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Monday, November 14, 2011

PI on SiSi is a non-topic, but while investigating it I got a win.

Once again, the upcoming winter expansion is mostly all about pew-pew. I'm not complaining mind you. So long as everyone keeps blowing each other up, I"m in line to make a tidy sum. I know what butters my bread so to speak.

But for all my carebear brethren out there, I present the impact of the PI update.
Link Change
As any Planetary Industrialist can see, a single initial link can now handle seven (7) extractor heads, while using only 25% of its capacity. Prior to the link upgrade, this extractor required a single upgrade and I could only deploy six (6) heads due to power limitations. 

I am underwhelmed. This will not even come close to offsetting the increased freight charges in the update. All it does is allow me to waste less time upgrading links. Though I am thankful for this, as well as for the increase in orbital storage, I'm not going to throw any parties about it. The null folks will get the most use out of this. Their productivity was seriously hampered by having to upgrade links past the point of sanity. Enjoy null-bears!

However, while doing this "research," it gave me an opportunity to check out the new nebula. They are as awesome as every other blogger out there has said. But nebula aren't all that we got. And no, I'm not talking about the warp effect. Check out these before and after pictures.
Before
After
This IS the same view. Take a look at the old bright stars and then look at the secondary stars in the new picture. You can most easily make out the tall triangle of stars below Keiko's bow in the before shot and just above it in the after. I didn't get Keiko in the exact same spot because of the variation in launch vectors, but the patch of space is the same for certain.

Back in my What Eve Really Needs to Make it Real - Part 1 post, I gave a list of interstellar objects that CCP should add to increase immersion. The last thing on that list was Globular Clusters. They look like a giant snowball in space, which this certainly isn't. But, just below that was a picture of the Pleiades, which is an Open Cluster. An Open Cluster's what I see above. I'll count that as a win thank you very much.

Fly Careful.

EDIT: Interestingly, I took the two screen shots above with the same computer and the exact same graphic settings both in and out of Eve. The improvements are impressive!

3 comments:

  1. actually, upon study, those "globular clusters" are not Globular clusters, but rather nearby star systems, As noted when you jump through a gate (which has been re-aligned to said star systems) they fire TOWARDS said star systems.

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  2. Hi Ryunosuke. Open Cluster, I am sure I called it an Open Cluster. A Globular Cluster looks much different (you know, snowball in space...oh, and they're outside the galaxy too.) Anyway, gate realignment is great and all but I'm looking for immersion. Have a look at Wiki's article on Open Clusters and you'll see they SHOULD be nearby stars. Here's the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_cluster. As you just read, they are stars that formed from the same molecular cloud, are roughly the same age and exert a gravitational force on one another. That fits an Eve constellation pretty damn well doesn't it?

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  3. ahh I see what you mean, but ya, the brighter stars do seem to be part of the clusters. But what I am speaking of are the 8 or so brighter stars in the second picture, those seem to be stars closer to the system you are currently in. As for the link, that is not entirely untrue of eve, though seeing other constellations would be nice, but also, when you are in said constellation, it would be more like the second picture in this post ;)

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