As I stated in my earlier post, I'm combining a "Best of 2011" retrospective with a good old-fashioned pledge drive.
I wrap it up here by saying thank you: thank you to everyone who's read my stuff this year, commented on it, and argued about it, both from the people who think I'm way smarter than I actually am to the people that made me realize that I'm sometimes a moron about this game. ;-)
As to the pledge drive itself, I want to say again how overwhelmed I've been by the show of support. There's been virtually no trolling, virtually no "GTFO, noob", virtually no dickish behavior of any kind. So for that, thank you! Thank you even more to those of you who chose to contribute. More public thank yous, this time to Jarth Skyrunner and Karbox Delacroix, both of whom were very generous, so: thank you very much.
Thank you also again to those who sent very kind comments and encouraging wishes, and all of the contributors both public and private. Anyone who doesn't think EVE players aren't generous when they want to be is wrong. Your support means a lot.
There will almost certainly be one more "thank you" post before the end of the year. I sent out some EVE mails to contributors asking if they wanted their contributions to be public or not, and some of those EVE mails haven't yet been replied to.
This is the last post of the pledge drive, so there will be no further shaking of the tin cup after this. Of course, any time you want to send contributions my way, I won't say no. ;-) Again, thanks very much to those of you that have contributed. To those and the rest, thanks for reading, and I hope you'll continue to do so!
Here's what I thought was my best post in 2011... and it wasn't hard at all to choose.
#1: Some curves aren't
As I've said already, I'm a metrics guy. So when I chose to turn my experience with metrics to the topic of how many people actually play EVE, the net result was a post that struck through the EVE blogosphere and the forums like a lightning bolt. I got dozens and dozens of messages thanking me for writing this post and asking me questions about it. Everybody seemed to be talking about it. The Mittani took this post and the graphs provided in it and did nothing less than publicly rub CCP's face in them like a dog that has soiled the carpet.
And surprisingly... it worked. ;-)
The flat-line player curve after the release of Incarna had everyone talking, everyone commenting, everyone arguing about what it all meant for EVE's future. And once CCP sat down and really looked at the hard numbers, they had little choice but to come to realize that Incarna was an overly ambitious failure that was providing no benefit to their business. It's certainly not what they could have wished for. It's not even what I could have wished for; I still want EVE to break out of the niche that it's in and I thought Incarna could help. But you can't argue with the facts. And these facts changed the course of CCP in 2011.
This is a post that I fully intend to follow up on, but getting hard PCU data out of CCP has become harder and harder as the year has gone on. CCP really is trying to shut off the flow of data about their game. Still, I'm not going to give up and if I can get the data to continue my analysis of CCP's 2011, you will be the first to know. ;-)
Hopefully, you've enjoyed this little retrospective. It was kind of amusing going through my output in 2011 and choosing what should be on this list. Did I miss any particularly memorable posts?