At 7:10am Pacific Time, Friday, October 19th, 2007, the last skill required for my miner to fly a Hulk was scheduled to complete.
At 7:05am Pacific Time, Friday, October 19th, 2007, I was sitting in front of my computer, ready to bring up EVE Online.
The night before I had logged into EVE with my miner. I flew him in his Retriever to corp HQ. I removed all the fittings from the Retriever. I made sure I had everything in my hanger to fit out the Hulk in the morning.
I left the Retriever and flew my pod over to the system where my Hulk waited. I docked in that station, took one last look at the ships list, just to see the Hulk listed there, then logged off and went to bed.
When I woke up Friday morning and booted up my system, I was ready to burn down some asteroids.
I brought up EVE just in time to see the message on the launch screen about the server being brought down for emergency database work.
And then CCP brought it down.
No Hulk with my toast in the morning.
So I had to wait all day to see my new ship in flight. And I had to go all day with no skill training.
I am not sure which was more painful.
When I finally got home and got on, I was greeted with this message:
Rollback? Those rumors had better be unfounded! I would be pissed!
A lot of people were trying to get in the game too. I hit another queue. A Summer of 2006 World of Warcraft sized queue.
Okay, maybe not a WoW sized queue compared to some servers that summer, but on my server that was the common size a peak hours.
But in EVE, that only appears to be a log in queue, so it went pretty quickly.
And there was my Hulk waiting for me, only 12 hours delayed.