Fixing Mining Without…. Fixing… Mining
Ok, first off, I’m a fan of about 95% of what I’ve seen come out of Iceland. I am. The only real nasty bit for me was the mining “improvements.” If you had to make a list of adjectives used to describe mining in EvE, I’m fairly certain terms related to “Boring” and “Repetitive” would show up in the top 10. In fact I’m sure derivatives of them would make up the top 10. Now CCP seems to be set on fixing this by adding “Lucrative” to the list, which I’m fine with, but damnit, why isn’t there a change to the mechanics of mining?
I’m actually ok with boring. I work in a bank. I study accounting. I write a blog about EvE Online. I watch baseball. Boring is not a huge problem, but there’s a LEVEL of boring that is. Log in to EvE. Check the market prices. Update your spreadsheets. Find a good bookmark for mining the ore you want. Warp in, click *snooze*. Seriously. Warp in, target, wait for the hold to fill, warp away, lather rinse repeat. It’s actually less interesting than work. At a bank.
I’m ok with mundane, even routine, but mining isn’t interactive. Even missions you have to manage your tank, move around some (maybe) and keep swapping targets to shoot what you need to shoot. Mining… you can do mining more than semi afk, find the right system with the right rocks, and you can go completely AFK till the hold fills. Warp to your station, warp back. Start filling the hold again.
Pardon me but this is a bit dull. Sure CCP could make the rocks smaller, but that’s hardly going to do much other than drive people mad, a skilled player can tune his ship, his skills, and use his knowledge of mechanics to mission faster. Rat faster, and market games are highly dependent on skills I don’t actually seem to have in game. There’s no real “player skill” involved in actually mining. It bugs me. A lot. There has to be an elegant solution. There has to be someone out there that has it. That has something INTERESTING, interactive, and useful to add to the conversation.
Oh and CONGRATS TO THE NEW CSM! STAY ACTIVE! DON’T LET CCP GET STOOPID!