E-UNI Invades Fanfest; Professor Donohue Delivers Special Lecture

Several dozen EVE University members will attend Fanfest, the annual gathering of EVE Online and DUST 514 players, in Reykjavik, Iceland on May 1-3.

The Harpa concert hall and conference center, location of Fanfest 2014

The Harpa concert hall and conference center, location of Fanfest 2014

E-UNI Professor Seamus Donohue said, “I’ve been to Fanfest twice, and what I’ve enjoyed most are meeting Internet spaceship friends and discussing the future of EVE Online with CCP Developers. Also, I’m going to be teaching an EVE University lecture in the Serenity Hall on Saturday, May 3rd at 16:00.”

E-UNI Professor Seamus Donohue

E-UNI Professor Seamus Donohue

Professor Donohue’s lecture will cover “A Study of Geometry in EVE Online” and will explore the mechanics of various aspects of space in the game, including station docking ranges, grid characteristics and relative ship sizes and position. “Please don’t be late for class,” Donohue urges.

Other E-UNI members are also excited about attending. “Fanfest! It is like Christmas with your family,” said Bairfhionn Isu, E-UNI Retired Director. “The difference is that you actually care for the people at Fanfest.”

Neville Smit, Director of Education for EVE University, will appear in the Alliance Panel session, to be held on Friday, May 2nd at 19:00.

Fanfest includes three days of presentations and keynote addresses about the future of EVE Online, DUST 514 and the soon-to-be-released EVE Valkyrie games. It also features a lot of parties and celebrations for all of the participants, highlighted by the “Party on the Top of the World” event on Saturday night.

“I hate beer and even I love Fanfest,” says Kivena, E-UNI’s Teaching Manager, another returning attendee.

Almost 2,000 people are expected to attend Fanfest, to be held in the Harpa concert hall and conference center in Rekjavik. For those who can not attend in person, most of the Fanfest events will be streamed live over Twitch TV.

 

E-UNI to host last CSM8 Town Hall: April 26 @ 19:00

Council of Stellar Management

EVE University will host the next Council of Stellar Management (CSM) Town Hall meeting on its public Mumble server on Saturday, April 26 at 19:00 EVE time.

This will be the final Town Hall for CSM8. The ninth CSM will be elected April 8-22, and announced at Fanfest on May 3.

Instructions for access to the UNI public Mumble server can be found here: http://eveuni.org/publicmumble

Each Town Hall is an open forum for the CSM to dialogue with EVE Online players about possible future directions for the game’s development. The CSM is a key stakeholder in CCP’s development process, and represents players’ interests.

This Town Hall will be simulcast by EVE Radio. Participants may submit questions to the CSM during the meeting, using an in-game chat channel.

E-UNI to host CCP Falcon in a public Q&A

CCP Falcon

CCP Falcon

On Saturday, May 10 at 16:00 EVE time, EVE University will host a live interview and Q&A session with Paul Elsy, better known as CCP Falcon, EVE Community Manager for CCP Games. The event will be open to everyone on EVE University’s public Mumble server.

The session will be moderated by Neville Smit, E-UNI Director of Education, who said, “We’ll talk about the future direction of the EVE Online community – and promoting a balance between good, supportive player content and some of the more nefarious activities for which EVE Online is famous. We will also talk about the reveals for the upcoming EVE Online expansion announced at Fanfest.”

Participants will need to set up Mumble access – follow these instructions for set-up: http://www.eveuni.org/publicmumble

E-UNI to host CCP Guard and CCP Dr.EyjoG in public Q&As

CCP Guard

CCP Guard

EVE University will host live, public interviews and question-and-answer sessions with two CCP Games staffers: CCP Guard and CCP Dr.EyjoG.

First, Eyjolfur “Eyjo” Guðmundsson, better known as CCP Dr.EyjoG, the official on-staff economist for CCP Games, will be E-UNI’s guest for a live interview on Thursday, March 27, starting at 14:30 EVE time.

Next, Sveinn J. Kjarval, better known as CCP Guard, the celebrated Community Developer for EVE Online and emissary for the CCP Corporation in New Eden, will be E-UNI’s guest on Friday, March 28, starting at 17:00 EVE time.

Neville Smit, Teaching Director for E-UNI, will moderate both sessions. “We’ll talk about the EVE Online community and economy, how they have changed, and what the future may hold for EVE Online players,” Smit said. “All are welcome. You do not have to be an EVE University member to attend, so bring your questions!”

CCP Dr.EyjoG

The Q&A sessions will be held on EVE University’s public Mumble channel. Participants may use this guide for set-up: http://www.eveuni.org/publicmumble

These sessions are parts of a series of public interviews with prominent EVE Online personalities, conducted in recognition of E-UNI’s 10th anniversary since its founding. Recordings of prior interviews may be found in the EVE University recorded class library, available to anyone for download.

 

E-UNI to host CSM Town Hall: March 23 @ 19:00

Council of Stellar Management

EVE University will host the next Council of Stellar Management (CSM) Town Hall meeting on its public Mumble server on Sunday, March 23rd at 19:00 EVE time.

Instructions for access to the UNI public Mumble server can be found here: http://eveuni.org/publicmumble

Each Town Hall is an open forum for the CSM to dialogue with EVE Online players about possible future directions for the game’s development. The CSM is a key stakeholder in CCP’s development process, and represents players’ interests.

This Town Hall will be simulcast by EVE Radio. Participants may submit questions to the CSM during the meeting, using an in-game chat channel.

E-UNI to host public interviews with EVE Online celebrities

On March 15, 2014, EVE University will celebrate the 10th anniversary since its founding by Morning Maniac. E-UNI will mark the special occasion with a plethora of special events throughout the month of March. As part of this anniversary celebration, EVE University will host a series of live, public interviews and Q&A sessions of well-known EVE Online celebrities. These events will be held on the UNI public Mumble server, and will be open to anyone, not just E-UNI members. Scheduled so far:

  • March 2, 20:00 EVE time – The Mittani, the CEO of GoonWaffe, head of GoonSwarm Federation, a principal leader of the CFC, former chairman of the Council of Stellar Management, as well as entrepreneurial publisher of the popular online game news sites, TheMittani.com. (DOWNLOAD of recording of this Q&A)
  • March 3, 21:00 EVE time – Lahari , Executor for Against ALL Authorities (DOWNLOAD of recording for this Q&A)
  • March 6, 20:00 EVE time – Grath Telkin, the CEO of Sniggerdly and FC from Pandemic Legion (DOWNLOAD of recording for this Q&A)
  • March 12, 19:00 EVE time – Morning Maniac, the original founder of EVE University (DOWNLOAD of recording for this Q&A)
  • March 14, 17:00 EVE time – Jonny Pew, well-known EVE Online videoblogger and commentator
  • March 15, 20:00 EVE Time – Jean Leaner, head of Intel for Nulli Secunda (DOWNLOAD 0f recording for this Q&A)
  • March 21, 18:30 EVE time – Chribba, one of the most famous personalities in EVE Online, and one of the few with his own entry in the official Evelopedia (DOWNLOAD 0f recording for this Q&A)

UNI management expects to schedule many more interviews and Q&A sessions. To participate, attendees need to register on EVE University’s public Mumble server. Use this guide for set-up: http://www.eveuni.org/publicmumble. Participants may post questions on the Lecture.E-UNI in-game chat channel.

Bring Out The Bling FFA

EVE University is about learning, and the Frigate FFA system is about teaching us how to fight in cheap and easily replaced T1 frigs. This system provides a wealth of experience to new Unistas, and lets older members contribute to their growth.

However, we’re aware that restricting the hulls used also somewhat restricts the learning experience, and that is something we hope to solve with the “Bring Out The Bling” FFA event. This event is intended to give younger Unistas a chance to try out the more varied T1 hulls without incurring an unreasonable amount of pressure to their wallets – while also giving our veteran members the opportunity to showcase some of the shinies they’ve accumulated, a rare occurrence in UNI events.

The event is scheduled to start at 18:00 EVE time on February the 22nd and will then run until March the 2nd at 23:59 EVE time. The entire Libold system will be the battlefield in which brave Unistas will do battle, and any non-rookie T1 frigate will be considered a valid target.

An event like this cannot happen without some sweet sweet prizes, and there’s a whole lot of them this time – especially for newer members. For example, the lucky Freshman to score the most expensive solo kill will be rewarded with a Daredevil hull from the “On a Dare” challenge. Looking to fix up your wallet a bit instead? If you bring a Merlin, you can make 200 million ISK in cold hard cash by scoring highest on ISK killed in that ship, thus winning the “Bird of Prey” challenge!

We also realized that many younger Unistas wouldn’t be able to afford some of the shinier ships to be flown in this event on their own, and we set out to do something about that. Thus, a number of older players are offering sponsorships to any aspiring pilots that meet their criteria. However, these offers are limited, so if you intend to fly in the event you’d better hurry over to the event’s announcement thread to find out which sponsorships you qualify for! Even if you miss out on a sponsorship opportunity, you can still grab a T1 frigate of your choice and join in on the mayhem – remember the Merlin challenge mentioned above!

As always, there’s also some restrictions. To encourage participation, no podding will be allowed in the event. For the full rules, as well as the list of prizes and sponsorships, please see the announcement thread.

Join in for fun and learning! And for this one – fly a little dangerously.
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