6/26/2013

New template for all corporate stationary



To whom it may concern,

If you have received this letter from a member of Cadre Assault Force (CFOR) corporate staff, it is mostly likely because you have recently suffered destruction of your property and/or your person at the hands of one or more of the members of CFOR. If this is not the case, please disregard the rest of this letter as it does not pertain to you.

CFOR prides itself in making lives miserable for people we don't like, people we look down on, people we've been told to shoot, and people who just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. We work hard to bring you the most professional, carefully conceived and most fun PvP available in the New Eden star cluster. Despite this, there is a good chance that any serious damage we did inflict upon your aforementioned property or person was likely purely blind luck, or even possibly we did not intend to damage your property or person but managed to blunder our way through anyway.

CFOR, unless otherwise stated, maintains strict "Not Blue, Shoot It" (NBSI) policy when it comes to our interactions with the other denizens of New Eden. We constitute a highly skilled menagerie of capsuleer pilots who specialise in a variety of activities, from capital ship warfare, piracy, mercenary work, bubbling, trolling, high security ganking, and miner podding to diplomatic negotiating, logistics, and politically incorrect harassment. If you in the future you require aid in any of these endeavours, please send us a query, and we will contemplate it over beer.

If you are interested in abandoning whatever furtive activity your are currently engaged in and wish to join CFOR, please contact our CEO, Stoogie, or one of our diplomats.

Sincerely,

Edna "Special Ed" Ironsides
Team 'Murica
Cadre Assault Force

My first FRAP video: Flying with Heretics


In my last blog post I wrote about wanting to try out videos for the blog. With some help and advice from others (and thank you for the encouragement Druur), I dusted off FRAPS, which had been sitting largely unused in the back of my hard drive, and went out looking for something to film. As it happens, I have some old friends who I knew when I was back learning the ropes back in Faction Warfare, most of whom have since abandoned FW properly for the sweet pleasure of low-sec piracy, and many of them have joined the infamous Heretics, the piratical lords of Amamake. Anyhow, started talking to them and ended up joining a gate camp of the Osoggur gate in Amamake. Sadly, I had RL issues to attend to, so I was unable to stay around for a real fight, but it did allow me to practice on camera angles, zoom and sound. Below is a small clip of my time with the Heretics, on their favourite gate in New Eden.

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The quality is obviously crap. I am still learning how to use fraps and will hopefully be able to produce something more graphically interesting. In all though, there wasn't much to see anyway, just some pretty good witty gate camping banter. Overall, I'm showing this more as a proof of concept, that Ed can make movies on this blog.

Thanks to the Irish for inviting me out, maybe next time I'll actually capture some combat to show what great PvPers most of them are.

Signing off,

Ed

6/08/2013

Report from the Docking Ring: June 2013

Captain's Log: Edna Ironsides
Aboard CS Defiance (Brutix-Class Battlecruiser)
Outside docking ring of station belonging to S2N Citizens Alliance, somewhere in the region of Immensea

And so, it is with a heavy sigh, and some trepidation, that I have returned to sovereign 0.0 space.

The last time I was out here, it was difficult, cold, unpleasant, and I was desperately underpowered and underskilled. This time I am hoping it will be different. Being significantly richer than I was last time here, I spared relatively little expense in bringing everything I could want, as well as securing regular trips from my friend with a jump freighter. After a week of stalling, bad internet connectivity, and RL concerns, I moved down here and settled into my new existence as part of a null alliance. Last night, a small group of us undocked with the intention to kill: 5 Hurricane Navy Issues, 1 Brutix Navy Issue, and my normal Brutix (so I'm not filthy rich yet...), and we set off for the hotspot of Sendaya. This was the first fleet I'd been in since I came back to Eve, and was of course embarrassingly excited. Leading us was Hellz Hitman, who might be least serious, and yet deceptively clever guy I've flown with thus far. Cluttering up comms was also CrazyKiller6226, by far one of my favourite new people I've met lately, and a fellow troll. There was also Reconndite, indian bob, and Nooio. Together, we made a right mess of things. Despite ending up fighting on station, and losing most of our stuff as a result of the enemy reshipping (and getting butt hurt and undocking battleships), I was immediately reminded why I play this game and enjoy it.

I've been toying with the idea now of seguing into frapsing videos, not only so I can recall specific details of given fights (I've been on three more fleet engagements since the one noted above), but also I feel that they make for more interesting content for the blog. I must admit though, I have very little expertise with making such videos, so it may be some time before I produce anything, and any advice on this from my limited readership would be helpful.

Signing off,

Ed