Monday, March 14, 2011

One day left in the Cheapfleet challenge.

This is the last day for my cheapfleet challenge. If you want to qualify for prizes please post today. Comments on posted fits also welcome.

Good Luck to all who enter :)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Concerning the CSM Election

With the CSM election well underway it has now come time for me to select my two votes. Going into the election the following candidates showed the most promise IMHO.

Seleen  : Past and present CEO of the MC and former game designer for CCP
Roc Weiler : Long time blogger and developer of Capsuleer.
Trebor Daehdoow : Long time CSM member, Developer of video games in the 80s, Developer of the Prioritized Crowdsourcing system.
The Mitanni  : Spymaster, CEO of the Goons, Ten-Ton-Hammer blogger, part-time CCP spokesperson.

All four of these candidates I believe would make excellent CSM representatives, but who to vote for.

Considering Seleen, as a past developer for CCP he has already had a real chance to make changes to the game. I know that he is frustrated that CCP in the end implemented 25% of his vision, and I share many of his criticims of the current system. I feel that when it comes to improvements to the EVE Sov system, there is no better cadidate. The thing is I don't really care about Sov. As a result I feel that my vote should go elsewhere.

The Mitanni is another very active member in the EVE community. He has made many contributions to the game and certainly has played a major part in it's history. Having said that I feel that he seems to suffer from two distinct personalities. One one hand he gives presentation for CCP at conferences, works with the current CSM, presents to EVE Uni, and other constructive activities. On the other hand he sometimes embodies the worst aspects of the Goons. His mudslinging this election is just one example of that. I feel having him on the CSM will cause much more drama than the value of any contributions he would make. This is unfortunate.

As a result for this election I am endorsing Roc Weiler and Trebor Daehdow.

Roc's postings on his blog on the various planks of his platform are well thought out. Just the sort of thinking that is needed for a CSM candidate. I don't always agree with his stance, but I feel that he will work with the other CSM candidates to develop the issues.

Trebor also has a great reputation as a hardworking member of the CSM. Considering the hundreds of hours that he, and many of the other current members, have put into making CSM 5 such a success, I feel that his absence would hurt the council. I also loved Wizardry many years ago.

But most important of all, I encourage everyone to vote. Casting no vote is a vote against the entire CSM which I feel is a shame.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

PL and TEST Working Together (not really) Providing Lots of Fitting Advice

Recently Test Alliance Please Ignore managed to snag the forums from Pandemic Legion and have made them available. Most of it is major drama crap, but there are some really useful nuggets. PL is known for some innovative fittings (how many alliance tournament wins?) so the forums dealing with fittings were particularly interesting. Here are some of my favourite posts after spending a few minutes browsing:

Smallish Gangs:


Drake Gang Guide (not the traditional one, but works with smaller fleets)

Small AB HAC Gang

For larger fleets there are lots of posts (this is PL after all), but these got my eye.


Artillery Counter to the Drake Blob

P.S. Only a couple of more days on the cheapfleet challenge to go!! lots of great entries... but we still need more. See here for details.