CCP Edges Ever Closer to Selling Ships in EVE Online
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 June 2021, 3:15 pm
CCP announced a new Destroyer Pack for sale this week on the web store store. For $24.99 you get the following: 500,000 Skill Points 110 PLEX Catalyst Sapphire Sungrazer SKIN Cormorant Ghostbird SKIN Coercer Ardishapur SKIN Talwar Valklear Glory SKIN.

Where Does WoW Classic End?
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 June 2021, 2:15 pm
Just last week we launched into The Burning Crusade in Blizzard’s WoW Classic experiment.  We will likely spend close to two years playing that.  Maybe less.  The thing about doing a retro server is that everybody who doesn’t already know the dance

iPhone Wallpaper Screens
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 June 2021, 3:39 pm
 Earlier this week my good friend Crazy Kinux asked for this piece of art (which hangs in CCP's Office in Reykjavik) in an iPhone format so he could use it as his lock screen. I was happy to oblige, but then I thought - what a great idea!So now there is

Jackdaws in a Sanctum
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 June 2021, 5:30 pm

Stumbling Into Hellfire Ramparts
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 June 2021, 2:15 pm
When we got together this past weekend for our first run after the opening of the Dark Portal the question came up as to where we ought to go.  There had been some talk of staying pure and not going to Outland until we had finished up the remaining

What I've Learned Running for CSM
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 June 2021, 2:41 pm
 On Tuesday I was a guest on Ashterothi's Tuesday Show with Dr Spodumain & DutchGunner talking about the CSM election and various topics. A few other CSM candidates drop in around the 3hr mark, like Stitch and Evie. The show is 5+ hrs long, but it's

The CSM 16 Election: Bloc Ballots
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 June 2021, 6:43 pm
Since the elections for EVE Online's player council began utilizing the modified Wright single-transferrable vote system in 2013, the biggest indicator of electoral success is placement on bloc ballots. Normally, a bloc ballot is synonymous with the major

The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx brings your roundup of the latest news from around the cluster as new routes between the stars open across New Eden, and the core empires continue to focus on security and rebuilding.

Newly Constructed Stargates Come Online and Open for Traffic Across New Eden Empires

Yulai, Genesis – New stargate routes were opened by each of the core empires yesterday, following final assembly work facilitated by the operations of each empire's logistics service and capsuleers participating in resource gathering operations. The activation of the new routes took place simultaneously as agreed under the Stargates Enabling Treaty (SCC Oversight, Navigation & Funding) YC123 signed by the CONCORD powers.

The newly established routes link the following systems:

  • Saminer (Tash-Murkon) to F7-ICZ (Stain), constructed and operated by the Amarr Empire
  • Hykkota (The Forge) to Ahbazon (Genesis), constructed and operated by the Caldari State
  • Kenninck (Placid) to Eggheron (Solitude), constructed and operated by the Gallente Federation
  • Irgrus (Metropolis) to Pakhshi (Genesis), constructed and operated by the Minmatar Republic

Activation of the new gates was achieved without major incident, although localized space-time topology effects inhibited the use of microwarpdrive engines for some hours following the establishment of the gate links. Some have speculated that the simultaneous activation of four gate pairs combined with the disruption to New Eden's background space-time topology caused by Triglavian stellar manipulation could have caused such unforeseen effects. Gate crews reported normal operations of the gates themselves and so far there have been no reports of abnormal Triglavian activity in the gate systems.

Above: New Caldari stargate with rings of Abhazon VIII in background

Chief Executive Panel Agree to Appoint Akimaka Saraki Acting Chairperson

New Caldari Prime – Deadlock on the Caldari State's Chief Executive Panel was broken this morning with the appointment of Akimaka Saraki as acting Chairperson of the CEP. The ruling council of Caldari State megacorporations has been without a chairperson since CEP Chair Puok Kossinen was injured in the bombing of the CEP Spire in Landfall City on New Caldari Prime.

The appointment of acting Chair Saraki is a coup for the Ocean Faction of Hyasyoda, Ishukone and Wiyrkomi corporations, representing a deal that saw the Mountain Faction of Kaalakiota and Sukuuvestaa agree to back an appointee from the Wiyrkomi megacorporation. Most recently serving as Caldari State delegate to the CONCORD Inner Circle, Saraki was notable in helping avert a major conflict due to the Equilibrium of Mankind crisis. His service during the Triglavian Invasions is also held to be a distinct advantage, with his role overseeing the fortification of Wiyrkomi holdings in the Samanuni system and personal command of the planetary defense of the sixth planet contributing to the successful repulsion of Triglavian forces.

Akimaka Saraki is also the son-in-law of Akari Seituoda, retired CEO of Wiyrkomi-Seituoda Heavy Industries and a member of the dynasty that controls the Wiyrkomi megacorporation. Akari Seituoda has been outspoken in his acknowledgement of the basis for worker grievances during the recent unrest in the State, and Saraki is known to be sympathetic to those outraged by the failings of the military and corporate security forces.

The appointment of Saraki as acting CEP Chair may indicate that the Ocean Faction has persuaded the stability- and security-oriented Mountain Faction to take a path of reform and reconciliation with aggrieved worker populations. Regardless of whether that is so, the Forest Faction of CBD, Lai Dai and NOH has undoubtedly been dealt a blow, and may have to tread carefully to avoid the Ocean-Mountain axis solidifying into a permanent alliance.

Above: New Gallente stargate in Eggheron patrolled by Federation Customs

Federation Senate Passes New Appropriations Bill to Fund Aguard Infrastructure Ambitions

Villore, Essence – The Gallente Federation Senate has pass a new bill enhancing the federal infrastructure budget and making new appropriations specifically for security projects aimed at fulfilling the promises of President Celes Aguard to "unify periphery and core of the Federation through concrete action."

The passage of the bill is believed to have been contingent on the backing of powerful blocs emphasizing the independence of planetary states and nations within the Federation. There are rumors that President Aguard has agreed to veto the so-called "Bellaron Bill" to abolish and outlaw capital punishment as a concession to these political forces.

Senator Suvio Bellaron's capital punishment abolition bill passed the full senate before the election of President Aguard, becoming an election issue when President Jacus Roden opted to leave the decision of enactment or veto to his successor. Since President Aguard's election the bill has been the subject of a study into the "feasibility of implementation in consideration of the social, cultural and political independence of member states" at the President's request. Senate procedure committees have regularly voted to keep the bill "active" to avoid it falling into abeyance for lack of enactment.

President Celes Aguard may have been able to parlay her promises for infrastructure and security investment to some of the more liberal senate blocs into their acquiescence on the capital punishment matter. Senator Bellaron appears to have lost the argument with his political allies from Intaki and greater Placid, together with some of the Labor-Populist bloc. Seen to vote for the abolition bill procedurally, these groups were evidently unwilling to hold up the infrastructure bill, effectively freeing President Aguard to veto the capital punishment measures.

Above: New Minmatar stargate Pakhshi system, tenth planet in background

Tribal Council Votes to Increase Anti-Warclone Measures, Fund Clandestine Units, and Raise Volunteer Armies

Matar, Pator – Minmatar Republic security dominated the latest meeting of the Tribal Council with measures to combat renegade warclones, fund more clandestine operations, and raise new volunteer armies for the defense of Floseswin IV, and liberation of Skarkon and Krirald. Despite a lengthy session that observers described as "heated at times" the package of measures gained the consent of the entire Tribal Council.

Chief Acassa Midular of the Sebiestor Tribe expressed her concerns at an "ever-expanding security state that imperils the freedoms and rights of our clans and tribes", and was joined in many of her objections to several initial proposals by Chief Eleca Valkanir of the Nefantar, Chief Jeoran Setul of the Starkmanir, and Chief Isardsund Urbral of the Vherokior. The Brutor Tribe's Chief Wkumi Pol also objected specifically to CONCORD agencies being given increased powers within tribal territories.

Concessions on sweeping rights for CONCORD's SARO "Red Troop" Anti-Warclone and DERAIL Anti-AI units to enter tribal and clan territories "under Republic Security Services supervision" were inevitable with five tribes objecting to such measures. However, Chief Tenerhaddi Dykon of the Krusual and Chief Einar Aeboul of the Thukker were able to win the day on enhanced investigatory powers for the RSS Anti-Warclone units. The Brutor and Starkmanir Tribes were persuaded of this need by the rise in renegade warclones "associating with Amarr and Triglavian slavers and invaders".

Funding for clandestine units able to operate against increasing pirate and illegal slaver operations, as well as infiltrate occupied territories in Pochven and the militia warzones, were less controversial matters. The Council also passed funding and enabling measures to provide for raising further volunteer armies for the defense of Floseswin IV, liberation of Skarkon and Krirald, and support of militia and liberation operations generally.

Above: New Amarr stargate in F7-ICZ system

News in Brief

Amarr Campaign Against Heresy Continues as Holders Fervently Declare Faith and Loyalty

Amarr Prime – Despite limited external comment and numerous key cities remaining closed to outsiders, it is clear that the Amarr Empire's campaign against internal dissent and heresy continues unabated. The Scope's own sources suggest that the work of the Ministry of Internal Order, Theology Council, and Order of St. Tetrimon is actually increasing in intensity. The Royal Houses of Amarr and all Major Houses are prosecuting their own vigorous campaigns, while the Minor Holder Houses are allegedly "competing with one another to profess their faith and total loyalty to the Throne of Holy Amarr."

The signs are that the ongoing campaign is the largest and most intense hunt for heretics and purge of disloyal elements within the Amarr Empire since the military action against the so-called "Refusards", during the reign of Empress Jamyl I. The MIO, Theology Council and, extraordinarily, the Order of St. Tetrimon have been given powers to draw forces from local militias and significant authority over Major House troops. They are also empowered to request Royal House and Imperial Guard forces be deployed. Leaving no stone unturned, the various ministries, councils and orders have also been given authority to investigate one another under supervision of the Privy Council. This last measure is perhaps the clearest signal of how seriously the Amarr Empire is taking the hunt in the aftermath of the EOM crisis and following years of heretic outrages seeming to go unchecked.

Intaki Assembly, Senate Subcommittee, and Security Council Meetings Scheduled

Intaki, Placid – The Intaki Assembly has agreed a schedule for meetings with the Senate Subcommitte on Shipping & Security Franchising and the Federal Security Council. The series of meetings are intended to resolve outstanding issues with the proposal from the Intaki Assembly to allocate the Intaki star system Shipping & Security Franchise to a group including the Intaki Space Police and Intaki Commerce corporations.

President Celes Aguard is understood to have made it a priority to arrive at an agreement that "respects the rights and privileges of the Intaki Assembly while protecting the security of the Federation," according to a source close to the talks. Another source has indicated to the Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx that Intaki senate support for the President's infrastructure bill was a "factor that helped break the deadlock."

Above: Skarkon II under Triglavian occupation

Intra-Clade War on Skarkon II Rages as Capsuleers Struggle for Supremacy in Pochven

Skarkon, Pochven – Triglavian intraclade warfare between the Svarog and Veles Clades has been reported once more to have increased in intensity and expanded across the ravaged planet. Reports from observers on Skarkon suggest the latest phase of conflict between the warring clades has literally spilled over into the seas of Skarkon II. Littoral zones and the continental shelf waters of the major seas have been the scenes of furious Svarog Clade activity in response to large numbers of "drops" of unknown cargo into the sea by Veles Clade ships. A degree of retreat from previous land zones overrun by the Svarog has ensued as the occupation force has redistributed forces to deal with the new aquatic front.

Relatively untouched population centers in the hinterlands of the primary landmass are reported to be using the unexpected breathing space to continue evacuation where possible and fortification underground where impractical. The original major cities of the Skarkon II urban-industrial district of Skardisaad are largely abandoned by civilians but continue to be the scene of fierce fighting between the Skarkon Tribal Resistance Army, renegade warclones, and significant numbers of Svarog war machines overseen by "Siege Elites", a term that has come to be universally applied to Svarog's mechanized and heavy infantry troikas.

As Skarkon II continues to live up to its long reputation as the "Snake Pit of New Eden", capsuleers are on the move across Pochven with self-styled "kybernaut" supporters of the Triglavians in conflict with empire and EDENCOM loyalist forces. Independent capsuleer corporations and alliances are also increasingly struggling for some degree of supremacy in the Triglavian region since "ideological proving" lock outs on most conduit gates were lifted. Increasing conflict between the Triglavian Clades has been speculated to have led the Convocation of Triglav to dispense with the lock outs on all but the "home systems" of each clade. Others claim AEGIS information warfare commandos sabotaged the lock out systems but have no explanation for why the Triglavians have not seen fit to restore them.

Khanid Purges Continue as Royalist Troops Deployed Across Kingdom

Parses, Khanid – While participating in the general Amarr Empire purge of heresy, the Khanid Kingdom continues to take the opportunity to clamp down in territories seen as less than loyal to the authority of King Farokh Khanid III and his vassal nobles. Large numbers of the feared Chesm Khan secret police and their powerful security troop divisions have been deployed across the Kingdom, backed by detachments of the King's own Royal Guard in several instances. Particularly problematic holdouts of "disloyalty and impiety against the order of things" have seen landings of the even more feared Asbara Cyber Knights, military units renowned for dispassionate brutality across the Kingdom. The notorious 7th Asbara Cyber Knights under Sardar Marshal Soshan Fayez are reported to have landed in force on Bashyam IV in the Royal Duchy of Fekhoya to "crush all rebellion be it in action, word or symbol."

Fekhoya is a direct holding of the Royal House of Khanid but is reported to be a center for so-called "One Crown Unificationists", a movement backing claimants of Holder authority said to flow directly from the Emperor Family and Throne of Amarr. Such politics are highly incendiary within the Kingdom but have been growing in the years since the Khanid state rejoined Amarr as a "Kingdom of the Empire". Ironically, the theological and political basis of the One Crown movement is reportedly in conflict with the doctrines of Royal Demesnes and the Privy Council within the Imperial Rite. The Khanid House has thus used the current atmosphere within the Amarr Empire to purge its disaffected elements.

In Other News

  • Krullefor and Seykal Ally with Intara Family and Onikanabo Brigade to Control Ennur-Uemon Smuggling Routes
  • Combined "Criminal Alliance" Aims to "Fend Off Angels and Guristas" According to Gangland Rumors
  • Torrinos Spacelane Patrol Seize Smuggled Guristas Holoreels Hidden Aboard Mining Transports
  • Customs Source: "The Spacelaners Expected Anti-Corporate Agitprop and Just Found Some Weird Porn"
  • Amarr Heretical Cult Continues to Provoke Violence and Legal Protests in Federation System of Lamadent
  • Purity of Throne Fanatics Pursued by Imperial Guard After Cell Uncovered by House Qosh Forces on Oris
  • Theology Council Considers Status of Tarot of St. Jamyl Following Crackdown on Extreme Jamylite Cultists
  • RJD Joins Interstellar Anti-EOM Joint Taskforce After MIO "Escaped Slave Hunter" Replaced as Head of Amarr Delegation
  • SARO Command Recommends CONCORD Assembly Act to "Restrict and Disrupt Independent Warclone Organizations"
  • Colonel Oveg Drust Submits Report "Detailing Numerous Incidents of Warclone Pro-Triglavian Activies and Treachery"
  • CONCORD's DERAIL Given Authority to Launch Investigation into Use of Illegal AI by Capsuleers and Warclones in Eugales


Is Final Fantasy XIV Really More Popular Than World Of Warcraft?
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 June 2021, 1:53 pm
I watch a lot of videos about video games and I get the feeling a lot of players are disgruntled about the state of Retail World of Warcraft. From what I gather, Patch 9.1 won't go live until July, or even August. That's a content drought of 8 months.

The Dark Portal and Outland a Week Later
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 June 2021, 2:15 pm
Last week I was keen to get through the Dark Portal and into The Burning Crusade the moment it was available. I made it through with the first rush, got to Honor Hold, and even completed a couple of quests.  I logged in my other level 60s and got them

Minokawas Repping a POS
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 June 2021, 4:00 pm

Immerhin war der Anfang gut…
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 June 2021, 4:16 pm
Das ist nur eine kleine Corporation hat er gesagt. Die werden sich vermutlich nicht wehren hat er gesagt. Gut, sie...

CSM16 Voting Begins Today
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 June 2021, 11:15 am
Voting for candidates in the CSM16 election begins today (and not yesterday, as CCP accidentally indicated for about 20 minutes yesterday morning) and runs through until downtime on June 15th. The time to vote is NOW!  The instructions are at the link

Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 June 2021, 12:46 pm
 Despite some issues with the internet in general this morning, CSM voting is now open!I encourage you to vote. No matter what you personally think about the CSM, past, present, or future, the facts are that it plays an important role in the development

CCP announced last month that they were taking aim at the menace of cloaky camping, and their solution to the issue went in with today’s patch update. As previously mentioned, CCP’s plan to address cloaky camping is to introduce a deployable called a

Thoughts On The CSM 16 Election: June 8-15, 2021
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 June 2021, 3:15 pm
The election for EVE Online's 16th Council of Stellar Management began today and runs though downtime (1100 UTC) on 15 June. Over the past 2 years I've stepped away from covering the CSM, but I thought I'd give some thoughts in a post in case anyone is the fastest WordPress host in Review Signal’s 2021 test
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 June 2021, 10:03 am delivered the fastest WordPress speed test of any company in any price tier in 2021.

Ashy’s CSM Ballot
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 June 2021, 3:36 pm
It's CSM season, New Eden! Here's who you should vote for.

Supers Landing in the V Formation
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 June 2021, 4:00 pm

CSM16 – Wahlempfehlungen
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 June 2021, 5:03 pm
In wenigen Stunden könnt ihr das CSM 16 wählen. Ich habe mir ein paar Gedanken gemacht und Euch meine Top5 Kandidaten aufgelistet.

Star Citizen Hits $30 Million Raised For 2021
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 June 2021, 1:55 pm
The Star Citizen money machine keeps marching on. The latest event was Invictus Launch Week 2951 which ran from 20 May to 1 June. The annual event allows players to try out ships they don't own as well as purchase new ships. As of the time I pushed the

48 Weeks of World War Bee
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 June 2021, 2:15 pm
War drama spilled over into EVE Online Twitch more so than usual this week as Matterall, who runs the steadfastly pro-PAPI Talking in Stations, lashed out at The Mittani this past week.  When CCP was doing candidate interviews on May 29th, Vily’s

Voting Starts Tomorrow
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 June 2021, 9:57 am
 I announced I was running for CSM16 way back on April 16th, 53 days ago now. I know CCP has an "official" campaign period, but for those of us running for the first time or without major block support, our campaigns start much earlier. They have to. I'd

Zombies Eleven
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 June 2021, 2:15 pm
When I saw trailer for the Netflix movie Army of the Dead I knew we had to watch it… and not just as revenge for my wife making us watch all of season six of Fear the Walking Dead.  This looked like what I refer to as a “Friday night movie,” which

Old Man Darieux’s Stargate
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 June 2021, 4:04 pm
As the cliché goes, space is vast. Frankly, its easy to forget that these days. It takes light more than a century to cross the expanse of New Eden, something that I can do in a little over an hour with Professor Science, assuming no gate camps or other

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