No Party Like A Spaceship Party: EVE Fanfest 2014 Details

By Graham Smith on November 26th, 2013 at 4:00 pm.

Iceland is actually colder than deep space.

Tickets are now on sale for EVE Fanfest 2014. Fanfest happens every year in Iceland, and it’s perhaps the only opportunity you’ll ever have to to hang out amidst frigid volcanic wastes with a gang of spaceship fanciers. I went a couple of years ago – the year Quinns went, not the year Brendan went – and I’d totally recommend it.

It’s happening this year May 1st-3rd, and tickets cost $175/€115 (£108.34ish) or can be bought with the EVE currency, PLEX. There’s also a special early bird ticket price of $150/€110 (£92.79ish).

First of all, let’s not kid ourselves, Iceland has some top class frigid volcanic wastes. I’ve been a few times, and spent my time riding monster trucks through rivers, hiking atop glaciers, and crawling through volcano caves. When you clamber out of the last one, it’s like being birthed by the earth.

Second of all, this year it’s taking place at the Harpa, the concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavík. The Harpa has maybe my favourite ceiling of any building in the world. It’s like something out of Deus Ex.


(Source: Rudi Riet on Flickr).

Look at it! The walls ain’t bad either.

Also, there’s all the spaceships. Fanfest is split into the main stage, where big, fan-pleasing announcements are made (new lasers, better crates, etc.), smaller seminar rooms where artists and designers talk about minutiae of their work, and events-about-town, like the “Pub Crawl with a Dev” or the “party at the top of the world” (with the devs) or the, OK, look, the devs will be having fun too.

Find more information at the EVE Fanfest 2014 official site.

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19 Comments »

  1. ukpanik says:

    It’s the annual ‘something has happened in Eve’ article.
    Once a year, Eve users are awakened to the realization, that their graphical chat program, is also a game.

  2. Bugamn says:

    I have always thought of most MMO’s as chat rooms with monsters to kill together.

    EDIT: It should have been a reply to ukpanik :/

  3. Alexander says:

    That might also actually be a real life picture of Iceland.

  4. Solidstate89 says:

    My eyes don’t even know how to process that image…that is some amazingly eye straining architecture.

  5. Blackcompany says:

    I would love to play a version of EVE where the only barrier between me and the ships I could fly, was in game currency. In other words, if you can afford it – if you play enough and make enough money in the game – then you can fly it. The whole “skill training” thing just seems like another method for dangling the carrot-wielding stick in front of the player by locking things away behind largely arbitrary barriers.

    • smg77 says:

      You already can do that. Buy a character (with all your ingame currency) that has the skills for the ships you want to fly.

  6. SuicideKing says:

    Wow is that huge ship in the background player owned?

    (i mean, by a single player?)

    • Pharos says:

      Potentially, yes.

      They’re so frighteningly expensive that some are owned by corporations and alliances and merely flown by their pilots.

    • Azhrarn says:

      First off, there’s several of them. ;) It’s a bunch of Avatars and at least one Erebus back there.
      They’re massive (in-game they’re about 15 kilometers long, most Battleships are around 1 kilometer).

      As a result of their size, they are rather sluggish, but they can move entire fleets through their Jump Bridges, and once every couple of minutes with the right module they can basically 1-shot a Carrier or Dreadnought.
      Generally they’re used as battlefield utility monsters, but they can fight if needed (they get huge weapon damage bonuses, but they suck at hitting anything smaller than a Dreadnought).

      The cost of building these behemoths is so enormous that they’re generally funded by entire alliances of players and cost weeks if not months to build. It takes a character upwards of a year to max out the skills for flying just one of these things. Single people can own one, but you might not want to.
      They’re usually manned by characters created specifically for piloting a Titan, because once you have one, they are very hard to get out of. They can’t dock in stations, only parked in space. They can be destroyed if they’re unmanned and parked, because it stays in space. They disappear if you log off a character in one, so it’s safe then and only then. So they are manned at all times so they can be stored safely.

      Chribba I know owns a titan with a pilot. He has a one-man corporation, so he bought that on his own. However he’s incredibly wealthy in-game thanks to his transaction mediation / handling for enormous transactions between alliances. He’s the ever-reliable middle-man, which made him rich beyond belief, so he owns his own Avatar class Titan, and he uses it to mine minerals with, very little else.

  7. The Random One says:

    I think the headline pun you were going for is “No Party like a Boarding Party”

  8. Didden says:

    I like the fact that CCP employees meet you at the airport. Classy touch.

    • morbiusnl says:

      for that price (150 euroes exc flight/hotel) I wouldnt expect anything less.

      • Didden says:

        They also puff your pillows up before you drift off into your drunken slumber and massage your ego. That is free.

  9. Lone Gunman says:

    Deus E: HR does have the best ceilings in any game.

    Also I want to be birthed by Earth :(

  10. Stupoider says:

    Please let there be news about World of Darkness Please let there be news about World of Darkness Please let there be news about World of Darkness Please let there be news about World of Darkness Please let there be news about World of Darkness Please let there be news about World of Darkness Please let there be news about World of Darkness…

  11. nitehawk says:

    I clicked on the tab labeled “best ceilings” hoping for more articles filled with ceiling porn. I was disappointed that this was the only article. :(