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77: On Accountability

TMC Archives 2012-02-04

At this year’s Fanfest Alliance Panel, I drank myself into a stupor and said something I deeply regret. After sobering up and discovering what I had said, I did my best to apologize to the player I insulted. I made…

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74: Stupid CSM Tricks

TMC Archives 2012-01-12

The election cycle for the seventh Council of Stellar Management, EVE’s democratically-elected player advocacy group, is about to begin. A brief history of the CSM: CSMs 1-4 were essentially powerless, but laid the groundwork for CSM5 to have the power…

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73: The Fall of Branch

TMC Archives 2012-01-02

It has been a busy January. My bloc, the CFC, conquered Branch, wresting it from the Russian powerhouse White Noise; I was named the “Most Influential Player” of 2011 by EveNews24, even though the editor-in-chief despises me (there was a…

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72: Summit in the Sunless Land

TMC Archives 2011-12-12

There is a manic biological imperative that takes hold when you are denied direct sunlight – beyond an unsatisfying gray and oppressive haze – for a week, and then at last exposed to the full brilliant sunlight that we who…

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71: The Winter Summit – What is to be Done?

TMC Archives 2011-12-05

The best thing about Iceland in the glacial heart of winter is that there are no tourists. Only the Icelanders themselves, a handful of somewhat confused expatriates wondering what they got themselves into, and madmen. As I write this I’m…

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70: Crucible’s Winners and Losers

TMC Archives 2011-11-20

It is an alien feeling to sit down and write about an EVE expansion in a positive way. Not positive in the ‘taking a stand to defend an awkward position’ sense, not positive in a careful, equivocal way, but actually…

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69: Memento Mori

TMC Archives 2011-10-28

Barely a week after a much-heralded refocusing on spaceship content for EVE and a blog from the CEO of CCP, Hilmar Petursson, which hinted that he has finally ‘gotten it’, CCP slashed 20% of their staff in what may be…

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68: Groupthink and Ganking

TMC Archives 2011-09-13

It’s not often that a MMO company reverses their core development plans, apologizes to their customers for their failings, and proceeds to push out a series of acclaimed, necessary changes to their flagship product. In fact, though my gaming industry…

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67: The Incarna Postmortem

TMC Archives 2011-09-10

The EVE playerbase is beginning to show signs of outrage fatigue, like a long-suffering American leftist. The latest major controversy since the Incarna release began with a blog and a graph. The good news is that this graph did not…

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66: EVE’s Outliers

TMC Archives 2011-08-09

Time to confess: I’ve finally gotten around to reading Malcolm Gladwell’s books, particularly Blink and Outliers. Gladwell is of one of the most gifted science popularizers; his writing is tight and anecdotal, using singular examples to illustrate academic research –…

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64: EVE is Surreal

TMC Archives 2011-07-25

EVE is Real, they say – that’s the flashy new ad campaign, backed up by an impressive video showing an almost-realistic fleet fight that could have taken place – in a bygone era of an alternate reality where people actually…

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63: Delivering Disaster

TMC Archives 2011-06-22

June has been a cruel month to CCP. In the sprint to push out Incarna – the controversial ‘Walking In Stations’ expansion – on June 21st, no less than four significant scandals have taken place over the course of a…

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62: The Crisis of the Northern Coalition

TMC Archives 2011-05-24

Vale of the Silent has fallen, Geminate is long-lost, Majesta Empire and RAGE (for their sake, I have helpfully eliminated no less than four periods in their alliance name) are in retreat, evacuating to Tribute,  the bastion of Morsus Mihi…

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61: In Defense of Incarna

TMC Archives 2011-04-23

I am going to write something tremendously unpopular, something which will get me accused of being a sellout (a function of my ‘free trip to Iceland’ as part of being CSM Chair, no doubt) or a CCP marketing shill. The…