Posted by Corelin
Most MMOs have some sort of RP community. EvE is no exception.
Everyone plays EvE with some expectation of enjoyment, whether from “fun” or “accomplishment” or whatever source they expect. To some extent we all engage in a certain detachment from reality to play EvE. We hold different morals, we take part in actions that would otherwise be impossible for us.
The RP Community tends to stretch things a little farther. The folks I’m most familiar with are Mike Azariah, the unlamented Aralis, Tech 4 news, and the Arek’Jaalan project. Mike has a very entertaining blog called “A Missioner in EvE” where he writes from the standpoint of his main and puts a summary at the bottom for those (like me) that don’t want to work our brain muscles out to get the point. It seems to me that Mike has a solid grasp of the game and understands that his narrative is subsumed in the greater narrative “written” by other players and he takes reverses to it in stride. For example the BTL split and logi griefing in incursions.
This stands in stark contrast to Aralis who seemed more and more disconnected from EvE as time went on. He could not adjust to the fact that he did not define the narrative and that things would not automatically go in the course he wanted them to happen. As such he drove CVA into the ground repeatedly and refused to act even in his own interests until finally resigning in disgust at what “had been done to EvE” and how unfair it was to him.
Tech 4 news is a group of people who report on a plethora of issues in an in-game format. Unlike the EvE Tribune or EN24, they stay in character and report on issues that the in-game media would cover, including out of game issues that provide some (non-canonical) insight into the universe of New Eden. They write entertainingly and are worth checking out.
The Arek’Jaalan project might be the most amusing and serious of the groups to me. Their Project Compass was an attempt to map Wormhole Space relative to the known New Eden cluster. I find this amusing because they were doing some serious math to get this information. Sadly CCP changed how certain mechanics work to make their task impossible using those methods. They took it in stride and are adapting. I find it serious because the long-term result of all this could be staggering. Currently the EvE Universe covers ~8500 light years on a plane. This gives a radius of ~50 light years. Assuming it’s a circle and giving me a decent margin of error. The wormhole cluster (according to the information AJ gathered) was indicating 1250 or so light years away. Some smuggler stargates can cover excessively long distance, but even if they stretch them to 25 light years / gate, that is 50 jumps one way. That’s a long way.
Eventually New Eden will be expanded again, with new regions added, and possibly changes to the current ones. Someday there may be mechanics to explore non-wormhole areas that you could build your own gate in, and develop your own regions. Back in 2009 there were talks about this, and plans about this. Not in any detail I’m guessing, but certainly at some level. Imagine some day being able to expand new eden all the way out the wormhole cluster, maybe even beyond. I think it would be cool, even if it started with a a bunch of lolrpers.