Once again the call has gone out to anyone with a penchant for scribbling about internet spaceships. Blog Banter 30 is embracing the wave of creativity driving the development of the upcoming winter expansion. Here is the question our intrepid bloggeratti will be tackling this month:

“With the Winter expansion possibly being named ‘Crucible’, it certainly is a melting pot of refinements and tweaks aimed at making the EVE experience smoother and more wholesome. If the developers suddenly found themselves some spare resources and approached you for an additional feature to include before release, what single concept would you pitch them and how would you implement it?

For bonus points, the one thing lacking from this “patchwork” of iterations is a cohesive storyline to package “The Crucible” together. How could this expansion be marketed to potential new customers?”

I’ll add links to the banters below as they materialise. Buckle up, this should be a crazy and inventive ride.

If you’re not sure what this Blog Banter lark is about, check this link for clarification. If you want to join in but don’t have a blog, there are number of community members who would be happy to guest host your writing. Please post in the comments if you are looking for or offering this service.

Addendum: In an incredible coincidence, lead designer CCP Soundwave has now actually asked the community for ideas for his small feature list in this forum post. I doubt any of the suggestions will make it into this expansion, but I’m sure Team BFF will continue with their iteration assault beyond the initial release so it’s well worth getting your thinking cap on.

I will be maintaining a a duplicate list of the links below in the above forum thread in this post.

Blog Banters/(Not)Dev Blogs

CCP Ninveah – Ship Transport, D-Scan Improvements, Exploration Ships
CCP Madhatter – Stalemate Unleashed (backstory)
CCP FakeDevBlogger – Faction Warfare Redesign
CCP Revenge – Joystick Control, Pirate Factions, Wormhole Changes
CCP Cozmik – Global Criminal Countdown Changes
CCP NinjaHoneyBee – EMP Blasts, New Rigs
CCP BadStudent – Navigation-Linked Market Tools
CCP Haberdasher – War Dec’ Changes, Hi-Sec PvP
CCP Ranter – Launcher and Turret Animation, PI Improvements, Motherships
CCP Anomaly – Incursion Iterations
CCP Veskin – Ammo Revolvers
CCP Margin – Product ‘Heat’ Map
CCP AngryLog – Deep Space Exploration
CCP NastyCop – Zero Tolerance Policing
CCP Mumbles – Good Samaritan Standings Boosts
CCP Cheapshoes – Advanced Camera Controls
CCP Epicentre – Temporary Jumpgate Jamming
CCP Myark – Pirate Faction Rebalancing
CCP YoYo – Standings-Linked Market Prices
CCP Crab – Stealth Ship Hunter/Decloaker
CCP Randy – Faction Warfare (backstory)
CCP LabRat – Sovereignty/Incursion System Effects in Faction Warfare
CCP Icly – A Cartel Conspiracy (backstory)
CCP InPrivate – GCC/UI/Dynamic System Security (+ backstory)
CCP ForumTrollslayer – Market UI Improvements
CCP Kenza – Bounty System/Social Media Integration
CCP MuppetNinja – Null-Sec Tollgates/Combat Areas

Final Crucible 1.0 Patch Notes 😉

[In case you were wondering, it should be noted that some (read: all) of the above “developers” may not actually be CCP employees.]


Drackarn · 14/11/2011 at 16:59

My 1,000,000'th ISK http://sandciderandspaceships.blogspot.com/2011/11/blog-banter-30-melting-pot.html

And yes, it's more well aged and full bodied FW Whine 😉

Poetic Stanziel · 15/11/2011 at 20:46

I'm CCP BadStudent? What?

And Market-Linked Navigational Tools? Hmm. I don't even know what that means. 🙂

Maybe Navigational-linked Market Tools … since a new search for Courier Contracts is a Market Tool, and since the search is on currently set waypoints, it is a Navigational-Linked Market Tool.


Seismic Stan · 15/11/2011 at 20:51

Poetic, your "Dev" name was a cheeky reference to your relationship with EVE-Uni. I was just having a bit of fun. I could change it if you like. CCP Dropout? CCP SchoolBully? 😉

The link was just meant as a quick reference to the subject matter (more for CCP's ease of reference, since they're actually paying attention to this topic now). I'll change it as you suggested.

Poetic Stanziel · 16/11/2011 at 04:34

The CCP name is fine. I forgot to add a smiley. 🙂

H · 17/11/2011 at 03:00

Well, I guess I can be thankful you didn't call me CCP Angry of Mayfair.. 🙂

Sessym · 17/11/2011 at 12:50

Going through all that trouble to get yourself named CCP Cheapshoes?
Isn't that kind of… cheap? 😀

Seismic Stan · 17/11/2011 at 13:53

Freebooted – Cheapshoes, geddit?

Can't very well give myself a good name when I'm giving everyone else comedy names can I. I did consider CCP GodAmongstMen, but I thought Cheapshoes was catchier.

Sessym · 17/11/2011 at 14:39

Especially since you're easier to catch when in in cheap shoes. Freeboots, however, they are a different story. But I digress.

Sessym · 17/11/2011 at 14:41

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Yosagi Yojimbo · 18/11/2011 at 01:59


This time not so late and hopefully the correct link!

Veskin Sentinel · 20/11/2011 at 17:18

Hey guys, here is my second blog banter, regarding multicapsule ships. It is a loooong post, but I really hope that you like it. Since I'm not an EVE expert I really wish there was someone to correct my stuff and hopefully help making these ideas better.


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