Broken CapsuleXander Phoena
Sometimes, it’s nice to get away from the client itself. We are lucky that there are a multitude of ways to take part in Eve without ever having to log-in. The community has latched onto this with a multitude of blogs, podcasts, news sites and jabber channels. One of the most exciting ‘Eve without actually being Eve’ projects I’ve come across in the past few months is from none other than pillar-of-the-community, Seismic Stan.
Broken Capsule is an attempt to turn Eve Online into one of those old ‘choose your own adventure’ type stories we all enjoyed as young nerdlings many years ago. With a sharp and biting sense of humour, it does that very clever thing of bridging the gap between being a (sometimes stinging) critique of Eve while also being an incredibly interesting game in it’s own right. With a vast amount of dialogue and cool functionality partnered with those puzzles that seem so difficult when you don’t know the answer but oh-so-obvious once you get there, it’s a fascinating project.
There are also some very cool Easter Eggs in there and Stan is offering ISK to those of you who are the first to find them. You could actually make a little currency playing this game if you are patient and thorough.
What we currently have is chapter one of what could be a whole heap of stories and narrative. My first play through took me hours as I dove into intricate and amusing dialogue trees within the Captain’s Quarters. Once I had it all figured out, I was able to run through it all in a matter of minutes. As such, this is very much one of those YMMV kind of things. Nevertheless, chapter one is free to try so the next time you are sat ship spinning, I highly recommend pointing your browser over to www.brokencapsule.com and giving it a blast. If you enjoy it, consider sending Stan a donation as I know he has spent a lot of his own personal time on this one as it really shows in all the care and attention to detail. Great work Stan!