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.

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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.

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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!

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HD 54: Be Brave Capsuleer

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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
Asterothi
Avaren Dias
Callduron
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

Take a few minutes to lobotomize yourself on iTunes (if you use it) and drop us a review! Otherwise, you can contact us at HighDragPodcast@gmail.com or join us in game at HighDragChat

Vacations and ongoing Gremlins

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to drop a line and let you know that we are, in fact, not dead. (YAY!!)

We took a bit of a break with RL beating us up in various ways. We called it a vacation. See how that works?

We get settled into the idea of recording again and my computer onboard sound thingie decides to die. (I’ll be getting a separate sound card tomorrow.) So, this is more of a notice to let you, our listeners, know that we are not dead. We are not quitting.

We’re just dealing with some life.

We’ll see you in space!

HD 53: Schooled In Psychology

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Schooled In Psychology

It started out innocently enough. Have an episode about the psychology of the players of EVE. A great conversation degenerated slightly into a stereotypical name fest and Fintarue steps in to “School” us. Shamed…we move on. The conversation continues with Sard Caid telling us about his unnatural ability to take Battlecruisers and Battleships into low sec…..solo….and survive.  Fin gives us his Yin in the form of a Hull Tanked Rail Vigilant.

Our Panel members for this episode:
Kyle (Commitment Phobia) Yanowski
Random (Dementia) McNally
Ash (Deposed C.E.O.itis) terothi
Fin (I Don’t Pity the Fool Syndrome) tarue
Sard (Overconfidence) Caid

Music for this episode:
One Little Step by Barenaked Ladies
Goin’ Crazy by David Lee Roth

Huge thanks to out to:
“Best Of Us” Channel Operator J. Mcclain for the ships you allowed us to give away!
Cherry Poppers, ChYph3r, Grima the Mad for donations to our Agony sponsored participants!

HD 52: Player Versus Player

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I couldn’t bring myself to name this Eve Online Podcast Episode anything more than what it is. Player versus Player is the only content; no industry, no Meta, just conflict on a violent level on multiple scales. As an added bonus, Zao Amadues is back (and better / bearded than ever).


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In this Episode we discuss:

1. Solo PVP
2. Duet PVP
3. Small Gang PVP
4. Big Block PVP
5. Different PVP environments
6. Bonus Yin of Fin and Tao of Zao segments

Our Panel for this Episode:

Kyle Yanowski @keepitlikeitwas
Ashterothi @ashterothi
Fintarue @fintarue
Zao Amadues @lokoforloki

Music in this Episode:

“Fly” by Sugar Ray
“One Week” by Bare Naked Ladies

HD 51: High Drag, Podside, and Down the Pipe. BFFs.

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Its been a while, but I’m(kyle) back. The Podside guys along with Lotor from Down the Pipe joined us to talk about our favorite persistent universe. In this episode, we talk about Structures, Valkyrie, and making decisions as a Fleet Commander under the new Sov changes.

The panel for this episode is:

Kyle Yanowski @keepitlikeitwas
Random McNally @randommcnally1
Ashterothi @ashterothi
Lotor @lotor_eve
Gill Reymerus @gillreymerus
Kazumi @idonthaveatwitter

Music in this episode:
“Days Gone By” by the Offspring
“Wrong Way Kids” by Bad Religion

HD 50: Just like Old Times

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Well, ladies and gentlemen, our little podcast has turned 50. Not years, mind you, but 50 episodes. The roller coaster of Eve Online interest might wax and wane, but High Drag keeps plodding on. You keep listening, we’ll keep casting. This episode has too much to list; grab your bourbon and enjoy.


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Our panel for this episode is:

Random McNally
Ashterothi
Fintarue
Kira Tsukimoto
ChYph3r

Music in this episode (indy night)
Walk Like and Egyption by the Cleverly’s
Thunderstruck by Steve’N’Seagulls