Within these pages you will find entertaining and irreverent blogposts, regular community discussions, a glimpse into the true art of playing EVE Online (snigger) and some genuinely insightful information.*
What follows is an overview of Freebooted's scattershot interpretation of this dark MMO universe and its arguably darker communities.
*One of these statements may be untrue.
What is EVE Online?
"EVE Online is a rich sci-fi tapestry woven from barbed wire and string theory."
EVE Online is a unique online experience that allows you to participate in a single persistent universe centred around a dystopian vision of the future of the human race. It is an immersive and freeform 'sandbox' that allows it's thousands of players to interact with each other in any way they see fit. For some, it is the opportunity to explore the sinister beauty of space with friends, for others it is the excuse to hunt those explorers down and destroy them.
Unlike most other MMOs, the universe of New Eden is a single shard, meaning every pilot can potentially cross paths with every other player from across the world. It is a peerless social experiment that has been described as a “giant social networking environment based around spaceships”. It really does bring out the best and the worst in human nature like no other game.
Whether you want to fight, trade, empire-build, manufacture or simply fly around in uniquely designed spaceships admiring the stunning views, EVE Online caters with aplomb.
But be warned, with it's infinite depth comes bewildering complexity and a harshness many gamers are not used to.
What is Freebooted?
What follows are some examples of the kind of content you can expect to find here at Freebooted, but this really is just the top of the rabbit hole that is the EVE Online metagame.
Amplifying the Echo Chamber
- BB33: The Capsuleer Experience (In Progress) - With the inception of the new CCP Player Experience team, their request for input on the tribulations of New Players is being knocked about in the blogosphere.
- BB32: Non-Consensual Combat Restrictions (Jan 2012) - Should EVE show a softer side? Or continue to strike fear into the hearts of the weak? Here's what the bloggeratti thought.
- BB31: Community Review of EVE Online (Dec 2011) - A true MMO review is generally considered impossible given the scale of content. That didn't stop these twenty-one bloggers from trying.
For more information on previous Blog Banters and how to take part in the current or future banters, check out the link at the top of the page.
Peculiar Podcasting for Podders
The following shorts are probably my personal favourites and another timely opportunity for some to learn a little more about leading our CSM candidate. ;)
More Freebooted-flavoured downloadable audio randomness can be found here.
Exclusive "EVE" Content (Extinguisher Not Required)
an alternative to last Summer's Captain's Quarters feature with a showcase of the full gameplay potential of a solitary, enclosed environment. Haha.
Incarna: The Text Adventure was the result of an insomnia-inspired caffeine-fuelled night's work. It was just a joke, but it proved to be surprisingly popular. I should probably do a sequel, but despite 80,000 pageviews in the first weekend, as far as I can tell only two people completed this episode. Bah, and I thought EVE players were proficient gamers.
If you want a challenge, try finding all four ways to escape from your Captains Quarters in Incarna: The Text Adventure (now optimised for smartphone use). I promise your graphics card can handle it.
Tech4 & Tech4 News
CCP Dropbear at EVE Vegas last year resulted in Tech4 News, a fully scripted and voice-acted in-character podcast with supporting webzine articles.
Pitched at the newcomer to EVE Lore, Tech4 focuses on life in New Eden from the perspective of the little guys who don't have the benefit of capsuleer technology to save them from death. Read and hear about life from the perspective of the dock workers, the ship's crews and a poor unfortunate Slaver hound called Empress.
An entirely voluntary, community-driven effort with contributions from over thirty individuals, with another (outrageously overdue) audio episode in the works and a regular stream of quality articles to read, the Tech4 website and the Tech4 News podcast are both things that everyone involved should be proud of. Thanks and credit to all.
Bonus points for identifying the 'celebrity' voice in the following audio trailer.
If this trailer has piqued your interest, there's much more where that came from along with the latest news articles on the Tech4 GALNET portal. The story of how Tech4 came about is covered in more detail in The Accidental Podcaster.
If all this lore stuff still confuses you, fear not, I know a guy. Mark726's brilliant EVE Lore Survival Guide is hosted here on this very blog and will tell you everything you need to know about New Eden but was afraid to ask. Don't believe me? This is what others thought of it.
Not Serious Business
Some of my favourite articles have included a battleship review in the style of a Top Gear episode, a look at Sansha's Nation lifestyle influences (which ultimately inspired the Pimp my Pod audio as heard above), the weirdest frigate competition you'll read about, or what happened when CCP broke clothes on Singularity.
If your health does become a problem, I've also got that covered in Dr. Stan's Capsuleer Clinic. Oh, and whilst you're here, please join the campaign to get CCP Soundwave to sing "Rocket Man" at Fanfest. If you don't the threat of Brokeback Stations might come true.
Important Stuff Here
|Hilmar is serious. Now own up, who broke that blind?|
- Discussing the social implications of EVE Online's demanding gameplay styles in Fanfest Flashback: The Cult of EVE. Play-style, life-style or religion?
- A regular drum I like to bang is the benefit of improved camera tools; EVE Online: Director Mode and Fanfest Flashback: The Spectacle of Combat.What's the point of making EVE look so pretty if the gameplay requires you to zoom out too far to see anything?
- Documenting the tribulations of my rookie sister after convincing her playing EVE would be a good idea in My Sister: The Rookie (Part One). A year on, she's now a quasi-goon. :/
- Sometimes, I even write about my experiences actually playing EVE. Badly.
Putting the Fact into Fiction
Every once in a while I like to write a little bit of EVE fiction, something that might add a little to the bubble of disbelief required to feel immersed in New Eden.
- Docking Games: The Secret of N.I.M. - Why does a ship become unresponsive when docking. What happens when the screen goes black shortly after? Why do docking ships just disappear from view? Here are the answers.
- Social Clones - How do capsuleers manage to loiter in intel channels, socialise in bars and attend meetings, all whilst simultaneously piloting a ship into combat? Here is an explanation.
- Meat Salvage - It's not just the wrecks of ships that get re-used after a battle. Read the gruesome truth about what lies in store after death for a capsuleer.
All in all, welcome to Freebooted. Established in 2009 and now in its fourth year, there's much more to discover.
Just don't feed the ducks, they're fake.