expert trainer to ensure an effective workout.

Workout Center
From: Roc Wieler
To: Stay Frosty. [ST-FR]

Morning ladies,

Just a quick note that the squat rack has a bent bar again so is temporarily out of service. It also seems station maintenance is having some issues with the plumbing as the hot water is actually quite freezing ... or I'm incredibly small which some of you know is not the case.

Just a quick FYI for anyone looking to do squats today.

PS. If you happen to see any hydrolized beef protein at any Star Fit Health Foods please pick it up and I'll reimburse you.

Fly strong. Stay frosty. o7

Roc



Re: Workout Center
From: Rixx Javix
To: Stay Frosty. [ST-FR], Roc Wieler

Could the person who keeps leaving their wet towels strewn all over the benches please stop doing that.
Next time I see that you're getting a criminal timer from me Mister!

Da Boss



Re: Re: Workout Center
From: astral dominix
To: Stay Frosty. [ST-FR], Roc Wieler, Rixx Javix

ok ....the soiled wet towels were me...and those four exotic dancers....sorry boss :(



Re: Re: Re: Re: Workout Center
From: Razesdarked
To: Stay Frosty. [ST-FR]

Ok, so before going to the Stay Frosty Officially sanctioned Workout Center last friday I finally got my The Effort Ninja Gorrilian DVD boxset. Somewhere between me arriving, me doing all the pushups and me going home, someone nicked my boxset.

I ain't mad, I understand.
It's a damn awesome boxset, with a awesome 1:25 Evil Overlord Figurine striking a madly awesome pose. I would have my cleptomanic fingers all over it myself. But it just ain't right.
So please, Its only 6 discs, so please return it by the weekend. Its not like you will be able to stop chain watching them episodes anyway. The end of the Rampaging rhino arc where ninja gorilla san punches the rhino stampede so hard the earth cracks is just mindboggling awesome.
Anyways, you should be done by Friday. This weekend I have no date, a bottle of cola and an all The Effort Ninja Gorrilian DVD evening planned. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to see what is missing in that plan.

Should the culprit not turn up by friday, then I will probably start popping some caps peoples bitch ass until I start seeing some damn results! I will also refrain from wearing anything below waist height while utilizing the Workout center from now on, and I am sure that will be as traumatic for you as it will be for me. No one wants that so give me my discs so I'm not forced to buy it on Blue ray.



Re: Re: Re: Workout Center
From: Nero Tomas
To: Stay Frosty. [ST-FR], Roc Wieler, Rixx Javix, astral dominix


to: all who signed up for the 20:00 EST full contact origami seminar, it has been rescheduled to next thursday.




Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Workout Center
From: Jushin Dragon
To: Stay Frosty. [ST-FR]

What freaking workout center I'm still locked in my captian quaters. Though I have yet to determine if its a good or bad thing having Anastasia's quaters next to mine. There are some very odd noises coming from next door....



Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Workout Center
From: SKINE DMZ
To: Stay Frosty. [ST-FR]

I AM SO CONFUSED



Re: Re: Re: Workout Center
From: Rixx Javix
To: Stay Frosty. [ST-FR], Nero Tomas, Roc Wieler, astral dominix

Gosh darn it, we can't get anything together in this damn corp!

I'm going to my sea salt yoga class then!

RJ



Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Workout Center
From: Roc Wieler
To: Stay Frosty. [ST-FR], Razesdarked

Looks like they've fixed the squat bar. Good times.

Raze, sorry about grabbing your box set. I saw it and was amused so wanted to check it out then disappeared on recon for a few days.

Also, I apologize about the noises from Anastasia's CQ - we'll try to keep it down.

Never tried full contact origami, but it has two things I absolutely adore in it, so I'm game!





Yep, that is an actual Corp Mail thread. Stay Frosty is nothing if not serious business.





5 Randomly Weird Things About Eve Online

I'm totally making this up as I go, so bear with me while I pull today's post out of my super-genius nether region for your nominal entertainment. The preceding statement being only half-true, I am in fact drawing on years of Eve experience to pull spontaneous brilliance out of my nether region. Just like every day.

So here are five totally randomly selected ways in which I find Eve Online to be totally weird. Tongue firmly in-cheek, humor intended stuff here. Not serious.

1. Criminal Timers

I'm in a low security system alone with some schmuck in another ship. It is just me and that other guy I like to call "Target Ted". Target Ted is ratting in a belt ( I know that is a Myth, but let's use it for the purpose of the story, k?) in a Rifter. And I, being notoriously ebil, am in another ship capable of killing his Rifter dead. I warp into the belt, having used my superior d-scan abilities to track Ted's ass down, and start shooting at Ted. Just cause.

But Ted ain't as dumb as he looks and warps away, cause Ted fit WCS to his Rifter despite me repeatedly telling people not to do that! I imagine Ted's comms must have gone something like this, "Uh Station Control? Uh yeah, this is Target Ted over in Belt Six. Yeah, look, this Rixx Javix fella is shooting his guns at me!! No I'm fine, I gots 4 WCS fitted!! Yes, yes I know they kill kittens and I don't care. Look, I warped out, but could you do something about this menace? What?!? Thirty seconds?! That's all?"

Oh gosh. I can't dock for thirty seconds. More time to study for Amarr BS V I guess.


2. Situational Awareness

What a mess! Seriously, think about it for more than a second. Local shows every dood in the system you are in instantly, and yet shares none of that information with YOU. Imagine this in Real Life for a second, you've got this app on your phone that shows you a picture of everyone within a 30 mile radius of you, and yet tells you nothing about where they might be. They could be right behind you, right now!! Unless they happen to walk into range... then they show up. No one signs up for this app btw, it shows you even if you don't want it to.

In order to find your neighbors you need the Eve version of a Dowsing Rod. Twirl around in your ship for a bit until the wooden stick tingles, the guy you are looking for is over that way somewhere. Y'know, in general. How far is he? Which of those clusters of icons is he in? Hehe, go look for yourself ya schmuck.

I actually love this part of Eve and I don't have a brilliant way to make it better, but it is rather silly when you think about it. We can build Jump Drives and Civilian Autocannons, but we can't do better than this on the single most important element in all of Eve? Uh huh. Don't even get me started on Local Chat... imagine that app?


3. Those Ships Flying By Your Hanger?

If you spin your ship in the right direction while in station these days you are bound to spot the busy traffic passing by your huge hanger. And while the Stations in Eve are obviously built using TARDIS Technology, even that doesn't explain these creepy Ghost Ships. You are the only one in local and yet there they go, back and forth, like busy little bees. Who the f**k are these people!?!

I know for a fact they are not undocking. I've been outside a lonely station and no one is coming out of it. So they must be up to something else and I, luckily for you, have a theory. That part of the station is a huge circle and those ships are part of the HUGE Pilot Training Certification Program (PTCP). Yep, those ships can't undock, cause they are going around in circles learning the best ways to not bump into each other, or crash into the sides of the station causing untold billions in property damage expelling air into space and causing the deaths of thousands of innocent people. Cause those kinds of skills are so important out in space... >cough<

It gets boring in Station. The doors don't work and the only recreation people have is to take the family Dominix out for a spin around the Center Circle. "Let's go watch Timmy pass the window again!!"


4. Without Pants

I've got news for you that you might not like much, you and everyone else in Eve is flying around Nekkid. Yep, we are in our ships of terror, zipping around the universe in our birthday suits. This fact alone must make public speaking in New Eden extremely easy.

So at some point between the balcony and the pod, all of us take off all our clothes and step into the Capsule for the ride up to the ship... Nekkid. For everyone in station to get a good look at our naughty bits.

I'm not sure why we have to fly our ships naked, or what effect that has on the crew... if there is a crew! (Ooooooo, but that's another post.) There is an alternate theory out there that the pod destruction destroys clothing, but I don't buy it. How would it do that in exactly the same fashion every time? Doesn't make logical sense, and as you know, everything I write needs to meet that criteria.

This might have something to do with those circling ships...


5. Being a Zombie

I've died 80 times in Eve so far. Dead. Kaput. Pushing up daisies. Flinging myself from this mortal coil and dashing headlong into the aft... only to be brought back once more into this hell hole existence where everyone wants to keel me. And this doesn't even begin to mention the thousands and thousands of times I've been disassembled and flung hither and thou from one end of the Universe to the other every time I "jump" thru a gate or a cyno thingie.

Maybe this is why I became a Pirate? The lack of a soul, since it went and joined the heavenly choir about six years ago. Don't believe in souls? Well then you are a Zombie Eve Pilot. Walking around all dead inside, reborn into a new body, with hatches on your head where they stick those expensive implants and "inject" skills into your brain. (Why learn a skill that only involves pushing a button? Off topic.)

Oh yes, Eve is weirder than you probably realized. And those five things are just scratching the surface really. I could go on and on.

But I do have to save some things for later. Plus, I really want to go get nekkid and run around dying all over the place. There are 80 Rixx corpses just floating around in space somewhere. Next time you hear a thud when flying around, that might be me!



The Stay Frosty Frigate Free For All

Stay Frosty FFA Wallpaper Teaser
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Mark your calendar!! On Sunday, January 26th Stay Frosty will be hosting a six-hour extravaganza of Frigate death and destruction with our Frigate Free For All. Everyone is invited, young, old, bitter, carebear and soldier, this is your chance to fight on equal terms with everyone in New Eden!!

We've been hard at work building and fitting hundreds and hundreds of FREE Frigates to hand out during the event, so you have no excuse not to be there. We also have plans for many exciting surprises, prizes and exotic dancers!

The doors are open now for additional prize donations, support or ideas on how to have your blingy ship blown up by a swarm of Frigates! So feel free to contact me in-game, out-of-game, or wherever, and we can discuss. Further details will be posted at the beginning of January, so be sure to mark your calendar today. We're expecting thousands of pilots, so be there or be square.

Sunday January 26th the house will rock! The big red dot on the map will be bigger than the map, and hundreds of Frigates will meet their maker!! How much more hyperbole can I write to get you excited!!!!

OH MY GOD IT'S THE STAY FROSTY FRIGATE FREE FOR ALL!!! HOLY CRAP!! WOWZERS!!



 

The Mighty Venture Eve Mini-Game

I have a special love/hate relationship with the lowly Venture. On the one hand I think it is an awesome model, one of my favorite new ship models in the game. It reminds me of an underwater vehicle you might have seen in the Abyss, designed by famed production designer Rob Cobb. On the other hand it is a Mining Frigate with WCS abilities built right into it!! Which makes it like salt in the wound of your friendly neighborhood pirate.

No matter what ship I am flying at the moment the words "Venture on scan" are uttered or seen on scan, I will warp into the belt intent on killing it. Since they were introduced back in December 2012, I have destroyed 98 Ventures and podded 67% of their pilots. Yes, I counted them this morning.

I don't hunt Ventures. They are not typically considered "good fights", although I have run into a few Battle Ventures over the last year. Although they also exploded. If I've destroyed 98 that must mean I've tried to destroy hundreds and hundreds of the darn things, since most of the time they get away.

I've destroyed Ventures in just about any ship you can imagine:

With a Daredevil, Incursus, Wolf, Caracal, Tristan, Merlin, Rokh, Astero, Stabber Fleet Issue, Broadsword, Comet, Hawk, and Coercer, just in the last two months!

It is like a bizarre mini-game within Eve. And yes, most of these pilots are young. And no, these are in no way good fights. I will say this however, most of these ships also had the option of simply warping away. I rarely fit two scrams to a ship. In some cases, like the Rokh, I could have made a sandwich in the time it took to lock the Venture.

Why bring this up? I don't really know, I find it interesting and an aspect of the game that is rather odd and amusing. I destroyed two of them yesterday and I was curious about the numbers.

The funny thing is, I have two Ventures fitted up to kill Ventures and I've yet to register a kill with either one. Thing is, every time I undock in one... well, it is a mining Frigate isn't it? And there is always the chance someone like me will come along and insta-pop me with a Artie Wolf.

And that thought usually results in me docking up and grabbing something a little more appropriate.

But not always. Someday the Venture will have its blood.



CapStable Episode 36: The Many Hats of Rixx Javix

Wednesday night I sat down with the gang from CapStable and talked about Eve, Stay Frosty, Propaganda, Twitter Hats, Eve Dumb Ways to Die, and many other things, so head on over to take a listen.

I tend to ramble on and on, but I'm listening to it right now and I actually manage to make some sense! lolz.

I had a blast and I want to thank them once more for having me on and for a great time! Much appreciated.



Runners & Cloakers

Last night, as I was finishing up recording an episode of Cap Stable (available soon!), I fired off an impromptu rant regarding the current state of risk-adverse runners and cloakers posing as Eve players.

It went something like this:

The idea of "risk" in Eve is a false priesthood that has been given validity by the meek and weak. There is NO risk in Eve. There is only danger and reward. The higher the danger the greater the reward. The lower the danger the lower the reward. This is how it is and how it should always be. More importantly however is this, danger is where memories are made!

I've been playing Eve for over five years now and I can tell you story after story after story about my own adventures, failures, derps and escapades. What none of those stories will feature is "nothing". I don't have one story or memory about hours of doing nothing in Eve. Oh sure, I've done more than my fair share of nothing, but I don't remember any of it. Its gone. Poof. Forgotten. Cause it is boring, dull and forgettable. We all have tasks we need to accomplish, even die-hard gentlemen pirates, but boring is death.

The other day Mister Marram of the Tuskers entered a system only to discover a Titan on scan. He took a huge risk in finding it, bookmarking it and waiting while forces formed to bring it down. The result was a dead Avatar.

We don't all have to bring down a Titan to make memories. But I will ask you this. What are YOU doing that is worth the time you are doing it? Your time is extremely valuable, all of us only have so much of it to spend - are you spending yours properly? This has nothing to do with your chosen play-style, play the game any way you want. But spend your time taking risks, pushing the envelope, exploring the edges, pushing those boundaries, breaking new ground, delivering the goods, building better than anything has been built before, standing up to injustice, seeking revenge... whatever it is that drives you. Do it like you own it.

There is NO risk in Eve. You will be perfectly fine. Go out there and FAIL HARD. Don't be afraid to suck ass, to be hot-dropped, to get ganked, to be spied upon, AWOX'd, murdered, stolen, forced to dock, killed on gate, derped, or otherwise tossed and turned. For therein lies the tale. And, quite possibly, the greatest tale of success you will ever tell. After all, you might just win.

Luke didn't listen to Uncle Owen and become a moisture farmer! Indiana Jones wasn't content to simply teach classes and work on his tenure! Adventures begin by taking risks, by stepping into the unknown. And, lucky us, Eve isn't even real. It is a gosh darn pixel based choose-our-own-adventure game!! Woot!

Then again, if you do tackle a Carrier with your Devoter, I recommend having the proper amount of back-up in place. You might even want to check the pilot's name and corp before doing something truly stoopid. Just sayin'.

Thing is, that is a story I'll remember for as long as I play Eve.



Stay Frosty Frigate Bash

So this past Saturday Stay Frosty held its first ever in-corp bash. A "bash", in my mind anyway (which is where it counts!), is an impromptu event designed to have fun and shoot your friends and corp mates.

Since this was the first one, I decided to play the rules easy and straight-forward. Only t1 mainline frigs, no ecm. We would fleet up, warp to a safe spot and have at it. Pure and simple.

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We had 13 pilots participate. The above chart was produced by Watson Crick using Cytoscape, and it is an excellent way to see a battle graphically. Red arrows show final blows and yellow show top damage, if different than final blow. The rest show damage inflicted by who to whom. Pretty awesome thing.

Considering this was blue on blue action, the battle reports are all wonky, but we had several Tristans, two Punishers, a Tormentor, a Rifter, and a few Merlins on the field. Originally I had fitted up a tricked-out Merlin to bring, but the fit was so weird it required a faction mod to make it work, so I decided against it. I fitted up a Punisher instead, knowing full well everyone would shoot me first, I 'd try to make it hard on them. But also not be able to pull distance. Which worked out extremely well, I did indeed leave the field rather early. lol.

Joffy also had a target on his back, having won several Stay Frosty HICKS Awards for leading our killboard, everyone wanted to make sure he didn't win! Considering that attention, he did manage to hang in there longer than expected.

After twenty minutes it all broke down the way these frigate fights always do, the brawlers were off the field and the only three left were the faster kiters. We weren't able to finish to the death however, our neighbors showed up with probes and we decided to call it and return home. No sense in getting hot-dropped or blobbed.

We are going to have these every so often, next time I'm thinking of having everyone show up in Ventures and fight in the system belts. That could be a lot of fun. But there is an endless supply of ideas to choose from.

We have two videos of the event:







Speaking of Stay Frosty Events, later this week I'll be announcing the date for our Frigate Free For All, so stay tuned for that.

And congrats to Cervantes, Oma and Stan for a great fight. We all had a blast and I'm already looking forward to the next one.



BB51: Whoa Nelly!

EVE Online can be a game of heart-pounding, palm-sweating, adrenaline-fuelled ecstasy or agony. Sometimes over the years those reactions dim and what was once a panic inducing situation becomes commonplace routine. For some, the shakes never go away.

From Druur Monakh (Twitter: @DruurMonakh) we get the topic of this banter: what was your most nail-biting experience in EVE Online so far? It could be PvP in a 1v1 or 1000v1000, your first fight or your latest one, a scam so close to being uncovered too soon, a trap almost sprung on an unsuspecting victim or the roles reversed and you desperately try to escape.


My entire existence in Eve has been living on the edge, creating adrenaline fuel for my crazy desire to play Eve, have fun, and push my own limits to the cliff - and then jump. I have never been bored in the last five years, not once. Because when I start to get bored I go and do something about it. Attack a gate camp in a Solo Bomber? Why not? Fly to the edge of space in a Condor? Sure. Warp into a far superior ship with a far inferior ship? Every day. Take on 10 ships in my one ship? Of course. Don't think twice. Incite the top ranked PvP Corp in Eve to declare war on your fledgling pirate corporation? Uh huh. Fly your entire personal fleet from one Null Sec location to another one half-way across the Universe? Did it. Did it a half-dozen times. You name crazy and most likely I've done it. Probably more than once.

So picking one out of that list is a tough call. I still get the "shakes", I still feel the rush. Not at the same level every time, because not all fights, not all experiences are created the same. But yesterday when I flew my Raptor out to tackle this Tornado on the gate? Yeah, the butterflies were present. The heart was pounding.

Plus I've chronicled just about everything on this blog at one point or another. The time I was solo flying a Gila thru Null Space and got hot-dropped by three Carriers. The wars, the battles, the meta, the scams, the breaks, the wins and the losses. I'm pretty much an open book. But there are tales yet to be told.

Or maybe not. Every time I think of one and then search for it, I've already written about it. And ranking things is not really my cup of tea, how do you relate the difference between fighting 17 Carriers alongside PL, to watching your Newb Merc Corporation fall apart around you?  I don't think you can.

I feel the pressure to name something, some encounter, some experience that stands above the rest. As a writer I want to answer that question honestly. I could take the easy way out and simply say, from the time I logged on until today has been the most nail-bitting experience for me. Cop out. Despite its truth it feels like the easy way out. True, but ultimately unsatisfying. And I don't enjoy leaving my readers hanging like that.

I came into Eve with no knowledge of this game. I hadn't read a single line about it. I knew nothing, zero, zilch about what I was getting myself into. And, to be honest, no other experience is the same, or ever will be the same, as that first day. Despite all that I have accomplished, the unknown terror of undocking into the dark of space has to be the most nail-bitting experience I've yet known. I will tell you now, I didn't participate in the Tutorials. Oh sure, I ran thru a few of the early ones, but I quickly gave up on them. I like learning by doing.

The thing is, Eve ain't like that. And red, yellow, blinking, flashing, dots in inky blackness is a tad confusing. But you get used to it and eventually you start to realize that maybe the Tutorials might not be so bad after all. And then it happens, the universe is big and you can't stay in Todaki all day. I aimed my ship at the nearest Star Gate and started driving over to it. And waited. And waited. I started to do the math in my head and it seemed like it would take several days to fly that distance. There had to be a better way!

Ok then, warp drive discovered. Whew. And now the gate loomed above me. The next system over was Low Security Space. The tutorial warned me about this, bad people lived over there and they would most likely kill me. And once over there, would I be able to find my way back? Gulp.

I never did find my way back.



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