Mittens' Mailbox: Holotanks, TEST Recon and E1

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These series are really cool
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can you fire blawrf already
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EOE prohibits kinkshaming against people of all walks of life. Good thing Furries aren't people.
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blawrf for ceo 2014
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Siphons. LOL. Nobody at CCP Games has a clue how to encourage conflict. EVE Fozzie has become an Icelandic complacent.
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What do you personally consider right now to be the worst thing about EVE?
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Do you ever think you will run for CSM again? CCP needs another kick in the ass with their sucking chest wound of a game and you seem to have been the only one effective at doing so.
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Fozzie has become a joke.
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The company running it.
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So, the glorious leader is re-working his image.
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I'm upset that none of the hundreds of messages from your alts in BNI demanding double-SRP for our atron losses made it through.
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Loving these new pieces. Do another Sins of a Solar spymaster. It's time.Clearly, the CFC's greatest threat is Gevlon Goblin and his notorious bounty on a Goon titan: https://forums.eveonline.com/d... What are you doing to curb this clear and present danger to your people? Aside from laughing, obviously.
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Also; Thanks for that little tidbit about the GIA fucking with TEST data. We tend to know that things are going on behind the scenes in SOV wars, but obviously not what exactly happens because OPSEC. Any other amusing tidbits you can share? Maybe from the halloween war?
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These recent posts are pretty much the best Eve related things I've read since the aftermath of B-R
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Mrs. The Mittani, would strangle him if he ever brought forth the idea of running for CSM again, so that isn't happening.
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Clearly they overestimated failrus' strength.
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Mittani, I like your unbridled way of thinking.
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You utter b*stards... I thought I spotted a few of my entries changed. I just put it down to tired mis-remembering. Well played GIA, that and the sov transfer corp trick with SBUs. I take my hat off to you.
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CSM Member = free IP for CCP.
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With a bit of session change slight-of-hand, simulated PVP training systems could easily be populated only by carefully built example characters, negating the effect of throwing perfect 100-million-skillpoint characters against newbies. Load everyone as a perfect frigate pilot with a simulated hangar full of various assault frigates, modules blah blah. A great saving on performance, as you don't need to write changes back to the database BECAUSE it dosn't matter.
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You're allowed to say "bastards" here, I'm pretty sure.
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From monkeys to kitten, the best part of this new content is always going to be the image header.
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I am very much looking forward to the next article. simply because of the sacred cow comment. sums up the general attitude of people that play this "game".who knows maybe one day it will actually feel like a game sometimes
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Whilst I do not disagree with dear leader that the industry expansion is.... not exciting, it does change the landscape in subtle and unsubtle ways. Certainly Fozzie and Rise trying to encourage local resource production by making jump drives consume 50% more fuel was an example of a poorly thought out and unsubtle attempt to encourage local resource production (goddamit, why won't my Archon jump with locally mined Nitrogen 'topes?). I suspect what the industry expansion is showing us players is that to a large extent the game balancing is pretty much done and it is time to bring on the next expansion that actually adds new stuff (just with less Jesus feature for CCP to fuck up).
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Somebody doesn't like all those siphons draining away all that moon goo. Just be active in those systems and you really don't have to worry about them. Siphons cause traffic in systems that otherwise would see little to none.I get that it makes your logistics team wail about release an ocean of tears, but only those who extend beyond their means cry. The fact is the game needs more mechanics that reward activity and effort. Not less.
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"That's the kind of thing that happens in the first few weeks of a war with the CFC, when our enemies are usually yowling to anyone who will listen about how we're 'not winning fast enough' or otherwise completely stalemated: we assault the people and the institutions of a hostile org first, and the actual sov is an afterthought. Watching your foes tear each other apart as they blame one another for errors your agents seeded is an added bonus. "I like the idea that this is a total lie. The errors were all actual errors from exhaustion/distraction/incompetence, and this is just another THE GIA IS EVERYWHERE trick to make future enemies go on witch-hunts and drive away the already-exhausted people who are doing the real work.I guess it can be be both.
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Activity like this perhaps? http://eveindustrialorganiser....It's based on the existing military and industrial upgrade system, and Eve already counts the gate jump count so that too could be a weighting factor in who the system really belongs to.It's not the best I could come up with in presentation terms but the gist is there and there's a TL:DR section at the bottom too.
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You did make that offer and you know it, why lie at this point? Pathetic.
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You know, using "gay" as an insult is really insulting yourself.
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If you want to start thinking like The Mittani - look in the mirror and realise you can't. Asking is a double edge blade as well.Take stock of your own situation, make sure the api's are in order, ensure those logged in are on comms and actually able and willing to talk. This is especially true during fleets, but also important during fleet build up too.Witch-hunts rarely catch the real witches, just like in real life in fact and all it does is stir up issues and resentment needlessly and causes problems where there were none to begin with.
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Regarding Ero 1, he actually left of his own accord after being embarrassed and called out on the forums. He was offered a chance to remain if he just shut his hole but chose to leave rather than deal with the fallout.
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He's gone on the record stating that if they want his ideas/opinions, they can pay him for them.
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Don't use Gay as a derogatory term or insult. This is your only warning.
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No, please.
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You're wrong and stupid because you are so convinced that something is hurting us that you refuse to believe that it really, really isn't, but alas, you can't help but keep the grrgoons blinders onAs far as I can tell your entire criteria for "goons are mad about siphons" is "are goons talking about siphons?" which rational people (i.e. everyone but you) can decide has more to do with people being unhappy with CCP's game design team for coming up with more harebrained shit that doesn't actually accomplish anything (the failure that was ESS, siphons, other bullshit deployables)
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Im watching my space bro Corbexx login less and less, That shits alot of work if you want to do it rite. And if your going to go through the trouble of doing a campaign why would you go in half arsed? you also dont get payd a cent either. sure you might get a free trip to Iceland for a few days a year?but really what's that worth compared to the things you could do with the time.Im pretty sure Alex finds running a website that pulls in a bit of money and gets him free media passes to all kinds of gigs, and leaves him free to shit post / start flame wars on what ever topic he chooses with out problems or nda's holding him back just fine.Any way he has his space bro Myanna is doing a good job on the csm.
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Who needs siphons when logistics people burnout / forget to fuel towers,our groups popped maybe 5 - 6 towers so far this year with moon goo, where some one accidentally the fuel blocks.
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who needs them, we pop harvesters and silos on towers that people forget to fuel on a semi regular basis. if they add that mechanic that lets you steal offline towers, we will steal the towers also. and throw up bug zappers for the lols
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I agree, if they really want more local production it needs to be worth it over import and right now it is not. So what about after the patch? IT IS NOT. That is the sad reality. 1% ME bonus per upgrade level on amarr outposts ends up at 5% for 65billion ISK. Is that worth it? No! Why? Because POS mods already got 2% for nothing yet for the outpost you have to pay 30bil for to reach that. If you want local production amarr outpost with 3 upgrades for ME needs to be around 15% bonus. That will actually make it worth it in combination with the increased jump cost. But 5% will not change a god damn thing. Another thing about that is that its the most unbalanced move I've ever seen minmatar outpost you get 19,6% for 45billion (tier 3) yet amarr you get 5% for 65billion (tier 3 of one line tier 2 of the other)? Does that not scream unbalanced?Add the fact that what nullsec mining yields you right now is not enough to have local production thats efficient and you can already tell that this patch wont bring us more production in nullsec. For that to happen CCP would have to put "a bit" more effort into it.
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Heh, cute.
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the irony
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Maybe, but he was the guy that decided to share/brag about the Bonus Room soundclouds in the first place; not a smart thing to do if you can't handle the consequences.Still, I agree with Mittani that 'it was a classic example of a self-righteous pearl-clutching media shitshow initiated by Jester'.
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so what conflict do these things actually create? How many engagements have been made in EvE to save these things? They do sweet fuck all to anybody that actually looks after their expensive moons (pretty much all of eve that owns r64's and such) and in the case of other towers....who really gives a fuck? Not like the inferior moons even make any money...There is potential with it, but it doesn't really have much of a role in current gameplay, it needs work to become a conflict driver, if it had some kind of affect on the system sovereignty or could be locked on by black ops bridges it could get to a place where they are worth saving and/or fighting over
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maybe he was trying to say "Bull*Shit tards", but then again you're allowed to say that too
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Yes we can!
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It was something I came up with, working with a senior member of White Van. It also helped that he was also streaming the Test Recon channel to us the whole time. Mind you, having to have one of our dedicated handlers listening to that stream round the clock in the first few days was pretty challenging from a resource-management point of view: we ended up hauling in trusted, senior directors like Sion to help out in AUTZ.It was a little like the quandary faced by those with access to Ultra decrypts: we could ruin everything for a day or so but Test would have worked it out. Or we could keep our access to their recon sheets secret, always be aware but never take advantage. As always in the intel game, the balance of risk and agent preservation was the key.
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We were going out of our way to use this episode to intensify the tensions that already existed: at first I would deliberately target systems I knew had all been scouted by one person so as to make Test suspect them, since we would win by making Test get rid of their own recon team as quickly as we would if they burned out, themselves.
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But you are aware, I am sure, just what a drop in the ocean five or six dead towers is across nullsec?
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It would be very helpful to us if you would spread this opinion more widely. Although even when people realise that it is our spies more than their own incompetence to blame, they then tear themselves apart looking for fifth columnists instead!
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Mittani.com keeps getting more and more biased crowd control... GG mittens...
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Siphons are free killmails that cost us (all the major blocs) a vanishingly small percentage of our income. The only drama I remember about them was when a retarded WEON member dropped one on a friendly tower.
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Could you be anymore misinformed?
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As I said in my comment, they create traffic in the systems. Traffic means opportunity for combat.
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I suppose I really should have suspected something like that, at the time. I assume you still were doing this after the defection of PG?
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This is highly amusing and utter bollox.
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What do you mean? They're increasing capital ship jump drive fuel consumption with 50%, that'll totally hurt the big alliance and not the small ones.
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Oh.. Wait a minute...
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I have a few questions. I don't play EVE though, so these will very probably either get ignored completely or ripped apart by the wolves. But I suppose either one is an answer anyway so I'll roll with it.First is Mr Goblin. I am curious to know your honest opinion of him, because well...I kinda like him. He looks to me like a guy who is content to play his part - a good guy in a game of bad guys. And yes his persona is quite sad/entertaining in his delusionment but at least he's creating some sort of content right? I wonder if EVE would be far more interesting if more Gevlon Goblins littered High Sec fuelling crazy plans to take null down.Second question is would you ever leave EVE for good? I don't doubt your burned out from it, and perhaps in time outside EVE activities like politics and this website will take their toll. Do you see GSF surviving without you when the time comes?Last question now. I can't help but think when it comes to the current situation in nullsec and stagnation and blah blah blah that it's a case of "you made your bed, now lie in it" going on. Seeing as it is a sandbox, what is stopping you from just going nuts? Do you like the status quo of being starved for content, yet untouchable?Perhaps it's just me, but if I were an intergalactic space king with lots of money, willing pilots and known to be the one guy who's affectively 'completed' EVE I'd just shoot everything. Forget sov, forget winning. Just drain the coffers in an orgy of space ultra-violence until everyone else falls on what's left of our tattered forces and breaks us. Then start fresh, do something else, quit...who knows? Such a crusade would be good fun I imagine.OK. I'm done now. And should the wolves descend, Bon Appétit!
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Seems like you are really mad about siphons, and you are a goon...
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I was surprised to read TEST was not running some kind of version control on shared documents, no wonder they lost the war...
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Butsards?
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Or transparent. Andski is an interesting specimen.E: Thinking back on it more, I have yet to see him post with any subtlety or grace.
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Hey, he wasn't bad -- just unlucky.
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The suggestion that the CFC believed that the same Russian block that was just curb-stomped by NC. and PL would win for some reason the next year is untenable. We will likely never know what the intentions of the CFC were, but that RUS would hold its own against N3PL cannot have been a seriously considered outcome.
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The recon spreadsheet. That is simultaneously brilliant and horrifying.
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I liked this post
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Although bragging about it means that your enemies will possibly be better prepared next time. A spreadsheet seems the wrong way to go about such things anyway - it would be trivial to produce a web app to log such intel in a database, that allows for authentication and full auditing. Any suspicious patterns would stand out like a sore thumb if you were to run the right queries.
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Has he?Unlike past employees, Fozzie is making lasting, good changes through his balance passes. Before Fozzie, CCP would perform its job of shaking up the meta with ham-handed, intentionally-retarded changes like a klutzy K-pop star trying to be cute: "Whoops did I just completely break xyz? MY BAD *giggle*."Fozzie's first balance passes are remaining both meaningful and influential even now, years and patches and wars later. He's doing it right.
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You mean that any pool data should be access-controlled and audited?*gasp*
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Hold the phone, are you accusing a bloc leader of acting like a bloc leader while writing in character?
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If I recall, one of the opening remarks The Mittani made when this site was opened was that, rather than trying to influence CCP as an "unpaid consultant" and media coordinator, he'd rather just *be* the media.
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If you were being clever, you wouldn't limit access, but you would authenticate every contributor against API keys, that way you've got a honeytrap for careless spais.
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goblin doesn't have the required amount of selfawareness that would be needed to come up with this post...if you read his blog properly, you'll understand that he is far away from being neither a good nor a bad guy, but a goblin - with everything that makes a goblin a goblin.that aside, he has a place in eve, as any mongoloid has a place in society, but every society only holds a given (and often very limited) amount of space for the unnecessary, and gevlon is already taking it far enough to make up for a dozen.stagnation in nullsec, tbh, noone cares, except mittani hmself, as it's likely that less content in eve leads to fewer click on his website - other than that, eve is a big universe with enough content for just everybody, even in times of peace.he can't go nuts for a) a lot of time and work has been invested to reach the current status, why waste it? i mean, let's compare eve to the northern america, in the beginning there was the wild west, outlaws roaming around, states formed, emancipation from england, civil war, unification - no matter where exactly one would think the current state of eve equals, no reason to fck it up.imagine: hey mr g.washington, now that we control half of the usofa, don't u think that this is enough, what if we burn everything to the ground??? oh what a splendid idea ... also, one day ccp will mess up a new feature (stargates to that unknown space thing, a totally retarded sov revamp, or whatever) and the situation will change.and b) (t)his website would immediately lose the majority of it's (frequent) visitors. as this site seems to be his main source of income killing it would be totally goblin.like it or not, mittens has brought himself into an optionless position - failing at eve isn't one anymore.ps"if more Gevlon Goblins littered High Sec fuelling crazy plans to take null down"he isn't planning to take ns down. he wants goons (in terms of sa-forum members) to leave the game, which seems to be some kind of revenge thing for that they denied him membership in goonwaffe, cause he didn't manage to comprehend that sa-membership is the prerequisite in order to join.
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You know what else can successfully draw the owners of moons out to play? Reinforcing them, which just happens to also shut down all mining on that moon for the length of the reinforcement timer.
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I think your faith in DBA skillz and internet security is touching but, alas, misguided.
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Just goes to show that behind any great man is a great woman, you can be the most well-known man in EVE but if the misses suggests you jump, you better not even need to ask 'how high' ;)
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It's another good example of the same sort of thing.The CFCs, N3s, PLs of the game can easily afford their cap fuel, the rising costs don't do much more than change the numbers on a spreadsheet a bit. As long as it's necessary and worthwhile to throw capital fleets across the galaxy, all of the above will do it.But that just mean that the prices are still not high enough! Surely if it gets to be too expensive though they'll eventually have to stop.Absolutely. The problem is that the necessity still exists. You don't get everyone stopping all at once. Everyone is still trying their damnedest to make it work, and the game mechanics require it. What happens is that suddenly one of the groups is unable to hack it, and you're left with one less group in the mix while the others are still trucking along. Making it more expensive does exactly the opposite of what is intended, it cements the position of the top groups by pricing the smaller groups out of the game.This is how nullsec got to where it is. Game mechanics have made surviving as an alliance in nullsec increasingly difficult over the years. Each time things got harder, fewer groups were able to compete forcing them to merge, team up, or simply disband and have their members scatter into the surviving groups. The last five years of this have brought us steadily to the bipolar galaxy we see today.
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Bloc politics is like watching One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
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uhm, sorry if i ask...it's okay to use the n.word, talk about face raping the bitches and all that other bullshit that some players of this game come up with..but if this sites readership uses gay in the meaning of gay, and i don't mean the happy gay, you get totally mad?do i assume right that if you were black skinned you would be okay with the term gay to be used in a non-happy-way while the n-word would be out of question?what would your policy on strong language be if you were a promiscuous girl?as the goonswiki also uses the term jew, like in jewing for isk, in a derogatory way as well, do i assume right that you are not a practicer of that religion?i understand that you feel offended, but personally i feel that this might be a case of, allow all or nothing at all.
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Yes, I suppose so. I'd make a pretty bad space king on reflection. I don't have the patience for empire building, I'd rather get blown up lots. Still, good points I hadn't considered and I thank you for them sir.And alt accusations! This means I'm starting to sound like I know what the hell I'm going on about!
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that it reminds me of Summers Eve, the douche company.
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Goddamnit, TheMittani. you made my massive bulk shift around with geeky glee when you said this: "There's a World of Darkness joke to be made about Methuselahs and torpor here..."
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Good point.My alt ain't skilled enough yet for caps, and I'm not doing this with an MV character. For my purposes, siphoning fits the middle ground between doing nothing and drawing out small targets for horsing around.I am uncertain whether you're trying to insist that there are unequivocally zero applications for a siphon.
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I must admit, a highsec full of people who bleat bullshit as loudly and as often as Gevlon would be a highsec I'd like to see, just for the absurd hilarity of it all. On the other hand, that comes with the attendant risk that CCP might actually pay attention to them/him.
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That's a 4+ year old rip of a wiki that isn't maintained. Someone mirrored it and published it online.
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None of that is ok. This site's leadership has made it very clear since the site was in its pre-launch infancy that it would be our very public policy to not use disparaging remarks with regards to sexuality, race, religion/creed, etc. It's in the rules we hand out to streamers, and our writers know better.The goonswarm federation wiki isn't affiliated with this site. That wiki has been revised and sanitized many times over the years. There are many outdated mirrors available to the public. What people write on that wiki have no bearing on the policies or goings on of this site.We don't allow that stuff at all. Hope that helps.
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RIP for a youmad.
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He came in and did a master class for BRAVE about a month ago which went in quite a bit on intelligence and counter-intelligence. I'm sure it's floating around in a sound cloud on reddit somewhere.
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They cost me whatever non-faction torpedoes cost.
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Doesn't inherently drive conflict because no one is around to kill me trying to kill their siphons.
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Plenty of people try, they just exercise poor tradecraft and information management and get cut down too soon.
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I don't think anyone saw him at Milwaukee Midwinter Gaming.
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And how did they get the siphon there in the first place? Magic? Or maybe, just maybe, they went to the system to place it there?You guys keep pretending that no one actually goes to these moons to place them. That no one actually goes around these systems. You should really utilize the space you have beyond stabbing a tower on a moon and expecting it to be the only thing you have to do for that income.
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Mit, your intelligence and counterintelligence gia stories surely fill pages, why don't you make a mini series on the life of a spymaster ( ala sins of a solar spymaster style, but shorter, weekly edition ) ?
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There has always been more to holding valuable moons for income than just dropping a tower and fueling it and emptying the silos every now and then. You had to *hold* the moons, and before Odyssey we actually fought wars over them that involved half of them being reinforced for months.
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Yiff we can!
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Byzantine Generals Problem?
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the test recon spreadsheet thing was hardly a deal breaker. test had hardly any active leadership at that time, the test USTZ had its head so far up its own arse it couldnt log in, and in particular mildir was FUBAR. This meant that any recon going on was already outside of whitevan, and tied directly to the few FCs that actually tried to do something.... other than whine about PL (include nulli / ncdot) not picking up the batphone.
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Well said. Also Powers, stop liking your own damn comments. That is all.
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ploptops sends his regards
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Appearing in a work of fiction is better than not at all.

Sunday: Where normal human beings might be relaxing and reading the paper, I'm trawling through reactions to my first two Traffic Control pieces and excerpting the best of the comments/insanity for your amusement. We'll do this as a regular feature on Sundays going forward; if you'd like me to respond to something, feel free to shoot me an Evemail or drop a note in Contact Us

The Woes of TEST Recon in Fountain

Two interesting comments popped up on my Update Dance piece

One of the greatest troubles TEST faced during the war was information overload. There was so much to organize and so many channels of communication were dead as people went afk.

Night after night it was a hairpull trying to find structures to bash. Just from alliance chat, we'd get 40-ish people in bombers with blops easy; getting someone in recon to provide the location of an SBU was the hard part.

Also: 

I was in White Van during that war. The number of early mistakes the CFC made in not IHUBing captured systems, or letting me follow folks SBUing... After week three I gave up, my reports and scouting went nowhere... asked for jobs, got none.

This was because the GIA had compromised the spreadsheet that TEST Recon used to record all their scout information on. We wouldn't alter the spreadsheet in a flagrant way, just adding slight errors throughout it which were always written off as user error or incompetence. POS locations would remain on the right planet, but slip a moon or two to the left; key tower reinforcement timers would be adjusted by an hour too soon or too late. Because we were subtle, this 'incompetence' resulted in a ton of redundant and replicated work as the same targets had to be scanned and rescanned. Eventually the whole org collapsed under the strain, and without functional recon you cannot win - or even stay afloat - in a bloc war. 

That's the kind of thing that happens in the first few weeks of a war with the CFC, when our enemies are usually yowling to anyone who will listen about how we're 'not winning fast enough' or otherwise completely stalemated: we assault the people and the institutions of a hostile org first, and the actual sov is an afterthought. Watching your foes tear each other apart as they blame one another for errors your agents seeded is an added bonus. 

401k's Amazing Offer

One of the apocryphal pieces of nullsec bullshit was a claim by 401k, aka "The Retirement Club", aka "Yet another Molle Joint", that the CFC made some kind of deal/offer/peace overture towards them. This pops up from noted shitposter Kinis Deren, who for some reason I haven't banned yet. 

Is that why you made a "space offer" to 401K hmmm?

This never happened; the reality is that Zeroniss, at the time the leader of 401k, had approached GSF diplomats regarding the possibility of standings or reducing hostilities. That doesn't play well on TV though, and when Black Legion abandoned 401k to work for the CFC during Fountain, suddenly 401k had to scrabble for a narrative-friendly untruth: the CFC had approached 401k and made the same offer we had made to BL, but 401k was too cool for school and turned it down. 

The idea of GSF making a deal with a SirMolle-led org is the kind of thing that only the most frothing of the ~GrrGoons~ crowd could dream up, and 401k is toast now anyway. 

The Elusive Logged-in Mittani

Do you even still play EVE anymore (yes the actual game)? Honest question. Sitting in Jabber/Skype doesn't count.

The last time I logged in regularly was in the Halloween War, when I led the bulk of the supercarrier fleets which ground Immensea. I find taking gates to be tiresome as I get older and lazier, so I tend to stick to caps. 

It takes a lot to 'get me out of bed' and log into the client. I used to do a bunch of 3rd party Titan scams, but they lose their novelty after the first ten or so ghost supercapitals you sell; you'd think that earning 90b isk off a supercapital scam would get you hot and bothered, but one habituates rapidly. There's a World of Darkness joke to be made about Methuselahs and torpor here, but in light of the Atlanta closures I don't have the heart.

Enemy Mine

Xolve asks a dangerous question:

Who are your actual foes at this point?

All the non-hackers have been scoured from the landscape and all that remains is a larger red vs. blue of Apathy. You can't eliminate them, they can't eliminate you- "collect them rent checks" is our unified mantra.

First, we can't ever underestimate our enemies, even if the CFC/GSF has fought 4+ wars against essentially the same group of foes and, thus far, won them all. Hubris is a killer. If we rest on our laurels, we'll fall prey to the barbarians just like all the other 'safe' empires have.

In terms of stuff that makes me feel like my space-tribe is under actual imminent threat, mostly I worry about CCP getting a case of the 'vision thing' again and driving the game off a cliff.  Fanfest 2014 was notable for how little buzz there was, which shouldn't surprise anyone given that it was showcasing a fucking industry expansion. 

One of the things that matters in a narrative arc is conflict. Remember how siphons were supposed to be a 'conflict driver'? Yeah. Industry expansion, no conflict drivers, no narrative arc -> no buzz and a panicked Marketing department. 

Unleashing the Holo-Tank

While I don't give a crap about lore, the top comment by Seatox on my NPE rant comes up with a great excuse to eventually add another issue dear to my heart: Battle Arenas. 

From a lore/blah perspective, an EVE newbie zone dosn't even need to be in "Real" systems, just have the whole shebang set inside "simulator spaces", hidden from view in the same way we can't see wormhole systems on the map.

Then, at the end of the tutorial toss all the newbies into racially aligned teams and into a 4-way newbie-ship bloodbath in a simulated 0.0 system at the end of the tutorial experience, with their final tutorial objecive: DIE (While explaining how self-destruct, clone updates etc, work).

Then, after they die at the hands of another fresh newbie or self-destruct their pod, they wake up in the real bit of EVE.

Eve is fundamentally a game about PvP in many forms, and the learning curve is too intimidating for most, and the fear of loss a huge turn-off for some. Think of 'simulators' or 'holo tanks' as not only a good place for newbie capsuleers to have 'VR training' but also a place to teach the skittish the ropes of PvP. I use Jovians and Nanobots as a shorthand for "invent some bullshit lore excuse why this mechanic can be implemented," and don't have any attachment to whatever label ends up being attached to a gated and guided newbie zone. 

VR PVP/Battle Arenas: That's another sacred cow that deserves a messy slaying, and we'll focus on that in a later Traffic Control.  

On Erotica 1 and Gevlon's Trek

Mittens, you may be the only person I want to hear write about Erotica1. I think the EVE summer forum war would kick off to an unheard of degree, and you'd probably just outright kill half of r/eve

Erotica 1 got into GSF briefly on an alt through a membercorp, and I personally had him purged from the alliance long before any of the Jester's Trek drama. Why? I didn't like the guy, didn't think the Bonus Room thing was particularly clever, and the whole practice was both tiresome and sketchy. Taking advantage of greed, intermittent reinforcement, loss aversion and the sunk costs fallacy isn't pushing boundaries. I love a clever scam, but this wasn't one.

I didn't offer any commentary during the Jester vs Erotica 1 slapfight because it was a classic example of a self-righteous pearl-clutching media shitshow initiated by Jester in the same way I'd expect from garbage like Riverini or Brendan Drain from Massively; if I'd offered any kind of opinion during Jester's little blog crusade, I'd be giving it validation and acknowledgement, be it positive or negative - and attaching my name to Jester's drama in any capacity would fuel the fire.

I refused to fall for the bait. Obviously, digging up 2-month-old drama to incite the community into torches and pitchforks was rank bullshit on Jester's part, but similarly I wasn't going to go to bat to defend Erotica 1, a guy I despised so much that I had him kicked from the CFC.

The only proper response was to say nothing at all, wait for the storm to pass, then start referring to that blog as Gevlon's Trek.  

Mail Me And Maybe I'll Respond Next Week

With an enthusiastic call to arms like that, who can resist? We'll be doing these pieces on Sundays. Maybe I'll reply to your mail! Maybe I'll ignore it, and respond to random comments or trolls that amuse me instead! Who knows!