It is Friday and there are a few EVE Online items I want to bring up but that don’t quite merit a full post at this time. Not included in this is the September Monthly Economic Report, which I’ll get to on Monday. That I can string out into 1,500 words easy. Meanwhile, CCP it trying to outdo me with their own Community Beat post today.
- Introducing Quasar
CCP posted a dev blog this week titled Introducing Quasar, which is a look at the changes CCP has made, and further changes that they are contemplating, to improve server performance of EVE Online by getting around Python’s Global Interpreter Lock that keeps the game running on a single thread. Basically, if you take some housekeeping items off of the server’s to-do list, like skill plans, there is more bandwidth to track ships in space. As put in the post the goals are to “dodge the GIL and clear the table for moar lasers.”
There is some additional insight into this over at TNG.
- Totality Day Celebration
Come October 13th it will have been a year since the Triglavian Collective took the 27 systems they had conquered from the four empires and disconnected them from the previous gate network to for the new region of Pochven. (Which, among other things changed the shape of travel in empire space with the removal of Niarja.)
So… time for an anniversary celebration I guess? CCP thinks so and has some events planned according to this dev blog.
The Triglavians are still behind the other empires of New Eden as they don’t seem ready to offer login rewards for their event. Maybe contact with the other empires will lead them to this technology at a later date.
- Faction Warfare Report
Faction Warfare is often mentioned as one of the neglected aspects of low sec space in New Eden. You don’t hear much about it unless somebody is complaining that it is broken… or noting CCP’s neglect. But a group of Gallente pilots have started up a podcast, the Federation Frontline Report, to give some insight into that aspect of EVE Online. They also have a guest post up on INN about their efforts and what Faction Warfare is.
- SSO Endpoint Deprecation
For those who use the CCP APIs for various things, they are deprecating the old security authorization token interface, so if you are connecting to the using ESI or using the EVE SSO for user authentication, you need to update to the v2 versions of the API by November 1st. Details are available in a third party developer blog post.
- Mega Skill Point Packages
There was a post over in r/eve this week from a player with an account that had been dormant since 2010 who received an offer from CCP to buy 50 million skill points for the low low price of $999.99. Another user reported an offer for 12.9 million skill points for 229.99 GBP.
I didn’t get an offer, but I dug around in an account that was last Omega maybe three years ago and found I had a special offer for 8.1 million skill points for $199.
I am sure we could find a few other data points and figure out how many skill points you get offered based on how long your account has been dormant.
- Monocle Offer
It has been a little over a decade since the Incarna expansion, which got the player base to explode over a variety of issues. Often referred to as the “summer of rage,” the name that stuck for a lot of people outside of the game was “monocle-gate.” I covered the anniversary in a post earlier this year, including the fallout, resolution, and how things went forward from there. But monocles became the symbol due to a pricey eye piece that was added to the in-game store with the expansion.
While the monocle stuck around long after things simmered down, it remained a trigger for some, which is why it was a bit of a surprise to find CCP offering special monocles again in the in-store ten years down the road.
I can’t tell if this is CCP just looking for some new cosmetic item to sell or if they’re just trolling us a decade after their first monocle. And the monocles are only available until downtime on October 14th, so they’re trying to push the FOMO button as well… if anybody has any actual fear of missing out on a monocle I guess.
- New Player Experience Explored
Shintar sent this video to me, so credit to her. CCP apparently went out looking for streamers who had never played EVE Online to go through the recently revamped new player experience and give their response. They were supposed to go in without reading up or getting external help and just let the game guide them. Preach Gaming took on the challenge and put together a video about the experience.
It is kind of fun to watch as somebody who knows the answers. There are a few places where I don’t know how he ended up with a particular idea, but otherwise it seemed to go pretty well. Something that will come as a surprised to exactly nobody is that the problems began when he hit the now very out of date career agents, but I remain impressed that he figured out how to use probes and scan something down in under two hours with no external help.
Anyway, that is what was on my list.