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    [DevBlog] the passing of the torch: the future of eve

    http://www.eveonline.com/devblog.asp?a=blog&nbid=3355
    CCP Zulu:

    The past 18 months have been quite the ride. Since taking on the position of Senior Producer in the summer of 2010, EVE has gone through a lot of change.
    From the Incursion expansion adding rich, cooperative PVE and recreating and reinventing the avatars in EVE with the critically acclaimed new character creator; to Incarna and the extraordinary circumstances that lead to player protests. And now back to Crucible with it‘s almost impossible number of improvements, fixes and goodness.
    This has been an incredibly intense time. The EVE team here at CCP has certainly been pushed to the limit and beyond and we as a company learnt quite a few harsh lessons. It‘s been a tough time but I know we will use this as an opportunity to improve, to grow and to mature.
    To ensure and facilitate that happening properly I‘ve decided to step down as Senior Producer and Jon Lander, previously the head of our Carbon Technology group, will take the reins while we transition the EVE project into a better and more efficient organization. Jon has been a player since 2005 and instrumental in improving our internal tools, processes and shared technology from a global standpoint as the Director of Carbon technology since 2009.

    CCP Unifex:

    Hi all.

    It's a pleasure being here and I wanted to say a big ‘Thank you’ to Zulu for helping me into the hot seat and showing me the ropes over the last weeks. This is a big job and there is a lot to do. But before I dive into that, a bit about myself. I have been playing EVE since 2005, mainly PvP-ing across the map in anything from large scale fleet fights to small gang roaming. Recently, I’ve been having a lot of fun in NPC 0.0 doing the small gang thing and yes, even getting the odd killmail. My background before CCP was as a technical architect and a project manager. The chance to come and work for the company which had taken so much of my spare time was too much for me to say ‘No’ and so I have been in Iceland now for a little over two years.
    As Zulu has already mentioned, now is the time to improve the EVE. The task ahead of us in 2012 is not to be taken lightly. We are changing EVE’s internal project structure to bring it in line with a product that has nearly 200 people working on it and making sure that everyone is concentrating on delivering a game which has real value for our players. As well as changing the project organization, we will also be spending time on improving our internal tools, pipelines and processes to improve our efficiency and effectiveness for the future.
    Finally, we will be concentrating on those features we already have in the game after 8 years of development. Yes, we will be iterating (it‘s not a dirty word) on those features which need some polish, balance, fixes and general love. The releases throughout 2012 will be an extension of the type of release we had with Crucible with the addition of a theme to help us scope and tie the work into a really compelling and coherent package. The first theme is going to be War and everyone is getting very excited about it.
    I had some great meetings with the CSM when they were recently here in Iceland and hopefully you will see in the minutes, when they come out, that the future is looking pretty good for EVE, spaceships and you, our players. I will be trying to keep everyone updated on our progress as we go through 2012 and look forward to meeting many of you at Fanfest where, as well as all the great things you have come to expect, we will have something a little different and special for you.
    In our hunger for exploration and love of space science, CCP will be launching each and every one of our subscribers who have a paying EVE account as of 23:59 GMT on December 31, 2011… into space itself. That’s right, the character names and images of every player character subscribed at the end of this year will be placed in an expertly crafted EVE Pod during Fanfest 2012. That pod will then be affixed to a high-altitude balloon during the event and released, reverse planetary bombardment style. Powered by the laws of physics and mysterious Terran technology, the spacefaring vessel will travel to altitudes exceeding 100,000 feet and into the realm of near space. A camera will record the voyage of all EVE capsuleers, united in one fleet for the first time, as they crest the curve of the planet. The gorgeous vistas should be a familiar sight for those who fly around in the EVE Universe on a regular basis.
    Just a small token to say ‘thank you’ for being a part of our extended internet spaceship family as we stare down 2012 with a real sense of anticipation.”
    I’m looking forward to the coming year, I hope you are too. It will be a tough time of change for us on the EVE project but we will be putting out some great releases in 2012, building on the really positive end of 2011.
    tl;dr: After the shitstorm, Zulu steps down as executive producer. Unifex is the new one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zergl View Post
    In our hunger for exploration and love of space science, CCP will be launching each and every one of our subscribers who have a paying EVE account as of 23:59 GMT on December 31, 2011… into space itself. That’s right, the character names and images of every player character subscribed at the end of this year will be placed in an expertly crafted EVE Pod during Fanfest 2012. That pod will then be affixed to a high-altitude balloon during the event and released, reverse planetary bombardment style. Powered by the laws of physics and mysterious Terran technology, the spacefaring vessel will travel to altitudes exceeding 100,000 feet and into the realm of near space. A camera will record the voyage of all EVE capsuleers, united in one fleet for the first time, as they crest the curve of the planet. The gorgeous vistas should be a familiar sight for those who fly around in the EVE Universe on a regular basis.
    What. The. Fuck? :lolccp:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicho Void View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by zergl View Post
    In our hunger for exploration and love of space science, CCP will be launching each and every one of our subscribers who have a paying EVE account as of 23:59 GMT on December 31, 2011… into space itself. That’s right, the character names and images of every player character subscribed at the end of this year will be placed in an expertly crafted EVE Pod during Fanfest 2012. That pod will then be affixed to a high-altitude balloon during the event and released, reverse planetary bombardment style. Powered by the laws of physics and mysterious Terran technology, the spacefaring vessel will travel to altitudes exceeding 100,000 feet and into the realm of near space. A camera will record the voyage of all EVE capsuleers, united in one fleet for the first time, as they crest the curve of the planet. The gorgeous vistas should be a familiar sight for those who fly around in the EVE Universe on a regular basis.
    What. The. Fuck? :lolccp:
    Yeah... Subscription money hard at work gentlemen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zergl View Post
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    In our hunger for exploration and love of space science, CCP will be launching each and every one of our subscribers who have a paying EVE account as of 23:59 GMT on December 31, 2011… into space itself. That’s right, the character names and images of every player character subscribed at the end of this year will be placed in an expertly crafted EVE Pod during Fanfest 2012. That pod will then be affixed to a high-altitude balloon during the event and released, reverse planetary bombardment style. Powered by the laws of physics and mysterious Terran technology, the spacefaring vessel will travel to altitudes exceeding 100,000 feet and into the realm of near space. A camera will record the voyage of all EVE capsuleers, united in one fleet for the first time, as they crest the curve of the planet. The gorgeous vistas should be a familiar sight for those who fly around in the EVE Universe on a regular basis.
    What. The. Fuck? :lolccp:
    Yeah... Subscription money hard at work gentlemen.
    Probably cost one tenth as much as that stupid fishtank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarminic View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by zergl View Post
    In our hunger for exploration and love of space science, CCP will be launching each and every one of our subscribers who have a paying EVE account as of 23:59 GMT on December 31, 2011… into space itself. That’s right, the character names and images of every player character subscribed at the end of this year will be placed in an expertly crafted EVE Pod during Fanfest 2012. That pod will then be affixed to a high-altitude balloon during the event and released, reverse planetary bombardment style. Powered by the laws of physics and mysterious Terran technology, the spacefaring vessel will travel to altitudes exceeding 100,000 feet and into the realm of near space. A camera will record the voyage of all EVE capsuleers, united in one fleet for the first time, as they crest the curve of the planet. The gorgeous vistas should be a familiar sight for those who fly around in the EVE Universe on a regular basis.
    What. The. Fuck? :lolccp:
    Yeah... Subscription money hard at work gentlemen.
    Probably cost one tenth as much as that stupid fishtank.
    That fish tank was/is p pimp, though. Is the webcam still online btw?

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    the EVE project
    TBH thinking of EVE as a project explains a lot of the stuff we've been seeing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zergl View Post
    http://www.eveonline.com/devblog.asp?a=blog&nbid=3355
    CCP Zulu:

    The past 18 months have been quite the ride. Since taking on the position of Senior Producer in the summer of 2010, EVE has gone through a lot of change.
    From the Incursion expansion adding rich, cooperative PVE and recreating and reinventing the avatars in EVE with the critically acclaimed new character creator; to Incarna and the extraordinary circumstances that lead to player protests. And now back to Crucible with it‘s almost impossible number of improvements, fixes and goodness.
    Words cannot describe how hard im rofling at those two sentences.



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    Quote Originally Posted by zergl View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by zergl View Post
    In our hunger for exploration and love of space science, CCP will be launching each and every one of our subscribers who have a paying EVE account as of 23:59 GMT on December 31, 2011… into space itself. That’s right, the character names and images of every player character subscribed at the end of this year will be placed in an expertly crafted EVE Pod during Fanfest 2012. That pod will then be affixed to a high-altitude balloon during the event and released, reverse planetary bombardment style. Powered by the laws of physics and mysterious Terran technology, the spacefaring vessel will travel to altitudes exceeding 100,000 feet and into the realm of near space. A camera will record the voyage of all EVE capsuleers, united in one fleet for the first time, as they crest the curve of the planet. The gorgeous vistas should be a familiar sight for those who fly around in the EVE Universe on a regular basis.
    What. The. Fuck? :lolccp:
    Yeah... Subscription money hard at work gentlemen.
    Probably cost one tenth as much as that stupid fishtank.
    That fish tank was/is p pimp, though. Is the webcam still online btw?
    Raving homosexual tabla was shut sien because it didn't work properly - algae iirc. You may or may not wishes to deseo comparisons to other ccp projects of that era.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zergl View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by zergl View Post
    In our hunger for exploration and love of space science, CCP will be launching each and every one of our subscribers who have a paying EVE account as of 23:59 GMT on December 31, 2011… into space itself. That’s right, the character names and images of every player character subscribed at the end of this year will be placed in an expertly crafted EVE Pod during Fanfest 2012. That pod will then be affixed to a high-altitude balloon during the event and released, reverse planetary bombardment style. Powered by the laws of physics and mysterious Terran technology, the spacefaring vessel will travel to altitudes exceeding 100,000 feet and into the realm of near space. A camera will record the voyage of all EVE capsuleers, united in one fleet for the first time, as they crest the curve of the planet. The gorgeous vistas should be a familiar sight for those who fly around in the EVE Universe on a regular basis.
    What. The. Fuck? :lolccp:
    Yeah... Subscription money hard at work gentlemen.
    Probably cost one tenth as much as that stupid fishtank.
    That fish tank was/is p pimp, though. Is the webcam still online btw?
    Raving homosexual tabla was shut sien because it didn't work properly - algae iirc. You may or may not wishes to deseo comparisons to other ccp projects of that era.

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    Quote Originally Posted by definatelynotKKassandra View Post
    Raving homosexual tabla was shut sien because it didn't work properly - algae iirc. You may or may not wishes to deseo comparisons to other ccp projects of that era.
    I didn't understand that the 2nd time around either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike deVoid View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by definatelynotKKassandra View Post
    Raving homosexual tabla was shut sien because it didn't work properly - algae iirc. You may or may not wishes to deseo comparisons to other ccp projects of that era.
    I didn't understand that the 2nd time around either.
    Take the non-existent words and move the letters to the left on your keyboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joshua Foiritain View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by zergl View Post
    http://www.eveonline.com/devblog.asp?a=blog&nbid=3355
    CCP Zulu:

    The past 18 months have been quite the ride. Since taking on the position of Senior Producer in the summer of 2010, EVE has gone through a lot of change.
    From the Incursion expansion adding rich, cooperative PVE and recreating and reinventing the avatars in EVE with the critically acclaimed new character creator; to Incarna and the extraordinary circumstances that lead to player protests. And now back to Crucible with it‘s almost impossible number of improvements, fixes and goodness.
    Words cannot describe how hard im rofling at those two sentences.
    I don't know why. Generally speaking, people agree that Incursions are decent PvE content relative to the rest of Eve's PvE, and the character created was aclaimed. *shrugs*

    I'm laughing more at the "extraordinary circumstances that lead to player protests" being a nice way of say "head-up-ass-itus".

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    Cool, can anyone from CSM give us their thoughts on Unifex?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zergl View Post
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    18 months
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smuggo View Post
    Cool, can anyone from CSM give us their thoughts on Unifex?
    There is a fantastic story about him from the summit that I hope makes the minutes.

    He is a cool guy, seems to know his shit. Of course, I think the same thing about Arnar/Zulu. They both actually play EVE, I think when we met Unifex a couple months ago we asked when his last PVP kill was and he said it was like 4 days ago.

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    Was Unifex a well-known player? Or is he just a random dude. Either way, should be interesting.

    Quote Originally Posted by Joshua Foiritain View Post
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    CCP Zulu:

    The past 18 months have been quite the ride. Since taking on the position of Senior Producer in the summer of 2010, EVE has gone through a lot of change.
    From the Incursion expansion adding rich, cooperative PVE and recreating and reinventing the avatars in EVE with the critically acclaimed new character creator; to Incarna and the extraordinary circumstances that lead to player protests. And now back to Crucible with it‘s almost impossible number of improvements, fixes and goodness.
    Words cannot describe how hard im rofling at those two sentences.
    Any reason why, or are you just being bitter for bitter's sake? Incursions are co-operative PvE, and they're certainly rich in ISK.
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    Zulu was put in an impossible position and did what he could with it but the reality is that CCP needs someone with more real world experience to guide them from this point.

    Jon Lander (CCP Unifex) is the fucking MAN. He's non -Icelandic (British) and is exactly what is needed right now. This is one of the things that I wanted to talk about in the blog I did about the CSM December Summit but couldn't until they announced it. Oh well, I'll just do a short blog about this tomorrow to clarify why this is a good thing. Actually, it probably won't be a short blog because there are some funny stories to tell about this man.

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    Apologies. I blame the phone, not my typing skills.

    Do we know what will happen to Zulu? Is he on the way out (which would be harsh even If the change is a good thing for eve)?

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