I think I last mentioned COVID19 on this Blog back in July. I rambled on about the statistics of the situation we found ourselves in locally. When I am anxious about something, that is what I try to do. Build context by gathering information, throw in a dash of compassion, and respond in a measured and logically way. Talking about COVID19 however can be a fool’s errand, with reason and empathy often thrown to the wind.
Back then we were heading into our second lockdown. We are still in a version of that lockdown today – restricted in how far we can move, reasons we can leave the house, what shops are open, and who we can mix with. We have heavily suppressed the community transfer of COVID19, but it feels tenuous. We are relying on 6.3 Million people to all individually make the right choices while collectively hoping on luck.
On a personal level, my household is doing OK. We have all been able to continue work and study comfortably and reliably from home. Life has been able to move forward, be it a slower pace. Despite being so fortunate, and with some guilt to admit, it has been wearisome and stressful.
With Hi-Sec in a more peaceful state since the Triglavians took off with a bunch of solar systems, I have been able to use EVE as a distraction again. I have been able to undock and do some mindless mining. I have been able to roam around new areas with less fear of stumbling into an NPC death. I have been able to enjoy EVE a little again.
I noticed an interesting remark in one of the recent in-game news articles.
“.. the severing of the Niarja-Kaaputenen corridor remains a matter of deep concern .. Exploratory planning for establishing a new primary civilian stargate link is said to have begun but there has been no public commitment from the Amarr Empire or Caldari State as yet ..”
Maybe we will get some new Star Gates to bring Amarr and Jita closer again?
The article also alluded to Null Sec bounty changes, which was confirmed in a subsequent DEV Blog:
Soon Null Sec NPC Bounty amounts will be hit by a system multiplier. If a system is being heavily ratted, the payments will be reduced. If a system has a high level of player combat and deaths, the payments will increase. If no one is ratting, then the multiplier will stabilize at an equilibrium value.
In a practical sense that will mean Null-Sec ratters will have to spread out more and overall will earn less in bounty payments.
It will be interesting to see what the political ramifications of this will be. In the past Coalitions of Players owned huge sways of Null Sec, many left as empty buffer zones. CCP made it more expensive to own systems, to try and free up some space for small groups in Null Sec. The Coalitions did reduce their landholdings but made the regions they kept into fortresses; well protected under Super Umbrellas. Now they are being told they will need more space again.