EVE Down Under 2012

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You left out someone from the alliance panel. If you quote names, make sure you get them all. ;-). Otherwise, nice read and great to see!
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So bummed I couldn't make it. One day I will make Dark Razer mine.Sounded less creepy in my head... not really actually.
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Are there any vid's of the alliance panel/fc guide? Or scriptures?
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120 people? Nice.! Mad props
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Look at that dude's gunt
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Feel free to say who it is instead of being asspained
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Pretty sure people videoed the whole thing, I don't think they've been put online yet. If the interview with the devs was taped I'll likely put it up.
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Damn it, how did I not hear about this - will definitely keep my eye out for the next one. Someone needs to represent the even smaller AU minority...aussies in wormholes :D
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Sorry Li3 federation leader! Jadecougar?
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Its Li3 federation, Daandrah
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Yes in fact there is, every session was recorded. They will be up very soon, once we have permission from CCP to do so :)
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There was indeed a presentation from a C6 Wormhole corp, where they tried to give everyone a 'feel' for living in such areas.This weekend was definitely a highlight that reinvigorated my interest in Eve. For someone who is too poor to attend Fanfest proper, this was a great alternative, and resulted in many attendees; friend and foe alike joining together for a few roams as allies... :)
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Apologies mate. My memories of the events are hazy at best :)
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There was in fact a wormhole presentation, and a decent number of AU wormhole dudes hanging around telling us how rich they were!
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A few notes:The Skype conversation was infact with CCP Fozzie (Raivi from Pandemic Legion), CCP Dolan (Michael Bolton III from TEST) and CCP Navigator.Total attendance was 130+ over the 2 days.in the 1v1 of Dark Razer from NC. vs Fawlty7 from Goonswarm, Dark Razer won the fight, only to be beaten by none other than the infamous Garmon who was on holidays in Australia at the time :)The alliance panel consisted of Wusti (Convicted Alliance Leader), Kryptyk (VDD CEO), Dark Razer (NC. FC), Fawlty7 (Goonswarm FC), Daandrah (Li3 Diplomat)In 2013, There will be a few player meetup's in the major city's in Australia starting with Brisbane in March 2013 so keep an eye on www.eveonline-au.com for meetup times.It was a great event and looking forward to the next one.Hamber
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Awesome weekend. Can't wait for the next one. Thanks RD, Hamber and everyone involved in putting it on.
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Cheers for the added details Hamber.I can't wait for next year's events!
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That guy is fucking enormous.
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Did anyone get any videos posted?
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I'm gonna be trying to organize the Brisbane one so if anyone is interested in helping or attending shoot Fawlty7 an evemail or convo.
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You're welcome to visit Kugutsumen and talk about it if you haven't already.
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I flew to Sydney for the event and had a ball. It was great having a drink and mingling with other Eve players for the weekend. Myself and a random group of people got together on the Sunday and went to a nearby net cafe for a NPSI roam. It's funny to see the killmails we earned with a random assortment of alliances including both CFC and NCDot. on them. :)Will definitely go to the next one! Thanks RDNx and HAMBER BOGAN for all your hard work putting it together!
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Your an aussie and you didn't hear about it? I only convod like every Australian corp and alliance leader, sent out hundreds of mails, got CCP to post the event on their Facebook page and even had an in game banner on the login screen. Please let me know what else I could have done because if I missed you, then I must have missed some other guys.Thanks
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I think the next gathering should be down in Melbourne there are great night clubs and pubs to got to, I recon that the gatherings should be in every major cities in Australia so that all the people that couldn't make it should have a chance to at least go to one in there eve life and real life.
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you guys are all so fat, stop playing, do sum sports!
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What? lol! Nah, it's all good mate. I just saw this. The guys were telling me about it when they came back. Sounds like you guys had a great time. I appreciate the exposure for the alliance. Hopefully the presentations can be a bit longer and with slides or something. Would have liked to learn more about NCDot, Convicted, and VDD. Otherwise, sounds like it was a great 1st start! Congratulations mate!
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Spaceships, beer and bro's = awesome weekend. Thanks heaps to RD, Mrs RD, Hamber and everyone else who put this on.
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I've personally never had much to do with specialist AU corps/alliances, so I rely on official comms from CCP and anything I hear from other players. Stories here on the mittani are good, if you could swing a mention in a dev blog that would help as well.
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I got the info by seeing it on the EVE login screen, you must have not logged when the ad was up!
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forgot too mention that Garmon showed up and was wrangled into a PVP fight with my good friend DARKSTARPWNYOUALL
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Look at the Gunt on that guy in the third row!I had thought about this, but I had a more important event to attend. The deportation of a Pommy Goon.

EVE, DOWN UNDER

The Australian timezone has not always had an easy go of it in EVE. Players log in to the least-busy time on Tranquility, only to have to deal with downtime halfway through their prime time (which can sometimes last up to an hour). This has historically meant that forming fleets and actually getting fights was more difficult than most other timezones; yet the AUTZ players have kept at it for the last few years. 

While most AUTZ players generally felt they were on the backburner compared to other timezones, the recent conflict in the North has significantly changed that. FC'ed mostly by Dark Razer, the Dotbros' AUTZ contingent was able to slow down the Clusterfuck Coalition (CFC) advance in Tribute by being very active in the CFC's weakest timezone. Dotbro forces were able to repair stations/ihubs and destroy SBUs, as well as successfully fighting a number of fleets. This played a large part in not only giving the Dotbro forces some much-needed morale, but lowering that of the CFC. The height of the AUTZ's importance was at the fight of H-W with the memorable SBU-shooting race. Things had changed and the AUTZ had become important: most alliances, realising this, made an effort to recruit more in that area.

THE AUSSIE FANFEST

Player events have been growing in popularity for EVE Online. In addition to the official EVE FanFest in Reykjavik, there have been three other major events for players this year in London, Las Vegas, and Greece. Obviously, travelling to the Northern hemisphere for a player event is difficult for anyone in the AUTZ. Many players in the area would like the idea of meeting the people they've flown with (and against) in game, talking about EVE, seeing what developers had to say, and going out to have some fun with mates. One of the fortunate characters able to make the trip from the AUTZ to Iceland, RDNx (known for visiting every system in Tranquility despite being a card-carrying carebear) saw firsthand what these events had to offer, both in terms of pure fun and as a means of solidifying the AUTZ's playerbase as an entity. He reached out to Dark Razer and Hamber Bogan (of Black Legion.) and decided to organize EVE Down Under.

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The guy behind it all, RDNx

The result was a great success. The first night was very laid-back, starting with drinks at the Rydges World Square in Sydney. Once the ice had been broken between different groups, allies and enemies alike, most everyone went out into town for drinks late into the night, splitting into a number of groups. Most people ended up calling it a night around 2a.m., while a brave few extended the festivities at the nearby Star Casino until the time of day when most people get up to go to work.

In the morning everyone was feeling under the weather, but a large number of people still turned up for a Skype discussion with three CCP developers, including CCP Fozzie. The devs were clearly relaxed and anyone in the audience was allowed to ask some pertinent questions. The devs did their best to answer questions, even when it was not their area of expertise or when there were obvious clauses keeping them from direct answers. Fozzie clearly emphasized his desire to revamp all the ship classes, including eventually adding a potential combat/logistics black ops ships and a tier three industrial ship. All the devs were very excited about the Christmas presents for 2012, saying that players would love them.

The devs were at one point asked whether there was an ultimate objective to reduce downtime and eliminate it altogether: the developers were able to confirm that this was indeed a goal for EVE Online and that programmers were actively trying to reduce downtime (as well as reminding the audience that downtime has now gone from an hour to sometimes less than ten minutes). One of the more interesting things discussed was the integration of the 'other' AUTZ groups, notably the Chinese and the Japanese. The devs made it clear the only reason the former group were not already integrated was a consequence of Chinese law; meanwhile, CCP plans to continue actively promoting EVE in Japan. Hopefully over time this will create a more 'constant' number of players actively engaged during the AUTZ.

Following the developer Q&A, event goers were treated to Dark Razer's guide to FCing - an eye opener for many not directly involved in fleet command. EVE Down Under was also fortunate in having Fawlty7 of Goonswarm Federation present, Dark Razer's opposite number in the conflict for Tribute. Much banter was had throughout the event between the opposing coalitions, leading to an interesting view into the perspectives of both sides. Wusti, leader of AUTZ alliance Convicted, gave everyone an idea of what it was like to lead an alliance and how you end up being in charge of one. What followed was an alliance panel that included Wusti, Kryptyk, Dark Razer, and Fawlty7.

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Dark Razer vs Fawlty7 1v1, Dark Razer wins! (and then loses spectacularly)

The second-to-last event was memorable: a 1v1 contest approved by CCP. Players had two-week-old identical characters with the same skillpoints, and a hangar full of t1 frigates and mods. Competitors had two minutes to pick a ship, fit it out, and undock. They were then instructed to warp to a safe spot, where a 5 minute duel would begin. Despite being time-limited (not many people got a chance to have a go) it was thoroughly entertaining. CCP should definitely take something away from that part of event when considering other 'eSport' tournaments.

The last event was a prize giveaway, including some impressive ship models. Names were drawn out of a bowl and many people got to leave the venue with a little trinket. To finish off the night, there was another night of (heavy) drinking and good fun.

SUCCESS?

Anyone who was there would say they had a great time. For a first iteration (and hopefully not the last one), there was very little to complain about. RDNx freely admits the turnout surprised him (over 120 players attended); thanks to the magic of 'word of mouth', it's likely that future iterations will have an even larger number of attendees. See you next year?

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Member of Nulli Secunda. Have been playing Eve for close to four years, already hit by bittervet syndrome. I've played a number of games over the years and generally dab in every game that's fun.