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I may have gotten horribly sick, had the worst pain in my life (Kidney Stone you are pure evil!), and am scrapping the bottom of the barrel to provide a decent Christmas for my family, but this past week has been one of the best I've ever had in Eve. Nothing special, other than hanging out with my fellow Stay Frosty pilots and blowing up stuff real good. I've had a blast. Or two. Or a hundred, I dunno, I lost count.
It is a constant reminder of why I started another Corporation in the first place. Beyond the desire to prove I could really do it, beyond the momentary passion, beyond the in-game reasons to provide a playground for a specific playstyle, it really boils down to collecting like-minded individuals, stirring them around and watching what happens next. It is a rather breathtaking and constantly changing dynamic. You can't help but become involved, both in-game and out, in the lives of those around you. Their challenges, moves, marriages, children, colleges, and their desire to learn this crazy ass game of ours.
It is a privilege.
And so we come to the Christmas break. I'll be taking a few days off from the blog to spend with my family both in-game and out. I'll be back shortly to do the usual year-end reviews and looks forward to next year, but in the meantime, I want to wish each of you the very best this Holiday Season. Whatever your own situation, your own challenges, your own lives, I sincerely hope that you find a moment of peace. A moment, no matter how brief, that allows you clarity and the solace you need. That we all need.
If Eve is indeed a community. If we are more than simply a collection of far-flung people inhabiting a virtual world, if we are more than that, then I send along my personal thanks for making it so.
Thank you for another great year. And from my family to yours, Happy Holidays.