As I have remarked before, I maintain a simple word document where I formulate my blog posts, and keeps notes on various in game happenings, thoughts and ideas. I noticed today that the document had reached 58 pages. It is time to borrow from the example of many other bloggers, and do an eclectic dump of some of this mishmash of topics I am unlikely to get around to fleshing out in a timely manner.
. Every time I read a quote from CCP Soundwave, I feel a little bit of my love of EVE dying. His relentless focus on Player vs Player tells me that I – a Casual Carebear, am just not wanted in the game.
. I did three hours of Hi Sec exploration in EVE, including making my way into Low Sec twice following escalation chains. The loot gods were not kind, and I made – in total, around 15M ISK for my efforts…
. I was initially concerned with CCP’s approach of changing from Tier to role based ship classifications. I now think it is genius. It used to be that you would generally just concentrate on the highest tier vessels, discarding the lower ones. Now almost all ships in game which have been adjusted to this notion can be useful in their own right. It gives players more choice and flexibility, which is a great thing.
. I think the Ancillary Shield Boosters have been a great addition to the game. They have thrown up a whole new set of fitting options, and can give a bit of longevity to solo and small gang PVP encounters.
. CCP’s communication of late seems to be either feast or famine. They either flood the player base with information, trying to get feedback, or go out of their way to say nothing just in case they annoy someone.
. CCP has stated that while they are happy to have Suicide ganking in the game, they want to ensure it comes at a suitable cost to the Ganker. Some people view this as ruining the game by making it too easy for Carebears in Empire. Apparently they want to be able to Gank people easily, cheaply, and with little consequence. So they want the game to be hard – but just for other people. The irony must have escaped them.
. I was bemused to note in the last CSM meetings that an attempt to have someone external transcribe the minutes failed because they made too many mistakes through not understanding the nuances and references in the various topics. You forget how different the world of EVE is to someone outside of the game.
. My main finished training rank IV in each racial Freighter skill, allowing him to fly the corresponding Jump Freighters. He can now fly every ship in game except for the 4 Titans. This was a major and long held goal of mine – but passed with barely a thought.
. In the old days, player portraits did not automatically load until you did a Show Info on them. If watching the coming and goings though a system, that meant you knew which pilots you had checked and which you had not by if their portrait was showing. It would be nice to be able to flag pilots in local quickly (and outside of standings), as “checked”, or “reviewed”, or something along those lines just on a session or day basis. (Yeah, it is pretty specific.)
. EVE just doesn’t seem to be as friendly a place anymore. In particularly there seems to be a lot more bigoted hostility being shown against others if they happen to play the game differently. I wonder if the lack of tolerance and rudeness stems from the increased real life financial pressures many people are facing around the world at the moment, or if it is a consequence of the age of the game and the length of time people have been playing it.