Welcome to the eighteenth installment of the EVE Blog Banter, the monthly EVE Online blogging extravaganza created by none other than me, CrazyKinux. The EVE Blog Banter involves an enthusiastic group of gaming bloggers, a common topic within the realm of EVE Online, and a week to post articles pertaining to the said topic. The resulting articles can either be short or quite extensive, either funny or dead serious, but are always a great fun to read! Any questions about the EVE Blog Banter should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out other EVE Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!
On May 6th 2010, EVE Online celebrated its 7th Anniversary. Quite a milestone in MMO history, especially
considering that it is one of the few virtual worlds out there to see its population continually grow year after year. For some of you who've been here since the very beginning, EVE has evolved quite a lot since its creation. With the expansion rolling out roughly twice a year, New Eden gets renewed and improved regularly. But, how about you the player? How has you gaming style evolved through the years or months since you've started playing? Have you always been a carebear, or roleplayer? Have you only focused on PvP or have you given other aspects of the game a chance - say manufacturing. Let's hear your story!
I started in Ksiogo next to Jita, running missions in my trusty Heron, then Merlin. Lost a couple Merlins to Worlds Collide level 1 and was ready to quit after two weeks. Then some friends from Warhammer offered to have me fly with them and I took the plunge and flew out to Placid region. Ran missions there but with more knowledge and capability. Also learned how to PvP.
Those times in IPRC in Placid and then in Genesis were the foundations of an enduring love of PvP in Eve. I also saw the concept arts for the Rokh and became determined to be a Hybrid Caldari pilot. Merlins, Caracals, Feroxes, and eventually the Rokh. IPRC turned into Strife Mercenaries and we fought some high sec wars, winning and losing. Then we turned to join No Quarter corporation up in Venal...
The Dark Months
I lost a lot in this time, first my Rokh in a level four mission, and then my Raven while trying to get it up to Venal null sec. Depressed, broke, and tired of being the useless one, I left my buddies to their fate and spent some time alone in Molden Heath, rebuilding my wallet and enthusiasm with new skills and ships. Eventually after a few months I rejoined my buddies out in null sec with renewed purpose.
The New Path
Our time in Fountain was good personally but frustrating politically. We went through a couple alliance fail cascades and I decided to move on to a new corp and new training path. I joined up with M3 Corp at this point and began training earnestly for Chimera Carriers.
My old buddies reformed as Strife Mercenaries 2.0 and I foolishly left M3 to get in on the ground floor of this new corp. We had a few good months of success, tried forming an alliance with other corps in Syndicate, and was going along well... when the wheels came off. The CEO burned out, I had the twins being born, and the majority of the corp went different direction. We said "summer hiatus" but it turned into the death knell of Strife 2.0.
Back On Track
That summer of 2008 I was too busy with newborn twins to do much of anything, so I spent any time I had in Eve in Faction Warfare on the Minmatar side, earning standing and ISK. I got my carrier, more skills, and as fall rolled around I felt the need for company again. I had kept tabs on M3 Corp because I really liked my original stay so I reapplied and was happy to be given another chance.
That was 1.6 years ago and I've been through a lot of the corp's ups and down throughout New Eden but always happy with the company I keep while PvPing. Lately I realized I had built up a large amount of assets so I liquidated them all and fulfilled a long time dream of owning a Wyvern supercarrier.
This summer my time is gimped once more as a new baby entered our house so I'm finishing the skills for piloting the Wyvern and I hope to have some time to use it in the fall. Next step? Who knows...
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