I think the scent of January is waking the corporation. Holidays, DayZ, Minecraft, have all had their way with us. While none of these things will be put aside I think that our activity level will improve when people do not have as many social obligations as the holidays tend to bring for most people. The low activity level is not bad in so far as 'is 7-2 dying?' It is more frustrating for those who are active. Having been like a cold lizard, curled on a rock waiting for the sun, my activity level has been horrid.
The Nosy Gamer does weekly stats about game activity. He comments about Eve's plummet during the Holidays. I am not surprised by it and I did comment that I believed it was a side effect of Eve's player base.
My corporation is close. We know a lot about each other On Holiday days they are often intertwined with their families. People travel to see parents or spend time with their kids who are home. Our activities decrease because real life social needs increase. While the concept of the friendless gamer is a popular one, I play with a bunch of people who has busy active lives and choose to play internet spaceships as a hobby because they enjoy it. We all know when we get off work, we plan ops around people work and travel schedules, when we go on vacation we leave notes on the forum so that people know why we've suddenly fallen off the face of the earth.
It is one of Eve's charms. Busy in the winter, slow in their summer. The opposite of other games. Family. Work. Responsibility all come before our spaceships. It is remarkably healthy, if irritating to our spaceship life.
Thank god for Jabber.
Next week I go on vacation. I'll get more into that later in the week. After that, deployment comes and I expect to be refreshed and back into Eve full swing. I've already made some contacts to churn out a few stacks of modules for my new store. Once the final location is revealed I'll be able to estimate what type of market I need to set up for the corp.
Vand is doing an amazing job with the contract market. We have almost 100 fitted ships up. I will supplement that with a full Tycoon V alt with all her 300+ orders available to stock the corporation market. This time I am going to separate her from TCS because this market will be started with my seed money. Last time I was carrying about a 4 billion ISK balance of items for our corporate market. TCS has grown recently and does not have that type of ISK available to liquidate for the corporation. I'll step in and finance it out of my personal wallet and take any profits in as my income instead of TCS income.
Last deployment I didn't PvE. This time I will bring along PvE ships (or what we consider PvE ships... other's who come to visit may disagree about our ideas of PvE fits...). I expect that we will not PvE but I will plan for it. But, because I didn't PvE last deployment I went six months without making ISK. This time around I'm going to try to stream line my booster business (I need to restock that because my last restock has been chewed through and I've been disinterested in hard core POS work) and my mobile store into part of my personal income vs my TCS income.
Now, TCS and I are the same thing but I try to keep my hands out of TCS ISK and items. Last time TCS ran both markets because my market alt who is also my Jump Freighter alt still propped up one corner of TCS. I've since corrected that and she is now free and clear to do my personal sales vs the store's sales. I feel ridiculous separating them on such fine lines but it is what I do.
The scary thing is that 300 available orders is not a lot of items to support my corporation. Last time I refused to stock hulls. People can order them as they need them from Jita and I just bring them in instead of stocking one of everything. I also refused to stock guns. Those again are items people can pre-order. I think that I have a better handle on the task at hand but it is still daunting to get it into full swing. I'll get it taken care of.
Sugar will finish Heavy Assault Cruisers V by the end of the week. One of my alts will also be able to start her life as a booster with 4 out of the 5 trained to specialist V and the ability to fly two races of T3 (the only two I care about). She doubles as my booster maker (amusingly enough) which means I need to bring another alt into the fold who can manage the POS so that she can go with me. POS management isn't hard thankfully and she just needs to be able to make a stack of boosters. I'll sort that out tomorrow.
ISK. I need to spend ISK. I need to buy a boosting boat and fit that out so that I can try to support fleets. I'm nervous as hell about it but I want to be able to anyway. As long as someone holds my hand... because yes boosters how evil.
Okay! Lots on my mental plate but I'm feeling good about it. I'm going to curl back up on my rock for right now. It's comfortable here.