NYCC 2013: EVE: True Stories Tells GoonSwarm's Tale

NYCC 2013: EVE: True Stories Tells GoonSwarm's Tale

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EVE: True Stories is bringing in-game stories to a four-part graphic novel series.

At NYCC 2013, I got a chance to speak to CCP's Torfi Frans Olafsson, who has been working on EVE since 1999. With 14 years of EVE under his belt, there are few people out there who can talk about the game quite so passionately. As Creative Director - EVE Universe IP Development, he is responsible for bringing the entirety of the EVE universe to a variety of new media. The most fascinating of these adaptations, at least from where I stand, is the new Dark Horse Comics cooperative endeavor, EVE: True Stories, which is slated for a four part release starting in February 2014.

If you haven't heard of True Stories, the basic premise is that no NPC in the EVE universe can come close to comparing to the fame and infamy of the players in game. Olafsson made it clear that the players in game are the "rockstars" of the universe, so it is only reasonable to make them the center of their graphic novel collaboration. To that end, CCP created a website where players could submit their in-game stories, told from the players' own perspective, and they chose what will likely be the most powerful and controversial story: The appearance of GoonSwarm and its role in the downfall of Band of Brothers. "We are only the messengers," said Olafsson of CCP, further solidifying the idea that players, not NPCs, are truly at the center of the EVE universe.

A little backstory: Band of Brothers was the dominant alliance in the EVE universe for some time. At the height of their power, however, Something Awful entered the picture, with their upstart alliance, GoonSwarm. If you've ever encountered a Something Awful guild in an MMO of any sort, you probably have some interesting stories to tell. Whether you praise them or condemn them for their often controversial behavior, it is undeniable that they always bring something novel to the table. In this case, the leader of GoonSwarm convinced a Lieutenant from Band of Brothers to defect. With the Lieutenant working to bring down Band of Brothers from the inside, GoonSwarm created its own lasting place in the EVE universe.

GoonSwarm's leader actually submitted the story to True Stories, so the series will be told largely from his perspective. Olafsson is expecting a lot of blowback, given the controversial nature of the story, but CCP thinks that it will be well worth it, just to bring one of the most epic tales of subterfuge from the EVE universe to a wider audience through a new medium.

Another particularly compelling aspect of the True Stories series is that they have a different artist for each of the four parts, so you'll be getting a new perspective of the universe with every issue. EVE rigorously adheres to the art direction in the game, and Olafsson was visibly excited to get to see a handful of new artists taking the ships, races, and universe in their own creative direction.

EVE: True Stories will be showing you the rise of GoonSwarm and the downfall of Band of Brothers starting in February 2014, and will be available for free online. The second and third issues will be released in March, and the final issue will launch in April. If you really dig it, you'll even be able to get all four issues in print form later in 2014 as a compendium of sorts. If things go well, this won't be the end of True Stories, as they received hundreds of entries from players, and are eager to share more of the stories of EVE's rockstars with a wider comic-reading audience. There has even been talk of an EVE television show down the road sometime. Details were scant, but keep an eye out for more info on that in the coming months.

If you want to know more about EVE: True Stories or the disbanding of Band of Brothers, you can check out the True Stories website.

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Encaen:

Whether you praise them or condemn them for their often controversial behavior, it is undeniable that they always bring something novel to the table.

Yeah, like openly mocking someone claiming to be suicidal, then actively encouraging people (in person mind you, not behind some avatar but actually doing it in real life on video) to harass said individual into committing suicide, then throwing an ungodly massive temper tantrum when people started reporting about it.

It's good to see, at the very least, it'll be free. I'd hate to see any financial support being shown for any of their stories, personally. Though, I do have to admit I'd love to see the childish part drawn up of that story, crying about how the internet is hating on him after that.

That's pretty cool, EVE seems to produce a lot of those interesting stories.

cursedseishi:

Encaen:

Whether you praise them or condemn them for their often controversial behavior, it is undeniable that they always bring something novel to the table.

Yeah, like openly mocking someone claiming to be suicidal, then actively encouraging people (in person mind you, not behind some avatar but actually doing it in real life on video) to harass said individual into committing suicide, then throwing an ungodly massive temper tantrum when people started reporting about it.

It's good to see, at the very least, it'll be free. I'd hate to see any financial support being shown for any of their stories, personally. Though, I do have to admit I'd love to see the childish part drawn up of that story, crying about how the internet is hating on him after that.

The fall of BoB took place LOOONG before the episode you are whining about. Plus a lot of people do incredibly stupid shit while they are drunk, this episode just happened to be televised.

OT: Damn this is cool. Its just such a shame that amazing battles and events like this dont happen terribly often, and the rest is rather slow going and plodding. And as much as the GS can be douchebags at time, they were always fun to fight against.

Desert Punk:

The fall of BoB took place LOOONG before the episode you are whining about. Plus a lot of people do incredibly stupid shit while they are drunk, this episode just happened to be televised.

OT: Damn this is cool. Its just such a shame that amazing battles and events like this dont happen terribly often, and the rest is rather slow going and plodding. And as much as the GS can be douchebags at time, they were always fun to fight against.

Just dont read the local if you want to hold on to your braincells. Granted Test is worse but at least both of those came to fight us in the small lowsec and we gave them while being strongly outnumbered a good fight

Kyrdra:

Desert Punk:

The fall of BoB took place LOOONG before the episode you are whining about. Plus a lot of people do incredibly stupid shit while they are drunk, this episode just happened to be televised.

OT: Damn this is cool. Its just such a shame that amazing battles and events like this dont happen terribly often, and the rest is rather slow going and plodding. And as much as the GS can be douchebags at time, they were always fun to fight against.

Just dont read the local if you want to hold on to your braincells. Granted Test is worse but at least both of those came to fight us in the small lowsec and we gave them while being strongly outnumbered a good fight

I used to be part of TEST and yeah it was full of douchebags who couldnt shut their mouths lol

But, TEST is dead and gone now, they lost the war with GS just recently and got absorbed in some cases or scattered to the wind in others.

Desert Punk:

cursedseishi:

Encaen:

Whether you praise them or condemn them for their often controversial behavior, it is undeniable that they always bring something novel to the table.

Yeah, like openly mocking someone claiming to be suicidal, then actively encouraging people (in person mind you, not behind some avatar but actually doing it in real life on video) to harass said individual into committing suicide, then throwing an ungodly massive temper tantrum when people started reporting about it.

It's good to see, at the very least, it'll be free. I'd hate to see any financial support being shown for any of their stories, personally. Though, I do have to admit I'd love to see the childish part drawn up of that story, crying about how the internet is hating on him after that.

The fall of BoB took place LOOONG before the episode you are whining about. Plus a lot of people do incredibly stupid shit while they are drunk, this episode just happened to be televised.

See that bit of text I quoted? Can you read it? Greaaaaaat. I was referencing (as far as I'm aware of) the most recent thing they've done. Nowhere was I claiming it was near the same time, or around, when they tore down BoB.

And sure, he may of been drunk while doing that. Was he drunk though when he made the slides to go with it? Sorry but that doesn't exactly excuse anything with the way I see it, especially if there had to be any sort of preparation beforehand for his "drunken" antics. And CCP allowing this all to happen, laughing even, doesn't help the standpoint either.

But hey, sorry if it's "whining" to express anything other than reverence towards a group of asshats! Or expressing an interest to see his rather sad attempts at saving face be shown in some manner either for that matter.

Hopefully they'll cover some of the older stories that inspired most SA members (including myself) to give EVE a go in the first place. Like GHSC's famous scam (maybe one of the first EVE stories to get the attention of the gaming press).

I'd also like to see the GoonSwarm stories begin with their origins as Goonfleet in Syndicate and their early expansion attempts. But I doubt there are many people still playing that can recount the details.

Lots of discussion about Something Awful and the Goons on The Escapist lately.

cursedseishi:

Desert Punk:

cursedseishi:

Yeah, like openly mocking someone claiming to be suicidal, then actively encouraging people (in person mind you, not behind some avatar but actually doing it in real life on video) to harass said individual into committing suicide, then throwing an ungodly massive temper tantrum when people started reporting about it.

It's good to see, at the very least, it'll be free. I'd hate to see any financial support being shown for any of their stories, personally. Though, I do have to admit I'd love to see the childish part drawn up of that story, crying about how the internet is hating on him after that.

The fall of BoB took place LOOONG before the episode you are whining about. Plus a lot of people do incredibly stupid shit while they are drunk, this episode just happened to be televised.

See that bit of text I quoted? Can you read it? Greaaaaaat. I was referencing (as far as I'm aware of) the most recent thing they've done. Nowhere was I claiming it was near the same time, or around, when they tore down BoB.

And sure, he may of been drunk while doing that. Was he drunk though when he made the slides to go with it? Sorry but that doesn't exactly excuse anything with the way I see it, especially if there had to be any sort of preparation beforehand for his "drunken" antics. And CCP allowing this all to happen, laughing even, doesn't help the standpoint either.

But hey, sorry if it's "whining" to express anything other than reverence towards a group of asshats! Or expressing an interest to see his rather sad attempts at saving face be shown in some manner either for that matter.

GoonSwarm is not a part of CCP.

The fall of BoB is possibly the most historical feat in Eve online, granted I played it for a short while before realizing that A: I didn't have enough time to have a job where I paid a monthly subscription for, and B: it wasn't the space flight sim I was hoping it to be.

Now, if you hate Goons or SA in general, then that should be taken up with them. Besides, it's nice to see CCP actually making some of the most memorable events in Eve into actual media.

However, I expect a couple of GoonSwarm members complaining how certain characters look in the comics.

It would be something quite unexpected to see the roles of players (especially including players from an internet subculture forum called something awful) recreated as characters in live action television.

Id be astonished (and I suspect there would be more cries of I WAS THERE THIS ISN"T HOW IT WAS!11eleven! than i care to imagine)

We're seeing published comics about epic war and backstabbing stories that actually happened between players in a MMO. I can die happy.

Isn't GoonSwarm the only corporation that receives compensation for ships lost because of lag? I heard a lot of its pilots are ccp employees so that could explain their rise to power :P. On the other hand I haven't played eve in three or four years, so if I'm talking nonsense feel free correct me.

Celebration of the band ultimate trolls in gaming, whose sole community drive is to ruin everyone elses experience, well I for one believe this is exactly the sort of thing we should endorse...

Next up a full feature movie called Heroes of 4chan.

james.sponge:
Isn't GoonSwarm the only corporation that receives compensation for ships lost because of lag? I heard a lot of its pilots are ccp employees so that could explain their rise to power :P. On the other hand I haven't played eve in three or four years, so if I'm talking nonsense feel free correct me.

People say that CCP compensates them more as an insult, the real deal with them is that they just have such an insane economy that they 100% reimburse their pilots out of the alliances bank accounts.

When Test and Goons went to war together in the north, one of their FCs was laughing at the idea of losing a fleet to something stupid, as they could pay for every player in the fleet to lose a thousand of the ships we were flying (battleships mind you) and it would just be written off.

Their rise to power has to do with that, the fact that players can actually play the game with no personal risk involved as the corp will pay for everything, and their fleet commanders making the fleets fun, all the BSing, jokes, stories ect that get thrown around can let you spend hours doing what would be a boring patrol laughing your ass off.

Like I said before, they can be douchebags, but the reason for their success in the game is due to them having fun and them having an economy run as efficiently as a lot of real world corporations.

Mr.K.:
whose sole community drive is to ruin everyone elses experience, well I for one believe this is exactly the sort of thing we should endorse...

Actually yeah, that is the way you wage war in EVE Online

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYgpNLEbpYM

Cant get embed to work this morning so theres a link to the Goons Art of War

Goons are pretty horrible people to be fair

Desert Punk:

james.sponge:
Isn't GoonSwarm the only corporation that receives compensation for ships lost because of lag? I heard a lot of its pilots are ccp employees so that could explain their rise to power :P. On the other hand I haven't played eve in three or four years, so if I'm talking nonsense feel free correct me.

People say that CCP compensates them more as an insult, the real deal with them is that they just have such an insane economy that they 100% reimburse their pilots out of the alliances bank accounts.

When Test and Goons went to war together in the north, one of their FCs was laughing at the idea of losing a fleet to something stupid, as they could pay for every player in the fleet to lose a thousand of the ships we were flying (battleships mind you) and it would just be written off.

Their rise to power has to do with that, the fact that players can actually play the game with no personal risk involved as the corp will pay for everything, and their fleet commanders making the fleets fun, all the BSing, jokes, stories ect that get thrown around can let you spend hours doing what would be a boring patrol laughing your ass off.

Like I said before, they can be douchebags, but the reason for their success in the game is due to them having fun and them having an economy run as efficiently as a lot of real world corporations.

Thanks for clarification this seems logical considering the fact trading and manufacturing are two most profitable jobs in Eve (also scams but let's leave those out :D). This makes me wonder whether they exploit their miners in any way, the idea of having GoonSwarm labor camps in null sec is amusing.

Kringe worthy... especially since the personas will be represented by their ingame avatars no doubt and not who really sits behind the PC... so much for true stories.

I mean it would be much more hilarious if they showed that a large chunk of eve is controlled by basement dwelling neckbeards that need to ruin other peoples fun to feel good about themselves.

But sadly this is just CCP stroking this special group of players ego even more.. as if they havent done that enough.

I redact my above statement about Something Awful being mentioned a lot. It should read "lots of people bitter that Something Awful ruined their fun in a game run by player corporations".

Kalezian:

GoonSwarm is not a part of CCP.

The fall of BoB is possibly the most historical feat in Eve online, granted I played it for a short while before realizing that A: I didn't have enough time to have a job where I paid a monthly subscription for, and B: it wasn't the space flight sim I was hoping it to be.

Now, if you hate Goons or SA in general, then that should be taken up with them. Besides, it's nice to see CCP actually making some of the most memorable events in Eve into actual media.

However, I expect a couple of GoonSwarm members complaining how certain characters look in the comics.

I didn't say GoonSwarm was a part of CCP. I said:

And CCP allowing this all to happen, laughing even, doesn't help the standpoint either.

The comment in question was made in a panel and event being run by CCP themselves, they had employees there. They had to of seen the slides made for said comment, and were there and laughing along with everyone else when he was encouraging others to go harass and encourage the person to kill himself. That all, in turn, was directed toward DesertPunks attempt to hand wave it all off by saying "drunk, who cares?".

As for BoB? I'm sure part of the reason that event was so big in the first place was because CCP had an employee who was funneling that particular corporation with a bunch of blueprints and the like. If not, I doubt it would of been nearly as well-known. So while it is a "historical" moment, it's hardly completely player-made. Heck, I'd say the story of the player who was actually banned for figuring out a CCP employee was giving BoB a bunch of free stuff is more interesting.

Personally, I think there's other more interesting stories to tell from EvE than this one, but most of those probably wouldn't have enough big drawings of ships being blown up or lasers/what-have-you going off to keep people interested.

 

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