The Art of EVE

The Art of EVEIf you listen to this week’s Warp Drive Active podcast, you’ll hear a brief rundown I give about The Art of EVE, an amazing art book that has been produced by CCP’s Atlanta offices, the White Wolf folks. I was lucky enough to receive the book to look through, and the podcast goes into some details about what the future holds for this particular copy.

As I’ve stated in the podcast, any pictures do not do this book justice. It’s sized perfectly for the coffee-table, hardcover bound, and encased in a very pretty plasticy slipcase. Inside, the design is beautifully simple, the dark pages are filled with gorgeous artwork and photography chronicling EVE Online’s inception. There’s a lot of love here if you’re a fan of concept art, and EVE’s is certainly some of the best that I’ve seen.

The book continues, showing designs as the game has evolved, goes into some aspects of the CCG, and goes into some elements of the game’s future, showing off some of the goodies just over the horizon.

I can only hope that we see more efforts like this in the future. The folks at CCP/WW, MMM Publishing, and all the folks at CCP Iceland who collaborated on putting this together have really created something that a fan of EVE will absolutely love. One gets the feel by going through the book that a lot of time, effort, and love went into creating it. In that regard, it’s the perfect companion for a game like EVE.

EVE TV Is Free Free Free

EVE TV LogoFor those who might not know, EVE TV is officially free. Well truthfully it’s been free for the last few episodes, but it’s worth mentioning since they’re finally ditching Jalipo as the streaming provider.

Jalipo was, put simply, horrid. The pay-per-view model they were using for EVE TV is not compatible with the EVE playerbase. EVE TV is using Brightcove right now, and the difference is… commercials. Between each segment of EVE TV you’ll be greeted with a quick 15-30 second commercial just like on real TV. This really isn’t all that obtrusive, since you can just not watch them (check your email, poke around in EVE, etc).

Now content wise the last few EVE TV episodes have been pretty lackluster. The Goons episode, my gawd. The only thing worth watching was the Eagle profile, and even then I skipped it since I don’t fly Caldari ships. Honestly, I pretty much fast-forwarded to the end credits. The end credits have been the best part of EVE TV recently, showing all the silliness that happens when the cameras are rolling but nobody expects them to be. It’s amusing of course, but as much as it pains me to say it, they’re the best part of the episodes lately.

Lets hope the content improves, because it’d be a shame to see the show spiral downwards when it’s now available to anyone to watch.

Warp Drive Active #137: Hair Care

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This one was a bit late, thanks to the tournament and stuff. Finally got to it though. One sorta interesting thing some might notice with the out-of-game version of Warp Drive Active is that it’s now sporting an advertisement for EVE. Don’t worry, I’m not going to start slamming Ad-sense all over the place or have animated EVE banners everywhere. It’s just one, which links to the 14 day trial for EVE. That’s it, nothing sinister.

If someone clicks on it and signs up for a 14-day trial then I think I get a few bucks, so tell your friends. 🙂

Wilhelm Naked No More

A while back on Warp Drive Active podcast #5 we did a contest involving sci-fi quotes. We picked a winner, and as a prize he got himself a t-shirt with the comic of his choice emblazoned on the front. Being lazy, I didn’t get around to blogging about this, but here’s a link to his blog about it, including pictures of the shirt.

Congratulations once again Wilhelm.