The Rise of Azshara Update brings Flying to Battle for Azeroth
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 June 2019, 7:15 pm
The long discussed 8.2 update for World of Warcraft, the Rise of Azshara, goes live today in Azeroth.  The servers might even be up by the time this goes live.  There was an extra long downtime scheduled. (Also, too much stuff happened today, so now I

Wealth of 22.5bn
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 June 2019, 6:09 pm
Last week was good, i would say my best week ever but it dawned on me that as my wealth rises any good week will be my best week ever for a while to come.My wealth rose to 22.5bn isk vs the May month end of 16.1bn isk and that includes buying and using

The Steam Summer Sale 2019 is Under Way
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 June 2019, 3:30 pm
It is that time of year again… or one of those times of year… when Steam has a big sale.  This year the event has a racing theme. While I haven’t dug in yet, it looks to be off to its usual splendor. I am sure there will be the usual cards to

Galactic Hour News Roundup: World Ark Aftermath Edition
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 June 2019, 4:43 pm

The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx provides your roundup of the latest news from around New Eden as the Triglavian Collective brings its invasion to a new climax with the appearance of "World Arks" and new messages from the enigmatic Zorya Triglav.

Terror from the Abyss as Triglavian World Arks Invade Multiple Star Systems

Yulai, Genesis – Despite continued reassurances from CONCORD that the Triglavian invasion is "contained", the last week has seen repeated incursions of the vast "World Ark" vessels into multiple star systems across New Eden's core regions. The best efforts of capsuleer forces appear to be the only serious opposition to the Triglavian threat, although CONCORD and its DED forces have made claims that they are regularly disrupting the formation of conduits from Abyssal Deadspace into the heart of our star cluster.

The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx has consulted with a number of eminent scientists and technical specialists from centers of learning and reputable corporations across New Eden. The result of this survey of expert knowledge is a clear consensus that the Triglavian Collective has, in fact, achieved a primary first goal in its invasion efforts by establishing a subtle but important alteration to the fabric of space-time in the core systems of the cluster. The result, in the words of Dr. Santina Ygrai of Duvolle Laboratories, is "a form of lasting resonance or attunement of the local space-time of the core regions of New Eden with the, so to speak, fabric of Abyssal Deadspace's deep folds and whorls of space-time."

As extraordinary and incomprehensible as this claim may be, there appears to be a swelling consensus in the scientific and technical community that theTriglavians have at the very least determined the most expeditious and efficient means of transporting the enormous mass of their World Ark vessels from the Abyss into New Eden. The long-term consequences of this development are highly uncertain but clearly hold the potential for widespread destruction and tragedy across New Eden's civilization.

Zorya Triglav Sends New Message Through Triglavian Devices; Capsuleer Theories Increasingly Accepted

Yulai, Genesis – As the Triglavian offensive unceasingly ramps up, capsuleers have been continuing to receive or intercept messages of Triglavian origin on the communications devices known as "Semiosis Conduction Consoles", sharing the basic data and their various conclusions with the GalNet-viewing public. The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx understands that CONCORD, government agencies, national corporations and many other organizations have also been listening in on Triglavian communications but notes that none of these parties have been forthcoming with the information that public-spirited capsuleers have provided to all.

The latest series of communications from the Triglavians have included a message that is apparently an operational update pertaining to the appearance of the "World Arks", a partial schematic of uncertain design, and an enigmatic but highly menacing message apparently delivered by the entity calling itself "Zorya Triglav". Capsuleer analysts of these messages, and the many that have gone before, are increasingly finding their theories accepted as plausible in the mainstream academic, political and security communities of New Eden's core empires. Despite this, there are numerous competing and strongly-held interpretations among both capsuleer and non-capsuleer analysts.

Attempted Triglavian Raids on Planets "Repelled by Enhanced Orbital, Atmospheric and Surface Defenses"

Yulai, Genesis – In perhaps the most disturbing development of the invasion yet, Triglavian vessels have attempted to raid a number of planets, confirmed Provost Marshal Kasiha Valkanir of AEGIS, in an interview with the Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx. The head of CONCORD's AEGIS division declined to specify the planets involved, "as that is a matter for the relevant local authorities." However, the former SARO field agent was able to reveal that a number of core empire planets had been raided by Triglavian forces, sometimes supported by subverted rogue drones, but that these assaults had been "comprehensively repelled by enhanced orbital, atmospheric and surface defenses."

For the duration of the Triglavian invasion crisis, the CONCORD agency headed by Provost Marshal Valkanir has been given a co-ordinating role in the over-arching campaign of defense against Triglavian attacks on static targets such as space installations, asteroid colonies, moon settlements and, most vitally, planetary bodies. While the core empires and their respective regional governments are directly responsible for defense of systems and their celestial bodies, AEGIS is supplying vital logistical support, detachments of specialist troops and equipment, and early-warning and intelligence of Triglavian movements.

Khumatar Allek Berialsh Inspects Matar Orbital Defenses; No Comment on Tronhadar Free Guard Deployments

Pator, Heimatar – Matar's newly-drafted Planetary Security Co-ordinator, Khumatar Allek Berialsh has completed a preliminary inspection of the planet's orbital defense network amidst an atmosphere of increasing controversy over the circumstances of the recent attack on the coastal zone of the Mikramurka region by Blood Raiders.

In particular, questions have been raised over the Krusual Tribe's re-activation of their mountain fortresses and underground bunkers shortly before the attack took place, though these have been angrily rejected by the Krusual as "insulting conspiracy theories." Despite the Krusual Tribe's dismissal of those questions, the news that units of the Tronhadar Free Guard were deployed for cold-weather warfare training in an undisclosed area of Mikramurka tundra has breathed new life into the brewing tribal dispute.

Mikramurka clans and the locally-dominant Sebiestor Tribe have also expressed some disquiet at the swift appointment of Khumatar Berialsh, despite his connections to the Sebiestor and the late Chief Karin Midular. Though none will admit it publicly, the fact that Berialsh chose to leave the Sebiestor and join the returned Starkmanir Tribe under tribal adoption provisions has caused a number of clan elders in the Mikramurka region to express private dismay that he should be appointed in the aftermath of their local tragedy.

Onikanabo Brigade Justifies Intaki V Operations Using Corporate Reparations Provisions in Caldari CEMWPA Zone

Intaki, Placid – The Onikanabo Brigade has issued a formal notice that its mercenary operations on Intaki V are in pursuit of "corporate reparations" in breaking and extraordinary news from the Intaki system. The home system of the Intaki culture is currently within the Caldari-controlled portion of the disputed zone between the Caldate State and Gallente Federation specified by the CONCORD Emergency Militia War Powers Act. The Caldari PMC asserts that it is operating on behalf of a client with "well-founded claims to recover reparations from properties and resources linked to certain radical sects of the Ida movement." Reports from Intaki V claim that the Brigade has "sacked a dozen Ida monasteries and burned down a score of attached villages and communal plantations."

The status of Intaki V has regularly been a matter of some uncertainty as control of the Placid region, and Intaki system in particular, has shifted over the long years of the Caldari-Gallente militia conflict. A long-standing, tacit agreement between the Caldari State and Gallente Federation has generally allowed for the Intaki Assembly to maintain its sovereignty and control of Intaki V even during periods where Caldari militia forces have controlled the system itself. The Caldari State's Chief Executive Panel, representing the balance of consensus among the "Big 8" Caldari megacorps, has been content to leave the arrangement undisturbed since the fall of Tibus Heth's Provist regime in YC115. The role of Mordu's Legion in maintaining this situation has undoubtedly been key, as an organization trusted in both the Caldari State and broad sections of Intaki society.

However, the Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx understands that Caldari corporate law allows a significant degree of latitude in which the more independent corporations can in principle operate when the system is under State control as part of a war zone. Despite this, it is thought unlikely that even such an organization as the Onikanabo Brigade would take the step of forcibly seizing properties and resources on Intaki V without the backing of at least one megacorporation. For its part, the Ishukone megacorporation, which has long maintained a major interest and investment in the system, has signalled its intention to challenge the Onikanabo Brigade's use of corporate reparations provisions as justification for seizures and related operations on Intaki V.

In Other News

  • DED Chief Lauds "Triglav Defense Community" Swift Response and Rout of First World Ark Detected in New Eden
  • Federal Senators Open Hearings into Presence of Angel Cartel and Serpentis Corporation at SoCT-Hosted Summit
  • Petition to Tribal Council by Local Chiefs in Mikramurka Region for Inquiry into Blood Raider Attack
  • Jin-Mei Business Mogul Kidnapped from Hueromont Home; No Police Comment on Rumored Link to Underworld Conflict
  • Matar Raid by Blood Raiders Sparks Reprisals by Matari Communities Against Sani Sabik on Federation Worlds
  • Sarum Police Guards Dismiss Reports of Fighting in Ves-Mekhios as "Routine Live Fire Exercises"
  • Republic Justice Department Expand Investigation of Seykal Clan to Include Krullefor Organization Links


Twilight Imperium IV - Rise of the Clan
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 June 2019, 11:18 am
I got together with my friends for another go at Twilight Imperium 4th Edition. The players:Dave - Necro Virus - BlackChad - Barony of Letnev - BlueBrian - Clan of Saar - YellowMe - Yssaril Tribes - PurpleUdit - Mentak Coalition - RedClayton - L1z1x

The Last Keepstar in Tribute Falls as We Look for More Targets
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 June 2019, 1:15 pm
Another Northern Coalition Keepstar was destroyed as I slept. The Keepstar in SH1-6P, formerly the PanFam staging citadel to defend Tribute, was destroyed at 09:45 UTC, which was about a quarter to three in the morning for me. The Keepstar was gunned and

Fitting Heron for Hi-Sec Exploration
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 June 2019, 8:17 am
The Forge Region – Anttanen Constellation Uitra System – Planet VI, Moon 4 State War Academy Station 20 June YC 121 Aura made a serious face and started, “Firstly, the low slots. Republic Fleet Nanofiber Structures provide best velocity and agility

The June EVE Online Update Brings Better Shadows and Repair Services
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 June 2019, 10:15 am
The month of June is a bit ripe at this point, but CCP still has an update for us.  Of course, after the big Invasion expansion last month there wasn’t a lot of bandwidth left work on much.  Still, there are a few items of note. First up, all NPC

Three Doomsdays Fire
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2019, 4:00 pm

Wartime MER Finally Sees Delve Eclipsed
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2019, 2:15 pm
It is time for another EVE Online Monthly Economic Report, as CCP released the May edition last week. Going with my desire to give these posts a theme I am happy enough to have had one served up to me, which is the war in the north.  Back in mid-May the

News From EVE North
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2019, 11:05 am
Before I leave Toronto, I thought I would mention some of the news generated from EVE North. I probably will miss some things, or not get some of the details exactly correct, as I am working off my notes and not the VOD of the streams.First, the CSM 14

Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 June 2019, 7:29 am
CSM results were not a great surprise – My vote counted and Steve scrapped in with a narrow margin. I am an industrialist at heart, as I guess a lot of solo players are, and I make use of the tools over at Fuzzworks. Now the voting has finished and the

Is New Player Retention Fixable in EVE Online
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 June 2019, 1:15 pm
At EVE North CCP dropped some tidbits of information on us.  They’re going to rework the Vexor Navy Issue.  Pirate faction implant changes are coming.  And the new UI pointer feature has reached meme status with the undock button. I think it is great

Aura the Explorer
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 June 2019, 3:32 am
The Forge Region – Anttanen Constellation Uitra System – Planet VI, Moon 4 State War Academy Station 20 June YC 121 After graduating from the Academy I took a couple of weeks of shore leave. Initially I thought I would spend a whole month relaxing on

CSM 14 – some initial thoughts
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 June 2019, 2:37 pm
Oh god. 12 votes. That’s the margin I had, avoiding elimination. Thanks to everyone who voted for me 🙂 Your votes made the difference. (Obviously this is true every time, as if no-one voted for me, I wouldn’t get elected. But you can see the

Introducing Your CSM14 Representatives
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 June 2019, 12:00 pm
The opening comments at EVE North, after a bit of meandering, went into the winners of the CSM14 elections.  Over 32K accounts voted in the election and here are the results: Aryth – Goonswarm Federation (inc) Merkelchen – Goonswarm Federation (inc)

Rorqual PANIC and Cyno
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 June 2019, 4:00 pm

The Trip To EVE North
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 June 2019, 12:25 pm
Once again, I turn The Nosy Gamer into a travel blog as I attend the EVE North convention in Toronto, Canada. Who would have thought that playing a video game would get me out of the house and jetting around the world?This year, I started off with a

The Alleged Purity of Leveling
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 June 2019, 2:15 pm
More carping about levels and the problems they bring. Only, this time I think there is some question as to whether or not there is really a problem.  At least in my mind there is a question. The problem, as laid out, is people leveling up the

Structure Cleanup in Vale of the Silent
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 June 2019, 4:15 pm
The way it works out a lot of the time, at least for me, is that you go out on ops to shoot structures in order to set timers and you don’t always end up being around for the follow on timers or the kill mail.  But once in a while you get to see […]

WoW Classic Load Test Went So Well More Load Was Added
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 June 2019, 11:15 am
Blizzard, rather quietly I felt, announced another stress test for WoW Classic, which kicked off yesterday at 2pm Pacific time. The kick off time meant that I would be at work when it began.  But, given what happened with the first and second tests, I

Lesetipp: Die drei Sonnen (Trisolaris 1) – Cixin Liu
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 June 2019, 1:30 am
Der Sommer ist da und was gibt es schöneres als am Strand zu liegen, die ausgeblichene Haut in die Sonne zu halten und dabei in einem guten Buch zu schmökern.…

Dreads Tethered on an Astrahus
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 June 2019, 4:00 pm

Summer Movie League – Shaft Shafted but The Dead Don’t Die
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 June 2019, 2:15 pm
Week two of our Summer Fantasy Movie League is in the books and there were some big misses. First up there was Men in Black International which was expected to land close to the $40 million mark.  Lukewarm reviews, other viewing options, and probably the

A Quick Look At Whale Activity On EVE Online's Black Market
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 June 2019, 12:42 pm
One of the more amusing subjects that emerged from the recent CSM election was the question of pay-to-win mechanics. Is EVE Online pay-to-win already? Some of the arguments had me cracking up. I was reading one of the channels on the Talking in Stations

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