NEW After Hours Podcast



After Hours is also available on iTunes and is also now available on Spotify! So it is even easier to listen to your favorite podcast. Which is After Hours obviously. Ok fine, perhaps it is "one-of" your favorite podcasts.

I know I haven't been posting much lately, nothing to worry about. I'll be back at it again, just trying to figure out where exactly I left the time I need to write a blog. I know I left it around here somewhere! I'm sure it'll turn up eventually.

Until then, enjoy the podcast.



Forgotten Treasure


A couple years ago Stay Frosty moved from Ishomilken in the north of Black Rise, to our current home base on the southern border of Black Rise in Verge Vendor. The move, for me at least, was a nightmare. At the time my personal life was slightly stressful (to say the least) and I had to move not only my own holdings, but those of the Corporation as well. Even with help it was chaotic, stressful, and time-consuming.

In all of that back and forth I never got around to moving my alt's Archon. Despite many back and forth transport trips, the Carrier landed in Isho and managed to stay there. Any time I thought about bringing it down a war would break out, or something else would come up. A Carrier in Low Sec is not a super high priority, so it just kept getting pushed down the priority list.

Skip ahead a couple years.

Anytime I'd look at it in my assets windows all I'd see would be an Archon in a hangar with some fuel and a bunch of T1 Frigates and some random mods. Last week I happened to mention this situation to Devlin and he has an alt that can fly Archons. So we agreed to finally bring her down to our staging system. It turns out that she was FULL of things!

Fully fit ships mostly. Imagine my surprise when I opened the hangar and discovered fully fit ancient ships that had been long forgotten. A fully fit Bhaalgorn and Phantasm. A weirdly fit Proteus. A time-capsule to another time with a 100MN AB HAM Tengu! Remember when those were all the rage? A Gila fitted with HAMS. Heck some of these ships had lost entire slots in the intervening years. A few couldn't undock because they had more drones inside their drone bays than you could have. lolz.

I've admitted before that I tend to hoard ships. Not to keep, but to have on hand for any fight that comes along. I love spaceships and I like having them at-hand when needed. On the one hand I am very protective of my ships all while often throwing them at things for a good fight. I have no problem exploding anything I own, but I'd rather explode the other guy's ships instead. But this discovery was like opening up a time-capsule to another time. It is hard to remember what some of these fits were even for? But being a poor Pirate who likes to have several hundred ships ready to undock means I can't just throw away fully fitted ships. It causes me pain to destroy a rig once it is attached to a ship. Last weekend I flew an Arty Shield Sleipnir into battle even though it still had a armor rig on it! That poor Sleipnir had been re-fitted so many times it got confused. I could have destroyed that rig, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it.

So I spent some time trying to update these old-timey ships. Luckily the T3's can switch rigs without destroying them, which is awesome. I even re-figured the platforms a bit, especially on the Proteus. It is still a weird ship, but it is less weird now. The rest just needed minor adjustments and changes in modules.

This was like finding buried treasure. And now all of these ships are marked as slightly more expendable than regular ships. I already recklessly used the Bhaalgorn to kill a Megathron the other day. Having been lost for two years they already feel like they need to stretch their legs a bit. And if they explode? Well then, isn't that what spaceships are for?



Eve is Fifteen Wallpaper

Eve is 15 Anniversary Wallpaper
Click to download various sizes for your desktop
I waited  two weeks to release the wallpaper version, just wanted to give it time. I've also updated the original post to include this wallpaper link and a alternative link to a slightly lower resolution of the full size poster. A few people had asked for that as their chosen printers couldn't handle files bigger than 200Mb. The new file size is around 136Mb I believe.

This has been an insanely busy week and I haven't been posting much lately. Finishing up some community projects, some freelance work, and being extremely busy at work. There are some potentially exciting projects in the early early stages of development, but I can't really talk about those right now. They may or may not amount to anything, so we'll see how it goes.

Until next time.



Stay Frosty 100,000 Kills


After 56 months of extremely active operation Stay Frosty passed a significant milestone this week by registering our 100,000th kill. According to zKill we passed that mark on Tuesday. Several weeks ago I had announced to the Corp that I would be awarding the pilot responsible for the 100k kill 100 T1 Frigates (and a few surprises). My only stipulation was that the final kill couldn't be a Pod/Rookie Ship/Alt - essentially nothing "lame". Our bloodthirsty band took to the challenge and we had a record-breaking day on Tuesday.

Privately I had decided weeks ago that I would most likely award the prize to two pilots, the actual 100k kill and the one immediately after it which broke the 100k barrier. If they happened close enough to each other. Which is what happened.

Vala Azar killed a Comet with a Tormentor. And Fire Bush killed a half-fit Rifter with an Omen Navy Issue. Both of which perfectly encapsulate the spirit of old-school low sec piracy that Stay Frosty has stood for since day one. And so both pilots will split the prizes, which should be delivered this weekend. Congratulation to them both. And to every pilot that contributed to this achievement, both currently and in the past.

If you are curious, the very first Stay Frosty kill was registered on May 7, 2013 when I solo'd a Kestrel in my own Kestrel. That was kill number one.

When I started this back then I hoped that it would last. That we'd somehow manage to make it work despite the odds, the complications, the competition and everything else stacked against us. It was a rough start, but from the very beginning we attracted people of great character who accepted the challenge. Not all of those players are still with us almost five years later, but many are. Along the way a few betrayed us, a few stole from us, a few disappointed us, but the vast majority rose to the challenges they faced. Challenges we all faced together. And despite my own personal horrors these past few years, we still managed to thrive. And survive. All of which is a testament to the 305 pilots that currently call Stay Frosty home. And to the nearly 2,000 other players that have passed thru our always open doors over the years. To all of them I say Thank You. This has been a great adventure.

Next? We have a couple of Low Sec groups to pass.