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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…

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60: Deconstructing Fanfest

TMC Archives 2011-03-27

Reykjavik is a surreal binge, drowned in alcohol, broken glass, and – during Fanfest – thousands of socially awkward spaceship nerds, shouldering through the narrow streets and bumping into the ubiquitous sleek blonde eurotrash. It’s been a year and a…

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59: The Council War

TMC Archives 2011-03-17

It’s Council of Stellar Management season, and the contest for CSM6 is turning into the biggest all-out electoral slugfest yet. In New Eden, this shining example of ‘representative democracy’ is prosecuted through an election where lying, cheating, scamming, vote-buying and…

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58: The Fall of IT Alliance

TMC Archives 2011-02-26

The unthinkable has happened: our adversaries of the Great War, the core corporations which once formed Band of Brothers – the same corporations which laid the foundation of IT Alliance – have schismed, splitting apart into factions amid a storm…

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57: The Art of Nullsec War

TMC Archives 2011-01-30

Planning the conquest of a conquerable region is the rarest art in Eve Online, shrouded in more obfuscation and uninformed idiocy than even forensic counterintelligence. Only a handful of individuals at the highest level of alliance warfare have had an…