That is a wrap!

•May 5, 2011 • 16 Comments

Many thanks to the following folks:

CrazyKinux ~ I would not have been in the “pack” as before his idea there was no such thing. I was honored to have met you and only as ever wish you the best. I enjoy to this day your posts and such and wish you more readers than you knwo what to do with. For being a stalwart pro Canadian mindset and making others want to live as you do. Hell if all the people in Canada were like you and Song Li I might move there!

As a last request if I may please drop me from the blogpack as I do not know how often I will be able to update things, I relinquish my hold over the Letter “A” spot brother..may you find a great replacement.

Mynxee ~ I know your not ‘around’ much but I wish you well… you did not openly encourage me to do things but you had me intrigued from the word go and I will always be thankful as that drove me to write more.

Letrange ~ A fellow long time blogpack member whom I also seemed to be in ‘Sync’ with I’ll miss your comments and cross links while I am away. for consistently agreeing with me I owe you a drink to say the least.

Teadaze~ thanks for seemingly have the ability to voice my opinions..I wish you the best!

Rixx Javix ~ A somewhat recent addition to the pack, but a prolific writer and an excellent artist.  I wish you nothing but success in your future.  I will keep this page up and running for the foreseeable future if for no other reason than I love the banner.

Cozmik R5 ~ Just when I would think no one was reading as I wasn’t getting a comment he would comment, or Rixx would or some other kind soul.  Thanks for all the encouragement.

Alekseyev Karrde ~ for giving me a chance to step away from CEPTA and for the encouragement to join NOIR. I’m sorry the timing was so bad.

Roc Weiler ~ For showing me that setting up a ‘brand’ is an awesome thing bro, I had done it and had never realized it… may all your dreams get fulfilled I wish you nothing but luck!

Spectre3353 ~ For always making em laugh at your humor I still miss it.

The C0ven/Stain Empire folks ~ for just being a pain in the ass, you deserve credit for sticking to it!

Goonswarm ~ for being my personal whipping boy group

Luminous Arradakay~ for proving me right that good guys do not HAVE to finish last.. sometimes they just lag behind is all!  Nothing but love for you bro! For filming all that video I owe you and QP a ton of beers!!  Thanks for proving that Greeks really know how to have a good time!

Quivering Palm~ Thanks for making me laugh my ass off at FanFest 2011 I owe you BIG time, and for being such an awesome chick magnet in “Oliver’s”, and thanks for proving that Greeks really know how to have a good time! I still think of you guys when I see a hot blonde 😉

Seismic Stan~ for proving again that good guys DO exist across the ‘Pond’ ( especially in the UK) and for hanging out with me while watching QP and Alek act like babe magnets.

Song Li~ For going out of your way at FF2011 to hang out with your former compatriot from SYS-K and not laughing at him out loud you have my gratitude & for reminding  me that there were some AWESOME people on corps that I had the chance to play with

Richie from E:ON I appreciate the fact that you still acknowledge that you know me…glad I could get you the beer I owed ya!

CCP Fallout ~ for setting the tempo of what to expect from CCP in Iceland…I owe you a drink if not more!  Thanks again.

CCP Xhagen~ For setting my mind at ease on what to expect in the Alliance round table

CCP Soundwave ~ 1) for buying us a Cab the last night of FF2011 downtown.  2) for putting me at ease by being quite an easy guy to talk to.

CCP StevieSG ~ for Proving beyond any shadow of a doubt that English women can be classy, polite and down right gorgeous looking!

CCP Shadow ~ for sending me so much traffic in one day it broke all records! May shanghai always treat you right!

Keith Nelson~ A really nice guy I happen to run into in a bar in Iceland…4 days in a  row! Thanks for sharing all your insider knowledge about Iceland to those of us Uninitiated.

All the Icelandic babes in “Oliver’s” ~ My lord I am glad I am married after all who would want to see the 6’4″ manasi lurking around Iceland looking for a handout, as a bum,  as I would have stayed their no matter what if I were 20 years younger and NOT married.

The folks in CEPTA~ The brotherhood I have with these fellas transitions the game and made playing with them 100% fun!

Nitrov54 ~ A singular PvP’er with  good tactical instincts and a fun guy to fly with

Carl Tremura ~ A great CEO knows how to delegate, knows so many people, and has 100 times more honor than he would ever let on. He could sell Ice to the Inuit!

Gixxer 1000~ One hell of a recruiter I learned everything about recruiting from him. A hell of a decent Texan as well!

Darkstar Nomad~ my singular best bud in CEPTA contact me bro I’ll miss our chat’s

Crypto~ Excellent player who was always fun to chat with and hang out…fearless in PvP

Brydan~ So many hours spent with the guy so much he has done to help me and Niron out

Niron~ an Excellent guy and phenomenally gifted in Linux and learns faster than anyone I’ve ever met before

The former SYS-K guys ~ the core guys were a fearless bunch and held together under tough strain bonds in wartime are not easily forgotten brothers in arms.

Dianna from ETC ~ for actually knowing my blog and being a friendly person to chat with @ FF2011

I’m sure I left some out….

but from the bottom of my heart I thank you and look forward to seeing you all when I can!


Total number of Posts 505

Total number of Comments: 2231

Total number of SPAM: 7731

Most people to hit my blog in a  single day:  1705 Thanks to James Egan (CCP Shadow now) for that

The ability to get to knwo and interact with so many of you…..Priceless

I owe it all to you guys …

Good hunting all !


As always if you should need to get in touch with me the about page has my contact information 🙂


•May 3, 2011 • 5 Comments

IN Hawaii they frequently say Aloha as both Hello and some people say it as goodbye. 
I mean it as both.

I have toiled under the shroud of secrecy for these last three years to bring you the trials,tribulations and hopefully the journeys through EvE online with my singular mission to better educate, and give my point of view as a 0.0 pilot.

To some extents, I have succeeded beyond my wildest imaginations.  To have people come to me at FF2011, and indeed join  my former corp say to me, ” I came to 0.0 because of what you wrote and you were right” meant and means more than many will ever know.  Vindication is a singular weak-point if you want to call it, that I seem to possess.  I like to be vindicated as having been right once in a  while and with EvE I think I was right more than I was wrong.

Finally, with the release of the CCP interview we can peel back the mask and you can virtually “meet” manasi please if you will, keep two things in mind when watching the video

  • I didn’t know the questions he woudl ask
  • He was a very kind presenter and easy to chat with

Enjoy the clip:


I have faith and love of the game, and just hope the next six months brings more players into EvE and shows them it’s true beauty.

I wish you all Safe jumping and good hunting.

If all goes well I’ll see you in September!

Manasi on Hiatus

•April 30, 2011 • 8 Comments

I have had to make a choice and right now the cost is that I will go on hiatus EvE.

According to dictionaries a hiatus is defined by the following:

–noun, plural -tus·es, -tus.

1. a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc.
2.a missing part; gap or lacuna: Scholars attempted to account for the hiatus in the medieval manuscript.

3.any gap or opening.

I plan to resume sometime in September

There are some things that I MUST do, outside of gaming, and focus on my life for a time is certainly something WORTH doing…so I will be stepping away for a while.

I thought I owed it to you all the people who come to my site over the period of time to give you ‘fair warning’ and to let you know I will miss you all.

  • I am upset that I have to leave EvE so soon after joining Noir.
  • I am sad that I will potentially lose touch with all the people I have met and had the pleasure to fly with along the way.
  • I am bothered that it is such short notice.  My subscription was up for renewal and that dictated the timing.
  • I am encouraged by the fact that I LOVE trying some new things, especially in RL  I relish any challenge. As difficult as life inside EvE is it pales in comparison to the wonder that is our existence.
  • I am heartened by the fact that I still CAN choose what I want to do.

The Mule’s Hiatus will begin when the account goes inactive ( currently the 5th of May )

I will be remembering some people as I count down to the last few days and if all goes according to plan I should be back in September sometime.

I never know how to end things so I will just end the only way I know how

Take care everyone and



Freedom: the beauty in EvE

•April 29, 2011 • 2 Comments

Welcome to the twenty-sixth installment of the EVE Blog Banter, the monthly EVE Online blogging extravaganza created by CrazyKinux. The EVE Blog Banter involves an enthusiastic group of gaming bloggers, a common topic within the realm of EVE Online, and a week or so to post articles pertaining to the said topic. The resulting articles can either be short or quite extensive, either funny or dead serious, but are always a great fun to read! Any questions about the EVE Blog Banter should be directed to Check for other EVE Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!

This month’s topic was proposed by @KatiaSae of the much praised “To Boldly Go” blog. Katia asks: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. As an astrophotographer, I’ve found it in the stars and planets of New Eden. Where have you found it? Perhaps you’ve found beauty in the ships we fly? Maybe it’s the sight of profits being added to your bottom line? Or maybe it’s the pilot portraits you see in the comm channels? Where ever you’ve found it, write about it and post an image.” Don’t be afraid go beyond the simple visual aspects of EVE as well. Is the EVE Community in itself a thing of beauty? What makes EVE the game, the world, the Community, so appealing to you?

The beauty in EvE.

The beauty in EvE is that there is ultimate freedom to do whatever it is you WANT to do.  The reality in EvE is that often times there are costs associated with doing whatever it is you want to do.  These costs are the HAVE to do items. Some good examples of HAVE to do items:

  1. You HAVE to make in game money someway, somehow, no cash = no ships, no ships= no money ( granted this may change with Incarna)
  2. You HAVE to have something you trust.  Be it a corporation, a single other player, CONCORD, or yourself, there must be something that you trust. Without some tiny bit of trust somewhere EvE is a very cold dark place
  3. You absolutely must enjoy whatever it is that you are doing.

Whatever it is that you do in EvE, failure to remember these three things will lead to some problems.

Manasi’s WANT to do list is surprisingly short.

  • I want to log in and shoot people without too much muss and fuss
  • I want to be able to win 1/2 the time or more
  • I want to enjoy the game

Freedom of choice is a wonderful thing that can , at times, be frightening.

One of the BEST reasons for living in 0.0 is that you have the freedom to choose how you want to live, who you will be friendly and not friendly towards and the rules are all of your own creation!

in-game examples:

  • You can choose to engage in your Macharial at the potential cost of the ship.
  • You can choose to leave/join a corp at the cost/benefit of some friends.
  • You can choose to invade a ‘friend’, but in the end they may be stronger and force you out of your home.

There is always a cost for everything, sometimes easy to handle, other times not so easy.

So make your choice and USE your freedom!  The proper exercise of freedom is essential lest you forget that you have it.

This post was initially 1 longer post but I decided NOT to do what I had initially planned  that will come in a rare Saturday morning post on AMIE.

Saturday’s post may also include the Interview that i was promised and received from CCP!

Other banters as they become available!


Severe drought in playtime

•April 28, 2011 • 2 Comments

Hey all a huge drought in playtime as my hours at work get adjusted.  That plus other impending changes lead me to believe that I will do my best to post 3 X a week but may not meet that.

More information will be available after the blog banter goes live tomorrow.

I am still writing it as we speak so I will ahve to see where it leads me.

I wish I had a bit more time to explain stuff but well I am as busy as a three legged mule, in an ass kicking contest, with a 400 pound rider, who hasn’t bathed in a week.


As always ladies and gentlemen

“Good Hunting”

The Mule Banner 2.0

•April 25, 2011 • 9 Comments

/OOC chatter ON

Yes the mule banner now actually is MULES!  Horray for Rixx Javixx for the special Easter Mule present. It is a fallacy to believe that Bunnies deliver Easter stuff everyone KNOWS it is Mules!  I mean come on…. you ever seen a Easter bunny big enough to carry truckloads of candy?  No, of course not.

No EvE time this weekend…. so sadly I cannot tell you how much fun I was having blowing up pixels.

I DID go to a  show in Baltimore and WOW what a talented bunch of people.  If you get the chance to see “totem” do yourself a favor and go.

Anyways way long back in Feb, Rixx was commissioned to make a banner with Mules in it.  Sadly, expert mule aficionado Mynxee, lamented on the fact that those disgusting creatures in the first banner, were Donkey’s…not Mules…   so I begged and pleaded, and threatened shame, and a stomping from one BIG mule ( me), and looky look what my good buddy Rixx gave me for Easter!

Bless you sir! I love the new Banner and the fact that I actually did NOT threaten, cajole, or even bother you much, shows just how good a (pirate) can be?  Yes… you heard me much like  Spectre3353, Mynxee, and hell most of the pirates I know that DO blog, they are top notch good folks…. just do not go looking for them in game.

/OOC Chatter Off

Good hunting and hope you all had a good day Sunday!

Free agency period over

•April 21, 2011 • 8 Comments

So the end of my Free Agency period has come.  ( for those un-aware of the American slang term it means normally used in American/European sports: After a given amount of time a player can  move to a different “team” without any penalties)  I have decided ( and NOIR. gratefully accepted me into the Noir Mercenary Group )  I ahve heard a great deal about NOIR. and after listening to their comms and perusing some of their forums, they certainly have their act “together”.  That is always an excellent sign to say the least.

My current Ship of choice?  The Vagabond.  I have a decent amount of time in this ship, and while only scoring 16 kills to date it certainly wasn’t through lack of trying.  I shall “keep you in the loop” how BBYD v1 fares.  ( Bang Bang Your Dead is admittedly lame) but when you have to search through MANY systems to find a given ship, naming conventions make finding the hulls simple. SUch is my current naming convention ( which shifts as needed)

No juicy things but already some interesting notes.

  • One of the guys FC’ing for NOIR. is one of CEPTA original founders. ~ Imagine that?
  • Getting to the fight will be a challenge, but as long as I use my brain, and have an ounce of skill it is doable.
  • Their communication ( always a chore with some groups) seems highly developed~ Thank goodness
  • Their out of game tools, are comparable to any other group I have flown with.

I will probably steer more towards game mechaincs/opinions and such for a while, as OP-SEC ( Operational Security) is very important.  As needed I will catch up after the fact with snippets of good fights etc.


I do not know when ( if ever) my interview with Soundwave will be published.  I’ve not seen a hint of a word about this and well I had patience once but I killed in and threw it into some garlic cream  sauce and it was good, but I have not found it again.

I am still waiting on Song Li from Missions Collide on the redux of the interviews we gave that got erased the first go around.

I am also still waiting on the hours of Video that Luminous Aardakay and Quivering Palm took to be uploaded.

…sigh…I will continue to wait.

As always friends…

“Good Hunting”  ~The Mule


Thanks to all the well wishers I really appreciate it

This is manasi’s 500th Post!   500 and counting and the first of many with NOIR!