Swag TeaseOnce again with FanFest CCP has teased us with what swag attendees can buy. Clever t-shirts, sharp-looking button-downs, and even caps. Oh, we can buy those on the online store after FanFest, right? After all, the new online store is going to open in the first quarter of 2016. Sigh. Soon?
At least they've finally made some deal with Rixx so that we continue to see his prints for sale. Those are sore tempting too - I'm quite curious what reactions I'd get at work if I put the print of the Myrmidon up in my office.
I could do with more of that trend. I can understand if CCP can't prioritize all the logistics and such to get their own merch out, but perhaps can license others to use their IP and get a cut or something. That has it's own overhead though - perhaps worse that actually getting the merch going.
Empires of EveI've never lived in nullsec, but I got drawn in and bought "Empires of Eve." I'm enjoying it as a history, but the sense of history as a lesson to be repeated is just too delicious not to apply to current events. For instance, fill in this Eve Mad-Lib.
[Coalition Name] was constantly antagonistic. It fought against everybody and schemed to conquer every star system possible. [Coalition Leader] had created a political climate in nullsec where [Coalition Name] was feared and hated across New Eden. This was manageable when his enemies acted alone, because [Coalition Name] could mop the floor with any single adversary. But the [inciting event] was a crystallizing moment that brought all of [Coalition Name]'s enemies together. The adversaries of [Coalition Name] knew that at this moment they had the political momentum needed to unite in a grand coalition to destroy [Coalition Name] foreever. Nothing else mattered more than destroying [Coalition Leader]'s empire. The stage was set for what we now know as [Big War Name].
I bought the paperback, somewhat cheaping out in case I found that nullsec really wasn't that compelling. I'd recommend others to go for the hardback or the Kindle edition. The typeset in the paperback is not dark black, and the format is smaller, so I find that I can't read it at night in bed if I'm tied - it's just too hard to focus on. Those readers here who haven't hit their 40th birthday yet may find this isn't a problem for them though.
Fanfest 2017This year Fanfest happened to ride right along with a local school vacation week. Since my wife is a teacher that means that if we'd planned for it then we could have both gone to Iceland, done some sight-seeing, then I could go on to Fanfest. She's finally open to the idea... but sadly Fanfest 2017 is April 6-8. Amazingly the wife is still on board with the idea of me going for the first time next year. She looked over my shoulder and saw the Eve Vegas dates and suggested that, but I think I'd rather see Iceland.
But really, I shouldn't have to go to Fanfest as my only way to give CCP money for some swag...