Yes, I’m still playing EVE. Yesterday I joined my first non-NPC corporation, Phoenix Industries, and they seem like a fine bunch of people. I moved all my stuff to one of their offices in .5, and all in all it was a good 100 manual jumps before I had moved everything to the Ebo system.

To be hones, I’m not sure how clever it was to leave .6 and fly to .5 because I can’t mine solo there with my current equipment and skills. Even though joining a corp means more team play, I enjoy the solitude of solo mining. Just not when I run the risk of being blown to piece by Blood Riders.

If you, like me, enjoy EVE, you probably also want to keep track of what skill book you’re currently reading to avoid wasting precious training time. There are tools for available for all platforms that help you with this, but they all have to be installed and that’s not always something you can do. Take the iPhone, for instance. Therefore, I took advantage of the EVE Online API and created the EVE Online (Basic) Character Sheet. Simply enter your User ID and API Key and you’re good to go. Use to bookmark the page when you’ve entered all your info and you should be able to check your training status whenever you have web access.

All Your Ore Are Belongs To Us!

EVE Online Retriever

I finally got my hands on a Retriever. In the foreground; a giant secure container, a necessary tool for efficient solo mining in .7 and below. In the background; a Hulk, the überminer.

Gine is at work and I’m playing. Too bad I have support and a very bad gut feeling I have to head for the data center tonight. I have no idea why.

Warp Speed

It’s been a slow weekend. Gine worked Saturday and most of my time was devoted to, surprise, surprise, EVE Online. I’m still bouncing around solo in high security space, but have moved down to .7 where I have to deal with the odd rat. Right now I have two Hammerhead drones doing the dirty work for me and I’m considering moving to .6 space because surviving in .7 isn’t much of a challenge. It is of course possible that .6 is too dangerous for a scared care bear like myself.

I also went out and bought a Retriever. There will be another few days before I can actually fly it, but I found one at a reasonable price only a few jumps away, so I decided to buckle up in the Badger Mark II and fly over to transport it back home.

Yes, all that was just gibberish to all of you except one of my regular readers (yes, I take the liberty to actually think I do have regular readers), so let’s talk about the complete opposite of sitting in front of a computer playing a game.


I’ve been playing around with EVE Online for a while now and I have to admit I’m still enjoying it. That’s good since I’ve already paid for a month of gameplay. The OS X client had some serious stability issues when I started playing, but it was patched before Christmas and it’s working much better now. There’s still the odd crash, but getting back online only takes minute and I’ve still not experience any loss of ISK (the in-game currency), disappearing ore or any other annoyances caused by the client crashing.

What do annoy me, however, are pirates. Pirates are players who move into high security systems with well-armed ships and steal other player’s cans while they are jetcan mining. If someone steals, or “flips” your can, you’re allowed to attack the pirate for 15 minutes without the police force, CONCORD, in the system interfering. Neither will it affect your security status, which is important to keep on the positive side to be get access to high security systems later.

What the pirate really wants is not the ore in your jetcan, what he wants is that you either try to steal back the content of your can or that you open fire on him. If you do either, he is allowed to blow you to pieces without CONCORD caring about and he will get a kill. This usually only works on new players who do not know the rules of the game. I walked into that trap once, but never again.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

If you’re playing EVE Online yourself, log in and have a look for Jacob Goods. MacWorld has an article about EVE you might find interesting.

Jingle Bells

Yes, it’s Christmas Eve, people. If you haven’t bought your Christmas gifts yet, you’re seriously running out of time! Personally, I bought all of them in early December.

The last few days I’ve mainly been doing three things; sleeping, working and playing EVE Online. The game is challenging but without a too steep learning curve and it feels very rewarding every time you learn a new skill or when you finally get enough money for that Badger. The social aspect of EVE is also very appealing and most of the people playing it is behaving and helpful. Of course you find the occasional troll or encounter a rat who nicks the content of your jetcan while your mining.

When I eventually get a large enough ship and is capable of actually hitting stuff when firing, I’ll of course hunt them down and kill them all, so it’s all good.