I haven't done a "distant voices" post in quite a while -- where I feature stuff I like from what other people are writing. Plus, this month's junk drawer is filling absurdly fast for some reason. So let's empty some of it with some quickies, one per paragraph.
Let's start with the best news I've had about EVE in a while, something that will make the learned among you squeee with delight. Look who's blogging again.
Speaking of blogs, CSM9 wormholer corbexx has also started a blog. Sooner or later, it will make the Infrequent But Important cut, but I need to do some weeding in there first.
Few more pointers to blog posts. Kirith Kodachi made up a very simple little diagram that explains what racial skills you'll need to fly each pirate faction. The diagram also amply explains how CCP Fozzie didn't get around to "filling the void" this time around: there's still no pirate faction that combines Caldari and Minmatar skills. I would have thought a skirmishing missile ship would have been an obvious choice... In the meantime, if you want to get into pirate ships, train Gallente.
I'm never going to be a fan of Gevlon Goblin, but I have to admit that this post he did analyzing the CSM9 election results is quite a worthwhile read. If you're interested in the topic at all, go give it a look. Yes, it's absurdly full of grr Goons.
Danny Centauri is starting to attract my attention as one of EN24's best new writers. I don't always agree with him -- more on that in a second -- but he writes some interesting stuff. Here's an early analysis he did a week or so ago on who he believes will be the winners and losers of the coming industrial changes.
But on the flipside, this "analysis" by the same author on PLEX prices is a little bit silly. Note to Danny: causation and correlation are two different things. I agree PLEX sales volume is going down and I agree supply and demand will sometimes be a factor. But you should have at least mentioned there might be other factors. Still, this one trip-and-fall isn't going to make me stop reading his stuff.
Here's something interesting that isn't a blog post: CCP Greyscale has written in quite a bit of detail what he looks for in terms of player feedback on his work. My thanks to Wilhelm Arcturus at The Ancient Gaming Noob for the pointer!
I found this analysis of armor tanking done in a presentation by Quantum Cats Syndicate really interesting! Go give it a read.
This Rock, Paper, Shotgun article on Fanfest by Brave Newbie Rich Stanton ably captures both the good and the bad. It's definitely worth a few minutes of your time; it might be the single best article written about Fanfest I read this year. In particular, I'm very curious if CCP is going to try to quell the madness that surrounds the Dev Pub Crawl a little bit next year.
"EVE players scare me sometimes." -- CCP Guard
Irony alert! Read (or really, just skim) this forum post. Then check out what corp the author was in when he wrote it.
And finally, I didn't say anything about it at the time, but I believe this post from back in January by CSM8 member Malcanis is a work of art. I can't decide if I agree with it (most of the time I don't). But I get more out of it every time I read it. Obviously, it connects rather intimately with both my recent posts "The seven percent solution" and "Post-leadership New Eden". Thank you so much to the dozens of you that commented on both of those posts! You've given me a lot of think about.
Whew! See what I mean about the junk drawer being absurdly full? Now it's much emptier.