Margr Verða

EVE Online: Ascension is getting deployed on November 8th and with it New Eden is going to see many changes… Clone States, Engineering Complexes, a Revised New Player Experience, the death of Off-Grid boosts with the introduction of Command Bursts and a Mining Foreman Revolution.

Since the Mining Foreman Revolution Devblog has been published we’ve already seen the result of some speculation with prices of the Orca jumping up 40% and the Rorqual going up 20%. Honestly it’ll likely take a few months for the true effects of all the changes to be seen, realized and acted upon but in the in-between time I’m going to take advantage of all the speculations that I can.

Will have to see how well I can do that  🙂


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Hlutr Smíða Floti

Force Nomad Piecemaker Doctrine

I’m working through ideas for a Fleet Doctrine for Force Nomad based around the idea that it will be fully Alpha Clone friendly.

I’m trying to put it together so that there are a few ships to choose from for each Faction/Race so that any Alpha Clone regardless of their Skill Points can jump into a Fleet right away.

Unfortunately it’s turning out to be easier said than done to have a functional Doctrine that meshes all the available Alpha Clone Faction/Racial Hulls together well. Getting a brand new toon of any Faction/Race into a cheap tackle Frigate is easy but beyond that it gets much harder to have a cohesive Fleet Doctrine that includes the Destroyer and Cruiser hulls for all the Factions.

Here are my initial thoughts for the hulls for each Faction/Race





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Smíða Herlið II

Just picture it – a flotilla of Alpha Clone pilots blotting out the stars…


Newbro & Alpha Clone Friendly ~ [FNMD] Force Nomad wants you!

“Footsloggers and soldiers of fortune, priests, poets, killers and cads — they fight for a future in New Eden, for cash, for a cause, for the thrill of adventure. Culled from the forgotten and unwanted of the four dominant empires, they are trained to be the most elite, and expendable, of fighting forces. Sometimes peacekeepers, sometimes shock troops, Force Nomad is sent into New Eden’s most desperate internal and external conflicts. Legionnaires live rough and they die hard, tough as Mercoxit and loyal to the dirty end.” ~ New Eden’s Legionnaires are here… Force Nomad!

Force Nomad is a Newbro and Alpha Clone friendly Corporation based out of Minmatar High Security space with opportunities in or near our ‘home’ area for all of EVE’s nuanced play styles – exploration, mining (ice and ore), missioning and PvP.

Our main goal for Force Nomad is to have a place where having FUN™ is important while providing a relaxed, friendly and helpful environment where real life takes priority.

What we can offer:
• No minimum Skill Point limitations, Force Nomad welcomes Newbros and Alpha Clones.
• A relaxed atmosphere, no obligations, real life comes first attitude focused on FUN™
• Low Tax Rate (3%).
• Experienced and knowledgeable leadership.
• For our Newbros a ‘Welcome Aboard Package’, which will include some skill books and a couple of fitted ships geared towards your starting race which will be waiting for you at our High-Sec ‘home’ station.
• Discord Server
• Fleet-Up, where we gear our Fleet Doctrines towards Alpha & Omega Clone synergy.

What we are looking for:
• A good attitude, a sense of humor and a certain level of maturity.
• Capsuleers with bearing, initiative, respect, tact and integrity.
• ‘Team Players’, capsuleers willing to help build Force Nomad.
• Being polite and respectful goes a long way, ie; no smack talking in local or griefing.
• No scamming, AWOXing, or any unprovoked aggression towards your Corp Mates or our Allies/Blues.
• The ability to use voice comms with a working mic.

What we require, while Force Nomad has no API Key requirements to join please do include the following with your application:
• A brief statement saying why you want to join.
• A short summary of what you do or want to do in EVE.
• Any areas of specialization.
• Anything else you might want to add.

Join our ingame public channel “FNMD Legion” or EVEmail Jugi Meng if you’re got any questions.

Force Nomad wants you! Sign up now!

Jugji Meng, Sergeant Major of the Legion
[FNMD] Force Nomad

It’s still just a thought but with November fast approaching it could be a fun side project to put together.

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Kostr Menskr

Clone States are coming and with the introduction of Alpha Clones I’m looking to get in on the action and create another Alt so I sent myself a buddy link and have started a brand new toon on a 21-day Trial. In the Dev Blog they have stated that Alpha Clones will train skills at a reduced rate compared to Omegas so I figured I’d get one going now to get a head start while the field is level and all toons train at the same speed.

There may be some changes to it but I’ve got the current list of Alpha Clone skills and will get my new toon to train as many of those up as possible before the trial ends and then just wait out the rest of the time before November and get the queue going again once Clone States is live. With three toons per account at some point down the line I should have three maxed out Alpha Clone toons, one of each race except Amarr is likely the way I’ll go.

We’ll have to see how they limit Alpha Clone logins but hopefully they will allow just one to be logged in concurrently with any Omega Clone logins. I’m sure folks will find work arounds but hopefully we won’t see any huge abuse issues.



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Hljóðr Hál

There has been nothing particularly exciting happening lately to talk about. Life in New Eden rolls along, we’ve got Fleets going out with ships exploding, ratting, exploring, PI updating, industrial jobs finished and started, etc…

It kinda feels like we’re in a lull period right now while we wait out the next month and a bit for the next big release to hit EVE and with it likely a spike in activity levels while we all adapt to the new way of things.

For the next while I’m just going to keep on, keepin’ on!


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Járnleikr Röng

The Society of Conscious Thought’s Gnosis Class Battlecruiser will be the only Battlecruiser sized hull that the Alpha Clones can pilot and it will be the only viable hull they can use to possibly run some Level 4 missions with.

I believe it will become a high demand item for the Alpha Clone gang once they get their skills up but we will have to see what CCP does in regards to the availability of the Gnosis – it looks like every subscribed toon between now and November will be getting one so we could see a flood on the market but once that subsides they could become fairly scarce once the numbers get dwindled down.

I’ve been playing around with some fits for the Gnosis and see some decent PvE options for it. I’m most familiar with Projectile Weapons and Angel Space so the fit below, which is based off of Abbadon21’s Caldari Alpha Clone Mission Fit, is geared towards that and it’s a fit that I believe would make a solid Hi-Sec PvE/Exploration Vessel.

[Gnosis, Minmatar Alpha Clone PvE]
Damage Control II
Gyrostabilizer II
Gyrostabilizer II
Capacitor Flux Coil II
Capacitor Flux Coil II
Capacitor Flux Coil II

10MN Monopropellant Enduring Afterburner
‘Stalwart’ Particle Field Magnifier
‘Stalwart’ Particle Field Magnifier
Limited Explosive Deflection Field I
Limited Kinetic Deflection Field I
Large Shield Booster II

425mm Medium ‘Scout’ Autocannon I, Fusion M
425mm Medium ‘Scout’ Autocannon I, Fusion M
425mm Medium ‘Scout’ Autocannon I, Fusion M
Core Probe Launcher I, Core Scanner Probe I
425mm Medium ‘Scout’ Autocannon I, Fusion M
425mm Medium ‘Scout’ Autocannon I, Fusion M

Medium Capacitor Control Circuit II
Medium Capacitor Control Circuit I
Medium Projectile Metastasis Adjuster I

‘Integrated’ Warrior x3

I’d take on Refuge and Dens, I think it could also run the High-Sec Ghost Sites so I would run this with a Mobile Depot in the hold and carry both a Data and a Relic Analyzer which would give you the option to run any Exploration sites you come across.

For the Unrated Complexes I’d go for the Lookout for sure and I’d give the Watch a try but would take it slow to test the waters.

The only DED site it can fit into that you’ll scan down in High-Sec is the 4/10 and I’m not completely sure about it’s ability to run that second room in the 4/10 DED site but it may be doable, another one to take slow and test the waters? The biggest issue with the Gnosis is its speed – she’s a turtle – so while many ships can blitz that second room in the 4/10 the Gnosis will be on field much longer and with 30+ rats engaging it may be too much? It is worth a test though🙂

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Geta Um Kaupstefna

With the Alpha Clones hitting this November I’m sure many are looking at ways to make some ISK with the influx of new players we will (hopefully!) see. I believe one of the more effective ways to make some ISK with the introduction of the Alpha Clones will be with some thoughtful market speculation.

I think we will see a slight increase in the price of all of items that an Alpha Clone can use which I conceive in three broad categories:

  • Hulls – The ‘popular’ T1 Frigate, Destroyer and Cruiser hulls
  • Modules – All of the ‘Meta’ Modules will increase in price
  • Drones – ‘Integrated’ and ‘Faction’ drones will see a price hike

How do you get in on this? Carefully… if you’ve got an Indy Alt, get him producing 10/20 BPCs for the popular T1 hulls and prepare for the eventual increased buying rate of them. If you’re into Ratting start hoarding all the ‘Meta’ Modules that drop. For the Drones you’ve got two options, farm some LP and buy the Faction Drones or explore out in the Drone Regions and look for the Integrated BPCs.

I’m doing all of the above!


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Ginnung Allvaldr

The Aegis Sovereignty System is not enjoyed by everyone but then it’s not meant to be – it was implemented to shake things up…

This is a comment on a reddit post from a day or two ago:
“Just want to let you know, and this comes straight from the top…it will get a lot worse if we are unshackled from the weight of sov. We do what we do because it should be painful to have as much as you have. The old goon meme used to be “Diplomacy OP” but Aegis made vast swaths of underutilized space uncomfortable, in hopes of balkanizing null. All FEIGN have done since Aegis is poke sov for fights from Curse, accidentally win some, and then literally give it away to anyone that asked with no strings attached, to populate space and make it more interesting for small entities. It got to the point where every time we saw a final freeport station timer that we were likely to win we started dropping “hey, who wants a free station in null-sec?” in random public channels because we already had too much. We are good for the game, just not your 20k blues game.”
Comment from discussion FEIGN l33t pvps INIT.


… and I believe it’s succeeding!


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Byggva Ókræsi-legr

Now that some of the dust has settled after the initial announcement of Clone States and CCP’s follow up Dev Blog it feels like the majority of folk that play EVE are optimistic about what the F2P Alpha Clones will bring to New Eden while being wary about about the ways they could be used to take advantage of game play situations. The two biggest concerns, which I’m totally on-board with, are:

  1. The use of multiple Alpha Clone Alts.
  2. The use of Alpha Clone Alts for High-Sec harassment/Suicide Ganking.

I know I’ll be taking advantage of having an Alpha Clone Alt and will take the advantage as many times as I’m legally allowed. As for the Suicide Ganking there are decent arguments coming from both sides and it looks like, at least for the initial release, CCP is leaning towards allowing it and I can understand their thoughts, they don’t way to limit the game-play available to the F2P crowd, but I’m going to predict that a month or so after Alpha Clones get to New Eden, probably just after they’ve had time to fully skill into the Catalyst, CCP will limit the Alpha Clone Safeties to Yellow while in High-Sec which will disallow their use in Suicide Ganking but still allow them to cause some trouble in High-Sec.

We’ll see how this goes…
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Vættfang Upphaf

I’m definitely not a super experienced FC but I do feel like I have a decent level of knowledge in regards to the grid war/battlefields of EVE and can hopefully pass on some basics about how to position your fleet on grid.

So lets get right to it…

There are exceptions of course, a ship scanned down in mid space is one example, but lets go with the assumption that the majority of engagements in EVE happen around a fixed spot, it’s incredibly rare to see or hear of a battle taking place out in open space. Some may not understand what I mean when I say a fixed spot, what I’m thinking of are Jump Gates, Stations, FW Beacons, POCOs, etc…

An important thing to keep in mind is that in most cases the fleet that lands on-grid and starts positioning first will have an initial advantage. This is why you commonly see fleets holding on either side of a Gate waiting on the other to jump through – neither fleet wants to give up their on-grid positioning advantage.

When you’re thinking of positioning you’ve got four basic groups to keep in mind:

  • DPS
  • Logi
  • EWar
  • Tackle

For the actual positioning you want your DPS group to be nearest the enemy fleet, the actual range will be totally dependent on your weapon systems and what you’re up against.

Your Logi group should position themselves on the far side away from the enemy fleet but within their optimal range, or just outside of it, to you.

Your EWar group can be with your Logi group or on the far side of them, most EWar boats have solidly long targetting ranges and good ranges for their flavor of Ewar.

Your Tackle group should be working independently away from your main fleet and there are numerous ‘jobs’ they could be performing; they could be trying to get behind the enemy fleet to get you a better position, off catching stragglers, grabbing pings for your fleet to escape to or use as bounces, scouting your escape route, etc…

Very basic thoughts on grid positioning but hopefully it paints a clear picture for any aspiring FC’s out there.

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