The Lathspell of Mithrandir

EVE Blog Banter #16: Hindsight is 20/20

by on Mar.21, 2010, under EVE Blog Banter

Welcome to the sixteenth installment of the EVE Blog Banter, the monthly EVE Online blogging extravaganza created by CrazyKinux. The EVE Blog Banter involves an enthusiastic group of gaming bloggers, a common topic within the realm of EVE Online, and a week to post articles pertaining to the said topic. The resulting articles can either be short or quite extensive, either funny or dead serious, but are always a great fun to read! Any questions about the EVE Blog Banter should be directed to Check out other EVE Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!

The third Blog Banter of 2010 comes to us from ChainTrap of the Into the unknown with gun and camera EVE Blog. He asks us: “Eve University turns six years old on March 15th; six years spent helping the new pilots of New Eden gain experience and understanding in a supportive environment. Eve is clearly a complicated game, with a ton to learn, so much that you never stop learning. So, the question is; What do you wish that someone had taken the time to tell you when you were first starting out? Or what have you learned in the interim that you’d like to share with the wider Eve community?”


Two weeks of waiting for a ship to be flown in has given me time to reflect on my life as a capsuleer.  It didn’t start out easy – there were the looming questions What was I going to do?  Where was I going to be?  Was I going to get involved in battles?  With those questions facing me, I guess I just needed three foundational seeds of knowledge to be able to grow in this universe known as New Eden.

The first seed of knowledge was simple:  Money makes the ‘verse go round.  As much as anyone would like to believe, and I know I tried to for a long time, you’ve got to work to make money.  Whether it be in the form of missioning, mining, trading, manufacturing, or pirating, you’ve got to make money.  You can’t buy a ship if you don’t have ISK in your wallet.

The second seed of knowledge is:  Get in with a good group of people.  Now I know that I started my own corporation and Tiph’arah is not the largest corp in the system we are based in; however, knowing that every single one of our members is loyal and ready to come to the aid of someone in trouble has given us the confidence to stand up for ourselves, not allow would-be pirates to grief us, and encourage us to stretch outside of our comfort zones at times and work on projects that we might not have done on our own.

The third seed of knowledge is one that I think I’ve found to be the hardest:  Your ship is not a one-of-a-kind.  Unlike the mythical Millennium Falcon, from the epic stories passed to us through the ages before New Eden, there is no single ship that can take on all ships.  Your ship may be beautiful.  She may seem so “alive” when you are in your pod and your very thought seems to change her course.  You might have the best supplementary crew, but all of this doesn’t mean that your ship is indestructible.  Now, I’m not saying to baby her, because she will get you out of bad spots more times that you can imagine.  Just remember, she’s a ship made of metals and alloys; circuitry and software.

“Mister Stormcrow, your ship has come in.” a voice said over the comm, “It’s waiting for you in hanger 1418.”

“Thank you, I’m on my way.”


To hear more Banter:

  1. CrazyKinux: The Three Pillars of Wisdom
  2. The Elitist: Helping the new guy/gal
  3. Hands Off, My Loots: Nothing Needed
  4. Rantuket: Blog Banter 16
  5. EVE Opportunist: Nooby Cluey
  6. Into the Unknown With Gun and Camera: EVE University
  7. Zero Kelvin: We’re the young ones!
  8. I am Keith Neilson: Set Your Destination
  9. Prano’s Journey: Just Like the Very First Time
  10. A Merry Life and a Short One: No Seriously
  11. Yarrbear Tales: Nublet 101
  12. A Mule In EVE: If I only knew
  13. The Planet Risk Show: Dared to be Bold
  14. Diary of a Space Jockey: WTH did I get myself into?!
  15. EVOGANDA: Why?
  16. A Memoir From Space: 16th Blog Banter
  17. Death’s Sweetest Kiss: Who What When Where Why How??
  18. Freebooted: Beyond the Shortcuts
  19. Learning to Fly: Noobing
  20. Caldari Outcast: My First Blog Banter Post!
  21. Roc’s Ramblings: Financial Survival
  22. Diary of a Pod Pilot: Free Knowledge Inside
  23. Nullsec Carebear: I could’ve been less of an idiot
  24. Facepalm’s Ramblings: Something Smells Fishy
  25. Kirith Darkblade: Do you wish to know more?
  26. Autopilot Disabled: I’m still starting…
  27. Finders & Keepers: Relax
  28. Confounded Capsuleer: What have you got to loose?
  29. Clan Oriana: Sixteen
  30. Flashfresh: EVE Blog Banter #16
  31. Rettic’s The Chronofile: You Make EVE
  32. Diary of a Bored Spaceman: Past Imperfect
  33. Chocolate Heaven: Known Unknowns
  34. Victoria Aut Mors: Blog Banter #16
  35. Where the frack is my ship: If I knew then what I know now…
  36. The Lathspell of Mithrandir: Hindsight is 20/20
  37. Adventures in Mission Running: Words of Wisdom Add comments
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Area 51: nothing alien here…

by on Mar.02, 2010, under Chronicles

“Two weeks to get a new ship and get it fitted?” I wasn’t too happy with the news.  I had been in a little scrap which ended in the ship melting around me.  I was in Ignoitton and there wasn’t a Roden Shipyards around, so I docked my pod at the Federation Customs station.  I figured I could get a new ship and get out of there fairly quickly, but I was just told by the station manager that it was going to take two weeks.  I figured that I would hang out here and make the most of it.

In the single room quarters I was offered, there was your typical furnishing – bed, sofa, table, and small refrigeration unit.  What surprised me was the view into the central atrium.  The lush park reminded me of home – the trees, shrubs, and lake made a spectacular site.  I took the communications pad and browsed through the station’s services – repair facilities, but no lab or factory.  The medical facilities had something I had never heard of.  Along with the typical cloning facilities, there was something called a “Pediatric Intensive Care Unit” or PICU.  Were there really children here? I wondered.  So, I followed the station directions and found what looked, at first, to be a normal medical center; however, nothing could prepare me for what I was about to experience.

The doors were hand written with sand carved letters ‘P I C U’.  The halls, stark and cold.  The air was cold as it filled my nostrils.  I walked aimlessly through the hallways.  I found myself at the end of Corridor ‘F’, I showed my ID, and the doors opened toward me.  The tension could be cut with a knife and the silence was broken only by the sound of machines chirping busily away.  I walked around a room full of glass wall partitions.  Inside each area was a bed occupied by a small boy or girl.  As I walked in disbelief, a man approached me.  “Are you a family member of one of our patients?” he asked.

“No, sir.  May I ask — Who are all these children?”

“All of these children are fighting one ailment or another.”  He proceeded to tell me about the two children with fluid in their lungs, one little boy who was badly burned during a pirate attack on a civilian transport ship, and others with different illnesses.  As the individual rooms circled the perimeter of PICU-F, my eyes stopped at one particular area.

I looked through the glass and gazed upon a beautiful brunette.  Her body was swelled, as if she were pregnant.  Her legs were covered with a fuzzy pink blanket  laying in a bed surrounded by cloth flowers of all sorts.  She was hooked up to all sorts of machines and as I looked through the glass, her chocolate brown eyes opened.  I was moved.


“What is her story, Doctor?” I asked.

“This little girl is Kenna.” the doctor began, “She came in a few weeks ago.  Her parents noticed that her stomach was hard and she was pale.  They brought her in and our bio scanners noticed a mass on her kidneys.  We ran a 360 laser scan on her and found that the mass was weighing on a lung and started wrapping itself around her heart.”

“Doc, you make it sound like this mass is a living thing.”

His face turned very serious.  “It is, in a way.  This Malignant Neoplasm is a group of diseased cells which show properties of uncontrolled growth.  In Kenna’s case, it has grown to approximately one third her normal size.  The fact that it is sitting on her lung makes it difficult for her to breathe and if the MN continues to grow around her heart it could choke her to death.”

I could feel a knot form in my throat, “How does this happen? What’s the cure?”

“The type of MN that Kenna has is very rare and little is known about it’s cause.  What we do know is that it is found in children and about 50 percent of the cases are found in children under two years old.  We do not know of a cure yet, but radiation therapy and anti-neoplasm chemicals are two ways of battling it.”

“Doc, I don’t know what to say.  I can’t believe these kinds of diseases exist.”

He put a hand on my shoulder, “There have been some diseases that we haven’t been able to escape.  Modern medicine hasn’t found a cure for this.  If you would like I can show you a different part of the PICU.”

“If you don’t mind, I think I’d like to stay here… Where am I, anyway?” I looked up at the number on Kenna’s glass wall.

“Area 51, young man.” the doctor answered.  And he turned and walked away.



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EVESpace: More Than Just a System…

by on Feb.26, 2010, under EVE Blog Banter

So here’s the deal – when I saw everyone’s command centers, I was a bit intimidated.  My wife encouraged me to take pics of our desk and post our EVESpace.  Yes, I said “our”.  I’ve been playing EVE for a little over a year and a half and she’s been playing for a few months.  At first it was a challenge because she gets motion sick rather easily, but after a few tweaks of the settings she can fly around and do the trading she likes to do.

Anyway, here’s our desk:


and her control center:


and my control center:


The laptop on the right is for work – I have to support this habit somehow.  And yes, I play EVE on a laptop. 8~)  For those of you who think I am a fool, let me give you the stats.

Pentium Dual Core T4400 (2.2GHz/800Mhz FSB/1MB cache)
500GB SATA Hard Drive
512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD4330 Video Card
17.3” HD+ WLED Screen

It’s a REALLY nice laptop and portable.  I can take EVE with me where ever I go…

  1. Chocolate Heaven: EVESPACE
  2. Life in Low Sec: OOC: What’s In Your EVESpace?
  3. Rettic’s Log: Lots of Bloggers are posting their workspace
  4. The Travels of Black Claw: What’s in your EveSpace?
  5. K162Space: Blake’s EVE Machine
  6. A Mule in EVE: Manasi’s rig
  7. Wench with a Wrench: The Trinity Rig
  8. Zen and the Art of Internet Spaceship Maintenance: Inside my Pod
  9. Tales of a Low Sec Pirate: My EveSpace
  10. I am Keith Neilson: My EVE Space
  11. Sweet Little Bad Girl: Evespaces
  12. Finders & Keepers: Eve And the Apple
  13. Escape Velocity: My evespace
  14. My Loot, Your Tears: What’s Your EVESpace like?
  15. Inner Sanctum of the Ninveah: My workspace
  16. Cogito Ergo Yarr: My EVE-Space? No. Just Space.
  17. Yarrbear Tales: Evespace
  18. The Wandering Druid of Tranquility: Weekly Highlights
  19. EVEOGANDA: EveSpace: Home Away From Home
  20. Learning to Fly: My Battlestation
  21. A Ghost Blog: My EVE Space
  22. @StMistaken‘s 2 and 1 monitor set-up
  23. @webspaceshipssimple yet elegant space
  24. Nukes Thoughts: My Domain
  25. CK’s lair: The BatCave
  26. more?
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