Hyperion brought with it many changes which shifted the landscape of wormhole space just slightly enough to put things off kilter. More wormholes, more connections meant a rethinking of PvE for me and our corporation or I should say alliance. My first reaction to Hyperion was to double down on our alliance moving it from simply a construct to hold a few player corps from our main corporation to an entity actively looking for corporations to share our space. With our C4/C3 gaining a C5, it seemed a prudent way to increase friendly activity in our space while maintaining a bit of caution in recruiting compared to opening the floodgates of applicants.
This expansion of our alliance has gone well with only minor bumps in the road. We have added three new corporations to our alliance of varied size and activity. The integration has been a success from a player activity point of view with more people online at any given time and players from cross corporations joining up for a range of activities. This has helped counteract the perceived threat that increased wormhole chains brings. As time has passed, the longer chains have presented more opportunity than danger and we have again returned to more standard PvE activities and even testing out a few new ideas which are bearing fruit.
During that in-between time, I was growing frustrated with my own personal game. Despite new players and new corporations, my time in EVE tends to be relatively a solo experience. Occasionally I will line up with one or two other players but still my time seems to be mostly my own. This is certainly a direct reflection on the corporation I've built because as a person with a family and kids and responsibilities, I have consciously sought out others in a similar place in their own lives. This results in many EVE evenings where quite simply, not a lot of people are doing things or if they are, it's quick and specific and they have to get it done and move on. My own time also is not extensive some evenings, so I look for activities I can do that will fit in the time I have. Hyperion was messing with my game making my scanning more extensive, the danger to my solo activities higher, and putting me into an uneasy state of feeling without valid choices despite the universe literally opening up in front of me.
Instead of throwing up my hands in frustration at the state of EVE, I'm once again putting myself in a position to find the positive in the changes. EVE PvE is in desperate need of changes. CCP knows this, the players know it. PvE is the plankton that feeds the EVE sharks and it is slowly withering and dying due to lack of attention. This is especially true for wormhole space. Missions are getting some attention with the addition of burners. Corbexx is trying to make a case to improve the rewards balance of wormhole space which will benefit those of us already here. I do not, however, think that this excites the wormhole player base. It improves our lives here, yes, but it does not invigorate. Not all players are invigorated by hunting and PvP. I happen to enjoy it at a certain level but my hunting is also primarily solo which limits my opportunities. What I truly enjoy is the unknown exploration aspect of wormholes. I want to jump through a hole to be surprised to find something in space for me to do and I'm not talking only about blowing up unsuspecting players. I enjoy the PvE aspects of EVE. My favorite activities following Hyperion are looking for C5 and C6 systems either through our static or through other chains looking to find the best wormhole gas or those elusive relic sites. One is a great source of income and the other is probably my favorite challenge to date in EVE simply because I feel like I am "beating the system" by taking advantage of some interesting game mechanics. I can't remember the last time I saw a ghost site in a wormhole. We desperately need more and varied content and I simply hope that we don't have to wait too much longer to see it.
That all being said, I'm optimistic about invigorating my own game and excited about the expansion of our alliance and corporation. I'm very much looking forward to the POS changes that are on the horizon and hope that they will massively improve the security situation of corporations allowing us increased growth opportunities compared to the current environment.