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17: The Archive of Tears

TMC Archives 2009-06-28

Espionage in EVE is typically done to provide strategic intelligence to the alliance leadership or for raw profit. But that’s not entertaining enough for the GIA. Not only do our agents serve an intelligence function, they keep an ear to…

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16: The History of the Second Great War (2/2)

TMC Archives 2009-06-15

Meanwhile, In Period Basis: April 15th – April 25th Something had to be done to staunch the coalition’s bleeding in Querious. Pilot participation was in the gutter, and increasingly it seemed that the average pilot viewed Querious as an irrelevant…

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15: The History of the Second Great War (1/2)

TMC Archives 2009-06-09

The Second Great War is inarguably the single most catastrophic event in the history of New Eden. It is the largest war in EVE, with more than 30,000 pilots directly involved. It is the most destructive, with more assets destroyed,…

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14: People of RISE

TMC Archives 2009-05-31

When writing about war in EVE – the extremely serious business of pixelated spaceships blowing each other up in hopes of controlling an imaginary galaxy – I often find myself adopting a tone of glib nonchalance. After all, the whole…

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13: The Participation Game

TMC Archives 2009-05-18

I returned home from Las Vegas with a two-day hangover and the unsettling realization that my alliance, Goonswarm, was on fire. Not ‘on fire for Jesus’, either – we were getting our collective asses handed to us by KenZoku, our…

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12: Proxy Wars – The Fall of ISS

TMC Archives 2009-05-18

It wasn’t supposed to end this way. Count Ta’Sessine and Serenity Steele had envisioned a new form of business in EVE, a venture capital group devoted to populating the deserted tracts of 0.0 with outposts, the ferociously expensive player-created stations…

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11: EVE and Loathing in Las Vegas

TMC Archives 2009-05-12

I first realized that my trip to the ‘EVE Vegas’ was going to be light on EVE and heavy on Vegas when, while seated at the Baccarat Bar in the Bellagio, my newly-minted CEO Zapawork began instructing me in the…

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10: Bastard’s Bluff

TMC Archives 2009-05-02

If you want to change the course of a galactic war overnight, what you need is not pilots, ships or isk, but a combination of sadistic opportunism, luck, and outright bastardry. Meet Intrepid Crossing (IRC) and their closest friends, Ethereal…

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9: Sci-fi Sharecroppers

TMC Archives 2009-04-26

It was the sort of offer that RISE, an alliance based in Cloud Ring, couldn’t refuse – not because of a mafia-esque strong-arming, but the more subtle coercion of greed. Leave their home in a resource-poor, cramped and irrelevant region…

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8: Newbies in Space

TMC Archives 2009-04-18

It was Janurary of 2006, and North Star Networks (NSN), a corporation in the elite Mercenary Coalition alliance, was running into trouble. They had been hired on a short-term contract with a simple mission: go to S-UA84 in Syndicate and…

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7: Creating a Sovholding Alliance

TMC Archives 2009-04-11

In EVE, the taking and holding of conquerable space by alliances in 0.0 is the closest thing to ‘endgame content’ available in another MMO. Unlike raiding in WoW, which almost anyone who plays gets a chance to try at some…

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6: The Propaganda War

TMC Archives 2009-04-03

It was 4/4/09, the prophesied day of reckoning for Goonswarm. After weeks of stalemate, the counteroffensive led by Against All Authorities (-A-) to restore KenZoku (RKZ) to the status of a spaceholding alliance was finally bearing fruit; sovereignty of the…

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5: How to Infiltrate a Hostile Alliance

TMC Archives 2009-03-28

I recently gave a talk as part of EVE University’s 5th birthday celebration on the topic of how newer players can get involved in espionage far more easily than other aspects of the game. One of the questions which kept…

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4: The Necessity of Espionage

TMC Archives 2009-03-21

There is a peculiar philosophy of ‘honor’ that crops up in internet games whenever real loss is unavoidable. When playing Counterstrike, or (god forbid) trying to PvP in World of Warcraft, you kill the other guy and he loses nothing;…