There was another reason for me moving most of my assets into the one location and getting them sorted. I’ve been trying to decide if I would step away from EVE or not. The catalyst for this wasn’t really anything specific about the game itself – but continued long term difficulties in Real Life which often turn my EVE sessions into aggravation instead of fun.
Actually – that sounds lamely melodramatic. Basically for the last 5 or 6 years my wife hasn’t coped as well with the kids or her career as she would have liked. That complicates life. This year in particular has seen the kids deciding it works out better to favour Dad over Mum for many of their needs, and I am spending at least two hours extra every day on their morning and night routines, ferrying them around, and being more frequently interrupted.
While the extra time with the kids has its upsides, I really did not have 2 hours a day spare. Something has to give – and EVE was the obvious target. I gathered all my assets together with the view of making them easily accessible for whenever I could return. The problem though (as the mouse hovered over the unsubscribe button) was my frame of mind – a mix of martyrdom and resentment.
So that was probably not the best of ideas then. Instead I am going to give up on the relatively small number of TV shows I still try to watch, read less online news, plus I hear sanity is over rated, so I can probably give that up too.
So where does that leave me in EVE?
I am happy with how the fitted out and self-contained mobile homes have been updated. There is one for Mission Running, one for Mining, one for Hi Sec Exploration and one for Low Sec Exploration (which is the new one). I’m just finishing up the process of moving them back into the right location with the right jump clones.
I am currently trying to work out which Low Sec pocket I will base myself out. I’ll stay clear of the Faction Warfare zones, and am looking for quieter back waters which won’t be permanently camped by pirates. The short list includes areas of Derelik, Khanid, Kor-Azor or Solitude.
I also have to decide if I stay with my current Corp. I’ve actually made no real connections with any of the other pilots, which is an embarrassing reflection on me given the amount of time I’ve been a member. It also gives me a level of angst that Real Life means I really can’t be that involved. I am active on their forums, appreciate most of the in channel banter, and if I am in the right place at the right time, I’ll help members out. But RL forces me to play a solo game most of the time where I have to be able to walk away at a moment’s notice.
I don’t really have any new and far reaching goals. I just want to be able to log in when I can, and appreciate the distraction that EVE is. I might well just concentrate on playing the game in the exact opposite way that CCP would like me to. I’m spiteful like that.