My story in EVE began in 2010 with running missions. I was lucky to have good helpers in first few corporations I did things together with. We have done lot’s of Mining and Level 4 Balginia system multiple character farming.
But then I found c2 and asked whats there. We formed a squad of few people who know what to do and me as complete rookie, but awfully excited after brief description of rewards if all things go well. I was hooked. We did first site well, second site something else happened.
A beautiful blue-gray colored thin film appeared around us and more ships started to warp in. Comms started to become chaotic, mostly mad laugh and unclear rambling. They killed me last, but I first I asked why are they doing this. The answer was ‘you came to our home’.
Few more years came by, I settled in C2 with my 2 alts and run the base by farming C4 static gas sites, after long and persistent planning in back then functioning EVE-Mon. What a splendid little 3d party tool we had then, almost a cheat, hehe. Later I learned Incursions, done lot’s of PVP in Wormhole and null space with very smart and agile Russian Alliance. The Brotherhood of Starbridge had 2 talented commanders leading each roam together, with around 40 people fit in t3 ready to go on daily basis. Many great tactics were developed and used, it was a lot of collective fun, but also fear of dangerous space and careful balance of farming in static C5, keeping your POS fueled and clean and balance life, as I was graduating from IT college, my wife was graduating from college and we already had 1 year old daughter by then. After graduation we settled outside of the city near our farm with many green lands, not many houses, lots of fresh air and … satellite internet.
Next three years were difficult for online gaming, I would be late to many fights due to 5-10 second wormhole jump-through and flying a logi became a no-no. That was the end of year 2016.
In 2018 I found a C4 wormhole to move in and also mobile hotspot became a thing, allowing me to have much better latency, less than 1,500 ms that is on satellite, but limiting to 30GB of hotspot data per month. This was enough to log in 3 times a week to make sure PI is running smooth, which cuts down fuel costs by 80% and also I have done eventual roams or LVL 4-5 missions and Incursions when time allowed, once or twice a month due to 2 hour wait time, work and video streaming.
Things were running smooth, everyone have to eventually find their own spot under the Sun. I felt independent and protected by the fact it takes no interest to rattle random Astrahus, unless it’s unfueled or the owner is clearly looking for trouble. Fair enough.
But then two things happened, which I think should have not.
Wormhole became riddled with new statics. If before I was able to scan a neighbor C4, scan all their 2 statics and drag 2 battleships with Higgs rig on it to close them out and farm, or even sometimes even going one more c4 futher away from home with all my 3 alts - all to support the fuel and help with plex - now is impossible task.
Who is this good for ? We have null sec for random encounters from any side. Wormholes should be rare, otherwise making boosters, mining Arkanor and farming sleepers becomes available only to large corporations who have their scouts in every system.
Here is a picture of my Wormhole scan with 6 wormholes scanned, 2 of which are regular static and one is K162, those other 3 would not be there before one of the updates. New users are limited to only 1 pic in post…
Second, eve updates became massive and repetitive. What is a little less bad than monthly vaccinations? Monthly updates over 1 GB. I launch EVE client and see 200mb to download, well ok. It gets to 200 and then jumps to 1GB. Well fine, damit. Then it happens again the some month and I was forced to wait 3 days to start new billing cycle, so at least one of my two phones gets 30Gb of 4g again, where once over the limit, max download speeds drop to 87kb/s max (measured by Netlimiter 4 Pro).
Logging in as soon I got the new update again, I found that my base is destroyed in 1 day. Not reinforced, but destroyed and all there is on KillBoard is 4 ships. That means that Fully loaded Orca was stollen, along with 20B+ in assets gone. I was waiting for proper c5 to open nearby to get into low sec or high sec and just polished 3 of my Rattlesnakes shiny. Over two years you do get used to alot of junk, but then lose it all to 2 lowballers accidentally finding Astrahus on a far planet without fuel.
I would rather lose 200 million ISK for a Starbase module that sends a simple email that your base has ran out of fuel then drop 20+ billion ISK and motivation to go on due to
- CCP ambition to stimulate Hunters and not Gatherers to improve plex sales
- Introduce massive injections that follows the trend of every online game pushing out data and flood their bandwith, forcing people like me, who can literally see DSL lines make 90 turn away from you few miles out, have to buy 3 smartphone to have 30 more GB data. There are many options to get internet, but not here, it is ex HughesNet territory.
Can we please have only one or two statics back how it was in Wormhole space? Wormholes should be rare, not overwhelming in your face to protect from every day.
Perhaps on weekends only, so small corps like mine can farm or at least create conditions suitable to farm. With so many new WH you cannot farm, and that takes away that little slack required to keep the base online.
I have new base online, I have recovered mostly from this hiccup, question is how to go on with such intense traffic of new WH ?
Dump the WH space and just do Incursions with all 3 alts?
I could, but then I would rather play something else.
Sorry for the long rant.
Sometimes it is hard to determine when it is time to quit.
However, I think this choice should not be driven by ambitions of the others.