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Blog Banter 24: In Real Life

This month’s Banter topic comes to us from the ever helpful Eelis Kiy, capsuleer behind the “Where the frack is my ship“ blog. She asks: How does your real life personality compare to who you are as a character in EVE? Does a good leader of people in the real world make a good leader of pilots in game? Or vice-versa? Do your real-life skills help you with the roles you fulfill in your corporation or alliance? Or do you behave completely differently? Does the anonymity of the Internet allow you to thrive on the tears of others in New Eden whilst you work as a Good Samaritan away from your keyboard? Or are you as mean outside of your pod as you are inside it? Have experiences in EVE Online affected your behavior, skills or attitudes outside of the game?

The blog banter essentially echoes the lyrics of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody in asking, “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?” However, there are a lot of questions being asked so I will answer them individually.

How does your real life personality compare to who you are as a character in EVE?

As would be expected, there are quite a few similarities between my real life persona and my in game persona.

Analytical – In game, I pore over ship fittings, game mechanics, and battles. I spend far more time reading and theorizing about Eve than I actually play it.

Frugal – I dislike wasting ISK. I always pinch pennies, buying the cheapest modules for my ship (most of my ships are not even rigged) and flying inexpensive ships (the only faction ship I fly is the Slicer, which costs 20 million). I also hate seeing wrecks go unsalvaged, a trait that my corp mates often tease me about.

Quiet – I do not talk much unless I have a good reason to. One of the byproducts of this is that sometimes my corp mates will constantly say “Hi Sage” on Vent until I say something.

Competitive – I do not play to lose. If I am poor at flying a particular ship, I will switch to something I am better at. If I lose a fight due to my own mistakes, I will berate myself and resolve to do better.

Loyal – I value loyalty and trust as much in game as out of game. That is the reason why, during my two years in Eve, I have only switched corporations twice (once because the CEO was abusing his power and once because my corp did not PvP much).

Despite the similarities, there are also some differences.

Pen Fifteen Club – Being a member of the Python Cartel and a valiant Defender of Pen isLand, I sing of the virtues of certain male parts. In real life, this is not the case.

Smack talk – It is well know that smack talk is an art perfected by the Python Cartel (what other corporation comes back from roams with half its members gagged by GMs?). I often smack talk opponents in local, often accusing them of having small genitalia and equally small brains and courage. In real life, most of my friends consider me to be a nice, caring guy (which I really am, honest!).

Does a good leader of people in the real world make a good leader of pilots in game?

Although I do not have a leadership position in game (aside from managing the Tweetfleet) due to not playing frequently enough and having poor internet, I believe that a good leader is effective both in and out of Eve.

Does the anonymity of the Internet allow you to thrive on the tears of others in New Eden whilst a Good Samaritan away from your keyboard?

I commented earlier in this post about how I smack in game but am nicer out of game, so initially it would appear that I indeed “thrive on the tears of others in New Eden whilst a Good Samaritan away from the keyboard.” But I do not believe this is the case. Schadenfreude is not one of my traits. I smack for fun, not tears. And I PvP for fun, not tears. Things like can baiting, ninja salvaging, and neutral RR do not appeal to me. Many times after killing a new player I will convo them to teach them about Eve, lowsec, and PvP and give them ISK to buy a better ship.

Additionally, the anonymity of the Internet is not something I take advantage of. As stated earlier, I value loyalty and trust. I have never ‘Pythoned’ anyone (invite a newb to fleet, warp to them, and kill them). I have never used aggression mechanics to kill people in highsec. I have never scammed or stolen. Of course, I am not judging people who engage in such activities; I merely do not do them myself.

Have experiences in EVE Online affected your behavior, skills or attitudes outside of the game?

To the best of my knowledge, no. All the similarities I listed were already present out of game, and the differences obviously are not present out of game (otherwise they would be similarities, not differences).

Other Blog Banters Articles:

    1. EVE Blog Banter #24: Be, all that you can be, and so much more!
    2. BB24:RL + EVE = | A Mule In EvE
    3. Freebooted: BB 24: You Talking to Me?
    4. where the frack is my ship?: Blog Banter 24: Behind the keyboard
    5. (OOC) CK’s Blog Banter #24: I Am Prano. « Prano’s Journey
    6. mikeazariah » Blog Archive » BB24 Who are you, who hoo woo hoo
    7. Drifting: The 24th EVE Blog Banter (January 2011 Edition) – Topic: EVE and Real Life
    8. Victoria Aut Mors » Blog Archive » Eve Blog Banter #24 – Where Eve Meets Real Life
    9. Who is more real?? « The Durzo Chronicles
    10. Captain Serenity: blog banter #24 – Personalities
    11. Confessions of a Closet Carebear: EVE and Real Life (EVE Blog Banter #24)
    12. The 24th EVE Blog Banter – EVE and Real Life – The Phoenix Diaries
    13. » EvE Blog Banter #24: EVE and Real Life EvE Blasphemy
    14. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Alt « the hydrostatic capsule
    15. Blog Banter #24 – Me « Roc’s Ramblings
    16. Blog Banter: Personalities in game and out of game
    17. Fiddler’s Edge: Game Face – Eve Blog Banter #24
    18. Progression’s Horizon: Blog Banter 24- Synonymous or Anonymous?
    19. More to come….
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      Oh My God, They Killed Kenny!

      Ken Plante, the archnemesis of the Python Cartel, has been vanquished once again. Read about it here:

      Smack Is Rather Fun via Eve Newb.

      Faceplant – vol2 via Skye’s Super Happy Fun Pirating Blog.

      You Just Got Python’d

      I have been in the Python Cartel, the renowned smacktalk pirate corp, for two weeks now, and I have been having a great time. One of the reasons why I joined Python was due to the amount of gusto they possess for having fun. I have already blogged about the RR Drake roam, poetry, and 20-man battleship blob that scares even faction warfare blobs, so here are some more pics of my latest shenanigans.

      Python battleships blobbing an overconfident capital. My first capital kill.

      Station camp, the Python way (see how we are all inside each other?).

      Python drone art. It was supposed to be two circles, but the creators got lazy and quit halfway through.

      Nearly 100 noobships perished on this station while attacking two valiant Python members.

      This station is giving me a fistbump.

      This is what the inside of an Amarrian station looks like after a fire (actually a weird graphics glitch).

      Did you know that you can get a T2 capsule? (another graphics glitch).

      My current ship hangar. Wolf is for wolfpacks, Drake is for stationcamping (although I stopped doing that after Advocated Destruction sent in a bait alt then cynoed in a huge blob), Armageddon was for the Python battleship fleet, Curse is for Python fag roams (4 Curses on this killmail), noobships are to make me feel like I have more ships than I actually do (and for Python noobship ops), and stealth bombers are for cloakiness and compact DPS. The rest of the ships I don’t really use.

      One final picture:

      That’s what you’ll be doing after you get Python’d.

      Blog Banter 16: Nublet 101

      Welcome to the sixteenth installment of the EVE Blog Banter, the monthly EVE Online blogging extravaganza created by CrazyKinux. The EVE Blog Banter involves an enthusiastic group of gaming bloggers, a common topic within the realm of EVE Online, and a week to post articles pertaining to said topic. The resulting articles can either be short or extensive, funny or serious, but they are always great fun to read! Any questions about the EVE Blog Banter should be directed to crazykinux@gmail.com.

      The third Blog Banter of 2010 comes to us from ChainTrap of the Into the unknown with gun and camera EVE Blog. He asks us: “Eve University turns six years old on March 15th; six years spent helping the new pilots of New Eden gain experience and understanding in a supportive environment. Eve is clearly a complicated game where you never stop learning. What do you wish that someone had taken the time to tell you when you were first starting out? Or what have you learned in the interim that you’d like to share with the wider Eve community?”

      To be honest, my experience as a new player was quite conducive to learning. I could not have asked for better; I was a part of a very active corp of dedicated individuals right from the start. Any questions were answered promptly, advice was given on game mechanics and ship fitting (my CEO actually fit my ships for me several times), we worked together, and we had fun. Even the collapse of the corp after a few months was a learning experience.

      Here are several things that are key to success in Eve:

      Ask questions. As the prompt states, you never stop learning in Eve. No one can say “I know it all”. “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find.”

      Create goals. With hundreds of skills to train, thousands of ships and modules to use, and countless careers to follow, it is easy to get lost and wander around aimlessly. Your goals will change as your knowledge of Eve grows, but always ensure that you have some goal.

      Find a role model. It can be a corp mate, it can be an Evebrity, it can be a blogger (when I was a fledgling pirate, I wanted to be as good as Wensley). Identify someone you admire (and if you don’t know one, find one) and learn from him. Ask questions. Find out his goals. Just make sure it’s not a bad role model like Spectre (just kidding).

      By practicing those three, you will avoid falling off the Eve learning curve.

      Eve Learning Curve

      Other Blog Banter 16 Posts:

      1. CrazyKinux: The Three Pillars of Wisdom
      2. The Elitist: Helping the new guy/gal
      3. Hands Off, My Loots: Nothing Needed
      4. Rantuket: Blog Banter 16
      5. EVE Opportunist: Nooby Cluey
      6. Into the Unknown With Gun and Camera: EVE University
      7. Zero Kelvin: We’re the young ones!
      8. I am Keith Neilson: Set Your Destination
      9. Prano’s Journey: Just Like the Very First Time
      10. A Merry Life and a Short One: No Seriously
      11. A Mule In EVE: If I only knew
      12. The Planet Risk Show: Dared to be Bold
      13. Diary of a Space Jockey: WTH did I get myself into?!
      14. EVOGANDA: Why?
      15. A Memoir From Space: 16th Blog Banter
      16. Death’s Sweetest Kiss: Who What When Where Why How??
      17. Freebooted: Beyond the Shortcuts
      18. Learning to Fly: Noobing
      19. Caldari Outcast: My First Blog Banter Post!
      20. Roc’s Ramblings: Financial Survival
      21. Diary of a Pod Pilot: Free Knowledge Inside
      22. Nullsec Carebear: I could’ve been less of an idiot
      23. Facepalm’s Ramblings: Something Smells Fishy
      24. Kirith Darkblade: Do you wish to know more?
      25. Autopilot Disabled: I’m still starting…
      26. Finders & Keepers: Relax
      27. Confounded Capsuleer: What have you got to loose?
      28. Clan Oriana: Sixteen
      29. Flashfresh: EVE Blog Banter #16
      30. Rettic’s The Chronofile: You Make EVE
      31. Diary of a Bored Spaceman: Past Imperfect
      32. Chocolate Heaven: Known Unknowns
      33. Victoria Aut Mors: Blog Banter #16
      34. Where the frack is my ship: If I knew then what I know now…

      The Poets of Python

      The Python Cartel has always been well known for its prowess at smacktalking. But a lesser known ability of the Pythons is excellence at rhymes.

      So without further adieu,
      I present to you,
      Python Poetry:

      Smack is wack yo
      But I got no sack so
      I’ll stay on this gate
      Hug the guns and wait

      My backup is coming
      So you’d better start running
      We’re going to blob you, gank you
      Rob you, spank you.

      The truth of the matter is
      Without my friends I ain’t got shit
      I never fight when there’s risk
      21 vs 1 is the shit.

      Just look at my killboard
      It’s full of my killwhores
      I did 24 damage
      But I filled local with spammage
      – by Kobrakilla

      I want to take a knife
      And logoffski Life.
      – by 00sage00

      And here is a small sample of Python Rhyme Time:

      Kobrakilla > what’s a transom?
      Kyle Langdon > your mom
      Kobrakilla > sounds lame
      Kyle Langdon > like this game
      00sage00 > what a shame
      Kyle Langdon > it can be quite a pain
      00sage00 > to take the blame
      Kyle Langdon > what was its name?
      Kobrakilla > If you take it frame by frame
      Kyle Langdon > i think i just came
      Kobrakilla > but it was quite a pain
      Kyle Langdon > and the splooge was pretty plain
      Kobrakilla > it came down like the rain
      Kyle Langdon > and you lost the game
      Kobrakilla > but that isn’t the same
      Shaka Laka > this hurts my brain…
      Kyle Langdon > that’s a pretty large claim
      00sage00 > to fame
      Kobrakilla > and to tame
      Kyle Langdon > aim
      00sage00 > defame
      Kyle Langdon > exclaim
      00sage00 > proclaim
      Shaka Laka > ascertain
      Kyle Langdon > does this really pertain?
      00sage00 > bob the builder
      Shaka Laka > Only if you’re insane
      00sage00 > >_>
      Kyle Langdon > blob the quilder

      So next time you’re in local
      And we’re being very vocal
      You’d better run away fast
      Or our rhymes will leave you aghast.

      Evespace

      Kala from Chocolate Heaven started a little Eve blogger meme by displaying his “Evespace”, which is essentially the workspace you play Eve Online in. Here is what mine looks like:

      Just kidding. Here is my real Evespace:

      I play Eve on the 15″ MacBook Pro shown in the picture (except that I boot Windows XP because the Mac client runs too slowly). And as you can see, my Evespace is dominated by school books instead of Eve-related decor. :(

      Blogger Jealousy

      Conversation in local while on a Python Cartel roam:

      Chan Omari > o/ 00sage00 love the blog :)
      Helicity Boson > oh you like his blog
      00sage00 > thanks :)
      Helicity Boson > i see how it is
      Spectre3353 > WTF HIS BLOG?
      00sage00 > hahahaha
      Jawmare > Spec is jealous? ;/

      Does this make me an Evebrity? :P