With the Mercenary War kicking off and large fleets roaming New Eden, now’s the perfect time to revisit flying in TiDi conditions. Roland Cassidy talks about the art of picking off enemy ships in Tempus Fugit. Seize the opportunity to apply your PvP skills in a new way!
Shortly after we learned about manipulating the time-dilated field of battle, former Imperium alliance Circle-of-Two broke away from the coalition following an Imperium-led defence of a CO2 ihub costing over 240B ISK in materiel. Arrendis has the writeup, complete with details on the battle, the immediate fallout, and reactions.
The Imperial music label RMT records commemorated the event in an incredibly timely fashion with the EVE-themed cover song ‘Some [CO2] I Used to Blue]’. RMT Records was also on the ball when Tranquility experienced some unexpected downtime.
But life carries on in the rest of EVE. Notorious Russian alliance LSH dropped an Avatar in the lowsec region of Aridia. The 118B ISK titan left behind an expensive pod, and comments from LSH saying that it was an easy kill.
EVE Bureau chief Matterall took the time to analyze the history of the Imperium, and the factors leading up to what are now being called the Mercenary Wars. Whether you are a new player, or an old veteran looking to catch up, this article is a must-read for anyone interested in the ongoing situation.
With Evelopedia out of the picture, there’s more reason than ever to look for third-party new player resources. Vanessa Guang has the scoop on a wide variety of resources aimed at newbies, though it is fair to say that returning players will get some mileage out of them too.
Which brings us to a submission from Goonwaffe’s Kismeteer, covering the mechanical changes that have taken place over the last few years of EVE. If you’re wondering what impact years of patches might have on your unsubbed titan pilot, this is the article for you.
Matterall returned with a quick war report, headlined with a video from CCP’s in-character news service The Scope. Even if you have no interest in the battle for UQ9-3C and VFK-IV, it’s worth looking at for the video alone. Besides it being neat that CCP is apparently taking a renewed interest in player politics, one has to chuckle at a reporter saying names like ‘Imperium’ and ‘Moneybadger Coalition’ with solemnity. Wait, hang on a second…
The fate of UQ9-3C was quickly resolved. Thousands of pilots clashed for control over the system, but ultimately the Imperium managed to save the I-Hub. Imperial FC Jay Amazingness said that he was “pleased with how the engagement turned out.”
Lastly, but certainly not least, Roland Cassidy rounded out our weekend coverage with a pair of palate cleansers after a week of war. Encapsulation covers Roland’s thoughts on where that often overlooked fundamental of EVE Online, PvE combat, should be heading, while I, Newbie received its sixth entry. This latest part in the series talks about the shock new players may experience trying to fit in as new, ambitious members of a nullsec alliance, and pathways to pulling your weight.
Conquer the Stars, and Madison
As befits a week full of war, I took a look at the latest entry in a much-beloved series of sci-fi 4X games…Perhaps even the series. Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars is undeniably a work in progress, but it is one I felt charmed by and engaged with. It’s definitely a game to keep on your radar, regardless of how you feel about ‘Early Access’ titles!
White Wolf may may no longer be a part of CCP, but the EVE playerbase has always held an interest in its games. This year at Gencon, four games across different lines of the New World of Darkness setting will be run concurrently, all of them affecting each other. For more details, check out this excellent article outlining the upcoming events!
We welcomed our new writer Tess Ashpool this week as she published a piece of news on Vantablack. This nanotechnological material is the darkest, least reflective material currently known to science, and now it comes in aerosol form. While being able to pick up cans of black hole spraypaint isn’t on the cards for the near future, this material has exciting applications in the field of astronomy. Watch this space!
This article originally appeared on TheMittani.com, written by Ryan Vincent.