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Win an EVE Source book by spinning us a yarn

EVE Source book competition

The EVE universe is pretty big. Sure, a lot of it is nearly empty space filled only with floating space debris and mineral rich asteroids, but that black void is punctuated with thriving worlds, gargantuan space stations and swarms of ships going about their business like faster than light insects. 

So the EVE Source book, which covers the history and lore of the universe with art and new information regarding the various factions and worlds is also pretty big. A 200 page tome, in fact. And we’ve got one to give away to our European readers. It’s weighing down our coffee table, so you’d be doing us a favour. Find out how you can get your grubby mitts on it below.

Undoubtedly the EVE Source book is filled with history, but CCP isn’t quite omniscient - surely they are tales and historical moments that the developer doesn’t know about. Perhaps you’ve even been involved in one such event. 

Let us know about your most memorable moment in EVE Online in the comments; something you think should be in the source book even if it isn’t. Perhaps winning a free copy of it will soften the blow of not being part of official history.

We'll pick our favourite on Friday. 

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3 Years ago

Back in my relatively early days of EVE I was ratting in deep nullsec and I noticed this neutral pilot within a system which was quite far from any station. I decided to track him down, as there was rumours in my corp that the alliance I was appart of was harbouring Chinese gold farmers. So I proceded to board my Harpy and set out to find the sod.

A couple of asteriod belts later I find the blighter! I set thrusters to full, on a course straight towards him. I could see him shift his course to a safe spot but he was too slow in his fat Raven. After a moment of orbiting him and wondering what I should do with him I try asking him a few questions, the guy was obviously quite stressed (Ravens are expensive, including loot).

I ask something like "What are you doing here, what corp are you with?", with no reply. I then fired off a few volleys of missiles and the response I got haunts me to this day.




His response felt like I was physically hurting him, killing him even. I had images of his Chinese Farming Cartel beating him for losing his farming vessel.

So out of pity I did the unexpected, I let him go.

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3 Years ago

My Badger II and I helped build one of the first player built stations back in 2006, the ISS Consido. That's not an interesting story though.

My best story started early on a Saturday morning when my corp-mates were still in bed. We had managed to scrape together a POS in Providence but found that we were spending all our time and money fuelling it rather than reaping the rewards. One of our small number was doing most of the work and gently complaining about it, so that morning I had decided to do a few solo fuel runs while it was quiet, picking up a fresh stock of missiles for my Jaguar (yep, I flew Caldari industrials and Minmatar combat ships) and selling my rat-loot on the way.

I had a Stabber fitted as a blockade runner with three Warp Core Stabilisers. It wasn't much cop in a fight, but it was hard to stop. The fittings didn't alleviate the tension of a solo haul across 0.0 though, and anyone who's ever ventured outside high-sec in Eve will attest to how nerve-wracking that is.

Everything seemed to be going okay. A few systems away there dwelled a guy in an Interceptor who had been making hit-and-runs on us for a week or so. He was a friendly enough sort, chatting in local and congratulating us every time we escaped, but he was still a pirate. Fortunately he wasn't there today. I made the territory of a nearby friendly alliance, Ushra'Khan I think, and felt a little better. Only half a dozen or so jump to make and I was safe in high-sec.

Jump, bookmark, warp. Jump, bookmark, warp. The bookmarks were set at the gates to reduce travel time to them and give gate camps less time to lock you down. Every action was anticipated and pounced on as soon as I was able to. Jump, bookmark, warp.

I came out of the next gate to find a pair of ships waiting. Our allies would show up as blue on my HUD. These guys were not blue. My heart leapt into my throat in panic as I scrabbled for my next bookmark, but despite my blockade runner fitting I found myself unable to warp away. I was being warp disrupted by a hostile frigate, a tackler in Eve parlance, while his cruiser companion bore down on me for the kill.

Outnumbered and outgunned I hit the gas, trying to use the above average speed of my ship to put some distance between me and the cruiser. I was making headway but not fast enough, and the frigate was easily able to keep orbiting me and preventing my escape. Missiles started to crash into my shields, and it was clear that their strength was decreasing faster than my distance was increasing. The tackler, meanwhile, seemed content to lazily swoop around me as I fled.

It was looking bad. I couldn't hope to beat a cruiser fitted for ganking, and I couldn't escape. I was also out of my class - I was, and always had been, a frigate pilot, most at home in my Rifter. My pulse slowed and my head cleared as I accepted my fate. If I was going to lose my ship, I was going to do it fighting on my terms.

I flipped the Stabber about and made for the cruiser full speed. My autocannons weren't as powerful as the enemy's missiles, but they could be used at virtually point blank range and I fully intended to use that to my advantage. I caught both opponents by surprise and was suddenly upon my attacker. My autocannons blazed away at the cruiser from less than 1000 meters, turning as hard as I could to stay orbiting it. I had taken a lot of damage, but suddenly I was inside his range.

The cruiser turned towards the warp-gate, suddenly ineffective against me. He'd lost his shields and I was chewing through his armour. I allowed myself a breath of relief, more pleased that I might survive than outmanoeuvring my opponent. I breathed too soon though, as the frigate started to open fire. Normally it wouldn't have been a great threat, equipped like my own ship was for utility rather than combat, but I was in a bad way. I concentrated firing on the cruiser in the hope that it would warp away and take it's little buddy with it, but even as I penetrated his armour and started shooting away his hull I knew I wasn't going to win the race.

Mortified at facing the prospect of destruction once more, losing all the cargo I had won over the last few days as well as my hard earned ship, I hit the warp button in desperation. My screen shook and my speakers roared as I hurtled away. I was shocked, elated. I couldn't believe I had survived. The frigate must have diverted power from its disruptors to its guns in order to try to help his mate, assuming I had given up trying to escape. I didn't make the mistake of hanging around at the next gate, and as I approached to make my exit a line of text appeared in the chat box.

"Nearly got you."

"Likewise." I responded, as I left the system.

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3 Years ago

My most memorable moment in Eve Online was cheating a competition exactly like this one.

I had been playing EVE for under a year and I was ready for a set of +4 implants. I was getting to the point where I could purchase a set but it would be risky business. The cardinal rule in EVE Online is to never fly what you cannot afford to lose and so the prudent position was to hold off or purchase a cheaper set.

As luck would have it EVE Radio presented an opportunity.

EVE Radio is a player run radio station within the EVE Universe; it regularly hosts competitions and lotteries for listeners sitting in the in game channel. It’s great for both new and older players as the size of these events often vary.

The competition that caught my eye was for new players who needed their first set of implants, there would be a quiz and the winner would receive a full set. However, there was a catch. To pass the first stage of the competition you needed to justify why you needed the implants.

I had a problem. My character hadn’t suffered any great strife, I wasn’t broke and my corporation was pretty well equipped. So I did what any sensible EVE player would do. I cheated.

Fast forward a few days to the competition and the DJ is reading out all the different entries. They were mostly variations of -

‘My badger died’

‘I got killed in a gate camp’

‘Some guy scammed me’

And then me.

‘I was recently killed by a corporation member; he did it on purpose, his apology had no weight. I want revenge.

His toon is a couple of months older than mine; I need the implants to catch up.’

For anyone who is unfamiliar with progression in EVE Online you set a skill to train and after duration it will complete. The time taken is based on your attributes and implants give you a flat boost to a specific stat, essentially they speed up character development.

The fabricated underdog story did the trick and I was invited to join the quiz along with two others. We were informed that to take part we must get to the EVE Gate, the start of life in the EVE universe. Getting there quickly wouldn’t be a problem, the system is fairly central. However the system is 9 jumps deep in Low Security space and that brings a few issues. This became apparent to one of the other competitors who died on the way in and didn’t actually manage to take part.

The quiz itself was easy. But you could say that of any quiz with 10 corpmates feeding you the answers from Teamspeak. The implants I gained lasted me a good half a year before I lost them to a Titan’s superweapon. I didn’t even mind, it was spectacular.