Monday, October 6, 2014

Boom Goes The Caracal

Um yeah, pretty much. I hung in there just a little too long and it cost me. At least I had decent insurance, bronze level I think. I'll still have to spend some time flying distribution missions to put together enough ISK to put another Cruiser in space, but I'm not so sure it's going to be another Caracal. I'm thinking maybe a Moa next time. We'll see.

I'm getting Level II missions now, which is a good thing. I need to make at least a few more million ISK before I even think about trying to buy and fit one of those monsters. Still I that's my current goal, to put another Cruiser in space asap. We'll see how it goes.

More soon.

Question of the Moment

Why is it that I can't find anywhere to buy an EvE Online t-shirt? Not an expensive hoodie or jacket, like they sell on the website, but a nice normal t-shirt, maybe something with the EvE logo on it, perhaps even a ship or two? How is it that this game can be as popular as it is and yet no one sells this most basic item of gaming memorabilia? I don't get it.



Saturday, October 4, 2014

Vacation, All I Ever Wanted

Today I flew a few missions and continued fitting the Caracal. She's nicely appointed in terms of hardware now, but there are still a few skills I still need to train up for maximum impact. I've been training the important stuff up to Level IV before moving on to something else because of the long train times for Level V, but now I think it's time I started getting some of the more important ones done.

It's interesting to me that once I made the decision to return to EvE I haven't been spending much time with other games. I was playing Wildstar for a while but kind of lost interest. My account is still good to November but I have don't think I've logged in there in a month. To be totally honest, I'm just not interested. EvE is taking up about 90% of my gaming time right now. The other 10% is the occasional Need For Speed or Battlefield romp when I feel the need to clear my head, and I've also been known to hop in a Titan or two when the mood strikes me. Other than that it's been all EvE, all the time.

Another interesting thing is that I'm really enjoying being a solo player and realizing that I'm in no rush to join a corp. I know I'll reach a point where it makes sense, and if the right offer comes along I may take it. That said, I'm also not going out of my way to find one right now.

With everything going on in my life right now, EvE really is a vacation, a badly needed one. And I guess one aspect of this particular vacation I've been enjoying is the peace and quiet. Oh sure, I'll socialize when the opportunity arises but, well, it's just nice. Very nice.

More soon.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Everything Old Is New Again

I just bought myself a Caracal. Yeah, a fucking missile boat. I never tried one of these the first few times around in this game. This is fun.

I'm still just soloing missions for now, but I think I'll be looking for a corp soon. It seems many are recruiting and with a little practice and ISK I'll be more than ready to fly with a corp again.

All the basics have come back pretty easily. I've only lost a single ship this time (so far), and so I'd have to say that recovering my combat skills isn't likely to be a big problem. Right now, it's all about training up skills and making ISK.

It's funny, you know? One of the things I've always loved about EvE is that I can go at my own pace. I never feel pressured to level up, kill a certain number of something(s), or pursue a predetermined path. My path is mine to find and it's different each time I re-enter the game.

I don't mind the slow pace this early on, but I do wish I could get better agents. The only ones I can get right now are in distribution.

So, right now, it's slow and steady, which is why I haven't been posting much yet. Don't worry, when there's more to say, I'll say it.

It's good to be home.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Well, not quite yet.

I just started training Cruisers on this new toon, because I think I'm ready. Yeah, once I have the skill trained up it'll take a nice chunk of the ISK I've accumulated to get something decent and fit it, but that's ok.

I'm actually doing pretty well with the Cormorant I've been flying for the last several days. All the old battle skills and strategies are coming back pretty quickly as I find myself in different combat situations, and so I've just started Level II agents.

I'm also out of The Forge and into areas like Lonetrek and The Citadel. Despite all the progress, I'm still thinking about spending some time with Eve University. I think I'd like a little group PvP and that's a great corp to fly with.

Things are a bit in RL busy today, so that's it for now. More soon.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

One More TIme...

So yeah, I'm back in Eve again.

I know, I thought I was back in January too, but then all of sudden things got busy workwise and Eve, along with pretty much all other forms of entertainment, took a back seat. In truth, that's still the case to an extent. Yet, the busier I get in RL, the more attractive a vacation in New Eden is.

You might notice that my name and picture are different as well. My first main, Bekka Jai, appears to be lost to the ages. That's a pity because she had a shitload of skill points, but it's really not so bad because I need to relearn the finer points of the game and starting from scratch will help that process. The one I had in January, Bekka Skye, I decided I just wasn't happy with. I'm not really sure why, I just decided that I wanted to re-enter with a new toon and start on a new path.

All my previous toons have been Gallente, but this time I'm going Caldari. I decided I wanted to learn to fly some new ships and in order to do that I needed to be a different faction. I like the Caldari ships I've flown so far and I think this toon is a keeper. I don't know, she just feels right.

I'm also considering rejoining Eve University. I really enjoyed my time in that corp and learned a lot the last time around, so doing that will help me reconnect with the Eve player community as well as sharpen my in-game skills.

It was actually kind of funny. I've been considering returning to Eve for a while now, but work always seemed to get in the way. "Next week, when it's slower and I have more time." I'd tell myself, then something else would jump off and I'd find myself with even less spare time. And so it went, for a while. Then, a week ago, I just went to the Eve website, bought myself 90 days worth of game time, and started my new toon. I didn't take time to consider, I just did it, and I've been playing ever since.

In all honesty, I'm still pretty busy, but I value my spare time more now because there's less of it. It used to be that I used Eve as an escape from the boredom of unemployment, but now it's an escape from a busy work life. In addition, now that I own a MacBookPro and Eve has a Mac client, making it the only game I care about that will run on the thing, that's an additional incentive to get back in the game. Of course, first I have to install it on there, which I haven't done yet.

I've just been poking around, running missions in Caldari high-sec, and I'll see where I go from here. It's still early yet, but I do plan to be around for a while.

So, yeah, this time I think I'm back for real this time, at least for the foreseeable future. I've paid for time, I've reopened the blog, and once again I'm off to seek fame, fortune, and adventure in the New Eden star cluster.

I hope you'll stick around. It should be...interesting.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

So, I'm In A Weird Place Right Now...

...and I don't mean just in-game.

I've spent the last two weeks re-familiarizing myself with Eve, and it's amazing how quickly so much of it has come back and how easily I've fallen back into the rhythm of this game. I've been running security and distribution missions all over high-sec and doing well enough that I'm now flying a well-fit Thorax that can (currently) put four medium scout drones in space. It holds its own pretty well on level two missions, but I'm still regularly running into situations where I know there's no way my little cruiser is going to be able to win and end up having to bail the mission, at least until I can come back with something stronger and more durable.

I'm ok with where I am in-game right now, but I've spent so much time and focus on getting there, and frankly, just enjoying being back in New Eden for the first time in a very long time, that I haven't spent any time thinking about what I was going to do when the free trial time was up. Today's the last day. Decision time.

It occurs to me that  Eve is an odd game. For an MMO, that is. There's plenty of mission-based content to teach you the basics but beyond that what you do in Eve is pretty much up to you. Most of these games, no matter how "sandboxy" they appear, tend to force or at least strongly urge the player along some sort of pre-determined path, whether it's from mission to mission, or more commonly, region to region. In just the couple of weeks since I've returned to Eve I've been to and run missions in all four empires and the Ammatar Mandate. I go where the agents are, crisscrossing high-sec as I need to.

It's really a completely different game structure than what most people, including me, are used to. Don't get me wrong, I love a good overarching story as much as anyone, but do I really need one to validate my gaming?

That's kind of where my head is at right now.Recently, I've spent a lot of time with Star Trek Online, which is what I left Eve for originally. In between now and then, I played STO for about a year, left that to play several other games, then came back to STO just after the recent Romulan exansion was released. I still enjoy STO, but I've reached the point where I've played all the new content and so I'm starting to get bored with it again.

This would probably be a good time to mention that I'm seriously ADD. For-real-no-fucking-around-misnaming-a-short-attention-span-but-actually-diagnosed-by-a-real-doctor ADD. It's not something that's curable, you just learn to live with it and make it work for you. What this means for me in the context of gaming is that a game not only has to win my interest initially, it has to work to keep me interested.

Here's the thing, though: When you're talking about story-based games, new content requires often long waiting periods for new chapters in the story to be released. Eve's updates usually have very little to do with actually new content in terms of story, it's more about adding to and improving on what's already there. When I feel the need for new content in Eve I can simply start doing something different because there's so many options. I don't have sit and wait to wait for new content to be fed to me, I have to go out there and find it for myself. I like that...I like it a lot.

What's really making me uncertain about re-subscribing to Eve doesn't have anything to do with Eve itself, it has to do with me. I know myself well enough to know that sooner or later I'll probably become bored with Eve and start playing other things. Could be a month from now, could be a year, or it could be three years, like it was the last time I played. The truth is that I have no idea. What I do know is that the last time I decided to move on from Eve, I'd bought a years' sub and basically wasted six month's worth of access I never used. I'd don't like wasting money on stuff I don't use and so I'm skittish about pulling the trigger on buying gaming time I may or may not use.

I'm still not sure what I'm going to do, but I am thinking about it. By tomorrow, I hope I'll have an answer.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Money Changes Everything...

...well, almost everything, anyway.

When I was last playing Eve, money was at a premium. I was working a low-paying job and there were times when I had no choice but to let my Eve account lapse and not play for a while because I just couldn't afford the $15 that month. When it's a choice between paying the rent and eating that month or playing Eve, there's really only one credible choice you can make.

These days, money's not quite so tight. I'm not wealthy by any stretch, but I can afford Eve now, especially since it appears they've cut the subscription price by about a third. Also, I have a much better PC than I did when I was playing before. I have far less issues in terms of frame rate slowdowns and other issues related to processing. The game doesn't run perfectly on the highest graphical settings, but a lot better than it did on my old machine. Once I can fix my escape key issue (CCP customer service just replied to my ticket and I'm going to try their suggestions in a little while, after I finish this post) I'll be able to back my graphics settings down a notch, which I expect will allow the game to run without a hitch (right now the frame rate issue usually only occurs during the jump animation).

I've now officially decided that once I get this escape key issue resolved I'm going to re-subscribe.


Well, part of the answer is easy: I love this game. I always have, since I discovered it for the first time about 7 years ago. There's something about it that draws me back in every time I play and keeps me coming back for more. That's not to say that I don't enjoy playing other games, but for someone who's as ADD as I am, long-term commitment to anything is rare. If you were somehow able to track all of the time I've spent gaming over the last, say, ten years, I have no doubt that you'd find that Eve is the game I've spent the most time with overall, even today. I've played and enjoyed many great games, including during the times I've actively been playing Eve, but no other game has ever had the kind of hold on me that  this one has.

The other part of the answer isn't so easily defined. Eve gives me something I'm not finding (or, at least, not finding enough of) in other games, but it's hard to put my finger on exactly what that is. As time goes on and I get back into Eve and writing this blog, that's one of the topics I expect to be exploring here: What makes Eve so compelling?

I've also decided to make it a point to read up on the big events in Eve over the last 3 and a half years. I've heard about some that made the general gaming press such as the cash shop revolt and a few of the bigger scams, but I also know a lot of important stuff that happened in this game over the last few years hasn't been reported in the gaming press. In order, to really get back into a game like Eve, I think it's important, and probably a major advantage, to know what's been going on since I was last an active player.

For the moment, however, I still have 7 days left on my free trial. I'm going to use those days, at least unless and until I run into an issue getting missions, and then once that's about to end I'll have to make a decision on what subscription plan I'm going to take.

And then, once that's all done, I'm going to start looking for a corp to join. In my experience, that's when Eve really gets interesting.

Ok, that's it for now. Until next time, fly safe.