So, every time I log into EVE Online I always take note of how many players are online. This is for two reasons primarily. One is to gauge the general chance of running into hostiles. The fewer people online, the lower the chance. The second is to gauge of the general subscriber level for our beloved game.
This works because I log into EVE about the same time every day. I keep a fairly regular schedule. Lately I've noticed the online player total declining. That always makes me wonder if EVE is losing it's appeal. That is especially worrisome to me right now, as I know of no big game releases that could be competing with EVE. That doesn't mean there isn't one, just not one I know about.
Anecdotally, it seems to me that blog posts have declined in general as well. There just doesn't seem to be as many of them as there used to be. A few blogs have gone dark even. That always makes me sad.
To get a better insight into this perceived decline in numbers, I need to know what the past online numbers are. However, I'm not nearly squared away enough to write down the total every night. That's where EVE-Offline comes in. This web site will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about player counts from the very first days of EVE Online (March 16, 2006 to be exact) to today.
The Tranquility page holds the answer to my question. Indeed, online user totals seem to have declined a bit over the past 3 months. The numbers have not recovered from the yearly summer slump - in fact they have gotten slightly worse. I wonder what everyone's doing?