EVE Online gives love to planetary interaction, looks back at an all-female pirate gang

Creating and maintaining planetary colonies in EVE Online isn’t exactly new, as the system dates back to 2010. But the developers have deemed it high past time that they give this creaky system some love with the upcoming Into the Abyss expansion.

“Most of the changes are aimed at making setup and maintenance of your colonies less painful, especially when it comes to all the clicking that is currently involved in setting up a colony,” CCP said in a dev blog on the system. Lots of changes to planetary interaction are in the works, including a new planetary colonies window to help you keep track of your projects.

And while things get ordered down on the surfaces of planets, out in space it’s still the anything-goes sandbox that EVE has always been. One interesting piece of the game’s history that was recently documented by PC Gamer was the story of the Hellcats, an all-female fleet that pushed back against the notion that the MMO is strictly a game for men. The fleet only ran for two-years, but its legacy still lives on today.

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Alex Willis

I was so lucky with my community in EVE. We were an RP corp within an RP alliance — Electus Matari — and folks took that mandate very seriously. But more than that, it was a respectful and considerate association of like minds, who wanted to tell stories in the best online story generator out there. A woman was the founder of our Alliance, and women made up a good percentage of our corporation CEOs and Alliance senior personnel. Female players had no fear of speaking up on comms.

I don’t hesitate to say it was the best “guild” experience I’ve ever had.

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Polyanna

There was an all-female fleet in STO for a while on the Klingon side. Not sure if they still are, and I can’t recall the name. I used to see their ships around all the time though, and I remember the names of a few of those, all of which were pretty hilarious.

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Denice J. Cook

My daughter and I played Eve Online from 2007-2011 in an industrial corp, and we’d heard of the Hellcats. However, after a run-in with an African gent in our corp who found out I was female, then kept harassing me to marry him because he wanted a US green card, we never revealed our gender to anyone in our corps ever again.

That African guy wound up threatening to kill my kids and I. He claimed to be coming to the US for a visit, and after I refused to meet up with him, he started mentioning finding us and killing us off. Yeah….good times in Eve Online.

We ultimately left the industrial corp we were all in to avoid him, and I made us our own corp, but the harassment…it is real. Once a guy hears a female’s voice on voice chat, it’s all over, and you can never take it back. Remember that, ladies.

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zeko_rena

Yep sadly that can happen in any MMO, such a shame.
Did you take screenshots of the chat and send it to CCP?
Pretty sure they will insta ban especially with threats of harm.

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Sana Tan

Thanks for sharing, that’s horrifying specially having your daughter. I’ve seen my share of sexism when I or a friend declares to be a female, but most of peeps are normal persons. I guess it’s like real life.

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Ravven

Boy, this brings back memories. I was a member of Hellcats for a time (although I absolutely sucked at being a pirate). Nevertheless, it was a great experience with amazing people that I have always tried to find in guilds in other games…but failed. Good times even for a carebear at heart with a crappy ship. :D

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cista2bpo

That is just the most painful thing we do as MMOers – hoping in vain to find old friends in new games.