Recently two books about EVE Online have become available for purchase, so I thought I would take a moment to gesticulate in their general direction.
Empires of EVE
The first is Andrew Groen’s opus about the Great War in New Eden, Empires of EVE.
The product of a Kickstarter campaign almost two years back that funded almost immediately and went on to exceed all expectations, the result is a wonder. It is a compelling read, a story well told that doesn’t require knowledge of EVE Online to enjoy. The only way to surpass the book is to hear to Andrew Groen talk about it (as I got to at EVE Vegas), as his passion for the topic clearly comes through. And there are even a couple of screen shots I took as illustration, including one of my favorites on page 145.
The screen shot was from the DBRB fleet to attack Raiden capital ships in BWF-ZZ back in 2012. Unfortunately, in the book, it is mis-captioned as a Machariel fleet when it is a Hurricane fleet. But who am I to complain about minor errors? I make more than my share.
Anyway, now that the Kickstarter backers have received their copies, you can get your own copy of the book. There is a site setup that lets you purchase the book through Amazon. I assume there is some benefit to Andrew in the purchase being referred from his site, so I would use that if only to encourage him to work on a volume II, because if there is a single problem with the book, it is that it leaves you wanting more.
There is also a video to go along with the release of the book about the siege of C-J6MT.
The book is available in hardcover, softcover, and Kindle format.
So we have that. But wait, there is more.
Internet Spaceships are Serious Business
Launched a bit more quietly than Empires of EVE, this is a more academic look at EVE Online.
If Empires of EVE is the tale of a war, Internet Spaceships are Serious Business is a guide to what the game is about and the motivations of people who put enough into the game to make something like the Great War come about.
I grabbed the Kindle version over the weekend and started in on it. It is welcoming to those uninitiated to New Eden and doesn’t assume you know much as it builds, chapter on chapter, about the game.
As with Empires of EVE, it is available in hardcover, softcover, and Kindle format over at Amazon.
So if you don’t necessarily want to play EVE Online but enjoy reading about it, here are a couple of chances to get immersed in the topic without even having to download the game.