Read all about EVE Online in upcoming book

A History of the Great Empires of Eve Online will chronicle a decade of the MMO’s wars and politics.

You may not play EVE Online, but if you follow games at all you surely heard some of the crazy stories to come out of the sci-fi, space-themed MMO. You could argue that it’s just as interesting to read about as it is to play, which is why A History of the Great Empires of Eve Online, a history book about the game, sounds like a great idea.

Journalist Andrew Groen, who’s written for Wired and the (now defunct) Penny Arcade Report, pitched the idea on Kickstarter, hoping to hit a funding goal of $12,500 in a month. He hit his goal in a mere seven hours, and so far managed to raise $26,017 from 1,142 backers, with 29 days to go.

Groen says the book will take readers from the very first day the servers switched on, to the formation of regional alliances, though great battles in recent years and the current political structure of the game. He describes it as a “story about war and politics and betrayal and of course, internet spaceships.”

It sounds like it will be an interesting read. At the least, it might give us a better understanding of how battles in EVE Online can end with as much as $300,000 in damages.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg and Google+.

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11 comments
F00tballguy2002
F00tballguy2002

I've been playing Eve for 4 years now.  

The only thing I don't like about it, is there seems to be more ego compared to the other more simple MMO's.  

For some rich veteran Eve players, this game is a role play to satisfy their ego, which they cannot satisfy in real life.


And I'm not just some jealous noob talking, I'm one of the "richer" players in Eve with over 700 bil, and there are players with over 1 trillion ISK.

However, some veteran Eve players have high egos, as if their pixel money actually mean anything in real life.

Pawfalcon
Pawfalcon

If its well written I would love to get it. Subject is definitely interesting so hows the writing?

fabs1
fabs1

Fascinating stuff. I think I may pick it up.  If only it were possible to know which games in advance make it big, and which just have a lifespan of maybe 2-3 years before the plug is pulled. The WOWs vs the ESOs.

spector000
spector000

I would love to read that. Because I could never get my self to play it for more then a few weeks. Just not my cup of tea. 

feared4power
feared4power

Been playing eve since pre alpha alpha which is before pre alpha. The game is basically a facebook game with some decent graphics you'll never look at.

F00tballguy2002
F00tballguy2002

There are also some players who are willing to fly to Iceland once a year, to attend a gathering of Eve Online players called "fanfest"

Lash540
Lash540

@fabs1  It's very easy to make that judgement prior to playing the game. You just have to do research on the people working on the game.

Lash540
Lash540

@spector000  I understand why, horrible community, horrible instruction for new players, horrible mission system, Lots of hackers and bots, horrible skill system based on time played instead of how often you did something. Example, in traditional MMO's you level based on experience gained from combat, quests, etc. EvE has no level's which isn't a problem unless they don't promote skill growth by using those skills but instead grant players higher skill levels through time and money from your sub.

penpusher
penpusher

@Lash540 @fabs1considering that EVE was CCP's first game I doubt you could have found much about them, so I don't think it's quite that simple. Even start ups can have a run away success, and studios with run away success' can still produce a turd.