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Called The History of the Great Empires of EVE Online, WIRED writer Andrew Groen wants to catalog "the epic tale of what's been happening for the last ten years in the sci-fi MMORPG, Eve Online" in a lovely book. He's taken to Kickstarter for the publication and marketing costs.
What does this man have to say about a MMORPG? A lot, actually.
It's a story about war and politics and betrayal and of course, internet spaceships. Beyond that, I've searched extensively and I believe this may be the first history book ever written about humans living in a digital world.
Eve's game world consists of nearly 8000 star systems for players to do just about anything they can think of, but the 3500 or so systems in the outer rim are unique in that they can be taken over by the players. To conquer these systems players form armies consisting of thousands of people. To control those systems they form governments, entire local economies, and regional alliances.
The full story of the untamed frontiers of Eve is one of the great mysteries in video game history and I'm committed to making it understandable and accessible to everyone whether you've never heard of Eve or if you're a hardcore player.
This book will take readers from the very first day the servers switched on to the formation of the first regional alliances, through the Great Wars of 2004, 2007, and 2008, and into the modern era of huge power blocs of coalitions. It's a journey through the politics, warfare, and culture that have shaped Eve into the game we read about in the headlines today.
The Kickstarter launched today, and he's hoping to achieve a funding goal of around $12,000 by the end of May. At the time of writing this, he already has $2,000, so I'm willing to bet it will be a success.
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