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Fan Fest Intro: Getting Here from There

Posted by Jon Wood on Nov 07, 2007  | Comments

Fan Fest Intro: Getting Here from There - EVE Online - MMORPG.com

News Manager Keith Cross attended Fan Fest for CCP's EVE Online. Today, he recounts the story of EVE Online's virtual birth and some of the growing pains that have come along the way between CCP's founding and today.

Last week I had the privilege of attending EVE Fanfest in Reykjavik, Iceland, the homeland of CCP. More than a thousand fans from around the world descended on the venue at Laugardalshöll to gather and celebrate all things EVE Online. There was no shortage of things to do at this year’s Fanfest. Between a trip to the renowned Blue Lagoon in the middle of a brisk gale force breeze, and the Party at the Top of the World where the CCP dev band RoXor showed how much they like their day jobs by being good enough to quit their day jobs, there were plenty of panels, seminars, discussions and competitions to keep any pod pilot pleased. For the next few days I’ll be relating the details of the various events, but to ease us all in I thought I’d start with a brief history of EVE, which CCP founder Reynir Harðarson was kind enough to relate on Saturday morning.

In 1997 CPP started up with no team and no money. Since making a massively multiplayer online game is something of a titanic and risky challenge under the best of circumstances, let alone when you’re without employees and cash, CCP decided that its first undertaking would be the creation of a board game. The hope was that this first project would allow them to build their team and generate the revenue they needed to make an MMO.

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