Just a bit of a preface: I’ve played from 2005 till 2012 and mostly did small gang pvp combined with various forms of income but mostly non-grindy ones. I quit because CCP had pissed me off enough at that point (Incarnage et all), because most types of pvp escalated into massive fleets & blobs and also because RL had become more busy.
Now that I have more time I tried various other MMO while very actively NOT looking at EVE but lets be honest here: EVE is where it’s at if you want a competitive sandbox so here I am again.
I have a few questions:
given that I haven’t played since 2012 how much has the game changed in terms of mechanics and all that? Can I still build upon what I know from back then or should I start from scratch?
how healthy is the small pvp community and small gang pvp landscape, is it still viable? Has it changed?
old school piracy, is THAT still viable or would I just look like an old fool clinging to days long gone?
given that small gang pvp (and possibly piracy) is still viable, what kind of ship types, roles or play styles work for this? Back then I just nuked everything down with a Cane and if it needed more nuking I’d get a torp Typhoon.
what kind of pve play style would support a semi nomadic pvp/combat player who’s willing and wanting to put in effort?
I’ve not committed just yet and am desperately trying to come up with reasons why I shouldn’t come back to the fold but it gets more and more difficult every day