Was traveling last week again and hence EVE time was much curtailed. Managed to sneak in a little PvP – in low sec this time. Note to self, engaging a T3 destroyer with an interceptor is generally not a good idea. However that guy had annoyed the FC and I was ordered to tackle / hold and serve as warp-in for the fleet. It worked. There are kill and loss of the week – nothing to be proud of but hey, 2 ships added to the economy.
In off hours, I have been running a few L4 missions with my alt – yes, I ground some standings – not so hard after all. He doesn’t fly a battleship and I decided to break out the Tengu, gankers be damned – its a cheap one. But it turns out that I am nearly as fast in most missions by using my Jackdaw – even for LvL 4 missions, the thing is the beast. The webbing and scramming frigates pop much faster than if I was slugging it out with my Tengu and anything cruiser-size I can speed tank. Battleships take a long time to kill, especially since this character can’t fit T2 Light Missile Launchers yet, so its T1 all the way.
To be honest it feels terribly imbalanced – where others use 250mil + battleships, I use a ISK 50 mil (ish) destroyer with very similar effect. Something has to give in the long run, either the Jackdaw needs to be nerfed or the missions beefed up. But for now, I am having fun – this method actually involves quite a bit of manual piloting. I am wondering if the Jackdaw would be good for C1 WH farming – it has a probe launcher in case my scout gets locked out (important) but of course no cloak like my Stratios. Hm.
As dumb luck would have it, RL prevented me from “working from home” last week which in turn meant that I could only catch fanfest in short bursts when:
- On the john. “Yes. I have digestive issues, thats why it takes me 30 min to take a dump. Got a problem with that, want to discriminate? I’ll call HR”
- Driving. This is actually pretty good, the video portion is overrated of the stream. Why would I stare at pale and sickly looking male neckbeards standing on a stage for hours. Most of the information is voice.
- At work on cell phone (work blocks all game-related websites). We have a lot of conference calls at work and nobody bats an eye when I am on yet another one. That doesn’t work all the time. I have colleagues who can see my calendar. I have not invented meetings yet to cover up – my plan for next year.
So, with this disjointed viewing, I don’t get much detail but I do get a decent cross section of the program. I get Fozzy talking about Sov, I get someone talking about new structures and I get the art panel talking about, well, Art. I missed the keynote and the trailer (both, Valkyrie and the other one) but neither was rated really highly anyway. So, those clips and the sporadic tweets gave me a pretty good picture what was going on in Iceland.
Its Sunday morning in the US and I get only trickles of news now from my friends who were able to fly to Iceland for the Fanfest. Mostly these newsflashes start with “owww, my head” indicating that party was a good one and that people have tried to lose enough braincells to be recruited as a valuable nullsec player. (just kidding of course).
Since I can’t be in Iceland for Fanfest this year, I bought the stream and try to sneak in some viewing time at work – not so easy. I don’t have real desk job and am constantly moving around talking to people. But I really wanted to see the “EVE Symphony” – I love classical music and a fully orchestra can make game and film music incredibly epic.