A Postcard from the Imperial Academy Hangar January 10, 2014Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, EVE Online.
Tags: Gevlon, Naglfar, Skill Points
I haven’t done much in New Eden recently. I have spent a lot of time in a high sec station that sells skills.
Some of it has been that I haven’t had the time to get in on fleet operations that have been going on in Curse since our redeployment back down there. But more of it has been around the fact that I have a long list of things I want to do in World of Warcraft and it is frankly easier to log in and get busy on that list than it is to hang around hoping a fleet op will come up. Accessibility wins for the moment I guess. Plus my corp leader, El Supremo, has been slacking even more than I have. I see him playing Farming Simulator 2013 on Steam some nights.
Still, things move along all the same, so I have a couple of items to bring up.
I am finally fully skilled up to fly the Naglfar in CFC capital fleets. Back when I started down that path, I put the timeline as ~20 days of training. Of course, I ran into a couple of additional skills I needed along the way, but it only added a couple more days.
Now I just have to purchase one. I have held off on that just in case there was another doctrine change and in hopes that Naglfar production will ramp up and there will be more choice at slightly lower prices.
Alts and Skill Points
Jester has been thinking on skill points and alts and the distribution of the skills we train and so on. Good stuff. Worth looking at just for the charts. There are two posts so far:
And there is a promise of more.
Anyway, it got me thinking of my own approach to alts in EVE Online. They always start out as an attempt to cover a segment of skills that my main does not have. But over time I seem to aim my alts back at my main in order to let them act as a backup pilot in the same roles my main fills. Meanwhile my main, now at 116 million skill points, tends to eventually pick up some portion of the role I was attempting to fill with the alt.
Right now I am only running a single alt, but his skill plan has been to try to catch up to all the subcap doctrine skills required for CFC fleet ops so I can be two places at once in space. I have cloned jumped with my main on a couple of occasions only to have a fleet called and 16 hours left on the clock until I can jump to the start point. So my alt is purely about operational flexibility at this point, allowing me to show up at one of our staging points able to fly.
The Greedy Goblin has found a new purpose in EVE Online. A purpose is an essential part of sticking with a sandbox-like game. This time Gevlon has decided to war on Goonswarm. He has a declared a forever war against Goonswarm in high sec. He also has a thread up about it in the official forums looking for allies.
Now the question is, how will this play out?
On the one hand, there is no shortage of hate for Goons. At no time since the Goons appeared in the game have they lacked for some alliance opposed to them. There is a whole EVE Online news site devoted to hating them. So a “shoot Goons” platform seems like one for which there might be a line trying to get in, especially since it will be in high sec.
On the other hand there is Gevlon. He is space famous. In fact, he is probably more famous in game than many alliance leaders or a couple of the members of the CSM.
And while Goons might be hated, Gevlon is not exactly the Dale Carnegie of New Eden. I admire his fortitude and his ability to set his own rules and proceed to win according to them. He clearly belongs in EVE Online and the game would be a poorer place without him. But if you haven’t been categorized as a moron or a slacker by his definition, you are a rare person indeed. So I am going to guess that there is a not insubstantial Goon-hating demographic that wouldn’t mind watching Gevlon attack as much for a chance to see him get stomped on as to see him pester the Goons.
We’ll see how this one plays out and whether Gevlon has a new purpose in a month or two.