Jul 212006

You know you've been staring at EVE Online too long when you dream about it. No one who doesn't play EVE will understand this, but it sure pissed me off. Yesterday I got my Thorax crusier shot out from under me while trying to fight NPC bandits; lost the ship, all its equipment, and five brand new Instigator combat drones. I had to replace and insure it, and spent a good portion of the evening and the corporate (guild) treasury outfitting it. On the plus side, I discovered I'd had my old one badly configured, and found some advice on the forums for making it much more effective (armor tanking & blasters instead of shield tanking & railguns).

ANYway, this morning I dreamed that I had my new cruiser loaded up and was headed for some nameless 0.6 (security rating; 1.0 is safest) system to beat up some bandits or rogue drones. Suddenly I found myself in 0.0 space (completely lawless and player controlled), with a couple of unseen players taunting me about being on "their turf". Suddenly my ship was hit by a warp scrambler and a stasis webifier, and they started firing at me. I had no warp core stabilizer installed to counter the scrambler, so I couldn't warp away. The webifier cut my normal drive to 25%, so I could barely fly around. I looked around frantically for some escape, to find that there was nothing on my system scanner: no stargate to leave the system, no station to run to, not even the player ships that were tearing me apart. I was completely alone in empty space, totally helpless and being destroyed by unseen enemies.

How very Jungian.

The last thing I remember before waking up was yelling, "I just bought this damn thing!"

And now, the Tarot card meme, the result of which seems appropriate considering what I just described.

You scored as XVI: The Tower. If badly aspected this can be the worst card of the Tarot deck. The Tower always indicates upheavel, possibly chaos, loss and destruction. Its effects are never pleasant and can be painful. The card illustrates lightning striking the Tower. The lightning cannot be avoided, the destruction it brings is inevitable. All we can do is attempt to survive and rebuild. The Tower brings sudden, severe change. When the Tower appears in a Tarot spread it represents sudden and possibly violent change, disruption or loss.

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