Damn you, CCP!
Despite my best efforts to stay away from Eve during the semester, I have been dragged back in, kicking and screaming, by CCP. What they're putting together for Crucible is sure to be nothing short of amazing. My only problem with all of the incoming goodness is that it required firing 20% of the company and losing 8% of subscribers to make these changes happen. Crucible is most definitely a peace offering, filled with papercuts and long-standing issues, meant to calm down the rageful player base and shore up subscriber numbers with bittervet resubs. Why these hundreds of small- to medium-sized things could not have been implemented sooner, in a happier time is beyond me.
I do not want to go through all of the wonderful things being planned, as many a blogger has done so. I do, however, just want to reinforce how awesome it all is.
Anyway, as I'm sure you're wondering, what exactly is my activity during this comeback? Mostly boring attempts at solo PvP. I've cruised Providence for the past 3 days, and only today, deep in CVA territory, was I able to find a suitable solo enemy. My ship for the expedition was a Rifter, the fit of which I had just copied from Wensley's killboard. (For those of you who can't wait until the killmail to see how it was outfitted: Autos, MSE, AB, and scram.) I had warped to a gate at 0, hoping to draw attention to myself, and at long last, a Worm appeared. I am not at all familiar with the Worm, but seeing it was a frigate, I decided that I would kite with Barrage. That didn't work too well, as he was able to easily control range with a webifier. The fight was slow at first, both of us eating through each others' shields at an equal rate. I didn't really think I had a chance of winning, so I began to deagress and roll back to the gate. But just then, two of his friends hopped into system, finished the remainder of my shields and quickly chewed through armor and structure.
Overall, an okay fight. As always, solo PvP is subject to "da blob," which was in this case 3 people. I think I will take out a 'Ranis over the coming Thanksgiving weekend and give that another shot.