My experiment looking into the effect of the Odyessy expansion into the way I play EVE Online ended at downtime on Tuesday. I just have to go through the statistics gathered over the last 10 weeks plus my notes and blog posts and write the post.
I think the end is part of the reason I'm feeling a bit blah when I log in now. Having a purpose when playing EVE is definitely a factor in having fun. Over the past month I couldn't even concentrate on another game because I had things I wanted to do in EVE. I'd estimate that before the experiment I played 10-15 hours a week and over the last 10 weeks I averaged 15-20 hours.
One thing I realized is that a more mercantile low sec lifestyle means not shutting down activities in high sec. Two examples spring to mind. One is that while I can slowly sell all the liquid oxygen I care to mine in Molden Heath (which admittedly isn't all that much) heavy water just doesn't sell. I need to go to the high sec trade hubs for that. The second is datacore farming. I didn't use a level 4 agent because he is based in Amo, a .5 system in Metropolis. That's about to change. I also have a couple of level 2 agents in Eram I might send my alts to visit now that the artificial restrictions I placed on myself are lifted. My little network of low sec research agents is nice, but they don't offer everything I need.
So now I have a new task: weaving high sec and low sec together into a sustainable lifestyle. I still have the core low-sec activities of mining, hacking, planetary interaction and courier missions that I think are crazy to do in high sec. But I've found a couple of holes in the routine that I think high sec can fill. So that's my next goal I'll work on over the next few months. Besides, the whole high sec/low sec/null sec divide is such a theme park concept. Time to think like I'm actually playing in a sandbox.