Starbase Exploit Fixed… finally?

CCP has made a post on the EVE forums regarding a rather interesting exploit that’s being patched into oblivion.

We have discovered an exploit involving starbases that made it possible for some players to gain an unfair advantage over others. We have taken measures to address this by removing the starbases used in the exploit. Additionally, assets gained from its use have been seized and bans levied against the players involved. We will continue to monitor the game for issues such as this one. We encourage players to create a petition if become aware of any activities which may permit others to gain an unfair advantage in the game.

Some additional details can be found in a thread here on Scrapheap Challenge. Assuming this information is correct and the timeline of this exploit being in the wild is true.. wow. Depending on how widespread the abuse of this was, the economic impact to EVE could be unbelievable.

Already pilots are reporting massive increases in the price of certain items on the market related to Tech 2 manufacturing, as a direct impact of this fix.

I’d say send CCP a T2 shovel to dig themselves out of this PR hole, but it probably costs 10 times higher today than it did yesterday.

Source: Forum thread “Starbase exploit addressed”

EVElopedia Beta

The long-awaited EVElopedia is now available to be tried out in beta form!

This is essentially a managed Wiki for EVE Online, and is intended to marry a lot of things, including a new (updated) item database, officially created content, and player created content such as guides and other submissions.

Check it out, but remember it’s still in beta. :)

Source: EVElopedia Beta

Alliance Tournament VI Details

Well people have been wondering whether a new tournament was going to happen, and the answer is here: Alliance Tournament VI is happening.  There’s been some considerable changes to the format this time.

The traditional bracket system tournament will be done away with, in favour of a system that allows a larger number of alliances to compete meaningfully in the same time frame. A slightly modified Swiss System tournament will be used for qualifying, with a single elimination tournament occurring on the final weekend.

One of the biggest complaints from the last tournament was the limited number of spots, so that should at least help alliances get in that would like to compete.

It looks like in general the format of the competition itself is pretty similar to the last tournaments, but I haven’t had a chance to give it a thorough comparison.

Click on for more details:

Dev Blog on Alliance Tournament VI

Alliance Tournament VI Format

Alliance Tournament VI Official Rules

CSM2 Election Results In

Well, the votes have been tallied, and we have ourselves a winner…

Vuk Lau (character name ‘Vuk Lau’) is the Council’s chairman having received the highest number of votes. The first order of business for the Council will be to elect a vice-chairman, secretary and vice-secretary.

Congratulations, Vuk Lau!!

Check out the rest of the dev blog for some really interesting stats on vote distribution by country and gender.

Source: Dev Blog – Second Election Results are In

Mail Changes in QR 1.0.1

Get ready for a few changes with regards to that giant pile of EVEmails you have sitting around in your inbox.

To address performance issues in EVE we are making some changes to the EVE Mail system in Quantum Rise 1.0.1. You will now be able to fetch up to 1000 undeleted EVE Mails, however, EVE Mail number 1001 and beyond will not be fetched, whether it has been read or not. To gain access to those EVE Mails, you must delete newer EVE mails. In addition to this all EVE Mails sent by NPCs that are older than 3 months will be deleted.

For those of you stashing old CONCORD killmails, now is the time to do a bit of housecleaning. That, or hit the forums and voice your opinion on the change.  Click below.

Source: EVE Mail changes to come in EVE Online: Quantum Rise 1.0.1

Massive Gamer Magazine: Beginnings

A few blogs back I talked about Massive Gamer Magazine, a newcomer to the MMO media arena. Since then, they’ve been adding a ton of content daily, covering pretty much every bit of MMO news that’s come out.

Today marks the start of a new series of articles on MGM written by myself, the first of which is online now for folks to read.  It’s something that I’ll be doing on a regular basis, and won’t any of the things that I do for the EVE community right now (comic, and podcast) — both of which have fallen behind due to real life commitments, but that shall be rectified very soon.

So check out the site, give the article a read, and feel free to leave comments on the new forum thread started at the site, or here at this blog if you wish.  This is a pretty cool opportunity, and it’s one that I’m really excited about!

Source: Beginnings