Before I go ranting about EVE Online, I'd like to wish you all a happy 2012, and I hope it brings you happiness, love, sex, money, bacon, ganks, ISK, etc. I'm hoping the same things for myself :)
As you may have noticed, I'm starting to be less and less attracted to Internet Spaceships. My reasons are pretty much the same as they were last April, only since my return I never felt the urge to go back to full activity, and I still have trouble with time constraints so I basically refuse to play on anything but my own schedule. It's not that I hate EVE; it's just that I don't like enough of it. But oh well, enough about me for now. Scram Web's post about the relation between the falling (crashing?) prices of Faction ships and Incursions and my recent experience of showing up almost unannounced at Letrange's place as his fleet was killing True Power zombie after True Power zombie made me realize one thing that's been talked about a lot and I can now agree with: CCP needs to nerf the living daylights out of Sansha Kuvakei.
I've once heard CCP Dr EyjoG say that EVE has too many ISK faucets. Well, Incursions aren't a faucet... they are a blown water main. In the hour and a half I was at Let's place his 11-man gang consisting of 3 Scimitars and 8 WTF-bling battleships (mostly Machariels, with a Nightmare, Bhaalgorn, Vargur and Rokh thrown in for good measure) made about 1.5 billion ISK appear out of thin air. In an hour and a half. And they were at this all day. And do this almost every day. Letrange also showed me the obscene amount of CONCORD LP he had... borderline 7 digits?! And people wonder why the market is doing wonky things. Free money is good, but too much free money is not.
During all this I saw the poor saps who were also trying to run sites, but were getting the grass cut from under their feet from this 20-ish billion ISK rape train. So you know when they say that it takes money to make money? Incursions are proof of this. And frankly, the cut-throat ISK war that makes EVE what it is is getting to me, which is why I'm slowly on my way out. Yes at 57 million skill points I could easily fly in fleets like that but since I have nowhere near the ISK required to buy myself a Faction-fitted Machariel, I'd have to go Logistics, and this raises one of my personal problems: I really don't like having people rely on me for survival. As I told Let, if an FC relies on me to get a tackle and I fumble it, no biggie. But if I would fumble a rep and a multi-billion ISK ship dies because of it it would feel worse than losing such a ship on my own by my own fault.
All this talk of ISK is making me sick of EVE. I subscribed to fly and destroy spaceships, not to become a space businessman. But in EVE Online it is totally impossible to not be both. I have therefore come to the conclusion that despite the little bits that I absolutely love, and unless there are major changes to the game that would make it appeal more to an action player like me, EVE Online is not for me. And so it is that in the middle of March I will let my subscription run out and head for greener pastures. Maybe it was getting back to a game where I can hit "save" and come back to it either an hour or 2 days later. But a 4-month break was clearly not enough to make me see EVE in a new light. Will a year or 2 help? Only time, and CCP, can tell...
PS: some stuff will be given, and some stuff will be kept.