Get off my lawn deep space safes
One of my favorite things about EVE is that it generally puts me (the ‘old’ guy with a wife, a son and a full-time job) on roughly equal footing with those kids. You know who I’m talking about. The 20-something who lives down the street in his mother’s basement, has no job and doesn’t care to look for one because he’s happy to play online all day long. The genius who can play computer games on his laptop all through his university algorithms class and still pass with high marks. The high school student who can hop on the internet as soon as he gets home and play until dawn without tiring. Those kids.
EVE is the only massively multi-player game I played past a trial period. It is the only (released) game I’ve seen which ties advancement to actual time and not time spent in game. It’s because I felt my character was advancing at the same rate as those kids that I felt comfortable and stuck around. Sure they can spend all day long earning isk to buy the shiny ships, but at the end of the day the flash is not what wins a fight.
Keeping this feeling of equality has been my silent crusade (and one in which I am utterly powerless). So when I first read about the Poseidon Project, I was a little disturbed. It looked like yet another way to gain an advantage by spending time not even playing the game. When I get time to actually play I want to play, not spend hours manipulating slightly broken game mechanics to gain an advantage (however marginal it may have been in most cases).
CCP is about to kick those kids off their lawn. The short version is that, with the advent of the Tyrannis expansion, a pilot won’t be able to warp to any object farther from the solar system’s sun than ten astronomical units (AU) farther than the farthest celestial body. I’m still waffling about whether I like the implementation or not, but I do like that the general concept of deep safes is no more. I’m a little curious why CCP didn’t just pick a fixed solar system size limit rather than making the limit variable depending on distance of existing celestial bodies in a solar system.
The change isn’t going to be very noticeable for most of us. If you’ve got a spot now that is more than 14 AU from every celestial body (out of directional scanner range from everything) it’s probably still going to be there on May 19th; the average solar system (not all of them) is a plane, so if the farthest celestial body is 20 AU from the sun then you’ve got a dome shaped region (using very inaccurate, minimalist geometry) on top and on bottom of the 30 AU sphere which will be out of directional scanner range. I’ll leave it to one of those genius kids to do the math and tell me how much room we actually have. I’m sure somebody can work up an equation while bashing a POS.
Those of us with real lives have just won a small battle. Many more to come in the war.
Note: So I don’t get a pile of hate mail from geniuses and high school students — I don’t think there’s anything actually wrong with you kids; I just don’t want you to have some crazy advantage because you don’t have commitments.