HD 58: The Dart Board Edition

Dart Board Edition


Just like in a fine game of pub darts, you work yourself around the board trying to hit the numbers you want. Tonight’s show was sort of the same. I’m a little late getting this one together but RL and the run up to the holiday season is getting very busy. However, on this 58th episode of High Drag, we talk post-Vegas and dartboard our way around picking topics and chatting for a bit. Mike Azariah hot drops us for a bit early on and Ash had to leave us early leaving Fin and I to play clean up.

The Panel:
Mike Azariah
Random McNally

Lawyers, Guns and Money by Warren Zevon
Follow Me by Uncle Cracker

HD 57: AT 514 T3D WTF?


AT 514 T3D WTF

Well faithful High Drag listeners, we are back! (Little late in the editing process but vOv )

This episode starts off with a slow expectation. Heck, it was just Fintarue and myself. OK, Fin, myself and a bottle of Jack. O.O

However, Mike Azariah joins us as we discuss the verdict passed down by CCP Logibro regarding the collusion in Alliance Tournament XIII between Warlords of the Deep and Camel Empire. You can tell that the Jack is starting to affect Random…

We take a break and showcase the movement to Port Dust 514. A montage work put together by Proto of the Neocom staff. C’mon CCP, dont let our ground troops down!!

We come back from the break and discuss Fin’s T3D (Tech 3 Destroyer) focus group and that leads us to the Yin where Fin tackles the newly improved Brutix Navy Issue!

Panel Members:
Random “now on the Wagon” McNally
Fin “Bro, do you even pvp” tarue
Mike “I gots a Magic School Bus” Azariah

Viva Las Vegas by ZZ Top

HD 56: How to Save Our Game (A Guide to Recruiting)



Eve Online isn’t dying. It’s just in a lull and what better way to scramble our way out of a lull than by discussing how to recruit and retain new players into New Eden. Imagine someone asks you at the water cooler, “What is this Eve thing?”, what do you say, where do you go from there, how much do you nerd out, and how overbearing could (should?) you be. We talk about all of this, and more, in episode 56 of the High Drag Eve Online Podcast.

Our Panel for this episode:

Kyle Yanowski @keepitlikeitwas (Twitter) (Twitch)
Random McNally @RandomMcnally1
Fintarue @Fintarue (Twitter) (Twitch)
Ashterothi @Ashterothi
Zealot Comadrin @Idon’thaveatwitter

Music for this Episode:

“Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley
“Don’t Worry be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin

HD 55: It’s a Little Late to Be Angry!



Hello folks, it has been a week since the recording and in true eve fashion: the constructive criticism (bitching) in this episode is now obsolete. We were concerned with the silence from CCP as well as the podcasting community and our intentions were sinister; yet, like with most evil master plans, the very next day after the live recording, a devblog, a BC iteration thread, and a new Declarations of War podcast dropped… throwing our dastardly accusations to the wind. That doesn’t mean this episode isn’t fantastic… because… it is. I assure you. Enjoy!


Kyle Yanowski (Twitter: @keepitlikeitwas)
Random McNally (Twitter: @randommcnally1)
Fintarue (Twitter @fintarue)
Ashterothi (Twitter @Ashterothi)
Sonic Mulder aka Ashcoat!


“Where is my mind” by The Pixies
“Asshole” by Dennis Leary

A salute to our loved ones.

Hey High Drag listeners,

I have said for years that “life is a terminal disease”. We are all born, and when that occurs, we are “on the clock”. If you follow me on twitter or read the very rare blogs I put up, you will know that my father has been battling cancer. His battle was lost as of Saturday morning. There is a bit of a relief as that person laying in that hospice bed did not resemble my father in any way. It was tough watching him go.

We spent the day yesterday at the funeral home making the necessary arrangements. He will be cremated. He will receive a military honor guard as he was a veteran and served his country proudly. Then he will come home.


This was my father’s pride and joy. He purchased it from my grandfather and has been in the family since. It’s hardly capsuleer technology. I will be bringing his ashes home in this car.

Plans are to record on September 10th. Same bat time, same bat channel. We’ll have Fin’s stream (hopefully) up and running.
In the meantime, give your parents, spouses, children and friends hugs. Tell them how much you care for them.

Ain’t none of us here forever.
The clock is ticking.

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Hey High Drag listeners!

The last couple of weeks have been painful and intense for me. I really wanted to update things so you don’t think that we’ve headed off on another vacation. However, I do want to balance with some of the good things that have happened within the last week. With this said, I bring you the High Drag late August Good, Bad and Ugly list.


The Good:
For those who have been following, Yours truly is involved with Alliance Tournament XIII, and I’ve been having the time of my life!! To be fair, Random is a 105M SP character so that does allow quite a few doors to open for me, but this is my first time in Alliance Tournament and I’m about as excited as I can be. I will preface that all the stuff I do in AT is at the whim of my FC’s from End Of Life alliance, so (as of now) I cannot take any soloish credit but our team is rocking. We may not be doing it “pretty”, be we are doing it.

In week one, we dropped our first match against the Afterlife. This weekend was the weekend with no commentary and the ISD volunteers running the matches. (HUGE KUDO’s to the ISD’s and @ISD_STAR for running the first week’s festivites!!) This loss dropped us into the losers bracket where we’ve had to fight our way up. Funny thing is, we didn’t let this discourage us. We looked at our next match and spoke a collective “I think we can take them.” That is all the encouragement I needed. Day 2 brought us a match against Gone Critical.

Yea, we took them.

Day 3 and 4 have been a whirlwind in my head despite the fact it took hours to finish it all!! Day 3 and we fight against CVA. (www.twitch.tv/ccp/v/12204972 Coverage starts at 02:13:45 and goes to 02:31:56) Yep, I died quickly in a Purifier, but that was my job. I won’t discuss my take on the comps right now. Perhaps when all is said and done, but suffice it to say that I was the second ship to die and I did my best. I certainly didn’t win anything for EOL, we did it as a team. Day 4 was very crazy with TWO rounds. First round on Sunday was against Dream Fleet. These guys struck me as a wild card and I have to admit, I was nervous. The other alliance members were reassuring in their “I think we can take them.” (www. twitch.tv/ccp/v/12376129 Commentary starts at 01:47:25 and goes until 02:10:05) While we looked decent, it was obvious that the desk didn’t have high hopes for us.

Yea, we took them, as well.

Round two on day four was against Dead Terrorists. I didn’t see this coming. CCP_Larrikin was the only desk member to have faith in the EOL machine. (www.twitch.tv/ccp/v/12376129 Commentary starts at 04:44:30 and goes to 05:07:30) Honestly, I didn’t see us winning. I was prepared to “thank” all the listeners and people who hang out in the various channels that I frequent but then something strange happened.

Yea, we took them, also.

WUT?? I even put a 105 million ISK bet against us on EVE-Bet.com!!! How could this be??!! I am totally blown away. Our next match, which will be August 29th, will be against Gorgon Empire and Spawn. I’m not very confident in this match and I’m really shitting bricks on this. Of course, my team mates are saying “I think we can take them.”

My entire experience in the alliance tournament has been a wonder and a delight. I would recommend that everyone try it.  Huge shoutout to the theorycrafters, FC’s and leadership of EOL.  Also a huge shout out to our practice partner, Redemption Road/Affirmative alliance!  You folks have made my AT experience a real blast!  (Pun “may” be intended)

(Late edit:  I meant to mention this in the initial draft but forgot to due to limited mental space.  Most of the EOL team is Aussie or thereabouts.  These crazy bastards have stayed up ALL NIGHT just to make sure they are awake to participate!

US time zone-Morning to afternoonish.
EU time zone-Afternoon to eveningish
AU time zone-OH dark 30 to the butt crack of dawn.

You guys and gals impress the hell out of me!)

The Bad:
Real Life™ this year has been horrendous for most of the High Drag crew. Kyle has packed up and moved his entire family to the East coast, Ashterothi has packed his everything and moved to the West Coast, and my family has endured some very tough times. It started out with a younger cousin passing away from Asthma. He left two children behind. This one was tough on the family. Two weeks later, my uncle (mom’s brother) passed away. Within ten days, we had two deaths in the family. Now, just to put things into perspective, my father had pancreatic cancer last year and after surgery, Chemo and radiation, we had hoped that it had been taken care of. (although, his Oncologist was NOT optimistic) My mother has Muscular Distrophy and is chair bound. She doesn’t have the strength to get out of bed and has relied on my father to assist her with her needs. Needless to say, my father’s cancer has come back with a vengeance. He is now undergoing radical chemo. He has spent several days in the hospital. He is going into transitional care and this still leaves my mom without assistance. She has since signed up with a company to provide personal care to get her out of bed. I’ll be putting a fair amount of mileage on my vehicles to help out as best as I can. So, working my own job, dealing with my own family and doing what I can to assist my folks doesn’t leave me a lot of time.

Growing old is really a bitch.

The Ugly:
Episode 55 has been recorded and is awaiting editing. I would like to give a huge thank you for J Mcclain (of the Best of Us chat channel) and Jiny and Lady Aiepsia from RVB who joined Ash, Kyle and myself for the recording. The ugly part is that I’m really having trouble making time to get it edited and posted. I’m hoping the listeners understand that between RL and my involvement in the AT, I just cannot scrape together as much time as I need. I will beg patience. Particularly since our next recording day is coming up and I cannot get this damn thing done.


Thats my update. I thank you all for your patience and support. RL SHOULD come before video game time but damn, it’s tough. Stay tuned for episode 55 and all support we can receive for our next match against Gorgon Empire in the AT is greatly appreciated.

We’ll TRY to see you in space!


HD 54: Be Brave Capsuleer

Be Brave

Be Brave Capsuleer

Well, it’s finally happened. After two months, we’ve continued with another episode. Be kind to us, we’ve had two of the staff pack up and move to the ends of the country, one experiencing a heaping helping of extra work and even we like to go outside and look up at that big shiny thing once in a while. ;)

Episode 54 returns with Random and Ash welcoming Brave FC’s and Gill Reymerus from Podside to sit and talk about all the fun changes since we LAST recorded (with some particular passion about the fleet warp changes) and the upcoming Alliance Tournement. Mike Azariah hot drops us for a bit to give a little CSM perspective. No Yin of Fin this time around. Be sure to contact him in game and remind him that we value him as a member of the panel!!

Panel Members:
Random McNally
Avaren Dias
Gill Reymerus

Music this time around:
Heart’s On Fire by John Cafferty (yes, it’s the Rocky IV theme)
Back In The Saddle by Aerosmith

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