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Eve WormholeIt's been at least 3 and a half years since I last ventured into the vast open darkness of Eve Online's universe. I was looking for a different kind of game to play recently, so I decided to renew my subscription and see what has changed. Since I created my characters back in October of 2007, I've played a bunch of Eve Online. I dabbled in a few things, but mostly industry, hauling, and mining, things I could do solo. I did play along with a few local friends, but they have since stopped playing, as far as I know. I usually had fun, but soon got bored, like I do with a lot of games, and stopped my subscription.

I did those same things for the first few weeks of my renewal and I did have fun. I had left myself a wallet of about 400 million ISK, which in terms of a lot of Eve Online stories, is nothing, but it's enough to allow me to have some breathing room to make more.

In the 7 years that I've had my characters, I've not lost one ship. Not one. That is, by definition, “care bear” style playing. I took basically no risks, as I also sometimes do in real life. I don't know why I was so scared to lose a ship. Sometime a few weeks ago, while playing another character on my account, not the industrial one, I was doing some exploration and my ship exploded. I honestly don't know what happened, but I do know that it was not due to another player, but an NPC or explosion of the item I was hacking. I broke my 7 year streak of no ships lost. That's actually a pretty sad way to do it.

I decided to upgrade this character with skills to allow him to do a lot more exploration. I plan to take him deep into low security and null space and sneak back out with millions of ISK worth of data and relics. I started with a cheap frigate and ventured into a close low security system, scanned down a relic site, warped to it and started hacking the items. Suddenly…boom! My ship exploded. I didn't spent time figuring out why and warped my capsule out of the area. I checked my kill log and it turns out that I was killed by another player. My first PVP death. I was obviously not flying very smart. Now that my so-called “ship loss” cherry has been popped, it doesn't bother me much anymore.

Though, now after training some skills and reading a great exploration guide, I now have a much more expensive ship. This one costs about 40 times more than my original frigate, but also has a lot more bells and whistles. It allows me to cloak myself, so I can do some reconnaissance before I jump the gun. I have now ventured pretty deep into low security, grabbed some exploration goodies, and got back out safely. I have yet to make a ton of ISK, but I have easily paid for the ship, so if I do lose it, no big deal.  My plan is to get a few more important skills trained and then dip my toe into null sec and maybe close my eyes and jump into some wormholes.

I know that people that don't play Eve Online are probably a bit lost of this (if they even made it this far) but Eve Online stories are always what get me excited about playing again.

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We are a family of gamers. Mom (Darcy/Syrana) and Dad (Brian/Sideshow) have been gaming for as long as they can remember back when you only had a joystick to use and saved your games to cassette tapes.

They've been gaming together since they met in 2002. Sometime after 2006, they both started playing World of Warcraft and did that for many years. They started this blog, originally called Sideshow & Syrana which has now transitioned to the new Stay-At-Home Gamers site, while keeping all of the original content.

Starting in 2010, two more gamers came along (now known as Princess Boo and Mr. X) and they are now old enough where they both enjoy playing games and watching others play games. They are both excited to have others to watch them play their favorite games. Come along with us and let's enjoy these games together!