Monday, December 15, 2008

Into the future

It's taken me a long time to come to the decision I'm about to tell you, but I've ended up agreeing with myself that it will be the best thing I can do.

For quite a long time I was lost on a planet inhabited by dwarves, night elves, gnomes and all kinds of other odd creatures. It was a nightmare, and one which I'm yet to recover. For a year and a half I was there, trapped, unable to continue training the high-tech skills that my 2 and a half year old clone desperately needed.

Finally, when I escaped and managed to return to high-tech civilisation, I realised that my 2 and a half year old clone only had the skill points of a 1 year old. I thought to myself, what the heck! I'll make a go of it anyway.

However, over the past few months, I've come to realise that this has handicapped me in ways that I thought might happen, and which have turned out to be true.

The age of my clone, coupled with my career path, makes small children cry, grown adults run screaming inside their houses, and anti-pirates forming entire fleets to hunt me down.

The problem with this has been that I haven't been able to compete with the competition at my level of skills, and the competition has expected me to be much harder than I actually am. 

You should never bring a knife to a gun fight, and I'm often left feeling that all I have is a knife, while my enemies have heavy machine guns.

So I've decided to go undercover and start afresh. A new clone has been activated. Unlike me, this clone will be purely dedicated to combat, and will be working on all the skills needed to focus on being the best that they can be in ship-to-ship combat.  The mistakes that Black Claw has made during his life will help my new clone avoid them.

It wasn't an easy decision to make. It's like starting a new life, with all the trials and tribulations that will bring.

It was a bit of a shock sitting in the starter corp's chat channel, watching over a thousand people trying to get a word in.

I'll have to start my own corp, so I can silence their incredible noise.

You won't keep Black Claw silent though. He will continue writing articles, as that is what he enjoys. My new clone will also start their own blog shortly as well, continuing with an entirely new theme.  

A toast, if you will - to the future, and all its twists and turns.


  1. There's only so much you can do with a character with borked attributes. I recall my old CEO listing off a number roughly two weeks longer than it took me for battleship to five, due to Gallente heritage.

    I'm surprised you're not going to pull your new character into BOS; is your PvP character going to be something of an alter ego for you?

  2. The 2nd character you make always is more "effective" in terms of training, but then that is reflective of just how much more you know the 2nd time through.

    Ironically you may also find that Black Claw was close to a couple of things, and so decide to train him further as well, albeit more "targetted".

    Good luck with the new character, albeit doing the reverse of me.

  3. @Sard I think all characters that we play are, in some way, an alter ego of ourselves. Whether we roleplay those characters or not, we do things we would do if we were actually in the character's shoes, and therefore it's an extension of ourselves.

    @WTM you're right. Black Claw isn't finished, just having a break from gaming for an indefinite period. I may continue skill training for him in some undetermined future, but I have no current plans to do so.

  4. Just before you stop playing BC, get some research going and you'll later realize you can pay for some of your new ventures quite easily!

  5. I picked Caldari when I started to play EVE. It took me 2 months of dreamless nights to solve the capital question what to do with my character finding out that it does not work for me as expected. Limited solo PvP option, only small EWAR niché in gangs and missiles turned into nightmare. I will cross-train.

    Did I lost much? Nah, why should I sacrifice all those supporting general skills I posses already? Aside of it, my shield tanking skills allows me some really interesting fittings in future on ships one won't expect to shield tank.

    And having troubles that your age is not up to your skills? Why you should care about expectations? Only your deeds pay at the end.

  6. Starting over is fun. I sold a three year old carebear and started over with a pvp character. It's been fun.

  7. I never continue too long with a MMO character that I start with. Best to get a fresh start once all those first lessons are learned.

  8. If you need some ISK or something give me a call. I'll help where I can...

    And welcome back to > 2mil SP... lol

  9. Hey Claw... Can I have yer stuff?


  10. Sorry to see Black Claw going on a back burner but I understand what you mean. As a final parting shot before you start up your new blog you should join our game of tag. In fact, you're "it".