DoW 66.2 “This Whole CSM Thing”

“So here’s the thing…”

Feat. StarConquer212, Synsational, and a lot of realtalk

-Changes to interceptor agility and an expansion of things you can overheat

-Omnidirectional Tracking Links turned into scripted, active modules with the same strengths as turret tracking computers

-Nerfing the Elephant in the Room: Alek is not pleased that sentry drones and their upgrades are being targeted for nerfs that don’t address the underlying problem of drone assist. A discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the drones as a weapon system ensues

-Meh: Dreads get a slight tracking nerf unless paired with carriers but StarConquer and Turtle explain why it’s not really a big deal

-Expectedly Safe Structures: The MJD Array, the Dscan Disruptor

-Extremely Scandalous Structures: More frustratingly designed siphons, “ESSgate”

-Ali likes the ESS, Alek hates that she likes the ESS, a feeding frenzy on the numerous design issues of the ESS ensues 

-The Big Question: Are these deployable structures a product of reluctance to deal with the core issues holding EVE back?

-Case Study: StarConquer brings up the lack of alliance bookmarks as a major failure of CSM8 WH advocacy which leads to a discussion of a dearth of major features with widespread consensus on value compared to the controversial little features like the ESS

-A Question of Faith: Can CCP actually deliver on their 3 year roadmap and if so where are the landmarks we should be looking for to see progress? And if/when they do get there will it be a compelling enough destination to retain the new players it attracts?

-Where were we? Oh yeah: the ESS. At great length. 

-Jester’s Trudge: CSM Vice Chair Ripard Teg put out a touchstone post called “Another Way of Saying ‘Never'”

-Voyeurism: “EVE is way more fun to read about than it is to play” hits home to most of the cast and we explore why that is

-The Ultimate Irony: Springboard expansions have nothing to jump off too, we’re talking about increasing the peak concurrent user count for a game which crashes because single system capcity is exceeded during fights, and EVE’s  fundamental gameplay dynamic is painfully out of date

DoW 66.1 “2013 Black Mark Awards”

“That’s because I’m blind you jackass!”

Feat. award-winning FC Synsational with special appearances by Noir. Recruit of the Year Horok and StarConquer212 from Verge of Collapse

The results of the 2013 Black Mark Awards are announced! 

-Synsational got mercury poisoning and almost went permanently blind, but he’s fine now and still multiboxes.

Poll Discussion: Rail Proteus

EVE News: WH alliances challenge record for ISK destroyed per minute, A string of supers died recently (one isn’t news worthy anymore), RUS holds onto their staging system but at the price of parts of their JB network, Darkspawn disbands but nothing comes of it, Brave Newbies clashes with the PVP heavyweights of Syndicate

-StarConquer212 joins the panel mid-cast to give a first hand account of that WH fight and brings up whether killboards help or hurt EVE.

Contract Wrap Up: NMG. is hitting lowsec incursions hard to ISK-up during their 6th Anniversary recruitment drive


Bloodiest WH Battle Ever

DoW 65 “Successful Diplomacy”

“Better Late Than Never”

Poll Results: Turtle Reviews Movies Alek Won’t Watch

EVE News: RUSRUS makes steady gains in the south, Battle of B-S7 (Rail Proteus vs Domi/Tengu), TEST and EMP attack Vale of the Silent, Jita Brings in the New Year with Fireworks

-N3/SOLAR T3 Fleet Doctrines compared, contrasted, analysed, etc.

-EVE’s Server Issues and Why/When/How CCP will expand single system capacity

Epic Contract Wrap Up: WH True Sansha Large POS Takedown (Gevlon Goblin) and Honourable Third Party Logistic Support (Failed Diplomacy)

This Week in Mercs: Alek announces nominees for the first annual Black Mark Awards


Dramatic Reading: “Get a Move On”