Ishtar Trails
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 January 2020, 3:00 pm
 


Hurricane Hilmar: The Imperium Hardest Hit
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 January 2020, 2:30 pm
I'm finally setting up scripts to parse through the data from the Monthly Economic Reports and produce nice-looking graphs and charts. I decided as a test to play around with, I'd create a pair of graphs that look at the mineral and bounty amounts from


The Handy Dandy Guild Hall in Norrath
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 January 2020, 1:15 pm
More going on about EverQuest II. I was on about leveling up crafting in EverQuest II last, but I decided to cut out a portion of the post where I drifted off into how much having a guild hall helped out. EQII had housing… good, game integrated,


Daily Journaling
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 January 2020, 10:00 am
A few years ago I signed up for a service called 750Words.com after I reading a post from an author who mentioned that it had helped her get better about writing every day. It’s a very simple service with a


Recruitment Post
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 January 2020, 9:42 am
Click to embiggenStay Frosty and A Band Apart are growing. We recently welcomed two new Corporations to the Alliance - Average Pilots and Abscondita Stilio - both fellow Low Sec PvP groups. And Stay Frosty itself, after our purge last year, has continued


Scalpel at the Smuggler’s Gate
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2020, 3:00 pm
 


Theros Beyond Death is here (not beyond death).... let's brew!
Posted by Heartlessgamer.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2020, 1:46 pm
Murdered titles aside; Magic the Gathering's latest set, Theros Beyond Death, is here and available on Arena.  With a new set comes new deck brews.  I will state up front that I am a net decker in general (i.e. I copy decks of the Internet), but with new sets I'll happily take some of popular decks and see if I can slot some of the new cards in to brew up something a little fresher.

I tend towards aggressive decks on Arena since they are most often the least rare/mythic reliant.  I love more control oriented or tempo based decks, but my current Arena position does not allow for me to craft those decks.  With that in mind I first looked at the classic red aggro decks that are popular at the dawn of every set (aggro decks tend to do well early on as other decks are not yet refined).  I didn't find anything that drew my attention so I looked at white weenie decks and struck out there.


Then I stumbled onto folks playing with Nightmare Shepherd in mono-black decks focused on devotion win condition with Gray Merchant of Asphodel (affectionately known as Gary).  The core of the decks seemed to be the Cauldron Familiar/Witch's Oven sacrifice engine from the previous metagame featuring cards such as Ayara, First of Locthwain and Priest of Forgotten Gods to make the sacrifice and recursion of the cats pay off.

This got me thinking about what else would be fun to sacrifice to trigger Nightmare Shepherd and I immediately went looking for "enter the battlefield" effects and that brought me to one of my favorite cards from a previous discard deck; Yarok's Fenlurker.  Fenlurker was an upgrade to the previous use of Burgler Rat in discard decks as its an equal effect with an upside.  Fenlurkers upside looks even better now with Nightmare Shepherd and the devotion win condition with Gary.   A quick glance at various decklists on some websites confirmed I wasn't alone in this thinking.

Looking further I wanted to take the concepts here even further and started to look for other cards that supported the brewing theme around sacrificing and getting things back in return.  This brought me to Kaya's Ghostform which I had remembered from a few draft runs where I kept ending up with multiple copies of it.  It paid off in a few draft games so I threw it in here to help bring back more fodder for the sacrifice.

I filled the rest of my modest brew in with the curve from other mono-black devotion decks I am seeing online (the fill ins were pretty straight forward black staples; Knight of the Ebon Legion, Murderous Rider, etc).  

Here is what I landed on and hope to get around to crafting for Best of 1 play:

Deck
3 Priest of Forgotten Gods (RNA) 83
4 Kaya's Ghostform (WAR) 94
4 Knight of the Ebon Legion (M20) 105
3 Yarok's Fenlurker (M20) 123
2 Witch's Cottage (ELD) 249
4 Witch's Oven (ELD) 237
19 Swamp (ELD) 261
3 Ayara, First of Locthwain (ELD) 75
4 Cauldron Familiar (ELD) 81
3 Murderous Rider (ELD) 97
3 Castle Locthwain (ELD) 241
4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel (THB) 99
4 Nightmare Shepherd (THB) 108

Unfortunately it will be a bit of time before I get to play it as I am planning to build my collection via draft and not spend wildcards at this time.  We'll see how the meta shapes up and if there is any competitive legs to mono-black devotion sacrifice.



Three to the Moon Now
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2020, 1:15 pm
Meanwhile, in Bizarro Norrath, I now have three characters at the new level cap introduced with the Blood of Luclin expansion.  This is a feat so without precedent that I am not sure what to do. And I am not just at the  level cap for adventure levels,


Blizzard Wants to Lock You in with a Flying Rat
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2020, 10:15 am
With Tuesday’s post about the Visions of N’Zoth update for Battle for Azeroth, there was a short bit of discussion as to what else Blizz might do to keep people subscribed between now and the launch of the Shadowlands expansion.  I suggested that


Gaming overview 2019
Posted by Morphisat's Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2020, 9:22 am
Posted an overview of my gaming activities in 2019 over at my greendale blog:


Galactic Hour News Roundup: Dragonaurs Danger and Presidential Politics Edition
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 January 2020, 4:31 pm

The Scope's Galactic Hour with Ret Gloriaxx brings a roundup of the latest news as more Gallente Presidential election candidate declare and CONCORD intelligence identifies a new threat from the Templis Dragonaurs and Vimoksha Chorus terrorist organizations.

 

Templis Dragonaurs Pact With Vimoksha Chorus a "Clear Threat to New Eden" says CDIA

Yulai, Genesis – The CONCORD Intelligence Directive Agency has described a new pact between two terror and piracy groups as a "clear threat to the security of New Eden". The CDIA has confirmed reports that the Templis Dragonaurs, an ultranationalist Caldari terrorist organization, has been identified as working with the Vimoksha Chorus, a pirate group that is a splinter faction of Sansha's Nation.

The CDIA assesses that the two organizations are presently "engaged in an exchange of military technology and armaments, in an effort that can only make both these dangerous and unpredictable terror groups even more of a threat than they already represent." CONCORD's DED has responded by distributing all location and tracking data on the Templis Dragonaurs to the general security networks of the empires and encouraged capsuleers to join in fighting the new threat.

Provost Marshal Kasiha Valkanir of CONCORD's AEGIS division additionally commented, "We cannot afford to allow this nascent alliance between two dangerous but relatively minor threats to grow into a major new security crisis. The ongoing Triglavian invasions, the danger of Drifter attacks and incursions by Sansha's Nation itself could only be harder to counter with yet another such threat on the scene."

The Templis Dragonaurs are an ultra-nationalist Caldari organization considered terrorists by most governments of New Eden. Once associated with Tibus Heth's Provist government, they suffered a major blow when his regime fell in YC115. It is believed they maintain large numbers of infiltrators and agents throughout the Caldari State and its megacorps.

Led by a former Sansha's Nation warlord, Cornelius Sedek, the Vimoksha Chorus is understood to have survived the suppression of Sansha's Nation by a CONCORD-led coalition in YC37. The Vimoksha Chorus operated as a pirate group for many decades before its recent escalation to planetary raidng. It is believed to still be an independent splinter faction at odds with Sansha Kuvakei's Nation.

 

Governor Celes Aguard Formally Declares Candidacy for Gallente President at Rally on Mies IV

Mies, Essence – Addressing a capacity crowd at the New Riennes Stadium on Mies IV, Governor Celes Aguard formally declared her candidacy for President of the Gallente Federation in a speech that focused particular attention on the periphery of the Gallente territories. "My friends, I can confirm my campaign for the Presidency of the Federated Union of Gallente Prime is underway, here, tonight. I welcome you all and thank you for sharing in my vision of the future prosperity and security of this great, liberal and forward-looking federation of ours."

As Governor of Mies, Celes Aguard presides over the administration of one of the Federation's most prosperous core systems and has long been a driving force in the development of her system and the wider infrastructure of the Crux constellation and Essence region. Despite this, Governor Aguard has long been popular in the periphery of the Gallente Federation, with her support for the development and security of outlying systems and constellations a repeated theme of her political careers.

"My friends, my fellow citizens, we must never forget our families, friends and fellows who make their lives on the frontiers of this great federation. Never again can the threat of political abandonment and security apathy over the periphery be allowed to take root in the federal system. I pledge that no region, no constellation and no system will be left behind. The Gallente Federation is for all, not just the core systems. It gladdens my heart to see so many of you here, so many of you citizens of Mies, Luminaire and Crux, to support our cause of a Federation of peace, prosperity and security for all."

Despite two previous attempts that saw her fall short, Governor Aguard is considered a strong presidential candidate with name recognition and overall approval ratings that most other candidates struggle to match.

 

Councillor Wayaki Kayara Announces Run at Presidency on Return from Kabar to Mannar Seginde

Mannar, Everyshore – Councillor Wayaki Kayara of Mannar Seginde has announced his own run at the Gallente presidency, following his return to Mannar Seginde (Leremblompes II) after a visit to the former Mannar homeworld of Kabar (Mannar VIII). The Mannar Councillor of Diplomacy made his announcement from the steps of the Mannar Seginde Council of Notables building in Fou Mannai, "The people of the Federation know that we can only prevail and make progress by righting the wrongs of the past, and it is in that spirit that I announce my candidacy for President of the Gallente Federation."

"All of us have seen the devastation on our homeworld, the legacy of the Doa dea Kabar, and many of us have experienced that legacy first hand. I have just returned from Kabar and I bring a message of hope that an old wrong may be righted and our ancient home be restored to us. The initiative to restore Kabar has made such progress as you would not dare hope for. That I dared not hope for. Yet it requires more from us all and, I say, from this Federation that so long neglected Kabar and only rewarded the service of so many Mannar in its cause with limited aid to us here on Mannar Seginde."

"This is not just about us. We know how the Federation speaks of equality and justice for all yet seldom delivers it in full to those who maintain their own cultures. We have seen how the Intaki home system and Placid region have been treated. We have seen how the Minmatar diaspora has been marginalized. How the Federation has allowed war to continue across our own borders and those of our Republic allies. We have seen how our Deteis, Civire and Achura citizens have been affected by the ongoing conflicts. We must stop all this. Reconciliation beyond our borders, with the Intaki Syndicate and, yes, with the Caldari State is necessary. But so too is reconcilitation necessary within. With our Jin-Mei friends, with our Intaki brothers and sisters, and with us, the people of Mannar Seginde and Kabar."

Two former presidential candidates expressed mixed views on Kayara's platform. Long-time Federal-Populist and anti-war figure, Senator Vilard Garioss of Nexus said, "I sympathize with some of Councillor Kayara's positions, even support them, but his message seemed confused to me and I have a hard time believing it will resonate beyond his core following." Retired Admiral Daren Fasio, an ethnic Mannar himself, was more forthright in his assessment, "This was a blancmange of a speech. No doubt it will appeal to pacifists and fools. I doubt that the Mannar men and women I served with would find anything appealing in it, let alone the citizens of the Federation who understand that a strong defense requires us to confront our enemies, not 'reconcile' with them."

 

Mentas Blaque Comments on Roden Administration's Militia Warzone Diplomacy in Clear Appeal to Hawks

Renyn, Essence – In off the cuff remarks today, Federal Intelligence Office chief Mentas Blaque said, "The Federation cannot afford to take a weak position on the debate over our sanctions against the Amarr Empire and its satellite states." His comments, made to journalists at an FIO briefing on the Templis Dragonaurs and Vimoksha Chorus situation, continued: "I have advised against pursuing a strategy of legalistic debate with the Amarr. I know Sirdan xer Qosh well. He's a slippery fox who will tie up these negotiations in all sorts of arcane knots and twists."

While Blaque's comments included a criticism of Amarr Inner Circle Delegate Sirdan xer Qosh's assertion that Federation and Republic sanctions are a breach of the Yulai Accords and Convention provisions against a general trade blockade of a member state by other member states, most Gallente commentators see the remarks as a clear criticism of the Roden Administration's attempt to chart a diplomatic course through the militia warzone crisis.

"These remarks are on the edge of open criticism of President Roden's policy in this matter and given the looming election, I believe they are a clear appeal to hawkish political blocs and voter sentiments across the Federation," Senator Ulve Fabronne of Peccanouette told the Scope's Galactic Hour. "I think we will see Blaque declare very soon," Senator Fabronne added.

 

In Other News

  • CONCORD Conflict Monitors Report on Floseswin IV: "Tacit Ceasefire is in Effect; Sporadic Exchanges of Fire; Scattered Paramilitary Reprisals"
  • "The Peace of Kahah" Breaks Box-Office Records in Khanid Prime; Duke Chakaid Hails "Masterpiece of Truth Illuminating the Victory of Faith"
  • PKN Interstellar Bid for Security and Shipping Franchise in Intaki System Described as "Bizarre and Insulting" by Intaki Assembly
  • Tribal Liberation Force Regains Initiative with Combined Fleet Actions and Guerilla Strikes; Kurniainen and Vimeini Fall
  • Kyonoke Inquest Organization Statement on Capsuleer Experiments: "Kyonoke Cure Remains Effective. Samples Secured Under HFA Act are Inert or Compromised."
  • Caldari-Gallente Militia Warzone Activity Increasing; Military Experts say Federal Election Season "Driving Renewed FDU Strategic Offensive"
  • Inner Circle Peace and Militia Reform Talks Remain Deadlocked on Trade Sanctions Issue; "Amarr Attempting to Distort Anti-Blockade Accords" says Keitan Yun
  • Federation Ambassador Devan Malate: "No Contradiction Between the Anti-Blockade Provisions of the Yulai Accords and Limited, Targeted Sanctions"
  • Caldari Mediation Continues: "We Share the Legal Interpretation of the Amarr Empire but Resist Accusations of 'Hypocrisy' on Either Side of this Contractual Dispute"
  • BREAKING: President Jacus Roden Announces Successful Rescue of Civilian Government of Vevelonel V by Federal Marines
  • BREAKING: Braille District Gendarmes Arrest Vevelonel V Colonial Militia Officers Following Daring Rescue Operation
  • BREAKING: President Roden also Signs Executive Order for Enhanced Disaster Relief and Resettlement Finance in Octanneve System

 




EVE Online Gets Heavy Missile Buffs, Shield Slaves, and a New Event
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 January 2020, 1:15 pm
CCP was keeping us in the dark.  They announced a new “Quadrants” plan, which sounded like quarterly releases, and which was said to start with something called “Fight or Flight,” but then did not go into much detail.  They even took the test


Low Sec Travel Advisory: Shield Slaves
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 January 2020, 9:10 am
After downtime, CCP published the patch notes for today's release and we all got to see the reason for CCP's recent secrecy. Shield slaves.Added Nirvana "Shield Slave" Implants, initially available through the "Dragonaur Blitz" event:Mid-grade Nirvana


Aluhut im Januar
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 January 2020, 12:30 am
Da kommt was großes auf uns zu! Auch ich bin begeisterter Verschwörungstheoretiker und CCP bietet mir mit der Schließung von SiSi in dieser Woche auch ordentlich Stoff dazu.


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Tackled Machariel
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 January 2020, 3:00 pm
 


The Library and the Armory
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 January 2020, 1:15 pm
After a bit of time off around the holidays the instance group was able to form back up for another run this past Sunday.  Various holiday distractions meant that not much progress was made by anybody during the off time, which meant that we were still


The Broken War
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 January 2020, 8:23 am
Yesterday over on Tweetfleet Twitter I mentioned that I believe the war mechanics in Eve are seriously broken and that it is having a negative effect on players that primarily operate in High Security space. I believe this cannot be denied. And yet, the


Mushrooms
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 January 2020, 9:12 am
I should feel pretty good right now. I had to renew my passport and I got my new one two weeks faster than expected. I've booked my flight & hotel room and have my ticket to Fanfest in April. On the computer class front, I finished up for the semester


Disney Forever S1E2 - The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 January 2020, 11:10 pm

In This Episode:

This week’s featured presentation is The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952).  Void and Katie dive deep into the good and bad from all your favorite Disney movies week by week.  Listen along and join the conversation!





Disney Forever S1E1 - Moana (2016)
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 January 2020, 7:10 pm

In This Episode:


This week’s featured presentation is Moana (2016).  Void and Katie dive deep into the good and bad from all your favorite Disney movies week by week.  Listen along and join the conversation!





Going On An Adventure
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 January 2020, 3:17 pm
At the beginning of November I set a goal to climb the ladder to Platinum and after a few missteps I did so with a Rakdos sacrifice Cat Oven deck. In December I wanted to expand my horizons and do a control deck on the ladder and failed to reach Platinum


Battle for Azeroth Enters the Final Lap
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 January 2020, 2:15 pm
Today we get the 8.3 patch for Battle for Azeroth.  At least it is today in the US and related regions.  Europe gets it tomorrow and I gather Asia will get it the day after that. Titled Visions of N’Zoth, it is, if not the final patch, then likely the


Ice Mining Rorqual
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 January 2020, 3:00 pm
 


Leveling up Your Crafting Without Actually Crafting
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 January 2020, 1:15 pm
Another one of those EverQuest II posts.  This time I ramble on about crafting. Crafting has changed over the years in EQII, and the best route for leveling up your crafting as much as anything. As with my running off at the keyboard about gear the other


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