Cruising Along

Its been a slow couple of weeks in New Eden for me in part caused by the general summer hole but also by my current attitude toward the game, simply speaking, I log in, quickly update my PI, scoute some routes out of our C4 wormhole and if a corpmate is online and willing, we go out stalk something for an hour or so.  The thrill of the hunt is still there of course but our prey is adjusted in size what I can actually kill.  For example, I found a solo Rattlesnake in our adjacent C3 the other day and realized that I can’t bring him down by myself (2 characters).

Too big to tackle

Too big to tackle

So I waited for his salvager – a destroyer, of course  – and missed locking him by a whisker, its ok, it was a half-assed approach, virtually all salvagers have they low slots filled with warp stabilizers and it will take a bubble to really catch them (and many webs, these things are fast).

Talking about bubbles, my corpmate and I were more successful catching guys in hacking sites (4 killmails = 2 kills + pods), again in C3 wormholes where the absence of local channel seems to give pilots from empire space the Illusion of Solitude (sorry, had to get this in here).  Killing these guys is more an educational activity than real PvP and if a bro is younger than a month or so, I pay him the value of his ship and loot.  Its nothing to me and we both had fun.

If I can’t find anyone to fly with or to stalk, I tend to run these hacking sites myself but only after I am reasonably sure that no bad guys are lurking.  I tend to put combat probes out and hope to notice approaching hostiles before they do to me what I do to others.  Its a cat / mouse game that is enjoyable enough for a couple of hours per week but the hacking interface really gets old.  I must have done 20 of these things over the last 2 weeks and while it netted me ~200 mil ISK, it really doesn’t stimulate my brain.

Whats next in EVE?  Well, I have a very uncooked idea of creating a bucket list of all single “player” (i.e. 2 pilots for me) activities and slowly check the off.  Of course, I have done all LvL 4 missions at some point but never run a nullsec anomaly in my life or completed a COSMOS or burner mission. So there are a few more things for me to do.

In other news, I did continue to play No Mans Sky and will write my impressions up for next week.  But – spoiler alert – I am still playing it.

Mythbusting

EVE more than any other online hobby has a fantastically strong community borne from the game’s inherent complexity and the constant need to evaluate risk v. reward.  Inevitably with communities, group-think develops and members love to associate with each other by repeating each other, thus creating a) cohesion internally and b) separation externally. Case in point was this month’s random EVE-is-dying meme which – thankfully died as quickly as it flared up.  Consensus is, EVE is not dying.  It can be improved – it needs to improve, it needs to attract new players but it ain’t dead by a long shot.

While we are there, lets bust a few other myths.

 

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BB 77. Stop the whining

Having Fun

 

How do you know its summer?  When a prominent blogger can’t find content, asserts that EVE is dying, publishes a post to that effect that ignites the blogosphere.  To be fair, there are several bloggers out there who have a more nuanced view and I enjoy reading the posts from Mike Azariah, Jason Quixos (new to me, great writer) and Talvorian Dex (who focuses mostly on blogs and dissemination of information).  May their voices prevail but I fear, not.  Inflammatory panic stories always get more attention and hence the greater community is always exposed to stories how CCP is killing their top game by sheer incompetence.

Edit:  I forgot to link Tur’s post.  Read this. The man speaks the truth.  Shame unto me and my progeny 7 generations down for forgetting you Tur.  And beers are on me (again?) next meetup.

And when I read these posts, I get annoyed.  People who don’t like the game should simply fade away like good old soldiers should do and not ruin the fun for the rest of us who log in (at least occasionally), find our friends, chat, shoot things, get shot by things and try to have a good time. Continue reading

Back in the hole

Well, here I am, back in Z3R0 Return Mining, my ancestral home so to speak.  Run by friend and fellow blogger Oreamnos, the corp occupies a C4 (C5/C3, we call it “Tim”) and by attrition has collected a motley crew of space cadets that behave on comms more like a family during a Thanksgiving Dinner than a hard hitting PvP elite corp.  We have known each other for longer than really is healthy and when people break out into jokes about things that happen in space 5 years ago (really Orea, I still want my bomber back that you warped to ZERO km onto the hostiles) then you know you are in both a good place and a place that needs to pick up its recruitment effort.

But I digress.

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Punctuated Equilibrium

My friend and fellow blogger Oreamnos posted about our recent meeting in his home(town).  While we live an Ocean apart, we have been friends for 5 + years through EVE with daily contact.  We never met in person until that day and one may think it weird to meet like this but it wasn’t.  Over the years we saw all the normal things friends experience and if anything, I think these types of friendships will be the new normal in the near future.  But while there, we drank great Scottish beer (who knew they could brew?) and chatted like the old friends we are.  Lets do this again!

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Adjusting to Reality

EVE is real, the old saying goes and of course its correct.  EVE is a component of all our lives whether we play it solo every few weeks or take out fleet after fleet and guide fellow pilots to victory.  By definition, if you are playing EVE, you are not doing anything else at that time and EVE has become the reality for you.  The big question is not whether EVE is real but how much of Real is EVE, there is only that much to go around.

And based on that calculation, I decided that I can’t participate in any meaningful way in Noir. anymore and dropped corp yesterday.  I knew this was coming about 3 weeks ago and delayed it since I really did not want to click that “leave corp” button.  I worked hard on getting into Noir., deliberately took the long route via Noir. Academy and earned my invite based on participation and willingness to learn from my dumb mistakes.  I adapted pretty well to changing roles, I even did logistics for no other than Alekseyev Karrde and lived to tell the tale (Aleks has a fearsome reputation as FC with zero tolerance for fuckwits)). Continue reading