I’ve been speaking with a number of players and friends today about the lore of every group that’s been involved in wormhole space - Sleepers, Drifters, Talocan, Sansha - and the events that have happened surrounding and within it, for the last 2 hours or so.
It’s always so energizing to see how readily people get interested in any aspect of EVE’s worldbuilding as soon as it’s brought up, but so disheartening to immediately hear “why haven’t I ever heard of this in the game??” at the same time.
So little of this, if any at all, is available to discover in the very game whose contents it was written to describe. I’ve mentioned this in the platform post as well, but having any way for players to browse through the story of the world in the client itself would go a long, LONG way toward grabbing their investment and longer-term interest in the game.
The Agency would be the ideal location for any version of such a thing.
A library with an overview for the backstory of the game, as well as some subpages for information on each Empire, Pirate faction, other entities (SoE, Intaki, etc), Drifters and Triglavians, and articles on the technology of the Capsule, Stargates, and FTL communications - along with links to the official fiction portal - would go a profoundly long way in allowing players to discover an aspect of the game that’s nearly completely invisible if you aren’t actively looking for it.
If you wanted to go deeper, having a fillable logbook for information would allow players to learn about the world, as well as incentivize exploring it. The showinfo windows for nearly every single item, ship, scenery object, NPC, or any other entity in the game provides a wealth of information - and yet, there is no way to sift through it in the game itself. Introducing a logbook that added entries for each thing you encounter, be it a certain faction’s NPCs, a landmark like the Molea cemetary or the Triglavian Anchorage, the EVE Gate, etc, an item looted, or anything else - with each new encounter’s info added to a browsable library - would allow players to learn things without having to resort to exploring item databases on any number of websites to find them in the first place.
This sort of thing has been brought up for discussion time and time again, and the Agency is really the prefect place for any such thing; as CSM, this would continue to be a major advocation of mine, as there are only upsides to exposing players to the curiosity-inspiring wonders of the world of EVE.