EVE Vegas, the annual confab of Internet spaceship pilots in Sin City, begins officially today. I arrived yesterday afternoon, landing safely to sunny skies after a >3-hour flight from Atlanta. I've been very excited about this trip, both because I need a little time off from work, and also because I'm very interested in seeing what CCP Games unveils for EVE Online during the event.
Today's EVE Vegas schedule is deceptively light, but it could be the most interesting day in the whole event. After an opening by community shepherds CCP Guard and CCP Falcon, the Executive Director for EVE Online, CCP Seagull, will deliver the keynote address.
I have high hopes for this presentation, so I'm also preparing myself to be disappointed. I very much want to hear about a newly updated roadmap for development in EVE Online. How long until the full vision of new structures will be realized? What kinds of new gameplay and new space might we see? And, most importantly, when might we have the opportunity to go there? I am not sure that we'll get all the answers to these questions, but I'm hoping to hear at least a few clues as to CCP's intended direction and velocity. I was somewhat disillusioned by the lack of specificity in the keynotes and content at Fanfest last spring. I am eager to see if CCP kicks it up a notch or two at EVE Vegas - I am hoping to be impressed.
After landing at the airport, wading through the taxi line maze for a half-hour, and journeying to the Cosmopolitan, I was delighted to discover that my room has been upgraded to a corner suite with a wrap-around terrace.
(In Real Life, I travel quite a bit and have absurdly high status with Marriott, with whom the Cosmo is affiliated - sometimes this pays off nicely.)
The room is ridiculously huge, and extremely nice. I really don't want to leave.
I wandered across the street to Planet Hollywood (PH), the official venue for EVE Vegas, in time to meet Dirk MacGirk and the rest of the crew of the Open Comms show, just before they went on the air. They are just as friendly in person as they appear to be in virtual space - perhaps even a little more so, in fact. I also ran into my friend and fellow blogger, Noizy, who was a guest on the show. And I met up with several old friends from my EVE University days, such as Shegunna Blow and Carneros.
We ended up having a few beers at the Heart Bar downstairs, chatting about spaceships and what EVE Vegas may bring to our beloved game. We agreed that Engineering Complexes have been a bit of a disappointment, being rather indefensible, and that they will likely spell the end of solo industrialists in the game, which is sad. We all agreed that we hoped to hear more about structures during the conference, especially about new drilling platforms and changes to resource gathering.
If you've never been to an EVE player meet-up like EVE Vegas or Fanfest, or one of the many local events, you really don't know what you are missing. They are always a lot of fun, and there is a camaraderie of shared interest that is refreshing. Even if you are a causal EVE player, try to attend an EVE meet-up - you'll not regret it, I promise you. It gives you an entirely different perspective on the game, and on the people who play it.
I also met CCP Falcon, and asked him if macros stored on a mouse were a violation of the EULA. He dismissed my concern rather disdainfully, reminding me that the CCP security team had more serious issues to worry about, and if all I was doing was storing single keyboard commands, it really didn't matter. That's a relief, since I've grown rather fond of using macros on my new gaming mouse to do things like retrieve drones.
After hobnobbing with fellow capsuleers at the Heart Bar in PH, I got some dinner at Secret Pizza at the Cosmo, and retired a bit early.
I slept well, but then found myself getting up at 5:00 AM. I watched the sun rise on my terrace, while pretending to be a rich high roller living indulgently in the city of excess.
I decided to treat myself with a huge brunch at the Wicked Spoon buffet, before going over to register for the conference. There's a get-together of EVE bloggers at noon today - I'm looking forward to connecting with my fellow pundits there.
So begins the first day of EVE Vegas. It's been fun so far, and I anticipate that it'll get even better - or so I hope. I will report on my reactions to the revelations to come here. Meanwhile, if you aren't attending EVE Vegas in person, you can still catch the proceedings via Twitch stream.
Viva, EVE Vegas!
Fly safe! o7