The battle for Best EVE Smartphone App
is one in which I apologise for having huge bias. Not being stinking rich, I only own one smartphone and it's an iPhone (so apologies to Android users). Therefore, there were only ever two real contenders for this award and Benjamin Scott's iClone
wins by virtue of being the last man standing. iClone provides the iPhone user with the ability to monitor skills, check sales, browse items and much more. Quite possibly the most comprehensive third-party use out there for the EVE API and with the arrival of it's nimbler little brother, iClone Lite, it has become a must-have app for EVE playing iPhone users.
Throughout 2010 the renowned EVE Blogosphere has slowly been getting a makeover. One by one many EVE blogs have become significantly easier on the eye by virtue of the artistic talents of one man, Rixx Javix. If ever EVE develops to the point where there is the opportunity to customise ships, he would be the go-to-guy for a spray-job. The Free Boot for Best Blog Artwork
goes to Rixx Javix
. He is also a prolific and witty EVE blogger.
Another of my favourite sources of reading material is EVE's Parity Bit
. Sometimes providing insightful discussion and commentry, occasionally exploring the roleplaying aspects of EVE, but always entertaining and inspiring. A great example of his writing skills can be showcased by his coverage of the Noctis blueprint release (it helps if you've seen the EVE trailer: The Butterfly Effect
first). The Free Boot award for Most Innovative Blogpost
goes to paritybit
for the Butterfly Effect: Industrial edition
EVE Online's universe is a harsh place and most pilots learn to 'HTFU' (Harden The Fuck Up, as explained in CCP's informative video
). This year's HTFU award for Services to New Pilot Education
goes to Gal'en
for his Failmail Friday
blog feature in The Wandering Druid of Tranquility
. In true EVE spirit he regularly points and laughs at the fat kid who is no good at sport.
There is a wealth of EVE-related fiction writing going on throughout the community and I would not presume to have even scratched the surface. However I always enjoy the gentle humour of the cleverly fictionalised accounts of Mike Azariah's in-game antics and the factual footnotes that follow. It's a great format and I like to try predicting what his 'lessons' had been before the end of the fictionalised section. So my Free Boot for Best Fiction Writing
goes to Mike Azariah
for Mike Azariah: A Missioneer in EVE
This next segment is sponsored by Interbus
, who are always happy to support the promotion of travel throughout New Eden. Every day in New Eden, strange and wonderful things can be found or are are occurring that might go unnoticed by the average pilot where it not for some intrepid bloggers who travel from place to place and write about their experiences.
The Interbus 'WoMan on The Scene' Roving Reporter Award for Best Coverage of an In-Game Event
goes, with absolutely no bias whatsoever, to Rebecca Aventine's EVE Privateer
for her two-part coverage (Pistols at Dawn
and Fight Club
) of some 'local colour' in the form of a duel for control of a small low-sec corporation that she stumbled upon during her reportage of the nearby more tectonic events in Providence. Those crazy low-sec dwellers.
The Interbus 'Of Course It's Safe to Go There' Intergalactic Tourist Award for Services to the Tourist Industry
can only go to one man. Mark726
's tireless exploration of every nook and cranny on EVE Travel
continues to provide us with an entertaining and informative resources of all those places we either can't find, are too far away or are too dangerous. Read all his adventures here
The Interbus 'I Just Popped in to Borrow Some Coffee' award for Coverage of a Real-World EVE Event
has to go to the man who went above and beyond by travelling all the way to the CCP offices in Iceland to provide us with some excellent coverage of CSM Summits. Oh hang on... Mandrill's coverage of the CSM Summits
are on I Am Keith Neilson
Having only recently discovered the joyous depths of the EVE podcasting community, I am still very much playing catch-up, but for coming up with such a great format in the form of a weekly blog round-up (and therefore mentioning Freebooted), the Free Boot for Best EVE Podcast
must go to Garheade
and Chainer Cygnus' EVE Commune
Podcast. An honourable mention goes to Warchilde
and Dillon Arklight
Podcast, their drunken, nihilistic style flies the flag for Brits in EVE and listening to their Christmas special almost convinced me that it would be socially acceptable to talk drunkenly and loudly about EVE in my local pub.
In a virtual environment where everyone seems to be out for themselves, or indeed at least out to undermine everyone else, organising anything in EVE is no easy task. So any kind of large player-organised event is truly a remarkable achievement. It shows that the individuals behind the events have a true understanding of the society in which they operate and have tapped into the psychology of the community to create a concept that is embraced. So in a society of virtual thieves and murderers, the recipient of this next award should be very proud. The award for Best Player-Organised In-Game Event
goes to Helicity Boson
for Hulkageddon III: Summer of Gank
. With an honourable mention to Rixx Javix
's Death Race
. I look forward to hearing more about the 2011 editions of both.
Any community is only as good as it's visionaries and leaders and as such a number of individuals are deserving of recognition for all that they do for the continuation and betterment of our shared EVE experience.
For services to the blogging and tweeting communities and for being the glue that binds us together and enables us to better share our work, Free Boot Community Legends
awards go to Crazy Kinux
(for the Blogroll
, the Blogpack
, Blog Banters
and being the Blogfather), Alexia Morgan
(for the EVE Online Bloggers Portal
(EVE Blogs OPML files
via Cognitive Industries), 00sage00
(for the Tweetfleet on Twitter
A Special Recognition Award
for all her work for the betterment of EVE, not only exemplified by her ascendency to chairing the Council of Stellar Management
and leading them to make a real impact on CSM/CCP relations, but also her tireless work in encouraging the improvement of her beloved low-sec with the Making Low Sec Matter
initiative. The Free Boot for Most Influential Player of 2010/YC112
goes to Mynxee
. Thank you for your efforts and for those of your CSM colleagues.
To tie up this charade of an award ceremony, I would like to dedicate the final Free Boot award to a man (I presume) whom I have never met, yet his presence can be felt everywhere in EVE. His name is whispered with reverence on the EVE-O forums and an entire culture has sprung up around commenting on a forum post before him (some now simply post "IBC"). Many EVE-related web services seem to be made by his hand at OMG Labs
. Famed for being passive, even-handed and apolitical, he is sought after to arbitrate in high-value deals. This year saw an ill-fated attempt to declare war on his corporation resulted in counter-declarations from an overwhelming portion of the EVE community. It also saw him being gifted with sovereignty of a station in null-sec. Truly an EVE celebrity, a King amongst capsuleers and pilot of the legendary Veldnaught
. The Free Boot EVE Online Lifetime Achievement Award
can only go to Chribba
Thank you to everyone mentioned and any I've forgotten for making my 2010 in New Eden so enjoyable.