So I’ve been playing on-and-off since 2009, but my breaks have been getting longer each time I quit.
The last break I took lasted maybe 2 years and I came back 2 days ago to try new features, etc.
First night back in the game, I got “Pirate’s Path” escalation in Venal, a NPC null region. Under great risk I was able to complete all 5 sites while warping around on my Golem.
Last boss on site five dropped 10 million ISK in t1 loot, at that point I decided to never touch an escalation again, one less reason to play since I only do PVE.
Minutes after that, I was caught in a gate camp and lost my deadspace fitted Golem in Venal while heading back to my base station.
Today I bought a new Golem in Jita and fitted it, along with implants, and got blown up in Low sec while making my way to the wormhole I found that leads back to Venal (the only way I can bring a golem there). There was one 0.4 system in my route, one, and it was camped.
Well that does it for me, I put my two characters (72mil SP / 26mil SP) in recycling mode and will delete them as soon as the 10h timer is up.
I’d like to play the game but not having freedom to do what I want without being killboard fodder for other players is not something I can invest my time in anymore.
I will remember my characters and these 11 years on-and-off fondly, but i’m done with EvE, forever.
I hope the playerbase continues to diminish until all that’s left are the PVP cool kids, when they realize there’s nobody to grief, they’ll quit too and EvE can finally be shut down.