HD 30: O.o Sindel says Suck It

HD 30 O.o Sindel says Suck It

…and it seems to be the central theme of the show!

This weeks episode (delayed slightly by me going to the Milwaukee Meet Up) discusses some things that we would like the upcoming CSM to take to the table with CCP. Our special guest, Sindel Pellion, joins the panel with her insites and we discuss her new player project, The Angel Project, some expectations that she must live with as far as being a Pandemic Legion pilot and Ashterothi leads us off with a tear bucket loaded with opinions!

Oh, and Suck It.

Our panel this time around:
Random McNally
Sindel Pellion

Music this episode:
Makalu Cries and Eve Dumb Ways To Die by Sindel Pellion (with added talent by Rixx Javixx)

Links this show:

Be sure to go on to iTunes and give us a rating!!

*No Xander Phoena’s were hurt during the making of this episode*

Bring Me The Corpse of Xander Phoena…Update!

Xander Phoena and Jeg Elsker, the awesome hosts of Crossing Zebras Podcast made a comment that we, at the High Drag Podcast, MUST respond to! We have placed a bounty on the corpse of Xander and Jeg!

For Xander:
1 billion isk (complements of Random McNally)
1 Plex (compliments of Eve Black Jack)
1 Plex (compliments of Kyle Yanowski but MUST have a smartbomb)
1 Plex (compliments of Ashterothi for the corpse)
1 Stratios (compliments of Fintarue if there is a cloaky on the KM)
1 Plex (compliments of Draleth if an industrial is on the Kill)
1 billion isk (compliments of PirateTrader if the kill is made by a BNI member)
400 frigates (compliments of Fintarue if it takes a fleet to do it!)

THIS JUST IN! 1 Plex added by Northern Misfit (of RVB fame) for the corpse! I think we could transfer it to you when we’re done!

Wow…thats a nice bounty!

For Jeg:
200K isk (compliments of Random and Kyle)
1 T2 Passive Targetter (compliments of Random McNally)
8 T2 Warp Core Stabs (compliments of Asterothi)

KM must be API verified. Must be dated after 02/12/2014. Submit a story, the KM and the corpses for judgement from the High Drag Panel and you could collect that sweet bounty. Contest runs until the end of March 2014!

(The members of High Drag would love to thank Xander and Jeg for being great sports in this little Podcast pvp match. We highly encourage everyone to listen to Crossing Zebras Podcast!)

HD 29: Before We Get To D-Scan…

Before We Get To D-Scan…
Wow, episode 29 brings us a packed house with just a little room for a couple of special guests. Joining us for the episode are Apothne and SeeMe Not, both from Sniggwaffe! We start the show in our typical form of who we are and what we’ve done and we degenerate from there. We discuss the delights of Sniggwaffe, Noob topics (with a drunken Zealot), the NEO II (New Eden Open), Our Podcast PVP with the fine lads from Crossing Zebras (with a little twist!), Rubicon 1.3…oh my!

Be sure to get your ticket for the WEHURT HYPE TRAIN!!

Hopefully you like longer episodes, because when you add Waffles to drunken podcasters, it goes on!

Panel for this episode:
Kyle Yanowski
Random McNally
Zealot Comadrin
SeeMe Not

Music for this episode:
Let’s Get It On by Maceo Parker
Do You Like Waffles? by Parry Gripp
Shambala by Three Dog Night

Reminders of the Milwaukee Meet Up. Details at https://forums.eveonline.com/default.aspx?g=posts&t=320941&find=unread

Jason’s Salvation, the fundraiser for FrFrmPukin is located at https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/gl24/jason-s-salvation?utm_source=giveforward&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=supporter_thank_gift&hid=3824039&cid=3046869 Give what you can comfortably afford but remember that every little bit helps!

Kil2 Can and You Can Too! Part 2


Kil2 can and so can you! Part 2

Its funny how the past catches up with you. Without fail and no matter what, skeletons will pop out of the closet and strangle you.

Of course I wasn’t thinking  of such things when I jumped into the gate camp nestled cozily in web and scram range around the far end of the PF-3 gate.  My mind was was focused solely on the cycling armor repairers,  picking a target to neutralize (capacitor wise), and managing drones. At this point, who was camping the gate and what they were camping in is immaterial; at about the time the first ship was locked, a fleet from the corporation Hail to the King arrived.

The campers must have noticed them on long scan well in advance of their arrival, because I had been pumping my fist in the air with enthusiasm as the greatly superior force I was fighting, star bursted in all directions, disappearing off of the grid. I thought, for a small second, that these campers were scared to fight a Myrmodon. I was wrong when the first set of Lokis arrived, followed by broadswords, cyclones, and Vexor Navy Issues.

I decided to stay and fight, as hopeless as that was. After watching my armor repairers turn bright red, and seeing huge gaps in where my armor should be, I decided that this was not a fight I wanted to take. I recalled drones and burned back to the gate. Once the aggression timer was complete, I jumped out of the fire, and into the net of High Sec safety. Or so I thought.

PF-386 borders the High Sec system of Orvolle. When the jump tunnel collapsed, and the Cretans of Hail to the King were far behind me,  I reveled in the sight of concord ships floating around the gate. Spending the last 2 years in Lowsec, Concord isn’t an organization I was used to seeing, so I spent a good minute staring at the unique ships. I managed to repair my armor, I had one XL capacitor booster left, and reloaded my ammunition. Then, the gate flashed. Hail to the King jumped through.

I only really engaged a single ship, so I didn’t think anything of it. While waiting for a move to be made, something tickled the back of mind. That something happened to be the recollection of one of many capsuleers being podded during my time as a pirate… and of course… the kill rights associated with such reckless destruction. Before I could react, Hail to the King activated a kill right on my Myrmidon.

I’d like to say I fought the good fight. I’d like to say I took a few ships out with me. Oh I’d like to say that, but, the fight was one sided. Hail to the King 1, Yanowski  0. I was simply too relaxed and unprepared to take the fight in Highsec, I was out of ammunition, and capacitor boosters. I tried to jump back to Null, but they burned through my tank and sent my pod on its merry way (in tact, mind you). All the while, my hand was shaking. For anyone that has quit tobacco,  only to start up again, knows of the head rush associated with nicotine coursing back into a purged system. Stepping up to a new class of Solo PvP gave me that same head rush, same shakiness.

Failed, but content in the story I just created, I went back to the station and fit another Battle Cruiser. I’ll try fountain this time. I turned up the volume on another Bringing Solo Back episode, undocked, and pointed my ship to the west.

Jason’s Salvation

If you’ve heard the name Jason Skjegstad, please raise your hand.

Not a lot.

If you’ve heard the name FrFrmPukin, raise your hand.

There’s a few more.

FrFrmPukin (Pukin for short) has been a strong motivation in the EVE Online podcast community for quite some time. He’s a prominent member in the LI3 Alliance and one of the driving forces behind the Multiplex Gaming Site. He has helped perspective podcasters and bloggers get their start and is a host on the Podside podcast.

And, he needs some help.

Jason is a US. Vet waiting to get his V.A. benefits and is experiencing some health issues and has racked up some medical debt while waiting for the benefits to kick in. I met Jason at the recent Minnesota Meet-Up that he organized in early December and had an awesome time. He is charismatic and a lot of fun to talk to (and have a few beers with). Despite that particular evening being cold as hell, I have never regretted attending my first Meet-Up with Pukin and the great group of guys that showed up.

There is a fundraiser that has been started to help keep him going until his benefits start and it’s located at https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/gl24/jason-s-salvation?utm_source=giveforward&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=supporter_thank_gift&hid=3824039&cid=3046869. If you have a few extra bucks and can afford a donation, I would suggest plopping into the site and making a pledge. Every little bit helps!

Thanks all!


Kil2 can, and you can too! Part One.


Eve Online is an ever changing, morphing blob of an MMO, and it’s on a very rare occasion that I’ll glance over my shoulder in the direction of media content that “no longer applies”. Ship fittings change, mechanics change, priorities change, and as the lifecycle of Eve Online plods onward, the media of New Eden either stays abreast of the change, or sinks into the depths of outdated irrelevance. Podcasts are extremely susceptible to this phenomena. On High Drag for instance, I don’t think we’ll see anyone listening to episode 3 for a pre crucible ship fitting or going back to an ancient Fly Reckless episode to track down the “then” upcoming changes to walking in stations. Most Podcasts tip their hats to a certain topic then move on, like strangers passing in an alley, and in the same aspect,  Podcast listeners do the same.

Like the English language, there are of course, exceptions to the rule. Bringing Solo back is that exception.

I originally stumbled upon Kil2’s foray into Podcasting after he announced it on one of his youtube videos.  During that time, the notion of PvP entertained me through countless hours of not knowing any better… and mining asteroids. For those of you who are unaware, Kil2 is now known as CCP Rise and coupled with CCP Fozzie, make up a voltron like team of spaceship saviors. All gushing aside, Kil2s Podcast: Bringing Solo Back is absolutely timeless, and worthy of entry into the Eve Online Hall of Fame. (Well now, that is an interesting idea isn’t it. We have monuments in game and out, so, hows about an in game New Eden Hall of Fame?) The Moniker of timeless sticks to Bringing Back Solo particularly well because the cast focuses on decisions that are made during stressful times…

And making decisions under stress, is what EvE PVP is all about. Fittings change, but the ability to make a decision while hands are shaking, and a solo ship is hopelessly  outnumbered in space, remains constant.

While digging into the Bringing Solo Back archives, I noticed that the majority of fights that Kil2 talked about centered around the Battle Cruiser class of ships.  Up until recently, battle cruisers were a bit of a specter to me. They have a horrendous align time, the DPS can be outdone by T1 cruisers, and they would surely not last long in W-space, Nullsec, or Lowsec. Everything about this bloated, slow class, screamed to me  “move along, nothing to see here.” But listening to Kil2 talk about some decisions in a solo Drake fight sparked something in my imagination. Maybe it was time to change.

I had been in a bit of a rut. I managed to kill Zao Amadues’ Wolf with a mere T1 Incursus, and while riding high, managed to lose quite a bit of assets to some careless pod piloting. Lowsec was becoming tedious and I had begun bouncing between Aideron Robotics and Fintarues’ own Rifterlings. (Both are fantastic organizations).  Good fights were few and far between, attitudes were grating my nerves, and my decisions in frigate combat were reduced to “do I take that fight, or not”.  On the verge of moving on (again) from Eve Online, I sold everything I owned, and bought a series of myrmidons.

After fitting the ships, balancing tank, bolstering capacitor, and undocking, I set course for Syndicate. (Syndicate is a null region in space prowled by Serpentis, home to Brave Newbies, and is now one of the most crowded areas of Nullsec).  If I was going to find a fight, it would be there.

Holding my breath, I came to PF-346, and jumped. I knew what was coming, but even so, Battle Cruiser combat is fundamentally different than frigate / cruiser combat. Without fail, I jumped right into a gate camp.

Next up. Part Two.

HD 28.1: For The Newbs with Mike Azariah

For The Newbs with Mike Azariah

Well, it took us two tries but we finally got our all encompassing NEWB episode recorded. Mike Azariah, CSM 8 member and candidate for CSM 9 joins us again for the re-recorded episode, this time on Teamspeak. (Compliments of Evil Vile and the Punch Drunk Lemmings TS server) We discuss what happened to our last recording, update the #1 CCP Certified Bring me the corpse of Xander Phoena contest and go right into the Newb friendly advice for all the hows, whats and wheres of facing that bitter game, EVE Online.
After a lengthy discussion, we wrap up with the Yin of Fin and his brawling Daredevil.

Panel includes:
Kyle Yanowski
Random McNally
Mike Azariah

Music this episode:
Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede
Psychobabble by The Alan Parson’s Project.

March 22nd in Milwaukee, WI. Bronya Boga (from Down The Pipe fame) has organized a Wisconsin Meet-Up. I’ll be there! Go to the EVE Online forum at https://forums.eveonline.com/default.aspx?g=posts&t=320941&find=unread to let him know you’ll be there!