I convinced myself that my return to EVE would involve a proper community, a vocal involvement in an internet community. Yes Sion. We have those.
I failed. Life took over, as usual, Crohns is hilarious, and EVE became an intermittent joy. It's EVE.You make your own fun. Gradually things coalesced. It turns out that a minor industry addiction is equivalent to my old Civ addiction. No, Dan, I am not going to get involved in epic Civ V battles with you, I play only to get to nukes anyway. Play EVE damn you.
So what did I really become involved in? There's only so long that you can chase ISK for the purposes of a total. What's your top score in Pole Position, Chunk?
Well, crafting in any game I've played has always fascinated me. Add classic EVE complexity and you've got a Space Noob trap. Add a personal desire for self sufficiency and you've got one holy hell of a trap. I became convinced that the plan was to be able to build up from zero ISK without buying anything other than materials I couldn't realistically obtain in a decent time wise fashion. Imagine: one contract or market mistake and the ISK balence is zero. Where to go? Imagine: ganked to death in a corp war. Where to go? Well. I'm nudging researched 500 BPOs at the moment. Not all to top material levels of course. These include all the T1 frigates, insanity like a Dominix, all the parts needed for T2 small industry. Why? I can't make money off them. The market is still swamped with pre revamp battleships. I can save a couple of ISK making my own frigates and cruisers. Maybe.
But I can make EVERYTHING I might lose. EVERYTHING. Where else can you do that? What other game? Let us not talk of Shroud of the Avatar. Let us not talk of a possible exit from space.
So I'm a carebear at heart and these are my badges:
They are stamps. I have pretty much no need to activate their value, but damn, is it fine to just own them. I glory in the ownership. Any political affiliation I have to the left ends at EVE. As is only proper.
These are more useful. God knows why the script BPO is in there. I do occasionally add to the collection while drunk.
All this exaggerates my loner personality. I don't want that. I want to branch out. I want to be an active member of a vibrant community.
So I will, in the new year, probably submit an app to Stay Frosty. I was in there before but. alas, I was already on the down and out of EVE and trailed away before they could save me.
This time I will employ the lessons I've learned elsewhere. There will be an aim. I'm not your classic EVE player so no killboard stats for me. I will instead aim to kill other players ....
to incongruous music!
That's correct, I'm going, in 2016 , join a PVP corp and try to get kills while playing certain tracks.
I'll report them here but here is the initial taster
1. If You Leave Me Now - Chicago this will be hard because I'll be laughing about ex's all the way through
2. Land of 1000 Dances - Wilson Picket. Crazy orbit MWD shit
3. With a Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker. Has to be a fleet fight.
4. You Give A Little Love - Paul Williams. Might have to use ECM. Sorry.
5. Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell. This one devoted to an upclass kill, frigates vs a battlecruiser
6. Spooky - Dusty Springfield. A cloaky torpedo kill here.
I'll come up with some more, but essentially I need to spend 2016 shooting people to my odd taste in music rather than obsessing about small blue squares.
Track of the Day: Don't Give Up On Me - Solomon Burke
PS. Must get a kill to Then He Kissed Me by The Crystals.