Monday, January 25, 2010

Oh opportunity, is there anything so fickle?

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When you've been roaming New Eden as long as I have, it almost feels like home. That's how familiar it has become over the last 5 years. Not that I have done everything or touched every aspect of this most amazing of virtual world, far from it, but it just feels as though it's always been there. And always will be.

Whether you've logged into the game every day since its launch in 2003, or you've taken one or several sabbaticals from your capsuleer career, you've always come back to New Eden don't you. Why is that?

We know the EVE Online Community is unique in so many ways, and that EVE Online is like no other MMORPG out there. But what makes the game special for you?

What is it that makes this particular virtual world so enticing, so mysterious and so alluring that we keep coming back for more. Why is EVE one of the very few MMOs to see a continuous growth in its subscriber.

To put it simply: Why do you love EVE Online so much?


Man either he's been reading my old posts or I just got lucky!  But I plan on expanding on my previous post on this topic, my first post actually.

The name of my blog states it, but let me look into it more...  Eve-Opportunist.

I have Opportunist defined above as well, but I think CCP Abraxas put it very well in "The Mercenaries (Part Three)"

"This, to him, was the Minmatar lot. You saw an opportunity, no matter how unorthodox, and you did something with it. You went for it."

How crazy that quote comes along just as I start writing this blog.  To me this isn't just the Minmatar lot in eve this IS the spirit of "My Eve" that keeps me coming back.  Before I focus on opportunity, let's look at the phrase "My Eve."

My Eve is the Eve Online that I play, and everyone in Eve can have their version to play.  The miner, the industrialist on one side, the lowsec pirate and the nullsec pvper on the other and everywhere in between.  Eve isn't a straight line with PVPer on one side and PVEer on the other.  It is like a huge X,Y axis, with room for a Z and the elusive fourth dimension.  Sure some people's Eve look similar, close even, but that is the framework of the game.  It would be foolhardy to state any miner is like any other miner or any pvper is like any other...  Alt's aside there are no two "my eve's" that are word for word the same story.

How much of that can be said for other MMO's?  Wow comes to mind, WoW there has to be thousands of "heroes" completing the same quests, gaining the same professions(damn you mining), doing the same thing.  Missions in eve may be repetitive, as mining can be, but ship fitting, order to engage, finding your path, skilling, scouting, learning, now THAT is the simple essence of Eve that makes it so addicting.

It is like this butteryfly effect video...

Every choice you make in Eve puts you down a different path.  All the way down to two of the most basic parts of the game, meaning skills learnt/trained and modules fit on your ship.  A friend of mine can't pilot anything larger than a frigate but has 8 mil sp in trade related skills and plays just to manipulate the market, that is his Eve.  I have 256 sp in industry (mining 1) and 0 in trade, but can fly almost every combat ship in Eve.  The nice thing in eve being that if we wanted to, he could do what I do now and I could do what he does, it would just take some more skills.

Back to opportunity:

Oh opportunity, is there anything so fickle?

Eve allows you, want you, to take every opportunity and really do something with them, going out finding a opportunity and exploiting it for its worth.  There are no limitations set upon you, unless you do it yourself.  Combat proficient pilots can become traders, traders can be miners, miners can be combat pilots.  All it takes is different skills, a change in ships or fittings, and the opportunity to display those skills.  No classes, no subsets, just players.

Like the Eve addage "Don't undock what you can't afford to lose."

When you undock in that shiny faction ship, you are giving others the opportunity to come out of the woodwork to kill it.  Same when you undock in that noobship, though the threat may be slightly less!

Eve opportunity relies not only on the pilot but thousands  of other pilots, all doing their part in this dance with death or life.  The maker of the ship, the miner of the mats, the modules on the ship...  And of course YOU, do you undock that Taranis or the Navy Comet, or a Imp. Navy Slicer or a Crusader?  Daredevil?  Megathron?  Each provides different opportunity for you and for your opponents, and even your friends.  And you never know what ones surround you or fight with you.

Opportunity here means the chance to get a few kills without dying yourself, the chance to run that mission faster than before, I guess you could distill opportunity down to "the chance" to do whatever you want.  And Eve DELIVERS those chances, time and again.  Sure you died this time, but tomorrow, you live, or maybe you die, or maybe everyone lives and the roid dies.

Those who are truly into eve cannot get bored here for just that reason.  If one thing gets boring you just move onto something else, give it the chance to be your Eve for a while.  When that gets old, you keep moving.  By the time you "run out" of things to do, some of the old ones sound appealing again and you start the process over again... except for mining.......... ::smirk::

Add to that the people you meet, the conversations, the wars, and grudges.  The playerbase is amazing, and rightly awarded for being so.  Opinions differ, flames ensue, but when it comes down to it, the playerbase passion is to make the game better.  We may not always see eye to eye with CCP, and especially not with each other but at least occasionally... you have moments in this game that make your heart beat fast, throat dry, fingers tremble and lips smile, or grimace.

Opportunity, that is what keeps ME coming back to Eve.

Here is the final list of other Blogs on this topic, crossposted from CK's blog

  1. A Mule in EvE
  2. Astral's EVE Trial by fire
  3. The beginnings of piracy
  4. Guns Ablaze
  5. The Midnight Sun
  6. Eve Opportunist
  7. Sered's Lives
  8. The Lathspell of Mithrandir
  9. The Light of the Stars
  10. Dense Veldspar
  11. Latro's Bunker
  12. Yet Another Pilots Chronicles
  13. Morphisat's Blog
  14. EVE SOB
  15. Zen and the Art of Nullsec
  16. Tastes Like Chicken
  17. EVE What?!
  18. A Vasty Nothingness
  19. Ally's Walkabout
  20. Mark Mustang
  21. Why do I love EVE Online
  22. Bouli's Mind
  23. Weynards EVE
  24. Why do I Love Eve
  25. An Extremely Complicated Survival Machine
  26. Surviving within the void
  27. Fua Consternation
  28. Taxtro Grave
  29. A Sebiestor Scholar
  30. JugBlog
  31. The Wolfs Den
  32. Wench with a Wrench
  33. Yarrbear Tales
  35. Kirith Darkblade
  36. Vive Virtual
  37. Adventures in Mission Running
  38. Normandy's EvE Online Musings
  39. Faint Resolution
  40. Diary of a pod pilot
  41. FlashFresh
  42. The New Victoria in New Eden
  43. Don't Fear the Mutant
  44. Infinity and Doom
  45. Event Horizons
  47. MushskiC's Marshmallow Mountain
  48. Why We Love EVE
  49. into the unknown with gun and camera
  50. Lyeit Lair
  51. Achernar
  52. EVE Online Contest
  53. Cogito Ergo Yarr
  54. Jump on Contact
  55. Ecliptic Rift
  56. SpiderMonkey Express
And two more who didn't make the deadline but are worth reading anyways!

He's got his hands full on this one!  56 entries is massive, nice work CK!

And here are the winners of the contest!

Congrats to you all!  Very good entries.

Here are your 10 winners!
  1. 1st Prize - $100 in EVE Store merchandise: Wench with a Wrench
  2. 2nd Prize - $50 in EVE Store merchandise: Don't Fear the Mutant
  3. 3rd Prize- $25 in EVE Store merchandise: Into the unknown with gun and camera
  4. 4th Prize - $25 in EVE Store merchandise: Sered's Lives

    And the following bloggers each win a 14 Day EVE Time Code:
  5. FlashFresh
  7. Vive Virtual
  8. Why do I love EVE Online
  9. An Extremely Complicated Survival Machine
  10. Ecliptic Rift

Very nice work!

My favorite was definately Flash's entry!  FlashFresh


    1. Well written indeed, opportunities abound in EvE, even more so than in other games :)

    2. Thank you both for the kind words, at least nobody has told the truth yet :)

    3. Nice post, well written. Enjoyed reading it.

    4. Thanks Chain! I keep trying to update the other posters for this EBB event, but now there are more than I want to update. Check out the comments over at Crazy's blog for more posts, I will update this when I have more time!