EVE Online + Jeffrey Steefel

  • Real ads. Virtual payment.
    Joystiq is reporting that EVE Online is accepting ISK, the virtual currency of the game as payment for advertisement in the game's official magazine. Writers for the magazine will also be paid in the virtual currency.

    " Eve Online Magazine is the official print magazine of massively multiplayer sci-fi game Eve Online. The magazine’s publishers (also the game’s developers) are taking payment for magazine advertisements in the virtual currency (ISK) used in the game Eve Online. "

    Mon, Nov 28, 2005
  • Red sky at night, sailors' delight.   Red sky in the morning,
    sailors' warning.

    Those Icelandic miscreants we like to call CCP have announced the
    release of EVE Online: Red Moon Rising, a free expansion to the popular
    sci-fi MMOG.  Red Moon Rising will be available in December. 

    "CCP Games, an independent developer and publisher of
    multiplayer online games, today announced the public release of "EVE
    Online®: Red Moon Rising”, a new expansion to its highly successful
    fast-growing Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG)
    “EVE Online®: Exodus”. Red Moon Rising is scheduled for release
    December, and will be provided to subscribers free of charge.

    “Red Moon Rising is the last of the EXODUS chapters and is the
    precursor of the Kali expansion," said Magnus Bergsson, CMO of CCP
    Games. “Players will see new ships and features in Red Moon Rising
    created explicitly to augment warfare, so those who crave the
    adrenaline rush of action-packed PVP will really enjoy this release!”

    With nearly 80,000 active subscribers and over 17,000 simultaneous
    users on one server, “EVE Online” is the largest independently
    developed and published MMORPG on the market.

    “The introduction of these new components is analogous to adding rooks,
    knights, and the mighty queen to a galactic chessboard,” said Nathan
    Richardsson, Lead Producer for EVE Online. “Fighters, carriers, and
    titans are going to take combat to a scale that the MMPORG genre has
    never seen before. In addition, the sheer economics required just to
    produce these leviathans will create great opportunities for
    industrious-minded gamers to take advantage of.”

    EVE Online®: Red Moon Rising is the march towards an epic clash
    the empires as the tentative peace presiding over the galaxy continues
    to slip away. Nations begin to conspire against one another, secretly
    preparing for the inevitable conflict that threatens to redefine the
    borderlines of EVE forever.

    Some of the key features of this upgrade are:

    • Titans: The largest, most fearsome space faring battle vessels ever

    • Carriers: Front line capital ships providing fighter coverage and
    support for fleets

    • Bloodlines: The addition of Asian bloodlines available to each of the

    • COSMOS Constellation Expansion: Addition of constellation missions to
    Gallente and Amarr territories

    • Fighters: The main offensive and defensive weapon of the Carrier

    • Starbases and sovereignty: Additions of roles to improve control
    access of services and improved calculations of player-determined

    • Next-Generation Manufacturing & Research Facilities:
    Mass-manufacturing enabling and remote industry management.

    • Performance Optimizations: Optimizations to core systems to provide
    even better performance.

    • Mining Industry Upgrade: New equipment, ships and skills for miners

    • Combat Enhancements: Varied improvements to combat, enhanced defenses
    and configuration overhauls

    • Jettisoned Canister Flagging: Removing the contents of a jettisoned
    canister that is not your own will flag you as a thief

    • Drone Enhancements: New drone capabilities and improved performance

    • An Eye for an Eye: You are allowed to revenge the unlawful
    destruction of your ship

    • Tech II: 23 new Tech II ships, including destroyers, battlecruisers
    and mining barges

    • New Corporate Logos: Corporations have more options to create their
    own identity

    • NPC Changes: New NPC's featuring elite ships with advanced
    capabilities such as cap draining

    • UI Improvements: Need info from Hagen.

    • Full Unicode Client: The EVE client now supports any language in the

    Oh, you want more?

    Mon, Nov 21, 2005
  • Solar Systems Overload
    CCP couples an announcement about an extensive server upgrade with a plea for in-game corporations to move their operations out of several heavily trafficked systems. This from the official site, and no, I wouldn't kid you about the source:

    " An Oursulaert native went on record, saying "They better fix the *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* jump *bleep* gates before I *bleep**bleep**bleep* and then some." He then shouted something incomprehensible at nearby Customs Officials, subtle foam beginning to assemble at the corners of his mouth as he finally became able to jump to the next system.

    Similar stories have been reported in systems like Nonni, Sobaseki, Inoue and Isaziwa. Wasona Binge reported that rush hour traffic was approaching "Clusterfu*bleeep* proportions." "

    And now in a nutshell, friends, you see why EVE isn't a mainstream MMO. It's growing though, and I'll confess: it has me hooked! Read more about EVE Online's growth pains at the Official Site.
    Other links you might enjoy:

    Wed, Oct 12, 2005
  • How do you say "party" in Icelandic?
    CCP has a lot in store for gamers at EVEfest later this month, Oct. 20-22. For a mere US$675, you too can get the complete package from Icelandair. Oh to be rich and speak a Scandanavian language or two. I've heard that Iceland's beautiful, not to mention an important NATO stronghold against the commies.

    "The 2004 EVEfest was a success and we aim to do far better this year. We have presentations from the leads at CCP, we have the pre-launch of our upcoming expansion, code-named Kali, technical sessions, panel discussions, the EVE Championship, and we have added developer roundtables and and the first glimpse of EVE Trading Card Game! "

    View 2005 EVEfest details here.

    Fri, Oct 07, 2005
  • Ganking: All in Good Fun!
    CCP's EVE Online producer Nathan Richardsson comments on the uniqueness of the game among its "massively single player online" peers. When Gamasutra asked CCP to try out the moves on pages 3 and 14, CCP respectfully declined out of Icelandic modesty.

    "We fully understand the reason behind sharding, instancing and the PvE focus. A lot of players want this kind of experience and these tools are far more commercially viable to fully control the experience and content created. We however decided to take the more difficult path and try to take on those obstacles head-on. It certainly has a lot of unpleasant side effects and EVE will never be a mainstream game. We're complex, we're open ended, we're fully PvP oriented and you can lose six months work in a second. But we believe this is what makes EVE so unique and we're trying to follow this vision and principles as well as we can."

    You can find more of the EVE Online interview at Gamasutra.
    Other links you might enjoy:

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Sep 26, 2005
  • EVE defies the trends...

    Eurogamer ponders why, in a crowded genre rife with games undergoing a full-fledged identity crisis, EVE seems to have just the right balance between giving players what they want while not cheapening the experience- it seems you have to have something to do and something to lose!

    As if by way of illustrating what a cruel game Eve can be, I just lost a fight in my most expensive, well-to-do battleship only minutes before opening up this page to write these words. The ship is dust and I'm royally pissed off. Way more pissed off than I would be at dying in almost any other game. While other MMOs might have coddled me with just a bit of money lost, or a few XP as punishment for my pitiful death, Eve has created several hours of concerted work. It's a bitch.

    This might not sound like a good start for an upbeat analysis of Elite's (remarkably pretty) online cousin, but it's losses like this one that give the game its raw edge. Like the thrill of gambling, player vs. player combat in Eve is exciting because you could lose something palpable: the time it took to make the game-money that paid for that ship, along with all the shiny gizmos I kitted it out with. You feel that loss in your guts. And there are few games that can boast that.

    I don't think you'll be disappointed if you read the rest of this nifty Eurogamer review of EVE Online.

    Thu, Sep 15, 2005
  • Flyin' High...

    Icelandic Developer Crowd Control Productions announced that the single-server, two-year old MMO topped a long-anticipated milestone: 15,000 users online at once. last evening (9/11), a Chinese ambassador wished to suggest his country's policies to control overcrowding, saying this:

    This evening at 19:40 GMT, EVE players raised their own Peak Concurrent User record to 15.209. Congratulations everyone! This was an truly amazing moment, thanks to all EVE players for making this possible.

    Read about how things are heating up in the EVE Online universe at the official site.

    Mon, Sep 12, 2005
  • On the EVE of the 2005 holiday season...

    We take a look at the surprise upstart EVE Online. Not familiar? Neither was I until this two year old space-based tactical MMO (with enough of a hyper-capitalistic flavor to make Donald Trump wet his pants!) started making headlines again.

    Humans, curious buggers that we are, began colonizing the uncharted environs on the other side of a recently discovered wormhole called "Eve." Five races (4 of which are playable) evolved into rival nations of varying strength, bound together by a fragile peace. When "Eve" catastrophically exploded, bringing widespread ruin to the fledgling "New Eden" settlements, the colonists began a scramble to consolidate power into organizations and corporate entities. Their restless search of resources to ensure their continued survival and prosperity brought the settlers ever closer to greater threats, the greatest of which just might be... themselves (cue the dramatic music)!!

    Join TTH as we see just what all the fuss is about: EVE Online: The Second Genesis, profiled by Ten Ton Hammer!

    Thu, Sep 08, 2005
  • Yes it's a big deal!

    Especially given that EVE Online is one of the few 2nd gen MMOs that's still growing consistently. Grats to CCP as they close in on a milestone.

    Labor Day brings players to EVE... Yesterday evening at 20:13 GMT, EVE players topped their own Peak Concurrent User record and it now sits at 14.418 users - Scarily close to the 15K uber-record.

    Check out EVE Online's highs and lows at its official site.

    Wed, Sep 07, 2005
  • Adam online still in development
    GameCloud has posted an EVE Online interview featuring Nathan Richardson of CCP. Game Fact: It is unlikely that Kevin Sorbo, captain of the Andromeda has ever played EVE Online. It is also unlikely that he has ever uttered these words:

    " Developer CCP released their space based MMORPG EVE Online over two years ago. While not a huge hit in retail stores in the US, the developer has since allowed people to download and play the entire game and as a result the title now has, according to CCP, over 60,000 subscribers. Gamecloud got a chance to chat with CCP producer Nathan Richardson to get an update on EVE Online "

    You can read the entire EVE Online Interview at GameCloud.
    More EVE Online information than you shake a mining laser at is yours at

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Aug 16, 2005
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