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CCP Loktofeit

Posted - 2011.02.01 16:19:00 - [1]
 

I just recently heard about people using the ore in cans to play chess while mining, which I thought was a very cool and rather creative use of in game resources to create an entertaining diversion. I was wondering if there were other games or activities players had devised to pass the time. If you have links to any threads or sites about or related to this kind of stuff it would be greatly appreciated, also.

My two reasons for asking are 1) a genuine interest in community-created and emergent content, and 2) as a result of that interest, I like to feature community events and content in the newsletter. This seemed like an interesting new topic to spotlight this month.

What are some of the games you play in game while mining?

Destination SkillQueue
Are We There Yet
Posted - 2011.02.01 16:47:00 - [2]
 

I do play other things while mining, but I haven't been this creative and use games, that came with the PC or youtube videos as a distraction. That brings another point in mind though.

This isn't exactly on topic, but if you have plans for mini-games in the future(Incarna for example), you might consider allowing players to access some of them while in space. It will be really cool to play them in a station, but certain activities in EVE are very afk friendly and as your own post shows, there is a demand for multiplayer mini-games, that are accessable from anywhere in EVE. For example, a multiplayer chess game with EVE ships as game pieces might prove to be popular way to spend some waiting time and not be too demanding to program.

Irida Mershkov
Gallente
The Reformed
Chaos Theory Alliance
Posted - 2011.02.01 18:56:00 - [3]
 

I don't mine but do use the in-game browser to view the BBC and Al Jazeera etc. Although I'm not sure if it counts as to your question.

Chribba
Otherworld Enterprises
Otherworld Empire
Posted - 2011.02.01 19:04:00 - [4]
 

While it is not exactly "play", and the fact that I am probably not the voice for the greater mining community, I have always found talking to the locals while mining to be a superb "game".

It (most of the time) give you a great insight to what others are doing and their feelings/interest in the game, and also if it happends to be a friday night and you're drunk - it tends to be a whole of off-topic chat going on as well hehe

/c

ivar R'dhak
Minmatar
Posted - 2011.02.02 01:54:00 - [5]
 

How the heck does one play chess with can-ore??

This sound vaguely indecent. ugh

Plentyn Annwn
Posted - 2011.02.02 02:10:00 - [6]
 

Well, there was no mining involved but we did come up with a game called 'undock curling'.

Slade Trillgon
Endless Possibilities Inc.
Posted - 2011.02.02 02:23:00 - [7]
 

Edited by: Slade Trillgon on 02/02/2011 02:27:51
Hey CCP Loktofeit, have you failed to upgrade your graphics card so you are able to create your avatar, or is the whip hitting that much more frequently in your department?

Also chess in a can is brilliant. I will have to remember the next time I am in a mining fleet.

EDIT:
Originally by: ivar R'dhak
How the heck does one play chess with can-ore??

This sound vaguely indecent. ugh


Give 6 variants of ore a set chess piece for black and the same for white and then open the can large enough to be 8 by 8 item slots, and bam you have a chess board.


Slade

Bek Thyron
Posted - 2011.02.02 12:32:00 - [8]
 

Originally by: Slade Trillgon
Edited by: Slade Trillgon on 02/02/2011 02:27:51
Hey CCP Loktofeit, have you failed to upgrade your graphics card so you are able to create your avatar, or is the whip hitting that much more frequently in your department?

Also chess in a can is brilliant. I will have to remember the next time I am in a mining fleet.

EDIT:
Originally by: ivar R'dhak
How the heck does one play chess with can-ore??

This sound vaguely indecent. ugh


Give 6 variants of ore a set chess piece for black and the same for white and then open the can large enough to be 8 by 8 item slots, and bam you have a chess board.


Slade



Seriously. Astonishing.
I love Eve. Way to wake the creative minds of players :)

Simeon Tor
Picon Fleet
New Eden Research.
Posted - 2011.02.02 13:48:00 - [9]
 

I suppose you could also write the name of the chess piece on a bookmark.


Barakkus
Posted - 2011.02.02 15:43:00 - [10]
 

Edited by: Barakkus on 02/02/2011 15:45:02
I don't really play EVE while mining, I used to set my laptop up to mine and play Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops (except the performance of Black Ops is so bad I can only play 3 or 4 matches, then I have to actually reboot). The last update won't run on my laptop so mining and playing something else is actually out of the question at the moment. No video drivers available for my laptop past 2006. :(

Milla Lekarariba
Minmatar
Capsuleer Profit Sharing Enterprise
Posted - 2011.02.02 15:44:00 - [11]
 

I SPY

Chainsaw Plankton
IDLE GUNS
IDLE EMPIRE
Posted - 2011.02.02 22:32:00 - [12]
 

so mining is officially boring enough that ccp realizes we have to make up games to play just to get through mining. Laughing

last time I was in a group mining we mostly just bull****ted on ts for the whole time.

Triple Entendre
Atrocity.
Posted - 2011.02.02 23:25:00 - [13]
 

Edited by: Triple Entendre on 02/02/2011 23:37:17
Mining, gatecamping, roaming, idling about in space, setting up for a fleet, there's only one game to play...

Self destruct chicken!

EDIT: I have a habit of winning. Embarassed

Zars Boy
Posted - 2011.02.03 00:25:00 - [14]
 

I play "catching up with the laundry" or "clean that room"
"OMG it's gone midnight. I better cook a meal." is also a fav of mine.

nahtoh
Caldari
Brotherhood of The Saltire
EVE Animal Control
Posted - 2011.02.03 00:33:00 - [15]
 

How close to poping can I get that barge?

Slade Trillgon
Endless Possibilities Inc.
Posted - 2011.02.03 01:00:00 - [16]
 

Originally by: Simeon Tor
I suppose you could also write the name of the chess piece on a bookmark.




Even betta Very Happy


Slade

Jago Kain
Amarr
Ramm's RDI
Tactical Narcotics Team
Posted - 2011.02.03 01:16:00 - [17]
 

Originally by: nahtoh
How close to poping can I get that barge?


Does this involve splashing it with water whilst muttering in a dead language and then quickly packing it off to another region if it gets caught diddling kiddies?



Mister Cletus
Posted - 2011.02.03 06:05:00 - [18]
 

I tend to play a lot of Whack-A-Mole while mining. Mole, of course, is just a codeword for anything you feel like whacking.

Ohhh, your talking about In-Game games. Sorry, I don't know any of those.


Headerman
Minmatar
Quovis
Shadow of xXDEATHXx
Posted - 2011.02.03 06:18:00 - [19]
 

When we are on big ops we like to play trivia over TS3... someone proposes something, and we write the answer into the fleet box... not very imagnitive, but the winner always gets isk :)

Another one is 'tell a joke. It has to be good or you are primary' lol

CCP Loktofeit

Posted - 2011.02.09 20:19:00 - [20]
 

So it seems most of the games played fall under the categories of 'screwing around in TS' and 'house chores'. :)

Thanks for the details on the Chess thing, all!

Originally by: Slade Trillgon
Edited by: Slade Trillgon on 02/02/2011 02:27:51
Hey CCP Loktofeit, have you failed to upgrade your graphics card so you are able to create your avatar, or is the whip hitting that much more frequently in your department?

Slade



I completely suck at making characters, even with this massive beast of character creation kickassery that EVE now has. After my last attempt at trying to create a bad ass thug resulted in little more than a deranged-looking Freddie Mercury, I put that project on hold.


TimMc
Brutal Deliverance
Gypsy Band
Posted - 2011.02.09 21:32:00 - [21]
 

Any word on getting chess and poker built into the eve client for all the boring times in game?

Slade Trillgon
Endless Possibilities Inc.
Posted - 2011.02.10 22:35:00 - [22]
 

Originally by: TimMc
Any word on getting chess and poker built into the eve client for all the boring times in game?


Or, if/when Incarna hits they can gives us that three tiered (if I remeber correctly) chess like game from ST:TNG. That game always intrigued me on whether or not they actually created a game or was it all for looks.


Slade

Scrap Dogg
Minmatar
Brutor Tribe
Posted - 2011.02.11 02:39:00 - [23]
 

well slade, i actually have somewhere a three tiered chess set, im not sue how its played, it was my fathers and we never played it but there seriousy is a game like that that has rules.

Jon Taggart
State War Academy
Posted - 2011.02.11 02:55:00 - [24]
 

Proof that mining itself should be a minigame! Bejeweled mining, or the mining system from Mass Effect 2!

Go go!

Zhim'Fufu
Posted - 2011.02.11 03:37:00 - [25]
 

I would play flash games out the whazoo whilst mining if the igb supported flash. But alas I have to run a seperate browser to go to kongregate or armor games.Mad

Herzog Wolfhammer
Gallente
Sigma Special Tactics Group
Posted - 2011.02.12 06:08:00 - [26]
 

Originally by: TimMc
Any word on getting chess and poker built into the eve client for all the boring times in game?


You know what would really be cool:

Let players design games that the client can play. If there is no client customization, at least let it be this. A client game can be sandboxed much like a Java applet or a virtual machine (hence reducing risk of hacking).

Of course the code for the client I do not know but hey they embedded a browser in the game using a third party system so why not a game plugin?

Just thinking. There are a lot of other issues to tackle and we should presume that these games would be low on the list.



Vak Keelin
Caldari
Posted - 2011.02.12 06:28:00 - [27]
 

I put on some music in my headphones, mute the game sounds and have a nice pinot while I watch my lasers pulse in the darkness.

I find belt rats to be a distraction as I have to change out my drones and one needs to keep an eye on local, but otherwise I find mining to be a very peaceful diversion. It beats just watching TV.

Sral TBear
Shipwreck cove
Posted - 2011.02.12 13:24:00 - [28]
 

I run X3 TC in second screen lol.....space...space...guuunzzzTwisted Evil

Ragnar256
Minmatar
Posted - 2011.02.13 02:56:00 - [29]
 

I like a game of "whack-a-flipper" Only thing is they are somewhat rare in the systems I hang around in.

Baeldaeg Aesir
Posted - 2011.02.13 15:41:00 - [30]
 

One of the fleets I fly with has an external Scrabble game going on in addition to mining. Bunch of nerds we are. Wink


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