So this weekend as I'm flying around space looking for targets that aren't bait, linked, hiding a Recon, slaved, or otherwise potentially also interested in having a good fight - I warped unthinking into one of those things up there in the header image. And for a moment I couldn't for the life of me remember what the heck it was.
That was a good moment. For the first time in I don't remember how long, even for a minute, I didn't know what something was in Eve. That moment didn't last, but I told everyone in my gang to warp to me. And for an even longer moment we all gawked at it. They are impressive. These Unidentified Structures that seemingly appear at random. I have yet to see a Drifter, but I have had plenty of Sleepers try to scan me. I don't generally take well to scanning, so all of those Sleepers paid the price for trying.
I don't follow the development of lore much. I read things. And I try to keep up, but that isn't my game. My game takes almost all of my time these days. I barely have time to read other blogs these days, but I do manage to keep up with my Reading List. Beyond that it is all Alliance forums, Corporation doings, stalker prevention, prep for Fanfest, and continuing my other projects. Not to mention desperately trying to stay out of jail, pay the lawyers and find a decent way to make a living. I could go on, but I probably share too much personal stuff here as it is. At least that is what I've been told. Back to Eve.
So it is that the string of events that have been happening since Caroline's Star exploded. They've been a part of the Eve experience and yet not as much as they normally would be. Tangentially exposed, but not wrapped up in conjecture like I would have been a year or so ago. I hear reports about Drifter Super-weapons and Jovian towers, and I see the images, watch those amazing Scope reports and wonder like the rest of Eve. What the heck is going on?
But it wasn't until a new object popped up in space, an icon I was not familiar with - that I went in to take a look.
I don't have any deep insights. But I do know this much, this is the kind of Eve I want to be a part of. I've advocated for years for the introduction of mystery into New Eden and it is great to finally see some. I enjoyed flying towards an object I knew nothing about. I liked looking in awe at something new floating in space. I could feel New Eden expanding right under my feet and it was a feeling I enjoyed tremendously.
The revere was broken by a target appearing in a nearby plex, but for those few minutes - Eve felt like a game set in a strange, alien, and living universe.
And that is a feeling I haven't felt in a long, long time. I liked it.
Can I have more please?