Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day here in the United States. It is a day when we reflect on all the things for which we are thankful. No one ever said our Pilgrim forefathers were an overly creative lot. As Rixx has already done, I am dedicating this post to those things within EVE Online for which I am thankful. Without further adieu here it is.
Hiigaran Bounty Hunters Inc. [HBHI]
I started EVE Online as a lone-wolf miner. Then I became a lone-wolf industrialist. That's just the way I am. It is, however, not the only way I am. Like most humans, I have a wider range of social personas that I can apply as I like. However, independence and self-sufficiency are still high on my list at all times. HBHI has given me the opportunity to not only fly with a great group of capsuleers, but they have allowed me to keep my independence as well. Most nights I log on and am the busy lone-wolf industrialist. Then there are those other nights when we fleet up and head out to take care of other business. It seems I have my cake and can eat it too. It doesn't get any better than that.
Anyone who has ever left a comment on this blog.
Though I am thankful people actually read this blog, it is primarily and always for my own enjoyment. And one of the things I very much enjoy is reading comments. I may not respond to all of them, but I do read all of them. Most give me interesting points of view to think about. Points of view that are typically alien to my independent carebear psyche. It broadens me as a player and a person to read differing points of view or even similar points if view with a different raison d'etre. I am not the same person I was when I started and that is both unusual for a game to cause and somewhat surprising in hindsight: way cool.
In any space opera, there must be a protagonist and an antagonist or the story doesn't work. In other words, there is no Star Wars without Darth Vadar. Perhaps the best thing that happened to me this year was Goonswarm's war declaration. Most of what's happened since then resulted from their disagreements to what I wrote about the Mittani. At the time, I was not terribly pleased with the action. Hindsight has shown it to be a watershed event. It opened up possibilities for Mabrick that he never saw coming (see above and others.) I have to be thankful for that as disconcerted as I am at the thought.
The EVE Blogging Community
What a great group of authors, journalists and commentators; I am thankful to every one of you for equal parts inspiration, competition and support. Keep up the excellent work!
My Sweetheart (last but certainly NOT least)
She has not owned a television for 20+ years nor does she watch mine. She does not play computer games. She has a laptop because it's the best word processor and gives her access to her beloved web comics but it's not for gaming. She'd rather play scrabble or wallop me in a game of Hand and Foot. Yet every night she watches as I retreat to my man cave to spend hours online that I could spend with her quietly reading. There are times I know she resents this and occasionally she will even tell me so. But she would rather me do all the things I enjoy and be happy than not. There is not enough gratitude in the world to express how awesome that is.
There are other people and things for which I am thankful, in fact this could be a very long post - but who really wants that? Five is certainly enough with which to take up your day. As a last request though, think about what you are thankful for having when it comes to EVE Online. Make a comment about it if you like. I'll be certain to read it.
And finally, I wish you all a very happy and safe Thanksgiving.
Mabrick - Fly Careful