Cool stuff for free

Hey all,

I’d be completely remiss if I didn’t call attention to the free twitch deal going on right now for Eve Online. If you’re a member of Twitch Prime (you get it free if you’re an Amazon Prime member), you can get some pretty sweet loot. 15 days free Omega subscription time, 150,000 skill points and best of all, a Sunesis destroyer with an exclusive skin:

Sunesis with limited edition skin

Make sure you pick this up even if you’re already an Omega subscriber, as you’ll get the 15 free days added to your game time. I verified this on my own account.

If you’re an Alpha subscriber, now is the perfect chance to see how the other half lives. No restrictions on ships or skills, and you get 2x skill training time. Well worth it.

All you need is a Twitch Prime account and to link your Eve account. Claim the items and they’ll be waiting for you when you next log in. That’s all there is to it.

The offer ends July 9th, so don’t dilly-dally.

Fly Safe,


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder (Part 2)

Greetings, Capsuleers!

As promised, here’s the second part of the cosmetic changes I made to my character.

I threw myself into the character customization facilities on my station for a few hours and this is how it went.

First off, the face. As I stated in my last post, I don’t feel the urge to completely resculpt, so let’s just stick to the superficial changes I can make.

To kick things off, I went for a haircut. I found the one I chose the to be one I liked best for the character out of all available options.

Things pretty much snowballed from there. Eyebrows, lip tone, facial hair, etc.

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Who’s a handsome fellow? You’re a handsome fellow. Yes you are.

I decided to give myself a burn scar. Space is a dangerous place, after all.

I’m going to pretend I got this saving orphans and nuns from a burning spaceship.

Next, I tossed that ugly brown jacket for the Empyrean Dragons jacket. I had a couple hundred plex from… something, no idea what, and paid 75 for it from the New Eden store.

My. Aren’t we regal looking.

Next, pants, boots, etc. Nothing special there.

All my hard work paid off in the form of this:

Sauriel kickin’ it with style.

Last, but certainly not least, the portrait. The defining image that all will see in the Eve universe. After playing with some backgrounds, lighting, poses, etc, I finally managed to get something I’m pretty happy with. Just to compare, I went from this:

To this:

Definite improvement, if I do say so myself.

Join us for the next post, true believers, as I go through the tutorials and find out what’s changed since I last played.

Fly safe,


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. (Part 1)

I know what several of you are thinking. “WTF is he jabbering on about?! Just play the game already!”

I’m getting to that, but there’s one final step before I begin my excursions, which I’m going to explain right now.

Years ago I read of a study done where people were given games to play. Some people had avatars that were considered “ugly” and the others were given “attractive” ones.

The study concluded that the subjects given the attractive avatars were more extroverted and confident in the game than their “ugly” counterparts. Not only that, but these behaviors persisted outside the game as well.

I bring this up because this is what I see when I log into Eve:

I must have drank 8 pints of What-The-Fuck ale before I created this thing. I actually wince when log in and see it.

Let’s analyze, shall we?

My hair looks like it was drawn by a lazy manga artist drunk on sake. For some reason I chose a pockmarked face. (with all due respect to Robert Davi). And the pose… I’m sitting there with my left shoulder facing forward. You can almost imagine my hand on my knee while sitting on the toilet trying to force a bowel movement when constipated.

Somehow, I managed to get cockeyed eyes as well. Now, I know there isn’t a “cockeyed” setting in the character creation, so I’m not sure how I wound up with that.

If Mel Brooks taught us anything, cross eyed people make for terrible marksman

Now lets have a gander at those clothes.

Look at that jacket. Maybe I thought it looked sort of Han Solo smuggler-ish at the time, but I definitely don’t think so anymore. Now I think it should be burned with fire.

My pants look like they have compartments that are partially inflated. I guess that’s good if you’re deep sea diving and need buoyancy, but it serves no purpose in the game.

In the next post you’ll see me undo this partial birth abortion that is my current avatar into a lean, mean, sleeper slaying, ‘rat killing machine. Well… at least an avatar that looks like one.

Fly safe,


Quick update

Hey all. Just wanted to do a quick check in, lest you think this site has been abandoned. I assure you it hasn’t. In fact, I have a 2-parter post coming up. It should be up sometime between tomorrow or Wednesday.

I spend a good portion of yesterday in Eve moving around a lot of my stuff, trying to consolidate all the crap I collected over the years. Unfortunately, I don’t have the skills (or Isk) to get a big-ass hauler, so I just got an Iteron Mark V and filled the low power slots with cargo extenders.

I’m well aware that it’s gankbait, but I’m not hauling anything too precious, so no loss if it gets destroyed.

Fly safe,