Two step, member of CSM6 and now CSM7, has written an interesting little piece about the amounts of ISK entering and leaving the EVE economy. His information is based on a lot of projections of data provided by CCP Diagoras in his frequent "stat tweets". For instance, in several cases, he tweeted the amount of ISK that entered the economy in a single day of rat bounties, for instance. Two step then projected that figure to a full month. As a result, the figures can't be regarded as anything but very raw estimates. Interesting nonetheless, though!
It was also kind of interesting to me how CCP got their thunder stolen when someone pulled the models for the new missile launchers off Sisi and then made a Youtube video of them. In particular, the missile launcher models have "reload" animations, something the turret models don't have that I've ever noticed. Kind of makes you wonder if reload animations will be added to the turret models...
As I've already said, the team that developed the new missile launcher models did an incredible job, and should feel very proud of themselves.
Incidentally, I really like the new bomber models, too. They're nice work done in a very short period of time. The bombers had to be changed to fit the new bomb launcher model (which is unrefined awesome). When I saw the unauthorized preview of the bomb launcher on Youtube, the first thing that occurred to me was "how are they going to fit all those interior details on the Hound?" (which famously has absolutely nowhere to hide its ammunition and cargo, much less interior details). The Nemesis didn't occur to me since I've never flown one, but it has the same problem.
The art team is going to have to work hard to make those torpedo launchers not look ridiculous on the bombers. We'll see how they do.
What happened with Mittens wasn't the only controversial event that happened at Fanfest. CCP is keeping it rather quiet, but apparently there were problems with the "Sisters of EVE" tour this year. One of my alliance-mates came back with a tale of an over-turned four-wheeler and some of the people on this tour having to be checked out at the local hospital... I hope everyone is OK!
In addition, word also came out during Fanfest that CCP Dropbear was let go. This one turns out to be a false rumor: Dropbear voluntarily quit for personal reasons, and it happened well before Fanfest. The responsibility for in-game live events is passing to CCP Goliath. Hopefully we'll have more of these very soon!
Three more CSM items that don't really rate their own posts.
I'll have more to say about this in two posts over the next day or two, but Seleene, Two step, Trebor Daehdoow, and The Mittani appeared on EVE Radio yesterday to talk about the Alliance Panel debacle and its aftermath. The part of this story that doesn't deserve its own post is that what remains of the CSM had a long discussion with CCP Xhagen this week, where several things were decided:
- CSM7 will start with 13 people. Korvin will not get the 14th seat; and,
- there will not be a revote, nor will there be any extraordinary measures taken regarding redistributing Mittens's 10,000+ votes; and finally,
- who the CSM chair will be was apparently decided.
Second, almost forgotten in Mittens's participation in the Alliance Panel was his participation in the CSM Panel. Something that happened during the panel Q&A that I found very amusing was that one of the questioners stepped up, and while looking straight at Mittens, bemoaned the fact that the he believes the same people get elected year after year after year. Mittens had to gently explain to him that he'd only been on the CSM for one term. The response: "Really?" Hee!
Kind of ironic, in retrospect.
Third and finally, the CSM Panel video isn't up on Youtube yet, but when it does go up, watch it. While you're doing so, you'll note that the director alternates between close-ups of the person answering a question, and wide shots of the entire CSM that was present. When things go to a wide shot, ignore the person answering the question and check out the body language of the other CSM members. It's really quite enlightening. Example: pay attention to the rest of the CSM when Meissa Anunthiel answers the question about wormhole stabilizers.
A quickie: I went to fill in a bug report and I could not for the life of me find the bug report web page in the new EVE Online website (and I tried). I ended up Google searching "EVE Online bug report" to find it. For reference, here it is:
Finally, a really interesting one that doesn't quite merit its own blog post here, mostly because I wasn't involved. Still, I find it fascinating.
One of the tricks that POSs can do is tell you their exact distance in space from other POSs owned by the same corp. The purpose to this functionality is to make building jump bridges easier. Jump bridges have a range of 5 light-years and as a result, the functionality was included in the POS information so that you can tell if the two POSs you're thinking about linking are close enough. These days, I suspect most people just use the dotlan EVE maps to design their jump bridge chains.
But the functionality exists in-game, and that's nice too.
Some very smart people decided to use this functionality to try and determine how far wormhole systems are from each other, and from known space. This is something they called Project Compass and it was very, very clever! It's been known for quite a while now that w-space systems tend to cluster, both with each other, and with common systems in k-space. But this was the first attempt to try to "map the network."
CCP caught word of what they were doing and removed the functionality of mapping distance from w-space POSs in Crucible 1.5, so Project Compass had to be shut down. I think Poetic Stanziel probably has the best overall write up of the project and its aftermath.
Why did CCP remove this functionality? There are all kinds of theories from simple "dickish behavior" to more complex "they want to retain the mystery of w-space." Certainly, nobody from CCP has said anything about this. One of my alliance-mates brought up a very interesting theory. Don't know if it's original or not, but he surmises that wormholes don't take you to another place, they take you to another time. Specifically, wormholes take you to the past, before the arrival of the first human colonists to New Eden. Therefore, CCP took out the POS distance functionality because the distance calculations are not possible: the two POSs exist in different timelines!
He brings up a lot of lore to back this theory up, and frankly, I don't know enough about the lore myself to know whether this theory holds any water or not. Sure is an interesting possibility, though!
And that's it, junk drawer is yet again empty. :-)