Empires of Eve: A History of the Great Wars of Eve Online was a book published in 2015, written by Andrew Groen, that laid out a narrative history of the internecine inter-player warfare of EVE Online, a science-fiction MMORPG game developed by CCP Interactive, over the first decade of its existence. For the unfamiliar, EVE is a notoriously competitive and metagame-heavy game, with factional warfare, corporate formation and sabotage, and roleplay as fundamental parts of the experience. Perhaps consequently, the kinds of people who are attracted to EVE are, as Waypoint has covered, hugely diverse in their background.
More recently, Groen has spun-off his book into a podcast series called Empires of Eve: The History Lectures, based off talks he has given at panels following the book’s release. The episodes so far cover events discussed within Empires of Eve, but there’s no reason why he might not cover material cut from the book or where new sources have emerged.
Personally, I devoured Empires shortly after it came out and, after waiting for the intro podcasts to drift by, have eagerly started devouring The History Lectures with the same pace. I’ve never been an EVE-head (my one attempt to play it petered out after the free trial ended), but I find accounts of it really interesting, and feel that Groen’s work, particularly Empires, punches about its weight with an account that takes into consideration the real-life elements of the game, from communications media to generalised xenophobia against certain communities of players.
Have you had a chance to read the book or dig into the fledgling podcast? What do you make of them? Do you feel they offer a good view into the EVE world as an outsider? If you’re a dedicated EVE player yourself, do you feel they show an accurate and helpful depiction of the EVE world? As always, I’m curious to hear your thoughts, comments, and criticisms.
(P.S. This is flagged under the general Pop Culture & Media category because it covers both books and podcasts. Congrats on your multimedia venture, Groen!)
(P.P.S. Is it EVE or Eve?)