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23: Senates in Space

TMC Archives 2009-08-09

One of the most poorly understood aspects of nullsec warfare is the underlying political structures which create and define an alliance. Structured well, an alliance can survive incredible stress and bounce back from defeat; structured poorly, an alliance will implode…

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22: The Seven Types of Spy

TMC Archives 2009-07-28

Espionage is without a doubt the most glamorous profession in New Eden. EVE is practically the only game where one can assume the role of a spy in an environment where intelligence gathering is necessary and makes a real impact,…

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21: Surviving a Failure Cascade

TMC Archives 2009-07-27

While a detailed theory of how alliances disintegrate may provide some academic amusement, it doesn’t offer any practical guidance, except for the rare few who find themselves in a position of leadership. Yet all alliances die; if a pilot is…

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20: INSIDE THE FAILURE CASCADE

TMC Archives 2009-07-14

Nothing in online gaming quite matches the incandescent drama of a dying alliance. It is only in EVE that player organizations routinely exceed 1000 members. If you think World of Warcraft guilds are a hotbed of infighting and ridiculous squabbles…

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19: Hacking New Eden

TMC Archives 2009-07-06

Beyond the bleeding edge of the metagame, in the whispered realms of myth, supposition and paranoia, exist the wizards of EVE: the hackers. Not a day passes in New Eden without some foul event being credited to their misdeeds. Depending…

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18: The Jihad

TMC Archives 2009-06-30

We find ourselves in the aftermath of the Second Great War, the carnage and the confusion of the routing of Band of Brothers and their vassals from Delve and Querious. The balance of power has been overturned after three years…

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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…