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Jester’s Trek: Whither the gnome?

Well, here’s a good reason why you should have a member of your alliance on Twitter.

Today the name of the station in CR-AQH — owned by my old alliance, Get Off My Lawn — is “Fujimo asks Who stole our Gnome”.

Early on December 1, @montolioEVE tweeted the following:

Alliance Maintenance was somehow unchecked on TEST/DAWWW today, I wonder if this is why LAWN disbanded?

It quickly spread from there to the #tweetfleet:

#tweetfleet Guess what? The update unticked the auto-pay for Alliance bills. A couple sov holders fell over so far. Check your alliances!

montolio then confirmed that the bug was rather wide-spread.

So far TEST, DAWWW, c0ven, nulli secunda, ewoks, gents, spacemonkeys and other alliances have found alliance maintenance unchecked.

In short, what seems to have happened is during one of the Crucible patches, the check box that virtually every alliance has ticked indicating that all alliance bills should be auto-paid was unchecked for a number of alliances.  While a number of alliances noticed it, my old friends in LAWN apparently did not.  When downtime ticked over on 1 December, the LAWN alliance was disbanded and closed, all of the corps that were part of it were kicked out, and all LAWN sovereignty in Pure Blind was dropped.

Whoops.

What seems to have happened next is a bit unclear, but a corp called “Special Projects Corporation” reincorporated the alliance under the same name and the same ticker.  Sov has been reestablished in all of LAWN’s previous systems (over a period of a couple of hours the same day), though things seem to be restarting at the lowest level of sov again, indicating that structures like Cyno Jammers and the like are almost certainly off-line.  I’ll have to chat with some of my old LAWN friends and see if CCP is going to do anything about this, but if past experience is any guide, the answer is likely to be “no”.

I have no doubt LAWN was told that paying sov bills is their responsibility and they should not rely on any sort of auto-pay feature.  CCP isn’t the greatest about fixing their own mistakes, and are quite good at blaming the victim when their mistakes cause people problems.

So why is the CR- station called “Who stole our Gnome”?  Well, periodically, CCP will update the game’s internal database with the graphical logos of alliances that submit those logos in a particular format.  This isn’t something that happens very often — maybe two or three times a year — so it’s important to get your logo to the right people before these updates happen.  The alliance logo appears in game when you do a Show Info on the alliance, on Territorial Claim Units, and may someday even adorn ships.  The trick is, the logo has to be unique, original, and approved by the appropriate parties in CCP before it gets put into the game.  And as I said, once it’s approved, it can be months before the logo actually appears in-game during the next such logo update.  When these updates happen, dozens of new alliance logos are put into the game at the same time.

More than a year ago, LAWN had an internal vote between two potential alliance logos, and chose one of them, a stylized garden gnome wearing combat goggles and wielding a shotgun, pictured at left.  It was submitted to the appropriate parties within CCP and apparently rejected for reasons which were unclear.  The first opportunity to get it into game came and went.  It was sent up again, apparently approved this time… but still didn’t appear in game.

The third opportunity for it to appear in game was a month or so ago, and finally, it was approved, was slated to appear in game.  I even specifically asked if the LAWN logo had made the cut and was told that yes, it had. 

Except as far as I could tell, it didn’t.(1)  😉

Whoops.

Anyway, sometime between then and now, when I wasn’t paying attention, the gnome logo finally made it into the game.  Just in time to be lost again when sov was dropped and the alliance had to be reconstituted… without its logo.

Whoops.

So that’s why the CR- station has the name it does.  😉  Guess we’ll have to see how long it is before the gnome makes a triumphant return…

Ripard Teg

(1) A funny thing about all this is that apparently everyone in the appropriate department in CCP loved the gnome logo, and told a LAWN alliance director so.  “WE LOVE THE GNOME!” he was told.  Why — despite this — there were such delays in getting the logo into game was always a source of much amusement and curiosity within LAWN.

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18 Comments

  1. dreamersofreality

    Still think their name is funny.

    December 6, 2011 at 7:09 am Reply
    1. Honey Badger is hilarious once u "get it"
      [youtube 4r7wHMg5Yjg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg youtube]

      December 6, 2011 at 7:46 am Reply
      1. Gumpin

        Jumped the eve shark. Send it along to the next MMO.

        December 6, 2011 at 8:18 am Reply
        1. Don't give a shit

          SsssCRAPS. Waddya say stoo-pid.

          December 7, 2011 at 11:22 am Reply
  2. DarthNefarius

    So what is the GM's response on these petitions? Our DEVs screwed you again… nuthin we can do about it… go fill out a bug report after a few months we hope you'll forget about it.

    December 6, 2011 at 7:51 am Reply
    1. J.H.

      Nothing. The first petition is still open, unanswered (was created during downtime the day we were disbanded – noticed it on dotlan. So that's 5 days ago). The second petition was closed with "we're working on this matter on a different petition". Third and fourth petition open and unanswered.

      December 6, 2011 at 9:21 am Reply
    2. guest

      As a matter of fact, yesterday I received a response about a bug (completely unrelated) that I opened some ten months ago. The guys better not hold their breaths while waiting.

      December 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm Reply
      1. David Star

        The responses are really random. Some petitions get answered in a day or two, while others take weeks. Our alliance had an issue, 6 people submitted the same petion over a week. Three were never answered, two recieved a useless stock response, and one was intellegently answered in a helpful way.

        December 6, 2011 at 3:17 pm Reply
  3. Anonymous
    December 6, 2011 at 8:38 am Reply
  4. Rainbow Dash

    This article is hilarious :)

    December 6, 2011 at 8:56 am Reply
  5. Newb

    CCP isn't you'r personal financial clerck. If its all so unfair, why hasn't sov dropped all over the place?

    December 6, 2011 at 10:23 am Reply
    1. Val

      because everyone has different deadlines, you twat. LAWN got unlucky because theirs occurred right after the patch.

      December 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm Reply
  6. CCP Focus on Eve

    Its been long enough hasn't? Must we really have that editors note " he's one of the most active bloggers in eve……… " in every repost article of jesters clogging the preview snapshot??

    December 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm Reply
  7. XXX

    Our logs show nothing.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm Reply
  8. Widotgrunt

    In my experience, alliance logos are bad luck.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm Reply
  9. DarthNefarius

    This reminds me of hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy when Vogons destroy the earth:
    "There’s no point in acting surprised about it. All the planning charts and demolition orders have been on display at your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for 50 of your Earth years, so you’ve had plenty of time to lodge any formal complaint and it’s far too late to start making a fuss about it now. … What do you mean you’ve never been to Alpha Centauri?"

    December 6, 2011 at 5:47 pm Reply
    1. DarthNefarius

      Never ever listen to CCP's poetry it is the third worst in the Universe. The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a recitation by their Poet Master Grunthos the Flatulent of his poem "Ode to a Small Lump of Green Putty I Found in My Armpit One Midsummer Morning" four of his audience members died of internal hemorrhaging, and the President of the Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one of his own legs off. The very worst poetry in the universe was written by Poetic Stanza about E-UNI thankfully it was eaten up and Ganked by CCP's forems :)

      December 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm Reply
  10. anonymous

    On another note when did they say time dilation will be coming out?

    December 6, 2011 at 8:33 pm Reply

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