This post won’t be going into the things that CCP announced at EVE Vegas. Not in any depth anyway. Some of those items will get posts of their own, though some I will likely wait for the appropriate dev blog to show up before I cheer/jeer/panic.
Instead, being true to my presentation, this is more my story of EVE Vegas than anything else.
My wife and I probably made about the minimal duration visit to the event, flying in Friday in time for registration and having to catch a cab during the closing ceremonies to get out flight home. Silicon Valley is just an hour away from Vegas by air, which makes that seem reasonable.
This isn’t the worst venue on the strip but, as I noted last year, it does leave something to be desired. It used to be the old Imperial Palace hotel, easily the cheapest place on the strip in its day, and Caesar’s Resorts takeover and refurbishment of it was only a semi-successful attempt to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.
It isn’t a bad place to stay, and it is still reasonably price, but it ain’t the Bellagio or Madalay Bay or even the Cosmopolitan.
Our room was nice enough. We arrived before check-in, but if you upgrade your room they’ll get it for you straight away. After some discussion as to what constituted a “strip view” (the Linq is set back from the strip, so you most see the backs of other buildings) we ended up with a room in District 3 looking out over the High Roller Ferris wheel. It was very pretty at night.
During the day it was less impressive. That patch behind it is a construction site where Caesar’s Resorts are building even more stuff. Maybe that will be District 9.
Fortunately our room was pretty much directly across from my room last year, so I knew the paths through the hotel and the secret of the “No Casino Access” elevator that pretty much goes directly to the casino level.
The real problem for the Linq is that its convention/event space is really sub-par. Planet Hollywood had the sort of huge event areas that I am used to from professional events, with a lot of hallway space in between and some big open areas for people to congregate. The Linq’s space is relatively small and EVE Vegas used it all. That was good in a way, being the only event there.
The problem is that this was the biggest EVE Vegas so far, which meant something over 1,200 people from around the world showed up. However, the Showroom, where the keynotes were given on Friday can seat maybe 500 people tops, and probably not even that. So they had to put most of us in Social A to watch a live stream of the keynotes, which meant most of us in attendance ended up watching a big screen showing the same thing everybody at home was seeing. That is not optimal. And while there was free beer for the room, the supply was limited and ran out quickly.
There was a gap between the opening ceremony and the EVE Online keynote, during which I found Nosy Gamer and joined him at his perch near the back of the main hall, so I saw that live. It honestly makes a difference.
Anyway, the word is that next year EVE Vegas will be at a different venue.
The CCP Presentations
- Opening Ceremony
Mostly about the other projects CCP is working on. Posted to YouTube.
- EVE Online Keynote
Preview of things to come in-game and to be talked about in presentations. Also on YouTube.
The bit about War Decs was interesting.
Half of war decs come from five corps. Those corpse make about 105 kills for every loss they sustain. Only 4% of wars have a defender making a kill. But the kills per war go up significantly if the defenders have a structure. So the coming in December temporary solution is going to be to restrict war decs to corps that have structures, with a full re-work of war dec mechanics underway for 2019.
It was clear from the presentation and from talking to CCP Burger later that this was in the minutes because CCP had, at last, spent time looking into data around it and found it was worse than they expected, so CCP wanted to get it out there that it needed to be changed. PC Gamer already has an article up about it.
- Upwell Structures – The Future
Interesting and controversial as CCP maps out moving the last few POS restricted features to the Upwell format. Jump bridges without jump fatigue that can move titans. Waiting for the dev blog on that! But the new visuals for that, and for upgraded art for jump gates, are awesome.
- Project Nova
Interesting look at Project Nova. It is in pre-alpha but looks really good. They are clearly trying to find some positioning for it that doesn’t make it a space version of Call of Duty. You can sign up to be in the alpha.
- Ships & Balance
New triglavian ships. I missed some of this getting ready for my presentation.
- Introducing The Activity Tracker
I missed all of this because I was talking to Matterall, but they spoke about some of this at Fanfest earlier this year.
- Events & The Agency
This was good. Guess what, the Federation Grand Prix event was not popular. Who knew? I mean, besides anybody who actually tried it. Also, a big revamp for The Agency interface is under way as well as more events.
- Closing Ceremony
Was catching a cab to the airport, but it is also on YouTube already. It was announced that in 2019 one of the “away fanfest” locations will be Toronto. Good for Canadians and those in the northeast US.
They were all excellent. I showed solidarity with my fellow speaks and attended them all, and I was clearly in among some very talented people.
My own presentation wasn’t streamed and was at 4pm, which put it at the end of day two and just three hours before the party, so let’s just say that it was an intimate event. My wife counted just over 30 people present, and I only knew about ten of them already.
Still, it went well, people there were engaged and asked questions, and the wormholers at the back responded when I said they need to get somebody writing about what goes on there because I want to hear about it, but I’m not going to go live there to find out.
Probably the biggest loss due to presenting in that time slot was the person who went after me, Ahlea Corinth. His presentation, “Multiple Accounts = EVE On Steroids” was great. Fortunately, CCP cut back from Stream Fleet and streamed his presentation, so you can find it at the end of the day two stream at CCP’s Twitch site at about the 4 hour 43 minute mark.
My presentation was the only one not streamed and is lost to history. My moment of streaming fame came at the end of Talking in Stations on day three. I have a two minute summary there.
Or there is this image that I made as a summary.
Addendum: The Greyill put together links to all of the presentations in the recorded streams if you want to go directly to any specific one.
Drai’s is awesome. This is a high roller location. I can see coming to EVE Vegas and not getting a badge for the presentation if you want to hang out with friends, but the party… you have to get a ticket to the party.
The drinks were free (and not the cheap stuff either) the crowd was happy and having fun (though Rixx was scowling some in the ABA pit when I passed by and shook hands) things were loud, and Permabanned played, as they always do.
That brings the house together as well all know some of the words. HTFU remains the fan favorite I think, though Warp to the Dance Floor isn’t far behind.
This is why you go to EVE Vegas. I am glad my wife went with me, as I tend to be quiet in person (though often tagged as a “good listener”) but my wife, the sales rep, she will get into any conversation and has no problem talking to strangers. So we went around the event, and especially around the party, talking to people.
Of course, I talked to old friends from past events, like Matterall, Johnny Splunk, Nosy Gamer, and of course, the larger than life Dirk McGirk, who ran the Open Comms Show operations from a pool-side cabana at the Linq, where he was looking much worse for the wear after the Friday night Fremont Street roam. The cabana reminded me a bit of a civil war aid station, with worn bodies strewn about the loungers. But Dirk was looking out for me again and had an EVE Vegas Open Comms shirt for me.
Anyway, I will wrap this up with pictures of some of the people who I talked to at EVE Vegas, though I have a special one I want to call out.
I’m sure that will send Gevlon’s tinfoil hat spinning.
Anyway, this isn’t everybody I spoke to, just those that I somehow ended up with in a picture, along with some other shots.