The Eve Online 0.0 Experiment - Post 047 - Share And Share Alike
Some time later, I undocked from the station, ejected from my ship, and flew around for a while in my pod, to desperately try to clear my mind.
I had truly begun to fear that I was losing my marbles, because when I had attempted to stop my pod, the text that appeared at the top of the list of options had read as follows:
I wallowed some more in my sadness at the depressing events that had transpired in the past few days. However, a few moments later my thoughts turned to a subject that I believed would become a glimmer of hope on a dark horizon of depression and gloom.
As a result of my interview with the EVE tribune, a lot of people had started requesting shares in my neutral fence-sitting corporation INNOMINATE NEUTRALITY.
This was an intriguing development and was something that would allow me to start exploring the financial side of the EVE universe.
Until now I had only flown around in a clueless manner, engaging in wild physical adventures and escapades. I had not given thought to financial adventures, even though they are a large part of the game for many players.
I liked the idea of becoming a wealthy money man, generating vast fortunes for myself and my investors, and I envisaged myself walking down the streets of Stain in a suave and sophisticated Gieves & Hawkes tailored suit.
It was then that I set about coming up with a plan that would potentially change the very course of my adventure for the better...
I excitedly opened up my corp tab and submitted a request to issue 9,001 new shares, bringing the total amount of shares in INNOMINATE NEUTRALITY to 10,001.
I then decided that 5,001 of these shares would be retained by myself, and the other 5,000 would be available for my fellow EVE pilots to purchase.
I concluded that a base price of 1 million isk per share would be the perfect amount, and would value the amount of stock available to the public at a mere 5 billion isk.
That way I would only attract investors who were either happy with investing in a company that currently did nothing, or wanted shares just as a souvenir of my experiment.
I was mindful of the fact that my company was nothing more than a simple cash shell. However, I knew that shares in cash shells in real life often traded successfully, so they should easily be able to do so in EVE too.
I decided that as an incentive, I would offer bonus shares to investors making bulk purchases, according to the following schedule:
20+ shares: Bonus award of 1 share
50+ shares: Bonus award of 3 shares
100+ shares: Bonus award of 8 shares
200+ shares: Bonus award of 18 shares
500+ shares: Bonus award of 50 shares
1000+ shares: Bonus award of 150 shares
I concluded that the easiest way for my fellow pilots to invest would be to directly send me the isk, followed by an Evemail entitled "SHARE PURCHASE", stating the amount that had been sent.
I once more felt a sense of great excitement overcoming me, like had happened at the very beginning of my adventure. This was the dawning of a new chapter in my EVE experience and I wondered how these new and exciting events would start to unfold.
Perhaps this was my chance to put some desperately needed good karma back into the universe.
My mind was already racing with astoundingly exciting ideas for how to generate a vast profit, but I decided that rather than setting up expectations, it would be better to sell the shares with no guarantees of any return, and absolutely no promises on how the money would be spent.
With all this decided, my share issue was now officially live, and all I needed to do was to sit back, sip a Bacardi & Coke and excitedly wait for the orders to roll in faster than an obese man being pushed down a very slippery hill...
(to be continued...)
Addendum: The share issue is now officially live and if you would like to acquire some and have any questions regarding this process, post them in the "Comments" section of this post and I will endeavour to provide assistance.