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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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34: Dominion Analysis

TMC Archives 2009-12-07

I had a few ideas for this week’s column, but it kept getting put off. Not because I didn’t have a topic, but because I kept finding myself playing a spaceship game called “Eve Online” in my spare time, a…

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33: Preparing for Patch Day

TMC Archives 2009-11-30

Survival in EVE is never easy, and life in New Eden becomes even more Darwinian when patch day hits. The Tranquility server goes up and down like a cheap whore, the markets are thrown into total chaos, and alliances scramble…

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32: The Most Dangerous Agent

TMC Archives 2009-11-18

No player personifies the ‘operator’ class of agent quite like this man, who has chosen to be referred to as ‘Darwin’s Accelerator’ for this interview. Unlike many agents who pull off a big win and then bask in fame after…

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31: Lessons from a Failed Invasion

TMC Archives 2009-11-01

Invasions are one of the more common events in nullsec, yet they are always the focus of intense interest, captivating the attention of the playerbase. The vast majority of invasions fail, with the aggressing alliance falling afoul of the defender’s…

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30: Dominion Preview

TMC Archives 2009-10-20

Barely over one month to go until Dominion releases, and at last – amidst the flotsam and jetsam of post-Fanfest flus, hangovers, and developer chit-chat – at last we have some hard data, real numbers, and SiSi patches to pore…

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29: Partying the Right Way at Fanfest

TMC Archives 2009-10-05

As I write this, Serious Gaming Journalists are rushing to scoop each other about the Dust 514 announcements and various changes to EVE gameplay uncovered at Fanfest 2009. In about a week we’ll be able to link to interviews, EVE-TV…

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28: Irresponsible Speculation Edition

TMC Archives 2009-09-29

I bash this out on the verge of my red-eye flight to the land of ‘people who eat rotten shark and make spaceship games’ for the 2009 EVE Fanfest – my first time attending the event. One goon helpfully offered…

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27: The Five Types of Alliance Leader

TMC Archives 2009-09-15

With the upcoming Dominion expansion’s emphasis on introducing a broader section of the playerbase to the joys of alliance life and warfare, now is a great time to examine some of the most common types of leader. In the past…

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26: The Doomsday Epitath

TMC Archives 2009-09-08

News is beginning to leak steadily about the upcoming Dominion expansion and its planned changes to the sovereignty mechanics, both from official channels like the CCP blogs, and from conversations with developers at events like PAX. Of all the radical…

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25: Unholy DUST

TMC Archives 2009-08-24

A week full of big EVE news occurred while I was away in the wilds of northern Michigan on vacation, sans internet. Nothing provides entertainment in New Eden quite like wondering what the beer-addled Devs are going to pull out…