The reasons we all love this game vary by our personalities. As our needs for entertainment and fulfillment in the game change, oftentimes it can be seen as life-changing to others if someone they’ve come to know and love chooses to go a new direction in the game. Suffice it to say that as our experiences in the game change due to influences ranging from boredom, to burnout, to swings in the meta game, everyone has run the course of changing directions in Eve.
Okay, that’s the nice way of saying “Don’t panic if your space friends go elsewhere in the game.”
I was actually hoping to avoid having to make a statement regarding recent events in Brave Newbies and how they affect things here at The Neocom. Mostly because I don’t want to get into the space politics, real life events, and Reddit venom that swept through the alliance for the last couple of weeks. Events were further pushed into the category of “out of line” with the outbreak of non-game related remarks, commentary, and personal attacks on some of our staff, from within the alliance as well as the Eve podcast media. No comments will be made on this matter. I expected it from our podcast’s inception. It’s past us now and we now know who we can and cannot consider collaborating with. This is simply stated for the purpose of putting this update into perspective.
That said. Yes, Kira Tsukimoto, Roedyn, and myself have left Brave Newbies. No, it does not affect our mission here at The Neocom website or the podcast. We are overwhelmed with all of the in game mails, tweets, and e-mails concerned that “space drama” might put a mallet to what we’ve successfully started here. Our primary mission is, and always will be, promoting the game of Eve Online and helping new players. This mission is not exclusive to being in Brave, but I can see how that distinction can be hard to separate.
At its core, Brave Newbies, Inc. was a perfect petri dish to incubate goodwill and genuine excitement for the game as a whole. With recent events however, it has become clear that the narrative got lost somewhere along the way. With some good old fashioned team spirit and soul searching, we as a group decided that it was more important to keep the site and the podcast as far away from the meta game agendas as possible in order to preserve the nature and mission of The Neocom. I was concerned from day one about being perceived as a “Brave Newbies” podcast rather than an “Eve Online” production.
In website news, we’ve gone to a cleaner layout until such time as I can wrap my head around customizing it up a little. Our new editor Cyrillian Voth has done an outstanding job in formatting the articles and cracking the whip on us to get more content our more quickly. Otto Bismarck and Ronix continue to open our eyes to new content and are still with us plugging away one article at a time. I have received emails from new folks who want to join the team and I am looking into expanding our coverage and schedules to accommodate. I promise I will get back to you all soon.
The Neocom will continue as normal. As a point of fact, this move has allowed our team to be a bit more freed up as far as content goes. Kira will be running with Redemption Road in Affirmative Alliance – a very well-rounded, community-focused, and new-player-friendly organization – so that she may continue to teach new players and be the FC everyone has come to know and love. Roedyn is getting some industrial work done so that we can expand our scope to bringing you some more industry related topics and articles. As for myself, I had planned on hooking up with Signal Cartel with my main character, but standings have thrown a kink in the works. So in the interim, I am consolidating assets I have scattered about until I decide who I’m going to run with next.
Again, we thank you for all of your support. Our next podcast will be in a couple weeks. Fly safe! o7