August 18, 2009

EVE: Getting into Wormholing?

So a mail came through on the corporation mailing list this morning. It read, in part, The idea is to go wormhole spelunking with a capital ship (carriers, more often that not), and whatever else others have in place or...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 3:06 PM | Comments (0)

January 23, 2009

EVE: PvP Alt

Late last year, I got myself a second EVE account, in order to have a second character who could train at the same time as my main. I also wanted to be able to do some PvP without making my...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 8:58 AM | Comments (0)

December 15, 2008

EVE: Supply Lines & Front Lines

Manufacturing in EVE is endlessly fascinating, not least because there's constant consumption of goods. Everything from the tiniest frigates to the greatest titans gets blown up in the territorial wars between alliances, or in plain old rat hunting. So part...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 2:11 PM | Comments (0)

December 12, 2008

EVE: Merchantry & Manufacturing

So I've been getting back to manufacturing in EVE. I've learned a few things....
Posted by Drew Shiel at 1:05 PM | Comments (0)

November 13, 2008

EVE Online: Back to Trading & Manufacturing

Now that I have a machine that can, once more, run EVE in parallel with other programs, I can play the game again. EVE's peculiar style of waiting for things to happen means that it's much more suited to flicking...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 1:01 PM | Comments (0)

June 19, 2008

Missions in EVE Online

Much as I love EVE Online - now that Empyrean Age has killed off the weird stargates issue that was rendering it impossible for me to play - there is one aspect of it that really bugs me: time limits...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 12:38 PM | Comments (0)

January 7, 2008

EVE: Armor Tanking Dominix

So I got the Dominix built, and was slowly working up to large guns - or rather, working up to Gunnery V, which is a pre-requisite, when my Myrmidon got blown out from under me again. This time, it wasn't...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 5:47 PM | Comments (2)

December 10, 2007

EVE: Punching Thieves

So I was poking around a few belts in a 0.5 sec system in EVE last night, killing off NPC pirates (rats), and salvaging and looting as I went. And this guy showed up, fairly legitimately salvaging wrecks that other...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 12:22 PM | Comments (6)

December 3, 2007

EVE: Rags to Riches, Videoblogging

Wiseones is off to a running start in the Rags to Riches competition, with a videoblog of the first day. For those of you asking about the wallet format, go to the EVE Online site, and choose the "My Character"...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 12:51 PM | Comments (1)

December 1, 2007

EVE Online: Rags to Riches Competitors

The competitors for the EVE Online: Rags to Riches competition are: Crazykinux, Bellacrow and Wiseones. You may open your trial accounts tomorrow, December 2nd, and I'll expect to see wallet transactions in my email ( each day for fourteen days....
Posted by Drew Shiel at 11:34 PM | Comments (5)

November 29, 2007

Rags to Riches Reminder

This is to remind you that the EVE Rags to Riches Competition closes for entry tomorrow. Get your entry in! And if you're not entering, but know someone who might like to, be sure to point them at it....
Posted by Drew Shiel at 11:53 AM | Comments (0)

November 21, 2007

EVE Online Competition: Rags to Riches

Win A 30-day Game Time Code for EVE Online! Welcome to the first EVE Online Rags-to-Riches Competition. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to take a 14-day trial account from the starting conditions to as much...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 6:01 PM | Comments (11)

November 18, 2007


Dear Diary: Today I got podkilled for the first time ever. I am not precisely filled with joy, but I'll live. Again. In EVE, getting pod-killed is the "worst death" - getting your ship destroyed is one thing, getting your...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 7:18 PM | Comments (0)

November 14, 2007

EVE: Myrmidon II, Star Pike

The STCS Star Pike, replacing the STCS Star Sword, has now survived two Blockade missions - the Level II mission that destroyed her predecessor. I, however, have not learned to recognise the name of the mission and connect it to...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 6:20 PM | Comments (2)

October 23, 2007

EVE: War Analysis

The normally spam- and posturing-filled Corporation, Alliance and Organization Discussion boards on EVE have recently been shocked by the posting of several excellent analytical articles by a poster who is very nearly anonymous. War Analysis Part 1: The Death of...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 1:00 PM | Comments (0)

October 3, 2007

EVE: Myrmidon Go Boom

I finally lost a ship in EVE - the first since I re-upped two months ago - and it had to be the Myrmidon, the pride of my fleet....
Posted by Drew Shiel at 10:55 AM | Comments (2)

September 26, 2007

EVE Blogs & Sites

For some reason, there's been a wave of new EVE blogs and sites lately. This is a listing of blogs and sites I read regularly that deal, partly or exclusively, with EVE Online. Chimps in Space Crazy Kinux Deranged Carebear...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 12:18 PM | Comments (0)

September 13, 2007

EVE: Walking in Stations

There's a video on youtube of samples of the upcoming ambulation material in EVE. It looks considerably better than most existing MMOs, and it's perfectly in tune with the gritty feel of EVE. And many of you will be pleased...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 12:57 PM | Comments (0)

September 10, 2007

EVE: Shuttles for Tritanium

Something in EVE that I've only recently come across is a bizarre economic quirk. Most of the EVE economy is based around mining; getting minerals from asteroid belts, which are then refined and built into just about everything else that's...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 12:11 PM | Comments (2)

September 4, 2007

EVE: Ambulation and Economics

I've just found two new items concerning EVE Online. The first is a dev blog by CCP's very own economist on the minerals market in EVE. It makes utterly fascinating reading, if you're interested in fictional economies. Second, there's an...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 7:36 AM | Comments (1)

September 2, 2007

EVE: Building The Myrmidon

I've been assembling the goods for some days now to build my Myrmidon - a Gallente Battlecruiser that I consider to be pretty much the best-looking ship in the game. The BPC - Blueprint Copy - for it cost me...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 12:47 PM | Comments (0)

August 24, 2007

EVE: The Need For Focus

I'm going to have to settle down and focus on something in EVE, soon. At the moment, I'm trying to build up industry skills, build up my drone skills and buy new ones, build up ship skills and buy new...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 12:52 PM | Comments (0)

August 22, 2007

EVE Research Alt

Research in EVE Online is a slow, awkward process. It's mainly slow because the research slots in NPC stations have projects queued for days, possibly months in advance. It's possible to get around this by renting research slots in player-owned...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 9:31 AM | Comments (0)

August 21, 2007

EVE Corporation Direction

So there's a meeting of the Board of Directors of SierraTangoCorp [SITAC] this coming Saturday, and unusually for an EVE-Online corporation, we're meeting over burritos and beer in Ranelagh. At the moment, SITAC is composed entirely of people who have...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 8:41 AM | Comments (0)

August 13, 2007

EVE: ORE Capital Ship

There's a CCP developer blog up on the topic of the forthcoming ORE Capital Ship. Now, realistically, I haven't a chance of running one of those anytime soon. I suspect that from my current skill set to the skills necessary...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 1:44 PM | Comments (1)

November 28, 2006

EVE: Low-security Hauling

So I had my fancy new Iteron, and I was setting up to do some heavy duty hauling. My market research was showing, basically, that I needed to have initial investment cash before actual trading could be significantly profitable. You...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 1:02 PM | Comments (0)

November 23, 2006

Fitting Haulers for EVE Online

The Iteron (Bright Harvest) is up and running, and the amount of space in the cargo hold of a hauler is absolutely stunning. I've a picture of it here, for those curious about the look of the game....
Posted by Drew Shiel at 11:30 PM | Comments (1)

November 20, 2006

EVE Progress

EVE is going very well for me at the moment. My corp runs an invoice-and-repay system for ships and skills, so all I need to pay for myself are fittings and ammunition - and repairs. The threshold between the beginning...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 8:36 AM | Comments (0)

November 10, 2006

EVE vs WoW: A Comparison

EVE Online and World of Warcraft, even though they're both MMOs, are about as different as you can get. You start with the actual mechanics of characters - skill-based versus level-based, and go from there....
Posted by Drew Shiel at 4:23 PM | Comments (32)

November 8, 2006

Return to EVE Online

Having tried EVE Online earlier in the year, I was provoked by the card game to go back and take another look. This time, though, I actively hunted for a corporation - the EVE equivalent of a guild....
Posted by Drew Shiel at 7:21 PM | Comments (0)

February 6, 2006

EVE Online

As part of my preparation work for the Starbound setting, I'm reading a lot of science-fiction, and I've downloaded the 14-day trial of EVE Online as well. It's a fascinating game, but I'm almost tempted to cast it as a different kind of game to other MMORPGs - an MMORTS instead.
Posted by Drew Shiel at 1:18 PM