Quick list

A lot of things buzzing through my head as we move into the holiday season and it has been a while since i posted. Let me just point form this puppy and see where I get

– Celebrating the 3 year anniversary of Operation Magic School Bus.
-It is time for me (and any others interested to get cards sent to ccp for the holidays. I mean real cards, dammit. Not emails/dms not snapbook or instachat or facetweet.
-Huge changes to alpha and omega and I am really liking some of the discussion of business models and eve futures in the brave new world. Other parts of the discussion scare the beejeebers out of me. I still do not know where I fall on the alpha mini injectors but my instincts tell me that I am probably against it.
-The election is coming as is the next summit and dammit I never finished my write up of the last one. (makes another note in the todo list)
-Holidays mean the Bus hands out extra stuff. I have been giving ships to the occasional regular helpers of Rookie help chat and a bit more generous in the stops at career systems Still debating if I WANT to start handing out the occasional BC and more common cruisers.
-Have the frigs changed? Do I have to rewrite fits (again) (I looked, no, for now)
-Are you lot interested in seeing how I do Bus fits, maybe class by class or race by race
-I do have to do some fiction soon.

This is the third year for this and I am pushing it again The concept is simple. I want you (yes, YOU) to send a Christmas card to CCP. Not a digital thing but an honest paper and stamp card. I push it early because we are talking international mail and its speeds.

Address of the main office in Iceland is

CCP hf.
Grandagarður 8
101 Reykjavik
Iceland

fly it like you won it

m

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Preppers

Mike was pouring through the minutes but nobody cared about that, anymore.  All the news was about the fall and flip that actually was supposed to have been engineered WHILE at the Summit.  He sighed.

“Did you hear the . . . ”

“If this is about CO2, Scotty, yeah I probably did hear at least three versions and I am unwilling to bet any of them are correct.  See, that is the key.  There is no truth, in something like this, for the main actors.  They justify or glorify or misremember how much they were involved and nobody likes to be spear carrier in the final act.  So each was a mastermind, each was a key element.  And, as a result.  There is no truth.  Not for them, anyways.”

Scotty squinted.  “Who does get the truth?”

“Line members.  They get the hard truth of what has happened to them.  They have to face what looks to be the dissolution of something they have fought for, built, laboured on for years.  They lost a lot of ‘sweat equity’ and I expect some will walk away at this point, hung up their pods and go home.  Others will try to find shelter under other flags but this truth is going to last a long time.  They probably don’t care about who or why or how, just what . . . what next.”  Mike voice was soft at the end.  “Well, at least those who weren’t preppers.”

“Preppers?”  Scotty looked curious, “This some ‘down-home’ word of yours?”

Mike nodded.  “Old one.  There are folks who are always sure the worst is about to happen so they prepare for it.  Most times they get laughed at for being so paranoid but then things do go down they are the only ones ready.  They have stashes and backups and are ready for almost anything.  As a result when something big DOES happen, they are the only ones ready or calm.”

“So what would a CO2 prepper do?”

“Well in the case of a null corp like CO2?  I would always have a failsafe stash somewhere in hisec.  Something you can carebear with, be it incursions, mining, missions, whatever.  A place you can still go an fly.  That way if someone gets control of the corp memvbership and boots you out?  You have a place to go.”

Scotty grinned.  “You have a cache or two yourself, don’t you?”

“Yeah, but with me it is more distribution of assets due to laziness, not preparedness. I just like having things handy so I buy and keep them spread about.  The second rule is don’t own too much, isk in your own wallet is safe, stuff in other peoples citadels is not.  But, that being said?  Isk in a wallet does nothing.  Just do NOT keep all your assets in the same unsafe place.  When flying in null you make sure you have some doctrine ships handy but not every damn ship you own, especially the blingy ones.  A real prepper could probably tell you the percentage of assets you can put at risk in dangerous territory, for me?  What you can lose and not cry about.  Which is how I used to treat any ship I had in null, anyways.  If you treat it as already lost then theft or flip of a station just settles the matter but is not a shock to your system.”

Mike paused.  ‘The last thing is the hardest, or always was, for me.  To live within your means and not pour all your hopes and dreams and assets into one thing, one endeavour.  If you do and lose it?  well you better to be ready to rebuild,  Kiplings If leaps to mind.  And when you are a nomadic organization?  Sinking roots is just plain silly, have the means to move if and when that becomes necessary.  Prepare, stay prepped and then you survive the storms.  Fail to do so?  Well then we are back it ‘If’.”

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Lessons

Yes I will finish the minutes but this was boiling through my head in the wake of Judgement Day (or whatever you want to call it)  If you do not know thew incident to which this refers?  Do some reading but remember what I said about truths.

I gave my daughter a summary of the events and she cried out, no, not the Goons, when I got to who benefited.  This from someone who never has played, just listened to her father.

Fly it like you won it

m

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But No Timelines Set

“Ey, you readin dat ting Mike be readin as well, mon?”  The fitting team looked up from the Loki that they were working on then went back to work.

Scotty grinned and looked down at his own comm.  “Yeah, figure if I read it then I won’t have him talking my ear off about it.”

“So wats it say, den?”

“I am up tot he bit about structures, you know . . . out with the old and in with the new.”

“So, when be dat comin about?”

“Don’t know.  They seem to have it planned but not timelined.  Speaking of time, though they did talk a lot about vulnerability timers.  From that they talked about taking down the old dead sticks.  Though one of them asked if it was really a problem.

Steve asked what it was that made the council believe there were lots of abandoned structures, to which various members of the CSM replied that it isn’t actually the case at the moment, but they can see it happening in the next six months based on their own plans if they were invaded to just drop citadels all across space.

 

They talked about something called an FC ship, but didn’t seem to go into details.”

“If it is shiny I expect we will see one, soon enough here in dock, eh?”  Ev laughed.

“Most likely.  Then they got onto a bit about upcoming events and circumstances.  There was a question about why things like the Blood Raiders are not being run as was expected.

CCP Larrikin asking the CSM on their thoughts on the Blood Raider Shipyards. Specifically, he asked why they were not being run. Aryth answered that they had been waiting for interest to die down so they could run them without drawing
attention.

Which sounds like a good plan, not everyone wants to know what you are up to.”

“Unless dat be your job, ta tell em, eh?”

“Which leads us to the next bit.  They are going to be breaking up the o7 show.  Rather than one bit episode they will go with smaller pieces.  Then they got on about that party Mike is getting ready for.  Vegas.  Room and capacities and such.  To me?  It sounds like Jita, with more lights.”

“A real den o’ iniquity, eh?  He will fit right in.”

“Aaand speaking of holes, they started in on wormhole space.  Seems some wormholers actually bait and kill drifters, using their citadels.”

“No, well aint dat just a cryin shame”  Ev made a mock sad face and then laughed.

Scotty smiled and nodded before adding.  Wormholes look like they are coming up on the horizon, not soon but just the same . . .

CCP Larrikin replied that there had previously been discussion on modules that only work in specific areas of space, so you could have new modules that only work in a certain wormhole with a particular effect. CCP Larrikin continued that wormholes are one of the areas of space that CCP are happy to add some
heavy complexity.  CCP Fozzie added that Tech 3 modules are inevitable at some point in the far future so they could work with this. Noobman described that refineries and the
moon mining mechanic would be a big boon to wormholes in that it would allow corporations in wormholes to then able to have corporation-level income activities.

They have come a long way from ‘nobody will ever live in there”

“Yeah, dem capsuleers always find a way ta beat the odds and make fools of anybody trying to predict what they will do next, eh?”

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Lessons

http://cdn1.eveonline.com/community/csm/Meetings/summit/CSM12-S1.pdf

This is a light cover from page 21-30 and was fund to read.  Understand, again, that I am just doing a light pass over it in these commentaries.  The details, if you want them may be found by reading the original document.

Between the lines is hard to read but fun when you try.  You won’t always be right but try, just the same.

fly it like you won it

m

 

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Big Jobs

He had five files open and was working on the main project when the comms gave a signature chime that meant the powers that be had released the Minutes.  Minimizing all the other files he settled back and read what the current CSM had been up to, making notes, just in case he wound up on a podcast again.

“Lessee,”  he murmured opening up the document and starting at the top, “Blah blah blah welcome to the meeting, what do you hope to get done even though we already set the agenda weeks ago?”

Yukiko explained that his focus was on opportunities •

Innominate is worried about the static nature of the map •

Aryth is concerned with making sure that moon mineral rebalance and drilling goes smoothly •

Judge is concerned with ship and module balance •

Steve was focused on finishing the structure replacement •

Suitonia is concerned with PVP across the game, especially with how people get into PVP •

Rhiload is concerned about PVP and structures •

Jin’taan is focused on improving the velocity of balancing •

Noobman is focused on structure and capital warfare

“I wonders iffen this is what they ran on, what the folks who think that they were being represented hoped they were electing.”  Mike thought of opening up old campaign promises to check but decided he had enough on his platter right now.  “Then they hit the Roadmap, yeah no surprise that one is blanked out.  One of my fav parts of the first day but ‘for yer eyes only’ type stuff.”  He poured himself a coffe and settled back down to read on.

“Production, choosing who does what, who works where, what projects are ‘on’ and which have to wait.  A lot of hard hard decisions come out of here.  Captains quarters closed down, for example.

CCP Vertex asked the CSM what they had heard and what sort of sentiment they saw with regards to the removal of Captain’s Quarters, to which they replied that they had not seen many people making many complaints

“Really?”  Mike chuckled, “Ah well, I guess we listen to different folks.”

TheJudge added that the biggest issue that people had was that the removal of Captain Quarters destroyed hope of further development of walking in stations.

“Hope is a hard thing to destroy and it dies messy.”  Mike sipped his coffee and moved on to the next, Genesis.  Resource Wars.

“Somethin new to fight about, eh?  Like we needs that . . . ”  He leaned back and spoke from memory

Thou, why, thou wilt quarrel with a man that hath a hair more or a hair less in his beard than thou hast. Thou wilt quarrel with a man for cracking nuts, having no other reason but because thou hast hazel eyes. What eye but such an eye would spy out such a quarrel? Thy head is as full of quarrels as an egg is full of meat, and yet thy head hath been beaten as addle as an egg for quarreling. Thou hast quarreled with a man for coughing in the street because he hath wakened thy dog that hath lain asleep in the sun. Didst thou not fall out with a tailor for wearing his new doublet before Easter? With another, for tying his new shoes with old ribbon? And yet thou wilt tutor me from quarreling!

“Yeah, we don’t needs the push but a new fight or contest basis is a nice change.”

Mike looked at the next section and grimaced.  “Oh, this one is always fun.”  he skimmed what had been said and nodded.  “Yeah usual thoughts and wrongness.  You’d think that we would learn, over the years.

CCP Guard then asked what the CSM sees as a perfect lowsec.

Aryth stated he sees it as a nullsec with training wheels, so without the need to build infrastructure and services. Yukiko added he sees it as a PVP area without the need for looking after stuff. Jin’taan reiterated that there are people who are worried that they will lose strategic content. The CSM also brought up that lowsec has some unique PVE, namely level 5s.

Mike snorted, “training wheels nullsec”  He sipped his coffee and went back over it.  “I guess when you only know nullsec you see all other parts of space as perversions of it.  I wonder if Hisec is just ‘rules heavy nullsec’.  Glad to see Steve and Rhiload bringing up some real concerns mind you.  Good job.”

“Huh. Nother closed session on clones and access.  I always did wonder when they chose the names alpha and omega if there realized there was an entire alphabet in between.  I suppose we will find out, one of these days.”

Mike grinned.  “Heh, Economics session.  I always love this one.  Yeah they talked about the price of Plex.  Oh ho, Aryth explained how the price is being manipulated by players, pushed up by players. And another acknowledgement by the powers that be that they can step in and have the tools and means to do so, IF they decide that it is necessary.  I do like the talk around escrow scams though.”

He tapped and scrolled and grinned.  “Ah, more things to do.  Still not sure about why, though.  But I do like ‘events’ and hope more start to paint a bigger picture.  Set pieces are all well and good but sometimes a bit of history moving and ‘I was there moments’ last a lot longer.

He read a bit more and leaned back.  “I don’t expect I will be doing a lot of moon mining but it is nice to see they got right into that topic and it widened as it should.  I like that Jib spoke up about timezone tanking.  Jackpot mining is nice but what the hell is an eldritch horror?  Might be interesting.  Key takeaway i have from the Moon session is that there WAS a lot of give and take when the chat went from possibles to upcoming.”

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Lessons

If you vote then you should watch to see that your vote was well represented.  This is where you look.  Now understand that if the person is not named that does not mean they did not speak up, just that they did not make the minutes.  Each of these sessions is a minimum of an hour long and a lot is said that doesn’t make it in.  By the end of it?  Everybody is worn down.

This covers my small side commentary of the first 20 pages of a 49 page document

But you should glance through it yourself, looking for the nuggets that directly impact your gameplay.  It may not be something that I noted or thought directly worth commenting on.

I will write the second half and some more stuff in the near future . . . oh, one other thing

Yeah, that happened.  Or, as ISD Arooga put it . . . man they must be unable to find any content.

fly it like you won it

m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Little Jobs

“See, the thing is,”  Mike continued.  “I am not sure who we are working for and why they are paying in such an odd way.  Boosters instead of cash?  It just feels sketchy.”

Scotty shrugged.  “Things have been tested 7 ways from Sunday.  They do what they say the will do and don’t seem to have any side-effects.”

“None chemical.”  Mike muttered,  “But they are getting capsuleers used to coming in and ‘doing things’ according to someone else’s agenda.  It just rubs me the wrong way.  Hell I seem to be making progress just because I poked my head into some sites as I often do and popped a few Sansha.  Suddenly, I have a booster to claim.  Feels almost Pavlovian and  . . . ”  Mike harrumphed and sipped his coffee.  “Learning to act on reflex and depend on muscle memory is all well and good until you slip and . . . oh leave the ring of battle in a blaze of glory.”

“That final was amazing.  No question about it.”  Scotty had a huge grin on his face and so did Mike.  “I figure you were going nuts with all the Drakes there, though why a good Gallente soul like yourself would care?”

“Because I spent years in that hull and it did me well day in and day out.  Because it has such a bad rap these days that people have made it into a joke and I love that brick.  It always (almost) got the job done for me.  And sometimes, at the end of the day, getting a job done and done well is what makes a win.”

“Well, they sure as hell won, today.  Wouldn’t mind getting one of those ships.”

“You and me both.  Way I see it . . . ”  Mike paused as his comm chimed oddly, he stared at it for a moment before opening the message.

“Problems?”  Scotty asked.

“No, just someone else askin me to do a little job for them.”

Scotty frowned.  He knew that specific message tone and it had not made that sound in a few years.  But why would they be calling him now?  He quietly watched Mikes face for a clue and saw a slow smile grow, the smile Mike usually got just before he went off to do something that might earn him another medal from Kry.  Mike paid the tab and headed out quickly making his excuses almost out of reflex.

Scotty waited till he was well clear before he started to laugh.  Asking Mike to do a small job was like thinking the lighting a fuse meant that there would be a small fire.  What he did not know was Mike was also laughing as he headed off to his office to start making notes and calls.  Laughing for the exact same reason.

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Lessons.

You running any of the Lucky Strikes?  I ran a few but almost as an afterthought.  I am still not sure what I think of dailies.

If you missed the finals of the Alliance tournament, go watch the last bout.  It was an awesome and brutal match swinging both ways so fast  . . . just holy crap.  I was on the edge of my seat.

If you are curious what medals Kry has given me?  Look me up while in game.

If you are curious about the last bit?  Good.  Hopefully something will come of that too.  But I do have a big grin on my face.

fly it like you won it.

m

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Casual

Mike docked and exited the ship, walking slowly up to the restaurant level and found a place that served decent sandwiches and coffee.  He looked out over the concourse and sighed.  It had been a quiet run through Caldari space, a few folks who knew him waving as he went by but no new pilots noticing his call or offer.

But there had been an offer made to him. Some group called The Agency had a series of ‘this and that’ tasks that he could easily do on the fly while making the rounds in the Bus.  The pay was not the best but a bit of pocket change would be welcome and it broke up the day to take a side field trip.

Which brought him to the latest lesson.  Finding the roads not taken.  Sometimes you wanted to be with a group and he wished like hell more rookies paid attention but when it came to exploration it was nice to have a system to yourself.  Even the rookies sometimes asked how to find unmined belts and he had made a lesson just for them of how to use Dotlan and specifically  how to find the lesser trafficked areas using stats like ship kills, npc kills and jumps.  How to look at a map and find the dead-ends where there was less through traffic and a better chance of finding things others had not come looking for.  Islands and the implications of them, both hi and low.

He sighed and stirred his coffee idly.  Casual,  that was what he was in spite of the time he put in.  There were no demands for how long or when he flew save those of his own whims.  No clock to punch or minimum isk to earn just drop into the ship and go.  He eyes the news and sat up, seeing the potential for the opposite type of lifestyle.

  1. A refinery that is deployed at the correct spot beside a moon can fit and online a special moon drilling service module. Only one structure can mine each moon at a time.

  2. The owners will then setup the fracking operation, with larger chunks taking longer time to be drilled from the moon.

  3. The moon drilling module begins blasting a chunk of the moon away from its surface and dragging it towards the structure. This process takes between one and several weeks depending on the choices made by the structure owner. Observers can watch the chunk move through space as a way of estimating when it will reach the Refinery.

  4. Once the chunk of moon rock has completed its journey into space, the Refinery can use its drill module to detonate the chunk into a minable asteroid field. The exact time of the detonation is controlled by the owners of the Refinery within limits. If the chunk is left unattended long enough it will disintegrate into the asteroid field on its own.

  5. The new asteroid field that appears with the explosion of the chunk will contain new types of valuable ores that will yield moon minerals when reprocessed. The composition of the field will depend on the composition of moon materials available in the moon. The field will generally remain far enough away from the Refinery structure that you won’t be able to effectively mine it from docking range but close enough for a pilot controlling the Refinery to be able to cover the friendly miners and/or attack uninvited guests.

  6. Once the chunk has exploded, the drilling module can begin fracturing a new part of the moon to start the process again.

Timing, order, sequences to be scheduled and followed.  Mike shuddered.  Not for him but he followed up on the conversations surrounding it, both support and outcries of anger.  (although he knew they could announce almost anything and get the same mix)  The usual suspects spoke on the matter and in the end?  Mike saw it is a good step forward.  More pilots would be needed, not just a single supervisor.  More opportunity to make a play for a steal or find a lot of juicy targets in a single spot.

<memo to self, Spectre fleet contacts need to be updated, might be some fun, ahead>

Mike chuckled at the note and finished his coffee.  Uitra and the second pass through Caldari space then on to Gallente and a stop at home.  He had a spring in his step thinking of seeing family and friends again.

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Lessons

cry all you want, the mining shift looks like a decent change.

The Agency event is meh, for now, but I have some ideas burbling in the back of my head about it.

fly it like you won it

m

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OOC Why followed by ‘did it work’

The Data:
Let’s set the stage for the decision by taking sample of 5 days in June. During that timeframe 10.6 Trillion ISK was rewarded in bounties. Of that:

  • 22.3% (2.3T) of the ISK was generated by 1.4% of characters earning bounties, using Supercarriers
  • 24.2% (2.6T) of the ISK was generated by 4.8% of characters earning bounties, using Carriers
  • 19.1% (2T) of the ISK was generated by 16.6% of characters earning bounties, using T1 Cruisers

Just under half (46.5%) of the bounties earned during the time period was generated by Supercarriers and Carriers, meaning a small percent of the population received a huge portion of the total bounties.

— CCP Larrikin

This came out yesterday and set off memories of protests in 2011 of the 99% vs the 1%.  It is amazing how well the issues line up.  Only thing is? the people nominally in charge of fixing it are not heavily in the pockets of one side or the other, they just want the economy to continue on.  (Oh but they DO try to get get their own pocket politicians, or so I am told)

From 2011

1% of the people take nearly a quarter of the nation’s income … In terms of wealth rather than income, the top 1% control 40% … [as a result] the top 1% have the best houses, the best educations, the best doctors, and the best lifestyles, but there is one thing that money doesn’t seem to have bought: an understanding that their fate is bound up with how the other 99% live. Throughout history, this is something that the top 1% eventually do learn. Too late.[10]

Read that then the first quote for the people in Supercarriers.  The numbers damn near match up, don’t they?  I will enjoy 1% people (or their spokesmen) explaining this in terms of trickle down economics when I always feel the only thing trickling down is then pissing on we poor folk and laughing the whole while.

But something was shown to be true.  CCP still listens to the players, still answers and still meets to discuss options when there is an issue that ignites the players.  Oh they do not give everyone everything they ask for (see sov) but a well reasoned argument, even buried in a threadnaught or as a threadnaught does sway the change the course of the great ship this game is.  I did not plow through this particular threadnaught as I do not own a super nor do I make beaucoup isk (dank, is the isk dank?) in null.  But I did read bits here and there and saw that, between the screaming monkeys, some decent questions and arguments.

For me, when faced with CCP changes to Eve, I always ask 2 questions.  What was the motivation/goal of this change and how will you measure its success.  If there are solid answers to those then I sit back and watch the change happen and see if it WAS successful.

Laugh, play the game, don’t be swayed by any wall of tears of rich people wishing to be richer.  Isk is not the endgame, it is a set of numbers that some assign a value to.  If they assign the wrong value it is called RMT and then it is the end game.  That is what I plan to do.

Oh and my personal opinion of the Super nerf?  Don’t have one so I don’t have one but I do agree that the 1% mentality of some players could easily be more toxic than any nerf. If CCP works really hard at keeping 1% of the players happy?  Well, you do the math on that one, won’t you?

Fly it like you won it

m

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Amarr

Mike was docked in the School In the Pasha system and trying to cut through a pastry that left a lot to be desired.  The run had been  . . . . quiet but gave him a lot to think about, just the same.  Since he had been asked to not advertise in certain protected spaces his response in the Career systems HAD diminished but he kept at it.

It was the conversations that he had engaged in that made his stop for a decent cup of coffee and a slice of cardboard masquerading as a strudel of some sort.  He pushed the pastry away and prayed it did not poison some poor fedo.  He returned to his message back to Tanta.

So, I am working my way through Amarr space and thinking that it be a lot more quiet of late, hereabouts.  I find the biggest crowds of starting pilots in the Gallente and Caldari systems.  I figure that folks go where they figure the living to be ‘easy’ not realizing that the path less taken may be easier to run along.  Lemming reflex, I call it.  Go thattaway because everyone else is.  Ah well.

One system had a lot of folks who didn’t seem to understand my comms but I still managed to hand off a ship or two and got a Спасибо in return.  They probably had no idea of what the hell was going on but a ship is a ship, eh?  Like I said, quiet run whgich gave me a biit of time to actually meet some folks and chat for a bit. 

For example I was doing a small resupply in Amarr proper.  Now I have spent the time modifying my comms to edit out spam and scam and a decent conversation with the local IS possible once you make those adjustment.  Met an artist called Tenla Amarr.

8amh8h0

Had a good eye for images and photography and I enjoyed a small gallery of her work.  Few others were  chatting along as well and it was like walking into a pub and making some new friends.  Oh I teased a few, here and there . . . especially the CODE supporters but it was all good natured and nobody seemed to get hot under the collar. 

Then, while making the run I got a indicator that there was a class happening and I decided to hotdrop to see what was being taught.  Eve Uni does announce classes and anybody can log in.  This one was being run by Seamus Donohue and was already in full swing by the time I arrived.  he was calm and patient and answered questions very thoroughly and let me toss my 2 cents in as well.  (which I did)  Only strike I could say against him was that he did not Know what the Bus was. (but he did let me explain)

Of all the trade hubs ya know?  I like Amarr the best. Good prices, friendly folks, nice scenery.  Oh not to slag Dodixie but it is not the capital Amarr is.  Don’t tell Free I said that, though.  I might not live through her displeasure.  Now if only I could find a place that could cook a decent pastry.

My love to all, see you next pass in Gallente space

m

He closed the comm and shoved the pastry even further awah, finished his coffee (called covfefe for some odd reason) and headed back for the hanger.  Time for the second Amarr lap and then on to Caldari space

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Lessons

Dammit folks, read local, speak in local, encourage others to at least keep an eye on it

when in Amarr the Bus hands out Amarr ships (duh)

My current favourites are

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and

2017.06.11.23.40.44.pngI still am not happy with a cruiser fit for alphas in the Amarr line, working on an arbi but may backtrack and try an Omen instead.

Opinions?

fly it like you won it

m

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Molok and Chemosh

“There be sometin speshul when da big stumble.  It be even mo’ fun iffen dey is tripped.  Ya know what I am sayin, mon?”  Ev was leaning back against a ship that had been mothballed and they all were laughing.  “Look at dees two glorious bastids. https://zkillboard.com/kill/62384639/ and https://zkillboard.com/kill/62384661/&#8221;

One of the hanger crew squinted at the kills.  “So?  A couple of Testes got kicked by Goons.  What else is new?”

Another crewman looked a little closer and asked “What the heck is a Molok and a Cremosh?”

“Chemosh ya ill iterate.  They be Blood raider capital ships and those are the plans for them.  The reason you haven’t seen them is this is the first time capsuleers have gotten their hands on even the prints.”

“And they both were lost?”  The first hanger crewman asked plaintively.

Ev roared with laughter.  “They were.  The Impies managed to figure out the hole in the defenses of the Blood Raiders Shipyard and they exploited that hole.  Who woulda thought dat a small ship could be such a big threat to a large structure?”

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Ev shrugged.  “Some people figure bigger is safe and smaller is weak.  Dey sometimes right, but not this time.  Impies, dey brought punishers so dey don’t has ta reload.  But hard to keep sometjin like this quiet and other folks showed up in other ships.”

“Like claws”  Someone added.

“Like claws.  Testes, dey waited and watched and swooped in as tings was blowin up and grabbed the goods.  Of course running into the centre of the target zone aint dat healthy.  First one made the grab and ran, blowed up and lost one blueprint.  His backup scooped the remaining and continued the run but he didn’t get much further.  But when he went?  so id the othe blueprint.  So we aint gonna see one o those ships for a while, yet.”

“So who won?”  A confused voice asked.

“Depends on who ya ask.  Testes managed a theft right under the noses of the Impies.”

“He means Goons.”  Someone stage whispered.

“But dey didn’t get away wit it and the Impiers did figure out the hole and exploit the hell out of it.  Personal like?  I think they all won.  Only real losers was the Blood Raiders and I wont even day my heart bleeds for dem because dey might like dat.”

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Lessons.

Yes, you can have more than one winner.

Yes I wish I had been there.

Yes it is a great story.

fly it like you won it

m

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Practice and Training

“Encore . . . point!  encore, encore, center yourself mes petits.  Always keep your centre.”  Tanta watched the students with a critical eye as they continued to do the same steps over and over and over.

The knife flew as the vegetables became even chunks and then were apportioned to individual plates, ready to be added.  Scotty watched Mike cook and asked.  “How do yo manage not to slice your fingers off?”

Mike smiled and said.  “I was trained before I practiced, it makes a difference.”

“Encore but slower. Each move is a critical part of the whole, each move.  You will do it all correctly be fore we put it together or there is no point, no point at all.”  She stamped her cane to the rhythm and they started again.

The knife flew and embedded deep into the target and then was shattered as the followup fire struck.  Free smiled at the resultant hole and reached for another knife and holstered the gun turning to face away from the target and pushed the button for the silhouette to start moving.  Hefting the knife in her palm she waited for the starting sound, that of a weapon sliding out of leather.

*sshhht*, spin, thud, bang and another target was destroyed.

Beyond the safety glass a the firing room tech talked to her personal one.  “She always train this hard?”

Corey winced.  “Don’t let her hear you say that.  She is very picky about the difference between training and practice.  Today is practice.”  He looked down to make sure the holorecording was still running.  “If she doesn’t like what she sees, later, then it will be back to training.”


 

Across the stars the two voices, Scotty and the firing room tech asked in unison.  “What’s the difference?”


The children sprawled on the floor, exhausted from doing the same moves over and over and over again, each time one of them had been corrected, perfected.  For the last half hour Madam had not corrected any of them . . . She now stood there letting them catch their breath and smiled.

“Now you all know the right way to do it.  Now you all WILL do it right or we will repeat this training.  Now you know what to practice, you know it well.  Training teaches you HOW and practice burns it deep.  If I lets you practice how to do someting wrong den DAT is gonna be burnt deep, too.  We done want that, we don’t.”  Her cane thumped for emphasis.

“Regardez.” The cane dropped to the side and Madam did a silent dance gliding across the floor as though gravity was no longer a concern of hers.  The children watches, muscles twitching as they wished to be up there, doing the same movement, the same ease of perfection.  “Training, then practice, then check the practice to make sure the training holds.  Dat is how we learn here, that is how, yes?”

The chorus of assent came from all the young students and the struggled to their feet to begin to practice what they had learned without being told to.  Tanta smiled.  That was the hidden lesson, the one never told, that learning only happened, training only worked, practice only perfected, if the the student wanted it so.

The knives were gone and she walked from the room taking the recording from Corey.  “Arrange for a flight to Gallente space, Dodixie.  We will find out own way from there.  I need to ask some training questions.”

Corey nodded and moved away.  He knew better than to ask where or why.

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“Mise en place,”  Mike said.  “You make everything right then you do it right.”  He started assembly of the various bowls into a concoction that simmered and each move looked effortless because the hard part had already been done.  That is how training and practice came together.  Do it right and it works, do it perfectly and sometimes it looks so easy that an outsider would think they could do the same without the practice and without the training to back it up.

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Lessons

You can take this a couple of different ways.  The tournament season will be cranking up and there are teams that DO practice and practice a lot.  They try to get it right and then burn that right down to the bone so in the heat of the moment, adrenaline running, they will still get it right out of pure reflex and muscle memory

Make a ship right, fit it right, and you will do better than with a whatever fits approach.  Mise en place.  Do the hard work ahead of time.  Good tournament teams do that, too.  Fleet compositions and alternatives, plan for banned ships.

I have gotten good at Rookie Help because I take corrections and try to incorporate them into being better, answering quicker and more precisely (but sometimes with more works because rookies do not understand our eve-jargon yet.  “What’s a rat?”  I have links in a dozen or more note pages ready for the common questions.  “Anyone have an overview?  How do I know which asteroids are where?  How do you fit a   . . ”  I try to be ready.  All the components cut, prepared, ready to link.

Even way back when I started I had a buddy try to lock and shoot me as I learned then practiced the mwd cloak trick until I was smooth enough to be hopeful for my survival.  But even before Eve I had this drummed into me by some of my hobbies.  One instructor told me I was ‘too fast’ in a sport that demanded speed (fencing).  He said I had bad habits and hid them with speed but in the end I would plateau too soon and be unable to get better because the practiced bad would be an anchor slowing me down.  We went back to basics and I had to learn it right, learn it slow THEN begin again to get faster.  Training then practice.

Do you, in Eve train?  Practice?

fly it like you won it

m

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