Just want to congratulate CCP on some sorta stealth buffs to the game that not enough people are talking about.
First, about me : I have been playing this game for more than a decade, but tend to only sub 2-3 months of each year. Occasionally more, sometimes less.
I have to say the Chaos Era changes sounded pretty wild to me at first, and got me to resub after a shorter hiatus than I normally take. After taking a bit of a survey of the landscape, I am happy to report two wonderful player experience buffs that have happened due to blackout and cyno change:
I don’t hear anyone bragging about how they “havent spent real money on this game in more than a year” because their “isk per hour is enough to PLEX all 8 of their characters in less than a week”. Have not heard it a single effing time since I’ve resubbed. Used to hear about it at least once every few days, but those players have either quit or shut their mouths since blackout and cyno changes were announced!
Not a single mention of “but a DELVE MINUTE” since I’ve been back. Not ONE! A year ago you couldn’t have more than a few conversations without someone jumping in to remind you " A DELVE MINUTE!".
On top of the 15,000 plus accounts banned this year, I have to say this is one of the most exciting times to be a player in this game. Even in my shoes, where I have a lot of overtime at work lately and am just so exhausted on a daily basis from working so much more than I’m asked… I’m happy to sub my accounts and give money to CCP because they really are making strides in Eve Online.
In all my 10+ years I never would have imagined that something could have been done about all the people bragging about their 8 accounts farming Nullsec, or how CCP could possibly balance out ‘The Delve Minute’ but lo and behold… they have done it. And they’ve done it in rather short order.
Take my money CCP! Take it and keep making this game a better place to be for those of us who aren’t cheating! I’m impressed I haven’t heard two of the most demoralizing types of statements since I’ve been back : “I play this game for free by farming NS with my capitals and PLEXing 8 accounts lolol haven’t spent money once in more than a year” and also “… DELVE MINUTE THO!”
Few things are as disheartening to other players than hearing the success of people who cheat at the game they play, and understanding thats what they are up against. And few things in this game ever got me so excited as to hear them stop bragging and start crying because blackout and cyno change is just too much and they’d rather quit than defend sov space or join intel channel.
GG CCP , what a great time to be coming back to the game