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Excessive exposure to magic and chainmail bikinis along the way led to a fascination with unusual topics that cloning technology just couldn’t cure. The Nosy Gamer an obligatory read for every serious Eve Online aficionado.

The Nosy Gamer: Instead Of Pandas

One of the arguments we heard in favor of the Aurum store in Eve Online last year was that CCP needed the capability to keep up with the competition in the area of cash shops.  I don’t think CCP has too much to fear in that department anymore with a cash shop providing the major revenue source for DUST 514, but the fallout from the controversy around Incarna left the Icelandic company seriously behind in a critical technology for today’s MMORPGs: pandas.

So how is CCP trying to compete with Blizzard, whose release of Mists of Pandaria this week mocks CCP’s technological backwardness?  They are reaching back in time and running a live event in advance of Eve Online’s winter expansion and the integration of DUST 514 into the New Eden universe.  CCP’s live events tend to run for weeks as the player base experienced in the run-up to the Incursion expansion released in November 2010. 

CCP doesn’t just come out and state a live event is planned or underway.  They tend to leak the news out to various outlets.  I know that one place was Tech 4 News, which published clues that a live event was about to begin.  A few hours later the Angel Cartel conducted a raid on the Genesis Vaults on Oddelulf III in Molden Heath.  During the fighting capsuleer pirates aided the Angel Cartel and the anti-Angel forces were unable to thwart the raid.

Defending forces began to plan for the next Angel attack on the second of the Genesis Vaults sites.  The site originally was believed to be on Yishinoon II in Derelik, but that information was questioned as why would the Matar Society for Natural Preservation run a site in Ammatar space?  Further inquiries discovered the true second location on Bogelek II.

For those unaware of the planet, Bogelek II is a temperate planet in the Akaimamur constellation of Heimatar.  Located in a system with a security status of .4, the system boasts one station operated by the Gallente Aliastra corporation.  The station 4 jumps from the nearest outlet to high security space only has refining and repair facilities.  At this time I can’t tell you if the station has a celestial object suitable for use as a destination for an instawarp destination when leaving the station.  While I’ve operated in the area, that was a couple of months ago and I’ve forgotten because I just went ahead and made a bookmark for the purpose.

If past history holds form then Oddelulf and Bogelek are just the first shots fired in the live event.  I expect the live event to extend through the launch of the winter expansion, which historically is the last week in November or in early December.  If CCP wanted to integrate DUST into Eve, then I can’t think of a more epic way to do so than through a live event.

– NosyGamer

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12 Comments

  1. pew pew

    Space pandas

    September 29, 2012 at 6:17 pm Reply
  2. Akrasjel Lanate

    I heard other eve players dont like roleplayers (those real ones that create history for there chars and develop it while they play the game)

    September 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm Reply
    1. D20

      Not a roleplayer myself. But I enjoy having some background content to this game. And I think roleplayers add to that. This game is what you make it to a large degree.

      September 30, 2012 at 3:20 pm Reply
      1. Meat Gazer

        Eve is not a game. Eve is a way of life. Get the shit str8. Whoever this ex-wow fag is needs to take his panda talk to the lil boys bathroom.

        Yeah i'm madd, Who wouldnt be when some Wow'dict comes into our universe and spews the non-sense this guy does. Pandas? Anyone over 12 and with good common snese knows pandas are jus for furries, gay twinks, and anime child touchers. Buncha pedo-bears if you ask me. Ooglin over Pixels. Fucking disgrace to humans the world over.

        September 30, 2012 at 10:39 pm Reply
        1. Anon

          Reading is hard no…

          October 1, 2012 at 4:33 pm Reply
        2. prodeb

          "Eve is not a game. Eve is a way of life."

          nope just a game, sry to break it to you

          October 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm Reply
  3. Akrasjel Lanate

    PS. We dont know YET will this Angels cartel events tie to Winter expansion ot Dust 514

    September 29, 2012 at 7:44 pm Reply
    1. M1k3y

      I can definitely see CCP tying Angel attacks on planetary facilities as part of a live event/storyline into DUST 514

      Orbital bombardment, NUKE IT FROM ORBIT!!!

      September 29, 2012 at 8:52 pm Reply
  4. Pantera

    Maybe there'll be Angel Incursions soon. Added with an Nano-Fit-Capable-Angel-Supercarrier of greatest epicness that every super-rich player will want to have compared to the over-expensive/over-rare Superturd of Sansha origin.

    September 29, 2012 at 8:05 pm Reply
  5. dude

    Is eve about to die AGAIN .. say it ain't so .. atleast you don't have to buy the eve expansion .. blizzard adds few more lvl's .. copy/paste some new area changes stats on items and boom .. pay up bitch AND you pay monthly on top of that

    September 29, 2012 at 8:15 pm Reply
  6. Lube

    go back to WOW, you fagda!

    October 1, 2012 at 6:56 pm Reply
  7. recollector1973

    Ok, as an EvE player since 2007 and WoW player since 2005, I can tell you one thing : I will ALWAYS love EvE, no matter if there wil be no expansion 10 years from now on.EvE did not changed into GOOD or into BAD.This is what I like about this game, as opposite to WoW, who only changed into BAD…except this latest expansion.

    One must understand that EvE, while can be played solo, very few actualy can do it AND enjoy it.In WoW, while it is easier to get fat rewards if you play in groups, you can get them a bit later, but you still get them.That makes WoW a very solo game.

    And I am not even going to start about player maturity between the two games.It is quite obvious.

    I only hope CCP to make a good job with DUST and EvE.Not that this will attract more players into EvE, but will make EvE more interesting and keep old players in.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm Reply

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