I’m probably breaking some sort of idiotic forum rule by stating this, or some legal disclaimer but I am to the point that I really just don’t care. This mentality honestly feels like a part of the game now.
This has been an amazing game, but I simply keep coming back to it looking for what was once interesting and great and is now an idiotic grindfest.
I got started in the game as most everyone does, and eventually found WH space (2009 I think, about the same year I started). I wanted money and I loved the risk and usually gained as much as I lost. That was interesting, but life moves on and RL happened with kids and all of that, plus PVE got boring. Because it is boring. So, I came back and decided I would PVP. I decided that I would engage anyone I had the barest chance of beating. I was doing this solo, and I came away with some kills I was very proud of. It worked and it was a ton of fun, win or lose.
One day I was hunting an explorer in a strange WH. I think it was a Buzzard, I am not sure and it doesn’t matter, but the next thing I know I am in structure. Confused by such a massive hit, I warp to a celestial and rep up. The next thing I know I get a convo from a guy in a smart bomb Proteus who was hunting the same guy I was and we became best EVE buddies to this day. We figured out the guy that we were hunting was part of a larger group and ended up getting a few more kills by working together. That was my best day in EVE.
I don’t think that experience can happen today. The closest I have come is trying to kill a guy in an insta-warp Venture who wouldn’t even talk to me. He just kept warping off, it was a dumb waste of all of our time. His method of play was baiting people who wanted to kill him and insta-warping away… This was the only action I have seen in the last two weeks, and I am pretty vigilant. Why, why I ask would anyone do this and this ends up being the bright spot in a 2 or 3 week period of hunting?
My point is this (and if you reply to this post, please reply to this point), I really think that the game has been so dumbed down that the majority of meaningful content that builds relationships is gone. you can simply join a mega-faction and make useless isk to your hearts content, and not much else. I’ve tried it (despite being a solo/very small group player) and it is boring as hell. I used to love hunting explorers WH site runners, they used to make great isk, but now they are rare to the point of not worth hunting. We used to get good day trippers, and now they are largely gone to the great capital mining/ratting crap yard in the sky, and are almost as afk as anything.
I want to hunt people. I don’t want to wait around to round up a posse that is going to engage a timer that won’t be defended or ends up in some meaningless fight, where I simply press F1 at the right time. I want to hunt people who do not want to be killed, and I want to do it on my own, or with a small group. We used to be able to track people with the contacts function, but they did away with that. Where can I find any sort of action remotely like what used to be? Or has this game turned into a gigantic PVE-fest where the only real PVP happens between people at the tippy-top of these ridiculous coalitions?
Please, where can I find meaningful content?