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How EVE Online Dealt With a 3,000-Player Battle 398

Posted by Soulskill
from the cry-havoc-and-let-slip-the-load-balancers-of-war dept.
Space MMORPG EVE Online is best known for its amazing stories, and on Sunday it added a new epic tale. The leader of a huge coalition, preparing for a moderately sized assault, mis-clicked and accidentally warped himself into enemy territory without his support fleet, endangering his massive ship worth an estimated $3,500. Realizing the danger, he called upon every ally he could, and the enemy fleet rallied in turn, leading to an incredible 3,000-player battle. What's also impressive is that the EVE servers stayed up for the whole fight, when most MMOs struggle with even a few hundred players at the same time. The Penny Arcade report spoke with CCP Games for some information on how they managed that: "It’s hard to wrap your head around, but they sometimes move the in-game space itself. 'We move other solar systems on the node away from the fight. This disconnects anyone in those systems temporarily, but spares them from the ongoing symptoms of being on an overloaded server,' Veritas explained. 'It helps the fight system a little bit as well, especially if a reinforcement fleet is traveling through those other systems. This was done for the fight over the weekend, but is rare.' ... They do have a built-in mechanism for dealing with massive battles, however: They slow down time itself. ... Once server load reaches a certain point, the game automatically slows down time by certain increments to deal with the strain. Time was running at 10% speed during this 3,000-person battle, which is the maximum amount of time dilation possible."
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How EVE Online Dealt With a 3,000-Player Battle

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  • by alen (225700) on Tuesday January 29, 2013 @06:43PM (#42732229)

    How many were divorced the next day?

  • by broggyr (924379) <<moc.liamg> <ta> <ryggorb>> on Tuesday January 29, 2013 @06:47PM (#42732267)
    So, how many ships did YOU lose?
  • Relativity (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 29, 2013 @06:51PM (#42732297)

    Time was running at 10% speed during this 3,000-person battle, which is the maximum amount of time dilation possible.

    So relativity is just the universe's way of saying the local server is currently way too crowded with rest mass?

  • by icebike (68054) on Tuesday January 29, 2013 @06:51PM (#42732299)

    Yeah, that was my thought too.

    How many came out of the computer room sweating on their run to the fridge, uncommunicative, distracted, and wild eyed. Then crawled into bed late to a cold shoulder and a turned back.

    Then having to go to work/school the next day and not be able to explain it to anyone because, nobody would understand, and all the raised eyebrows, and looking askance, and rolling of eyes between workmates.

    Private little daydreams must be problematic when shared with 3000 other basement dwellers.

  • My Takeaway (Score:5, Funny)

    by Guppy06 (410832) on Tuesday January 29, 2013 @06:59PM (#42732377)

    The leader of a huge coalition, preparing for a moderately sized assault, mis-clicked and accidentally warped himself into enemy territory without his support fleet,

    UI issue leads to massive server load.

  • by Darby (84953) on Tuesday January 29, 2013 @07:01PM (#42732413)

    which included *three* titans lost before it was all over, all on the side the guy who misjumped

    Let me guess, he jumped into the battle screaming "LEEROY JENKINS!!!"

  • by Kittenman (971447) on Tuesday January 29, 2013 @07:20PM (#42732627)

    No, you're reading comprehension is just poor.

    I think you mean ".. your reading comprehension is just poor". Oh, the irony.

  • by Jarik C-Bol (894741) on Tuesday January 29, 2013 @08:24PM (#42733155)
    I still contend that EVE is simply a massive social experiment to see if you can get people to pay for the privilege of working a second full time job managing spreadsheets.
  • by Cajun Hell (725246) on Tuesday January 29, 2013 @08:24PM (#42733161) Homepage Journal

    > l
    Gimli the Dwarf (Necromancer)
    Strider the Human (Greater Necromancer)
    Legolas the Elf (Necromancer)
    >'hey guys, are you all ready?
    You say, "hey guys, are you all ready?"
    Gimli says, "y"
    Legolas says, "wait, I think Frodo is coming"
    > s
    Pirate Cave
    You are in a pirate cave. There are various pirate props here. The only exit is to the north.
    Sauron the Maiar (Greater Necromancer).
    Saruman the Istari (Necromancer) (blocking the north exit).
    Grishnakh the Orc (Lesser Sorcerer).
    Magic helmet.
    Balrog the Balrog (Greater Necromancer).
    Ugluk the Orc (Lesser Sorcerer).
    Balrog says, "I see them on who, so there's a chance they might attack today"
    >ooc oh shit, meant to type 'lead s'
    You say (ooc), "oh shit, meant to type 'lead s'"
    > n
    The exit is blocked.
    Strider shouts, "aren't we coming with you?"
    Ugluk takes Magic helmet.
    Legolas shouts, "wait"
    Sauron grapples you!
    Sauron says "what do we have here?"
    > n
    The exit is blocked.
    You can't move while grappled.
    > kill sauron
    You attack Sauron!
    Sauron attacks you!
    > shout help!
    You shout, "help!"
    Saruman laughs.
    Balrog blocks the north exit.
    Gimli shouts "Are you coming back or should we wait?"
    Ugluk wears Magic helmet.
    Grishnahk attacks you!
    Legolas arrives.
    Legolas says "come back north, we're not ready"
    You hit Sauron hard!
    Ugluk attacks you!
    Legolas tries to move north but is blocked by Saruman.
    Azog arrives.
    Strider arrives.
    Bilbo arrives.
    Strider says, "did you mean to lead us?"
    Shagrat arrives.
    Frodo arrives.
    Sauron shouts "lag!"

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