As most of you will know CCP announced that they wanted to do something extra special to celebrate EVE Vegas this year, and offered up prizes including Guardian Vexors and Gold Magnates through the third party SOMER Blink Lottery.
CCP did this as a way of continuing their support of community initiatives.
Within seconds they were hit with a torrential flood of angst from the player base, mostly around the profits SOMER Blink would make, and the breaking of in game lore by re-introducing extra copies of these rare ships.
CCP then came back replacing the ship hulls with new once off variants of the Sisters of EVE Exploration Cruiser being introduced in the Rubicon Expansion.
I understand most of the player concerns; and don’t particularly disagree with the outcome. However – my overriding feeling is of embarrassment.
I am shamed by the constant over reactions, tantrums, and dummy spits from the collective EVE player base. Sure CCP might have handled this a little better, but where is the appreciation for what they were trying to do? There seems to be no effort to look at the positives, instead it is just another gleeful opportunity to rant and rave and stamp your feet. We have perfected the behaviour of the most annoyingly unappreciative and impossible to please teenager. CCP must wonder why they bother.
So I did something I have never done, and had no interest in doing – I created a SOMER Blink account and deposited ISK in it. I then blew all of it over a couple of sittings to show my support for what CCP attempted to do, in the hope that when all the dust has settled, CCP can see despite the noise the idea was a success.
And that brings me back to the title of this blog. The reason I am so risk adverse and careful in EVE? I am not a particularly lucky person. At one point I had spent half my money for a 4% return.
It’s a very slick operation with an impressive interface and professional approaches to keeping people logged in and gambling. It is also apparently possible to play the odds. You notice the same half dozen names buying 50 to 90% of the tickets again and again on big ticket items. One person won 25+ Rorqual’s over the one hour I watched, spending mind numbingly large amounts of ISK.
I took lessons from the approach of other players and ended up getting about 35% of my outlay back in mostly Faction and T2 Frigate hulls. I now have a miniscule chance of winning one of those great Prices donated by CCP (don’t like my chances), and I have gifted a chunk of ISK to the coffers of SOMER Blink. It wasn’t a logical way to spend my ISK – but it is worthwhile supporting community initiatives…