Greetings and welcome to Pod Born!
For a long time, I’ve searched for a decent repository of good tales from EVE Online’s pilots, and some have come very close. Innominate Nightmare’s 0.0 Experiment entertained me until it dropped off, and many other blogs have popped up and faded away. The EVE Stories contest was a hopeful moment for me, but many of the stories trended to strict information rather than creative narratives. The search continued.
Eventually, a chance happening on Reddit early this year led me to register this domain and get this site set up. And now I’m ready to present it to you all.
What is Pod Born?
Pod Born is meant as a place for capsuleers to share the stories of their adventures in New Eden, whether that be in character, out of pod, or editorial stylings. Capsuleers can share their tales of courage, honor, lies and deception for others to learn from and share in the experience. Having a single place pilots can go to simply read stories from New Eden is a far better end result than 100 blogs with only a few unread posts.
Want to make ISK for sharing your experiences? http://podborn.com/about for more info.
To many gamers, EVE Online is simply known as the place where amazing heists and acts of deceit happen. To capsuleers, EVE is the place they met many of their best friends, and many people they would trust with everything. Many games have sought to replicate EVE and put their own spin on things, and many have fallen far short, in favor of simpler design concepts. Star Citizen is the next in line to strive for the seat of EVE 2.0, but there are many signs it will falter.
During a recent perusing of Star Citizen’s forums, I stumbled upon a thread discussing the potential for in-game deception and piracy. Many suggest the only acceptable forms of piracy should be finding people in space and blowing them up. This would then be met with in-game security status drops and potentially getting locked out of UEE space (think Empire). All other piracy should be met by out-of-game measures like bans and suspensions.
Others think that infiltration, team killing, and social engineering should also be allowed, so long as illegal out-of-game methods aren’t used, and are entirely accepting of in-lore punishments being used. The first group completely hate this idea. The first group is also wrong.
For one, Star Citizen will apparently not have any loot drop from destroyed ships. This, combined with lifetime insurance, essentially makes the “profession” of piracy entirely meaningless. They want pirates, just not pirates that matter. Pirates with nerf guns.
From EVE Youtube Founder Dredastttarm:
Heyo everyone, I'd like to take the time to inform as many people as possible about a (somewhat) new ingame chat channel called "EVE YouTube" where a great many of the largest (and smallest!) EVE YouTubers and Twitch streamers reside. The channel is open to anyone to join as well, even if you don't make YouTube videos or stream you can come in and join the discussion!
It's a great place to start promoting your channel or stream if you're just starting out on video/stream creation. The MOTD is filled with links to awesome YouTubers and streamers. We love adding more people to the MOTD and seeing more people in the channel all the time.
Take the time to come and check it out! Just join the channel "EVE YouTube" and give us a hello!
If you want to be added to this list (or think your channel has been improperly catagorized) contact "Kristalll" in-game.
"It's amazing to see what kind of stuff people come up [with] if you give them an empty book titled 'New Eden' and tell them to write something into it." - NightlinerSGS
EVE has a pretty low player retention. It seems very few players make it past the first few months, but for many, once that hurdle is made, EVE becomes an experience that never ends. Obviously veterans tend to see this, and we often attribute it to the Sandbox.
Image courtesy of ElliotJ777
But what is the Sandbox to a new player?
I shake myself awake and drink another Quafe.
“Ugh, almost dozed off there.”
I’m sitting in my Hound back in The Bleak Lands; Blood Raider info shards rotating in all their beauty outside my view port. I recently found a new way to make a living off the work of others.
I could try to get into the containers myself, get a meager amount and head off to find another. I chose a different path. I sit here, cloaked, and wait for some other hard-working pilot in a fragile little frigate to come by. My ships perfectly set up to catch these types. They like to fit lots of advanced equipment onto their ships, and that’s what I’m after.
The only problem is how long I have to sit out here with nothing to do. I drink another Quafe. My alarm goes off. There are probes in system. I get myself primed to kill, and keep checking the distance on the probes. They’re closing in on my site. I check the weapon systems and warm up the warp scrams. Everything’s ready to go.
This past weekend I decided to embark on my first attempt at corporate infiltration and AWOXING. I have a decent group of Tornado alts trained up (some cleaner than others) and picked out one Pinkamina Diane (seeing as she's a dirtier character) for a little romp, armed with little more than knowledge I've gained as a CEO/recruiter for my own corp.
Pretty quickly, I'm in convos with multiple recruiters simply by asking in recruitment chat for a missioning/mining corp. Some quickly see some of the filth on the character and shun me, and some make it all the way to the API phase. One CEO get's really caught up in my wallet journal, and notices the large player donations back and forth that don't match up with this being my main.
I thought it was definitely over, but decided to persevere, because there is no reason for me to end it for them. Magically, I manage to navigate the hard questions and my invite is accepted. I start asking what people are up to, and where I need to move me stuff. I manage to arrange for a Fenrir to come and pick my 'stuff' (an enormous freight container and 100 snowballs) and move it.
I ask in BU chat for some shield logi in case something dramatic happens, and we sit around, as I watch the slow-to-update "corp members in space" map. Eventually the pilot makes it to Amarr to pick up my stuff. And I get a neutral alt outside the station to watch for him, and a buddy in a 100mn stabber ready to make sure he can't burn to gate while we negotiate.
If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss;
I intended for this to only be released with the entirety of the Psychopaths’ Guide to the Galaxy, but, with all the talk that has come up recently about the Bonus Room on Miner Bumping and EN24, I’ve decided to release this now, albeit in more of a LITE version (editors note: It's not LITE.). This article will cover the basics of the bonus room, as well as a basic breakdown of the two primary sides on this matter and the aftermath.
What is the Bonus Room?
The Bonus Room is a player run event put on by Erotica 1. The participant is usually the 100th ISK doubling client to Erotica’s prosperous ISK doubling business in Jita. Participants that choose to show full faith in the Bonus Room, have the chance to win five times their total value.
The Bonus Room as a “scam” is not significantly different than many other pirate activities that happen in New Eden. The big difference is that the Bonus Room takes them all to the end of their natural progression.
Editors Note: This is an aticle by Edeity, an FC for I Whip My Salves Back and Forth. He said he would post it to this site, and never did, so I'm doing it for him, mostly because I want a half-decent link to give people when I find myself talking about the principles he covers here within. I've left in all the "Amarr Victor!" present in the original, but the core concepts are the true essence of solo pvp in EVE Online, presented as accurately and brutally as possible.
Disgusting. Look at you. Vilest morally bankrupt covetous purposeless specimen of a once human that crawled their way into a pod. You are riven with distraction, torn in so many directions and one of those directions is to be elite at solo pvp. As though it were joining the school glee club, with a bit of pep and can do attitude - you can do it! Pathetic. No this is not roleplay, this is what I think of you. You disgust me.
Lesser minds write often about solo pvp. They write with a desperation of those who cannot see past their nose. Cannot see the truth that it is not a single fight but a war that is waged alone. And for waging solo war rather than a solo fight most minds are not just ill prepared, but fundamentally lacking. So the writers comfort you and placate you with the small things for small minds, things that in the larger battlespace are near irrelevant. Keep shining your shoes/changing your fit soldier. That's what will save you when you hit the beach. Use a tracking disruptor, it will turn the tide. Fools.
My disdain for most of New Eden grows over the years. At first it was for the Matari then the Gallente, and then the Caldari my so called “allies” (yes my Caldari allies, I am one of those you can thank for J4LP realizing it should shoot you). My own militia is not spared from this scathing assessment. There are many immoral, irreligious, rabidly blood hungry, intellectually incapacitated groups asserting that they serve the Empress but blatantly in service to and indeed from reading forum posts - servicing, themselves. Yes Dirt n Glitter this is a veiled reference to you.