I guess things happened this week.
The next release is November 3rd. There are changes coming to the sovereignty system. In those changes, we get some quality of life pieces that the sovereign owners have been waiting for. It also brings the first round of jump fatigue changes with a new maximum cap.
At the top of the list, CCP released a design outline for a skill trading system they are looking into implementing. It has spawned a threadnought on the forums, one on reddit, and blogs and tweets and such reactions. Currently billed as a replacement for the character bazaar the reactions have been varied and loud. I'm not fond of the system. It will change a lot of Eve I do not think it is newbie friendly as is often suggested.
The fact that the character bazaar is there has helped some people come to terms with it. "Why don't you have a problem with the character bazaar?" is a frequent question. The reason is because if CCP had not sanctioned character sales people would have taken them to eBay and third party sites and done it anyway. It is not that I am in love with the character bazaar. I'd prefer CCP to regulate character transfers that people will do in back alleys anyway.
The next question I have been asked is, "Did the CSM know about it?" Yes. This was proposed to us at the summit. It has been asked if that summit session can be released. We have been told not at this time. The current plan is a bit changed from the original presentation but the core is still there.
Right now, some of us are gathering up the feedback and creating categories of reactions. Even if I am not against it, this isn't just about my reaction. A lot of people I respect are fine with it. It may be that Eve to succeed becomes a game that will not be as appealing to me in the future. I don't know. At the end of the day CCP has to keep the lights on and at least look into changing things, even if those things seem to me to be core pieces of the game.
Eve Vegas is around the corner but that has not stopped CCP Fozzie from letting a big cat out of the bag. He decided to make a YouTube video. For those that like to watch things, go see. It also comes with a big rebalance push for December. There is also a thread up for the navy ewar frigates that are being designed. The event is not being live streamed by CCP. I believe a few player groups are looking into that. However, there are supposed to be development blogs and YouTube uploads of the main talks available as quickly as possible.
For those who read the e-mail and are puzzled about the dresscode. I mentioned it because last year, while standing in line, the bouncer guys where commenting on the dress code to a puzzled audience. Amazing in my jeans and batman t-shirt I had no idea there was a dresscode. After all, everyone was there for an Eve party, no? Well, the venue is a 'club' and while I have no idea what club's do when there are not Eve players to hang around with, I vaguely understand that they care about what people wear because they are shallow and somehow that is classy. Heaven forbid you wear shorts. It makes someones over priced drink not sit well with them. Last year they kicked us out when our time was out. This year, if one is dressed somewhat nicely you get to stay instead of having a stern faced man herd you out and tell you to leave because you don't look good enough and that is important to people. Heaven forbid you don't wear a button up shirt. So, the notice is there not to piss people off but to try to cut down on the surprises when standing in line on Saturday night. Also, bring your event pass.