Regular commenters will have put one and one together and understood the source of the generous in-game gift I remarked on the other day. You can understand why it was received with sadness.
It has taken me a couple of days to get my head around it. I tend to be self-contained and self-sufficient, so (justifiably) I am not usually the target of generosity. In fact I make an effort not to have to rely on others, so I feel a fair measure of awkwardness when I am on the receiving end of kindness or assistance.
(There are so many reasons why I play this game Solo..)
When I cast aside my complicated thoughts, I am left with just an overriding appreciation at the thoughtfulness of the gesture.
My first objective is to consolidate the gift into the one location. This has a number of benefits:
. It allows me to understand what’s there
. It makes it easier for me to coordinate any projects it generates
. It is easier to separate it from my normal monthly reports
. If the pilot decides to re-sub one day, it is easier to return
(And to be completely honest, I have a thing for having everything in its place and neat..)
To that end I shuffled around my corporate hangers to free up a division and renamed an unused wallet. Then I set about collecting everything.
The process resulted in me breaking the record for the most hours logged in at one sitting (14 hours), and the most hours spent logged in over 24 hours (18 hours). I have made (literally) hundreds of jumps in Haulers of all descriptions, T1, T2, Orca’s, Freighters, my tanked Exequors and even a few Noctis. Balancing volumes, values, empty outbound AFK trips and manually flown returns. I haven’t quite finished, but I am nearly there.
There is something inherently interesting about getting a glimpse into how another player lived. There was admiration at the scale of operation a solo player is capable of; familiarisation with the OCD necessary to collect, research and sort so many Blueprints and their copies; and a slight unease when wondering why one person would own quite so many Amarrian Haulers.
As an aside – with all my travels backwards and forwards, I actually saw 4 different Covert Research sites in the space of a few hours. However every time I did so I was in a hauler.
I am going to have plenty to try when the Industry changes go live. As I mentioned the gift will also fund solo expeditions and experiments that I would not have otherwise been able to justify. The first will likely be a few months’ worth of POS fuel to allow me to fully check out that aspect of the Industry update.