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Bid to win: EVE Survival Pack

All this week we’re running a daily auction to celebrate the release of the EVE Survival Pack. What this pack contains is a copy of the 400-page Industrial-Sized Knowledgebase [ISK] Vol. 1, the latest edition of EVE Strategic Maps, the Low-Sec Paths poster and a poster map of New Eden (both rolled rather than folded). The idea is that with a combination of guide and maps, owners will forever be safe from harm when travelling in New Eden.

[For legal reasons we should point out that only advice and information is contained within and that should you be in a real survival situation (i.e bitten by a poisonous snake, seeking shelter during nuclear attack or needing medical attention after a paper cut), the EVE Survival Pack will not help you. You could perhaps use the poster tube as a basic rocket launcher against a wave of zombies, but don’t ask for a refund if after pulling the cardboard trigger the explosive rolls out the end and blows your foot off.]

So how can you win one of these sought after packs? Easy, all you have to do is log in to EVE, go to People & Places, search out ‘Zapatero’ (me), give an amount of ISK and hope that no-one else has bid more than you. This is an all-pay auction, which means there will be no refunds. The highest single bid registered in Zapatero’s wallet by a single character before 0000 UTC (EVE time) each night this week will be declared the winner and a Survival Pack will be sent in the mail the next day (or on Monday for Friday’s winner).

As for the unsuccessful bids, these will be totalled, rounded up/down and given away as a (hopefully huge) prize next week. I’ll let you know how big the prize pot is as we go along.

Some rules: Bids will not stack. If you mistakenly give ISK to another character assuming it to be Zapatero, or if it is not the amount you intended to give, I can’t help you, sorry.

This is all a bit of an experiment so bear with me if it all goes horribly wrong. If you have any questions, ask away below. Good luck and, er… survive safe!


Monday’s winning bid was from Adrielle Firewalker.

Tuesday’s winning bid was from Master Raban.



6 thoughts on “Bid to win: EVE Survival Pack

  1. thats not an auction, thats a gamble.

    Posted by Foobaer | July 18, 2011, 2:43 pm
  2. So, give all your isk to Zapatero for the chance at real-world goods? It’s like a horrible cross between RMT and gambling. And Zapatero wins.

    Posted by Chris Beesley | July 19, 2011, 10:20 am
  3. Horrible cross it may be, but “Zapatero” only administers, never wins.

    Posted by Zapatero | July 19, 2011, 10:39 am
  4. I don’t know how much ISK you’re making out of this, but a better way to do it might be a real “silent auction”. People send you their bids (via eve mail or whatever), and the highest bid gets to buy it for that price. Then you can have a reserve price too. That way no-one feels ripped off. I have a fairly big sum of ISK in my head that I would be willing to pay for items like this, but I certainly would never just throw away that ISK without the certainty that I would be getting something from it.
    Just an idea… you could find yourself making a lot more ISK this way.

    Posted by Laedy | July 20, 2011, 11:45 am
  5. It’s not about the ISK. It’s simply about promoting the Survival Pack. If it was about ISK we would simply sell the packs for multiples of PLEX. As i said above, the ISK will be pooled and given away in some form. If the number of bids in the week are relatively few (which they have been so far), I may just redistribute it to all the unsuccessful bidders – all of whom currently would make a profit. If the bids reach 100 or more, it’ll be some form of lottery.

    Posted by Zapatero | July 20, 2011, 12:04 pm
  6. For The Gods’ sake , there are always moaners,wingers and a bog snorkling bed wetter !
    The guy has already said that is what is happening and its all in the aid of the pack and promotion etc..
    Writing this has probably jeopardised my bid now , but hey !

    Great work and idea Zapatero…. Fly safe ,mine loads !

    Posted by Jon | February 10, 2012, 4:50 pm

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