Monday, April 14, 2014

Blog Banter 55 : Space-Famous

Welcome to the continuing monthly EVE Blog Banters and our 54th edition! For more details about what the blog banters are visit the Blog Banter page.

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Last Blog Banter we talked about heroes in EVE Online. The followup to that topic has been provided by Wilhelm aka The Ancient Gaming Noob:

Write about somebody who is "space famous" and why you hate/admire them, somebody who isn't space famous but you think should be or will be, or discuss space fame in general, what it means, and how people end up so famous.I'd like to add another take on the subject, is there a cost of being famous in EVE and if so, is it worth the price?

So, "Space Fame"? Well how do you get space-famous? There are lots of ways to become space-famous in Eve Online. In this post lets look at how some space-famous people achieved their space-fame.

The Uber-Lord of Space Nerds - The Mittani
Famous For - In Game Power.Of course there is nobody more space famous than The Mittani. Lord of the Goons, the largest alliance in game, and destroyer of The Band of Brothers. Everyone in Eve has heard about Mittens. His fame has gone beyond just Eve Online and the community immediately surrounding it. It has reached publications such as The Wall Street Journal. The Goon's motto that they are not there to ruin the game, just your game, has struck fear into carebears across the cluster of stars known as New Eden. As much hated as he is loved, everyone pays attention to Mittens, especially when he's doing an alliance panel totally out of his gord!

The "Evil" Space Pirates - Helicy Boson and Santo Trafficante
Famous For - Blowing up People Who Don't Want to Be Blown Up.
Helicy Boson and Santo Trafficante are both space famous for wrecking other peoples ships, especially carebears. Helicy of course was the architect of Hulkageddon, where prizes would be offered for ganking peaceful mining barges and exhumers in high-security space. Santo is well known for sitting in his smartbombing battleship or cruiser off a stargate and reducing frigates and pods into space-dust. They haven't done anything really specific that others haven't before them, they have just done it on a much more successful scale.

The Bloggers - Ripard Teg, Seismic Stan, Poetic Stanziel.
Famous For - Erm.... Blogging!
Ripard Teg, Seismic Stan, Poetic Stanziel, Krazy Kinux. All space famous for being high-profile bloggers. Whilst some say blogging isn't what it used to be, I consider the community to be still thriving. Love them or hate them, these people are well known in the community and their blogs are the main reason they are well known. Whilst some have now other claims to space-fame (CSM delegates and Incarna the Text Adventure as examples) it was their blogs that got them started on the road to space-fame.

The Artist - Rixx Javix
Famous For - Art!
When Rixx started the corporation Stay Frosty, how did that corp grow so fast so quickly? Simple, Rixx is 'space famous' and his space fame comes mostly from his blog and his artwork. I originally had Rixx in the blogging category above, but thinking about it, he's probably just as space famous for his amazing artwork as he is for his blog. When people ask "I need a cool logo/KB banner/alliance logo/event poster/propaganda" the replies invariably are "Speak to RJ".

The Uber-Nerd - Mark726
Famous For - Eve Travel and the Lore Guide.
Mark726's lore guide was probably THE lore guide before Eve: Source was released. Personally I don't know as my copy of Eve: Source is sat 3,500 miles away awaiting for me to pick it up and see how geeky it really is! His website, Eve Travel, is THE site to get information about the sightseeing locations around New Eden. This is the guy people turn to when nerdy lore questions need to be answered!

The Fixer - Chribba
Famous For - 3rd Party Services
Cribba Veldspar is perhaps one of the original Eve-O personalities. His 3rd party services are known throughout the game and his websites such as Eve-Files and Eve-Agents from his OMG Labs are thoroughly used by thousands in the community. Basically as super capital ships cannot dock, you need to do an exchange in space. With a 100,000,000,000 ISK ship up for grabs, scamming is always an issue. Cribba acts as the 3rd party, holding the money until the purchaser confirms he's got his nice new ship away is safely away without being scammed.

The Legs/Songstress/The Philanthropist - Sindel Pellion
Famous For - Her Legs, Her Parodies, Her Charity Work.
The next space famous celebrity of Eve-O I was thinking about was Sindel Pellion. Then I had to think what she was space famous for? Now if she's reading this she's probably pouting at that line, but I didn't mean it in a Paris Hilton/Kim Kardasian type "What ARE they famous for?". I meant it as in, what made her space-famous first as there are several possibilities here! In happier times Sin would post pictures of her legs on Twitter, ah those were the days! Then we have the most excellent song parodies. Finally we have the in-game charity, The Angel Project. Me being me will always remember the legs. Happy days! (I'm probably going to get hit at the not-a-charity-dinner for that last bit)

So there you go. Seven different types of Space-Fame in Eve Online. How will YOU become space-famous? Oh, and before you answer that, Kirith asked an additional question didn't he? Any downsides to being famous.....? You will be primary.... always!


  1. Always primary! An awesome and well done list, of which I am always surprised to find myself included within. Still weird.

  2. Well done, this was a fun read :).