First, rulesaremyenemy on Twitter was nice enough to produce an absolutely lovely 360 degree panoramic shot on Sisi of the new nebula, though he didn't say in what region this picture was taken:
Looking at it, I think this is going to be the perfect mix of the deep black of open space, the grey-brown of the galactic ecliptic, and just enough color to let you know you're definitely in New Eden. TGL3 also produced a very impressive three-picture series showing off Cloud Ring that is -- if anything -- even more impressive. As I said on Twitter myself:
@TG_3 Holy crap, is that nice work! The nebula team should be REALLY proud of themselves. @CCPGames #tweetfleetAnd to that I hold.
Second, please go read what I suspect will be one of Mynxee's last blog posts related to EVE Online. Mynxee, I am very sorry to see you leave this game, and I hope to cross paths with you again, perhaps in another future MMO if not this one. o7
Next, after saying that the CSM6 communication strategy needed work, I'm gonna go ahead and take credit for this thread on the EVE-O forums. ;-) In it, Mittens will apparently be answering direct questions from EVE players. If you have one for him, go ahead and post it. It's a great idea, and should have been done long ago, but now that it's up, I hope that it will stay active and that other CSM members will contribute to it as well.
A week or so ago, I started asking for additional blogs or websites for my list of links. I've started watching most of the blogs in the comments to see if they'll hit the posting rate that I'm looking for. One, by PoeticStanziel, is succeeding so far, so I'm going to go ahead and link to this blog. Go give it a read. Right now, it's mixing very interesting new player-oriented posts with posts about a circumnavigation of New Eden. I'll be adding at least three or four more blogs links. I was also pointed to a wonderful tool called the ICSC Jump Planner, which I had somehow never heard of. I normally use dotlan to plan jumps in my capital ships, but this tool is much superior! Go check it out. Also check out the "Jump Range" link on the left, which is also quite useful.
Iam Widdershins put together an excellent list of the summary of upcoming changes in the winter expansion on the EVE-O forums. Go give it a look. There's nothing new there if you've been keeping up, but it's a great single-stop shop for seeing the entire list of what we can expect on TQ before Christmas.
And finally, there is yet another video blog today:
As you can probably see, it features the best visual ever showing why CCP Tallest has that name. ;-) That said, if you've been keeping up the last four or five days, there isn't a lot of new information in this video, either.
It does feature an extremely tired-but-happy looking CCP Soundwave. Someone's clearly working hard. There's also two new drop-ins: first, CCP is planning on a POS "fuel pellet" which will be "made", strongly implying that there's going to be another new BPO out there. My money is on that BPO manufacturing a fuel pellet by combining the current five PI POS fuels (and probably Heavy Water and Liquid Ozone as well). When you anchor your POS, drop in POS fuel pellets, drop in the appropriate isotope, and you're done. This will go a long way to reduce or eliminate the annoying math associated with keeping POSes fueled. It's also briefly mentioned that POS anchoring timers might be going away!
Second, Soundwave also mentions that "we've upped the value of anomalies", not collectively, but individually. Individual anomalies will be worth more. This is a good step toward backing off the April Sanctum/Haven nerf, but probably doesn't go far enough yet to address the imbalance between high-sec, wormhole, and null-sec PvE incomes. Those living in worthless space will still be living in worthless space. But hey, it's a start.
Other than Mynxee's announcement, good stuff all around!