Hello space traveller. Me again.
I am the Ex-CEO of Eternal Cosmic Beard Corp, a fairly short lived wormhole corp who started strong and ended with a wimper…mainly because I backed out of the corp with no notice and left it to founder. The members who remained made the best of the situation, but eventually they went on to find homes elsewhere; in an active corp that could help them grow.
I stayed away from Eve for the best part of eight months while I sorted my life out, but I always did feel bad about how I dealt with my part in ECBC; and on reflection, I suppose part of the reason I stayed away for so long is because I felt like I couldn’t face my friends.
In the end, I was completely wrong and would urge people to learn from my mistake.
This is the story of my return:
The pandemic had struck and I found my thoughts turned inwards, to a group of friends I had left behind some months ago. I spent a few days on various projects, but finally I decided to log in to Discord and try to make amends.
I was fairly overwhelmed by the support and understanding I received from the people I had turned my back on, so much so that I felt almost worse; like I had wasted precious time and missed out on treasured experiences because of a flaw within me.
So I had reached out and was incredibly lucky that these amazing people (Lane Davaham and JC Decaux) just let me pick up where I left off.
So I logged in, upgraded to Omega and put in to apply for their new corp (Be Nice inc. [BNYSE]), as a member, with no illusions of grandeur.
Frankly it has been a treat. They are incredibly welcoming to all and have a commitment to letting people choose what they want to do, while providing amazing content in the form of PvP whenever they can get their guns trained on it. I now have the ability to step back and learn, which is what I really need. It is amazing that I have learned more about Eve Online in the last week than I ever did in the months running ECBC, because I can opt in to whatever I like without any pressure and just be there, among like-minded space nerds.
So I have been trying to train into the right ships for wormhole space PvP (Sacrelige best ship), which the corp specialises in, and learning the mechanics of the game in a really meaningful way. Eve is a game that you have to both spend time on your own, figuring out, but you also have to lean on people and their experience and finally, you have to be prepared to undock and lose a lot of isk to learn those hard lessons.
In the end, Eve is a game that brings together a beautifully complex gaming experience and the ability for people to get together and make a tangible difference within their own sphere of influence. It is the only game that has real stakes, adrenaline, beauty and kinship baked into it.
So in short, dear reader, what I have taken from this experience is to trust in the people who trust in you, and to not run from your problems when things get tough. The people who you spend time with care about you and you owe them the truth and your respect. I will do my best not to run foul of these things again, all the while taking part in an experience that is unlike any other.
Oh, and one final oath: Eve Online will not beat me. That will always be true.
Fly safe, because I might be on grid in my buffer-tank Stratios.
For posterity: below is the link to the last article I published on CreatorConsortium under the same heading.