While I was sleeping in a bit this morning EVE Online Fanfest was kicking off in Iceland. Expect a pile of EVE Online news to show up from various outlets.
The first bit of news I caught was Andrew Groen’s announcement that he was launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund another book about EVE Online. Called Empires of EVE: A History of the Great Wars of EVE Online Volumne II, it picks up where the last book left off.
I am really excited to see this come out because this gets into my era of null sec. The first book was about null sec forming into factions and having its first great war. After that is the era of fallout from the war, changing alliances, as well as the biggest battles and wars seen in the game.
Definitely of personal interest to me as I was in some of those wars and many of those battles.
Of course, Andrew Groen knows his stuff, both when it comes to writing such a book and promoting a Kickstarter campaign. Having announced the campaign on stage at Fanfest earlier today, the modest $12,500 goal, as SynCaine noted, was reached very quickly, then doubled, and is past being tripled as I write this, with 28 days left to go.
That is how you get it done, parade it out in front of the core audience. If that World of Warcraft Diary Kickstarter campaign from last month had been announced on stage at BlizzCon it might have succeeded even at its rather aggressive funding level.
Anyway, I was in with a pledge as soon as I could for a hardbound copy of the book.
This comes at a point when I was wondering what Andrew Groen might be up to. The first Empires of EVE book was a success, selling over 15,000 copies in various formats, with the audio book version coming out last summer to help bolster that number. (I own it as a hardback and an audio book, so put me down for 2 copies I guess.) Not bad for a book about a niche title in a niche genre.
Since the book first shipped he has talked about other projects. There was an Empires of EVE Lectures podcast series that was going to fill in some of the gaps left by the book. Between September of last year and January of this, that put our five episodes then stopped. There was talk of a project to expand it scope, to maybe talk about other games, but I never saw anything come of that. So I was wondering if he had finally had enough of New Eden.
I guess not.
Now for the worst part, waiting for the book to be done.