Question of the Month: October 2012

Well I think I’ll make a new feature (well, new to this blog anyway) called “Question of the Month” or “QotM”. I’m sure this is being done on other blogs, namely the Blog Banter. However, this will generally be a less complicated question which will require a less complicated answer. Also, the questions will be of issues that affect me personally and/or the pilots I fly with or have maintained a friendship with in New Eden. Readers are encouraged to answer to the best of their ability, and in as much detail as possible to help current and future pilots to overcome issues they may be having, or will likely experience during their career as a Pod Pilot. 

 

As you know if you read my last post, I’ve been a bit on the decline in Eve. I feel like a bit of a whiner really after letting that post ferment for a few days. Instead of raging about my personal problems with PLEX, I should’ve put that rage into more of a constructive question, like this:

 

Have you experienced Eve “burnout”? How do you motivate yourself to keep playing and being productive in-game? Or do you simply put Eve on the shelf and play other games or do other things during this time? Is there anything you’d recommend to pilots who are struggling to log into Eve due to being burnt out?

 

I have spent the last several months in a C2 Wormhole with three other members of my Corp. It was great until recently when a combination of redundancy and family aggro began to get the best of me. Around the time of my last post I decided to try afk ice mining. The idea was to take advantage of the new mining barge and exhumers upgrades. So far it’s been working great! I simply fit a Mackinaw for pure tank, get my Orca alt for some bonuses, PROFIT! (???). This works well for me because I can take a few minutes to get my accounts online and set up in the ice field, turn on the ice harvesters and literally walk away for a half hour. I come back every so often to dump ice into the Orca, rinse and repeat. I’m not making a killing ISK-wise, but it’s been enough so far to fund my PLEX, which is the goal. 

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That’s my answer to my question. This weekend I’ve actually had some inspiration to get into my Proteus and run some missions, collect datacores and other various care bearish stuff. So that’s all it takes sometimes to get the love back…just switch it up a bit. Also a nice chat with my friend Epigene over at A Journey Through the Mind helped me to keep things in perspective. What a great read his blog is. Thanks buddy.

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You’ll be happy to know that I’m currently back in the wormhole to sort PI and put in some gas reactions. My corp mate has been staying active and productive lately keeping things running nicely in my absence, and I thank him for that. Hopefully I can get into some sort of rhythm between my hisec care bearing and my wormhole duties. I’ve got a plan, so please stay tuned. 

 

Thanks for reading, and hopefully participating in what I hope will be a regular monthly feature on this blog. 

 

 

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Eve Hiatus 2012

Greetings to the few of you who read my posts, both in-game and out. I wanted to let you know that I’ve been well and everything’s great…outside of Eve. It was probably sometime early September that I logged on and ran the few sites in our w-space home, then I warped to our static C2 to see what the situation was. I saw instantly on d-scan a bunch of mobile warp disrupters, but thankfully they were not on grid. So I flew around and made a few safe spots so I could take some time to get this large system scanned down. There were four towers, POCOs and an unusually large number of cosmic anomalies…something like 28! At that point I deployed a sisters deep space scanner probe to get a snapshot of the entire system… Oh. My. Gittygod! There were around 30 (!!!) cosmic signatures! A closer look at d-scan settings and I confirmed that all four towers were without a force field. I was able to locate each one using d-scan and see that each tower still had some incapacitated defenses still anchored, but each were clear of any CHA’s, SMA’s, labs etc. so I took a look on a few kill board sites and found there was something of a massacre in this system. I scanned down those mobile warp disrupters I mentioned earlier and found them just in a random part of space, probably put there by the aggressors around a wormhole exit/entrance to keep the system owners from escaping.
At this point I’m getting pretty excited. I scanned down all the cosmic signatures to find a whole lot of ladars, a few gravs, radars, mags and the lot. What was most exciting about this whole thing was that there were only three wormholes…the static low, the static C2 and the K162 I came in from my system. Wormnav showed no NPC or player kills for at least a week.

Could it be? Could this wormhole system really be stockpiling all these sites for me? Just waiting for me to find it amongst the 2500 w-space systems in Eve?

Yes. Yes that is the case.

So I happily head back to our home system to gather belongings for a prolonged stay. I had my other two toons on my account who could maintain our POS. my other corpmates were on burnout at that point and I was basically the only one logging on anymore. I re-activated my Orca pilot alt and packed it full of mods and ammo, as well as my Proteus for running sites, Helios for scanning and scouting, Catalyst for salvaging and Viator for making quick hauling runs. So with my two toons I headed into the neighboring w-space system where I’d live the nomad life for a short, and hopefully profitable time.

A few days later when my weekend arrived, I scanned the system to find all those juicy sites were still waiting for me, also the two static exits were dead and two new ones must be scanned down. Still no activity of any kind on Wormnav, so that’s a good thing. I swap out for my Proteus and start on an anomaly when, almost like clockwork, I start receiving aggro. Not aggro from sleepers or other players, but aggro from my family. I finish the site and salvage and then re-ship into my Helios so I can cloak up and deal with family matters. I’d come back and do that same thing again for my whole 4-day weekend (I get a three-day weekend every week, and a four-day weekend every other week FYI). I might have been able to clear four or five anomalies that entire weekend, which is not very efficient.
My nomadic wormhole existence repeated this for about four weeks. Melted Nanoribbons were not being dropped like I had hoped. For risking an Orca, Proteus and a few other ships I only had about 10 million ISK to show for all the trouble. I decided to pull out. Everyday I’d scan and warp to the lowsec exit and hope it’d be a convenient one-jump away from hisec space. The first week or so I got some really busy Factional Warfare systems that were three and four jumps out of hisec. So I’d jump back in and log out for the day. Finally one day I was able to scan a lowsec exit that was just one jump from hisec. With only about three others in local, I logged in my Orca alt and warped that slow, fat ship to the hole and jumped through. Still clear on d-scan and I hit warp to zero at the hisec gate. Boy it takes a long time for an Orca to align with no navigation skills and other players who would love to have an Industrial Command Ship kill under their belt. Finally! We are in warp and virtually home free. All is clear at the gate, we jump through and set course to my home away from home in Gallente space where I remain to this date.

I’ve been logging in often on my weekends lately because, with the recent changes to mining barges, I can basically go afk and be a family man (which really is my calling right now) while my Mackinaw’s ore hold fills with wonderful, low-valued Blue Ice chunks. So this is what it is for me right now. I hang out with my wife and kids, watch NFL, do yard work, help kids with homework…and maybe play a bit of Skyrim. All the while I have my two toons happily grinding away on that ice field. I come check on them every half hour or so, move ice around in the Orca, make necessary trips to the station to unload, and hope it’ll be enough to buy two PLEX at the end of the month.

With the prices of PLEX what they are, I probably won’t be sad to watch my accounts lapse. I am having a hard time justifying to myself why I should stress over Eve when prices of PLEX are over 600 million ISK. I am a PLEX player, that is how I play. I cannot spend real money on games. So CCP, or the player-driven economy or whatever it is that is driving prices of PLEX through the roof are also driving me out of the game.

Is anyone else who may be reading this post in my position? Where you’re at a crossroads where your preferred gameplay style cannot fund your PLEX anymore? What will you do? I just passed my three year anniversary of being a Capsuleer on September 30th, and with just over 56 million skill points under my belt, have I reached the end? Are the troubles of inflation that are plaguing the real world creeping over into the virtual world? My escape from the real world seems no longer an escape at all, so I may soon be putting Eve on the shelf. I am still subscribed to a LOT of Eve-related blogs, so I’ll still be in the loop. Until next time, lets hope PLEX cools off.