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9 Jan 2013

Blog Banter 43 - The Offbeat Award

For Blog Banter 43 Seismic Stan gave us a great assignment:

For the past two years I have attempted to do the same for EVE by distributing imaginary Free Boot Awards to an eclectic assortment of community luminaries. This year I thought it might be nice to expand the concept.

For Blog Banter 43 I would like to invite every participant to nominate their peers for whatever awards you think they deserve. Let's start the year with some EVE-flavoured altruism and celebrate the best and the worst of us, the funniest or the most bizarre, the most heroic of the most tragic of the past year. They could be corpmates, adversaries, bloggers, podcasters, developers, journalists or inanimate objects. Go nuts.

What I personally value above almost everything else is an independent spirit. Therefore, my community awards will go out to those who go off the beaten track and - simply put - don't do things the mainstream does.

So here it goes:

Down the Pipe Podcast 

For their running start with a program about wormhole space. Not only is that a theme dedicated to the smallest unified community within EVE, there is also not a single podcast dealing with the issue now that Lost in EVE has turned to different subjects. They delivered high-quality informative content from the first episode on and got many interesting guests featured on the program.

Keep up the good work

The Pod and Planet Fiction Contest

Who cares about "dirty roleplayers" and "lore geeks". Well Telegram Sam does. CCP, EON and Somer Blink obviously also do, because they sponsored prizes. Not a lot of people playing EVE care about lore, backstory and fan fiction, but enough people do to create 101 wonderful stories.

There is more creativity in this game than just out-metagaming eachother and superiour theorycrafting. It wont win you flghts, but it might win you hearts. You sure won mine.

Everyone who didn't join CFC or HBC last year

Can't beat the blob, join it, right?

Not in my book.

My admiration goes out to all the corps and alliances who didn't flock to the banner of the grumpy cigar-smoking bee or the business suit wearing dinosaur. I don't care whether you are super elite PVPers or carebears or  whatever. You have decided to do things on your own and deal with the consequences for better or worse. This is what makes EVE Online a special game: The fact that resourceful and creative players can find ways to slip hrough the gaps of established structures and do their thing no matter how powerful "they" are.

BTW, if you happen to belong to a certain alliance that managed to alienate everyone who might have been their friend: You did it the wrong way, sorry.

The people in my alliance

This is a sort-of honorable-mention in the above category. There was a time when I was away for the game for a few days. During those days, the people who are now part of my most dearest alliance in game got pressured to become part of one of the current mega-coalitions. When I came back from away-time I found out that we had been separated from our previous alliance leadership on grounds of not wanting to make that move.

I am thankful to this day that the people in question stood behind remaining free and independent.

Verge of Collapse

Not only for winning the tenth alliance tournament, but for bringing the fight to the mainstream nullsec crowd with relentless abandon.

In a comment someone called them the "PL of subcap warfare" because they dared to come out of their wormhole with a numerically inferiour fleet of T3 cruisers with faction-fit logi support to cheerfully blow up some CFC people.

Well, PL have thousands of people as allies these days. The people of Verge of Collapse do it all on their own.

They also took apart a small nullsec taskforce I was part of with only two ships.

Good work, keep it up.

So those are my 2012 community awards.

Fly creatively

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