Friday, December 4, 2015

Tso's Non-Denominational Priviledge-Checking Non-Binary Otherkin Rumble

For fuck's sake...

It's been several months since our last inner-alliance tournament, and the lack of motivation to do another team-based one has been quite apparent on mumble. So, for this HOLIDAY season, we've decided to try something a little different.

In the past, we typically split all the participants into teams, typically 4 teams of 3-4 people each (our activity level blows). But after harvesting buckets of tears from those that hated what teams they ended up on, I decided to go with a alternative approach: FREE FOR ALL.

Now, since I love Magic The Gathering, I figured a simple frigate or cruiser FFA would be pretty damn unoriginal, so the format is as follows:


  • Names of all the participants will be randomly ordered.
  • A ship hull can only be chosen ONCE
  • The participants will choose hulls in their random order on this coming Sunday (Dec 6). Anyone late to the party will pick in order that I talk to them on mumble.
  • Prizes will be awarded based off of kill participation, with an equal prize (500M ISK) for most kills in a cruiser, in a destroyer, and in a frigate, to encourage maximum variety in choices.
  • Additional prizes (like last man standing) will be up to an "achievement" system, where any member can donate a prize attached to a condition. Once that condition is met, the player(s) that accomplished the task will be awarded.
  • Obvious/public collusion before the match is punished by randomized ship hull selection done by myself for the offenders.
  • Collusion DURING the match is highly encouraged, but there must be only 1 survivor.
  • Banned items/ships include pirate faction frigates, 2 ASBs, T2 rigs, hulls bigger than (in power level) a tech 1 cruiser, and tech 2 drones (Vexor/Tristan master race).

Both the draft (Dec 6, 8pm EST, Dec 7 0100 EVE time) and the tournament itself (Dec 13, 8pm EST, Dec 14 0100 EVE time) will be broadcast on my twitch channel. Potential simulcast from various other Alliance streamers may happen, watch the twitch tags on our website's front page for up-to-date streams.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Thank You Eve Vegas

Eve Vegas as started, and as a thank you for your support this past spring, we are bringing gifts!!

http://3xxxd.blogspot.com/2015/07/logos-struggle-is-real.html?m=1

Monday, August 10, 2015

Terrible..... [Verified]


The taste of blood is sweet, but when its ours it can be bitter....

We lost EVERYTHING in null space, all the POS's, Infrastructure, Fuel, Ships and I can't be more proud!


A clean slate to stage prepare and to be all that is terrible. We were flying by the seat of our pants like a bunch of low-sec pirates and we need to be organized like "null bears".  I still have some pretty terrible ideas on what we can do and a couple extra structure laying around. Our noble leader and myself have lives, or we are just pretending not to be here. But this will be a team effort to hold the Sov that we take....again.



Before I (WE) put down more structures in Null lets have a plan and some friends... intentions are great but some follow through is better!



Pepper your moist anguses! We are going back!

R/
Kaphine


Friday, July 24, 2015

Logo's - The Struggle Is Real

For fuck's sake...

A lot of people have reported this story, but I figured I should go ahead and make a first-hand account that exists beyond a Reddit thread.

CCP, for legal reasons, has reworked their Alliance logo policy. As Kaphine pointed out in a previous blog, our redesigned/cleaned up logo (courtesy of Xavior Harkonnen), was rejected barely 2 days after the announcement of the new logo policy.

Now, for clarification, the logo was NOT rejected for color problems, or the quality of the image, or the (insert graphic design terminology I know nothing about) having/being too much/not enough (insert appropriate negative adjective for said art-thing). It was rejected for:

"The nature of it's content." 

This means what is being depicted, not the quality of what is being depicted. This is important, since it was the number one question everyone, inside and outside Tso's had when I announced the rejection. It's a good assumption, given that my Alliance is shit at following directions in EVE, we'd more than likely be shit at following a dev blog's instructions on how to make a 512 x 512 image.

Immediately after the rejection, I ran to Reddit, to see if any other Alliance submissions had been so quickly rejected. After rolling back 3 pages from the front, I decided to make my own. My intention was not to stir shit nor cause community backlash against CCP, or to farm the ever-precious karma.

Karma, you know, this thing Carson Daly invented.

I simply wanted to see if we were the odd bunch out, or if logo's were being rejected left and right. Instead, the thread got a bit out of hand, with plenty of threats about burning Jita/Amarr/CCP Headquarters. There were posts pointing out that if the takeout box was rejected, then surely TEST's Middle Management Dino or Goons Fatbee would HAVE to be rejected, right?




Whether those coming to Tso's support did so out of compassion "for the little guy" or were doing so to begin polarizing the community to defend their own submission-rejections in the future, I can't be certain. The response to the thread was largely behind Tso's, either way.

A few trolls called the art crappy (if only they looked at our old logo).

Another reply pointed out (an unknown fact to me) that our design wasn't original, and that the basic outline was lifted from an open-use site. Now, this got me a bit fired up at my own guys, since the history behind the current designed involved a draft (done by me) being mocked and rejected, and then Yin showed me a design he had "made" that we all preferred. This eventually became our logo, and only Salid knew that Yin had lifted the design. Granted, he absolutely created a vastly-improved, derivative work, but it burns my ass that he mocked my design and didn't even create his own idea...

Back to my conversation with CCP Falcon, I attempted to get an idea of what alternatives might get accepted, so I listed off all those that Tso's members came up with on Mumble.


He replied.



This moved my reaction from disappointment to anger. I posted this update to my Reddit thread, and it caused even hotter responses, since none of the creative ideas were likely to be approved. Many comments pointed out that nothing is "grimdark" enough for CCP's new "art vision" and that the game is no longer allowed to be shaped by players, like the amazingly successful "This is EVE" trailer claimed, and we have to leave the sandbox to enter the narrow "art vision" for the future of EVE.

So, this will make it through, right? Image courtesy of Salo.

CCP held a meeting the day of the thread, discussing the topic with CSM members, including our #1 vote, Sugar Kyle.

She even popped onto our comms that night to talk me off the proverbial cliff. She explained that the takeout box's relation to our name isn't necessarily clear outside of the United States, and that maintaining clear dialog with CCP Falcon (instead of creating shit-storm inducing Reddit threads) might be a better means to finding a compromise.

I took her advice and talked to Squidgit, Dark Drifter, and Xavior about where we could go from here. We all desired to get the box through, but at the very least include chopsticks. My art guys whipped out rough sketches that I resubmitted later that week, with an apology for the Reddit thread and an explanation of our history (6 year birthday went by in March, btw.)

Some time went by, and more threads were going up on Reddit regarding logos being rejected, including an interesting site that was created by robotdonny to document the rejected ones. This was the intent of my original thread, of course, but his idea was much better.

In that thread, CCP Falcon replied, stating that the Tso's takeout box was accepted!!!

Now, I've still yet to receive an "official" email stating this is fact, but I know that CCP love the open correspondence environment of Reddit, so I feel confident that this news is true. Of course, we won't know until the new logo's go live next month, and I will update this post accordingly.

As a thank-you to the community, Tso's will (hopefully) be bringing a surprise to EVE Vegas this fall for showing their support.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Stepping Into The Streaming Scene

For fuck's sake...

With the upcoming General Tso's Alliance TourTardiment, I decided I wanted to take a crack at streaming for this event. Over the last two weeks, I've been testing the waters with various programs and trying out different configurations for what to broadcast.

I've decided to use Xsplit as my broadcaster of choice for the time being. I experimented with OBS, but it really feels like an incomplete program (as many open-source applications tend to) and I may revisit it in the future if it offers more options that I can't find with Xsplit.

I'm streaming on my Twitch account, that I've had for years and barely touched.

Currently I broadcast my mic (always on) and my Alliance's mumble, since we have 0 regard for OpSec. I broadcast no in-game audio as of yet, since I have mumble pipe over a USB headset and game audio (and system sounds, etc) come over my speakers - Xsplit only allows 2 audio inputs. I'm looking into methods for combining the game and mumble into one output, but not a big deal. It was the desire of my Alliance to have comms take precedence over game audio, since we sometimes find our conversations more engaging than EVE at times.

Come this Saturday ( 5/30/2015 23:00 EVEtime, 7pm EST [if everyone is on time...]), I will be attempting to use the "scene" features of Xsplit to broadcast our tourney via two clients, and break out my vocal microphone for some higher quality audio.

This was a quick blog to get the word out, and I hope to see you there!

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Open Letter

CCP Falcon,

Change is Hard...

We understand your vision and the high standards of C.C.P., and we are here to help you accomplish that together with you.   You are asking us very politely to change our identity that we have had for 5+ years.  The only identity that make us "different" in the universe of EVE: Online.  We log into a game where everyone has the same ships, the same options, the same damage. We only have one flag, our flag that makes us different.


A very basic level you just asking us to change a simple 512  x 512 logo.  To us, you are asking us to redefine WHO WE ARE.  Shave our heads, dye our hair, cut off our mustaches and beards.... this is a metamorphosis we didn't want.  But like a messy divorce we will make this work....for the Dusties (Our Children).
  


So now that we have to change the new conversation was....Where do we go?....How do we move forward?  Clinging to our culture but moving to the the future.  What will you allow? Or  more importantly who will we become....

V/R,
Kaphine

P.S. I will always "Tak ur orrder, preeze,"


Monday, March 30, 2015

Kill on Site!

Antikythera Element is real I got my first drop!



This will be another key in moving forward in SMERG and TSO's as indicated in Dev. blogs !

The Antikythera element drops from Circadian Sleepers.  There was a pod of three I found at a POCO, and the element didn't drop until i killed the last (3rd one).  They rat similar to a BS. I used the corporation Ishkur Fit kept my transversal up a and had no problems.  Circadians do just damage no effects, it appeared to be missiles.

JITA right MEOW!



Covert Research still only have one use, Thukker Ass. Arrays. I still see the role growing like the Shattered Villard Wheels.


I love my tin foil hat.

Remember to get all the SKINS! If you own the ships now your character will get a PERMANENT LICENCE for that skin and the ship will be reverted to the T1 version.  Go now pay the ISK get this ships so you have ALL the licences!

April 29th is the Deadline!







V/R,

Kaphine

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Our New Auth And YOU!

For fuck's sake...

We have a new auth system, and since people don't like to read, I'm making this kindergarten-level for you all! Hooray for me!

First, go to https://generaltsos.org , marvel at the Chinese food box, and click "AUTH."


If you aren't registered, do so!


Use any Username/password/email you want. I would NOT use your EVE login credentials.


Once registered, log in. You will be brought to the "Dashboard." Add an API key!



Be sure to click the right one!


If will prompt you to login to your EVE account if you are not currently logged into eveonline.com on your browser. This information is NOT saved on my server, you can tell by the url being eveonline.com....


FULL API IS REQUIRED!! This is for a couple reasons:
1) Every (established) Alliance out there will require a full API anyway.
2) More features will be added to the Auth, and they may require specific aspects of the API, and, if missing, could crash the whole fucking thing.

Your API is a read-only interface that allows the Auth to read data about your character (NOT ACCOUNT DETAILS) such as kills/losses/Alliance membership, etc. It can NOT be used to take assets/ISK/character/login details/credit card information/RL personal information, etc. So stop being paranoid.


Now, pay super duper EXTRA attention to this field:


If you get a "API is not of type account,"  it's because you did this WRONG.


Take the KeyID and the vCode from the API page, put into the corresponding fields in the Dashboard.



Now go to "Characters" and make your in-Alliance character Primary. This should open up Alliance Services.




Now go activate all Mumble and Forums. (Jabber is currently unimplemented.) Use the username/password combo's to login to Mumble and Forums.


And, to finish it all off, ensure that your "Push to Talk" is whisper and not shout. EVE-uni has a good guide on this, I don't feel the need to reiterate what they already spent time field testing on hundreds of noobs:

http://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Mumble#Setting_a_sub_channel_push-to-talk_button