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Friday, January 10, 2014

No Ulysses Pact to Save Me

"First you will come to the Sirens who enchant all who come near them. If any one unwarily draws in too close and hears the singing of the Sirens, his wife and children will never welcome him home again, for they sit in a green field and warble him to death with the sweetness of their song."
 - Circe to Ulysses, Book XII, The Odyssey

After my post summarizing the ISK I'm making running level IV missions for the Sisters of Eve, I decided I'd run an experiment. I wanted to see how much ISK I could generate running security missions like they were PI. It works like this. I'd run a mission a day like I used to attend to my PI setup every day. In the past, I'd spent 30 to 60 minutes doing PI related stuff each day. Most level IV missions I can run in a lunch hour. So it's roughly equitable. Then I would have a comparison point to make.

Unfortunately I'm a little behind on my mission a day goal. It's been more like I miss a couple days and then have to make them up by running several missions in a row.  Since December 18th, the cut off for my last income post, I've only run 20 missions. I should have run 22 missions by now. I'm such a laggard. I'll have to do better.

All I can do is place blame where blame belongs. It's those damn sisters of Jebediah Kerman I tell you! They are Sirens, and I have no mast upon which to be tied. Just last night I sat down at the keyboard saying to myself, "Time to catch up on my mission count!" But then that damned music started to play. I couldn't resist it. Instead of running SoE missions I did this:

That's Jebediah on the dark side of Mün just after he planet the Kerbal flag. I completed two successful Mün landings in two new biomes, East and Northwest Crater. I also completed one successful orbital insertion of a probe around Dres. I unlocked two 160 point technologies and one 300 point technology. All in all, it was a very busy and successful evening: just not doing the thing I set a goal about doing. Oops.

I'll endeavor to do better this weekend... hopefully.

Fly Careful

PS: To Mr. Anonymous - thank you for catching my typos in the last post. It was a long one and those things happen. I appreciate your editorial diligence. As for the rest of your comment, if you want negativity posted you should provide a name. If you want to hide behind anonymity, I feel no obligation to share your negativity with the world - no matter how small a fraction of it actually reads this blog. Step up to the plate and take some responsibility for what you write instead of being pusillanimous about it. K? Thx. Bye.


  1. Wow, 30-60min for PI a day? How did your PI setup work? (Restarting PI for 6 chars on 5 Planets takes me about 15min/day)

    1. You can look back through my posts to find an exact answer, but I ran 23-hour extractor timers and had to cross level between planets once a day. Then there is the manufacturing side since I made NRP. And sometimes I'd just dink around because I could - just like when I run missions. And before this devolves into something undesirable to me, there are more ways to do PI than there are players doing it, and every method works and every method makes ISK. Just enjoy your game, that's the important thing. And I really have to reconsider that anonymous posting feature. It really is annoying - no offense.

  2. Negativity? Srsly?

    I said in my original post: explain how it is that subscriptions climb but the concurrent numbers stay stable.

    I don't see what's negative about that. Extract the question and answer it if it's too much for you. Also, you're hiding behind a fake identity, so maybe a little less huffiness?

    1. Assuming you're the same Mr. Anonymous, chastisement accepted. I shall endeavor to be less huffy in the future. Here are the two comments I didn't post before below this. Everyone else can judge for themselves.

      Comment #1: Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "BB52: Casualties of War and Industry":

      2 things:

      The word is "dying" not "dieing"
      The subscription numbers look good right up until you compare it to the plateau, which you didn't do. How do you explain a plateau in concurrent logins with a simultaneous upward trend in subscriptions? Simple: ALTS. EVE's subscription numbers should always be suspect for this reason. Unless someone can provide some other explanation...

      Comment #2: Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "BB52: Casualties of War and Industry":

      awww i caught your typos but you won't post my comments :(

  3. I'm responsible for 12 new accounts over the last almost 2 years but I normally only log on 2 at the same time.

    IOW those new accounts include a lot of alts. Whether or not there are enough new players to just replace players who quit, far less grow the player base, is a question we can't answer without more information. My guess is the total number of players is declining but they're also playing more concurrent accounts per player resulting in the oft mentioned plateau.

  4. The New York Times is not required to print every letter that their subscribers send to the editor, why should you think that somehow you're required to address or post the comments of your readers?

    It's your blog, not theirs. If they don't like it, they can stop reading it, complain on a forum or write their own blog.


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