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The Great EON Improve-A-Thon

In a few days time the EON crew are going to vacate the premises and encamp to a local hostelry for a few hours to discuss how best to evolve the magazine. This will be a significant event. We don’t get out much for one thing. For another, while we’ve often made changes to the magazine, as and when required, we’ve never really set aside the time to have a proper group ponder about its long-term future design and editorial.

Aside from the masthead on the front cover (the logo bit), everything is up for discussion. Not everything will be changed – in fact a lot will generally stay the same – but we figure its high time we tweak the design, drop a few things that are perhaps less relevant than they once were and maybe bring in a few fresh ideas.

I have a personal wishlist of changes that I’ll be bringing to the meeting, all of which will be mulled over by the team. Some of them will probably laughed off the agenda, others embraced. In no particular order, some are:

  • Closer integration with CSM. Perhaps a quarterly CSM Report, letting us know what has been discussed during the preceding three months. (I should run this past Mynxee, I guess.)
  • Allow for half-page ads. (Design Guy won’t like this.)
  • With the awesome ISK Guide having a near-monopoly on player guides, maybe it’s time to change the emphasis of the ‘Insider Guides’ at the back of the mag?
  • More ‘Postcards from the Edge
  • Possibly drop the ‘In Character’ pages. (I do like them, but it seems harder and harder to be an EVE legend these days.) Maybe have a directory of legends at the back?
  • Drop Alliance Profiles down to a page each. Perhaps bring in corp profiles as well?
  • Bring in more low-sec stuff. Not sure how though.
  • Thinking of making Testflight less about specific hulls or ship classes and having more “challenges”.

Enough of my wispy brain thoughts, we’d love to hear instead what you consider needs a rethink or a change. If you’re an ex-reader, was there too much developer stuff and not enough reporting of in-game events turning you off? If you’ve read the magazine every issue since October 2005, tell us what you especially love and what you don’t. Do you think standards slipped in any part of the magazine? Fiction not as exciting as it once was? Tell us. Be as harsh or as creative as you want. We want to know!

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Discussion

8 thoughts on “The Great EON Improve-A-Thon

  1. How about a ‘movers and shakers’ element rather than “flat” alliance profiles: i.e whose going up in the EVE universe; be that profile wise, expanding their territory, making big waves in the market. And of course a ‘how the mighty have fallen’ or ‘where are they now’ on the names of the past.

    With most of the ship fittings pretty much covered why not do gang composition? How to make fleets that compliment each other in terms of capability etc etc?

    Low Sec wise Id cover it in ‘crime boss’ terms: who rules the roost, what areas are just plain deserted and what are effectively pirate havens.

    With the new Incarna avatars Id say dropping player profiles is a mistake: if anything even more ‘character’ will shine through.

    C.

    Posted by Cailais | December 1, 2010, 4:16 pm
  2. I would like to see an iPad/Android app, if I’m a subscriber (which I am), allowing me to purchase back issues digitally for cheaper, and read issues that I receive through the mail.

    If Steve Jobs & Rupert Murdock are doing it, then it MUST be a good thing. :)

    Posted by James (Jim Luc) | December 1, 2010, 5:18 pm
  3. Nothing Murdoch does is good, aside from age :P

    Click on EON Digital at the top there. It’s coming.

    Posted by Zapatero | December 1, 2010, 5:23 pm
  4. Great to hear! We can debate Murdock another day ;)

    Posted by James (Jim Luc) | December 1, 2010, 5:27 pm
  5. Murdock = crazy chopper pilot from the A-Team
    Murdoch = Crazy megalomaniac media mogul who wants to own your thoughts and every government on the planet.

    Argument over :D

    As to stuff for E-ON. I’ll have to put my thinking cap on.

    Posted by Mandrill | December 1, 2010, 8:06 pm
  6. The one thing that I was expecting when I received my first issue was more of an inside scoop on what was coming out. For instance, PI. Great article, but I already knew that stuff via the web or CCP. I don’t know how feasible it is to get info from ccp. Imagine if last issue you had information about the sansha and Incursion. I.e. What the sansha could do and details about their race. Websites that were related and maybe tactics.

    I like your magazine, but probably won’t renew it because: 1. Costs me 77 dollars. (shipping included). I have a family and so that is a lot of money. 2. Old news doesn’t get me buzzing. Just gets me to want to use websites that are current.

    Ways to fix the listed items above: For 1: More adds to help drop the price. An online version that costs less and has the same information as the subscription. For 2: inside scoops that only you get. Proactive articles instead of reactive.

    Please don’t get me wrong, I do like E-ON. I am trying to be constructive.

    Thank-you,
    Bill

    Posted by William McHugh | December 2, 2010, 8:03 pm
  7. @Bill

    All good points, thank you for making them. Regarding scoops, that is something that is a constant battle. However, seeds have been sown that I hope will change the emphasis of how we amass, select and report on insider developments. Nothing formalised yet on that front, but we hope to bear fruit soon.

    As for the price, we have a Christmas Sale on at the moment, which is 50% off all back issues (use code EONDEC1050 at the EVE Store checkout), after which we hope to announce revised pricing and the availability of EON Digital. More on that soon.

    Lots of “soons” but we are in a period of change :)

    Posted by Zapatero | December 3, 2010, 9:40 am
  8. How about a constellation or region survey. Send a team of reporters in to see who is there, what is going on, mining heavy? Lots of missioning or plexing. A set of skilled scanners could do the equivalent of a biological sampling method and get a snapshot in a few days (sample during weekend and weekday, and at different time slots.

    You have studied the animals in the jungle, now shift to the ecosystems.

    m

    Posted by Mike Azariah | December 3, 2010, 4:19 pm

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