EVE Fanfest 2013: The Richest Man In Space

By Brendan Caldwell on May 1st, 2013 at 12:00 pm.


“I’m looking for a guy called Chribba,” I said, and watched as the eyebrows of the other poker players rose. By all accounts, these were Bad People I was dealing with. Scoundrels, backstabbers, the lowest of the low. That’s right – EVE players. Everything I had learned about this incorrigible species of interstellar riff-raff had taught me not to trust a single one of them. EVE was the kind of game where you spent three years making a new best friend, only to steal all his money and crash his favourite space-Porsche into a moon. EVE is a game for villains. Which is why I needed to find Chribba so badly.

“Who did you say?” asked a well-dressed American to my left. He toyed gently with his poker chips and glanced at my press badge.

“Chribba,” I said, “Do you know him?” The three players in earshot began to chortle.

“Oh, yeah. Everybody knows him.”

The EVE Fanfest is an annual pilgrimage for players of EVE Online, favoured MMO of bankers, mathematicians, economists and IT professionals. In the game they form ‘corporations’ – groups of individual spaceship captains working together to make money and blow shit up. At Fanfest, they go one step further. They come in uniform, dressed in labcoats or gangster suits or even just in hoodies with the name of their corporation emblazoned on the chest. This year more than 1400 ‘capsuleers’ tramped the streets of Reykjavik, capital of Iceland, in search of the Fanfest’s sacred venue – the Harpa.


I say ‘sacred’. The Harpa is a gigantic glass trapezoid rising out of Reykjavik’s freezing and exposed shoreline. It sits by the harbour where two grey patrol vessels are quietly docked. These two vessels make up 50% of Iceland’s naval fleet. The Harpa building itself sits against a backdrop of a landscape that looks far too naturally beautiful to be real. More likely, it is some elaborate configuration of hundreds and thousands of bafflingly picturesque postcards arranged in such a fashion that they resemble a single dazzling mountain range.

Inside, EVE fanatics boost to and fro, attending to a smorgasbord of EVEnts. In one room there’s a mild-mannered seminar about ship-balancing. In another, a grand PvP tournament, where pilots partner up with the mercenary console players of Dust 514. Meanwhile, the bulk of the community squeezes into a giant lecture theatre, where the Council of Stellar Management – an entirely player-elected body – are taking questions from their constituents about the faults and benefits of a new voting system.

This kind of ‘virtual local politics’ might seem dull to the likes of you and me but getting somebody from your corporation onto the CSM means having a direct line to CCP, the developers of the game. CCP routinely liaisons with the Council, to the point where – during a particularly unhappy patch of EVE’s history last year, known to dissatisfied players as the ‘summer of rage’ – they flew the members of the Council over to Iceland to hold an emergency summit.

The players were upset because CCP had decided to take a more aggressive approach to selling in-game items. At the time, their newest expansion pack – ‘Incarna’ – allowed players to create a full-body avatar and wander around their captain’s quarters. To CCP, this meant microtransactions (or the complicated EVE Online equivalent). It meant clothes, accessories, mementos – all available from the in-game store for varying prices. From $17 for a set of clothes, to a grimace-inducing $70 for a monocle. To the players, Incarna meant… well, it didn’t mean a lot. It certainly didn’t mean anything good. It didn’t add anything to the ‘game’ and there was no interaction between player avatars – they were all stuck in their respective captain’s cells. What was even the point in having a hyper-expensive monocle and some sweet new threads if you were the only one who was going to see them? Then, just as dissatisfaction was at its peak, an internal memo from CCP entitled “Greed is good” leaked out to the EVE community.

The players rioted.


That’s when CCP flew the Council out for their emergency meeting, Euro Crisis style. They managed to smooth things over, issued a massive apology, and promised to change direction. Two years later CCP have gone back to focusing their bi-annual expansion packs on the things pilots love – spaceships. The Council seems to have made its voice heard.

But there is politics, and then there is poker. I know which one grabbed my attention on the Fanfest program. When the time came, I headed straight for the tables. I bought in and ordered a beer called Polar Bear. Not because I had heard it was nice. It’s just that every time I drink the water on this giant island-shaped volcano, I can’t shake the suspicion that I’m downing half a litre of mild sulphuric acid. Beer is a healthy alternative. I sat down and started asking about Chribba.

The well-dressed American was from Las Vegas, where he works as a card dealer in a casino between EVE time. He actually corrected the dealer on our table at one point when he made a mistake. Vegas folded his hand and told me the facts. Half of which I already knew, but of course I was going for Louis Theroux naiveté, so I let him talk.

Chribba was a wealthy player in EVE Online. Not the wealthiest, exactly, but still very rich indeed. He had been around longer than anybody and made his money not by screwing people out of their in-game bank accounts, but by benignly and patiently mining Veldspar, the most common mineral in the game (it’s also the mineral which is used in a lot of basic production lines). He has over ten ‘alt’ accounts and almost all of his energy goes into the mining operations. He is a man so consumed by his hunger for Veldspar that he has a tattoo of the very word on his forearm.


“He’s sort of a celebrity,” said Vegas, waiting for the chips to fall. “Everyone kind of respects him. He’s honest.”

“Honest?” I looked around. “EVE is a game where the main ‘thing’ is skulduggery. How is he honest?” The scoundrels laugh. Somebody wins the pot. I don’t care, I folded ages ago.

A man at the far end of the table pitched in. “I met Chribba once – well, spoke to him – and talking to him was just, like…” He paused and sighed, like a schoolboy pondering his crush. When the words he was looking for didn’t come to mind, he waved his hand as if to shoo away a happy dream. “Ag. He’s just the nicest guy.”

Two tables over, a young man in a Louisina State University baseball cap hollered over the crowd, asking about the blinds and sitting back with poker player coolness, fingering his mountain of chips. He wore white-framed sunglasses. One lens had the word “Pro” inscribed with white lettering, while the other lens bore the word “God”. Pro God. I couldn’t tell if he was claiming himself as a ‘Professional Deity’ or if he was just really, really down with Christ. Whatever it was, this kid screamed PvP. Two days later I would see the name ‘Progodlegend’ flash up on the CSM election results and discover him to be the leader of a violent military corporation called 101st Space Marine Force. He was elected with thirteen others. There is politics, and then there is poker.


I turned back to my table. “What about The Mittani? I hear things about this guy too.”

“Oh,” said Vegas. He was quickly becoming my new best scoundrel-friend. “That guy is just the biggest douchebag in the game.” Then he checked himself. “Well, I mean, that’s his character I guess.” He’s covering for something. I catch a glimpse of the attendee badge hanging from his neck. He is a member of TNT, a corporation that has allied with The Mittani and his infamous Alliance of grief-fuelled spacerats – the Goonswarm. He smiles sheepishly.

Two years ago, RPS had sent Quinns to seek out an audience with The Mittani, de facto King of Space. He turned out to be an interesting guy. But since then His Majesty has ordered raid after raid of ‘hi-sec’ space (areas of EVE where new or peaceful players are generally protected by the NPC police force). These raids – dubbed ‘Burn Jita’ after the trade capital of New Eden – see the Goonswarm flooding into traditionally secure systems and destroying every freighter, mining ship and any other unsuspecting spacecraft they set their eyes on. Essentially, they are sacking Rome. The ‘King’, it turns out, is more of a ‘Khan’. As if that wasn’t enough to alienate the entire non-Goon population, The Mittani was also forced to resign from his position as Chairman of the CSM last year over harassing a depressed EVE player. A scandal for which he has since apologised.

“Yeah,” said Vegas, “that’s Mittens.”

“Mittens?”

“His nickname. Don’t call him that to his face. He doesn’t like that. He doesn’t like that at all.”


I wasn’t going to call him anything. I had no desire to talk to a tyrant. I wanted the other side of EVE. Despots and douchebags were as common as Veldspar. Every one of these gamblers would have a story about how they stabbed somebody in the back, or robbed a helpless cargo ship, or made off with their ally’s stash. I wasn’t looking for a rogue. Rogues were everywhere. I was looking for something rarer. I was looking for someone I could trust.

“You don’t know if Chribba’s here, do you?” I asked. “Not here at poker. I mean, here at Fanfest.”

“Oh yeah, he’ll be around somewhere,” said my good friend, the scoundrel. “But I don’t know where.”

The other tables were getting rowdy. A girl on the table next to us started yelling trash talk at a man in a pink cowboy hat standing opposite her. What did he know? She had been playing only seven months and already had This Much Cash and This Good A Spaceship. So eat it!

I looked around the room. She was the only girl there. EVE Online’s playerbase is 2% female, 98% male, a terrible ratio for any game and something CCP seem to be at least a little concerned about. This year Fanfest included a round table called ‘Ladies with Laz0rs’ where the women who play could discuss their life as space pilots and corporate executives. During a feedback session on Dust 514, one woman came up to ask the developers when they were going to fix the walk animation for the female mercenary model. “It doesn’t seem realistic for a woman to be on the battlefield and walking like she’s wearing high heels,” she said. The two devs on stage said they would fix it, promising to make the female model “more like a Sigourney Weaver, or Michelle Rodriguez”, prompting huge cheers from about 98% of the audience.


The girl and Pink Hat Man continued their tirades at each other and someone at our table sniggered and murmured something as the trash talk died down, but I didn’t hear what. Then the tournament organisers came over and asked Vegas to move, to even out the numbers on another table. He said his goodbyes and left for greener pastures. (Literally, the poker table he went to was a brighter shade of green than ours). And with that I lost my only source. That was it.

I went all in and lost.

These are the ups and downs of journalism, folks. There comes a time in a man’s life when he must admit to himself that he is not actually very good at poker. For me, the first night of EVE Fanfest 2013 was that time. I got up and left.

The next day was bright and cold. I wandered about Reykjavik and intermittently went into bookshops to keep warm. The shelves were full of thin, expensive hardbacks with titles like: ‘The Sagas of Icelanders’ and ‘Hovamol: The Sayings of the Vikings.’


I was wasting time and I knew it. But I didn’t want to go back to the Fanfest straight away. I was just about sick of asking people about Chribba.

“He’s the closest thing we got to royalty.”

“He does stuff like jettisons millions of ISK in a box out into space, just for somebody to find.”

“Oh, man, yeah, Chribba’s a great guy.”

“He’s like… what’s that bloke’s name? That guy with the… Dalai Lama! That’s it. He’s like the Dalai Lama.”

Jesus. Not a single person had a shred of dislike for this fella. I went back to the Harpa, with its black-hoodied brigade, and lounged around in a science talk called ‘Make EVE Real: Asteroid Mining’ during which a man who used to work for Nasa put forward the case for actually mining asteroids in real life. Yesterday they had one on Faster Than Light travel. I can’t say I was convinced but there were some complicated formulae involved, so I supposed it must be possible.


I was there in the hope that Chribba’s interest in the fictional Veldspar extended into reality. But if my elusive philanthropist was in the audience, I couldn’t see him. That’s when it dawned on me. Chribba didn’t even need Veldspar. He had secretly discovered the most valuable resource in the game.

You see, throughout my enquiries I had been hearing that Chribba was so deeply-trusted and so well-respected across the whole EVE universe, that he was one of a handful of people who act as ‘deal brokers’. At its most basic level, a deal in EVE would involve two people (or gangs of people) meeting in space for a BIG transaction. Say a player – let’s call him ‘Keynes’ – wants to buy a Really Big Ship from another player – let’s say ‘Hayek’ – for a shit-ton of ISK (the game’s currency). All being fair in a fair world, Hayek and Keynes would simply do the swap and go on their merry way.
But EVE isn’t a fair world. And Hayek certainly doesn’t trust Keynes. He suspects that once Keynes has got the ship, he’ll just warp away without paying. In EVE it’s not only possible, but incredibly common to get scammed out of goods in this manner. Keynes, meanwhile, is most assuredly not handing his money over without seeing the product first. So how do we solve this?

Easy! Chribba.

Here’s a guy who everybody trusts, and since everybody trusts him, it makes sense for both Keynes and Hayek to involve him, because they definitely don’t trust each other. Chribba therefore acts as the ‘middle man’. Keynes gives Chribba the money, Chribba confirms that he is holding the ‘bag of ISK’, Hayek hands over the Really Big Ship to Keynes, Keynes confirms that all is present and correct, and Chribba transfers the money to Hayek. Everybody’s happy, everybody leaves the deal alive.

And, of course, Chribba himself takes a hefty fee. This is what he calls his ‘third-party service.’

That’s it. So long as he retains his good name and benevolent reputation, Chribba has discovered a secret currency. One more valuable than ISK, more valuable than Really Big Ships. More valuable, even, than precious Veldspar.

Trust.

Everybody trusts Chribba. “He’s just the nicest guy.” It was therefore a nuisance that nobody I spoke to at Fanfest actually knew him personally. I had wanted to do all this journalism the old fashioned way. Beers in a dingy bar, notes thrust under hotel doorways, panicked calls made from reception desk landlines. Maybe someone would beat me up and tell me to “stop asking questions, sparky!” (‘Sparky’ would be the nickname they’d give me). All that stuff, you know. It makes for a better story.
As it happens, I just had to use Twitter.

How dull.

He agreed to meet and I went into the EVE keynote with one half of my brain coolly asserting, “Mission accomplished” and the other half mumbling, “Well, this is all very anti-climactic.” I took a seat on the balcony above the crowd and sat through slide after slide of EVE history. I was baffled by jokes I didn’t have the energy to understand but which somehow made the whole audience of 1400 people bust a collective gut. There were huge cheers as new features were announced. A new warp animation. Loud cheer. New probes to launch. Very loud cheer. Ice asteroids were being moved from one place to another. DEAFENING CHEER.

I found myself wishing I could understand it. No, not just understand it. Love it. I wanted to love EVE as much as these people did, love the game just for a weekend, love it for its depth and compulsiveness and mechanics and cold, hard numbers. Even the spreadsheets players inevitably doomed to create to keep track of all their investments. I even wished I could love those. But as it stands I can only love that EVE exists, and that it makes good stories.


Yet here was mine. The EVE story with the anti-climax. I’d probably even have to put the interview with Chribba into a separate fucking article. God.

Sometime during the keynote, Hilmar Pétursson, CEO of CCP, clicked onto the next slide. It showed that, over the course of the previous evening, the poker tournament (along with a special dinner) had raised 2 million króna for charity. “That’s about the same as $17,000 US dollars,” he said.

Heh, I thought. I guess even scoundrels can do good things.

Somewhere in the crowd below, Vegas was probably cheering.

Check back for more of Brendan’s Icelandic adventures tomorrow.

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  1. President Weasel says:

    I suppose if you’re going for Louis Theroux levels of naivety it makes sense to send Brandan Caldwell instead of someone who’d played the game for five years and written a book about it. I think I’d have preferred less faux-Theroux bewilderment and more understanding though.

    • Richie Shoemaker says:

      He shows a bloody good understanding if you ask me, better after five days that most have after five weeks. But then he did have a good coach: I’m relieved to find out that I wasn’t talking to myself on the plane over.

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        DeVadder says:

        I don’t know, i feel he overemphasizes the backstabbing and stuff. The general player never takes anyones assets and only a small minority take part in activities like ganking and scamming. It is just that only that minority ever gets covered in media. Noone cares for the thousands of players just doing their stuff, trusting their corpmembers and allies and rightfully so. Or the hundreds of older players in the help channels of all different languages who go out of their way to answer the questions of new players and often even assisting them in space.
        But if one guy steals from an alliance vallet, that gets all the coverage.
        In fact pretty much like in the real world where the media also paints a much darker picture of reality than reality itself.

        • Schaap says:

          That’s only to be expected I think, there’s no news in “a couple of guys farmed together for a few hours before going to sleep’, there is news and sensation in these stories of big intrigue and betrayal.

        • scim says:

          That’s not entirely true. I still remember the coverage of EVE on numerous sites (even mainstream news outlets) when Vile Rat was killed in Libya and the resulting support from basically everyone in EVE. But yeah, the overwhelming news is about the darker activities within the game. Possibly because a lot of these heists and scams are intricate and the EVE currency has an actual exchange rate (even if there is no “legal” method to convert ISK into $$$) so there is a somewhat real economic impact aside from time invested.

          I have this love/hate relationship with EVE and the stories are one of the reasons why I love EVE. Others are the horizontal progression system and the way the way they, for lack of a better word, balance their PvP.
          I like how CCP has this hands off approach towards dictating player behavior within their game. Bar any serious harassment or outside the game illegal activity basically everything is allowed. I love what people do with it and the actual storylines that evolve from it. Sure the stories that get all the press are the ones of these elaborate scams or infiltrations. They are simply a lot more sensational than reporting about a corporation that acts as a learning institute within the game. Or how people build up complete industrial empires totally under the radar because they found this certain something people were just overlooking or by having just incredibly good diplomacy skills. Or just take Chribba, the guy the author is looking for. He has been incredibly important for EVE. Not only within the game but also with all kinds of webservices to make things better for EVE players (forum search when CCP didn’t have it, a file hosting service specifically for eve etc.). He has developed this identify for himself and he is arguably the most trusted person within the game and instead of taking advantage of his position (like a lot of others before & after him have done) he maintains that identify to this day.

          CCP has started this campaign “EVE is real” and now with the comic/tv series they are developing it might show different facets of that statement. EVE is the game that comes closest to that virtual world that a lot of MMO’s claim they have. There is a true player run economy, there is struggle on every single level of the game and the world of space is cold and harsh. There are no ponies or green pastures, there is no one there to hold your hand and even if someone offers is you’re not sure if you should take it. EVE is a great game and I really wish I had more fun with the actual gameplay. It is one of the only MMO’s where your actions have direct consequences for your and players associated with you (both short & long term).

      • Syra says:

        Frankly I know nothing about this game at all beyond its existence and I’m quite happy with an accessible article. Reminds me of all the best things in MMOs. Though after 4 years of WoW I made a vow never to go back to one.

      • Brendy_C says:

        Richie, you were a GREAT help! Thanks again for the low-down on all the shenanigans.

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      I cannot cover Eve. I had to move on.

      Brendan has done a splendid job, as you will see in the next two articles.

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        Tom De Roeck says:

        is it like being an alcoholic, if you want to quit you can never ever touch it again or youll end up in mexico with a tattoo on your arse?

        • S Jay says:

          Exactly.

          I played EVE only for the free month they give away. Played it for 87 hours. Decided it was too dangerous to keep playing it, so I never ever touched it again.

          • Yargh says:

            Same here, took on a demo account a few years back (when I had some spare time) and immediately got completely sucked in.

            Before the end of my free account time I gave everything away to an almost complete stranger and haven’t looked back since.

            Far too engaging for me to risk playing.

        • Rufustan says:

          I’d never thought of it that way, but that is dead on.

          Its drifting towards 3 years since I quit, but having read the recent articles/comments, I found myself musing about how I’d reset my business, what I’d need to buy, how to get up to speed with the current rules/politics.

          So apparently the urge doesn’t go away

          The only other time a game has got to me anywhere near as closely is having to uninstall Civ III when I realised I was pulling All-nighters to finish games.

          • marach says:

            Hi my name is Marach and I’m an EVEaholic. It’s been 4 years 3months and 16 days since my last login. I had my first taste at launch and lost myself in it for several months before realising I had a problem, I set it aside but it whispered, nay YELLED at me to return… and I was weak, so very weak! And I succumbed again and again but I have been strong…

            Honestly though I’m thankful I cant currently afford to sub a game or I think I’d succumb again ;)

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          Malibu Stacey says:

          Totally. I played for 2 years until the summer of 2008 & I get the itch to go back every so often but I know if I do it’ll spiral out of control.

      • Gurrah says:

        Yet every news item about EVE bears your name at the top, can’t let go quite yet can you :).

    • markelven08 says:

      up to I looked at the bank draft that said $5552, I be certain that my mom in-law truley making money parttime at there labtop.. there brothers friend has been doing this 4 only about 17 months and just now paid for the morgage on there mini mansion and got a great Volkswagen Golf GTI. read more at wow65.com
      (Go to site and open “Home” for details)

  2. UpsilonCrux says:

    Laughed out loud at “Louis Theroux naivete”. It made me realise that in my head I imagine all the RPS writers to be variations of Louis.

  3. Oryon says:

    Me and my corp actually hooked and killed Chribba about a year or two ago. It was his third ever recorded ship loss.

    He took it really well and complimented us on our organization. We have a medal to remember that day by.

    Nice guy.

  4. badirontree says:

    When people ask me what is eve online .. i tell them i need a week just to start explaining… <3 :D

    • Rufustan says:

      The closest I ever got to a simple description was: ‘Imagine real life, now add big spaceships and explosions’.

      Everything about the game that makes it special is down to the players and their ability to find ways of mirroring all human behaviour, and CCP’s willingness to let them.

  5. Henson says:

    Yikes…I literally read through half the article reading “Chribba” as “Chubba”. I need to get more sleep.

  6. theslayer says:

    They said I had a pink cowboy hat and failed to mention the tiara on the front, For shame RPS, for shame : https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/577582_10100561238725280_662152385_n.jpg

    • Bakuraptor says:

      I have to say, for being the only girl there, there’s about three times as many of her as I’d expected.

      Or on second thought this could in fact be a different room, so allow me to bitterly masticate my own mutterings.

  7. Jae Armstrong says:

    A man at the far end of the table pitched in. “I met Chribba once – well, spoke to him – and talking to him was just, like…” He paused and sighed, like a schoolboy pondering his crush. When the words he was looking for didn’t come to mind, he waved his hand as if to shoo away a happy dream. “Ag. He’s just the nicest guy.”

    “What about The Mittani? I hear things about this guy too.”

    “Oh,” said Vegas. He was quickly becoming my new best scoundrel-friend. “That guy is just the biggest douchebag in the game.” Then he checked himself. “Well, I mean, that’s his character I guess.”

    Well, I think we can wrap it up here folks. This is just about all that needs to said on either subject.

    <3 Chribba.

  8. Koozer says:

    I now instinctively distrust this Chribba. He’ll turn on you one day, you mark my words! *peal of thunder*

    • solidsquid says:

      Only when he gets to the point he can bankrupt the entire Eve economy single handedly

  9. PitfireX says:

    Damnit Brendan, I uninstalled EvE 3 months ago and these articles aren’t helping!

  10. tstapp1026 says:

    I love EVE. There’s no other way to say it. However, EVE is like that girlfriend you once had that you knew was out of your league so you botch the relationship on purpose to prevent the heartbreak you’d inevitably feel later. I played the game, got to 0.0, joined the Goons and learned valuable EVE lessons: You have no friends, the girl never loved you back, and don’t even begin to think you can hang with the big dogs. Man, I miss her…er EVE. I wish I had never broke up.. er stopped playing.

    Curiousity has me wondering if CCP will create another beautifully sociopolitical, socioeconomic game in WOD. I’m truly hoping so because I’d like to be a part of such an experiment at the start, rather than showing up after everything is in place.

    • The Random One says:

      What I wonder about WoD is if it’s something the goons will take an interest in, and if they will be able to ruin it. Goonswarm in Eve is essentially what happens when players try to troll but the game is built in such a way that they can’t, because the game can afford any amount of dipshittery. Instead Eve absorbed the Goons and they’ve become a part of the game.

      If WoD is more about real world (or magical medieval vampire style) politics, how will they act?

      • tstapp1026 says:

        The thing about the Goons however, is that they made apparent in the game what noone would have realized without their exisitence: The game is harsh, it is truly a dog-eat-dog environment and you have to pick and choose your comrades carefully. You have to admit, they played no small part in showing players that Eve has a dark side to it and CCP approved, even embraced, the shadier tactics of game play. Eve quite literally showed that an MMO can be completely driven (positively or negatively) socially, politically and economically by the players and the Goons played a rather large part in that.

        Mind you, I’m not defending the Goons. Mittani (the character, not the person behind the character) was a complete ass, but the fact that so many followed him and that he changed the structure of Eve shows no small measure of genius.

        All that being said, I hope there IS an entity like the Goons in WoD. It will only make the game better.

  11. clownst0pper says:

    I want to love EVE. Lord I’ve tried so many times. Unfortunately there’s just nothing to the physical game.

    AI missions are repetitive and mind numbingly dull.
    Space combat is again slow and lacks any sense of speed.
    Mining is dull as dish water.
    Character progression is automated
    Pirating is an adrenaline rush but you’re still left with the awful combat and little more than gate camping to web people- hardly blood pumping.

    Which leaves what? A glorified chat room I suppose.

    On the plus side, it’s visually stunning, has amazing ships, an incredible sound track and stunning space stations. As an ‘experience’ of travelling through space and feeling insignificant it is like no other.

    Maybe I’m missing what I should be doing? I would like a good corporation, maybe it would make a difference…any takers?:)

    • Adekan says:

      A good corporation will go a long way. It doesn’t need to be a huge one- I had just 7 people in mine, and we had nonstop adrenaline pumping space combat action. In fact, the less people the better, as there are less people to screw you over. It’s completely possible to be successful with small gangs in EVE.

    • virgnarus says:

      A lot of the complaints you’ve made seem to be made on the basis that you’re trying to operate the game solely on its elements, which is why you and a lot of people fail to enjoy it. It’s not like another MMO where you can ride the roller coaster a few times until you grow sick of it, then have it release another roller coaster that you can ride until the process repeats.

      Rather, it is a sandbox game and you have to treat it as such. Minecraft can be rot your brain away from boredom if you focused solely on the basics that it’s just a mining/crafting game. Yet many people enjoy it immensely and come back for more because those basics are tools that they can use to achieve a satisfactory goal. Smashing and dropping blocks is repetitive and monotonous, but when you’re doing it to construct something of grandeur, you look well past the monotony and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Adding a social element to it greatly enhances the experience as well. Treat EVE like you would Minecraft and you’ll find why people stick around to grow their brainchildren.

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        Malibu Stacey says:

        So very much this.

        EVE, like life, is what you make it.

        • Apocalypse says:

          Yes, this. And just like Minecraft eve suffers from the same basic problem.

          Life is just so much more interesting than playing with that sandbox. Real life combat is more entertaining than eve combat. Building something in real life is more entertaining than building something in Minecraft.

          Still, eve politics. the meta game of eve are great, but this you can follow and even play without bothering with the boring game itself.

    • Rufustan says:

      As mentioned above, the game is a sandbox and if you play through the content, as you would in the modern theme-park type game, you quickly find there is not much there.

      With Eve, it is all about ‘what do I want to do? Who do I want to be?’ A good corp would help as it would give you a role to play, but unless you have goals in game, things will grow stale very quickly.

      I have friends who swore that being in an alliance is the only way to play the game. It means cooperation to build something, the politics and content driven by conflict with other players. It doesn’t change the mechanics of the game, but gives you a larger reason for everything you do.

      Personally, I never liked the large group thing. Over the years I got more and more into Industry. Firstly to fund my main’s expensive ship habit, then to make him the ships directly, and eventually because I enjoyed it and it became fun to see how just how rich I could get. For me it was about always working towards a larger goal.

  12. Iskariot says:

    I knew it was a cool article after I realized I had read it in its entirety.

  13. Stevostin says:

    Nice read. Always nice reads with EVE stuff but the writer’s work is to praise too =)

  14. The Dark One says:

    A lovely shaggy dog story.

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  16. Faxmachinen says:

    Hàvamàl means “sayings of the high one”, i.e. Odin, rather than “sayings of the vikings”.

  17. Cruzer says:

    I stopped playing a loooong time ago, but everytime I get that email giving me the chance to play again for 10 days for free I take it just to see what’s happening and if my old corps/alliances/friends/enemies are still around. I’ve learned to treat it the same as I do WoW. I had a great time, some of my greatest experiences playing games in fact, but I could never go back and feel that way again.

    There’s no going back to HED-GP.

  18. thrymr says:

    Oh Jesus RPS…

    I’ve been wanting to go to Fanfest for Years, have played actively for about 3 1/2 Years, but had to quit.

    I just had to. It affected my personal life and my work, not to mention two relationships that went to shit in the process.

    During my time I have seen/done it all: Pirating, Trading, Mining, Exploration, Fleetfights between the infamous Goons and ye olde BoB (yes I was on that side, not ashamed to say it!), the downfall of BoB, the giant Banking scams, the spying and lies, mercenaries…
    I’ve seen it all and done some of it myself, but i always kept my reputation clean. I din’t break my promises and didn’t steal from anyone by scamming or ransacking a Corp. (and I could have, a lot of times)

    I consider myself a good character to this day, and my clean conscience feels like an accomplishment.

    I guess thats what will never make one famous, except for Chribba. The only people that stand out in EvE History are those that backstab, steal, spy or ransack without remorse.

    This is why Chribba is special: He is, aside from one or two people that haven’t flipped (yet), the only player that always keeps his promises. The reasons for that are actually rather simple: He is so rich that stealing from pretty much any deal he brokers, he would lose more than he would gain – and thats why he can be trusted.

    Mining Veldspar got him rich in the early days – and he can still mine it with a profit today for obvious reasons: The famous Veldnaught in 1.0 Amarr, The Titan Miningfleet and his Supercap Miningfleet…

    I’ve been “clean” for about 2 1/2 Years now, all ALTs supended… and no, I didn’t give anyone all my stuff.

    One day i’ll be out of a job again or will have enough free time to do this… but until that day I just feel tempted to enter again whenever I read anything ’bout EvE.

    Thanks for reminding me… and tempting me.