Wormholes in Eve can be a very lonely place.
For the past couple of weeks I have been running sites in the C2 I call home or in neighboring wormholes. Most of the time, I've been partnered up with various corpmates, flying in either assault frigates or our drakes. No one has blown up except for the sleepers and we were all having fun and making ISK.
Then I started noticing that there were fewer and fewer people on as I logged in, and there was chatter in the corp channel – Guild Wars, MoP, and Borderlands were pulling my corpmates in different directions. No longer were we all happily living in wormhole space, running sites and scanning down signatures. People had started leaving the WH, not because we were being forced out or were running low on things to do, but because people wanted an easier life – to be carefree in high sec for the short time they were able to devote to Eve while the other games monopolized their attention.
I guess I see it as a positive, as much as I can. I figure if they are still logging in to skill flip and look around a little, even in high sec, at least they are planning on coming back. We'll see how long it takes before the fantasy or post-apocalyptic worlds lose their appeal. In fact, I'm playing these games too, but find Eve continues to hold more of my attention.
Finally, after a week of diminishing contact, I get word from the officers – we are shutting down our wormhole operations for the present time. It is becoming more difficult to schedule fleets and the sites we have been running are doable solo, so until we can get more consistent member counts, we are moving out of the WH.
I kinda expected it with all the new games and expansions out and the fact that the corp started as a WoW guild, but now I am faced with a dilemma.
I have enjoyed running sites in our wormhole and feel I am just starting to get the hang of things. I could go back to high sec or explore low sec, but wormhole life has become so appealing – even to the point that my null sec main is seeing less playtime.
What to do..
I make my decision, at least for now, as I watch the last of my corpmates leave our home – I'm sticking to it. I'm going to try to make a life in a wormhole work even if I have to do it solo. I figure as with everything in Eve, this will require a lot of new learning and skill ups, but I really want to give this a go.
As I sit in my Cheetah watching the last of my corpmates leave the wormhole, I feel very alone indeed.