I was running a mission yesterday (a relatively rare event) when I was surprised to see a mate log in for the first time 5 months or so. Turned out CCP had let him back into the game for 5 days to check out the new character creation process. He was impressed. He then collected some data cores, consolidated some of his assets, and logged. I asked if he had any plans with his short time in EVE, and he said no. Without some goal to motivate him, I don’t expect to see him back.
I’ve spent a couple hours on my Alt looking at PI today. There are 9 planets in my home system. Not one had any player infrastructure on it – which is a sign of just how limited the resources on them were. I set up two embarrassingly inept and inefficient process chains on a couple planets just to check out the differences between the old and new versions of the interface. It seemed slightly more intuitive, and required slightly less clicking.
I have some 700 odd researched BPO sitting on my main, not being used. I might move them to my industry / hauler alt, and start building stuff to amuse myself. I haven’t gotten into invention like I had planned. I might look at that also.