I got home from Fanfest a few hours ago, tired and with a nasty chest cold, but alive. Instead of trying to write something insightful or thought-provoking, I'll just note five questions that came to mind as we move toward Uprising (Retribution 1.2 for Eve players) and Odyssey.
Will Odyssey be a boon to bots? A lot of people are celebrating the move of ice belts to depletable anomalies as the death of ice bots. I'm not so sure. That really depends on the new discovery scanner and how it works. If bot developers can use the discovery scanner to scan down ice anomalies, then they can do the same to access high sec ore sites (the former grav sites). That could make the feature a buff for bots.
Is wormhole space receiving a net nerf? I originally didn't think so, but I ran into a wormhole player who said the region was receiving 6 nerfs. The three that I remember him saying are a reduced payout for blue ribbons, the capital rigs nerf, and the reduction in the supply of ice. I don't know very much about wormholes so I'll wait to see what the blogs and podcasters say about the subject.
Can I still live in low sec? After Friday and listening to the changes to mining I wasn't so sure. After talking with people and asking questions on Saturday I think I still can. Then again, I live in low sec because I don't like high sec so I'm a little more resistant to economic realities than others. That sounds like two posts, with the first one hopefully finished for Wednesday. I would have finished it already but this cold keeps knocking me down.
What happened with the CSM 8 election? This year's CSM election has the lowest turnout (12.12% of eligible voters) than any election since the term for CSM members was increased from six months to one year with CSM 5. I have my own issues with the single-transferable vote process and think that was a major factor, but I would like to see what others with more insight have to say about the matter.
Will null sec explode in violence? Will the changes to moon minerals incite a war between the null sec power blocs? Or will an increased industrial capacity in null sec lead to increased attacks on Empire? I'm not referring to events like Burn Jita. Oh no. I'm referring to increased efforts to dominate resources in low sec.