I am one among many pilots who continue to play Eve, get bored and leave, want to come back, do come back, get bored and leave, etc. I’m tired of the cycle and I really don’t want to hang up Eve forever. Of all the games I can think of out there, Eve has the most potential for MEANINGFUL content. But the reason I’ve bounced in and out of the game for so long is twofold. One, I previously held fast to the idea of avoiding PvP. Two, I just simply didn’t have much time on my hands to devote to this (or any) particular game.
In truth, I have even less time now (Wife, 3 kids, Job w/ a 45 minute commute, getting a master’s degree, church commitments, as well as real life friends who enjoy actually getting together, etc). But I’m letting go of the “no PvP” thing. But obviously time is still super tight, say an hour a night and variable on the weekends?
So the question is, can EvE hold meaningful content for me? Oh I can easily take my Stratios out and look for combat exploration sites but what’s the point? Isk? Why? To hopefully plex so I can keep doing more of the same without making an actual impact on the game universe?
So what I’m hoping is that you good people might let me know what options are open to me in this game as a truly casual player. Well, casual when it comes to time commitment. I’m more than wiling to learn and I’ll be anything BUT casual in actual PvP. But I just don’t think I can commit to being online for fleet operations at any given point of the day/night. My life is just too hectic and real world demands are just too unpredictable.
I’ve spent my Eve career (obviously off and on) so far exploring in an astero and doing level 4 combat sites (i.e. Phi Outpost) in a Stratios. Yeah, that makes some isk, cool, but in the end, what does it ACCOMPLISH? To be fair, I’ve had some fun times escaping from 0.0 defenders in the astero and that has given a little rush every once in a while, but simply ESCAPING doesn’t really provide the impact I’m looking for. Unfortunately, beyond those activities, in which I’m probably at an intermediate level of skill, I’m pretty much clueless about the rest of the game.
So what do you think? Does this game hold anything of impact, value and meaning to the person with significantly limited time on their hands? And yes, I know “impact, value and meaning” is highly subjective, but please work with me on this. Thanks!