So I have a rare day off at home today, and I was catching up on some blog reading. I dipped over to Kirith’s blog since I hadn’t been there in a while, since I left EVE by the wayside. But he occasionally does World of Tanks updates, and beyond that KK is just good at what he does – one of those bloggers where you will read even about games and topics you might not otherwise have interest in.
And scrolling through a couple of articles, I find this one about updates to armor tanking and changes to battlecruisers (sorry, now called “combat battlecruisers”). Some of the changes are minor tweaks – but some are pretty radical. The Drake is getting the nerf-bat (finally…that only took like 3 years), and the Cyclone is getting re-purposed to join it as a missile boat.
Meanwhile, my favorite ship, my every-day mission running, gang roving, “I just wanna fly” battlecruiser, the Prophecy, is no longer a laser boat. No, now it is a drone boat. That can fit launchers or turrets. And it got a buff to its already excellent armor tank.
Battlecruiser skill bonuses:
5% bonus to all Armor Resistances
10% bonus to drone damage and hitpoints
Can fit Warfare Link modules
Slot layout: 5 H (-2), 4 M (+1), 7 L (+1), 4 turrets (-2), 4 Launchers (+3)
Fittings: 1100 PWG (-200), 415 CPU (+75)
Defense (shields / armor / hull) : 3000(-419) / 5500(+617) / 4000(-395)
Capacitor (amount / recharge rate / average cap per second): 2850(+37.5) / 750s / 3.8 (+0.05)
Mobility (max velocity / agility / mass / align time): 150 / 0.704 / 12900000 (-600,000) / 8.5s (-0.4)
Drones (bandwidth / bay): 75 (+50) / 225 (+200)
Targeting (max targeting range / Scan Resolution / Max Locked targets): 50km / 210 / 6
Sensor strength: 17 Radar (+1)
Signature radius: 270 (+5)
Cargo capacity: 400 (+50)
In other words, its now the battlecruiser equivalent of my favorite cruiser, the Arbitrator. I had long since traded my Arby in for a Pilgrim, as you’ll recall, for us in exploration. And with that, since there were no gun and missile bonuses, I did something utterly illogical, but super fun – I put heavy artillery on it. Though I didn’t highlight it above, the ship now also has more mid and low slots, for good flexibility.
But wait, like Ginsu knives…there’s more. There are also new armor repair mechanics in place, the funnest of which now offer a powered repper that uses nanite repair paste as ammunition. Which gives me a reason to get involved in planetary mechanics. That’s pretty awesome as well. Exploring in the Pilgrim, doing missions/faction warfare in the Prophecy, doing a little planetary governship in my downtime. Sounds about right.
And just to put the final nail in the coffin…EVE has since integrated with Amazon – you can buy all sorts of things using your Amazon credit. For example, 3 PLEX is just $12 more than a three month sub straight off the EVE site. So, for $12 more, I can get 4 months of game time, and a nice cash bonus…which I will need since I quit the game with pretty much nothing left in the bank account. :-p Or for a few bucks more than a regular sub, you can get a nifty little custom Catalyst. And I am always a sucker for a new ship. And I have a little stockpile of Amazon credit.
Now then…which of the EVE fitting tools is king of the hill these days? And are any of your corps hiring?