Picking things up and putting them down is a common day to day in game. With the changes to fleet warp I've read a lot of discussion about the increase in workload that it will bring. And, as I spend my evening pushing myself through a series of tasks I ponder it.
Oddly enough, the work aspect of Eve is often a draw. One puts time, effort, and energy into a project and it develops. Yet, that work can also exhaust you. Keeping a project maintained is a regular effort. If something is not done by someone it is not going to be done. We can band together to help each other out and share the load but that work still has to be done.
But Eve is work and work is work and sometimes work stops being fun. I've often wondered if Eve is more of an adults game because there is so much work involved in it. It is easier to transition our understanding and interactions in the world over to more familiar grounds. I know that when someone throws their hands up and runs off to pursue a passion or adventure I cannot help but think "Who is paying the mortgage or rent while they have this adventure?" or "How are they missing so many days at school/work?"
But, Eve is an escape. An escape for some is something totally different then what they do in real life. For others, it is just doing what they want at the rate and pace that they want to do it. I may say that I don't want work but I've decided that I must need it in some way because I sure as hell give it to myself.
None of that means that work, needed or enjoyed, cannot become a burden. But the line of that burden is an interesting one. There is a point where a content creator or enabler goes from creating content and enabling to drowning in their work. There is a line when the content consumer must work to consume. And in that flexing, murky area players start to decide what they do and do not want out of the game.
I find myself wondering these last few days as I read the discussions about fleet warp, when does Eve become to much work? Where does that work shift from play to an exhaustive drain. It is not just about the status que. That will adjust in some ways. People wise rise and others will fall. That is always the price of change. We just hope more rise then fall during it.