Celebrating the Creative Player

Hello, capsuleers! I'm CCP Fallout, the Associate Community Manager for EVE Online bringing you the inaugural monthly blog series featuring EVE Online player creativity. Many tend to think of the EVE Online Community team as being nothing more than forum monkeys chasing evil peanuts across the forums, when in fact this is just one part of our job. One of the key things we do is keep an eye on the myriad ways players are creative with the EVE universe, and in my two years at CCP I must say: I've never seen a more creative bunch of players.

To start off the series, I'd like to introduce some of my favorite sites to whet your taste of the kind of things that is to come in future blogs. Many of these sites have been posted on the official EVE Online forums, especially in the My EVE channel, posted on Twitter, or found through player blogs and fansites that we frequent.

Speaking of sites, let's start with two sites that I personally frequent on a daily basis: EVE News 24 and Skill Training Complete.

Being in an NPC corporation, I tend to miss out on a lot of the great alliance wheelings and dealings and as a consequence I tend to wind up spending a lot of time trying to figure out the great politics and not-so-great trash talk that happens in the Corporation, Alliance and Organization Discussion channel. EVE News 24, while still relatively young, fills in a lot of blanks for everyone who reads it regularly.

Speaking of blanks, even the most experienced of players may not know everything there is to know about the game. EVE Online is a complex universe, and Skill Training Complete is an excellent place to not only ask questions about the game, but to help other capsuleers by answering their questions and offering advice on how to best play the game. I'm not ashamed to admit that I go there frequently to hunt down answers to some of the questions I have.

Blogs are an extremely important part of the EVE community, and their sheer numbers can pretty much boggle the best of us. That's what makes Crazy Kinux's EVE Online Blog Pack an excellent resource. Crazy Kinux periodically updates it with new sites that are active and interesting to EVE Online players of all shades and colors, and he even has a handy Google Reader subscription set up so you can easily get all the latest blog posts from over 50 of the best EVE Online blogs written by capsuleers.

In the next installment of this blog series, we'll take a look at some of the artistically inclined player creations that blow us away. In the meantime, if you create something that you'd like to share with the EVE Online community, we encourage you to create a post in the My EVE channel. Or if you have some old favorites bookmarked, we’d love to see them make a resurgence, so post them too. Until then, fly safely!