“We fly around new-player systems and transfer anywhere from 50-100 million ISK along with a ‘welcome to EVE’ message to the new players we find. We did this to one player who just sat on undock for 20 minutes afterwards. We then received a surprising EVE Mail… from his mother.
“It turns out that the player was only 14 years old. Apparently, after he received the ISK and realised it was a gift, he ran to her screaming with excitement. His mum wanted to thank us personally as he was finding the game difficult to understand and considering quitting. The ISK gave him a boost, and he was delighted. It’s great to see how our team can help and improve other players’ experiences.”
“I met so many people in-game, and I’ve started to become independent in my career path choices. I can finally connect and have access to loads of content and different gameplay styles. That’s important for me in my continued learning and understanding of New Eden. It makes a big change from doing the same thing every day, which is the path I’d previously chosen. So, it’s been a great year, and there are a lot of exciting things coming in 2024. I wish you all a wonderful year ahead .”
“This year was a major milestone in my EVE career. I’ve been playing as an Alpha clone, but I’ve been able to PLEX up my accounts a few times to get more skills and enjoy some Omega perks. This year, I reached the point of having enough SP (Skill Points) to finish every single Alpha skill. It’s roughly 21 million applied SP and three million unallocated SP. As a busy student with diminishing time for internet spaceships, I feel that this is likely my endgame. But I’m proud to have reached this milestone regardless.”
“Fanfest 2023’s free water! At the previous Fanfest, you had to buy it or grab a glass from the bathroom. If this isn’t a highlight for you then perhaps we’re at different points in life and satisfactory hydration hasn’t become your endgame boss yet. At any rate: Icelandic tap water = the best water ever.”
“Seeing Iceland, visiting the CCP Games office, and the various activities of Fanfest were all highlights. But for me, the most emotional moment was this meeting at the EVE Online Monument.
“As I approached the site of the monument, I found myself overwhelmed by emotion. An inexplicable melancholy enveloped me, which in reality turned out to be deep joy. The significance of the moment coupled with the uplifting realisation that I had become part of something greater filled me with a profound sense of belonging.”
“My highlight was being invited to Fanfest by CCP, running a stall there selling my artwork, and getting to take pictures of my character at the monument. It was really lovely meeting people who I’ve spoken to over the years and finally meeting the various pilots who’ve been following my art since I started. Oh, and visiting Iceland for the first time too. It’s such an amazing place.”
“Wow, looking back at 2023, I really don’t know what the highlight would be. It could be:
- The two-year anniversary of Eve Rookies
- Hitting 2,000 players in the Eve Rookies Discord
- Presenting at Fanfest with two really awesome community leaders and being asked to participate on two panels
- Standing up an average of 35 fleets per month and having 75 brand-new people fly with us per month
- Becoming part of CSM 18
It’s amazing and humbling to look at this list. Especially because the end of January marks my four-year anniversary as an EVE Online player. I’m excited to see what 2024 brings!”
“The most significant achievement of 2024 was undoubtedly the purchase of our corp’s first Azbel. Our corp already had a series of specialised Raitarus for manufacturing almost any in-game item, but we were still missing something to build capitals. However, after our change of alliance, we were given the opportunity to acquire one. Now, we have a broader manufacturing capacity. The key to achieving this goal? Teamwork.”
“There were so many great moments in 2023, but easily the greatest was unveiling the upcoming EVE board game in front of a crowd at Fanfest. Watching the faces of the players as they slowly realised what they were seeing, answering questions, interacting with players, and finally meeting the Titan Forge team in person, it was easily the greatest moment of my year and possibly of my entire career in EVE Online.
“The icing on the cake was getting mentioned during the Keynote and having our picture shown on stage. The entire experience was unreal, like watching a dream come true. I’ve been hard at work on this project for over a year now. I work alone in my home studio, so feedback and interactions can often be challenging to come by. But the experience at Fanfest really helped me connect with the community and give me the energy I need to keep going. I’m super excited for this amazing project and for bringing it to life in 2024.”