The Eve Online 0.0 Experiment - Post 048 - Rites Of Passage
I gently sat back in my pod and considered the events that had led to where I was today.
The beginning of my adventure was still quite fresh in my mind, and had begun with me heading in a random direction to the north and encountering the reckless minions of Emilio Estevez, who had mercilessly chased me all over the Venal region.
The Mining Coalition were currently away on business, but before they had left, I had learned that they were not as neutral as they had made out:
Before they had departed to enact their next secret excavation contract, I had had the pleasure of being shot at from a very far distance by one of their fearless miners.
Ikvar had invited me to be accosted from 230km. Previously in my adventure, I had been bitterly attacked by a battleship from a distance of 190km and I had been very impressed with this range.
Having the chance to now be brutally podded from 230km was a mouth-wateringly exciting prospect indeed, so I had quickly jumped at the opportunity and was amazed to see that he was able to destroy my shuttle in one quick and painless hit.
After being obliterated into a billion pieces, I had then been informed that maximum range was, in fact, an incredulous 249km...
A truly astonishing distance.
My thoughts returned to the present and I observed that 48 hours had now passed since I had launched the incredible IPO for my corporation INNOMINATE NEUTRALITY.
Not entirely unlike two newly discovered chemicals meeting for the very first time, my IPO had prompted some very interesting reactions. I paused for a moment to analyse the consequences of my new career as the CEO of a multinational corporation that proudly produced nothing.
I had received in excess of 100 evemails as a result of announcing the equity release, and every single one had been complimentary and encouraging of my first foray into the economic side of EVE.
Nonetheless, a few pilots had felt disenchanted by my new interest in corporate activities, and had expressed this disappointment via other channels. It was extremely fascinating to see how different people can view the same events in differing ways, and this reinforced my belief that in many ways the EVE universe is a reflection of real life.
During the course of my journey thus far I had always been happy to receive brutal criticism as well as outrageous flattery, and I wondered in what ways the fact that I was now a well-heeled CEO would affect my image.
I still felt like that wide-eyed n00b who had stepped into the world with an exciting sense of adventure, but was I still that same youthful adventurer? Perhaps I was passing through a rite of passage and found that I was once a boy, now growing through experience into a man, to proudly stake my claim on a piece of this bewildering plane of existence.
Would I succumb to the evils of money and one day look in the mirror to see a megalomaniac coin-hoarder staring back at me and hell bent on the accumulation of isk? Or would the experience benefit me by opening up more opportunities than I ever could have dreamt of, to explore the wondrous world of EVE even further? Only time would tell...
I looked at the extensive list of my new shareholders and was truly amazed at just how much my fellow EVE pilots had wanted to support me, by investing in a corporation that did not yet have a single business plan.
The IPO was still open and I wondered just how much would be raised by the time it closed. In my mind, I was still merely a man in a shuttle, but I now found myself with a balance rapidly approaching one billion isk.
It was then that I came up with my very first idea to generate a whopping fortune for my shareholders...
(to be continued...)