I figured it was time to do my own blogger profile, so without further ado...
What is your character's name or handle?
What is your blog's URL?
Umm... you're here already. :)
How long have you been blogging?
Personally, I've been blogging before blogs existed. I started back in 1998, back when it was called 'online journaling'. Funny story is, when blogs came out I thought they were a passing phase, that the name was stupid, and that I wouldn't be seen dead writing a 'blog'. I was proud of my online journal. But then I turned my online journal into a blog back in 2004, I think it was. Or maybe 2005... and I've been blogging ever since. I don't mind eating my words. :)
My first real character in Eve was Black Claw, and I started blogging as him back in 2006.
What region of EVE do you mostly operate in?
Molden Heath. For some reason, it seems to be the best region in the galaxy, and it keeps drawing me back.
When did you start playing EVE?
I started playing in 2006 as Black Claw, and was immediately interested in the covert ops aspect of it. A great deal of my training and activities were based around getting into a cloak. It took a long time... In that time I went through a couple of corps before I started my own anti-pirate corp. I enjoyed recruiting, and got the corp to about 50 members before we were wardec'd by a pirate corp.
The experience was... enlightening. I practiced Sun Tsu's Art of War, which I'm a proponent of, and fought the war without combat. They were so much stronger than us, so we chose our battles and refused to fight when they had superiority. They got so angry, it was hilarious. That was when I started seeing the strange attitude of so many pirates (and even antipirates) that believe fighting even when losing is guaranteed is the only choice. We chose not to fight them where they were strong, and only fought where they were weak. As a result, they decided we were 'cheating', and hated us so much. We just laughed and laughed.
And then the NMTZ alliance (they don't exist any more) approached me and offered support, so we joined them and they immediately destroyed a number of the pirate corps' POSs before the wardec could be retracted. More hilarity ensued as they cried so much on the Eve forums.
Anyway, a number of my corp members left during that war, and I discovered I was betrayed by a trusted director who provided intel to the enemy because he didn't agree with my 'art of war' tactics, and preferred fights to the death. So instead of choosing to win, he chose to try and help us lose. I kicked him out as soon as I found out. Luckily he didn't take any corp assets before I could act, but I was shattered by having lost an ingame friend. Our relationship just wasn't the same after that, and we eventually stopped talking to each other.
Learning from the war, I decided to create a second corp that would focus on the antipirate activity, while the first corp would become the industrial arm. This would separate the 'carebears' from the warriors, and help focus combat where it could be handled appropriately. It worked well for a while, but then I left the game, having to deal with a number of real life issues (being retrenched from my job, moving countries, starting a new life and career as a consultant, relationship issues, father dying, relationship breakup, and so on...). It would be about 18 months before I decided to get back into the game.
I chose to send Black Claw to the 'dark side'. Where previously he had been a struggling antipirate, I decided he would find out what it was like to be a pirate. He had an interesting career, but after about 3-4 months of it, I decided that his ability as a combat character was majorly disadvantaged by his considerable lack of skillpoints. The 3 year old character only had 1.5 years worth of skillpoints. I decided to start afresh.
After a false start with another character, Alexia Morgan came into existence. As a new character, she had all the experience and knowledge of Black Claw, which brought a whole new aspect of character development into the game for me.
What do you enjoy about EVE?
Like anything else in my life, I enjoy the variety of things I can do in Eve. The careers I chose included hauler, trader, anti-pirate, pirate, bodyguard, scout, assassin, thug... The list goes on. I'm currently training up to be an explorer, and I'm considering the option of being an 'explorer for hire'. There are going to be people out there who want wormholes found, but don't have the skills or interest in finding them themselves. So I'll be doing it for them instead. This also includes being available to scan down mission runners, and various other anomalies throughout the systems.
Who knows what I'll be doing later this year, or next year. That's what I love about Eve, how you can always find something to do if you only take the time to look.
What is your playstyle?
I'm not really sure what my 'playstyle' is. I guess I've always preferred solo play, and that's led me into solo piracy in the recent past. I like to know what I'm doing, and if I don't, I'll research and train and practice until I do.
I hate grinding in a game, and will avoid it like the plague. I rarely rat, and I never mine. I'll do combat missions to increase my standings or get certain rewards, but I've found other sources of income ingame that allow me to avoid grinding. This is good.
I'm strongwilled and independent, which is why my only choice is to have my own corp. I can never answer to anyone else. I am my own authority, I answer only to me.
Do you play any other games?
None. I used to play World of Warcraft for a while... but I had to stop when I realised that it was making my brain shrink. The grind, the grind! It made my brain leak out my ears! So I came back to Eve.
What do you blog about, and why?
I enjoy blogging about my adventures in the game, and I enjoy writing articles that help others get something more out of the game for themselves. I try to encourage more people to play, and by writing guides and helping them improve their gameplay, I'm hoping that I'll encourage current players to hang around longer. I enjoy being of assistance to others.
Since CrazyKinux started working on the Eve blogging community, I've thrown myself into that as well. I love writing, and I love being part of a writing community about a game that I love. So my blog has become something of an Eve 'blogging community' site. I promote other bloggers and their blogs with 'blogger profiles' and Twitter. I enjoy finding out about other bloggers and players, and I love helping everyone get to know all the members of the community.
What are your other interests?
I have quite a few... my personal blog has a lot of articles on personal development and self-analysis, and understanding relationships better, so they're certainly interests of mine. I also delve into photography quite a bit, and I love driving and travel. I love getting to know new people and understanding what makes them tick. Which is a little odd, 'cause I'm quite an introvert... I don't believe in religion, but I'm quite a spiritual person and I follow my own understanding of spirituality. I also write about all of that on my personal blog.
I'm also a huge fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Battlestar Galactica, and movies related to sci-fi and cyberpunk. I'm a roleplayer, having been playing D&D (on and off) for over 20 years, but also doing Star Trek email roleplaying, and various other tabletop systems like GURPS (love Vampire the Masquerade!).
What advice do you have for EVE players who are struggling to stay motivated?
I think the reason you're struggling to stay motivated might be because you don't know what options you have available to you in the game, and it confuses you as to what you could be doing, or how. There's so many options available, what do you choose!? Too many options can overwhelm people, and make them decide that choosing nothing is the easiest.
I'd recommend you talk to people, read some of the better blogs out there, find out what people enjoy for themselves, and see if anything really inspires you. When something inspires you, talk to those people who are already doing it. Get to know them, ask if they'll help you. I'm sure they'd be only too pleased to do so!
When you start interacting with people who are doing the same thing you are, and you're all enjoying it together, that's when you can find the real joy in this game.
Of course, the other option is that this game just isn't for you. I have a friend who wants to play a game just to 'smash' things. He doesn't want to have to think about it, he just wants to smash. Eve is too much of a thinking person's game, so it weeds out the ones that don't want to think.
And that's ok! There are games for all kinds of reasons. You need to find a game for your reasons. If you think Eve fits into your reasons, find people to help you do what you want to do.
Immersion is the key too, I think. If you can't immerse yourself into the game, you're not going to get a lot out of it. Eve is a game you can really dig your teeth into and get a lot out of. If you just play around the edges of it, and don't immerse yourself into it, then you'll wonder why you're playing. It's not the game that's at fault though, it's just that you're not getting into it.
So find a reason, immerse yourself into it, or find another game. Those are your choices. :)
Anything else to offer?
Start your own blog! Write about your adventures. Share the love! Get your experiences of Eve out there, so that others can stumble upon your writings, get excited themselves, and join in. Help build the player base, and the community. Participate.
See you out there in space!