Having lost a month of production time due to the previous issue running late (blame Fanfest and the planned redesign), issue EON#024 has been completed almost on schedule. Copies of the magazine will actually arrive in the office early next week and will, assuming the postal workers don’t ragequit their jobs, be heading out in the mail across the world within a few hours after that. You can read a little about what to expect by following this link.
Thanks to the combined efforts of those above, I think #024 is a very good issue, but then I always say that. Given the fact that Incarna and the micro/macro-transaction issue has pretty much dominated everything to do with EVE this past 10 days, I’d have to warn you that it’s an unfashionably optimistic issue as well; equal parts a look back on what might one day be called EVE’s “golden age” as well as a peek into an alternative future New Eden where ships are front and centre thanks partly to the imaginary efforts of their NPC crew. I shall call this one the Apocrewpha issue.
Sure, we could have run with more Incarna and a peek at Dust, but sometimes it’s nice to take a break from all the Soon™ and just let your imagination run wild with the maybe stuff. If the issue comes across as a little more self-indulgent than usual as a result, I apologise.
As you can predict, unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), there isn’t quite enough coverage of recent/current upset than perhaps the scale of it deserves. The vast majority of the magazine was written prior to the June 21st deployment of Incarna, and while we did hold up two pages to cover the release, the plan was simply to gauge the initial features and write-up the general mood as quickly as possible. I don’t think anyone – except perhaps Hilmar – expected the fallout that ensued. Needless to say, had we waited for all the dust to settle we would have missed our print slot. In fact we’d still be waiting around now, I imagine, what with the emergency CSM summit not getting under way until this weekend.
Given how our schedules fall and the time lag between issues, it will be better instead to see how things pan out and cover things from a historical and more sober perspective next time. Of course, now that I have the time to do so, I will blog my own thoughts on the matter soon enough, although don’t expect me to reward you with any more insight than is already out there. Right now I remain in a state of amused and confused resignation over the whole thing. I was expecting 2011 to be the cease-fire year in terms of CCP community relations, but it seems like things have escalated somewhat. As with all wars, this one seems characterised by misunderstanding and intransigence on both sides of the argument.