Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Time vs Reward

Everything in EvE is time related, you need time to earn ISK, time to get your skills higher, it takes time to do missions, scanning, whatever floats your boat.

And what do we get in return? A reward, wether it's the ISK or finally being able to fly that sweet sweet battleship you've been pining for.

I started thinking about this when figuring out what to write, I had a nice little post ready for you all, stating the reasons why I haven't actually written much the past week. And all of that, is due to time, or the lack of it.

Some people are on EvE for hours on end, but in the end they only spinned their ship while talking to their friends. Is that rewarding? Well I hope that they find it rewarding.
I hate not being able to log in as long as I want, since I started working again my free time has been dwindling down to only a few hours a week. Which is normal, you have to earn money.

But I feel guilty when I don't spend enough time on EvE, seeing that it's an MMO and I'm still not smart enough to have my accounts pay for themselves. Plural, I have four accounts, two of which are combat oriented, of which one is in RvB. And two that are industry oriented. One of those wasn't even supposed to be subbed anymore since I was only training a character for 50 days on it but I forgot to get in npc corp on time so I just subbed him another month.

Back to the topic at hand though, the time I spend in EvE these days is far less rewarding for me than it should be. Which is due to the fact that my measurement of it being rewarding is way off.
When I see my wallet rise, I think of my time as being spent in a good way. And I'm sure that a lot of people think like that.

But I should stop thinking like that, I should go out and destroy other ships, let my wallet drop because I needed to buy more ships to destroy. Unfortunately, that's something I can't do. So I log in, update my lab queues, planets, etc. And I log back out because it's time for me to get some sleep for the next day of work.
I can't wait until I get to the point where I finally have to do as less as 1 hour a week to earn the big amounts of ISK. But unfortunately I don't see that happening any time soon, partly because I suck at trading, and partly because of my lack of time to research things. And when I do get to research, I seem to suck at that too!

I did make 600m this month, so I guess that's better than nothing at all.

Here's to hoping.

Now here's something for you to think about;

What does reward mean for you in the game vs the time you spent on it. And, as a bonus.
When you only have half an hour or an hour to spend, what do you do? What does it do to you that you can't get the most out of the game?

Pew Pew



Stay tuned o7

2 comments:

  1. This is the exact reason that I can't quite bring myself to start a second account (or dual train an alt). I can barely be bothered to restart my PI extractors every 4 days let alone constantly manage training queues and think of things to do with multiple characters.

    I am an explorer, so if I have 30 minutes then I will try to run a couple of data/mag sites. If I have longer, I look for combat sites or pvp opportunities. When I have time to game, I want to PLAY. Exploration scales nicely with the time you feel like putting into it.

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  2. Take a percentage of your profits and burn it. Say every 300mill you make, 50mill has to be spent on attempting to make things splode. Or ever 3 days youre not allowed to queu or something. I buy myself a shiny every so often.

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