The Guardian’s Gala

mistwarden 2019-02-15

This article was co-written by Dirk Stetille

On Tuesday February 12, the Guardian’s Gala event returned to New Eden, scheduled to run until downtime on February 25. This server-wide event brings back the Spirit SKIN line, as well as new “Amaranthine Mantle” SKINs and new Facial Augmentations. The event also introduces new Inquest ‘Hedone’ implants, as well as bringing back the Inquest ‘Eros’ implant series. The much-appreciated Agency and skill training boosters also see a return in this event.

The event announcement promised “new and exciting challenges, visuals, and content” with this two-week event, which brings a fresh take to the annual Guardian’s Gala. This promise has mostly been fulfilled, with CCP having introduced new visuals to the event sites themselves and a new mechanic to allow players to benefit from these sites. Alongside this is the tried-and-true Agency points scheme for specific rewards, which is the source of the Amaranthine Mantle SKINs and Cerebral Accelerator blueprint copies, making this event the first in which players must construct their accelerators before use.

The Agency

As is usual for these Agency-curated events in recent months, players wishing to participate will be awarded points for the fulfillment of Agency tasks. These tasks range from killing a set number of rats, to mining a set amount of the event-specific “Amethystic Crystallite” ore, to killing other capsuleers flying Serpentis and Angel Cartel ships, and award between five and twenty-five Agency points upon completion. The points will then award you with rewards upon accumulation of set amounts, at 20, 120, 300, 400, 500, 600, 740, and 1000 points for each stage.

These rewards are where the new Amaranthine Mantle SKINs originate, as well as the Cerebral Accelerator BPCs and Facial Augmentations. The full list of rewards are a 5-Run BPC for the “Basic Ardour Cerebral Accelerator”, a 4-Run BPC for the “Standard Ardour Cerebral Accelerator”, 200 Cherubic Heartburst Fireworks, and Amaranthine Mantle SKINs for the Talos, Tornado, Vindicator, and Machariel.

These rewards seem on par with what players should expect from a change to their PvE activities – good looking SKINs, and accelerators. That said, the necessity of building the accelerators is slightly jarring, especially given the fact that the boosters require event-specific material which is also required for the Paradise Club rewards, forcing players to choose between accelerators and Paradise Club random drops.

The Paradise Club

The Paradise Club is the new reward mechanic introduced by this Guardian’s Gala, and it demonstrates some of the new structure visuals CCP’s art team has been working on recently. The structure itself is an Astrahus citadel, and is adorned with holographic banners showing the Angel Cartel logo. These banners are just an accent effect, but it’s tastefully done, not at all loud or cringeworthy, and this will no doubt look cool when CCP implements them on player-owned structures.

The new mechanic associated with the Paradise Club, though, is slightly less less universally great in this iteration. When you complete Gala sites by killing the named “Guardian Angels Barachael” rat, there will be loot in the wreck – this loot may include items and SKINs, but will almost definitely include a “YC121 Guardian’s Gala Ticket”. This ticket can be deposited into the Paradise Club, along with 5 units of “Chromodynamic Tricarboxyls” and thirteen million ISK, in exchange for a random reward. These rewards can be anything from a single Shadow Serpentis or Domination module through to multiple faction or deadspace modules.

Good or Bad?

Regarding the Paradise Club, nobody is certain of the full loot table, but the general community response appears to be that these exchanges are not generally worth the ISK cost. It should be noted that this is, in fact, a new way of sinking isk – spend ISK on plexing, use the time and effort mining an ore, then spend ISK to reprocess the ore into materials, and finally give these items over along with an ISK cost. The issue with sinking ISK in this manner, though, is that the reward for sacrificing liquid ISK is apparently not worthwhile for players who are engaging with the event.

In addition to the less-than-fantastic loot situation, CCP should also consider the site distribution. This event has not created a site in every system on a timer, but equally it hasn’t followed the 2018 Operation Frostline pattern, providing a site in every constellation. This middle-of-the-road solution definitely ensures that loot drops are not the primary reason to run these events, but it equally means some players in space cannot see any sort of site spawn for hours on end.

Overall, this event seems to be not terrible but not exceptional either. We at INN hope you are enjoying the event, and hope CCP will consider these opinions for their next server event.

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Comments

  • Moomin Amatin

    Great news! What we need is more skins and loot boxes. PvP balance and AT are a waste of CCPs valuable development time.

    February 15, 2019 at 7:21 am
    • Havish Montak Moomin Amatin

      Here here. I agree. We need another loot box game. Let’s have an in-game casino too.

      February 15, 2019 at 9:22 am
      • BuckStrider Havish Montak

        They can even name it something cool like ‘EveBet’ or ‘I Want Isk’

        February 16, 2019 at 2:30 pm
        • Alaric Faelen BuckStrider

          Just name a war after it.

          February 16, 2019 at 2:44 pm
  • Guilford Australis

    2018 was the year I stopped doing solo PVE, for no particular reason. Ratting, mining, exploration, event sites – I basically do none of it anymore. The only PVE content I still experience is the occasional Incursion, which I enjoy primarily because it’s a social experience and the community I fly with is awesome.

    I used to like these special events quite a lot back when they were straightforward combat sites that dropped loot. As CCP introduced more and more layers of grindy pointlessness, I stopped participating. I ran a site during the last event – whatever that was – and got a blueprint copy from the site which I was supposed to use with ore from another site to build my own reward, which wasn’t anything special to begin with. I gave away the blueprint and didn’t do any more sites. I’m not sure adding a randomized casino element to that already-tedious model was the best plan for Guardian’s Gala.

    February 15, 2019 at 5:15 pm
    • Alaric Faelen Guilford Australis

      I totally agree. Other than Incursions with friends, I just don’t PvE much at all anymore. The beauty of SRP- suddenly there is no need to grind isk, and so you just….stop.
      None of these events hold any interest any more. Some weren’t too bad, others pretty lame. But none of them stand out as being memorable moments in my time in Eve. Same as the AT honestly.

      Burn Jita on the other hand…..now that is an event I look forward to every year.

      February 15, 2019 at 6:35 pm
      • Guilford Australis Alaric Faelen

        I almost mentioned SRP as one of the reasons I no longer do PVE. I’m nearly always in an SRP-eligible situation when I undock, so there’s no need to grind ISK anymore.

        February 16, 2019 at 3:42 pm
  • This event doesn’t sound very fun. What was wrong with simple sites where you could just roll up in a cruiser and spend ten minutes shooting some rats to get some drugs? Thought these were supposed to be casual affairs for bored players… making the sites hard to find and annoying to run kind of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it? If I wanted to put up with that garbage I’d go run escalations. At least then I have a shot at making real money.

    February 18, 2019 at 2:54 am
  • Geoffrey Francis Carlin

    This has got to be the worst pointless process yet – hamster on a wheel type experience. I am slowly detaching from Eve – Spectre fleet and some good friends keep me coming back.

    February 18, 2019 at 8:14 pm