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Friday, August 12, 2011

Things that make you go hmmm...

Along with eve-tribune.com, eve-news.com is kind of a third-string EVE Online news site.  Theoretical competitors to EN24, these sites sometimes do a decent job, but are badly hampered by their lack of frequent updates.  If you're going to run an EVE news site, you'd better have... you know... news.

So, when I was pointed there to read Mittens's latest address to his troops, I was a bit skeptical.  Still, the leak seemed real enough, and is mostly written in Mittens's style (or maybe he was just a little tired when he wrote it).  There's also very little new information here that wasn't in his last address, the one that was leaked to EN24 in late July.  In particular, GSF will be finishing the job of pushing NC Reloaded out of Pure Blind, but taking it slow and steady to discourage being overwhelmed by supercaps.  There's also some discussion of their new Welpfleet doctrine (essentially, cheap buffered Hurricanes).

Still, among all the :words:, one sentence jumped out at me.  It's part of the justification for what GSF will be doing in PB:
The Technetium party cannot last forever, and we cannot trust CCP to rebalance moons with any kind of competence – just look at what happened during the dys/prom nerf.

The statement is true, forward-looking... probably prescient... but also quite interesting.  There's definitely some 0.0 sov mechanic changes coming in the winter expansion.  That much is clear from CCP Soundwave's keynote at EVE Vegas and recent devblogs.  But has he or anyone else at CCP said anything in public about a moon rebalance as part of this effort?  It's not in any of the transcripts, Tweets, or blogging for EVE Vegas that I've seen.  It's certainly not come up in any recent devblog (though we're promised another new devblog from Greyscale and/or Soundwave soonish).  Did it maybe come up in one of the videos for the Alliance Tournament that I missed?

Have I missed some kind of public hint or announcement about this?

Reliable rumor has it that GSF is looking for a way to fund its reimbursement program without using moongoo to do it.  If that's true, it would be a pretty remarkable change from what's been the bedrock policy of virtually every 0.0 alliance's PvP reimbursement funding source for quite a while now.

Did I miss the announcement... or is Mittens just being super-cautious?  Or... just maybe... did Mittens hear something, in his capacity as CSM Chair, or while he had Soundwave slightly tipsy at some bar in Vegas?

Things that make you go hmmm...

12 comments:

  1. Yes, it came up in the Alliance tournament videos. I'll try and rewatch them and link you the correct one.

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  2. It's in the comments thread for the nullsec devblog. The CSM also mentioned it during fireside chat #2. Will find a comment link for you in a bit.

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  3. http://www.eveonline.com/ingameboard.asp?a=topic&threadID=1560795&page=11#314

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  4. @Mike: Thanks for the link! That's close, but it doesn't come right and say... err... anything. Certainly not about moons. I look forward to watching the video, if Anon1242 can find it.

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  5. Eve-tribute.com is probably supposed to be eve-tribune.com.

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  6. I think this may be the link:
    What are some of the big problems we are seeing right now in nullsec? (Resources and Tech)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h8C14yfHwg&feature=player_profilepage#t=556s

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  7. ^^ Thanks Mike, that is the part I was thinking of.

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  8. Watch the rest of that Video too. That Dev talks about wanting to give small gangs more objectives, like SOV. That post you had about SOV mechanics and the Eve clone game would fit nicely into what they are talking about. You may have hit the nail on the head there.

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  9. OK, watched the video, and yes, Greyscale mentions wanting to do something about tech in it. But it sounds rather long-term to me, rather than an immediate important goal for this year?

    Maybe I'm not reading enough into it? I dunno. It seems a rather weak thread to hang a whole alliance's wartime and reimbursement strategies on.

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  10. Well mittens himself has been a public advocate of moongoo changes, including tech. He has said this repeatedly (and most recently) in Fireside Chat #2. It's not to surmise that he is saying the same thing to CCP/BFF in the CSM forums and on Skype when discussions of nullsec resources come up. An end to tech = spice would be highly welcome.

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  11. *hard to surmise.

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