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This Week in EVE #144 - Week 8/2017

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CCP Phantom
C C P Alliance
#1 - 2017-02-24 14:08:30 UTC  |  Edited by: CCP Phantom
"This week in EVE" is a weekly overview of EVE Online related news and events. It shows what is going on in EVE Online. The focus of this overview is on official news from CCP. The previous overview is here.

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The current "This week in EVE" gives an overview of the previous week from February 18 to 24

Dev blogs and announcements
The Next Stage Of Project Discovery: Exoplanet Research
Find exoplanets in EVE Online with "Project Discovery". Project Discovery is part of EVE Online. It allows you to do scientific research. In the past you could support the Human Protein Atlas and classify human cells. Soon, you can discover new exoplanets! Check out the press release and the news item!

New Eden Store: New 'Midnight' SKIN for SoCT ship hulls
The new "Midnight" SKIN is available for ships from the Society of Conscious Thought (SoCT). Enjoy SKINs for the Apotheosis, Sunesis and Gnosis. This SKIN costs only 400 AUR!

Audio and Video
Re-designing the Cormorant Destroyer
How do we decide on new designs? How do we choose the right design? Check out this video, originally aired during the o7 show.

New graphic: Sun revamp
EVE is beautiful. What is more beautiful? The future EVE! Check out the improved graphics for suns in EVE Online. This is work in progress.

Fanfest 2017
Fanfest 2017 - April 6-8
Only 40 days till Fanfest 2017! Reserve time for this epic EVE celebration. Enjoy the spectacle in person or via the live broadcasts - don't miss it!

EVE Fanfest 2017 - Party At The Top Of The World Promo
Join us for the Party At The Top Of The World, EVE Fanfest's annual concert. DJ Kristian "Hodor" Nairn headlines the party 2017. Permaband (CCP's in-house band) and Hermigervill are there too!

What is Fanfest? Find out!
Fanfest is the legendary player gathering in Iceland. We are celebrating EVE: players, the community, and developers! Get some insight and check out previous Fanfests! Keynotes, presentations, trailers, feature tours, and more.

Fanfest Football
Are you interested in a football match at Fanfest? At previous Fanfests this was very popular. Please support GM Spider organizing this event! Go to the thread and answer the questions.

Release on March 14
Mining Drone Specialization skill and T2 Mining Drones
We are adding the skill "Mining Drone Spec" to the requirements of T2 mining drones. Your will get a higher yield from T2 mining drones (+2% per skill level). Only mining drones II will be affected. All other drones use their specialization skills.

Structure, Drone & Fighter improvements
You will get many improvements with the March release. CCP Lebowski lists some of them. Upwell structures will provide the "repair" service. Undocking with a session timer will queue the undocking (Wait until timer the expires. Then, you automatically undock.) New shortcuts for drones and fighters. Increased drone interaction range. Better tooltips for fighters and more! Check out the details.

Mobile Warp Disruptor decay
Mobile Warp Disruptors will decay. If left in space for a longer time, they will explode. The decay time is 2 days (Tech1), 1 week (Tech2) and two weeks (Syndicate). You can see the remaining time in the "Show Info" window. We also change the hitpoints and shield regeneration....

CCP Phantom - Senior Community Developer

#2 - 2017-02-24 14:40:16 UTC
Thanks for these.
Bag ol' Dciks
#3 - 2017-02-24 14:43:28 UTC
Pro this week: Great ship redesigns, extremely looking forward to Fanfest.
Con this week: Bullship rebalancing
Alexander Bor
Polaris Global
#4 - 2017-02-24 14:57:53 UTC
This one contains really nice topics. Thx CCP.
Julia's Interstellar Trade Emperium
#5 - 2017-02-24 16:02:19 UTC

"Dogma is kind of like quantum physics, observing the dogma state will change it." ~ CCP Prism X

"Schrödinger's Missile. I dig it." ~ Makari Aeron

-= "Brain in a Box on Singularity" - April 2015 =-

Mute Karimar
The Initiative.
#6 - 2017-02-24 16:07:21 UTC  |  Edited by: Mute Karimar
Does this "Rorqs need to have a rock locked to PANIC-solution" sound only a bit jury-rigged to me, or do others have that issue, too?

It does not help Rorqs getting used as tackle against actual mining-rorqs, you can still abuse Rorqs as Invulnerable cyno-midpoint( yeah, you have to be near an asteroid, awww...) and on the counterside: It leaves civilian Rorqs without their major thing of defense when they are caught anywhere else but in a belt. Besides having an expensive, skill-intensive module for short-term invulnerability whichs use could be prevented by a damn ECM is kinda odd, too.

Has that been a "We had our 4 six-packs per person, lets just do this, what could go wrong-idea"?
Faith crusader
Ministry of War
Amarr Empire
#7 - 2017-02-24 16:46:06 UTC  |  Edited by: Faith crusader
CCP Confirm update toward mission viability!

CCP brainstorming about the viability of offering alpha clone the possibility to train Prospect and Endurance but holding cloaking modules for omega state only

More tonight on Fox News!

PS : The drone changes are nice.
Farr Arrow
Cry Of Death
Almost Underdogs
#8 - 2017-02-24 16:59:07 UTC
Thank you so very much for all the hard work and for all the interesting changes constantly being made to the game. Thanks!
Darren Demai
Center for Advanced Studies
Gallente Federation
#9 - 2017-02-24 17:48:09 UTC
Looking forward to exoDiscovery, might be interesting! Idea
Erebus 'TheChin' Sundance
Center for Advanced Studies
Gallente Federation
#10 - 2017-02-24 18:08:43 UTC

In regards to project discovery, what will happen to AK's and the current rewards for these points?

Will the current AK' be removed or set back to 0?

Will the current AK rewards be removed from the SOE LP store?

Will AK's be the same currency for the next event, exoplanet research?

Will we get answers before it's too late to cash in any AK's should they be removed?

Can I also please request that any commemorative token/medal/gesture/whatever we get for having participated in the project discovery event as discussed in the last CSM summit minutes, details our research quality as opposed to our spam click cytoplasm prowess!

Brigadine Ferathine
Presumed Dead Enterprises
Against ALL Authorities.
#11 - 2017-02-24 19:15:12 UTC
Nerfing the Rorq drones again? Really? At some point they wont be any better than a barge at 1,500% the cost
Sylvia Kildare
Kinetic Fury
#12 - 2017-02-24 23:31:00 UTC
Nice! I am digging some of these upcoming drone changes...

3) bronze goes to the ability to set a shortcut to launch a group. Sounds like you'll need to name the group of your most-used drones on every ship "autolaunch" or "faves" or something like that, which isn't very descriptive about whether there's lights, heavies, sentries, logibots, mining bots, salvage bots, etc... inside the group, but it's a hell of a start! would love to see per-ship option or at least per ship-class option someday.

2) silver goes to "F to mine repeatedly"... Very very nice, especially with the new age of porpoise/orca/rorqual uberminingdrone action!

1) and gold goes to mining drone spec skill applying to mining drone IIs next update, hooray! I am just about to train my orca pilot into those in the coming few weeks, what perfect timing. ;)


Now, if only we could get a "assign fave group of drones to same pilot we assigned them to earlier" shortcut, or the ability to assign a drone bunny spot in a fleet hierarchy or something similar. #3 gives me hope that one day... one day perhaps the drone window will be more usable than it has been since I began playing in 2013.
Ariel Rin
Tactically Challenged
The Initiative.
#13 - 2017-02-25 02:31:36 UTC
It's also Fawlty7's Birthday this week

Happy Birthday Fawlty

Ariel Rin

Creator and Manager of EVE Meet, for notification and sharing of out of game meets.

Twitter - Ariel Rin - EVE Meet

Bruno Diaz
#14 - 2017-02-25 04:12:28 UTC  |  Edited by: Bruno Diaz
hey men!! really???? other down in the mining yield for rorqual? this is a joke??? no no no, that is a mistake, :S im in dissagreeEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvilEvil

why did you do a mining rorqual if you pretend than it be a poor ship... the mining yield is fine like is now !
Garret Sidzaka
Brave Newbies Inc.
Brave Collective
#15 - 2017-02-25 17:22:23 UTC
so warp disruption bubbles were already damn near useless before this nerf. Now i just dont see the point? If the prices dont go down on these there is zero point to buy T2 large mobile disrupters. this is what you think needs balancing?!?
Aristide BriandIII
Lippstadt Creed
Solyaris Chtonium
#16 - 2017-02-25 19:16:06 UTC
As to the Sun model revamp.

The prominences look cool, as do the super cell activity. But there is a major Astrophysics error: Limb Darkening. All stars exhibit limb darkening. If you look at pictures of the Sun from space, limb darkening is clearly visible.

Also, will the images be calibrated against stellar models with convection/starspot activity? Different classes of star would probably exhibit different convection patterns based on where their convection/radiative zones would be in their internal structure (i.e. If a radiative zone in a B or O class star is near the surface, there should be no supercell convection. Or for Wolf-Rayet stars... they're nothing but an exposed radiative core.)

Part of the joy of EVE for me is seeing stars that I study close up.

Lexia Nova
Hedion University
Amarr Empire
#17 - 2017-03-02 11:54:16 UTC
Sun revamp!? In the words of Tychus Findlay - "Its about damn time"