I’m Back!

After a while of being away I’ve returned to EVE and to blogging!  I’m looking through all of the changes I’ve missed and will be trying to post more about all the things I love like about “bots” that aren’t bots and terrible traders.

Stay tuned!


The price of PLEX

PLEX price has been called into question over the past couple of months with speculation all over the place as to where it would go.  Anyone with a little knowledge on PLEX was under the belief that following the final little drop on January 1st the price would begin to climb.  This is where it becomes clear that MoxNix, who claims to be a pro trader, has no idea how the market work.  Here’s his prediction from the end of December:

I fully expect the downward to trend to continue. If the existing trend continues at the same rate PLEX will be selling for around 650 million each in another month.

A cursory glance at the markets already shows that the price of PLEX is back hovering over the 800-820m mark, so unless the market collapses sometime in the next 20 days, we know this to be false.  PLEX is already beginning to recover, and with Christmas often having lower prices and with fanfest coming up in march, it should do very well.  Of course he knows this now as it’s plain to see, which is why he is switching all of his trading alts to work with PLEX.  It’s astounding that he can post up something so clearly wrong, then blog about how he’s going to heavily trade PLEX without acknowledging that it shows that he is aware his previous claim was totally incorrect.

Separately, he’s recently displayed that he claims to have more knowledge than he does in other areas too.  He undertook a huge monologue with one of the other trolls on his blog, claiming to be a computer expert, yet today’s post said he bought this for the PC he is building:

Win 8.1 (full version, not OEM)

A computer expert would know that the OEM version is the full version, it’s simply supplied without packaging and can only be sold when buying hardware (which he was).  I guess that when you’re on the internet though, everyone can be a self proclaimed computer expert and market guru.

Christmas is coming!

As happens every year in EVE Online, Christmas will be celebrated with gifts from CCP (Thanks CCP!) and many, many, many snowballs.  This year, CCP Falcon has confirmed that the festivities will begin on 18th December.  I’m curious as to what they will release this year.  In past years, limited edition items have been released which results in some pretty spectacular market craziness.  Hopefully this year they will have something spectacular.  Either way, I’ll see you on the 4-4 undock for snowballs and fireworks.

Oh, if you missed the o7 show by the way, it’s now available on YouTube for you to watch at your leisure.

Update: Christmas presents were released, which included 20 days of dual characters training!  My alts thank you CCP!  It did also make me realise though that I hate the drag and drop redeeming system in the launcher.  Since it also came with all the usual random items chronicling historic evens in EVE, it took far to many drags and drops to get it all.  Bring back the redeem all!

Finding Thera

If you’re having trouble finding Thera, the new wormhole version of Jita, there’s a new website called EvE-Scout, which gives a list of the locations of wormholes to Thera.  The information is player submitted, so you have to be careful you are not being misled and lured into a trap, but it seems to be mostly correct at the moment.

As is to be expected, kills in Thera are slowing down. with over a thousand kill in the first 24 hours, we’re now only up to 3000 kills, which is still a significant number but a marked decrease on the initial velocity.  Hopefully that will soon open up the market in Thera, which at the moment is a little bare.

If you haven’t been there yet, you should really go try it out, and now you know how to find it.

Rhea Release Feature Tour

I like poking around on YouTube looking for newly released EVE videos from time to time.  Sometimes watching the game can be more thrilling than playing it, as you get to see things from a different perspective.  Having a look round today, I found the official Rhea feature tour, which showcases the additions for Rhea, which is quite cool.

I also managed to watch the o7 show last night.  While there were no real breaking news items discussed beyond the names of the next 3 expansions (Proteus – Tiamat – Scylla), they did mention the Caroline star urging people to keep an eye on it.  I’m hoping that means it will deliver some quality content, or at least an idea into where it’s going soon.

Thera – Death on Day 1

So I spent a lot of time in Thera yesterday, dodging people mostly.  It seems to be working, at least in the short term, as a place to bring people together for a good bit of killing.  If you look at zkillboard for Thera, there’s already 1500 kills that have taken place in the system which is pretty good.  The market as you can imagine is pretty terrible at the moment.  It’s difficult for people to get a lot of volume in there without getting thoroughly killed, but I expect that to start picking up eventually.  I don’t suppose it will become the next Jita like CCP hope, it might rival one of the null sec hubs for size one day.  I found some sort of intel channel being advertised in Jita called Thera-Intel.  It seems to be pretty empty of people, but there’s links in there to see current wormholes to Thera which seems to be kept moderately up to date, so it’s worth a look.  I’m hoping soon we’ll get a nice big clash to rival the size of fights they get in nullsec.  It would be amazing to see a free for all on that scale.

Rhea Released!

The latest release in EVE development cycle was released yesterday, Rhea.  The official patch notes can be found here.  Notably, this patch removes the need for jump clones, a new freighter, the Bowhead designed to carry fitted and unpackaged ships and adds a new type of wormhole, one with a station called Thera alongside 100 extra standard wormholes.  This is designed to be a new Jita like hub, with free combat right outside.

Along with these notable changes, there are countless fixes, and the introduction of their new physical rendering system which will help them improve graphics quality of objects in space.  A lot of work has also been done in expanding the lore around sleepers and Jovian tech, hopefully signally an imminent release of further new and exciting content.

Now, I’m not sure about the rest of you but I’m off to find Thera!

CCP Greyscale Leaves CCP

According to an article on themittai.com, CCP Greyscale has left CCP.  Strangely there’s be no CCP announcement of the news yet, but according to TMC, another CCP developer has confirm this is the case.  This comes as quite a surprise, and is quite unfortunate.  It’s Greyscale’s team which has been working on he recent null sec rebalance, of which the jump changes were the first step.  While yes, his team will be quite capable of continuing without him, it’s still quite a blow to lose a dev with as much knowledge and drive as CCP Greyscale.  I’ll post an update if and when we receive more information.