Post #100 and this seems an appropriate time to wind up proceedings. I have been blogging for just about a year and fanfest is just around the corner.
Over the course of the year I have got to know so many wonderful people. It has been a privilege. Eve was and is an amazing game. Infact it is going through a bit of an Indian summer with the war going on and CCP taking it to new places and that is great to see. Recent financial returns suggest CCP are in a good place and the troubled times are firmly a part of history. Eve Valkyrie and Gunjack look like success stories and there are other games being developed. Exciting times.
However, being ever the contrarian, fanfest will likely mark my departure from Eve. The three possibilities that could avert that would be:
- NPC tax stick to be removed or
- Medium citadels are allowed to have markets
- Some other yet to be announced change that favourably impacts 1 and 2 above.
The choice of either bending the knee and use the company store or be taxed regressively is not one I am going to entertain as an independent player. Now I am pretty sure CCP have bigger fish to fry and keeping Kong a happy bunny is not on their priority list. So I have no expectation that these changes will be made.
The broader context to my decision are the other changes that have happened this year. SP extraction was a point of inflexion for me. Eve was about the journey. Now the journey has become irrelevant - you can just buy your way there, but the implication was that CCP were going in a direction that in terms of my game would be pretty much make Eve just like any other game out there. The proposed dailies although being "experimental" confirm this but Serenity suggests this is just the tip of the iceberg. With no journey, no unique gameplay and the sandbox option restricted to the alliances and oligarchs, the engagement for me has gone and it is time to move on.
Although Eve has drifted away from me that doesn't make it a bad game. It is a great game and has a fantastic community. But it isn't a game for me at this point. As I've mentioned before, I dumbly bought a 6 month sub so that account stays live until August. It is a zombie SP farm so there is no gameplay going on. So between now and then there won't be much to write about. Thus we have probably come to an end because I feel it would be a bit hypocritical to write about a game I have effectively stopped playing.
Fly safe o7