Monday, April 25, 2016

BB 74 - Building the Future

Welcome to the continuing monthly EVE Blog Banters and our 74th edition! For more details about what the blog banters are please visit the Blog Banter page.

The Most Important Reveal at Fanfest Was......
So when this Blog Banter goes live Fanfest will be over. Hungover geeks from around the world will be departing Reykjavik after a five-day binge of important internet spaceships and partying. Whether you were there in person, watched the streams or read the dev blogs on your mobile hidden under your work desk there was probably something in there that gave you a "nerd-boner". What for you personally was the most important thing to come out of Fanfest 2016?

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I'm a sucker for prognostication. I love seeing plans and hints of plans and speculating about what it all means and how I would accomplish them, or change the plans entirely. So the most important things to me were these two pictures from Sand, Cider, and Spaceships blog on Day 3:

These two slides combined tell us the future of EVE and its propagation of user owned structures. 

So we know from above that Manufacturing and Research in outposts and POS are going to be covered Industrial Array structures in the fall. We can also speculate from the round tables and such that the Drilling Platforms for moon mining (and ring mining perhaps?) and reactions are a thing for next year, and I believe I heard that small "Stargates" are going to replace the jump bridges of the current POS networks. Not sure where Cyno Beacons and Jammers will fall, observatories or Admin Hubs? I'm still not sold on the need for Advertisemtn Center structures as per their description from the original dev blog:

H.     Advertisement Centers
Structures mainly aimed toward propaganda spreading.
Service module possibilities: Text advertisement, billboard replacement, being used as gigantic monuments with no purpose (except to show how big your e-peen is by showing the statue of your glorious alliance leader). Could also involve frozen corpses somehow.
Rigs possibilities: Anything affecting what’s above.
Regardless, we know now from fanfest that CCP is pleased with the direction and acceptance of Citadels and will continue to push forward with that vision. This is the most important thing to me to come out of fanfest. 

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