Playing Solo yet in a Corp

I just gonna say I don’t really believe CCP understands all the players who play their game or necessarily why they play the way they do. If EVE is a true Sandbox then who is ANYONE to tell ANYONE else in the Sandbox how they should play in it.  As well CCP to only cater their development in a so call Sandbox to just one section of the game and neglect other players and play styles in that same Sandbox because some players are not playing the way they want. Then is it really a Sandbox is you can’t choose to play the way you or anyone else want to? I’ve played the way I wanted to because that’s how I wanted to play it.

You already pretty much know I’m mostly a Solo player if you’ve been reading here long enough to know my usual activities as an Industrialist, Market Trader, Researcher, Inventor. Sometime I choose to spend some time in Exploration, Salvaging, Mining to just relax and think, or Missioning a bit for some rusty pew pew checking out the ship engine oil on a few runs.

Occasionally I do small group activities that encompass anyone of those activities helping out a valued friend in EVE (I know Friends are rare) or in my Corp in small ways but very helpful and vital all the same. Yet I’m a vital member of my Corp even though I’m not a very visible or vocal member of my Corp to the general Corp membership. I’m very much understood I think by my Corp Senior Management of which I’m one of very few members somewhere in a Middle Management Role by virtue of my Solo playing skills. I’m also like that fly on the wall who’s always there and sometimes around to help and even help that new EVE Corp member recruit when no one else is around to help.

Corp Middle Management: Market and Trade Division/Industry

My Corp owns and manage our Alliance of over a dozen corps with all various mix of play styles. My role I’ve had for years as a vital member of my Corp. I manage my Corp Market and Trade Division. That Corp Division covers whatever in my activities as a Market Trader/Logistics/Researcher/Industrialist/Invention activities that I see fit to use to increase Corp Investment Assets in my charge. I’m mostly a division of 2, me and my other self managing one subset of my Corporation Wallet. And through us both I’ve helped to make my Corp $Billions$ of ISK on my  own time that gets allocated to paying for other corp activities. Asset eventually allocated wether it be SRP for Corp/Alliance low sec roams, WH activities, New Player ship programs and other bills like Alliance monthly fees as well as Station Offices to name a few things that all that ISK have went to.

Most regular members in my Corp never even knew or barely aware I was in a separate division in my own Corp assigned by my Corp CEO… at my request to effectively perform my role. Yet I’m still a Solo player, but in a Corp. As most of my usual activities are very solo in nature.

That is the vital function I served in my Corp partly due to being good at the solo activities I’ve been good at. It was a role I asked of my CEO long ago because it was one the chief way I helped contribute to my Corp as a member since I didn’t directly spend time pew pewing like some others often did in the Corp wether it be on WH activities or Low sec gang roaming with the rest of Corp Alliance. As an Industrialist/Researcher/Inventor I’m one of the few and prominent member of my Corp that engage in such activities even though most of my activities fly far below the radar as a solo player inside my Corp.

When I saw the Corp couldn’t properly address my needs as a Researcher to get an increased amount of Research done in an effective manner I simple created my own Corp and eventually deployed my own Research Tower totally financed on my own. I’m playing Solo, yet in the long run it all served the Corp as some those BPOs researched was borrowed by the Corp to make Ships for the Corp and PVP needs. I was always there to help usually if someone in Corp needed help and I’m available to do so or lend a BPO to make some PVP Ships/Assets or something that serves both the Corp and Alliance overall.

I don’t really need my Corp to do anything I already currently do in EVE from day-to-day, but it just makes it easier being there, helping out as well know the benefit of also knowing other members. On most days unless I look at the Corp chat window I barely even remember I’m actually in a Corp, because my activities are that Solo for me in how I choose to do them. I spend more time looking at EVE Trader talk window and one with a long time friend. Occasionally I pay attention to corp chat. But my Corp is much better off because I’m there. It cost my Corp nothing. I’m a very trusted member of my Corp as I’ve earned it. I’ve made more ISK for my Corp than all the tax activities that the corp has ever generated in its wallet from members. I’m sure because I’ve seen just what gets generated ISK wise for taxable activities from members. And I know how much ISK in $Billions$ I’ve made for my Corp separate from my own usual activities. So by virtue of efforts I’ve done better contributing to the greater effort of the Corp as a contributing member in how I play EVE which in term affect what the Corp/Alliance can do on a greater scale. Yet… I’m just a Solo player.

Players like me are not an anomaly in EVE, we are many and not necessarily the most vocal. Some of us all do things differently, as well we quietly do our duty often being Corp members that help strengthen the backbone of our Corps. Yet we are still very much Solo players. And I think CCP as well many the players base that like to just pew pew only forget that these are some of the players in your own Corp that though members and not often the most vocal are also sometimes Solo players overall as well. I think CCP fails to realize just how those players glue things up in the greater Sandbox of things often neglecting them as well by only catering to the most vocal of a subset of the entire player base.

Yes I might play EVE mostly Solo in how I look at it, you may think of it differently. And Yes I’m also part of the EVE Community with this blog of which I’ve been apart of for the last 4 years.

Paying the Bills

I might be one of the 10-20% that choose to remain and play EVE for longer than 1-2 months as a solo player and become part of the universe. I’ve help create and affect content in my solo play in how I’ve played EVE. It may not be PVP but I’m a paying customer all the same.

In 4 years of EVE I’ve maybe not subscribed for maybe at most 4 months max or so maybe. Yet in all those months on 2 accounts I’ve mostly happily paid my subscription to CCP via my VISA Card charged monthly. In the last year alone I’ve barely paid EVE all that much drastically scaling back my EVE time, yet I’ve remained a paying customer VISA charged monthly on my only 2 accounts I’ve ever had. Only once in my entire lifetime as a player have I ever bought 1 single PLEX to know how it worked.

You can’t tell me many players who may play the game solo or mostly solo, as well pay CCP monthly month after month are not valued customer to CCP in helping to pay the bills with hard cash. Its more like neglected customers because of their playstyle.

CCP should be doing more, as well a better job or retaining many the new players that at least choose to take a look at the game. As well as ALL players playing the game vs just catering to a subset of EVE players.

I for one can’t help keep paying CCP’s bills and failings when I know players like me are being neglected and taken for granted.


Updated: 05/14/14

4 Years of EVE Online

I haven’t been at my office desk or space desk that much lately or for a while. At least not that often to realize as of 05/06 that both my EVE Characters are now officially 4 years old. I’ve surely never expected to be here this long or be apart of EVE or this community. EVE for me started out of pure curiosity and never expected I’d ever be here this long.

Ametius 4 years of EVE

Ametius: 77.5 Million Skill Points.

I have not the time to dedicate to a long post, nor do I have the desire to write one as of years past. This will just remain as a footnote in time, for this blog and my gaming activities. Documentation of my time existing somewhere in New Eden.

Alothos 4 years of EVE

Alothos: 70.1 Million Skill Points.

It’s just such a coincidence that I’ve reached this particular milestone at this very time….

DUST to Dust

Saw some Fanfest video feed and announcement today. So I feel for the DUSTBunnies that felt like they got a hot Nova Knife attending Fanfest in the back and likely across the spine. I haven’t played DUST514 in months just walking away from the game. Just my choice. But having played the game since Beta, I feel and understand your pain.

It sucks to be you right now I know.

But such is life and such is New Eden. It’s a brutal world in New Eden we all know it already.

I’m choosing not to get worked up about anything related to New Eden these days. I like my own sanity and peace of mind.

EVE Dev Blog: Teams

While I don’t pretend to understand the ramifications of all the recent Industry Dev Blogs I do find the new Blog on “Teams” a little more understandable and interesting. Like all things EVE Online leave it up to the players and their vast ingenuity to come up with ways to exploit any changes in the game, especially to those with the most to gain. I’m not sure who this will benefit the most space wise, but I’m sure others are already dwelling and figuring out such things.

But anyway my foot is almost through the door which has long been on my mind way before an industry announcement as indicative from my lack of blog posting for months. So I can’t say I’m dwelling that much on everything in the recent Dev Blogs at this point.

However on the New Teams for Industry I had a few thoughts.

  • Per Dev Blog Teams are random spawned or created in random systems. So I wonder will systems with more stations or Industry stations effect that random distribution of Teams in how and where they may spawn vs randomization just by system alone? That be interesting as around some system hubs there are a huge amount of stations in some systems within 2-3 jumps of one central system. Teams spawning in WH’s that’s just interesting in itself as well.
  • I would imagine the rise of some form of new Industry conglomerates among some industry players or small groups of players maybe. Existing to attract Teams to their system in one way or another to well exploit the Teams function. This is EVE after all.

That’s what came to mind immediately after reading the Dev Blog. Initially it wast quite what I expected Teams would be. But I’m sure I won’t dwell on it much otherwise either.