Oct 15 2016

EVE ShipInfo v2.0

Ships database and EFT fitting integration

A new release of the EVE ShipInfo WordPress plugin is available with the following changes:

  • Modified the bundled data files to be smaller
  • Fixed the memory issues by switching to custom database tables
  • Added an update checker and updater for the data files
  • Added support for ammo in EFT fittings
  • Fixed a number of bugs
  • Fixed options being set twice in the db
  • Added a ship detail view in the database reference screen

After this big update, I’m planning to resume a more regular update schedule. This update was long in the making mainly because of the big underlying changes for the data file conversion.

Dowload it via the offical plugin website, or upgrade via WordPress.

The screenshots gallery was also updated, with the following screenshots either modified or added:


Nov 30 2015

EVE ShipInfo v1.9

Ships database and EFT fitting integration

A new release of the EVE ShipInfo WordPress plugin is available with the following changes:

  • A new stylish theme for the ship info popup windows (preview here: Abaddon, Stratios)
  • Found a solution for the screenshots package being deleted with every upgrade \o/
  • A number of bugfixes

Dowload it via the offical plugin website, or upgrade via WordPress.


Nov 25 2015

EVE ShipInfo v1.8

EVE ShipInfo WordPress plugin

A new release of the EVE ShipInfo WordPress plugin is available with the following changes:

  • Data files for the Parallax expansion

Dowload it via the offical plugin website, or upgrade via WordPress.

Note: Upgrading via WordPress unfortunately deletes the screenshots package, so you will have to reinstall it afterwards. I am looking for ways to prevent this.


Oct 12 2015

EVE ShipInfo v1.7

EVE ShipInfo WordPress plugin

A new release of the EVEShipInfo WordPress plugin is available. I started implementing the theme support, with a additional dark theme in this release. I plan to make some more attractive themes down the line, but you can already use this for your dark themed blog instead of the default light one.

New in this version:

  • Vanguard data files
  • New theme selection for simple light and dark layouts

Dowload it via the offical plugin website, or upgrade via WordPress.

Note: Upgrading via WordPress unfortunately deletes the screenshots package, so you will have to reinstall it afterwards. I am looking for ways to prevent this.


Sep 2 2015

EVE ShipInfo v1.6

EVE ShipInfo WordPress plugin

A new release of the EVE ShipInfo WordPress plugin is available. I spent quite some time polishing big chunks of the backend, as well as integrate a simple modules database. When I started improving the EFT fittings manager, I quickly realized that it needed to know at least into which slot which module goes – throwing my simplistic approach of just using EFT fit strings out the window. I do not regret making the effort though: having a small modules database opens up a lot of other possibilities down the line, and makes the whole tool more reliable.

Frontend-wise there is not much new in this release yet, but the next release I am already working on will focus on that, namely several frontend styles to choose from and more.

New in this version:

  • Galatea data files
  • Improved EFT fittings manager
  • Screenshots for the new ships

Dowload it via the offical plugin website, or upgrade via WordPress.

Note: Upgrading via WordPress unfortunately deletes the screenshots package, so you will have to reinstall it afterwards. I am looking for ways to prevent this.

P.S.: Check out this crazy fit: Unkillable lolfit Load it up in EFT, and see what it does.


Jun 6 2015

EVE ShipInfo v1.5

EVE ShipInfo WordPress plugin

A new release of the EVE ShipInfo WordPress plugin is available.

New in this version:

  • Carnyx data files
  • EFT fittings manager
  • Screenshots for the new ships

Dowload it via the offical plugin website, or upgrade via WordPress.

Note: Upgrading via WordPress unfortunately deleted the screenshots package, so you will have to reinstall it afterwards. I am looking for ways to prevent this.


Dec 3 2014

EVE ShipsInfo wordpress plugin

Have you ever wanted to just show some nice inline ship information in your blog posts, or simply display a thematic list of ships? Like, say, the top 20 fastest warping frigates in EVE?

Here, let me… there’s a shortcode for that.

NameWarp speedRaceGroup
Cockroach20.00 AU/SGallentefrigate
Claw8.00 AU/SMinmatarinterceptor
Caedes8.00 AU/SAmarrcovert ops
Buzzard8.00 AU/SCaldaricovert ops
Stiletto8.00 AU/SMinmatarinterceptor
Taranis8.00 AU/SGallenteinterceptor
Ares8.00 AU/SGallenteinterceptor
Helios8.00 AU/SGallentecovert ops
Malediction8.00 AU/SAmarrinterceptor
Anathema8.00 AU/SAmarrcovert ops
Crow8.00 AU/SCaldariinterceptor
Chremoas8.00 AU/SMinmatarcovert ops
Whiptail8.00 AU/SCaldariinterceptor
Imp8.00 AU/SAmarrinterceptor
Crusader8.00 AU/SAmarrinterceptor
Raptor8.00 AU/SCaldariinterceptor
Cheetah8.00 AU/SMinmatarcovert ops
Dramiel7.50 AU/SMinmatarfrigate
Vengeance5.50 AU/SAmarrassault frigate
Wolf5.50 AU/SMinmatarassault frigate

If you click on a ship name, you get a popup with a view of the ship, as well as all essential ship attributes.

Tables are cool, but personally I live for the eye candy – which is why there’s a shortcode to build galleries. Let’s try, say, all battlecruiser hulls with 6 or more high slots and 6 or more lowslots:

This is all made possible with a WordPress plugin I built, called EVE ShipInfo. It’s an evolution of an older similar script I had built quite some time ago. In essence it adds a portable EVE Online ships database to your WordPress blog, complete with front and side screenshots for for all 418 ship hulls (at the time of writing, with the Phoebe release). There is still a lot to be improved, but making it better is the fun part now that the core works 🙂

If you have an EVE-related blog, I invite you to check it out, and feedback is always appreciated. For developers the easy to use API can be interesting as well if you want to query the database from one of your own plugins.

To learn more and download it, check out the EVE ShipInfo plugin homepage.


Sep 9 2014

Aeon’s portraits collection

I introduced the collection a while ago, and since then it has grown quite a bit. There are 137 portraits in total now, and I weeded out a few. On top of this, I added different display sizes and a sorting mode by weight, which orders the list by my subjective preference.

Aeon's Portraits Collection - Updated


Mar 3 2014

Aeon’s portraits collection

EVE’s portrait generator along with the imagination and creativity of New Eden’s pilots has given birth to many great characters. One of my favorite pastimes is rolling throwaway alternate characters to play around with the character creator. A while ago I started collecting portraits from pilots in local to use as inspiration, and lately I built a miniature gallery to be able to view them easily ingame.

They are exclusively female characters and match the kind of character I like personally, so they might not be what you’re looking for – but I thought I’d share anyway:

Aeon's Portraits Collection

There are only around 50 portraits at the time of writing, but I will keep adding new portraits as I go along. The list is anonymous, and there are no character details on purpose. If you are hell bent on finding out who a portrait belongs to, you can use the portrait’s ID to trace it back. I will let you find out how that works.


Feb 22 2013

Invention BPC runs

Pretty, ain't it? Yes, but still a pain to get to!I stated previously that the amount of runs on a blueprint copy you use for invention has no effect, but I learned that’s not true.

As explained in the EVELopedia, the amount of runs of the T1 blueprint copy has a small effect on the resulting runs of the T2 blueprint copy. What I wanted to know was if the additional time investment to create maximum run blueprint copies was actually worth the time. To do this, I calculated the amount of blueprint copies I would need to get 100 runs of a Heat Sink II module – taking a 48% chance of invention into account. Then I compared the time required to create all the required copies as well as the actual invention time.

My gut feeling was that single run copies would be more efficient, but that’s not the case. 100 T2 runs for a Heat Sink II would require either:

Using Max-run T1 copies (=10 runs per T2 BPC)

  • A total of 20 max-run copies (statistically we would lose over 9 in invention)
  • A total of 65 hours copying time
  • A total of 24 hours invention time

Using 1-run T1 copies (=1 run per T2 BPC)

  • A total of 194 1-run copies
  • A total of 3 hours copying time
  • A total of 239 hours invention time

As you can see, while copying the required blueprints is a lot faster with 1-run copies, the invention time is what gets you – big time.

EDIT: as the saying goes, sometimes you lose sight of the forest because of all the trees. There is not only the issue of time, but also of the datacores you use up… Inventing from a 10-run T2 module BPC costs as many datacores as from a 1-run BPC. That was a facepalm, “you noob!” moment there. One of the beauties of EVE – even when you think you know it all, it comes back to bite you in your pride.

Also worth noting is that if you are using a decryptor that modifies the amount of runs, it is definitely recommended to use a max run T1 blueprint copy.

The EVELopedia links to the EVE Online Market Guide Invention calculator, and I had a look at it – I cannot say how accurate it is in practice, but it is well made and at the very least can tell you exactly what you need for a specific BPC.