When I was a newer player, I didn’t gate-camp that much. Maybe three or four times a day would be enough. Then as I got older, I found that I had to do it more often. These days, it’s not even uncommon for me to wake up in the middle of the night to have a quick gate camp (although it sometimes takes a while to get it going as I fumble through the darkness). I’m actually finding it more and more difficult to control when I need to gate-camp. If I feel the urge coming on, I know that I have to get a gate camp going as soon as possible. But the worst part is when the need to gate-camp turns out to be a false alarm. I hurry like a madman to get to the target choke point system, set up tackle and logistics, clear the comms, and then…nothing. There’s no traffic; no movement through the pipe whatsoever.
My gate camps have also become much more messy in recent years. Before, it was possible to maintain a tight formation around the gate, but today, it seems that it’s all over the place, barely staying within the outer rim of tackle range. And I have to scoop up all the loose drones and cans each time I’m done, or my FC will yell at me, or even worse, for not leaving the fleet advert up when I’m done.
Boy, becoming an EVE vet sure is rough.