Ask Me About…

14Apr09

Since getting back from my holidays I’ve had quite a few e-mails and Eve mails with questions about everything from general piracy to how to fly specific ships. While I am by no means an expert, I’m happy to share what I know and maybe other readers will be able to fill in the blanks.

So if you’ve got any questions about piracy, PvP, or life in low security space then comment on this post and I’ll do my best to answer you.

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Former Tusker Kor Anon has finally got round to releasing his Maller video. Most people think of the Maller as a tanky brick. Kor will definitely change your mind about this ship.

Edit: Damn, I can’t embed EveTube videos here 😦

Edit the Second: You can check out the discussion thread on the Eve Online forums. Give a great pilot and great video a bump 🙂


Holiday Time

09Apr09

Hi guys. Just a quick post to say that I haven’t forgotten you but rather that I’ve gone to spend a week at home with my friends and family. The weather’s not great here on Pator. See you all back in space!


How To Ransom

04Apr09

[ 2009.04.03 21:03:38 ] Wensley > hey there
[ 2009.04.03 21:03:41 ] Wensley > this be a ransom
[ 2009.04.03 21:03:48 ] Wensley > tell us a joke or we’ll make thee walk the plank
[ 2009.04.03 21:04:00 ] Avan Sercedos > thee isn’t pirateish wensley
[ 2009.04.03 21:04:05 ] Avan Sercedos > you’re terrible \
[ 2009.04.03 21:04:10 ] Wensley > pfffft
[ 2009.04.03 21:04:10 ] Mendrok > Ok
[ 2009.04.03 21:04:25 ] Mendrok > Pirate walks into a bar with a steering wheel at his waste.
[ 2009.04.03 21:04:31 ] Wensley > we be a-listening…
[ 2009.04.03 21:04:35 ] Mendrok > Bartender says’ what’s that all about?
[ 2009.04.03 21:04:47 ] Mendrok > And he respons, Yaaar! It’s driving me nuts!
[ 2009.04.03 21:05:04 ] Wensley > yarrrrrr, we’ve heard it before but we’ll let ye go fer makin’ an effort
[ 2009.04.03 21:05:13 ] Avan Sercedos > yarrr
[ 2009.04.03 21:05:26 ] Caster Rom > carry on carr on!
[ 2009.04.03 21:05:26 ] Wensley > fly safe and watch your scanner!
[ 2009.04.03 21:05:29 ] Mendrok > Hahah
[ 2009.04.03 21:05:33 ] Robert Mason > lol i liked that1
[ 2009.04.03 21:05:33 ] Caster Rom > 😦 joy-killer wensley
[ 2009.04.03 21:05:39 ] Avan Sercedos > and don’t mine in low sec
[ 2009.04.03 21:05:43 ] Avan Sercedos > err wait
[ 2009.04.03 21:05:46 ] Avan Sercedos > do mine in low sec
[ 2009.04.03 21:05:51 ] Avan Sercedos > bring all your hulks to low sec
[ 2009.04.03 21:05:53 ] Wensley > but only when you can fly a t2 hulk
[ 2009.04.03 21:05:54 ] Robert Mason > and bring rich friends
[ 2009.04.03 21:06:01 ] Caster Rom > oh i get it now
[ 2009.04.03 21:06:02 ] Caster Rom > >_ you might want to leave, by the way
[ 2009.04.03 21:06:13 ] Avan Sercedos > yeah
[ 2009.04.03 21:06:23 ] Avan Sercedos > raneilles would be a good place to go
[ 2009.04.03 21:06:32 ] Avan Sercedos > It’s high sec 😛
[ 2009.04.03 21:06:44 ] Mendrok > Appreciate it
[ 2009.04.03 21:06:51 ] Mendrok > and here I thought I found a gold mine.
[ 2009.04.03 21:06:52 ] Wensley > word to the wise, you can make more money mining veld in high sec than you can other stuff in lowsec
[ 2009.04.03 21:07:01 ] Mendrok > What happens if you destroy my escape pod anyway?
[ 2009.04.03 21:07:01 ] Avan Sercedos > yeah
[ 2009.04.03 21:07:07 ] Avan Sercedos > well…
[ 2009.04.03 21:07:09 ] Avan Sercedos > at your age
[ 2009.04.03 21:07:12 ] Avan Sercedos > nothing
[ 2009.04.03 21:07:13 ] Wensley > you go back to the clone vat and lose any implants
[ 2009.04.03 21:07:33 ] Caster Rom > and if clone is not updates, you lose some skillpoints = you lose time invested in training
[ 2009.04.03 21:07:41 ] Wensley > go buy yourself a nice new mining ship 🙂
[ 2009.04.03 21:07:41 ] Avan Sercedos > So keep your clone updated
[ 2009.04.03 21:07:46 ] Avan Sercedos > etc etc
[ 2009.04.03 21:08:00 ] Mendrok > I can’t on a trial account 😦
[ 2009.04.03 21:08:12 ] Avan Sercedos > navitas is fine to start
[ 2009.04.03 21:08:14 ] Wensley > i meant a nice new navitas. your wallet should just have flashed
[ 2009.04.03 21:08:16 ] Avan Sercedos > then exequror
[ 2009.04.03 21:08:24 ] Mendrok > Considering activating just so I can use my Iteron
[ 2009.04.03 21:08:54 ] Wensley > do it. and if you ever want to leave mining and start having some lowsec fun you know where to find us 🙂
[ 2009.04.03 21:09:16 ] Caster Rom > he means join us, not as in, what just happened 😉
[ 2009.04.03 21:09:28 ] Mendrok > My housemate says he wants to, hah
[ 2009.04.03 21:09:39 ] Avan Sercedos > Avoid low sec
[ 2009.04.03 21:10:19 ] Avan Sercedos > Until you can afford to lose what you’re flying
[ 2009.04.03 21:10:29 ] Avan Sercedos > actually
[ 2009.04.03 21:10:36 ] Avan Sercedos > don’t fly anything you can’t afford to lose several times
[ 2009.04.03 21:10:50 ] Mendrok > Hah, ya I hear ya.
[ 2009.04.03 21:11:09 ] Wensley > yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar
[ 2009.04.03 21:11:33 ] Avan Sercedos > yar
[ 2009.04.03 21:11:47 ] Wensley > and come on, you loved my ransom chat really
[ 2009.04.03 21:12:20 ] Avan Sercedos > I think you need pirate speech lessons
[ 2009.04.03 21:12:21 ] Mendrok > It was the first experience I have actually had with a person in this “MMO” so yes I was happy with the encounter.


Last night I had the privilege of leading the Tuskers into battle. We formed up at 2000 EVE and headed out in search of adventure. You can read a full account of what transpired at The Tuskers Public Relations blog or just watch the video here.

As always thanks to the guys for turning up being such a great gang to fly with.


As The Tuskers grow and evolve as a corporation our abilities have changed, too. In the early days we only really flew frigates, interceptors, assault frigates, cruisers, and the odd battlecruiser. These days not only have the original members developed their skills into larger ships but we’ve also attracted much more experienced, older hands who can field everything up to capital ships. Lately this has meant that recons and heavy assault ships have become a regular sight in Tusker squads and this week things cranked up another notch.

Toady11 has started to bring his Dominix out to play. This doesn’t mean to say he’s the first Tusker to have a battleship, far from it. But it is the first time that I know of us fielding them. What’s he doing with it? Well he’s trying to step the endless flow of haulers running courier missions that floods our system. To this end he has racked up a fearsome number of kills so far this week.

Toady's Hauler Kills

While Toady has been interfering with the day to day activities of mission runners Castor Rom, another Tusker, was able to down a Megathron using only his Taranis. Between the two of them they have managed to knock my Providence adventure off the top of the killboard for both number of kills and point scored. This just won’t do. Something must be done!

I was going to have to do some pretty serious damage in order to even things up a bit. The evening began well with a Hurricane running a mission in our system. I called upon my friend with the covert ops to see if he could master the changes to the scanning system and pinpoint his position. After a bit of trial and error – luckily the Hurricane was taking his time – we were able to pin down his location and the troops swept in for the kill. Our Taranis, Incursus, and Claw were easily able to destroy the battlecruiser and we ransomed the pilot’s pod for 10,000,000 ISK. A good start, I’m sure you’ll agree. Content with my work so far I hopped into a destroyer and cleaned up the mess that the mission had left behind before retiring to a bar for dinner and a couple of beers. There was a game on that I wanted to watch.

After the match (my team won) I made my way back down to the hangar. I’d enjoyed flying the Claw so I decided to take her out again. A report came through of an outlaw Drake in Costolle. I leapt into warp and raced up the pipe to see if I could find him and make the tackle. Unfortunately he was gone without a trace but in Melmaniel I saw a Rupture on scan that I couldn’t track down with my onboard systems. While I waited for a prober to arrive I scanned around the system and began to see a Thorax, Breacher, and Merlin on scan. My instincts kicked in and I began to narrow them down. A couple of times I just missed the Breacher before I eventually managed to land in a belt with all three of them.

The Merlin engaged first and I quickly locked it and returned fire. The Breacher and Thorax also locked me and began to fire. A quick look showed that the Thorax was using medium Hammerhead I drones and I was happy they would pose no threat to my interceptor. The Merlin had me webbed and my priority became to remove the irritation from the field. I overloaded my guns and closed in as quickly as I could. My shields were gone and my armour was starting to take a hammering. I fired up my repair systems while the Merlin was despatched. The next threat to remove was the Breacher. I was already on top of him and it was the work of moments to lock and destroy the fragile frigate. By now I’d called for support as the presence of the cruiser had alarmed me but with the frigates gone I was able to settle into a tight orbit and chip away at his defences. I popped a couple of his drones for good measure before focussing my efforts on the cruiser. As he reached half armour support arrived in the form of Robert Mason in an Incursus and Avan Sercedos’ Rupture. The last remaining defences of the Thorax crumbled and I quickly locked and scrambled his pod. My ransom demands were refused and I sent him home via clone vat express. As I docked up I saw the Merlin pilot undocking in an Ibis. He was still flagged to me so I engaged and destroyed the rookie ship and his pod.

Feeling good that I’d closed the gap on Toady and Castor I sat in station to wait out my criminal timer for destroying the pod. Suddenly corporate communications lit up with reports of a Myrmidon in Hevrice. Forgetting about my timer I undocked and set out full speed for home. In Hevrice probes were deployed and we waited for a hit. As our scouts narrowed down the target we began to get ready only to be told that just before the final scan resolved the target had gone. The system was empty. Or so we thought.

An expected beacon appeared on our overviews. Someone had lit a cynosaural beacon outside our station. An Archon class carrier appeared on scan accompanied by a Vagabond, Eagle, and Taranis. It looked like we had new neighbours. A couple of scouting flybys revealed that they were not outlaws and that the beacon had been lit 30 km from the station. The heavy assault cruisers and interceptor were warping too and from the station at various ranges, obviously covering the carrier. I eventually warped my Claw to the station and hovered just long enough for the Taranis to engage me before docking. He was now flagged as an aggressor and I could engage him on my own terms without the station guns getting involved. While I was negotiating my way through the docking lanes I noticed the local comms channel flashing:

[22:46:55] Goreth Ra’ak > for you bunch of -.10s you guys never fight 😦

I parked up the Claw and hopped into one of my trusty Rifters. I hadn’t had the chance to engage a Taranis for a good while now and with my new skills, greater experience, and the changes to warp scramblers I was sure that I could beat him. I undocked to find that the Taranis had moved well away from the station. I engaged my afterburner and told my navigation computer to settle into a 7,500 m orbit around the target. The Taranis sped towards me. It seemed he was keen to engage too. The Eagle was about 60 km away and there was no sign of the Vagabond. All systems go!

The Gallente interceptor locked me and I locked back. His web slowed my ship and he closed in tight, his blasters hitting me hard. My own web and scrambler took effect and shut down his microwarp drive. All of the sudden the balance of power had switched. I now had the power to dictate range and before I took much damage I was able to glide out into my planned orbit. His blasters were unable to hit me here and my shields began to recharge while my autocannons spat Barrage into his shields, armour, and eventually hull. He was able to repair chunks of his armour while I slowly ate into the Taranis’ massive structure. Keen to finish this I told my ship to approach and then really began to eat into him. Before he’d even broken through my shields his ship exploded and I punched the warp command. The Vagabond had undocked and it was time to get out. Even as my warp engines began to power up I bookmarked the location of his wreck. The powerful warp drive engaged and I shot away from the battlefield just as the Vagabond’s targeting computers resolved the lock. At my safe spot I turned around and warped back to the wreck. I landed a small distance away and burnt to what remained of the once proud ship. As I transferred the loot to my cargo the Vagabond opened fire and I quickly ducked into the safety of the station.

[22:49:18] DeimonX > POP! 🙂
[22:49:22] Wensley > gf
[22:49:28] Kyrie Asada > lol
[22:49:29] DeimonX > gf

Yet another interceptor kill under the eyes of the enemy. This is becoming a habit, and a good one at that. As our numbers rose we undocked heavier ships and began to chase around the Vagabond, Eagle, and a Sentinel that had undocked. After I’d eventually retreated wearily to my bunk it seems that we were able to pick off the Eagle.

When will people learn that we engage on our own terms. We don’t respond to smack. While you’re smacking us we’re forming a plan to pick off your ships one at a time. We are pirates. We won’t fight you for honour or to defend our system. We don’t need to defend it. It isn’t ours. If you try and set up shop here we will just use small ships and go hunt in other space. Many before have tried to kick us out of Hevrice. All have failed and all have left to go find fights elsewhere. We are The Tuskers. We strike silently and then fade back into the night. You have been warned.

Oh, and Toady and Castor… I’m catching up!

Week 14 Kills Week 14 Point


As a modern pirate corporation we here at The Tuskers are very aware about our public image. We’re lucky to have a couple of high profile bloggers on our roster especially our leader, Ka Jolo. This means that New Eden at large knows about our values and the code around which we base our lives. Being a Tusker is about blending individual flair with well co-ordinated teamwork all wrapped up in a sense of honour and pride.

Why on Earth am I rambling on like this? Well a Tusker by the name of Jonah Karr has helped us take our presence on GalNet a step further and formed The Tuskers Public Relations Department. Now all of our members can share their day to day lives and what it means to be a Tusker.

So if you’re keen to learn more about piracy, more about lowsec space, more about The Tuskers, or even just more about Eve in general then head over to our Public Relations office and subscribe to our newsletter.

Fly safe!

PS – Also check out the blogs of Jonah Karr and Castor Rom.


Because The Tuskers had been set to kill on sight by CVA overnight I woke to find myself in a suddenly hostile environment. At the end of my roam I had docked up in H9-J8N. Its a back corner of Providence but my presence had caught the locals’ attention. I tried to undock only to find my station camped by a Broadsword and Stiletto. Moments later a Falcon undocked too and I fled back to the safety of the station. Looks like I was going nowhere. Never mind. I left my ship and had a wander around the station. Thankfully I could attend to my other business here without interruption.

Eventually I received a conversation request:

[ 2009.03.31 20:30:39 ] Lord Godness > hi
[ 2009.03.31 20:30:43 ] Wensley > hi there
[ 2009.03.31 20:30:49 ] Lord Godness > how r u
[ 2009.03.31 20:30:58 ] Wensley > pretty ace, ta. yourself?
[ 2009.03.31 20:31:06 ] Lord Godness > thx me too 🙂
[ 2009.03.31 20:31:33 ] Lord Godness > its my last day in provi and i want to have a good fight … interested on a 1 vs 1 ??
[ 2009.03.31 20:32:01 ] Lord Godness > i will talk to everyone that noone engages u
[ 2009.03.31 20:32:12 ] Wensley > hmmm….
[ 2009.03.31 20:32:14 ] Lord Godness > kill me and it is ok
[ 2009.03.31 20:32:23 ] Lord Godness > but please
[ 2009.03.31 20:32:24 ] Wensley > see, i don’t trust people that bring a falcon to fight a rifter…
[ 2009.03.31 20:32:27 ] Lord Godness > give me a good fight
…
[ 2009.03.31 20:36:15 ] Lord Godness > ok fudge is on station with a damnation
[ 2009.03.31 20:36:20 ] Lord Godness > he will not attack
[ 2009.03.31 20:36:27 ] Wensley > what are you in?
[ 2009.03.31 20:36:33 ] Lord Godness > zealot
[ 2009.03.31 20:36:41 ] Wensley > lets see… zealot vs rifter…
[ 2009.03.31 20:36:46 ] Lord Godness > lol
[ 2009.03.31 20:37:05 ] Wensley > looks like i’ll pass and go afk for a bit longer. thanks for the offer, though. good luck finding some fun 🙂
[ 2009.03.31 20:37:05 ] Lord Godness > hmmm if u want
[ 2009.03.31 20:37:18 ] Lord Godness > thx bud nice day

During this exchange he’d hailed the locals and asked them not to engage. I was still being cautious. Even if I was solo in something bigger than a Rifter I could be sure that he’d be getting gang boosts from the Damnation and I don’t think the other residents would have taken too kindly to my presence. I went back around my business.

[ 2009.03.31 20:48:08 ] Lord Godness > so my last day is this fucking sector and no fight
[ 2009.03.31 20:48:26 ] Lord Godness > u can go out of this system
[ 2009.03.31 20:48:32 ] Lord Godness > no one will engage u
[ 2009.03.31 20:48:42 ] Lord Godness > and if they do i will assist u
[ 2009.03.31 20:51:39 ] Lord Godness > a damnation and a hyperion is in front of the station
[ 2009.03.31 20:54:58 ] Wensley > very kind, sir

At the same time the following appeared in local:

[ 2009.03.31 20:44:09 ] Lord Godness > yes … i talked to him
[ 2009.03.31 20:44:13 ] Lord Godness > nice guy
[ 2009.03.31 20:44:23 ] Lord Godness > so pls let him go out of this system
…
[ 2009.03.31 20:55:23 ] Lord Godness > let him go
[ 2009.03.31 20:55:27 ] Lord Godness > go
[ 2009.03.31 20:55:43 ] Lord Godness > thx buds

Curious to see if the camp had dropped I undocked and sure to his word there was a Damnation, Hyperion, and Zealot on the station. Even if they had malicious intentions none of them had a chance of locking me so I made good my escape.

[ 2009.03.31 20:55:43 ] Lord Godness > thx buds
[ 2009.03.31 20:56:06 ] zama118 > hehe dont think i didnt try
[ 2009.03.31 20:56:22 ] Lord Godness > i gave him my word friend
[ 2009.03.31 20:56:37 ] zama118 > and i would of given him my ammo
[ 2009.03.31 20:56:51 ] Wensley > o7
[ 2009.03.31 20:56:57 ] Lord Godness > o/

In the next system I found a Drake ratting but in light of the hostiles baying for my blood I decided that prudence might be the better part of valour and kept moving. All the while I was chatting to my new friend in our private channel.

[ 2009.03.31 20:57:31 ] Wensley > it would be wrong to attack a drake in the next system over, right? 🙂
[ 2009.03.31 20:57:47 ] Lord Godness > do what u want
[ 2009.03.31 20:57:54 ] Lord Godness > but they want to catch u
[ 2009.03.31 20:58:06 ] Wensley > i know 🙂

And then a few systems later…

[ 2009.03.31 21:00:55 ] Lord Godness > they know ur position
[ 2009.03.31 21:01:31 ] Wensley > i just attacked an atron, that’s why 🙂
[ 2009.03.31 21:01:55 ] Lord Godness > lool
[ 2009.03.31 21:01:57 ] Lord Godness > good bud
[ 2009.03.31 21:02:08 ] Lord Godness > there r only noobs in this sector

Unfortunately for me the Atron jumped before I could finish it off. Still, it was useful to know that they were aware of my position. I could count on a reception committee waiting for me at some point.

In G7AQ-7 I eventually found it. My plan had been to head out of Providence into Catch through the D-GTMI system. I knew that the defence force knew my general direction. Following my usual protocol I warped to a celestial in G7AQ-7 to scan the FSW-3C gate before making my move. Waiting on the gate were a Crow, Drake, and Malediction. The Drake jumped through and I decided to pounce on the interceptors and see what happened.

I landed on the gate and the Malediction was right beside me. The Crow jumped as I landed, waiting for me on the other side I assumed. Never mind. One at a time. I locked and scrambled the Malediction and it began to melt under my guns. As it entered structure the gate flashed and I began to get ready to make my escape. The Malediction exploded and I was already hammering the warp command. But it was too late. The Crow and a Stiletto had me in their grasp and an Arbitrator and Pilgrim were hammering away at me with their drones. I overheated everything in one last, futile bid for freedom. As my ship exploded I gave my pod the instructions to get safe and it quickly did. Even though I lost my Rifter I was definitely ahead in the exchange so I didn’t mind in the slightest.

I bounced around a couple of safe spots before returning to investigate the gate. It was clear. Brilliant. I warped to it and jumped, crossing my fingers that the other side would be clear to. It was and I warped away to a moon to collect my thoughts. Being alone in a pod in null security space is a very dangerous business and I had to get myself a ship as soon as possible. The next system in line was D-GTMI and I would be able to find a station there.

My scan revealed that there were ships on the D-GTMI gate. Caution was advisable. Being an all or nothing kind of guy I hit the warp command and braced myself. As my pod slowed to sub light speeds I saw to my dismay that I was 42 km from the gate on the edge of a bubble. The hostile camp was moving toward me and I instantly hit the warp command and fled to a belt and then a safe spot. None of them were able to lock me and I made it out safely. I was lucky. They should have got me. I need to add bubbles to my scan overview.

[ 2009.03.31 21:13:52 ] EVE System > Channel changed to FSW-3C Local Channel
[ 2009.03.31 21:15:21 ] Societas Jesu > lucky little bugger
[ 2009.03.31 21:15:23 ] Societas Jesu > 🙂

This time I exercised caution and warped to an off-axis belt to scan the gate. It was clear and I warped in without getting caught by the bubble. Relieved to be alive I told Lord Godness what had happened and he laughed.

[ 2009.03.31 21:06:54 ] Wensley > mwah ha. they got me 🙂
[ 2009.03.31 21:07:42 ] Lord Godness > lol
[ 2009.03.31 21:08:00 ] Wensley > took out a malediction first 🙂
[ 2009.03.31 21:09:41 ] Lord Godness > hehehehehehe
[ 2009.03.31 21:11:49 ] Lord Godness > lol they hate me that i have u let alive 😀
[ 2009.03.31 21:12:21 ] Wensley > ha ha
[ 2009.03.31 21:12:31 ] Lord Godness > hehehehe
[ 2009.03.31 21:12:41 ] Lord Godness > smack talk with blues lol

The other side of the gate was clear and I docked in the D-GTMI station after a hairy few moments when my pod landed about 500 m short of the docking ramp. The ships assembled around the station locked me and their guns began to shred my pod’s armour. I docked before it lost structural integrity and breathed a sigh of relief. Looking at the local market it would be possible to buy a Rifter but not to fit it in the manner that I was accustomed to. After quite a lot of deliberation I decided to go away and come back when things had calmed down on the undock ramp.

When I returned I saw that Adrinak, a former Tusker, was in the local channel. I hailed him through Tusker comms and we chatted about my predicament. Unfortunately he did not have the supplies that I needed to fit my Rifter so after a bit of consideration I decided to make a run for it in my insurance-issued Reaper. The undock ramp was clear and with some trepidation I jumped into F9E-KX. I was no longer in Providence and no longer under the watchful eye of CVA and their lackeys. I could breathe easily.

Not too easily, though. F9E-KX and the rest of Catch is under the control of Against All Authorities (-A-). They are a large, powerful alliance and several good friends now rank amongst their numbers. Thankfully two things were working in my favour. Most of -A-‘s fighting forces were in Delve and Querious helping KenZoku with the re-conquest of their fallen homelands. Secondly I used to live in this area already had a good collection of bookmarks to help me make my escape.

F9E-KX is just two jumps away from the notorious border system of HED-GP. This system is famous for almost always being bubble camped. If this was the case I’d have to look for another way out but I wouldn’t know until I got there. En route I passed a small fleet including interceptors also making their way towards the safety of Empire space. I don’t know if they tried to lock me but they at least hailed me as I decloaked and warped past them.

The gate at HED-GP was uncamped and I was able to safely jump out into Kerberz and the “safety” of high security space. Safety is relative and while I no longer had to worry about the capsuleers of 0.0 space, I needed to pay close attention to avoiding the forces of the Amarrian Imperial Navy. Moving through high security space is something I do regularly and as I write this I am safely docked up in the familiar CONCORD Logistic Support station in Agil. Now all that’s left is to get back to Hevrice and regale The Tuskers with stories of my victories, defeats, and close encounters.

Thanks so much to Lord Godness for helping me out and being such a good guy. I hope you find something more fun that being part of the Providence defence blob.

Fly safe!


March in Review

01Apr09

Another month has passed here in Hevrice so its time for another wrap up. Yet again I can report my busiest month ever. 7,556 came to read my blog in March. That’s an average of 244 every day. Not too bad.

Blog Stats (March 2009)

March’s most popular posts were:

As always the Rifter guide is leading the way by a long margin. It brings in about a third of the total page views that I get each month. I’m really glad to see that its so popular. Its also noticeable that the Twitter Pack post gets a lot of attention. I honestly haven’t paid any more thought to it since I made that original post. Seeing as its so out of date I will definitely revisit it and bring the information there up to date.

Rifter Guide Stats (March 2009)

Surprisingly the most common referrer this month is not the Rifter guide thread but another thread on Eve Online about PvP with low skill points closely followed by another thread about assault frigate combat and a third about frigate combat (thanks to Spectre for the plug in that one). Posting in the Warfare and Combat section of the Eve Online forums seems to be a good way of drawing traffic to my site. Other noticeable sources of visitors are the Eve Bloggers portal and the various members of the Eve Blog Pack.

So what have I been up to? The two biggest stories in the last month have probably been the adventures of Rifter Fleet Issue and my recent road trip down to Providence where I managed to get The Tuskers set as “kill on sight” to the local alliances. In total I made 49 kills this month. Not a huge amount but not bad considering how quiet its felt.

Life in The Tuskers continues to be good. I’ve taken on a few more responsibilities in the corporation including running our Ventrilo server. If you want to come and talk to us then drop by The Tuskers Public Channel in game and our public Ventrilo details are there. We’ve lost a few members for a variety of reasons, including some old friends, but also gained some promising recruits. One of my regrets is that I haven’t been able to lead or attend as many corporate operations as I would have liked to. Work is currently underway on our latest corporate project and I’ll tell you more about it as soon as we’re ready to release it into the world.

I managed to ressurect the Eve Tools reviews that I’ve been doing and wrote about both Ceres and Eve Metrics. They were popular articles so I’ll keep them going.


While I was down in Providence I was chatting to the guys from my old alliance about what I was up to. As friends of Against All Authorities at the time we had a few brushes with CVA and Providence Holder forces in and around Catch so they were pleased to hear about my achievements.

While we were chatting Ess (the donor behind 99 Problems) pointed me in the direction of this video on the Eve Online forums. Unable to access his main account a member of Quam Singulari had created a trial account and set out to see how much damage he and a friend could cause in two day old Rifters. The answer was that they could do quite an impressive amount.

Now you might have noticed that I’m a bit of a frigate addict. This video has given me an idea for my Easter holiday. I’m not going to be able to get out and do much piracy with Wensley so I might go and see if one of his new friends can go and cause some trouble in Providence. Using a Rifter would be kind of cheating because I know the ship so well. Watch out for my Punisher of Doom, coming to a carebear paradise near you soon. Of course I’ll be filming it and I’m pretty sure that there’ll be a guest post on here about the experiment in the next couple of weeks.