EVE Online: History Book

A kickstarter campaign for the creation of “A History of the Great Empires of Eve Online, has managed to successfully smash its goal of $12,500 by raising a huge $95,000 is 30 days. The book will document all the wars, dramas, politics that have ever happened in the EVE:Online world throughout its 10 year life span.

The man behind the kickstarter, Andrew Groen details what the book will be about.

“A History of the Great Empires of Eve Online is a history book about the epic tale of what’s been happening for the last ten years in the sci-fi MMORPG, Eve Online.

It’s a story about war and politics and betrayal and of course, internet spaceships. Beyond that, I’ve searched extensively and I believe this may be the first history book ever written about humans living in a digital world.

Eve’s game world consists of nearly 8000 star systems for players to do just about anything they can think of, but the 3500 or so systems in the outer rim are unique in that they can be taken over by the players. To conquer these systems players form armies consisting of thousands of people. To control those systems they form governments, entire local economies, and regional alliances.  

There are dictators and deposed rulers, soldiers and generals, lies and propaganda, mercenaries and peacemakers, grand speeches and shady backroom deals. The book will focus on this portion of the game, known by the players as “nullsec” or “0.0 space.”

The full story of the untamed frontiers of Eve is one of the great mysteries in video game history and I’m committed to making it understandable and accessible to everyone whether you’ve never heard of Eve or if you’re a hardcore player.

This book will take readers from the very first day the servers switched on to the formation of the first regional alliances, through the Great Wars of 2004, 2007, and 2008, and into the modern era of huge power blocs of coalitions. It’s a journey through the politics, warfare, and culture that have shaped Eve into the game we read about in the headlines today.”

I for one think this book would actually be really interesting. I’ve always found the world of EVE pretty fascinating without ever playing it all that much. I love the way that the game is basically run by players, and all the events that take place are player driven.

Every couple of months, I get the urge to head back to the game, and this is certainly making me want to play again….Yep, I want to play it now…

– Will

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