A few days ago I went on a rescue mission. This mission was based off of nothing more than my own nosy curiosity and a hunch about something.
I've written before about people bringing people into the game or adopting new players and then abandoning them. Sometimes from boredom, sometimes from 'tired of Eve'. Too often these very tight, close associations will have the newer player insulated from larger social groups with the 'mentor' player their focus. When the mentor steps out the new player is abandoned. The worst part is that they often have not formed social connections they might have early on. Mixed with the opinions of their mentor that they have absorbed they float around lost and adrift.
I can't save everyone. Yet, last week my thoughts focused on someone that I had not seen in almost two months. His mentor was no longer logging in. He was around, I remember, due to a comment someone else made. I had a feeling that his mentor had again, left the game. So, I went looking for him. I found him and I found that I was correct about the entire situation.
The good news is that he likes Eve and is still playing. I can't rescue everyone and bring them into my corporation. This particular person is a true high sec bear that understands the risks of Eve. He loves mining and industry and logistics. Low Sec Pirate land is not the place for him. Still, you don't have to hand people corporation to hand them a community. I reached out and offered him what he had been pulled away from weeks before. A small community but a community. People to talk to and interact with. He had found another corporation and he was doing okay but he was not settled down in a home.
That may take a while. Finding a place in Eve is rarely a first try first success. Corporations are their own organisms and each member a part. I'm rarely one to enjoy being part of someone else's game but it is such an intergraded part of Eve. Find a group of people that are willing to work together and the game flowers. Of course, some will always enjoy being alone and doing their own thing. I am willing to go out on a limb and say that some level of socialization improves the game play for almost everyone else.
Anyway, I'm glad I was able to hunt him down.