Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Thoughts on the Eve UI

Coming back to Eve after a relatively long time felt weird. I realise that the eighteen or so months that I spent away from the game isn't really that long in Eve terms, but with close to no contact with the game during that time it certainly felt like enough.

Rather than re-subbing straight away, I decided to start a new trial account while I figured out just how this whole internet spaceship thing was supposed to work again. I rolled Minmatar, obviously - their ships might be a little underwhelming right now, but they're still the one true master race of Eve.

The first challenge that I had to overcome was the user interface. The Eve UI is something that even veterans like to complain about, but coming back to it with a fresh pair of eyes really drove the point home.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Revisiting Eve

After almost two years clean, I've found myself back in New Eden. This is something I've been planning for a while - an opportunity both to catch up with old friends and to explore the many updates that the game has seen since I left it.

Unfortunately this isn't a full return, and those of you who were hoping for a reboot my gradually ageing Know Your Enemy series are likely to be disappointed. My love for the game is still here, but the truth is I don't really have the same level of free time to commit to it as I used to and neither maintaining a subscription nor expending the in-game effort to play without one are realistically justifiable. I have a month on the account and enough ISK to extend it for a few more if necessary, so we'll see how things go from there.

Having been out of the loop for so long I hardly feel like I'm in the best position to be an authority on anything right now. Nevertheless, I do have a number of articles planned that you'll hopefully be able to see here in the coming days.

In the meantime fly safe, and hopefully I'll be seeing some of you in space!

Update: I've had a number of people offer to help me out with PLEX, and while I'm incredibly touched by the gesture I do want to be clear that I'm not in any kind of financial difficulty - I just don't feel like I can justify paying a subscription when I'm not expecting to be able to play very frequently.

Friday, 9 August 2013

Signing Off

I'm sure to some of you this won't come as much of a surprise, but it's time to make it official; the Altruist is officially going dark.

I've played Eve for five going in six years now without a gap, far longer than I've played any other game. I've had a great deal of fun doing that - it's a testament to the depth of Eve that it can hold someone's interest for that long and still provide enough challenge and enjoyment to keep them coming back. However, it has also been quite a considerable commitment. Eve may be a game that can be played casually, but to really get the most out of it - to be fully involved in the community, take an active role in running a corporation, or these days simply to stay on top of balance changes and keep the rust off as a PVPer - requires a level of both time and effort that shouldn't be underestimated. That's before you add in silly things like running a blog, teaching classes, and so on.

The decision hasn't been an easy one, but I feel like I've reached the point where I need to let that commitment go and start freeing up time to spend on other things.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Confessions of a Lowsec Pirate

As you'll know from my last post, I recently renounced my wicked ways of lowsec piracy to pursue other things. CONCORD were willing to overlook my sins in exchange for a fat wad of isk, and I'm now once again an upstanding pillar of the community. Well, sort of anyway - I'm still -1.3, but that'll have to do!

Having spent a little over a year in lowsec including my previous stint in faction warfare, I felt like now was an appropriate time to look back at the highs and lows of lowsec life.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Of Sleepers and Sec Status

It won't come as much surprise to you if you're following the blog (or rather, the lack of blog), but my motivation to play Eve has taken a bit of a dive recently. I've been having a lot of fun with some other games (in particular Dota 2, The Old Gods expansion for Crusader Kings 2, and more recently a bit of AI Wars) and combined with some RL goings on I've not really had the urge to log in very much.

Part of that has also probably been down to the gameplay I've been focusing on. When you're a solo pilot in a solo-centric corp it's really down to you to make your own fun, and unless you put the effort in things can easily become fairly routine. I have a more detailed post on the ups and downs of lowsec piracy that I'll be posting in the near future, but suffice to say I decided it was time to try something a little different. In fact, I'm going to try two different things!

The Altruist is the Eve Online blog of Azual Skoll, PVP instructor and small gang PVPer.

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