by Alphaville Herald on 10/12/09 at 12:23 am
Killing time while EVEonline is EVEoffline
by Pixeleen Mistral, National Affairs desk
Last night I ran into poopmaster Oh – an ex-Second Lifer who now spends quality time in EVEOnline. While poopmaster Oh waited for EVEoffline to become EVEonline again – the game had crashed – we discussed the relative merits of the worlds, the charm of spaceships and spacebux, and the impact of the fearsome Something Awful Goonswarm faction.
Pixeleen Mistral: great name!
poopmaster Oh: you dont remember?
poopmaster Oh: yea its great
Pixeleen Mistral: I meet a lot of avs in this business
poopmaster Oh: I am a reporter, or was a reporter for SecondLifeHarold.com
poopmaster Oh: damn domain expired on me
Pixeleen Mistral: the SecondLifeHarold.com was short lived
poopmaster Oh: 2 years
poopmaster Oh: very short yea
poopmaster Oh: time flies so fast in here
Pixeleen Mistral: so maybe you should write for the real Herald
poopmaster Oh: i found a new game last year and hardly ever come in here anymore
Pixeleen Mistral: what game is it?
poopmaster Oh: been playin EvEOnline.com
Pixeleen Mistral: Walker Spaight likes that a lot
poopmaster Oh: internet spaceships
Pixeleen Mistral: and spacebux!
Pixeleen Mistral: I wish LL had real spaceships and spacebux
poopmaster Oh: yea the sims r way way way too small
poopmaster Oh: you can fly around a bit but you just hit the walls
poopmaster Oh: it really is amazing how 2 cents worth of internetspace ship can get your heart beating so fast
Pixeleen Mistral: well – it might crash!
poopmaster Oh: it did crash
poopmaster Oh: thats why i came here
Pixeleen Mistral: to catch your breath?
poopmaster Oh: the whole game crashed
Pixeleen Mistral oh noes
Pixeleen Mistral: so would you advice SL players to try EVEonline?
poopmaster Oh: i have been thinkin about doin a 'event' to do that
poopmaster Oh: its not the most easy game to learn
poopmaster Oh: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3088/2335016192_6003c39c4c.jpg
Pixeleen Mistral: if SL players want to meet you in EVEonline – how would they contact you?
poopmaster Oh: i should/could make a channel
poopmaster Oh: someone did make a channel called 'Second EVE' for SL players who also play eve to hang out
poopmaster Oh: ive never seen anyone in it tho
Pixeleen Mistral: so what did you think about the goonswarm guys?
poopmaster Oh: They are a large a powerful alliance
poopmaster Oh: From the something awful forums
poopmaster Oh: I don't play the same game they do
Pixeleen Mistral: yeah – and they took out the most powerful EVEonline alliance
poopmaster Oh: the universe is very large
poopmaster Oh: yea they have taken over large amounts of space in the south
poopmaster Oh: the most valuable space
Pixeleen Mistral: can anyone stop them?
poopmaster Oh: but they have recently added changes to the game (dec 1) to make resources more even
poopmaster Oh: They play in 0.0 space mostly and gank hi sec miners, neither of those two worlds do i enter
Pixeleen Mistral: so what is your game there?
poopmaster Oh: I am a low sec pirate and i play in faction war
Pixeleen Mistral: sounds fun
poopmaster Oh: PvP is allways fun
poopmaster Oh: when i was in the northern collition (mostly harmless) i did fight the goons a few times they can bring some big numbers
Pixeleen Mistral: I think it is a bad sign the goons mostly ignore SL now
poopmaster Oh: in EVE its a numbers game, the more ppl you bring the better you can kill, a gang of 10 ppl cant win vs 100, if we bring 150 they bring 300
poopmaster Oh: its about how many friends you have in 0.0
poopmaster Oh: or slaves
poopmaster Oh: in lowsec is less large gang more solo and small gang
Pixeleen Mistral: you seem to like it though
poopmaster Oh: yea its addictive
poopmaster Oh: it can make a very strong emotional response
poopmaster Oh: like sl
Pixeleen Mistral: does it have cyber like SL does?
poopmaster Oh: no
poopmaster Oh: there is no 'body' or out of ship avatar
poopmaster Oh: you can dock up and change ships but you can not walk around stations
poopmaster Oh: yet
poopmaster Oh: they been sayin they will add it for years
And with that, the other-worldly visitor disappeared. It was reassuring to learn that there is still a place for small gangs with internet spaceships despite the best efforts of the large factions – but how many other Second Lifers have moved on?