Thursday, August 13, 2009

Write yourself to a CCP Dev Podcast Interview!


Planetary control. Mention these two words to any EVE player and you'll see the same excitement in their face as you would from a preschooler in front of a candy store or a Christmas tree. In the latest EVE Chronicle, The Ever-Turning Wheels, we had the pleasure to immerse ourselves in the events surrounding a Caldari ODST strike force; couldn't help myself to plug in Halo ODST here! We've been teased by CCP a number of times over the last few years (remember the video on planetary flight or the recent FPS teaser) and it's something that could add some interesting game mechanics to our favourite sand box.

Which got me thinking. What possibilities would planetary control allow players, corporations and alliances to do? What features would allow this? How would the CCP Devs implement this? I thought that this would be a great opportunity to get the EVE Blogosphere involved. Which brings me to the contest!
The goal is to write an article on planetary control and how that would be implemented in EVE. Your article needs to cover what features, game mechanic, game design you would like to see implemented if (or when) planetary control/exploration/exploitation becomes available in EVE.

You're required to write a two-part article. The first part needs to be a fiction piece that tells a story based on the feature (or game mechanic, game design, etc...) that you would like to see implemented, while the second part would be the actual description of how that would work in game. Each part of your article needs to be a minimum of 300 words (600 word minimum for the whole article).
I'll be judging the entries and will pick the 5 best articles, amongst which I will randomly choose the winner. This lucky blogger will get to interview a CCP Dev during a MicroWarpCast podcast, with yours truly as host! Details on the podcast will be provided to the winner prior to the show's recording.
The contest is open for submission until Wednesday August 19 11:59PM EDT. Please provide a link to your article in the comments and make sure to email me the URL (crazykinux[at]gmail.com). I'll then go over the articles and hope to be able to announced the winner on Friday the 21st. The podcast recording will occur shortly after that!

Good luck to all and thanks for your participation and feedback!

30 comments:

Chainer Cygnus said...

Here are my submissions (under my alts name)
Fiction Piece - http://itedli.wordpress.com/2009/08/13/feet-first/

Mechanics Piece - http://itedli.wordpress.com/2009/08/13/planetary-control/

jamenta said...

Interesting challenge. Not an easy one if done well ...

Cozmik R5 said...

o.O

I must be at the wrong candy store because my excitement level has actually gone down. I'll explain ina blog post this weekend cuz now I gotta get some sleep.

Morph said...

There is plenty to do in space. I am not a fan of Walking in station, nor planetary control.

Anonymous said...

Gonzalo: "Walking in stations" project would not add any real useful game factor, in the other hand, planetary flight creates an inmense sort of posibilities around Eve mechanics. I´ve read Chainer Cygnus´s examples and I actually think some of those ideas may be interesting to see unfold. Imagine all the planets in eve, the enormous life old maps can retrieve...from vespene gathering to...i ment, veldspar.

Kirith Kodachi said...

Here is my submission:
http://www.ninveah.com/2009/08/planetary-control-contest-entry.html

CrazyKinux said...

A second entry in two days. This is tougher than I thought it would be it seems! Good luck to both Chainer and Kirith, and the not-yet-announced contenders!

jamenta said...

I am working on proposal but don't want to give away any ideas prematurely! lol. It's a contest after all no?

But will have something for you this weekend I hope.

Solo Lobo said...

Walking in Stations is what I'm waiting for. A new level of interaction that allows me to stretch my legs sounds like a win. For those Frenchies that don't like walking in stations then don't walk, stay in your pod and lose some muscle mass.

Jonathan said...

http://dwindlehop.vox.com/library/post/planetary-control.html

Here is Dwindlehop's submission.

jamenta said...

Ok I couldn't wait. Here is my proposal (posted in my blog) I will also send an email:

http://podlogs.com/jamenta/

Any comments are appreciated as well :D

Prometheus09 said...

Here is my blog post

http://podlogs.com/thecaptainslog/2009/08/15/planetary-control/

xiphos83 said...

http://xiphos83.wordpress.com/2009/08/15/planetary-conquest-my-idea/

That is the submission from A Misguided Adventurer

Anonymous said...

I'll work on a submission, but I have no intentions to ever join a podcast episode.

Manasi said...

Here is the link to the fiction piece (goes live on the 18th): http://www.ceptacemia.com/AMIE/?p=652

Here is the link to the mechanics piece(goes live on the 19th): http://www.ceptacemia.com/AMIE/?p=654

I hope you like them.

~manasi

CrazyKinux said...

Were starting to pick up some steam and great articles! Keep it up guys!

TCL987 said...

Here's my entry.

http://podlogs.com/tcl987/2009/08/18/eve-online-planetary-conquest-article-contest-submission/

TCL987 said...

It's passworded until the 19th.

Turgon said...

I have now an entry as well:
http://zargyl.blogspot.com/2009/08/planetary-control.html
0:-)

Selina said...

Yep. I'm actually submitting one this time. Critique away. :)

http://ravagedsociety.blogspot.com/2009/08/planetary-conquistadors.html

jamenta said...

Hi Crazy,

Just a suggestion here:

There are a lot of good proposals here with considerable effort by people.

You might consider ranking the proposals and inviting more than one player to a podcast, or if not, consider a possible tie.

cheers mate

CrazyKinux said...

@jamenta - I know, it'll tough to even pick 5! What I might do is still have one winner, but of the 4 remaining amongst those I'll choose, I could offer them the chance to write a few questions to be asked by the winner. I'll give it some thought.

Rakanishu said...

Whew. Alright, I finsished up my entry.

http://levelcap.blogspot.com/2009/08/eve-online-home-worlds.html

Bellum Eternus said...

Hi Kinux :)

Here is the link to my blog with both my posts- the fiction and design sections.

http://bellumeternus.blogspot.com/

Achernar said...

Hello, my contribution can be found at http://www.alphaeridani.com/2009/08/depopulate-repopulate-lololol.html
Thanks for organizing this contest CK.

Shinzann said...

On Controlling Worlds

Shinzann

Trent Nichols said...

Great concept for a contest! I'm not.. er wasn't a blogger but I had to take a swing.

My story is here:
http://anomalyt.blogspot.com/2009/08/more-than-rock.html

My proposal is here:
http://anomalyt.blogspot.com/2009/08/planetary-control-colonies-and-capitals.html

furrot said...

Hi everyone, here is my entry for the contest.

http://podlogs.com/flyingdangerous/2009/08/20/spirit-in-the-sky/

I hope you enjoy reading it as I did writing it.

CrazyKinux said...

@ furrot - Unfortunately, the deadline was midnight last night. Though I can't consider your entry for the contest, I'll still list it in the entries.

Hope you can understand.

Stinger said...

Planetary control? Yeah lets turn this game into a major choad fest. And I'm sure furrot is really understanding of being patronized.