EVE Musings

 Posted by at 16:25  No Responses »
Aug 072009

I mentioned a few posts back that I was trying to solve a complex integral for damage calculations in EVE Online.  I was doing so in the interests of identifying the “best” overall ship for tackling PvE, specifically L4 agent missions.  My current ship (a T2-fitted Apocalypse) does a fine job of it and I’ve never had to warp out of a mission when I didn’t do something stupid to aggro the whole pocket.  However, if I can be using something better, I’d like to know it.

The problem with the approach I was using, as pointed out by Fraser, is that there are many, many additional factors beyond simple DPS.  In particular, the targets themselves play a big role.  Their size, velocity, angular velocity relative to your ship, and the size of your own weapons all play into the damage calculation (if you’re curious what the full formula is, check it out).  The Raven, for example, is an incredibly common PvE battleship because of how cheap it is to purchase and fast it is to train for at a basic level.  Its main weapons are cruise missiles, which are intended for large targets like battleships.  Consequently, they do less damage against small, nimble targets that can out-run their explosions.  As a result, Ravens often do well to fit target painters, which artificially inflate the apparent size of a ship.  Raw DPS calculations won’t account for this.

I’m not really sure how to resolve it.  I do think there’s an answer — and a generic one, at that — but I’m just not sure what it is.

A New Beginning

 Posted by at 11:19  No Responses »
Jun 182008

This past weekend, my good friend Dan got married.  Both Cody and I, along with our friend Fras and his wife Jess, attended the Vancouver area wedding.  For their honeymoon, Dan and Nicole are taking a road trip to southern California.  During their trip, they’re blogging together on what used to be Dan’s personal blog.  The idea of a joint blog for a couple struck me as a fun idea and I proposed it to Cody.  She agreed, and here we are!

This blog replaces our LiveJournal blogs.  We bandied about the idea of back-porting all of our old LiveJournal entries into this blog, but opted against doing so for now.

Look for more to come in the near future.