I still have not decided if I should acknowledge the obvious backronym of Super Kerr-Induced Nanocoatings and write “SKINs” in all caps like an acronym or just go with my gut and call them what they are, “skins” we can apply to our ships. Things that keep me up at night.
That bit of trivia aside though, I am a fan of the whole ship SKIN/skin thing in EVE Online.
Granted, I am something of an odd duck in New Eden in that I am often more enchanted by how the game looks than how it plays. I try to keep my screen as clear of view-obscuring windows as possible and often have the UI turned off at the worst possible times. But hey, screen shots.
I am also the person most likely to grab a skin for a ship I fly regularly. I am the guy in fleet the red Basilisk or the Raata Sunset Guardian. So the current Purity of the Throne event had my interest piqued due to the fact that it rewarded skins… lots of skins… skins for every Amarr ship. I have to admit that I let the lore reasons for the event slip by… I am not so concerned about why these skins are out and about as opposed to the fact that they give me the option to paint my ship a different color.
You get a random skin from killing the final spawn in the Purity of the Throne sites that have been spawning all over New Eden, and people have been farming them like crazy, so I figured I would just pick some up in Jita when the market dipped low enough as supply outran demand. I wasn’t planning on actually running any sites unless I happened upon them by chance, as with the Operation Frostline sites.
And then I ran into what appeared to be the headquarters of the Purity of the Throne movement.
Reavers were doing a move op back to Delve from Querious and I was shuffling ships about when I noticed a few of the sites in the YB7B-8 constellation as I was passing through in my Raven (with the Wiyrkomi skin naturally), a ship left over from a past deployment.
I stopped to run a site. The Raven wasn’t the optimal choice for such a thing, the NPCs being largely frigates while the battleship was armed with cruise missiles, which are only suitable for much larger targets. But with those and the drones in my bay, I was able to kill off the purists easily enough, looting a skin from the final spawn as a reward.
Then I ran another site and got another skin. And then I ran another. And then I realized that I was going to be late for the fleet and I parked the Raven in the station at 60M-TG, installed a jump clone, and raced back in my pod to catch the fleet home.
Once I had my doctrine ship back in Delve, I jump cloned back to 60M-TG and carried on running sites in that constellation. They were thick in space and there was almost nobody in the area. Querious was almost eerily quiet and I was left to pick off sites and collect skins in peace.
Naturally, running what is essentially the same battle over and over again led to some attempts to optimize my attacks and make a game out of efficiency. The efficiency aspect largely concerned smart bombs. The old Reaver Raven doctrine included a smart bomb fit to the ship and once I noticed it, I decided that this would be a better way to kill the frigates that spawned than trying to swat them with inefficiently over-sized missiles. So I started sending my drones after the cruiser sized ships, which were further off, letting the frigates some in close.
And then I would light off the smart bomb and let it cycle until the frigates popped, which usually took about three cycles.
Of course, then the real goal became to get every frigate in a wave to pop on the same smart bomb cycle. The main wave has five, so I had to take care, let them all get within 5km radius of the smart bomb, and then start up it up to kill them. It took a couple tries, but eventually I started popping them all on the same pass.
And so I started collecting skins, taking down sites as I cruised around the constellation otherwise unmolested. After two evenings or running them, hitting almost 40 sites on my own, they suddenly stopped spawning in the area. My hunting… and the random number generator… sent them elsewhere, and I was left alone to sort through my loot.
I did get a couple of skins that I wanted. The Archon skin was probably my best drop. But I mostly got skins for ships I don’t fly regularly, often the Navy Issue version of a ship I wanted. (Crucifier? A doctrine ship! Crucifier Navy Issue? Never even seen one.) And, of course, I managed to get nearly a dozen dupes, because the loot fairy in New Eden is a cast iron bitch.
Mostly I wanted a skin for the Guardian, the Amarr tech II logi cruiser, as I thought a space priest in medical white would be appropriate. For that though I had to hit Jita where I filled in the glaring gaps in my list.
Prices had fallen drastically since I checked at the start of the event, so I picked up missing skins for ships I know I would fly… Crucifier, Confessor, and the Guardian… along with a few for ships I might fly some day. If I train into the Apostle, I will have a nice medical white skin for it.
Of course, once you have a white surface, it starts to look like a canvas if you stare at it too long and you start to want to draw on it.
Anyway, the event nearly doubled my skin count. They aren’t the best skins in the bunch, but I like to have the option available to me.
And now a gallery of me popping frigates with smart bombs… because, explosions!