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The Null Sec Blackout has started and you’ve had a chance to try it out. Is the blackout changing how you play EVE Online? How?Yes, the blackout has changed alot about how I play Eve-Online. I am a miner mostly with ratting when I need isk asap and with the blackout I have had to limit both activities to a bare minimum. I try to only mine moon's now as the extra punch from an Athanor and a Tatara negate at least a small amount of risk from unfriendly roaming gangs. Ratting has stopped completely as I am unwilling to risk a super when I have little to no warning of who is in the system's surrounding the one I live in. I normally mine with a Rorqual and five hulks and have had to change the set-up to a porpoise and five mackinaws as I am unwilling to mine in anomalies and you can not compress moon ore. I used to send them out also in five Vexor Navy issues however one of my corp members die pretty much everyday so I am now unwilling to do that as well.Yes the blackout has changed how I play in null sec. One of the most interesting results is that the tables get turned in terms of advantage after having a fleet show up that you didn't know about without a cyno.the blackout has changed a lot for 0.0, I personal have less toons playing the game and more watching gates, making less isk per hour online. We have also started to downgrade fittings to soften the loss when they happen. When i first log in there is a lot less intel about the hour beforehand, and a lot longer before I feel safe to undock the bigger toys.
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Are you playing the same, more, or fewer hours of EVE Online than if there were no blackout? And is that with the same, more, or fewer characters? I went from playing at least 4 hours a weekday and 8 hours on the weekends to an hour a day mostly to just change jobs and P.I. The risk the blackout has brought to null sec has been a huge reality check in how null sec now works. I usually now only log on my main and never the alts unless we have a corp mining op that night.I am playing the same number of hours. Yes.same toons, just doing different things with each. atm, less time in game as there is more prep work before isk can be made, so if I have an hour or 2 only, its not worth me logging in, I'll play something else for an hour, and only undock toons when I have more time to play the game.
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Are you flying different ships?Yes, went from using a Rorqual and five hulks for all mining to a porpoise and five mackinaws to lessen the damage if I get attacked.Yes, and through nullsec even!Mostly the same ships, but less fittings, dumbing down the ships. we have more cloaking ships on hand, and black op jump fleet ship ready .
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Have you noticed any change in the number of players active in fleets or comms?There is no one that I know of using the systems around us as there where before. Indexs have plummeted in systems that used to be 5.0 all the time. My corp has lost 3 members totaling 18 accounts who have refused to play or resub there accounts untill the blackout ends.No, Not at this time.numbers in game, and corp are about 1/2 normal. In corp, most of the people that are online, are in station trying to work out what others are doing and trying to join with others,, Solo play and even small groups are almost not there. PVP fleets are more defence ready, but less active. the game feels like its more of a job then a game atm.
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Thinking about ratting specifically -- are you experiencing the number of people ratting going up or down? Are there more rescue fleets, the same, or fewer? Have ship types changed or remained the same?Ratting has come to a stand still in our system since the blackout started. No one is willing to risk a super or an ishtar to people you can not see coming.I have seen less ratting, but that just means I can't see it, not that it isn't actually happening. I haven't seen a radical change in rescue fleets and I've not had to be a part of one yet. Ship types have changed a bit, I think we will see more as more players try Null out.as above, but we do not rat much before the blackout, so cant say .
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Are you earning ISK differently? And are you earning the equivalent, more, or less? I am making more isk in P.I. and moon mining. Before the blackout started I would not mine moons, now I have to to make any isk at all. I am making far far less then I did before the blackout.My ways of earning ISK have not changed.again, no real input atm, I moved regains and corps 2 months ago so isk will be different. Personal, Im isk up, but that has nothing to do with Blackout.
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Do you know anyone taking a break from EVE because of this Blackout? Do you know anyone who has dropped Omega status because of this Blackout?I personally know of 3 members totaling 18 accounts who have stopped playing and/or resubbing due to the blackout.No on both accounts.yes, to many.
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How has your alliance changed in reaction to Blackout? If you’re renting, have the rental policies changed?As far as I know no rental policy's have changed at all. I know an alliance that lives in the same region we do have fielded response fleets far quicker then before the blackout but now they are normally sub cap with little to no Capital response at all which has caused more losses due to the extra time it takes to fleet and move.Our alliance has not significantly changed since the blackout. Our rental policies have not yet been a topic of discussion. Thanks for the idea!no real change in alliance , rent, is.. new to me, no change as yet.
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Is there any feedback you’d like to give CCP Games about null sec game life and intel systems?Null-Sec sucks right now. The change came with little warning and with living in null for many years change is a hard pill to swallow. Being in a small renter corp we do not have the ability to form any size fleet to respond to attacks in our system or even near by. If this continues I am not sure that rental space will be a viable option to anyone. Making large payments for system's that you can not utilize due to the blackout changes makes it very unprofitable for all party's. Before you wanted to rent as far from the holding alliance as possible to have a lower chance of roaming gangs visiting your system, now you want to be as close as you can so that response fleet's can get to you as quick as possible.If i wanted to live in a wormhole, I would move there. ATM IMO they are safer and you can make more isk then you can in null.
The intel systems have become more complex in that more scouts are needed to watch gates, that,before only had to keep an eye on local. In systems where these additional measues are not in place, those pilots find themselves at an elevated risk.
After 12+ years this is the first major change to the game, Drifters and blackout, there we had no warning for. Adding new things is one thing, changing things without warning, and without any info for the future I think has and will hurt CCP and eve players. Personal the trust lvl between myself and CCP has dropped to almost 0. when playing a game, you need to know the rules and basic understand of how the game works, to have fun. Changing the game itself I think was a big mistake. Not releasing the next patch notes, I think is also a very big error.. I think if people know there will be way to make the space back to local, people will (not happy) mostly wait to see what happens.. Saying nothing give no one hope.
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