Eve 2012: A Year In Review

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very good summation. what i wish for 2013: let all of nullsec burn!
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Nullsec is always burning.All you need to do is raise your nose to the winds and see which direction the smoke is coming from that day.
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Providence Holders, despite being the oldest coalition in EVE that has been in their space before any of the alliances that hold SOV now even exsisted dont even get a mention on the list of major powers?Nevermind the fact that Providence is the most traversed null space by far, most of nullsec is a complete snoozefest.
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Are you implying CVA is relevant?
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This article by it's own would be enough to convince anyone that left EVE this year or last, to come back. That game has also won the #1 position for the best video game of all time. This isn't a small accomplisment accounting what happened in 2011. Here is the article http://www.complex.com/video-g...
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You're right they should have been listed as the definite next victims of one of the blocs surrounding them. Unless they let someone tea bag them they won't have space next year.
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Delve V was never destined to be massive war or many big fights. You were just told so by TEST/CFC/PL propaganda. As outsider it was pretty clear if you had any knowledge about the sides fighting. I haven't been neither TEST/PL/CFC or SOCO, but have participated in fights against all of them. It's just simple logic: if PL is involved with meatshield alliances you can't win them with supers and you can't get big enough blob to win some other way. You can only wait for them to get bored in structure grind and strike when they have low number fleet. Yeah, in theory SOCO could bring even numbers to field, but it was pretty obvious that so loosely arranged group would only manage to do it couple times.
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We came, we blobed, we conquered
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Noobie detected
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Isn't the '450,000 subscriptions' figure including the Chinese Serenity players who were playing for free while the game was handed over to new owners?
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Oh man, why can you not make an unbiased post like you claim to?"Stalwart guardians of the north""The outlook for 2013 is bright as these new powerhouses square off."How is that even reminiscent of the truth? 2013 will be quite boring until either the coalitions crumble or reset each other. Otherwise it will be a single stagnant war, cause everyone respects SOLAR too much take take them off the map.HBC and CFC will never invade eachother.N3 is just gonna rustle a bit and then go somewhere else from the fights.Bottom line, its not going to be interesting.
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Where does the 450k number come from?
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So it was quite clearly a failure of leadership that left us with a dud of a war..
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Well they dont ever do anything do they- they are not a mover and shaker. People ask: whats going on in eve? whats going on in null? Welp, CVA is still in Providence, how is that news? Conflict and change, creation and destruction is news.
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"Eve is ruined forever now! With the NC and DRF blocs eating up large portions of the map, 0.0 conflict will stop!"
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CCP Unifex did an interview in the last few days to Forbes magazine, quoting subscriber figures of 450, 000 now, so in other words announcing decent year on year growth in a business mag. Linkage - http://www.forbes.com/sites/in...
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It's happened before, and it'll happen again. The one thing CVA has going for them is their roleplaying motivation for holding Providence - they won't just throw their hands up and go "welp, let's move somewhere else with lots of money", they'll pull all the way back to the lowsec border of Providence and wait for the invader to get bored or lax, and then six months later retake the lot. A few months after that, Providence will again be filled with delicious meat for roaming pvp.
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It's worth noting that this includes "Serenity" subscriptions on the newly relaunched Chinese server, which is estimated to have anything between 50,000 and 150,000 subscriptions.And, of course, CCP aren't making the usual $15 a month from each of those subs.
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Yes. They were playing for free during the beta (likely to get the market running, and build some social structures), but its sub based still, although likely a fair bit cheaper than playing on TQ.
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The NC and DRF were never friendly so that's not really a good comparison. Without a CFC/HBC reset I doubt there will be any major wars at least until late 2013 or 2014. No other coalition has the resources or numbers to take either of them on.
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Providence roleplayers are politically, militarily, diplomatically and socially irrelevant - and have been since forever.
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Whoever wins is a blobber and whoever lost got blobbed, this will never change.
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I can guarantee you that at the end of 2013 the map will be drastically different..
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You forgot to mention how BoB is killing Eve
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Literally the only reason CVA still hold Providence is because they can be relied upon to die horribly every now and again. Which is more than can be said for Against All Allies
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I think a CFC or HBC breakdown, either internal or between the two is far more likely that is often lamented here.
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Moons mean roams are pointless (on a burning the earth level)Structure basing means invasions are a long drawn out and extreamely painful affair (again reducing the earth burning)NIPs, NIPs everywhere (Preventing earth burning)Yep, loooots of burning...
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Goddamnit, I thought we agreed on Hellnaw Kitt?
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Someone who fought at 49- or the subsequent battles against -a- wouldn't say the SoCo defeat was lazy. It was a pretty intense few weeks of a failed counter-offensive. After that, -a- just petered out.
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While CVA and friends can definitely not be listed as movers and shakers in the grand game of galactic politics the region (Providence) has more than its fair share of action and drama. While it may escape The Mittani's notice (or be deemed as simply irrelevant) Provi has always been one of the most consistent 'content creators' in the game - it has probably provided more 'fun' to more pilots than any other single region in EVE history with the probable exception of DELVE.For the record 2012 saw CVA and 'Holder' friends graduallly reassert control over Provi after the 'Annus Horribilus' that was 2011 when they got kicked out twice. Being on the border of one of the largest 'non-conflicts' in EVE history (HBC vs SOCO) Provi has had more than its fair share of roamers and many extremely good 'gudfights' with on some occasion 3 or 4 competing blocks bashing each other simultaneously in Provi's southern reaches.After the desolation of 2011 the CVA's (and friends) slow reestablishment of order and some kind of stability in Provi has led to an increase in the population of the region - which is a veritable hive of activity compared to the barren wildernesses of most of 0.0 space.While CVA and friends lack the capital fleets to directly compete with the larger blocks the general worthlessness of the region and their ongoing dedication to harassing any pets/renter/junior alliances that get installed has meant that for the moment Provi is not considered a worthwhile target by the big blocks and indeed many prefer to leave the region as someplace they can go to roam and get a bit of action from time to time - whether that will change in 2013 remains to be seen.
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MV joins Northern Coalition, bolstering the numbers of the already significant numbers of this newly born Coalition.Nexus Fleet continues to recruit faster than most alliances through 1 corporation.Nulli Secunda continues to pour corporations into their feeder alliances with many promoted to the Nulli ranks.I think it's time -A- brings the hatchet down on the already nearly severed head of their leadership and joins N3.Then again. Maybe this is just me longing for an HBC vs N3 war. With the combined super power (pun intended) of -A-, Nulli and NC., they could quite literally go toe to toe with the newly bolstered Pandemic Legion.N3 is -A-'s opportunity to get back at these guys "IF" -A- could get their head out of their ass, throw away old grudges. Work with the Diplo's of N3 cause they've got some damn good ones, and get a good thing going. -A- will continue to bleed members until all that's left is worthless leadership bossing around an interface.
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Depends on what leadership goals were. If it was to evict -A-, hardly a failure. TEST could have gotten huge mass of gudfites in Catch. All they had to do is not bring 400+ to local for a timer. It's a choice. It's not like TEST leadership didn't know what they were doing. If you want to take a system, bring everyone, and know for a fact no one from the other side will show up. PL will outblob anyone's supers with one hand tied behind their back, TEST will do the rest. No one's going to throw a fleet into a system with 1000 HBC in it, and another few hundred on standby.
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Thanks for the replies.Not to suggest any of that EVE is dying line, but it is certainly changing.450k "subscriptions" sounds impressive, but if it is padded by the Chinese numbers it doesn't sound as wonderful.Distinct customers is also something I'd be interested in. I used to run five accounts, now zero.In a game where more people are outrageously wealthy they are likely to be running at least five for just giggles.Concurrent users isn't the only metric, but it's the only one we really have.Despite the spike in the last few weeks after the release of Retribution things have been fairly flat for the last year.CCP are busy trying to pump up the mass numbers message it's clear that the HTFU days are long gone. Anyone paying with a pulse will meet the bill once it's clear DUST415 will be likely to perform sluggishly.There just isn't the hype.
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Sov-griefing target acquired.
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Worked out great for -A- in the end, amirite?
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Subscription count is doing well, so far, albeit they include Serenity's numbers which are quite "misterious" and nobody knows exactly how much ISK that provides to CCP.What's for sure is that TQ's PCU is stagnating. Also must be noted that this last year CCP has undertaken a very agressive marketing campaign on former customers, which has gone a bit nutty with Retribution as they're offering "Power of 2" to new players who just subcribed.So far EVE is holding its ground, but I fail to see the prospects of anything going on that can break the stagnation. Everything that can't go up, will go down sooner or later.
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SO what you're saying is if you want to awox nulli and NCdot, just join nexus fleet, got it.
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do dumbs like you ever get tired of writing the same thing then being wrong like every single yearlol
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than that just show how uncommitted they are in defending their space. IF your enemy is pooling 1 thousand people in a engagement you know they are heavily committed.
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Great to see so many changes in the last year.

It's been an eventful twelve months for EVE Online. Two expansions: Inferno and Retribution. Even as controversy and shenanigans came out of Reykjavik and New Eden, the game took long strides forward. Let's examine the year.

Nullsec

Broadly, 2012 saw two massive conflicts take place, spanning months and changing the face of the galaxy forever.

[]Sovereignty as held January 1st 2012

In the north, the CFC, headed by Goonswarm Federation, conducted a series of wars against northern inhabitants aimed at securing New Eden's Technetium supply. The year began with the CFC blitzkrieging through White Noise's Branch, but the coalition ran into stiff resistance against both Raiden in Tenal, and DOTBROS (NC. BL. S2N) in Tribute. Still, by December, it was all over. The Technetium Wars saw the vast majority of New Eden's tech supply fall under a single banner.

In the south, the Southern Coalition (SoCo), headed by Against All Authorities (-A-) began the year in a stalemate against the (former) DRF consisting mainly of Red Alliance, and supported by XDeath. This was an interminable, back-and-forth war, which through 2011 had gone very well for RA. -A-'s persistence and expensive doctrines turned the war around, and SoCo was able to break RA's defence. Similarly, with SoCo support, SOLAR was able to overthrow XDeath. The two long-time Lords of the East had been removed. With only two real power blocs left, the stage was set for possibly the largest war EVE had ever seen.

Depending on who you ask, it was Delve IV or V. What started as Pandemic Legion (PL) having fun in Delve slowly escalated into a full on sovereignty war. The CFC and TEST were pitted against SoCo and friends, with SOLAR and NC. conspicuously sitting it out. The well-advertised war was a fizzle, with the illustrious -A- deciding to fall back and cede Delve to the invaders. Delve would become known as the most overhyped, disappointing event of the entire year. What would have been one of the largest conflicts in video game history ended with a whimper, and began what would be a mass exodus of alliances from the Southern Coalition.

The remainder of the year saw the conclusion of the Technetium Wars, a rather lazy defeat of SoCo, the unseating of -A- by the Honeybadger Coalition (HBC), and the rise of a new coalition formed primarily around Nulli Secunda, an alliance who in 2012 reinforced their solid reputation in the community.

At the end of 2012, we are left with several major powers.

  • The CFC: led by Goonswarm Federation, they remain the stalwart guardians of the north, and probably the richest coalition in New Eden.
  • The HBC: led by TEST and PL, this force became the powerhouse of the south, and established itself as the largest coalition by sheer numbers.
  • SOLAR and pets: both gained the majority of their sovereignty in 2012, and began what could be a very long war towards losing it.
  • N3: centered around Nulli Secunda, Northern Coalition, and Nexus, they established themselves as an entity, took large tracts of the south from the crumbling SoCo, and have begun a crusade against SOLAR.

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Sovereignty as held December 29th 2012

I have heard complaints that nullsec is "too entrenched." Those voices have certainly been proven wrong this year, with sweeping changes across the map. The outlook for 2013 is bright as these new powerhouses square off.

Highsec

From small but significant events like the closing of Veto corp, to the drying-up of Hulkageddon and the beginning of widespread freighter ganking, much has changed in Empire space. The first half of the year, it seemed, was spent wrangling over the wardec changes and attendant drama. Then: bounties! Freighters pillaged en masse! Miner bumping! Dec Shield and the wardec trap! Suffice it to say that much has changed.

Development

Let us not forget that this year, we have seen vast improvement in the game we all love (or hate). Faction Warfare recieved a major overhaul, making it both more entertaining to do, and profitable for both individuals and large alliances. If FW is any indication, CCP has shown their intention to revitalize neglected features, and that some of the more broken areas are receiving, and will continue to receive attention.

Speaking of continued progress, you can't talk about 2012 without talking about CCP Fozzie and his ship rebalancing team. The changes begun with Crucible's humble destroyer rebalance have morphed into a full-fledged rebirth of fun, accessible PVP. Previously terrible ships are now good for something and we're seeing a real spike in diversity of craft flown.

CCP has also invested significant development  time into UI upgrades, general usability and ease of gameplay. Features such as the annunciator bar, the timers, and safeties show that CCP is working on making the game more accessible for newbies and more readable for all of us.

Depending on who you ask, DUST 514 is either a disaster in the making or CCP's potential salvation. I, for one, think that it will be a valuable addition to the universe if done correctly. CCP has shown that they would rather get it right than release a bad product. That's what one could infer by their continued pushing back of the release date and focus on additional content, anyways. 2013 promises to be, at the very least, interesting in this regard.

Community

2012 in the EVE community would not be complete without recognition of Vile Rat. I think all of our readers know the events surrounding Vile Rat this year. If nothing else, it was amazing to see an entire community of players who are normally cursing, fighting, and certainly never in agreement come together in recognition of the contributions of a single person, who was the victim of a terrible attack. People stopped shooting each other, even for just a few hours. Reds went to each other's staging systems, offered condolences, burned spies, chatted on each other's comms, and hundreds of stations were renamed in honour of the man who affected our universe so much.

Although our community shrunk by one, it also grew for yet another year in a row. With over 450,000 subscriptions, EVE is certainly not 'dying' as some of the louder forum posters would have you believe. As a whole, 2012 was a very successful year for CCP and EVE alike. The game and community have recovered greatly from the disaster that was 2011, and 2013 looks as if it could shape up to be a very eventful year.

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I have been playing EVE since late 2006, with a preference for nullsec warfare. I am currently a member of Nulli Secunda. In real life, I started a career as a pilot in 2007, and many of my articles discuss both flying, and EVE Online.