Good to see everyone again!
This past month has been particularly busy for me, personally; my 18-wheels are rolling constantly in the summer when produce season out of California kicks into high gear. Be that as it may, Cyrillian Voth has stepped up to cover some of my slack and for that I’m publicly grateful. That bit of personal business aside, let’s get down to Neocom business.
I want to make something very clear: The Neocom is NOT a news website. It flatters me that folks think we have the integrity to be a reliable news site, but that’s not our mission. Insinuations that we are planning to compete with TheMittani.com, EN24, or even Crossing Zebras are cute, but far-fetched. I myself worked for CZ for a short time and I have the utmost respect for their metagame coverage, fresh ideas, and continuing efforts to improve as they get more prominent writers. If this website were to evolve into a news site such as TMdC or EN24, then we’d face the same danger of being seen as biased towards a particular political metagame agenda. TheNeocom.com has been (and always will be) focussed on spotlighting events both in-game and out, featuring prominent personalities or groups, celebrating the community, and helping new players understand and enjoy the game.
Although the content has been somewhat slow from the website lately, behind the scenes we are scrambling. Kira Tsukimoto has kicked off Project Nova Haven [Nevah] with the support and involvement of practically all the Neocom team, and we’ve been getting the leadership structure along with the corporation organization ready for some time now. Undoubtedly, working together in a new player corporation will bring us lots of content for the website and podcasts, as it did when most of us were in BRAVE. There are many things that we are doing differently this time around, but that’s something best explored on NovaHaven.com as well as the public Reddit (Moderated).
Roedyn has probably been carrying most of the article work for us lately. His articles and guides are very thorough without being overly technical, keeping in mind the average new player. The amount of traffic to his articles continues to amaze me; his last article broke our one day record for traffic. Rest assured, Roedyn is also working on some new guides for you as well as a side project that we’ll tell you about when he’s ready.
We were finally able to get episode 8 of the the podcast out (thank goodness). Apparently, it’s not a good idea to record when you’re half asleep, as you end up inadvertently butchering CCP developer names (sorry CCP Ytterbium). Other than that, I was very happy with the finished product. My heartfelt tribute to @The_Koltrane, the Nominee panel, and the news about [Nevah] – God, I love that corp ticker! Again, I’d like to send a special thanks to Dirk MacGirk of Eve Radio for sitting in at the last minute and sounding like he’d been preparing all day for it.
The reception and success of the awards this year will determine if we should expand the next one. Again, I’d like to call for anyone who would be willing to help with this effort in the coming years to please get in touch with me. I would also like to remind everybody that we are still looking for writers and other website talent who enjoy a no-deadline environment and a friendly team. If you are interested, please get in touch with us at NeocomPodcast@gmail.com, or contact any staff member in game.
There are plans to expand our podcasting content. More on this later, but the idea is to keep the newbro focus on The Neocom podcast, and include another podcast in our output to cater to more of the veterans of the game. Put your tinfoil hats on boys and girls: I hope to have the pilot episode of the Tinfoil Factory ready to go within a couple of weeks.
Thank you for your continuing support and I look forward to meeting all you space nerds in Vegas!