Welcome to the third installment of the EVE Blog Banter, the monthly EVE Online blogging extravaganza created by yours truly. The EVE Blog Banter involves an enthusiastic group of gaming bloggers, a common topic within the realm of EVE Online, and a week to post articles pertaining to the said topic. The resulting articles can either be short or quite extensive, either funny or dead serious, but are always a great fun to read! Any questions about the EVE Blog Banter should be directed here. Check out other EVE Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!
This month's EVE Blog Banter comes to us from Roc Wieler of Roc's Ramblings. Roc's asks us to "write a story about a fellow EVE Blogger, or an EVE player whom has inspired you or affected you in some tangible way. After your story, describe why you chose them, and any Holiday wish you have specifically for them".
Wow, that's a tough one! One EVE Blogger, eh? One player, just one? That would be impossible in my case, because there's more than one individual who has influenced me in doing what I do for the EVE community.
I pondered a long time on the subject of this banter. I went over and over the list of blogs to see whom I could choose. Quite a few names came up. Some were naughty, some were nice. But after going over the list a few times, some names started to make their way to the front. In the end four were left. Four individual who've had such a big impact on me that this blog would not be what it is without their influence, neither would the podcasts that I've done, nor my abilities as a blogger and a writer. These individual's name resonate in everything I do, anything I write, whenever I ponder on the world of New Eden. These individuals are Winterblink, Zapatero, Brent Lassi and Nate Combs. There are the Giants on who's shoulders I stand. These are inspirations which push me forward. Here is why...
Winterblink - I can't recall the first time I came across some of his work, but I think it was his Nature Vraie short story. Then came the podcast Warp Drive Active, with fellow co-host Urban Mongral. And then the comic! This guy was a machine, spitting out EVE material faster than a Caldari shuttle being followed by a Brutix's drones! And to top it all off, the fellow is a Canadian! Can it get any better! Blinky has been an inspiration as well as a focus lens for me. Though I've now taken my very own place in the EVE Community, I could not have done it without Winterblink first showing me that it was possible.
Zapatero - When I first read the editorial in the first issue of EON, and came upon the name of it's author, I knew then and there that a new force had been unleashed. An invisible force that would bind talent, knowledge and hard work to create the work of art that EON is. Anyone who's been along for the ride from the first issue to the latest, has benefited from Zapatero's consistent efforts. Earlier this year, I was honored by being given the chance to write an article for the 12th issue. Somehow, I must have done something right, because I was given another chance recently (as you shall soon read). I don't consider myself a good writer, and the effort needed to put together these two articles have been a great learning experience.
Brent Lassi - I have been an avid follower of Brent's VirginWorlds almost from the day it was born. I was there when it was just a blog. I witnessed the transformation to what it is today: the Mecca of MMORPG podcasts and MMO news. Brent has been an inspiration for my involvement in both The Drone Bay, as well as the more recent (and much overdue) MicroWarpCast. If these two shows have enjoyed any success it is in great part due to the knowledge that's been passed down to us by Brent. Brent's amazing talent for podcasting is seen with every show he does, from his first back in March 2006, to his latest. I owe him dearly!
Nate Combs - If there is one an individual who understands the political intrigue and landscape of New Eden, that man is Nate Combs. Even before he wrote his masterful 2-part series on Alliances in the issues #11 and #12 of EON, Nate was writing about EVE over at Terra Nova. His insight and analysis of EVE's virtual world have been inspiration for me, both as a player of the game and has someone with scientific curiosity. I always look forward to a new article by Nate, and thoroughly enjoy his abilities to bring forward to beauty and complexity of new Eden.
Many individuals have played a part in getting my creative mojo going, but the 4 individuals mentioned above have had a too great impact on me as a player, blogger, writer and podcaster not to mention them here!
Thank you gentlemen!
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