September 07, 2008

1st Edition Owners

I’ve worked hard to ensure that 1st Edition books keep their value, when compared to the 2nd Edition. I've taken the principle that any Strategic Map book should have a longevity of at least 1 year (Twice as long as the average EVE Subscription) and possibly up to 2 years (2 yearly Map changes by CCP willing).

How you ask? here is the round-up:
  • New Outposts covered by stickers
    Of course, any new outposts you can mark with your existing stickers. You should have approx. 130 of an original 144 Yellow stickers, to update the outposts! (If you've not started using them to mark your alliances sovereignty)
  • Page Numbers and Grid references are the same
    So you can communicate with owners of the new book with the same references. Same for all the syndicated sites (Verite's Sov Map, ICSC Jumpplanner et. al). Where systems have been tweaked in placement, they were kept in the same grid. This means works for you.
  • The EVE universe has not changed
    The EVE Universe has not changed
    The EVE Universe has not changed.
    Regions, Systems, Jumps etc. are all the same. NO CHANGE. NADA.
    At which point, I'd like to take a rant tangent for all the protagonists and forum whores who said "Not worth it - jumps, regions and systems change too frequently"; Regions, Systems and Jumps only change frequently on the maps you use, when your chosen cartographer does a shite job :P
    ESM Database driven checking FTW.
  • Map Index available for download and print
    You can download and print an index - This version has been available for a while.
    I'll release the index from the 2nd Edition shortly.
  • HUGE map available for separate purchase
    I've arranged with MMM publishing and CCP, that the free map with the 2nd Editon will be available for separate purchase at a fixed price that basically covers Postage & Packaging for the folded version as per with 2nd Edition. Or you can choose to have it delivered rolled-up in a Tube. (will appear on the store shortly)
  • You own an irreplaceable EVE Collectible
    Yep that's right! You own the 1st edition of the 1st officially published fan content for EVE Online (Currently the ONLY fan content officially published, and possibly any MMO?). So don't spill Beer or it, or throw it in a Canal ;) ok?
Thanks to each of you who purchased EVE-Maps by buying the 1st edition, and I hope this explains how I work hard to respect your support for the ESM and projects.

So what now? Fix the website to handle the visitor volumes. More website, IGB and digital tools to increase the utility of ESM!
Back to programming ...

Serenity Steele (aka. Shayne Smart)

EVE Maps 2nd Edition

EvE Strategic Maps 2nd Edition is now done and approved, and will be going to print tomorrow morning, so should start shipping in about 2-3 weeks. It is already available on pre-order

New Features
  • Full 14-page Index by Solar System
  • Market Hubs Marked on the map
  • Mini-Legend on every page for station services and moon/asteroid indicators
  • The fill colour of the border grids references on each page match the primary security of the regions.
  • Back-level grid lines added for faster/easier system location. These are subtle to not interfere with clearly seeing jumps
  • Universe page shows Faction Warfare regions at a glance
  • Faction Warfare region pages easier to identify quickly with colour reference in region name
  • Free HUGE low-sec multi-region poster containing same detail as EVE Strategic Map pages

Improvements to Existing Features
  • Colours brightened, for high-sec and no-sec station systems, to make obvious in low-lighting
  • Station Services simplified for reading:
    Oriented to Up/Down/Left/Right
    Indicator increased in size
    Better colours - white in high/low sec and higher contrast station system in no-sec
  • System names tweaked to aid identification of symbols
    increase distance from moon/asteroid/complex symbols
  • Additional off-region systems added to region pages to highlight multi-region routes.
  • 2D EVE Minimap, In-game ‘GPS’ browser tool for fast lookup of grid references with visual display. Search function works in a normal browser.

  • Updated with all current outposts (Yellow stickers still included!)
  • Ice fields removed from Kakakela, Sobaseki , T-8UOF, 5-75MB and Inoue

Error corrections
  • Kador: Some systems were coloured incorrectly for lowsec/highsec.
    Code created to identify any occurrence on any maps, all fixed
  • Jumps: some jumps were only shown in 1 direction on across region pages.
    Code created to identify any occurrence, 5 found and all fixed.
  • Grid References: Some references to other regions showed the grid-reference in the current region.
    Code for assigning Grid-References changed and all fixed.
  • Perrigen falls: Moons were on a hidden layer and not shown.
    Fixed - The layer is now shown.
  • Table of Contents:
    "Bleak Land, The" was missing an “s”, corrected.
    "Kalevala Expanse" was missing “The”. Corrected.

September 03, 2008

Vanity is bad ok!

The site has been getting ganked by the google indexer recently, a big change, but i figured out why: about 500 dead alliances were still included in the queries to present the ranking (Seems to be the thing to do in 2008 - create a vanity alliance and then kill it off).

Needless to say, these are all archived for posterities sake, and the query runs a lot faster.
So next time you're thinking of blowing 1bn isk on an alliance, think of the 400bn down the drain for vanity alliances that people didn't keep up their payments on. You could AFK train for 6 months on that ISK.