Thursday, January 29, 2009

Blogger Profiles #16 - Biomassed

Welcome to yet another profile of an Eve Blogger! Please check out the list of Eve Bloggers so you can enjoy getting to know a few of the others as well.

This blogger prefers to remain anonymous... doesn't even want to tell us his in-game name! Well, that's fine. At least his blog posts are worth reading. :) Please enjoy.
What is your character's name or handle?

Biomassed is not my character name however I intend keeping that away from the blogging. Its a privacy thing I guess, plus some of the things I say in my blog are always going to get flamed. It is done on purpose and is the nature of my blogging character. Your choice if to accept or not this profile as I won't give out the name of my main.

What is your blog's URL?

http://biomassed.blogspot.com/

How long have you been blogging?

About 7 Years, this is my first EVE blog though and this one is about 2 days old.

What region of EVE do you mostly operate in?

Now, Solitude. Although we as a corp have been all over the show. We recently did a stint protecting Amarr space from the ebil pirates and before that we were in Catch. We move on after a while because we like to experience all aspects of the universe.

When did you start playing EVE?

Beta 2, then I took a small break and came back to the game when fully released. My primary corp that I made one year after playing in the release is five years old on the 2nd feb this year.

What do you enjoy about EVE?

Hmmm. Its freedom I guess. The ability to do what you want where you want. This is probably why I get so infuriated at people that deem EVE a PVP game. It is incredibly easy to avoid all forms of PVP in EVE and still enjoy it. I know because I have done it all over the years, not always to success I might add :) At the same time I also dislike that it isn't totally free, so you end up with limited dreams.

What is your playstyle?

Everything! Well no. I don't pirate and never have nor will. I think this is because in EVE there are no true pirates, there are gankers and there are gankers that demand money. Piracy has been modified in modern terms to its true definition. The rest, well. I have mined, PVP'd, PVE'd, Explored, Smuggled, Traded, the works. I was once one of the best three people in game to buy faction ships from. This was 4 years or more back though when it was a profession of sorts. I enjoyed that. I guess my playstyle is a free one. Be what you want, thats the EVE dream even if CCP don't manage to complete the idea behind it.

Do you play any other games?

Yup, sure. Recently played Atlantica Online and had fun. Also play various games as I feel I want to. Hated FO3, loved and am currently playing Gears of War on PC. I have a Wii too :) MMO wise I have a guild beta going for Jumpgate Evolution.

What do you blog about, and why?

EVE as Biomassed. Not the normal "we did this and that" kinda blog though. Its a triple teamed blog from 3 pilots that vary in opinion but come from the same corp and are mates in real life. Why is harder. I guess I got fed up with the fanbois out there. EVE is a great game but it is not the best game ever nor will it ever be. I wanted to do something from someone that loves the game but is realistic. A soon to be post for example is about CCP ranting about how cool it is we are nearly breaking 50k on the servers, yep thats fine, however its not a good thing if they don't keep up with it and CCP are lazy at heart sometimes. I do a personal blog but that isnt for here, nor eve related.

What are your other interests?

Music, Radio, DJ (thats my passion and my work), reading, writing fiction (short stories), MTB (mountain bikes), Kayaks, Sailing, My family. Not in that order :)

What advice do you have for EVE players who are struggling to stay motivated?

Go away. Come back in 6 months and try again. EVE is not work, if it aint fun quit. It simply may not be for you so don't torture yourself. If they played CS and hated it they would not feel as if they let the world down, don't do this with EVE either.

Anything else to offer?

Cynical opinions on anything EVE? Nah not really. I think you have enough for now.. ooh! I am contemplating doing another podcast. We did the first podcast in an eve enviroment many years ago. It faded away though as its heavy work. This was way before all the new ones out now.. hmm althogh Urban may deny this as his desert roid disc thing was a close second.

Eve snapshots

I'm afraid I don't get the time to do them mid-week as I hoped, so I'm putting this back to once a week on Sundays. Apologies to anyone that's disappointed!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Blogger Profiles #15 - Myrhial Arkenath

Welcome to yet another profile of an Eve Blogger! Please check out the list of Eve Bloggers so you can enjoy getting to know a few of the others as well.

I really enjoy Myrhial's blog because she's doing a great job at promoting the Eve blogosphere! And then there's the adventures and exploits she tells us about, which is really quite fascinating too. Please enjoy!

What is your character's name or handle?

Myrhial Arkenath

What is your blog's URL?

http://myrhial.blogspot.com

How long have you been blogging?

Since april 2008. The project was kept private for the first month however, then revealed over time to my corporation, the roleplaying community and eventually the blogging community. I wanted to make sure I would have it in me to update regularely and provide quality material.

What region of EVE do you mostly operate in?

Derelik. Due to my corporation's activities I find myself restricted to low sec.

When did you start playing EVE?

July 2008. I recreated my character at the start of august 2008 for better attribute distribution following the advice of a friend. Since then I have been a faithful subscriber.

What do you enjoy about EVE?

The freedom, politics, the different communities (roleplayers, writers, bloggers ect.), the eye candy graphics and interesting backstory. I have met a ton of interesting individuals and felt more immersed than in any other MMO thus far. It is also my first experience at being the leader of a group of players. I've learned a lot so far and I hope to learn even more.

What is your playstyle?

Piracy. I do a little mission running and exploration on the side to keep the ISK flowing. I also enjoy roleplaying, so you may find Myrhial in one of the many bars around the cluster whenever she has some time off.

Do you play any other games?

I have been playing WoW since launch, though since I started EVE I've become really casual about it. It's mostly my partner and a bunch of (real life) friends keeping me there. Other than some single player releases I have played in the last year would be NWN2, Portal, Assassin's Creed, Spore, Mass Effect, Fallout 3, Farcry 2 and World of Goo.

What do you blog about, and why?

So far I've written about things that happened ingame from an in character perspective. I hope to begin writing some actual fiction this year. My blog started as a tool to flesh out Myrhial's personality. I would like to work out her backstory some more in the future as well add more depth to her as well as my corporation through fiction.

What are your other interests?

I can always enjoy a good movie or book. I also love listening to my music collection. I am contemplating to pick up my guitar again and / or practice some sports. Moving country and getting a job means most of my old hobbies have been put aside for a while. I also like to watch documentaries. Quite often if I have the TV on it will be tuned in to Discovery or National Geographic. I've been a knowledge junkie ever since I was little.

What advice do you have for EVE players who are struggling to stay motivated?

Join a corp. Preferably not the one spamming Jita local every five seconds. Determine what you want to try and find a group that shares your interest. Try one thing and if you don't like it move on to the next. A hobby should be fun. However if you initially don't succeed but you do feel you are following the path you like, pick yourself up and try again. The wonderful thing about sandbox games is that you make the rules. If you really feel however this is not what you enjoy, or the game has become a shore, take a break. Who knows...you may be back.

Anything else to offer?

Well, as any good CEO would do, I'd like to recommend my corporation to any yarr-inclined individuals who'd like to join a roleplaying corporation aligned with the Angel Cartel. Anyone however is welcome to come join us for a drink over at The Skyhook, the bar we took over from Omerta Syndicate.

Which country are you from?

I'd like to redo a 'which country' poll that I did a short time ago, because it wasn't really very good. This time around, please add a comment with your country, and as countries are mentioned I will update the poll. Thank you.
  • United States - 9
  • United Kingdom - 4
  • Australia - 1
  • Austria - 1
  • Canada - 1
  • Netherlands - 1
  • Norway - 1

Snapshot of Eve - 26 January 2009

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

I've been a little quiet

I know, I've been pretty quiet lately... there's a reason for that - I've been building skills and standings to join the Militia.

In the process of doing this, I've discovered that there's not a lot of action one can write about. Missions are pretty boring. So instead, I've just been focusing on training my skills in-game, and focusing on the blogging community out of the game.

So there's been some activity on this blog, related to bloggers and blogging. And that's all we'll see for a while longer.

I've also been training for exploring... I've heard there's some good money in exploration, and it will certainly be helpful as I work towards being a wormhole explorer. I think that's going to be a nice career...

How to grow your blog

Are you having trouble working out how to grow your blog? How to increase your audience? How to get more people commenting on your posts?

Then you might find this helpful:
  1. Write something useful
  2. Write something unique
  3. Write something newsworthy
  4. Write something first
  5. Write something that makes those who read it smarter
  6. Write something controversial
  7. Write something insightful
  8. Write something that taps into a fear people have
  9. Write something that helps people achieve
  10. Write something that elicits a response
  11. Write something that gives a sense of belonging
  12. Write something passionately
  13. Write something that interprets or translates news for people
  14. Write something inspirational
  15. Write something that tells a story
  16. Write something that solves a problem
  17. Write something that gets a laugh
  18. Write something that saves people time or money
  19. Write something opinionated
  20. Write something that is a resource
  21. Write something about something 'cool'

Friday, January 23, 2009

Blogger Profiles #14 - Gabriel Theodolous

Welcome to yet another profile of an Eve Blogger! Please check out the list of Eve Bloggers so you can enjoy getting to know a few of the others as well.

I only found out about this new blogger a few days ago, and immediately welcomed him into the Eve blogosphere. I'm still getting a handle on his blog, but he seems quite immersed in faction warfare, and has received some good promotions as a result. Since I'm just starting to get into that myself, I'll be looking out for some tips. Even if it's intel, since he's running with the enemy... :)

What is your character's name or handle?

Gabriel Theodoulos

What is your blog's URL?

http://housetheodoulos.blogspot.com

How long have you been blogging?

Since November

What region of EVE do you mostly operate in?

Domain, The Bleak Lands, Devoid (FW War Zone)

When did you start playing EVE?

October 2006

What do you enjoy about EVE?

Having fun playing with my sons! (and friends)

What is your playstyle?

Role Play/ Factional Warfare

Do you play any other games?

Nope. Don't have time!

What do you blog about, and why?

Our corporation places a strong emphasis on RP. This has forced Gabriel's personality to develop. Seeing a lot of adult-rated blogs out there, my intent is to have a G-Rated blog geared as a view from Gabriel's perspective.

What are your other interests?

I am a father of four children (who are also hooked on EVE). I'm an Educator at a local Bible Institute here in Twin Falls, Idaho. I teach everything from Bible Classes to New Testament Greek (with a smattering of Hebrew). I am working on my doctorate in between class prep'ing and EVE.

What advice do you have for EVE players who are struggling to stay motivated?

Diversify! Go mining, run missions, PvP! Best advice is to find yourself a really good corporation to join! The right corp will really bring the game alive.

Anything else to offer?

Oh, we could go on for a while, but I think it would be best to stop here. :)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Blogger Profiles #13 - Casiella Truza

Welcome to yet another profile of an Eve Blogger! Please check out the list of Eve Bloggers so you can enjoy getting to know a few of the others as well.

Casiella's blog shows that he's passionate about gaming. While my only interest is in Eve, he's got plenty of posts about all kinds of other games as well, probably enough to satisfy anyone! He's got a nice tag cloud that will make it easier for you to browse through his posts on different games and themes.
What is your character's name or handle?

Casiella Truza

What is your blog's URL?

http://chromebits.net

How long have you been blogging?

This specific blog is just over a year old. I have been blogging on various sites for about six years.

What region of EVE do you mostly operate in?

Metropolis, with occasional jaunts over to Heimatar.

When did you start playing EVE?

Played a little bit in August 2007, then more seriously starting in March 2008. I took the last few months off from active play.

What do you enjoy about EVE?

I love the complexity and the immersive mechanics. This could fill a whole blog post, but those two are the keys.

What is your playstyle?

Currently, I primarily focus on science & industry though I have dabbled in PVP (primarily factional warfare and antipiracy) and mission running.

Do you play any other games?

Star Wars Galaxies. I also intend to check out PotBS soonish.

What do you blog about, and why?

Web 2.0, MMOGs, and science fiction roleplaying. Somewhere in the murky intersection between those things is my real passion.

What are your other interests?

Computer forensics and my family.

What advice do you have for EVE players who are struggling to stay motivated?

Take a break for a month or two.

Anything else to offer?

Let's keep pushing for the S&I and WiS expansions!

Lowsec Survival Guide for Rookies

I like sharing good guides when I find them, and am usually only sorry I didn't write them myself. Anyway, here's another good guide I found:

Monday, January 19, 2009

Snapshot of Eve - 19 January 2009

Welcome to the latest snapshot of the major topics that people are discussing within the Eve Online forums. To see other snapshots, click on the 'snapshot' tag in the Tag Cloud. The rules of the snapshot are here.

I am doing this every Saturday and Wednesday (my time), every week. Please let me know if you prefer this once a week. (Today's is delayed by a day. My apologies, I had a very busy day yesterday!)


WARFARE & TACTICS

CRIME & PUNISHMENT

EVE GENERAL DISCUSSION

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Blogger Profiles #12 - Tanalei

Welcome to yet another profile of an Eve Blogger! Please check out the list of Eve Bloggers so you can enjoy getting to know a few of the others as well.

I really like Tanalei's blog, mainly because she's obviously passionate about the game, and about the community. Post more often though, we want to read more!
What is your character's name or handle?

Tanalei and Avesaria is my character. It was just over a month before I started multi-boxing and now i'm not sure if I could do anything requiring thought without both of my characters. My newest, and third, account is Tanave so that I can have a dedicated hauler and another Hulk pilot.

What is your blog's URL?


http://tanalei.com

How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging for over 5 years, but I just recently started blogging about EVE-Online.

What region of EVE do you mostly operate in?

Metropolis, Nakugard

When did you start playing EVE?

August 2007 with Tanalei. Shortly after I started I realized being a carebear was much easier if you had a Drake to give you bonuses and blow up rats and it seemed to ward off most can flippers so I built Avesaria that October. I have been playing with the pair ever since. Here recently I added a 3rd account with Tanave to haul and fly a 2nd Hulk for me so that on the care bear accounts in the house we can put together a fleet of an orca and four hulks to truely clean some belts.

What do you enjoy about EVE?

I love the people and the diversity. I can log in go mission running on Level 5's with the whole house working together; my boyfriend has 3 accounts I now have 3 and our roomate has one so we will plow through level 5's together and it is a ton of fun. When I'm playing alone I am a carebear at heart though. I love to mine and am getting my Orca in just a few days.

What is your playstyle?

I'm a Carebear and proud of it. :D I don't pirate. Low-sec scares me and it is a fear I am trying to get over. I still keep up with alot of piracy information though since everyone else I know is a pirate.

Do you play any other games?

I do. I've been in World of Warcrat since closed Beta and have always been for the Horde, I love Taurens. I also play on my Wii and the XBOX360 alot. I'm never found without a Nintendo DS in my pocket and I have quite a few old favorites from my PS2. I also still have my Atari hooked up for those competative Pong games that happen every once in a while. I'm a mac user so I'm kindof limited on some of the games I can play in the MMO world. I was so glad when Eve finaly became available on the Mac OSX client so I didn't have to use Crossover anymore.

What do you blog about, and why?

I blog mainly about my misadventures in the gaming universe. I have horrid luck so occasionally it can be quite comical.

What are your other interests?

I'm a video junkie. I love TV Shows, Movies, an Anime and my collection has gotten to a point that I have had to start purchasing everything digitally because a terabyte is less expensive than larger homes for more shelving room. I also love books and reading whick also makes shelving in my house an issue. I am an avid d20 gamer and am currently running a Dungeons and Dragon's game in my spare time.

I have two "kids" my dogs Jak Jak and Tera. They are spoiled rotten as any dogs should be of a 25 year old female with no husband and no kids.

What advice do you have for EVE players who are struggling to stay motivated?

In the real world everyone has heard the phrase "It's all about the Benjamins." Real life money is king and in Eve - if you have isk you can pull off almost anything.

Anything else to offer?

"The face of war has never changed. Surely it is more logical to heal than to kill."
- Surak of Vulcan

Yes I am a Trekkie to the heart and soul. :D

Friday, January 16, 2009

Eve Network News overhaul

Serious Sally has been doing a lot of work to redesign the Eve Network News website, and today it's had its grand reopening! Woohoo!

I've got a couple articles there as well, which I'm pretty excited about. You can see them here:
I hope you enjoy them, and please don't be afraid to add comments. Check out the rest of the Eve Network News site too! There's some good stuff there.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

ISK for free

I've been thinking about how I felt when I first started playing back in 2006 and I was helped out by some very generous people. The feeling was fantastic!

I want others to feel that too.

So, I'm going to hand out free ISK to new players.

The rules are simple:
  1. you have to be 2 - 7 days old
That's it.

I want new players to be encouraged to play more, and to feel good about how supportive veteran players are, and to get excited about this game. Great excitement comes from getting a little bit of a hand when you're first starting out.

Now, some of you might want to pay me back for this gift, when you're starting to make a lot of money. Honestly, I won't say no. :) But also honestly, I don't want or need repayment. Paying me back is your choice. A better way of doing it is to pay it forward.

Give someone else who's new a gift to help them get started, make them happy, and encourage new players to really get into this game. Spread the love.

Contact me in-game (Alexia Morgan) with your request. I'll be only too happy to help you out.

Snapshot of Eve - 14 January 2009

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Blogger Profiles #11 - Rakkar Than

Welcome to yet another profile of an Eve Blogger! Please check out the list of Eve Bloggers so you can enjoy getting to know a few of the others as well.

Any time a pirate writes about their experiences, I'm an avid follower. The more I can learn about combat, the better! Wreck Count is an excellent blog for just such adventures. Please enjoy...
What is your character's name or handle?

Rakkar Than

What is your blog's URL?

http://wreckcount.blogspot.com

How long have you been blogging?

I've only been writing Wreck Count since September, so about 3 months. I've kept personal blogs since about 2001, though I've never kept them up very well. ;)

What region of EVE do you mostly operate in?

Gallente low-sec, mostly. I spend a good deal of time in Verge Vendor and Placid.

When did you start playing EVE?

My first EVE character was made in late 2004, but after losing a Rifter that I couldn't afford to lose to the level 1 mission Worlds Collide, I quit before my trial was up. I returned months later and created my industrialist alt. I made Rakkar in 2006 as an attempt to return to combat missions.

What do you enjoy about EVE?

Lots. The scenery is amazing, but I'm biased as I've always loved games with sci-fi settings. The design of the game, particularly the market and the way training works; I don't feel I need to put in a 40-hour week of grinding to keep up with everyone else. I always struggled with games like WoW, because my friends always had way more time to play than I did, and I'd fall behind. And I particularly love the shakes I get after a particularly good fight..

What is your playstyle?

I play both an industrialist/trader alt, and a solo low-sec pirate main. I spend more time on my alt than just checking the market and hauling what my main needs delivered, but most of my time is still spent on low-sec roams. I've thought about finding a pirate corp to join, but so far I'm enjoying flying solo.

Do you play any other games?

For MMOs, I also occasionally play Pirates of the Burning Sea, or on very rare occasions, World of Warcraft. I've been playing Fallout 3 lately as well.

What do you blog about, and why?

I started Wreck Count as a way to document my kills and losses, so most of the posts are brief, semi-in-character recountings of what I killed, or how I was killed. I try to interject the occasional post about something else, though so far there haven't been many.

What are your other interests?

Motorcyling, coding, tabletop role-playing games, board games...

What advice do you have for EVE players who are struggling to stay motivated?

Try an alt for a while, focus on a totally different part of the game. Sometimes I find myself lacking motivation to continue my budding pirate career, and I'll focus on my industrialist side for a while. It keeps me playing, and eventually I'll see something in-game that I'll want to try out with Rakkar again.

Anything else to offer?

Fly cheap ships, and never be afraid of taking on another ship that's bigger than you. Either you'll get lucky, or you'll learn something from it. A T1 figate is a small price to pay for either.

A Carebear's Guide to PVP

I found this Carebear's PVP Guide today, and while most of the guide is good, I wanted to provide some of my own input on the bits that I didn't think were very good at all.

Now, I want you to remember that - it's for those who want to get into player vs. player combat, 'cause knowing that is important in the context of the opinions I have.

Anyway, the format of this post will be that I'll quote something from the guide, and then add my thoughts on it. If you have any thoughts or comments of your own, please feel free to use the Comments section to your heart's content.

Don't Panic!!!

Well, that's going to be impossible to achieve for the new combat pilot. They WILL panic. But panic fades with experience. Until then, expect to lose, and just don't worry about it. When something becomes familiar, it can become a lot easier to respond to, and that's when the successes will begin.

...keep your scout a jump or 2 ahead... if it's a small camp or solo hostile you can attack with the scout to either kill them or draw them off the route.

Bad idea. What's the point of having a scout to avoid hostiles if it's going to get into combat? If it dies, no more scout... Better idea is for the scout to avoid hostile contact at all costs, and only fight if it's trapped. Better to avoid contact and continue scouting, than to die and screw it up for the ones you're scouting for.

The only time a scout should engage against a hostile is if that scout is there to tackle and pin a hostile so they can't get away before the rest of the fleet arrives. This is only a good idea if there's 1 hostile ship that the scout thinks it can successfully tackle. Any more than 1, and the scout will die before the fleet arrives.

...a good commander never leaves anyone behind and will lead the gang into hopeless odds to try and save someone.

I'm sorry, that's just stupid. A good commander knows when to fight and when to withdraw. If someone has been left behind and is being attacked, then better they die than the entire fleet... The one who's dying is going to die anyway, even if the fleet tried to come back for them. At least their sacrifice can help give the fleet time to prepare a counter-attack, or safely withdraw.

I really don't buy into this crap that a successful battle is one where everyone on our side dies. Resources are lost, morale is shattered, and the enemy is emboldened by the victory. It's always better to avoid a loss in order to gain an advantage over the enemy. A good fleet commander will understand this.

Fit for gank always.... WCS are another thing - they have their place and if you are operating alone or behind enemy lines you might fit one...

NO. The only time you should fit a WCS is if you are avoiding PVP. If you are choosing to fight, forget about Warp Core Stabilisers. You can find a better use for those lowslots with gank or tank mods. Fit your ship for combat, not to run away.

This one has taints of an exploit, so don’t use it often. It’s a simple trap though. Everyone logs off bar one and sits at the character selection screen. The map and local don’t know you are there. When hostiles are spotted you all log on and shout "Boo!"

This IS an exploit, but one which CCP are currently unable to do anything about (they can't penalise people for logging on or off...) As far as I'm concerned, this is a very bad thing. Do not do it, or you encourage it being done to you. Also, the more people who do this, the more lag occurs with CCP servers trying to deal with the load of multiple people logging in at the same time, at the same location. It screws things up for everyone.

There are better ways of gate camping than to log off and wait for someone to show up. Doing this just makes you an idiot that obviously can't play the game for what it is, and has to resort to cheating. That's right - cheating, where you're using an out-of-game function to obtain an in-game advantage. Just don't do it.

Apart from all that, very nice guide.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Random photos

I've been enjoying the use of my camera drone lately, and I just wanted to share some of the sights that I've been seeing.





I'll upload more photos as I take them. Let me know if you like them, or if you have any suggestions on how to improve my photography skills.

The beauty of career changes

One of the things that I've really enjoyed about Eve Online is that anyone can follow any particular career path, whether that's miner, industrialist, pirate/antipirate, hauler, researcher, covert ops, etc etc. There's something for everyone.

In my time, throughout a number of incarnations, I've been a hauler, antipirate/pirate, trader, and CEO.

Lately, I'm finding myself attracted to the idea of being an upcoming wormhole explorer.

I think that could be fun.

The best of Black Claw

I thought I would link back to the best posts I did as Black Claw, as determined by the number of comments. I've counted only those posts that had more than 6 comments.

My first ever blog post

I thought I'd repost the first ever blog post I did in-character for Eve Online. Here it is in all its glory:

4th April 2006
I've joined a new game called Eve Online, which is exceptionally good. It's better than World of Warcraft, and has become my 'game of choice'.
EVE is a massive multiplayer online game (MMOG) set in a science-fiction based, persistent world. Players take the role of spaceship pilots seeking fame, fortune, and adventure in a huge, complex, exciting, and sometimes hostile galaxy.
As a result of my enjoyment about it, I'm going to be writing the continuing adventures of my character, as an exercise in creative writing, and to record the interesting developments of the game for me. It's also to promote how good the game is, and if you would like to join as well, you can contact me . Maybe you might like to join the same corporation I'm in.

The Beginning

Hi, I'm Black Claw. You might know me from.... well, ok, you won't know me at all. But one day, you will. The name 'Black Claw' will strike fear into the hearts of the lawless. I hope you won't be one of 'em.

Anyway, I know that's going to be quite a while away. At the moment I'm going through Training Academy. My God, what a boring place that is! But I know it's necessary. Without this training, how am I going to become one of the legends of the galaxy? How am I going to be able to strike fear into the hearts of those who have no fear? Yes, training is important.

Unfortunately, it's also embarrasing on occasions. The other day I went to destroy a simple drone as part of combat training. Now, previous training against 'pirates' had been very successful, but this drone? After five minutes of flying around it and firing at it, I had to give up. My weapons weren't even causing a flicker in its shields! Disgusted, I flew away, leaving it behind. However, after a couple of courier missions to make some money, followed by a quick weapons upgrade, I returned.

"Yeh, that's right! I'm back! Didn't expect to see ME again, did you! Hahahahaha!"

I know, the broadcast was useless, as it was only a drone. But it made me feel sooo much better! After a couple of quick blasts, the drone was destroyed, and I returned to base with a big smile on my face. The guys bought me a beer each, so that was definitely worth it.

On one of my recent training missions, things changed for me. Changed a lot. Changed for the better, in fact. I was travelling through a star system when I stumbled upon a lone traveller at the jump gate I was about to use. The hairs on the back of my neck stood on end, as they've done in the past when something important's about to happen. Wondering what it might be, I thought I'd contact this traveller and strike up a conversation.

Jinx Nebulafyre was his name. Strange name, but he seemed like a nice guy. I asked him if he knew of any corporations that were involved in covert / stealth / black ops, as that was the kind of thing I wouldn't mind getting involved in. He froze, his face staring out at me from the screen.

"Are you psychic?" he asked me.

"Sometimes," I said. This was the truth though, as I've often thought that those hair-raising moments were some kind of psychic affect, trying to tell me when something was about to happen that would be good for me. This was one of those times.

It turned out that he was involved in a corporation that engaged in just those activities, and I was immediately invited to join his corporation's recruitment comm link. After talking with a few people, who asked me what my goals were, and why I wanted to be part of their organisation, I was gifted two million credits! Holy mother of God!

I asked what it was for, and was told it was to buy a ship. Thanking my lucky stars, I immediately bought myself a brand new Frigate that I could start using immediately, and which could also be fitted out for covert operations. It was only a few jumps away, and so I headed there immediately.

This was when I had another experience, which initially was really bad, but actually turned out ok. I jumped into a system and was immediately attacked by someone! It all happened so fast, I couldn't find them to attack back. I also knew I was in no position to capably defend myself, as I was still in my training ship. A 'rookie ship', as they called it. I did the only thing I could do, and that was to warp away.

However, it took the unseen enemy only 3 shots to destroy my ship. One shot to penetrate my shields, another shot to destroy my armour, and the final shot to destroy it. My cockpit capsule ejected from the flaming wreckage and immediately engaged the warp drive, using the command I'd given before the ship was destroyed. As I streaked away from the ambush site in my little capsule, I sat there reading the report that the CONCORD police had sent to me as a result of the combat. It gave the name of my attacker and what weapons were used to destroy my ship, as well as a few other interesting bits of information.

I knew it would be foolish of me to try and get revenge. I had neither the skill or the capability of delivering such retribution. Thinking about it, I decided to just appreciate the experience for what it taught me. Smiling to myself, I composed a message to my attacker, thanking then for my first such experience, but politely asking them not to do that again if they ever encountered me again. I sent the message, and then went to sleep.

It was only a short while later, however, that I was woken up by the comm system beeping at me. It was a reply from my attacker, who apologised for the attack, saying he was only testing new weapons, and that he hoped the money he was paying me would make up for it. I checked my account and found, on top of the two million that was already there, another two hundred and fifty thousand credits! I couldn't believe it!

I sent him back a reply thanking him for the payment, and that maybe I'd be happy for him to attack me again...

The generosity of some people around here seems to be quite amazing, even from those who have attacked me. Unbelievable.

I eventually made my way to the station that was housing my new Frigate, and after installing my pod into it, I took off to the HQ of the corporation that was inviting me to join. They were 24 jumps away, so it took me a while to get there, but I finally made it. After having a quick shave, I left the Frigate - which was a much better ship than the 'rookie ship' - and met the corporation's senior members. I signed their application form, and they welcomed me into their company.

"What next?" I asked, and they told me to return to what I had been doing. They would provide information, advice, assistance and training where needed, but I wasn't ready yet to be part of their operations. That would take time, but they hoped it wouldn't be too long.

With a nod and a thanks, I left them, returning the 24 jumps back to the Training Academy. It doesn't seem so boring now. I look around at my classmates, and wonder how many of them are members of a corporation yet - a black ops corporation at that - and with over two million credits in their account! I felt extremely lucky and happy to have such resources available to me already, and the training missions had a completely different feel to them now. With a smile, I went back to studying the details on the latest training mission...

To be continued...

Beginners Guide to Piracy

If you want to be a pirate and are considering how to go about it, you might enjoy the following articles:
I think they're both pretty good. :)

Just a quick update

I'd like to thank all those who have submitted their Eve Blogger Profiles so far. I have the next bunch of profiles scheduled for 1 every 3 days, and so I've got the next couple of weeks already covered. Thank you!

Remember, if you haven't submitted your own profile yet, please click on the link above to go have a look at the questions, fill them out, and send them to me. We all want to know a bit about you and your role in our Eve blogging community.

I'm spending some time on this community because right now, Alexia Morgan is doing a lot of skill training to get herself up to speed, along with a few missions here and there to build standings in order to join the Minmatar Militia. Until then, she doesn't really have much to report, so you're getting this instead. I'm sure you don't mind too much. :)

Let me know if you think I'm posting too much, and I'll pace it out a bit more if that's the case.

Another blog!

I keep finding them all over the place... they're like cockroaches, but nicer.
Any Brutor is a family member of mine. :)

Monday, January 12, 2009

New blogs

Not sure if anyone's mentioned these elsewhere, but I've learnt of these 2 blogs just today:
Please give them a warm welcome!

Why use Twitter?

A few of the Eve bloggers use Twitter to spread the word about their blog posts, to chat about what they're doing in Eve Online, and to provide assistance to each other with information on how to play better or get more out of the game.

That's why they use Twitter, but why should you?

Reasons to use Twitter

Here's some reasons you might want to consider:
  • You enjoy the game
  • You want to share your excitement
  • You have an Eve blog and want to promote it as much as possible
  • You want to learn new things about Eve from others
  • You want to share stories and experiences with others
  • You enjoy getting feedback about what you write on your blog
  • You enjoy being part of a community
If you can answer 'yes' to at least 2 of those reasons, then you will probably find it worthwhile to be on Twitter and joining in.

Ok, so now you're interested in joining in, how do you go about it?

Step 1 - sign up to Twitter

Visit twitter.com and sign up. Try to choose a username that's based on your in-game character, so that people can have a good idea of who you are.

Step 2 - fill out your profile

Up in the top right of your Twitter page, there's a profile section.

This is where people can have a quick glance at some of the details of who you are. I've got a link there to my website, as well as a short bio that describes who I am, in my case - Eve Online player.

Up the top, click on Settings. This is where you can fill in your own profile information. Try to put in some information that people might be interested in

Step 3 - follow a whole bunch of people

Twitter is all about following people that say stuff you're interested in, and a whole bunch of people will follow YOU when you start saying things that THEY will be interested in.

So how do you find people to follow? Here's a good start... I've created a list of Twitter users that you can start following.

The way to do it is, after you've ensured that you've got your own Twitter profile and you've logged into the website, you can click on any of the links on that 'Twitter users' page, and it'll go straight to their own Twitter page. You can then click on Follow, and you will automatically be following them from that point on.

Easy, isn't it.

That's how you find people to follow you. As you do that, they'll be notified that you're now following them. They can look up your own Twitter profile and make a decision on whether or not they should follow you back. They don't have to, but if you have interesting updates, or an interesting bio (more on that below), then they're more likely to follow you in return.

Step 4 - use a 3rd party program to keep updated

While there's the web page to read and make updates, there are other programs you can use too. Whichever one you use can often depend on personal preference, but here's a couple of them.

Twhirl (link)
This is the software application I use. It's probably the tidiest and easiest to use of them, and is probably the most popular of the applications. It allows you to stay updated on the messages from those you're following, and allows you to reply to them.

You reply to someone by typing @username followed by the message you want to send them. In Twhirl, and many other applications, you can select an option to reply to them and it automatically starts the process with their username, and you just type the message and then send it.

Tweetdeck (link)


This is another popular application, allowing you to create groups and add users to them. For example, you can create a group of Eve Online players, and add other players to that group from within all those you're following. This is good if you are following different groups of people for different reasons.

Step 5 - post updates on anything that's of interest to you

As you enjoy your daily activities with life, or Eve Online, you can post your thoughts to Twitter, sharing those thoughts and experiences with those who are following you.

You have 140 characters to use. It's a bit like using your mobile phone to text, but you're using the internet instead, and you have a whole bunch of people who are wanting to receive your updates instead of just one.

You can post about something that happened while you were playing. You can post about something you're thinking. You can post about something you did outside of the game. You can post about something that happened to you in your normal life. You can post about the latest blog post you did, or you can even post about an interesting article you read somewhere on the internet. Include links, so that your followers can click on it and enjoy the same thing you did.

Just remember - if you start boring your followers, you're going to get people deciding not to follow you any more. If you entertain them, they'll spread the word and recommend to others that they follow you too. You can get quite a following!

How you use Twitter is, ultimately, entirely up to you. Whatever value you get from it is for you alone. You do need to do it for yourself though, and not because others tell you to. It's like anything - if you're not passionate about it, you'll lose interest in it.

Share your passion! Or stay away and follow your other interests. The choice is yours. But I tell you this - everyone has a story of some kind, and we would love to hear yours.

Twitter users

Here's a list of Eve Online users who play the game and are on Twitter. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it includes the most prominent of the Eve bloggers and players. As more become apparent, I will upgrade this list. If you would like to be added to it, please add your Twitter username in a comment to this post.
  1. Alexia_Morgan
  2. andyf1702
  3. AnMith - (used to be Serioussally)
  4. ArmonDeacon - new!
  5. CCP Games
  6. couzin2000
  7. CrazyKinux
  8. Cussbeard
  9. DawnOfEve
  10. Delta7Red
  11. Emywn
  12. erbo
  13. evewarrior
  14. Galen_Druid
  15. Gjmatt
  16. Godlesswanderer
  17. Jaelin Duvo
  18. Jamesegan
  19. Jamesspellman
  20. johncalvinhall
  21. krmaxwell
  22. LurbyJo
  23. Mordozan - new!
  24. Mynxee
  25. NHBoehm
  26. nick_macedo
  27. Ombey
  28. PsycheDiver
  29. Rettic - new!
  30. RiotRick - new!
  31. Roeth68 - new!
  32. Scopique
  33. Selenalore
  34. SiliconBuddha
  35. Smakalicious
  36. Smug Baldy - new!
  37. wensley
  38. xiphos83
  39. YoMma

List of Blogger Profiles

I thought I'd compile a list of Blogger Profiles, link to it from the sidebar, and update the list every time we have a new profile added.

I really appreciate all those who have already submitted their profile, and I hope many more of you do the same.

List of Blogger Profiles
  1. Eve Chick
  2. Jenni Concarnadine
  3. Gigaer
  4. Geaux Tiger
  5. Pegleg Punk
  6. Erbo Evans
  7. Selenalore
  8. Hallan Turrek
  9. Shae Tiann
  10. Ulfskein Gangr
  11. Rakkar Than
  12. Tanalei
  13. Casiella Truza
  14. Gabriel Theodolous
  15. Myrhial Arkenath
  16. Biomassed
  17. LightTraveler
  18. Alexia Morgan
  19. L’einad Imperia
  20. Mynxee
  21. Ga'len
  22. AeonOfTime

Profile questions

Please answer the following questions and send them to me by email. It is open to ALL bloggers, no matter how old your blog is. Once I receive them, I'll publish your profile when it's next in the queue. Thank you.
What is your character's name or handle?

What is your blog's URL?

How long have you been blogging?

What region of EVE do you mostly operate in?

When did you start playing EVE?

What do you enjoy about EVE?

What is your playstyle?

Do you play any other games?

What do you blog about, and why?

What are your other interests?

What advice do you have for EVE players who are struggling to stay motivated?

Anything else to offer?

The great Tech 3 ship debate

A lot of people are talking about Tech 3 ships lately, but no one actually knows anything about it. CCP have released some of their initial designs, but there's no real details about how it's all going to work.

As usual, a lot of people are crying over the milk they're yet to spill. They're looking forward to spilling it, but getting the crying in right now.

We all know how I feel about people crying...

I can understand people wanting to discuss things, but there's nothing to discuss. Instead, there's a lot of people making half-assed assumptions and engaging in arguments and whinging as if those assumptions are facts.

So here's my part of the debate.

If you don't know anything about Tech 3 ships, shut the frack up.

I don't know anything about them, so I'm not saying a damned thing.

And here's me saying nothing.

....

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Faction Warfare

It is with some excitement that I prepare myself for signing up with the Minmatar Republic to work with them against the Amarr and Caldari.

I could not, in good conscience, sit idle while my Minmatar brothers and sisters fight the good fight. With how much I hate the Amarr and everything they stand for, joining with the Republic is my only option.

Snapshot of Eve - 11 January 2009

Welcome to this week's snapshot of the major topics that people are discussing within the Eve Online forums. To see other weekly snapshots, click on the 'snapshot' tag in the Tag Cloud. The rules of the snapshot are here.


Warfare & Tactics

Crime and Punishment

Eve General Discussion

Features and Ideas Discussion

Blogger Profiles #10 - Ulfskein Gangr

I would really appreciate anyone who hasn't submitted their profile to me, to take the time and fill out the questions (here) and then send it in to me. There are hundreds of others who would just LOVE to know all about you. Thank you.

This latest Blogger is quite an interesting fellow. He's very much a fan of Sun Tsu, as am I, so we've had quite a lot to discuss. For your reading pleasure, please enjoy his profile:
What is your character's name or handle?

Ulfskein Gangr is my full Achuran name, but is rarely used outside of the NeoCom. I'll answer to Ulf, Ulfski and Gangr but anything else is usually ignored.

What is your blog's URL?

vileruneguild.blogspot.com

The Vile Rune Guild is the name of the entity that I have been involved with since the day that I graduated from the State War Academy. "Seventy-seven thirty-four" (the title of the blog itself) is derived from the Vile Rune Guild's corp ticker [7734].

How long have you been blogging?

The first blog post that I ever wrote on my own behalf was actually only in Nov. 2008. I hold you, Black Claw, entirely responsible for this unexpected development in my career.

What region of EVE do you mostly operate in?

Being a nomadic scavenger by nature, I am not bound to any specific region of the galaxy. I tend to remain in any given area only long enough to do what I need to do, then I move on.

To be fair to your question, I can only say that I spend about 50% of my time in 0.0 space and the remainder in the low-security frontiers bordering militia-controlled sectors.

When did you start playing EVE?

I was introduced to EVE around August 2007 by a friend with whom I was working on a mod project with. I have been in-game with a full account ever since.

What do you enjoy about EVE?

I will answer this by telling you what I don't like about EVE. Remove this and what you have left are all of the things that I enjoy. Fair enough?

The only thing that I don't like about EVE is the lack of customization options that it has. Prior to being introduced to EVE I had a hard rule of thumb: if I couldnt modify it, I wouldn't play it... I like to reskin models, customize UI, create new particle effects, etc and with EVE there is no outlet for any of these things. This is why I keep other games on my computer at all (see below). I mean... The ability to customize ship skins on the client-side alone would open up a whole new level of enjoyment to the game.

Next question. :)

What is your playstyle?

As mentioned above, I am by nature a nomadic scavenger. I prefer solitary or small fireteam travel, rarely if ever communicate in local channels, and am for the most part completely asocial. The thing that sets me apart mostly from the majority of pilots I encounter is my own complete lack of ethical restrictions when interacting with other pilots. One day I will spend silently collecting as many capsule-kills as possible, and the next I will be leaving anonymous wrecked hauler spawns for whomever wants them.

Do you play any other games?

EVE is the only game which I play on a regular basis, but I curently have installed on my computer S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Shadow of Chernobyl (and Clear Sky) and Red Orchestra, both of which I enjoy playing and modding.

What do you blog about, and why?

I would tell you, but then I would have to kill you.

[Or I could just read your blog, since you're so uncooperative :p - Alexia]

What are your other interests?

Who has time for other interests outside of EVE? She is a jealous mistress and has destroyed everything in my life that she could not bend to her will.

What advice do you have for EVE players who are struggling to stay motivated?

My advice to them is simply to leave the game. There is no reason why a player should ever have to "struggle" to remain motivated in a game. The most beautiful thing about EVE is that it is open-ended and allows each individual pilot to remain true to their real-life personalities. Continuing to struggle against apathy in-game only hurts your out-of-game life, not the reverse.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Blueprints for sale

I'm doing some housecleaning at the moment, getting rid of all the things that I transferred over from Black Claw, and which I can't use. If you're looking for blueprints for manufacturing (most of them are copies, but there's a couple of originals too), then maybe you would like to check out the below items (click on them to expand).

I'm preferably wanting to sell them as a complete package, so please make me a reasonable offer. Contact me in-game to discuss.



Thursday, January 8, 2009

Welcome the new blogger

Please join me in giving a big, warm welcome to Melina Ansar, our newest blogger:

The Travels of Melina Ansar

See you in the blogosphere, Melina!

Blogger Profiles #9 - Shae Tiann

[You can find the earlier profiles (1-8) here.]

My apologies for the delay in these profiles. It's been over 3 weeks since the last profile, and I can only blame xmas and the new year. But I'm back in action now.

I would really appreciate anyone who hasn't submitted their profile to me, to take the time and fill out the questions (here) and then send it in to me. There are hundreds of others who would just LOVE to know all about you. Thank you.

Shae Tiann is our latest blogger profile. She's a member of the infamous Bastards, which means she enjoys being a... well, a bastard really!
What is your character's name or handle?

Shae Tiann

What is your blog's URL?

http://sweetlilbadgirl.blogspot.com

How long have you been blogging?

I started Eve-blogging two months ago; I've had a RL blog since 2004

What region of EVE do you mostly operate in?

Well, currently based in Essence, in Gallente lowsec, but we roam a lot. Lately, the roaming with the Bastards has had us out in Minmatar space, one area I've not previously spent much time in.

When did you start playing EVE?

20th of August 2007, though I remember seeing ads for it in 2003, and I've known other players in Real Life for several years. There's a funny story about why I finally started playing....

[And what's the funny story? Come on, tell us in the comments - Alexia]

Why do you enjoy about EVE?

The social aspects, the shiny ships, and the personal challenge to improve myself as a player and a person

What is your playstyle?

PvP; I'm rubbish at the market, won't fit a mining laser if I can help it, and use my alt for running missions and exploration. Started with mercenary wardeccing but I prefer piracy over being an anti-pirate or nullsec pvper: it's more fun, less stressful, kinder on my wallet and my hangar, and the people I get to fly with are generally nicer and care more for the group.

Do you play any other games?

Well, there's board games and card games for when I'm with friends. I have S.T.A.L.K.E.R, Bioshock and Portal for when I just want PvE. I'm involved with a Firefly roleplay group on Second Life (though I miss most of the action there), and I play City of Heroes every so often, usually with my boyfriend (whom I'm trying to convince to return to Eve).

What do you blog about, and why?

Eve experiences in general; sometimes I write in-character for either real events or a little on-the-side fiction, but most of it is OOC. Why? The same reason I keep a RL blog: to record memories and to conect with people who have similar interests.

What are your other interests?

I write a lot. A lot - I'm involved with a group of writers here in Edinburgh, with an eye towards getting something bigger than my drabbles published. I'm an artist, and hoping to eventually get work in the games industry as a concept artist - until then, I'll keep doing commissions and freelance work. I love music and dabble a little in production and remixing, and I'm a professionally trained singer. I do a little photography for fun, go climbing, and I'm involved with a mediaeval reenactment group - a little rusty on my swordwork, but nothing a few training sessions couldn't help.

What advice do you have for EVE players who are struggling to stay motivated?

Don't just sit there; do something. EVE is the sort of game where you have to set and pursue your own goals. It doesn't shove quests and challenges in your path; there is no linear plotline to follow and there is no endgame to reach. Communication is important, too -- making smalltalk in Local is a great way to meet people, and they may know things you don't.

Anything else to offer?

Be true to yourself -- EVE is a game, and is meant to be fun. If you aren't having fun, it's time to reconsider the way you're playing, which could involve anything from trying something new to finding a new corp, to trying a wholly different ingame occupation or even taking a short break.

In space no one can hear you...

...skill train.

Skill training is a silent process. You sit there, absorbing information. And then you train the next skill. And the next one. And the process continues. It never stops.

Along the way, you usually seek out new missions, new combats, new life forms...

Me?

I'm sipping tea in the hangar.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Oops

So I was cruising Empire space last night in my Rifter, looking for some of those Angel Cartel rats, but there just wasn't any in the belts I was searching. Lots of pilots mining, but no rats. So I went across to the next system, and cruised around the belts there too. I quickly found some, and began dealing out the punishment.

As I was looting their wrecks, a couple of Slasher pilots warped into the belt and started moving over towards my wrecks. I thought I'd check their bio's to see if they were new. Sure enough, they were, both less than 3 days old. I figured I might see if I can scare them into firing on me, allowing Concord to kick their butts.

Hey, it's worked before, so I'll keep on trying it.

I activated my afterburners and went into an orbit around one of them, activating my target lock on both. They targeted me back, and we sat there, orbiting each other for a little while.

When they both unlocked me, I guessed they were a little smarter than the average newbie pilot, and then they warped away. I went back to looting my rat wrecks, before heading back to my home station the next system over. I was really tired, so after docking, I went to bed.

This morning, while having breakfast, I decided to go punish some more of those Angel Cartel pirates, and send their stinking carcasses into the firey pits they belong. I entered the same system as last night, and....

Oh.

Well, will you look at that? It has a security status of 0.4.

Oops.

After an embarrassed pause, realising I must have been REALLY tired last night, I quickly went into lowsec survival mode. Sitting here at the stargate certainly wouldn't do! I quickly warped to a planet, dropping a bookmark along the way, preparing to create some safe spots.

When I got to the planet, however, someone started talking to me on one of the comm channels I monitor, so I said hello to them and engaged them in conversation.

It wasn't long before a flashy red pirate in a Vagabond appeared at the planet too, and I chuckled to myself. He was 100km away from me, having warped in at 0km.

Remember boys and girls, warp to planets at 100 km. That way you'll avoid nasty pirates trying to jump you at the standard 0 km.

Still chuckling to myself as he tried to microwarpdrive his way to me, I turned around and warped away to the gate I'd just come through. I'd finished my breakfast, and I really should get back to my station and dock. I had a day job to go to.

But still, it was funny that I seemed to have scared those Slasher pilots away... the two of them, each being 3 days old, were still older than me.

I'll be more aware in future. Having flown around Empire space in these new clones the past few weeks has dulled my senses. I'll have to make sure that doesn't happen again.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Rifter guide for solo PVP

Awesome! Now that I'm flying a Rifter and building my skills, I need to learn how to fly this ship I've never flown before. So far I'm doing well punishing those damn rats. They deserve all the punishment I can give them, I kid you not. The number of innocent Minmatar they've sold to the Amarr is just atrocious...

Sorry, I'm getting carried away....

Eventually I will need to fly my Rifter against the Amarr, and those who ally with them. Real pilots, not just those belt rats.

Wensley has crafted a superb guide to using the Rifter in solo PVP. Read it, if you're a Rifter pilot. You'll become better at it. Unless you're Amarr... you can go die in a hole somewhere.

Who am I?

People often think they are their body, or their name... But it's not true.

Who we are is based on what we do, rather than what we are.

I was a slave. But that's not who I am. I was beaten and tortured by the Amarr, leaving me a shattered shell of my former self. But I was not that shell.

What we do is not based on the body or the experiences we have. Naturally they have an influence, but they are not the determining factors.

No, what we do is a result of the choices we make - and that happens in our minds. We choose what to do - our body or environment does not make those choices for us.

We can choose to free ourselves of those emotional attachments we have to physical things. Like our attachment to our body, for example.

While the body can feel pain, or addiction, the mind can be free of those things. The mind can make different choices, imagine different realities. The mind can go where the body can't.

Imagine eating a lemon. No, really imagine it. Imagine biting into it, and the bitter, tangy juice washing over your tongue. Imagine the taste causing your lips to purse together at the bitterness.

As you imagine this, your mouth and your tongue will react as if you are actually eating it. Your body physically reacts to your imagination as if the experience was real, but without needing to go through the physical experience.

Your mind can determine your reality. You can create your reality. Nothing can hold you back if you want something - all you need to do is just imagine it.

I imagined my freedom. I imagined it so much, that in my mind, I was free. And then, oddly, my reality began to change. Opportunities arose that I at first didn't take advantage of - opportunities to make my imagined freedom a reality.

It wasn't until an Amarrian soldier literally slapped me in the face and told me to run, that I realised what was happening.

My imagination had created my reality.

I was a slave because I grew up as a slave, and that's all I knew. My physical reality continued to reflect my inner reality. It's only when my inner reality changed, that my physical reality followed.

Who am I?

I am free. I am in control. I will never be a slave to anyone, or anything. I choose it.

This is my story, and my future will be up to me.

Who are you?