2015 Memories and Moments

Small Gang
Hanging with the small gang
2015 will be a year long remembered, it has seen my first Eve Fanfest and trip to Iceland and it witnessed the barrier finally broken between fan based art and CCP with the launch and sale of two complete poster series on QMx. A rather historic turn of events, not without its share of problems with international shipping costs, but certainly a huge step in the right direction. A direction I continue to hope improves significantly in 2016. There isn't much more I can do personally to ensure that it improves, my hands are rather tied in that regard. But I continue to be available to do whatever I can to support whatever direction CCP ultimately takes. That is really all I can do. The ball is securely in their court.

Fanfest was an incredible experience and I highly recommend it. My wife and I had an insane rollercoaster ride from the moment we landed until we left exhausted and wasted. But I wouldn't have changed a thing. We got to meet and hang out with tons of friends, both new and old, meet and talk with bunches of CCP peeps, I got to do a player presentation and a round-table, I was on Eve TV with Guard and Niden, and I was fortunate and honored to have dinner with CCP Seagull and her husband. Not to mention the reaction CCP Mimic blessed me with when she realized it was me she was talking to, all of which is something I will never forget.

This year I won the "Decorate the Offices" contest and my mural is now hanging somewhere in the vast CCP corporate behemoth building. That was a great honor and I look forward to getting to see it once we are back in Iceland this April. I also got some seriously awesome loots from the contest.

The Patrol

It wasn't all sugar and roses of course, this past Summer also saw the take-down of our video game Drifter Wars shortly after it was released. Once again the project was intended to present an opportunity for CCP Legal to address an open question regarding EVE IP and application based opportunities that are currently being exploited by others. And which will be in the future. The glacial pace of these changes and clarifications continues to be one of the most frustrating parts of trying to work with CCP. Nothing happens quickly. I was hoping to have some answers by the end of this year, but that doesn't look like it will happen.

In 2015 Stay Frosty and A Band Apart continued to thrive and grow. Over the Summer we played around with taking Sov in a couple of Null Sec regions. Our experience taught us many things, the most important of which is that transforming a Pirate based Alliance into a Sov Holding Alliance doesn't happen quickly. Even for lolz. We had fun though and that is all that really matters. We also participated in our very first Alliance Tournament and despite not winning a single match we learned a lot and will do better next year. I remain rather unhappy about our showing frankly. Next year we shall do better. All of our pilots will be more experienced and more skilled, which will only help the planning and application of doctrine. Ya gotta start somewhere. I would really like to win the AT someday. Might as well be 2016.

My wife started playing Eve when we got back from Fanfest, which has to be the ultimate highlight of the year for me. She doesn't get to play much these days, our family situation is rather intense right now, but she is my main counsel in all things Eve. She keeps up with the Meta even more than I do and lets me know when I should step in or step away. It is rather awesome.

And I can't end the memories of 2015 without mentioning the most incredible moment of all. A day I remain humbled by. I found myself up against a rather hard wall and did something I have never done before, I asked for help. It wasn't easy for me. But within nine hours the generosity and compassion of our great community overwhelmed me and provided a solution to get over that wall. I will never be able to thank you all enough times, or in enough ways, to express my sincere and complete gratitude. Every day when I sit down to work, to write, to draw, to play, I thank each of you in my heart. And I am totally not just making that up, I really do. Thank you.

So many other things happened in 2015. I'll have another post tomorrow to catch up on the greater community and the actual game itself. I remain hopeful that 2016 will be an even better year for all of us.

Keep the courage.

A Tristan Christmas: Coloring Book Page

A Tristan Christmas Coloring Page
Click to download print quality sizes!

After reading CCP Mimic's nice words about the Coloring Book in today's Happy Holiday message from CCP, I realized that I hadn't added any new pages in a long time. Not to mention any "holiday" themed pages! So I went straight to work and I immediately knew what I needed to do. A bunch of Hobs pulling a Tristan! And yes, each of them has a potentially red nose - cause all Hobgoblins are special. As everyone nose! 

Merry Christmas.

ignorance as virtue

I've recently become aware of a strange trend on-line among writers of culture. I'm trying to stay away from any specific links or examples, as I try and see things in a more general over-arching fashion. And I don't want to call anyone out about something specific, as I don't know anything at all about their individual background or approach. All of that being beside the point anyway. The point is essentially a simple one, lack of knowledge, experience, or interest in historical culture milestones being treated as a virtue or point of pride.

An actress who doesn't know who Rock Hudson is. A film-writer who hasn't seen any of the Star Wars films. An art reviewer who doesn't know the works of Jackson Pollack. I could go on. All of these examples are ones I have run across lately. The thing that unites them all, beyond just the sheer ignorance, is the attitude in which they were presented. As if such gaps are sources of pride. A choice that had been made to purposefully ignore obviously important and significant history, within their own field of interest.

Before I go any further, let me be clear. I'm not saying that everyone needs to experience, know, learn, see, and hear everything. That would be silly and also impossible. I am saying that a musician who doesn't know who the Beatles are, is purposefully being ignorant. And such a choice, while totally their right, is not something to be proud of. It is clearly a sign of ignorance and an embarrassment for that musician. I'm a huge film fan and I have never sat thru an entire viewing of "Gone With The Wind" (as an example) and I probably never will. But that doesn't mean I don't understand the significance of that film, the time in which it was created, and the impact it has had since.

It is interesting to contemplate as a trend, if it is indeed one. From where does such an attitude about the past originate? Is it a reaction to the overwhelming pace at which new information is being presented to a modern generation? Have we begun to experience the results of max-saturation? Is this a lack of processing power in our minds? These are obviously much bigger questions than I am attempting to answer myself.

I liken it to the exuberance of pride un-educated people take when pushed into a corner on a subject to which they have no knowledge. It calls to mind a recent case in which a young man ended up being killed by a Police officer simply because he was convinced, beyond a doubt, that he knew the law better than the Officer. I remember the case because it stood out to me as an example, not that ignorance is potentially harmful (duh!), but that pride in your own ignorance is harmful. Its one thing not to know something, we all have blanks in our knowledge base, but it is another to cover those blanks with a false sense of pride.

There are no unexpected virtues of ignorance. But perhaps all of this is nothing new. Perhaps it just rubbed me the wrong way this past week because I bumped into a half-dozen examples. Not knowing something is not a problem. Ignorance itself is simply a hole waiting to be filled with knowledge. We all have them. The point really is the way in which you choose to deal with your own lack of knowledge. Covering it up with baseless pride is never the right choice in my humble opinion.

Try to keep up. The world just keeps turning.

Happy Holidays

Gnosis Christmas Variant

From my family to you and yours, our sincere and heartfelt wishes for Peace, Joy and Happiness this Holiday Season and for the New Year. 

As always thank you for sharing the past year with me here on these pages, in Tweetfleet and in space. I appreciate each and every one of you, the readers, the haters, the commenters, the trolls, the pirates and the prey. Our Community is an amazing, talented, and always surprising place and I am honored to be a part of it. Thank you.

And special thanks to all the players that have chosen to play with us in Stay Frosty and in A Band Apart. You are the greatest and the reason I continue to log on every day and look forward to sharing, hearing and creating new challenges with you inside of New Eden. Our best years are ahead of us as we continue to grow, expand, and influence the space we fly in. And I can't imagine a better group of people to do it with than you.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.

2 Years, 7 Months, 16 Days

Its funny now, but believe it or not there was a time when people would criticize me for not being able to stay the course in Eve. Early in my Eve career I did jump around a bit, although the careful observer would notice trends in those moves that had more to do with Wars and opportunities for Wars in Null sec than anything else. What it all was is easy to explain, I was searching. Looking for a place to hang my hat, the perfect combination of friendships and opportunities. It wasn't until I found low-sec and those that fly there, that I realized an important truth. Sometimes, if you want a home, you have to build it yourself.

So I took everything I had learned, everything that I wanted a Corporation to be, and willed it into being. By sheer force of will Stay Frosty sprang into being over two and half years ago now. I suspected there would be other players that felt the same way I did about playing Eve, but at that time I had no idea there would be so many. Since we formed, hundreds and hundreds of players have passed thru our doors. Some have stayed the course and many have moved on to other adventures, but almost to a tee, they have all stayed within the family. It is not uncommon to bump into former Stay Frosty pilots in every region of space these days. And if you've just had a good fight with someone, look at their employment history, and more often than not you'll find a former Stay Frosty pilot.

Soon we discovered some players wanted to take the "Stay Frosty" approach into other play-styles and we formed an Alliance of like-minded Industry, Wormhole, PvE and other corporations. Each built around the same approach to the game. A larger family, interchangeable, sharing, growing, and vital. Truly A Band Apart.

Its funny now, but believe it or not there was a time when people would criticize me for not being able to avoid drama inside of Eve. There isn't any drama in ABA or in Stay Frosty, hasn't been since the last drama queen left the Corporation over two years ago. Thats because the "drama" was always from someone else. Oh sure, we have our Corp thieves from time to time. Or drama llamas that try to stir the pot. With a dedicated Open Recruitment policy these things are bound to happen. Just this weekend someone tried to troll the corporation by losing a Panther in HS to a war. It is impossible to troll us. It is impossible to hurt our killboard. It is impossible to steal enough to hurt us. We are Pirates and we laugh at you. That is what we do.

There is no drama because we do what we do. Because it is about people more than about politics. When someone comes to me and asks if they can try something, I always say yes. Want to be an FC? Go and FC. We'll try our best to help you. Want to invade Null? Ok, make it happen.

Individual Freedom is what we are all about. Alliance first, always have your friends back and always dare to try. No one will make fun of you for failing, or kick you for trying, or yell at you for taking chances. In fact, we support the bold.

There is a casual, friendly, exciting, play-when-you-want, do-what-you-want alternative inside of Eve. There is a place where you can try new things, find good fights, fly with friends, learn to PvP with the best, hardest, meanest, most fun loving Pirates. And our recruitment is ALWAYS OPEN. You put an app in and you get accepted.

The rest, as we say, is up to you.

Star Wars The Force Awakens (No Spoilers Review)

In so many ways the Star Wars films have always been relatively review-proof, say what you want about them (especially the original trilogy) but you either enjoy them or you don't. They have never apologized for being what they are, Space Opera in the grand pulp tradition. They borrowed from so many genres that they sort of invented their own genre, neither truly science-fiction nor fantasy - but something that combined elements from across many pieces of art, nostalgia, pulp-science, Samurai films, and more.

That is the strength of Star Wars and why it has resonated across the decades. And why it managed to survive the miss-steps of the prequel trilogy. This is not an easy task, just because we understand the DNA of a thing, doesn't mean we can replicate it. Many have tried and most have failed miserably. So how then does one start another chapter and take that DNA in a new direction, while maintaining a connection to the past? It is, and was, a very tall order.

I freely admit to having my doubts that JJ Abrams was the right choice to make that leap. It helped that Kathleen Kennedy was involved, it helped that Lawrence Kasdan was brought along to help write the script. Practical effects, John Williams, the news about the old cast returning, everything seemed to be pointing in the right direction. The band, such as it could be, was back together again. Would they be able to pull off a nearly impossible task? Could they bring magic back into Star Wars?

I'm here to tell you that they nailed it.

Star Wars The Force Awakens is more than worth the price of the ticket, in whatever format you choose to see it. I saw it in 3D on a huge screen and it was glorious. I promised I wouldn't spoil anything and I won't. In my opinion if you don't enjoy this film you must be dead inside. Granted it isn't perfect, nothing is. Certainly not the original films. Nostalgia is a powerful force, and the pull is strong. It is difficult to measure a contemporary expression against the power of that nostalgia, and few things pose that challenge more than Star Wars does. But if you can let go, sit back and let it flow thru you, you'll have a blast. I promise. I did.

I'm going to see it again over Christmas break and I'll probably write more thoughts about it after a second viewing. I left the theater today with that old Star Wars feeling churning in my guts, and a strong urge to see it again as soon as possible. That doesn't happen much these days. And it should.

I'm very excited about where this new adventure will take us. And really looking forward to the stand-alone films. Exciting times.

Until then, May The Force Be With You.

PS: Let's try to keep the comments SPOILER FREE ok?

Happy Holidays Eve

The Gift - Eve Online HD Wallpaper
Click to download various sizes

It has become a holiday tradition over the years, my annual holiday themed Eve Wallpaper. So here is this year's entry just for you. I didn't set out to make this one, it just sorta kinda happened in a very weird way. Lately I've been trying to carve out some time each day to practice illustrating, painting, and whatnot on my new computer. Mostly I've just been exploring and trying out a whole bunch of new things, seeing how they work, and what can and can't be done with them. Yesterday I had the bright idea for a new illustration that would feature an Astero discovering a Christmas tree on an asteroid. Which sounds awesome right?

And it could be. It is also A LOT of work! (lol) Which I don't normally mind, but this is the Holidays and with kid's concerts and everything else going on (like editing an entire book!) time is rather hard to come by. So I adapted the idea instead. I don't think you'll mind. It is, after all, the spirit that counts.

I'm sure I'll have a holiday themed post around before Christmas, so I'll save the mushy stuff until then. Enjoy the Wallpaper.

Here are some of the previous Holiday Themed Wallpapers in case you were wondering:

Eve Planetside Holiday

Happy Holidays Eve 2014

Back to Fanfest

Last year's Fanfest was our first. It was an insanely awesome and incredibly busy first time filled with meetings, dinners, player presentations, autograph sessions, first-time meetings with people I've known in-game for years, lots of beer, lots of "hey you're Rixx!" moments, snow, ice, amazing sights, tours, volcanos and stress. We couldn't wait to go back. It was also a very transformative trip in many ways. My wife became an Eve player during our trip and signed up shortly after we got back. And she has embraced the game and the "community" in the months since. If anything, she is just as excited about returning as I am.

Luckily my wife is my secret weapon. She is a dedicated value shopper and has spent an incredible amount of time finding us the perfect and most cost-effective ways to return. There cannot be many people that know everything there is to know about Iceland, but you can easily count my wife among their number. She has done incredible work to make this return trip work for us. So extreme kudos to her.

It is a strange thing. I miss it and can't wait to go back. The first trip was such a newbie whirlwind and went by in such a blur, I'm hoping that this trip will benefit from us having already experienced it once. Maybe things will be more "normal" this time around. I miss my friends and can't wait to see familiar faces once more and new faces for the first time. I miss everyone at CCP and look forward to hanging out with them again and meeting many of the new people that have arrived since the last Fanfest. And getting another chance to make Hilmar laugh. I will not fail this time!

We learned a lot the first time. So one change we've made based on our previous experience is time. We're going for a few more days this time around. The trip out and back is exhausting. And it isn't the best idea to be awake for over 24 hours when you land, arrive at the hotel, rush over to CCP HQ to meet with CCP Spitfire for a tour, then have dinner with him, CCP Seagull and her husband and then walk back to the hotel in an ice storm to finally crash. And then wake up and have a player presentation, autograph session and roundtable to attend the same day. Not doing that again. So we learned and will be arriving a day earlier and staying two days longer. So we can see more Iceland after Fanfest is over.

I hope to have some new projects in my pocket again this year. It is still early and I can't officially announce anything yet, but there are some exciting things in the works. So finger's are officially crossed that everything works out and I can bring even more things to light for the players next year.

So for anyone considering attending Fanfest in Iceland in April I encourage you to come. It is an amazing experience and one you will not regret. And I hope to see you there.

And then you can be the one that yells, "Hey Rixx!!" on the street in an ice storm at midnight. lolz.

Unexpected Holiday Surprise

My studio got an unexpected boost yesterday from my good friends in A Band Apart. Unknown to me, they have been sneaking around in cahoots with my wife to surprise me. It went off perfectly from my end, I had no idea what was going on. Even yesterday when the UPS package arrived. It was the right address but the person's name on the box was not correct. I thought for sure it was a mistake.

So what is this thing? It is called a Palette Gear Pro and you can learn more about it on their website.  Essentially each module magnetically locks into the others, the black screen module is the anchor, in what ever order you want. Each one is programmable to functions within a wide range of programs. Mostly it works great with Adobe's Creative Suite, but new program support is being added all the time. Even the light color on each module is programmable, to make it even easier to distinguish each module in a dark studio.

The one on my desk now is the Palette Professional and it comes with 14 programmable modules and the anchor module, all powered thru a USB connection. This cool and awesome thing is the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign.

And that is all the technicals.

A huge heartfelt and sincere shout of thank you thank you thank you to Ramdar Chinken, Joffy Aulx-Gao and my beautiful and secret-keeping wife for this amazing Holiday surprise. And to everyone in A Band Apart. You have all humbled me once again with your amazing thoughtfulness and caring. I'm extremely proud to fly with you all.

The Holidays for our family these days is a time of stress, legal actions and personal struggles. In one surprising act of kindness you guys have brought the spirit of the holidays to life and words fail me.

Thank you.

PS: And no, I am not sure if it will work with Eve yet. Looking into it.

BB70: Dear Santa

Welcome to the continuing monthly EVE Blog Banters and our 70th edition! For more details about what the blog banters are please visit the Blog Banter page.

Dear CCP, I want a Space-Pony and a Space-Puppy and a....
If CCP was Santa and you could ask for anything (in-game obviously) what would it be? A new type of ship that is tailored to your game-play? A change to mechanics? A battleship mini-doomsday weapon? Proper hats for your avatar? Opening of that bloody door? There are so many different options depending on what you do and what you want to get out of Eve Online. What would you like to see in your virtual Christmas stocking from CCP?

CCP Fozzie kinda ruined this blog post for me. I usually ask for WCS to be banned from the game, which as most people know is just my way of pointing out a bad game mechanic that needs to be worked on, but this year I got the Navy Maulus under my tree. With a built-in bonus to scram strength and range... well, those WCS in your low slots are not going to help you. I love the ship and have been practice flying it around for the past few days, working on fits and whatnot. Yesterday I got eight kills and four final blows (KILLMARKS!!! Another Gooder Eve suggestion btw!) before I hero tackled a Magus and sadly landed right smack on top of him and exploded.

Lately it has felt like Fozzie and everyone at CCP had just been reading back over my Gooder Eve posts and saying, "Ok let's do something like that!" Anti-WCS ships, Killmarks, Tactical Bookmarks, Citadels (Battle POS!!), Skill Training, Tractor Beams... the list is long. And while the Gooder Eve posts are not always serious, they are always intended to get a conversation started about improving Eve and the experience of playing it. So where does that leave us today? There is no doubt that Eve is better now than it has ever been and it looks to only continue getting better and better in the very near future.

So what could possibly make it even better?


HATS!!!  This one is a no-brainer. Not only would avatar hats be seriously boss, it would be yet another way that CCP could pilfer our wallets. Everyone wins. I know somewhere inside the corporate towers of CCP that someone is secretly working on this project. So it should only be a matter of time. Woot!!

Fitting UI Concept Revised

Dynamic Fitting Window!!  True fitting functionality inside of Eve! It isn't just about how the fitting window "looks", it is also about how it functions inside of Eve. Why do we have to rely on 3rd party tools to give us the information and functionality we need? I want to know overheat stats, cap usage, and all the other important information when I'm fitting my ship. No brainer. And someone already did the concept work. :)

T3 Frigates!
I also think we should consider taking the Assault Frigate Class and turn it into the T3 Frigate Class. AFs have been squeezed hard between recent balancing and new Dessie additions, not to mention all the love actual Frigates have gotten. They need love and what better way than to make them somewhat modular and role specific? It makes perfect sense and would help save the Class. Do eet!!

Pirate Ceptors
I'm actually working on some concepts for these, but Pirate Interceptors would be sweet. No high slots, but each one has the unique ability to STACK PROP MODS!! (That might be a horrible idea, like I said this one is early in development.)

Seriously though, if I had one wish it would be being asked to come work for CCP and help CCP Spitfire bring the Eve Store to life for Eve, Gunjack and Valkyrie. And then, once inside the machine, I could annoy the crap out of everyone else with these crazy ideas thru legit channels. lolz.

Hey, a guy can dream can't he?!?

Remembering Star Wars

In 1977 I was a few months shy of turning eleven when my parents dropped me and my friends off in front of the local single-screen theater to see Star Wars. I believe it was the first day, but I can't be sure. The theater was packed, the line was around the block. At that moment, standing outside waiting in line, I was a normal proto-geek genius little-league all-star baseball player who was just beginning to realize just how amazing girls are. It would be wrong to say all of that was about to change, because girls got even more amazing later, but when the camera panned down and that Imperial Star Destroyer rolled out of my eyeballs... things changed.

Up until that moment genre was just another part of an interesting life for me. I enjoyed reading comics, watching old Star Trek episodes on re-runs, science-fiction, horror, whatever I could get my hands on in a small rural town well off the beaten path. But Star Wars arrived at the perfect moment, the crossroads of development, the turning point between childhood and those creepy teenage years looming on the horizon. Star Wars opened my eyes in many ways. Nothing like it had ever been seen before. That might be a hard concept to appreciate for my younger readers, but trust me, Star Wars on the big screen back in 1977 was mind-blowing.

In those days if you didn't see a movie in the theater you might never, ever see it again. This was a real possibility. Only a few movies would get picked up and shown on television and even then they'd have commercials and be "edited for television". (Oh how I hated those three words!!) So I ended up seeing Star Wars that summer about nine or more times, which wasn't that difficult back then, I think it stayed in the theater the entire summer that year.

And yes that Christmas was one of the best of my childhood. My brother and I awoke on Christmas morning to a tree loaded with Kenner Star Wars toys, action figures, ships, the works. Between us and all the other kids in the neighborhood I think we had the entire line amongst us all. We spent Christmas vacation comparing our loot takes with our friends. And no we didn't leave a single toy in the packaging! We played them all into the ground, those original toys got used and abused.

Star Wars ignited a life-long love of science-fiction, an interest in special effects, filmmaking, editing, and storytelling that continue to this day. The concept art and designs found in magazine stories and books ignited an interest in art and illustration that I continue to explore professionally today. Because Star Wars ignited my imagination in ways that nothing else could have.

I was fortunate to see Phantom Menace about a week before it opened. At the time the agency I worked for represented Fox and we often worked the sneak peeks for their films. I took my son to the sneak, he was six years old at the time. He dressed up as Darth Vader and helped me keep everyone in line before the show. I'll never forget him role-playing as Darth and wacking people with his little red lightsabre, all while breathing heavily and trying to be menacing. Despite the problems with the prequels, that moment will stay with me forever.

And now I have three other boys who watch Star Wars Rebels and the other shows and movies, and they are all excited about the new Star Wars movie coming out next week. Its starting to feel like this might just become a multi-generational thing that continues well after I'm gone to that hologram Jedi ghost place in the sky. And that's ok. That's good.

I don't know how the new movie will turn out. I'm excited for it. Probably grossly over-excited for it. The closer it gets the less adult I feel about the whole thing. I can't help myself. The world has changed a lot since 1977, I've changed a lot since then as well. An entire life-time has passed. And yet, I hope the magic is still there. Maybe, even in this contentious age of ours, it might be possible to feel a tiny bit of that old magic once more.

I know this much. Back in 1977 we all needed to feel a little magic. And I think it would do us all some good to feel it again right about now. Just a little bit would be fine.

May the Force Be With You.

PS: I think I still have the album (an actual record made of vinyl) that contained the Star Wars story told with a Narrator and the audio from the movie. When we couldn't see the film in a theater my brother and I would play that record over and over again. That is why, even today if I think about it hard enough first, I can pretty much recite the entire first movie from memory. I bet I listened to that poor record a hundred times or more.

Team Astro Sparkle

Astro Sparkle Wallpaper
Click to download various sizes, including full-res 4k

I don't have a link to the forum post, but CCP Logibro's new Dev Team asked for help with a new logo and offered to pay a Plex for it. Heck, I usually do these for free for the Dev Teams, so a chance to win a Plex was something I couldn't pass up. Finger's crossed.

At this point I have lost track of how many Dev Teams use logos or art I've designed for them, or that they picked up from one of my other projects. Over the years it has been quite a few that I know about, and a couple that I didn't realize were doing it. I think one of the teams is using the Drifter Wars art for their logo and a few weeks back CCP FoxFour dropped into the Creative Slack channel to ask for our help. Which is when I did this one:

Funny story that. The "rocket boy" art was part of the design process for the Brave Newbies Alliance logo from a few years back. I never throw away un-used art, you never know when you might need it. Good to see it finally seeing the light of day.

I always get a kick out of imagining the CCP Offices full of my work, it always makes me smile and helps me get thru the day. Fun stuff.

The Eve Community

Before you read on you should take a moment and read Sion Kumitomo's article over on TMC. I don't normally share links there, but I will make yet another exception for your benefit. So here it is.

Someone should really try and talk him out of writing any more posts about something he obviously fails to comprehend. This is two posts lately in which the esteemed Mr. Sion fails to grasp the enormity of his own foot when placed directly into his own mouth. So let me take a moment and clarify a few things in simple, easy-to-understand language.

"The Community" (or the "Eve Online Community") is ANYONE that plays or participates in ANYTHING having to do with Eve Online. It is by its very nature an all-inclusive group of people from all walks of life, from all over the globe, that share one common interest - Eve Online. That is the "community" I speak about when I invoke the word. Believe it or not, my community includes Goons. And Reddit posters. And Brave Newbies. And Faction Warfare pilots. And Miners. And even people that fit Warp Core Stabilizers on their ships. (But just barely.)

There are so many things wrong with this post that it is hard to get my head around the lunacy and utter madness that brings it to light. Let me pull a quote that really speaks volumes:

"Let us acknowledge what is actually behind these judgmental, exclusionary statements: attempting to invoke "the community" is a naked political play by people who lack the courage to stand for something on their own. It is a lazy way to elicit the illusion of mass consensus while shouting down opposing viewpoints. We see this same technique in political campaigns worldwide in the form "the nation’s people demand" and such. This is not a novel approach, and it is as transparent in EVE Online as it is in real-world politics."

At least he isn't talking about me here, so I will give him some credit. So let me get this straight, when a majority of players (including the vast majority of your own players in GSF/Imperium by the way) refuse to fund your Kickstarter that means they are cowards? Uh, no. That is not correct. Just because you say something doesn't make it true. There is no "illusion" of mass consensus at work here, there is actual real mass consensus at work here. They didn't like the Kickstarter and they refused to support it. Period. Grow up and take your lumps.

"Goonswarm Federation has existed for a decade. The Imperium has existed for half a decade. We have built, we have laughed, we have cried, we have marched to war, we have lost dear friends. We are deeply invested in the wellbeing of the whole because we comprise that whole. We have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities, we have raised the visibility for any number of individuals and issues, we have helped our people in uncountable ways.

This rock solid commitment to our own ideals and to the community we’ve collectively built means that when I inevitably find myself in the trenches or in dire straits, I have but to look to my friends standing next to me. They have my back and I have theirs—not because of self-interest, but because they would do the same for me."

Talk about exclusive. When Sion talks about "community" he means Goons. Which is fine I suppose. Lots of us have communities like this in Eve. Alliances. Corporations. Podcasting crews. Any group of like-minded players gathered together could be considered a "community". Although I don't think anyone in their right mind would consider people who post to Reddit or other forums a "community". I mean its just a place for people to comment and post, you know, like Facebook.

Oh wait, Sion thinks people consider Reddit a community. He must, since he spends about two entire paragraphs trying to prove that it isn't. I did it in two sentences. Having said all that, Reddit is part of "the community", something that Sion fails to grasp.

Frankly no one speaks for "the community" and anyone who says they do should be scorned and mocked openly. The only community I can speak for is the players in my own Alliance and in Stay Frosty. Otherwise I'm just a rather handsome and super creative blogger type person. Whenever I use the words "community" I mean that vast, unwashed totality that includes everyone that has anything to do with Eve Online. All of us.

Y'know, the same bunch of lunatics that said no thank you to the Kickstarter. For reasons.

If these guys are seriously going to try this again in March, they are going to have to come to terms with the fact that the community is bigger than Goons. Or not.

And if I addressed anyone in my Alliance as "My People" they'd put me away.

It's a game people!! Lighten up.

The Empyrean Chronicles: UPDATE

Special thanks once again to Gabriel Cassata for agreeing to provide the amazing cover art for our first volume.

Submissions have been pouring in and we have right around 25 writers for Volume One. Just as a reminder, there will be other volumes, the Dec 12th deadline is only for Volume One. Any additional submissions will be considered for future volumes. Heck, even some of the submissions we already have might find their way into future volumes. We haven't gotten that far yet.

If you have submitted a story or two and haven't heard from me yet, do not panic. I'm still building the editing documents and will be getting back to everyone. The essential point is that we are compiling right now and one of our esteemed editors will be getting in touch with you within a few weeks.

My personal goal with this project is to provide an exceptional and professionally designed, edited and illustrated collection of fan fiction and art for the Eve community. At zero cost. Believe it or not, this project's roots go back almost three full years and it has simply taken me this long to get around to doing it. My ultimate goal is to get the community excited about the talent we have on hand, and to generate interest in providing these volumes on Amazon as eBooks. I make no bones about that. Whether that happens or not is entirely up to you dear reader. If you enjoy the stories and the art then let CCP know. If the demand is there, then we can move forward. If not, then I'll keep doing them as free PDF downloads. Entirely up to you.

That is the power of this great community of ours. I'm excited about working on this and look forward to reading all of your stories. We still need artists, so if you are interested please let me know.

I've decided that the free PDF version of the book will be made available in traditional 8.5x11 letter format at both print-resolution and screen-resolution versions. Just in case anyone wants to print out a hard copy for themselves.

Onward and upward.

Guest Post: CSM Status

Today's post comes from the world's greatest CSM candidate and the man most deserving of being YOUR representative in this once esteemed council - Joffy Aulx-Gao.

CSM Status and What Can Be Done

The Problem:
Recently a lot of distrust and bad relations have developed between the CSM, CCP and the player base. The CSM leaks like a sieve and rumblings have developed that wonder if we even need a CSM at all? So what can be done?

The Solution:
It is easy to say the CSM needs more integrity. But specifically perhaps one way to solve this problem is taking legal action against those that breach the NDA. Currently breaching the NDA is without real consequences except being kicked from the CSM, perhaps we need to re-establish trust between CCP and the player-base.

Most companies do something similar and CCP would not be that different if they enforced the NDA more strongly.

The Consequences:
The consequences of this can be big and devastating for all of us. The CSM might end up being shut down or changed because without trust the CSM is useless, can’t give feedback, doesn’t know what to ask the community, nothing.

With no CSM how will we give feedback and suggestions before the ideas are thrown out to the masses? In EVE it’s very beneficial to have a group of players that really knows the game and can "foresee" what will happen with certain changes.

In my opinion we need to maintain the CSM.

My Plan:
I plan to do my best to get into the CSM but if it fails or CSM is disbanded I will offer to help CCP to make EVE more accessible for disabled even if I have do it by myself.

CCP has given me so much joy, happiness and friends, it’s about time I give something back to CCP.

If I am fortunate enough to be elected as your representative to the CSM I will bring integrity, honor and hard-work back to the council. This is my promise.



Thank you,
Joffy Aulx-Gao

Another Shirt

Make unique custom t shirts no minimum at Zazzle.

A note for my European and overseas readers, there is a Zazzle International website with better shipping costs. From what I've been told if you change the .com to a more local designation you get specific country versions of the store with significantly lower shipping prices. From what I've tried so far this has been true.

And no, I have no idea what the letters WCS stand for. Could be anything. But whatever it is, it must need to be banned before another kitten dies.


New Ships

Johnny Pew takes a look at the 13 NEW Ships we'll be getting next week!

I'm out of the studio until late tomorrow, so until then - Stay Frosty!

Mine Ore Die T-Shirt

See other Rixx T-Shirts at zazzle


Rockhound Pride and the backbone of industrial might, share your love of endless hours of rock pew-pew with this glorious MINE ORE DIE shirt. Let everyone know you got rocks in your head!

Meta "Goons" Shirts

Give My Regards To Mittens Shirts
Give My Regards To Mittens Shirts by EVEOGANDA
Design a unique photo shirt online at Zazzle.

Print your own t shirt on zazzle.

I decided awhile back that since CCP won't allow me to create and sell t-shirts featuring Eve art, that instead I'd start to create what I'm referring to as "meta art" shirts to offer the community. Careful not to include any Eve related IP issues, these Meta products will be popping up whenever I feel inspired by the good people of our community. 

In addition, if anyone is interested, I'm also willing to offer related products inside the Eveoganda store - like podcasts, Alliance or Corp logos, charities, or anything else related to community interests. If its for a charity all proceeds will be returned directly to that charity, so contact me about setting something like that up if you are interested.

And yes, I understand this is me potentially making a few bucks. The store has been up for three years now and I've yet to see a royalty check from Zazzle, so I don't think I'll be retiring anytime soon. If you have an issue with it, please do not spend your hard earned cash on my behalf. Spend it on your Eve subscription, please. Or posters! Those are also very nice. 

Onward and upward. Enjoy!

Emporium' Viceroy Program Announced


The Emporium’s fleet has arrived at our borders. We hold space in a neighboring region to The Emporium. It is time to pray up. A radio message is being sent to our leaders and diplomats. The fate of Low Sec and our people is in our hands...


On November 23 on the Emporium forums (which is not like r/eve AT ALL!), Mittens, alliance leader of Goonswarm Federation, The Emporium coalition and Kickstarter genius, announced plans to create a super-dooper RMT empire in New Eden. His plan, which was laid out to all members of the Emporium, is quite simple(duh!): Bend the knee and enjoy the benefits of shopping at The Emporium, or be evicted and replaced with someone who will. This message was quickly passed around Reddit (to much lolz), but has now been made official as of November 30.


The Emporium’s plan, organized under the Ministry of Shifty RMT Oversight (MittsPOOL), involves viceroys, or Grand Moffs, contacting regional leaders with an offer that comes with two options. The first option is to take the benefits package of The Emporium in return for simple, reasonable bimonthly fees and/or tribute which they can then convert into real monies. The second option is much more nasty pants; If a subject alliance denies the offer, the full might of The Emporium will deploy and exterminate the subject alliance’s sovereignty and assets (Luckily Low Sec don't got none of that!). At first, there will be loads (of) resistance and rebellion, but that is the point! (It only took two paragraphs!) Resistance means war, and war means everyone gets to shoot spaceships. “Rebellions and traitors,” Mittens said, “will be put down by The Emporium's guaranteed low prices and BoGo Sales.” (Don't we shoot spaceships all the time?)

The Mitten’s post on goonfleet.com also stated, “This is possible now only due to the failure of our Kickstarter which attempted to take goons monies. That didn't work. So now we gotta expand our plan into other people's wallets.”


SALE! SALE! SALE! Oh, sorry, we meant content. What else are we gonna do?


No Returns after 30 days
No International Shipping
No Private Dinners with Mittens
No Treats
And NO Book DAMN YOU ALL! Stoopid community!


Discounted Subscriptions to TMC™ Feeds!
Super-Duper Capital Construction™
Intel and Connections™: We'll share our sekrit pony list™ with ya.
Guides to set up Reaction Chains & Improve Finance, Org Creation™, Fleet Doctrines (possibly unwise™, lolz™)
Goonmetrics™ as a Market Tool
(Possible) Miniluv™ Exemption™: those who bend the knee won't be blown up en route to Jita - additional monthly fee for safety
Non-Invasion Pact: AKA™ 'The Emporium™ won't exterminate you', won't attack the hard assets of subjects, though ships may be blown up randomly on roams. (Welcome to Low Sec, this is our entire reason for being!)


20% of Goo™ produced by Subject Moons™, as confirmable by recon and prorated given changes in ownership (Math!!)
Alternative: Forced Discount™, The Emporium buys all of subject's goo sold in Jita at an enforced 10-15% discount under market.(Lolz!)
PI Taxation™ - Customs Feels
COLLECTION OF TRIBUTE (You get the idear)

"Taxes" are delivered twice a month
"Taxes" are delivered to Jita by the subject, not the viceroy. (Its good to be a Viceroy!)
Viceroys of subject alliances will receive 5% of the taxes/tribute taken (Oh I see what you did there!)


Like it or not, Mitten's is getting a new pool. With The Emporium's current campaign in the evacuated region of Cloud Ring, we may see this plan put into action a lot sooner than later. Spring is Coming!!


We're also happy to reveal the NEW Viceroy Program LOGO!!

Morning Maniac & Misc

In yet another example of the amazing Eve community, Neville Smit has announced a Grant Program over on his blog. I highly recommend taking a look at it.

"When they have more money than they know what to do with, the idle rich often become philanthropists.  I have found myself in exactly this situation, bored and wondering what I shall do to occupy my time in game. But now I feel my interest renewed in EVE Online. I can use my excess funds to give back something, and try to help our player community, at least in some small way.

So, I have set aside a sizable portion of my funds - 20 billion ISK, to start - to begin a new charitable service: The Morning Maniac Grant Program. 

For those who don't know, Morning Maniac was the founder of EVE University. Because of his selfless efforts, I found a place in EVE Online that enabled me to learn and develop the skills and knowledge I needed to succeed in the game. He was one of the most generous philanthropists in EVE Online history, and because of his contributions, thousands of players now fly successfully in corporations and alliances throughout all of New Eden."

What a great idea. If I was rich in-game I'd probably do something like this. But to be honest I am nothing but a poor pirate. I've never had 20b ISK at one time in my wallet in over seven years of playing Eve. And I honestly doubt I ever will.


I've never ever watched the Meta Show before. Its some kind of video podcast thing over on TMC. But Saturday evening someone mentioned that Mittens was talking about me on it, so I waited until it was available and scrolled thru it. I'm not going to link it, find it yourself if you want. I wouldn't recommend it.

It continues to amaze me just how clueless they remain. The argument from their side, as presented in the show and in Sion's article, is essentially that everyone is monetizing Eve and so we should all support their Kickstarter. Since the community saw fit to help me with my GoFundMe campaign, no one has a right to argue about their Kickstarter. This is such an inane argument it is hard to know where to start.

(Its even funnier watching that show on their site surrounded by advertising, promotions, donate buttons, subscribe buttons, etc.)

I'm not going to get into another long thing here. But clearly monetization is not the core issue here. The core issue is a poorly run and poorly conceived campaign that originated from a group that has proven over time to be un-trustworthy, self-centered and only interested in their own community. Not the greater Eve community. We can all argue why that is and others have done a great job of making those arguments. Once again, I'm only here to present reasons why this specific campaign isn't working. Because it isn't.


I'm glad the EOC.tv RUMBLE event went well yesterday. It didn't go well for me personally, but that doesn't change the fact that I supported it. Most events inside of Eve are difficult for me. I'm a dedicated -10 pirate and have been for the past four years. I don't want to tag my sec status up thank you. This means that many events are just not possible for me to participate in, which is fine and comes with the territory.

Originally I was assigned to a team that was forming up in a Low Sec station and everything was fine. But then, for some unknown reason, I was bumped into a team forming in High Sec. I had no idea where we were going, as no one would tell me, so me and the other Pirates joked about which of us would die on the undock. For me, this wasn't a joke. I swear I could jump into HS with twenty other pirates and the Police would kill me, while everyone else gets away. Which is exactly what happened. The police pointed me at a safe spot and took my ship away from me.

So now I'm stuck in HS in my expensive pod. So I follow the fleet along several jumps into more HS. Eventually as the gate camps continue to get worse I decide to dock up and wait to see where the final destination might be. Sadly the random HS station I pick is heavily camped by the CFC. A group that just might have a slight grudge against me perhaps.

Luckily I manage to get docked despite being shot at and pointed. I grab one of the many rookie ships in my hangar (been here before I guess) and undock, lose the ship but get the pod away.

At this point the FC contracts me a new ship, which is way back in the HS system we started in. I sigh, reject the contract and warp myself back to Ishomilken.

Like I said, I'm used to it. Don't feel bad, if I had showed up in the final system I'd be primaried off the field anyway.


More later.

The Empyrean Chronicles

Cover Mock-Up, thanks to Gabriel Cassata for permission to use his amazing illustration

The Empyrean Chronicles is an anthology of fan fiction and fan art set in the living science-fiction universe of Eve Online. Submissions are OPEN until December 12th, 2015. The first book will be published during the first quarter of 2016, and exact date will be announced in early 2016. Initially our plan is to provided a downloadable print-quality PDF for FREE to anyone that wants one.

We've already received an avalanche of submissions from the earlier call. And thanks to EN24 for spreading the word as well. Please feel free to spread the word far and wide for us, the more the merrier.

And, remember, if you miss the Dec 12th deadline don't worry. We will be publishing additional volumes in the future. Any submissions that do not make it into Volume 1 will be considered for future volumes. Our intention is to be all-inclusive.

All submissions should be made to rixxjavix@gmail.com. Artists should also contact me there to discuss participation. There are no rules other than all entries must be self-contained stories. We have no idea right now when volume 2 will appear, let's that this one step at a time ok? Works can be original or previously published, it is totally up to you.

Our Editors will be working with me to ensure professional standards are followed and the entire book will be designed and edited by your friendly neighborhood blogger.

I'm very excited about this project and look forward to reading your stories.

grrr Goons

Given everything that has happened this week, I figure it is only a matter of time before someone somewhere points fingers and tries to paint me with a "grr Goons" brush. I mean, let's be honest here, it has already happened over on Crossing Zebras and on Reddit to a certain degree.

For those so inclined I would like to mention a few things. One of which begins with a rather famous picture.


If you've been around Eve for any length of time you've seen this image. It has been posted everywhere, on blogs, on TMC itself, and pretty much anywhere else you can think of. I was proud to do it and still am. Sean was a member of our community and his death was a crossroads for many of us. A sign of how important our real lives truly are, the lives behind the screens, how united this community can and should be, and just how important it is for us to remember those who are no longer with us.

I mention this because Sean's senseless loss galvanized a campaign that I was running at the time for a player memorial. You can watch videos I created that also mention his passing. All of which has something to do (who knows exactly what or how much) with the creation of the Eve Player Memorial in Iceland.

Let me be clear here. I am not pro-Goon either. The entire reason for their existence is anti-Rixx. "We're not here to ruin the game, we're here to ruin YOUR game" is not pro-Eve, pro-Community, or pro-anyone other than themselves. And I've called this out at various times here in this blog for valid reasons. And I make my living in Eve as a scum-sucking Pirate in low-sec. I know a few things about how to get what you want in Eve without being a dick about it. It is, after all, the entire mission statement of A Band Apart and Stay Frosty.

"Don't be a dick" is the counter to ruining your game. And personally I find it extremely encouraging that the "meta" in Eve has turned over the past four years. The Space Clique that runs GSF probably hasn't noticed it, but the over-arching meta in the Eve community has moved on. They are out-of-touch now. And they have no reason to exist. The underlying structure that created them in the first place isn't there anymore. The fact that the Imperium exists at all right now is a testament to nothing other than greed and arrogance.

As for the line members? They are Eve players just like the rest of us. Most of whom probably don't follow blogs, or pay attention to the changing sands of the Meta, or really care much one way or the other. I've never had a problem with any of them. And still don't.

As for where I stand? I stand where I have always stood. It is up to the players to decide, as it always has been. If players want to be a part of what is going on with those in charge of GSF/Imperium, then that is their right. All I can do is to continue to offer my own opinion over here in my little corner of the universe.

There is no "grr Goons" around here. There is only a concern for what is best for Eve and my fellow players.

Onward and upward.

Thank All of You

Today I am thankful for this great community that we enjoy here in Eve Online and the amazing people at CCP that make it all work each and every day. There have been those lately that enjoy disparaging our weird little group, they've said some nasty things about us. That we can't get anything done, that we are spiteful, childish, rude, arrogant, and extremely negative. Ok, some of us are those things. Granted. But to focus on that is to ignore the strength and power that comes from the entirety of this insanity. Maybe it is just me, but I enjoy ALL of the Eve community. Even the darker corners. Because it all makes up the fabric of what makes it special and unique.

And to say we don't get "anything done" is to ignore the hundreds of amazing and wonderful projects that happen every single day. The charities, the blogs, the podcasts, the art, the comics, the posters, the wallpapers, the memes, the jokes, the songs, the fiction, the list is incredibly long. It makes me wonder about people that can so easily ignore all of the wonder of this vibrant and living universe of ours.

And so today, when some of us express what it is we are thankful for, I want to make sure that all of you know that I am thankful for you. All of you. No matter who you are or where you come from. Thank you for participating and playing and creating and adding your voice to the thunderous crowd.

Thank you to the gankers, the war-deccers, the pirates, the builders, the mission runners, the explorers, the miners, the scammers, the null-sec warriors, the faction players, the local trolls, the reddit posters, the mass testers, the alliance makers, the dream breakers, the pod takers, the wormholers, the taking a breakers, the be right backers, the afkers, the spinners, the high-sec hiders, the station campers, the gate podders, the link alts, the super cap flyers, the fuel delivers, the transport makers, the carrier jumpers, and to everyone in-between.


There is at least one person who appreciates you all.

BB69: Oh, Video Game Magic

Welcome to the continuing monthly EVE Blog Banters and our 69th edition! For more details about what the blog banters are please visit the Blog Banter page.

Because of Space-Magic

CCP sometimes get stuck between a veldspar 'roid and a hard place when they try to blend realism with sensible game mechanics in our sci-fi simulator. Sometimes they create a scientific answer such as 4th dimensional drag to explain our 'submarines in space'. Other times, not so much. When a null-sec Citadel is destroyed players 'stuffz' is to be magicked to another station. Why should a citadel be different to a titan? Should CCP ensure that 'space magic' always has a plausible explanation or do we need just to say "Well, its only a game!" and engage the willing suspension of disbelief? How should it work when a citadel goes boom, how do we balance risk with reward, and how should any "space-magic" be explained?

I'm late to the party this time, so I don't want to tread over ground already covered. Anytime anyone brings up the notion of "answers" I get a tad testy frankly. This obsession with having answers is annoying to me in many ways. Of more importance in my opinion is the internal logic of systems, does something work within the context of the story or not. Frankly, who gives a crap about the details. Either something works, or it doesn't.

I die in a video game like Call of Duty and I re-spawn? I dunno about you but that makes zero sense. And yet, I like it. I imagine my Call of Duty playing time would be zero without it. That would get boring real fast. And yet I have no idea why I should be able to re-spawn in the first place. It doesn't make any sense in a gritty, real-world combat simulator. Actual soldiers, sadly, do not get to re-spawn. And yet, this knowledge or lack of knowledge in no way affects my enjoyment of playing the game. Because it is, after all, a game. It ain't real.

But what about lore? What about the science-fiction bits? Well sure, I love lore as much as the next guy. And I am a huge science-fiction nerd. Those are two big reasons why I play Eve Online. But neither of those things impacts my play inside of Eve even one small iota. Not a bit. The only thing that matters inside of Eve is game mechanics. Game mechanics that are the same for everyone else that is playing. This is why I never get really upset by game mechanic changes, because we all have to play in the same sandbox. Under the same rules. (Which is why we all get upset when something threatens to upset that balance.)

Lore and background are awesome. And Eve has some rich and varied background that a lot of people enjoy, some even more than the actual playing. Which is fine. It just goes to show you that Eve is big enough for everyone. And I respect that 100%. But let's be truthful about it, the "why" is not important to actual gameplay. It just isn't. If Eve sucks to play, then all the great background stories in the world wouldn't save it. Lore adds to the enjoyment of the game for many people, but it doesn't affect game play at all.

So yes, Citadels should have a mechanic for saving people's stuffs because otherwise Citadels would suck. And no one would use them. Cause that would be dumb. Why do people's stuffs get saved? I dunno, magic fairy dust? I think we can do better. So let's assume cargo pods, or something technical sounding. We could go with Star Trek and have Tachyons be involved somehow, that always seemed to work for them when they were making things up.

It's all fake trickery. There is no magic other than the technical marvel that powers the code that allows us to operate together in a virtual universe. And that is enough magic for me. Pew Pew. Boom. The rest is all made up.

And just like in a great story, the more you try to explain it, the more dumb it sounds. A little mystery makes for a much better story.

For more Blog Banters about this subject, please visit this link.

JustD Swedish HipHop Eve Online Music Video

This is the world's only Swedish HipHop Eve Online music video (I'm guessing, but I feel safe in assuming). JustD, who are a very popular Swedish HipHop band, made one of their most recent songs available to support Care4Kids. If you are not aware, Care4Kids is an official non-profit organization started by Jonas/C4w3 that helps children and teens in long-term hospital stays play Eve Online and other interactive games. It is an amazing charity and one worthy of your support. I'm extremely proud to support it in any way I can.

C4w3 approached me on Twitter last night with this crazy idea and of course I said yes. I don't understand a word of this song, but I've listened to it about a gazillion times now. It got so bad at home today that my family made me go buy a pair of headphones. And when I say "bad", I don't mean they hated the music. We all loved the song, my boys would start dancing anytime it played. But it does get annoying after the first billion times.

The upcoming EOC.tv RUMBLE event is helping many Eve Online themed charities, including Care4Kids.

Our community is an amazing place.

ANNOUNCING: New Eden Chronicles

Calling all writers and artists from the Eve community. Eveoganda Publishing (a non-existent company I just made up) in association with Rixx Javix, Mord Fiddle, General Stargazer and Drackarn are proud to announce our latest community project. New Eden Chronicles will be an anthology book series featuring fan fiction and fan art written and illustrated by our amazing and talented community, edited and selected by our team of editors, and designed professionally by none other than Rixx Javix. (or, Bryan Ward, for those scoring at home.)

And here is the bestest part of all, the entire book will be available to everyone totally FREE of Charge! That's right, we will be giving the darn thing away in glorious digital PDF downloads for everyone to enjoy. We're not asking for a dime. How cool is that?

Over the past eight years I've read dozens and dozens of wonderful fan fiction here in our community, from the amazing Pod & Planet Contest and beyond. So I was thinking, why not start to collect the best of these into an ongoing anthology collection in the very best spirit of short-story science-fiction collections? Why not indeed? To make it even better, we'll get some of our most talented artists to create illustrations and have a lot of purty pictures to look at.

Right now the plan is to have the book be bi-annual, but we are certainly open to making it happen more often if the support is there for it.

So how do you participate?

It's easy. Simply submit your original work of Eve Fiction for consideration to rixxjavix@gmail.com  Artists who are interested in participating should also send an email along to let me know you'd like to participate. We'll be collecting stories and working with each author to ensure the highest quality work appears in each collection. The final determination as to what pieces appear in each collection will be up to the Editors based on quality, originality, and overall thematic considerations. Any works not appearing in the first Volume will be considered for additional Volumes. It is not our intention to leave anyone out. This is purely intended as a showcase for the Eve community and not a vanity project for anyone. You get what I'm saying.

We're looking for stories that reflect the wide range of our community and of the universe of New Eden. Industry, War, whatever makes for an interesting and compelling story. However, we are only looking for short-stories or short novellas that are self-contained. On-going series are not in the plans for this anthology series.

Additional consideration will be given to original works, however that is not a requirement. We just want your best work, so if it has been published on your blog, or submitted to a contest before, it doesn't matter. Submit what you think is your best work.

I'm excited about this project and I think it holds a lot of potential. Let's take this journey together and see where it leads us?

I can't wait to read your stories.

Spai Works: Battleship Logi

Our spais have uncovered some very early concept drawings from CCP Games HQ in Reykjavik that reveal plans for a new class of spaceship: The Battleship Logistics!!

Take a gander at these babies.


The Sciphoon

The Rocalisk

The Domineiros

It certainly is an exciting time. New ships and new concepts flying around like snow on a volcano. I'm very excited.

What do you think?

The Millennium Falcon Poster

Millennium Falcon Poster by Bryan Ward
Click to download various sizes

One of my all time favorite spaceships, the Millennium Falcon. Sporting the original round radar dish, not the rectangle from the new series. The original drawing of the ship has been around for awhile, originally I presented it here in its unfinished form. That drawing was only about 90% finished and I always intended to create a full poster for it. Now, with the new computer and new tools, I was finally able to complete the entire poster as I originally imagined it.

I hope you enjoy this newest piece in the growing collection. If you do, please feel free to share the love in your own community and beyond. I'm looking to take these pieces and more to market so the more exposure the better. Thanks.

She might be a bucket of bolts, but she'll make .5 past light speed. :)

Serenity Poster

Serenity Poster by Bryan Ward
Click to download various and sundry sizes

Presenting one of my all time favorite ships, Serenity, from Firefly and the movie of the same name. I really like the way this turned out and I'm glad to finally get it out in public. The drawing of the ship is almost a year old, I had drawn it back when I was trying to figure out the technique on the Eve Poster Series and it had just lingered in a folder waiting. So this weekend I finished the drawing and started thinking about what to do with it.

Luckily I had just gotten my new Wacom tablet last week and so I decided to take it for a spin and do a complete painting. You can see the results for yourself and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did working on it.

While Eve may always be an important part of my work, it certainly won't be the only part of my work. I need to expand my horizons and I'll be doing more and more other genre work in the coming months. In fact I have a couple other projects cooking in the oven already.

Let me know what you think. And any suggestions for future works you'd like to see.


Back Swing

It's odd. You can be insanely busy and at the same time seem to have disappeared. I wake up every day with plenty of things on my plate to accomplish, and yet not have time to write here on the blog. Or find time in the day to log in to play Eve. It has been an odd couple of months to say the least.

I have played Eve each of the last three days. Which is amazing, especially Saturday night. The way the new studio is set up now, my wife can log into Eve on the computer next to me and we can play elbow to elbow. This resulted in some funny moments. I didn't have TeamSpeak loaded up on the new computer yet, so during our roam while we listened to TS - she'd have to push to talk for me while I yelled over her shoulder. We also had a tense moment while I tried to explain how to pull range from a Harpy and Tristan that she was fighting. She was in a dual-tanked Hookbill and those are complicated to fly. So many modules to manage. She ended up getting podded. But this is how you learn. And we did manage to get a handful of good fights together. Which is awesome.

So all in all things are slowly getting back to "normal" around here. Whatever normal is. I wouldn't know normal if it was staring me in the face. I have two large illustrations I want to finish, a couple of big projects that are in the works, another episode of Gate to Gate to get produced, and a long list of commissions that haven't been finished or even started. Plus, I dunno, a dozen or more things I'm forgetting. Somewhere, sometime, I'll have to find the time to give each of these things the attention they need.

Maybe that is it, more than anything else right now? Maybe I'm just feeling a tad overwhelmed with options. Perhaps I need to focus. Meh. Maybe I just need to kick that thought in the balls and move on. I like that idea better.

Onward and Upward.

Go Rumble!

The EOC.tv RUMBLE Charity Event is on the 29th of November and you should plan on being there. I will be. And so will a huge pile of Eve players looking to have a blast and shoot each other in the face. All while supporting several well-deserving Eve charities. It is a win-win for everyone. Except me, as I will probably be kilt within the first few minutes. lol. (Don't shoot Rixx!)

Organizing and planning a successful in-game event is a ton of work. I've sorta stepped away from doing them myself because of just how much effort is involved. After you do 18 or so, the shine kind wears off. But nothing is better than an in-game event you can participate in and not have to do anything other than show up. So kudos to the guys at EOC.tv who are putting this thing together. They've managed to grab a Titan for us to pew pew, along with a bunch of great prizes and teams. All being FC'd by some loser FCs, it should be a blast.

I even made a video for it! So you have to come.

Do yourself a favor and check out the link for more details about the event and how to sign-up. Seriously, it promises to be the don't miss event of the month and I'd love to see you there.


Joffy Aulx-Gao for CSM XI

Joffy Aulx-Gao for CSM
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I can't possibly imagine someone out there that wants and deserves to be on the CSM more than my good friend Joffy. This young man was one of the first to believe in the vision of Stay Frosty and A Band Apart. And over the last few years, as I've gotten to know him, everything about him is simply an inspiration. He has been working his butt off for the past couple of months gathering support from all around New Eden and the community, working to find a way to actually get to Fanfest (which is a challenge for him and his family), and generally doing everything you'd want your CSM representative to do. Above and beyond.

I am straight up asking for you to help me make this happen. Read my post (the first link) and express your support on the forum post (second link) and help us spread the word about this remarkable young man. Any independent campaign is an uphill battle against the allied forces arrayed against it, so we need all the support we can get. I know I can count on my readers to stand behind us, so let's all work together to make this happen.

We're just getting started and we have a long way to go. Thank you.