I spent almost all my time in EVE Online this weekend making bookmarks in my new low sec area of operations. For everyone wondering, yes desire is driven my not only Rubicon but where I think the game is going. If I'm right I'll be expanding my network of bookmarks past these initial 4 constellations to some pretty cool places that I've wanted to revisit since I last saw them when I was in Eve University 4 years ago. I've got a good start with two constellations with the full set of initial bookmarks made and the other two with all stations having the bookmarks made that allow me to instantly warp off after undocking. If I keep at the task I can begin with activity people consider more fun sometime next week.
Yesterday I was listening to Eve Radio and reading the in-game chat channel listening to people disparage Eve University telling people it was a bad place to go learn how to PvP. Something about the Uni being too risk adverse. Defenders piped in that the Uni is a place to learn the basics. I kept quiet because I just wanted to ask how butt-hurt he was that the Unistas didn't provide him with easy kills.
Perhaps things have changed since I left Eve University but I didn't feel like we were risk adverse. Admittedly that is a matter of perception. Someone who has only played a month, with two weeks of that wardeced, is going to feel a different level of risk than someone who has had two years to learn skills and acquire a war chest that allows him to lose 50 frigates without batting an eye. Part of the reason I created a second account and Wandering Rose was to make ISK and put Rosewalker through school.
I joined the Uni a few months after it made the move from Korsiki to Aldrat and before the changes to NPC taxes that made the Uni an attractive tax haven. Back then the attitude was that people declared war on the Uni looking for easy kills of newbies. Since picking on new players was fun, the objective of any war the Uni conducted was to make the war as miserable for the aggressors as possible. That meant no cheap kills that would give the enemy any fun. A decisive victory was making the aggressor withdraw the wardec before 7 days were up. And we did it too. I imagine getting station camped by 50 newbies, many of whom were flying Griffins (not a lot of people flying ships larger than a cruiser back the) was not fun.
Another thing I learned is that if you wait long enough, you can get payback in Eve. In May 2009 Seppuku Warriors and Dynaverse declared war on Eve University and destroyed the Uni POS in Korsiki. In November, during one of the wars where we were station camping an aggressor, a scout from Division 6 (the Uni wormhole group) found a wormhole housing two Dynaverse POS. Guess what we did? That's right, took them out. We took one of the POS out to replace the one Dynaverse helped destroy 6 months previously. Payback's a bitch, and when I was in the Uni the leadership kept a list of who deserved payback.
Of course, things may have changed. But I do remember the lessons learned four years ago. That's one of the reasons I'm thinking about taking my new pilot into the Uni. Just to see for myself.