Wednesday, 30 December 2015

War Dec

So, I got wardecced by a corporation in High Sec (Zero Tolerance) that contains several ex-CODE. members. I don't know if they had realised that I am currently sitting in null / Provi.
So would I be arrogant in thinking that they don't want me running again?

I can't think of any reason why a high-sec CODE.-affiliated CORPS would wardec me. The CEO hasn't (as of this posting) answered my mail.

I'll keep you guys updated. I have already started working on my Campaign Opening post.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015


The Nosy Gamer has a very good point:

I was planning to announce my CSM candidacy before now... but things keep happening. What with all the drama around the CSM and the bigger player groups... I have been forced to confront myself.

Do I really want to join a group like the CSM and sacrifice my precious "game time" for CSM things... as opposed to doing something to directly benefit myself? Time is, after all, limited.
Having watched the CSM self destruct (or be destroyed by CCP) this year... I find a part of me feeling that I should just concentrate on getting what I can out of this game before it gets closed by some unfeeling multinational (well.... WB will probably buy it at some point).

But EVE has captured my imagination like no other game before it, or after it. I have ideas that I believe would be a real improvement... and if I had a communication-channel to the game designers, I really believe I could make a good case for them. So what is a Space-Gal to do?

Anyway, the CSM cannot carry on as it has been... and having players / accounts "vote" for a "focus group" is not ideal. ATM I am thinking that there would be more "useful" input for CCP if they chose their own "focus groups"... and collected input from different groups of players without subjecting themselves to the meta-game from players. There should, definitely, be a line drawn between Players and CCP employees anyway.

So... compared to last year, when I was sure I wanted to join the CSM and represent HiSec... I am now really thinking hard about it. And on the fence. Here are two things that I would carry over from my last campaign:

-> 50% survival chance for gankees: this can be achieved by changing the CONCORD regulation, and improving the NPE to teach ppl how to fit their ships.

-> Player groups that are not involved in game mechanics.... The ability to make a group identity that cannot be wardecced (and cannot benefit from Tax Reductions etc) would be a great thing. I know that I can just make an in-game channel.......... but the ability to create a group identity, with logo and everything.... well that would be great! (and great for microtransactions..... I would spend AURUM and stuff on that....)

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Blink and you will miss it!

So many things happening! So little time...
Making it hard to create a CSM Campaign thread that is not outdated before I can post it! I guess I should be happy that so much is happening!

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

RvB Shutting down activity.

In an attempt to try and experience PvP I had an alt for a couple of months in Blue. I took part in one fleet battle, and lost a couple of destroyers and frigates flying around Poinen.

Unfortunately, being a High Sec Carebear, the PvP life was not for me, so my alt left and went on to other things.

I still feel a pang of sadness for the death of organised High Sec PvP antics. When I was in the organisation there was lots of activities and themed weekends and stuff like that being organised! I hope that something springs up to fill the void that they are going to be leaving behind!

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

My Name is Lorelei....

My Name is Lorelei... and I am an Altoholic.

I just now sat back and thought about how much has changed this last year.
I have exactly 6 alts capable of flying freighters through High Sec plus 2 Alts that can also fly with Jump Freighters... and 3 Alts that are just for Cynos.
I have 3 Alts with Orcas and Mining boosts... 2 Alts that have specialised in Trading Skills... 2 Alts that are Refinery... and 2 Alts that are Industry. And I have 1 Titan Pilot (I'm going to try selling him when he is finished).

I spend more time than I am actually comfortable with making sure that I have enough PLEX to keep training! Summer was hard... but my miners don't really need any more skills... and neither do the traders.

I am sitting on about 42 Billion in assets spread throughout the galaxy that I could liquefy... 8 Billion ISK that I can mobilise right now... and the rest is stuck in Sell Orders and Buy Orders. My total worth has just reached 75 Billion... which is actually why I am posting. Today I became worth 75 Billion. W00t!

Of course, if I were concentrating, I could be doing better... but sometimes I just like to log in and fly cargo between Dodixie and Jita. :-)

Saturday, 10 October 2015

High Sec moves slowly towards the spotlight!

Last year I started running for the CSM relatively early. Part of My Campaign was about the awful New Player Experience. Somewhere in the middle of My Campaign, CCP announced the new "Achievement" system. The fact that the NPE was changed right out from under me... well it made the rest of the time interesting and took away about 25% of the things that I wanted to rant and rave about!

Now new players get to start with more SP... I dodged a bullet there by waiting on this years CSM campaign.

CSM Sugar Kyle has been hosting discussions about High Sec. I am reading them with interest!

What I have to say about things is going to have to wait for a later post... I'm also too busy reading stuff at the moment!

Friday, 2 October 2015

CSM Campaign Season - Earlier Than Ever!

A couple of bloggers drew my attention to the fact that the campaign season for CSM XI is starting on the Eve Online forums. Already.

Last year I started my CSM X Campaign on 20th November. I was one of the first ones to post, and I did it after a lot of thought, and checking out how much time I would (theoretically) have available in the coming year. I was actually quite hesitant to post so soon because I was worried that I might burn out on the campaign before the real heavy election season started. Of course, I was also worried that when given enough time, I would manage to completely put my foot in my mouth and ruin everything.

In the end, I decided to make an early start, because no one knew me in game. I felt I would need that time to make an impression, so that people would know who I am and what I was standing for.

End of September / Beginning of October is for me, much too early! I am planning to run on a high sec platform again, but before I officially commit on the forums, I have to be sure (inasmuch as that can be forseen) that I have enough time to do the job.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Harbinger Down

So one of the things I have been trying to do a bit of this year, is to get a little experience (scratch the very, very surface) of things other than being a plain old Carebear.

This way I feel more justified in saying that I am a Carebear. And I am.

Anyway, I moved out to Provi to experience the thrills there. The people so far have been very nice, very friendly. I even made up a corporation office there to facilitate things!

And today I lost a ship, and an MTU.

but not my pod!

I learned some things and am wiser for the experience!

This is, more or less, what happened:

Having taken to trying mining in null sec, we wanted to bring our Orca out, to get some fleet boosts. I scouted the pipe from the border of high sec to the base. At the gate in JEIV-E there were a group of rats sitting there. Having learned that null sec rats sometimes scramble and web (and other nasty things) I decided to remove them from the way.

Once the Orca was safely underway, I went and got in my trusty Harbinger, and flew out to engage the rats in the ultimate battle of wits and courage. There were four of them.

Being lazy as I sometimes am, I threw out the MTU to drag all the wrecks together. The MTU sucks all the loot out of the wrecks and they are all nicely together within the range of salvaging equipment. Whilst I was busy salvaging, a Caracal warped in and landed about 60 km away - by the Stargate. Whilst the fight with the rats was going on, several people had flown past, and at first - this being NRDS territory - I did not think much of it... until he started locking me.

So I tried running. Before I could get into warp, he had closed in and scrammed me. Then his friend in the Stratios came. They overcame my tank, and my ship popped. I warped my pod away, and vowed to check the status of my fellow pilots in local - next time.

The Orca made it safely to the destination!

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Player Corporations

For those that ever bothered to read my CSMX campaign thread... well they know where I stand on this issue.

After all the fuss that went up last year, CCP got around to making AWOXing optional for corporations. This means that... if an AWOX takes place it is not only unfortunate, but really the fault of the corporation getting AWOXd.

However this single change to the corporation system has changed nothing with regards to the necessity of making it possible to have a player "corporation" that is purely social. (see my campaign thread...). The fact is, that forcing players to be "social" increases player retention .... there was even CCP statistics about this.

Just theoretically limiting the possibility of an AWOX does not nearly go far enough in covering all the "sociability" options that should be available for players otherwise doomed to be roaming in NPC corporations.

The ability to make a group identity, whilst not having any effect whatsoever on gameplay, will still cover an important niche that is otherwise left wide open. This will be a help for all those players that would totally do this.... without taking anything away from the more hardcore corporations, that still require player contributions in order to pretend to be meaningfull.....

try it and see!

Monday, 3 August 2015


The Nosy Gamer posted something, a summary of something that a lot of us already have been following:

I actually do not want to talk about this.
But there are enough people out there that do not understand the STV that I feel the need to write something.

Having one CSM member claim that he is releasing a statement in the name of the entire (active) CSM is not very nice... when it is not true.

Sugar Kyle disputed that she was part of the "UNANIMOUS".

Apparently CSM Jayne tried to backtrack on the issue of speaking for all of the CSM without a mandate to do so... and failed. The Nosy Gamer published a convincing review of the situation, and I would recommend that everyone (that is interested in the CSM and EVE politics) read it.

Sounds like a fun year!


So I have been having too much fun playing EVE to spend time writing atm.

My Corpsmate (not my alt... despite what people might think) managed finally to get himself ganked by the New Order... not as easy as one might suspect!


Concord really sucks.
I think the mechanics could really use a beef-up in order to:

1) Make sense.

I think that having a CONCORD patrol sitting next to you in an asteroid belt whilst you get ganked is a bit... strange. I mean they are right there!

Similarly, having CONCORD take exactly the same amount of time to warp to a belt... and save a life is not so realistic! (OMG - talking about realism in a game about blowing up spaceships).

Having CONCORD being able to be manipulated by everything and everyone like a gullible child is also not conducive to taking them seriously.

2) Make things more fun.

I mean, being able to exactly predict and calculate everything... is not so exciting (IMHO).

I haven't really run any numbers on this... not like (for example):
But my gut feeling is.... bring a random factor to the fight!

I can envisage a world where CONCORD response is random, with a range based upon the SEC of the system. CONCORD does not then sit (like police in a donut shop) where they spawn, but once the criminals have been punished... the CONCORD squads fly off in search of new targets.

If the random response time has an average that is not significantly different from the current numbers... then *on average* the ganker-types would not be disadvantaged. This would remove the need for them to "pre spawn" concord, and to "pull" concord when they have done their dirty deeds.
But maybe the cops were just around the corner, when the crime went down... Or maybe they were in the donut shop on the other side of town.

More RANDOM in CONCORD response times, and having the CONCORD units fly further on patrols once they have avenged a victim would make for a lot more lively and exciting time in High Sec!

That is my opinion at the moment....

Saturday, 11 April 2015

In the mean time....

I am still here!

Windows has decided to download a lot of new updates... so I guess it sucks to be me!

Well in the mean time, I have been digesting the online content relating to fanfest...

Red Frog:

Maybe I should apply........ I mean transporting is what I love most.

Stay tuned!

Friday, 27 March 2015

CSMX Voting Data Published!

So today CCP published the raw data from the voting for CSMX. I made it to the final 15.

Round beginning - 15 candidates remain
32561 votes, 2171 quota
Initial talley:
  4821 "Sion Kumitomo"
  3415 "Sugar Kyle"
  2689 "Manfred Sideous"
  2554 "corebloodbrothers"
  2540 "Chance Ravinne"
  2438 "corbexx"
  2253 "Cagali Cagali"
  1954 "Steve Ronuken"
  1932 "Sort Dragon"
  1879 "Mike Azariah"
  1562 "Gorga"
  1386 "Jayne Fillon"
  1332 "Lorelei Ierendi"
  1057 "Thoric Frosthammer"
  749 "Endie"

As we can see from this excerpt, at the start of the final round, I was at place 13 on the list of candidates.

And at the end of all the complicated math:

  Elimination: "Lorelei Ierendi" with 1457.723293 votes

So, I am looking forward to reading the analyses of the voting that are going to come up. I want, again, to thank everyone that supported me. We almost did it!

So, I am still gathering my thoughts and feelings about the election campaign. Maybe I will write a real review of it. Maybe not.

Friday, 20 March 2015

CSMX Campaign Thread

Reposting the starter post from my Campaign Thread. The Platform developed itself during the course of the campaign, and if you are really interested, I encourage you to read the campaign thread. This is just here for nostalgia!
Good Evening,

Unfortunately for me, the campaigning season is opening at the same time as my job is getting busy (run-up to Christmas). Despite that, I will read every response to my thread... and I will be prepared to answer questions/interviews.

Is there room for a High Sec candidate on the CSM? Someone that has the well-being of the multitude of High Sec pilots at heart?
I would like there to be a "High Sec" platform, for a candidate for the CSM. If no one else wants to step up to the plate, then[b] I wil[/b]l. If someone else wants to run for CSM for the benefit of High Sec gameplay, then I am happy to step down and support them... if they can do a better job.

The problem with High Sec space is that the players there are all independent. There is no feeling of "we". This lack of "we" is a problem. The lack of "we all stand together" is a problem. The "apathy of the carebear" is a problem...

This I know. I know that, although numerically High Sec has the largest number of log-ins... accounts... players... I know that High Sec will probably never be able to gather together enough in order to support a CSM candidate. But that is no reason to not try!!
Come on, High Sec! If something is important for you, stand up for it!!!

Who am I?

You have never heard of me. I am a High Sec Carebear.
I am a High Sec Carebear, and proud of it!
High Sec Carebears tend not to socialize too much, and are only members of NPC or small corporations.

Well, this is not the first character I have created in order to play "EVE". I have never been a member of a big alliance or coalition. I have never been a member of a big corporation. Hell, I have never left High Sec space.

I gained my love of Spaceship games by playing Elite... way back on my ZX Spectrum 48k+ (with a jammed SHIFT key (jammed as in... raspberry jam)). Back then it was possible to try docking with a space station and to accidentally line up with the back of the station... and die whilst trying to fly through the back of the station to the entrance. Fun times.

I graduated to Frontier: Elite II on a 486 PC, and spent my time happily flying between Barnard's Star, SOL, and Wolf 359. I should have been studying, but flying a (mostly harmless) panther fully loaded with robots was more fun.

I kept my eyes open for an online version of a space-sim... and that is where EVE comes in.
I really enjoy (as in "really") flying transports, fulfilling contracts, and, sometimes, mining.

What would be my Platform:

1) High Sec is worth fighting for!
I want to do what I want to do. I do not want to be a part of massive 1000 ship fleets. I just want to transport stuff, and occasionally mine things. Maybe a mission or two. Is that too much to ask?
Griefers, gankers, bumpers, "content creators" stop me having my fun, and stop me wanting to play. Gankers have been nerfed and Carebears have been buffed in the past... but despite everything there is still no "balance". If I have to expose my mining/transporting self to the wild and evil whims of others, then I would like to be able to have (at least) a 50:50 chance of winning. At the moment it is not so... this needs changing! You say that you are "creating content", but I dont't want your content! I am creating my own content happily flying my freighter/retriever around!

2) Banhammer!
Somewhen back in September, a number of players belonging to a griefer community were banned from playing eve. According to what I have read on the interweb, and according to what CSM member "funkybacon" said on his blog... the banned players never got told what they were banned for! I am ALL FOR aggressive banning of griefers and harrassers by CCP, but I feel that anyone that pays for an account deserves to know for what they get banned... especially if they have paid-for ($$) game time still running. On the other side, I feel that having a public list of banned players, and crimes (name and shame!!) would also provide assistance for other players (esp. high sec players), in knowing who to avoid!
The central register entry could look something like this:
"Player XX, banned for X weeks, for: Harassment"
Of course, if it is true, that the same "gm" that made the ban is also handling the "appeal" then this also needs changing.

3) New Player Experience
The New Player Experience also needs work, and it needs people (on the CSM) that are focussing on it, and representing the needs of the "New Player". If Eve is to continue to grow and develop, (and exist) then New Players are of vital importance. I know that CCP have already said that they are working on this... but it should not be allowed to again fall into the background (as it has clearly already done... judging by the state of the NPE as I started).

4) Wardecs
The war dec mechanic is broken. There have already been talks/suggestions about enabling player groups that are not eligible for "war deccing" but also not eligible to put up POS or POCOS.... This is a central theme to New Player Retention, and not to be ignored.

I am sure that there are many issues that are burning for someone that wants to represent the High Sec player base. I am sure that you have enough ideas of other things that need to be said (the above are only the things that are burning for me). If the normal, apathetic High Sec resident can get off his/her lazy butt and be bothered to vote, then we can have a voice. It doesn't have to be me.... but someone has to do something... somewhen... for the good of some people!

I am also quite prepared to represent/push issues that other High Sec Carebears have, even if I have not mentioned them above. I think it is all-important that High Sec gathers behind a candidate... (even if it is not me) so that our interests do not get swept under the table by the massed/organised nullsec coalitions.

Thank you,


CSMX - the Lorelei Posts (links)

Just a collection of links! If anyone knows of any more about me, please let me know!

My campaign thread on the Eve Online Forums:

Capstable podcast interview:

Capstable commentary from about minute 39:

Then also:

The CSMX Elections are Over!

So yesterday in the Keynote at Fanfest, the CSM X election results were announced.
Sugar got a permanent seat. That is good for the game! Mike is also there. So it was not all darkness.

I did not get elected.

Being a new character, less than one year old, I knew / know that the chances were very very small... of even getting one vote. I decided to run at the very beginning of the campaign season, because I felt that I had some important things to say, and that I could help do something to breathe more life into the game. Also because I have learned that you should never rely on other people doing stuff for you, if you want it done!

The next few posts are just going to be rehashing the CSM stuff, with links to the campaign and the comments that were on the interweb.


I am not a blogger. At least I think that I am not. Or that I could not be.

I don't think I have the patience for it. Maybe a couple of posts a month?

Well, we shall see!

This blog should be mostly about EVE online. A place where I can collect my thoughts and plans, so that I have them all in once place when I need them. Wish me luck!