Sins of a Solar Spymaster

0 Sins of a Solar Spymaster

49: The Summer of Discontent

TMC Archives 2010-08-01

MMO players are notoriously hysterical creatures, even by the frightening standards of gamers. Protected by the anonymity of internet forums, even the tiniest of issues with a title is swiftly magnified into an epic, howling casus belli, one which often…

0 Sins of a Solar Spymaster

48: New Trends in Nullsec Wars

TMC Archives 2010-07-14

We live in interesting times in New Eden; the metagame of nullsec is changing, and I don’t just mean in espionage. These are a number of long-term gameplay adjustments that are only now becoming obvious, and they will impact everyone…

0 Sins of a Solar Spymaster

47: A Crisis of Excellence

TMC Archives 2010-06-27

There’s something recursively Orwellian about corporate slogans; even the most innocuous of them will, in time, become emblems of shame and hypocrisy. We’ve seen this recently with BP’s long-standing green marketing campaign collapsing in the face of the Gulf Oil…

0 Sins of a Solar Spymaster

46: The Facebook Expansion

TMC Archives 2010-06-14

It’s been a few weeks since the release of Tyrannis, and I find myself continually finding excuses to delay writing a review of it. First I put it off because the entire focus of Tyrannis – its headline feature, Planetary…

0 Sins of a Solar Spymaster

45: Advice for a New CEO

TMC Archives 2010-05-30

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks for me. I’m on the verge of retiring from law at the ripe old age of 31, leaving Washington, DC for Madison, WI, and have bought a house there in preparation for the…

0 Sins of a Solar Spymaster

44: Expression Games and EVE Espionage

TMC Archives 2010-05-17

Espionage aficionados – regardless of if you prefer the spaceship or real-world variety – should immediately read Malcolm Gladwell’s article in this week’s New Yorker about the WWII British caper ‘Operation Mincemeat‘. Mincemeat was judged by its masterminds to be…

0 Sins of a Solar Spymaster

43: Rethinking Profit

TMC Archives 2010-04-25

EVE is a game based upon an idealized capitalistic economy, a place where every market participant is immortal and cannot starve, where goods always work as advertised and there is no regulation whatsoever – a post-scarcity dystopia. For the vast…

0 Sins of a Solar Spymaster

42: The Tyrannis Farce

TMC Archives 2010-04-18

We have entered that last critical phase before the release of the next major expansion in EVE, Tyrannis. Considering the chaos and hijinks that preceded the release of Dominion, Tyrannis has so far been a bit of a damp squib…

0 Sins of a Solar Spymaster

41: Galaxy in Flames

TMC Archives 2010-03-28

Wretched peace has plagued New Eden for months, and if we are lucky that will soon come to an end. Spring is upon us, and with that a new crop of wars are just beginning to blossom across the galaxy….

0 Sins of a Solar Spymaster

40: The Death of the Sandbox MMO

TMC Archives 2010-03-16

In the midst of the drunken binge which was the GDC, I learned a few things about the direction of the MMO industry. None of these things made me particularly happy, even though they were supposed to excite the gaming…

0 Sins of a Solar Spymaster

39: Twilight of the Great Powers

TMC Archives 2010-02-18

In the aftermath of the cataclysmic self-annihilation of Goonswarm – and its immediate rebirth as SOLODRAKBANSOLODRAKBANSO [LODRA] alliance – I’ve found myself in the unusual position of assisting in the reconstruction of an alliance from the ground up. Usually, alliances…

0 Sins of a Solar Spymaster

38: Self-Immolation for Fun and Profit

TMC Archives 2010-02-03

The saga of Goonswarm could only end in two ways. The first was the way 90% of alliances die, a tale so humdrum that it draws preemptive yawns as soon as someone begins launching into it: yet another tale of…

0 Sins of a Solar Spymaster

37: War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning

TMC Archives 2010-01-21

At last, war has returned to Delve. We may look back on the past week and say that this was the beginning of the Third Great War, or we may end up merely smirking and giggling and making one of…

0 Sins of a Solar Spymaster

36: All Bugged Up

TMC Archives 2010-01-11

Dominion! A galaxy full of war! Large scale conflicts in every major sector, TCUs and SBUs popping up all across New Eden, fleets and supercapitals exploding and dying in appropriately dramatic ways! It’s a pity that the servers are horrifically…