Sins of a Solar Spymaster #13 - The Participation Game

The Great War in EVE Online continues in this week's Sins of a Solar Spymaster. After his eventful (and painful) trip to Las Vegas, the Mittani had to help rally the Swarm and get their...
The Great War in EVE Online continues in this week's Sins of a Solar Spymaster. After his eventful (and painful) trip to Las Vegas, the Mittani had to help rally the Swarm and get their participation levels back up to drive off the KenZoku horde that was assailing their borders. But how does one go about getting hundreds of pilots to log into EVE? Read on to find out!

From an outsider's perspective, one might think that this would be easy. EVE is a game, and games are fun, right? But this is EVE, and the bleeding-edge of alliance warfare is often deadly boring if not an exercise in outright masochism. The core mechanic of conquerable space, which is to say placing, defending, or destroying player-owned starbase (POS, 'pos warfare') is widely acknowledged - even by its aficionados - as being about as entertaining as engaging in a little 'freestyle dentistry' on oneself with a claw hammer. Due to the magic of strontium clathrates, players get to enjoy this delightful hobby at a time chosen by their enemy - usually at an ungodly hour in another timezone requiring that players set an alarm clock before having the privilege of applying hammer to tooth.


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