Friday, February 21, 2014

Moving House

Susan Black wrote a terrific blog post about colonization and new horizons. It is a popular theme and one that CCP has hinted at. I read it and thought about the fun of that adventure and then I thought about the logistics involved in moving house into a new area such as this.

But, by moving house, I meant upending my corporation and getting all of our stuff there.

Calamitous-Intent has a home system. It is the place where all of our things are. It is home. The place where you know every gate and have a hundred deep safes. You can count how long it will take you two get from one spot to another and do it without even looking at the screen. Home is a concept in Eve and one that many share. It may be a wormhole or a piece of space branded with an alliance name.

Some of us never leave home. I spent my first year in Klingt and its surrounding system. We moved to Bosena when RANSM and 7-2 vacated it. But, we did not officially leave it until ROFL came in with planetary conquest and took over the system with almost a hundred pilots logged in. We left, and I was sad when it happened. I was even homesick for a while but eventually we settled into Bosena and it became home. 7-2 lives two systems over and even now many of us live between Bosena and Istodard. Still, that chunk of space is home with all of its comforts and familiarity.

If (or when) CCP opens up new space, how will we get there?

There is the romantic notion of shipping up and shipping out. Yet, I am a practical person. The handling of a large chunk of the corporation logistics renders me as such. I am the person who figures out how to get stuff into the hands of my boys. A lot of my time is spent collecting and figuring out what they need and making sure they have it when they need it.

In Susan's image it is a single pilot exploring. It is beautifully drawn. But, I realized that I cannot see myself alone in that way. Even as I smiled at it the back of my mind said, "But where is everyone else?"

What if CCP did make a goal such as that. If it was a land focused more on the individual wanderer. How many would let go of their current ties and how many, like me, would find themselves unable to go. I could not leave behind what I have. And, I think that is a very interesting and fantastic concept. I think that it would force changing decisions from people. I think many, many people would be willing to take that path and go at it to discover what is there. I think colonization is a major draw and one that people who do play Eve would find unbearably appealing.

And it would change things.

5 comments:

  1. It will certainly be interesting to see what CCP has up their sleeves. You touched on an important point that I hope CCP keeps in mind - what will motivate people to move to the new areas?

    I started in Dodixie, moved with my first corp to Aridia and then to Solitude. When my corp disbanded, I moved back to Dodixie, had a brief stint in a wormhole and a couple of months in null sec. Then back to Dodixie. My stuff is still there even though I spend very little time there. I can't think of a good reason to move and I doubt my hangar in Dodixie will ever be empty.

    If CCP plans to open new space, it has to be different enough from low, null and high sec for me to consider it. If its just more of the same, why would I bother?

    - Crash

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  2. It wasn't meant to be a solo player experience. This was just part 1. =)

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    1. Phew. I was like but I come with baggage!

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  3. I don't want baggage.

    Give me a Venture loaded with a "Bootstrap" class deployable mini foundry/assembler, with built-in basic blueprints.
    Not all of us are social.

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