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The Return to New Eden.

Well, I’ve gone and done it again. It’s at least one and a half years since I last did it, but now I’ve fallen off the wagon: I’ve re-subscribed to EVE Online.

To everyone with any knowledge of EVE Online, this probably sounds like a bad idea, and to some extent I agree. The game can be an annoying little bitch who continuously nag you for attention and when you finally give in she sucks you in and refuse to let you go. I’ve just…got to…clear…another…asteroid field. Much like the just-one-more-turn-syndrome most of the Civilization players suffer from.

Yes, in the past I occasionally spent way too much time in New Eden, but that won’t happen this time over. And, yes, I do sound a lot like an alcoholic right now. But things are somewhat different than they used to be. Over the last two years I’ve come to appreciate my me-time more than I once did because it’s less of it now than it used to be. At least that’s the impression I’ve got, maybe I’m just sleeping more these days. As a natural reaction to that, I’m more aware of how I spend my me-time whenever I have it – and that is one of the many reasons why the posting frequency on this site has decreased over the last couple of years. People change, priorities change.

Even though playing EVE will not be on the top of my list of spare time activities, I still find it extremely relaxing to fill a class of ice cold Tia Maria, tune in to a Soma FM channel, get into my Hulk, undock and head out to one of the many asteroid belts in Ebo to clear it of precious ore while my drones fight off the odd rat. It won’t happen as often as it used to, but when it happens it will certainly be a good evening.

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