Maybe I’m missing something here. Let me make sure.
I can mine forever in hi-sec and be bored to tears.
I can jump to lo/nul-sec where the money and fun is at but every time I do that I’ve basically jumped into the wolfs den and it’s up to me to figure out a clever way to keep from getting destroyed just for walking through the door. If I can manage to not fat-finger something, I might accidentally stumble the right direction and make it through to spend my time in lo/nul looking over my shoulder. Living in dread of that moment when some killboard fanatic decloaks and my 6-second do-your-taxes-while-you-wait alignment time gets me pinned down and murdered. My hours and hours of mining and ship building destroyed in 6 seconds so that somebody’s kill count can go up by…wait for it…one.
I might be able to mitigate some of that by buying a cloak but…that will cost me $15 a month to leave the target on my back while marginally increasing my chances of surviving. I’m now a paying customer but I’m still just a bleating sheep to the wolves.
“It’s not a solo game, it’s a mmmommopmmrmm…rpg…massive game,” you say, “Join a corporation!” So…die on your own or join a corporation who will give you orders and basically tell you how you’re supposed to play.
So…it’s pokemon. Two players meet, throw down their cards. Whoever has a card with more advantages wins. That’s it. No chance for the underdog. A player with a superior ship found you so you die. I guess I’m supposed to aspire to that glorious day when I get the superior cards and can simply apply them to the lesser player? Oh, boy. Dare to dream.
Yet there are thousands of people playing this game around the clock. What am I missing here?