The sirens at CCP are singing their song again.
CCP sent me an email on Saturday, tempting me back into space for five days free.
I figured I might as well take them up on the offer. I’m not buying into the idea that there is an MMO slump of any sort, but I have been hacking and slashing for months on end, so a few days among the stars seemed like a nice change.
Of course, things started off as usual for me. I logged in at peak time with the server population above 30K. I was docked in Jita. I tried to undock.
Not a long time. Less than five minutes but more than two I would estimate.
Jita is a popular place.
But at least I had a goal in-game almost immediately! Get the hell of Jita.
So I pulled up the map, picked a star one jump away, and went.
That is one thing about EVE, there is no lack of places to go.
The tutorial came up as I got myself in motion. I read or heard somewhere that this was a new tutorial. I felt I ought to try it, just to compare it to my experience with the past version. But not now. I cancelled it and told it not to come back. You can always start it up again from the configuration screen.
So there I was, again among the stars. I have had my issues with EVE, but beautiful scenery has never been one of the.
My cormorant warped, cruised, jumped… the timeless cycle of travel in EVE Online.
I stopped in Niyabainen.
Then I suddenly realized I had no skill training in progress. Minutes wasted!
The mantra of EVE Online: Always be training.
And the uncertainties started in again. What skill should I train? What do I need? What would be useful sooner rather than later? What is a false path, what is a true one?
I chose Shield Upgrades and started that working towards rank 3. I might need that some day, right? Fine, at least valuable training time would not be lost.
And then I thought about what to do next.
Run a mission or three I suppose.
There was even an agent available to me in system. I headed to Roki Kaurinen at the Caldari Navy Assembly Plant.
I had not run any missions for this particular agent before. Should I start now?
I am not even sure of the right protocol for running missions. Should you stick with one agent until something changes? Should you spread about and build faction with a series of agents? Does it matter? Should I just do my 16 runs as fast as possible to get the story line missions?
Well, the agent with whom I had built the most faction, Purkkoken Honuken, is based Jita, and I wasn’t going to go back there if I could avoid it. Not at peak hour, anyway.
I dug in and ran a few missions for Roki.
The same missions I had run before. In fact, in running six missions, I got two repeats, including two runs through “Worlds Collide.”
This isn’t exactly a step up from “kill ten rats.” In fact, running things like “Avenge a Fallen Comrade” six times in a week’s worth of missions was one of the things that soured me a bit on EVE.
Oh well. EVE is about the PvP, right? I am a long way away from that still.
At least I hit that magic “16th mission” and got a story line mission. And it was a tough one. I had to run back for repairs twice during the mission and once for a reload because I left the hanger with my magazines nearly empty.
Faction up! Cash up! Fun up!
But once I was through with it, I was back to the same old missions.
Maybe I ought to just go back to hacking and slashing again.
I have some fun running the missions of course. It is not complete tedium. I just do not have any goals, and I am really a goal oriented person.
Maybe Warp Drive Active can help me.