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Supernovas in EVE?

Went on a short roam yesterday, well it was cut short as there was some server problems for some of us last night. A few of us just kept crashing out from the game and we decided that it was best to bail in fear of more server problems. The last thing we wanted was to die in a fire whilst we were logged off!

So this gave me some time in the evening and I watched Wonders of the Universe. A BBC2 programme by Professor Brian Cox who explains where we come from in terms of fusion and the death and birth of stars. I find these series totally fascinating and certainly makes a lot of sense to me. Kind of put things into perspective of how we are such a small part of the Universe and if you think about it, we’re billions and billions years old! Every one of us. The reason being that we’re mainly made out of carbon and that comes from the fusion of atoms created by a dying star. All the elements that are on the periodic table all come from the death of a star. The smaller the star, the less elements are created, the bigger the more. This is due to pressure and heat. Bigger stars create more heat and pressure therefore more complex elements are formed. Bigger stars aren’t as common as smaller ones therefore this is the reason why gold is a rarer element than say carbon. These elements are released into the universe in the form of a Supernova – the last parting shot of the star! So we, and everything else around us, are all made up of a dead star! Our own star, the Sun, is only a small one compared to Sirius (the brightest star in the night sky) which is twice the size so it’s unlikely that our Sun will contribute towards producing the rarer elements.

A Supernova


I could go on.. but this got me thinking. I wonder what type of reactions and creative forces could exist in the world of EVE? If stars in the EVE universe had a timeline and went through the birth and death phase, it could make the gameplay more interesting. Stars could swell up to 10x it’s size in the form of a Red Giant putting POSes at risk but I do see a lot of empty towers and it could be a good way for CCP to clear them up. Then after a period of time, a Supernova could happen spilling out all forms of elements that exist in EVE in terms of gas clouds, all of which could be mineable. The bigger and rarer stars could be in low/null sec and common stars in high sec. Keeping the value relative in terms of difficulty of extraction. We have touched on the ‘supposed’ table of elements in Issue #022, perhaps some of these could be incorporated?

Just an idea I had and thought I’d share it with you. You never know, CCP may have thought about this already and could be coming soon…



5 thoughts on “Supernovas in EVE?

  1. I quite like the sound of that idea, I be honest. could get rid of a few marco miners who cant be bothered to read forums that way as well.

    Posted by Daneo Mistry | March 14, 2011, 12:00 pm
  2. You do realize that stellar evolution is a process lasting in the range of a few million to a few billion years? The lengths of birth and death phases you are talking about are measured in millions of years, as well. You would like to see such events crammed in the time span of days/weeks/months? A for an effort, but the idea still needs a little work :).

    Posted by somerandomguy | March 14, 2011, 12:42 pm
  3. Well if I have to pay for a Billion Year Time Code in order to mine a Supernova, there sure as heck had better be a cost reduction :)

    Posted by Samara Ryn | March 14, 2011, 2:26 pm
  4. You know that one phrase bugs me…..bigger rarer stars in low/null so risk vs reward thing.

    You know that null and low are crawling with gangs of blues that simply apply the risk to anyone outside their group….so to them there is no risk….which is the underlying failure of that system. Intersect more of that space with high sec and make the gate guns deadlier and local authorities chase you even at a -2. Make em have to cross mixed areas so there is risk to being the low sec pirate group too….

    Posted by Mobideke | March 15, 2011, 12:29 pm
  5. @somerandomguy, like in reality there are wormholes opening and closing every 24hrs so that no-one is trapped in the “unknown” space.

    What I’m saying is, it doesn’t have to be *that* realistic.


    Posted by TK | March 17, 2011, 12:58 pm

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