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Posted: May 16th 2010 10:13PM DrewIW said

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You said exactly what needed to be said regarding the events.

The small scale and speed at which they happen means it can be frustrating to miss them, but the one I participated in was fairly neat.

The only thing they need to work on is making them more accessible.

Posted: May 16th 2010 11:05PM cchance said

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what i hope this evolves into is a massive invasion of concord area, say 5-10 simultaneous wormholes opening around neweden and spewing entire wings of carrier/supercarrier/battleships/support ships a massive push by the sanshas that would allow a large amount the eve population to be able to respond, wud be also nice if concord cud send an alert to capsuleers when this happens and where... hell i didnt even know their were any chat channels for these live events.

Posted: May 16th 2010 11:50PM (Unverified) said

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Even if you don't get to participate in the events directly, the knowledge that people around you are being impacted by these events still makes a positive impact on everyone.

Hopefully they'll keep hitting with a mix of large and small, long and short events at least for a few days a month to ensure everyone has a chance to participate. A little writing, some really basic scripting (they're just spawning mobs, after all!) and you've made the game that much more exciting, giving players a reason to stay subbed and active to participate.

Other MMOs should take note.

-SirNiko

Posted: May 17th 2010 3:45AM (Unverified) said

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I'm a bit of an EVE newbie, so could someone explain this part:

"...CONCORD officer Sutola Endoma was secretly aiding the Sansha in their attacks. Republic Fleet commander Silonneri Balginia destroyed Sutola's ship in a bid to search the wreckage for evidence but capsuleers intervened. After destroying the CONCORD officer, Silonneri's fleet issue Tempest came under fire from capsuleers. Despite the best efforts of logistics pilots struggling to keep Silonneri's ship alive, it was soon destroyed."

So: Sutola Endoma was a traitor. Silonneri Balginia is CONCORD (=good guys?) and he blows up the traitor. The players then "help" by blowing him up? Won't it be quite hard to keep a storyline going if the players keep destroying everyone, regardless of which side they're on?

Posted: May 17th 2010 3:56AM Brendan Drain said

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Sutola Endoma was a CONCORD officer (EVE's police, the good guys) that was posting cover-up stories in the EVE news and on the forums. They were claiming that the Sansha raids on planets were actually capsuleers (players) fighting and tried to discourage players from engaging the Sansha fleets. Players responded by blowing Sutola up at a few days ago, which sparked a lot of players arguing about whether attacking CONCORD officials was a good idea.

Fast forward to the other night and Sutola Endoma was discovered to be actively helping a Sansha fleet. Silonneri was a Republic Fleet (The Minmatar navy) commander who suspected Sutola of wrong-doing and blew him up to try and find evidence to prove it. Some players then attacked Silonneri as he became a valid criminal target and players will generally shoot anything they're allowed to! Despite some players trying to heal Silloneri's ship, it blew up.

The events in high security space are easily controlled. If CCP doesn't want key actors blown up, they won't be criminally flagged or won't enter the battlefield until they're finished doing their vital task. In low security space, it's a bit more complicated as players will shoot anything that moves. Interestingly, however, pirates usually turn up to aid the Sansha fleets because that's possible in low security space. So far the storyline is pretty solid and CCP have woven player actions and the outcome of events into it well.
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Posted: May 17th 2010 7:32PM Darkdust said

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Just to point out that EVE doesn't really *have* any "good guys," and CONCORD certainly has not been viewed in that light historically. Like any other faction, they have their highs and lows. One of the many things to like about it...
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Posted: May 17th 2010 11:27AM (Unverified) said

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Great article! Though I have a love-hate relationship with EVE's relatively slow pace compared to WoW, the lore and politics never fail to intrigue. :)

Posted: May 17th 2010 2:30PM Darkdust said

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Don't forget how they've started to integrate player backgrounds: Slave Heavenbound02 actually started as the (off-screen) family of Seriphyn Inhonores, a well-known roleplayer heavily involved in the storyline.

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