There's no player-run website (yet) that gives players these sorts of travel advisories about activities going on in New Eden. To date, if you wanted to know if a lot of people were being killed somewhere, there were a few ways to do it:
- pull up the in-game star map, and bring up the "pilots killed in the last 24 hours" or "pilots killed in the last 30 minutes" stat; or,
- go to dotlan's EVE maps and look at the upper right hand corner, or just go straight to their stats page; or,
- more recently, use the EVE Online website's browser-based map of the game.
So, it was kind of funny to see some explanation of how to do this in the recent dev-blog wrapping up Burn Jita from CCP's perspective. The bulk of the dev-blog covers a lot of the technical aspects of how TiDi and server load were managed over the weekend. If you're interested in the technical aspects of the game, that part is worth reading. But even if you're not interested in such things, the first few paragraphs which are sort of "baby's introduction to the star map" are kind of amusing.
The following section of the dev-blog explaining why so many ships were dying in Jita is even more amusing. The dev-blog doesn't come right out and say "Hey! You! Make yourself more informed about in-game events, will ya?" but it's pretty darn close. Guess the GMs fielded a lot of petitions...
Though the number of such things CCP fielded wasn't mentioned in the dev-blog. ;-)
But the little graphic that I opened this post with is the funniest thing of all. When you clicked it, it took you to the browser-based map that I linked to earlier. That means it wasn't a player-purchased advisory (done by, say, the "Save Jita" forces). It means someone in CCP took the time to make the graphic, get it into the queue for such things on the log-in screen, and point it at the proper place in the EVE Online website.
It also means that someone in CCP made a conscious decision to nudge the sandbox a little, in more or less real time. That's interesting to me, because I can't recall CCP ever doing that before. I wonder who it was that did that, and why? And will they do it again the next time the Goons or someone else decides to strike Jita or other markets again, this time by surprise?
Anyway, just something interesting to think about. Happy Saturday!