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XV – EVE is Dead

EVE is dead. And if you’re part of the EVE community, you probably already know what I mean.  You’ve probably heard this quite a few times yourself, and for probably the entire time you’ve played the game—yes, even if you’ve played since 2003.  Simply put, people have been declaring this game dead for as long … Continue reading “XV – EVE is Dead”

XIV – New Dawn: Horizontal Balance and the Nature of Pay-to-Win

Well, if you’re at all immersed in the EVE community, you know there’s been a bit of a hurricane since I last posted (no, not the battlecruiser).  After the recently announced ‘New Dawn’ industry changes, many EVE players have been in revolt.[i] No doubt some of this has been driven from the top levels of … Continue reading “XIV – New Dawn: Horizontal Balance and the Nature of Pay-to-Win”

XII – Tanizaki vs the Triglavians: the Role of Mystery in Worldbuilding

Imagine that a novel begins: Sam got out of the car and went into the gas station to buy cigarettes and a flashlight. There’s nothing to suggest that this shouldn’t be true—that at some point this didn’t or couldn’t happen—and so we, as readers, accept it.  We suspend our disbelief for a few more lines.  … Continue reading “XII – Tanizaki vs the Triglavians: the Role of Mystery in Worldbuilding”

IX – “It Doesn’t Matter Until it Matters”: Strategic vs Recreational Gameplay, Part Three

I swing open the side panel of my ancient Area 51 and set a small fan pointing at it.  On Discord, there are half a dozen pictures of my corpmates’ computers set up about the same.  This is our version of shoring up the trenches before the guns start to toll. I pause a moment … Continue reading “IX – “It Doesn’t Matter Until it Matters”: Strategic vs Recreational Gameplay, Part Three”

VIII – “Why You Running?”: Strategic vs Recreational Gameplay, Part Two

“Oh come on, we’re just trying to give a good fight,” they write in local as we’re defensive-bubbling and running for our lives.  It began with a Gnosis, who wandered into us seemingly on his search for deeper truths.  Shockingly (not shockingly) it was bait.  We were 1 jump out of GE-, back when it … Continue reading “VIII – “Why You Running?”: Strategic vs Recreational Gameplay, Part Two”

VII – “Wait, You WANT the Response Fleet?”: Strategic vs Recreational Gameplay, Part One

We sit in the cold beauty of a pre-war Delve, sixty kilometers off the stargate.  We have two Osprey Navy Issues, a Confessor, and a Keres—a weak but nimble force, hoping to stir up trouble in the heart of EVE’s largest empire, then fight while running away like Mongol horsemen.  We also have a Stiletto … Continue reading “VII – “Wait, You WANT the Response Fleet?”: Strategic vs Recreational Gameplay, Part One”

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