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I'm bad at pressing buttons

I spent most of the last two days being very productive. In Eve and out of it. I've had that spring cleaning bug I mentioned a few weeks ago. One of the things that I said I wanted to do was shut down two accounts. Yesterday evening, I sat down to do it before they billed for another cycle.

About a week ago I deleted an alt. I first made sure that she had nothing of value on her. I had created her as a drug runner some years ago. That career path failed for me and she has just been hanging around on my login screen. Well! She was in the way of one of the accounts that will be my primary so off to the vats she goes.

Always make sure you log that alt in and check their assets, contracts, industry jobs, personal wallet, and corp wallet. I've heard some people lose some nice assets through alt or corporation deletion.

Character deletion takes ten hours. I used to wonder why. Then I read some story of some girl deleting her boyfriends video game characters and I said, "Ahh." I forget that some people share computers or allow people they are in a relationship to access their machines. That's always surprised me. My computer is mine, like my cellphone is. I have never had the desire to go through my husbands computer or phone. Its his. But, I came to understand an entirely different world that day and the ten hour deletion made sense.

Now, I was at my desk and remembering that I needed to shut down accounts. First, I darted to account management and cancelled my subs. There is a selection for reducing the number of Eve accounts. I checked that for both. I'm glad I remembered. One sub would have renewed/ended in two days and the other in a week.

Once that was done, I deleted the alt and set up the transfer. Transferring is easy except...

First I forgot to take the character out of the corporation. This had the side effect of cancelling all her sell orders. Damn. I'll have to reset that all up in a few days.

Next, I forgot that I had her logged in.

Then... I tried to move it to the wrong account (of mine)...

Finally, I got it all working.

Yeesh. I'm amazed at how such a simple thing managed to take me 30 minutes and multiple failures.


  1. "Character deletion takes ten hours. I used to wonder why. Then I read some story of some girl deleting her boyfriends video game characters and I said, "Ahh.""

    Heh! This happens all the time. When I was working with a large game company, building the character database was one of my jobs. The database never actually deleted characters, just unlinked them from the account and deleted the "live" connections like guild affiliation (We would have purged market connections too, if the game had supported them. It didn't.)

    Then, when someone calls a few days later, and tells us their tale of woe about how they "accidentally" deleted their character... CS could easily resurrect it and relink it to their account.

    It took us a while to figure out what was really going on. People's loved ones would get pissed at them for playing the game so much and figure out their account / password... then delete their characters to punish them.

  2. It's not just the girlfriends and wives. I um... may have accidentally almost deleted the wrong character once, and that 10 hour grace period saved me.

    All of my accounts have a naming convention. Same first name on each account, different last name. That way, let's say Bob Account, is all manufacturing, and all of them are named Bob Something. Jim Account on the other hand, all the characters are for moving stuff around. Trust me, in the way my brain charts things, it makes sense to do it that way. Normally it all works out, but if I'm doing lots of things at once... sometimes I have a tendency to just read the first few letters and go with it.

  3. I once deleted all of my main characters on 4 accounts - I thought I was done with Eve and I didn't want any temptation to come back. After about 2 months I started missing the game and decided to come back. I wrote CCP and told them what I had stupidly done and they were nice enough to give me back all 4 of my main characters minus their possessions. They did however give me back my 15bil ISK. So I lost a bunch of ships and fittings but got back my toons. Because of CCP's willingness to return my characters I've remained a loyal player for over 4 years.

    1. Useful tip: CCP transfers database items automatically after 6 months, from short-term to long-term storage. Although CCP doesn't deletes account data, a deleted character may become corrupted during the transfer, so it's advisable to regret the deletion sooner than 6 months after deleting it.

      Deleted items can't be retrieved though, as they have unique Ids which are cleared from the database when the items are deleted or repackaged. Then the Id is recycled and assigned to another item, which is why it's difficult to give back any stolen items.


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