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2017 in review

The Sleepyheads
As I have come to expect, the crew have been outstanding this year, the core can be be relied on completely. In the rare instances when someone cannot make a session I am informed as early as possible and the necessary changes, if any are made.

A big thank you goes out to the crew for your loyalty and friendship, its you that makes this possible.

The ship
Upgrades to the Structural Integrity have been ongoing when the opportunities have presented themselves. I have a target in mind and it has almost been reached, I will expect this target to be reached early in 2018 at which point the rate of improvement will slow but not stop.

Changes made by MindArk have reduced the ship’s combative capabilities. For a long time the Armament Device I have installed would allow two turrets to be used at a time but this has been reduced to 1.6 or one. Fortunately for most of what the ship is used for one turret is enough. I will be looking at improving this situation in 2018.

Space
I remember MindArk having some plans to improve space, so far their is no sign of improvement. Truth be told it is significantly worse than this time last year. Lag has become a big issue especially when shooting mobs from a turret also when entering a turret it is not uncommon to have the pilots view instead of the gunner’s so it is necessary to leave the seat and re-enter, both of these things cost the player PED.

Site
A minor change for the coming year, Globals/HoFs (should there be any) will be listed with the latest one at the top as opposed to the bottom of the list.

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Space Skilling Saturday 84 (Ghostship)

Location:- Graveyard Fields.
Time:- 1801 MA.
Present:- Wolta and Myself.
Team name:- Sleepyheads – Ghostship

Nocturaline and Phil are still on planet leave so it was just Wolta and myself again this week.

When I logged in I noticed the ship had been repaired so I guessed Wolta was aboard although she was off-line I then noticed a message from Wolta telling me she was aboard.

Wolta arrived shortly and took the first shift, I was soon busy in Engineering, the Cosmic Horrors here are tougher than in the training zones. With 3 visits to the turrets and a couple of loots around the 40 PED mark things were looking good. I had failed to prepare properly and had only 50 PED of Ammo available, I was somewhat confused when I could no longer fire the guns as I had run out, I normally take 500 PED, clearly I had missed a 0 at some point.

Wolta took us to Erebos station for the break, during which I caught up a little on this log entry and made a small charge to the site.

I took us out for the second shift and by comparison with the first it was quite disappointing, Cosmic Horrors were plentiful and skill gains were good but loot had become quite poor. I did enjoy the session though with that many mobs preventing the ship’s destruction took some concentration.

After the session I headed back to Rocktropia as I needed to pick up a few things. Wolta stayed aboard for a while before succumbing to sleep, the natural state of a Sleepyhead.

This week’s return was 92.5% with a loss of 14.70 PED, a very pleasing result, I think we may be returning to this location in the future.

 

From the desk of
Chela Bias.


Space Skilling Saturday 29 (Back in the groove)

Location:- Calypso Space.
Time:- 1800 MA.
Present:- Wolta, Nocturaline, Phil & Myself.

We started on time although I had experienced an issue with my space map, I could no longer see any hunting areas. Turned out I had “View Areas” turned of, what a noob!

With that corrected I summoned the crew and then headed to the training grounds passing straight through Crystal Palace on the way.

Cosmic Horrors were easy to find, it did not take long before I had over 30 of the tentacled terrors chasing us. This gave me skills for almost my entire 55 minutes of active skilling. When I stopped getting skills I lured them to a location outside of the zone and left them there before returning to the zone to hand over to Wolta. Before that happened however, I spotted Starfinder III adrift, I offered assistance but received no reply, guess it’s a ghost ship.

Wolta was next at the helm, we had periods of busyness followed by periods of calm, Horrors had become harder to find, it turns out Wolta had gone too far +z. I had a chance to catch up with Bonnie and make a start on this log entry. Wolta did report poor skill gains though mine were pretty good. I will create a rota on the website/calendar so the order at the helm is different each week.

Speaking of the website, I have spent the week trying to create a passworded page for the Sleepyheads, the idea is to have a place where we can vote on where we go to post skilling. I wanted to add some RSS feeds from around the Entropia Universe so that each could make an informed decision however this turned out to be a bit tricky. It took sometime to find there was an RSS shortcode that could be used however this was not documented. I posted a ticket on the WordPress forum and had an excellent response from shawnajroberts who documented the shortcode and provided excellent assistance. As it turns out the shortcode alone will not do what I want so I have been playing with Yahoo Pipes to amalgamate and then reduce to just a few items RSS feeds from the different planets. A further issue arose in that some of the feeds do not validate so they do not show on the page. Further work is required in Yahoo Pipes, I hope to have this done by next Saturday.

Next up was Nocturaline who made it very difficult for me to continue writing this log, we took some very heavy damage and I had to pay attention to what was going on, not easy considering tonight’s drink was absinthe. Nocturaline has been making RKs lately and is kindly selling them to us Sleepyheads at a reduced rate.

After Skilling Nocturaline set course for Arkadia sub-warp and shortly after handed control over to me, we had voted while aboard (making my page somewhat redundant). The voting part of the page from polldaddy was not working, something to do with only being able to vote once a week, more work!

Tonight’s entertainment was provided by Radio 3, “Jazz Record Requests”, “Jazz Line-Up” and then the Proms where Cole Porter’s “Kiss me Kate” was being broadcast live. This provided a further distraction :-).


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