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Posted: Oct 17th 2010 8:08PM (Unverified) said

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This is scary addictive.. It's gambling.. but with spaceships! Internet spaceships!!!

Posted: Oct 17th 2010 8:27PM foofad said

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I CANNOT WIPE THIS GRIN OFF OF MY FACE.

I saw this article, thought it was cool, and deposited 100 million.

I saw a Nidhoggur blink was up. 43 and a half million to enter. "What the hell," I said - how funny would it be if my first win was a carrier?

Guess who just won a carrier? THIS GUY! One in sixteen odds. I just turned 43 million into 700 million. I can't even think straight, I keep laughing my head off. That was just priceless.

Posted: Oct 17th 2010 8:33PM foofad said

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Since I just figured out how to link to my page, here's confirmation:

http://somer.idiofx.com/blink/?act=profile&id=618792566
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Posted: Oct 17th 2010 8:37PM (Unverified) said

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Congrats man! A win that big is incredible :) I haven't won anything of that magnitude, but luckily I'm ahead so far and will be keeping several of the ships I've won
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Posted: Oct 17th 2010 8:40PM foofad said

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What's great is because of their achievements system, between playing the megablink, winning it, depositing 100 million, and all that jazz - I have a free 25 million credit to play with. I'm gonna burn what I have left (80m) and never gamble again because I'm not gonna hit it big like that a second time.
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Posted: Oct 17th 2010 8:47PM Brendan Drain said

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Holy crap, congrats on the lucky win! I pumped 90 million in before I won my first Blink, which was an Enyo. I collected the ISK form it and deposited another 10 million, then went on to win a few more ships and cash them in. I ended up winning a Rohk and cashed out at 111m with an 11m profit. I am now afraid to play again since I'm in profit and chance favours the house edge.
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Posted: Oct 17th 2010 11:13PM ScottishViking said

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Wow...that's incredible. Hopefully you've got the skills trained up! :)
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Posted: Oct 18th 2010 9:23PM elliotrock said

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This game amazes me... full stop as a developer and a gamer...

Posted: Oct 17th 2010 10:45PM Laephis said

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This can end only one way...badly.

Posted: Oct 17th 2010 11:57PM Graill440 said

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Heh, exactly my thoughts, what a setup, what incredible gullability folks must have in this game.
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Posted: Oct 17th 2010 11:54PM (Unverified) said

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Wow that's pretty nice. Gonna have to try that!

Posted: Oct 18th 2010 12:10AM ScottishViking said

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I'm curious -- if this continues to grow in popularity, would it have the potential to be a major factor in the EVE economy? This organization will start to have a huge amount of liquid capital. Not that there is a limit to how much is being "printed," but I wonder what effect it will have on production v. purchase costs?

Posted: Oct 18th 2010 12:54AM Brendan Drain said

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Potentially, yes! If they make enough ISK from it, they'll be able to effect major change in the EVE community or its political landscape. For the average player, even one who does a lot of PvP, there's not much use in having more than 10-20 billion ISK. Beyond that point, it's often better to find something much bigger to invest it in like alliance infrastructure, PvP ship stocks for a war or stations in nullsec.

An alternative that a lot of EVE's mega-rich players have done in the past is to run interesting community-enriching competitions like Chribba's "Love cans" full of loot that can be found hidden throughout EVE or sponsored PvP tournaments. Personally, I really hope the ISK from this revenue stream goes to some really awesome projects like that, but it is of course up to the owner what he does with his ISK.
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Posted: Oct 18th 2010 10:41AM (Unverified) said

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Actually, it has already effected the economy in some ways. Over the weekend SOMER.blink bought up all of the cruors in the universe and has been having a hard time filling some of the blinks.
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Posted: Oct 18th 2010 12:20PM (Unverified) said

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I can vouch for this being completely addictive. I've won (and received) a ton of ships that my normally frugal nature would not have allowed me to in the past - including a Chimera and a Tengu!

1 bill invested, 4.5 bill won at the time of this post. Loving it!

Posted: Oct 18th 2010 1:47PM Ergonomic Cat said

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New job: Producing junk ships for Blinks!

Posted: Oct 20th 2010 4:35PM (Unverified) said

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My humble 24h review on Blink

Though I won a nice few times, I spent 24h using 150mill to find a bug in the system, I bought 2 plex just for this blink, but I the end I decided to bet only on 2-5mill blinks in order to have the most participations time wise; by the time I spent the money I figured out how, only 8 players kept having more winnings than the average, you do win, but I had a feeling that there is a way to know what number will win that is associated with the clock below that say how long the lottery has being on, those 8 players had at least 2 times the winnings from the 30 or so players that I listed.

Curious enough, the winning ratio was lower when I created my own lotteries than when I just blinked on radom ones, also I noted how players with multiple bets on each blink had a lower winning ratio than those 8 players which also more courious to say only 2 of them were using multiple bets for each blink.

This are just trends I noted without any deeep research of the code or intel about the founders, so it shouldnt be taken as factual info, only as a note.

The Blink site, which curiously is hosted at idiofx (idiot fucks to my ear), quotes Massively.comĀ“s comment about it "flawless execution", which is the thing that I read from the users of the now extinct ISK Bank, and Titans 4 US endeavors, even when they turned out to be scams, they were still considered "Flawless execution" I recon..

Now the good part

The site is WAY FCKING FUN, a very nice addon to the EVE universe and a the creators have put a new land mark on how make EVE fun more arcade.

The business model

It a very Vegas style site, since most of your winnings will end being exchanged for more Blink points due to the fact that ships are delivered to Jita in 24h and to any other system within 7 days max, also they dont deliver frigates, carriers, or anything bigger, so, since the mayority of the players will go for faction frigates or assault ships, most lazy carebears will prefer to keep playing order to raise the chance of having something more valuable, which wont happen since the winning ratios are scripted to make the house winn more times as in any casino, so any pile of money will only go down unless you know when to retire.

So from a business point of view its also a masterpiece, with an interface that would win a usability design award Blink is a winner down hands, just dont think youre part of the winning team. In EVE popular fashion:

Never blink what you cant afford to earn back in PVE.

Posted: Oct 31st 2010 12:39AM (Unverified) said

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to be honest, Win your fortune is much better, try it out at http://www.winyourfortune.com/?page=raf&id=178 . The isk tables make it much much more fun.

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