And the archive lives on…

•June 15, 2012 • Leave a Comment

header-bg1d Welcome one and all.

This blog is an archive of all the blog posts from the now closed EVE Online blog, The Wandering Druid of Tranquility.

Why an archive you may ask?  Well, I retired from EVE Online in July of 2011 and since that time, I’ve been pinged from many people wanting to see the old posts.  Unfortunately, in a fit of “bittervet” rage, I simply deleted everything save for the fan fiction The Bleeding Rose.  That I have in a special place, as it has been released as an eBook for all to enjoy and in print available through Amazon.

Almost a year later, I’ve come to understand that wiping everything out may have been a mistake.  So, after much digging through old data backups, I have been able to put all the posts back together, mainly the text.  I no longer have the images for the various posts and I must admit, many of the links to personal killboards no longer work, but the meat of the content is here for everyone to enjoy.

So, for all of you who kept pestering me for the old blog posts, here you go. If you want to keep in touch with me, I am mainly active on Facebook and Twitter these days and of course, I am still maintaining a website at http://www.jrcastine.com. Enjoy!

P.S., no, I am not coming back to EVE Online, however, World of Darkness is a possibility for me and the missus.  :P

P.P.S., Well this is long overdue but World of Darkness is dead as it never got off the ground.  :(

Fail Mail Friday for 15 July 2011

•July 15, 2011 • Leave a Comment


Welcome to the our next installment of Fail Mail Friday. This is where we showcase a kill mail that we pirates would call a “failure”.

This one comes to us from SnyperAL.   Here is the link to the kill mail and below is a copy of the fitting that you can use with EFT.

http://eve.battleclinic.com/killboard/killmail.php?id=13176868

[Absolution, gottl’s Absolution]
Warp Core Stabilizer I
Warp Core Stabilizer I
Warp Core Stabilizer I
Warp Core Stabilizer I
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II
Expanded Cargohold II

10MN MicroWarpdrive II
Warp Scrambler II
Fleeting Propulsion Inhibitor I

Heavy Pulse Laser II,Conflagration M
Heavy Pulse Laser II,Conflagration M
Heavy Pulse Laser II,Conflagration M
Heavy Pulse Laser II,Conflagration M
Heavy Pulse Laser II,Conflagration M
Heavy Pulse Laser II,Conflagration M
Medium Nosferatu II

Medium Auxiliary Nano Pump I
Medium Nanobot Accelerator I

Ogre I x1

Here we have an Absolution class Amarr Command Ship. The high slots are good, mids somewhat, but the lows, well, everything is okay until YOU COME TO THE ABSOLUTE FAIL OF 4 WARP CORE STABS! Ahem, please excuse me, my eyes are absolutely bleeding right now.

So, congratulations to SnyperAL for our Fail Mail Friday submission. As being the selected for this week’s fail mail, SnyperAL will receive a whopping 8, 194 isk for one of the Warp Core Stabilizer I modules that was fitted on this mail.

Have a fail mail that you would like to submit? You can send me an in game email to Ga’len with Fail Mail in the subject line, the fail mail killboard link and why you feel your submission is worthy of being a fail mail. You can also contact me on Twitter @Galen_Druid or send me an old fashioned email to Galen@eve-druid.com and again, use Fail Mail in the subject line and in the message the fail mail killboard link, your in game name for the ISK prize and why you feel your submission is worthy of being a fail mail.

Until next time, have fun and see you out there!

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Fail Mail Friday for 8 July 2011

•July 8, 2011 • Leave a Comment


Welcome to the our next installment of Fail Mail Friday. This is where we showcase a kill mail that we pirates would call a “failure”.

This one comes to us from Kalaratiri. Here is the link to the kill mail and below is a copy of the fitting that you can use with EFT.

http://eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=9533329

[Dramiel, Cadius Niminen’s Dramiel]
Counterbalanced Weapon Mounts I
Small Armor Repairer II

Small Capacitor Battery II

250mm Light ‘Scout’ Artillery I,Titanium Sabot S
250mm Light ‘Scout’ Artillery I,Titanium Sabot S

Small Projectile Burst Aerator I

Warrior I x1

The Dramiel, a great faction frigate. It’s well known as one of the fastest frigates in the game, quite possibly too fast, to the point of being truly overpowered and in need of a “re-balancing”. Yup, I actually said it and I do fly this ship, however, I don’t fit it like this. In fact, I actually do fit it out, completely and in such a fashion that does not cause blood loss through the eyes.

In this case, I am going to suggest that everyone who reads this post this week head immediately to their local emergency room and let the doctor know that the reason you are bleeding our of your eyes is for the reason of wishing to donate blood. In fact, print this post out and bring it with you. Trust me, the blood bank will thank you.

So, congratulations to Kalaratiri for our Fail Mail Friday submission. As being the selected for this week’s fail mail, Kalaratiri will receive a whopping 340, 000 isk for the mall Armor Repairer II module that was fitted on this mail.

Have a fail mail that you would like to submit? You can send me an in game email to Ga’len with Fail Mail in the subject line, the fail mail killboard link and why you feel your submission is worthy of being a fail mail. You can also contact me on Twitter @Galen_Druid or send me an old fashioned email to Galen@eve-druid.com and again, use Fail Mail in the subject line and in the message the fail mail killboard link, your in game name for the ISK prize and why you feel your submission is worthy of being a fail mail.

Until next time, have fun and see you out there!

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Fail Mail Friday for 1 July 2011

•July 1, 2011 • Leave a Comment


Welcome to the our next installment of Fail Mail Friday. This is where we showcase a kill mail that we pirates would call a “failure”.

This one comes to us from Zarrika Khan. Here is the link to the kill mail and below is a copy of the fitting that you can use with EFT.

http://eve.battleclinic.com/killboard/killmail.php?id=13082004

[Megathron Navy Issue, Jeyson Vicious’s Megathron Navy Issue]
F-AQ Delay-Line Scan Tracking Subroutines
Warp Core Stabilizer I
Warp Core Stabilizer I
100mm Reinforced Rolled Tungsten Plates I
Local Hull Conversion Inertial Stabilizers I
Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Overdrive Injector System II

Stasis Webifier I
Sensor Booster I
Analyzer I
Codebreaker I

Cu Vapor Particle Bore Stream I
125mm ‘Scout’ I Accelerator Cannon,Iridium Charge S
125mm Prototype I Gauss Gun,Guristas Plutonium Charge S
250mm Railgun I,Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge M
Core Probe Launcher I,Core Scanner Probe I
‘Arbalest’ Assault Missile Launcher,Bloodclaw Light Missile
Heavy Assault Missile Launcher I,Caldari Navy Torrent Assault Missile
Salvager I

Large Gravity Capacitor Upgrade I

Acolyte I x1
Hornet I x1
Ogre I x1
Ogre I x1
Warrior I x1

We have here a Megathron Navy Issue, yet another wonderful variation of the Gallente Megathron battleship hull. This one, well, I am guessing it was fit for mission running as that’s where it was killed. Yet again, we have a classic example of the concept of a jack of all trades fit. Such fits do not last. People, please, stop doing this. Seriously, I am having to spend more and more time in the hospital receiving blood transfusions, my eyes can’t take much more of this.

So, congratulations to Zarrika Khan for our Fail Mail Friday submission. As being the selected for this week’s fail mail, Zarrika Khan will receive a whopping 7, 600 isk for one of the Warp Core Stabilizer I modules that was fitted on this mail.

Have a fail mail that you would like to submit? You can send me an in game email to Ga’len with Fail Mail in the subject line, the fail mail killboard link and why you feel your submission is worthy of being a fail mail. You can also contact me on Twitter @Galen_Druid or send me an old fashioned email to Galen@eve-druid.com and again, use Fail Mail in the subject line and in the message the fail mail killboard link, your in game name for the ISK prize and why you feel your submission is worthy of being a fail mail.

Until next time, have fun and see you out there!

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Mmmm…..

•June 29, 2011 • Leave a Comment

…..Archon in space……

Fail Mail Friday for 24 June 2011

•June 24, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Welcome to the our next installment of Fail Mail Friday. This is where we showcase a kill mail that we pirates would call a “failure”.

This one comes to us from Bobthecowboy as he was wanting to entertain us all with a silly fit he actually lost. Here is the link to the kill mail and below is a copy of the fitting that you can use with EFT.

http://moa.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=8343641

[Rupture, BobTheCowboy’s Rupture]
Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
Compulsive Signal Distortion Amplifier I
Inertia Stabilizers II

Compulsive Ion Field ECM I
ECM – Multispectral Jammer I
Extra Gravimetric ECCM Scanning Array I

Miner I
Asymmetric Energy Succor I
Medium Asymmetric Energy Succor I
Medium Energy Transfer Array I
Medium Murky Energy Transmitter I
Small Energy Transfer Array I

Medium Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Medium Core Defence Field Extender I
Medium Core Defence Field Extender I

This fit fails simply from being a combat ship missing any form of weaponry in the high slots, no tackle nor propulsion mods in the mid slots and the lows, well, there is a valid damage module there, but it’s a bit pointless without having any weapons fitted.

I have to say, this fit is best summed from a comment that BobTheCowboy shared from his former corpmate, “After linking his fit in corp, it was agreed by both parties that this ship must be euthanized.” Props to BobTheCowboy for linking me this fit. It just goes to show you that all of us have our moments of Fail Fits.

So, congratulations to BobTheCowboy for our Fail Mail Friday submission. As being the selected for this week’s fail mail, BobTheCowboy will receive a whopping 9, 000 isk for the Compulsive Signal Distortion Amplifier I module that was fitted on this mail.

Have a fail mail that you would like to submit? You can send me an in game email to Ga’len with Fail Mail in the subject line, the fail mail killboard link and why you feel your submission is worthy of being a fail mail. You can also contact me on Twitter @Galen_Druid or send me an old fashioned email to Galen@eve-druid.com and again, use Fail Mail in the subject line and in the message the fail mail killboard link, your in game name for the ISK prize and why you feel your submission is worthy of being a fail mail.

Until next time, have fun and see you out there!

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What does CCP stand for?

•June 22, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I will admit, I was looking forward to being able to walk in stations and the Captains Quarters is a good start for that, however, recent events today make me wonder.

I am not going to engage in a bitter vet rant fest, many others are doing a far better job than I can, but the recent expansion and the recent outing of an internal PDF from CCP makes one wonder what the hell is going on.

I asked, jokingly on twitter, does CCP now stand for Crap, Crap, Poop as it’s clear they want to turn our beloved game into another shitty micro transaction game.

I applaud any business in attempting to develop new revenue streams, but I honestly think that CCP has missed the mark here.

Seriously CCP, wake up. Your community, the best asset and stakeholder you have, is talking to you. Listen up!