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This should be the start of a column. I’m mirroring posts from my blog at amerrylifeandashortone.blogspot.com. Not all of them are going to be column worthy, but expect one or two a month. As should be expected from the title, there is no topic beyond what I feel like writing about.

It’s Your Game. Play It How You Want.

Are you tired, rundown, listless? Do you pop at parties? Are you unpoopular? (pauses) Well, are you?
Lucille Ball – I Love Lucy

I cannot tell you how many people I know that have quit this game, or talked about their excitement ebbing in regards to it. I can appreciate this, I’ve experienced an ebb in my interest many many times. There is a single reason why I’ve been able to enjoy this game as long as I have, and that’s options. Here’s a flowchart, go spend 20 minutes studying it and then come back.

How many of you have done everything on there? I haven’t. You probably haven’t. If you’re bored, or unexcited, perhaps it’s time to change professions.

There was a time when I was a solo’ing fiend. I’d take a rifter out any day of the week and get some kills, maybe a loss or two, but always hauling in more than I lost. Then they upgraded the graphics on EVE, and my sad sorry computer only barely kept up. Now it was a crapshoot, was the other side of the gate going to load, or was I just going to die before I saw anything. When I warped into the belt, was it going to take 10 seconds before I could start tackling, or would I be able to do so immediately? I took the good with the bad, but one day I decided I’d had enough of the bad, and I jumped to a new profession. Piracy was fun in an ideal world, but I don’t live there.

So I dabbled in some 0.0, but the renting life wasn’t for me, and I found my way into a mercenary corp, NOIR. To compensate for my lag problems, I flew a Stealth Bomber. Now if I lagged out when I landed on grid, I was safe, because I was stilled cloaked. Bam, problem solved, and for a while that was enough. Like all things, that got stale and boring, and I was going to move on again until the CEO offered me an officer role. I took it with gusto, because honestly, who doesn’t enjoy bossing people around?

So that went on for a while, and I became a director of NOIR and a director of the people renting from us. Quite a turnaround from a year before, and quite enjoyable. But after a while, I felt that old tug again, and moved on.

I puttered around in low-sec again, flipped cans in high sec, ninja salvaged… nothing really felt right. But this is EVE, and if you’re bored, that’s on you. So I found a 0.0 alliance and again dived right the heck in. It’s a completely new playstyle, and learning is my specialty. I’m still working on some of the finer details, but I’ve gotten the hang of it. Now I want to master it.

That’s on top of the Eve News Now I’m doing, which is a completely separate but legitimate part of EVE. Interacting with the community all on it’s own is a genuinely pleasing process, or why else would we blog?

Find something, master it, and find something else. It may be odd, but it’s what you do. If you’re bored, go find something not boring to do.

If you haven’t done it yet, but you just assume it’ll be boring, then you’re probably going to stay bored.

20 Comments

  1. Random EVE Player

    first? 😛

    February 2, 2011 at 6:19 am Reply
    1. we only allow triforce in our comments..

      February 2, 2011 at 6:33 am Reply
      1. KNEEL BEFORE ZOD

        February 2, 2011 at 8:15 am Reply
        1. mmo doug

          FIRST

          Wait, am I doing this right?

          February 2, 2011 at 2:21 pm Reply
  2. Weilo

    Intersting experiences, good read, solid suggestions. In b4 OMG PL/GOON PROAGANDA THIS SITE SO BIASED.

    February 2, 2011 at 6:41 am Reply
  3. Agent Orange

    omg another blog about a rifter pilot – just a suggestion, can you also mirror this crap on caod and kungu? thank you

    February 2, 2011 at 8:37 am Reply
  4. Cerneus

    Boredom in eve? No such thing, too little time!

    February 2, 2011 at 9:07 am Reply
  5. sour

    +1

    February 2, 2011 at 9:07 am Reply
  6. Charles

    This was a really stupid fucking post congrats!

    February 2, 2011 at 9:10 am Reply
  7. UNIVERSE HATELORD

    THANKS FOR YOUR LIFE’S STORY, HERE’S MINE: I WAS BORN ON A RAINY DAY IN NOVEMBER FOURTY MILLION YEARS AGO. WHEN MY MOTHER PUSHED ME OUT OF HER VAGINA I WAS CORRUPTED BY THE ALIEN LORD XENU. HAIL XENU. NOW I AM HERE ON EARTH WITH YOU PUNY HUMANS, WORKING AT A GAMESTOP, PLAYING THIS INTERNET SPACESHIP GAME AND READING FUCKING STUPID “ARTICLES” ABOUT STUPID SHIT I’VE EXPERIENCED MYSELF OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST 40 MILLION YEARS.

    NICE FLOWCHART THO. KEEP TRYING. SCATTERSHOT DOES WORK.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:49 am Reply
    1. Weilo

      Hi Tom, I loved you in Top Gun.

      February 2, 2011 at 11:59 am Reply
  8. Mintrolio

    CONFRIMIGN I HAV DO ALL THESES THIGNS ON THE FLOWCAHRTS

    I AM AFTRE ALL THE LAEDER OF A MIHGTY ALLINACE!

    February 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm Reply
  9. hi

    can i haz your stuff?

    February 2, 2011 at 1:19 pm Reply
  10. Aeri

    I did enjoy your read, ive gone through several of those boredom phases aswell and always found something new to do.

    Keep it up!

    February 2, 2011 at 1:27 pm Reply
  11. Darth

    Good post, looking forward to reading more in the future.

    February 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm Reply
  12. Thumbs up this article

    A surprisingly good read compared to the usual drama bombs & mud slinging fests more akin to the spanish totmato throwing fest but with words found on here.

    Expect more in future, even with that misleading title.

    February 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm Reply
  13. mymindisglowing

    Good read, even though I think you’re somewhat of a douche. Great chart.

    February 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm Reply
  14. Lorren Canada

    Good column, thanks

    February 2, 2011 at 6:03 pm Reply
  15. Carlos

    This is like trolling 😉

    February 2, 2011 at 9:01 pm Reply

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