I play with only one character logged in at one time (no multibox of any kind). I do this because I am a “casual” player, because I have less time to play.
I don’t want to invest more $ into a game and bother with managing 2 screens at the same time - and I see this as a clear “pay to win” situation.
With 2 characters logged in one can avoid any gate camp, and in null - one can guard an entrance a few systems over, to be sure nobody is coming. Or do exploration and have a bodyguard present for the exploration ship. Two characters logged in make a giant difference in every aspect of the game play.
The response to this is “play with friends”. I do not know when I will log in and for what ammount of time. I am not in high-school anymore, but I like EVE as a game to get into when I get the chance. I cannot get a fleet to guard a gate for me, or come with me to guard my exploration ship - if I log in for 30 minutes at a random time.
Is anyone else playing with one single character?
Or EVE is becoming a game of people that buy their PLEX and ships and do not bother with PVE, and people that multibox - and are in a different gameplay world than people who do not? For me this shows the decline of a game, when only these specialized (or hardcore) players remain.
And - listening to these hardcore players CCP makes EVE hard to play as a casual player, and in this way they lose a lot of players. There should be no safe (or simple) way to PVE they say. Except if you multibox.
(Yes - this topic was in response to the recent null-sec blackout. No more mining or ratting for me as a casual. Don’t know how the multiboxers manage)