EVE Online Wormhole Explorers: The Voyage of the Raskaan Veyden [Audio Fiction]

It's not only player 'capsuleers' who can explore EVE Online's mysterious regions of space, ordinary folk can do it too. Of course, results may vary.

CCP Games have started spooling up the anticipation engines in the approach to their 20th EVE Online expansion, Rubicon, and exploring unknown frontiers is central to the theme.

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Many of Rubicon’s new features promote the exploration of wormhole space and engagement of EVE‘s intricate storyline.

This is something that I can’t help but get a little excited about, and to get into the space exploration mood, I have re-edited an EVE-themed audio drama I created with the help of a host of EVE community talent.

You can find ‘The Voyage of the Raskaan Veyden‘ at the top of this article. 

I hope you find the time to enjoy the story of an ambitious news reporter joining an expedition into wormhole space. There’s some excellent voice talent doing their thing, and the story works as a primer to the nature of EVE‘s wormholes and exploration gameplay.

Was Tech 4 Really a Thing?

If you get a sense that there’s more to the story than is featured, you’d be right. Tech 4 News was originally written and produced in 2011/2012 as an episodic audio drama, comprising over 3 hours of in-character interviews, discussion, humour and drama.

The central conceit was that it focused on the ordinary folk within EVE Online‘s vast gameworld, rather than the all-powerful player ‘capsuleers’. Some of the events portrayed in the series had a real impact on player activities in game, particularly the story arc featured in the video.

Remastered for the Rubicon Generation

The ‘Wormhole Explorers’ storyline was released in segments over the course of the run, scattered amongst news features and a mad scientist’s attempts to murder his dog in creative ways. Putting the arc together as a single coherent story was something I’d wanted to do originally as an animation or Machinima piece.

Perhaps one day I will, but until then, I hope you enjoy this ‘YouTube-ification’ (well, there are pictures) and are looking forward to exploring EVE‘s mysteries in the upcoming Rubicon expansion on 19th November.


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Mat Westhorpe
Broken paramedic and coffee-drinking Englishman whose favourite dumb animal is an oxymoron. After over a decade of humping and dumping the fat and the dead, my lower spine did things normally reserved for Rubik's cubes, bringing my career as a medical clinician to an unexpectedly early end. Fortunately, my real passion is in writing and given that I'm now highly qualified in the art of sitting down, I have the time to pursue it. Having blogged about video games (well, mostly EVE Online) for years, I hope to channel my enjoyment of wordcraft and my hobby of gaming into one handy new career that doesn't involve other people's vomit.