EVE Online – The Odyssey Begins

CCP reports that the Odyssey expansion has been successfully deployed.

I suppose one of the joys of EVE for people whole live on the West coast of the United States is that all this downtime generally happens while we are asleep.

Odyssey - Coming June 2013

Odyssey – June 4, 2013

And as much as I would love to see even more Red Wedding metaphors (if you have to ask, it is a spoiler… but have you seen this Twitter feed of Red Wedding tears?), I hope we are all good to go today,  and doubly so after the Sunday shut down, the recent issues with the new launcher, and the prospect of Joffrey’s wedding next week.

And what to say about Odyssey?  I hardly know where to begin.  The patch notes alone are epic in length, coming out nearly as long as some CSM7 minutes, providing you exclude the parts they spend just talking about themselves.

The Odyssey feature page lists these items:

  • Scanning and Probing changes
  • Exploration site changes
  • Exploration career missions
  • Radial navigation tool
  • Navy issue battlecruisers
  • Null sec outpost services
  • Tags for security status
  • Starbase updates
  • Storyline progression
  • Dual character training
  • Updates to visuals and sounds

At this point I am not sure how much of that list will impact me or change how I play the game.

And then there is the ship tiers and roles revamp, which isn’t on that list, but which is covered heavily in the patch notes and associated dev blogs, and which touches in some way nearly every ship I fly regularly.

CCP's chart, no is jpeg format

CCP’s chart, now in JPEG format

More things to ponder there, though I know of one immediate impact.  I went to bed last night with just about 99 million skill points.  When I woke up this morning, I should have had a little over 105 million skill points to cover the skill changes (destroyer and battlecruiser skills were broken out into their own racial versions) to ensure that I could still fly the same ships today that I could yesterday.  Maybe.

(Plus another 50K skillpoints for the downtime.)

All of which sounds neat… more is better, right… but which really just pushes me that much closer to a more expensive clone at this point.  Though the patch notes have a little relief for me on that regard:

All clone costs have been decreased by 30%.

That at least drops my current clone replacement price with each death from 30 million to 21 million ISK.

So that is where EVE Online (or should it, to steal somebody’s joke, be ADAM Online?) stands today, with the 19th expansion out the door.

Is there anything on the list for you?

And can somebody tell me what this portends?

More cats in EVE videos?  Will the next trailer be done from her bedroom? (That seemed to be her usual set back when she was doing EVE videos.)

How would that have changed the Odyssey trailer?

9 thoughts on “EVE Online – The Odyssey Begins

  1. HarbingerZero

    I don’t watch the GoT TV show…but I can only assume the writers of the TV version have done a better job at not telegraphing plot line moves half a book in advance. :-p He’s a great writer, but man, you can see all that stuff coming from a mile away in the books.


  2. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    I finally bothered to check the Necom iOS app and it shows be about half a million skill points shy of where I expected to land (so that Caldari DD/BC issue I linked) and it puts my current skill queue back two days from where it was last night.

    Now the app could be wrong… it will need an update to show all the new skills anyway… and there is a known problem in the new skills area, but my queue? CCP what is up? I put a long skill in there to go forwards, not backwards.


  3. Mekhios

    Wilhelm not sure if this is related to your problem but I had to pause and restart my skill queue for the API to correctly see how many SP I have.

    RE: Odyssey. I played a bit last night before bed. I am a big fan of wormhole and site exploration so the scanning changes are awesome. Downside for me is that I will now have more competition for sites as people who previously were too lazy to scan will now find it easy and compete.


  4. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Mekhios – That might have been it. Once I got patched (new launcher doesn’t seem to handle multiple patches well, had to close it and launch it again) and got into the game, the times and total skill points looked right. And then I went back and looked at Neocom and I was short 14 million skill points. Clearly it needs an update.


  5. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Carolus – Indeed, how dare she just go out and publish things on the internet like she knows something!

    Oh, wait, I do that too. Anybody who posts words or videos or whatever on the internet has some sort of narcissistic streak in them.

    There seems to be a lot of hate around Mintchip for no real good reason as far as I can tell. People seem to resent her getting such a following while not being that well versed in EVE.

    The claim is often that she is popular because she is a “girl” or because she is linked to PL rather than because she is good at EVE. A segment of EVE players do like to savagely enforce the meritocracy. When somebody like Jester says something factually wrong, there is practically a line to go jump on him.

    As for why she got hired, I can only ask why not? I don’t know enough about her education or abilities to say either way.

    She does a lot of work on her videos. She knows something about the game and the personalities involved. She brings a female persona to the many faces of EVE, which is overwhelmingly male. And, they put her on DUST and let her keep her Mintchip persona, which seems to me to be a move to increase the people following DUST. And, she clearly likes to have an audience, so the very thing you accuse her of being is probably a big plus for a community manager.


  6. Mekhios

    And if this was a guy I guess you would be ok with that?

    You’re a dick – pure and simple. You’re also an example why there is a massive imbalance between male and female gamers in EVE.

    If I had a dollar for every self-entitled opinionated dickhead that exists in EVE I would be very rich.


  7. Carolus

    I’m glad you know so much about me, good Sir. Now move along and insult someone who cares for it.


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