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The battle against ennui

Posted: July 13, 2010 in Eve Uni, Psia, PvP, Updates

It’s been a while hasn’t it?

My lack of activity here is somewhat analogous with my lack of activity in game.  There’s a bunch of reasons for my absence. My real life work has been very busy over the past few months, culminating in the announcement that I’m to be made redundant (along with all my colleagues) near the end of the year.  My family life plays an increasingly large part, my daughter sleeps less, and requires more looking after than she did before. And coming to the end of her first year of life, we’re getting out and about more and my social life is showing signs of recovery.

Eve-wise, I found that what little time I spent in game was becoming filed with firefighting to try and keep up to date with my Uni jobs. Eve mails to be replied to, Events to be organised and diplomatic convos to be had; the MMObligation was becoming too much for me. So, I resigned my posts in the Uni, and have taken some time to use Eve as a break from the pressures of everyday life. The trouble is, I’m goal driven, and without a firm goal my Eve time has become a little aimless (and not much fun). I’ve been logging on, spending some hours chatting to friends outside the Uni, perhaps running a few missions on my alt, and then logging off again. Nice enough, but not exactly exciting.

So, it was time for a change.

I have applied to join a PvP corp based in 0.0 and been accepted as a trial member. This is a step into the unknown for me. I’ve been to 0.0 a couple of times as a tourist; but the idea of living there is entirely alien to me. It’s not entirely outside my comfort zone; I’ve PvPed a fair amount, and the corp in question has a number of old uni friends within their ranks. But from the safe confines of empire and the uni, it’s very much into the unknown.

So, now there are the logistics to sort. I’ve posted my goodbyes to the Uni forums, dropped roles, and sometime this afternoon or evening, I’ll drop corp and apply in game for my new corp. Then there’s the great move – getting all my ships over to my new home; making a ton of bookmarks; and getting to know my new corpmates.

I feel a new optimism and enthusiasm for the game, and am looking forward to the new challenges that it will offer. After all, a change is most definitely as good as a rest.

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Happy Birthday E-Uni

Posted: March 15, 2010 in Eve Uni

Happy Birthday to us… lalalalala

http://www.eveonline.com/ingameboard.asp?a=topic&threadID=1285016

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 the said topic. The resulting articles can either be short or quite extensive, either funny or dead serious, but are always a great fun to read! Any questions about the EVE Blog Banter should be directed to crazykinux@gmail.com. Check out other EVE Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!

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, with a ton to learn, so much that you never stop learning. So, the question is; 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?”

Yup – this one’s mine. And so I must participate. And so I shall…

This is going to come across like an advert. Mainly because it is.

I first played Eve in 2003, in the beta. I enjoyed myself mining, and, ummmm, mining. I mined some minerals, and then mined some more minerals. I then got bored, and wandered off to kill some more stuff in Anarchy Online.

The second time I played Eve was about a year later. I mined a bit more, got bored, confused and quit. The same with the third and fourth times (2006/2007). The problem was never the game itself, more it was getting to grips with the mechanics, and working out what to do. The much vaunted “learning curve”.

The last time I started to play, was little over a year ago. A vastly improved new player experience helped, but still, it was hard going, especially when I lost the new player help channel. Until I found Eve University.

Supportive. Enthusiastic. Generous.

Here was a corp that offered the answers to my n00b questions without the need to put up with the name calling in the NPC corp channels (really, guys, there are only so many ascii penises that you can see in a day before they become somewhat tedious). Every player in the university was there to learn. Every question answered (not always correctly at first, but then we are all learning). All this and free ships!

Not all things are perfect within the Uni. It was daunting at first to be in a channel with so many others, all keen to help, and seemingly much more knowledgeable than I – but I was soon allocated a mentor, who helped with some one on one tuition. The rules can seem harsh – and indeed they are harsh (no missioning, mining, flying about during war seems to be the one most struggle with) – but once you understand the reasons behind them they make sense. Many of the mechanisms in the Uni are less than perfect – but take a step back and admire the achievement… a nuturing home for learning, in a cut-throat winner takes all game, that’s existed purely voluntarily for 6 years; hell, most guilds in other games barely last 6 months, and they aren’t trying to swim against the tide of the game itself.

The uni is what it is. But without it, there’d be one less player of Eve. One less blogger. And I bet I’m not alone.

So, my one piece of advice to the new player in Eve?

Join Eve University. Stay for a short time, or stay for a while; but give yourself a chance to get to grips with Eve in a corp that genuinely wants to help. It costs you nothing, and the rewards are near limitless.

Thank you for reading.

Disclaimer:

As Eve University Events Manager, I am biased. I am writing from an entirely slanted point of view; am part of the management; and so if there is a problem, I’m part of it. But… you should still join.

Post script:

I almost forgot… to join, go to http://www.eve-ivy.com/ and click “Apply to Eve University” and follow the instructions. You’ll not regret it.

List of Participants

  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. Yarrbear Tales: Nublet 101
  12. A Mule In EVE: If I only knew
  13. The Planet Risk Show: Dared to be Bold
  14. Diary of a Space Jockey: WTH did I get myself into?!
  15. EVOGANDA: Why?
  16. A Memoir From Space: 16th Blog Banter
  17. Death’s Sweetest Kiss: Who What When Where Why How??
  18. Freebooted: Beyond the Shortcuts
  19. Learning to Fly: Noobing
  20. Caldari Outcast: My First Blog Banter Post!
  21. Roc’s Ramblings: Financial Survival
  22. Diary of a Pod Pilot: Free Knowledge Inside
  23. Nullsec Carebear: I could’ve been less of an idiot
  24. Facepalm’s Ramblings: Something Smells Fishy
  25. Kirith Darkblade: Do you wish to know more?
  26. Autopilot Disabled: I’m still starting…
  27. Finders & Keepers: Relax
  28. Confounded Capsuleer: What have you got to loose?
  29. Clan Oriana: Sixteen
  30. Flashfresh: EVE Blog Banter #16
  31. Rettic’s The Chronofile: You Make EVE
  32. Diary of a Bored Spaceman: Past Imperfect
  33. Chocolate Heaven: Known Unknowns
  34. Victoria Aut Mors: Blog Banter #16
  35. Where the frack is my ship: If I knew then what I know now…

An interview with Azmodeus Valar

Posted: January 12, 2010 in Eve Uni, Interview

The new year is a time for new things, fresh shiny ideas that have never been attempted before. So in that spirit, I’m going to offer a series of interviews with the Directors of Eve University… oh… I started that already…

Oh, well, there goes my neat link piece. Instead, let’s just get on with the next interview, shall we? Without further ado, I present to you, Azmodeus Valar – Director of Logistics.

Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions for us. Let’s get straight on.

So, you are Eve University Director of Logistics, what does that mean exactly?

It means I’m in charge of the industrial side of the Uni. That involves overseeing four separate divisons: Hangars, Production, Research, and Mining. Except for Mining, each has its manager who works under me. The hangar division is in charge of keeping our corporate hangers nicely sorted and stocked for all of our students. This includes the free modules and skillbooks students use, and also items for special events, replacement ships, etc… Based upon the needs identified by the hangar department, the production department uses our extensive blueprint library to build every module, ship, and round of ammo used by the uni. Research is in charge of overseeing student use of the research jobs at the POS, and delivering jobs and maintaining the research wallet. In the past, the mining division would be in charge of conducting uni mining ops and overseeing the mining loaner fleet. Currently, it is primarily concerned with overseeing the mining loaner fleet, but its duties will be expanding with some changes this Spring. I also run the BYOM ship program, catalog and maintain the Uni’s logistical reserves and blueprints, and run the Uni freighter project. I’m sure I’m leaving something out, but thats a decent summary.

And before you joined the University, what path did you follow?

I originally started my eve career in a small low-sec corporation of friends. However, after most of the group fell inactive, I needed to set a new course for my life. I joined Eve University hoping to explore some other areas of the game, and share what little I’d learned with other pilots.

What’s the best part of your job as Director? And the worst?

The best part of my job is dealing with the students and managers. I have a top-notch group of managers who work in my department, and their dedication constantly amazes me. They are always willing to spend time helping the Uni, and the talents they bring are amazing. The students are also a great pleasure to deal with, as it constantly reminds me how important that t1 frig is to a new player, and puts my job in perspective. Unfortunately, the worst part of my job is also due to the students, or at least a very small subsection of them. Thefts are a particular pain to deal with. We keep backstocks of many modules so we can quickly replace what is stolen, but those backstocks have to be replenished. The system works great at meeting the continual gradual depletion from student use, but theft but big demand spikes that require someone to spend some significant time replenishing our stocks.

What is it that the Logistics department offers students?

A lot of what the Logistics Department does is behind the scenes, and its really hard to comprehend the full extent of it. The most visible parts to the students would be the corporate hangers, BYOM ship program, freighter program, research services, and mining loaner fleet. People don’t understand that while their t1 fitted frigate with modules isn’t much in isk, when aggregated across the entire Uni, especially during wartime, it leads to large numbers of modules, ammo, and drones that have to be requisitioned from production, built (which involves pulling BPOs and minerals, and restocking mineral supplies as needed), moved into our logistics hangar, and distributed to the public hangars as needed.

And is there anything that you don’t offer that you’d like to be able to?

To be honest, there are a large number of services I wish we could offer. I would love to have locked blueprints students could produce or invent from as needed, multiple industrial pos for students to use, a stock of discounted t2 items for students, etc… However, things such as isk, and especially flawed corp mechanics make some of these ideas currently impossible or highly risky.

When I was a new student, fresh from the tutorials, I found the whole production/research/logistics side of Eve terribly intimidating (and if I’m honest, I still do!). Where would you advise a new player to begin their industrial journey?

The easiest way to get into industry would be to attend one of the beginning industry classes that are periodically held in the University. These will help players know the basics, and supply them with a t1 BPC to play with (supplied by the logistics department). After that, its a matter of research and perseverance. The industrial side of Eve usually requires someone to understand the market, identify a need, and work to fulfill that need. A basic item like ammo is usually a decent introduction to production, even if only for your own use.

Can the Logistics department help me make iskies out of my industrial skills? How?

If you decide to make production, we have a variety of services to help you. We can loan you the mining ship you use to get ore, or the industrial ship you use to haul it. We offer freighters at a discount for players who need to haul larger amounts. We’re going to expand into refining into the near future. The research division can walk you through getting a blueprint researched for use, or I can loan players a BPC if they just want to try it out. Our staff are always great at answering questions, or you can just convo me if you need anything.

Do you prefer mining, research, production or stock-taking yourself?

I started as hangar manager, so that always will have a special place in my heart, but to be honest, its not the most thrilling work. I like invention personally, as it incorporates a bit of all sections.

Given a free choice of role in a combat fleet, what would chose to do?

I tend to fly damage dealers when in Uni fleets, as we have been weak in that area during some big wars in the past, and its fun to melt someone’s face off. Cap ships are my next step, as I have everything needed, and just need an excuse to use it now.

And what’s your favourite ship, and why?

My favorite ship is probably the taranis. Its fast, strong, and can put out amazing damage for a frigate. Its what an assault frigate should have been, mislabeled as an interceptor. It can get close and melt almost any other interceptor, but does require some judgment when picking targets. Small ships are always fun because they just seem more responsive. Don’t get me wrong, melting an enemy BS in a Mega or Abaddon is nice, but doesn’t have the quick feel of a taranis in combat.

What change do you hope to see come to Eve in the not-too-distant future?

I would love to see Corporate titles and roles completely overhauled, along with the Science&Industry interface. These are two areas that could use substantial work, with a few very small changes making my life so much easier.

Are you planning to play Dust 514?

I’ll probably give Dust514 a chance, but can’t see myself becoming too active in a Dust corporation. I just don’t have the time to do that with another organization.

Would you like to see it interact with the industrial side of the game in any way, as it is intended to do with the conquest aspects?

I would like to see some interaction, but for that interaction to be limited in strategic effect. Eve’s mining and industrial sides have seen very few improvements in the last few years, and really need to be revamped and set straight before attempting to balance its integration with Dust.

When you aren’t playing Eve, what other games (online or offline) do you play?

I honestly play a little of everything. I’m playing Assassin’s Creed II, Brutal Legend, and Mass Effect 1 (prepping for 2 to be released later this month) right now. I tend to like FPS, strategy games, RTS, and RPGs. Other online games are hard to fit into my schedule, as they would interfere with eve. My fiance also likes video games, so I end up playing some of the “cuter” types of games with her.

Any forthcoming MMOs that you’ll try out?

I might give Star Trek a try, but I’m waiting to see some more details.

Back to Eve, where do you see your Eve-self in a year’s time?

It’s really hard to say. I can’t see Azmodeus leaving the Uni anytime soon, but I do have some other personas experimenting with other aspects of the game.

How can the students get involved with the Logistics department, if it’s a part of the game that interests them?

It really depends on which division they want to be involved with. Volunteering to be a hangar officer (when those positions are open) is always a good start, as it helps build trust for some of the more security sensitive positions in the hangar department or research. Mining just involves leadership. Step up, lead some mining fleets, and you could be the next mining manager before too long.

And a last few questions:

Beer or Coffee?

Liquor

Pirates or Ninjas?

Ninjas

Dogs with hats or flying monkeys?

Dogs with Hats

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

I think that more or less covers it. If any students have questions for me, or need to get some support from my department, they are welcome to send me a forum PM or convo me. Irjuna Valar is my industrial char in the Uni (strangely Azmodeus Valar has almost no industrial related skills, despite being Logistics Director), and you can convo me on that character as well.

Thanks very much for your time… it’s much appreciated.

Anytime. Thanks for doing this.

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As a side note, but still E-Uni related, apparently we reached 1400 active players in the corp the other day. 1400! That’s a lot of people!

It’s an update!

Posted: January 11, 2010 in Eve Uni, Psia, Updates

Ooh, an update! See!

It’s been a while, my lovely blogfriends. I’ve been away, visiting family on a grand tour, celebrating Christmas and the New Year. And during that time, I’m sorry to say, I’ve neglected you all again. Yes I have. No chunterings nor wurblings have I shared. I’m sorry. Truly. Let me try to make it up to you with a little update.

So… where are we? Well, Psia seems to have settled, ship wise, comfortably into cruisers. The trade off between toughness and agility suits her, and so she’s gradually been filling out the required skills to fly them well. She’s got herself into Recons and loves both her curse and her pilgrim. T2 medium guns are trained, and she’s days off a HAC; and she’s trained to fly logistics cruiser, and plans to run a Guardian with a couple of other uni pilots. Of course, the support skills have been trained too, and she can use T2 reppers and transfers, and the like. Post-HAC, it’s HIC time, and then… strategic cruiser. The legion is going to cost her a complete fortune, but will be worth it. Endless hours of EFT fun trying to work out the ideal fits for plexes, fleet support in WH and the like. It’ll be almost like a whole new minigame.

Her university roles continue to develop. She’s Ops officer for an Ivy League Navy Battlegroup (the wing of the uni dedicated to the defence of the alliance); which means she’s in charge of organising events for the BG and the wider uni. From races through scouting competitions, I’m enjoying this quite a lot. It’s hard work at times, but then I’ve never been scared of that when I’m enthusiastic. Her role as Diplomat for the uni varies wildly from the not hugely interesting, to the utterly absorbing. I’m getting to meet lots of new people, and gain a really broad understanding of the diverse alliances out there. Very enjoyable indeed. Feel free to contact her if there is any diplomacy needing doing, and remember that the Uni offers open non-aggression pacts (mutual blues) to any corp or alliance that would like it.

My alt continues to gain skills too, of course, and is now flying a Raven with a basic mission fit. This seems to work ok for the level 4 missions that he can do. He’s a taken a little break tho, for the past few days, as I develop a specific trade/hauling alt.

All in all, I’m thoroughly enjoying Eve still. The uni is a fantastic home, and the people are mostly great. Think I’ll be here for a while yet.

Fly safe, or fly victorious.

An interview with Dierdra Vaal

Posted: November 24, 2009 in CSM, Eve Uni, Interview

I now that this is a starting to look like an Eve uni interview blog, rather than documenting my experiences, but really, I do have a couple of posts planned that are about my game life. Real life, however, is pretty busy at the mo, my lovely daughter is being weaned onto solids with all the mess and drama that it entails; whilst work continues to require, well, actual work. I’ll get around to updating the blog with a status update, some CSM chuntering, some thoughts on Dominion and some wiffle about Recons, as soon as I get some spare headspace and time.

In the meantime, I have another of my interviews, this time with Director of Education, Dierdra Vaal. Not only is DV a Uni director, but also Chairman of the Council of Stellar Management. So, hopefully this is a relatively timely interview as well! On with the questions:

So, you are Eve University Director of Education, what does that mean exactly?

It means I’m the head of Eve University’s education department, and responsible for its smooth operation. The education department has 4 divisions: Teaching (classes, guest lectures, etc), Events, Mentoring and our advanced student program D6. Each of these divisions has its own manager who are responsible for most of its operation, but I oversee these managers and make sure each division’s direction fits with the direction we want Eve University to take.

And before you joined the University, what path did you follow?

I was a frustrated newbie before I joined Eve Uni – I’d already quit Eve 3 times.

If you weren’t in the Uni, where do you imagine you’d be by now?

If I’d never joined Eve University I doubt I’d be playing Eve now. If I had moved on I may have joined some of the more reputable pirate corps, or possibly a 0.0 alliance.

If you had to sell the University to a new player, how would you do so?

I have advertised a lot already – I used to be an RO. I’d probably link them to our commercial or just tell them about who we are and what we do. It usually does the trick.

What one thing would make your life as Director of Education better, easier or more pleasant?

More teachers, without a doubt. We still do not have as many classes as I’d like and despite trying to recruit more teachers it seems it is exceedingly difficult to attract reliable, consistent teachers. We also haven’t made as much progress on the syllabi library as I’d like. More mentors would also be useful although I understand the mentoring programme is doing quite well already. Ultimately, Eve University needs a group of volunteers willing to help other pilots – just as many of our current mentors and teachers were once helped by other veterans. Without our volunteers we couldn’t run Eve University.

Mining, Trading or Combat?

Combat. With a mix of exploration but that is not included in this list. I find mining dreadfully boring and I dont have the patience and will to become good at trading – which is probably why I’m relatively poor for a player my age.

Given a free choice of role in a combat fleet, what would chose to do?

Probably damage or electronic warfare. I’ve done just about eve fleet role by now except for logistics – overall I usually just pick whatever is needed.

And what’s your favourite ship, and why?

Probably the Pilgrim (Amarr recon). It cloaks, it has a huge tank, two types of electronic warfare and reasonable damage output. It is one of the few good solo pvp ships.

The Pilgrim Force Recon

You are not only a Uni Director, but also you are a twice elected CSM rep, and the chair of the third (current)CSM. What does that involve?

 

The CSM communicates with CCP on behalf of the players of Eve. This means we read the forums – a lot – to make proposals based on forum threads in the Assembly Hall forum. We meet every 2 weeks (sometimes more) to discuss the issues and vote on them. All issues with majority support end up in front of CCP who are obligated to give us an answer.

It is very interesting to see how the CSM can affect the development of Eve. For example, the skill queue is a direct result of the CSM. CCP initially had a lot of resistance against the idea, but as the CSM kept pushing for it, eventually CCP realised it would be a good addition to the game.

And how did you find yourself standing for election the first time?

When CCP announced the first CSM elections, the directorate decided it would be a good idea to try and get an Eve University pilot on the council. After an internal poll, we decided to put me forward as the Eve University candidate.

What made you stand for re-election last time around?

The same thing that made me stand for election the first time: I believe that if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. I also knew the process the 2nd time, and felt I still had a lot of useful input to give.

What difference that the CSM has made makes you the most proud of your work with them?

Well there’s ofcourse the ingame changes, but I think the biggest difference is simply that we have proven that the process can work. CCP and the CSM have started a very useful partnership that you don’t see in any other game – and I think Eve has become a better game for it.

And as your final term draws towards a close, do you have any regrets?

Not really. It was very nice to be able to be Chairman the 2nd time around – it makes me feel a bit like this is ‘my CSM’. Of all 3 CSMs we have put forth the most issues with CCP, as well as engage in some very interesting brainstorming sessions.

A bit of future gazing now, how long do you imagine that Eve will persist, and will it go out with a bang or a whimper, when the time comes?

If CCP continue as they have been doing, I very much doubt that Eve will ever go out. At this point CCP is committed to Eve Online, and have stated that they are not interested in developing an Eve 2.0 or something. They just want to keep improving and expanding the current universe. You can see that now with Dust, New Eden (spacebook) and Incarna, which all greatly change or expand the way we interact with the game universe.

Are you planning to play Dust 514?

Not at this point, I don’t own an xbox or playstation.

When you aren’t playing Eve, what other games (online or offline) do you play?

Mostly shooters. I currently play a lot of Team Fortress 2, Unreal Tournament 3 and Battlefield 2142. Sometimes Audiosurf.

Any forthcoming MMOs that you’ll try out?

None, one addiction is quite enough.

Back to Eve, what change would you most like to see to the University?

I’ve been trying to move to a more stable curriculum, and a better teacher roster so I can guarantee that class X is taught every Y weeks. Right now if someone were to ask me when the next Trading class is I’d have no idea. But for a better curriculum I need a lot more teachers.

And where do you see your Eve self in 2 years time?

That is hard to say. I may still be with the uni, I may be off doing my own thing or maybe not play Eve at all.

Beer or Coffee?

Depends on the time of day.

Pirates or Ninjas?

Ninjas

Dogs with hats or flying monkeys?

Flying monkeys.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Nope I’m all typed out!

Thanks to DV for taking the time to speak to me. I can’t not make mention of Vote Match, which Dierdra has developed to enable Eve pilots to see which of the candidates for CSM 4 most closely matches their view on things. I highly recommend that you check it out.

An Interview with Silentbrick

Posted: November 18, 2009 in Eve Uni, Interview, PvP

This is the second in my series of interviews with Eve University directors, this time with Silentbrick, E-Uni Fleet Admiral. So without further ado…

So, you are Eve University Fleet Admiral, what does that mean exactly?

I’m basically the military director for the Uni. I effectively run the Uni during Wartime, which is how MM set it up really and it evolved over time. I set and create military police and while I could do it all on my own, I prefer to work with the other directors since they have good ideas and help me try to see all aspects of the policies created. I do try to stay out of the non-wartime decisions as much as I can, since I don’t want to be imposing my will on our civilian directors. Honestly though, I don’t really feel much need to do more than give my opinion as one of many when items are debated for most things and it’s rare that we need a serious decision about Military policy.

I consider my main function to be ensuring that people learn about PVP and leadership, since they are very important parts of the game while also ensuring the Uni has adequate defenses against griefer corps.

What’s the best thing about the role? And the worst?

The best thing is watching griefers not only die to Eve Online’s noobs, but also noob lead fleets most of the time. That is the greatest pleasure I get from this game. The worst is dealing with drama. It comes in cycles, but it’s rarely anything new, just the same things again and again, that in the long run, don’t change because of what the Uni is.

If you weren’t in the Uni, where do you imagine you’d be by now?

If I wasn’t in the Uni, I probably wouldn’t be playing EVE, I was very close to quitting when I joined the Uni. If I left it now, I don’t know what I would do really as I don’t plan on leaving.

If you had to sell the University to a new player, how would you do so?

I’d point out that we’re the only place in EVE Online where someone less than three months in the game has gotten to be in the Alliance Tourney and gets to lead fleets of 150 people. I’d also point out that we’re one of the few places in EVE where the likelyhood of one of your corpies ripping you off is very very small.

What’s the ILN, and who can join?

The ILN Is the Ivy League Navy and any Uni member is allowed to join, if they agree to remain in the Uni for 3 months. There’s no time requirement to be online or activity level, joining the Navy is simply a way to learn more about PVP and for those active and willing, a place to learn leadership.

With the creation of the Battlegroups the ILN has been divided into Time Zone based groups, what is the vision behind this?

The idea was to create official groups of pilots that would operate together as well as open up the possibility for pilots to gain a variety of experience. Each battlegroup has 6 officers that each have differing functions as well as slots for squadron commanders. It also gives those pilots with the same general playtime more opportunity to do things together, with the same pilots. This is very effective for building teamwork and promoting people to take more active roles.

How would you like to see the ILN develop over the coming months and years?

I’d like to see more pilots remain in the Uni for longer periods of time, permitting us greater ability to match corps that war dec us in skill points as well as in number. I would also like to see us gain more cap ship pilots, because taking down POS’s with battleships just takes way too long.

Is there a plan to implement a progression and/or rank structure into the ILN that offers the opportunity for unistas to develop their ILN career?

That has already been done with the battlegroups, the six main positions are all tied to a specific rank in the ILN and there are additional slots based on the squadrons of each battlegroup. The main positions are the CO and XO, which are ranked Captain and Commander respectively and then the four staff positions which hold Lt. Commander Rank. Squadron CO’s are Lieutenants and XO’s are Lieutenant Junior Grade.

If I were a University player looking to learn to fly a particular role in combat, what would you recommend I look to specialize in? And where would that take me in the medium to long term?

I don’t generally tell people what they should specialize in as that’s a function of their own temperament. Someone that likes flying EWAR ships will perform that function better than someone with more skill points that is only flying it as needed. So my recommendation would be to try each role, tackler, damage, ewar and logistics before deciding which you like most and then concentrating on that role. That’s the real path to becoming the best pilot you can.

Given a free choice of role in a combat fleet, what would you choose to do?

I typically fly damage, as that’s been something we usually need in Uni fleets, particulary long range damage. But it’s kind of rare I get to really participate fully in battles as commanding them means you’re busy and once you’ve set your weapons on a target, you generally ignore it while you monitor and control what else is going on.

And what’s your favourite ship, and why?

My favorite ship is the Raven, because it’s the most flexible battleship in the game. Sure other ships can do certain things better, but no other ship can handle as many roles as well as the Raven.

Are you planning to play Dust 514?

I haven’t really decided. I think the kicker for me would be finding out if Ubercado plans to play it and then I probably would.

Would you like to see an ILN infantry division in Dust 514?

It would be interesting, though I’m not sure how that would fit into the political structure of the universe, since the Uni is neutral generally.

When you aren’t playing Eve, what other games (online or offline) do you play?

The other ‘game’ I play most online is actually Mushing, though just World of Darkness Mush’s. I also play Left 4 Dead online a good bit. Offline I enjoy things like Rome Total War, Starfire and a rather large variety of wargames and games with strong plots.

Any forthcoming MMOs that you’ll try out?

There are other MMO’s? I’ll probably give the World of Darkness one a try, if White Wolf ever gets it out.

Back to Eve, what change would you most like to see to the University?

I really only handle one aspect of the Uni, and I can implement any changes I need in it. I’d much rather change aspects of the game, such as being able to use the title system to give ranks to people but it’s so limited we can’t do that.

And where do you see your Eve self in 2 years time?

In the Fleet Admiral’s chair still. I have no ambition beyond that. I certainly don’t ever want the Chief of Operations job again.

And a last few questions:

Beer or Coffee?

Scotch

Pirates or Ninjas?

Legions of Terror

Dogs with hats or flying monkeys?

Flying Monkey’s armed with plasma guns.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

I’ve been in my job at the Uni four years now….can I have a vacation? Say, no wars for 6 months?

Thanks very much for your time…

You’re welcome

You can follow the exploits of the University Fleet Admiral on his blog.

Next interview will be up sometime next week, when I talk to University Director of Education and CSM chairman, Dierdra Vaal.