Guide to Running Events
|This page is specific to EVE University. Other corporations or groups in the game may operate differently.|
For a summary of EVE University's rules and code of conduct, see EVE University Rules.
First of all, anyone can run an event. The Events Department is here to provide help and support to anyone wishing to run an event. This is a general guide and not exhaustive, if you have any questions contact a member of the Events Staff. The more experienced you are at running events, the more you can customise and streamline the procedure.
Decide on the event type
The first thing to do is to decide on the type of event you want to run. You may want to re-create a previous event, this is often the easiest way if you are new to running events. To help with this, we have prepared the Events Page for some of our most popular events to allow anyone to use them as a guide. If you are feeling more inventive, you may want to create a new variation of an event, or you may have an idea for a completely new type of event.
Develop your idea
Once you have a general idea of the event you want to run, you should make a plan detailing the key areas of the event:
- What are the aims of the event.
- What preparation and set-up is required.
- What are the event rules.
- How will the event be run.
- What prizes may be offered.
Run it past the events department
Now that you’ve fleshed out your plan, you need to run it by one of the events staff. The best way to do this is to send an Eve Mail to the Events Manager or a member of the Events Staff. This is also an opportunity to ask any questions you may have or get help in filling any gaps in your plan. The events staff will go through your plan, make sure it is feasible and complies with Uni policies.
When to run the event
When scheduling the event, make sure it does not clash with any other events or classes. Advertise the event at least a week in advance to ensure as many people as possible get notice and can arrange to attend. For events that require significant preparation such as teams to sign ups, a longer notice period is preferable. Take note of surrounding calendar events and how recently similar events have been run, as these may affect attendance.
Draft your forum post
The public face of your event is your forum post. It should clearly and concisely set out the date and time (in Eve time) of the event, the event plan, any rules that need to be obeyed, what people need to do to join, and any prizes on offer. If you wish, you can send your draft post to the member of the events staff you have been dealing with and they will check it for you. If this is your first event, you must get your draft post checked.
Post it up
Post your event in the Corporation Events section on the forum. Event subjects should start with the date of the event in EVE time using the YYYY.MM.DD HH:MM format, followed by the name of the event itself. If you have the Sophomore title or higher, you should add the event to the in game calendar. If not, contact a member of the events staff who will add it to the calendar for you. You should create a CORP event using the [EVENT] tag and the event name from your forum post. Make sure you include a link to your forum post and that the time and duration match those in your post. If you have to cancel an event, you should change the tag on the calendar and forum to [CANCELLED]. For more information see Using the Eve University Calendar.
The Events Department can provide reimbursement for prizes, or ship prizes to your event's location if requested. If you would like to distribute hulls or fits as your prizes, you can use the Production Department's Fleet Support Program. Event support requests differ slightly from the regular fleet support requests:
- Mention that you are requesting prizes for an event in the Additional comments section in the request form.
- The contract/s will be issued to Eve University. If you are a member of the events staff, you can accept these contracts on behalf of the Events Wallet. If not, you can get in touch with the Events Manager for reimbursement.
- If you are requesting hulls, they will have to be recorded in EFT format in the Fits section of the form. A hull EFT looks like this: [Merlin, Merlin].
Running the event
Before your event is due to begin, double check that any preparations are in place. For example if you have set anything up in space, make sure it is still there! You should announce the event in the Alliance chat channel 15 minutes before the start time and again when it is about to begin. You can use the Events (EVE Uni) chat channel and Fleets or on-demand Mumble channels to run your event. Make sure you have a clear idea of how you want to run the event, and have your event notes to hand. Begin by summarising the event and running through the rules. Remember that this is your event and you are in charge. You should feel free to deal with rule breakers, be polite but firm. If anyone is disruptive, inform the Events Manager and they will be dealt with.
After the event
Post in your event thread summarising the event results, and announcing any prize awards. You should also send the Events Manager a brief AAR detailing any successes or problems with the event and any suggestions for improving the event in the future.
Congratulations, now get ready for your next event!