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in remembrance

Every issue in EON we have three single-page articles called In Character, that basically profile the famous (and often the completely obscure) residents of New Eden. The articles are always written from a role-play perspective and even those who aren’t role-players are treated as characters rather than gamers (which isn’t always easy when some we’ve profiled are more active on the forums than in game).

I had a thought earlier today about devoting the In Character profiles in a future issue to being more like obituaries. Actually, effectively they would be obituaries. They would focus on player-characters who have actually – to crassly borrow from Monty Python – expired.

I would of course get information from corporation buddies of the deceased rather than hire a medium, and it would remain in character rather than be stuff like “he was so funny on Teamspeak”. But I’m curious if the idea is as tasteless as this proposal is turning out to be, or whether it is a good way to honour EVE’s tragically and permanently fallen? As ever, your thoughts are welcome.

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7 thoughts on “in remembrance

  1. My opinion: better to stick with currently active players.

    Posted by Kirith Kodachi | June 14, 2009, 12:00 am
  2. I’m with Kirith on this one. Whilst there is some mileage to remembering dear friends who have passed on, if their family finds it appropriate; a regular feature would feel mawkish and in poor taste. Far better to celebrate the lives of those still with us, than wait until they are dead to recognise them.

    Posted by ChainTrap | June 14, 2009, 10:02 am
  3. Wait, I thought we were talking about players who have quit eve, not died in irl.

    Posted by pepi | June 14, 2009, 10:27 am
  4. I agree it would feel mawkish if it was regular and it was flagged as being distinct from normal In Character articles, but you wouldn’t necessarily know by reading it whether the person behind the character had departed EVE due to boredom or for any other reason.

    ….And now that I think about it, it might be a good way to bring to attention the antics of a few of the old legendary characters who have left EVE regardless of the reason why they left. Then again, maybe that’s better done another way…

    It seemed a good idea at the time :)

    Posted by Zapatero | June 14, 2009, 10:30 am
  5. Maybe a “Legends” feature that appears occasionally? I’d enjoy that, and you’re not even limited then to players that have left the game…because there are definitely some of the better known legendary players still in the game. But you could focus more on WHY they are legendary rather than the normal IC info in the Character profiles. The thing about focusing on “departed from the game” is that…unless they are passed away IRL, they might come back. You know how damn addictive this game is!!!

    Posted by Mynxee | June 14, 2009, 12:56 pm
  6. I agree with Kirith and Mynxee. The idea about legends is a good one. If I remember correctly certain people have come and gone ( me being one of them) but I know several others that have as well….so maybe that could work for you.

    Posted by Manasi | June 14, 2009, 3:37 pm
  7. If you are talking about expired characters that have had an impact on the world of eve – Great idea!
    If you are talking about characters of people that have died – tread VERY carefully…

    Posted by Altaree | June 15, 2009, 1:12 pm

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