Archive for the 'Interesting Links' Category


Eve Meet

Ever wondered whether any Eve-related social events are happening near where you live?

Wonder no more, because EveMeet will tell you. Brought to you by one of the organisers of Eve Down Under (and CSM10 candidate) Bam Stroker, the site lets you advertise your next pub crawl as well as search for events hosted by others. Eve Single Sign-On is coming soon, for those who don’t feel like registering via email.


open-source alliance-auth

The 99 Percent alliance has has open-sourced their authentication code, so you can make some small changes and hook up your own forums, jabber and voice chat servers.

I probably should investigate this further; it looks pretty cool.


Eve Art Print Posters

Imperial Navy Slicer

Just, wow. (in a good way)

Brian K Ward has created some great imagery here; there’s dozens of poster-size pictures available so there’s bound to be something you’ll love.

source: Flickr


A game dev talks about the Free2Play model

Game designer Jeff Hamilton did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit, and was asked about payment models:

Welp, this is a big question. I want to make absolutely clear that when I’m answering this question, it’s both well-written and to-the-point. So I’m going to write you up a response at lunch, probably, and post it then.

The full response is quite long, so I’ll just provide the links:

Check it out.

I’ll leave you with another quote of his:

That’s why I liked League so much when I first played it – money = cosmetics only, not mechanical power. All mechanical power (runes, masteries) is earned by playing the game.

It made me realize that the competitive integrity of the game is not intrinsically tied to the business model. The business model just creates strong incentives to damage the game’s competitive integrity. Careful process to protect game design can allow a game-as-business to succeed as best as possible, while allowing game-as-art to thrive as well.

Just something to think about when considering the business models of Dust, Valkyrie and Legion.


Something, something, TMC Chat logs

So, Marlona Sky had a falling-out with themittanidotcom over one thing or another, leading to him being banned from commenting on their articles and forums.

When the whole Somer Blink thing cropped up, Marlona mentioned that he had logs of a conversation where CFC people were in awe of the isk brought in by Blink, and idle plans to create their own version. People clamoured for him to release the logs, so he did.

Someone posted it to reddit, and promptly got banned for not redacting RL personal details from the dump. Jester started digging through the logs, posting tasty morsels, and ex-CCP Sreegs dropped in to damage control clarify some details.

So, if you’re up for some juicy gossip and wild speculation, put some popcorn in the microwave and start reading.


Ancient History: Interview with CCP co-founder Thorolfur Beck back in 2000

Way back before Eve was even in Beta, IGN interviewed Thor Beck, co-founder of CCP and possibly EVE’s first victim of bad corp role assignment, since he got replaced as CEO after being voted out by a board of directors meeting. (a more recent interview with him can be found here)

It’s interesting to see what core concepts Eve has taken all the way through from the design stage, and just how out-there the whole idea was, judging by the questions asked in the interview.



Source: failheap


Eveeye Maps, Dust 514 Edition

Eveeye Maps now has Dust 514-related visualisations. neat.


So, Eve Legion

CCP recently trademarked a new title:

Nobody knows what it will be, but historically CCP has only trademarked its game titles, not its expansions, implying that this is a bit more serious. However considering how stretched thin CCP already is, it will have to be something that doesn’t take a lot of developer time.

Perhaps an Eve roleplaying game?


Eve Online Recall Program launches

Do you know a player that hasn’t been around for a while? Now you can send them 7 free days of game time and get them back into the action immediately! If they accept the free game time and make a further eligible subscription payment, you can earn rewards!

NOTE: The invites you send will expire 30 days after you send them and will be unusable during times when the recall program is not available.

Interestingly, the resub rewards change every month; I’m not sure why, perhaps the random element adds to the aura of mystery.

Regardless, if you’re up for 7 days coming-back-to-eve trial, my referral link is here. Drop me a line.


SkillQ : a web-based skill monitor

Want to get emailed when your skill queue is running low or your clone is expired? Then SkillQ is for you.


Squizz Caphinator, of evewho and evechatter fame, whipped this up as a side project.

Nice one, Squizz!