Friday, 28 August 2009



ccp at pax, 4-6 september and more....

reported by CCP Manifest | 2009.08.27 15:47:57 | NEW

Each year we use the convention season to gear up for Fanfest. Once again we'll be bringing EVE Online to Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in Seattle. 4-6 September. It's one of our favorite shows each year, bringing the unbridled enthusiasm of video games to the downtown area. We'll have developers in tow and some stations set up for your PvP pleasure, so please stop by if you are planning on coming.

In addition, we'll also have a couple panels at DragonCon (Atlanta 4-7 Sep) and a booth setup at Austin Game Developer's Conference (Austin 15-18 Sep). If you are in the area or attending any of those, please join us!


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Tuesday, 25 August 2009



new chronicle: the human painting

reported by CCP Fallout | 2009.08.24 15:49:11 | NEW

They say that Jacus Roden, one of the biggest arms dealers in the Federation, is an eccentric freak, a lunatic whom the Federation's elite Black Eagles can easily overcome. But no one, especially their leader Mentas Blaque, would ever expect the delicious deviousness of Roden uniting the e***TRANSMISSION INTERRUPTED***

"The Human Painting" is a new EVE Chronicle written by CCP Gnauton. Published every other Monday, Chronicles are intended to examine the various aspects of life in New Eden. The entire list is contained here, and a comment thread for this particular story may be found here.


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Monday, 24 August 2009



Downtime News: Monday, August 24, 2009

In order to fix the Minmatar Epic Arc “Playing All Their Cards,” we will be extending our normal downtime on Monday, August 24, 2009 by a few minutes.


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Saturday, 22 August 2009



Summer Buddy Program Comming to a Close.

reported by CCP Zymurgist | 2009.08.22 07:54:30 | NEW

There is still time left to win a trip to Fanfest 2009. The 2009 Summer Buddy Promotion is quickly coming to an end. There are only 9 days left for you and a buddy to win a free trip to Iceland for Fanfest. To enter, simply tell your friends about EVE and get them signed up with a buddy account! For rules and information see this EVElopedia page.

See you in Iceland!


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Friday, 21 August 2009



eve online apocrypha 1.5 deployed

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reported by CCP Fallout | 2009.08.20 17:45:36 | NEW

The EVE Online Apocrypha 1.5 deployment has now been completed and Tranquility is open for business. This latest patch in the Apocrypha series contains some fantastic new content in terms of Epic Mission Arcs, multi-sized rigs, changes to bays and holds and much more.

Patch notes are available for review and we would encourage anyone who is experiencing any game play issues to submit a bug report and we will investigate the matter as soon as possible. A feedback thread and issues thread are also available to help make us aware of any problems or feedback in general.


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note on cargo hold changes in apocrypha 1.5

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reported by CCP Fallout | 2009.08.19 18:00:56

We wanted to call attention to some extensive changes to the amounts that cargo holds will be able to hold on certain ships. Please be advised that if, after Apocrypha 1.5 is deployed, your ship's cargo hold is too full, you will be stuck in space.

Carriers, dreadnoughts, titans, and Motherships class ships base cargo capacity are affected by this change. The affected ships are:

* Motherships: Nyx, Hel, Wyvern, Aeon
* Carriers: Archon, Chimera, Thanatos, Nidhoggur
* Dreadnoughts: Revelation, Phoenix, Moros, Naglfar
* Titans: Leviathan, Erebus, Ragnarok, Avatar
* Black Ops: Redeemer, Widow, Sin, Panther
* Jump Freighters: Ark, Rhea, Anshar, Nomad

Apocrypha 1.5 has a long list of changes and additions. Be sure to review them prior to deployment on Thursday, August 20, 2009. You may discuss the upcoming patch in this thread.


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Wednesday, 19 August 2009



unholy rage

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reported by GM Grimmi | 2009.08.17 15:05:09 | Comments

For the better part of 2009, we here at CCP have been formulating new strategies to address the issue that all persistent services on the Internet ultimately face, i.e. the data persisted in our systems has meaning to people and everything that has meaning has value. Frankly speaking this has been something that we have been strategizing about since 2004. Even though we have throughout the years kept the Real Money Trading element at bay with manual actions from our game masters, we have always realized that this is a bigger issue that needs to be addressed with innovation and thoughtfulness. As early as 2005, we came up with the seed which was later released in November 2008 as the Pilot's License Extension(PLEX). It has had many names through the years such as 28days and CCP Points, and it has been refined and iterated to the point that it is accepted by you, our players, as something that adds value to EVE and that is something we care deeply about.

So our solution is based on two vectors; managing the demand for ISK and addressing the supply of "illegal ISK." In my previous blog I had mentioned PLEX and how that creates an official channel that keeps the value within the EVE ecosystem. Now it's time to talk about the "Unholy Rage." The name might sound dramatic to you, but it is representative of the sentiment that many here at CCP feel towards the RMT element which we feel is exploiting our game (in the original French meaning of the word). We feel violated, but we still understand that we must address this in the manner of the FDIC not the SWAT.

Based on our new strategy and methodological process, CCP was finally prepared for a major offensive against the Real Money Trading (RMT) element in EVE Online. Codenamed "Unholy Rage," the operation was launched on June 22nd and is still ongoing. Previously, we had done some test runs to tune our systems, notably with the launch of Apocrypha in early March when we banned around 3,000 RMT type accounts. A lot of wisdom was gained from the tests we had done, and planning and preparations for another large-scale FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) style action went full steam ahead.

In the weeks and months building up to June 22nd we monitored and analyzed activity of ISK sellers, and in particular, their supporting groups of macro-miners, ratters, mission farmers and other RMT related units. The information obtained by this research was then used to identify further RMT type accounts and to prepare lists to process in the action. The preparations also included identifying various items of interest that we wanted to monitor and measure, such as market activity, server performance, petition trends and so on, as our intent was to examine the effects of the action in a scientific way and in as much detail as possible. Finally, a lot of work was put into gathering information on and collecting lists of RMT type accounts to be targeted in the operation.

During scheduled downtime on June 22nd a little over 6200 paying accounts were banned in one go.

Here's what happened:

The effects were immediate and dramatic. First and foremost, we saw a massive drop in the load on our server. I'd like to draw your attention to this:


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Now, that is a beautiful graph if I ever saw one. Check out that purple line representing average CPU Per User. This clearly shows the very disproportionate load the RMT type accounts imposed on our system. While the number of accounts banned in the opening phase of the operation constituted around 2% of the total active registered accounts, the CPU per user usage was cut by a good 30%. That is a whole lot of CPU for the rest of you to play with, people.

Load issues for certain solar systems that were hubs for RMT activity have also dramatically altered. Anyone who has travelled to Ingunn in the past can testify that this particular solar system was well clogged up with haulers and shuttles running missions pretty much 23/7. Here's a little graph showing the population in Ingunn before and after June 22nd.

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Clearly, the state of Ingunn has improved so dramatically that one can hardly recognize it as the same system. The same is true for many other systems previously chock full of macro miners and mission farmers.

Another great improvement is that space is now suddenly full of belts of oversized asteroids that were previously sucked up by hoards of macro miners of the RMT persuasion. Regular players are now starting to see mining as a viable means of making some ISK and they are moving in to take over the business.

One of the main focus of our monitoring is the effect this operation has had on the in-game market. As we expected, prices of Attribute Enhancement Implants were immediately affected by the bans. A good example of this is the Memory Augmentation - Standard implant.


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Immediately after the launch of Unholy Rage the average price (blue line) went up by nearly 100% and the quantity (red line) went down considerably. The spike there in quantity and the drop in price happened when RMT accounts that had been temporarily banned for research purposes became active again and flooded the market with implants they had stashed away. A permanent ban was quickly applied to all the accounts as it was quite clear that they would be returning to their old ways.

Aside from a few implants, the in-game market has been remarkably unaffected by all this. We have closely followed the total number of daily market transactions and total amount of ISK traded per day.


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As can be seen above those numbers have gone down by only around 10% overall.

In the weeks that have passed since June 22nd, we have continued to remove new RMT type accounts as they have been identified.

The war against the RMT element continues. We strive towards driving their operating costs to unsustainable levels. Our objective is to get rid of them, plain and simple. They are a heinous nuisance and a serious drawback on our systems and resources. Credit card fraud and account hacking is their game - the recent hacking troubles have been the work of the ISK sellers. They must be driven out and kept out.

This will not be possible without help from you, the players. The demand for ISK is what keeps the RMT element alive. They'll keep coming back as long as players are willing to do business with them. We realize that the demand for ISK will not go away and we offer an alternative.

The alternative I speak of is, of course, PLEX. The benefits of PLEX are enormous. Your money is channeled into making EVE greater rather than ruining it. Players are able to pay for their subscription that otherwise would not be able to play. It's win-win people!

Just say NO to RMT ISK.


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Tuesday, 18 August 2009



EVE Online Apocrypha 1.5 deployment Thursday, 20th August, 2009

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reported by CCP Navigator | 2009.08.18 15:12:15 | NEW

EVE Online Apocrypha 1.5 will be deployed during downtime on Thursday, 20th August 2009 between 6:30 until 12:00

This latest patch in the Apocrypha series contains some fantastic new content in terms of Epic Mission Arcs, multi sized rigs and changes to Black Ops Battleships. In addition there have been major fixes applied to our Need for Speed initiative, scanning and fixes to sound.

Patch Notes are available and a discussion thread for this deployment can be found here


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CCP Unveils DUST 514

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Our CEO Hilmar, speaking in a keynote at GDCE Europe earlier today, unveiled the first look at DUST 514, one of CCP's major projects that we've kept a secret for too long. Read more about it in the press release, look for more info coming here and keep getting friends to join EVE--as the massive universe of New Eden will be getting more massive in the future with DUST 514.

here is a good video og the game http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=772W3I-Vmps

also here is an interview with helmar ccp ceo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIEtw3QfFKk&feature=related


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Sunday, 16 August 2009



eve online apocrypha 1.5 mini expansion

reported by CCP Wrangler | 2009.08.15 11:41:13 | NEW

EVE Online Apocrypha 1.5 will be released on 20th, August, 2009. This mini expansion will bring new and exciting content to New Eden including four new Epic Mission Arcs, one for each of the main Empire factions. These arcs will be at Level 4 mission difficulty to provide a challenge even to experienced mission runners. Multi sized rigs will be available, allowing pilots to fit smaller rigs on smaller ships while maintaining the same effect. Changes have been made to Factional Warfare; lag has been reduced substantially allowing for much smoother fleet fights, loyalty point stores now offer substantial discounts on Navy Issue ships while incorporating unique faction modules to pilots. Players can earn loyalty points for the stores both by completing agent missions and by killing player ships belonging to the enemy militia. Black Ops Battleships now have a dedicated fuel bay that can be used to store fuel for their covert cynosural generators and jump drives while the Orca and Rorqual now have a dedicated bay for storing ore.

In addition to all of this new content we have made multiple changes to the scanning and probing mechanics, added to our ‘Need for Speed’ initiative to reduce lag and improve performance along with a host of other fixes and changes.


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win an interview with a ccp developer.

reported by CCP Zymurgist | 2009.08.14 15:18:32

Have tons of questions and a desire to get a chance to ask your favorite EVE dev? Here’s your chance! CrazyKinux is conducting a writing contest where the lucky winner gets to interview a dev in his podcast. For all the details, check out the CrazyKinux Web site, and feel free to discuss the contest in this forum thread. The contest ends on Wednesday, August 19, 2009. Good luck to all entrants!


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Thursday, 13 August 2009



new chronicle: the precious tableau

reported by CCP Fallout | 2009.08.12 14:30:19 | NEW

Welcome to our brand new holochamber, where all your dreams can be turned into three-dimensional virtual realities! Our newest model makes kings out of princes and turns the lonely into lovers. It can even edit out the mistakes of your unforgiving past into the promises of a brighter tomorrow. Be the hero of your dreams in your own virtual reality today!



"The Precious Tableau" is a new EVE Chronicle written by CCP Abraxas. Published every other week, Chronicles are intended to examine the various aspects of life in New Eden. The entire list is contained here, and a comment thread for this particular story may be found here.


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SQL Upgrade Pushed to September

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have decided to perform the SQL upgrade in early September after we deploy Apocrypha 1.5. More information regarding this downtime will be available at that time.


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Monday, 10 August 2009



The BIG "Triple Titan" Lottery

This is a BIG Lottery special with three prizes, each being a titan (incl. a travel fit)

1: Avatar
2: Erebus
3: Erebus

(check website for fittings)
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Each ticket costs 10 million ISK, with no limit on amount of tickets.
Each ticket is valid for all 3 draws (so 10 million ISK could win you 3 titans!)
30,000 tickets will be sold, for a total of 300 billion ISK.
Send your ISK to BIG Games in multiples of 10 million ISK, with reason Titan (make sure it's the *exact* text)
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Any errors (in reason or amount) will result in your purchase buying you regular BIG Lottery tickets (note that the BIG Lottery has a cap of 10M ISK, so anything above that will be lost)
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The BIG "Triple Titan" Lottery ends when 30,000 tickets have been sold.
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If you buy tickets after the lottery has closed (all 30K tickets are sold), then your purchase will be refunded, up to two days after the draw.
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The winners will be found via the same public method as has always been used with the BIG Lottery.
Check the BIG Lottery website for details.
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Ticket receipt can be found on the website (only works in the IGB)
Do check the time on the website for when the next update is (updates are done approx once every 65 minutes)
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Good Luck all!



This comp has nothing to do with www.evehub.blogspot.com
source of the comp: EvE insider forums
Good luck all!


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Extended Downtime on Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tranquility will be offline for an extended downtime on Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 in order to upgrade the database to SQL Server 2008. Downtime will begin at 08.30 GMT and will be completed by 12.00 GMT.


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Sunday, 2 August 2009



win a trip to fanfest!

reported by CCP Fallout | 2009.08.01 14:47:31 | NEW

The Buddy Program summer promotion is still going on. For one more month you will be able to enter the drawing to win a free trip for you and your buddy to go to Fanfest! For every buddy invite sent out between July, 01 2009 and September 01, 2009 that signs up for an EVE account enters you into the drawing. See the EVElopedia page for more information.


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come join us on sisi for apocrypha 1.5 testing!

reported by CCP Navigator | 2009.08.01 00:34:59 | NEW

Over the coming weeks our QA Dept will be conducting rigorous testing of Apocrypha 1.5 on Singularity. Live testing on Singularity is important for us to effectively stress test changes for this upcoming release and to ensure that they work correctly. We are looking to get at least 100+ players participating in these events, but if we get 400 then we will have much better results. If you wish to participate then please see the Test server information thread in our Test Server Information channel. A full list of details and dates is available at this thread courtesy of CCP Tanis.


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Saturday, 1 August 2009



vote for the ennie awards!

reported by CCP Fallout | 2009.07.31 08:26:46 | NEW

White Wolf has been nominated for a number of ENnie Awards this year and voting is open until this Saturday, August 1, 2009. Game companies from around the world send in their products, and a panel of judges chooses their top few in each category. But, after the nominations are determined, the general public casts the deciding votes. You can be part of the process by going to this URL: http://www.ennie-awards.com/voting/ballot.asp

Our Nominees are in the following Categories:

*Cover Art - Scion: Ragnarok
*Best Writing - Hunter Horror Recognition Guide
*Best Rules - Hunter: The Vigil
*Best Adventure - The Rose Bride's Plight
*Best Monster/Adversary - Night Horrors: Grim Fears
*Best Supplement - Hunter: The Vigil & Scion: Ragnarok
*Best Aid or Accessory - Hunter Horror Recognition Guide
*Best Regalia - Art of Exalted & Hunter: Deadly Prey
*Best Electronic Book - Collection of Horrors: Razor Kids
*Best Free Product - Hunter: The Vigil Quickstart
*Product of the Year - Hunter: The Vigil & Scion Ragnarok

While we would love your support and hope you would vote for us, the important thing is to vote! Please pass the word on to your friends and give them the URL as well.


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