Daily Archives: April 8, 2008

CGW/GFW Magazine: 1981-2008

I saw it over on Ars Technica first. The April/May issue of Games for Windows: The Official Magazine, formerly Computer Gaming World, will be the last issue availble, ending a 27 year publication run.

Jeff Green covers the closure on his 1Up blog page.

Though the magazine will cease to exist, the editorial staff will transition to online coverage as part of the 1Up team.

While that is good news, I will miss having an old fashioned, real, print magazine in my hands every month. But I am old fashion that way.

[Make sure you catch the memorial podcast from the GFW editorial team.]

[And the official Games For Windows Magazine Moves Online announcement.]

The Profusion of Interdiction

There I was, warping away from another camped gate, breathing a sign of relief that the blinking red pirates were busy with somebody else this time, and wondering about the fact that the camping party included yet another heavy interdictor.

I have noticed a lot of heavy interdictors flying around in EVE online.

Yes, they have been available for a while (though not long enough for them to actually appear in the EVE Item Database), but I was under the obviously mistaken impression that they were going to be somewhat rare… somewhat special.

Instead, they seem to be everywhere.

I know three people in EVE online who have them or are training to fly them… and let’s face it, the number of people I regularly talk to in EVE online (or regularly distract with silly questions, leading to their untimely death), is a number less than I have fingers and toes… and would remain so even if I lots a foot.

My last explosive encounter was with 2 heavy interdictors, a broadsword and an onyx, and when I lost my Drake, the five ship pirate fleet also included a heavy interdictor.

I checked with the updated version of EVE Mon and discovered that, despite not having done any up front work towards one, I am a mere 30 days of training from being able to fly the Caldari version, the Onyx, and use the warp disruption field generator, the fitting that makes the heavy interdictor so useful to gate campers everywhere.

Not that I want to fly one. They are a bit pricey, they have no value versus NPCs, and I would only end up losing it in taking it out to PvP.

But as somebody whose trading activities brings him into low security systems, this abundance of warp halting ships can give one pause.

My ongoing tactic of flying the cheapest hauler around, the lowly badger, and hoping I look too cheap to bother with is likely to end badly, I know. Two alternatives were suggested.

First, fly an interceptor and let speed protect, but lose most of my hauling capacity.

Second was go with a blockade runner, a transport ship sub-type, that has some inherent protection against warp scrambling, but which is expensive and offers no protection

I realize the importance of making sure that offense can overtake any defenses available, but the easy availability of heavy interdictors might be taking that a bit too far.