BB #55 – Fame

BB #55

Last Blog Banter we talked about heroes in EVE Online. The follow up to that topic has been provided by Wilhelm aka The Ancient Gaming Noob:

Write about somebody who is “space famous” and why you hate/admire them, somebody who isn’t   space famous but you think should be or will be, or discuss space fame in general, what it means,   and how people end up so famous.

I’d like to add another take on the subject, is there a cost of being famous in EVE and if so, is it worth the price?

 

Let’s start with the space famous person ! I have picked one of the most (in)famous pirates of Eve, Mynxee. She used to run a woman only pirate corp Hellcats, and was part of CSM 5. I always enjoyed her blog, life in low sec, about the pirate life. The blog is empty now, but there is a snapshot at archive.org. She left Eve in 2011, but has recently returned to the game. A new blog is over at blogspot.

Mynxee

Mynxee was part of the Eve blog bubble, and always contributed on other blogs by leaving comments. Also she gave her all in CSM 5, though I think it left her a little disappointed.

You can find an interview from 2010 at massively, which is still a good read !

 

 

NikHatOk and now onto the not famous person. Of course my first response was Akely ! But I have already named him here more than enough, let’s not praise him more and get it to his head. Nope, this time I’ll go for Geddonz. This 20 minuter does it all. Mainly in Factional Warfare (with an alt, in true Eve style), he has a truckload of kills. But he also manipulates markets, flies in wormholes and maintains POSes in order to do his alchemy, and other industrial activities. And he’s always helpful and willing to lend a hand, with a wealth of Eve knowledge. /tiphat to you, sir.

Now regarding that last part of the initial topic, I am sure being Space Famous ™ can be a nuisance. If you pvp, you might get targeted first. Also receive weird Eve mail, and maybe get annoying real life email. I can’t say I know much about it. Back in the haydays of EveBlogging, I sometimes got a ‘Hey there Morph, I read your blog !’ in local when I still dwelled in HiSec, and blogs got more reading, but that’s just about as far as my fame went. Never had any trouble with stuff I posted on here. Although I do tend to be a bit careful with what I post, and what kind of info I might give away.

That’s it for this BB #55, quite a nice topic, more participants at Ninveah.com.

Eve Recall Program

It’s like the scroll of resurrection, but for Eve ;). You can read all about it here.

If you want to go back to New Eden for 7 days to see what it’s like these days, you can use my referral link below !

Yes gimme 7 free days in Eve on an account I haven’t played in a while !

Update : Thanks for using my link, I got my free plex ;). Update the above one to another account, since you can only get rewards for the very first three people that use the link.

Real Life Harassment

It’s nice to see CCP finally draw a line regarding this ‘Bonus Room’ nonsense, and who knows what else is happening what we don’t know about yet.

CCP, in collaboration with the CSM, have agreed and would like to state in the strongest possible terms and in accordance with our existing Terms of Service and End User License Agreement, that real life harassment is morally reprehensible, and verifiable examples of such behavior will be met with disciplinary action against game accounts in accordance with our Terms of Service.

It turns out Eve Blogging is still relevant. It was Ripard Tag who got the ball rolling. Well done, sir. Eve already has a, uhm, certain reputation, we don’t really need any more of this.

BlogBanter 54 – Just for one day

Heroes – Eve BB #54

Welcome to the continuing monthly EVE Blog Banters and our 54th edition! For more details about what the blog banters are visit the Blog Banter page.

Blog Banter #54

Today’s topic comes Diaries of a Space Noob blog and other sources:

Quick post. I was listening to a song and a question occurred to me. Where are the EVE heroes? Against a dark background surely all we have are anti-heroes? A lot of mockery is aimed at any who attempt to be white knights. EVE is a dark place and yet pretty much all other MMO’s try to place the player in the role of some form of hero, boosting the ego and taking the player out of the humdrum 1 in 7 billion that is RL. Why have I fitted into EVE? Did I never want to be that? So I guess my question is:

Do classic heroes exist in EVE? Is such heroism even possible in EVE? How would you go about being one without opening yourself wide open to scams? Is the nature of the game so dark that heroes can’t exist? How do you deal with that irony? What effect does this have on us and the psyche of new players coming in from other MMOs? Is it something special that we don’t have classic heroes, or should we? Are our non classic heroes more genuine?

And I would add to this, who have we elevated to the level of larger than life heroes ourselves in the game, and do they actually deserve it?

This whole hero thing is very subjective. What is a hero to some, can be a villain for others ! To address the question on Classic Heroes in Eve. I guess Chribba qualifies. The most trustworthy person in Eve. It’s even his job in Eve to be trustworthy and is widely known within the game. Another one would be Eve University that did a lot for the game, but I cannot pinpoint that to one person. Sindel Pellion and her Angel project might be a hero, especially for those she helps.

But these are somewhat obvious examples of heroes in Eve, I guess the classic ones. So I would disagree that we don’t have any. But since Eve is somewhat different from other games / MMOs the heroes in Eve are different as well. Pirates and scammers can become heroes. A good FC will be a hero within their corporation. And maybe even outside of it. Eve being different is what attracts the new players I would think. These are usually the stories that get into the press. Even the main stream press.

I’d say don’t worry too much about heroes. They usually become one without the intention of becoming one. If that honour befalls on you, very well. If not, just carry on being yourself ;).

Links:
Old link to a Massively Article on Heroes in Eve :).
More participants at the Inner Sanctum.

Blog Banter #53 – Dradis

Blog Banter #53

Today’s topic comes from a tweet from @erlendur in a conversation he was having with a pilot about having multiple overview tabs open in separate windows:
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So that is the topic this month: The Overview. Is it sufficient? If not how can it be improved? Is there some way to replace it? Does it give too much information, or not enough? Please be creative and specific as the overview currently is the heartbeat of the GUI.

After almost a decade the overview seems a bit outdated to be honest. Especially in combination with the directional scanner. This monstrosity really needs to go. We’re sitting in this extremely high tech (well I assume it is) spaceship and I have to hit scan every couple of seconds ?

 

I am currently rewatching the Battlestar Gallactica series and what struck me was the awesome radar they have on board their vipers. ‘That would be cool for Eve !’. And a week or so later this blog banter appears ! This would be my suggestion to replace the overview :). The DRADIS (Direction, RAnge, and DIStance).
Dradis

DRADIS (Direction, RAnge, and DIStance)

More participants can be found at Ninveah’s blog.

B-R5RB Marketing

So many new players joining #eveonline that a career agent system is in tidi so we’re remapping other systems off its node. #tweetfleet CCP_FOZZY

It seems the big battle in B-R5RB was the best thing that could happen to Eve Marketing ! All major news sites reported the battle (especially the $$$ value that went up in smoke), and it seemed to attract a lot of new players. Now let’s hope these new / resubbed people can stick around long enough.

Related:

Capitolstorm: the BR effect

TAGN : B-RRB in numbers

Dev Blog : Bloodbath

BlogBanter 52 – Over the hills and far away

Welcome to the continuing monthly EVE Blog Banters and our 52nd edition! For more details about what the blog banters are visit the Blog Banter page.

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Go to the always useful EVE-Offline.net (http://eve-offline.net/?server=tranquility) and take a look at the All Time (weekly average) graph for concurrent accounts logged in.

Eve subs history Plateau

Eve subs history

For the past four and a half years, the graph has hovered around that 30,000 mark; it is, for all intents and purposes, a plateau. But everything must come to an end sooner or later and that is what this blog banter is about.
 
What’s on the other side of that plateau? 
 
Is there any path for CCP to follow to raise those numbers upwards for a sustained period, or is EVE going to enter a decline to lower logged in numbers from this point? How soon will we see an end to this plateau? Months? Years? Or will you argue that ‘never’ is a possibility? Or you can look at the root causes of the plateau and tackle the question if it could have been avoided or shortened if CCP had taken different actions in the past.
My response :

The past few years Eve has had an equilibrium between people leaving and people new and/or returning to the game. Hence the ‘plateau’ mentioned above. Probably somewhere in the future this plateau will start to slope down. When this is going to happen is anyone’s guess.

People might leave for the next  Big SF Game. The only thing that could be considered an Eve killer on the horizon at the moment is Star Citizen, we’ll have to see about that. Maybe some other MMO or SF game will come along and steal it’s players ! But people can play multiple games, so I seriously doubt it.

Probably the only thing that can kill Eve is Eve itself. The game has been getting a bit stale lately. The last few expansions didn’t really add much to the game, it did make it better with bugfixes and all though. There has to come a point where more people leave (or cancel their second and third account, big thing in Eve) then there are coming in. I don’t know how long CCP can get away with these minimalist ‘expansions’  before the players are really starting to get bored.

And once that happens there will be a tipping point where Eve gets a serious overhaul and Bob from Marketing decides a new, bigger playersbase that wants to spent cash in a cash shop is worth more than the current playersbase. And that’s where free to play etc.comes in.

Let’s hope it’ll take a while before we get there ;).

Other participants at Kirith’s Inner Sanctum.

Happy Holidays

Not that much interesting has happened in Eve the past few weeks. I was shot at twice I think while doing PI, but my warp stabilizers helped getting me back to my tower. Sold a bunch of PI and some extra fuelblocks. Shot some sleepers … Ah I can see you dozing off already.

The Yule lads were nice to me. Quite a fun holiday gift. And I think I only saw a few posts on the Eve-O forums how CCP is ruining the economy by giving away free stuff.

The Yule Lads

The leopard shuttle sure is speedy, with it’s 20 au/s warp speed. If you ever need to be somewhere in a hurry, it’s the shuttle to take. Other nice gifts included expanded probe launcher II, Warp Stabs II and whole bunch of other (sometimes not so useful) stuff.

Thanks Yule Lads !

And with that I bid you all a merry Christmas and a very happy new year !