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Sunday, February 1, 2009

One Late Blog Banter

Last month’s EVE Blog Banter comes to us from Manasi from A Mule In EVE.

Manasi asks: “How do we, EVE bloggers, adapt to changes as they are thrust upon us (speed changes, no more ghost training, all the dev blogs, etc), or as our lives make playing the game different (more time, less time)?”

Each pod pilot will have to determine how they adapt to change for themselves. Personally I go with the flow. Just remember: If you're not finding EVE fun, change what you are doing in EVE. EVE is the way it is, not necessarily what you would wish it to be. The thing to remember is to play the game you're in, not try and make it the game you would like it to be.

Besides change is coming. Again. The March update promises to be quite epic. New AI for new rats. So far the only confirmed ones are the Sleepers but since they usually dealt with Minmatar related things I can't help but wonder if we'll see all the other ancient races (one for each flavor of tech 3 ship component sets) or whether CCP will reserve that for future tech expansions. Well we'll be able to see soon.

Tech 3 ships. These will be modular. In other words each of the new ships is made up of 5 components. there are five variations of each of the five components and there are 4 factions. Although it is unlikely that you'll be able to mix say a caldari sensor component on the same ship as a Minmatar engine component. This still leaves us with 3125 potential combinations. 12500 new ships in one fell swoop. As various people have commented: "I can't wait till the fail fits show up on kill mails".

The exploration mechanics are changing. The existing system is getting simplified to a certain extent (i.e. one radar probe instead of 4 different ranged radar probes, but the new one has an adjustable range setting). Probably some new wormhole probes, for the new wormhole space we'll be seeing. Who knows what else they've changed in the system. We'll see.

There will be ~2500 more new systems to explore in wormhole space. It will be interesting to see where this goes. I suspect we'll see crowded systems the first few days and the pirates will go berzerk, then things will calm down and the more planned out exploitation of the new systems will take place. We will have to see how that evolves.

As for what we bloggers do? Just report on what's going on. If something changes, comment on it. Look at it's pros and cons. And if it should be something like your life taking a turn away from EVE, have the decency to admit it and let people know instead of just falling of the face of the earth.

1 comment:

Krandor said...

"I can't wait till the fail fits show up on kill mails"

What this makes me think is how will the new T3 ships break our killboards, and how quick will the KB devs be able to put out a patch to fix them? I know we'll all be running SQL scripts like crazy to fix new issues as they arise.

I like what you said about if you don't find EVE fun anymore. There are so many possible 'career' paths in EVE that if you've done them all you're probably a dev or a really old pilot.