Today, I posted the following on the EVE University news page:
E-UNI provides support for free sharing of information regarding Star Gate technology
With the release of the Rubicon expansion, CCP Games introduced Ghost Sites – pirate faction combat sites that include research facilities for the development of Star Gate technology. This technology could make the development of advanced Star Gates possible. These advanced gates could transport pilots to other star clusters or galaxies, opening a “New World” of unexplored territory to capsuleers.
The exact nature of the components required to build a Star Gate, and how they might work, is as yet completely unknown. But there have been enough hints provided to know that key components will be found in dangerous Ghost Sites. Capsuleers will have to retrieve them, and experiment with them, in order to learn how a Star Gate may be constructed.
In order to accelerate the development of Star Gate technology, EVE University is launching Project Ascension. It has established a section for the free sharing of information about Star Gate and related components on its UniWiki resource: http://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Project_Ascension. E-UNI will also make available a dedicated discussion area, open to the public, in its forums: http://forum.eveuniversity.org/viewforum.php?f=252. Additional resources will be provided by E-UNI to support experimentation with Star Gate components, as required.
“All information about Star Gate technology should be made available to all pilots in New Eden,” said Neville Smit, EVE University’s Teaching Director and coordinator for Project Ascension. “The opportunity to explore new space should not be limited to an elite few, but open to all who aspire to do so. As part of EVE University’s mission to share all information of interest to capsuleers, we are excited to provide facilities for the collection and free exchange of discoveries regarding Star Gates and related technologies.”
All pilots who learn anything about Ghost Sites and any components discovered there are urged to participate in Project Ascension by posting their findings on the wiki, and sharing their observations on the dedicated forum.
For the Good of the Many
You may be wondering why we started this project. Frankly, I would love to see the development of these advanced Star Gates as soon as possible. The opportunity to explore and lay claim to brand new space appeals to me a great deal.
I'm sure it also appeals to some of the larger alliances and power blocs, too. Probably, it appeals a lot.
I suspect that those groups will be less open to sharing whatever they learn from Ghost Sites, putting other players at a disadvantage. With Project Ascension, I hope that we will encourage free exchange of information, so that multiple Star Gates may be constructed, allowing more opportunity for all capsuleers to enjoy the new territory, when it becomes available.
I may be fooling myself here, and this project may fall down completely. But I hope not. I intend to promote this initiative, and solicit the help of any corporation who wishes to participate in this open exchange.
Will the UNI build one of these advanced Star Gates? Highly unlikely. But we'll be happy to help do so as part of a coalition of interested parties, if that is feasible. We would require that if successful, that gate would be available to all pilots, not just a select few.
But that is a long way off. For now, let's see how many pilots are interested in helping to figure out this new puzzle in EVE Online. If that appeals to you, come join us!
Fly safe! o7