Finding games that are easy to step away from at a moments notice has been one of my main game criteria since Leo was born. WoW doesn’t really fit into that category unless I’m doing nothing but pet battles, EQ2 fits fairly well as long as I’m just crafting or running quick instances – and lately I’ve (once again) felt the tug of EVE Online. The game has recently adopted a version of free to play that I was keen on checking out (also called having an alpha account) and I had a feeling I had a spare PLEX kicking around in case I wanted to upgrade to Omega.

I think I had logged in for a grand total of 10 minutes before I decided to activate my PLEX. I couldn’t fly my Tengu or train any of the skills I had been working on previously without upgrading, and honestly, why not. I have enough ISK to purchase another PLEX or two in the future if I want, and maybe I can earn enough cash to cover a subscription for the year or something. We’ll see how it goes.

Anyway.

As always, first thing I had to do was figure out what I was working on and why I was in the station I was currently in. Failing to do that I moved straight to my R&D agents, and decided to work faction because one of my agents is still only rank 1, and they give my most important datacores. So I flew out to the Amarr Empire, and started working distribution quests for Kaalakiota. My other R&D agents are at least rank 3, with one being rank 4, so I’d like to catch up the one that’s slagging behind. It’ll mean a lot of missions, but hey that’s something to do (and I really enjoy running them most of the time).

I also hopped into my hulk for a little belt mining while I was nursing, and noticed that my hulk has one less high slot than it used to before (the strip miner I had equipped in there was red, and when I removed it the slot was gone altogether). I’m not sure when that change happened, but as I told someone yesterday, changes happen in games and for the most part they don’t phase me, I just need to learn to adapt and adjust.

I also joined the Help channel so I could quietly lurk and learn more about what’s going on. I see a lot of talk about citadels, reduced tax rate, and selling PLEX 1 jump away from JITA to take advantage of that reduced tax rate. People were (for the most part) pretty helpful and answered all sorts of questions, so I imagine I’ll be able to learn quite a bit as I dive back into things.

I wasn’t exactly sure where I left off with my skill training, I’m just over 34 million points, which is not that much these days. I decided to finish up my ore processing skills. Once I’m done faction work to my hearts content I’d like to get back into some mining, as well as some production. I haven’t actually checked on my planetary interaction in months so I’ve got no clue what I was doing or where to pick up with that, but I’m sure I’ll get there with time (as long as I give it a little time).

It feels nice to be flying the skies again. We’ll see how long it lasts (normally this is something that is more of a money issue than a time issue). I’m also still in EQ2, alternating between the two games when / where I can. Leo also loves to watch me fly around in my ship – I can’t wait until he’s a little older and a bit more interactive with the games I’m playing.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!