HD 73: When In Iceland

When In Iceland

Well, we finally got this one done, but it’s not totally our fault. The original intent was to attach an interview with CCP Larrikin to this episode but by the time we got it scheduled and recorded, a LOT of time had passed. Plus, the darned podcast would have been nearly 3.5 hours long and not even I can stand to listen to my own voice for that long. 😉 It’s also fair to say that my old mic set up has bitten the dust and I’m still working with this new set up for a cleaner sound. Should only take a month or two…

In this episode Fintarue, Ashterothi and I break down the information gleaned during the 2017 Fanfest. I couldn’t stop gushing about what a fun time I had. Must have been the bourbon talking…

During the break, I have inserted audio recorded at the monument at CCP conducted by our very own Space Pope™, Max Singularity. The quality of it is pretty rough and I’m not exactly a sound engineer. I’ve cleaned it up as best I could and inserted it into the break. Special shout out to Benzmann, a Reykjavik native who goes to the monument and lights a candle for the players that pass away. Thank you, man!

The Yin of Fin continues with non-meta fits with an oversized AB rail harpy that will give you a bit of a surprise!

We also announce the winners of the High Drag Travel Mugs. Congratulations to Wimry, Warking and Samuel Triptee!!

Panel Members:
Random McNally

Music this ep:

I hope you enjoy!

HD 72: And The Goons Are Laughing

And The Goons Are Laughing
We got a quick turn around on episode 72 in the hopes that we would have it out before fanfest. This one turned into a double down on our conversations for episode 71 where we cover the final hours/days of the CSM elections but we also make a serious discussion on the newly announced Drilling Platforms. So many questions but the one thing that is for sure…The Goons are laughing since they’ve had time to get their infrastructure in place. Will New Eden survive??

ChYph3r from Am0ck and EvePodcasts.com joins us for a frank discussion on the mechanics of the new drilling platforms, Fanfest, CSM and some good natured Random ribbing. A very sleepy Fin perks up to give us the lowdown on (IMHO) one of the coolest looking ships in the game…The Dramiel!

Panel Members:
Random McNally

Music this ep:
Other Trucker by the Dollyrots (I love this band!!)
Volcano by Jimmy Buffett

HD 71: Fin Fed The Gremlins

Fin Fed The Gremlins
Hey there everyone! Episode 71 was a particular challenge!! Our Twitch Streamer extraordinaire, Fintarue, must have fed the gremlins from Mike Azariah! We recorded and whenever Fin would talk, he would robot out. His stream listeners said he sounded fine, but just wonky on the recording. Ash usually provides a first pass but there was another gremlin related miscommunication and needless to say…delays.

In this episode, Mike Azariah joins us for the first half of the show where we talk about all the darned things that are happening in game, at least as of early March. Fin pitches in a fair bit but keep in mind that our pvp guru has been edited heavily out with most of that being a voice only a robot could love. We did save much of the Yin, that being…Stabber!!

Oh, and there may be a contest announced at the end. Just sayin’.

Sigh…sooner or later we’ll get this timed out better. Promise.

Panel Members:
Random McNally
That gremlin ladened so-n-so Mike Azariah

Music this Ep:
You got another think comin’ by Judas Priest
Shit to do by Bowling for Soup (yea, this one’s not family friendly)

HD 70: Ascension Post Mortem

Ascension Post Mortem

Well, here we are again in 2017!! Our intent was to get a recording done earlier but Mike Azariah’s gremlins somehow found their way into our equipment. After the sacrifice of many chickens, bottles of holy water and twinkies for bait, we got our gear up and running and finally put one together. Kael Decadence from the Mind Clash Podcast joins us as we return to the podcasting world discussing CSM 12, Alpaca’s (or Alpha Clones) and a delightful rant on the Sunesis! Fin wraps our first episode of 2017 with a Retribution fit that gives the Slicer a run for it’s money!

Panel Members:
Random McNally
Kael Decadence

Music this episode:
Starting Over by John Lennon
Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind

HD 69 Ghost Hunting And Eve Vegas

Ghost Hunting And Eve Vegas

eve-vegasWow, did this episode get BIG! High Drag episode number 69 (yes, yes, go ahead and make the jokes) is bursting with EVE Vegas talk (at nearly 3 HOURS) and we managed to get the elusive CCP Ghost to interview. We had originally scheduled to record AT Vegas, but time tables got messed up and we just couldn’t make it happen. However, Ghost sat down with us and on a pre-recorded segment, talked about the NPE “Inception” and what that entails. But WAIT, thats not all…!!!

We are joined by a plethora of members to talk about not only attending EVE Vegas 2016, but for those who couldn’t attend, there was discussion about the live stream and the enjoyment from it.

For those that read the previous blog, I have been dealing with the death of my mom. RL does come before game, but I feel bad that it took so long to get this out. I hope, you will enjoy it!

Panel Members This Episode!:
Random McNally
J. McClain
Mike Azariah
Fishbone (Hi Fish!)

Music this episode:
I Had A Good Time by Boston
Learning To Fly by Pink Floyd
Warp To The Dance Floor by Permaband

Fintarue’s Alpha Clone friendly fit soon™

Goodbye Mom…

moon-riseHey High Drag listeners.

Part of the reason that our recording sessions have been so erratic this year is that I’ve had a lot of health issues in my family. Most of that being my mother. She has been battling Muscular Dystrophy for over 30 years. Year after year, loosing muscle to the point where she was bound to a power chair for locomotion and couldn’t lift her arms to even brush her hair. In January of 2016, she was also diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis. So not only were her muscles deteriorating, but she was loosing access to them neurologically.

Last night, my mother passed away.

This is a woman that fought every minute of every day. When my father passed away last fall, she lost her partner and caretaker. She arranged home care and took a roommate to assist in her care. After a bout of illness this last summer that had her in the ICU for nearly 3 weeks, she confided in me that she would not go through that again. This woman, who had the strength of will to take on heavy weight contenders, was at last done. I received the call Sunday night that she had gone into the emergency room. I rushed up and meet with her and watched her gasp for air. She was admitted to the hospital and over the course of the week, she was put on multiple masks to get enough air into her. They had loaded her up with antibiotics for pneumonia. She did, however, refuse a feeding tube.

She never bounced back. Not this time. She declined daily until we had to make the decision to arrange for hospice. She would go home to pass away but even that wouldn’t happen. Yesterday morning I met her doctor and social worker. They said that just the transition to home would probably kill her. Plus, the amount of oxygen she needed would not be possible on hospice. We decided that we would make her comfortable and remove the mask. She wouldn’t make it back home. After 6 hours, she finally set aside her burden. As the sole heir, it is my job to see that her Will is taken care of, conclude her business and make sure that my kids, my wife and I move on.

I will give fair warning. I value my space friends like family. I may need to lean on you from time to time because my world just got a little colder.

Rest in Peace, Mom. You’ve worked hard all your life. Now, go and play.


HD 68: All The Things

eve-in-novemberAll The Things

Hey everybody! This episode is so jam packed with discussion, we had to bring others on to cover it all. Kirith Kodachi (Of Ninveah fame), Mike Azariah (blogger, former CSM and driver of the Magic School Bus) and Mr. Hyde (current CSM and scourge of the frigate menace) join us to try an touch upon the upcoming November expansion, EveVegas and Twitchcon. Each of the additional panel members throw in a ship fit to cover a variety of tastes.

And the sad thing is…Random was out of bourbon.

Azariah gremlins aside, hope you enjoy!

Panel Members:
Random McNally
Mr. Hyde
Kirith Kodachi
Mike Azariah

Music this episode:
I Think I’m In Love by Eddie Money
Still The One by Orleans

Mr. Hyde’s Dual Rep Geddon (https://o.smium.org/loadout/108249)
5X Rapid Heavy Missile Launcher II
2X Heavy Infectious Scoped Energy Neutralizer

500 MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive
Heavy Electrochemical Capacitor Booster w/ Navy Cap Booster 3200’s
Warp Disruptor II
Heavy Stasis Grappler II

Large Armor Repairer II
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II
2X Drone Damage Amplifier II
Damage Control II
Reactive Armor Hardener
Large Ancillary Armor Repairer

2X Large Auxiliary Nano Pump I
Large Processor Overclocking Unit I

5X Ogre II’s, 5X Infiltrator II, 5X Praetor II, 5X Acolyte II, 5X Hornet II, 5X Hornet EC-300

Mike Azariah/Gorski Car’s Alpha friendly Caracal (http://crossingzebras.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/ss2016-09-30at10.34.39.png)
5X Prototype ‘Arbalest’ Rapid Light Missile Launcher

50 MN Cold-Gas Enduring Microwarpdrive
2X Large F-S9 Regolith Compact Shield Extender
Small Capacitor Booster II w/ Navy Cap Booster 400
Warp Disruptor II

3X Ballistic Control System II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II

Medium Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
2X Medium Core Defense Field Extender I

Kirith Kodachi’s Sleipnir (https://zkillboard.com/kill/56409091/)
5X 220mm Vulcan AutoCannon II
2X Medium Energy Neutralizer II

50 MN Cold-Gas Enduring Microwarpdrive
XL Ancillary Shield Booster w/ Navy Cap Booster 400
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
True Sansha Warp Scrambler
Shadow Serpentis Stasis Webifier

2X Gyrostabilizer II
Damage Control II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Tracking Enhancer II

Medium Core Defense Operational Solidifier I
Medium Projectile Collision Accelerator II

Fin’s Scaredevil…..Pending!