Started playing January of 2004 and incidentally chose my character name well before they implemented gang controls so you can imagine the confusion my name caused for awhile after they did… took a break from the game around 2014/2015 just prior to Citadels and Drifters due to RL issues and pretty much done everything the game had to offer at that point. Decided to resub last month and was immediately hooked again.
The game is more beautiful than ever, seriously gorgeous af and I’ve rearranged my UI so I can play with minimal UI so I can appreciate the graphics… I’ve spent hours and hours so far just warping to everything and admiring the work the art & graphics department put into the environment. There’s so much PVE content to digest now (Love the Anomic missions, actually a challenge!), and filaments make it easy to make daytrips into nullsec without having to sneak past gatecamps or join a nullsec alliance, love the daily rewards and AIR career programs, and even started a couple new toons as the NPE is amazing and certainly a farcry from well, absolutely nothing back in 2004… while I can’t do everything that I did prior to 2014… I love SKINS… this is literally the only game I’ve played that I’ve ever purchased skins for. Eve will always be the MMO that is different from others. With Eve, I definitely feel like I’m part of the experience as opposed to simply there watching the experience that the devs decided (If you watch the Dominion and I Was There trailers, the devs incorporated player-slang into the dialogue) and the fact that nothing I obtain in the game is ever obsoleted/deprecated upon the release of new content… It does make me sad though that it does seem like the game might be dying as concurrent user counts are down, and out of those, how many are multiboxers running 10+ accounts at the same time… hope that CCP/Pearl turns things around as Eve is finally the game that I wanted to play in 2004.
Missed out on quite a lot of lore and nullsec politics in the interim, the Trigs are another nice advancement of the whole Mysterious Jove story, but one thing that confuses me and can’t find any official lore reason for, is why any capsuleer would side with them against EDENCOM?
I hope Tony Gonzales (or his replacement) write another novel continuing the story from Empyrean Age and Templar One… love the lore in this game and definitely had me hooked.