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Be Like Columbus - Wormhole Exploration

Posted by Jon Wood on Oct 12, 2009  | Comments

Be Like Columbus - Wormhole Exploration - EVE Online Correspondent Kevin Schram writes this look at wormholes and wormhole exploration introduced with the Apocrypha expansion to CCP's sandbox MMO.

EVE, as you know, is a game about space. Exploration is a big part of space, at least, in real life. And for a game about space, EVE didn't have a whole lot of exploration up until March 09. Sure, there was the thrill a new player got when discovering a new system with a cool nebula 'background' or the thrill a miner got when he found a new system filled with thick asteroids. But, in terms of actual Christoper Columbus-style 'real' exploration, there wasn't much. The game even featured “exploration frigates” and “exploration sites,” but these exploration sites were little more than missions that you got by probing them out instead of going to a mission agent.

However, EVE went a bit more Christoper Columbus in March 09 with the release of Apocrypha, the expansion that added wormhole exploration. Like the exploration sites previously featured in the game, you find wormholes by using scan probes. Unlike the sites, wormholes lead to completely uncharted systems that aren't colonized by NPC empires, or player alliances. Despite what you may have heard, there is a lot of fun to be had in wormholes and, because EVE is all about the internet spaceship bucks, believe it or not there’s money to be had as well. There are a lot of false ideas out on the internet about wormholes in EVE, and let's clear some of them up:

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