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!