As my remaining two readers may recall, most of my Wormhole posts start with “and then I opened our new connection“. This post is no different.
The adventure starts when I jump into our newly-spawned C3 neighbor and to my dismay find that it is a “shattered hole”. For you sad k-space dwellers, Shattered Systems have more variety of anomalies and signatures, ice belts but no moons to anchor a POS on and of course you can’t park a Citadel there either. CCP went back to the whole concept that WH space was designed for transient occupation at best. Its also a riskier hunting ground since they – generally – have more connections are are quite big, something can easily hide off-Dscan for example. Continue reading
As both of my remaining two readers may remember, I live in Wormhole Space, more specifically, a C4 with a static C5 and a static C3. Just in case you don’t know what that is, this means that we have two connections at any given time plus whatever other holes spawn into us. But it also means that every day we have new neighbors and since neighbors in Wormhole space are generally armed to the teeth we tend to fly with the assumption that everyone is out there to kills us. And vice versa, of course. But we do like our C3 connections since it is generally our supply line to empire space where fuel and sundries are brought in and PI and gas products are shipped out. And thus, the other night we open a new connection and commence a little scouting before we commit the haulers when our scout reports a second set of Sisters probes and a T1 Imicus on D-scan. That generally indicates that a brand new player just had come in from High Security space and is looking for hacking sites which arguably are by far the most money a an Alpha clone can make / hour. Continue reading
The introduction of alpha clones has seriously shaken up New Eden and many corporations in Faction War and Nullsec are preparing for the onslaught of new players who want to try out this much-talked about game. Wormholes however are still a separate world, the skill points required for e.g. cloaking and scanning are beyond what an Alpha clone can acquire. New players may day-trip into our space but I don’t believe that brand new players with Alpha clones will travel deep into our chains.
But is that a bad thing? Continue reading
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.
It really feels weird to be docked in a station – there is something unnatural about being invulnerable, visible and blind to the events outside. Basically, its the exact opposite of being in a Wormhole. But after 3 weeks of bumming with my team of alts through a myriad of holes, it is nice to take a break. I always imagine my Gallente characters visiting houses of ill repute while my lone Caldari character character is left inventorying the spoils of the trip.
Funny how this year shapes itself as a repeat of last year. First 2 months were pretty quiet and then in March all hell breaks loose in my real life. In 2014, I nearly threw the towel on EVE and almost to the day a year later, I am at the exact same point. Worn out, with too many flights and conferences under my belt, I am just too wiped for spaceships.
There is a difference though, last year, my RL crunch coincided with me having lost faith into CCP, I didn’t think I’d come back. This year its different, I am actually curious what the future holds and how the game will change. So, you can’t have my stuff yet.
So, my friend Oreamos and I mused the other day about the reason why anyone would want to live in a Wormhole. Don’t get me wrong, Anoikis is great and the risk / reward balance here is still very good. Recent buffs to sleeper loot makes running C1/C2 sites actually worthwhile – add to this the sheer number of connections in/out and its a very lucrative region of space. Non surprisingly, we see an uptick in activity especially in the lower wormholes while the higher ones (C5/C6) still seem to be mostly farming holes of nullsec alts and are fairly quiet during peak hours.
But while increased activity, good loot and many routes mean, Anoikis is a great space to be, it doesn’t mean its a great place to live.