A little while ago I wrote about HeroKids and the "Mines of Martek" scenario that I had prepared, and just a few days after I had a chance to run it, not just once but twice. I've just been too busy to write about it before now. I had a run here at home with my son and stepson (age 6 and 10), and once at my kindergarten where I had four players (age 4 and 5) with a lot of spectators.
I've been home sick these past two days and have delved deeper into EVE. I forgot how much fun this game is and how truly expansive the world and goals are.
My buddy and I started a corp and set up a base in Illuin, Metropolis. A hefty 27-ish jumps from Jita, the trade capital of the EVE universe. Around Jita is also where most of my old stuff was, so I headed on over there and jumped in my Caldari Badger to bring everything back. With my hauler near my base I began to look at player contracts.
A lot really has changed since I last played EVE. My previous 'mining ship', the Osprey, is a joke of a miner now. The real way to get your feet wet is by getting your hands on an ORE Venture.
I'm having a bear of a time trying to find valid, up to date, information on EVE. Searching for anything results in threads from back in 2011 or 2012. Is there a good forum for 'current' eve information?
Regardless... I am now trying to decide what my next ship will be. With me having two friends that I invited about to sub, we decided to split the isk I'll get from selling the PLEX, so we will each walk away with 400M. That will easily fund an exhumer for mining and a battlecruiser, while still letting me purchase some serious gear to fit both.
A lot has changed. Apparently ships have been 'balanced' which means my recommended mining ship is now shit at mining. I did a bit of reading, and everybody was recommending a Venture for their first 'true' mining ship. So I jumped twice and bought one... only to discover there's a new skill called 'Mining Frigate'. One jump to grab that and it takes 16 minutes to train. I'm heading off now, but got that going.
I have a friend who I've been playing with a bit. We've jumped through a lot of different games trying to find a good 'fit'. He also has a friend who plays with him quite a bit. I suggested EVE the other day and with the 21 day free trial, they both agreed to give it a shot.
Apparently EVE is now on steam... but if you have an account that wasn't purchased through steam, you won't be able to use the Steam client. (Though some people are saying if you download the steam trial it works...) So after spending all night yesterday downloading, we were both ready to jump in tonight.
I blame games like Trade Wars (BBS) and Elite (x86) and later on Privateer (Colour!) for this obsession. And this title has attracted me for a long time, but I haven't been able to justify it to myself despite it seeming as if I'm doing a damn good job right now.
The gods of fate and fortune put it on sale and for the price of a cup of coffee I wasn't going to refuse. Besides, I now have a G27 so this may just work out well...
I’m a nerd. A huge nerd, actually.
I started playing roleplaying games when I was 9, and I’m still doing so despite fast approaching the big four oh. Not as much as before, mainly due to time constraints. It’s hard trying to balance time between work, time with the kids, time with the significant other and time for games and hobbies. I’ve tried to come up with some RPG system that would be simple enough that my kids at 10 and 6 would be able to understand them. Heck, I’ve even tried to create a system myself, from scratch. But nothing has really fit the bill well enough…
Until I found a game about a month ago…
I came over a game called Hero Kids, spesifically aimed at kids from 4 to 10. I read through the rules and immediately thought “Hey, this might actually work!” And so I printed out the character sheets and the initial adventure called “Basement o’ Rats”.
I've invested a few hours in this, so by no means can I say I *know* this game. Today, however, I dropped the blinds and killed the lights and wandered into the mechanically magic world that Corvo lives in. From the first moments when your ship docks and you're lowered into the water Bethesda draws you in, engages you in events. And it is subtle - as subtle as having a first person perspective for so many aspects of it.
Tan: What are you playing today?
Stout: TF2, what else?!?
Stout: Those people don't even wear hats!
Tan: The guy in Dishonored has a mask. It's like a skew hat.
Stout: 'rotated hat'. I'll allow it!
Tan: X:Com however, yeah. Somehow going 1 on 1 with mind-bending aliens with powerful weaponry and none of them wear helmets.
Stout: that is a weird word to spell out
Stout: How were your holidays? get anything exciting?
Tan: Clearly you don't watch enough porn.