For those who might not already be aware, I started a set of ugly ships contests.
As noted in the rules post, I’m focusing on the T1 subcap ships – the winner (person with the best comment/justification) gets an ugly ship! In this one we’ll award the community-chosen ugly shuttle to both the best noobship comment and the best shuttle comment.
Remember you have to comment to win – my vote and justification after each poll. NOTE: On your comment please include your in-game name or Twitter @name so I know where to contact you if you win!
UPDATE 11/21: The winners get a new, reskinned Gallente shuttle (now no longer ugly orange! Congrats to the winners.
- Noobship comment: @Mara_Rinn on the Ibis: “That’s the Caldari rasion d’être: uglify the enemy off the battlefield.”
- Shuttle comment: Got a few comments on this, but the best one was on Twitter, where @Rotosequence had a complete sadpanda moment that CCP was getting rid of the orange version. So he gets a new, non-orange version, in hopes he will grow to love it.
My Vote – Noobships
There’s a lot of ugly in the “Rookie Ship” class. In fact, the only one that’s not ugly in my opinion is the Amarr Impairor.
The other three all look like they were assembled out of spare parts. I was hard-pressed to pick, but finally picked the Caldari Ibis. It’s pretty much a metal plate with an engine strapped to it. It’s ugly and boring … where the Velator and Reaper are just ugly.
Then again, Noobships are the ones that I can live with being ugly. After all, they’re free! What do you people want?!?
My Vote – Shuttles
This one was really hard for me to pick, and for the opposite reason from the noobships. Why? Because I genuinely like all four shuttles!
In the end, though, I had to pick one, and in this case I picked the Gallente shuttle. Why? Because it doesn’t feel very Gallente to me. Gallente ships tend to be all blobbed together, and this has a more open feel. Plus … orange? I don’t get it. All the other ones are that metallic green.
I waffle a bit on the Amarr – I like it from the sides and back but it feels a little too pancake flat. Still, that’s the harshest criticism I can muster.
I suspect a lot of people aren’t big fans of the Caldari or Minmatar shuttles, but to me these two are quintessentially appropriate for their given races. The Caldari is all hard lines and steel with the big hook nose but it just … feels right. The Minmatar looks like some odd bug but the solar panel and antenna arrangement are reminiscent of a TIE fighter and yet also perfectly Minmatar.