SpaceMom Hiatus in 5… 4… 3…

Editor’s Note: From our SpaceMom as posted on our forums and shared here. We wish Mynxee well in her new adventure. o7

SpaceMom Mynxee

So… I’m embarking upon a long hiatus from all things EVE, and it is probably permanent. I’ve been drifting in this direction for some time, as many of you realize. Although I love our community and am proud of my part in things here, I have little interest or energy for EVE stuff these days.

Mostly, this is due to RL becoming much more demanding. Besides my existing portrait commissions (I’m an artist in RL), an opportunity to open a teaching studio in an ideal location recently presented itself. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time — experience has demonstrated that teaching art classes and workshops can be both fun and lucrative! So, I’ve co-signed a lease with an artist friend for the space (she’ll run a gallery; I’ll run the teaching studio) and now we have to make good on our considerable investment. I’ve been working on a lot of stuff already but OMG there is So Much To Do to prep for a Feb 1 launch. It’s all very exciting though!

Anyway, almost 13 years in the game and nearly 5 since Signal Cartel launched is a good run! Mynxee will remain in the corp but I’m stepping down from the leadership team and away from EVE activity entirely, effectively as of now. And nope, you can’t have my stuff. There’s not that much of it anyway. I’m keeping my Pacifier, one Astero, and a billion ISK. The rest is getting donated to the corp for Thrice to do with as he sees fit.

I <3 you all and thank everyone for bringing their own magic to the mix that makes Signal Cartel an amazing community–especially Thrice Hapus for CEOing (it ain’t easy!) and Johnny Splunk for starting it all. I treasure their friendship and all other friendships I’ve made through EVE — all of which most definitely transcend the game.

So that’s all there is to say about that, then. Fly clever, spacekids!

SpaceMom Mynxee

Signaleer Null Flare

Editor’s Note: Another in our Signaleer Series! Hope folks are enjoying these. It’s my hope that seeing ship fits, learning experiences, good stories, and screen shots will encourage others to get out there and explore!

Null Flare

What attracted you to EVE Online and how long have you played?

I started playing EvE because I found an advertisement on Steam. After a little research, it looked like a fun game to try. I didn’t realize how big it actually is and on discovering there is no end game, made it even more interesting. It will take YEARS to get all the skills, and I’m slowly on my way.

What is your background as a pilot? Did you jump right into exploration, start in the military, hired by a corporation, or something else?

From day one, I was all about PvE combat. I joined a Null Sec corp early on, after discovering how mind numbingly missions are which taught me a lot about the sites, resistances, ships I could use, etc. That’s also where I started my love for fitting! I like tweaking my ships, seeing if I could just a little more DPS/Tank/Cap to make it more agreeable with my play style. It also gave me a huge wallet and I ended up getting my character (REDACTED) into carriers and super carriers, which started a whole different aspect of gameplay.

What attracted you to explore New Eden? What is your goal and have you achieved it?

As stated, I was mostly a combat pilot. I had ventured into wormholes, but was only really there to see how they worked. When I quit the Null Sec corp I decided to give my alt (Null Flare) a try as he wasn’t so focused on skills (I had made him for a Tengu to use as a cyno alt, so he had some of the requirements for covert ops and such).

What attracted you to Signal Cartel? Any corp related experiences you’d like to share and/or any Credo related stories that would be of interest?

First and foremost, it was the Credo. After reading it and finding out there were corps not interested in mass murder, but instead of helping fellow pilots and that they were banded together by a few words that effectively stopped them killing other players, I was in! It was only after joining I discovered how great a corp it actually was. Corp related experiences always has to be my first Rescue and my first Fleet! Unfortunately mine were not very much worth it for a story, but they were memorable to me. My real interest though is playing with ships (fittings). I spend a lot of time in station, with the fitting window open, doing random searches and seeing what I can make.

What is the name of your favorite ship that you enjoy flying the most while exploring?

Hmm, probably the Legion Tech 3 Amarr cruiser. I can fly all the cruisers (cruiser 5 for all factions) and out of all my experiences, the Legion has been the most fun. It’s setup nicely for both wormhole exploration and combat. The main fit I use is a little blingy (2.5 billion isk) on top of a clone with High-Grade Asklepians. I can easily swap between a laser or ham setup, but I prefer the lasers myself.

[Legion, Doom Eagle]
C3-X ‘Hivaa Saitsuo’ Ballistic Control System
C3-X ‘Hivaa Saitsuo’ Ballistic Control System
Centii A-Type Adaptive Nano Plating
Corpum A-Type Medium Armor Repairer
Centii A-Type Adaptive Nano Plating
Corpum A-Type Medium Armor Repairer

Republic Fleet 10MN Afterburner
Thukker Large Cap Battery
Zeugma Integrated Analyzer

Heavy Assault Missile Launcher II
Heavy Assault Missile Launcher II
Heavy Assault Missile Launcher II
Heavy Assault Missile Launcher II
Heavy Assault Missile Launcher II
Sisters Expanded Probe Launcher
Covert Ops Cloaking Device II
Auto Targeting System II

Medium Gravity Capacitor Upgrade II
Medium Hyperspatial Velocity Optimizer I
Medium Hyperspatial Velocity Optimizer I

Legion Core – Augmented Antimatter Reactor
Legion Defensive – Covert Reconfiguration
Legion Offensive – Assault Optimization
Legion Propulsion – Wake Limiter

Hornet EC-300 x10
Acolyte II x10
Infiltrator II x10

Sisters Core Scanner Probe x44
Caldari Navy Inferno Heavy Assault Missile x15396
Sisters Combat Scanner Probe x24
Medium Capacitor Control Circuit II x1
Medium Auxiliary Nano Pump II x1
Missile Guidance Computer II x1
Medium Auxiliary Nano Pump I x1

During your travels, what has been the most interesting fact, amazing sight, or other aspect of New Eden that has surprised you?

Hmm, again that’s a difficult one. I loved seeing the Titan fights in Null Sec. I got to witness a pipe bomb and a starburst happen. I find the general High Sec battles boring. When you have 100+ ships deep in Null and blowing bits out of each other’s hulls, sitting in a cloaked frigate and watching the action can be a lot of fun!

Possibly my most interesting time was when I was travelling through our Null Sec systems and found an abandoned super carrier. I pinged it on dscan and thought, hmm. ‘Not a lot of combat sites, what the heck’? So, I went to investigate. And lo and behold, an empty Hel with no pilot and nobody in local. I was in a cheap clone, in a cheap travel ship, so I thought why not? Jumped out of my ship and got into the Hel. Full ratting set up, estimated cost 22 billion isk with fighters. So, I aligned and jumped it to our local market and picked up the isk! This was long before Signal Cartel and the Credo, when making ISK was my main goal. 🙂

What have you learned or what advice would you give to someone interested in exploring New Eden?

Get out there and do it! You don’t need a 2 billion isk Legion and you don’t need a lot skills. Get into a cheap frigate and go to Molea, go to see the statue, get lost in a drifter wormhole and find the Sisters of EvE fleet. You will get blown up, you will get podded by other players, but you’ll quickly learn it’s a game and meant to be enjoyed. I’ve lost enough ships over my characters that ships are ammo, meant to be used and abused, lost and repaired. It always amuses me when folks get into chat and go ‘I lost my …’ It happens! Don’t be so surprised. Have a few million isk and go buy another one.

Do you have a favorite image from your explorations?

I’m not one for screenshots, I don’t usually take them, but there was one a few days ago with both my characters out in Zoohen doing some combat sites for the Skilling Sprees Event where I nabbed a nice picture. A Machariel and a Paladin. ‘The Beauty’ and ‘The Beast’ as I have them called.

‘The Beauty’ and ‘The Beast’

See what I mean? Not a great photo, not great angles, but it works.

Null Flare (aka the fitting-master (in corp joke, I enjoy it really)).