Hey all (or hey the 3 who still have links to this blog)! As those paying attention to my comings and goings know, I've been logging in quite a bit for very short stays lately. And although there's not much in the way of industrial changes in EVE, there are quite a few new fixes and what not coming in the next patch. This leaves me with an important decision coming up. Do I get active in EVE again or not?
As you all (or the 3 of you as the case may be) know I un-subbed my alts and moved all my assets back to high sec in order to skill flip wait out the fall and see what the winter brought. As my post about destroyers indicates, I am still paying attention to what goes on development wise. I still say CCP is in full blown panic, knee jerk reaction mode, but it looks like some long standing issues are getting some love. I feel sorry for the CCP employes who got the axe over the summer but "Pride goeth before the fall". And the little guys pay the price.
I will point out that the dev production since REALLY pointed out how much EVE development has suffered with CCP's concentration split between the two other games. I hope for their sakes they can get DUST out the door without an entire year's delay (Me has PS3, me want BETA). While I'm on the subject. Allow me to point out something to the absolute IDIOTS in charge of the Nex store. It is not that Incarna will eventually be useful to EVE. It can be. The way you introduced it and marketed it, however... What drugs were you on? I also fail to see why you guys were so attached to introducing a horribly flawed secondary micro transaction system when you already had possibly one of the best micro transaction systems in gaming (talking about PLEX here - would someone please explain to Hilmar that PLEX IS Micro transactions even without the NeX). Your players are far from stupid and they WILL call your bluff. 8% reduction in subscriptions (the number I've heard somewhere) since the high point should point out the true cost of these miss steps to your game and hence your company.
Meanwhile let's get back to the decision point. Here's my current situation: RHI basically imploded and left Cascade Imminent [FAIL]. Yaxi is rebuilding it and has joined Cascade Probable while he does this. I'm still in RHI, but my previous experience with 0.0 life has left me with the issues that unless a corp/alliance is prepared to support non-cap pilots properly, living in 0.0 is not only rather difficult but actually costs more than it brings in. Definitely compared to life in wormhole space. So, I'm currently rather leery of that since I still don't have even a suitcase carrier.
So the question is: has CCP done enough with it's winter patch to address things and justify coming back. And if I do, my choices are: Stay with RHI and give another crack to 0.0 where my options are severely restricted or go and do something else that will build up my isk total as opposed to drain it.
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