OOC: The Politics of Dancing

Putting your name out there, running for an election, is not something for the shy and retiring types.  It requires and Ego and preferably one well fed by a support group to confirm that you are the right person for the job.

Fine.  Now take 14 of that sort of person, all with their own ideas of how things should be done and what is most important and put them together to try to agree on things.  Some will, if they share goals or meet on other channels and decide how best to proceed.  But what of the outliers?  The ones who don’t fit into the agenda or have their own that they wish to advance?

Well then it gets interesting.  There are a few options.  You can recruit them to your cause.  You could convince them that the know nothing and should hush while the adults talk.  You can try to close them out of the meetings or steamroller anything that they put forward.  You could let them work along side on their own agenda and let the chips fall where they may.

Each term brings new challenges and there is a slightly liberating feeling of knowing that I am not running next season.  Mainly I stick to the standard ‘I do what I do’ and nobody else has the right to try to stop me.  I will be wrong, at times, and I will be right (hopefully more often than when I am wrong), at times.  Gill once asked me what I consider to be the best question to ask of a CSM . . . are you optimistic for the future of Eve?

I am

But it would be a good question to ask the others, as well.  There is no NDA on how we feel, how we react, just what we are reacting to.

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“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”  Mike leaned back and looked up at the Bowhead dominating the ship hanger.  “That, there, be the exactly what I need.  Givin isk is a fools errand.  Givin a ship may help them learn to fly, learn to fit, learn to survive.”

“So you get them ready for the missions the agents give?”  Ev asked.

Mike grimaced.  “Some, I will admit, are good for missions.  But others are good for other things.  Who am I to go tellin a pilot what sort of fish to eat or catch?  I hands them the pole and let them cast their own lines.”

“But some lines ain’t exactly your style.”

Mike nodded with a wry grin.  “I know but that don’t make them wrong for someone else, just for me.  And so sometimes IO gotta load a different sorta ship for the classrooms.”

Ev looked at the manifest on his comms. “magnate.  Lows filled with expanded t2s (fast to skill) …… rigs with cargohold rigs  …… mediums: passive targeter.  maybe t2 is can be trained fast, cargo scanner. ship scanner . . . um, hey mon you do know what you is building?”

Mike grinned,  “Yup.”  Her leaned back.  “A different kind of fishin pole.”

Ev eyed Mike and then the last ship on the list.  “I know this fit and who flies it and you are gonna trust . . . ”

“Yup, I get burned or I don’t.  It is worth trying and worth doing because IF all goes well some folks are gonna learn a nice lesson.  Even if they never use the skills again they will have something in their repertoire and for all the Gods in the pantheons I hope it teaches them why I hate autopilot.”

Ev shook his head.  “I tink it be a mistake but you are the one to make it, if anybody.”



Eve is a lot of things.  I am not.  I am ok with that but the Magic School bus is not about creating a bunch of me’s.  It is about keeping players in and showing them all that can be and could be.

I am serious about the fish.  I am glad CCP don’t read my blog because this might tick them off

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OOC Northern Troll – Honesty

Sometimes I suffer from migraines and my head gives me odd thoughts to chew on.  Round and round they go till I either start telling folks about them or write them down.  It seems the only way to quiet the damn things.

Thank you for helping me with my headache.

Honesty Patrol

Once in a while CCP GMs would enforce what people promised.  Isk doublers WOULD double isk to the woes of their own balance spilling over to alt accounts if need be.  Margin scams would pay out in the same way.  If people were trading everything for just one trit then that is what would happen.

It wouldn’t happen every day, just now and again.  Say on days like March 32.  Thing is, it would be a two edged sword.  Knowing that there was a chance of honesty patrol being nearby would make some idiots go for the scams more often.

Best part is that there would be no warning, no messages, no explanation.  Imagine the petition . . . ‘I promised to double his isk and then I did, fix this please. ‘

Yeah, I have been visiting Jita too much lately.


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Fitting in (Part 4 Faster you fool)

“Speed comes in a lot of varieties and being able to dictate the range of an engagement or even whether you want to ba a part of it is a key thing.  Not to mention some faster ships are harder to hit and other faster ships are easier to hit.  As with everything else, situations are not as cut and dried as they might seem and you have some choices to make.”

Mike touched his comm and the screen filled with modules and rigs.  “1mn afterburners, microwarp drives (mwd) inertia stabilizers.  Things to push you faster, make you lighter, make you more agile, all are part of the mix.  I will start with the small stuff first.  Agility is how fast you turn but mainly it will affect how fast you can align and get into warp.  This is important if you see something big coming and want to not be there when it arrives.  It is also handy for crashing through simple ambushes.  Getting out of dodge and on to the next stop is something I like to be able to do.”

“There are rigs for that as well?”  One in the front row asked.

Mike nodded.  “There are but it has been pointed out to me that often a new pilot cannot afford rigs for a little while and if they are losing a lot of ships this might be too much of a cost.  So if you have the isk I would recommend that you research it a bit or ask me after class.  Let us talk about the main two go fast modules.  I will only work with the basic t1 versions because it is good to narrow the focus.  Meta variations are just that.  Some worth far more and do better but they all fall in the same general categories.

Basically they are both going to make you go faster, the mwd far more so at a minimum of a 500% speed boost as opposed to the 112.5% for the afterburner.  The afterburner has lower fitting requirements (but not proportionately so)  and fewer skill demands.”

“Why would anybody choose afterburners, then?”  Asked a Minmater pilot on the left.

Mike grinned.  “There are two key disadvantages to the mwd.  The first is that a scrambler can shut it down.  All of the sudden you are just doing normal speeds.  Afterburners are immune to that.  The second is that while you are going faster your signature also blooms by 500%.  That means they will lock you faster and missiles (and bombs) will hit you harder.  Again, something that does not happen with afterburners.  But your ships, Minmatar, have the reputation for having some of the fastest base speeds in space.  So, with the Slasher,  which would be best?”

The pilot looked around, suddenly finding himself on the spot.  “Speed is life, mwd.” He said with a nod.

“Close.”  Mike grinned.

“How can it be close?  You gave me an either or question . . . ”

“I play dirty, sometimes.  For a slasher I like the dual prop fit.  You use the mwd to get in fast then the ab to orbit without the bloom.  IF it fits.  See a lot of the fits we discuss will be dependent on your skills.  You have a lot to learn and a lot of choices to make.  As you gain experience and skills fits will become easier.  But if I HAD to choose one?  I agree with you.  Speed is life.”

He looked around.  “So take a few minutes and look at the tristan and decide what you would fit and why.  We are almost done, folks.  The big things of Hull, Tank, Boom and Go are covered.  Next we will discuss the ‘other tings’ which is a broad topic that I will barely cover at all.”



Yeah I like going fast.  Being able to dictate range has been the result of dying when not able to.

So many little bits and pieces to fit, so many choices to make.  Damn I love theory crafting.  So what of it my friends?  What is best for the Tristan?

fly it like you won it.


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Log and Stork

“Long ago,”  Mike leaned back and took a pull of his beer.  “There was a pond full of frogs who were free and happy . . . until they heard about kings and ruling and politics and such.  They felt left out so they called to the Gods and asked that they be given a king.  One of the gods listened but was busy so he dropped a log into the pond and left it at that.”

Scotty laughed.  “So it made a big splash and then just floated there, doing nothing?”

“Exactement.  After the intial fright they rode the waves and then the waves died out and nothing happened.  They had a king in name but they went back to doing whatever they felt like and having fun.  But then they heard about other ponds with kings who DID things.  So the started nagging the Gods, again.”

“This won’t end well, will it?  Ev said taking a pull on his hookah.

Mike shook his head and grinned.  “So the log floated away and the God in charge of such things sent them a Stork.  It was active and a lot of frogs died, Others ran away to other ponds and the one who had been nagging the Gods realized . . . ”  He looked at the label half pulled off his beer and continued picking at it, his voice trailing off.

Scotty peered at Mike and asked.  “You aren’t talking about fropgs and ponds, are you?”

“Nah, I am thinking I need another beer.”  Mike grinned and got up to fetch more for all of them.

Ev nodded to Scotty.  “He likes the old stories because dey gives him a framework to handle new tings.  Cause nothin really be new anymore.  Just the labels change and the stories remain the same.”



Yeah, I poach from Aesop more often than I should.

Yeah I do think this might be relevant if you are looking at the same things I am.

It is time to give away a battleship, I think.  Comments over the next few days, say till the end of the weekend.  I will include ones that came in earlier today.

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CSM Comms

Ventrilo, skype, lync, mumble, japper, slack, Teamspeak, hipchat . . .  doesn’t anybody write, anymore?

Every time I turn around it seems that there is some new great and wonderful method of keeping in touch with people and I am overwhelmed by the number of different programs I am expected to keep up with if I want to do the job I said I would do.  We have all the NDAs done and now are settling into the ‘learning communications phase’.  Every year there is this hump to get past where we all agree on how and when we are going to talk.

Ah, when.  CCP, of course, wants to hold meetings during business hours . . . theirs.  Makes sense, right?  Except for the fact that the world is big and you fools elected reps from many different time zones.  What were you thinking?

So things will be inconvenient for some of us.  Summits will require some VERY long trips for at least one.  But we knew that when we signed on to be on the CSM so nobody is complaining about feeling inconvenienced at this point, right?

WE have chatted and started to learn each others quirks.  I have already been told not to talk about sov/null since

Obviously they do not know me very well since knowing nothing has never caused me to be quiet in the past.  On the contrary . . . I start asking questions, questioning assumptions, assuming I have a right to talk because NO ONE PART of Eve is in isolation and dammit I was elected to be there.

/me pants a bit and steps down from the soapbox

Yeah, just starting out.  Fun fun fun

I’ll try to remember to do this sort of thing avery couple of weeks.  With Xander gone you won’t have the same insights you had last term.  But Sugar writes and maybe some of the others will as well complaining about that damn guy from hisec.

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Fitting in (Part 3) Guns

“So that brings us to the reason we fit a tank of some sort.  The fact that others fit guns.  And so should we..  But so many to choose from.”

He popped up an image of weapons systems that flashed by, missiles, hybrids, drones, all of them staying on the screen barely long enough to identify.

“Guns, lots of guns.  We, as a species, excel  at the technology of doing damage to ourselves and others.”  Mike shrugged, “So you train.  starting out you train in the weapons specific to your race but later . . . well you branch out to expand your options.

“Amarr,”  he nodded to the prim miss in the front row “primary weapons systems are lasers, energy weapons.  Broken into the two sub classes of pulse and beam, depending on what range you plan on engaging at.  Minmatar on the other hand are more old school with projectile weapons, again divided by range, autocannons and artillery for short and long, respectively.  Caldari?  Missiles and rockets.  Gallente are blasters and railguns.  Secondary systems are often ‘borrowed’ from the other races along with the drones which every race fits, now and again.  Though I will say the we Gallente do them the best.”  He grinned and the image changed.

“So we look at our hulls and ask if the choice we already made in that regard points us to a specific weapon.  Well?”  He looked out at the class.

“Um, the uh Tristan has . . . ”  One student started out “Hybrids and drones?”

Mike nodded.  “Specifically it has . . . ”

Gallente Frigate bonuses (per skill level):
7.5% bonus to Small Hybrid Turret tracking speed
10% bonus to Drone hitpoints and tracking speed

“Now that means our work has been half done for us.  But what does tracking mean to you?  For me it means that this ship is good at hitting the fast targets or being fast and hitting close in.  That means blasters to me.  If a weapon cannot track you can shoot all the ammo in the world and miss a small target doing a high relative speed to you.  But so many to choose from.  Mainly, as I have said before, it comes down to what you can afford and what you can fit.  You experiment, you try and you do some math.  Since we are doing a bottom of the food chain fit we will go with the most basic, the Light Electron Blaster and work with that.  Ammo is an option that can modify the characteristics of a weapon system but we will get to to that in a bit.  As for the drone bay?  It can hold 40 cubic meters.  Me I would toss in either hobgoblins or warriors, depending on where I was going.  Warriors for PvP and Hobs for Pve.  If I was feeling mean I might also add a few Hornet ECM drones for a possible chance to really tick someone off.  Drones are a skill that, if you plan on using them, you train high, early so you can get the most out in the field right away.”

One of the students was sitting up straight and Mike nodded to her.  “The Slasher is . . . ”

Minmatar Frigate skill bonus per level:
5% bonus to Small Projectile Turret damage
7.5% bonus to Small Projectile Turret tracking speed

Role bonus:
80% reduction in Propulsion Jamming systems activation cost

“Ah,” Mike grinned, “A role bonus, this is a little extra that specifies a good use for the ship by helping it out a bit in that direction.  But it is something for a bit later.  Projectiles . . . close or far.  Now with the slasher that honestly can go both ways.  I have seen fits for the Slasher that use artillery and others that use autocannons,  It comes down to the fight you want.  Some folks want to get right in the fray and brawl, others prefer to stand at a distance and kite the enemy, keeping out of reach of the enemies guns.  Although if you are close in you sometimes can be ‘under their guns and playing havoc with THEIR tracking.  Given that bonus to our tracking I am going to favour the close in approach . . . but you may decide differently.  So again we are faced with a myriad of choices and again I am going to go with the cheapest and simplest, the 125mm gatling autocannon I.  So we fit a trio of them in there and move on.”



Care to guess which system comes next for me?

I am enjoying this . . .

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Fitting in (Part 2) Tanks

“OK, welcome back.  What can you tell me about the slots on the Slasher?”  Mike looked out expectantly.

“Um Tops are . . . ”  One students started hesitantly.

“We call em highs, mids, and lows.  But go on.”

“To . . I mean Highs, 4.  Mids, 4, Lows 2″  He said, glancing at his notes.

Mike smiled.  “And what does that tell us about the tank we will fit?  Well before you answer let’s look at the types of tanks possible.  There is shield tanking.  Most of the modules for that fit in Mid slots.  Armor tanking occupies the Lows, Hull tanking . . . well let’s not talk about that right now since it is a thing for more experienced folks and fools in equal measure but for the record?  Lows.  Then come the off tanks like speed tanking, which again takes up mids AND lows or ECM tanking . . . mids.”

He looked about.  “Now remember what I told you before.  This is how I do it.  I do not claim it is the right way or the only way.  If you have a specific task for a ship then you fit said task in first and then let the other modules fall where they may.  But this is a general fitting guide, not a specialization . . . yes?”

“What sort of cases does tank take a back seat?”  The pilot looked curious so Mike accepted the sideline.

“Well,”  He said, looking right at her.  “Gankers do not plan on living so they fit all for damage and maybe enough tank to survive the first salvo from Concord.  Fleet doctrine may call for shields since that is the logi you will have with you or armor if that is the doctrine of the day.  Some miners foolishly, in my opinion, fit to maximize their cargo hold at the cost of any tank to speak of.  External circumstances happen.  Now back to the slasher.”

“The kind of spindly structure that makes a good Gallente or Amarr pilot shudder and mock the duck tape and bailing wire.  Given what we know, what would you guess the tank I plan on fitting this to be, barring any of the afore mentioned outside circumstances?”

“More mids, so shield?”

“Right in one.  Shield tank it is.  Given that it is Minmatar it has a nice speed but we will add to that in a bit to enhance the secondary speed tanking as well.  But what sort of shield tank?  Yeah, there are subsets.  You could go active or passive.”

“What is the difference?”  The young lady in the second row asked.

“Active uses more cap but allows for more choices.  I tend to see more of active tanking in hisec, PvE type runs.  Passive applies a buffer or resists to survive long enough for your friends to save you, PvP combat situations.  This is by NO means a hard and fgast rule but it is what I see.  The exception is the ASB, [Medium Ancillary Shield Booster, Cap Booster 50] which is active but I see them in capsuleer combat more often than the longer grind of a mission runner.”

He looked up at the image and sighed.  “The rules always shift on the situation, which is why teaching you these things I keep reiterating the point that how I do it may not match other sources.  In the end you fly how you want to or by the doctrine of whom you are flying with.  Your ship, your life, your call.”

He tapped a control.

“A fine Gallente Ship.  But then I am always willing to admit to a bit of Bias, in that regard.  Slots?”

“Highs, lows, mids, all 3’s”  Someone from the back called.

“Exactament.  Now how do you decide how to tank it if there is no clue in the slot layout?”

“Put both on?”  Someone asked, Mike made it a point not to look or single them out.

“Ah, I was waiting for that.  Dual tanking.  If one is good then both must be better, non?  No.  Unless your only task is to absorb damage you have other things to do and dual tanking usually means you will do a mediocre job of either one.  After the slots the other place to look for a clue is the built in bonuses for the hull.  Some ships actually do favour one thing over another and building against your own bonuses is seldom a good idea.”

He looked up, “Sadly, neither one has bonuses that send us one way or the other.  The Tristan is

Gallente Frigate bonuses (per skill level):
7.5% bonus to Small Hybrid Turret tracking speed
10% bonus to Drone hitpoints and tracking speed

and the Slasher

Minmatar Frigate skill bonus per level:
5% bonus to Small Projectile Turret damage
7.5% bonus to Small Projectile Turret tracking speed

So we will come back to this when we talk about the offensive but it tells us nothing right now.  So which do you think is best?”

The room was quiet for a moment then the Amarr miss in the front row asked.  “Doesn’t best depend upon what you are going to use it for?”

Mike grinned broadly.  “You just won one of each of the ships we are discussing.  Let me know the name after class and I will contract them to you.  THAT is always the thing.  Best in fitting does not exist without the circumstances of where, for what, for why and budget all coming into play.  Well done.  So what we will do is hold off on deciding tank until we look at some other parts of this one, eh?”



Fitting is fun and I actually enjoy the task of theorycrafting new player fits.  It is a different challenge when they DON’t have a full suite of skills.

But if you have stuck with reading my stuff this is probably old hat for a lot of you.  I just wanted to put this out for the new folks.  Feel free to comment and correct me.  I figure about 2 , maybe 3 more posts to finish this off.

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Fitting in (Part 1 Hull)

“I still don’t know why I let you talk me into these things.”  Mike grumbled looking out at the class.

“Because I know you work hard at making things easy.  It make a difference from the walls some of our experts put up.”  The Dean gave Mike a shove out onto the stage.  “And because I can.”  He said much softer.

Mike sighed and started. “So, y’all get a frigate and are told, ‘fit some stuff on it’ and let out into the wild.  If yer lucky you might know somebody but if you are unlucky they will only have a ‘T2′ fit to show to you.  Being young pilots you are kinda limited to T1 for now.”

One pilot in the front row asked.  “What is T1 T2 and are they the same as Meta?”

“Fine question and no, T stands for Tech, kind of the background materials and such that go into the design and making and specialization of the item.  Meta are subdivisions of it that have slight variances.  As a general rule Meta 4 is far superior to Meta 1 but not always the right tool for the job.”

“When would better NOT be the right choice?”

Mike grinned “When you was gonna lose it and the meta 4 cost more than the hull you put it into.  When the difference in the performance was not worth the hit to your pocketbook.  I am running under the assumption that most of you are on a budget right now, no?”

The class nodded glumly, almost in unison.

“Yeah, that should really be another chat, making isk.  I make a note.”  The Dean grinned ear to ear and spoke rapidly into his comm and Mike knew a ‘note’ had been made.  “But for now I am working on cheap and works, you can always move up to T2 or Meta 4 as your budget grows.  So the first thing is the hull.”  Mike ran his hand back through his hair and looked out at them.  “There is NO BEST.  Stop askin.  If you ask me what is the Best ship I will always answer with a question . . . or set of questions.  For what purpose, what race, what sec space, what budget, what skills.  All of those are factors of ‘best’.  Mining in a Tristan is not as good as mining in a Venture but a Tristan does have better tank.  Using a shuttle makes sense for running an errand but it don’t have the cargo capacity or a Wreathe.  Each ship should be right for something but no ship is right for everything.  So the first thing you do is look at the description of the ship to see what it is good at and the spread of the slots.”

“Slot spread?” An Amarran student asked primly.

“High, Mids and Lows.  Not to mention hardpoints and their preferences.  All this is found on the ships info panel.  Not all ships have a drone bay, not all can shoot missiles, Each has some predetermined capabilities that you need to know so you have a starting point to work from.  If you work to the ships strengths you are taking advantage of what you have but you are also being predictable which brings me to the last thing I want to mention before we take a break.  Every rule I mention can and should be broken.  The key is to get enough experience to know when and where the breaks can happen.  For todays project we are going to look at a couple of ships.  I think we will go with the Tristan and the Slasher.”  Mike popped the images of the ships up and gestured to them.  “Open your comms and look at the info, be ready to talk about them when I come back in ten.”



Yeah, rather than hit you with a wall of text I am going to break this up into bite sized pieces.  I will use a pair of ships to illustrate different points.  I hope

The T1 fitting is because these ships will be added to the Operation Magic School Bus stables.  I have not done them yet (not fully, though I worked on the Tristan today) so you will have a chance to play along at home.

I have absolutely no hesitation in taking good fits from wherever I can get them.  If you have a good one, let me know.

Am I the only one yelling ‘ship it’ in reference to ghost fitting tools?

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OOC: Art

Operation magic school Bus is going well.  I have fun chatting with new players in local and in the Rookie Help Channel.  To get it ‘known’ is the hard part.  (btw this is me asking for any blogger types who see this to mention it on your side, help get the word out)

But sometimes the help is . . . wow.  I mean THIS

He got the Bowhead and turned it into the magical mystery tour sub!  The artist is Saturm Sam and he is a newbie in the game but not a newbie to the arts.  If you see him in local send him compliments along with any designated fire/missiles/snowballs.  This is his second Eve related piece, the first being the artwork for the Neocom Podcast.

Damn, Sam

fly it like you won it because I know I just won, here.



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