I've been thinking a lot about how to describe Eve at its current point. Some of that comes from the flood of new players coing tot ehj game. They will never know pre-phobe teleportation mechanics. Five light years will be normal for them. And with one change a new generation of players are born to Eve. They will never have played during battlecruisers online. Dominion sov is a legend to them. The fall of bOB will be archaic history. Their world has always had the Venture, a compass, and an unlimited skill queue. Most will never experience a clone upgrade.
Change is not bad. Change is just change. Plo sent out a mail that he is closing Galactic Hauling Solutions. With the Phoebe changes it is just not attainable for him to keep up a competitive, smaller, low sec focused jump freighter service. Plo and I talked during the Phoebe changes. I hoped that what would happen to ease logistics would be enough for him to keep his smaller group running. I also knew that it might not be and that was a terrible and miserable thing to have to accept.
Change has no taste when you first experience it. It will be sweet or bitter later. I'm currently watching low sec. With the removal of the presence of third party groups coming in and causing, some low sec groups have started to consolidate. From large group being 50-100 we are seeing groups of 200-500 form. I don't know if this is a temporary thing or a permanent thing. The personality of the people have kept them scattered before but perhaps this speaks of a certain level of need to hold and defend any type of territory in Eve. Combine time zones and assets and there is a tipping point a group will obtain.
For so long my world was a handful of people. Experiencing larger groups is not bad but it is still a vastly different world for me to explore. I don't know if I like one more then the other. Both are interesting and have different pros and cons. It helps with my perspective and understanding of things. That in itself is important. Low sec is large enough to have many types of play. I also want it to have many types of play.
My biggest worries are focused on how this upsurge of large groups will interact with small groups. Will we get medium groups or will it become the two extremes? I believe that because the nature of space prevents any true lock downs this can be avoided. I know that the two operate in completely different ways. But, it is a concern and one that I am fortunately capable of looking out for as long as I am on the CSM. I guess if I was not on the CSM I'd still rally behind it and have to join the CSM...
As for the newbies? They are starting to have their own stories. Here is one of some low sec mining adventures. And here is one of another venture into dangerous space. Some say that the trailers misrepresent the game and that they will leave in boredom. This alone shows that they will not. It is the every day game that brings us back. The interactions and adventures that come with logging in. If we can continue to support them when they are new and not berate them for going out and having suboptimal fun, I hope we can keep them sharing these stories as they play in the world that Eve is. Like this guy.
I can see the new super nova(?) from Sujarento.